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One of the things I get to do is sew for my grand kids and it’s so much fun!   Choosing fabrics I think they’ll like, and outfits that will not only be practical, but also fun for them to wear – that’s also part of the fun.

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I hadn’t sewn with knit fabric for a long time.  My serger was not working properly and I didn’t want to even try doing it with my regular sewing machine.

But it started getting colder and I found some great deals on knits, so I decided to give it a try (on my regular machine), and see if I could get some of these fabrics sewn into outfits that the kids would enjoy.

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This cute fabric was perfect for this pattern, and sewing it together was easy and quick.

I used the zigzag stitch on all the seams.

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It was such a quick and easy project that I decided to make another using a pretty, soft flowery fabric.

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I added lace to the hem of the top for a touch of softness and because I knew my granddaughter would love it!

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If you haven’t tried sewing with knit before, or if you haven’t done so in a long time, give it a try!  I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and quick it is to work with!

Happy sewing!

Daisy

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A brand new year!  Wow!

I think of what Anne Shirley said,
“Tomorrow is new, with no mistakes in it!”
(from Anne of Green Gables).

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I like to sew and quilt, but since I can’t take the sewing machine with me in the long car trips, I like to take something along that I can work on (when I’m not driving).

So, I’ve started a new crochet project.
I don’t know if it’s an early Christmas project (REALLY early), or if it’ll just be
a pretty red & white blanket.  I’ve done so many for different people,
but I haven’t made one for our home yet, so maybe this one is it??  We’ll see.

I’m using the With Love yarn, by Red Heart, and it’s going to be
a big granny square  (because that’s really all I know how to do!).

What are you working on?  Something new?
Or finishing up something from last year?
I have my own little stack of things I need to finish, too.

Happy New Year, friends!
And happy times with your hand crafts!

Daisy

 

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Last week I knew I was going to see some long-time friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. I wanted to bring them something special that they would really appreciate. So, I asked my daughter if she would make some of her hand-lettering art pieces for me to give to them.

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She used watercolor background on some,
and a little touch of gold shimmer on each of them…

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I asked my friends beforehand what their favorite Scripture was
and also what color they liked…

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She did such a beautiful job on each one, didn’t she?!
I found a special frame for each one and that made them even more beautiful.

If you could’ve seen their faces when they unwrapped them!  One of my friends, who recently lost every thing she owned in the Texas floods, had tears in her eyes.  She couldn’t speak for a few minutes, and just held the frame close against her.

My daughter wasn’t sure if her hand lettering pieces were good enough… I assured her they were. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can visit her on Instagram, at @analuisadesigns

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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I got to sew some pretty little things for my granddaughter who turned two recently…

And one of them was this cute little back pack.

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The pattern is Simplicity #5284.  It’s a mini version of a full-size, or adult, back pack.  

I used 2 fat quarters (18″x21″ piece of fabric), and some left-over fabric from a little blouse I’d made her.

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I used some lace instead of ribbon for the bow and added a bling button for a touch of fun… I thought she would like it, especially when she gets a little older (like 3).  🙂

I sewed these on by hand so it wouldn’t show up on the under side of the flap.  I also wanted to make sure it was on securely so that it wouldn’t come off after much use.  

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The pattern called for elastic at the top, which I thought was genius.  Everything stays inside, yet it’s easier to access than if it had a tie.  (Why don’t back packs for grown-ups have this feature??! 🙂 

I sewed on a piece of hook & loop tape for the closure – small enough that she can easily open it without a lot of effort, but big enough to keep it closed when she’s wearing it.  

The pocket is large enough to hold a small box of crayons, or pencils, or a little dolly… whatever she likes.  🙂

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I used the wrong kind of interfacing… the pattern suggested light-weight and I knew that wouldn’t be enough, so I used heavy-weight; but it was really hard to sew. – even with a heavy-duty needle.  Next time, I will definitely use medium!  Lesson learned.  

However, it did feel like a “real, store-bought” back pack.  So, maybe the heavier interfacing was the right choice after all?  

The pattern was easy to understand and the straps went on without a problem.  I had never made a back pack before, so some of the placements (such as the tabs to pull the straps through) didn’t really make sense until everything was turned right-side-out.  So the lesson here is… follow the step-by-step instructions and in the end it’ll all make perfect sense.     Maybe, Kind of like life?… But I digress…

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It was so much fun for me to make this, especially since it was for my granddaughter!  

Using the three fabrics was different and gave it a whole other look to it.  Maybe next time I’ll just use one… maybe.

I can hardly wait to sew another one!

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Looking forward to sharing with you a pic of her wearing or using her little back pack.  I get to see her soon again!  🙂

More projects to share in the coming days.  Yay!

Have a blessed week,

Daisy

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