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I love making things for my grand kids!  The tiny pieces and fabrics are so much fun to work with!

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My daughter gave me this magazine about two years ago.  I’ve looked through it countless times, dreaming planning which projects I was going to make, with what fabric, and for whom.


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You see the project pictured on the top right?  That’s the one I had picked out for one of my grand kids birthday.  I just thought it looked so cute!

If you’d like to get the pattern, you can find it by clicking here.  I love the website for this magazine!  It has so many ideas, patterns, and helpful tips!  The designer of this project is Jo Carter, and her website is http://www.twoowls.typepad.co.uk.  

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The instructions are easy to understand and follow.  I must confess that as I pieced the bed, I wondered how this “rectangle” would become a bed, but as I went along, following the pattern, it all made sense and worked perfectly.

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I love patchwork quilts, don’t you?

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For the mice, I decided to use print instead of solid fabric.  


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It was fun sewing on the tails and working on their faces.  As you can tell, I decided to use a fine-tip permanent marker (instead of embroidery) on the faces.  I was short on time… I had to get this in the mail in time for a birthday surprise!


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If you’ve got any projects or magazine clippings filed under “someday”. . .  Choose one and get started!

It’ll be fun!

Happy sewing and a great weekend to you!

Daisy

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There are so many cute things we can make with just a bunch of little pieces of fabric sewn together.  

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This is a little patchwork cover I made for my daughter to keep her hand-lettering sketch book in.

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I sewed a little piece of elastic ribbon to the back so that it could wrap around the button on the front and form a closure.

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Here’s a view of the whole thing.

All I did was sew together 2 1/2 inch squares (a mini charm pack), from the Farmhouse collection by Figtree & Co, for Moda. There’s 42 squares in each pack so I had some leftover squares for another little project.

I bought the fabric from Missouri Star Quilt Co, where I buy most of my pre-cuts.  If you enjoy quilting or sewing, you should definitely check out their daily deal!  It’s a great bargain and sometimes they have a special sale where they offer multiple “daily deals”.  Their website is Missouri Quilt Co.  

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I like this group of fabrics!  They are so cheerful and colorful.

For the quilting, I used one of the stitches on my machine – it’s curvy and adds a little more interest than just straight stitching.  It’s also easier for me, since I’m not too practiced with machine quilting.

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On the inside, I put pockets on each side so she could keep her rulers, pens, and markers in there.  I wanted a little more color in there so I added two squares on each side.

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After I sewed the elastic ribbon onto the back, I went ahead and sewed a tiny button on top so it would look pretty and the stitches wouldn’t show.

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For the closure, a shiny button with pretty “diamond” stones.

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I love projects like these that I can finish in one day.  

Working with these fabrics is fun and it made me smile seeing the pretty prints and words.

What projects have you been working on lately?  Can you believe we are already at the end of April??  I’m thinking I better plan ahead for Christmas gifts now if I want to finish them in time.  

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Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

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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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Taking pictures of babies is not easy.  But toddlers?  That’s a whole other level.  They don’t stay still for a second.  


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I laughed the entire time I tried to take these pics…

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And I’m surprised I got any in focus because she wasn’t in one place, facing one direction for more than just one second.  It was hilarious… if you had been watching my daughter & me… trying to get at least one picture… we were laughing out loud as everything we tried just didn’t work.  Kids have a mind of their own and their attention span when it comes to photos is not very long.  

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I just wanted one or two good pics of her wearing the little dress I made for her.
(Click here to see that post)

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But every time she stood still and smiled, she was not facing the camera…

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And she had her own ideas of how to use the props…

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I have a new level of respect for children’s photography. 

But it’s so much fun, though.

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I can’t wait to see her again! 

And take more photos…

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For as the old saying goes,

They grow so quickly…

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Have a great weekend,

Daisy

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I’ve been working on sewing little things for my ganddaugters…

This little wrap dress was so much fun to sew!

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The pattern I used is New Look 6442.  I got it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.

Since the pattern doesn’t have a zipper or buttonholes, it was pretty easy and fast. 

I don’t think I ever make a pattern without making some changes, and this time I just made a few…

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I thought a little rose would add to the pretty.  

I made it a pin so that you can take it off to wash the dress. 
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I also added a tiny ruffle to the edge.

I thought pink gingham would go nicely with the blue/floral fabric.

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I lined the dress with the gingham and made the bow ties from the blue fabric.

I thought about using the pink for the ties, but it didn’t look good.

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The back looks cute, too!

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When it’s cold, she can wear a shirt underneath and so the dress becomes a jumper.

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I really enjoyed making this dress, but I’ll enjoy even more…watching her wear it!

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I thought the sunglasses were a fun addition 😎

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Happy sewing!

Daisy

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A little dress

I like to sew.  

But sewing tiny things…

That’s just a whole other level of fun for me…


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And sewing for my granddaughters….

Just keeps me smiling the entire time.

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I got this fabric on sale at Joanns.  It feels soft like cotton, but has the look of linen.

I thought it would be perfect for a little girl’s dress.

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It was an easy pattern and I just made a few changes to it (Butterick 4176).

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I also added a tiny little ruffle to the hem…

It’s a bit time-consuming, but I think they always look so cute,

It’s well worth the effort!

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I can hardly wait to see how it looks on her! 

Have fun sewing!

Daisy

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It’s so much fun making little things for my granddaughters!

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I made each of my granddaughters a soft doll, with a mini quilt and a little pillow.

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I have to tell you, I kept smiling while I was making these!

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I still smile when I see the little doll’s face!

And her hair!

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The pantaloons were easy, quick, and fun!

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I wanted the doll quilt to look like an 1800s quilt.

I used scraps from two different fabric lines – Buggy Barn/Henry Glass and Bon Voyage by French General/Moda Fabrics.

The borders I chose from my fabric stash.

The doll quilt measures about 12 inches long.  Perfect size for the doll 🙂

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I made a “mattress” for the basket bottom, and a little pillow to go with the quilt.

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For the doll’s hair, I used strips of scrap fabric cut with pinking shears, strips of lace, ribbon, twine, muslin, whatever I could find …

I wanted them to stay secure, so instead of gluing them, I sewed them on.

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I wasn’t sure how each granddaughter would react (they’re still very young and haven’t really been playing with dolls yet).

One of them was here, visiting us for Christmas, and the other granddaughter was on FaceTime.  Modern times.  I’m so thankful we can talk everyday and see them and our kids!!!

I handed the gift bag to the granddaughter here and when she pulled the basket out with the doll, she looked at it, took everything out, put it back in the basket, and walked around the living room doing the same thing over and over.  It was so funny!  She didn’t want to open any other gifts, she just wanted to keep playing with her little doll.  Then she came up to me and gave me a big kiss!  It’s as if she was saying, “I know how much time and love you put into this for me!  Thank you!  I love you!”

Well, that certainly made it all worth it!  Sewing all the tiny half-inch squares, hand stitching the dress, bow, button, hair… it was worth it!!  🙂

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Have a blessed week-after-Christmas-before-New-Years!

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Daisy

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