The main reason for my recent IKEA trip was for my craft room. It was high time I finally replaced the old, cheap tables I was using with a proper table.
These old tables came from the Target clearance section after back to school season. At the time I was doing a lot of stamping and scrapbooking so I really needed a lot of table space. And they were great for that. Especially when I had friends over to join me. They weren’t that great for sewing, though, because of the way I had to configure them to fit in the room. I wanted my sewing machine, serger and coverstitch machine to all live on the table and there just wasn’t enough room down the line to fit them all.
Ta da!! 3 machines, 1 table. My dreams come true! While I might miss the depth of the old table I am loving the length!! Each machine has it’s own space, with plenty of room around it, so I don’t have to shift machines over. And the table is so clean!!! My old table had marker scribbles all over it.
See that? They look so pretty all lined up!!
I love that you can mix and match table tops and legs, so I went with the long table top, 3 metal legs and one storage unit. I’m excited to have a place to store the little things like my snap press and snaps, iron on label maker, and other small tools that didn’t have a home.
In additional to the extra length the new table is sturdier. I used to have issues with machines bouncing on the old thin tables. No machine bouncing going on here! I also added a rubber mat under the sewing machine to keep it from shifting and it’s working out great.
And another new addition to the room is this chair. It’s much more comfortable than my old chair, which was totally worn out. I had to add a pillow to it to make it somewhat comfortable. And I thought I’d have some fun with it by getting the blue chair to match my blue cart.
I’m much happier in my craft room now! Good thing since I spend so much time in there! Now, I’m off to sew!
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I have a super cute and quick sewing project for you today for those sweet little babies. Today I’m going to show you how to sew a Lovie Blanket for baby! These make great gifts for baby showers! And if you have an embroidery machine you can personalize them to make them extra special.
You just need a little bit of two minky fabrics and some trim. Here I used a satin ruffle trim.
First up is cutting your minky fabric. You’ll want to cut both the front and back pieces 16″ x 16″.
Then find something round to use as a guide for rounding the corners. I used the lid from a salsa jar. You can either trace then cut or use a rotary cutter. Do this to all 4 corners on both pieces of fabric.
If you’re going to embroider the lovie now is the time to do it. Once you’ve done that it’s time to baste the trim in place lining up the raw edges. I recommend pinning or clipping the trim in place because both fabrics are pretty slippery! Make sure to leave a little extra trim at the start/end points.
Sew the trim all the way around, overlapping the ends. I used the stitch on the trim as my sewing guide.
Now we’re ready to sew the two pieces together. Line the fabrics up right sides together, with the trim in between. Pin or clip like crazy!!! If you’ve never sewn minky you’ll want to take this nice and slow. Minky is slippery, but minky on minky with satin in between is super slippery!!! Sew all the way around the square, leaving a 2 inch opening for turning your fabric.
Flip your lovie blanket right side out, then topstitch all the way around the edge to hold the fabric in place and close up the spot you left for turning. And you’re done!
I love how this purple one turned out, but these lovies aren’t just for girls!
Baby boys like them, too! Just swap out your satin ruffle for some satin blanket binding!
Momma will love the personalized gift and baby will love the soft textures and comfort that comes with it.
A few months ago I picked up some cute Art Gallery fabrics at a great local sewing shop. The girls were with me and they picked out their favorite prints. I bought 1.5 yards of each fabric with no real plan in mind. I typically sew with knits so I really had no idea what I was going to do with these woven fabrics. Fast forward to this weekend. I finally figured out what to do with the fabric!
I made both girls an Izzy Top! I was so excited when I found this free pattern on Craftsy. And bonus because it came in a large enough size range for both girls.
Of course Pumpkin picked a cute floral print. She loves bright colors and flowers.
This top comes together really quick! Even though the top is lined and you have to iron I was able to whip up two of these in one evening.
And of course Cupcake had to pick a fabric with green in it. It is her favorite color!
Both girls love their new top. I love them, too! And I was glad we had unseasonably warm weather this weekend so the girls could wear them! And here I thought I was being a little silly for sewing short sleeved shirts in December!
I see a few more Izzy Tops in their future!
I took a break from my usual clothes sewing to make a bear. A great local sewing shop, Sew Dayton, is having a bear contest. They’re using the bears to decorate their window for the holidays. And the winner of the contest gets a gift card. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fun with a great local shop. And the chance to win a gift card!
I looked through my stash of patterns and discovered I didn’t have a bear pattern. I don’t typically sew stuffed toys. So I perused the interwebs and discovered a free pattern from McCall’s for a patchwork bear.
So, I started with a free pattern, then shopped my stash for some fabric. I found these two cute fabrics that were leftover from my snowman table runner. And I just so happened to have some safety eyes, a scrap of black felt for the nose, and some green ribbon in the stash, so this was a free project. Oh, and poly-fill. I have lots of poly-fill in my craft room. 😉
I had no issues with the pattern itself. The directions, though, I changed up a bit. First it tells you to prepare a few pieces according to the general directions. But there are no general directions. And it has you attach the nose and eyes after assembly. I chose to attach them before stuffing the head. Which was a necessity as I was using safety eyes and not buttons, as recommended in the directions.
Also, I wasn’t a fan of attaching the arms by hand stitching on the outside. But it would have been quite difficult to sew them into the side seam.
Overall I’m happy with how it turned out! The girls thought it was pretty cute, too, and gave it the name Snowflake. They had so much fun taking Snowflake to the store with me to be put in the window.
Yes, I’ve been sewing for Pumpkin again. It’s just too easy! She loves dresses, her dresses are small, so they don’t take long and they don’t use a lot of fabric. And she makes a lot of fabric store trips with me when Cupcake is at school, so she’s been picking out fabric. On a recent fabric store trip she picked out this fun zebra print knit and asked for a twirly dress. I’m a pushover so of course I said yes! We picked it up a day or two before the new Made for Mermaids Brooklyn dress was released, so once the fabric was washed and ready to go I decided to try something new (instead of the usual Pippa)!
I almost didn’t buy this pattern because it does seem similar to Pippa, especially when doing the gathered skirt, but it was on sale and it had a matching doll dress and I was feeling adventurous, so I sprung for both patterns. The flutter sleeves did it for me. I’ve never sewn anything with flutter sleeves and Pumpkin just seems like a flutter sleeves kind of girl!
Pockets were a fun bonus, too. So, I had my zebra print fabric, but I needed a little something to pair with it. Luckily I had this dark fuchsia cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee on hand. In preparation of the cold weather on it’s way I went with long sleeves on this dress and I added a matching pair of Bonny Leggings.
The best part, though, according to Pumpkin is that her Baby Stella doll (who she calls Rosie) got a matching dress! The doll dress comes with 15″ and 18″ doll patterns, so I used the 15″ pattern for Rosie, as she’s a 15″ doll. The fit on the neck is a little big and the sleeves are a tad too long, but for the most part it worked and Pumpkin loves when she and Rosie match.
And the girls that wearing zebra dresses together twirl together.
And I’ve already bought more fabric to make more Brooklyn dresses for Pumpkin. And Rosie.