I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Buttercup Bag Sewing

Hello Blog Friends!

Last week a friend came over after Delilah went to bed and we tackled making little purses.
(Check out this free pattern and tutorial of the Buttercup Bag from Made By Rae, HERE)

We made our way through putting together the Buttercup Bag. After making the first one, I knew I had to make another. For my favorite little person of course! Check out Delilah's Buttercup Bag!

That minky fabric shed all over my sewing room. But it was worth it. Delilah has been carrying her bag around with her since I gave it to her. She looked awfully cute as she swayed through Home Depot with it on Sunday.
When we go out shopping, Delilah clamors to hold my purse for me. So it was high time she had her own.

She kept it with her right up until bedtime. I think it coordinated well with her jammies!

(I think the look on her face is hilarious)

I had a half yard of some cute Amy Butler fabric and made another using an orange cotton for the lining. So cute I think!

Making these bags may be my new obsession. I have two more cut and ready to sew as gifts for some little girls. (With their names embroidered on, of course!)

To make these for little girls, I used velcro as the closure as I found the magnetic closure on my first one to be too strong for a small child to maneuver. Also, in the instructions, it says "attach straps" at the end. I sewed them on the outside per the instructions for the first one I made, but on these two versions I decided to sew the strap to the inside of the seam, so it looks a bit more finished. Here's a pic that shows the strap ends hidden inside the seam, rather than sewed to the outside.

(If anyone wants to know how I sewed the straps, email me and I am happy to send you pictures of how I did it.)

Here's a peek inside the other bag to see the velcro and the pocket.

I used sew on velcro. And it's the kind that has the hook and loop together rather than separate, to reduce the fuzzies that can caught up on the hook side of velcro. (Purchased at Hancock's)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Entering a Giveaway

Over at Sew MaMa Sew, there is a giveaway of a Husqvarna Viking Serger.

This is the best blog giveaway I have ever entered, I think!

Entries are supposed to say how our lives would be better with a serger. I would sew my little heart out on it!

I think I need a more compelling entry than that. But I'm having a hard time coming up with a compelling "OH MY, A SERGER WILL CHANGE MY LIFE" kind of story, because, not to brag or anything, my life is already pretty awesome. I mean, I get to hang out with these two silly people.

Seriously adorable, right? We have our ups and downs like all families, but we are happy as can be. A new sewing machine would be WONDERFUL, but I'm not sure it will be life changing for me.

It would provide me with another tool to make pretty things for this little munchkin.

(Cue: adorable please give my Mommy a serger face)

I've considered opening an Etsy shop. My motivation is that I would take any money earned from the shop and put in a college fund for Delilah. I like the idea that i could contribute to her education and future by creating and sharing. A serger would open up a whole other world of projects for me. It would be lovely to finish seams so fast. I could go berserk sewing knits. I love the look of rolled hems on some of the clothes I own and would LOVE to do that myself.

And...if we are fortunate enough to have another child, the possibilities of serging stuff for an infant --- OOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooh!
A serger would provide me with more creative freedom. It would be lovely.

So, fingers crossed.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Musical Popover Dress

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I had one more Popover Dress cut out and ready to be sewn for Delilah.

Ready to see my little supermodel in training?!

The fabric is musical notes from Hobby Lobby and the pink is Kona cotton.

The bottom is pink ribbon with a little white stripe. I used the technique from the Lazy Days Skirt pattern. It's pretty easy to make a nice finished hem with ribbon and I love the extra detail and pop of color at the hem.

And one more picture. Do you think this little girl could do no wrong or what?!

I am seriously in love with my daughter.

The Popover Dress pattern is easy for a beginner (and available FREE from the lovely Oliver and S). My photo tute following the pattern is here. If you have a little girl and can sew at all -- this pattern is a really good start at making garments.

Later skaters,

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Skirt from Ugly TShirt

Hello! I have an entry to the Lil Blue Boo Ugly Knits contest! I made Delilah a skirt from a Tshirt, embellished with fabric paint and applique. Check it out!

Ahhh - 'scuse the tongue out on my sweet model!

We're loving Mr Men books right now!

I just love the Union Jack. I came to America when I was 12 years old, from England. So the Union Jack has been in my life and my heart for a VERY long time. Let me show you how I put this together. And....my technique could just as easily be used for the Stars N Stripes or any other nation's flag you love.

Here is the TShirt I started with:

Anyone familiar with the Buccaneers last football season has to agree it was UGLY! I happen to be a Buccaneers fan. This shirt was a gift to my husband from my BFF. However, my husband is a Buffalo Bills fan. (Insert groan here) There is no way my dedicated Bills fan husband would deign to wear a Tampa Bay shirt, so to him, this shirt is TRULY ugly. It's way too big for me, so the ugly knit contest it is!

First, I cut off the bottom of the shirt at about 12 inches.

Then I got to work on the Union Jack. I took a piece of freezer paper, and used my ruler to draw straight lines. First is the basis of the flag, the St George cross.

Now, this flag is so familiar to me, that I just drew it up from memory. I've been coloring it since I was a little one myself so I didn't need a picture to follow. Plus it's all straight lines so pretty straightforward. Another way to do this would be to print a flag out and trace it.

I had all my lines drawn, so it was time for cleanup.

Ahh, there ya go! My pretty Union Jack on freezer paper!

Next it needed to be cut out to make it into a stencil. Keeping the pieces in the right places is important.

Now, the stencil is to cover the parts of the flag that are red and blue. So starting with the center stencil piece, I ironed on the center cross.

Then I carefully placed the corner pieces onto the fabric and ironed them on too. Good thing I kept them in order!

Once they were all ironed on, it was fabric paint time for the white parts.

Note I left the outside of the stencil rather sloppy. For me that was part of the "punk appeal" of the design. It would be pretty easy to make the stencil more precise if that's a look you prefer.

I used two coats of paint, letting it dry between coats.

While it was drying, I started work on the blue applique pieces. I wanted to use another "ugly knit" but didn't have a blue ugly knit that qualified, so I grabbed a piece of blue Kona cotton from my stash. I used Heat N Bond to apply to the fabric, following instructions on the package.

Once the Heat N Bond was secure to one side of the fabric, I ironed the remaining unpainted stencil pieces to the fabric to give me a cutting guide for my triangles. I needed 8 triangles.

Ok - the paint dried! Time to carefully peel off the stencil.

Leaving a cool white imprint! Honestly, I was tempted just to stop there. I found the simplicity of the red and white really appealling.

But I had my triangles ready. I played with them a bit to get the placement right.

Then cut off the excess from them to clean it up a bit, ready for applique.

Once placed, I peeled off the Heat N Bond backing paper.

And ironed on. Now, since there was fabric paint on the fabric, I put a piece of muslin over the section I was ironing, to protect the paint from scorching and messing up my iron. The heat from the iron through the muslin also helps to heat set the fabric paint.

Once all ironed on, I set my sewing machine zig-zag stitch wide, with a narrow space between each zig - it looks like a satin stitch this way. I then sewed around each piece of blue fabric that was adhered with the Heat N Bond.

Ok - All pieces stitched in place and almost finished! I was glad I went ahead with the blue. That's the flag I love!

Last thing to do - the waistband. I turned the skirt inside out, and folded down the top edge about 3/4 inch. (My elastic was 1/2 inch.) I didn't double fold, because the knit won't fray, and to be honest, I didn't have much extra fabric at the top to allow for lots of folding!

Then I slowly stitched around the fold, creating a pocket around the top for the elastic. I left about a 2 inch opening to slip the elastic in.

To slip in the elastic, I attached a safety pin to the end of the elastic. I like using diaper pins because their larger size makes it easier, in my opinion.

Once the elastic was through, I sewed the ends together and sewed the 2 inch opening shut. After all those photographs of every step in the process, for some reason my brain switched off and I didn't photograph that last little bit. Sorrys!

Here is the finished skirt.

It's a little long for Delilah, but she's growing up so fast, that won't be true soon. I can't believe my baby girl is SO BIG already. How time flies.....
Handing an acorn to Daddy - awwwww!

Thanks for visiting. I hope I haven't turned off all my American friends by being so obsessed with my dear Union Jack. I love America!

Later skaters,



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