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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day Dresses

I felt like making dresses for the girls again this year. Don't be too impressed, though. These were super easy!

I just whipped up some peasant dresses, but shortened the length and sleeves a bit. For the youngest daughter, I also decreased the width. (See my fast peasant dress sewing tutorial HERE.)

Then, in my quest to use up my patriotic fabric stash (see HERE), I added these big blue and white starry bows. I actually ran out (HOORAY!) and had to make a quick run to the fabric store for more-I had to settle for some with red stars, too. I have a tutorial coming up next week for the bows.

Grammy came over and brought Jamberry nail wraps, the girls found some hair clips from Independence Day three years ago- the last time I made dresses for July 4th, and they played with the kittens while I snapped pictures.

The looked pretty and festive... at least for a few minutes. :)

Happy Independence Day!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July Fabric Buntings... Or Procrastination at It's Finest

13 years ago, our Walmart had a great fabric section and in the post-9/11 Americana decor phase they carried a very nice selection of patriotic fabric. I, of course, stocked up on quite a bit of it. I made THESE dresses for my girls a few years ago, but still have a shoebox tote packed full of it.

2 years ago I started to make some 4th of July fabric buntings. I cut all the triangles and sewed a bunch of them together. I even ironed a few of them. But it was summer. I was enormously pregnant. I would have had to iron more to make bias tape. Ehh... Back in the tote they went.

Last week, I pulled the tote out and decided to finish one of them. All I had to do was iron and sew the triangles to the bias tape (which I must have gotten at a thrift store or something since then.) It took me maybe a half hour to do all of that.

Since I realized how easy it was and still had plenty of triangles cut out- and some red and blue ones sewn- I finished another one. My 9yo daughter sewed the rest of the triangles together. She did a pretty good job! I finished it up and we gave this one to Grammy. We even hung it up on her mantle for her. It earned a few "wow"s from my 3yo nephew. :)

I have enough triangles ready to go to make one more of these, but I need bias tape. I just don't feel like making any. So, maybe in a few more years I will make another one. :)

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lily's Quiet Book ~ Paper Dolls Pages

I still have some of this paper doll fabric left (from HERE and HERE) and my girls love dressing up the dolls, so it was a given that I would include these pages. I made a few changes, though.

I thought the previous pages were a bit plain so I made it look like there is a floor by sewing a strip along the bottom. (It drives me crazy that they don't line up perfectly, but I broke a needle sewing the pages together and wasn't about to redo it.) I made the dresser in white instead of brown and moved it to the left. To the right of the dresser I added a felt dog. I think he is pretty cute!

Everything else is pretty much the same. The dresser is a storage pocket for all of the cute clothes and accessories.

That is it! You can see all of the pages in Lily's quiet book by clicking on the image below:

You can see my other quiet books by clicking HERE.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Lily's Quiet Book ~ Pie and Tea Party Pages

One of these pages is simple and the other... not so much.

The pie page is pretty easy. I made some HERE and HERE. I really like the gray background on this page, though. I am almost out of the blueberry fabric by now. I don't know if I can make any more of these.

The tea party has two very special guests. I saw many pictures of Lily with her stuffed lamb so I figured it must be a favorite. I really like how mine turned out.

The cat is made of sweater scraps from a sweater of mine that didn't fit well and I upcycled into a sweater dress for my youngest daughter.

I love the texture the animals add to the page. Lily's mom used to made stuffed animals to sell on etsy.

I also added a pennant banner/bunting at the top. Those are all scraps for a large one I am making for our own house to match some of the other items I made last year for Hannah's pink lemonade first birthday.

I made the table smaller than the last tea party page I made and was certain to curve the front of the table this time. 

There is still room for storage underneath...

They can have tea...

...or cookies.

The extra plate in the center is for Lily, of course. Her grandmother said that they like tea, so I hope they liked this page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lily's Quiet Book ~ Woodland Friends Pages

These pages are my FAVORITES!!!!

It is a little forest camping scene. OK, there is only one tree. It is a clearing. Use your imagination.

Let's have a look at the details. Shall we?

I did a mini version of my button flowers pages (see HERE and HERE).

Reversible, of course. I also used vintage ric rac and buttons.

Next we have a bush with tiny button berries and felt leaves. The bush actually creates two pockets for hiding.

The tree trunk has a hole for another hiding place. I embroidered a heart with an arrow and Lily's parents' initials, but the top of the tree shifted as I was sewing and cut off the tip of the arrow. :(

The top of the tree has some velcro pieces and a nest made from this beautiful vintage lace. That might be my favorite part of the whole book.

By now you are probably catching on that there might be some animals involved. Um, of course the title of this post gave that away, too. Well, let's just peek inside this tent with the recycled, vintage military zipper.

The inside of the tent has contrasting lining. It also stores all of my scrappy forest friends.

I really love the flying squirrel!

Now, you can see why these pages are my favorites! There are so many fun little details and some vintage accents, too. I know my girls would love to play with these pages!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lily's Quiet Book ~ Camera and Sewing Machine Pages

Like I said before, I kinda' stalked my cousin on facebook to figure out what they would like. That sounds creepy. Let's call it creatively brainstorming ideas. I knew Lily's mom is talented at photography and sewing, so I incorporated that into the book.

The background for the camera page is yellow with tiny butterflies. I sewed some vintage trims on the top and bottom just because it needed something. 

The applique on the camera came out really sharp! I added some buttons for the buttons and a little heart applique just for cuteness.

It is sewn down like a little flap and underneath I took the packaging from a curtain to make a clear pocket. I thought this would be nice to add a picture of her grandparents, who asked me to make the book.

The sewing machine is made much like Grace's (see HERE) except I skipped the velcro bobbin. I also appliqued the needle differently and added some thread embroidery like a trail of thread leaving the needle. Oh, and the sewing machine is blue, obviously.

The background fabric is one of my favorites! It really has a vintage vibe and the colors matched really well. A vintage button was added for a pretend knob. The pink fabric is actually folded in half to make a storage pocket. I used pinking shears to cut fabric squares again, but I paired them up.

I made sure they were all the same size so that they can be arranged like a quilt. 

I also made a little memory game with this adorable farm fat quarter that I got at Joann's. I fused it to some purple fabric and fussy cut the squares to make pairs. The only thing that I don't like is that you can see through the purple if you look closely enough. I am hoping a 2yo won't notice. Maybe it will give her parents an edge. I know I could use one when playing Memory with the kids!

These pages were actually pretty simple to make. The more complicated ones are yet to come. (And they are super cute, too!)