Thursday, May 31, 2012
Today I'm thankful for Visiting Teaching and making new friends. Went on a new route today with a new companion and got to know several new people. Some of my oldest friends I met visiting teaching many years ago and I'm thankful that we are still good friends and for the continuous opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships with them.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This is a variation of the notebook cover I posted yesterday. My measurements were a little off so when I topstitched it the flaps ended up being too small. I ended up unpicking it and hand stitched the flaps in place with a blind stitch so it would fit. Thinking this would be a good present for outgoing missionaries or 8 year olds when they get their first set of scriptures.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My nephew's birthdays are coming up and I've been brainstorming things to make for them. I finally came up with this and sewed a couple of them up Saturday afternoon. I hope they like them!
1. Measure size height and width of book while it is laying open flat.
2. Cut two pieces of fabric about 1 1/2" taller than your measurement and about 6" wider.
3. Sew fabric right sides together leaving an opening for turning.
4. Turn fabric right side out, press and hand sew opening closed.
5. Fold over ends of fabric for flaps and pin in place.
6. Sew around entire outer edge of fabric.
7. Place on notebook and enjoy!
Optional: Pen/Pencil Pocket
1. Cut two pieces of fabric 2 1/2" x 5".
2. Sew right sides together leaving an opening for turning.
3. Turn fabric right side out, press and hand sew opening closed.
4. Pin pocket in place and sew around three sides.
I actually have quite a few of these notebooks that I picked up on the cheap at a back to school sale. I will be making lots more of these as I get the chance.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I finally finished this up last Monday. It was a long time in the making. I started cutting it out in February, then my mom and I both sewed on it while she was here when I had the baby in March and I just sewed the straps on last week. It's so handy I wish I would've completed it sooner. I've gotten lots of compliments on it. If you would like me to make one for you let me know or make your own by following these simple steps:
1. prewash and iron your fabrics.
2. cut two 1 yard pieces
3. pin them right sides together
4. use a plate to round off all four corners
5. sew around leaving an opening for turning.
6. turn and press.
7. topstitch all the way around
8. make some straps out of scrap fabric or you can use ribbon, etc... I used buttons on my straps but you can use velcro if you'd like.
Variation: Piece together a couple of different fabrics to form the top. Just make sure to add in a seam allowance to make sure you end up with a piece the right size. I also sewed decorative ric rac across the seam to fancy it up a bit.
It's great to keep the sun off your baby as they're riding in the backseat and also to keep then wind off them while you are getting them in and out of the car and also discourages people from touching your baby as you are shopping at Wal-Mart! haha! Lots of uses!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
I sewed for a bit yesterday and it made me realize how much I've missed it. I've done a few crafts when I can find a minute or two here or there but overall of course I haven't been doing as much as I used to. I was given a bunch of these fabric squares so I started sewing them up in strips yesterday. Today I sewed some of the strips together but didn't get them all done since we had the missionaries over for dinner tonight so I had to do a bit of cleaning and cooking today. Still not completely sure what I'm going to do with them but I've been enjoying sewing them together. Maybe a table runner and a couple of pillows? It feels so good to sew again. I'll have to try to squeeze it in a bit everyday during nap time!
(I'll post another picture when I get them finished. <3 the Mary Engelbreit prints.)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
|My first official Mother's Day|
Sorry it's been two weeks since I last posted. Still getting used to Motherhood and I had a friend visiting for over a week and we had fun playing tourist. As you can see I didn't do Jasper's hair for this picture. It adds charm to babies to have their hair a mess right? And you can also tell that he's drooling like crazy lately. He can't be teething already can he? Hard to believe that last Mother's Day I'd about given up hope that I'd ever have a baby and this Mother's Day I have an adorable 2 month old. He's so much fun and such a good baby. I just rubbed his head till he fell asleep. He kept laughing at me but finally drifted off. Sometimes I just stare at him in wonderment and can't believe that he's actually mine. Such a blessing! In my last baby magazine it listed things to do to pamper yourself while your baby is sleeping. I guess I haven't gotten to that point yet. When he's sleeping I file his nails, do his laundry, organize his ever growing pile of stuff, write thank you cards for all his gifts, etc... It's so amazing to watch him figure things out. Yesterday he started watching his feet intently as he moved them and since I've been rubbing his head to get him to fall asleep the last few days, he started rubbing his head as well. So much fun! For Mother's Day Josh fixed us chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. At church Jasper screamed like crazy so I rushed him out to the hallway and he spit up all down my arm. It took me a while to get him calmed down but then he slept straight through the last two hours of church. We had dinner with Josh's family and his sister made an awesome cheesecake that was delicious. Overall it was a good day. Hope your Mother's Day was good as well!