Category: children

Jingle Bell Shakers

I meant to post this over a month ago, but guess what?  I had too many photos.  And then Christmas stuff started happening and I didn’t do anything about it.  I might have it fixed.  We’ll see.  Eventually I need to just print off my family blog and then delete posts. Anyways.  Back to the project.  I made some jingle bell shakers for children to hold and shake and have fun with. It’s been a month or so since I made them so now I can’t remember the dimensions of the rectangles I cut out.  But You’ll get the general idea. Long rectangle, hem both short ends. Fold in half, right sides together, and sew down the length of the rectangle.  I think I used a safety pin and pinned it to one side of the tube and pushed it through the tube to turn it…then find yourself a cheap shower curtain ring.  You can buy a pack of 12 at Wal-mart for about 2 buck.  Probably a bit less. Thread the tube onto the shower curtain ring and keep threading until you get to the end. When you reach the end, hook the shower curtain ring so it is secure.  Then hand stitch the two ends together so you can’t see the ring. Then hand sew some jingle bells onto the fabric.  My jingle bells are pretty small....

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Oliver + S Messenger Bags

Last Christmas my sister and her family came to visit.  I had a copy of Little Things to Sew and was tracing out patterns onto freezer paper.  My niece is really into bags.  And she fell in love with the messenger bag in the book and decided to trace out the pattern as well so she could make the bag. I don’t think she really knew what she would use it for ( which probably bugged my practical sister) but she still liked it.  Thing is, my sister had 5 kids and about to have her 6th.  I knew helping my niece make this bag was not going to be at the top of her to-do list for a long while. Oh, and they were in the middle of moving several states away for a new job.  No time for unnecessary bags. (Pigg#1 was kind enough to wear the bag for my pictures..but I don’t think he’d want his face with the girly bag.  Kindergarten has taught him a few things…and don’t you love the sunburst things in my pictures?  Not photoshopped.  Totally got that through my own skills/luck.) So I decided to make the bag for her for Christmas this year.  I hope she likes it…that it meets the vision she had because I honestly couldn’t remember what colors she said she’d use except for the pink.  And...

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Halloween 2012

We had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  I still wanted them all to match, and I wanted to make it work around the Tiger costume the first two piggs wore then they were 1 year old.  Because I wanted Pigg # 3 to wear it.   So I thought Jasmine, Aladdin, and Raja-the tiger.  It would be perfect!  And Adorable!  I got Pigg # 2 on board, but Pigg#1 just wouldn’t go for it.  And then my attempts to make Jasmin pants out of an old shirt didn’t work because there just wasn’t enough fabric to work with.  (But now she has another pair of pants/leggings to keep her legs warm!) So Pigg#1 and I talked again, and he said he wanted to be a Knight.  The picture he liked looked an awful lot like Prince Phillip…so he eventually agreed to be Prince Phillip and match Pigg#2 as long as he got a sword, a shield, and the tunic.  Deal. And Pigg#2, well she became Briar Rose because I had an old shirt with the sweet lacing already done.  And it was perfect for Aurora’s peasant dress.  And I happened to have the fabric for a skirt to match.  The only thing I had to buy for their costumes was the black elastic for Pigg#2’s skirt. So here is our Halloween story:  (I...

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KCWC-Faux Vest

Wow.  I actually got another thing made this week! My sister-in-law is about to have a baby boy and said she could use some more clothes since her first boy put some nice stains on his clothes.  Hopefully she’s too busy to look at this blog before it gets to her!  Crossing my fingers that I’m not ruining the surprise! Now I’ve made tie onesies before.  I made one for Pigg#3 when he was born and loved it for dressing up my baby to go to church without making a bunch of fuss. But my SIL sew too and has already done that.  So when I saw this adorable idea I had to do it too!  And then I had to made another in a bigger size for Pigg#3.  It fit Pigg#3 well so hopefully this smaller one will fit the new baby too.    And then I had to squeeze out matching pants for both outfits because it’s so adorable.  The fabric is from one of Mr. Jiggs’ old dress shirts that were too short in the sleeve. I used Dana’s flat front pant tutorial.    And then I cut up some of Mr. Jigg’s old khaki pants that were fraying on the hem to make some matching khaki pants in a slightly bigger size.  And then I started making bow ties out of the scraps!  I went...

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KCWC-Ruffle Polka Dots

Hey!  I’m posting! Mr. Jiggs and I have been focusing our time on graduating Medical School, buying a house (yea!) and moving plans. Sooo…I’ve put posting projects on the back burner. But I’ve been sewing!  So here’s a shirt I made for Pigg#2.  I’m trying to use up the fabric I already have doing projects I’ve been meaning to do.  I’ve only been to a fabric store twice in the last 4 months…and that was to buy velcro and bias tape.  I’m pretty proud of myself. Anyways…here’s the top.  She’s willing to let me take pictures of her in clothes I made again.  We’ll see how long it lasts.  Lots of Ruffles across the front.  I put in the white ruffles because I didn’t have enough of the polka dots, but I like it because the polka dots are pretty busy.  The white seems to help balance the shirt out.  And a plain back with some fluttery sleeves.  I like how it turned out.  Wish I had more excuses to make her clothes…because she already has tons through like size 4T and doesn’t NEED anymore.  But I love making little girl...

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