Category: sewing

Costume Hoods

Pigg #1’s school class put on a simplified play of the book Charlotte’s Web this past week.  His class is bigger than in previous years so his teacher needed to add some characters to the play, and needed some costumes for those characters.  I volunteered to help by making these hoods.  I used the Oliver + S pattern for the Cozy Winter Hood as my base and tweaked the patter to make them look more like the animals they needed to be.  I used materials I already had around the house and cut up a couple old costumes, shirts, and skirts to get what I needed.  The kids loved them and they should hold up for years and years to come!  The play was great and I loved seeing my son get to perform that way and seem to enjoy it too.  Dog-although my kids kept calling it a bunny…  Cow-this is my favorite!  I should make more for going to the Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation day!  Cat-I know that the print isn’t a traditional cat, but it’s what I had on...

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Ruffle Fabric Tunic

My family had pictures taken while at a family reunion this past summer and I really tried to coordinate the clothing for my family.  I happened to have some white and blue ruffle fabric in my stash.  Pigg#2 loves anything ruffly or girly but my personal style is a bit more simple.  So when I saw this dress on Amazon, I though I’d try to make a similar dress with the ruffle fabric.  I had to line the tunic I made with some really lightweight white knit because it was a bit sheer.  The front and back are the same, just a little lower neckline in the front.  She loves to wear it! I told her to do a pretty pose like a princess and caught her in the movement. And Pigg#4 joined in the pictures.  She has so many hand me down clothes that I don’t really sew for her. Sad.  Baby girls are Way. Too. Much. Fun!...

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Pink Ombre Puff Quilt

This is the big project I’ve been thinking about for almost 9 months and been sewing for at least 2 months.  I made a practice one right after Christmas with fabric my MIL gave me.  And then miracle of miracles, I found flannel at Joann’s that was the shades I had been looking for.  And then I found Coral Sheets at Wal-mart on clearance.  At least it seemed like a miracle because I could not find fabric in coral for the 6 months I looked prior to then.  And I was working on putting together a color scheme of solids online, but then my computer crashed and I lost all of that work.  Anyways, it took a long time, I’m happy it is finished, but I have 2 more cut out for the boys.  So I probably won’t be doing much else crafting around her until those are...

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Pigg#2’s Christmas 2012 Dress

I made a dress for Pigg #2 in time for Christmas and even got a picture of her wearing it.  I really like how it turned out and she’s been wearing it every week since. All the strips on the circle skirt are bias strips and they hold up pretty well in the wash.  Not fraying at least.  The strips that are completely cotton bunch up a lot and have to be ironed (boo) while the other ones continue to lay flat after a wash. I’m glad it worked out since I was piecing together different tutorials and patterns to make the dress I wanted.  I ended up making a ‘v’ in the back so the zipper could be lower in the back because the only zipper I had on hand was one I ripped out of some of Mr. Jigg’s old pants.  The zipper was fine, but not very long at all.  Usually her hair covers up anything odd.  The only other thing is that the neck line ended up a bit too wide.  Sometimes I feel like her little shoulder is going to slip out.  But overall I really like it and I’m thrilled she is actually wearing something I made for her!  Maybe next year I’ll get vests done for the other...

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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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