Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

Adventures in Sewing May 13, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,sewing,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 10:56 am
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Okay, so here are a couple of other things that I sewed recently.  

I tried my hand at an apron. Not too easy. I used a dishtowel apron tutorial from Obsessively Stitching but made a few changes. The first dishtowel that I tried to use was stretching so much that I scratched that project. I tried with another towel and it came out a lot better. I think next time I’ll use seam binding for the sides.

The dishtowels were from Wal-Mart. I’d like to try this again with a couple of modifications. Overall, I thought it was really cute.

I also tried my hand at the friendship bag. The tutorial is from p.s. i quilt. I love this adorable bag and it’s just the right size for a toddler. I want to make more but it is a little time consuming. I hope to make it bigger so that I can use it as a snack bag. I’m showing it next to my daughter’s Hello Kitty shovel so that you can see how tiny this bag really is.

I hope to do more sewing soon. I just need to find more time. I would love to learn how to make my own quilt but that’s for another day.

Happy Sewing!

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We {heart} Teachers! May 12, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,family,preschool,scrapbooking — middleagedmom @ 12:25 am
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This year the Teacher Appreciation Gifts involved sewing, paper piecing, a little embroidery, and some Jamba Juice.

The little birdie was altered from a digital kit from Summertime Designs. I tried to match it more to the bird that was on the portfolio that I purchased at Target.  (*Sigh* I wish I got a bunch more of the portfolios because they’re so darn cute.)

Here are some cute manila folder that I also purchased at Target…mostly for myself but I decided to share.

And here are those adorable portfolios. Aren’t they just yummy!

Some pens from Target. I used the small pens for these gifts.

I know it’s hard to see but I added some glitter glue to the eyes and beaks of the birdies.

Here are the compostions books covered with scraps of patterned paper and the little birdies. The flower embellishments are from Die Cuts with a View. They come with glitter already on them.

Here’s a close up of the sewing on the paper pieces and the little embroidered feet. The needle holes look really big in the photo but they weren’t too bad. I guess I could’ve used a smaller needle.

Here are all 3 books with a quote from Elegant Wordart.  (Sorry about the lighting. I took the last few photos the night before I had to give them.)

So, here’s what was included in every gift. I tied a little ribbon to the pens since they had a loop on the top. If I had more time I would’ve somehow (probably a grommet) attached the pens to the composition book with a long piece of ribbon. Oh, a Jamba Juice gift card was also included. I don’t know why I didn’t put it in the photo. I think I was tired. All the goodies went into a cellophane bag sealed with a cute sticker.

I hope you had a chance to thank a teacher!

 

More Sewing – Crayon Roll March 17, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,family,sewing,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 3:56 pm
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I recently tried my hand at crayon rolls. There are a ton of tutorials out there. I looked at tutorials from Skip To My Lou and Chocolate On Your Cranium. I decided to go with the tutorial from Skip To My Lou.

Here is the practice one that I made. It was pretty easy. I had a little trouble with the fabric shifting a little while sewing. I think I didn’t use enough pins. It was also a little touch to top stitch since the fabric as so thick, esp. in the corners. Yes, I did clip my corners.  I just sewed really slowly and used my hand crank. (Is that what it’s called? That wheel that’s on the side of your sewing maching?)

Here is the next one I made. It was for a birthday gift.  I know…I know…my sewing was a little crooked on the right hand edge.

Here it is filled with crayons. I’m loving it. It’s pretty fun to make.

Here is the crayon roll all tied up.  I think I’ll make the ribbon a little longer. I’ve seen some crayon rolls with elastic and button closures. I’ve also seen some variations with velcro. I kind of  like the velcro closure for children to open and close it independently.

I used an 8 pack of crayons for my crayon roll. Most tutorials use 16 packs. But for little ones I felt like 8 was enough. My Baby is always losing her crayons so I thought sticking to less means less to handle for them and less to find for us parents.

The crayon roll went with a little drawing pad and some other goodies as part of a birthday present for Baby’s BFF.

I have a bunch more crayon rolls to make. The other one I made I used ric rac on the edge. That wasn’t quite as easy. I’ll post those pics later. Other than that, it’s a pretty simple and fun sewing project.

I’m off now since I hear Baby fussing in her crib…calling “Mommy down!”

 

Finally Sewing for My Girls January 13, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,family,moms — middleagedmom @ 4:05 pm
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I finally started some sewing projects for my girls.

The first thing on my list are these pillows using the Brown Bear fabric. I only purchased 1 yard of this fabric since it was pretty expensive. I decided to use a pre-quilted fabric for the back. One for each of the girls. Now, I need to  stuff them and sew them closed.

Finally, my girls will get something that I sewed for them. Princess is always curious about all the other things I’ve sewn. She likes to looks at my projects but I always have to tell her that it’s not for her. Now, she will get a pillow of her own.

I’ll post a picture when I’m finally done. Now, I have to start on a birthday present for Baby’s friend who is turning 2 on Valentine’s Day.

 

This Is What I’ve Been Doing December 5, 2009

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It’s been a while since I posted.

This is what I’ve been doing.

I ♥ these fabrics!

Today I found some prequilted red fabric that I’ll use with the Brown Bear fabric. I can’t wait to get started on that project for my children…but it will have to wait until I get my other projects done first.

Although I started my Christmas projects earlier this year, I still find myself feeling rushed. I can’t believe it’s already December! What happened to November?

 

Can’t Get Enough of Brown Bear November 9, 2009

Filed under: children,crafts,family,moms — middleagedmom @ 4:15 pm
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My children love the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. They enjoy reading it and having it read to them.

Before naps and at night, Baby picks up her Brown Bear board book and takes it to her room.

The girls also enjoy reading and retelling the story with their Brown Bear flannel board animals.

brown bear animals

Then I found this!

brown bear fabrics

Aren’t these fabrics cute? Well, I decided to use them to make a blanket and pillow for both girls. I’m so excited and I hope they will be too!

I’ll post some pictures when I’m done with the pillows and blankets.