Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

It’s Kid’s Clothes Week again, and I’m knee deep in two Halloween costumes (I’m stealing someone else’s great idea this year) and a couple of welt pockets for Oscar’s birthday trousers. But today I bring you some baby seal pjs.

baby seal pjs -- probably actually-1-12I’ve made so many of these sets (Oliver + S Bedtime Story pajama bottoms with a doctored-up, store bought T-shirt) that I won’t bore you with the details. BUT, these pants are double gauze, and double gauze = special! Every time I sew with double gauze (which happens to be all of thrice so far) I’m reminded that it’s the dreamiest fabric on the planet.

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baby seal pjs -- probably actually-1-3These were a third birthday gift for our very special (and therefore deserving of double gauze) next door neighbor friend, who you may remember from here and here. She’s pretty into sea animals and the color blue, so when I remembered Anna’s beautiful baby seal lap duvet, I went searching for the fabric. It was still available on Etsy, so I ordered a yard (which tragically arrived in the mail 15 minutes before the party started, but that’s another story).

baby seal pjs -- probably actually-2Oscar modeled for me before we wrapped them up. He wears a size three pretty well these days.

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Pattern | Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pajama pants

Fabric | Seals on Blue by Cosmo Textiles + Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Gray



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Last month some beautiful fat quarters from Cloud 9 Fabrics arrived in my mailbox. I’ve had my eye on Up, Up & Away for the longest time – the colors, the clouds, the tiny dots – it’s such a gorgeous line. And I know it’s Portlandia of me, but what can I say, I still love a good bird print. With Skinny laMinx behind it all, you can’t go wrong.

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I’m usually in a clothing mindset, so coming up with smaller scale projects that use fat quarters is sometimes a challenge for me. But I had the perfect pattern fresh in my mind, one I used a few weeks back which has now become a favorite – the Gingercake On the Go Organizer.

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My first two organizers were made with teacher gifts in mind, but there were a few minor imperfections in that round – nothing serious, just your run-of-the-mill-getting-used-to-a-pattern stuff. They’re completely suitable for home use (Lila has claimed one and filled it with her scented markers, and I’ll happily be using the other) but I couldn’t let those little flaws out of the house. Besides, I needed three. And so, enter Up, Up & Away.

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We filled them with pens and chocolate bars and notebooks – I bought the plain 5×8 kraft paper variety and let Lila watercolor the covers, a task she took very seriously.

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There you have it, three completed teacher gifts with 11 days to spare! It’ll never happen again.

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Thanks to Cloud 9 for the fat quarters…and if you’re looking for Up, Up & Away, LiMa Sews just listed the whole collection! And an update :: as part of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, LiMa Sews is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Up, Up & Away – visit their beautiful new blog and leave a comment by 12/13 for a chance to win!

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Today I’m joining in on the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series with a couple of On the Go Organizers! I’d already sewn two great Gingercake patterns (Love Your Lunchbox the Traveling Changing Pad) – both are well used and loved around here, so I was happy to be part of this series and choose another Gingercake pattern to try.

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I went with the organizer thinking it might make a nice teacher gift, and I must say, the thought of actually having a Christmas gift sewn in mid-November was both novel and appealing.

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The design is simple and clean, and I especially love how the front cover is pieced with linen to look like a bound book. Heavyweight interfacing and batting give it a sturdy, substantial feel, and after you get everything interfaced it’s quick and straightforward to put together. The multiple layers do get thick, so I used my walking foot in the final stages.

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It’s fun to choose fabric for projects like this because they just take little bits and pieces – it’s perfect for fat quarters and scraps, and so much fun to choose coordinating prints.

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I picked up some fat quarters of Leah Duncan’s Tule line from Lima Sews specifically with this project in mind, but then I couldn’t wait to dive into them, so some of these (the two cover prints – Mojave Illuminated and Windmarks Arid) might already look familiar from recent posts. Lately I’ve become a little bit obsessed with Leah Duncan and her beautiful designs – I love the entire Tule line (as well as her upcoming line, Meadow), and especially how the prints work together. It’s some of the most beautiful stuff out there, in my humble opinion.

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The inside pockets are just right for filling with notepads (here’s the one I’d want in mine, just FYI), cards, stamps, a pen, and anything else you can think of. And if you’re giving it away and wanted to add a little something extra, those small front pockets would be a perfect home for a gift card.

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If you’d like to win a copy of the On the Go Organizer pattern and knock out a few holiday gifts of your own, just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway will be open through Friday, November 22nd, and Virginia will email the pattern off to the winner shortly thereafter. Good luck!

((giveaway is now closed!))

Gingercake Gifts Series

And speaking of winners, one’s been chosen for the Llama Fabrics fabric giveaway! Max (#79), enjoy your four-yard bounty!

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fabric trays

I realized pretty early on that I wouldn’t be making much of a dent in my project list for Christmas this year. It’s okay, it was a little ambitious. Most of my ideas were gifts for Lila, so I’m hoping to work through the list at a leisurely pace and end up with a few handmade goodies to give for Valentine’s Day and her birthday. But I did manage to do some grown-up gift sewing last night and make a few fabric trays, which have been on my list since I pinned them back in October.

These little trays from Anna’s tutorial were so much fun. Once I tracked down all the materials (I didn’t have fusible fleece or the heavy weight Peltex on hand) and got started, they were really quick and easy. Maybe 30 minutes each, and the fabric is all scraps. I ended up making two sets to give away.

The fabrics from top to bottom (below) are Heather Ross fishes from Mendocino, a random spotty Michael Miller scrap, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet, and some Heather Bailey Nicey Jane. I copied Anna and used linen for the outside of the trays.

I made the small “pencil holder” size and the medium “spare change” size, and immediately envisioned both sizes holding sewing tools and supplies. Because I have a one track mind like that.

The bigger tray can also keep you organized while you catch up on your correspondence.

Especially during Christmas card season.

Which is actually New Year’s card season around here – I always end up choosing a New Year’s design due to the off chance they’ll still look like they’re on time when I don’t get them out until a week or two after Christmas.

Of course Lila immediately thought the trays were for her babies. She has a one track mind, too.

They also work well for serving bonbons and tea to stuffed friends.

So yeah, lots of options!

I hope the recipients find something fun to put inside. And if either of you happen to look at my blog in the next couple days…sorry. Just act surprised. 🙂

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