Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canada Day Bunting

Well this Kite couldn't leave you without some Canada Day Bunting inspiration.  My sister AJ sewed up a couple of festive Canada Day buntings using dollar store bandanas.

These little packages

Become pretty

Perfect for the patio or over the door!  Happy Canada Day and don't forget the sparklers!

I will be back Friday, until then enjoy the celebrations!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Last Day of School: Teacher Gift

Will you succeed?
Yes you will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
- Oh the places you will go

Today is the last day of school. 

I wanted to sew something for Miss Lily's JK teacher and Miss Lily suggested something to do with butterflies.  The Hungry Caterpillar party and insect unit was a highlight of her first year of school. 

I decided to  try out Prudent Baby's Bias Tape Reversible bag using a combination of the Save Our Planet fabric and a Danica mariposa dinner napkin.  Jaime said the project would take about an hour, she was right!
I found the napkins on sale for $5.00 (for four!) at Homesense.

Here is the finished bag:

I am pleased with the way the two fabrics coordinate. 

Miss Lily also wanted to make a card for our crossing guard, Al. Miss Lily is very interested in crossing guards.  She knows their names, their stations, and is always interested in their whistles.  We gave Al, our crossing guard, this handmade stop sign card (obviously, I am lacking one of those cricut machines) and a new whistle.

That's the scoop and don't forget to hug your teacher and crossing guard today!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Sew Mama Sew : Make It, Wear It Challenge

I rarely sew clothes from scratch for myself.  I make aprons, bags, engage in repurposing projects and sew clothes for the kids, but rarely make something for myself.   In fact, I think the last "for me" project was this matron of honour dress for my BFF's wedding in the fall of 2000 (Butterick 6396 View C).

The passing of a decade, another insignificant birthday, and Sew Mama Sew's "Make It, Wear It June sewing challenge" was the impetus to sew something for myself.  [You can check out all the Make It, Wear It projects here.  I believe the pool closes June 30th.]

For my project, I used Amy Butler's Mini Dress, Tunic, and Top pattern and about 2 yards of  Amy's Love/Paradise Garden collection. 

This is the second Amy Butler pattern I have "tested" [I posted about the Domestic Goddess half apron here - and a pal tried it out here].   I find her patterns well-written and easy to follow. Her instructions also include a number of techiques which make your project take on a really finished look (the top shown has an invisible zipper, pleats, and yoke facing).  I made my top in size "medium". It is a little more flared than I would like and next time I would take in the sides about a 3/4 inch.

I had fun with this project.  I hope it's not another decade.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Nintendo DS Pouch

I am a sucker for any sort of pouch/caddy/organization project - particularily of the fabric variety.

My BFF (who is a mother of four and a sewing hero) just finished a very interesting project for her girls.  For those of you who have older children, you might enjoy this Nintendo DS pouch project.  I understand that these DS systems can be very useful for long road trips.

BFF used a slice of fabric from these pj bottoms [Side bar: I am also guilty of having a drawer full of these babies which were related to a very long hospital stay in 2005]

and put together these pouches using What Katy Did's Nintendo DS pouch tutorial.
The tutorial works very well with coordinating fabrics (in this case the two different PJ bottoms).

I think it is a great repurposing project and very useful. 
Have a lovely weekend! (for those of you in Toronto - G20 weekend).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ballet Slipper Book Mark

Maybe you spotted it already, but Wee Folk Art has a tutorial  for a sweet little ballet slipper book mark.  Miss Lily's ballet recital took place this past weekend, so the timing was perfect.  The book mark makes a sweet gift for a dance instructor, or you could use it as a Christmas ornament if your little gal is pining to be Clara (or Marie - depending on what version your family is into- we are in the Clara camp).   

I made a pair of slippers with glittery twill tape as opposed to grosgrain. The Tales from the Ballet book has become a Miss Lily favourite - this week it's Giselle.

Felt slippers make me smile,

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ring Bearer Pillow

Following up on yesterday's post, my nephew was a ring bearer this week. AJ created a ringbearer pillow inspired by this photo  (if you know who took this photo please let me know so I can provide proper credit).

She used Pink Paper Peppermint's fabric flower tutorial for the large flower.  My nephew's suit is from Target (about ten bucks on sale, oh how I wish we had Target up here).
If you are looking for more ring bearer pillow inspiration, you must check out Martha's gallery of DIY ring pillows as well as  this moss pillow available at April Hiler's Etsy Shop.

As always, thanks for checking in and have a lovely day!

UPDATE: more from this wedding can be seen at Style Me Pretty

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