Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pillow and Blanket

Part two of the series: "Things the Bug needs for Day Care"
O.k. so the Bug has enough blankets to keep a small country warm. But I couldn't help myself. She needed to have a blanket and pillow that she could keep at day care. We are used to bringing her blanket home every night so it was no big deal just to take the favorite blanket. But she needed one that she could leave at school. And it had to have her name on it.

Since I'm no fan of the "Sharpie on fabric" method of labeling things I broke out some more of my hand dyed fabric and cut out itty bitty letters.

The blanket is fabric picked out by the Bug. I think she did a good job with this sweet owl flannel. And I picked out the soft minky dots for the back. I know she will love how soft it is and the bumpy texture is just bonus.

I added the brown rick rack detail at the bottom to dress up what would have other wise been a wide expanse of green owl-ness and to highlight her name applique. I think otherwise it might have gotten lost in the busy print.

I think the pillow is her favorite. She is just learning to recognize certain letters and, of course, this particular letter is her favorite.

I tied the pillow in with the blanket with more rick rack detailing. The minky fabric is on the back so she can choose the most comfortable sleeping side.

This is one project that she loved on site. I will always remember how she squeeled with glee when she saw it. I think someone might have a new favorite blankie. I only hope she's o.k. with leaving it at day care.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Art Smock for the Bug

I had a few hours of solitude this past weekend and put them to good use. The Bug needs some new things for her new day care next Monday. And far be it from me to purchase something I could make, right?

So I found this tutorial on-line. Super cute, right? I didn't stick to the tutorial completely but used it as a jumping off point. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of others.
The main body fabric is a heavy canvas that I had in my stash. The arms are home decor weight fabric by Jessica Jones (also from my stash). How amazingly awesome is she, right? And she lives in the same suburb as my dear sis. I am star struck.

I haven't done a whole lot of applique, but this was fun!

The fabrics I used for the applique were hand dyed muslin. I dyed them myself about 10 years ago in my college fiber arts class. I think it's pretty cool that my sweet girl will be creating beautiful artwork while wearing some of her momma's creations--past and present.

I also had the opportunity to use my sewing machine in a way I haven't before, to "draw" with thread. It was challenging but fun. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I've yet to convince the Bug to try it on. She is fickle and uncooperative when it comes to her momma's sewing projects. Ah well, I think it's beautiful. And hopefully it will inspire her creativity as well!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Custom Order #2

After completing the Halloween apron for my co-worker, another co-worker asked if I could make an apron as a birthday gift for a friend of hers. My co-worker picked out the fabric from Hancock's of Paducah (my main fabric supplier) and a pattern from the A is for Apron book.
You may recognize the pattern. It is the same pattern I used for the Holiday Twirl, which I had made in order to try out the pattern before making this apron for my co-worker. The only difference is that she wanted to make it reversible (I of all people can't blame her for that decision.)

I wasn't sure how I would like the dots as the main fabric and the big bold patterned fabric as the accent. It seemed to me that the dots were more well suited to an accent fabric and the big bold pattern as the main fabric. Now that it is done, I couldn't disagree with myself more! The ties are long enough to make a bow in back or a tie in front. I actually really like how the tie in front looks, but who doesn't like a big bow in back. Can you tell which side is my favorite?

Oh, who am I kidding - I LOVE both sides - and the options and possibilities they create.
With the exception of a minor topstitching false alarm that I was able to address before it was too late, the apron went together easily.
I can't wait for the big reveal on Monday. I know she is going to LOVE it. My favorite part of creating these items is making something that people can enjoy!

Interested in a custom order? Just contact me via our 402 Center Street Etsy Site.

~ Michelle

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Officially Crazy?

I'm still here folks but I think I've officially gone crazy. Despite the mountain of Christmas gifts I'm wanting to make, and the pile of "to do" projects for the store. . .

I have decided to hand quilt the baby quilt I'm working on.

I know. I'm nuts. But I HATE the way my machine quilts and I just can't make it do what I want it to do. I think maybe I just need to spend a little more time figureing things out. But for now, for this project, hand quilting is the way to go.

I think part of my problem is, I don't just see this quilt as a functional piece. To me, it is a work of art. I've put so much of my heart into it, I just can't settle for less than my ideal.

So there you have it. If I'm not putting out as much stuff for the store as quickly as I'd hoped this is why. Baby will be here soon and she needs her quilt! So I'll be stitching away fervently with every minute of free time I can manage until this project is completed!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Twirl

I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet and I am thinking Christmas. But can you really blame me, think of all the great things that Christmas brings with it - time with family, crisply wrapped presents, Starbucks' peppermint hot chocolate, fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favorite-thing. This is the perfect time of the year to think of all the good things and still be able to ignore all the not-so-good-things (i.e. driving in the snow! AH.)
Anyway, for those of you who are eager to get on the Christmas sleigh with me, I introduce you to the Holiday Swing Apron. When I was making this my sister commented that it would make a cute skirt. She was thinking of a skirt for the Bug, I was thinking of a skirt for me!

While, I finished this as an apron I may attempt a skirt with a similar pattern.

This is my first non-reversible apron, so I used French seams to give it a clean and finished look and to extend the wear of the garment.

As is usually the case, I am having a hard time not keeping this whimsy apron for myself! But alas, until I can excuse an apron-a-day lifestyle, I will continue to sell them on Etsy.

*Please note, that I can accommodate custom orders, if you see a pattern you like on the blog or in our Etsy store, but would like it in a different fabric, just contact 402CenterStreet through the Etsy site and I will work with you to design the perfect apron for you or as the perfect gift for someone special.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me Purse

The issue of purse envy is solved.

I decided that since tomorrow is my birthday I would spend tonight working on something purely selfish.
I had totally forgotten that I had this fabric and the navy fabric that's accenting it. I'm pretty sure that probably means I have too much fabric, right? But really, is there such a thing?

I thought the large floral print lent itself nicely to this style of bag. And even though it was a bit of a hassle, I like the added detail of the bias tape around the top.

This one here is all for me. A present for myself. But I think I'll make another for the store one of these days. It's too cute not to share!


Monday, November 2, 2009

A Purse and a Dilemma

This is why I shouldn't make purses.

My friend requested a purse in this fabric after she saw the cell phone case I made a while back. I finally got around to making it and now I love it so much that I don't want to part with it.

I love, love, love this purse.

Lea, if you change your mind, it's totally o.k. with me. I promise I won't be offended!

The strap is just long enough to toss over your shoulder. The body of the purse is super soft, thin corduroy, with a fleece interfacing on the interior for added support. There's a cute, curvy pocket on the back and a fun polka dot pocket on the inside. The whole thing closes up with a silver magnetic purse snap.


I don't know if I have enough of the brown cord to eek out another one of these puppies for myself but you'd better believe I will be trying!


Town House Ruffle Skirt

I whipped up this simple little ditty over the weekend.
I found this cute fabric at JoAnn's, who has all of a sudden gotten some really cute stuff in. I know not all JoAnn's stores are like mine but ours has been so nasty (both in cleanliness and staff attitudes) in the past that I've all but stopped going there completely.

At any rate, I found the store in much better condition lately and the staff seem to have gotten attitude adjustments since I was last there. Thank goodness because we don't have many brick and mortar fabric shops around here. Unless you count the Amish ones and well, I'm just not that brave yet. Maybe after another ten years in Amish country I'll get up the nerve.

At any rate, I think this simple little skirt is quite sweet with the modern, funky cartoon houses juxtaposed against the dainty, almost old-fashioned, floral ruffle. And what little girl doesn't love purple, right? I know mine does.

This will be posted in the Etsy shop soon and since I have plenty of yardage I'll be able to custom make most any size you request!