Friday, March 30, 2012

Ballet Bags

Back when the Bug started Princess Ballet classes I made her a bag for her shoes and stuff.
I based it loosely off of this bag from Dana at MADE. (her original post is no longer there, sorry!)
Just look at that little 3 year old Bug!
The bag was super cute. I really loved it.
But it wasn't perfect. It was just a simple drawstring bag and was kind of hard to carry since it had no handle.

So I went back to the drawing board.
Ballet bag 2.0 was made up as a gift for one of the Bug's girlfriends.
Same basic idea.
Satin bag, chiffon overlay, big satin bow.
In ballerina pink of course.
But this time, instead of making it a simple drawstring bag I made a little cinch bag/ back pack.
I used this tutorial loosely. Mostly just to figure out how to run the drawstrings through the casing so it worked right.
I kind of love it a lot.
So I made a second one.
Because the Bug's original bag was starting to fall apart.
It's seen 2 years of hard wear.
And because it's just so darn cute.
She loves, loves, loves the straps. 
(Which were made from ribbon left over from her own baby shower! Waste not want not!)
And she loves the glitter chiffon.
This is the first project I've made for her in a while that she was absolutely giddy over.

The glitter chiffon shed all over our car the first night. Unforeseen consequence. Oops!
The girls may or may not have been shaking it and having a "glitter party" back there in the backseat once they realized. . . making it 100 times worse.
So I'll be sweeping out the car, Honey. Sorry about that!

Other than that little oops! It's a fun, cute, functional little bag.
The glitter has died down a bit so I'd call this project an over all success!



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tee Shirt Dresses

I've been in need of quick projects lately.
Minimal time. Minimal thought.
It's all I have to give right now.
So I dug through the Bug's dresser drawers and came up with a couple of tee shirts that show her belly. Rather than relegate them to the basement bins I decided to sew simple skirts on the bottom and extend their life.

This one was a quick bubble skirt with some navy blue knit.
It's my favorite but doesn't have the spin factor the Bug loves.
She does still enjoy being silly though. Apparently no spin is required for that.

And yes, I did take these photos about a month ago.
The Bug has short hair now and there is no snow on the ground. In fact, it's been way too warm for long sleeved dresses and tights lately.
This one is the Bug's favorite though she refused to be photographed in it.
Hello Lowes cart and static electricity hair! You'll just have to use your imagination to fill in the dress details.

The skirt is a black and grey sweatshirt knit.  I just cut the length I wanted from the width of the fabric, sewed one seam, gathered and attached it at the shirt hem. I didn't even hem the bottom of this one since it curled up nicely on it's own. Quick and easy.

It's a fun way to extend the life of those favorite tees. Or to actually get your "dress only" wearing kiddo to wear the plethora of tee shirts in her drawer.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Special Baby Shower Gifts

You can tell it's crunch time at our day jobs by the scarcity of our blog posting.
Michelle, because she is a tax accountant, is knee deep in numbers and code and all that stuff that makes me queasy.
And I, well, I and my friend/ co-worker Jessica are knee deep planning Spring Into Art, a big art fair/fundraiser for our library. (If you live in or around Northern Indiana, check it out! It's worth the drive!)

Michelle will be back in and among the living mid-April. For me, it will be early May before I start feeling less frazzled all around and have the creative energy to give above and beyond the 9 to 5.
Please forgive the lack of posts. I do have several projects held back just waiting for the time to blog them so we won't be completely silent.

Like this. . .
My lovely sister in law is expecting her third boy. I thought she deserved a pretty diaper bag because let's be real, Mom's the one that has to carry this beast 90% of the time so it might as well be pretty.
I pinned this free tutorial at a long time ago thinking it would just make a cute all around bag. At the time, I didn't know anyone that was pregnant.

Then when my sister in law's shower rolled around this idea combined with another pin (Hospital Survival Kit) in my head and created the best shower gift eva.
I filled the bag with all sorts of fun stuff.  Trail mix, headbands, travel toiletries, hemorrhoid pads (oh yes I did), suckers, mints, lip balm, maxi pads. . . all those things you need but forget about. It was so fun.
The fabric is an odd textured mix of something. It's vintage. From grandma, of course. And it's PERFECT for a bag and perfect for my SIL. Girl is going to rock this mustard and turquoise bag.
The accent fabric is just a simple, sturdy chambray.

Inside the bag (sorry, no picture) there are pockets. Lots of pockets.  All shapes and sizes. One with a zipper even. Plenty of room for bottles and diapers and changes of clothes and any of Mom's purse type stuff. There are a couple of places for things to clip and be clipped. . . over all, it's a pocket lovers fantasy bag.
(I should add. . . I did my own thing when it came to interior pockets. While the tutorial is sufficient, I tend to prefer more and different types of pockets. So if you are using this tutorial and wondering where the clips and such are. . . well, that was just something I added in on my own)

And it doesn't scream "I'm a diaper bag!!" does it?
I think that's my favorite part.
Someday perhaps it will live on as an overnight bag or something. I love versatility.

I'm not sure why I've never made a diaper bag before. I've kind of been afraid of them.  It's such a vital tool for a Momma and I know how picky I was about mine.  But this one came together really well. And I think the key, really is just pockets, pockets, pockets.
I don't know. Time will tell.
I expect your honest review once it's stood the test of time Heidi, k?
And we couldn't leave baby out could we?
When we first found out she was pregnant my sister in law mentioned wanting a sock monkey for the baby.
We had just finished making sock monkeys for our Crafting Hope group so it was perfect.

This little guy sat in my sewing room waiting for a face for a couple of months before I finished him up.
I thought the bow tie was a nice addition.  Give him a bit of personality.
As if a sock monkey is ever lacking in personality.

Baby boy, you are loved. We are all excited to meet you, but hey, could you just hang on for a few more weeks?  We'd all feel better about that. Your Momma included. 
See you soon!