Archive | August 2009

I Could See It

IMG_1352As I dug through  the $1 per yard sale fabric at M & L Fabric, I came across this green stripped piece, and immediately my mind’s eye pictured me with a shirt out of the fabric with Linus embroidered on the front. So, I bought enough for 2 shirts. My mind’s eye doesn’t alway see things that quickly, but when it does, I jump on it.

IMG_1354Upon getting the fabric home, I was so excited about the shirt that the fabric went right into the washer and dryer and hit the cutting table. As I cut into the fabric, my sewing patience started to be tested. This fabric is very stretchy and was difficult to keep from stretch while cutting and difficult to keep the strips straight. The darkest row of green has a “wave’ to it like a seersucker fabric. The other two rows do not have this “wave”. When I started to sew, I learned very quickly that this fabric also required a very sharp needle and lots of pins to keep it from stretching. Serging was another trial as even the differential feed would not keep the fabric from stretching. Using the double needle was almost impossible with the stretch and upon completion, I am not 100% happy with the results, but I seldom am. I always see things I could do better the next time around. I thought about trying the walking foot to help with the stretch, but I did not use it. Why I only think about using tools that might help instead of actually trying them out to see if they will help is beyond me. Maybe I was just getting discouraged by the whole project by that time.

IMG_1355I was half afraid to embroider on the shirt, not knowing what kind of mess I would have if the embroidery stretched the fabric. I originally choose a design of Linus that had fewer stitches than some, but I went ahead and picked the design with Snoopy even though it was about 5000 more stitches than Linus alone. To my surprise the  embroidering went really smoothly. This encouraged me to finish the shirt. Now that the shirt is complete, I love it. My mind’s eye was absolutely correct. The stripes and colors were meant for a Linus design. The fabric is very comfortable to wear and the design makes me smile when I look at it. In the cutting and sewing process, I thought I would never use the remainder of the fabric I had purchased, but now I wish I had bought 5 yards more for shirts for the niece and nephews. Everyone needs a shirt with Linus on it I think!

Follow Up #3 – Cursed Pants

Well, I finally got brave enough to wear the pants to work and I am pleased by the end results.

The new pocket style I created work great.

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It was a little weird at first to stick my hand into the pocket and run into the divider, but after a few times it did not bother me anymore. Once I figured out which side I had put things, the pockets did a great job of holding everything and not getting it all mixed up. The elastic in the waist could have been a little tighter, but nothing I can’t live with, and no one has noticed the seam at the bottom of the legs, or at least no one has said anything to me about it.

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So perhaps the pants were not cursed after all or maybe the fabric in the stash just forgave the pants fabric for escaping.

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As for the blanket I mentioned, I unraveled all of the second row that I had been working on, and after some trial and error and a search on the internet, I found the perfect pattern.

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I skipped two stitches, in the third doubled crocheted 3, then chained 3, then double crocheted 3, then skipped two then single crocheted in the next, then repeated.

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I love the peaks this pattern makes.

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I think it looks more boyish than the scallops that other patterns make. I ran the skip-stitch blade round this at 3/4 inch and then folded the fabric over as I did the first chain row. I like the length of the drop that this gave me, so I think this will be the standard I will use for the skip-stitch blade unless I am trying to do something different.

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Since I have given a blanket out of this fabric to one of the nephews already, I think I will donate this one to charity.

Follow Up #2 – Amigurumi Pattern Books

IMG_1260IMG_1264I have recently finished the seal from the Easy Crochet Critter book. It was a fun pattern to do, but took some counting and concentrating to complete. His body is all one piece with a bump for his head and the turn from neck to body. At least that meant less pieces to sew together in the end which was nice for a change.

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I am also not sure I like how the bottom stitched together. You crocheted two stitches together at both the first and last of each row on the body which left a hole (Maybe my tensions are just too tight and that is why I got the holes.)

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IMG_1014Regardless, I think the seal turned out adorable. I spent quite a bit of time on his nose. I wanted it to turn out just right, and I feel that I need to be paying more attention to the details of my amigurumi projects in the future.

The seal has a new home he will be going to soon, but in the meanwhile, he has been doing some “horsing” around with the alligator and  the tiny bear.

Enjoy.

Towel Baby Bibs

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HEY! Hello visitors from Vanilla Joy and About.com! Thanks for visiting. If you have any problems or questions with this pattern I have created a new post with simplified step by step instructions so you might want to check it out too! It is available HERE.

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Someone asked me the other day for the pattern for the towel bibs that I make and I thought it might make a good blog post.

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The biggest challenge to make these bibs is finding the fingertip towels. I just call them ‘Tip Towels’ for short.

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Years ago, Wal-mart sold them in 5 packs. When they stopped carrying them and put them on clearance, I was lucky enough to get a good supply, so I haven’t done any shopping for them since then.

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I can tell you that the tip towels that I use are the same size that golfers use for golf bag towels. If you are unable to locate the size that you want, you might try a sporting goods store, but I have noticed that a lot of the golf towels have a grommet in one corner so you might not want those.

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I have made the bibs with bigger towels for bigger kids, just make the neck part bigger. I could always cut a towel to the size I wanted and hem the edges, but that is more work.

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As far as the construction goes, they are simple to make.

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1. Cut a piece of ribbing 10 1/2 inches by 3 inches, sewing it into a neck band, and pin into fourths.

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2. Place the circle pattern on the towel in the center and a couple for inches from the top.

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3. Trace around the circle, cut the circle out and pin into fourths.

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4. Pin neck band to towel and stitch. Finish the edge however, serge, zig-zag, so on.

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Now the fun starts. Add some ribbon or lace for a little girl, or an applique or iron-on for a little boy. Go crazy designing the bib and have a good time. Remember though to make your embellishments washable.

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If you try them please let me know how the bibs turn out for you here in the comments.

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(NOTE: I’ve added a follow up to this post HERE and another small update is HERE.)

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Follow Up #1 – Pattern Making

This is the first in a series of entries that follow up on a previous blog post. This post is a follow up to the post titled Pattern Making.

IMG_1340Many thanks goes to the parents of the nephews the sleepers IMG_1341were made for because they let me know that they got the sleepers and how they fit. In fact, they posted a video on their blog of the nephew in his sleeper, thanking me.

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I have to tell you that the video of that precious little guy in his new sleeper just melted his aunt’s heart and she can’t wait to make more for him.  I have watched the video several times. He is just so cute.

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And in following up, I have completed the third sleeper for these two nephew’s cousin. Sorry it took so long to finish them but the need for pants to wear to work had to come first. I made this little guy’s sleeper out of the larger size pattern with no alterations. Even though he is not even one year old yet, he is growing like a weed and I want the sleeper to fit him for a little while.

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I had not made anything for this nephew with a Snoopy on it, so I decided now was the time. I hope he and his parents like the Snoopy and the sleeper as much as I do.