sewing, tutorial

sewing is great

A few days ago I made a lovely little stack of diaper keepers.  I really wasn’t going to blog about it because I’ve made some before and of course I also made my own version with my diaper pouch tutorial a couple times, too:

But when as I was making them it made me realize that I can take a few scraps of fabric, sew them together, and make something that will be useful to 5 mothers (and possibly the dads too) for a long time to come.  Isn’t that great to think of sewing that way?

Before the fabric was just sitting on my shelf and now it’s a stack of diaper keepers that are so handy for anyone’s diaper bag.  Quick, easy, and fun project, oh and for these I used Diary of a Quilter‘s tutorial here.  Love them!  See?  Sewing doesn’t have to be fancy or artsy or whatever, it can be what you want it to be.  And these are a mom’s necessity in my world.

Fabrics: Amy Butler Lotus, Cloud 9 My Happy Nursery and Cut Out & Keep, Alexander Henry Farmdale
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quilting, sewing, tutorial

the inside scoop – my quilt

Okay, I had a few requests for more information on my quilt that I made for my own bed.  It’s a pretty awesome use of fabric – there’s virtually no remaining scraps and you’ve got yourself a queen sized quilt when you’re finished.  It’s actually just a few inches shy of a standard size queen quilt (which is 86″ x 93″), but I just layer my quilt on top of our existing duvet, so for me it doesn’t have to be exact.

The quilt measures 85″ wide by 87″ tall.  You’ll need the following cuts of fabric to make the quilt top:

2.5 yard cut for center panel – labeled #1
1/2 yard cut for small borders (blue fabric in my quilt) – labeled #2
2 yards for large outside border (yellow fabric in my quilt) – labeled #3


  • For the center panel simply trim off the selvage edges.
  • Cut 4 small border print pieces 4.5″ wide by width of fabric (about 44″), depending how your fabric shop cuts fabric, you may or may not have enough, so either adjust it to 4″ wide or get 5/8 yard
  • Cut 4 large outside border cut 18″ wide by width of fabric

I should note that you probably won’t want to use fabric that has a directional print (that is a specific upward facing pattern) for the borders just because of the way they’re cut (your print would be facing sideways if you did).

Sew border strips together using 1/4″ seam, then sew the borders to the center panel.  That’s all!  And sorry if this is insulting to all the fabulous quilters out there.  I just hope this might encourage those who wanted to give a large quilt a try!

Here’s a little roundup of some great quilting tutorials*, and mostly how I learned what I know about quilting:

So thank you ladies for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us, I truly appreciate it!
*oh, and definitely feel free to share any other quilting tutorials/tips in the comments.
Have a great weekend everyone!
kids clothes, sewing

a charlie dress?

I really should stop doing this, but every time I make something I just have to make two for the girls.  Plus, the second time around is always that much more fun.

And although my girls don’t need anymore clothes, it’s just too much fun to see them wearing things I make.  I know that all too soon, they won’t want me to make them clothes anymore.

So anyway, I went with Rae’s Charlie tunic again and made it into a dress this time.  I also added the puff sleeves and rounded placket again, similar to Natalie’s tunic.

My favorite part is the little bit of hand stitching.  I used to have a pic up on my inspiration board of a top that had a ton of hand stitching around the neck – it was beautiful.  Maybe I’ll have to make just one more, maybe in my size this time…