kids clothes, sewing with knits

wiener dog pajama shirts

Confession time, I haven’t sewn any clothes for either of my girls since August.  As I was packing up summer clothes in the fall, I was folding up lots of things I had made them.  Things I thought they’d love and use, but most got worn once or twice and then promptly forgotten about.  It made me kind of sad in a way. Although Emily might be able to wear some of the things Natalie hardly ever wore, I still felt like I was heading the wrong direction.  So I stopped.  We had plenty of clothes for the winter, so I didn’t feel compelled to make anything.

My kids go for the obvious, comfort.  Who can blame them?  I’m the same way.  When I get home from work, I quickly change into my comfy clothes. The other day I was digging through my fabric, trying to make sure to use things I already have instead of buying something new.  I pulled out the infamous wiener dog interlock knit I had gotten at my local Hancock Fabrics maybe a year or more ago?  I had gotten it to make some pajamas, so I got busy.

I pulled out Rae’s Flashback skinny tee and did some quick little mods to make a bigger size for Natalie (she’s about a 6-7 in girls now).  Although Rae does have the big kid version available now, I only had up to 5T.  I also made it a little more a-line so it wasn’t quite as snug around the tummy and loosened it up in the sleeves.  Pajama shirts!  I had intended to make some pants too, but I ended up having only enough fabric for two shirts and another little project I’ll have to wait and show you next time.

I used my twin needle again, not breaking it this time thankfully!  Some of the threads did snap already though on Emily’s sleeves when she wore it, so I’m not sure how to avoid that in the future, if you have any tips I’d love to hear about them!

Here’s to more knits in the future, more comfy and more having fun!  ps, I’ve gotten on this crazy sewing with knits kick again, it goes in streaks, but I seriously have a lot of fun with it once I get started!

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bathroom divided basket + washcloths

This was one of those projects I had set aside time after time.  I always wanted to make a divided basket for our bathroom closet, to stash a little pile of washcloths in and a few other bath items.  I even knew I had to use my hoarded Ann Kelle fabric.  I’m proud of finally using it.  I think it’s always that first cut that hurts the most.

I had saved my terry cloth scraps from when I made the Beach Robes for the girls two summers ago.

So I cut out a couple different sized washcloths, just 7″ and 9″ squares with rounded corners, slap on some bias tape and you’re done.  It was fun to see them get used in the tub after being put off for so long.

I also think this would be a fun little gift for a toddler or any child, throw in some bath crayons and bath toys and a new towel of their very own, you’re golden.

Divided Basket Pattern
Ann Kelle fabric available at Fat Quarter Shop
Ann Kelle fabric available at Hawthorne Threads
lining is Essex Linen available at Pink Castle Fabrics
terry cloth from re-purposed bath towels

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tiny chalkboards

I’m sure you’ve seen these type of mini chalkboards floating around pinterest.  I was at Michael’s the other day and remembered to pick up some 3″x4″ wooden rectangles to make into mini chalkboards.  It was a fun and quick little project.

I used Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint and a Recollections opaque marker to do a few quick permanent doodles on the board, it would be fun to use some awesome metallic or white sharpies too!

Each of these mini chalkboards got tucked in packages for friends, I hope they like them!  
Have a great weekend!