I had so much fun making this baby gift set! It had been a long time since I’ve sewn any baby clothes and such. There’s just something about a cute little gift set that I couldn’t resist sewing up as soon as I saw Rae’s Sidewalk knits. I originally thought I would make something for one of my girls, but then Green Bee Patterns put their Modern Layette Set pattern on sale (one that I had been eyeing up no less!) so it just had to be!
My sister-in-law puts together a fundraiser each year for her MOPS group, and I love donating something for the silent auction. It’s always been fun creating something I know will be used and loved, and I was especially excited when I thought of putting together this newborn baby gift set. I had this chunk of Michael Miller’s organic cotton sherpa in my stash for many years and could never cut into because it’s sooo cuddly. It ended up making a perfect cozy blanket when paired with Rae’s Sidewalk Fancy Steps print. I almost want to make a version just like it for myself!
Of course I couldn’t resist making the romper! It’s actually a super fun little pattern, I highly recommend it. I did spend a bit of time on the placket making sure I got it just right. A bit of seam ripping here or there and I’m happy with the results! The knit is a very stable 100% organic cotton so if you’re using your regular sewing machine you should have no troubles sewing with this whatsoever. It doesn’t curl up like some blended knits, so it’s perfect for beginners. Anyway, the romper is just too adorable! My girls and I took turns oooing and ahhing over how tiny and cute it is.
And the hat, don’t get me started! Eeeek! I’ve always intended to make these knotted hats, they’re super quick, use very little fabric, and make such a great gift! I’m sure I’ll be including them in all the baby gifts I give from now on.
Lastly, and because I love a cute gift set, I quickly made a Divided Basket for everything to tuck inside. Of course it makes for a super cute presentation, but then after it’s so useful for diapers and corralling baby things.
Patterns: Modern Layette Set and Divided Basket
Fabric: Fancy Steps (Turquoise) by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics
from her new Sidewalk Knits collection,
basket exterior is Chambray Cotton Canvas (basket lining is part of the Dapper collection by Luke Haynes)
You can find a list of shops that carry Sidewalk knits here!
I’m super excited to share this finish today! I’ve had these woven Hudson pant on my to do list for so long. I’ve even had the fabric washed and pattern printed and set aside for months. The reason I got inspired to start them finally was when I had gotten a clothing catalog in the mail a week or so ago and spotted this jogger pant. I don’t know if it’s just the styling of them or what, but I immediately jumped on their website and was considering buying some until I saw the price. It’s a little spendy for something I wasn’t sure I would wear a ton, but they immediately reminded me of the Hudson pant and I figured why not try and sew a pair first?!
I took some of the ideas from that jogger pant and set out to finish some for myself. I used a knit for the cuff and waistband, but used the Brussel Washer Linen for the main parts. I added back patch pockets and followed Kelly’s tips for making a woven pair of Hudson’s. About halfway through I was totally questioning what the heck these would even look like on. Without the waistband it’s super hard to get an idea of the overall fit, but I continued on and trusted that things would work out. I’m glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up. It’s been a long while since I’ve made myself any pants! I really love them.
I’m so glad these are finished and I hope I get to wear them a bit. I like that they look a little more dressed up than if they were made of all knit, so I’m hoping that I can find more tops to pair with them. I think I definitely need a jean jacket! I did add about an 1 1/2″ to the length for which I am grateful that I remembered! I needed it.
Pattern: Hudson Pant by True Bias
Fabrics: Brussel Washer Linen and Laguna Jersey Knit both by Robert Kaufman fabrics
I had the honor to make a few samples for Quilt Market for Cloud9 Fabrics this past fall. The Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book) patterns were perfect for showcasing this beautiful fabric, plus they definitely give off that beachy casual vibe. I always love sewing samples for market because it’s such relaxing sewing. Someone else picks the fabric and patterns and all I have to do is sew. Bonus because it’s my own pattern and I get to switch to automatic mode and go go go.
Of course it’s always fun to sew with beautiful fabric, too. This is the Underwater collection by Elizabeth Olwen. I can see how this fabric collection would be so fun for beach gear, or a nursery, and of course bags!
Kind of fun side note, I was finally able to use a zipper I had hand-dyed for this Market Bag. I think I was going for a gray, but it ended up a bluish purple which ended up coordinating so nicely with this fabric! I used the organic cotton zipper from Zipit and it seemed to take the dye very nicely, but I did it quite a few years ago so I’ll be excited to try some more! And maybe indigo!!!
I managed to snap these pictures with the fall leaves just before I shipped them out to Cloud9 last fall. It was fun to have the fall foliage provide some beautiful color contrast! Looking at these colors is so fun when everything now is white!
Patterns: Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book)
Fabric: Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen
Leather handles: available in my shop
Zippers: Zipit on etsy