Stealthy crafting revealed!

For the past few days I was working on a few little sewing projects from this adorable insect fabric.  The friends whose kids these items were destined for are super into gardening, so I thought they’d like this fabric.

insect fabric

insect fabric

Today was the birthday party where I gave the wee gifts, so I can show you!! This is what I made for the birthday girl and her big sister:

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Reversible sun hat, water bottle carriers, ponytail holders.

Ponytail holders-to-be!

Ponytail holders-to-be! Alas, I didn’t have time to get rubber bands to complete the ponytail holders (yes, I wimped out due to rain + kids), so I’ll deliver them the next time I see these friends.

The water bottle carrier is made from this tutorial: http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2006/07/10/whiplash-challenge-water-bottle-carrier/  I have made mine using batting or fleece that I have on hand, rather than insulated batting.  Also, I have opted to make a wide strap out of fabric instead of buying strap material.  I just cut it 4-5 inches wide, make a wide strap as if I were sewing bias tape, measure it against a kid, and cut it to an appropriate length.  Then I just sew the end under before attaching it to the carrier.

I love this tutorial (as you can tell by my making it 4 times now!).  My only complaint with this is that it’s a tad narrow for our Kleen Kanteen or kids’ Nalgene bottles.  They do fit, but the kids can’t get them in and out easily.  I think that’s really ok though, because if we’re out hiking or walking, it’s a better idea just to lift it up and drink rather than take the bottle completely out every time.  But I should try making them a tad wider next time to make it easier on the wee ones.

French seams-- fancy!

French seams– fancy!

As you can see, I sew back and forth a lot on where the straps are attached.  I don’t want that area wearing out!

I didn’t get a photo of the water bottle carrier in action, so I’ll make up for it with cute-baby-in-hat photos!! IMG_8559Hat in action!  This is the Reversible Bucket Hat, a free sewing pattern found here: http://oliverands.com/free-patterns/reversible-bucket-hat/  I’ve made this hat at least 6 times now and can attest to its awesomeness.  I’m not an advanced sewer by any means, but I’ve pulled it off reasonably well each time, and the results are so cute!!!  I accidentally gave the Wee Boy’s dinosaur one to friends, so he needs a new one, too!

More cuteness!

More cuteness!

Oh, and a gratuitous rainbow photo from this morning! It’s been a stormy weekend, and we’ve spent a lot of time indoors.  It was nice to have this brighten up our view for a bit.

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Productive

With some unexpected free time today, I decided to see this bag to house a sketchbook and a few other activities for a 6 year-old’s birthday present. I’d had the cute dotty fabric and green gingham for some time, but hadn’t thought of pairing them together, but I’m glad I did.

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Afterwards, it didn’t take much time at the spinning wheel to finish up my fourth and last bobbin of this brown Rambouillet. Now I can start plying it!

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I also made some progress on my Serenity socks while we watched a documentary about humpback whales this evening. 🙂

I hope you had a good Saturday too!

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