Wee prezzies

We have two birthday parties for little girls tomorrow, so tonight I whipped up some headbands for last-minute (as usualūüôĄ) gifts. The insect one is my favorite! 

As you can see, I have so much trouble throwing away even the smallest of scraps, so I stitch leftovers together into bigger leftover pieces- very useful for wee headbands! #thrifty 


Today I wanted to sew a simple headband or two for a birthday present. Well, as usual I overdid it and couldn’t stop myself from making a bunch instead of just one or two. I blame the easy pattern and fabric stash-busting nature of the pattern. ¬†I used this one:¬†http://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-fabric-headband-tutorial-handmade-gift-series/

she made the goofy face on purpose!


Most have recipients in mind, some may go to “gift stash”

These are so fun, easy, and quick! I can see using lots of stash fabric up on these fun items! ¬†I managed to make all 8 of these while taking care of my kids solo (that might not be a big deal to you, but the Wee Boy is the biggest handful you can possibly imagine, and then some),¬†and they didn’t take that much time. ¬† I know it would be a ¬†bit more work, and the elastic is mostly covered by hair anyway, but I’m curious how much harder it would be to cover the elastic with some fabric. ¬†Although, if I want to keep making these quickly, adding more steps probably isn’t the way to go.

A quilt for the Wee Boy

The Wee Boy has been very patient about his long-promised quilt. Once in a while he’ll ask me sadly, “why aren’t you making my quilt?,” to which I make some excuse about lack of time or other, more urgent projects… Well, today the excuses ended!

I started on the quilt and finished the evening with the top all cut out.

I was actually a tad worried that he might not love the Star Wars fabric, but when he came out of his room, woken up by a cough, he noticed it and said, “I love my quilt,” so I’m sure it’s just fine. ūüėČ
The pieces are 8.5″ by 8.5″ so it shouldn’t take too long so sew up. Then I get to decide the back design with the leftover fabric, which is more on the printed side than solid. So we’ll see how that goes.

Have I mentioned that it’s a million times easier making a quilt when one has a cutting mat and rotary cutter!? I don’t know how I made it through my first quilt alive!!


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:


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.