Activity Mat for busy bees

playing on activity mat with carsI have two little busy bees at home!  Every now and then we enjoy going out for breakfast or for dinner. As we all know, sometimes  it can be challenging to keep them occupied while waiting for food or when we are still eating. Sandy from Frollein S asked me if I could create something out of her chalk fabric and I immediately got the idea of the activity mat which I can take with me when we go out.Chalk Diy Activity MatThe mat is reversible! I used jersey fabric on one side and the chalk fabric on the other side. This way the boys play with their cars on the streets or draw on the other side with chalk!playing on activity mat diyThe kids are fascinated and entertained for a while. At some point we had about 8-10 cars on the mat and Liam yelled “Crash” all the time 😀diy activity matElliott is learning to write his name and the ABC’s, so he prefers the chalk fabric now. He practices writing his name. Liam likes coloring and doing anything his brother is doing– he sits down every day and colors – coloring books, blank pages, not blank pages, walls, himself etc. 🙂  He is the artiste’! diy chal matabc did activity matI’ve sewn big pockets on the chalk side this way we can add cars, chalk, cards, trains or shapes to them.  pocket diy activity matI also added elastic to the side seam and a button to the mat , hence I can fold the sides and roll it up and use the elastic to close it. Once rolled up it fits in my purse or backpack. The mat is super light even with all the pockets filled and not super bulky. rolled up diy activity mat chalk and streetrolled up activity mat with chalk fabric and jerseyJust a tip when you create your own mat: Add stabilizer to the jersey or at least the corners, this way it doesn’t stretch when sewing. I used a clean kitchen sponge to remove the chalk, you can scrub the fabric no problem.

Let me know if you need some help or send me pictures of yours and I will post it to the blog!

Fabrics by Frollein S and Pattern by me

 

From Inspiration to finished Product

It has been pretty cold in Seattle and a lot colder than usually. I am sitting by the fire in the sun and enjoying the warm heat coming from the fire place. I am surrounded by 2 buckets of laundry waiting to be folded but I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces made by me with you.freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

Oh how much I love my Freya Ladies from FinnLeys. I wear the sweater all the time with a long sleeve shirt in Winter or 3/4 sleeve in Fall Spring. It keeps me nice and warm under my winter coat at the moment. 

When I tested the pattern for Finnleys, most of the girls would do these super cute colorful creations, which are fun and playful. My closet rather consists out of black or dark blue and I don’t wear much playful colors or patterns. Yes, I have some spring/summer colors floating around, but I tend to grab the black dress over the red one all the time. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black side view

I browsed Pinterest a bit and ended up finding some cool jackets with leather or pleather pieces. And I really wanted to incorporate that into my design. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black inspiration board

I never worked with Pleather before. The one I used is highly stretchy and reacts like any other Jersey. Took me a bit to figure out, that I needed to be to be more careful while sewing almost non-stretch with super stretchy fabric together. So one of the armholes is a bit more stretched than I usually like to, but I still love it! <3I started a second sweater out of sweater knit with my own piping, when I ironed the piece I forgot that I made the piping out of polyester and it melted away in the middle of the sweater. So sad, now I have to take the whole thing apart and do it over again!.

I’ll post pictures of the new one once it’s fixed. It might take a while because opening Serger stitches on sweater knit takes forever. Especially black on black 😀

These awesome pictures are done by Jennifer Burns from Trellis Photography. Thank you Jen <3 She also takes our family pictures!

To showcase…

I am so excited to show you these pictures. Elliott and I had so much fun taking these. The days here have been so hot, that I went out in the morning with the kids to get the photos done. Liam was sleeping in his stroller, while E was going wild.Taeschling Alleleikind sweing diy boys toddler

He loves his new Täschling, the pants are super comfy. They have the right amount of room to run around, jump, climb and just be a goofy toddler.

Taeschling sewing diy Allerleikind

I had to bribe him sometimes and tell him : “Put your tongue in”, “Look at me”, “No, take your arms out of the shirt”. I wanted to be stern, but I actually laughed the whole time.IMG_2899

Watching him being the “cool guy” as he calls it and being the loveable goof , made me realize how much he has grown in the last couple months. Made by Lili Taeschling 2.0 Gr. 104 (10)

He asks me tons of questions and tells me so many stories, that I am sometimes amazed on how much he knows. He now asks me to make him clothes, which used to be a struggle and a fight to try something on.

diy sewing pants

I speak German to the kids most of the time, yes I do slip a lot of English in, but for a tired Mama of 2 two with a full on speaking English household, it’s sometimes just easier. And I have to remind myself to keep on speaking German, because now E is picking up the language and using words in his sentences. It’s quiet entertaining to hear him build the words into his sentences.

close up diy pants

Just a couple of months and Big Brudi is turning 4. Amazing 4 years. Funny, my intention was to write about the Allerleikind’s Täschling and I completely let my Mama heart go sentimalitis.close up taeschling

In the next post I’ll talk about more Taeschling The pattern was provided by Allerleikind.

Elsa and Bob {Part 2}

In the previous post I’ve showed you the tutorial for  Bob the builder belt and today I am showing you Elsa. E’s little girl friend loves Elsa from Frozen (which girl doesn’t l<3ve Frozen) and so I sewed her a shirt with a long tulle train.elsa frozen diy tutorial

She was singing “Letting Go” the whole time, it was so cute. I made the shirt a little bigger because it was the end of winter and I wanted her to be able to wear it in Spring or Summer with Leggings. I’ve made the shirt a bit longer and added a big hem to the bottom.

elsa frozen diy tutorial back view

The tulle train was just added between the two pieces of fabric. Below you can see a detailed description on how to create your own

elsa frozen diy shirt

The shirt is super easy to sew and every little girl who receives it will love you forever. <3 elsa frozen diy tutorial front view

Let me know if you have questions & the cold never bothered me anyway..

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)

 

 

Elsa and Bob {Part 1}

I’ve actually sewn these shirts a while ago and haven’t had a chance to show them to you. Here is my cute couple Elsa and Bob. It was so adorable to see the two of them pose together and finally to get Elliott to stand still! Unbelievable what girls can do to boys! 🙂

DIY Elsa Frozen Shirt Bob the builder Shirt Toolbelt

I’ll first show you Bob the builder. I created the shirt with a tool belt for all of Elliott’s play tools. He loves to pretend building and working on his tool bench. And yes he loves to watch Bob the builder on TV too. 🙂

and Bob the builder Shirt with Tool belt

The belt was made out of scraps which I had left over from a shirt I made for E a long time ago.

Tool Belt DIY

And here are the steps on how you can recreate the tool belt on any shirt you sew: DIY Tutorial Tool Belt Bob the builderIt’s hard work posing for pictures and every Builder needs a snack.collage

 

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)

Tool Belt Fabric: Birch Fabrics