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Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

Boy Shorts

Summers are always busy, but this year it seems like we are even more busy with the beautiful weather we had. I’ve been sewing every now and then, but I must say rainy weather will make you do more crafts than beautiful Sunshine.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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I initially made the shorts for Elliott for a short camping trip to Eastern Washington. It was a last minute idea and I used a pants pattern which I already had and made before. The pattern itself is for a long pair of pants and I just used half of the length of the long pair.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My first attempt I also made them smaller in the leg because they seemed too huge to me. Well I should have left them as they were, because they ended up too small. Elliott’s friend Oliver who is turning one soon, fit in them perfectly.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My second attempt I kept the sizes of the pattern and I added a contrasting trim to the waistband and hems. I used my serger for all the seams besides the waistband.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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Also our house got painted and this way I can showcase our new red door, which I absolutely love.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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Denim boy jacket DIY

Denim Boy Jacket

My first attempt on doing my own pattern and doing kids apparel. And I must say I pretty happy and proud about this one.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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It’s still a little large, but Elliott grows so fast, that it will fit perfectly soon.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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Yes there are a couple of things, which are not completely “right”, but you learn from the process, which is the most important thing.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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Making the jacket and seeing Elliott wearing it, reminds me of the jackets and clothes my Mum made for us. I loved wearing them and I am so happy that my Mum taught my sister and I the art of crafting.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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The jacket is made out denim from the outside and cotton knit from the inside.The denim is stiff, because it’s not treated with any abrasion like they do with normal jeans you can buy in the store. The cotton knit was an old sweater from Tim, which was still in good shape and super soft. I love the color combination. I also used brown jeans thread for the top stitching.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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The hood of the jacket is really big, but I really like it that way. I used ribbing for the cuffs.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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A little update about Elliott: He is almost 20 months old, and his new words are “Beep Beep” and “oh oh” when something drops. He loves Elmo, to sing and to dance.

Denim boy jacket DIY

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quiet book octupus and fishing net

Quiet Book for the little one

I had planned to finish the quiet book for Elliott on his first birthday, but I didn’t manage to do it, I didn’t realize how much work this book would be. I finally finished the book a couple weeks ago, being at home did give me enough time to sew.

quiet book front page

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quiet book side view

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On the second page I created little cars, which are moveable back and forth.

quiet book first and second Apage

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quiet book page - movable car

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I’ve asked Tim, my parents and Tim’s parents to write a text for the book. I also wrote some words, wishes and thoughts for Elliott.

quiet book page -personal text and picture

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On most of the activity pages the tiny details are handstiched – for example on the next page I handstitched the dog to the page.

quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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quiet book and dog

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I added valcro to the back of the ballons which are attached to the page with a ribbon and to the front of the color matching ones, which are appliqued to the page itself. I ironed fusalbe fabric to the back of the ballons and zigzagged stiched them.

quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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quiet book and dog and removealbe balls

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Elliott and his best buddy Daddy. They always do silly things together and do mischief. I love this picture of them from last summer.

quiet book - Daddy and Elliott

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I added ribbon around the text from my parents, which was attached on the Elliott’s birth presents from my parents. The text on the ribbon says: “From me to you with Love”.

quiet book - grandparent's page

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The next page is my favorite. I created the octupus because we went to the Seattle Aquarium on Elliott’s 1st birthday. He loved every minute of it and we had such a great time. To see the facination of the fish, the animals and water in his eyes was just amazing. That day was just so special to me and Tim.

quiet book octupus and fishing net

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quiet book octupus and fishing net

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The fish are made out of felt and are hand embroidered on one side and glued together. I used tull to create the net and attached a ribbon on the back so it can be closed.

quiet book fish in net

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quiet book fish in net

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quiet book fish in net

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On this page I created and evelope which is sewn to the page and you can take the letter out easily.

quiet book - grandparent's page

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quiet book - grandparent's page envelope

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And this is the last page, I first wanted to add a couple of different mustaches to the page, but in end they were so big, that they covered the whole face. I decided against it.

quiet book last page

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And finally the back page, which is really simple.

quiet book back page

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Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

Bandana {All about the Baby}

It’s Baby Time again! This year a couple of my friends either just had a baby or are expecting. Soo exciting! And for me just another reason to try new things and sew more.

mustache fabric

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I bought this super cute mustache fabric and created a Bandana for the boys. One is for Elliott and the other one is for the newborn boy of my best friend at home in Germany. The one for the newborn is actually a little smaller than Elliott’s, otherwise he would just get lost in it.

mustache fabric and bandana

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Elliott is usually drooling away when he is teething and I just dislike putting a simple bib on him. He always wears Bandanas. Some of the Bandanas are actually from when I was a kid. It just looks cuter than an bib which you use for food.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

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The fabric was a fat quarter and I just cut it diagonal. For the back I cut up a plain white T-Shirt. The T-Shirt was new and free and I didn’t like the logo on it, so I would have never worn it anyway.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

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Again I used my new Serger, so easy and simple to create this. I top stitched only the top part of the bandana to close it.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

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This is a perfect project for any person who is either using their Serger for the first time or want to start sewing. When you start sewing for the first time, I would suggest to use flannel for the back instead of a knit jersey (T-Shirt fabric). Knits just roll up so easily and it gets frustrating to sew it on a normal sewing machine.

Boy in handmade Mustache bandana

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two gift bags with gift tags hand painted

Gift bags made out of hand painted fabric by a toddler

In my tutorial before I described how to make hand painted place mats with your toddler and all mess free. I also made Elliott paint another piece of fabric with  different colors than the place mats. I used that fabric to make gift bags. The fabric was the same size like the place mats. Once painted and dry, I cut the fabric into two parts and sew little bags out of them. I bought a pair of zig zag scissor at my last IKEA trip which are well worth their money. They are cheap, about 6$. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, buy yourself a pair at your next trip. I used the scissor to cut the top, with the amount of paint on it the fabric, it wouldn’t unravel anyway. It just looks more finish this way. I just used a long piece of cord and wrapped it around a couple times  and added a gift tag. Voilà here are the gift bags.