Thursday, March 21, 2013

the simple life placemats

I bought this fabric a while ago.
I knew I wanted to fussy cut those cute little kids to make something.
I finally decided on some placemats for my girls.

simple life placemat (10) (Small)

I opened up the scrap bins and started pulling fabric that matched the fussy cut squares.
I then started sewing to create these patchwork blocks - turned placemats.
Three placemats - one for each girl.

simple life placemat (6) (Small)

simple life placemat (5) (Small)

simple life placemat (4) (Small)

After I took these pictures, I then put some iron-on vinyl over them so they are easy to keep clean.

simple life placemat (3) (Small)

The girls have each claimed their own - funny how that happens even though I didn't put names on them. :)

simple life placemat (9) (Small)

Monday, March 18, 2013

peasant tops

Adding to the spring/summer wardrobe, I decided to make some peasant tops for the girls.

peasant tops

I used this Tie Dye Diva pattern but changed it a bit.
I previously made this pattern as the patterns can see those here.
This time I decided not to do the ruffle bottom but instead just made the length of the top longer by adding a strip of fabric at the bottom.

peasant tops

These look so cute with leggings! I love the length of them!

peasant tops

linking to Quilt Story

Friday, March 15, 2013

little princess pettiskirts

Spring/summery clothes...that's what I've made the past few weeks.
Getting the girls' wardrobes ready with a few handmade pieces because I'm sure I won't be sewing for awhile once baby arrives.

These skirts were made using Wink Designs Little Princess Pettiskirt pattern.

Little Princess Pettiskirt

Wink Designs skirts

polka dot skirt 

I also had the chance to test another pattern for Marina at Wink Designs but I won't post about that one until the pattern is in her shop!

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts


I've heard that Google Reader will be shutting down in July.
If you follow me on there, you may want to start following on
That's what I use to follow my blogs and it works great!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

another Bella baby quilt

I bought a fat quarter bundle of Bella by Lotta Jansdotter to make these quilts.
To use up some of the leftover fabric, I made yet another baby quilt - this one for a new little nephew!

patchwork baby boy quilt

patchwork Bella baby quilt

patchwork baby quilt

This may not be the last time you see this fabric on this blog as I still have more to use up!
Wow, a fat quarter bundle goes a long way!

linking to Quilt Story

Friday, March 8, 2013

Posy baby girl quilt

I bought a charm pack of Posy to make a baby girl quilt. - This fabric makes me think spring and Easter!  :)
I also bought a charm pack of some Bella solids.

patchwork quilt

posy patchwork quilt

I didn't have a plan as to what I was going to do with them.

baby girl quilt

I debated what I should do...a disappearing nine-patch quilt like this one was my first thought.
Then I just decided to wing it.
I made some hour glass blocks paired with some four patch blocks.
I added a while chenille border to make it a bit bigger.

posy quilt

 Backed with soft lilac minky fabric, this quilt is ready for a little baby girl.

baby blanket

baby girl quilt

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Quilt Story

Thursday, March 7, 2013

open wide zipper pouch

I mentioned in my last post that I had also made a zipper pouch.
Pouches are so handy to keep everything organized and in one place instead of scattered throughout my bag.  I've made several zipper pouches before but this was my first time using Anna's tutorial.

open wide zipper pouch

I love how this pouch opens wide (just like its name states) and it's easy to find what I'm looking for.

open wide zipper pouch

The bigger size would make a great cosmetic bag!
Hmm, another thing added to my "to sew" list.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

my sidekick tote and accessories

I did some sewing for myself!
Using Noodlehead's sidekick tote pattern, I made myself a new bag.

sidekick tote by Noodlehead

I really like this pattern especially the fact that it has a zipper closure and an adjustable strap.
I made the bigger bag in hopes that it could double as a diaper bag.
Although there isn't a ton of extra space, I do have room to throw in a few diapers.

inside of sidekick tote

Once the bag was done, I decided I should have a matching wallet.

purse and wallet

Using this tutorial with these adjustments, I made myself this wallet. This was an easy tutorial to follow, and I made this (with the exception of a few finishing details), while my daughter napped one afternoon. I love that it has a zipper pocket for change!



And I just couldn't stop there so I quickly whipped up a card holder for all the cards that didn't fit inside the know, all those loyalty cards. 

card holder

card holder

And here are all three...matchy-matchy-matchy!  :)

sidekick tote with accessories

Next up, I'll show the zipper pouch I then made to keep my bag more organized.

linking to Quilt Story and Crazy Mom Quilts