The perfect Baby Burp Cloth pattern

The perfect baby burp cloth pattern, and how to sew them production line style.

I’m just so excited to be sewing for my 3 friends who are all expecting.  Gives me a chance to knock out lots of small projects from time to time, and take a break from some of the larger projects, pattern designing and fitting issues that clothes sewing gives me. I was pestering one of the moms-to-be – what can I sew you, what do you really need, or don’t have enough of, or really used a lot first time round.  Wait a minute she said and came back with – a rag.  Er, what is that and what did you use it for?  Apparently it’s a burp cloth – something new to me, but she explained she used cloths like this ALL the time and everywhere for mopping up spills, mopping up babies and toddlers, mopping up baby sick, … Continue reading

My first (and last?) quilt is finished

Beginner quilt - my first ever quilt. A jelly roll baby quilt.

I got through it in the end and finished my first ever quilt, but it wasn’t without plenty of errors and snarling along the way.  I started this a couple of weeks back, then got to the point of spray basting it all together, but wasn’t sure how to actually ‘quilt’ it. I’d already made a bit of a problem for myself because I hadn’t thought in advance about what size it was going to be, and you know how one problem often compounds to make a project a disaster?

Oliver the Owl nursery pillow with piping

How to sew this cute owl nursery pillow

Did you see the owl applique I made following the instructions and pattern as one of the projects in the Fun with Fusible Applique course?  He was destined to become a nursery pillow, nothing ‘too cutesy’ by request, but still colorful and fun. But so far he’s just on a plain ivory colored cotton panel so I thought he needed a bit more color.  I wanted to make a patchwork border, but couldn’t face sewing lots of little squares together!  It’s just not me.  Match this fact with my lack of sewing time this week, a raging headache and just being overall in a big rush and he didn’t exactly turn out as I had imagined.  Moral of the story – sewing can’t be rushed if you want to do it properly. Watch out everyone, there’s another sewing failure on … Continue reading

Back to school sewing ideas

35+ ideas for Back to School sewing projects. Bags of course, plus lots more.

Hasn’t the summer break been great this year.  For me, I had a great couple of weeks staycation here on Cayman and enjoyed some fabulous scuba diving.  At the time of writing, we’ve not had any hurricanes (fingers crossed) and we’ve still got plenty of summer weather to look forward to yet.  Here’s a look at what I like to do when I’m not sewing. But for some, summer is almost over, and the kids will be soon back to school.  Does that mean you get more sewing time?  Here are a few back to school sewing ideas to try.  As one sewist put it, it’s not just a home-sewn backpack, they’re carrying my love with them. Hover over any of the thumbnails below to see more details and click to go and visit the original page.   Back to … Continue reading

Insulated ‘Keep Warm’ Baby Bottle Cover

I love these for baby shower gifts. Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

I’ve made a few projects with the insulated thermal lining before, the Long Arm Oven Mitts, the Can Cozy and Easy Quilted Pot Holders.  So when Daniela from On the Cutting Floor wrote to me with some more ideas she had, we were inspired to create a couple more projects to share.  See her project at the bottom. With so many of my friends expecting new arrivals to their families, I wanted to make a insulated baby bottle cover that could help to keep a feeding bottle warm.  I thought this could be used while out and about, or for night time feeds.  I did a little online research and many looked difficult to open with round zippers and the like.  With a baby in one arm, who needs complicated so I decided on a simple drawstring version which could … Continue reading

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading

Christmas in July – Fab Felt Christmas Tree

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early.  I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he’s never heard of it.  We’re from the UK and its not a term you’d hear there – is it just the US?  You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia. Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I’ve made the cutest Christmas Tree.  What do you think?  It’s the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons … Continue reading

Toddler Dry Erase Coloring Placemat

Make a wipe clean dry erase coloring placemat for toddlers using Iron on Vinyl.

  I’m so excited because a friend of mine is having a baby!  That might not usually be such an event, but here in the Cayman Islands, we all have to have a work permit to be able to live here, and children usually aren’t allowed on your visa except under certain limited circumstances.  Everyone is single or childless couples so babies are uncommon.  My friend/ ex-work colleague/ yoga instructor already has a little boy and now another little one is on the way.  It gives me the perfect reason to start thinking about sewing for the little ones and the challenges that might bring by working in miniature. For now, while the bun is still in the oven, I thought I’d start putting together a few ideas so I’ve just opened a new Pinterest Board – Sewing for Babies. … Continue reading