Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More Baby Presents and Softie Bunny Tutorial

Here is the rest of the baby presents I made for my friend’s baby girl (the first one was a Black Apple doll).I love how the set turned out, and it is nice and girly!

The overall is a pattern for the ottobre magazine 4/2012. I added the lace around the chest, to make it real girly (her first child is a boy, so this time around she needs lots of lace and ruffles!).

The hat is a free pattern from Zaaberry. This is a great tutorial, and really easy. I lined the hat so there wouldn't be any rough seams on the baby’s head.

The bunny is my own creation and the tutorial appeared on Gritsand Giggles in December for a “Becoming Mommy series”. I am bringing the tutorial “home” in case you missed it…

Friday, January 11, 2013

Black Apple Dolls

A while back I mentioned that I was doing a lot of "present sewing", and today I am ready to reveal the first outcome.

I stumbled across the pattern for these handmade dolls from Black Apple on various blogs, and thought the dolls were so cute. It is a great basic pattern, and I have seen so many fun ideas that have developed from it. 

I think the doll is great for any age, but I think it is especially good as a "first doll", since the entire doll is soft. Yesterday I gave the purple one to my dear friend who just had a baby girl two days ago. I hope it will bring a lot of joy to her little princess. The other two are for a friend that also had a baby girl a while back (I made one for her 2 year old daughter too). I will be giving them next week hopefully.

I basically followed the basic pattern (which you can find here) and added two things:

1. Hair on two of them (just took a bundle of yarn and sandwiched it between the two head pieces.
2. I made a little circle skirt for all the dolls following this tuturial. I used knit fabric for the skirts and made a lettuce edge for the hem using this tutorial.

I really had fun making these dolls, and I think this is my new favorite present for a baby girl. The next babies due are boys, so I will have to come up with other present ideas...:)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Circle Skirt Tutu

I have started Littleheart's costume for Purim (a Jewish holiday where all the kids get dressed up). After being a dog her first year

and a rainbow sunshine her second year (see tutorial here)

I decided that it was time to be a princess. I looked around the internet for some inspiration, and decided to make her a princess dress with a separate tutu under it, so that Littleheart would have the tutu after Purim to play dress-up. She doesn't have any dress-up clothes yet, but I think this is the time to start her a dress-up box, so this will be the first item in her box!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Simple fleece skirt with elastic waist

Ok, first of all - Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday season and as we say in Swiss German "E guete Rutsch" (a good slide) into the new year!

The past two months have been a little slow on my blog. I did get some sewing done, but mostly presents, which I cannot reveal until they are given to the people, so we will just have to wait a bit.

Remember how I told you here that I love to sew with fleece? Well, I made myself a skirt out of the left over fabric from Littleheart's fleece coat 
This is a cute and easy skirt I can wear with leggings and boots. It was so fun and fast to make, I whipped up two more for my sister and cousin!