Frannie, over at the Mary Jane's Farm Farmgirl Connection has generously offered to teach a group of us gals to make rag dollies. I couldn't wait to get started, so I embroidered a few little aprons for my "girls." Fabric is unbleached muslin. I just used regular old DMC embroidery floss. Went to WalMart today to buy some other dolly making stuff--some cotton osnaberg (like a loose-weave muslin), more muslin (unbleached and "tea dyed"), a bit of burlap (never worked with it before--don't know if I'll like it), and stuffing. Also scored some $2.00/yard poly/cotton for cowboy shirts. Yay!
After washing all of wee baby's clothes in preparation for his/her arrival, I realized I didn't have a really soft, really wonderful, mama-made hat for him/her. So I made this one. It is blue enough for a boy, but almost periwinkle.
I've had this shirt cut out and mostly assembled since October. All I needed to do was add the skirt part and hem it. I originally planned for this to be a maternity shirt, but since I won't be pregnant for too many more days, I undid the maternity adjustments I'd done (I cut the front skirt part narrower) and sewed it up. I love the colors, but the fabric is sort of unpleasant to work with. Every time my needle hit the eyelet embroidery, the fabric got stuck in my my bobbin plate. Fabric is from the Fashion District in Los Angeles. Around $2.00/yard. Pattern is New Look 6268.
Hemmed five bandanas for E. Fabric came from WalMart over a year ago. It's one of those panel prints. I originally made a bandana dress for Miss O. Had previously hemmed one bandana for E, so now he has six. Everybody needs six identical red bandanas. :)
I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and it fits him! The fabric is a 100% cotton yarn dyed plaid from Fabric.com. I ended up doing a pretty fair job matching the plaid. I'll admit, it wasn't my highest priority. I just wanted a shirt that actually would FIT, since he's such a string bean. I started with Kwik Sew pattern 2880, size medium, then lengthened the body and sleeves significantly, using a Sheplers tall shirt he owns as a guide.
This is my sewing desk. As you can see, it is currently home to sewing machine, knitting machine, packing supplies, magazine work, scrap bag, toys, finished knitting, unfinished knitting, and various other items.
The "big picture" of the garage, with toddler.
UFOs, ironing board rack, laundry apron (pattern in Mary Jane's Farm book), and stuffed head, for modeling hats.
The desk holds all of my sewing patterns in the drawers (top for women's patterns, middle for children's patterns, bottom for men's patterns and accessories), along with the buttons, most of the handspun yarn, umbrella swift, knitting needles, tags, record keeping journal, and really cool vintage thingies, like the lemon yellow leather belt buckle, and the mink rose. On the floor is the embroidery machine, the serger, and the snap press.
Ah, the fabric. The three tubs way up high are quilting cottons. In the right shelf unit there is, from the top: ribbing, stretchy stuff, flannel, rickrack/bias tape/ribbon, "apparel" fabric, and a basket of miscelaneous knitting tools. On the right shelf there is, from the top: alpaca yarn, basket of notions, tub of lace, sewing/quilting/knitting magazines, box of velcro, and two boxes of sewing and knitting books.
Way up high on the top shelf is my yellow box of embroidery stuff, quilting thingie that goes with my sewing machine, machine case, camera, and needlepoint kits.
Hanging thingies are all yarn and thread.
Top of wall unit: bag of brown Polwarth fleece to spin, cross stitch supplies, tub of vintage lace. In wall unit: pillowcase of greasy fleece from Cotton, our old sheep that passed away in the fall, plus various other matching lots of yarn. Cardboard box is baby stuff, not craft related. Black box: fabric, red box: Christmas fabric. Four silver and one blue rubbermaid tubs: fabric. Clear tub: fabric for making DH things only (if you look really hard you can see the plaid that I made his cowboy shirt out of). Black tub: diaper fabric. Orange tub: UFOs.