Monday, March 30, 2009

Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress & bloomers Amy Butler Fresh Poppies

I wish this pattern came in my size!

this time I used Amy Butler Quilting Solids- ivory for the bodice and Fresh Poppies - ivory for the Skirt. I piped the bodice with Amy Butler Park Fountains - yellow
Covering my own buttons solved the problem of not having suitable buttons in my stash.

Don't be fooled with this picture.

She may look calm, but was wound up tight! What 5 year old wouldn't be wild with excitement on their 5 th birthday? Hurry hurry hurry ! Snap the best pictures possible, and get the party started!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My first Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress turned out nice!

I've sewn nearly all of the Oliver +S patterns, however this was the first Tea Party & Bloomers pattern for me to have personally sewn.
As with all of the others from this designer, I found the pattern to go together quite simply from start to finish. Unlike most button-on-the-shoulder dresses, only the bodice is lined, therefore it uses less fabric.

The flat piping trim is optional. I happen to be a piping addict.....and feel it is worth the little extra time spent adding it. My addiction stems from the 1980's when I learned to smock. All of those smocked outfits were trimmed with baby size piping. I still can't let go of the that detail, but Oliver + S says it is "optional".

This Sundress is a size 3T and sewn with Amy Butler fabric : Park Fountains- fuchsia Midwest Modern II and Fresh Poppies.
Immediately after completing this one I started sewing up another which I'll post soon!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fabric Easter Eggs make cute decorations

Don't have $4000. to spend on a Fabrege egg to decorate your dining room?

Think about decorating with Fabric eggs!

It is another lovely idea to use up that fabric stash!
These eggs were sew by Cozy Cabin Creations

Easter Symbols

Originally a pagan festival in honor of Eastre, the goddess of spring, Easter today is celebrated by Christians honoring the resurrections of Jesus Christ. Eggs we associate with Easter are said to be symbols of fertility & new life connected with spring. The hare was originally the sacred animal of the goddess Eastre and the tradition of the rabbit leaving colored eggs for children reportedly originated in Germany. Whether you observe Easter as a religious holiday, a celebration of spring, or both.....sharing the day with friends and family is a wonderful way to mark it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Handmade Tooth Fairy Owl Pillow with Machine embroidery

Tooth Fairy Owl Pillow with Machine embroidery

My children are gown, but I clearly remember my oldest waking up to find money under her pillow for the first lost tooth.

Later that morning I asked what she was doing with her mouth wide open and a mirror in her hand. She had been counting her teeth and trying to determine how much money she'd have once she lost all of them!

I wonder if the Tooth Fairy payout rates have been
reduced since the downturn of the economy?

Isn't this the most adorable thing you've ever seen?! And it's functional. The tooth fairy will love to see a tooth in this cute little guy!

This particular owl is made with Amy Butler fabric with a cute machine embroidered face. Painted or button face details would work too if you don't have an embroidery machine.
This little guy was made by one of my customers and will be happy to sell you this one from her Etsy shop.

Handmade Fabric Crayon Cozy - sewn with love

Wouldn't this be cute tucked into an Easter Basket?
This Crayon Cozy is made with Amy Butler
Midwest Modern honeycomb fabric.
It rolls up to store easily in a diaper bag or anything you need to carry it in! Great for church, restaurants, in the car...wherever!

Ever been to a restaurant that didn't have crayons for your little one, and you didn't know what to do to entertain your kids? Bring your own!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Recycle a Jar with Ribbon and Tulips

Ribbonrie, originally uploaded by PlanetCoco.

Dress up a jar with fabric and ribbon for a sweet springtime accent in your home!

Do you have Spring Fever as I am experiencing? If so, this photo is packed with a dose of cure!

Photo compliments goes to Kirsty who is a freelance writer and designs creative projects for magazines.

Email me with your ideas for welcoming the warmer days of the spring season.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pink Fig Lily Top dress with Amy Butler fabric

Lily top, originally uploaded by Amymomof6.

The Pink Fig Lily Top dress is very quick to sew! It features elastic shirring which is simply sewing with elastic thread in you machine bobbin on a zig zag stitch. You sew & the elastic does the rest! If you have any questions about shirring, please feel free to email me.

Be warned: Shirring is addictive!!!

This pattern includes sizes 6 months to 7 years and includes the adorable little kerchief!

This dress was fashioned with Garden Maze- tan from the Midwest Modern II collection by designer Amy Butler. Photo furnished by

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fabric Ponytail holders galore

Handmade Ponytail holders are made with fabrics from top designers. Wouldn't they make cute birthday party favors? Thanks Mary Beth for sharing this idea! You can see these and Mary's other creations at Island Girl Bags.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

AccuQuilt Go Fabric Cutter is GREAT

I LOVE MY AccuQuilt Go Fabric Cutter!
I pulled it out of the packing box and unwrapped it today. It took about 4 seconds to glance at the instructions.

Another few seconds to grab scraps from the scrap box.

Next few seconds placing the fabric scraps on the die

The scraps are laid without much regard to fabric conservation because I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning! A few cranks of the AccuQuilt Go cutter handle and we have perfect quilt shapes!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Boutique Fabric Headband

It's 2 headbands in one!

The perfect accessory, this reversible Amy Butler fabric headband can be your best friend on a bad hair day, or simply add a touch of loveliness.

This pretty headband can be purchased from Elizabeth through her Etsy shop.

Functional Art with Fabric

Sophia's Little Tree, originally uploaded by petals&puddles.

Amy Butler fabrics are used creatively to make Sophia's Little Tree bag . When I saw this I wanted to dig into the scrap bag and try to be as creative. Thanks Petals & Puddles for sharing this.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Oliver +S Dress sewing inspiration

Another sewing success! Tara's daughter was the sweetest Valentine!
Momma said it was an easy pattern
to sew and is ready to start
the next Oliver + S project soon. Sew on Tara! We will be waiting.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oliver +S Playdate Dress

A winning combination of Amy Butler fabrics,
Oliver + S dress pattern and a cute little girl!

Fabrics used for this dress:
Martini-blush and Honeycomb-ivory. The sleeves are 3/4 length which is perfect for all seasons, but would look equally nice a few inches shorter if desired for summer.

This fashion savvy toddler is a new little friend of mine.

Her momma is a busy lady, but finds time to sew. Visit Amy's blog for inspiration!

Don't be shy.....send a picture of your creations!