Wednesday, May 24, 2006
This is another one of my simple tie dresses. This one I didn't hem the bottom. Until I learn how to fold down a hem I am going to turn and top stitch the bottom. I took pictures all along the way and added directions to them. You can check it out at... http://tinyurl.com/o3atk I will also add it over in my links. It is very easy to make so go give it a try!
OH! Just a heads up! If you write your pattern down with the purple side of the marking pen and don't get back to your pattern for 2 or so days it CAN disappear. I know that is why it says disappearing ink but I didn't believe them. I have purple marks on some of my diapers from moths ago that hasn't disappeared yet. LOL! Live and learn.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
This is the fabric I got from Vicky Forba. firstname.lastname@example.org I am so lucky to live down the road from her. She is a wonderful person! I dream of being able to sew like her someday! I don't think that is possible but I can dream. I want to find the time to make some diapers with all this fabric. I have made a few diapers with the patch, denim, and hot pink already. I want to come up with a cute style for my next set. I need to get thinking about it. I think my baby should have some cute diapers like this lady... http://onnila.blogspot.com/2006/05/vaippapuuhastelua.html I think they are so NICE!
I am so happy!!! I know my hem is not perfect but it looks cute on my DD. This is my first project that I can put on my DD and take her out in. I will even let her wear this to church this summer! I need to learn how to do a hem. If I make another one I will shorten the ties a tiny bit. I will take pictures and write how to make this pattern and sew it. If I can make this anyone can!!!
I made this without using a pattern. I did use a dress we had on hand for the size. It was very easy to make. I was able to cut and sew it up in just a few minutes. I made this out of an old sheet because I was afraid I would have try 20 or so times to get a dress to work. This looks cute on DD. I didn't need any fasteners for this. It ties in a knot on the shoulders. I am going to make another but I will layer it with 2 different fabrics (not a sheet). All I want to change is I need to make my ties a little longer.
Monday, May 22, 2006
This is what I want to work with soon as I get a little better at sewing. I got this from a wonderful kind person who went above and beyond for me. Denise at http://www.this-end-up.com/ sent me this! I found the frog print at walmart and found that she had some of it with Pul. This is all pul and not pul fabric so I can make up outfits for my DD. I was so happy I cried when I got this! She is a terrific person! She even tossed in some FOE to go with it. I hope to find a way to repay her kindness. I looked for fabric with and without PUL and couldn't find any from any online fabric/diaper places. Denise was the only one who could help me. I am afraid to sew with it yet because I know I will mess it up. I need to find time to sew so I can get better with it. DD has decided she doesn't like to sleep AT ALL! She is up most of the night and she is not taking naps. She wants to play and talk to us all night. I think it is great that she is learning to talk I just wish she would do it more in the day and sleep at night.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I have made several pocket diapers in the past out of old jeans. I love how they look on my DD. On days that it is warm I don't put on any pants or shorts over the jean diapers because with a tee shirt they look cute. This time I added the pocket on the back. This is the same jeans I made the top out of. Yes, I know my pocket on the back is a little crooked! Everything I sew is a little crooked. I am still trying to learn how to sew. I will post pictures of the inside later today. I have to go add the snaps to it first. http://tinyurl.com/pp8ft
That is the link to a few pictures of the top and bottom together now with the snaps on it. I didn't get the denim diaper idea on my own it came from. http://fernandfaerie.com/recyclediapers.htm I just took that idea and added the pocket on the back.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
OH! I have some great news!!! My glasses are done. My glasses broke a few weeks ago. I have had to look around a HUGE super glue spot to use the computer. My DH is taking me to pick my new ones up tonight. I will then be able to sew again! I have some simple projects I have wanted to make up for a friend and her little boy but I am not good at sewing to begin with so I wasn't about to try doing it without my glasses.
I am going to take pictures later in the week with directions on how to make a skirt I made for my DD a few months ago. I want to make up a few for some friends but I have to find some sweaters in good shape to do it.
I have some plans in my head on how to make a church dress for my DD. If you check back I am sure you will get a laugh with that. I have no pattern or anything. I have looked around online and I can't find anything that looks at all like the dress in my head. I am going to try a two layer dress. I am going to make it tie at the shoulders. I am not planning on adding ribbon or bias tape for the tie. I am thinking of making a bunny ear shape on the front and back and tie a knot with them at the top. Can this be done or is this just something that looks good in my head? I am going to either make it an A line using one of my DD's tee shirts to estimate for the size or I am going to make it with a puffy bottom using a tee shirt to estimate the size for the top part and adding a skirt bottom 2 times her waist size. Please forgive my way of explaining things. I don't know a lot of sewing terms yet. My first try at everything never turns out so I think this will not be something she gets to wear next Sunday.
Does anyone have any advise on learning to sew from a book or online? I would like to learn more but I don't want to spend a ton of money on books that are not going to work for me. My sewing ability is about that of a child. I know how to turn on my machine. I can follow a few EASY patterns. I can't follow them all. I can make pants with elastic (PJ bottoms for son). I can sew a diaper (not the best looking). I can not make an even hem or sleeves the same length. I don't want to give up I do want to learn more. You can email me at email@example.com if you have any ideas. I was thinking maybe a children's book on learning to sew is what I need? I can give it to my DD when she is old enough to learn.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
I need to add Catharine www.chloetoesboutique.com is the reason I wanted to learn to sew. I saw her pictures on firstname.lastname@example.org and wanted my baby to have nice diapers like hers. I also have to add thanks to Vicky Forba email@example.com I don't think I will ever sew like them but I do dream of it. I met Vicky on the sew your own diapers group and found out she lives down the road from me. I am so lucky! She is a wonderful person!
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
This is the top I am working on. It is just a simple make your own pattern type of thing. I took apart the top of the jeans for a binding of sorts to make it look more finished. You can see I didn't get very far in my picture. I need to add the straps and a hem yet. I will make a diaper cover for the bottoms.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
- 1 wooden craft wheel
- 1 dowel the same size as the wheel center
- 1 cup hook
I took a my wheel (Treaded Tire 2-3/4") and put it on a 3/8" wood dowel.
Then twisted a cup hook on the top.
If it doesn't fit snug you can add a drop or two of glue. I have used all kinds of glue even kids glue from the dollar store.
Now you have a drop spindle. You are ready to make yarn!
I think I want to decorate this one but I don't have time to paint today.
Friday, May 05, 2006
This is my first yarn. I think you can see a big improvement with my second try the blue. I now have dreams of a farm full of sheep, llamas, and alpacas. I will have to talk DH into that. He did say we can get an angora rabbit. That will be a good start.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
This is my first try at koolaid yarn.
This is some Fisherman's wool yarn in with some red koolaid.
This is what it looked like after 2 minutes in the microwave. I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then heated for another 2 minutes.
Look! The water turned clear!
I started thinking about hot pink wool shorts.
I kept going with the koolaid and came up with this! I didn't see pink wool shorts anymore I saw all sorts of colors.
DH picked the order of the colors. He said it is about a 3T in size.
With it tied it is small enough for our baby who is in 9-12 month size.