Category Archives: Sewing

Sweet T-Shirt Dresses

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One of the joys of having two sweet grand daughters is that I get to sew for them! One real challenge about sewing clothes these days is the cost of fabric and patterns. Especially when little ones grow so quickly. One solution I have found to make some unique clothes that are as sweet as my little ones is to make these T-Shirt dresses and diaper covers. As you will see in the first photos I start at the clearance rack! These are all from Kohl’s end of summer clearance selection and even thought the T-shirt says $3.00 I also used my 20% coupon (this was good on everything) and the price came down to between $1.80 and $2.40 per t-shirt and onesie that I bought.

Taking the measurements (especially the overall length of the dress) as a starting point and determining how much of the t-shirt I wanted to have I was then able to cut the fabric for the skirt. All these fabrics were from my stash and a couple were scraps from quilts, bibs, traveling high chair, etc that I had already sewn for my first grand daughter.

I put a 1/2 inch hem in the bottom edge, just pressing up about 3/8 inch and then pressing again and doing a straight top stitch. Next, I gathered the extra fullness (I made my skirt width 1.5 times the width of the top, adding 1 inch for seam allowance so that the skirt was ruffly but not too much so) and pinned it in place. With a stretch stitch (on my machine it is basically a zig-zag type stitch) I carefully sewed the skirt to the top. I then also ran the seam allowance through my serger to trim and overcast the edge. I have also done it on the regular machine with an overcast stitch.

On the onesies I cut the top so that I had enough left to make a diaper cover from the bottom of the onesie. I just used a stretch stitch to make a casing around the elastic. For me, especially since the waist was so little, I made my elastic waistband first. Cutting my elastic to size, plus 1 inch, I sewed the elastic together. Then when I sewed the casing I was sewing it over the elastic at the same time. Just move the fabric along a bit as you sew and keep the fabric flat  while sewing.

I am excited to see our second grand daughter wearing all these fun t-shirt dresses too. At five months she will be wearing them come spring and then into fall of next year!

A Beautiful Set of Gift Bibs

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My daughter’s very good friend was becoming an aunt. We wanted to do something special for her gift to the baby. After learning all the nicknames that were planned for auntie, uncles, grandparents we designed a set of very personal bibs. With purchased bibs we had all these wonderful colors and very little expense. Some of the names are so adorable-Grandpa is “Hoffe”. How wonderful is that! If it is like our wonderful little grand daughter, the names came directly from another grandchild. This gift was a hit with the whole family.

Some Fun Socks for your Favorite Little Girl

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This is one of the most enjoyable little gift ideas! The options of socks and ribbons are almost endless. For a little girl special socks are always a hit. As you can see the ribbon I used for this set was a grosgrain style from my scrapbooking stash. I bought a set of six pairs of socks at WalMart. Total cost about $12 for six pairs. (A little guess, because the ribbons were part of stash of ribbons, buttons and eyelets that I bought). Only trick to sew these is be sure to stretch the top of the sock as you sew. This makes it ruffle so prettily. I used a little zig-zag stitch. When I had completed the sewing and arrived back to the starting point I made sure to connect the two ends with stitching.  Lovely little idea if you make crafts or gifts for craft shows or bizarre sales.

Pieced and quilted Table runner

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This little project was so fun and I loved that it was so quick. I used a variety of my fall quilt fabrics, low loft batting and decorative stitched to quilt it.  What is so nice about a project like this is how easy and quick it is to make and how simple to customize. The size of the runner can be made smaller or larger to fit any table.

Personalized Boppy Pillow

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My daughters are now in their late twenties.  Many of their friends are having children. Again, we are making the most of the embroidery/sewing/craft room to create some unique gifts. This is a Boppy pillow case we made. Using our boppy pillow for the pattern (don’t forget to add seam allowance) we created a unique and personalized pillow case as a gift. This is a really quick project and the embroidery was customized from the basic floral options in our software. The only trick was the zipper, I found doing the zipper before we assembled the case make it pretty easy.

Embroidered Bibs

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One of the most enjoyable things I have ever done is purchase my embroidery machine. I purchased a Husqvarna/Viking and chose the Topaz 30 model. My previous sewing machine had been a Viking and after nearly 30 years of wonderful service from this machine, I ended up with a Viking again. Did my research though: Bernina, Pfaff, Brother, etc. All are wonderful and depending on what you want to spend you can get anything or any feature imaginable.

This machine was a splurge, however, it has been wonderful for me and for my daughters. I have now become a source of hand made gifts for my daughter’s friends and for the family. Everything from embroidered napkins, placemats, tablecloths, bibs. baby clothes, you name it. What a wonderful and personal way to make your gifts unique. Here are some we did on purchased bibs.   They are appliqued and embroidered. It is such a fun way to use the littlest scraps and the bright colors were a delight to work with.  What do you think?

Baby outfits

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One of the many great things about having grand daughters is the opportunity to make little girl clothes. I really enjoy making children’s clothes and there are so many beautiful fabrics and colors available and cutesy works on little girls! Here are a couple of little outfits I made and wanted to share. All cotton fabrics work so well and I love to work with knits as well. It is hard to find as many choices in the knits so I focus on cottons. Thought I’d share!

I used seersucker for the green and the bright pink outfits.

Bright baby quilt

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We have had such a busy summer! Seems like it has just flown by and now it is September…

Thought I would post a couple of things I worked on earlier this year. For me, sharing some of my projects is one of the biggest motivations in starting a blog.

This is a little quilt I made for my two year old grand daughter. She loves purple and pink and I had acute little set of fat quarters that I wanted to coordinate with these bright solids. The solids were a nice “hand dyed” line and it turned out so cute. I used my embroidery machine to personalize the quilt with the date and a gift tag. It was machine quilted with a a low loft batting and I used every inch of my scraps in the binding. Simple, bright and perfect for a drag around quilt.

Now I need to make another for grand daughter number two!

The start of a new adventure!

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A wonderful new adventure begins: Mimi’s This and That blog.

An adventure in sharing my love of crafts,  scrapbooking, copic coloring, quilting and sewing. My whole life crafting and sewing has been the way I have expressed my creativity and love of texture, color and fabrics. My very earliest memories are of my Mom and I and her sewing machine. Sitting in her lap at her old brown singer sewing machine, my little hands under hers as we “steered” string quilt squares (strips of fabric onto newspaper squares) through the machine together. I remember vividly a strip on top that was cut from my old pajamas! Fond memories of my first adventures with a sewing machine at four years old. Gotta love it!

Both my lovely daughters caught various crafting bugs through the years and I hope they pass this along to my granddaughters as well. As I build this new blog, learn to post my craft room fun look for: hand made cards, scrapbooking, my copic escapades, sewing projects, crafty goodies of various kinds, some tutorials, some photo journeys through my craft haven and a touch of family info once in awhile.  I hope to share with other like minded crafters that have the bug too!