I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lovely Fleece Preemie Blankies

I will be teaching how to crochet edging on a fleece blanket at my April Smocking Guild meeting. It is always more fun to do a project when it is not a rush, so I thought I'd start some samples now!
I have previously made infant blankets from flannel with hemstitching and a thread crocheted edge. I LOVE these and used them all the time when Andy was an infant. I was originally planning to teach it on flannel. Then I realized that it would be too difficult for people who have never crocheted and too time consuming!
I had read about using fleece and yarn, so I decided to give it a try. One advantage of fleece is that you can use a "skip cutter" or rotary blade that cuts slits, to make your foundation holes. With flannel, I hemstitched the edge, which is also labor and time intensive if you need samples for 15-20 people!
The picture above show the back side. You can see the tiny holes the cutter made. I rolled about 1/4" of fleece to the back and crocheted over it.
This blanket is 22" square and it is shown on a 19" baby doll. This doll is a "reborn" baby, meaning the parts come as plain vinyl and you paint and assemble the doll. My super-talented daughter Katie did this baby (and several others). It has painted hair and also a little bit of rooted "fuzz". The details are amazing and it gives me a chance to "try things on" a newborn-sized model.
Here is a picture of the folded blanket. It is extremely soft! I think it will be perfect to donate along with our Wee Care gowns. I am picturing coordinating gowns and blankets. Wouldn't this be pretty with a gingham robin's egg gown?
This picture shows the detail of this doll- isn't it beautiful? I'm already working on more blanket samples. I am thinking of white with a variegated edging or printed fleece with a colored edging...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I have not accomplished a lot of sewing lately. I made these tiny "Max Joggers" in a sew-along and I used my cover-stitch to finish them.

The top-stitching around the bum circle was done on the cover-stitch machine. It makes a double line of straight stitches, with stretch allowance in the back. It's like the hem on a purchased t-shirt.

Here is the inside view. The top-stitching neatly holds down the serged seam allowance and makes it totally flat and smooth on the inside. I am absolutely enjoying my new serger & cover-stitch machines!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sew-along Dress & Leggings

I love how this set turned out! It was so quick and easy to make, too! I never realized how forgiving and quick it is to sew with knits. You can make leggings in 20 minutes- it's crazy!!
The dress was part of a sew-along last week on facebook. The adorable fabrics were purchased in a destash group, except for the lime ribbing. I didn't have any, so I used a tank top from Walmart!
When I made the neckband as called for, the piece was way too long and therefore, wavy. I can't stand wavy ribbing. so I carefully removed and re-did it. I like it much better now!
Here is the back of the leggings with the cute bum circle.
The front is just plain. This set is a 12 months size.
Look at the awesomeness of the cover-stitched hem!! It looks so professional!!