Upcycle: Cot bumper to mini tote bag!

Carmen has finally outgrown her cot bed – hooray! So I upcycled her cot bumper into a fab mini tote bag – perfect for the library or playing shops.

Fancy making your own? Here’s a great how-to from the peeps over at Crazy Little Projects.

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Fist Pump Tuesday! #vintagepledge

Last January I made a pledge to sew up my first ever vintage garment this year… And *fist pump in the air* I did it! Given my total lack of sewing skills and inability to follow directions, I opted for this Butterick #4731 because it said EASY in capitals on the pattern envelope. No really, it has nothing to do with the fact that the dress is so cute it hurt my eyes!

VIntage Sewing Pattern

I made View B Dress and it wasn’t that difficult; apart from Step 3 which had me in a bit of a muddle. Don’t look at the bias binding on the arm holes, it’s uglier than a Bazilian Treehopper. There are also some, ahem, fitting issues but I’m hoping she’ll grow into it by Winter.

Butterick #4731

Butterick #4731

Butterick #4731

 

Butteick #4731

So, would I sew vintage again? Uh huh!! Vintage rocks my friends!! I hope the next time you see me, I’ll be wearing one of these…

Vintage Sewing Pattern 60s

My Alteration Challenge – Yellow Dress Remake

This piece was donated to my stash aaages ago. When I clapped eyes on it, my first thought was “why, oh why, oh why doesn’t bright lemon suit me?” swiftly followed by “Only Emma could look good in this – harumph!”.

Yellow Sun Dress Remake

So with Spring around the corner (yes it is my friends, I saw a daffodil and everybody knows that daffodil = Spring), I decided to turn it into something for Carmen. I scanned my Making Baby Clothes book for ideas and came across an adorable pattern for a sundress. My inner sewing goddess said “Sure, you can make that Kellita” and I got to work…

Baby Sundress Pattern

Ready to see it now?? Ta dah!

Sundress Remake

Ignore the wonky flounce and just look at the topstitching on that binding…

Sundress Remake

So, do you like it? I love it! Paired with some leggings and sandals, I think she’s going to look as cute as a bug’s ear in it. Now Springtime, let’s roll… please.

Matchy-Matchy PJ’s

Look, I made Henry and Carmen PJ bottoms. And as I’m an unashamedly huge fan of all things matchy-matchy, they are indeed matching!

PJ Pants Boys

PJ pants baby girl

They wore these to bed on Christmas Eve. Yay for matchy-matchy Christmas awesomeness, which they can’t object to on account of being too small!

Red Dwarf

Oh dear. This didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped… it looks like some kind of sci-fi civilian getup, doesn’t it? Carmen doesn’t seem too pleased with it either. What was I thinking? I’m such a smeghead, the fabric is waaay too heavy for the pattern.

Handmade Baby Clothes

The pattern is from my Making Baby Clothes book. This is my second attempt, the first is here. You’ll see that the first was much less structured and dramatic, so we can safely put this sci-fi escapade down to fabric choice.

Red Dwarf handmade baby top

I made it using leftover non-flowy fabric from my delphine skirt. Big mistake. Alas, it hasn’t been a total waste of time as I added some piping to this version…. uh-huh, that’s a new technique my friends…. and now to pipe everything!

Homemade Christmas Stocking

68 days until the big day. Yes, I’m talking Christmas again. Despite living in shoe string alley (AKA maternity leave), I’ve never felt so excited about Christmas. Being broke forces creativity and, like blondes, creative people have waaaay more fun! How fun and festive is my handmade stocking? If the white pom poms don’t attract Father Christmas, I don’t know what will.

handmade christmas stocking

I made it using the free pattern and how-to from Sew Scrumptious. The step by step instructions are easy to follow and it’s a super quick sew, it’ll take about an hour. The stocking is lined so everything is nice and neat on the inside too.

Homemade Christmas Stocking

The how-to doesn’t include any embellishment. I chose to add the white pom pom trim but you could embellish the cuff with anything that takes your fancy. There are so many, many possibilities! Do share your own ideas for embellishing Christmas stockings in the comments below.

Homemade Christmas Stocking

For more inspiration, follow my Christmas board on Pinterest and stay tuned for my take on more homemade gifts in the run up to the big day. 

 

 

Dressing Carmen

I recently dusted off my Making Baby’s Clothes book and actually made something, hooray! A sweet top for Carmen. It’s a simple one to make, the crossover sections use only one pattern piece, and there are no zips and no buttons. If you have a sewing machine and even the most basic sewing skills, you can make this too. I bought the material especially, I’m a sucker for bright colours, but you could easily make it by piecing together scraps.

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