Friday, September 30, 2011

Inch Worm Tutorial-ish

 (Keep reading to find out about this "Delight!"-ful bundle)

OK, I am calling this a tutorial-ish, because I'm giving you the instructions on how to make the inch worm costume, but I don't have any pictures for you. Bummer. I made this back in 2008 for my little guy Sawyer and it was so stinkin' easy that I thought maybe I'd share it with you. And since this is a tutorial you can't get mad at my "-ish" instructions. :)

This tutorial uses a 1/2" seam allowance and the measurements listed are for a 12 month size.

Materials Needed:
  • A green or yellow onesie/tee the size of your baby (12 months shown in picture).
  • 1/2 yard green minkie or stretchy fabric of some sort
  • 1/2 yard yellow minkie or stretchy fabric of some sort
  • 12" of elastic
  • craft wire (something sort of flimsy)
  • a beanie that fits your babies head
  1. You're going to cut off the bottom of your onesie or tee. Measure from the front neckline down 5" and cut.
  2. Cut two 5" by 21" strips of green fabric. Cut two 5" by 21" strips of yellow fabric.
  3. Sew the strips together lengthwise, yellow, green, yellow, green.
  4. Fold the bottom of the green piece under 1" and top stitch.
  5. Run elastic through the fold and sew down at each end.
  6. Fold strips in half lengthwise and right sides together. Line up seams and sew down long edge.
  7. Line up side seam of body piece (your strips) with side seam of onesie right sides together and sew around edge. This completes the inch worm body!
  8. Now the hat. Lay your beanie flat onto a piece of paper and trace it leaving a 1/2" seam allowance around the edges.
  9. Cut 2 green pieces and 2 yellow pieces using your paper pattern.
  10. Cut two 4" by 7" green pieces for your antenna. Fold each piece in half lengthwise and sew one short edge and one long edge leaving the bottom open.
  11. Cut two 6" pieces of wire and slide one piece into each antenna, curving the bottom ends of the wires as to not poke your child.
  12. Stuff each antenna with batting until firm, with extra at the bottom under the wire and sew them shut.
  13. Measure 2" to the right from the top center of one of the green hat pieces and top stitch the end of antenna to the edge of the hat piece. Make sure your antenna is facing DOWN. Measure 2" to the left from the top center of the same green hat piece and repeat with second antenna.
  14. With the antenna still facing DOWN, pin both green hat pieces right sides together and sew around the curve, leaving straight edge open. Repeat with yellow hat pieces.
  15. Place yellow hat piece inside of green hat piece, right sides together (with antenna tucked inside) and pin straight edges together. Sew around the entire base of the hat, leaving a 2" opening to turn. Turn hat right sides out through the 2" opening and handstitch opening closed. 
  16. And now you have a really cute Halloween costume for your baby!

Wasn't that sew easy? Seriously anyone can make an inch worm costume! And now that you love me so much for sharing this tutorial with you and for reading this whole post I'm going to fill you in on a little secret! Shhh... You see that fat quarter bundle down there? Yes, that one down there!
A good friend of mine designed this fabric and next week I get to give it to one of YOU! Yes, that's right! One of YOU! YIPPEE!!! Can you imagine all the wonderful things you could make with that many fat quarters? I certainly can! Sheesh! OK, so here's your check list for the weekend:
  • Make an inch worm (or even a bumblebee...that'd be cute too!) for a precious baby you know!
  • Think of something fabulous you can make with a whole bundle of fat quarters!
  • Come back next week to enter a "Delight!-ful" giveaway!
That's not too hard, right? Ok, have a great weekend and I'll see you next week! ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A New Look!

At Spring Market I made a wonderful new friend, Beth Feigner and once I saw her work I told her that I just simply had to work with her. I was so excited when she agreed and even more excited when I saw this cover for the first time! Isn't it gorgeous!?!? I love, love, love it!

This is just the first of many to come.  So, tell me what do you think? Have you ever seen the Darling bag, looks so Darling?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I love all things black and white

photos courtesy of pinterest.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two Months!

Please tell me that time is flying by and that I'm not the only one feeling this way. I can't believe this little angel of mine is already 2 months old! She really likes the camera (can you tell?). We do this every day. :)

Remi discovered her hands yesterday. It was pretty exciting. She also poked herself in the eye a few times while discovering. It was a little comical. She has brought pure entertainment to the house, so much so that we have to "tone it down" and "be gentle, be gentle, BE GENTLE" comes out of my mouth about a thousand times a day. This little girl is in for a ride with these crazy boys.

She's brought a whole new feel into the household. And we love it!

Friday, September 9, 2011

One more. I can't resist!

 Allow me to introduce our pal Simon. This insanely handsome little guy is getting lots of attention on facebook and now so is my inbox! I've never actually met Simon, but I have conversed with his mom, Jenn through tons and tons of emails (Happy Birthday Jenn!) and we have become great friends. It's hard not too when we have such cute boys the very same age! Simon is sporting the Owl Pack to preschool this year and I have to say that the pack looking this adorable on a child, was far from my imagination when I designed it! I love, love, love it! And I love, love, love this guy!
Thanks Simon for making this little business of mine look so good! Especially since, my little guy refused to wear something that didn't involve Thomas to school (more on that later). Love you guys!

**EDIT: Hey all of you that commented or emailed about being pattern testers, I'm interested in your info. So shoot me an email (if you haven't already) and we'll chat. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You know you're loved when...

...your super cute nieces decide to make one of YOUR bags to carry to school!
I mean come on look at this sweet face!
The Backpack being used for the special VIP days at Suzy's pre-school. :)
 Maggie carrying the Darling Bag and isn't she ever so darling? OK, now I'm sounding like my mother! Hi Mom! ;)
 And of course, little miss Kate with her Little Miss Business bag. This girl really is all business and then some!
 Maybe I'm just a big cheeseball, but I was super flattered when they texted me from the fabric store telling me they'd each decided to make a bag! I mean really, that's just the best kind of love any aunt would ever need!
Happy Back to School to everyone!