Monday, September 16, 2013

7,369 Miles - Sewing Projects

When traveling 7,369 Miles, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 States, with 1 Suitcase, 1 Duffle Bag, a Toddler and an iPod you may need to sew something. I'd suggest just packing an emergency sewing kit, but in my case, I packed my sewing machine, a bag full of fabric, cutting board, notions and a bunch of patterns. 

David's family was very gracious to allow me to turn their dinning room into a sewing room while we were visiting and I had a blast being creative!

The first thing I sewed was Caden's shorts, the seam fell apart in the wash!

Next on my to do list was make these adorable elephants from Retro Mama.
A dear friend had twin girls in April and I wanted to make them something extra special, since their mama and I have been friends for 17 years. I found some soft flannel at Hobby Lobby that was elephant print and knew I wanted to make the girls elephants and baby blankets.

The elephant pattern was easy to follow and the elephants turned out super cute! The only changes I made was to downsize the pattern to 60% (the perfect size for little hands) and use the star stitch for the eyes.

After making the elephants, I went to work figuring out a baby blanket. My first idea was to make a double thick, oversized receiving blanket. When I went to get fabric, I fell in love with several different pieces. I bought a 1/2-3/4 yard of 5 fabrics and followed this rag quilt tutorial. The quilts turned out beautifully! The only thing I would have done differently would be use spring loaded scissors, I got blisters from all the finishing cutting and it took almost as long to cut as it did to make the quilts. 

Next, I worked on perfecting my pattern for baby owl taggie toys, turned a pair of ill fitting capris into shorts, made a sippy cup leash and made a set of elephants and a baby owl for Mom. Oh what a fun vacation this was turning out to be!

If you're interested in purchasing an owl, elephant or baby quilt for a little one in your life, contact me for details or check out my Etsy store Doodlebug & Friends.

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