Friday, December 13, 2013

some christmassy sewing

It's been quiet around here. There has been a little bit of sewing, though. Mostly christmassy stuff. I made a little reversible smock in christmassy fabric for V., because I thought it would be nice to commemorate her first Christmas with a handmade item of clothing.

reversible smock in christmassy fabric

The pattern is from Ottobre Design magazine issue 1/2012. The fabric I used for the reverse side is not quite as christmassy, so I hope she'll be wearing it for a while even once Christmas is over.

reversible smock in christmassy fabric

I especially love the criss-crossing back, so cute and classic!

smock back

My sister-in-law knit these brilliant socks. Together with some tights, a onesie and the smock they make a really adorable outfit!

christmassy handknit socks

I'm also making V. her own Christmas stocking. (Like these I made for J. and myself. Pattern from Stitched in Time.) Let's see if I can finish it in time ...

button initial christmas stocking wip

Last year I cut up a bunch of squares for a Christmas quilt. I managed to sew 2 blocks! :-D

simple christmassy patchwork

I also made a little elf following the pattern in Scandinavian Stitches. That was last year, though. I only now got around to taking a pic! I think it's unlikely I'll post any more this year, so I'd like to wish everyone a lovely Holiday Season and a Happy New Year 2014! (2014????!!!!)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

swap pillows - Swap Kissen

I thought, I'd write a bilingual post, because this is about the German speaking swap I participated in. I finished the swap pillow and also received my pillow! Yay! First, I'll show some pics of the one I made.

Ich dachte ich schreib ein zweisprachiges Post, da es um den Swappen auf Deutsch Kissen-Swap geht. Ich habe mein Swap Kissen fertig bekommen und heute meins bekommen! Juchuu! Zuerst zeige ich euch ein paar Fotos des Kissens das ich gemacht habe.

swap kissen fertig!01

I'm really happy with it!

Ich bin wirklich zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis!

swap kissen fertig!05

Here's the back.
Hier ist die Rückseite.

swap kissen fertig!02

A couple of details.

Ein paar Details.

swap kissen fertig!03

swap kissen fertig!04

swap kissen fertig!07

 And here's the pillow cover I got:

Und hier ist das Kissen, das ich bekommen habe:

swap kissen ist angekommen! :-)

Jackpot! I love it! AND it looks great on our sofa!

Volltreffer! Ich liebe es! UND es sieht toll auf unserem Sofa aus!

swap kissen rückseite

The back is really beautiful, too.

Die Rückseite ist auch sehr schön.

auch die Innenseite sieht schön aus

It's even pretty on the inside!

Sogar von innen sieht's schön aus! 

swap kissen detail

Here's a detail of the beautiful hand-quilting.

Hier ein Detail des schönen Handquiltings.

schöner Umschlag

Pretty envelope!

Schöner Umschlag!

liebevoll verpackt

It was beautifully wrapped, too.

Es war auch sehr hübsch eingepackt.

Thank you so much, partner!!!

Vielen, vielen Dank, Partnerin!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

simple baby blanket and a pillow in progress

baby blanket

So above is the simple blanket I made for V. during my pregnancy. It actually was the very first thing I made when I found out I was pregnant. I really love that print with the trees, owls and moons and I think the aqua and yellow are quite gender neutral. I made it in the same way as the first blanket in this post.

The weather here has been really gray and dark, so I couldn't get any decent photos of the trousers I made. I dug the pics of the blanket out of my photo archive ...

One little action shot:



swap kissen02

As for other crafty activities, I'm participating in my first swap. It's a German speaking swap and we're making pillows! I just finished the pillow front and am looking forward to finish the rest as well. I think it will turn out quite pretty!

swap kissen01

I have to send it away next week, so let's hope there will be a little bit more light so I can take some decent pics before I have to part with it!

Have a good rest of the week and lovely weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

small baby sewing

 lucy's kimono - appleville

There are still a couple of things from my pregnancy sewing frenzy that I haven't shown you, yet. I finally took some pictures of these kimonos before packing them away. (They've been too small for quite some time now ... sniff!)

lucy's kimono - habitat

They're the Lucy's Kimono pattern from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing book. I made them assembly-line style, and they came together quite quickly. One thing to keep in mind when making this pattern is to choose a non-directional print, because the sleeves only have one seam. They're really cute, I think!

I also made another pair of  Cute-as-a-Button Booties from Handmade Beginnings, in the second biggest size. The outer fabrics are Lizzy House Outfoxed, the lining is from leftover scraps from a blouse I made for my sister-in-law several years ago.

cute as a button booties

These are so super cute, but we haven't really been using them. They do fall off or get pulled off and chewed on and I get tired of putting them back on ... ;-) Anyway, they're sweet to look at and fun to make if you want use up some special fabric bits for a cute project.

One of the biggest hits of the things I made for V. has been this tag blanket (instructions in Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter).

tag blanket

I chose the fabrics to go with the bits and pieces of ribbon I had lying around. I think it looks really nice and V. loves it! It feels like she could look at, chew at and feel those little ribbons for hours on end! She also always babbles a lot when she's playing with it, so I take that as approval! :-)

Now I only have two more Quick Change Trousers and a simple blanket left to show you from the big frenzy. I only have to manage taking pics of them. Hopefully, I'll get to show you next week!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

feature panel fabric bowls


 Doesn't my creative choice of title just bowl you over?! ;-) Anyway, I finally finished these two Nesting Fabric Bowls, which were almost finished before V. was born. It was fun making this more embellished version! I cut fabric remnants of the previous bowls I made into random widths and pieced them together for the feature panels. I also quilted above and below the panel, as suggested in the pattern.


Really cute, I think! Now the only size in the pattern I haven't made yet is the biggest one. I'd really like to try that, too. I love that there are so many different ways to make these and also use these. For now they work great as toy storage!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Washed Earth Mosaic

There is a fun contest over at Stitched in Color. Making a fabric picture mosaic using the offerings at Pink Chalk Fabrics. The theme is Washed Earth or autumn and this is what I came up with:

Washed Earth Mosaic

It was fun to see the fabrics that are around at the moment and to make a little mosaic. I think my favourite of all the fabrics is the flannel in the first square!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

baby in the hood

baby in the hood hoodie

Here is another project I made for V. from Handmade Beginnings. The Baby in the Hood jacket is so cute! I had fun choosing the different fabrics and buttons.


It's lined with flannel which gives it a bit more weight. I think when making this pattern, I'd either use a bit sturdier fabric than quilting cotton for the outside or line it with flannel or possibly both.

hoodie detail

I really love this Japanese print! So much tiny cuteness!

hoodie buttons

I made this in a size 3-6 months before V. was born, and the sizing is pretty accurate, it fits for a nice long period of time (well, long for a speedily growing baby at least ...) due to the sleeves that fold back. I'll be sad when she outgrows it, but if I can manage, I'll make her another one in a bigger size for fall in a fine wale corduroy.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

patchwork sleeping sack

patchwork sleeping sack

There are some things I made during my pregnancy sewing frenzy that I haven't shown you, yet. One of them is this Patchwork Sleeping Sack, made following the instructions from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings. I really liked making it, the instructions are very clear and the pattern is just so cute. The part that was most fun, of course, was picking out the fabrics. I went with children's prints on white, because I wanted a similar feel to this pillow. The fabrics I chose are mostly in rainbow colours and with high contrast, and I like the way they look all together!

bird detail

The size of the patchwork squares is larger than in the original pattern to showcase the prints a bit better. Other alterations I made was adding an extra layer of flannel in between the layers (wouldn't do that again, it was a tad too warm and also more difficult to sew) and hiding the seam in the inside bottom with leftover bias tape.

neckline detail

I took the pictures of the sack in the cardboard box V. slept in during the first weeks, as is the custom in Finland. The lovely embroidered crib sheet was first used by V.'s Finnish grandfather.

heart detail

The sleeping sack is much too small now, but I think it's nice to have something extra-special for those first weeks. Also, like this the size is small enough to keep a doll or teddy bear warm! :-)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's nice to be back!

Life got in the way of blogging and sewing during the last couple of  months, but now I hope I'm back to posting (more or less) regularly! Yay!

First, I have to show you what the lovely Kirsty sent us for little V.! I was so touched when her package arrived! So generous! The package included a beautiful quilt, handmade by Kirsty:

tummy time

Perfect for tummy time! :-) You can see better photos of the quilt in Kirsty's post about it here.

baby feet and quilt

But that was not all! She also included a lovely hat, cardie and boots set, hand-knit by her grandmother:

a beautiful hand-knit set

cutest mullet ever! :-)

Love that mullet! :-)

On top of that, Kirsty included two Wondersuits, which apparently enjoy quite a cult status in Australia. I can understand why, they're really practical and the fabric is so warm, soft and comfy! Also, I love the retro design!


And as if that wasn't enough, she topped it all off with some yummy treats:

yummy treats from Down Under

yum, yum! Now I suffer, because there are no Cherry Ripe Bites to be had in Finland ...!

Thank you again so very much Kirsty!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quick Change Trousers

Quick Change Trousers

Here's something else I made for little V. before she was born. Another pair of the popular Quick Change Trousers from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings. It really is no wonder so many people love these, they are quick to make and picking out the fabric combination is really fun! Also, they're really cute! These are the 0-3 months size and still a tad big, but V.'s been wearing them for the last couple of days and there are no problems with them falling off or something like that ... ;-) :-) The fabrics of this side of the trousers are both designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale, the pink one is from the I Heart ... collection and the other is from the famous Washi.

Quick Change Trousers

Oh, those little feet ... My heart is melting. :-)

Quick Change Trousers

The reverse side pairs an aqua Patty Young print with a cheery acid green and teal flower fabric (from Lecien, I think ...).

Quick Change Trousers

Of all the adorable little baby clothes, it's the tiny socks that are my favourite. Their smallness and cuteness just kills me! :-)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

retro geraniums

retro geraniums

Before our little V. was born, I made some more little things that I didn't have the chance to show you, yet. I made these little dresses in celebration of there being three little girls in the family, ours and her two cousins. I got the idea when I saw the three great colourways of the lovely Color Me Retro collection by Jeni Baker. I knew I wanted three quite simple, classic dresses, that could showcase two prints. For a moment I was considering drafting my own pattern, but then I came across the brilliant Geranium Dress sewing pattern by Made by Rae. I love that it comes in a wide range of sizes (I needed 0 months, 6 months and 3 years) and there are tons of options to change up the design and make it more personal. I'll definitely make more of these, once I get the chance to do some sewing again. They are a great fit, too and super cute on! I'll let the pics do the talking, got to get back to cuddling the little one! :-)

retro geraniums, collars

retro geraniums, hems

aqua retro geranium

aqua retro geranium, collar

aqua retro geranium, pockets

blue retro geranium

blue retro geranium, detail

red retro geranium

red retro geranium, collar detail

red retro geranium, pocket