Sunday, August 31, 2014

Navy Floral Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice

I've been wanting to try my hand at a toddler dress with lined bodice and a gathered skirt again since an attempt nearly a year ago (I'm pretty sure it didn't even make it to the blog). The gathers were wonky and the lining didn't quite match up. This attempt was much more successful! Looking forward to making several more!

twirling with the measuring tape

 Love the navy accented with bright cold flowers.

sweet gathers

felt board garden

  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only one exposed seam - serged skirt to bodice
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial
  • 2T pattern came closer to 12-18 month sizing, may try 110% printing of pattern
  • skirt measurement: 40x16", double hemmed bottom hem

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Whale of a Storm: DIY Whale Stuffed Animal

An oldie from May 2014
We love a good rainy day. We love the smell of rain. We love the feel of rain on our faces. We love splashing in puddles. We love the symphony of rain.

After weeks without a good rain, it poured today. Poured and poured and poured. The grass grew inches in the last few hours (or at least they're standing tall and proud instead of sad and wilty so they seem taller). A good day to pull out the soft cotton flannel and make a stuffed animal - a whale today. Great gift for a baby shower, toddler birthday, Christmas, or just because! Happy sewing!

matching cotton flannel

drew a whale on two pieces of paper taped together for a pattern

Trace whale pattern onto both pieces of fabric, right sides together and cut. Pin right sides together and sew, leaving a 3 inch gap along the bottom for flipping right side out and for stuffing. Add a felt water spout on top. 

front side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

back side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

Stuffed. Use invisible ladder stitch to sew opening closed.

Added an eye on front side using scrap from the back fabric and black felt.
peek-a-boo whale in tall summer storm grass

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tag Me Sunshine

Babies love tags. I remember Little Miss E used to chew on the tags of all her toys, even the tags that weren't meant to be part of the toy. Here's a super cute way to use up scrap fabric and lots of ribbons! It's a quick stocking stuff for baby's first Christmas. Make a bunch for a baby shower gift in different shapes, sizes, colors! Now, as a toddler, she likes sticking her fingers in the loops and swinging her little "pillow" around. 

For little ones who will chew and suck on the tags, probably best to avoid ribbons with painted on designs in case the paint comes off....

pin down ribbon loops, leaving a gap for flipping right side out and the last ribbon

sew in the last ribbon on the bottom edge after flipping the fabric right side out

the tricky sewn in last ribbon pre-stuffing

finished cuteness

Inspired Chez Beeper Bebe's Tutorial and Pattern for Rainbow Sunshine Plushie.

My Little Sunshine

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blueberry Plum Frozen Yogurt Stars

This summer we've been getting creative with our ice pops in flavors and shapes! At our grocery store, we found some silicone mold ice cup trays that work wonderfully as mini ice pops (without the stick). Great finger food for toddlers in easy to store portions!

Once frozen, pop them out into an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for storage in the freezer!


So excited!


These particular ones I used a food processor to mix up blueberries, whole milk plain yogurt, and a cut up plum. Previous ones I've added chia seeds and/or shredded unsweetened coconut as well! Get creative!