Between all the busyness of life, sewing occasionally happens around here. Lately, most of my projects have been gifts. The only exception is the layered simple skirt (you can find the tutorial here) I made for Miss E’s first day of school, and the t-shirt dress I made for Miss P (I used this tutorial for the t-shirt dress).
When I was pregnant with Miss P I purchased The Divided Basket pattern from Noodlehead, with every intention of making one to use as a diaper basket for her changing table. That never happened and the pattern got shuffled to the bottom of the pattern pile… until recently. I decided to make one as a baby shower gift. It was surprisingly easy to put together! A little time consuming but not a complicated pattern. I don’t usually like to make structured bags and baskets, but Ana Graham is so good at writing patterns. Her directions are clear and uncomplicated. It was also fun to fill the basket with books and other handmade items.
After I finished the basket I decided to tackle a simple patchwork quilt for my brand new nephew. My sister-in-law planned a darling woodland themed nursery, and I couldn’t resist purchasing a fat quarter bundle of the Hello Bear line from Bonnie Christine. This marks the first time I’ve made a quilt from start to finish. Usually I would do the fun part; making the quilt top. Then I would hand the quilt over to my mom who would quilt it, back it, and bind it for me. After I finished backing and binding that small patchwork crib quilt, all I could think was, “Man, I need to send my mom some flowers and a thank you card for all the quilts she’s finished for me!” Backing and binding a quilt is NOT my favorite thing to do. All that being said, there is something so satisfying about starting and finishing a quilt. I used a soft plaid flannel to back the quilt, because I think all baby blankets should be backed with soft fabric.
Last but not least is this Super Tote I made for my good friend’s Adoption Fundraising Auction. It’s another of Ana Graham’s excellent patterns. I picked up the apple fabric while we were on vacation in Colorado. It’s a Melody Miller fabric from her Picnic Line. I used the canvas weight material, which was perfect for this pattern. Nice and thick without being too bulky or difficult to sew through.
I hastily took a few pictures before I dropped it off, and I completely forgot to take a picture of the inside. The lining is made from a fun red checked material and had different sized pockets all around the sides of the bag. The pockets are perfect for organizing sunglasses, cell phones, checkbooks and wallets. I liked the tote so well I think I need to order some more fabric and make one for me to keep!
That’s all from the sewing room for now, but as always, there is a never ending “to-sew” list. Next up is a few Serendipity Blouses for Miss P to wear this fall and winter. I’m hoping to make several blouses including a dress version. As always, thanks for stopping in for a visit! ~April