Monday, September 28, 2009

Studios Fall 2009 Virtual Tour

STUDIOS, Fall 2009!

Hey all! The Fall 2009 issue of Studios is titled "Open Studios," and they're kicking it off with a virtual tour of everyone's sewing studio. Be sure to check it out to get ideas on how you can update or change your own studio.

Check out the pictures of my sewing & quilting studio!

Monday, September 21, 2009

RECYCLING TIP for gift bag tissue paper!

So, as you all know... I am now a mommy! My baby boy was born on August 20, 2009. :o)

Well, we had 3 baby showers for him and received many, many, many....did I say MANY? giftbags. I knew I wanted to save the tissue paper to recycle it in other gifts. But as much as I tried to preserve them, they still managed to get all crumbled up. So, as I was pressing some fabric one day I decided to press the tissue paper! I thought to myself... the gift bag tissue paper is the same as pattern paper and I iron that all the time to get the fold creases out. So, I ironed one sheet of white tissue paper and voila! It was brand-new again! I wanted to share this tip with everyone! It's a great way to recycle your tissue paper!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cloth Diapers!

I made about two dozen cloth diapers for my baby boy while I was pregnant... they were cute, and were just the perfect size for a newborn-3 months. ha! Little did I know I was in for a rude awakening! After being in labor for 9 days, my husband and I welcomed a not-so-small 8 lb 11 oz baby boy. After wearing the cloth diapers for about a week he outgrew them!
I found myself trying to figure out how I could make another cloth diaper stash, using fabric I already have, and FAST!

Here is what I found: A GREAT FREE pattern by Rita for her Rita's Rump Pocket(RRP) diapers.

I modified the pattern slightly to make it just a fitted diaper as opposed to a "pocket", I gave it wider and more round ends, and I didn't add an additional seam allowance as the pattern suggests. The results were: woo-hoo!! yay! GREAT!

I put together a tutorial to help others out there in the sewing and learning-how-to-sew world learn how to make their own environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy fitted cloth diapers!

This diaper needs to be worn with a cover or soaker. It can be closed using a pin, a Snappi, or you can sew hook and loop like Aplix or Touch Tape on the ends for a velcro-like closure.

The diaper is a one-size fits most! These will fit a newborn, a toddler and everyone in between!

I hope you all enjoy this cloth diaper tutorial and PLEASE leave me some feedback! I would greatly appreciate it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quilted Laptop Sleeve

So, my baby sister is in college and I can hardly believe it!! I feel like I was changing her diapers just the other day....and instead I am at home changing my first baby's diapers. Time really does fly. She needed a laptop cover/sleeve for some protection when she puts it in her actual backpack. So, here it is. I hope she likes it.

I quilted the fabric using a diagonal diamond pattern and used some stiff fusible interfacing to add some sturdiness and body to the sleeve while also protecting her laptop. I included a little strap and a button for the closure.

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