Posts Tagged ‘Homemade gifts’

Baby shoes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A dear friend of mine had her first baby not long ago and I wanted to make something for her baby girl. I tried to knit a pair of baby shoes but dpns and I just don’t get along. I managed to finish 2 shoes but you should have seen them! They looked so different from each other that I thought I had used a completely different pattern for each one of them. Afther seeing so undeniable facts, I decided to play it safe and turned back to sewing, and I am so pleased I did as I couldn’t be happier with the results.

I knew straight away which fabric I wanted to use, this fabric is cute at its best and I have been waiting the right moment to use it, and now this moment has arrived. I don’t know about you but I think Japanese fabrics have that extra sweet touch that makes them perfect for a gift.

Mary Jane's Baby Shoes

I went for a very simple pattern as the fabric is so pretty that it doesn’t need any help from complicated patterns. I had a bit of flannel in my stash that worked perfect as lining and I was ready to go.

I enjoyed making this tiny little shoes, I don’t usually sew for babies, but I found it great and gratifying that you finish baby things so quick, besides you use so little fabric that I think I will be making more presents than buying them.

Mary Jane's Baby Shoes

I would love to make a baby quilt with these fabrics (Children at Play by Sarah Jane)… so if you know of a good pattern for them let me know, I am on a roll here!

New year, new bag

Monday, January 16th, 2012

A while a go when I got the Liberty Book of Sewing I felt in love with a few of the patterns and some when straight onto my list, and right on the top was this tote bag. I had a bit of this fabric and I loved it so much that I wanted to make something special, so when I was wondering what to make for my mum’s Christmas present I thought that this Sandi Henderson’s fabric will be perfect to make into a big, roomy bag.

The pattern is very simple, and I thought that the flowers of the fabric pattern will be the start of the show. I got red leather handles that look like they were made for this fabric.

Bag

For the lining I used Linen to keep it simple, but I used the main fabric for the inside pocket. I also add a string for keys, it was not on the original pattern but those little things are very simple to add and are extremely useful.

Bag

These are not the best photos I have taken but the light was not on my side. I must say I am very proud of this bag. It was a joy working with this fabric and the handles make it look so professional, don’t you think?

I hope it turns out to be a good and useful present. This is the sort of bag that I drag everywhere with me, big enough that you can carry even a small project with you, and all your necessities.

With open arms

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I made these 2 little purses for my mum and baby sister that are coming to visit us for a few weeks. I was a bit short of time, so I decided to go for something quick to make, but still pretty and useful, specially whilst you are travelling. The pattern is Origami Bags from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches and they were a joy to make.

Choosing the fabrics was by far the best part of the whole process, but seeing them finished is great. They are a bit addictive, and I want to make a few more but larger and I might even try a smaller one made all with natural linen and the stitches with a thicker thread in a contrasting colour.

I hope my guests like them and more importantly, I hope they find them useful.

I'm quite happy mixing the vintage feel of Denyse Schmidht fabrics with linen

Fabrics used for Mum’s bag

Large exterior fabric: Prairie Rose in Piney Woods – Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidth

Small exterior fabric: Essex linen/cotton in Putty

Lining: Thistle leaf in Piney Woods – Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidth

I have used quite a lot Momo's fabrics, but can't you blame me?

Fabrics used for Trouble’s bag

Large exterior fabric: Flower garden in Jelly – Just Wing It by Momo

Small exterior fabric: Four Petals in Jelly – Just Wing It by Momo

Lining: Stripe in Jam – Just Wing It by Momo