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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Getting ready for baby is sew much fun!

I am so excited to finally get to show all of you what I was so busy working on the last week and a half!  My friend, Mariana, is expecting a girl this June so I wanted to make a few things for the new addition to her family.  Initially, I planned on only making a car seat canopy (a must have when one lives under the blistering sun of El Paso), but I kind of got carried away a bit and wound up making a car seat canopy, a onesie dress, two bibs, three burp cloths, a minkee blanket and a little draw-string bag to store it all in.

Of course, it helps that I had found the adorable vintage printed fabric at my local thrift store about a month ago that Mariana loved; plus it's hard to beat two yards of fabric for only $2.99!

I decided to just jump on in and go for it, even though I honestly had no clue of what I was doing most of the time; most of the tutorials that I followed promised projects that could be completed in 15 minutes or less, but those assurances were obviously aimed at people who knew how to sew.  I spent many minutes sitting in front of the computer, re-reading the steps over and over again, convinced that they had somehow turned into a different language since beginning the project at hand.

The onesie dress is one of those things that looks cute until you start to look at it closely; my skirt was so messed up that I had to make a little faux belt to hide the sewing carnage that had taken place.  And then the fabric that I used to make the belt wasn't long enough by 1/4" of an inch to encircle the dress, so I had to make a patch to hide the gap.  What was supposed to be a ten-minute project quickly turned into an hour-and-a-half project.  I think I'll have to practice this one a bit more before I can actually turn one out that looks half-way decent.

So here's everything all wrapped up and ready to be presented to my friend at her shower on Saturday; I had remembered my camera but forgot to put the memory card in before I left the house, so I was left without any way to take photos of Mariana opening her gift, but rest assured, she was pretty excited when she saw the whole kit and caboodle.

For those of you who'd like to try some of these out at home, here are the links to the tutorials I followed:
Onesie dress
Car seat canopy
Minkee blanket
Basic bibs
Burp cloths
Draw-string bag

Happy sewing!


Susan said...

Oh my, what a great friend you are! She's going to just love all of these adorable gifts♥

Becky said...

Wow, I was looking at all of that and was thinking "I wish I knew how to sew" :0) You did a great job! I'm sure your friend is thrilled!!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

You are AWESOME!!!!!! I love all these things! You have inspired me & I don't even know anyone that I could make these things for. :)

Natalia said...

You are so crafty and talented! Wish I had some of that in the sewing dept. My mom and I just ordered fabric for curtains, bumpers and changing pad covers...although her and my cousin are doing all the sewing!

Katie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I love it all! The fabric is amazing and I would count myself a very lucky person to have a friend that spent all that time and effort for me! :)

Sarah said...

What an awesome gift! Love it all! If only I could sew!

Wendy said...

What a gorgeous set of gifts!

I often wonder where the people that write these patterns get their timings from. A ten minute project always takes a couple of hours the first time you make it, no matter how much sewing experience you have and sewing anything seems to take me hours!

Lori said...

wow, she is so lucky to have you as a friend and to be able to sew these
for her, you are so talented! And the patterns are adorable !!! :)

Candace Chitwood said...

So darn cute!

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