Sunday, October 30, 2011

How to Make Baby Mittens

We've got a little cold snap going here in SC. My main issue is little cold hands and feet! Tonight, I whipped up a couple pairs of baby mittens, the kind without a thumb that just slide on, hopefully not being pulled off, but probably pulled off. Whatever the odds, I want to TRY to keep those little baby fingers from turning to ice. I thought I would make a little tutorial for you to try out, too.

You will need:
-Some fleece (use some scraps or 1/4 of a yard will do)
-some 1/4 inch elastic, 12 inches (2 pieces 6 inches in length)

I decided to personalize mine first. If you have an embroidery machine, then go ahead and do these 2 steps first. If not, then skip down below to where it says SEWING. I used fleece, so I didn't line them, but if you want to line them, you can just cut out your outer fabric as you are going along and make sure to sew those pieces together and turn right sides out before following the rest of the tutorial.
EMBROIDERY:
Put Fabric on Hoop with stabilizer underneath.
Embroider whatever you want, in this case the letter N using Pacesetter's Baked Fresh font.
SEWING: Fold your fabric over itself or lay your piece of fabric on another piece of fabric.
Cut out a rounded circle with straight sides according to how large your baby's hand is....you can just go with the flow here or trace your baby's hand to judge.
Use that set as your pattern and lay it on top of your other folded fabric and cut around it.
So now you should have two sets of cut mittens. Put right sides together and sew around the mitten edge 1/4 inch hem. Like so...
Make sure they are inside out and fold the bottom edge back 3/4 of an inch and then sew down making sure to leave an inch opening to slide your elastic through. When sewing, go slow, and be careful not to sew down other fabric underneath your foot. It's easy to catch other fabric when sewing something so small, but you can do it!
Put a safety pin on the end of one side of the elastic and feed it through til it comes out the other end. I hate this part, but don't get frustrated, because it's a tiny mitt and it comes through fast!
Do it for the other mitten as well and sew the elastic ends together. You can overlap them OR just lay them right on top of each other and sew back and forth a couple times. I did the latter. The tighter the elastic the more scrunchy it will be. Make sure your child can get his whole hand through your opening!
Trim any threads, then sew up the opening, being careful not to catch any fabric underneath your foot once again.
Turn right side out and you have mittens!
Make some for everyone you know! Make some for Christmas presents! A baby gift? Cute and simple!
Don't sew? I will make some for you! Email me and I will make some for you for about $10 + $2 shipping. Pink or Grey as shown. Your choice of letter and font.

Love,
Vanessa

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Getting a New Camera & A Baby Shower

Can I tell you how excited I am about the fact that God is giving me a new camera!?!?! I have been wanting a nice entry-level dslr camera for about 6 months strong now. They are pricey, but I just decided to trust God to provide one if it was his will! And he is! My best friend Stephanie got an amazing deal on TWO Canon Rebels and I am buying one from her! I am using my Annibirthmas Money for it and she is being a super super amazing BFF and giving us a deal, too! (Annibirthmas is our wedding anniversary, my birthday, and Christmas all in one. It's a term I coined, because they all fall within the same week in our house!) Hopefully, my blog photos will improve dramatically!

This past week, I have been avoiding blogging for the most part, but that is because I helped throw a baby shower Wednesday evening for The Leongs who now know they are adopting a baby boy in less than a week! Whoo! And in part, because I traveled to visit with my SIL in Greenville. I did manage a little sewing/embroidering for gifts, but I didn't take many pictures. I thought I would show you the baby shower we put together for Kim even though my pictures are so terrible! I literally was running around crazy getting my house clean and then hosting, because it was at my house.
We kept it easy and simple. A chalkboard, a Ball jar full of yellow tulips, and some yummy desserts!
Some blue and white polka dot place mats and some bubbly glass plates with matching napkins.

I sewed/embroidered this banner for their son Isaac, which means laughter.
I used a blue/white stripey fabric I had on hand, some baby blue fabric, and some canvas with a khaki rograin ribbon. It's too easy. You literally sew two triangle pieces right sides together (doing the embroidery first, of course), leave a 2 inch opening, then turn out and sew a ribbon on top/front. I love how it turned out!

I also did some burp cloths and some onsies, which all turned out cute, but didn't take any photos!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Endings

I just love a happy ending! The Gerlachs officially are home and I got to go visit little Israel! He's the same size as Micaiah and SO precious! His giggles just made my heart melt! I have to just stop and praise Jesus for this sweet child that has been added to their family! To know that, this blog had the teensie weensiest, very tiny, but still part of it, is really cool and why I am so excited that I have several new families to introduce to you soon! For now, though, just enjoy the love that you can see poured out on the newest Gerlach addition!



With love,
Vanessa

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oh, No! She didn't!

Yes, I kind of did. I made them in pink.
I just couldn't help myself. I need a little girl.
My sister-in-law requested a pair after the cocoa ones I made! And I love making things for my niece!

I found another cheap item to make these out of. This jacket was at a thrift store for $4.
It was a light suede fashion jacket. I kind of like finding things at thrift stores to re-purpose. It makes my heart happy. It took the sleeves to make these shoes...that means I might have enough to make more? Etsy store? Will that actually happen? I'm hoping so soon!!!
I'm glad my sweet girl is getting a pair, too!
Yes, I want some in my size. Do you, too?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cloth Shoe Giveaway WINNERS!!!

Sweet Readers, 

The cloth shoe giveaway is now closed and the winners are.....

BOY WINNER: 

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ANNE NEWMAN said: so cute, Vanessa!  Chase needs a pair of shoes :)  
 
 Congratulations, ANNE!!! You won your sweet boy some stylin' duds! 
 
GIRL WINNER: 
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MOLLY said: liked you on facebook! 
 
CONGRATULATIONS, Molly!!! You've got your sweet 4 month old a new accessory! 
Thank you so much to everyone that participated! This giveaway was pretty fun for me! I like sharing things I make with you! If you didn't win...stay tuned! I might have some more giveaways coming up soon! And if you did win! We will be in touch! Let me know if you still want some for your baby! I'd be happy to make some for you! :)
 
Love,
Vanessa

Saturday, October 15, 2011

DBS Needs Families!

As you know the primary reason why I run this blog is to help raise awareness for families that are adopting! I need some new families! Do you know any? Please email me their blog/info, so I can get in touch with them!

Sometimes I forget why I am sewing, blogging, crafting and I get caught up in the blog world and then I come back to reality. This blog isn't about me. It's about my love for God and my love for helping those around me.

So far, DBS has helped 2 families in their fundraising for their adoptions! That's 2 babies that have homes. Two babies that will be loved.

I am happy to announce that The Gerlachs have arrived safe home from Africa and that Israel is theirs! I can't wait to meet him!!! And the Leongs have a due date for a boy and currently have 2 ways to help raise more adoptions funds. Visit their blog to know more! Congrats on that bundle to come!

Adoption is close to my heart, because I feel like it is such a beautiful thing that is spread throughout the entire Bible about God's love for us. Hart and I hope to adopt our next child, but before we get to that, I want to help others that are bringing the unloved into their homes to be their  forever families!

Maybe you read a blog about a family adopting and you want to pass them along to me or me on to them! I need your help in finding them!

And don't forget about the cloth shoe giveaway! There's nothing like a giveaway to make your knees wobble and wonder if people actually read your blog, but I am so thankful you guys are coming through! It started off slow, but now you guys are entering left and right (shoe pun, uh huh?!)! I can't wait to see who wins!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cloth Shoe Giveaway & Final KCWC!

******This Giveaways is now CLOSED!****** (10/17/11)

I'm done sewing for the week! I was only planning on sewing for 6 days anyways, because I felt like I needed to actually rest from doing this for one day, but I think I'm officially done with the KCWC challenge and I have a giveaway for YOU to CELEBRATE! I've sewn way more than 7 actual hours and for me it is kind of getting tiring, so I don't want to ruin this love of mine. I've had a blast doing this challenge though and the satisfaction I get from actually making things, well it just makes me giddy!

My last two days have resulted in sewing some cloth shoes. I love Wepeares' Etsy shop! She makes cloth shoes and if I couldn't make them myself, I would totally buy them from her! Plus, she is my new blog friend, so go check her out! AND....If I know you in real life, then you can totally let me know and I will make some for you at a price you believe to be fair.

I didn't realize how much fun they would be to sew! After I made the moccasins, my sister-in-law asked for some for my niece and well, I just couldn't stop making them! Plus, I love the opportunity to sew with pink!
In the process of making these, I made two other pair, but they were kind of my "prototypes." I have decided to give these away to my sweet readers!!! I was really sad that the boy version didn't fit Micaiah....I think his foot grew overnight, not kidding. So here is the giveaway...
I will pick 2 winners through Random.org. One girl winner. One boy winner. There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway. You may enter up to 3 times. Leave me your email address, please. USA residents only.

 TO ENTER:
1) Become a follower of this blog and leave me a comment telling me which pair you would like to win. You may only win ONE pair. Make sure you tell me WHICH pair GIRL or BOY!

Example comment: GIRL! Because girls rock!

2) Blog about this giveaway on your own blog and leave me a comment telling me you did.
3) Like Designs by Sessa on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did.

It is completely up to you how many times you enter or how you enter, but PLEASE, with cherries on top only leave me 3 comments.

***Lastly, and this is kind of lame, I know,  but if the pair that I made for my niece don't fit as well as the girl ikat pair I am giving away, well, I reserve the right to switch them out, before I give them to you. HA! I don't have her foot right here and it is kind of hard to know the right size. They are approximately the same size shoe, but the ikat pair have fleece bottoms on the outside not in and I just want to make sure one pair works for her...you get my drift. They are both cute...so don't complain!

I will pick a winner Monday Morning and announce the winner MONDAY!  

You have until Monday, October 17th, 2011 to enter at 9:00 a.m. So, go enter, NOW!

Because you are awesome,
Vanessa

Thursday, October 13, 2011

KCWC Day 4: FunkyTown Plaid Pants

Uh Oh, my baby needs some pants! 
Only a babe gets away with walking around outside like this. Pretty darn cute, right? 
 It's official! I got another item checked off my list today! Once again, it took me longer than 1 hour, but definitely not more than 2 and I could make these pants about 6 more times, so that we have some for every day! Introducing....the FunkyTown Plaid Pants!
Since I like telling you the background story for WHY I actually decide to sew something, I thought I would explain. Awhile back, I decided I wanted to make some plaid pants for Micaiah and I knew I wanted to line them in jersey to make them warmer for our oh, so, cold (not!) SC winters. I went to a thrift store and found the perfect shirt to turn into pants a couple weeks ago and about a month ago Wal-mart had plain 3X t-shirts on summer clearance, so I bought some in different colors.
Today, I finally gathered up my fabric and started making my own pattern, when I remembered making these sailboat pj bottoms....That was my first EVER attempt at pants and I didn't use any kind of tutorial. I kind of like a sewing challenge that way. It makes me use my brain more, but I definitely mess up more, too.
 I realized that I kind of wanted to double check myself, since I was adding a lining to them to make sure that I put them together well. Plus, I only had ONE t-shirt to work with, so I didn't want to mess up. I searched around on google looking for "lined pants tutorial" and of course, MADE was in the top 3 choices and of course, Dana had already made the exact pants I wanted to make, the exact way I wanted to make them. What's a sewing craft blogger to do? Maybe my husband is right....there aren't any new ideas!

Well, I decided to be a groupie this time and just go with Dana's pattern. 
I do love her blog, of course! AND...She DID happen to have size 2T ready to print right off for me...it was just too easy. However, if I make this again, I will make the waist a couple inches higher. They ride a little low the way her pattern dips down in front.

But overall, very, very cute and fun and plaid. Kind of dorky professor in a rad sort of way.
I like how long they are...you can turn them up to make cuffs or just keep them long with plenty of growing room (height-wise).
So, go make yourself some pants!

Thanks for subscribing!
Vanessa

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

KCWC Day 2 & 3: Hand Appliqued Monster Tee

I'm still chugging along on this 1 hour a day sewing challenge! It's getting slightly tiring, mostly because my projects take me longer than an hour to complete! I am LOVING cheering everyone on in the elsie marley flickr group though! It is SO much fun to watch what everyone is coming up with! Very inspiring, too!

Tuesday is the day I work, so I didn't get too much time until the end of the day and only got half my project complete in the hour before I went to bed, so I have no pictures of that for you! Then, this morning I finished up with another hour of sewing and got this Monster Tee done! Yippeee!
It was inspired by yet again, another Boden item. Seeing a trend here?
The light blue t-shirt is the one that I totally botched in the machine applique tutorial that I did. Behind that cute happy monster is one ugly birthday dog!
I hate wasting things, even if I only spent $1.99 on it! I needed to add sleeves to winterize it and find some way to cover up that birthday dog! So, I cut out two strips of fabric from an old polo that my husband doesn't wear anymore.
Fold in half, right sides together and sew down one side.
I wanted cuffs, so I cut out my red jersey material. You want it about twice as long as your current sleeve wrist length. Fold in half lengthwise, then fold again in half and sew down the open side.
Then attach the wrist band to the t-shirt and pin...lots of them.
Obviously make sure that the wrist band will turn out the right way and line up your seams when sewing, so it looks consistent. Make SURE you sew all 3 pieces together and be careful to not get the fabric caught while sewing this tiny little wrist piece! This is similar to when we made the Baby Legs! Now you should have your arms to your shirt!
Pin your sleeves inside your shirt. I put my hand inside the sleeve and stretched them to the size of the sleeve and used lots of pins. This part was a pain in the booty to sew, but you can do it, just go slowly when topstitching.
Sew both sleeves into the shirt.

For the applique, I looked at the Boden picture and freehanded it onto a piece of paper, then traced it onto the back of the wonder under. I followed the directions like it said on the paper to use it. I had to make the horns separately and tail spikes. I used jersey material for everything (old t-shirts), so that nothing would fray when washed. I used felt for the whites of the eyes, and cut out little dots from a small piece of rograine ribbon, which I hand stitched to the shirt. I zig zag stitched the mouth, over the white felt teeth. Once I transferred the body to the shirt, I went around it with a wider top-stitch right around the entire edge of the monster.
You could use any applique that you like! I just used a monster, because I've had a little monster on my hands the past few days! Oh, and the ENT doctor said his ears look good, but we are on the surgery schedule for tubes in 2 weeks. That will give us time to see if the ear infection comes back or if he stays healthy! Pray he stays healthy!

 I definitely messed up a lot when top stitching down, but I kind of like him that way! I also still had my thick needle in from sewing the moccasins and once I switched to the "light/jersey" material needle, it was heaven, so see, changing out needles totally helps!
Yes, I made him wear his moccasins with his monster tee to the doctor...everyone thought he was just adorable!

I know you think he's adorable, too, go on ahead and tell me how adorable he is....Haha!

Happy Sewing!
Vanessa