Sunday, August 31, 2014

Naptime Crafting

This seems like a very fitting post today since my grandparents surprised me with my sewing machine on their last visit and are also celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary today. Happy Anniversary to them!
  1. Yarn tops for our kitchen towels… our first open floorplan kitchen which means we suddenly have a toddler taking and hiding the kitchen towel we use for drying our hands. Not my favorite look but it does keep them where they need to be! Towel from Walmart, yarn is old and from Hobby Lobby.
  2. Simple tea towel stitching as recommended in the Sew Everything Workshop. Tea towels from the clearance bin at Kmart.
  3. Pincushion from Sew Everything Workshop… I used the denim from maternity pants with a hole in them and fleece I’ve had for quite some time from a fabric store in Ogden, UT.
  4. Couch throw pillows using a fabric I loved and picked up from a local quilt shop in Saint Cloud, Minnesota
  5. Library bag! (Or picnic bag?) Essentially made from the Sew Everything Workshop, but I did make the bag a little bigger to fit larger children’s books in it. My littlest cousin is turning one near the end of September so I thought I’d give it a try. There’s a funny tapered spot and my stitches are pretty crooked (I left a few tiny holes when I seem-ripped a different section so decided just to go ahead and leave them as-is) but in general I think it turned out cute. I’ve seen some looks in which the inner lining is peeking out and since it perfectly matched the blue in the lollipop and muffin lining, I thought I’d give that a whirl. I think it looks more like I just wasn’t paying attention when I was pinning, but it does peek out so I guess I basically achieved it? I made the bag using Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric I found online. The blue handles and lining are fabric hidden in my stash so I can’t honestly say where they’re from.
I had originally intended to use the caterpillar fabric for the lining and handles but thought the blue looked good with the lollipop and muffin, plus offered a little pop/contrast. So now I have just a smidge more than exactly enough for a second bag and I think I’m just going to have to make us one too! It’ll replace our boring and simple white canvas library bag perfectly. =] I really love this bag and I think I’d definitely use it for myself even when my kids outgrow it. (Whoa. My kids. Two of them, like a real grown-up)
I got a great book for making baby clothes used via Amazon (and for free, thanks to Swagbucks! One of my favorite frugality secrets!) and I have found lots of free patterns and tutorials online recently too so be prepared for mostly baby stuff for the next few months!
*I used affiliate links for some of these links. I’ll be using affiliate links often here because eventually the some-odd cents I make from a “sale” adds up to be enough for a gallon of gas. Every penny counts, right?


  1. Finnnnnnaaallly commenting! :)

    All this stuff is so cute! The hungry caterpillar print is so awesome, I definitely want to make something with that fabric! I can't wait to make a library bag that is cute for my babe.

    1. You've had a pretty darn valid reason!! (And also I wouldn't be mad if you never commented)

      Thank you! I am definitely still learning, but I've been pleasantly surprised at how easy it's coming for me now, at least compared to how it was with all the knots!!