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Sew Adorable: Reversible Tote Bags and Crayon Rolls

This past weekend, we celebrated my nephew and niece’s birthdays. For their birthdays, I sewed reversible tote bags and crayon rolls (bet you wouldn’t have guessed that from the title of this post – duh). It was not as hard as I expected it to be – at all – and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

If you want to try making a tote bag for yourself, I referenced the tutorial here, though I didn’t use her measurements.

On to the pictures of the final products…

I think Emma liked hers! She wore it around the party the entire time after she opened it. 🙂

SEW Adorable: A dress for baby Brooklyn

My friend Kristen (my older sister’s best friend from high school, who lived with us for a while after they graduated, so is more like an older sister to me – are you tracking?)…Let’s start over…

Kristen has had some difficult pregnancies. Her first daughter was born at 26 weeks gestation at 1lb 10oz, and spent a couple of months in the NICU. She’s a beautiful 9-year-old now, and doing just fine.

Later, when I was pregnant for Jaden, Kristen was pregnant for another baby girl. She (and everyone else) was heartbroken when her baby Angel was delivered at 20 weeks, and didn’t survive.

Well, Kristen became pregnant just one more time, and this time the doctors put her on bedrest early on and did an extra precautionary measure (probably TMI for some of you, so I’ll refrain) to help her stay pregnant longer.

Kristen went into the hospital at 27 weeks, and they were able to keep her from delivering. She went home at 28 weeks, and she stayed on bedrest and endured weeks and weeks of labor. And – PRAISE THE LORD – she kept that baby in until 34 weeks. What a blessing! We are all praising God for this little one…

Since Brooklyn was a 5-pounder, she was a tad small for newborn size clothes. And my friend Loribeth had sent this Itty Bitty Baby Dress pattern my way a while back. So I decided to try my first attempt at clothing!

With a few changes to the original pattern, I think it turned out quite nicely!

The original pattern only called for the bodice and top layer of skirt. However, I thought it would be fun to add a petticoat with lace to the bottom. See?

And instead of just gathering the skirt, I made inverted box pleats, ’cause I like the look of them better.

Then I made a cute little (well, HUGE in proportion to her head, but that’s all the rage these days) headband to match. (THANKS to my awesome friend Dana for telling me how to make these!)

Now I’m just waiting for Kristen to send me a picture of sweet Brooklyn wearing it sometime. In the meantime, I’m getting the creative itch again!!!

Another Sewing Project

Last spring, I posted about my friend Amber’s awesome sewing skills that she’s passing along to me.

Early this summer, my sweet, amazing hubby allowed me to buy a sewing machine and accessories from someone on Craigslist. Since then, I’ve been having fun doing some basic projects.

I learned how to make the crayon roll, with a little added monogram on the outside for fun. Here’s a crayon roll tutorial if you want to try it yourself. And here’s a peek at the latest one I completed. (Ahem, Melissa, if you read this…don’t show this to Emma. She’s getting one exactly like it for her birthday. Except with an “E,” not an “M.”)

If you’d like to learn more about how to applique, I found this tutorial really helpful. It was actually pretty simple and fun to make these shirts for our good friends the Dows, who just had twin girls (and now have four girls altogether, with names all starting with the letter “M” – which you probably could have figured out on your own). Sorry if you already saw these pictures a while ago on Facebook.

I also made a cute little hair accessory to go with the shirt for M #1’s birthday, but alas, totally forgot to take a picture. Maybe I’ll snap one if I ever see her wearing it.

Anywho, this is my fun, new hobby that I have almost no time for, but love anyway. If you sew and have any fun ideas for me, please share!


The house is quiet. I’m the only one awake! Even Luke and our extra-little-munchkin-for-the-weekend are napping! What a wonderful Saturday!

I’ve realized that Saturday tends to be the easiest time for me to blog. And here we are! So, let’s sit down together and catch up.

This past month or so, I have had the pleasure of spending Fridays at home with my friend Amber and all our six children (ages 6, 4, 3, 1, 1, and 3 months). The kids have loved playing together and eating lunch together. And Amber and I have especially loved spending time learning how we can make our marriages better through a book study, and learning practical skills from each other.

The first couple of times we met, I taught Amber how to make dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls (with the bread machine – SO easy!). And then yesterday – I AM STILL SO EXCITED – she gave me my first sewing lesson! Woo-hoo! I have so much wanted to learn to sew these last couple of years, but never had the opportunity to learn. And now I do! I’m pretty certain that this is real-life mentoring…and I love it!

So, with Amber’s help, I made our first project together – a bag! Here’s a shot of the beauty that now rests on my shoulder…

Almost as exciting, we had some material left over, so Amber made Grace a new holder for her insulin pump! She’s really been needing a new one, and Amber just whipped one out with no pattern or anything! She’s wonderful!

Not sure how she’ll feel about me posting a picture of her, but here’s Amber working on part of Grace’s pump holder.

And here’s the final product! (Not great lighting, sorry.)

My mind is spinning with all the projects we could do…Curtains for the kids’ room and school room, coordinating bedding for the kids, purses, more pump cases…Ahhh, looks like I might need to only ask for Hobby Lobby gift cards for my birthday / Christmas for a while!

I feel like I have so much more to share, but I also have so many things to accomplish today, so I’d better run. Sometime soon I’ll show you pictures of the newly painted school room and kids’ room…But not today! Maybe next Saturday!

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