Onesie Refashion Part II

onesie refashionHappy Thursday… My girl is here and she is two weeks old today! I have shared pictures via Instagram (taylormadeblog for your dose of baby cuteness).

I posted about my Onesie Refashion a few years ago when my friend had a baby. Just a few weeks ago I made some for my girl so I thought I would share. You can head to THIS POST for more pictures and info but these are super simple!

onesie refashion

All I did was iron some Wonder Under to the back side of fabric and cut it out into a shape I like. Then I peeled the backside of the Wonder Under off, and ironed the shape to the onesie. Then I sewed around the perimeter of the shape. I like the messy look and as you washed it it will get even more frayed which I like.

onesie refashion

onesie refashion

If you do a bib style shape then make sure the curve of the neck matches the curve of the onesie. Don’t forget to sew around that too.

onesie refashion

onesie refashion

These would make a super cute gift set.. but I’m keeping these :) Actually the light pink one is what we brought her home in!

onesie refashion

Happy Sewing!

onesie refashion

DIY Baby Leggings

diy baby leggings

It’s feeling very “nesty” around here- on the blog and in real life. I don’t have a ton of energy left so all of my more recent crafty projects have been baby related, I promise I do other things besides obsess over my baby (not a lot of other things but some). In fact we have been swimming a ton, we went to the beach last week and we are getting tile installed in our master bath next week, yay!

Anyway, I wanted some more leggings to go with Baby Bee’s newborn onesies. All of the cute online legging shops have inspired me, but not enough to pay over $30 for something she won’t be able to wear long. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about supporting small craft businesses and paying a little more for something handmade. I will just wait until shes a little older so she can wear it for longer than a few weeks :)

diy baby leggings

I found this pattern online but the crotch to waist length seemed a little short. Then after I finished my first pair,  I found this tutorial (which is funny because Ashley had the exact same picture that I had already taken, great minds) So, I kind of made my own pattern based on another pair of leggings just like she says and I used her tutorial. Its a great tutorial by the way, super easy to follow and very fast!

diy baby leggings

I even broke out my twin needle.

diy baby leggings

I found the black & white fabric and the red & white polka dot fabric at Girl Charlee. The colorful stripes on grey is an old skirt Ive had for 10+ years. I didn’t have enough of it to match the pattern so I hope my girl isn’t a stickler for details ;)

diy baby leggings

diy baby leggings

After trying this first batch I will definitely be making more but I will see how these fit first. Now if my model would just come out so she can try them on.

Briar Rose Strip Quilt

Briar Rose Strip Quilt
9 times out of 10 I don’t buy fabric with a project in mind. I see fabric I really like, I buy it and I take it home. Then months later when I want to make something I “shop” in my own craft room and find the perfect fabric for the job. This quilt was no exception. Last year when I spotted the Heather Ross Briar Rose line I knew I had to have it, and I had to have all of it :) I bought the fat quarter pack and there it sat on my shelf for almost a year. Then in February I found out I was having a girl (yay) and I started putting her room together knowing she would have a mama-made quilt.

Briar rose strip quilt

At first I had these same strips in mind but I was thinking solid colors… black, white and coral. Then it seemed too matchy-matchy with the room and I wanted a pattern. Here is a baby name secret… we have been calling her Baby Bee for months because her name starts with a “B” so I really wanted to add some bees somewhere. Then I remembered this Briar Rose fat quarter pack!! Bright colors, fun patterns, and bees… too good to be true right? That’s why I buy fabric I like right when I see it :)

I didn’t follow a pattern I just googled the standard size for a baby quilt and did the math. I started by cutting 2-3 strips of each pattern that were 4″ by the width of the fat quarter.

Briar rose strip quilt

When I had enough I scrambled them up to “randomize”. Then I sewed them into one big continuous strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

After I pressed all my seams down, I cut the big strip into smaller strips that were all the same width and started laying them out. I’m so thankful  to have this big work table with my pregnant belly:)

Briar rose strip quilt

I worked really hard at making sure none of the same patterns or colors were touching… see the two pink strawberry fabrics touching, I don’t like that haha #fabricgirlprobs.

Briar rose strip quilt

After I got it how I liked it, I went row by row… pinning then sewing. I used a 1/2′ seam allowance for everything.

Briar rose strip quilt

Here I am pressing my seams like a good tailor.

Briar rose strip quilt

I added a border that was also 4″ wide all the way around but then when I opened my batting it was shorter than what was listed on the package. So, I had to shorten the top and bottom of the border. I found this grey floral fabric at Joann’s. I obviously like to do my basting late at night when the lighting is bad :) Then, I quilted above and below the seam of each strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

I made some binding out of this cute green Christmas striped fabric I found. Quilting confession, I am a cheater when it comes to binding… I have never tried it by hand, machine binding works for me! I still use clover clips however.

Briar rose strip quilt

For the back I used a black polka dot print and the little black dots are flocked… so cute!

Briar rose strip quilt

I love how it turned out! I hope Baby Bee loves it too!

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Speaking of that girl…. 35 days to go!!!

Briar rose strip quilt

DIY Leather Tote

 

DIY Leather ToteIf you are anything like me at the beginning of this project then you are scared of sewing with leather, am I right? Cause I was… I didn’t even know if my sewing machine could handle it. The Leather Hide Store asked me if I wanted to try out some leather sewing. They are a small family owned store that sells wholesale leather hides and remnants… they also work closely with the craft community! I was up for a challenge so I chose a color called “Peanut Brittle” from their remnant section. The piece received a few days later was HUGE!!

DIY Leather tote

I decided on a lined tote. Here are some “sewing with leather tips” I learned along the way:

sewing tips

diy leather tote

I started with my pattern. This is a very rough and not to scale picture of what I measured out on the wrong side of the leather. I just used a ball point pen to measure out my pattern.

bag measurements

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After tracing the pattern, I cut it all out. For the straps I cut out two pieces at 2.5″ x 32″. I like REALLY long straps so most peolple might want to shorten this.

diy tote bag

Remember not to use pins on leather. This was the hardest part for me, the leather needle actually cuts a little dot so once you make those sew lines you can’t really do it over. I used my clover clips to keep it all together. Place right sides together and sew up the sides and the bottom of the bag leaving the corners alone.

diy tote bag

I also read not to back stitch and to tie up the ends of the thread. However I back stitched in a few places and I think it did fine.

diy leather tote

Next, I closed up the corners. Do this by “smooshing” the sides together and matching the seams. diy leather tote

This was the hardest part for my machine, I had to sew to the seam then use my wheel to manually go through all the layers.

diy leather tote

At this point it should look like this… kind of bag-ish :)

diy leather tote

Now on to the lining. This part could be skipped all together because leather won’t fray. I wanted a pop of color and I needed a pocket so I decided on it. I cut two pieces at the exact same measurements as the outer bag pieces.

diy leather tote

I also made a pocket by cutting two pieces at 11″x 7″. Place pocket pieces right sides together and sew all around leaving an opening for flipping. Flip and and press so you have a double sided rectangle. Top stitch the top of the pocket. Place on your lining where ever you want. Pin and top stitch around the two sides and the bottom.

Diy leather tote IMG_8150 IMG_8151

Then I measured my phone to make a perfect little pouch for her. I just sewed up the center of the pocket making two.

diy leather tote

I also added a little taylormade tag for fun. I used my burning tool then cut some leather into an oval and sewed it to the other side of the lining.

diy leather tote

With the two lining pieces cut, do the exact same thing as you did with the leather. With right sides together, sew up sides and bottom then sew the corner.

diy leather tote

diy leather tote

You should have two bag pieces now. With right sides together place the lining part over the leather part. diy leather tote IMG_8164

Match the seams and use clips or clothespins and sew all the way around the top edge leaving an opening for flipping.

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Flip the bag right side out and push the lining into place. I usually would sew the lining down so it doesn’t show from the outside but I liked the little pop of color so I sewed it with a little lip showing. Either way top stitch all the way around.

diy leather tote IMG_8170

Lastly we have to make the straps, remember that my measurements are extra long so feel free to shorten them. I just pinched the wrong sides together and sewed leaving a few inches at the end. I marked where to stop sewing.

leather bag straps

Next, I measured 4″ from the seam of the bag and placed the straps. Then I just used a box stitch to make sure they are good and sturdy!

diy leather tote

Voila.. I sewed with leather!

diy leather tote

DIY Leather Tote with tips!

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Thanks so much to Leather Hide Store for providing the leather and helping me overcome my fear :) Have I inspired you to make your own tote? Its your lucky day! Leather Hide Store is giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card to their online store! Enter by the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
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