We were sitting at the table going over a lesson for school when inspiration hit. On the table, my daughter (age 6) pointed out a green piece of fabric, green toy car and a green crayon. She looked at me and said, “Mom, look at this color palette. I have an idea. We can make several of these using different colors. This would help baby boy (age 2) learn his colors.” What a sweet idea. I told her it was fabulous and we should work on it during quiet time. That was a pretty big deal for me, because I do enjoy my down time but saw this as an opportunity to encourage her creativity. I suggested we take photos of her creations (to the best of our ability of course). We scoured the house for items that fit into the color categories she chose. She would arrange the items for one color while I took pics of another. We went back and forth in that manner until each color had been photographed. I’m learning so much about how she processes information and what she values about her work process. I did make suggestions about object placement for the photos. We had lots of fun. Now we just have to figure out what to do with the pictures.
I was trying to figure out what I’ve been doing over here. Now, you know I’ve been sewing. After some thought, I realized that I’ve been having fun making birthday presents. Birthday’s are so sweet and special. It’s like God kisses the earth every time someone is born! Life is so precious and deserves to be celebrated, right? We don’t necessarily need gifts to do this, but they do add a special touch. So, here’s what I’ve been making….
Remember this clutch made from a curtain remnant?
Well, I had a couple other remnants with this similar floral print. I have a dear sweet friend that I wanted to make pillows for. She enjoys adding beauty to her home, and I thought she might like to add a little elegance to one of her spaces. I used a basic envelope-style design for these pillows. Super easy, and there are lots of tutorials on how to make these. I just used some store bought pillow forms to stuff the covers. I was very pleased with how they turned out.
Next up are a couple of messenger bags for a set of twins; the same twins I made the artist roll-ups for. Continuing on with the theme of upcycling, I decided to use a bed skirt given to me by the very friend I made the above pillows for.
See, gifts just keep on giving! I thought the fabric was perfect because it resembles canvas. It’s sturdy, and I’m sure it will hold up to much wear. The style of this bag was inspired by one of my husband’s bags. It features two front pockets with faux button velcro closures and an adjustable strap. I used bias tape to encase all raw edges. I did not make an inside lining for these bags, so the bias tape worked perfectly.
I really hope they enjoy these.
Last but not least, I had the privilege to make a birthday dress for a little ones 1st birthday. The party theme was ladybugs of course. And get this, more curtain remnants folks. The mom of this sweet baby girl gifted me with a huge box of curtain remnants that I’ve used for many projects. The polka dots were cut from yardage. The lady bug is appliqued onto the white eyelet fabric, and embroidery thread was used for the antennas. It was my first time using an embroidery hoop. The belt is removable. I enjoyed this color palette. You don’t really see the turquoise added in with the traditional lady bug colors black and red. So, I thought that was a fun twist.
A little bit of planning did go into the selection of this style dress. I sent my friend a couple of collages for design inspiration and asked for her feedback. She really liked the first dress in the top row (made by a seller on etsy). So, I used it as my inspiration to make the dress.
I was asked to incorporate the blue into the head piece somehow, so I just mimicked the style of the other ribbons and added a removable piece.
The kids and I were able to go to the birthday party of this sweet little one. I must say she was quite adorable. Everything worked out great.