Written by vwalke on December 15, 2010



If you are a new reader to my blog welcome!! Please consider following my blog. I have loved doing the GIVEAWAY (find it here) so much with Sew Mama Sew I plan to do more giveaways from time to time. Check back soon!

I know it’s a crazy time of year to completely sort out my sewing studio but when it takes just as long to find my supplies as it would to complete the project there is something wrong! My studio was in a sad, sad state and I was desperate to restore order.

Every so often I refold all my fabric and nicely stack it back in the cupboards but it always works it’s way back to a state of chaos and it never seems to work for long. Nothing puts a damper on my creativity quite like 5 yards of fabric falling on my head as I open the cupboard.

For the past few years at Quilt Festival in Houston I’ve had my eye on these fabric organizers. I know of two different options which you can find HERE and HERE. There may be others. I would really love to invest in these someday but for now it just cuts into my fabric budget so I opted to go GREEN!

I loaded up on empty fabric bolts at JoAnn’s on Black Friday. I ended up going back two more times and getting more. They are folded over at the top and bottom of the bolt, meeting up in the center. I cut them in half and then cut the ends off with a box cutter. The result was 4 pieces of heavy cardboard just the right size to wrap your 45 inch fabric.

I folded the fabric lengthwise by folding the fold edge over to meet the selvages . After wrapping each mini bolt I fastened the fabric with a small head pin.

They fit perfectly in my cupboard and now I’ll be able to find just what I need without pulling everything out of the cupboard. I really think this is the system that is going to keep me organized. I still want to buy the plastic organizers sometime because they are acid free and would be better for my fabric, but for now I think this will work beautifully!

So, what should I make next? :)

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Written by vwalke on December 11, 2010



My 4 year old daughter asked Santa for a Baby Alive this year for Christmas. Have you seen that doll? It’s a little scary looking but it’s what she wants. I was looking at the accessories that you can buy to go with it and noticed they had a package of disposable diapers. What?! I didn’t even buy disposable diapers for my REAL babies! I’m sure not going to keep buying them for a doll. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience making diapers so making a doll version was a piece of cake. Here’s what I came up with:

A few day ago Sew Mama Sew announced they would be hosting a Giveaway. I am so excited to participate. I decided my doll diapers would be the perfect thing and may arrive just in time for Christmas gift giving.

If you would like to enter for a chance to win these diapers just comment on this post (please only comment once). You have from December 13-17 to enter by commenting. On December 18th we will randomly draw the winner and then I’m going to try my hardest to ship the same day so that you just might have a chance to receive your item in time for Christmas. (Please understand I have no control over the postal service.)

The diaper pictured (above) is on one of the smaller Baby Alive dolls. It’s a little big but works. I’ve since tried it on Baby Born and it fit perfectly, so it should fit a variety of dolls well.

The winner of the drawing will receive 3 diapers (with velcro closures)–two flannel and one that has a waterproof/PUL backing bound with fold-over elastic. Diapers sent will be chosen out of those pictured here.

Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

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Written by vwalke on December 3, 2010



I often talk about my 4 daughters, but we do have a son as well. He’s a college boy now but I do still try to sew for him from time to time. I will talk about things to sew for the boys in your life another day, but he just doesn’t appreciate a good twirly skirt and that’s my subject for today. I usually try to sew holiday clothing for my kids at Christmas time. This year I settled on a circle skirt. There are many methods but I love the exposed elastic method. There is an excellent tutorial over at MADE. In a flash you can create a custom fit for anyone. Amazing!

Since it’s Christmas I wanted to dress it up a bit. I added a little bling!

I cut circles and flower shapes and burned the edges with a candle so that the edges would curl a bit to add dimension. The center the center rhinestone flower in the center is one of those hair accessories that has the spring thing on the back and twists into bun, up-do etc. I pinned the flower to the skirt so my daughter would have the option of moving it to her top or a headband if she wants to wear it that way instead.

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Written by vwalke on November 29, 2010



I have to admit that after having four daughters I get a little tired of pink. Even though I make a conscious effort to avoid pink, I still end up with enough to wash an entire pink-only load of laundry each week . Pink has been Andrea’s favorite color for several years now, which is pretty typical for the 3-4 year old girl. Lately, though, she’s switched her color of choice to orange. Yea! However, orange is often difficult to find in girls clothing. We were walking through WallyWorld the other day and found this cute shirt in the boys section.

It’s cute, but lacking in the femininity department. Luckily, they were only $3.50 so buying two was doable. I quickly formed an idea in my head for making it more girly. I decided to make it into a jacket since she already had a little orange shirt that was a close enough match to wear underneath.

First, I cut one of the shirts up the front and cut off the bottom third of the sleeve.

Then, I cut the bottom third off the other shirt, cutting off the side seams to make two pieces. I folded each piece in half and sewed up the seam. I gathered the unfinished edge slightly to fit the cut edge of the first shirt sleeve, and sewed the gathered piece on to the cut edge of the sleeve to form a cute bell sleeve.

Next, I carefully cut off two of the gray stripes, gathered them and attached them to the front edges of the jacket.

Finally, I found two cute flower buttons and added them to the front. I used a small hair elastic as a closure, looping it around each button. I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

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Written by vwalke on November 11, 2010



Sew Mama Sew recently hosted a Bag Swap. I don’t usually participate in swaps because I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator. Life can get pretty crazy at our house and sometimes one extra little thing can make the difference between sanity and well, not so sane. Then, darn it all, they had to lure me in with Amy Butler’s new purse book called Style Stitches. I had to have an excuse to buy that book! I signed up for the shoulder bag and vowed I would NOT procrastinate! My partner requested Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabric in anything not pink or purple. I have 4 daughters and I get a little tired of pink and purple so I was pretty excited. I settled on Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane in the moss colorway. Lovely! I debated whether to make the Cosmo bag or the Tear Drop bag and settled on the Tear Drop bag because it seemed like a more practical everyday bag. I was so happy with the way it turned out and proud of myself for getting the bag done with plenty of time to spare. The pieces went together beautifully and the instructions were clear with just the right amount of pictures. This pattern gets a intermediate sewer rating for difficult, but I thought it was pretty simple and think a beginning sewer could pull it off. I loved that pleat in the lining echos the pleat on the exterior of the purse. The shape of the bag is flattering hits right at the hip, at least on me. I highly recommend using the suggested Shape Flex Pellon interfacing. It gives just the right amount of body without adding a lot of bulk to your seems. There was quite a bit of left over fabric which allowed me to make the matching coin/key purse. The only complaint I have about this little purse is that the opening is a bit small. It is appealing to me though. I am constantly searching for keys. I have one friend that laughs hysterically when I ask, “Hmmm, where are my keys?” The search that usually follows can be pretty comical from the outside looking in. Seriously though, why do ready made purses always have black lining? That is definitely another plus to making your own purse! All in all this was a great experience and I plan to make many, many more purses from this book. Christmas is coming after all and did mention I have 4 daughters?

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