Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism.  I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me.  I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed.  I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there.  Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,

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and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!

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Cheers to Sammy!

~Ingrid

Back to School

Our oldest son started preschool this fall! We are so excited for him. We fell in love with the Montessori program when we toured the school last spring, and couldn’t wait for him to get going.

As it was his first day of school (ever!), I felt like he needed a little something special from his mama. Enter Made-by-Rae’s Toddler backpack.  I had visions of grandeur about sewing this for him weeks before school started, but (as always) the time got away from me, and there I sat with my fabric and new pattern on the night before school.  I was only going to get as far as I could get, but by 10pm, I was so close to being done.  By 11, I was done…until I realized I had put the straps on backwards.  By 11:45, I was finally done, and ready to send my Big Little boy off to his first day of school.

sock monkey backpack It really is the perfect size for a toddler.  Not too big, not too small.  Just right (apparently he’s a boy goldilocks?)….

IMG_0081No, we didn’t send him to school in his pajamas.  At least we haven’t yet.  That day might come.

IMG_0064Sock monkey fabric from JoAnn fabrics, Red dot fabric (Robert Kaufman, I believe) from the Sewing Palace.  I did have to line the front and back with a heavier fabric to make it a little sturdier.  I didn’t fuse it into place, just basted the lighter fabric to the heavier fabric before sewing the pattern pieces together.

IMG_0062He is still loving his backpack three weeks in.  Success!  And well worth the lack of sleep to see a smile on my boy’s face!

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Summer Sewing

When I found out that I was going to be the mom of boys, I was a little bummed that I wasn’t going to have girls to sew for.  The clothes for girls are SO CUTE.  The dresses with ruffles and bows.  The tutus and matching onesies.  The baby leg warmers and hair bows.  You get the idea.  Being the mom of boys, I have dressed them in comfortable clothes that are easy to change.  Sure, they have their dress-up duds that keep them looking cute, but our day-to-day look is very easy.  Our three year old picks out (whatever) he wants to wear.  Our one year old is put in something easy.  We are busy people!

I had a lot of fun sewing for my boys over the fourth of July weekend.  They were in need of some shorts with the weather in the mid to high 80s.  And do you know what?  They sure looked cute when I was done with them!  Not ruffles and bows cute, but an awesome boy cute.

I love the shorts that Dana has designed over at MADE.  I bought the Kid Shorts Pattern with some specific fabric in mind to try it out.

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The first pair, one for each boy, was made from Timeless Treasures Retro Geek print.  I picked up the fabric while we were on vacation.  I absolutely adore it!

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I made the flat-front version of the Kid Short pattern.  I didn’t change anything about the pattern this go-around, nor did I measure my kids’ waists.  I just made the pattern in their corresponding commercial size.

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They fit great!  Of course, I had to appliqué a matching shirt.

IMG_0430This model was getting a little frisky with the camera:

retro geek shortsI love the pockets on those shorts.

The next set that I made was from the same pattern, but just the plain shorts.  Fabric from JoAnns, shirts from JC Penney.

superhero shortsThe super hero shorts.  This model would only pose with food.  My other model was a bit uncooperative.

The pattern was easy to follow and simple to sew.  I will be making it again, probably for years to come as it goes up to a size 8 or 10!  I see more shorts in our future!

Cheers!

~Ingrid

 

Baby Gifts Galore!

The last few months have been busy.  Baby gifts coming out of my ears.  Well, not really out of my ears, but out of my sewing room.  Most were easy basics like burp cloths and bibs, but I did get a cute hat made for a dental friend.  And when I say cute, I mean super cute!  I can’t wait to make a couple for my own boys!

Burp cloths

These burp cloths are my favorite.  Super absorbent, large, and multi-purpose.  I was given a few when my oldest was born, and have been making “knock-offs” since!

Bib/burp setBib, burp cloth and onesie set, just in time for an Easter babe!

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Flannel applique on onesie, using my appliqué t-shirt method.IMG_0119

Flannel burp cloth…another favorite!IMG_0117And a flannel with terry cloth bib.  When making bibs, I just trace a store-bought bib and add 1/2″ rough seam allowance.  Super easy and awesome!

Baby girl hatThe cute baby hat.  I am in love with this hat!  I had all of the fabrics on hand. The main body was a fat quarter I had on my shelf, while the purple and pink were remnants from other projects.

IMG_0180A slight gather in the lining…but it still looks great, and it’s in the lining.

The boy’s version of this pattern is pretty much the same, but without the ruffle.  I think my boys need super hero hats and matching pajama bottoms!

Cheers!

Ingrid

Spring Top Sewalong

I have been reading Made By Rae‘s blog for several years now.  She always has some awesome projects going on, patterns to download and tutorials to follow.

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This year I decided to participate in the Spring Top Sewalong!  It’s basically an excuse to sew a new top for yourself….not that I need an excuse….but it definitely gave me a goal!

I have had this pattern in my stash for a year or so, hoping to get to it someday:

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I really liked both the short and long sleeved version, as well as the skirt.  I could see myself wearing something like that to work, if I weren’t sitting with my legs spread-eagle every day while I work on patients.  The skirt–not so practical for me.  The blouse–it’s a go!

I ordered some tan lace from Fashion Fabrics Club that would go with a floral fabric that I purchased from JoAnn’s.  I have used Fashion Fabrics Club before, and even ordered the silk chiffon for my wedding dress from them.  The prices are reasonable, but the shipping seems to take forever (yes, I am spoiled by Amazon Prime).

The pattern itself was easy to follow and simple to put together.  I did French seams and serging on raw edges to finish my seams.  (The floral would have freyed if I hadn’t done something to finish the edges.)

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The fit is pretty darn good.  I probably could have gone a size up just for a bit more room, though.  (I am still adjusting to my post-babies-figure and sizing, even though my youngest is over a year!)

Spring blouse

Future adjustments to the pattern: give myself a bit more ease in the sleeves. They are a bit tight if I bring my arms forward.

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However, I like how it fits and have worn it several times already!  All-in-all a great top and fairly easy to make!

~Ingrid

T-shirt into Baby Gown Refashion

I am sure that you have gathered that I enjoy making things for the babies and kiddos in my life.  I absolutely adore something handmade for a brand-new baby!  Whether it’s clothes, hats, burp cloths, car seat covers…I love it all.  Not to mention that most baby projects are pretty fast and easy, which works for me these days!

One of John’s band member’s is expecting his second child in May (or rather, his wife is expecting…).  The little pup’s gender is currently a surprise.  I wanted a gift that was fairly gender neutral, but definitely wanted to use a Clinton’s T-shirt.

I found the Rockin’ Baby Gown Tutorial awhile back and knew exactly which shirt I was going to use for it.  This is a great tutorial from thismamamakesstuff.com.  It was easy to follow and the pattern didn’t have any hiccups.

I used my Sellout Tshirt, but of course didn’t take a before photo.  (Shameless plug:  you can find your own copy of Sellout at www.clintonsband.com)

But here’s the after:

Sellout gownThe main body is from the original t-shirt.  The blue sleeves and collar are from a second t-shirt.

Gown backThe pattern came with the fold-over sleeve modification, which is perfect for new babies so that they don’t scratch themselves.

IMG_0073Just a close-up of the sleeve.  I used a twin needle to hem the sleeve and neck, which gives it a nice professional-looking finish.  The blue material was a little more difficult to sew because it stretched a lot.  I had to decrease my presser foot tension to feed it more evenly.

Folded sleevesI modified the neck edge slightly to accommodate the contrast knit ribbing instead of hemming the neck edge.  Other garment finishes included serging the edges after sewing the seams at the proper seam allowance.

All in all, an easy tutorial to follow, and great up-cycle.  The finished product is also awesome!  I loved these type of gowns when my boys were newborns!  They made middle of the night diaper changes super easy–no snaps or zippers to deal with!

~Ingrid

 

Applique T-shirt Tutorial

I am posting today about how to make an appliquéd T-shirt.  It’s pretty easy to do, and doesn’t necessarily require sewing.  I usually sew around the designs that I put on, but if you choose the right bonding, you don’t have to.

GoCats Applique

Materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric scraps for design
  • Adhesive–I use Heat N Bond Lite because I sew around it.  You could also use Heat N Bond Ultra if you didn’t want to sew around it.
  • A design to appliqué

First, draw or print a design from it’s source (the internet).  Make sure that it will fit across your T-shirt, especially if you are sewing for kids.

Go catsAs you can see, mine is a sports logo from the internet.  (Go Cats!)  If you want the orientation the same on the T-shirt, turn the design over and trace it.  If you don’t care about mirroring your object, feel free to skip the next step.

TracingTrace the outline of the design in pen so that it will show through the adhesive.  I am planning on layering this with two fabrics, so I have two outlines to trace.

Trace onto adhesiveTrace the design onto your adhesive, allowing for a small border around the design when you cut it out.  You are tracing on the paper side of the adhesive.

Cut out tracingCut out the designs, leaving a small border around each.  This helps to ensure that the entire design will be well-bonded to your fabric appliqué.

Bonding designBond the design to the wrong side of your fabric following the manufacturer’s directions.  Allow it to cool.

Cut our your designCut out your design (on the lines) and remove the paper backing from the adhesive.

IMG_0032After removing the paper backing, place the fabric design on the T-shirt where you want it.  Iron in place, following the manufacturer’s directions again.

ironing imageI am layering my designs.  I ironed the first design (blue) in place, and then placed the yellow on top and bonded it in place.

If you are not planning on sewing around your design, you are done!  If you are, sew around the design following the contours.  A decorative stitch or zig zag stitch works best.  I prefer a blanket stitch on mine because I know where the needle will end up after each portion of the stitch, making it more accurate in my hands.  (Yes, I am type A.)

GoCats AppliqueAfter sewing around the border, you are done!  Put on willing recipient and repeat after me:  Go CATS!!

IMG_0042IMG_0051This is Finn’s second Go Cats shirt…He out grew the first!

Happy crafting!

~Ingrid

Sew-eet Tooth Creations Labels

All labelsIt took me awhile to get to where I am at.  And not just in life, but here on the blog.  It was before Finn was born that I thought about sewing and possibly selling my finished products.  I can remember flying home with John from our honeymoon, talking about what was next in our lives.  Of course, kiddos were on the horizon, but we both need creative outlets to help us find our zen.  Mine is sewing and other crafts, John’s is writing and music.  (And I’m the one that started a blog? Hmmm….)  Having just moved back to Helena from Portland, I realized that there was a niche for handmade goods.  This was years before Frayed Sew was even in existence.  We brainstormed where in Helena one might even think about selling handmade garments, coats, or women’s apparel.  That would be a challenge.  I dabbled in pattern making.  I read books about it.  I bought software to draft patterns.  I soon realized that it would be a full-time job to even think about trying to sell custom or handmade coats and/or apparel!

Well, the years have gone by since I thought much about selling or custom making anything.  I still need my creative outlet, just as much as I need time with my kids and husband.  With dentistry full-time, two kiddos, and trying to get back into some semblance of a fitness routine, carving out time for sewing and crafting often takes a back burner.  With one exception.  I always try to give something handmade or created when it comes to gifts.

After gifting enough burp cloths, car seat covers, bibs, blankets and such to friends for baby showers, my mind started wandering back to branding my creations.  About six or eight months ago, John and I were sitting around (getting the kids ready for bed), and I told him about wanting to make labels.  My only hitch was, if I was going to make labels, I wanted to have a good name.  Something that embodied me, but also was fairly marketable, should I choose to do that in the future.  We brainstormed name-based labels or using my initials, dental monikers, or that sort of thing.   Sew-eet Tooth came out somewhere in the brainstorming session and I was immediately in love.  It was everything…dentistry, sewing, my love of sugar (yes, too!)…all in one.  The hardest part was deciding what to put after Sew-eet Tooth.  Nothing? Designs? Garments? Creations?  I originally liked Designs, but when I wrote out the initials, STD, it really didn’t sit well with me. (Go figure). So Creations it became! STC worked.  Sew-eet Tooth Creations.

Next up was researching clothing labels.  I read on MADE ages ago how she had her clothing labels made.  It seemed pretty straight forward, I just needed to get a little further in my process.  I worked through a graphic designer to get my Sew-eet Tooth logo up and running.  I designed it with a wrapped hard candy in mind, but then altered the ends of the wrapper to be a tooth…and voila!

CandyOnlyLogoI used Clothing Labels 4U, and they were awesome.  As soon as you make contact, they send you samples of different types of labels.  Once you figure out what you want, including label types, colors, etc, the process is fast and easy!  

All labelsI decided to get two types of labels in a couple of colors.

Logo labelOne with the logo on it, finished on all sides.

Candy labelsI also did the candy only in two colors.

Blue candyThe candy labels are end-folded so they can be sewn into a side seam.  I love them all!

If you have ever thought about making the investment in labels, Clothing Labels 4U is a great choice!  I am sure there are other options out there, but the quality is top notch with these!  They look professional, but the design is whimsical.  I can’t wait to sew them into more projects!

~Ingrid

 

Sweet Baby Boy

I have been waiting and waiting to make a post about this next project.  It’s been done for awhile, I just had to give the gift to its recipient before I posted about it!

One of my good friends from college is  expecting a baby boy in May.  She was in my wedding and I was in hers.  I have always wondered what people do with their bridesmaid dresses after the fact.  You have every intention of picking a cute dress that you will wear again, but for some reason, said dress just hangs in the back of the closet and collects dust.  Enter Pinterest.  That place is great for ideas.  I am hooked. I look at pins every couple of days. I kill time with Pinterest.  I am not sure if I even pinned what I ended up doing, but mental notes were taken.  Great pin:  up-cycling your bridesmaid dress into a baby quilt.  I was all over it.

I hadn’t really gotten into quilting too much before kiddos.  I really didn’t have patience for it.  Now, however, I am loving the fact that I can start a project and literally stop at any time.  It’s so nice.  Start nap, go sew.  Nap ends, quit project for today.  Yes, I’ve been a little selfish with the office/ sewing room.  It’s a disaster most days because of my half-completed projects and general sewing clutter.  But, and it’s a big BUT, I don’t have to set up and clean up mid-project.  It is such a huge timesaver and keeps my “me time” creative,  when I want it to be.

Back to the project.  Bridesmaid dress turned baby quilt.

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I had to steal that pic from Facebook.  It really was a great dress.  Every time I tried it on to wear it again potentially, I still felt like a bridesmaid.  Hence the upcycle.

I decided on a simple log cabin quilt design, that eventually got a bit more elaborate as I went.  It turned out so nicely.  A bit too nice for a baby quilt….

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The dark blue centers in the log cabin are 5″ squares of my dress.  The small 2.5″ squares are also from the dress as well.  The turquoise, green, and gray are from a jelly roll from JoAnns.

From/back baby H

The dark gray minky is from the Sewing Palace in Helena.  I free-motion quilted the design of the quilt.  It’s mostly just a series of freehand loops, but I did take the liberty to quilt in “Love” on occasion.

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Of course, I added a small Seweet Tooth label in the binding!  I machine sewed the binding on the front, but ended up hand sewing it on the back to give it a bit more of a polished look.  The binding itself was made from extras from the jelly roll.

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Another project done!  I am looking forward to making the quilt for Garrett that I didn’t get to before he was born!

~Ingrid

Tom’s Helicopter Hat

Our oldest son is obsessed with a  show on Netflix.  And Amazon instant streaming.  It’s a British cartoon and claymation called Fireman Sam.  Now that I’ve googled Fireman Sam, there’s apparently a website and an app, too!  Who knew he was so popular?  Not I.  (http://firemansamonline.com)

Finn’s obsession with Fireman Sam has led to A LOT of imaginary play, which is awesome.  He is playing more and more independently.  However, he now occasionally insists that his name is Tom.  I am Penny, and John is Elvis.  We put out a lot of fires in our house.  At first we had a fireman’s hat, but when he decided that he was Tom, the helicopter pilot, he needed a helicopter hat.  The upside down basket on his head became his helicopter hat.  Until this past weekend.

I decided that Finn needed a new hat.  Like Tom’s, of course.  What color would it be?  Orange.  Like Tom’s.  (Tom Thomas for reference.)  So we sat out to make a lovely orange bomber hat with some rust colored poplin that I had on my shelf and an old t-shirt for the inside of the hat.

I had some fun with my sewing machine on the inside of the hat.  It was kind of a difficult knit to work with, but it came together when all was said and done.  I have been wanting to recycle that t-shirt for awhile.  I am happy to say that it finally found a new home.

Inside bomberOf course, I added a bit of flare to the back with one of my new Sew-eet Tooth Creations labels.  I am very impressed with how they turned out.

Bomber tagI love those new labels!  Of course, Finn loves his new hat, too!

~Ingrid