{KCCO} A Little Sewing

In moments here and there I’ve been able to squeeze a little sewing. It’s a little harder than fitting in time for knitting as I have to have the space and time open for prepping the fabric, cutting out the pattern, pinning and finally sewing- all without those helpful little hands- well, being not so helpful. But with a couple easy “2 hour” patterns I have managed two skirts and a new apron.

Taking pictures of one’s self isn’t too easy so here are only parts of the finished items. The first two are skirts using New Look pattern 6354. The first photo is E and the second F which is a tad fuller. I left off the decorative ribbons.

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This one is a See & Sew apron. Pattern B5125 option A. I really like this apron and the fabric. The trouble is I don’t want it getting stained and eventually all my aprons get stained. Ah well.

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{KCCO} Pants for Ishi

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I had a chance over this past month to work on a few sewing projects, including making these adorable pants for Ishmael. The fabric is soft and breathable and the pattern free and easy- just use a pair of pants the size you want,folded in half, adding a few inches for folding down the hem and waist- which is elastic.

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Ishi is quite independent (and vocal) when it comes to picking out his clothes, luckily these seem to meet his requirements. Just right for climbing,driving trucks, digging in the dirt, and, of course, hanging out with the dog. All in an afternoon’s work for this busy boy of mine!

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And I’d say he looks pretty darn cute in them too!

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Sweater Handbag {KCCO/Yarn Along}

DSCN9926A neighbor passes us down some clothes recently. One of the items, a blue sweater, was way too big but I liked the knit pattern. It made me think of a bag I saw on Pinterest. Coincidently, sitting right next to the sweater was a plaid shirt that didn’t fit anyone either. The two went together so well I grabbed up both and got to work.

DSCN9914After “borrowing” some handles from another bag it’s ready to go! I’m super pleased. It’s big enough to hold my knitting and whatever I’m reading at the moment yet it’s not too bulky either. Just right to bring along in the car- just in case the little guys decide to take a  nap.

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{KCCO & Yarn Along} Noah’s Sweater

A few weeks ago Noah’s vest, I mean sweater, was officially finished with some sleeves.

DSCN9626It was time to dye it! Noah had been waiting forever (he said) for this part. So we decided to use a couple of blue kool-aid packets as the dye.

It looked quite electric.

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DSCN9639Noah immediately wanted to ditch the spoon. Since it was just kool-aid I gave the go ahead and he dove in.

DSCN9643Sadly, it wasn’t the right shade of blue. It was more of a blueish gray.

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 I also had a regular dye packet in reserve. Noah opted to use it.  Since it contained some pretty harsh chemicals I did the second round of dyeing. And boy is it blue now!

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DSCN9659It’s a tad big but that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm. Room to grow, I say.

DSCN9683And while we’re talking about Noah – he made his first bag on the sewing machine! A small drawstring bag for carrying around all those little things: legos, coins, small rocks, marbles etc.

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A Quilt for Me {KCCO}

DSCN9397I started this quilt last year, or maybe it was the year before. Piecing and then quilting each square has certainly taken a while but I really like where it’s heading. Some of the fabric is salvaged from old clothes,some were scrap pieces from friends and a few I even brought, but all of them are favorites. I had a blue and white quilt from my mother for ages.I can’t even remember when I first had the quilt but despite my attempts to patch it said quilt has disintegrated into rags. Hence this one.

DSCN9403The best part isn’t that I’ll have a new quilt; the best part is the making. Whether it’s picking out fabric or deciding where to place each square we’re making it. The boys are eager to lend their opinions and being the guy who lifts and lowers the sewing machine’s foot as we rotate the square to quilt  it is awesome. Plus, it’s like magic.

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DSCN9386Twenty squares down. I’m not really sure how many more we’ll go. I’d love a large blanket -like queen sized- but that’s also pretty huge! We’ll see, after all it’s all in the making.

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Rawr!

Last week I finally I got a chance to sew Ishmael a pair of pants!

Being winter I figured Ishmael would be better off with a pair of lined pants. A while back I found a piece of fleece at our local consignment store for 50 cents now was the perfect time to use it! And I had stashed some dino fabric for baby clothes (.75 cents @ Mardens). The stars must of been aligned cause how likely is it that the baby stash fabric would go with such a bold green?!. They feel super comfy.

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