Thursday, February 24, 2011

Child Measurement Chart

How many times have you been sewing something for a child when the directions say to cut a piece of elastic to the length of the child’s waist and you have to wait till the child comes from school.
I found this chart from Owly Baby Just do all of your measuring and record the numbers on the handy chart, and the next time you need to know any of her measurements you can just look it up. You can update this every year, they grow fast!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Purple Dress

One of my favorite concepts is making identical dresses for mother and daughter. My mother used to make them for her and myself when I was a kid. Now I am having fun making them for my daughter and myself.

The dress shown here is a 1960s inspired design in floral print. They come in handy for any casual occasion. Going to the beach, running errands, going to the park or even going out to a nice dinner just slip on some heels and off you go! Paves way for fun moments. What a great way for a mother and a daughter to bond through matching clothes. Besides, it definitely garners attention!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Clutch Purse

Project of the week: This week the students made a little zippered purse. The kids customized their purses the way they wanted. Of course they had a bonus waiting for them – yes, they got to play with the embroidery machine again!
This purse would make a nice gift. Slip in a gift card and it would be a great way to say thank you to their teacher or a special way to say Happy Mother's Day to mom.

A customized purse is perfect because you created it yourself to fit your needs. Plus, there's the undeniable thrill of using a cute fabric to sew a completely unique purse.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cushion Cover with Peace Sign

Project of the week: Peazzz Pillow

My students and I always discuss our project in detail before getting started. February is all about love and since they all like the Peace sign, we decided to make an appliqué of the peace sign on a love print fabric. The kids picked the fabric from my stash which was perfect for the project.

I made a peace sign pattern on my computer, printed it and then pasted it on a leather board and made the pattern.

The girls used that pattern and cut their peace sign appliqué. We chose a dark material for their cover so as to get a contrast effect. They picked purple which was perfect. Each kid chose a different seam to sew the Peace appliqué on the pillow case and matched this seam to the back closure as well. The result? A gorgeous pillow case!

image of the backside of a cushion cover

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tacky Ties

Project of the week:

The kids had lots of fun making their own tacky ties for Tacky Tie day at their school. The ties were created out of colorful fabric which gave them a cool tacky look.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mom & Daughter Dress

Wearing matching mom daughter dresses would be getting in on the 1930's style of dressing fun.

I used to wear sari in India. When we moved to the U S, I brought a lot of them with me. I converted some of them into matching dresses for me and my daughter. It was so much fun sewing these dresses.

I think Mother daughter matching clothes and ensembles is a perfect picture of understanding and love between the two. What do you think ? I can’t wait to see your comments.