Wednesday, 11 February 2009

At last, she sews!

You were probably starting to wonder if the title of this blog was really appropriate - but here's some proof that it is.

We have a huge number of birthdays between mine on Feb 4 and my oldest two girls, Misses L & A on March 9, so there are lots of handmade gifts to be created for this period.

These were for the 3rd birthday of twin friends who had their party on that super-hot Saturday we just experienced.

First off, a round-necked retro-styled top.


I love, love, love this fabric (as you can tell by my header) - it is of course by Sandi Henderson from her Farmers Market range.

I often struggle with what to make for little boys so I whipped up a pattern for a tool belt and filled it with plastic play tools and a real carpenter's pencil (not sure his mum will thank me for that!).

And just to finish things off an appliqued T for them both.


The 'Mary had a little lamb' one has a little lost sheep on the back as well, is was a great idea I saw on some shirts made by Leah of the blog Mummy Made It - it's a lovely little touch. I hope you don't mind Leah!!

As well as these, I appliqued a few T's using fabric that features the characters from the Eric Carle book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?'
Eric Carle is probably best known for the classic book of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' is an absolute favourite of my two older girls, and if you have kids aged between 0 and 3 and don't have this book I would highly recommend you go and get yourself a copy.
It's a simple rhyming book with fabulous big colour illustrations off all the animals mentioned, blue horse, green frog, yellow duck and purple cat among them.

I also made three tote bags using this fabric - two for my girls and another for a friend who started kindergarten last week. Pics of them another time.
That's enough for one day I think!

12 comments:

Leah said...

I absolutely LOVE that top Karen! It is better than a PP store bought by far!
All your stuff is amazing, you clever chicken, you! x

Cass said...

Karen, I love what you have made and that Brown Bear fabric is great.

Little Munchkins said...

You have been very busy! Everything looks fantastic and I love the SH top and the tool belt.

Kelly said...

Wow Karen you have been busy. Great pressies. The little tops are fantastic, especially the Brown Bear one.

Andrea said...

Oh Karen I have the exact farmers market fabric to make the exact dress for Ellyse but thought I would wait for next year, she has enough for now.
Brown Bear is a favourite in this house too, I love the tops they are great.

Andrea said...

Oh Karen I have the exact farmers market fabric to make the exact dress for Ellyse but thought I would wait for next year, she has enough for now.
Brown Bear is a favourite in this house too, I love the tops they are great.

Stèph De Suisse said...

The dress is beautiful, love both fabric and pattern.
A BIENTOT
Stéphanie

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Cascade Lily said...

Karen you are putting me to shame!

And what lovely work. Love the lamb detail on the tee. What a great idea. Thanks for spreading Leah's joy!

laura said...

These are all such fun. Thanks for great ideas for some upcoming birthdays!

Brown Bear is a big favorite with my 2.5 year olds. We also have it on my iPod, so we listed to it in the car pretty frequently. I especially love when it turns to the Spanish version!

Ellieboo said...

Goodness you have been busy - that little dress is just beautiful, I love it.

Beetlehouse Designs said...

Awwww - Karen, I love it all. I love the top you made. It's gorgeous. I agree with Leah. I would pay top dollar for a top like that.

Becky said...

You are a busy bee. I love it all, especially the round-necked retro-styled top! The tool belt is a great idea for little boys.