Thursday, February 25, 2010

Crochet Edged Baby Blanket

In 2007 I posted a 'tutorial' of how I crochet an edging on flannel to make receiving blankets. Last week I finished a few more blankets. I made up a new stitch for this sweet rosebud blanket, and so I decided to share it with my readers. And when I say "made up" the stitch, that just means that I didn't get it from a book (although I'm sure it's in many crochet books), but that I made it up after a few false starts after deciding to deviate from my usual stitch. I like this stitch because the whole thing is done in only 2 rounds, instead of 3 or 4. The result is a beautiful scalloped edge that is quick and easy.


Directions: Round 1: *sc, ch 1* all the way around the blanket, with the stitches as close together or not, as you wish. My sc stitches are approx. 1/4" apart. Round 2: *sc, 3dc, sc* in every other space between the sc stitches.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mad About Plaid

Oh, I'm so NOT original in my titles. : )

But when had plaid shirting fabric on sale for $2.49, I succumbed to the pull and bought 4 pieces. I already had this pattern in mind, Simplicity 2447, and I hope to make it soon in one of the plaids. I plan to sew view A in the shirt length, not tunic length. And I AM mad about plaid---wearing plaid, but not matching stripes when sewing plaid.

Simplicity patterns were on sale for $1.00 so I also bought this cute skirt pattern (#2665). I do not need another skirt pattern, but isn't this a nice pattern? Think of summer skirts.... Warm weather will be coming one of these day, although I have my doubts with all the snow we've been getting here in Oklahoma.

I'm still not sure when I'll get the time to actually, sew, but I am still dreaming....


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Let the party begin!

Happy Valentine's Day,

Friday, February 12, 2010

This is why I haven't been sewing....

.... because I've been knitting!


and more socks

2 scarves

baby blanket (this was time-consuming, but I love the finished blanket)

The only sewing I've done lately has been in my dreams, and I miss it tremendously. After I finish up a few more non-sewing projects, I hope to get back to sewing full force. : )


Sweetness from my Project Page at Ravelry

Okie blog awards

Coolness!! I just found out that our blog is on the the nominations list for best Oklahoma arts and crafts blogs at okieblogawards! I'm not sure who nominated sewchic, but, wow, I'm excited. If you are a fellow blogger from Oklahoma, be sure and check out all the great Oklahoma blogs out there, are get a chance to vote before the 14th!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to Make Valentines Day Cards with a Toddler

Elliot and I made Valentine's Day flower cards this week. Wow, as you can tell from the photos, he loves to do any type of craft that involves paper, glue, stickers, and mommy. =)

I got the idea for these cards from the last Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

First have all your supplies ready to go. This keeps things moving smoothly and keeps the mess down too!

Here we have pre-cut construction paper cards, mini muffin cups, Elmers glue, pre-cut felt stems and leaves, and little foam stickers from the Dollar Tree.

Gluing the mini muffin cups down...

Next we glue the a felt stem down.

Add two felt leaves to make a flower.

Yay, this is so much fun!

Finish the flower with a sticker in the middle of the muffin cup.

End with one very happy little kid!!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 01, 2010

February Felt Heart Garlands

I love garlands. They make me so happy!

When I saw Tammy's felt heart garland this morning, making one jumped to the top of my priority list today. So cute! and easy! Totally housewarming. I think I got a bit carried away...

First, a short red and white one to go over my bedroom mirror...

Next a long pink, red, white and purple one for my back sliding door. I LOVE this one!

Finally, a multicolored one that ended up on my little fireplace mantle. The colors of this one almost look Christmas-y (and it doesn't help that I still have a Christmas greenery on the top of the mantle), but I still like it.

To make:
Cut lots of random hearts out of felt. They don't have to all be the same size. You can get lots of hearts out of one piece of felt. This is a great project for using up all those little leftover pieces of felt. My felt stash is seriously depleted now!

Sew them together using a straight stitch. It works best to sew them with the top of the heart going first under the presser foot.