Monthly Archives: June 2013

Baby girl frenzy!

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name-onesieThe crafty floodgates have now opened on new girl baby things! I’ve been experimenting with making appliques using my embroidery machine. This is for Baby #3 to wear in the hospital, announcing her name. (Novema is my grandmother’s name.)

witch-onesieAnd because none of the store-bought Baby’s First Halloween stuff involves identifying the small person as a witch. 🙂

kentucky-onesieTaken from the states and capitols fabric of the bag I recently made.

glamping-onesieA store-bought skirt paired with a t-shirt made from Moda Glamping Tents And Trailers Honey Bee fabric, which will be also featured in some upcoming girly projects I’ve got in mind.

baby-dress-and-shoesAnd a little dress/jumper with matching shoes. Since she’ll be an October baby this dress will be worn in the winter over a layer of warm knits. I used McCall’s M4421 for the dress and the Cameron baby sneakers pattern from I Think Sew for the booties.

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Laundry bags

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This is certainly not the most exciting project I’ve ever blogged about, but it sure is useful. Each bedroom in my house is equipped with a laundry hamper. My usual laundry strategy is to fill great big TJ Maxx shopping bags with the laundry from the hampers, haul it downstairs, then drag it back up (clean) in the same bags. I have about six of the shopping bags and they are really just the right size for the job and have well-placed handles. The problem with them is that they are not very sturdy–the seams break easily–and I end up with empty plastic TJ Maxx shopping totes hanging all over the bedroom doorknobs, looking cluttery.

laundry-bagRather than replace these falling-apart shopping totes with new store-bought ones I decided to just make some nice, sturdy ones just for the purpose of laundry. I bought pretty blue canvas fabric and sewed six new totes to the same dimensions as the TJ Maxx bags. Then I embroidered their purpose right to the front of them, so they won’t run off to get used for something else. Finally, I hung a hook on the back of my bedroom door to house the bags not currently in use so these won’t clutter up my doorknobs either. Now my when piles of unfolded laundry collects in my bedroom it will look so much cuter!