Let there be PJs

I am so happy to say that I finished the bigger part of my goal from March by finishing the PJ pants for my boys that were cut out back before… uh… Christmas. Yup, Christmas.

Go figure that the boys have to sit on the very same couch cushion when we have the EKTORP sectional. No one else was even in the room.

And now we’re ready for warmer weather. ha ha ha.

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March’s UFO

Since there’s still some cold weather in these parts, I thought it would be suitable to finish up the boys pajama pants that never got finished. It would be nice to give them pjs that fit and that they can use for a while (not just once or twice).

I kinda feel like I’m cheating a little picking something super easy for the first month I’m joining the Lovely Year of Finishes.

In my defense, there are 3 pairs to be finished, and I will be working on some of the others a little also, don’t worry.

Edited to add this:

So, I decided that I needed to add a little more to my challenge to finish this month.

Enter the peach dress:

This was supposed to be a cute little dress for Church for my younger daughter, maybe from 2 years ago. I think it’s about an 18 month size.

I loved this tutorial for the petal neckline, and just incorporated it into a dress instead.

To sum things up, I’ve decided to finish up all the clothing items I have started and not finished as the challenge this month.

Handmade Christmas Gifts Part 1 – Pajamas

It was kind of hard for me to wait until after Christmas to blog about the gifts I made, especially since some of the recipients actually check out my blog occasionally. So, I’m gonna dish on the few things I managed to whip up for Christmas gifts this year.

After the holidays each year I always wish I would’ve been better about planning ahead to be able to have given more handmade gifts. Ahh, maybe this year right? 

Either way, I love making my kids pajamas for Christmas, even though I always end up working on one set the week before Christmas. Never fails, no matter how early I start.

This year I went with some easier ones for the boys, just fleece pants. I did make some pants for their build-a-bear guys too, they were a hit.

For the girls I used the Simplicity pattern 5382. I’m thinking I need to do a review for that pattern, there are a few notes I want to remember for sure. The first one is: do not buy flannel backed satin unless your life depends on it (no, it really isn’t that cute), it doesn’t ruffle well and sucks when trying to keep things lined up.

They all came out well, and all the kids were very happy with them (bonus). Bad pictures though, I still need to work on my indoor lighting for taking pictures at night.

Crafting this Week

Last weekend, the zig-zag quilt was delivered. Here’s the front and back of the finished quilt:

And, of course, it being used for the first time:

(that little boy is so cute)

I also finished up a blue hat that my 5-year-old has been bugging asking me about almost all winter. Yea, I’m a bad mom, and didn’t finish it until the week that it finally got above 60 again. It happens.

Apparently it is best for wearing on the couch with some comfy clothes. Still very cute.

The pattern for this Cabled Hat will be going up in Ravelry later today.

Sharks Jammies!

Since this is my 100th post, I wanted to do something fun.

I bought some knit jersey type fabric with sharks on it some time ago. Since we moved back in October, I haven’t found a home for all of my fabric yet. Lo and behold, my 4 year old saw said fabric and remembered that we were going to make shark jammies for him out of it. We actually got 2 pairs of jammies out of the yard, woohoo.

The easiest way to make jammies for boys, at least for me, is to simply trace a pair of pants you already have to get your pattern. If you want to make a size bigger, just add about and inch around all your pieces to make it big enough.

I did this for the pants of the jammies, but for the shirt we did something quite different. The shirt was on sale at target, $1.50, that’s right.

The “technique” to get the aplique to match your fabric is, drumroll please, a scanner. I just scanned the fabric, resized the picture I wanted, printed it in black and white (my shark was white in the fabric). Then, I like to color it black and scan it again so I have it saved on my computer. Here’s what it looks like:

Feel free to use this image for a pattern, I quite like how it turned out. I believe it’s supposed to be very close to a Great White Shark.

Yay for new jammies!!!

Jumper/Onsie Refab- Tutorial

This refab (just short for re-fabrication) is so easy, I just might look for these jumper/onsie things more often! I picked this one up at GW (GoodWill) when they were having their Tuesdays Sales in August last year, all kids summer items are $1. We’re going from jumper/onsie to shirt.

What you will need:

  • Jumper/Onsie that looks like it’s too short for the child (this one is size 24 months, but was wide, and I’m making it for my 3 1/2 year old)
  • Quilting ruler- clear, 6 x 24 inches, roughly
  • Rotary cutter or Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Marker or chalk pencil
  • Double needle for sewing machine (single needle instructions in parenthesis)
  • Sewing machine, pins, etc.

Start off by laying the garment down, making sure that all the seams are flat, and the front and back are aligned. Place your ruler as close to the seams from the button bands as possible, making sure to square the ruler with the sides of your garment. Either use the rotary cutter and cut the bottom part off, or mark a straight line and cut with scissors.
**Side note: I like to buy jumpers with stripes, as long as the side seams are matched up (like below), then all you have to do is follow the stripe all the way around when you cut without even having to measure or draw a line.**
Next, fold the bottom of the garment-now a shirt :)- up 1/4 inch, and again 1/4 inch. This makes sure that the raw edge of the fabric is securely sewn under. And, pin. With stretchy t-shirt material, I like to pin a lot so that you are not trying to re-adjust while you are sewing, that will give you a wavy finished edge, not so pretty.
After you pin, you thread your double needles with the coordinating thread, and sew with the right side of the fabric facing up. (If using a single needle, I recommend sewing it with the wrong side facing upwards, and threading the bobbin with the coordinating thread). I like to use white thread as the thread that will not be seen, since I have tons of white and much much less of colors.
Ta-Da, you’re done!

Boys Knitted Argyle Vest

I haven’t made too many knitted items that weren’t hats, scarves, blankets, or square items. And, it always seems to take me longer than I would like to finish these projects. My love for the relaxing nature of knitting always wins out!!

Since I try to make at least 3 holiday-specific items/outfits for my kids throughout the year (Easter, Halloween, and Christmas), what better to try out than a sweater vest for one of my boys? (I went with the older one, just incase I didn’t finish it soon enough the younger could always grow into it 🙂

I SUCCEED in making this vest, and IN TIME!! YEA!! I just love how it turned out! Even though this is a little advanced (with the color-changing to create the argyle), I could have easily made it with just a solid color or stripe. (lots of options included in pattern, I did create my own argyle pattern).

I think next time I will change a few things, for example, I would do a deeper v-neck since kids have bigger heads proporionately. And, I would do all the argyle diamonds the same size so that the diagonal stripes go through the middle of all of them without having to be broken. But, all in all, I consider this project a success!!

So, I started with a book I have had for quite a while, but never made anything from. I love books that give you a basic, basic pattern and advise you to make it your own. The book is called “Style Your Own Kids Knits” by Kate Buller: image. This book gives patterns for kids sweaters, hats, bags, and motifs from size baby up to about 8 years! SO MANY OPTIONS!!!!

Here are my photos along the way: