Saturday, June 20, 2009

More birthdays = More handmade gifts

I just love this bonnet. In fact, I can't get enough of it. I'm going to make myself one because the cuteness is off the radar.

Little Tatum Fei (aka Potatum in Riley-speak) turned ONE in June and this bonnet was whipped up in her honor and mailed to her mailbox. I sure do hope it fits her head...having not seen her in person for 8 months...I used a general size. Pattern sold here.

I bought this pattern when I was hugely pregnant and collecting patterns and fabric to make (what I thought was my soon-to-be-born daughter) cute things like bonnets and sundresses. However, Abram was born (and I'm SOOOOO glad he was!) so the girl patterns went on the shelf. Fortunately most of my friends have daughters exclusively so they'll reap the benefits....for now!

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Our dear friend Chris had a birthday too. I know, I know, what do you sew for a guy? Not a bonnet for pete's sake! Or a purse. BUT-- being the techno-savvy guy he is, I found this pattern for an awesome laptop protector. Now, THAT'S something he could use. (Actually not really use...since he already had a nice neoprene one, but this one is way more homey.)




9 comments:

April said...

Oh my goodness Tracy, these are over the top!! The bonnet is soooo cute - Dee is gonna love it - and the lap top case is awesome!! I think having baby #2 has kicked in some more sewing hormones or something for you! ;)

TnT said...

it's either the hormones or the 600 sq foot sewing room with a huge cutting table that i have access to! oh yeah-- and living out in the country with not much else to do =)

thanks for your kind compliments! i'm teaching myself one project at a time!

April said...

That sewing room sounds incredible!! How fun for you! The country does lend itself to lots of sewing and craft time, ahhhhh!

katie clement said...

That makes me feel better. I have all these projects in my head, but getting them done seems impossible these days. It doesn't help that it takes half an hour to get it all set up on the living room floor, by that time the little ones are waking up and I'm picking up my pins and scissors as fast as I can while I run to a crying babe. Have any tips for sewing in a home that doesn't really have the space for it?

TnT said...

i hear ya katie! i was the same way before this big sewing room. no advice from me, just encouragement for maybe trying late nights after everyone is already asleep? or pick a day that mitch can take the girls to the park for several hours. have fun!

Sara said...

Amazing! I love that cutie-pie bonnet. Learning one project at a time, that still describes me too!

April said...

Katie - When I didn't have a craft space I tried to put all of my sewing stuff in a big box, (a storage box would be best to put scissors, pins, etc. in.) I kept my fabric all in one box or bag. I used to store the boxes and my sewing machine under my kitchen table, toward the back away from where it could be gotten into. :) That way, when it was time to work on things the supplies were all there easily accessible. Hope that helps!

April said...

Forgot to say that I always did my sewing/crafting on the kitchen table so the little ones couldn't get into it, and also so that everything was in one spot. I kept the iron and ironing board nearby as well. If the kitchen table doesn't work maybe you could get a small table and set it up in the living room or bedroom so you could have your own sewing spot - just some ideas! I did a lot of my sewing after everyone was asleep too!

Ray and Sherry said...

Somehow I can just see Chris walking down the hall at school with his laptop under his arm, entering his classroom and setting down on his desk in front of the class. Then proceeding to unties the blue bow and retrieving his laptop. Chris through and through.