Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Soft and Cuddly

My cousin Amy has been in the process of adopting a little girl for three years. Well, about a week ago, their prayers were answered and little Molly joined their family. That means I get to make my favorite baby gift....hooded towels!

Now, you can buy hooded towels in the store, but they are either those thin, oddly-shaped things, or they are relatively expensive without a lot of character.

These are big and soft, made from a full-sized bath towel and a handtowel cut in half for the hood. There are lots of tutorials on line about making hooded towels....I use a method given to me by my sister-in-law.

Ribbon trim sewn across the hood gives them that right amount of character and cuteness, and I try to pick out the perfect combination of towel color and ribbon for each gift. Anytime I can give these as a gift, I do...and they are always a hit. I even whipped up a couple for my kids to use at the pool this summer out of nice oversized towels.

When I give them as gifts, I like to roll them up nice and neat and tie them with a matching ribbon. These are going out in the mail today....I hope little Molly enjoys them!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

And Now for Something Completely Different….

Let’s face it: sewing little girl’s clothing is infinitely more fun than little boy stuff. Before I had my daughter, I did sew for my son….I made him jumpers, overalls, pajamas, etc. But now that he’s a big first grader, his taste in clothes have moved beyond “cute handmade.” And he isn’t even really wearing pajamas anymore…he mostly just sleeps in boxers. Sigh. So now I mainly sew things for little girls.

But I have had a few people say to me, “Let me know if you do something for boys,” or “you should do something non-gender specific.” Well, I haven’t been inspired to do any little boy clothes (although my new little nephew will probably be getting some things from me!), but I did create something that will be perfect for a little girl OR a little boy.

With back-to-school on the mind (my son already started yesterday!), I thought I’d create some kind of backpack, targeted for the preschooler. I wrote before about how much I love the drawstring backpack I made for myself from a great online tutorial, but it’s a little large for the preschool set. My friend Tracey showed me an adorable quilted drawstring backpack in a sewing magazine, but there were a few things about the construction of it that I didn’t quite like. So I thought: why not combine what I like about the two of them? And that’s what I did! I’m very pleased with the results.

This bag is just the right size for a preschooler (11 inches by 15 inches), and the outer cotton denim fabric will withstand a school year's worth of use. Plus, it's completely washable!

There is plenty of room for all the preschool "necessities," like a change of clothes, and the drawstring opening is easy enough for a little one to open...

The outer pockets are perfect for a large sippy cup and even a little friend!

The interior fabric coordinates perfectly with the fabric on the outside pocket....

And the quilting on this bag gives it such a cute look and plenty of charm! I will be offering this bag on my etsy site!

If you like this bag, but would like different fabrics, contact me, and we can work together to come up with the perfect bag for your preschooler!