Handmade Baby or Infant Onesie Part 2

Just a quick post for the second handmade baby onesie I just finished.  This time I chose to use the sleeveless style from the same Mammacandoit pattern found HERE.

I decided to use the same main fabric instead of a woven for the snap area, and I like it much better.  It was a little more difficult to maneuver, but I prefer the way it looks.  It also caused a difficulty when putting the snaps on because it was thicker, but they came out more aligned and more neat than the first onesie.

I wish I had enough matching thread to use in the serger, but I wasn’t about to go buy more just for one project.  Considering it won’t show, the white was fine and more importantly, I didn’t have to change the threads!  

I thought I picked out the same knit material, but I soon realized this one was much thicker and stretchier.  It was a little bit more difficult to work with so I did get some pinching and bunching in some areas.

Loving making these and I hope more of my friends start having babies so I have an excuse to make more!  Next up, I’ll try out the long sleeve style when I pick up more fabric!

DIY Dog Harness Part 3: St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Karla is celebrating in style with her new shamrock dog harness.  I surprisingly like the green color on her!

I was originally going to use plain black on the backside (which helps make it reversible), but I was lazy and wanted to cut the pieces out all at once.

I want to start finding new parachute buckles to use because the current choice is too bulky looking.  I want to figure out a different pattern so that I can make it adjustable for a better fit.  I’ve been pressed for time though so I just used the same design as her Valentine’s Day Dog Harness.

I made a few adjustments to the fit and shape, but it’s basically the same.  I also used a different batting and I think I like it better than the fusible one from before.  It gives better shape to the harness in my opinion.


Overall, the design and fit (and sewing neatness) still need some work but she’s comfortable and it is fully functional!

Pom-Pom Mania Kit: Create your own pom-pom animals

I got this little pom-pom kit as a birthday gift this time last year, but I had yet to try it out.  It comes with a booklet of 8 different little pom-pom animals to try, and it includes the supplies to make the hedgehog.


It gives easy instructions and explains how to make them without the need for a pom-pom maker.  This makes it both handy and inexpensive, as well as a great option for a quick gift.  I happened to already have a pom-pom maker so I just used that.


Other than the yarn and felt provided, a tiny bit of craft glue is needed to attach the felt pieces.  Rather than photocopying the felt templates and tracing as suggested, I just eyeballed cutting out the shapes and it worked just fine.

I think he’s a super cute little guy, and if I had more yarn colors, I’d make the others.  I don’t really have a personal use for him, but he’s so cute he needed a home.  I gave him to my mom to use as a dashboard guardian for her car lol!  Because of the ease of use and minimal supplies needed, I think it’s a fun craft to try if you’re looking for something to feel a little crafty.  It takes hardly any time, and is great when you get the need to just make something but you don’t want to drag everything out.  It’s also a really great idea for kids!

WIP Wednesday: Do you have multiple WIP’s?

Like most crafters, I have a couple of projects going on simultaneously.  Sometimes it’s from the boredom of working the same item hour after hour, sometimes creative block forces you to take a break, or if you’re like me, you just have so many different things you want to tackle all at once!

Another reason that I’ve noticed is as simple as giving my body a break.  Working a craft such as knitting for example, tends to use the same muscles constantly, and for each project.  I feel that when I’m starting to feel too tense or tired, switching gears to a different medium helps by engaging different muscles and creative visions.  Anyone else feel the same way?

As of right now, I’ve just been posting finished objects (FO).  I enjoy seeing all of the work in progress (WIP) posts from other bloggers, so I thought maybe I should join the fun.  It’s cool to see the progress from week to week, and give people a sneak peak of what you’re working on.  Many times I tend to finish projects quickly, so this may only happen whenever I’m working on a knitting or crocheting project since those usually take me longe
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This week’s WIP is a knitting project, specifically a beanie.  I’m trying out a sock yarn for the first time and man is is time consuming!  I’img_2687ve never used needles smaller than a size 4 and this yarn requires size 2!  I feel like it takes forever to finish a row.  I’m working it flat instead of in the round because I wanted to use a tubular cast on.  The thought of trying to work the foundation rows in the round with that many stitches made me cringe.  It’s hard to see the stitches because they’re so small, but I LOVE the clean stretchy edge of a tubular cast on. It’s so great for beanies.


 

 

 

I tried to adjust the picture to show the stitch detail, but it ended up altering the color.  I’m using Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight in the color Black.  Since this is the first time testing out this yarn, I think it’s a little too fine for this project.  I think if I were to double up and use two skeins at once, it may have given a more desired thickness.  I’ll just stick with it as is since I’m too lazy to redo the tubular cast on, and I’ll try it as a small swatch before beginning again.

 

DIY Dog Harness Part 2: Valentine’s Day

Super excited that I was able to fit in TWO fully finished sewing projects this week!  I’m trying out a few different ways to get the perfect fit/style for Karla’s dog harness.  For Round 2, I really wanted to make her a cute Valentine’s Day themed harness (mainly so I could browse all of the cute seasonal fabrics at JoAnn’s).  This dog harness was a major improvement from the first trial, and I can see a few more areas I’d like to adjust.

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DIY Valentine’s Day dog harness with parachute buckle

I ditched the velcro closure and opted for a parachute buckle, which makes the harness way more secure and sturdy.  I didn’t have the adjustable piece for the buckle so I had to make sure the nylon strapping was made to fit.  It’s okaayy, but I think on the next trial I will go ahead with an adjustable option to make for a better fit around her rib cage.  I think the neck strap needs to be shaped a little better as well (although I like that it is a little loose so it’s not choking her).  For the chest/belly strap, I thought I was going to like bringing more of the fabric up around her back, however, I’m still deciding if I’d prefer it shorter with longer strapping.

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Closure across dog’s back…buckle feeds through top strap loop (not shown) before connecting closing buckle

I also added an extra layer of batting inside for extra warmth and comfort.  I also like that it gives the harness a more soft and cushioned look overall:

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Chest/belly side of dog harness includes layers of batting sandwiched between the outer fabrics. Provides comfort and gives shape and stability.

Overall, I’m really happy with this trial harness.  It was totally functional and gave her plenty of movement to run freely.  Hopefully, I can improve this piece even further, and settle on a standard harness pattern with a perfect fit!

Toddler Handknit Camo Beanie with Pom Pom

I’m not a huge fan of the Red Heart Super Saver yarns, but they make a great choice to save money when working on practice pieces.  Nothing is more frustrating than wasting an expensive skein of yarn on a project that comes out less than stellar.

My little nephew is always gone on Army posts, so I was inspired to make a little camo beanie for him.  I happened to have this Super Saver yarn on hand in the color Woodsy Sylvestre.  I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about how the camo pattern was working up, but from a distance, it really shows.  I think what really pulls it together is the pom pom.  I originally chose to leave it off as I’ve never been a big pom pom fan (although they’ve grown on me significantly).  It just gives it that extra level of cuteness I think.

I didn’t have a pattern to reference and I was just creating as I went along, so I’m really pleased that the measurements fit him perfectly!  I was so excited to try out my new pom pom maker as well.  It’s so much better than using a makeshift template or my hand like I used to lol!

Project Review: Accordion Coupon/Receipt Organizer

One of the goals I’ve set for myself is to work on projects consistently throughout the year.  I want to make sure that I’m working on SOMETHING weekly, even if my schedule only allows a few hours a week.  Not only is this great for working on technique and fundamentals, but it’s giving me the chance to learn new techniques and processes.  I had some extra time this week so I was actually able to start and complete a project, which is super nice because I’m the type that hates dragging a project out.  I’ve always loved working into the late hours of the night just to see the final product (my lovely eye bags are the unfortunate side effect that I’ve come to accept).

The most current craft I’ve been working on was a sewing project.  I found a pattern on Etsy for a small file folder/wallet that works great for organizing coupons, receipts, recipe cards, etc.  Link to the Etsy shop page can be found here if you’re interested in checking out all of the patterns offered.  It was a great choice because it features a few techniques I’ve always wanted to try but have always avoided, serves a functional purpose for my organization obsession, and is small enough not to spend a fortune on supplies (since it is a trial piece).  I was a little bothered at the instructions as they were not very descriptive, and there seemed to be a few errors which in a way messed up the first attempt.  I took my own notes along the way so that I can make proper adjustments when I make another one.  Although it didn’t come out as I hoped, it’s still functional so I’ll probably use it for awhile.  I also wouldn’t consider it a total waste because above all else, it was practice.  Not everything will work out on the first try, and the only way to improve is through failed attempts like these.

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Why buy when I can DIY…

Super excited that I finally got around to finishing this project.  It’s something that’s been on my to-do list ever since we brought Karla home back in July.  With the adoption, we received a free collar and leash from the spcaLA that worked fine, and most importantly, didn’t cost a cent!  I quickly grew tired of looking at it, though, as I felt it was drab and didn’t give her any pizazz.  Yes, I could save myself the trouble and just buy a new leash for cheap, but why not make it personal and one-of-a-kind?

Although it’s kind of a basic project, it was a great way of getting baimg_2219ck into crafting/sewing mode while not breaking the bank.  It requires just a few supplies, and if you wait for the right sales or coupons, it’ll hardly cost a thing.  Since it’s small and only requires a few steps, I was able to finish in a couple of hours while watching the Boo save Gotham in Arkham Knight.  I used this really cute paw print fabric, but a strip of ribbon would work and be even faster.  I figured out a few little tweaks I will try out when I make the next one.  I got all of the supplies from JoAnn, and I have some leftover fabric so I’m thinking of making a matching treat bag or new collar to match.

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I swore I’d NEVER be one of THOSE people that make a fuss about my furbaby’s accessories, and yet, here I am.  I’ve already made a trial beanie and sweater that just needs some tweaking to the patterns for a little better fit.  I was so busy during the holidays that I didn’t have time to take progress pictures or blog about it, but I did post it to Instagram.  I was pleasantly surprised when the JoAnn Fabric and Craft account asked to repost it on their page!  Someone even asked if there was a pattern!  It definitely gave me a little confidence boost.  I hate the color of the yarns, but I just used some scrap yarn I had on hand since it was just a sample to figure out a pattern.

Feels good to get some practice in, while also making things that are useful!

Back in the groove…

It’s been waaay too long since I’ve posted on here.  There’s always so much going on this time of year, and so much that I want to get done, but there’s never the time!  I’m sure most can relate.  The great thing with working part time however, is it has freed up SOME time to finally get back into crafting.  What’s even better is I now work along fellow crafters so I feel so motivated in my time off.  I’m trying to fit in small quick projects here and there, just to get back in the swing of things.  I feel like going years without making a single thing has really set me back creatively as well as technically.

Anyone who knows me will tell you exactly what an over the top perfectionist I am, especially when it comes to crafting.  One of the hardest things so far has been struggling to regain that muscle memory and get my technique back. I feel like I’m starting from square one again sometimes, but I know I’ll get there!  Going back through my reference books is helping, but it is a little frustrating to not remember many of the things that were once second nature.  I can’t wait to really make this a huge, vital part of my life!

Inspiration in an Unlikely Place…

After living in southern California my whole life, I’m a little embarrassed to admit there are so many places and attractions I have yet to explore – including my own city.  In fact, the list of places I have been is probably a billion times shorter.  Well, after 30 years, I FINALLY made it out to the OC Fair last weekend.  I know, I must be kidding right? Sadly, no.  My previous attempt to make it out years ago was a flop, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on all of the legit fair food plastered all over social media every summer. I mean, where else can you walk around munching on a giant turkey leg and stuffing your face with bacon covered everything?
To my surprise, there was an entire building dedicated to various arts and crafts!  I just love seeing what amazing things people create as well as being surrounded by others who share an appreciation for it.  I was so excited when I came across the area dedicated to hand knit and hand crocheted items.  There were all sorts of people sitting around trying out knitting and crocheting and it was like I had wandered into a some crafter’s paradise.  I rarely get a chance to work or be around others who love this kind of thing so I always get a joy seeing others like me.  It’s great to see kids enjoying themselves because it makes me feel reassured that these crafts aren’t dying out anytime soon.  It also proves it’s no longer just a “granny” hobby.

I was so excited to learn this group was more than just random.  It was a Knots of Love booth.  If you haven’t heard of them, they are a group dedicated to donating handmade hats and blankets to patients.  Please click the link above to visit their site to learn more as I am not a part of their organization.  This is something super important to me and have always wanted to do.  Not only would it give me an opportunity to have an outlet (after all, you can only make so much for yourself and your family), but also to spread a bit of love and happiness to let others know that they are cared about.  I never really researched specific groups to participate in, or how exactly to go about donating, etc.  On top of that, there was no way I ever had any free time to actually make the items to donate.  I’m so excited that I now have the time to actively pursue helping by donating my goods to such a great cause!  So, I grabbed one of their pamphlets and I’m ready to get working on some items (and hopefully post some of the progress along the way).  Stay tuned!