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This is a Jawa doll I made for my boyfriend for Christmas. I used the pattern on Bitter Betty Blogs, with a few modifications. First time I had ever used conductive thread; it was a learning experience needless to say. Came out pretty great, though. I used the leg from an old pair of pants, and scraps of leather from an singleton glove.

With the leftover t-shirt scraps from the dress, I made a stuffed platypus –

 

I followed the tutorial by Pauline McArthur that I found on All Free Crafts. Mine came out a little bit crooked, but I love it and think it’s adorable. Who doesn’t want a stuffed playtpus?!

Notes:

  • Sewing the turning slit shut didn’t work that well for me. I couldn’t find a way to sew it shut invisibly, probably because I was using knit material and in the tutorial she is using fleece. My boyfriend said I should have made the slit between the front legs and then covered with a heart applique. That would have worked, or I could have made it in the seam. In the end I rolled it over to the seam and did the best I could to make it blend in.
  • I used small felt circles for the eyes.
  • Love the floppy little feet (they and the bill are not stuffed).

I had a t-shirt that didn’t really fit me (and had a bleach stain on the collar), so I made it into a little dress –

 

I used Prudent Baby’s “Pillowcase” baby dress pattern. It was a pretty good project, I like the easy pattern and lines. I like how once it gets too small it can be turned in to a skirt by just cutting off the top and adding an elastic casing. I am way proud of myself – I cut strips of the t-shirt and used them to bind the armholes with –

 

It’s not perfect, but pretty awesome for my first attempt!

Notes:

  • Used French seams again; they look great but next time I need to remember to add a little more seam allowance to compensate.
  • Next time, sew the armhole binding a little further away from the edge so it’s not so small.

I made a hat to go with the ruffleskirt –

 

I used the same t-shirt, and made another flower to decorate it with. Funny story; I cut the hat out the wrong way the first time, the stretch was up and down instead of side to side. And then I accidentally grabbed that wrong hat instead of the second one I cut out and started sewing it. Guess I should move the mistakes a little further away. Anyway, I used Prudent Baby’s topknot baby hat tutorial. The hat is great, very light and soft and I like how the knot can be adjusted for fit if needed.

Notes –

  • The elastic overlock stitch on my machine seems to be working great for seaming knits.

I  made a ruffle skirt –

 

It started out with a XL mens t-shirt I got off the clearance rack at Old Navy –

 

I am not really sure what “I Clover Budweiser” means, but the shirt was just what I needed. I followed Kojo Design’s tutorial for a newborn ruffled skirt. When I first got the idea to learn how to sew this summer this was first tutorial I saw that I knew I just had to make! It’s so adorable and I love the idea of using the t-shirt.This project went okay. My sleeves seemed shorter than the ones in the tutorial, but maybe I just don’t remember how small newborns are. My machine was a little put off by the ruffles; it makes a particular sound when I ask it to sew through more layers than it is comfortable with, but it ended up handling it better than I expected.

To go with the skirt I decorated a onesie with a flower made from Make it love it’s baby blanket and hat tutorial (I had perviously used the tutorial for the monkey hat) –

 

 

Notes –

  • I just left the gathering stitch in the ruffles, it seemed more trouble to remove than it was worth. Next time will try to remove it to test this idea.

I made a hat to go with the sleep sack –

 

Here is the outfit –

 

I made it from an old t-shirt, and used the tutorial from Make it and Love it. It was my first time sewing with knits (not counting the monkey appliques from the sleep sack), I think I stressed to much about stretching the fabric as I sewed! It came out adorable, if I don’t say so myself. I didn’t sew the appliqué, thinking that that hat won’t get washed as much.

Notes –

  • The tutorial recommends steaming the seams, I think that was really helpful.

I made this snuggly sleep sack –

 

I used an old pair of my pajama pants (super soft!) and a knit t-shirt that had gotten stained. The pattern is from Maya Made and featured in the book Craft Hope (although, I first saw the pattern on Made). Apparently, there was a mistake with the pattern in the book, so you can download a full-size corrected pattern here. Be prepared, it will print out in 35 sheets that you then have to piece together. It was an exciting time on the kitchen floor – Mirabella the cat came by help! I made a few modifications to how I used the pattern – I cut out the back piece and folded it in half; I then placed it on the fold to get the back. I then cut out the front pieces on the fold, also using the back pattern piece (I just cut off the extra arm). This way I knew I was getting everything the same size. The pattern includes cuffs for the sleeves and an option for an envelope at the bottom instead of elastic, although I didn’t use either. My sleeves are shorter that the pattern, due to limited fabric.

I had a seam from the pajamas running down the front and back of the sack – it looked cute but I didn’t want it to be irritating for Baby Girl so I stitched strips of fabric over it. It added a little extra bulk, but much softer!

I traced outlines of monkeys from the Barrel of Monkeys game and used Heat N Bond Lite to do an iron-on applique from the t-shirt. So cute!

Notes –

  • Is the opening at the bottom large enough?
  • I ran to the grocery store to buy white thread and all they had was cotton quilting thread. It does not work the same as the general purpose polyester thread I have been using. Learn something new every day!
  • When using a decorative stich, like the leaf stitch I used on the neckline, make sure it is placed where you want it – that stuff is hard to rip out.
  • I did French seams so it would be covered and soft inside. Worked pretty well; although when I was doing one side I somehow missed the underside of the arm. That earned a moment or two of baffled looks, but it was fixed without too much trouble.