31 May 2008

Longer pants

I made a few pants for V's daughter C who's one year older than DD. But because I never got a chance to measure her, I did some estimates and made them slightly longer than DD's pants. But C is super tall. So the pants I made were always too short. Like this one:

So I decided to make some amendments so she can wear them longer.

I brought them back from V's home. Then I measured the width of the legs, and cut some 'quite' matching rectangular fabrics, with the length I want to add. Then I sewed the rectangulars into tubes. The pants I made have two layers, so I made 4 tubes, 2 for each leg.

Then I put one tube inside the leg, another outside, right side facing each other, pinned them onto the legs, like this: Then I sewed the four layers together using straight stictch. It destroyed my needle when I was going through one of the seams as the original pants were already too thick (1 layer of PF and 1 layer flannelette, seam at least 4 layers, then adding on another 1 layer of flannelette and 1 layer of PF...).This is after I finished sewing the four layers: Then I pulled out the inner layer
And the outer layer:
There'll be only two layers at the bottom now, the new added part. I folded the raw edge of the two layers inwards and used zigzag stitch to finish: Voila! New longer pants! And another one!

It took me some time to search through my stash to find 'matching and also not so matching' fabrics as I didn't want to use exactly the same fabrics. I love the result. Quite dynamic. I hope V and C will like them!

25 May 2008

My first applique

I've bought a few fleece sleep tops from BigW for DD and most of them are plain ones without any patterns. I decided to add appliques so they're more colourful. This is my first applique but it turned out quite alright.

I cut the bear in the heart from the fabric.

This is the original top and the heart.

Then I pinned the heart on the front of the top.

Then I zigzaged the edges and got DD's first homemade appliqued top.

24 May 2008

Ensuite mat

I've been thinking about this project since we moved into our new home in December last year. Our ensuite needs 3 mats, one for the basin, one for the shower door, and one for the toilet. It's awkward coz no matter how we arrange the mats, they always have parts overlap and look very messy. And as winter is coming the floor becomes too cold so it would be good to cover it as much as possible.

So I was contemplating this 'customized contour' mat. I was thinking about what material to use and how to make it. The mat needs to be thick as all the mats we have are thick and I want the consistency. And it also needs to be absorbent especially for the shower door.

Today I'm sick of piling up my 'to do list' so I decided to tick off one of the biggest projects: this ensuite mat! As I've been thinking about it for a long time I've collected all the materials I'll need: I bought a quilted bedspread thing (of course from Vinnes, where else?) to use as base, and I have a dozen of terry squares (bought for DD but used MCN instead shortly after) sitting in DD's wardrobe, ready to go as the top layer.

I measured the size and cut out the shape from the bedspread. Then sewed 8 terry squares together according to the shape and pinned the terry squares to the base with right sides together. Sewed up the sides leaving an opening and turned right sides out and hand sewed the opening closed (too thick to use machine). Then I topstitched all sides and voila! A terry contour bath mat with quilted base! It was very very warm to step upon and both DH and DD love it!

The sewing was very difficult due to the thickness. I kind of know how much my machine can handle since I've sewed so many things in the last 12 months. Yes this is the best it can do, a layer of terry plus a layer of not so thick quilt.

And because I had bad experience working with terry before, I carefully planned the steps: sew up the sides of the terry squares first, then sew them onto the base with an opening, then I took the whole lot to the balcony and cut the extra bits of the terry squares off. No surprise there were a huge amount of lint. I shaked the lint off the whole thing and my clothes before I came back to the sewing room. By doing this I make sure I minimized lint going everywhere on the carpet etc. When I went back to the balcony later, the lint was gone with the wind....

23 May 2008

Panty Liners

I've been relying on panty liners since I had DD and it's causing me problems, so I decided to give cloth panty liners a go.

I googled and easily found this tutorial: http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/008. I made my first 2 on Wednesday night and so loved them. I could see immediate difference between wearing clothie ones and disposable ones. I'll never go back to sposie any more!

I made another 4 this morning before I went out and another 4 this afternoon after I came back and another 4 this evening after dinner! My aim is to make 21 of them. So 7 to go!

Plus they used up a lot of my flannelette, quilting and fleece scraps! Even the ones that aren't big enough for yo-yos!

11 May 2008

Skylight shade

I don't really know what it's called so I just call it a 'shade'. DD has this skylight in her room and it's so bright in the morning that she gets up earlier than we want her to. So I put some aluminium on it to block the light but it became too dark. Then I changed it to newspaper, to block part of the light but still I didn't feel the room was getting enought sunlight during the day. Then I decided to DIY a shade that's retractable, like a curtain.

So I bought some curtain accessaries from Spotlight and Bunnings, cost me over $20 plus petrol. It's so expensive nowadays to do anything even DIY!

Then I used the scrap curtain material after the railing screen (DH likes it coz it has a mild colour but still blocks some sunlight) and made the shade.

DH screwed everything in place and I put the shade on. Voila! I know the ropes don't look nice. Maybe I can work on it some time later. But I think it accomplished what we wanted: makes the room darker when DD's sleeping in it and brighter when she's not and it's opened.

Love the result.

4 May 2008

railing screen

We've made it!

Long before we moved in our new home DH and I were already talking about the railing in the dinning room. It stops you from falling to downstairs but the gap was too big for DD. So I bought a set of curtains to cover the over 2 metres length so DD doesn't realize there're gaps behind them.

But it was only a temporary solution. We came up with an idea: make 3 frames each of which covers one side of the railing. Then cover the frame with fabric and bind the fabric onto the railing.

It took us almost half a year to find time to work on it. DH finally finished the frames yesterday, using the scrap sticks donated by his friend, with his limited tools and carpenting skills, and a bit of help from DD (don't know whether she helped to work on the frame or create more work for DH). Anyway, although I was shocked by the unsteadiness of the frames, I managed to work out three covers for the frames from the set of curtains that were used to cover the railing before. It worked out quite nice, to my surprise!