Monday, March 30, 2015

Viking pants

I bought this viking material shortly after Christmas. I thought I'd bought enough for two pairs of boys PJ pants, but it turns out the Little Misters are growing too fast. I had to make a size 8 which required more width of the fabric. My 7 year old is pretty skinny, so I could have probably made it work with less fabric but I like following the pattern.

I had 1 1/4 yard of each so I used one fabric for each leg, switching the fabric for the opposite legs knee pad.

I think my older son is pretty excited about new pants and even wants to wear them to school. I genuinely love making stuff that they actually LOVE wearing. Makes me smile.

*I used this pattern (the parsley pant pattern by Rae) that I got for Christmas a few years ago. It's so easy to follow and have made several pairs of pants with it.

I had enough left over material to make some rather large fabric gift bags. It's not the best photo, the gift bags are folded in half.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bed wetting mat

We have our fair share on night time accidents with two young growing boys. I feel like we could never have enough waterproof mattress protectors. While going though my fabric stash, I found some terrycloth backed with waterproofing material. It was just enough for a small bed mat. I backed it with some leftover flannel from my fox PJ pants.

It's not one of the bigger mattress protectors we have, but it makes a great backup.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gift Bags

I really liked making all those Christmas gift bags and love not having to keep wrapping paper around the house. I received a gift card to my favorite fabric store as a Christmas gift. When I went to spend it, I found their holiday fabrics were 50% off. So I grabbed one half yard of this fun stuff.

Yup I turned it into a larger gift bag. It got used for a gift and then I put it away in my holiday storage box till next year. I think it's going to be exciting to forget that it's in there and find it again next year just waiting to be used year after year! I might have to pick up holiday fabric each year when it goes on sale to make a nice collection of holiday gift bags for our family. Maybe a stack of fabric gift bags would be a great gift for someone else as well!

Since this is my year to use up fabric that's been sitting in my stash far too long, I decided I could just keep making more...

AND more... of all shapes and sizes.

Don't they look so pretty? I can't wait for birthdays and celebrations to give them away with the gift inside.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Knit Baby Pants...

I pinned this adorable pair of knit baby pants sometime in December. Thank goodness my son drew his cousin (my four month old niece) for the gift exchange. I ran out to the store to buy the yarn and needles, which was just at the gift spending limit, whew. Then spent the next two weeks knitting as fast and as long as my hands could take. I finished the pants about 10 minutes before everyone arrived to celebrate Christmas Eve where we'd exchange the gifts. Wow, talk about cutting it close.

I decided to knit the pattern in the 6-9 month size as my niece is four months. Thankfully she still fits them and maybe she'll get a little use out of them before she grows too big.

The pattern was a bit long in the waist/ body, I may have started calling them "armpit pants". When she put them on, they do ride a little higher than need be. But they're super adorable.

I knit these with the size 2mm needles the pattern called for. My first time ever using a needle smaller than a size 7. Wow... lets just say going from a size 13 needle (for all those elf hats) down to a size 2 was quite the change. I guess I never realize how long it takes to knit something so tiny. Though it was worth it and I loved the challenge.

On Christmas Morning I heard that my friend had giving birth to her new daughter and I thought "I know what I'm going to make her". More baby leggings. I bought a striped purple yarn the day after Christmas and started working on them. I finish them and a little scalloped infant hat in two weeks.

Thankfully her was still tiny enough to fit the hat. The pants are 6-9 months so she should be able to wear them in the fall. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lots of Pajama Pants...

My sister had this super fun Fishy fabric she had bought a long time ago. I told her it was probably enough to make Pj pants for her son. She didn't have the time so I said I'd take it home and make them for her. SO I did and they turned out adorable.

And once I make one pair of Pajama pants... well I just can't help making more. I went out and bought this awesome viking fabric and made a pair for my husband for Christmas. Is it a bit worrisome that he and I have roughly the same size waist? nah, took the guess work out of how big to make them and hem them. 

At an after Christmas sale I picked up this fantastic fox flannel fabric for half price. I made a pair for myself for about $16. They make me happy... such a fun, soft fabric.

AND this dog flannel for my younger son who always ends up with his brothers hand-me-downs. I feel bad he doesn't get too many new things. He got this new pair of comfy pants for about $4. He picked out the dot fabric from my stash for the pockets and I think it is a vibrant combination.

I suppose I really should make my older son a pair of his own and then the whole family would have new pajama pants. And believe me when I say we pretty much live in comfy pants at our house.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Library Bag

I decided it's time to stop hording fabric and deplete my stash. I have a few favorites that I've used for other things and have the scraps in my stash but wouldn't let myself use them for a project knowing once its gone, that's it- no more favorite fabric.

Then it hit me, why am I saving it, hiding it away so no one can see it. I need to make more stuff out of it if I love it. It makes me happy to see my favorite fabrics, why not be happy everyday seeing it in use?!

So I did it. I used it up. My lumberjack fabric that makes me smile. I made a new library bag with it and a new favorite of mine- these viking ships. Hooray for a new bag and smiles!

I even put a clip on the inside so I could safely hook my keys to the bag without losing them inside it.

Other things I've made with this lumberjack fabric: PJ pants for both Little Misters and a pillowcase just for me.

PS. if you're interested in making a bag and don't know how to start- here's an excellent video to walk you through a simple bag. A video by Dana at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Circle Felt Banner

What to do with all those felt circles I cut out of the felt masks for eye holes? Well make a Circle Banner, of course.