Christmas Wreaths

“Christmas is coming” was a headline on the news this morning and I couldn’t believe that there are only 10 weeks left!  I loved making Christmas outfits for my two daughters.  Pouring over the patterns, fabric, and plates would take all day.  Since my girls are grown, I rarely have the opportunity to make Christmas dresses now.

This year, a dear friend asked me to make a Christmas dress for her great niece.  The baby will be around six months around the holiday time so that meant a tiny bishop with few rows of smocking.  There are many Christmas plates to choose from, however, the majority of them are too big for such a small dress.  I wanted to do more than just a red and green geometric, but only had a limited number of smocking rows to work with.  I decided to go with the wreaths from the Ellen McCarn plate, Holiday Greetings.

Bishop Smocking Design for Christmas � 

The pattern is Baby Bishops by Chery Williams.  I like this pattern because it has small sizes and you can chose to do a dress, daygown, sacque, or even a diaper shirt.  For the fabric, I used white, satin batiste.

I had just enough white tatting in my drawer to use on the sleeves.  I turned under the raw edge twice and then attached the tatting by hand before smocking the sleeves.

Here is the finished product, I can’t wait to send it to my friend and see it o her great niece just in time for Christmas.

What are you working on for Christmas?  If you have any questions about the dress or pattern, let me know!




Game Day Babies

There is no better way to show your support for your team than dressing in team colors.  That is true for everyone including the tiniest of fans.  There is no shortage of game day fabric and more designs are added each year.  It is always fun to design something for the parents’ new addition using team colors and designs.  Below are two little game day outfits that I recently finished.

This pattern for both is Michie Mooney’s diaper shirt and diaper cover.  The instructions are easy to understand and you can typically make it in a day.

Creations By Michie Infant Shirt & Diaper Cover

The first one was for an Alabama Crimson Tide fan.  I used the elephant found in Michie Mooney’s Heirloom Embroidery book.

A good friend of mine who is an Auburn fan, just welcomed her first grandchild.   For the second one, I  embroidered tiger paw prints across the front of the diaper shirt.

Choosing the bias neckband instead of a basic collar help tie the shirt and cover together plus it was a lot faster!

I have made several game day outfits for little ones because college football is a big deal in the South and with new fabric arriving each fall, it never gets old.  If you have any questions about either game day outfit, feel free to comment below or message me!



The “Surprise” Baby

I am always stumped when I am invited to a baby shower but the parents don’t know if the baby is a boy or girl.  They want to be “surprised” which is fine.  This was the case last month when we (my daughters and I) were invited to a sweet cousin’s baby shower.  I started thinking about this shower in July and trying to figure out what to make.  I knew I would do a daygown using Michie Mooney’s Infant Daygown pattern #101, with some shadow work on the yoke.  After some more thought, I decided to do the beautiful cross design from Michie Mooney’s book Heirloom Embroidery.

I added some ecru tatting and a drawstring using ecru satin ribbon.  Since both of my daughters were also attending, I needed two more gifts.   Something that can work for a boy or girl is a plain bonnet.


And finally, since the mother-to-be is a huge Alabama fan…

All of these things can be gifts for a boy or girl baby.  What ideas do you have for “Surprise” babies?

Fabric Shopping in Miramar Beach

Last weekend, my husband and I spent the weekend in Miramar Beach, Florida.  It is located in the Florida panhandle and is home to the most beautiful white sand and clear water.   While my husband handled some work issues, I decided to visit a fabric store that I heard about at my SAGA group meeting, TJ’s Fabrics.  The store moved to Miramar Beach from Opp, Alabama, and has a wonderful selection of fabric, patterns and notions.

This is a quilt made from Michael Miller’s minky fabric.  It is incredibly soft and absolutely adorable.  They have a kit with all the fabric for around $75.00.


Behind the blanket, you can see all the bolts of fabric.  There is a fabulous selection of Christmas fabric as well as game day fabric.

Just rows and rows of fabrics to choose from for your projects.  Below is from the front looking back.


Looking toward the front of the store.


There is fabric along the walls as well.


The ladies in the store drive in everyday from Opp, Alabama, and are very nice and will help you with anything you need.  The store is located in the same building as Cox Pools on Highway 98.  When you turn in, go past Cox Pools and you will see the door on the left.  They also have 4500 bolts of fabric available in their online store.

If you are in the Miramar Beach area, it is worth the trip!  They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, Saturday, 10-2.

More Boys Outfits

My friend in Atlanta is having a boy and so is my daughter’s friend in town.  Loving the boat fabric of the previous outfit, I chose the same fabric but in the blue background for my friend.


Also, loving the bucket hat from Oliver + S, I had to do another one.  This one, I lined with pale yellow pique.


This hat makes such a great addition to any little outfit, boy or girl.  How cute would it be in feather wale corduroy!  And of course, it is reversible.


My daughter’s friend is a huge Alabama fan,  so naturally we went with the Alabama themed Johnny.


And naturally, we added the bucket hat with the light gray houndstooth print on one side and the tiny elephants on the other.  Again, the reversible hat was an adorable addition to the whole outfit.



After working on these two outfits and the previous one, I had enough fabric leftover to make three little bubbles using the Children’s Corner Taylor pattern.  I also found this really cute sun hat to make to match two of the bubbles.

First, the football fan bubble:


Next, the boat bubbles:




These are great, quick gifts to make for boys or girls.  What quick, easy baby things do you make for gifts?

Beach Bubble

A young woman in my daughter’s office is having a little boy.  When I saw this adorable boat fabric (by Fabric Finders) in The Sewing Room, I had to buy it.  What a great fabric for a little boy.  I picked up matching piping and buttons for a cute beachy bubble.


The pattern is Taylor by Children’s Corner.  For a girl, you can add lace or eyelet edging to the legs.  I bought the piping already made and had a little trouble getting close to the cording when I was attaching the front and backs to the lining. I was using my zipper foot but found it was better to use the monogramming foot that came with my machine.

And what would be a perfect addition to the outfit?  A sun hat!  Recently I started making bonnets to go with bubbles for girls but didn’t have any ideas for boys.  This bucket hat is simple to do and can be for girls or boys.  It isn’t just for babies either.  The pattern has sizes from 6 months to 8 years.

This adorable hat pattern is free from Oliver + S.   The only difficult part was matching the two crown pieces.  I did the stitching on the brim 1/4 inches apart and would make that bigger next time, maybe 1/2 inches apart.  Also, if you were using a solid fabric, the stitching could be done in a contrasting color for fun.

Boat Outfit

This is a perfect outfit for any tiny beachgoer!  All you need to add is sand, bucket and shovel.


Blankets, Blankets and More Blankets

Recently, I was going through my sewing room looking at unfinished projects and found some pink flannel and pink toile that I bought to make a blanket.  After sewing the two together, I hemstitched around it to make holes for crocheting the edge.

I had forgotten how little time it takes to do the blankets and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t stop at just making one!  This next one is for a boy.  I found the crochet pattern here.

I love the soft green flannel with the pale pink satin batiste and pink edge.  So sweet for a little girl.

While most of these blankets are backed with satin batiste, it isn’t necessary.  This flannel with the gray design from The Sewing Room is single layer only.  It is a great design for a boy or girl.

This cute bee flannel fabric also came from The Sewing Room.

These blanket projects are so easy and portable and they make great gifts!  There are endless combinations of fabric and crochet thread you can use.

I bought the brushed twill in pink and blue from The Smocking Bird, the gray flannel and the bee flannel along with the backing came from The Sewing Room.

I also purchased some blue flannel along with this anchor flannel from Children’s Corner Store.  The elephant flannel and some white flannel were purchased from Zig Zag Sewing Studio.

The only issue I have right now is what to do with all these blankets!!

Basic Bishop

My husband asked me to make something for a friend of his that has a new little girl.  He wanted a smocked dress in a small size.  I decided on the classic bishop dress in a size 12 month.  I took a trip to the Smocking Bird for fabric in a nice floral print.  I used Chery William’s Baby Bishops Pattern and Ellen McCarn’s Olivia Grace smocking plate.

Geometric smocking design for bishop.

I really liked using this plate because it also has designs for smocked sleeves.  Smocking the sleeves takes a little bit of extra time in the beginning but makes the construction phase go faster.  This plate is also great for anyone new to smocking since it is only 5 to 6 rows.


The finished dress looks like summer to me and I hope the little girl enjoys it.


Ready for Summer

Here in Alabama, Spring lasts about a week at most so it is already getting hot here.   My daughter’s friend is due in August with a baby girl.  They live at the beach so sunsuits were my first thought.  Fabric Finders has an adorable pique fabric with ducks, one in blue and one in pink.

Baby Duck Fabric - White Ducks on Pink | Rubber Duck Fabric               Baby Duck Fabric - White Ducks on Blue | Duck Print Fabric

My daughter loved the pink so I picked it.  I used the Taylor pattern by Children’s Corner and lined it in white broadcloth.   I bought more than I needed (just in case I cut wrong) so with the leftover fabric, I made a bonnet using the Le Petite Enfant pattern by Wendy Schoen.

The bonnet cap is reversible so it can match the outfit.

This outfit is a 12 month thinking the child could wear it by next spring/summer.   The baby’s nursery theme is flamingos and after hearing this, I found some left over flamingo fabric in my stash.

It was only enough fabric for a 3 month outfit

While looking for the flamingo fabric, I ran across some embroidered seersucker fabric that I bought two years ago but had not done anything with it.  Next to it was left over navy gingham that worked perfectly with the embroidered seersucker.  Using the Bonnie Blue pattern Elyse, I made a little sundress with matching panties.

I skipped the ruffle on the panties because I didn’t want it to be too busy.  Also, discovering how quickly and easily I made the bonnet, I made another on for this little dress.

These are two great summertime patterns for little girls.  The Taylor also has a boys version as well.  I would love to hear what summer patterns are your favorites.


Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it’s Way!

A friend told me that his granddaughter loved bunnies and that his daughter was looking for an Easter dress with bunnies on it.  I contacted his daughter and asked if I could make a dress for her daughter.

Her daughter is 2 but very petite so all the bunny smocking plates for yoke dresses would be too big.  I concentrated on bishop plates and after about week of debating, I picked Cottontail Bunnies by Mollie Jane Taylor.


For fabric, I chose blue satin batiste to match the little girl’s eyes.  The bunnies were done in white as pictured but instead of trying to make the fluffy tails, try little pom poms.  They work great and are much easier.


For the sleeves, I chose to do lace, beading and ribbon.


To keep it simple, I only did three sets of bunnies, one set center front, and then a set on each shoulder.  The back is just the grass and borders.

I added a slip made from broadcloth of the same color.

I hope this little girl enjoys this dress and maybe next year we can do a yoke dress with bigger bunnies.

What are you sewing for Spring?