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I have a few more projects to share.  This spring I made 2 car canopies.  One was for my niece Jessica and the other was for my dil Kim and baby Everley.  I chose to use fabric I had in my stash rather than purchasing something new since my stash is pretty big and I have lots of fun fabrics.  First,  I had to make sure that the handles for the car seats were straight across.  Some of the new car seats have handles that have a perpendicular section of the handle in order to have the baby face into the person carrying the car seat.  This would mean that you have adjust the tabs for the handle by 6 inches or so.  Both girls had chosen car seats with straight handles so I was good to go.

I spent some time searching for tutorials online and so many were nice and had pictures…but I was trying to sew without the benefit of a physical seat to look at and measure.  The majority of the tutorials I found did not include measurements.  I did find one that used a ruffle and I liked the idea because both girls have baby girls and the ruffle is a bit feminine.  I also chose to line both canopies because once I decided to use a ruffle -I wanted  raw edge  of the ruffle covered between the two layers.  This is the tutorial I used the most.  Also, I just found a pattern for a car canopy by Elizabeth Wyatt which has a bustle in the back for ventilation (a good idea!) and a zipper in the front so that you can open the canopy…not sure that is essential  but some may find it very handy.  Here are my pictures:

The original tutorial I started with instructed you to use 1 yard of fabric, which resulted in a short canopy.  These two work fine as long as the hood of the car seat is raised.  I found tutorials after I cut the fabric that listed 1 and 1/3 yards of fabric.  If I make more of these, I will use the 1 1/3.

I also included a couple of travel blankets which coordinate with the fabric of the canopy.  The reverse side is made with a minkie type fabric.  I simply serged the edges together.  Very fast and simple.  My daughter has a couple of these I made for her and said that they come in handy when it is getting close to nap time and the girls are stuck in the car.  Here are a few additional pictures of the process.  The ruffle seemed to be the most time-consuming part of these projects.   I used my washer weights to mark the seams of the ruffle in order to help distribute the ruffle evenly.  Some of these pictures are Jessica’s canopy for baby Illeana.

Here are a few additional tutorials I have found since making mine.  One has a window built into the front which is handier than a zipper.  This one uses buttons to decorate the handles and has a good pictures and measurements.
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Well, there will be a new girl in the family soon ( June to be exact!) and I am gearing up with some projects for our new Georgia Peach!  A niece and nephew are both also having babies this spring.  So, I am cranking out some baby gifts and the best part is that we know the May and mid-June babies are both girls, so this way my dil won’t know which gifts are for which her new arrival or for my niece and I can blog about them.  The end of June/July is a boy (my nephew’s new son), so I get to work with all colors!  I have a project in mind using Pure and am excited about that.

This project is a cover for a wooden high chair, the type that  you find in many restaurants and fast food places.  I am working on another version that will have button holes in it so that you can use the seat  belts on the chairs.  This one is a wrap-around tie cover which is great if there is a missing seat belt on the chair you are using, or your little one is a wiggly worm.  I am going to make a tutorial and a pattern that you can just piece together and make one for yourself.  Here are the pictures:


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Here are my latest projects:

I have had this printed out for a couple of years now and finally took the time to make it.   Here is the link to this tutorial.  It is really a fine tut, but I did choose to make a couple of changes.  My 2 granddaughters  (1 1/2 and 3 yrs old) are really into their dolls right now, so I thought this would be a good time to make baby doll slings for them.  I used some Lila Tueller remnants from my stash.  This line is named Soireé. 

The instructions from the tutorial tell you to cut 2 sections for each sling that are 13 inches by the width of the fabric.  Here are my 4 pieces (I am making 2 slings).

 

I deviated from the basic tutorial because after I had the main pieces cut, I decided to make a 3 inch strip (4 inches cut) on the outer edge of each sling so the girls can tell theirs apart ( anything to cut down on the possession wars ; )  I had a few pieces of coordinating Soireé in my stash so I used them.  I also cut 3 inches off the main fabric on one side only (where the new aqua or pink was going), so that once the coordinating strip was sewn onto the main fabric, I still have a piece that is 13″ wide. 

The pink was not a width of fabric piece, but a fat quarter…so I had to piece my strip together.

This is a very simple project that I completed in less than two hours.  The only problem I had was the O rings.  I didn’t have the size recommended in the tutorial. I was completing the project on a Sunday, so I couldn’t go shopping to a quilt or fabric shop. I tried Wal-Mart and didn’t find what I wanted, so I ended up in a thrift store looking for belts. I found 2 of the ugliest belts on the face of the earth, bought them for $2 each and tore the rings from them.

The following pictures show me putting the rectangles together with 1/2 inch seams and using a big fat knitting needle to poke out the corners of the rectangle once I turned it right side out.  I chose to have my opening on the side of the rectangle, rather than on the end as suggested in the tutorial in order to make the turning easier and the corners crisper by having easy access to the corners.  Also, you will see that I pressed the opening before top stitching the rectangle.  Trying to sew the rings onto the fabric was the most challenging, but I used lots of pins and that helped. 

As you can see, there is little fabric left up near the rings.  Once the selvages are cut off and the 2.5 inches are used to sew the rings on, I am left with only a small amount of wiggle room for sizing these.  Lucky for this nana, the girls have smaller baby dolls ( 8 to 10 inches) and they are 18 months and 3 years old.  If I were to make this again for another little girl I would add 5 to 7 inches to the width of the fabric.  If your little girl uses a larger doll, that is another reason to make the sling longer.  This is suggested in the original tutorial as well.   I dropped them off when I arrived back home and the girls really liked using them.  They even brought them shopping the next day.  Totally worth the time.  Perhaps my daughter will take a picture and you can see how they fit.
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Here is a small project I tried to complete before the holidays.  I had the entire wallet completed, but was stuck on the closure.  I purchased it as a kit from my LQS in South Carolina – The Quilters Cottage and really liked it.  It is a simple and fast project.  I just was not happy with the closure.  I googled several other tea wallets and was either-still not happy, or I was too far along in the project to switch to a couple of the better closures.  Well, I just came up with a simple tie closure because for the most part, mine was already completed and top-stitched.  Here are some photos.  Tomorrow I will mail it to Alaska for my younger brother JR ( aka Donald Jr. ) and Sabine ( who is really the recipient of the gift b/c I don’t think my brother will carry a purse with a tea wallet in it!)

I will probably save the pattern in case one of my swap partners are tea drinkers in the Mug Rug Swap!
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KarrieLyne from the blog Freckled Whimsy is writing a tutorial for the pillow which will be out on the 26th.  In one of her emails to me she mentioned that she was working on something for “Stash Manicure”, so be on the lookout.  I am sure that once you read over her tutorial,  you will see that by removing the center 4 grids is how I came up with Alex’s  pillow (the one with the quilt block as a center).

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Here is my new mug rug for a new partner who likes traditional Christmas things.  I used a single fold binding which mamacjt blogged about and I also used 100% flannel this time rather than batting.  Both changes help to make the mug rug thinner and crisper looking.  It is going into the mail tomorrow. 

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I was in Barnes & Noble while I was down at the beach and after debating which book I wanted to go home with…it chose this one.  It has 101 projects plus an additional 5 because it was purchased via B & N.  I am going to use it as a reference for making some of my Christmas gifts.  Each project only requires one yard of fabric, so I am hoping it will help me from purchasing too much fabric.  Many times I buy way more than I need (perhaps secretly hoping to add to my stash pile).

If you are starting to think about Christmas gifts, check out this book.  It has been out for a while, so maybe your public library has a copy???
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