hats and dogs

Earlier this year, I decided to purchase Sewn Books by Carla Hegeman Crim and bring my experience with it along to my sewing book club. I’ll start by saying that I have no experience with millinery. Let’s assume that the fleece dinosaur hats that I made for my twin nephews for Christmas don’t count… but that won’t stop me from showing this pic…

it's the right way to wear it if he says it is

Yes, the spikes are supposed to go North-South à la stegosaurus, not East-West à la Statue of Liberty, but YOU try telling him that. And that’s his bro over his right shoulder, sporting a hat I did not make.

As on-topic and appropriate as any talk of my brilliant nephews always is, that hat pattern didn’t come from this book. (It’s here if you’re interested.) This one did, though: Continue reading

a place to lay their heads

As I’m sure some others can relate, I never accomplish all of the handmade gifts that I plan for the holidays. Last year, one of the places where I ran out of time was for my twin nephews, who turned 18 months old on Christmas Day. (Very cool half-birthday!) I’m playing catch-up now. My sister requested some embroidered pillowcases for them since they are about to start using little pillows for the first time. I made the pillowcases using the “burrito” method to enclose the raw edges of the body/cuff/trim seam — there are numerous tutorials for this construction out there on the interwebs. I just adapted the normal sizing to fit the 14″x20″ pillows that they’ll use.

embroidered pillowcases

For the embroidery, I backstitched with DMC glow-in-the-dark floss, then wrapped it with 1 strand of a coordinating color for a little more pop, which is hard to see in the photo.

For the second pair, I used one of my current favorite fabrics, Washi Tape by Rashida Coleman-Hale. My sister is a longtime lover of happy tape so I knew this would be perfect… Continue reading