Monday, March 28, 2016

Dwipes -- Diaper & Wet Wipe Tote

Last week I devoted a few hours to sewing. It felt heavenly. I've mentioned that we have a little granddaughter due in June, so I've been buying fabrics with her in mind. I wanted to make sure I made our little princess a "Dwipe."

I've been selling my Dwipe patterns {commercial pattern and personal pattern} in my Etsy store for years now. The Dwipe is a diaper and wet-wipe mini-tote. It's a small case where a parent can store diaper-changing essentials -- a travel case of wet wipes, a thin changing pad, and a couple of diapers.

This tote can also come in handy for the parents who are training their child. One can put a change of clothing into the tote in case of emergency. This mini-tote can then be placed in a glove compartment, a purse, or a diaper bag.

Carrying this type of tote to a restroom is more subtle than carrying a child, a package of wet-wipes, and a diaper and more manageable than a heavy diaper bag.

Fathers love the Dwipe because they don't have to carry a purse or diaper bag to take their child to the restroom for a quick change.

This -- along with some wet wipes and a small package of diapers -- makes the perfect gift for new parents. The dimensions of the Dwipe are 7"x10"x1".

Both these cute fabrics with a touch of metallic gold are found at Hobby Lobby.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Textile Wednesday...

"Textile Wednesday" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Textile Tuesday," but I'm a day late, so it'll have to do.

Today we are having a one of those spring blizzards that makes Colorado famous. Yesterday I was sitting reading a book in the chair in the photo below in 70 degree weather at 4pm in the afternoon. Sixteen hours later those chairs look like this...

It's a good thing I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday and snatched up some of these beautiful, new metallic fabrics...

I absolutely adore these fabrics that have a sprinkling of gold metallic. So cute. I'll be hunkering down with sewing on my mind  today. It's a good day for hot chocolate and slippers. Even the puppy is content to stay inside in this kind of weather!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

More of the same... bibs.

A month ago my life changed. We adopted an eight week old puppy. I don't know how one little bundle of fur can take up so much of my time, but that is the reality. Here he is after playing in the snow a couple of days ago... our own little abominable snowman.

I envision a day when I will once again be able to get out my sewing machine and sew for hours, but that time is definitely in the future, because right now my days revolve around this little guy. Fortunately, he takes a nap in the morning and one in the afternoon. That leaves me 1 1/2 hours (per nap) to do as I please. Usually, I "please" to catch up on chores, run errands, etc. Yesterday, however, I decided to do another quick sewing project.

I hope our #18 grandbaby needs bibs, because a bib takes 1 1/2 hours to make from start to finish, so that's what I've been making lately when I need a sewing fix. Here are a couple that I made recently...

The pattern and tutorial for this infant bib are found on Nana Company.  They are the perfect size for a newborn and older. I love the little patch she suggests to put at the bottom of the bib.

 I sometimes embellish the patch with a button or two.

This is short and sweet because my little pookie-wookie, pudding-pie is waking up!

It's a good life!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Textile Tuesday...

I've been working in my yard a lot lately, which seems like a miracle. Rarely do we have warm weather in February and the first part of March. It's crazy, but as a result I'm dreaming of spring and a profusion of beautiful flowers. Here are some flowers you can enjoy all year long. This collection is from Riley Blake and named "Fancy & Fabulous!"

Within a couple of months I hope to be enjoying some posies in my garden!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Textile Tuesday...

Amy Butler is one of my favorite fabric designers. Her "Midwest Modern" line seems timeless to me, but it is only in limited production now. Still, there is plenty of this collection available online and in fabric shops...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Textile Tuesday...

Here it is the first of March, and I'm dreaming of a summer vacation at the beach. These fabrics take me there. I love living in Colorado, but having grown up by the coast in California part of me will always long for ocean breezes and the sound of crashing waves.

This collection, called "Coastline", is from Art Gallery Fabrics, by Sharon Holland.