Fabric things, mostly.

Well, I finished up the Easter dresses, but Easter morning was such frolic around here that I never took a picture of them. I thought about it later – while we were throwing flour all around our kitchen between church and lunch while frying flatbreads. The timing was not perfect, and I thought I’d grab a shot later. Later turned out to be after the Jello which had more of an impact on some of the dresses than others. Either way, they have all been effectively stain treated, and just need a little touch up with the iron before I am willing to share them.
Of the things that I finished and also took pictures of, first up has got to be the diaper bag. I am very painfully happy with this little project because I did it without a pattern and it is even lined, and the zipper works! What more could a person ask for in a diaper bag? I suppose it helps that my taste in diaper bags runs small and streamlined!

You can see that inside is something else fabricy – sort of wadded up in there. Well, let me tell you about that little journey. While in line at the local Joann’s a bit ago I saw some lemon yellow flannel in the remnants and snagged it. I planned to make a receiving blanket out of it, but didn’t get around to it for a while. Then, one night, seized with the reality that eventually this baby will come, I busted it out. Turns out that I didn’t really have any cotton fabric in that size that looked sparky with lemon yellow. Rather than delay making the blanket until the next day, I rummaged out a couple of quilt blocks that I made another time and figured I could make some more and just get the thing done. And that is what I did. And I stayed up later than I ought to, and it was all very jolly. I finally finished the top, and went to bed – leaving only the binding undone. In the morning TItus woke up first and tried out my sewing scissors all along the top-most edge (it was folded very nicely on the ironing board), using very precise snips straight into the body of the blanket. The damage was actually very minimal considering that he must have been at work for some time on it. And not even one cut on the folded edge right below. Now I call that thoughtful! If this was in the “Just So Stories”, this little section would have to conclude with “and that is how the blanket got it’s intrusive binding.”

And finally, I finished off the crocheted blanket, hopefully just in time for You-Know-Who.


I know what project I’d like to show off next, but we’ll have to see if she co-operates!

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15 thoughts on “Fabric things, mostly.

  1. Uhm. Hello? You made that diaper bag without a pattern?!?! Now, did you cut out shapes for yourself as you planned this bad boy of a diaper bag? I mean, really, I’m dying to know your method. You’re amazing. And, without a doubt, you have mad designin’ SKILLS.

  2. OK…I am in awe of that diaper bag. Seriously. I have been sewing for a fair bit’o’time and I consider myself a relatively competent seamstress, but girrrrrrrrrrrrrl…. And that zip is just terribly well done. (i have a secret horror of zips, but shhh, don’t tell anyone that)

  3. I haven’t made a single thing for Smooch yet, but I still have several months. Of course, I can rationalize that without considering that is likely how long it took you to create that blanket!

    Everything is wonderful. Love the vibrant colors. And WISH you had a pattern to share for that diaperbag. It is the coolest and that is on my to-do list.

    Can’t wait to see your latest “project”. I saw somewhere a button that says “I’m so crafty, I make PEOPLE.” I thought that was super cute. :-)

  4. Oh my goodness! I just love all of these! You have a real knack for being inspiring. I am a craft beginner, so I am thinking the receiving blanket looks the simplest. I have a little one coming in a few months also, and I would love to make one. When you have a moment, could you please tell me how to make one like this in the simplest way possible?

    This post just makes me so happy :-)

  5. Gorgeous! I love sewing without patterns, but I’m not sure I could pull something off as grand as that diaper bag! I love the fabric. And that quilt is incredible.

  6. Rachel, I LOVE your diaper bag! Super color combo!! I am so into yellow right now. Way to go. :)

  7. Great diaper bag! Great blankets! A few months ago I had just finished making my daughter (2) an apron when she took some scissors to it. I’ve ended up loving the little patch that resulted, actually. It’s very random and non-artistic looking, but it’s so…real. Sewing life with small people real.

  8. Everything is beautiful, but I’m mostly amazed by the actually square Granny Square! The one I made last year was more like a fat hourglass. hee, hee.

  9. Everything is absolutely beautiful. I don’t know how you manage to have the mental energy or the physical energy to accomplish so much with everything else that you have to do. May God continue bless your wonderful efforts as you seek to bring glory to him. That diaper bag is really impressive!! What kind of sewing machine do you have that will sew through all those layers so beautifully? You shine girl. Keep up the good work.

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