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This project was so much fun!!! It was my first nesting project of many for baby girl to be πŸ™‚ After having 2 boys, this was such an exciting project for me….girly fabric and girly colors! I used Anneliese’s wonderful tutorial over at Aesthetic Nest. She used the same fabric on front, and like I said in previous posts, I just had to use the same it is SO beautiful!! I’m thinking she should sell it as a kit! I passed the tutorial on to another friend, who just made one with adorable John Deere fabric for her newborn son. She too loved this and will also be making more πŸ™‚

The only thing I did differently was that I made my own binding. I used a pale pink solid, which almost takes on a peachy feel next to the tangerine. I love pink and tangerine together so it was a good match.

The chenille was surprisingly easy to make! I used Olfa’s Chenille Cutter which made the process quick and easy. My friend started hers using scissors and it didn’t take her long to go to the store and buy the chenille cutter which she said was MUCH easier.

I only made one big goof while making the chenille which was cutting through ALL the fabric (eeek!) I only got about 1 1/2 inches in before realizing so I just took off that much on each side while squaring up.

I love the rounded corners (something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time!). Gives the blanket such a warm, cozy and professional look.

I had wanted to hand bind the binding on as I do with quilts, but once I got the front sewed down, I realized hand binding onto that chenille might not be the best idea. I then just pinned the binding all around and top stitched the entire thing. A little less “neat” than I was going for, but I think will last longer and made more sense.

Thank you Anneliese for this amazing tutorial! I loved every minute of making my first baby girl blanket πŸ™‚

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*WIP* Heirloom Cut Chenille Blanket, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Just a peek at what I’ve been working on the past few days. I used Aesthetic Nest’s AWESOME tutorial. Now had a been a good student, I would have remembered that she said to sew only ONE line flannel side up…and then to flip over and stitch with the fabric side up…I learned 8 lines later….and a bobbin tension issue clear as day 😦 I decided to keep sewing. and sewing. and sewing. I considered taking out those stitches that looked goofy, but after seeing it all sewn, I barely noticed those lines…oh…or Β the wonky lines πŸ˜‰ Good thing this yummy blanket is for myself and not being gifted! I love this tutorial. I love the way it came out. (Blanket is getting all snuggly now in the wash). More pics to come. BTW–YES I did copy Anneliese’s fabric too (I hope she won’t mind!). I fell in LOVE with the entire package, and couldn’t see past this yummy Amy Butler print (August Fields, Dream Poppies in Tangerine)…I just had to use it too. (Copying is a form of flattery, right!?).

More on finishing up the blanket tomorrow πŸ™‚

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063, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Well, first you’ll have to excuse this terrible photo…its been a rainy few days, and the lighting was terrible. Since it was a gift, there was no time to wait for better lighting. hrmph. I made this for my niece who is off to college for the first time πŸ™‚ I used a great tutorial by Skip to my Lou, and though written perfectly, I misread the directions and had to rip out seams two or three times. I was frustrated….at myself. This is only my second bag, so some of the more intuitive things that come after practice, were certainly NOT intuitive to me. But mistakes are great teachers, and I’m sure the next time I go make a bag, it will be a LOT easier πŸ™‚
Mistake #1: step #5: “5. Place lining fabric inside the outside fabric right sides together.” ok. this should have made PERFECT sense, but my pregnant mushy brain interpreted it wrong. I put the lining fabric right sides together, INSIDE the outside fabric which was also right sides together. duh. what I SHOULD have done was put the right side of the lining facing the right side of the outside fabric….
Mistake #2. After ripping out all the seams and turning the bag inside out, I realized again I misread directions. The handles somehow were still inside the bag, not outside like they should be. The directions state: step #6: “Place straps in between right sides of fabric on each side about two to three inches from the side edge.” I don’t know HOW I messed this one up….I totally missed BETWEEN right sides…and had placed them on the inside of the lining….the middle of the bag, not the middle of the layers…duh again. Had to take out the seam ripper AGAIN…not a happy girl.
BUT once I figured it all out, it was easy peasy lemon squeezy…as it should have been from step 1. ah well. I WILL definitely be making many more of these adorable and simple (really) bags πŸ™‚

Fabrics used: Amy Butler–Love–Watercolor in midnight and Joel Dewberry–Chestnut Hill–Chestnut branches in white

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It took me weeks, lol….one step here and there….in between kids and working, I finally got it done. Amy Butler is amazing…and I just love her fabrics and patterns. This was my first bag and one of the first times (or the first?!) using a pattern at all! I didn’t have too much trouble, especially since Shear Delight created a GREAT photo tutorial, which helped, especially for creating those gussets πŸ™‚ A few other girls have also commented on their experiences making the bag which helped as well. I had planned on adding a magnetic closure, but couldn’t figure out WHEN to add them….at which point should I have done that? Can anyone out there tell me? I really liked making this bag, and will definitely make another, maybe in the fall with some nice fall fabrics…mustards? I learned some new things making this bag such as gussets and using a slip stitch…which by the way, I found a great tutorial for by Keyka Lou. Β Thank god I did, because I had NO idea how to do that! So here it is. Onto making a patchwork belt.Β  Maybe tonight…

PS–I meant to add these links:

Birdie Sling pattern correction

Pink Chalk Studio’s post on her Birdie Sling

Birdie Sling Tutorial by Grace Designs

Installing a magnetic snap by Craft Apple

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Its big, but I love it….

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Birdie Sling pleats, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

This pic is a bit dark…about to start the pleatIng…but just hung up on where to stitch here…I’m guessing 1/4 ” from the top, across from folded edge to the pin(which is where the pleat marks line up)….
can anyone confirm this?

I’ve been so busy lately, hardly any time for myself let alone for sewing. Picked up some extra hours at the hospital for some extra cash (and really wishing I could spend it on fabric instead of a new roof!) Ah, well, such as life huh?

I HAVE been working on gathering and sorting all of my favorited tutorials. I have an endless list that just keeps growing. I’m inspired constantly by these amazingly fantasticly creative women (and men!) out there. As one blogger writes, I need to “stop staring and start sewing!” But I can’t help searching and exploring flickr and then getting lost in links from one blogger to the next. And then there is the fabric!!!! I could look at fabric all day and drool and wish I could just buy it ALL! Oh and Etsy….my god, no wonder I’m up till midnight every night!! My husband is constantly saying to me “WHAT do you DO on the laptop?” lol…ahm, window shopping for fabric and new patterns, getting inspired, learning…….

I’m sure you can relate…

Anyway. Got to get moving here. Make a plan for the day. Its a non school day, so I need to think of some fun things for the kids an I to do. Oh and then there’s April vacation next week…I think I’m going to come up with a list of activities and get all the stuff we need for fun projects ahead of time….maybe we can do that today. I digress.

Have a good day πŸ™‚

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Birdie Sling Inspiration, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

while I’m still working on my own! I love seeing what others chose for fabrics. I fell in love with the fabrics on the cover of the pattern, and lazily decided to go with those. Now seeing all of these amazing choices, I am thinking I will be needing to make another bag! I’m finally working on sewing the bag together, and so far so good πŸ™‚ Next up is making the pleats…which should be interesting given that I’ve never used tracing paper. One step at a time I guess!
I’ll upload some pictures soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these from some crafty ladies on flickr πŸ™‚

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