Bettie’s Pattern Swap

betties basket pattern swap

Hey all! I’m excited to be participating in a swap today. A bunch of fellow designers and I got together and switched patterns with one another. I was paired with the fabulous Linda, owner of The Merry Church Mouse.

Estherlyn's Jumper

Linda sent me her Estherlyn’s Jumper pattern. I pulled out some Moda floral ABC 123 Dollies Dress fabric and dove right in making a size 2T for my baby girl who is 14 months at the moment. It came together beautifully.

Eshterlyn's Dress

I must say I do love it. It’s got a cool vintage feel to it with those sweet yellow buttons and the floral print.

Monday January 19th
Mandy K Designs
Sofilantjes

Tuesday January 20th
GYCT Designs
Stubbornly Crafty
Gray All Day

Wednesday January 21st
Striped Swallow Designs
AimerLae & Finn

Thursday January 22nd
Once Upon A Sewing Machine
The Merry Church Mouse
Filles a Maman
Koda Baby

Friday January 23rd
FABulous Home Sewn
Gracious Threads
Rose & Lee Designs
Muffinhead Patterns

Cat Lovers Pillow Top {Giveaway}

I’m thrilled to be playing along with another blog hop with Sew in Love. This time I got to play with some of Benartex novelty prints. I’m not really a cat lover but these fabrics jumped out at me with cuteness. I first saw the sweet little mice and then the cats reminded me of Splat the Cat so I went with it.

cat lovers pillow cover

Here’s a list of all the fabrics I paired together.

cat lovers pillow top tutorial

For a full tutorial on how to make this fun little cat lover’s pillow, head on over to Sew in Love {with fabrics}.

cat pillow back

Here’s a peek at the back and the full fabulous Splat the Cat fabric (I mean Smudgy Cat).

If you’d like to own some of your own prrrrfect cat and mouse prints, leave a comment. Monday we will be picking a winner to get your very own fat quarter bundle of various Smudgy Cat and Mouse in the House prints.

Baby Doll Bunk Bed Bedding

baby doll bunkbed bedding

I’ve been working on this particular project for quite a while.

bunkbed before

I bought this fun little wooden bunk bed at a yard sale this past summer. I spray painted them with Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze.

Baby Doll Bunk Bed Bedding

These little apple quilts were the first thing I ever really pieced together other than squares. They were the beginning of my quilting addiction. They are from Lori Holt’s Quilty Fun book.

baby doll bunk bed bedding

I made the blankets, pillows, and small little mattresses so the dolls can be nice and comfy. The pillows are made using two-inch squares.

Baby doll bunk bed bedding

My little girl came in while I was taking pictures and started playing with them right away. Yes! Made my day.

Handmade Christmas Gift Wrap-Up

Makeup Bags

It’s so hard to blog before Christmas. I don’t want to spoil any surprises! So y’all get a post-Christmas post of some of the items I made to give out this year. The first are these cute li’l makeup bags I made for my friends. I used the new Bonnie and Camille Day Sail fabrics to make most of them. I love how they turned out and plan on making more in a few different sizes to have on hand for birthday gifts this year. I filled these with chocolates or other fun things like nail polish, necklace, and lip gloss or fun pens and a mini notebook.

crocheted scarf

For Christmas I crocheted my daughter a bunch of these scarves for her friends. We rolled them up and tied them with ribbon and a candy cane. They are pretty quick and inexpensive to make.

Handmade Skirt

My fabulous sister-in-law asked me to make her daughter a skirt for Christmas. We picked out this tiered skirt tutorial and she brought over the supplies. The fabric is a little on the thicker/heavier side sothe skirt flaired out even more. Fit for a five year old princess. By the way, skirts are tough to photograph when not on a body, in case you were wondering.

Minnie inspired tree skirt

I also made our Disney tree a new Minnie-inspired tree skirt.

I’ll be back with my other projects I’ve been working on soon. Hope y’all had a Merry Christmas and were able to get all your Christmas projects done. I still have a couple of quilts to finish up…

Oreo Penguin

Oreo Penguin

When planning parties for my daughter’s second grade class, I try to think of something different that they haven’t done at every other party. This is the fun penguin I came up with for the treat station.

class party penguin

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own.

  • Regular size Oreo’s
  • Mini Oreo’s
  • Candy orange slices
  • White candy melts
  • Candy eyes or mini chocolate chips
  • Royal icing
  • Butter knives
  • Small paper plates

class party penguin

Give each child the following on a paper plate-

  • 1 large Oreo
  • 1 mini Oreo
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 candy melt
  • 2 eyes

Use your icing to attach the candy melt belly close to the bottom and the eyes at the top. Using your butter knife, cut one small corner off and then two larger slices from the center. Eat the left over half (the kids loved that part). The cut orange slices are sticky enough that you won’t need the icing to attach them. Use the smaller cut for the beak and the larger two for the feet. To finish him off, twist your mini Oreo in half and break one side down the middle. Attach with icing to the sides for the wings. Eat the other half of the Oreo. Then let the kids eat their penguin or take them home.

I only took two piping bags of royal icing and we ended up with seven kids at each station. I’d suggest taking more than that. The kids wanted to assemble their whole penguin before handing the icing to their class mate. They all finished in time but were frustrated by having to wait.

Oreo Penguin

I love to see the kids all make their penguins different. I had a couple of boys make one-eyed penguins and another little girl that used the rest of her orange to make wings. I never know if taking a camera into the classroom is a good idea or not so I didn’t. Not sure all the parents want their kids faces posted on the net.