Aliens Have Invaded

Alien Boy PJs

Alien Boy PJs

Every family needs a “crazy” kid, a person who has such a fabulous sense of humor that they make everyone around them happy. Our family is blessed that we have three “crazy” kids – my nephew Russ, my son Michael, and my grandson Mase. The family jokes that Mase is the clone of his Uncle Mike. When I saw this flannel at Joann’s it was as if Mase said, “Grandma I have to have PJs out of that!” Of course there was only one yard left of the alien flannel, but I was lucky enough to find the crazy tiger print in the same wild colors. Grandson is a total sweat dog, so a t-shirt works really well as a pajama top, again Joann’s had the spot-on color. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Steam-A-Seam! Cut out three individual aliens and attached to the shirt. Of course crazy boy wants some on the back too. Will do that today!

I know I promised another new sewing find today, but we were lucky enough to have four of the five grandkids overnight. I finished the PJs and had to share. Little Man, the baby, was sick so we missed out on his snuggles.

QHave a wonderfully crafty 2015!

Walking Away With SAS2

PJs with appliqué

PJs with appliqué

While shopping for flannel, I fell in love with this flannel for my pre-teen granddaughter who wears Converse. The flannel leapt into my hands screaming that it had to be turned into pjs. Unfortunately, there was only enough fabric left on the bolt to make a pair of pants so I decided to make a pj top out of a t-shirt on which I added appliqués of Converse from the flannel. It has been YEARS since I appliquéd. As I was digging out the supplies I found a free sample of Steam-A-Seam 2 (SAS2) and decided to try it. AMAZING! I love this “stuff”. Using the size of the shoe, I cut out a rectangle of the SAS2. Peeling off the top layer of paper, I finger pressed the piece of flannel onto the rectangle. The fabric stuck and I was able to easily cut around the shoe. After all four shoes were cut out, I peeled off the paper backing and placed the appliqués on the t-shirt. The great bonus to SAS2 is that I could lift up the shoe appliqués and keep repositioning them until I was pleased with the effect. Using my iron on the steam, cotton setting, I set the appliqué.  The t-shirt and flannel had both been pre-washed to remove any sizing, etc. The SAS2 claims to be both washable and dry cleanable safe. The instructions do say not to use dryer sheets. They also said the appliqué would remain “glued” to the fabric without having to zigzag it down on the edges. The pjs haven’t been washed yet so I’ll keep you posted. I immediately went online and ordered more. I quit doing appliqué because it was so darn time consuming. Now I can quickly get any done.

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Steam-A-Seam 2

QHave an awesome crafting day.

Mix-it-up Toddler PJs

Mix-it-Up 3T PJs

Mix-it-Up 3T PJs

Joann’s Fabric did not have enough of the fox flannel to make a complete set of pjs for my daughter’s youngest son. I found a complementary flannel to make Mix-it-up PJs. The top was made from my very favorite McCall’s kid’s pajama pattern: M6227.  I’ve used it for many years, starting when it had a different number. In order to tie the different flannel fabrics of the top together, I turned the facing to the outside. That gave a nicely accented neck trim which matched the sleeves. Using the fox flannel, I added an one inch trim to the end of the sleeves as a tie-in.

The bottoms were made from a free, downloadable pattern I found online at Birch Fabrics Blog. To insure the fit I had my daughter take three measurements (They were in Hawaii and I was here in San Diego):

  1. The rise on a pair of my grandson’s pants.  To measure the rise find a pair of pants that fit and take two measurements: 1. From the crotch seam directly up the front to the top of the waistband and 2. From the crotch seam directly up the back to the top of the waistband (this will be a larger measurement since it includes the butt).
  2. His waist inches
  3. The length from his waist to the floor- outside of leg. I wanted the PJs length longer than his pants.

With those measurements I made the appropriate adaptations to the pattern: increasing both the length and the rise.

Other sewing tips and tricks:

Mark both ends of the elastic

Mark both ends of the elastic

I mark both ends of the elastic before I thread it through the casing. That way I can tell if the elastic becomes twisted through the casing.

Marking the back

Marking the back

I use my finger stamp to show where the back of the pants are. The grandkids have a great visual for putting the pants on the correct way.

Extra facing for buttons

Extra facing for buttons

I used a fusible interfacing to strengthen the “button” area. The button can be lowered as the child grows.

Heart stamp

Heart stamp

The neck back was stamped with a heart and signed “Grandma”. I told the kids I was kissing the back of their necks when the wear the pjs.

QHave a happy, crafting day.

Sew and Knit Worthy

Sew and Knit Worthy

Sew and Knit Worthy

Received this picture and the following text from my daughter, “Our windows are being replaced, so we’re eating dinner outside and it’s a bit chilly so I bundled up LM and realized he’s using 3 blankets and a beanie that Gma made!” Love it! LM (Little Man) is sooooo sew and knit worthy! The items that grandma (me) made are the fleece blanket behind his head, the two flannel blankets covering him, and the hat.

For the fleece blanket I wanted a different type of edging so it is edged using the Looped or Optional Braided Edging. It can be a no-sew edging. I did run a 2 inch stitch around the blanket before cutting the tabs.

For the flannel blankets I used a yard of two different patterned flannels. With right-sides together, I  sewed a 1/2 inch seam around the blanket leaving a 2 inch gap so I could turn the blanket right side out. After sewing closed the opening, I stitched around the edge with a decorative stitch. If you look closely, you can see the heart-stitch edging on the dog blanket.

The hat is the Owl Cable Cap pattern and is found at the Comfort Wool blog. There is an Owlie Sleep Sack which matches the hat.

For anyone worried that LM has crazy parents for replacing windows during winter time, we live in San Diego and the “chilly weather” was in the high 50’s. BTW, those are my “daughter’s eyes” staring out at you.

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Finished Object Friday: Receiving Blanket

q8~Every baby needs basic, receiving blankets. They are so easy to make. This is a reversible blanket with the main fabric filled with elephants and the reverse fabric says “I Love Grandma”. It was surprising that there wasn’t any flannel that said “I Love Grandpa”, the Hubs is a bit miffed. I can see baby boy snuggled in this blanket.

Reversible flannel receiving blanket

Reversible flannel receiving blanket

Material:

  • 1 Yard two different flannels
  • Thread

Instructions:

  1. Square up both ends of the flannel pieces.
  2. Place both pieces together with right sides facing.
  3. Trim to make sure both flannels are the same size.
  4. Use a plate to round the four corners.
  5. Starting in the middle of one side, Sew a 5/8 inch seam allowance around the blanket, make sure to stop about 4 inches from the starting point.
  6. Clip around the corners
  7. Turn the blanket right side out by pulling fabric through the hole in step 5.
  8. Hand stitch the hole closed. (If you hate hand stitching, just use the machine to close the hole by sewing close to the edge.)
  9. Iron the blanket.
  10. Use a decorative stitch to stitch around the blanket 3/4 inches in from the edge.

Done! Took, at the most, 1/2 hour.

Check out Tami’s Amis for other wonderful, finished projects.

Side note – Did anyone notice that I “LIKED” our blog yesterday? LOL! I was trying to click on another button and my hand-to-eye coordination went wonky. I didn’t even notice until I got a funny, automatic message from WordPress asking if I was vain liking my own blog. LOL! Yea baby. Have any of you done that? Then, I tried to “UNLIKE” and couldn’t. Too funny!