Category Archives: Children

More spring sewing

I haven’t felt much like cleaning lately. I mean, I’m doing the minimum – picking up toys and washing dishes and cleaning up the 8,000 messes that the two kids and husband make every day. But I haven’t felt like REALLY cleaning – scrubbing and sorting and A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place. Instead, I’ve been reading, knitting, and sewing personal stuff. I tend to hate February. Hate it. Longest month of the year. Cold, depressing. So very winter. ugh.

So, you know, I’m hibernating.

At any rate, I made myself three more skirts and Genna two dresses. A pair of new PJ pants has been requested by Wally, so I hope to get those done next week.

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(please ignore the lack of ironing, but feel free to admire my awesome socks.) These two skirts are both made from linen – the green is a nice organic linen I picked up on clearance. The tan is the same linen I use for many of my Wallypop and Boulevard Designs products. I always have a bolt or two on hand. I used my Super Easy Patternless A-Line Skirt tutorial, but actually made myself a paper pattern for a two-panel skirt (a front piece and a back piece) and then cut it out on the bias for both of these skirts. I don’t tend to do bias-cut skirts often, because they use SO MUCH fabric, and I’m cheap that way, but I love the drape of bias skirts.

The green one, I cut out a wedge from the side of the hem and inserted a little ruffle. I think this might have worked out better with a less stiff fabric, but it still looks ok. The green one is made with a zipper at the side waist. The tan one, I cut wider and bound the waist with Fold over Elastic (the elastic binding sometimes used on diapers and covers) to make an easy pull on skirt. I totally borrowed the idea from, I think, Amy Karol at Angry Chicken. I’ve used FOE to bind gathered edges of tops, and on children’s clothes, but never on a skirt waistband.

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This one is another made from leftovers from ring slings. It’s a four-panel skirt, using the ideas in the Super Easy Patternless A-Line Skirt tutorial, but making the waist wider to use elastic instead of a zipper.

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Genna’s dresses. The blue one is made from a McCall’s pattern (I do actually own patterns, too!). The wrap dress is from this tutorial at Tiny Happy. It would have looked way, way cuter with handmade bias tape, but I was quickly running out of naptime and decided for forgo the pretty, wide bias tape in favor of something pulled from my Bin Of Bias Tape. The dress is actually quite large, and probably won’t fit her well until next year, which is a little disappointing, particularly considering that I could have easily figured this out by just taking a minute to think about it. Ah, well.

Sundresses are my absolute favorite for Genna. They can be made appropriate for winter simply by putting a long sleeve shirt underneath, and maybe some pants or Little Leg Warmers. In spring, or cooler days in summer, they are matched with a short sleeve shirt and Little Leg Warmers if needed. And of course, they can be worn as is for hot weather. Many sundresses also last for several years, if they’re wide and drapey, which is an added bonus.


Appliqued Fleece Covers

Wallypop Fleecy Wraps made even more awesome with the addition of appliques! Some of these are listed at Etsy, and the rest will be added soon!

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Elephant Toy

Elephant Toy

This was a fun project – it’s knit flat and then seamed up. This is another one I made for the fair. It turned out a lot larger than I anticipated – the pattern didn’t give any gauge or yarn or needle suggestions, and it ultimately doesn’t matter, but as a consequence, I had NO idea what to expect! And, as is typical with me, I’m now going to make another one, but felted. LOL.

PS, I stuffed this one with old rags, so it’s vaguely lumpy. And I’m guessing that lumpiness (along with some inexpert seaming around the elephant’s butt) will keep this from getting very high scores at the fair. It’s entirely possible that my entire State Fair experience will be nothing but one long painful losing streak!

Elephant Toy

Two Quick Shorties for Summer

I made these both with Willow Ridge Farms yarn CSA yarn, which is about my least favorite yarn ever, but at least I’m slowly getting rid of it, lol. The blue and purple one is basically just improvised pattern, the brown one is the Belladonna nighttime shorts pattern, which has disappointed in the past. I keep thinking it’ll be better if I keep using it, but it’s not.



Balloon Animals!

This is not a craft I ever thought I’d do, that’s for sure!

Balloon Animals

But I was pleasantly surprised to find that making balloon animals is not altogether difficult. The hardest part is getting the dang balloon tied. Second hardest is not wincing every time you twist, in anticipation of popping the thing!

Balloon Animals

Linen Sundress

Science Center

I had this dress listed on Etsy for a while, with no takers, so it’s sat here in my box of Boulevard Designs items. Too unique to have a good spot in a craft show display, and too small to make a suitable gift for any of my friends’ kids. Then, I had my own girl and now she fits into it. Isn’t it adorable?

WIP: Wally’s Sweater




It’s coming along nicely. I’m about 3/4 done with one sleeve…. and I’m not going to have enough of either color to finish. I’m so mad. I ordered more than the pattern indicated, and STILL don’t have enough. The main problem is that KnitPicks is out of Caribou (the brown) until May. MAY!!! I certainly hope he doesn’t need a sweater in May.


I hate buying yarn for projects… I hate ending up with all these leftover extra skeins, which is why I didn’t order extra extra skeins for this sweater. Grrr.


Anyone have KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Caribou? I also need Oregano, while I’m at it, but I can order that from KnitPicks right now. I just don’t want to have to wait until May to finish. I’ll be all off my groove.

Genna’s Christmas Sweater

(I found this in drafts – I thought I’d published it a month ago!!)

Done! I sewed the buttons on Christmas morning!

It actually was not hard at all, though I find knitting with bulky yarn to be a bit cumbersome, it did make it go much faster! The yarn was from Park City Yarn Co in Park City – I picked it up while we were on vacation this past summer. The Alpaca Yarn Company. It’s a Park City company, made from area alpaca, but the yarn is manufactured overseas. The yarn I used was Snuggle, which is a bulky weight.

The pattern is from Garnstudio, which means that it contains as few words as possible, lol. Even so, it wasn’t difficult to follow, and I think the sweater turned out lovely. I made the 2T size, so it’s a bit big this year but should fit nice next year.

Here’s the Ravelry project page.

Sock Monkey

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This little sock monkey was actually really easy to make, if a bit tedious. (Though most knitting has its tedious parts!) I had promised Wally several months ago that I’d make him a sock monkey, because I didn’t want to pay the $20 that the store was asking for one. (Of course, I probably spent that much in yarn, but that’s not the point!)

He really does like it, too.

AND – this is my first foray into knitting without any practical purpose.


I used Knitpicks Swish DK yarn.  An awesome pattern by Mummble-Jummble. I went with an oatmeal color for the hands and feet instead of the traditional cream, since, after all, this monkey is going to live a MY house, and is likely to get things spilled on it.

Halloween Costumes

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How easy were these butterfly wings? Super easy.

Cut an old cardboard box into butterfly shape. Paint. Cut little slits. Thread elastic through. Elastic goes around the arms. Voila.



The bat was not hard, either. A sweatshirt plus an umbrella. Tutorial here.