Tutorial ~ 5 min. Toddler Bandanna Top

Here is how I made this fun top for Ms. E to wear to the airport in about 5 minutes.

{It took longer to convince Ms. E to let me put it on her than it did to create it.}

And you are done!

Note ~The bandana was washed and dried before I started sewing.  That is why the top was ready to wear once I finished sewing.  Bandanas have loads of stiffener in them when you purchase them.  So they really need to be washed and dried at least once {if not twice} before your kiddo gets to wear them.

They are cheap to purchase, $0.99 at Hobby Lobby, and come in a variety of styles and colors.  So they are a great first outfit attempt for new sewers.

You can use an left over ribbon or skinny fabric strip you have laying around.  The piece I used is a skinny strip left-over from cutting mini squares to make snowball quilt blocks.  It won’t last long, but I also don’t leave ribbons in when running stuff through the laundry.

You can tie the bandanna together in the back rather than sewing.  The reason I sewed them together was or less bulk {especially when riding in the carseat}, and that Ms. E can put this top on all by her little independent self.

Hope you found these directions clear and concise.  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will e-mail a clarification and also post below in the comments section.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Fresh Flowers Table Runner ~ FINISHED!

I used a self-binding miter corner technique from Eleanor Burns Quilt-In-A-Day show, but can’t find an on-line video for her version.  It worked very well, and I love how the corners look finished.  Not perfect by any means, but they are done, LOL!

I am ‘sew’ excited to have this finished!!!!

::Table Runner Stats::

Made For: Ms. E and Ms. V’s room

Fabric: Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain for Moda, scraps left from jelly roll used for Ms. E’s quilt, yellow calico and white used for corners is yardage from Joann’s.

Batting: layer of Warm & Natural, also left over from Ms. E’s quilt

Size: 13″ by 36″

Dates: Started May 2011 and Finished July 2011 {this must be some sort of record, LOL}

Design: Liberated Wedding Rings paper piecing; I used Anita’s tutorial at her Bloomin’ Workshop blog

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More Kitchen Valances for Mom

Here are three kitchen curtains I finished up for Mom this weekend.  The Easter one was to long once we tested it {it was completed a couple weeks ago}, so I finished hemming it Monday.

This is definitely part of my Finish It Up list, since most of these fabrics I have had for over 6 months.  At least I got the Patriotic Curtain done for her in time for it to be up before family {Mr. SD’s Mom} came over for dinner.  Oops!

At least now it is ready in plenty of time for next 4th of July.

Here is the Easter fabric we found on clearance last Easter {fabric purchased 2010, ready for 2012}

Patriotic Stars with a premade ruffle we found at Hobby Lobby.  The ruffle/red really makes this curtain feel much more red/white/blue.  {fabric purchased 2011, almost ready 2011}

A fun flurry of blue and white snowflakes.  {fabric purchased 2010, ready for 2011}

Lovely blue calico Mom fell in love with on the sale rack at Joann’s.  A great fall/winter curtain, but a little dark for a summery kitchen feel. {fabric purchased 2011, ready to use 2011}

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Baby Bear Fleece Blankets

This is one of two fleece baby blankets I finished for the girls’ playroom over at Grandma’s house.  I used my open-toed walking foot to attach the polyester silk ribbon to this fun fleece Mom picked out at Joann’s.  We purchased a yard and a half of fabric, divided it in two and added the silk binding.  I used one package of binding per blanket.

In this final picture you can see the corner detail.  Here is a link to the tutorial I used to refresh on how to add binding to a single layer of fleece.  The walking foot made a big difference in how evenly the silk binding feed through the feed dogs.  I don’t have close-ups, but the binding I did without the walking foot has these little ripples that didn’t occur with the walking foot.

If you make these types of fleece blankets and haven’t used a walking foot… I would encourage you to get the walking foot appropriate for your machine.  It made a lot of difference and is a great foot to add to your tool box.

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Not ‘sew’ much sewing…

Mr. SD and I took a lazy weekend… I didn’t get the laundry done until late Sunday, didn’t clean the house till late Sunday, and we didn’t do anything outside {zip, zilch, nada}.  That laziness extended to my sewing goals for the weekend.

I did pull out Miss Diva’s Fresh Flowers Quilt for some more hand knotting.  There is still about one third of that quilt that needs more knots.  I do have Baby Diva’s Fresh Flowers Quilt planned, but haven’t started cutting into the yardage I recently purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Just what I need, LOL, another WIP {Work In Progress}.

I did find a place to use the blocks I created using the Liberated Wedding Rings tutorial at Bloomin’ Workshop.  They are going to become a table runner for the girls’ dresser to help tie in the Fresh Flowers fabrics from their quilts.  So… at least I found a ‘home’ for one of my current homeless projects, LOL!

I got that layered and ready to baste.  I am planning on machine quilting the runner with my new walking foot.  I got all the paper removed from the backs of the strip pieced pieces.  Boy, I am never using printer paper again.  That was a pain in the you-know-where.  I definitely see why people would buy dissolving printable paper to use for paper piecing.

Liberated Wedding Ring Blocks with Paper Removed

Here is the quilt ‘sandwich’…

I even have enough left over bating to make another table runner of the same size.  The batting I used is the leftovers from Ms. Diva’s Fresh Flowers Quilt.  Definitely worthy buying a full two yards.

And here is my ‘sandwich’ rolled up for safe keeping until my next spare moment to baste it.  If I break projects into steps, I seem to get more of them done, since I am working for short periods of time while the kiddos are either napping, eating, or playing peacefully.  This is one UFO {Unfinished Object} that I can’t wait to finish and put to use in the girls room.


Do you have UFOs that you are working to finish up this summer?  Link up at the Finish It Up!Flickr group, hosted by Fashioned by Meg.   I am working on getting my list sorted out, and posted with links for all my ‘pending’ projects.  This is a fun way of figuring out when/how much you really have going on in the sewing room.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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New additions to Guest Room.

Here are the latest additions to Grandpa’s room, now the guest room.

And this is what 10 yards looks like, ruffled down to 15.5 feet.

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Ms. Diva modeling her dress.

Here are some pictures of Ms. Diva modeling her butterfly Ayano dress.  I am so happy with how this turned out!  Ms. Diva loves it too.