my handsome little model

little man navyThat’s right, after a long three months of nothingness the shop has been re-stocked! I have some new collections that I think are super cute. To make it even better, I now have a very handsome little model to show off the new looks! Click here to head over and check them out!grey pattern navy chev mustard - close

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fabric feathers

I had great plans to leave you with a tutorial for the weekend, a little project to add to your Thanksgiving decor, but the shop has been more successful than I expected {thanks to all of you who have entered the giveaway and passed the word along!} So today is a ‘re-stock the shop’ day to make sure there will be plenty of collections to choose from for whoever wins the giveaway!

What I will do is direct you to the tutorial that inspired my fabric feather creations.

So check out the fabric feather tutorial at 100 Layer Cake.

When I made mine I used iron-on fabric fusing instead of a glue stick to bind the two sides together. It’s what I had laying around and it seemed less messy, I would definitely do it this way again. Feathers are everywhere right now and I think these would be the perfect touch to add to your Thanksgiving place cards or to add a special touch to hostess gifts.

Have a great weekend! There are still a few days left to enter the giveaway and there will be more products back up in the shop in a couple of days!

print your own fabric labels

As I mentioned before, I am in the process of starting an Etsy store. It’s still a ways off, I have to get a handful of things done before its up and running. One of the things on my to-do list is creating my own labels. I found this tutorial on how to make fabric labels using your own printer from one of my current favorite blogs.It ended up being much easier than I expected. The hardest part was coming up with a design I loved. This is a super easy, very inexpensive project.Even if you aren’t planning to sell your creations they would be the perfect extra special touch to a handmade gift. Because you are doing it all yourself they are fully customizable you could write a special message, include a date of birth, wedding date, whatever you want! And when you print them they don’t all have to be the same. If you want, you could make some for a baby gift, some for a wedding gift and some basic ones for gifts to come!I have to say, I am really happy with the way they turned out! My advice – when you are designing the labels leave a good inch and a half of blank space at the top, my very top labels didn’t print both times I tried it.I love the way they look on the burp clothes. Check out the full tutorial from Whitney’s blog if you’re interested!

tiny bow ties for tiny gentlemen – tutorial

ties for twoI went to a baby shower last night for a long-time friend. She’s having twin boys! It was great to get out since a sick baby has basically had me on house arrest all week. I love making handmade gifts for showers but I was out of fabric for my go-to burp cloths and I was not about to drag my feverish baby through the chaos of our local fabric store – that place is not fun even when you’re an adult and feel great! So I had to come up with something to make out of bits of fabric I already had. Luckily, the mom-to-be had pinned something similar on pinterest so I knew they would be the perfect gift for her two little ones. They were quick and easy to make and a fun gift to give!

*UPDATE*

Thank you for making this my most popular post! If you love these bow ties but don’t want to make them yourself, let me make them for you! Visit my shop to order the little guy in your life his very own bow tie onesie! (some modifications have been made to the finished product increasing the quality for sale)AND I am hosting a giveaway for any product of your choice from the shop! {November 13th – November 19th} click here to get the details.

Now back to the tutorial:supplies

You’ll need:

:: scraps of coordinating fabric
:: plain onesie
:: two snaps per bow tie
:: needle and thread
:: scissors
:: glue gun
:: sewing machine and iron

cut one strip of fabric 9″ x 4″ and a second 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

taking the larger strip, face right sides together and sew along the top and one side

sew two sidesturn right side out, iron in unfinished edge and top stitch closed

while ironing, take the small strip and iron into thirds
turn and closefold one side of your long strip to the middle and tack down with a small dab of glue
fold one endfold the second side into middle and tack down – this is the back of the bow tie

turn over, pinch fabric in the middle and secure with a dot of glue

fold other side, tack in middleturn over to back, fold fabric back above and below where you glued forward and secure with glue

back to the front! attach your small, ironed strip to the middle of your tie and secure with a dot of glue

tack two sides, place small stripwrap one side around the back and secure, do the same for the last sidewrap and gluesew two snaps on the back of each bow tie and your bow tie is finished!finishedsew the remaining side of the snaps onto a onesie

If you are making more than one bow tie, you will have a bunch of snaps with no partners left over. I included the extras in the gift so they could be attached to other shirts or onesies. (and what am I going to do with a bunch of unmatched snaps?)atatched w-snapsonesie w-bow-tiesNow it’s your turn!
ready for wrappingJust for fun, I wrapped them in black paper and drew a tuxedo in chalk. So dapper.all wrapped