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Bring a Bottle August 29, 2010

Filed under: celebrations,crafty,diy — ravennagirls @ 4:48 pm
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Since I bought a sewing machine this year and have taken up some basic sewing projects, its been great for me that Design*Sponge has been featuring some simple sewing tutorials this spring and summer. One of the projects I spotted over there right before Mothers Day was great, because it gave me the opportunity to make some simple little gifts for the wonderful women in my life.

I also made a few wraps for a Bridal Shower I attended in June. It was a holiday themed shower, and I drew New Years Eve, so i made a couple of festive wraps for Champagne bottles that the couple can use on New Years and other holidays special to them. For this one, I attached a strip of velcro (fuzzy) side, and made some fabric numbers that can be interchanged for years or birthdays. I used iron-on velcro to make the little numbers.

If you have time to whip up a few of these to keep in storage, you can spruce up bottles of wine or juice for housewarming parties, showers, picnics, etc. They’re easy, customizable, and stop drips from hitting your table cloth.



My first real sewing project March 21, 2010

Filed under: crafty,Uncategorized — ravennagirls @ 9:35 pm
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Recently i mentioned that I bought a new sewing machine (finally, after months of back and forth). I bought a Babylock Grace and I love it. It is computerized, but it still allows you to run mostly mechanically if you want. I prefer to use the foot pedal because it feels more real, somehow, then just pushing “play” and letting the machine do all its work. That being said, the computer function allows you to do some really awesome stuff, inlcluding something like 25 stitch types.

Then one day last week i was wandering around Ben Franklin looking for some fabric options. They have some free patterns available, so i picked one up and decided to give it a go. I had seen my friend Stacy make these plush blocks with little ribbon pulls for the baby, and i thought this pattern would be similar and fun for a little one. And i know just the little girl to receive such a treat! So, one night i decided to give it a go. It only took about an hour and a half and it turned out pretty well.

The one change i made to the pattern was to omit the “crinkle” portion. Firstly, i didn’t have any cellophane handy. Wanting to preserve the washability, i didn’t want to use paper. Secondly, the crinkle toys are pretty cute and fun for baby but they also crinkle, a lot, for mom. So, i thought, maybe best not to go out of my way to purchase cellophane. This prototype would just be a little carry along blanket that Madeleine could pick up, toss around, and play peekaboo with.

Pattern: Crinkle Carry Along

Finished size: 14″ x 16″


2 pieces coordinating fabric 14.5″ x 16.5″ each. I used one piece soft linen and one piece flannel for different feel on either side

20-24 Assorted ribbon pieces (3″ – 4″  each)

Cellophane if you choose


(1/4″ seam allowance throughout)

1. Fold ribbon pieces in half and pin in place, matching raw edges, around top piece. Baste ribbon to top (making sure your baste stich is more than the 1/4″ seam allowance from the edge)

2. Lay front/back piece right sides together and then lay cellophane down. Pin and stitch around leaving a 4″ opening for turning.

3. Turn piece rights side out, press, and sew opening shut.

Look at that babylock go!

4. Topstitch around. I used a fun stitch that comes pre-programmed on my machine. I call it the amoeba stitch, but its just a little whimsical stitch about 1/4″ wide which gives a nice bit of substance to the pattern.

Thats it! Easy peasy!

And look: she likes it!

This is the first REAL thing i’ve sewn that wasn’t fixing a hole or just playing around. It was nice to have such a cute little gal to make it for, and to see her little eyes light up when she touched it for the first time. I have a couple apron patterns i’m going to tackle next and off i go!


Scandi Kitchen March 3, 2010

Filed under: crafty — ravennagirls @ 5:07 pm
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Sorry for the light blogging. I finished my work deadline today so i’ll be back in blogworld starting tomorrow.

I’ve been looking for some sewing patterns, especially a good apron one. When i find one i love, this will be the first fabric i buy, so cute!

I’m also pretty obsessed with the website it comes from, SuperBuzzy. There is nothing better than Japanese fabric design, and i can think of a project for just about anything they sell. For all of you out there with bambinos to spoil, watch out!

I might sew something up tonight, we’ll see. I have a lot of other things on the to do list, plus just closing my eyes and not looking at a computer is sounding pretty promising. Here’s to channeling the creative energy.