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Whooooo looks so cute in her owl top?

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Now that Paul is doodling daily we have a nice habit in the evening of spending time on our projects. It has been the kick I needed to get started on a bunch of sewing projects. Since I most dislike cutting out pattern pieces I cut out pieces for a few different things the other night.   I thought I could easily whip up another top for Tabby same style as her red and white polka dot one.  As with most things I think are simple I did run in to a few problems. Notably that the fabric was getting weird pulls in it and my machine sounded awful.  I had to wait to finish it and bring it to my mother’s. When I showed her what the fabric looked like she suggested that my needle might have a “burr” on it-a sharp tiny bit of the metal needle sticking out that you can get if your needle strikes metal.  As soon as she said that I remembered not setting my width to five when I was doing a zipper last month and accidentally hitting the metal plate with it.  I came home and put on a new needle and it worked beautifully.

So, this owl top is made from a mere 1/2 yd of fabric that Tabby had to have.  I had just enough to make the basic top (no pocket), which was fine because I embellished it with baby rick rack in pink and green and I love the way it looks. Unfortunately I don’t have a great picture of her wearing it.

While flipping through my sewing machine’s manual I came across something I had not realized before.  My machine can do smocking! I have always wanted to try this so I followed their instructions on a bit of material and check it out:

This is not the sort of stretchy smocking, such as a tube top (!) might have, but rather made with regular, not elastic thread.  I can’t wait to try this on a dress for her.

As for other projects I made this pillow over the past two nights.  It is a gift for one of Clark’s friends.  Paul questioned whether or not a little girl would enjoy a pillow, but I know that my kids love their special pillows and things and I think she might too.  I decided I wanted it to be removable so it could be washed and thought I’d put a zipper in at the seam.  Word to the wise-don’t make this your last step like I did.  It was nearly impossible to sew a zipper in to the fourth seam of a closed item.  I waited until the end because I just wasn’t even sure if the pillow form could be shoved through the zipper opening.  Anyway, I’m very pleased with how this came out.

I bought a package of coordinated fat quarters and cut out one of the princessy fairy girls for the center (I picked the princess with the hair most like the recipient.)  From there I just kept building frames around it until it was big enough for the pillow.  I wanted to make it super girly (as if all the pink, hearts, princesses, butterflies, flowers, and crowns were not enough) but since I wanted it soft to rest a head on I didn’t want to sew on any buttons, sequins, or things like that. So…a ruffle! I made a coordinating ruffle out of one of the fabrics and it turned out beautifully.  Making a ruffle is not difficult-it’s really just the longest length of gathering ever-but it is time consuming to keep pulling the fabric along your threads.  Overall I think this is very sweet and I’m v. pleased. (I used a shiny pink polished cotton for the back.) and I hope she likes it!


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

2 responses »

  1. What a bunch of awesome projects! I do love that owl fabric Tabby picked out. Well done!

  2. Both came out very well. The pillow is adorable. Just a hint- when making something long to be gathered (like a ruffle) it is sometimes easier to make about 8 inches of gathering thread and then another and another until the end. That way if a thread breaks you don’t have to do the whole thing over again. They all gather up fine and you can’t tell where one ends and the next starts.


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