Category Archives: On My Desk

New Dress for Olivia

I want to share with you today a cute little outfit that I’ve made for Olivia.New Handmade DressThe main floral fabric is an Amy Butler design which mum had wrapped a present for me in many years ago … it has been sitting in the drawer, patiently waiting for the perfect project. Finally I knew it would look gorgeous in a cute little dress for Olivia. New Dress 11While choosing the fabrics to use, I wanted to bring in the coral hexagon fabric for the neckline trim to add some depth, but that on its own just wasn’t enough so I tossed around some ideas and decided to add some prairie points along the border too. New Dress 10New Dress 9New Dress 2It was a challenge to get any photo’s of the hat actually on Olivia’s head as she thinks it makes a far better chew toy at this stage… Lets hope once she grows and it fits her a little better she might prefer to wear it on her head?! New Dress 4New Dress 6New Dress 3New Dress 7New Dress 5New Dress 1

 

 

Project: Amy Butler Bag

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Necklace from MikaelaBeth

I had this bag all cut out and had started sewing it together the day before Olivia arrived. Needless to say it took me a while to get back and finish it!

The pattern is from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches Book.

I am loving this bag more and more each time I use it. Such a practical size to throw everything in and also as a fun nappy bag to carry all the essentials. Amy Butler Cosmo Bag 5

Flannel Baby Wraps

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My latest sewing project has been to make these flannel baby wraps. They are super soft and snuggly, perfect for a new baby coming into this world at the start of a very cold winter.

I purchased some coordinating flannel fabric in lovely charcoal and cream tones, with a duck print thrown in as I have been known to be a little duck fan in the past.

Often the wraps for sale are around 1 meter square, but from what I have read and heard from others the more generous sized wraps work the best. As the fabric was 110cm wide I went a little longer and got 130cm of each piece. I then placed the front sides together of two coordinating prints and sewed around the edge, leaving a gap to turn them right sides out. I then pressed the seems and sewed another top stitch around the edge to keep it sitting flat and to give it a nice finishing touch.

These are now hanging patiently on the blanket ladder that my talented husband made for the baby room, waiting for the moment that they will be needed.