A Little Girl's Birthday

Last week was my niece’s birthday. She is now 2. It was fun to sew her some gifts. It changed from doing quilts which is what I sew the most lately. It was also fun to use some of the fabrics I got from Karen at My Fabric Spot, a Canadian-based online shop . She had sent a fat quarter bundle when she opened her shop back in October. I received a FQ of the different prints in the Sunset colorway from The Birds & the Bees collection by Tula Pink (see post).

For my niece’s gifts, I used the red, aqua and brown prints. I’ll keep the yellow, orange and pink prints for a quilt I have in mind. I made 3 gifts. I used some linen to go with the prints and also a home decor weight fabric. It is the Pine print in Stone from Joel Dewberry’s Ginseng collection.

The first project I did was an art smock. My niece is at an age where she can start making more crafts. So, I thought it was a good idea. I used a pattern from the book Bend the Rules by Amy Karol. I fussy cut one of the prints to make a double pocket on the front.

A Little Girl's Birthday - Art Smock

Then, I made an open-wide pouch which I filled with Crayola washable markers. I followed the great tutorial by Anna at NoodleHead. Here is pictures of both sides and opened.

A Little Girl's Birthday - Pouch

A Little Girl's Birthday - Pouch

A Little Girl's Birthday - Pouch

I wanted to embroidery her name on it. I didn’t have time to do it by hand so I decided  to use the letters on my sewing machine. However, as I was doing it I didn’t think of how much of the sides would end-up being at the bottom of the bag after clipping the corners to make the box shape. So, the name end-up being really close to the bottom.

The last project I did is also based on a tutorial by Anna at NoodleHead. I did her child messenger bag. But instead of doing pintucks on the flap, I used prints from The Birds and the Bees again. I also used one for the lining. I think this is the gift my niece was the most happy about.

A Little Girl's Birthday - Messenger Bag

A Little Girl's Birthday - Messenger Bag

The tutorials by Anna at Noodlehead are very clear. It’s been a while I’ve been wanting to try one of them. Next, I’ll try one of her bag patterns, either the Sidekick Tote Pattern or the 241 Tote Pattern. As I was looking for some patterns/tutorials for an art smock, I saw a few made using the pattern from Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson from Oliver + S. It is nice because it has some sleeves. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the book. But, I ordered it as I thought it had a great variety of projects to sew for kids. I just got it at the end of last week. I can’t wait to try one of them. Both my sons already requested a few, one of which is the bear carrier. Cool!

2 thoughts on “A Little Girl's Birthday

  1. Jilly

    Cute projects!

    I have that book, and I made the bear had (a kitty version) for my daughter for Halloween and the pattern was flawless. I'm hoping to make the explorer vests and the summer hats for the summer.

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