Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Toddlers & Tablecloths!

My two silly daughters are the inspiration behind most of the stuff I sew.  This project is no exception....

Meet Miss "M". 

It's possible that this little stinker might just grow up to be an interior designer.  She has shown quite a bit of interest in household decorating (which is not always a good thing).

 Here she is rearranging the kitchen tablecloth.

 Since we have two toddlers who insist on feeding themselves, it's inevitable that food and milk will end up spilled all over the table.  My valiant attempt to protect the kitchen table backfired when the girls realized that it was funny to pull on tablecloths and send anything on top of it CRASHING to the ground. 
I give you exhibit A...

After just a few tugs, the tablecloth is no longer in it's proper place.  Isn't she setting such a wonderful example for her little sister?  ;)

Here is my little designer, standing proudly next to her covered table.  Too bad her days of rearranging the tablecloth are OVER!  This is one war that I actually won!  I came up with a way to keep the tablecloth ON the table and (of course) it involves my sewing machine.

If you are currently experiencing tablecloth "issues", I will be posting a solution soon!  My very first tutorial will be about how to make a fitted tablecloth.  If you have a house full of kids, you have got to try this project.  It's simple and oh so PRACTICAL!  Stay tuned because in my next blog post, I will show you how to make one:).

Monday, August 15, 2011

One Of A Kind Baby Gifts

One of my relatives recently had a baby, so I decided to make her some gifts.  First, I embroidered a cute ladybug design onto a onesie and burp cloth.  I just love this little ladybug applique!  On another burp cloth, I sewed some coordinating fabric onto the front.

After I finished the onesie and burp cloth set, I started working on a car seat canopy.  These are great for keeping the sun off baby's eyes or the cold from hitting their face when you're out running errands.  Before I began, I found some great instructions from another blog.  "Just Because I Am Me" is a cute blog where you can find sewing tips and recipes.  Click HERE to go directly to the instructions.

Using the instructions from the other blog, I was able to make my very own car seat canopy!  Here it is!

As you can see, mine is a little different in the front.  I altered the measurements a bit and created an opening.  With the front opening, mothers can peek in on their baby without lifting the entire front portion of the canopy.  You can open the canopy a little...(as seen below)

...or a lot (as seen below;).

With all the beautiful fabric prints out there, a car seat canopy is a must have baby item!  
Take care everyone & stay FABULOUS!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Angel Wings & Zebra Love

Welcome to the OFFICIAL Sew Snazzy Stitches blog!  I'm so excited to be launching this blog on the first anniversary of opening my shop.  What better way to kick off my blog than with the story behind one of my projects.  Here it goes!!!

A while back, I received a message from one of my customers on Etsy.  Her name is Venessa and she wanted to know if I could make her a shirt to match this ruffle bottom onesie.

I LOVED that idea and got right to work.  Here is what I came up with...drum role please;).

Since I spend most of my time creating clothes for my girls, I hardly ever get to make stuff for adults.  Don't be surprised when I post a pic showing my girls and me with matching shirts:).

Here is Venessa with her ADORABLE daughter wearing the items I made for them.  Aren't they SOOOO CUTE?!?!?  It just made my day when I checked my email and found that she had sent me a picture.  Thanks Venessa!

But the story doesn't end here.  Venessa wanted a matching shirt and onesie because she and her daughter were going to participate in a SIDS walk honoring her late niece, Mylie. 

Mylie Ann Riegler earned her angel wings when she was four months old.  She was put to sleep on her back and spontaneously stopped breathing.  Since there was nothing that could explain the cause of her passing, it was labelled as SIDS.  I cannot even begin to imagine what her family has been through.  Being the mother of two girls (one of which was born premature), SIDS is what I was most afraid of.  I really admire Mylie's parents and family for sharing their story with me and helping to spread the word about SIDS.  By participating in events such as the SIDS walk, they are hoping to raise awareness and push for more research to be done.  While speaking to Venessa, I learned that there is support available  for families affected by SIDS.  

SIDS Resources is a website dedicated to educating families and providing support for those in need.
Here is the link to their page - drop by and check it out.

You can also find them on Facebook by clicking the link below.

Mylie's nursery theme included zebra prints and hot pink fabric.  During the SIDS walk, her family continued that theme to honor her.  Here is everyone in their zebra print shirts!  

Also, this is a banner that was made just for Mylie.

Mylie and her family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.  It is my hope that one day some brilliant researcher will discover the cause and how to prevent SIDS from occurring once and for all!