Thursday, December 15, 2011

Banana Apple Cake


We always have bananas stocked in our kitchen because they are Baby Momo's favorite.   Sometimes I let some of then go ripe, so I can use them for baking.  Banana muffins are what I usually bake, often with chocolate chips. But this time I had apples, so I baked Banana Apple Cake.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Langue de Chat Cookies

Langue de Chat cookies are one of my go-to-cookies recipes.  It is very simple and easy to make, yet quite tasty!  I wanted to bake something for the people who helped me out this week, but time was very limited.  So I baked langue de chat cookies just as I prepared dinner too.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa Purse for Baby Momo

For a couple of weeks I had been debating whether I should make one of those Santa dress for Baby Momo.  I made a Santa shirt for our dog Hachi years ago, and I still have more than enough left over fabric I could use for Momo.  But then Thanksgiving came and it is already December... I decided I am not making Santa dress this year.  I just do not know if I will have enough time to finish it before Christmas, and am not sure how many times Momo will get to wear it.
So instead, I decided to make another purse for Momo.  It is a Santa-inspired Santa Purse!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cross Body Purse for Baby Momo

I like small scrap fabric projects.  I sometimes create small drawstring bags just to use up the scrap fabric, though I do not have the intended use for those bags at the time of making.    Sometimes those small drawstring bags come in handy, but often they are left unused.  This time I wanted a bag that Baby Momo could use.  All I wanted to make was just a simple cross-body type purse.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Snappy Fall Dress for Baby Momo

Back in summer, I made a snappy top for Baby Momo, and I loved it.  I liked it so much that I planned to make a dress version using the same Prudent Baby's pattern and tutorial.  I got the fabric and pre-washed it, but then I never got the time to get it started.  Now even thought it is still warm here in Texas, it is too late to make a summer dress.  So I made a fall/winter dress version.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn Fairy Dress for Baby Momo

I know Halloween is over, and all the fun of making and wearing costumes are gone too till next year...UNLESS you are going to the Renaissance Festival!

We knew the weather was going to be nice and warm during the weekend (it was rather hot actually), perfect for us to go to the festival.   Few days before the weekend I decided Momo was to be an autumn fairy, and went to stores to gather supplies.  I bought 5 different colors of tulle and made a fairy tutu dress!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Candy Hair Accessories for Baby Momo


While I was making play candies for Halloween, I started to thinking " I want to put one of those on Momo's head..."  So I did.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Parrot Costume for Baby Momo

Back in August, I already knew what I wanted Baby Momo to be this Halloween, but I did not finish making her costume until Friday, just before the fun Halloween weekend.   You think you have plenty of time to crate one little costume, then you realize you only one 1 week left before Halloween...I feel like time passes especially fast in fall.
Momo's daddy wanted to be a pirate this year.  I decided to be his side-kick pirate, so naturally Momo was to be the pirate's favorite pet: a parrot. 
I looked for parrot costume on Internet, but only could find one and it came only in infant size.  Then I looked for tutorials for bird costume and I found this: Baby Chick Costume - Little Birdie Secrets
This is a tutorial for a beautiful tutu.  A bird costume that is a tutu??   I HAD TO make one!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Treat Bag with Play Treats

Baby Momo is not old enough to know what Trick or Treat is.  She is not even old enough to enjoy those "treats."  But she does like to carry purses on her arm.  She would carry as many purses as she can carry on her arms and say "Bye, See Ya!" and walk off.  I love seeing her do that, so I wanted to give her special Halloween Treat Bag.



I made a small Treat Bag using felt.  The face and bow are glued to the bag.
Since Momo cannot have the real candies, I decided to fill the bag with fake candies.   I made those using scrap fabric.  The lollipop is made of rolled long strip of fabric.  Since I did not want to use the real stick, I rolled brown felt and attached it to the candy.


I threw in an apple and strawberries made with felt, because Momo should have healthy treats too.



Momo loved her treats!  When she saw the bag filled with those treats for the first time, she whispered "Wow."


Now off to get more treats...


Since Momo likes to play with those play food, I am thinking of making more.  She learned the word "candy" from those fake candies.  I want her to learn the names of fruits and vegetables, and play food can be a good source!

Also while I was making candies and strawberries, I thought they would look pretty on hair clips or hair band.  I could add pompom or lace to the edge of candies, or tie the candies with ribbons!  And instead of using French-Knot stitches on strawberries, I could stitch sparkling beads to them!  I think they would look really pretty.  As soon as I am done with Momo's Halloween costume, I want to try making those!








Linking up to those fun parties.
                                                     



Friday, October 21, 2011

Plaid Peasant Dress for Baby Momo

Fall is officially here in Texas!  Yesterday morning it was so cool that Baby Momo actually needed a jacket.  With this cool weather, pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks tastes really good now.

I Just made a short sleeve fall dress for Momo, but I wanted a long sleeve dress too.  I went back to Joann for another flannel fabric, and I just had to get red plaid fabric again... 
This time I made one using this tutorial: Long Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial -Prudent Baby



After finishing the dress and trying it out on Momo, I realized it was too wide for her.  I cut few inches off both sides.


Now I am wondering whether I should attach a flower made out of ribbons...


Or a just a simple bow.



Or Maybe nothing at all.




Momo is too busy playing with her new toy.  Flower or bow on her dress is not a concern to her :)







Linking up to those fun parties.
                                                     



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Shirred Fall Dress for Baby Momo


I have been wanting to make this dress ever since I saw it here: Smock Tutorial -Sewing for Scarlett

I have made a summer top using this tutorial, but what I really wanted to make was a flannel plaid dress like I saw at the link above.  As soon as the 100-degree days of summer was over, I went to Joann and got this fabric.  But I did not get to work with it for a few weeks. Finally I made the dress, just in time for the cooler weather!



I learned that 2T measurement in the tutorial was a little too big for Baby Momo while making a summer top, so I made it narrower this time.  It fits her great now.  



I attached a rosette made with felt.  If Momo tries to pull it off, I may replace it with small simple bow or something. 

What I learned was that shirring on flannel is more difficult than on quilting cotton.  I would have to be really slow and carefully stretch the fabric as I sew lines of shirred stitches. 




I am loving red plaid on Baby Momo.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Pumpkin Halloween Pillowcase Dress for Baby Momo

The inspiration for this pumpkin dress is here: Pumpkin Dresses-Sugar Bee Crafts

When I was browsing the clearance fabric at Joann, I saw this rib knit in bright orange.  I thought it was the perfect Halloween color.  I had already made ghost Halloween dress for Baby Momo, and was not planning making a pumpkin dress. But since the ghost dress did not turn out as good as I like, and here there was the perfect orange color fabric in front of me, I decided to make a pumpkin dress.  I had never sewn rib knit fabric, and was curious to know how it will turn out as dress too.  I would never know if I did not try. 
So the orange color fabric was made into another pillowcase dress:


I decided to add the pumpkin face after the dress is complete.  First I wanted to see how the dress would turn out.

This time I referred to three pillowcase dress tutorials.
First, again I referred to Prudent Baby's Pillowcase Dress tutorial for the basic pattern and construction of the dress.  This time I made the dress shorter and narrower to fit my baby Momo better.
Then I followed Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress tutorial from The Mother Huddle for making armholes.  I liked the idea of not using the bias tapes.  I think this especially worked fine for the knit fabric.
Lastly I followed Pillowcase Shirt tutorial from The Polkadot Chair for using elastic in the dress casing.  I really like this idea, since the ribbons stay in the place and there is no choking worries!

I used starch spray on the fabric, and it really helped me sew the knit fabric.
I added ruffles on the bottom to make this a really cute dress. 
I really like it that the knit fabric does not fray and I don't have to finish the edges.

I liked the dress as-is, and debated myself if I should add the jack-O-Lantern face to the dress.  I thought about it for 1 day and decided to add a very simple face to the dress.  After all, it is a pumpkin color dress and it is Halloween time. 

Baby Momo will be wearing this dress on weekends in October. 

I really like this rib knit fabric.  I should have used this kind of fabric for the ghost dress too.  Well, that is something I will do next year...










Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Silk Flower Hair Clips for Baby Momo

I like making hair accessories for Baby Momo.  Considering how little hair Baby Momo has, she has more than enough hair accessories already.  But making hair accessories is fun and easy, so I keep making them... 
After making hair bows and pigtail holders, it was time for me to try making flower clips.  Momo has 4 flower clips, and 3 of them are daisies.  I bought them before I ever dreamed of making them myself.   While I like those store-bought flower clips, I wanted something different.  I wanted the kinds of flowers I could not buy as flower clips. 
I looked at the flower hair clips I own.  They are basically flower petals glued to the hair clips.  I also referred to this great tutorial for flower hair clips: Flower Hair Clip Tutorial -Pebbles and Poppys

So here are my first flower hair clips, sunflower and chrysanthemum :


I have been looking for sunflower hair clips, but could not find one.  So even though the summer is over this year, I wanted to make one for the next summer.   
Chrysanthemum was not exactly what I was thinking, but I saw the flower at the craft store and just wanted to have it for this fall. 



I cut the stem and took the flower apart.  I removed most of the plastic parts but kept some for the chrysanthemum to keep its shape.  But this flower is hard to keep its shape, and I am starting to understand why I could not find this flower as the hair clip...
I added 3 pieces of glass beads to the center of the flower using skinny wire.  I also glued 2 leaves.  I glued a piece of felt in the back of flower to make it flat and easier to glue to the hair clip. 

There are some issues with those flowers.  I kept the original center of the sunflower , but loose tiny hair keeps coming out of this center.  I thought about making the center using felt and replacing it, but I liked the realistic look of the original, so I kept it.  Since this hair clip is for occasional use, this may be okay.  I will find out if I need to replace it when I use it next summer.
chrysanthemum does not hold its shape well without the plastic holders.  Maybe I should have kept all the plastic parts, but I could not make the back surface flat that way. 
I will have to be more careful selecting the flowers next time...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Refahioned Onesie Dress for Baby Momo

I learned that an onesie can be turned into a dress just by attaching a simple skirt from this post : 10 minutes Onesie Dress -Prudent Baby
I wish I knew this when Baby Momo was smaller.  The dress is a really adorable look on small babies.  But my Baby Momo is approaching the age to outgrow onesies...

Then as I was sorting Momo's outgrown clothes, I looked at this one onesie in 12 months size.  It was not in perfect condition since Momo has worn it for many times, but I still liked it.  There are snaps on the shoulder, so Momo can still put it on.  I decided this is the perfect item to try refashioning I have been seeing.
So here it is...



I basically followed Prudent Baby's Onesie Dress tutorial, but I cut my onesie to make it as a top.  I was using thin quilting cotton but did not want to add lining, so I added 2 skirts and make it into a layered skirt.  I bought the fabric from Joann's clearance section a while ago.  I did not have anything in mind when I bought it, but it was $3 a yard and I bought it at 50% off...I got 1 yard and glad I did.  

I also referred to the tutorial here: Little Gilr's Tunic with Tank Top -Tea Rose Home
I followed the tips to use interfacing on the knit.  I also top-stitched after attaching the skirt to the top.  Both are great tips!

Things I learned while making this dress...  Gathering two skirts at the same time may not work.  This worked with hand stitches, but it was hard to pull the thread done by machine when gathering two skirts at the same time.
Also I should measure the length correctly!  I made the skirt too long, and ended up taking the skirt out and re-attaching it to the top after shortening it.

I used the full width of the fabric to make the skirt.  I think this is not good enough for Baby Momo anymore.  I need to start using 2 panels of fabric to create 1 skirt. 



I also made simple bow pigtail holder using the leftover fabric.




Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ghost Halloween Pillowcase Dress for Baby Momo

I liked the simple design of a pillowcase dress, but I needed a solution for the ribbons used to tie around the neck.  I am still concerned about the choking, and Baby Momo likes to pull anything so the ribbons do not stay in the place.   My solution was to stitch the ribbon to the casing in the middle, but I thought there must be other better ideas out there, so I looked for more pillowcase dress tutorials. 

I found many tutorials and liked their different ideas (Wow, pillowcase dresses are really popular!).  And while I was searching for more pillowcase dress tutorials, I found this: Pillowcase Ghost Dress -Sugar Bee Crafts

This cute ghost dress inspired me to make one for Baby Momo.  Accent fabric is used for the hem and ribbons in the original dress, and it is very stylish.  The face of ghost is very cute too.

Here is my version:


I decided to make mine a lot simpler.  Instead of cotton fabric, I used polyester knit fabric because I wanted it to be light and flow-y like a ghost.  Momo would wear T-shirt or onesie inside, so I did not care that the dress was not made of cotton.

The face is made of fleece.  I thought fleece looked nicer than felt.  My first attempt to attach the face was using zigzag stitches.  Well, that did not work out well.  The fabrics were being pulled, so I had to remove them and try again.  The second time I used the simple straight stitches, and they look much better.

I used Prudent Baby's Pillowcase Dress pattern since I already had it.    And I thought Prudent Baby's dress pattern that is wider at the hem might make it looks more ghost-like. 

I cut the same knit fabric to make bias tape, but did not even cut in bias, since it was knit fabric that already stretches. I had hard time attaching the bias tape to the dress, and the armholes look bulky. 


My dress is...well I think it is very costume-y, because of the fabric I chose and mainly due to my limited skills.  It is definitely not stylish like the original one.  But Baby Momo wears it for me without complaining ;)

Well, maybe she IS complaining...

 
And wanting to take it off...


I will try to make one better next year... Hopefully my sewing skills are getting better by then.


This time I stitched the ribbons to the casings again.  I must try those different methods I found during the search next time making pillowcase dresses.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Flower Pigtail Holders for Baby Momo

The first pigtail holder I made for Baby Momo became a pumpkin, though I intended to make a flower.  This time I think I made something that look like flowers :)



The pink gauze fabric is leftover from Pink Itty Bitty Baby Dress.  It was cut into the same size as the other flowers, but came out a lot bigger.  Other flowers were made from Momo's old cotton shirt.  Momo outgrew this shirt so fast that she only wore it for a couple of times, thus the fabric was in a good condition.   I used small pompoms in the middle of the flowers.


Momo prefers playing with them than keeping them on her head.  She calls them balls, so I guess they do not look like flowers...


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pigtail Holder for Baby Momo

Today was a sad and frustrating day.   Rosette decorations on the Upcycled T-shirt dress I made for Baby Momo came loose.  They were hand-sewed on, so I decided to re-attached them using sewing machine this time.  I took them apart and rolled them flat so that they will fit in the sewing machine.  I attached one rosette, two rosette, and then when I was working on the third one, my sewing machine decided to go crazy.  The threads got tangled, and then the dress got eaten in the machine.  I pulled the dress out, and saw holes in them!  The holes were too big to repair, too big to be covered up...  I will save the fabric as scrap, but the dress is gone.

When I have the sewing machine troubles, I get very frustrated.   Sometimes I think this hobby is making me more stressed, rather than helping me release the stress...  But I like the feeling I get when I make something I am satisfied, and then Baby Momo wears them or plays with them.   

After ruining the T-shirt dress, I had to make something else to make me feel better.  It needed to be something easy so that I will not mess up, something quick because it was already late at night.  I definitely did not want to use the sewing machine.   I have been meaning to make hair accessories for Baby Momo, so that was what I did.  I like flower or bow clips on headband and they are fine for weekends, but not practical for everyday use.  Momo has very fine hair, but now that her hair is long enough to be made into pigtails,  I want some pigtail holders.   

Here the very first pigtail holder I made for Baby Momo:


I planed to make a flower, but when I finished I realized I made a pumpkin.


The fabric is red, not orange.  But it looks like a pumpkin because of its size and shape. 
I wanted to make a big flower to avoid choking in case Momo puts it in her mouth.  I should have made 5 or 6 flower petals instead of 8 to make it look like a flower.  But I am kind of happy with this result, because I have found out an easy way to make pumpkins!


The pumpkin is too heavy, Mom...I cannot keep my head up.

Stripe-y Cat for Baby Momo

I have problem throwing away scrap fabric, even a tiny piece, because even a tiny piece can be turned into fabric covered button or a tiny bow.   Those scrap fabric can take up boxes.  So I finally decided to make something with them.   I searched for softies tutorials online and found this: Stripe-y Patchwork Cat -Green Kitchen

I liked the cat face so much, I had to make one.  I printed out the pattern and enlarged it 150% to make a bigger cat.  I have made some small softies before, but Baby Momo did not care to play with them.  I thought something bigger may get her attention better.


I got to use bigger pieces of scraps.   I used Momo's old crib sheets that ripped as the iner lining.

The cat's tail can be chewed on...

And then the cat can be a pillow.

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