Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Princess Dress Up Aprons

My little girls love to dress up and plan pretend.  They enjoy the Disney princesses.  I found an adorable sewing pattern, McCall M6619, during a JoAnn $0.99 pattern sale.  I simplified the pattern by not adding overlays, but I think it turned into a cute dress ups.  

The pattern lets you make a variety of Disney Princess dresses.  This one is supposed to look like Rapunzel.  

(Of course little sister wanted to join the photos.) I am currently working on a pink Aurora dress for my sweet niece. A great thing I love about the apron is when other kids come over to the house I can tie it to fit their size.  

 After I finish the Aurora apron, I will try and post some pictures.Please note that this pattern isn't limited to Disney princess dress ups.  You can use any type of fabric or pattern to make the dress up what your child would like.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Update on Past Project: Felt Playhouse

Sorry I have not been current with this blog.  I read in one of my post (click here to read it) that I was going to post pictures of my felt playhouse I made for my daughter for Christmas in 2011.  Unfortunately, I didn't finish it by Christmas.  I did finish it by New Year's Eve. 
What my daughter opened on Christmas.  Sad.
My little ones (and their friends) love it.  They have loved it so much that it has been falling apart a little. Sorry I don't have more pictures.  I will take more after I have fixed the wear and tear on it.
Dog and Fishbowl Side
I know you can only see one side, but I have described the other sides.  The front has a door, window, mailbox, and flower pot. The back sides were gardens with a large tree in the corner.  

It was a lot of work.  And to be honest, I don't think I would make another one again.  It might have been because I tried to finish it before Christmas with only two month and a brand new baby.  

Jane From Disney's Tarzan

For Halloween 2012, my wonderful, gorgeous sister asked me to make her a costume so she could be Jane from Disney's Tarzan.  I was so excited and looked at many different pictures online to see what the character looked like and to see what other people have done.  Oh, course I turned to my brilliant sewing expert (my great mother-in-law) for help and ideas.  Here are the results.

Photos courtesy of Jason Hansen
I used Burda 7880 and New Look 6599 patterns as guides (I do better with patterns).  With my mother-in-law's help, we made the bustle stiffer with some stiff netting.  I didn't make the bustle pillow, but I took a small pillow I had and stitched some ribbon to it. 

Photos courtesy of Jason Hansen
Amazingly, the hardest part of this costume was the collar.  Finally, we used an old collared white shirt to attach our collar.  We wanted the collar to be high. 

Photos courtesy of Jason Hansen
The costume works so well because of how perfect my sister is to be Jane.  Please note that these photos were taken by my talented brother, Jason.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Goals and New Projects

This blog started out as a way to show what crafts and projects I did as well as promote my Etsy shop.  Well, I don't have anything in my Etsy shop and have other things taking my time in my life.  So now, this blog will just show what new craft projects I have been up to and other fun things to share.  I hope you enjoy it.

I wanted to show one of my first big sewing projects in a really long time.  My sweet sister asked me to help her make a Lady Gaga Origami dress for her Halloween costume.

I was so touched and nervous.  I told her I would love to and that I would do my best.  I had so much help from my mother-in-law who is just a wiz at sewing.  (She can do anything and it looks wonderful).  I am so grateful to her for her help.

We had to make some changes to the basic dress design (add sleeves, add length, etc).   I used the McCall m6027 pattern (which I would love to just make myself a dress like this someday) and combined the sleeves from B to the dress pattern of C & D.  We used taffeta so that the fabric would be stiff enough to stick out.  It was a lot of fun and in the end it turned out great (which makes sense because my sister makes the dress great).

My sister was wonderfully patient since I finished most of the dress except the hem the day before I had my baby.  She and my mom finished the hem for me.  Thanks you two.

To give you all something to look forward to, I am making a felt playhouse for my daughter for Christmas.  My sister-in-law made one for her daughter and she loved it.  She got the idea from Homemade by Jill.  So stay tuned!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Canopy, Hat, and Shoes!

I apologize for not posting for a long time. I have some new things to show you all. I have been working on a lot of different projects varying from sewing to crocheting.

First, I love infant canopies. I see great fabrics at the store and I just think which ones will look best together and can't wait to make them. The fabric for this canopy, Blue Dots, I have loved for a long time, but couldn't quite find the right accenting fabric to go with it until now.

This canopy has the very popular dark brown background with varying shades and sizes of blue dots. I just love it. It is perfect for a little baby boy or girl! The reverse side fabric is a light blue with a small sized floral design. They just went hand in hand. Please let me know what you think about it.
My next project to tell you about (I will be getting pictures soon. My daughter doesn't want her picture taken at this time) is something that I haven't made since high school. I love fleece beanie hat for wintertime. I had a white and blue pattern fleece hat that I made in high school and I love to wear it.

A year after I made the hat, I found the same pattern, but with pink instead of blue, but I didn't buy it because I was trying to save money. I have been seeing the pattern for over six years now and I was finally able to buy it. I bought enough material to make a hat and matching scarf. I decide to wait to make the matching scarf and make a matching hat for my daughter!
I am so excited for winter to come (and I don't like winter). We are going to wear it to Temple Square in Salt Lake City. As a family, we go to see the lights on the trees most years. This will be the first year my daughter will see them and she will be absolutely warm and adorable!

My last project to share are a pair of crocheted shoes that I made using Anna Virginia's pattern for piggy peeps she posted on If you haven't seen Anna's amazing creative ideas, you must check them out here. I am amazed at her creativity and ideas! I didn't know yarn could look so adorable and professional. She has many darling patterns for sale. Please check out her stuff. My shoes that I made just for my daughter are shown below.

I had a great time making them. I only wish my daughter would keep them on!

Monday, August 16, 2010

More Minky Blankets Available

I just posted two new crinkle, ribbon, minky blankets at Lu Blu Designs.
The following pictures are of the newest blankets. Please check them out. Even though the flannel pattern is the same, the ribbon patterns and choices are different. I would love any feedback on these. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Taggy-Like Blankets

I have made some taggy-like blankets. Other names you may have hear of for these blankets are: sensory blankets, ribbon blankets, crinkle blankets, etc.
These blankets allow babies to use their senses. The blankets have crinkle material inside for babies to enjoy rustling. On the outside, minky dot fabric allows for the baby to touch a soft texture and a colorful flannel panel on the other side for the baby to see.
Along the edges, ribbons stick out. The ribbons are a variety of colors, textures, and sizes to allow babies to experience different tactile sensations.
I have seen babies enjoy this simple, interesting toy. The squeals of joy are adorable to hear.