We went to a birthday party today, so I spent some time at the sewing machine this weekend. I wanted to do these gifts up last week, but I was too depressed by the utter disaster area of my sewing room. I think one night I went in to clean it and just curled up in a ball and napped. Just the thought of tackling it made me sleepy.
Anyway, the first gift was a pillow. My kid loves pillows and I think it is adorable when she puts her little head on one. The birthday girl's room is animal themed and her initials are G and E and since I had these furry animal appliques (courtesy of my mom), I decided to make up a coordinating pillow for her. One is side is an elephant and the other side is a giraffe.
I debated for a while on the background fabric. I wanted to do a dark blue brocade for the elephant, but in the end I went with the pajama fabric and just used one pillow for both animals.
As for constructing the pillow itself...that caused me a bit of sewing anxiety. Why? Measuring! I hate measuring things sometimes. It was a 12" pillow form, so I had to decide what size square to cut. I read all these things and they kept saying I needed an 11" square, but that absolutely baffled my brain, so I cut the square at 13", I think. Obviously it is not taut on the form, but I think it is still okay.
Next up, I used a vintage (possibly 1980s...is that considered vintage now?) pattern from Butterick. It only came in size large, which is supposed to fit a 22 to 26 pound kid. My fifteen month old is about 26 pounds, so I figured it would fit her and the one year old would grow into it.
I made the little yellow dress, though they call it a jumper. I skipped the little panties, because I'm afraid of elastic. I'm also afraid of buttonholes and I had to tackle that. Yikes.
I revisited the prairie bonnet and created a little matching hat. It's a pretty sweet little dress. I worry that the buttons are a little heavy. I followed the pattern directions and added two buttons to each strap so that it can be adjusted. I lined it with the sweetest little print.
I've had the lining in my stash for ages and I was so happy to find the perfect project for it. It's so soft and snuggly.
And I made a little card. Nothing fancy.
Oh...did I say there was a bonus? There is! I made another little dress and bonnet to keep!
The main print was purchased when I first started sewing and was convinced that every single fabric I saw should be turned into an apron. This never met that fate and, instead, sat in my closet for five years. I lined it with a little calico.
And here's me in the car frantically trying to install the snaps on our way to the party.
One of the holes got ripped when I tried to pry up the incorrectly installed snap. I did two females instead of a male and a female, so I had to fix that in the car.