Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

15 March 2016

little fox

I have been playing around with making linocuts to stamp fabric first project is this little fox, which is now listed at our Mama Collaborative etsy shop!  

I'm really enjoying making simple prints and can't wait to try out other ideas. 

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27 January 2016

what i've been crafting...

scrappy hot pads
scrappy bib/burpcloth 
chamomile ginger soap

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19 January 2016

what we've been working on

We've been busy creating and crafting here.  And if you follow our instagram, you've probably seen all of these projects.  (@oldgatesfarm)

I am trying out some small organic cotton washcloths on my loom.  Hopefully they wash up well--and don't shrink too much--or I'll have a lot of tiny washcloths. 

We read a book about Harriet Powers, a quilter, and M wanted to make a story quilt about wolves.  It was his first time using the sewing machine (with a little help from mama).  

The mermouse and book from Slate Falls Press is for little Farmgirl's birthday.  It came as a kit add-on to the book.  It was quick and fun to make.

The boys converted an old garden cart into a wagon for their cub cadet.  I'm sure it will be very useful this spring and summer.

What are you busy working on?

22 October 2015


I've been knitting up these Blue Leaf headbands with peace fleece yarn and both branch buttons and these lovely buttons from Natalie.  A quick, fun knit.

Also, I finally finished Z's birthday quilt.  He loved a small patchwork blanket that my sister gave me, and he also loves Johnson Wool (still made in VT!), so I bought their scraps (pre-cut into 8 inch squares and available by the pound) to make a wool patchwork quilt.  I used a very soft, flannel flat sheet that was an unused spare we had as the back.  

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08 September 2015

rainbow unicorn

M's best buddy has decided to have a "rainbow unicorn party" for her 5th birthday.
I envisioned making a unicorn gift (thinking of a friend's wonderful creations), but I'm not good enough at sewing to make my own pattern.  I found a good pattern in DelilahIris etsy shop and used supplies I had on hand.  

With pipe cleaners in the legs, it stands quite well and I'm very happy how it turned out.  Fenna loves it too and wanted me to take a picture of her with it. 

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20 January 2015

phyllis mouse

Our little farmgirl is turning 2 tomorrow!  It is so bittersweet for me.  I love the little person she is becoming, but I'm so sad that my baby is growing so fast!

Last year, I made her a Maggie Rabbit, which she just recently started to carry around and love.  This year, I decided to make her Phyllis Mouse (which I'm guessing she may end up calling Maisy, since we are all fans of Maisy books here).  

Hoping little Fenna feels much better for her birthday tomorrow!  She is the final one in the house to end up getting the stomach bug.  (It did end up going through all of the kids).

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30 December 2014


Here is the jumper I mentioned last week.  Because I don't know how to make buttonholes, I just stitched on snaps with homemade wooden buttons sewn on (can't really see in the photo).
The pocket is felt with a larger homemade button.  For a non-sewing mama, a warm flannel jumper that fits = success!  

The cowl is one that I whipped up for a friend's birthday.  It was so quick and I love how it turned out.  The pattern is posted in the "notes" section of the ravelry link.

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13 November 2014

cuppow cozies

I've been absent from the blog because we've been busy putting up the last of our harvest, preparing for a visit from my parents and working on items for our annual holiday farmers' market (the two days after Thanksgiving).  
This year, I'm making more "small" items for the farmers' for $20 or less.
I won a cuppow from a blog giveaway and love it!  I love it so much that I ordered some to sell at the craft fair with sewn and knitted cozies.  These are some of the sewn cozies that I'm bringing to the market.  I also listed them on our etsy page

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07 October 2014

mason jar pin cushions

I've been working on some mason jar pin cushions for our holiday farmers' market in November.  
I had made one for a friend last winter and she loved it.  Filled with old wooden spools or an assortment of buttons (or even a little sewing kit, if I can gather enough supplies for that), I think they will be great little gifts for that holiday market.

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24 June 2014

sewn with love

My friends and I do little gifts for eachother on our birthdays...often homemade.  
I have so little time right now, but wanted to give my friend a cuppow lid and canning jar filled with her favorite tea, wrapped in a knitted cozy.  The cozy just didn't happen.
And then, it hit me that sewing one would be so much quicker!  
I picked out some fabric scraps that I thought she would like and use a covered button and hair elastic to fasten it.  It's lined with natural quilt batting.  I love the way it turned out!

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27 May 2014

a little sewing

I'm not skilled at sewing, but I had bought this adorable strawberry fabric a while ago and imagined a summer dress for Fenna.
A friend of mine had a pattern that I liked and I used it for size, but then just improvised with the reversible layer and the pocket on the front.  Because I don't know how to sew buttonholes, I sewed snaps to close it with buttons over the snaps.

It's a bit big for her, but I'll try and snap a photo of her in it the next time she wears it.  

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11 February 2014

sewing gift

The pictures are a bit dark--we've had some cloudy days here.  But I made a little birthday gift for a sewing friend of mine.  I used cardboard to glue the fabric to, but next time I'm going to try and do it with a canning lid instead.  I filled it with wooden spools of thread (left in our home when we bought it) and I just love the way it turned out.  (She loved it, too) :)

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14 January 2014

designed by zenon

I wanted to make Fenna a birthday crown and had planned to hand-stitch a rainbow.
But Zenon, our 6 year old, had another idea and drew it up for me.
He is very happy with the results (and wants a similar one for his upcoming birthday).

27 December 2013

handmade holiday (a little late)

I meant to post this much earlier this month...
I wanted to find an advent calendar for us to use each year.  I looked at buying a wooden one but then I thought about searching online for a fabric panel.  I found the perfect one (for us) on etsy.
Very simple to sew (I am a novice sewer).  Many of the small fabric pieces have activities for the kids to do (ice skate, cut snowflakes, read a christmas story) and for the ones that didn't have activities, I'd put a small chocolate or have a different craft for them to do.  I'm very happy with how it turned out!

04 September 2013

next up:

grape jelly!

(And those sweet little pants were another project this week--can you tell fall is coming?  lots more time for crafting!)   Joining Nicole this week.