Category Archives: Kids

Henry’s Go Blue Tee!

Just in time for tonight’s big game against Alabama, I whipped up a Michigan tee for my youngest, using Made by Rae’s Flashback Tee pattern.   Here are her tips for making the tee short-sleeved. 


Henry’s wearing a 18-24month size, but the only Michigan shirts we had in that size were long-sleeved!  Considering it’s in the 80s around here, that just won’t do.   So I ran out to Meijer, snagged a cheap XXL shirt, took it home and scaled it down!  I just kept it as a raw-edged, rolled hem – and used the shirts original neckband.   That made things super easy!  Thanks, Rae!

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Car Quilts

Social media, doing its thing.  My friend Abbey pinned this quilt, also found HERE, and bing bang boom, I was commissioned to make a pair of blankets for her two adorable boys.

I used primarily Riley Blake fabrics.  I was so happy to find the Peak Hour fabric line, as it saved me from having to come up with car appliques on my own.  Instead, I used my method of sewing the outline of the car to a piece of muslin, right sides together.  Then you cut a slit in the muslin, turn the car right-side out, and then trim the muslin to just a quarter-inch seam allowance.   Then you can applique the car onto the quilt-top!  First I did hand-stitching, but then I top-stitched the cars on by machine for added security.   When I was quilting the blanket, I added some quilting to the window of the car for even additional security.

I did double binding.  I love the framing effect, and it’s a nice way to make machine-stitching the binding look attractive.

Abbey’s family just moved back into their home after a year away.  Their house had extensive, heart-breaking damage due to a terrible flood (like – seven feet of standing water kinda terrible), but her husband and their family and friends resurrected their place and things are looking bright!  Hope these quilts bring smiles to a family that has endured a lot, and deserves a break!

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Kid’s Painting Pillows!

By the genius request of my sister-in-law, Lloyd and I got to work making her some pillow covers.  (An alternative for these pillows I made her a while back.)

Lloyd painted some fabric squares with fabric paint.

And I bordered them in a dark purple.

They turned out pretty cute!  (Sorry for the quick pic.  I didn’t get a chance to photograph them before they were gifted!)

I love this idea for a nursery, kids’ bedroom, or floor pillows in a play room!  But of course – they work great for a loving Aunt’s couch, too : )

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