Children Backpack Pattern #3

Made to fit her taste, with colors, fabrics and applications chosen by her. It isn’t a school backpack because she is already too big for that. It is a jealousy backpack because I made two for Teresa (here) and she wanted one for herself. She is a girl who loves bags, little bags, big bags and all sorts of bags and she spends hours shoving everything in her bags and so I decided to make her will.

It took a long time to get ready, so long that I lost count of time and somewhere along the way I also lost enthusiasm I needed for ending it. Nothing that has not been resolved and that so here it is the backpack!

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Rapunzel or Little red Riding Hood

This year I promised myself that Carnival would have less stress. Of course for that to happen I have to realize a few months in advance what costumes will the girls want to wear. And of course, do not go on adventures to make an equal costume for me.

This year I managed Mafalda ti pick her cosyume in early January, after the holidays were over. Of course she was still on the wave of Rapunzel and this was her choice. For Teresa I had not thought of doing anything, because I still have a clown suit I made for Mafalda when she was the same age, but being a true democrat Mafalda thought that if I was going to make her a new costume I had to make a new one for her sister. Sweet fraternal solidarity.

The choice of Little Red Riding Hood was mine though Teresa liked the idea. Actually I didn’t want to make another princess costume and I realizes that I had never done any character from a children’s folktale.

Materials gathered the rest was more or less improvised. Funny that things keep get easier each time we are making them. This time I found myself changing the Rapunzel’s dress pattern with ease and without hesitation, and more, I found myself thinking that the instructions lead to an absurd waste of time and unnecessarily complicated sewing!

This Rapunzel costume is more like a princess version rather than inspired on the Tangled (movie) made by Disney. I’ve tryed to find purple fabrics rather than this lilac, I didn’t found any compatible materials so I had to go with lilac as it is. The original pattern has an organza overskirt that I’ve decided to keep, because I thought Mafalda would really like it, although I used a carnival tulle with golden touches. The bodice of the dress was made of crystal velvet to be warmer and the sleeves were made of satin for the same reason. I used eyeletson on the bodice of the dress and it was a pleasant surprise because for the first time I managed to make it perfect, but for some reason less clear, this was also the first time I remembered to use a hammer to help in the process!

Mafalda was very proud of the braid and I think it would be enough for her to wear the big yellow braid and the flowers. The pity is that she and her little school friends manage to almost drestroy it. It looked like my hair when I wake up!

Teresa costume was made more by intuition. For the skirt I used the simplest circular skirt overlapped with the elastic, no extra seams, though to use less fabric I had cut two pieces of fabric instead of one. I made a red tulle skirt but I hadn’t enough tulle to lift the skirt as I wanted, but still helped compose the set.

The hood was done very intuitively and used a crystal velvet to do so. Has linen and It closes with a lace in the front. The apron was a treat! For the upper side I did not do anything, I dressed Teresa with her clothes just to make sure she kept warmer because Carnival here is in the Winter and we were on the day before playing in the snow! Teresa is always very supportive when it comes to taking pictures and never says no, never runs away stays in the positions I ask her to stay, but almost never I get her to smile when she knows I’m taking pictures. So this should be the Little Red Riding Hood when comes home to her mother after being eaten by the wolf!

Tooth Fairy #1

After her 5th birthday her first tooth began to wag. Two months later the tooth has finnaly fallen, for her great joy, and now she proudly boasts an empty space where once had a small tooth. More proudly yet because the new tooth has started to rise, it was behind the old one and not underneath as expected. So tonight she left the tooth under her pillow and when she woke up this morning she found a bag full of coins!

During these two months I has time to prepared the ideal place to keep her teeth and create a memory that later she can give value.

The first thing I did was a fairy doll and her cloths in the colors Mafalda choosed, and more than out of my imagination, this litle fairy was totally born out of my hands, has I made it without plan or pattern. I then made a record card to record the day each tooth falls in the same way I’ve recorded the days on which each tooth was born.

And it seemed to me that the set was not complete and so I made a kind of sleeping bag for the little fairy to rest while she waits patiently for the other teeth to fall.

Mafalda still only saw the fairy and took a lot of exercise to keep her away from the doll has she insists on taking the doll to bed with her. Today she will have a big surprise when she finally sees the final result!

School Project

This was the first year that I had to do a craft projec for Teresa take to school.

It was asked for parents to make a Xmas decoration with a kid sock and with a Christmas message.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? The truth is that it took me days to decide what to do and then even more days to make it, and today finally Teresa took proudly, her socks to school.

I guess my big problem was coming across a good half dozen of already ready socks in the next day, they arrested my inspiration in the symbols of Christmas. I thought of angels, trees, stars, Santa…

And then I decided to keep it simple and make not one but two socks as a symbol of sharing, unite them with a ribbon as a symbol of the family, and sprinkle them with small sequins like if the socks were a Christmas tree. The pompoms aside always make me remember the wool socks and therefore were required element.

Who knew that a project so simple could be so complicated! But I was happy with the result, and so did she.

Costume Maker

Being a mother is beeing a lot of things, and in my case beeing a Costume maker is one of the facets of motherhood.

Mafalda will play the role of a rich woman in a small theater play and her teacher asked me to make a dress of rich awoman, but not too lush.

With these guidelines went to a local fabric store looking for cheap fabrics I could use to make the dress. I didn´t used any pattern. I simply use my imagination to envision the dress, make the most out of the resources I had had and improvise the pattern on her body.

For the body of the dress I used a sweater 2 sizes below her size, I took it from the pile of clothes that no longer fits her. The idea was to get a sweater with a 2/4 of sleeve and it not too long so I could sew the skirt on it. I made a simple skirt with an overlay, which I sewed to the sweater. And added a ribbon I bought for 1 €. The sleeves of the sweater were also embelished with the ribbon but I cut the threads because it looked too heavy on her. The jacket was onother finding on my fabric store, I bought about 1m of fabric per € 2.95 and is a beautiful knit fabric with a golden thread. I cut the coat pattern directly on her body, cut the fabric and sewed. Also applied the ribbon on the back of the coat to absorb the sweater down and keep the aspect of bolero at the breast.

The result satisfied me and her even more. The teacher loved it. My little star will shine in her performance, and at the end of the day all that matters is to see her grow so happily.

Cloth Diapers #1

Occasionally I return to cloth diapers making, but gone are the times when I made then to the rhythm of the tides. Still can not get enough of doing them, just keep thoses babies coming into the world!

I’m not sure if arround the world people use this cloth diappers. I know that here in Portugal and in Brazil too, people do use them kind of a burp cloth and as a sun cover in the stroller. It’s part of all the essencial baby stuff, a must have!

Children Backpack Pattern #2

Another backpack. The more I make the simpler they get to do! The monkey was a request of Bia, and the colors are my responsibility, but almost guarantee success, as it has green and orange, the favorite colors of her mom!

For this backpack I choose to use a dark blue jeans, a dot print fabric and a white corduroy.

I used my own piping cord and loved the result. Makes a beautiful highlight and because it’s in the same print it doesn’t add more visual information to the backpack but it highlights it. I not always enjoy working with prints so intense, especially when the project involves other parts overlapping and other elements to combine, because it becomes hard to find the point at which visual information is the necessary and sufficient, without beeing to excessive or to little.

The fabric liner is the same as that of the outer pocket and has a small interior pocket.

The has a melted plastic zipper with large teeth and is easy to slide, as it’s meant to be easily used by children.

The Monkey apliqque is in the exterior pocket, that opens and closes with Velcro tape. It is made of felt because no I didn’t found a fabric that would work best as a monkey. The ears are only stitched to the head to give some 3D effect and nostrils are made of two small Fimo buttons made ​​by me. The eyes make this monkey super sweet!

I used another of my Fimo buttons, just to make it oh! so charming!

The bag for the change of clothing is made ​​in the same printed fabric of the backpack and has an application in the mouth of brown bias tape, just to make the set.

Everything is ready! I wish a great school year to Bia and to all boys and girls, in particular those who will attend a new school!

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Children Beach Backpack Pattern

This year, Mafalda’s school toke the kids to the beach as they always do but, as they are already grown-ups, they were allowed to take some beach toys, as long as they could be carried in their backpacks, along with the towel, sun cream and a snack.

Of course this was the perfect excuse for making another backpack! This time in terry cloth, because it is great for storing toys filled with sand and still wet, and is easily washable. Moreover is very soft to the touch.

I used some terry cloth leftovers I had from previous projects and as I didn’t had a piece big enough I made a striped backpack. Probably I you would Have done it even if I had enough of one color!

And I made it big because the beach toys occupy too much space, although they are light, and so she can pull them out and put them back in without any help. And the truth is she loves the backpack!

It also has two pockets, one outside and one inside and close in a simple manner with a round closing in a cotton cord.

And the best part is that it didn’t took more than two hours to make!

This is such a simple and usefull project that I decided to make a tutorial for your!

It’s easy, quick to make, original and very satisfying. In this tutorial I’ll find all the steps needed to get to this backpack done! It has 10 pages in a pdf file that you can donwload for your purpose.

Now it’s time to get to work e make this backpack appear for the happiness of your kids!

And of course, fill it with toys and take it to the nearest beach!

Now get to work!

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Burda Style Dress Pattern 06/2012 #3 (PT)

Variations in Blue. Sizes 98cm and 110cm.

The dress is made with the same linen fabric is an unusual blue color. I used an Amy Buttler print fabric to go with it and I have it on my stash for a while but I used it in another project before.

In this one I used a normal flower print and because this is one of the biggest dresses, I’ve made the dress bar bigger that the other ones.

It was quite of a big challenge sew 7 dressed at once! I decided to make them at the same time and cutted all the pattern pieces for the 7 dresses. Then I would make the same pattern step in all the 7 and moved to another step only when the previous 7 were done. I think it spare me some time doing this way rather than if I had done one at the time. But I could get bored with it and ended up having pieces cutted for 7 dresses and only one or two sewed and done!

What about you? What work the best for you? Making each one at a time or organizing things so tou can make several at the sime time? Share with me in the comment box.