Hurrah for finishing one of the quilts that have been sitting in the craft room! It's been a busy couple of months but I am loving sewing! Here are my finishes from my 2014 Finish-A-Long: Quarter 1 Goals
You have several options with this pattern: Short sleeves, long sleeves, flutter sleeves, shirt or dress. The sizes go from 3 months to size 8.
I had to make two: a short sleeve and a long sleeve, but not until after I made one with the mistake of printing the pattern with the fit to page option selected. The size 3t was closer to the 18 mos. size! So make sure that you don't make my mistake and remember DO NOT select the fit to page or scaling options! This is what happens!
still cute, but oops...
It was great even shrink down, but it didn't fit my little guy... Luckily I had enough of the fabric to make the long sleeve a second time, hurrah for discount fabrics! So... for take two... So much better! (and it fit over his head, phew)
And short sleeve... The facing was so easy to do... I think this shirt is just awesome! It took me about an hour... Cutting out fabric, pressing, messing with the thread, pressing some more. :) It's a fast sew.
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This month's author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Paul Galdone. We have read so many of his books this last month it was so hard picking one! How can you not love a good fairy tale classic retold and illustrated wonderfully?
Our library had so many of his books (some of the ones I had on hold have not been available yet)!
Nikolai seemed to really enjoy it and asks to read it every day. :) I am so glad that he loves to read.
Because of the banana tree that Turtle finds and plants, I decided to pick up a flower plant from the store to transplant. I wanted to build on the understanding of why Monkey's half of the banana tree did not grow. We discussed this during the reading, that a plants needs roots in order to live, but it is not a topic or concept that we have really gone over before.
Learning About Plants: An Intro to Plants and their Parts
What you need:
a small plant such as a flower or herb
a pot to replant
coloring page or printable book for parts of plants
1. looking at the plant in it's container before you take it out, talk about what you see naming the parts of the plant (stem, leaves, flower). Have your child gently feel and smell the plant.
2. Before you take the plant out, make a hypothesis, encourage your child to discuss what he/she thinks is below the soil
3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot, point out the roots talking about the child's thoughts/hypothesis. Feel the roots, look at them. Use this time to talk about how the roots work. We drank a glass of water to help understand what roots do.
4. replant the plant
5. color the book/coloring page talking about what was seen and noticed about the plant. we used this booklet here and he just likes to keep re-reading and pointing to the parts of the plants. :)
The cool thing about this is that you have the plant to continue watering and revisiting later. :)
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I got to sew up some swimsuits for Samara! Yay! The Peek-a-Boo Pattern ShopAloha Burn Blocker. These are super cute, and so much better than a bikini for a baby. Yeah, I don't even really put a bikini on me, let alone put one on my baby girl.
How cute is this little surfer suit?
I have to say that sewing with swimsuit fabric... super hard! It is so slippery!
The directions are great and easy to follow too. She gives some suggestions with sewing the zipper onto the fabric (like not using a zipper foot) makes it so much easier!
I love the fabric! Hurrah for the local discount fabric shop! Swim fabric at Hancock Fabrics was 16.99/yard! The blue at the discount shop was 5.99/yard and the purple was 2.99/yard! Not UPF rated, but that's ok. I set up the umbrella and douse the sunscreen. Or you can head over to Amazon and search for UPF fabric by the yard.
After sewing the short sleeve one, the long sleeve one was much easier!
Looking at these makes me wish we were close to a beach!
The pattern is being released TODAY (3-6) and is on sale for today only too!