OH I AM SO EXCITED! I love these butterfly wings. I found the tutorial here, from one of the sewing blogs I follow. The only thing I really did any different is I used a black fabric marker to draw on some butterfly wing patterns. I really like the result. And it was super easy to do.
I had about a quarter of a yard of white fleece I've been carting around forever (I have a hard time throwing cloth away) that I finally found a use for. We were asked to be on a float in our town's Christmas Parade, and, although this is Texas, I knew it would be cold (unfortunately it was so cold and windy that Ellie and I ended up not doing it, but still...). So the night before I googled for a baby fleece hat pattern and used this one (basically), to make this cute little cap.
When I first made it I centered the earflaps directly on the sides, but when I put it on her I realized they would work a lot better if they were a little farther back. So when we got home I picked out the flaps and adjusted them back about an inch. And I embroidered a cute little snowflake on the front.
So here it is in its finished state. Instead of string that tie under, I attached a snap to the end of the tie and the other side of the flap so it just snaps together. I would have prefered to use some velcro, but I'm all out. I also used a decorative wave stitch on my machine in pink to edge to ear flaps, the tie, and the top of the brim. I love it and it was super easy to do. I would say all total it took me about 30 minutes.
I decided to make capes for my nephews this year for Christmas. It was super easy and I know they'll get a lot of use out of them. I used flannel, because it was on sale mostly. I appliqued the monogram emblems together using iron-on fusing and then topstiched around them to secure them. As a side note, when doing letters, next time I would trace the letter, cut it out in a square, do the iron-on and then cut out the letter. I accidently nearly fused the letter to the ironing board because I cut the letters out first and then attached a square of iron-on fusing. Anyway. I hemed the edges and then made ties and attached them. I took me perhaps 4 hours to do all three.
But I'm mostly excited about the bib. My nephew Preston is only a few months old, and he obviously couldn't use a cape right now. But my mother-in-law suggested the bib idea and I thought it was perfect. If I were to make another one, I'd do a few things differently (like attach the velcro before I sewed the whole thing together, whoops). And this time I cut out the emblem and the neck loop seperately and then attached them instead of making it one whole piece. I just wasn't thinking clearly, obviously. Anyway, I think they turned out great. Now on to make butterfly wings for my nieces!
I love my life. I have a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter, terrific parents, in-laws, brothers, friends, and extended family. I've had fantastic experiences thus far and look forward to having more. I have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I love it.