Monthly Archives: May 2014


This was such a quick and easy project. I loved the Fabric Bin Tutorial on Birch Fabrics. If I'd have had all the supplies I needed (oops) and more focused time, I could have easily finished the project in a day.

I feel like it's a little risky to post about a gift before giving the gift, but yeah. I guess I'm just too excited to have a finished project to share.

I have a friend with a nearly 2-year-old who happens to love Charley Harper art. In fact, she used some of Harper's art in decorating her son's room. I wasn't familiar with Charley Harper until she educated me two years ago, so naturally, I think of her whenever I see the Charley Harper fabrics. When I saw the fabric bin tutorial I thought voila! Charley Harper Fabric Bins!!

Like I said, they went together pretty easily. I had a bit of trouble smoothly adhering the Pellon to the fabric which made me thankful it was attached to the inner fabric. ;-) And the fabric/Pellon really got wrinkled up when turning it after sewing the inner and outer fabrics together. When I ironed the folded over top edge I also steamed the sides a bit and I was very happy with the finished look.

Here are some pictures of the finished bins. I can just imagine them filled up with blocks and matchbox cars and trains.

Charley Harper Fabric Bins1Charley Harper Fabric Bins3Charley Harper Fabric Bins4Charley Harper Fabric Bins5Charley Harper Fabric Bins7Charley Harper Fabric Bins8Charley Harper Fabric Bins9I've linked up to Fabric Frenzy Friday.


I saw these cute Fabric Bins and immediately thought of the Charley Harper fabric. So I bought some. Today I got a chance to cut the fabric for the bins. Tomorrow I'll make a quick run to the store for the Pellon 809 Decor-Bond and once I cut out those three pieces I'll be ready to sew!

outside pieces
outside pieces
inside pieces
inside pieces
pairings of fabric
pairings of fabric

I hope to have some completed bins to show you really soon!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


Last year I started the tradition of making The Girl a new outfit for her party. When we decided on the theme for this year's party, I just knew that I should get myself some of the cute Urban Zoologie Ladybug fabric. I ordered a variety of potential accompanying red patterns and settled on Riley Blake's Medium Chevron in Red and Black to go with. Knowing the pieces will be worn together and separate I stuck to the ladybug fabric for the top and the chevron for the shorts. The top was my first piece using a Brownie Goose pattern, the Lazy Susan. Details here on my process. I look forward to making a dress with this pattern.  I love the boat neck and flutter sleeves. (And the versatility that it can be done with or without flutter sleeves, with a split bodice, with multiple fabrics, etc.) The shorts are a 4" inseam version of the Parsley Pants by Made by Rae. Same pattern you've seen here and here. Other than shortening them, I kept them basic. They have a flat-front waist, but no pockets. But OMG, why did I choose chevrons for pants! In the end I'm pleased with how well the patterns matched up, but it was touch and go there for a while.

ladybug outfitladybug top bodice detailladybug top side viewladybug outfit back viewThe Girl in ladybug topchevron shorts

I wanted to make The Boy a coordinating piece. I've previously only made him pants and a vest. I wanted to do something different, so I made The Bowling Shirt, by Scientific Seamstress. I wish I wasn't so crunched for time that I was finishing it the morning of the party, but it went together without incident. I was very happy with the pattern and instructions. This was my first time making a shirt like this. First collar. First inset sleeves. (I've only done flutter sleeves before.) I'll TOTALLY make this pattern again. And like the Lazy Susan, it has a bunch of variations to choose from to change it up.


Ladybugs: The Girl and The BoyLadybugs: The Girl and The Boy back view

Thanks for looking! See the rest of the party details in yesterday's post.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Handmade Tuesdays and Show and Tell Tuesday.