With 2013 coming to a close, I was thinking about the new year and what projects are in store for 2014! I As I was imagining new projects, I guess you could say I was reminiscing (which was a really hard word to spell...thank you Spell Check for your help) through the projects I posted from 2013. What a journey my Baby Lock machines and I have had this year!
I was pregnant with my son, Logan, at the start of the year and was working on his "Under the Sea" room and made my first Changing Table Mattress Cover and it was so easy! An added bonus: you can make them for so much cheaper!
Then, we move to February and had fun with a simple, girly, Gathered Skirt for Valentine's Day (but, could be fun for any holiday really)!
This little number rang in as my most popular Pinterest post of the year (2013) with 692 pins! It's such a fun Diaper Bag to make and the fabric possibilities are endless! It's rather rewarding when it's finished, as well...hard to believe it's handmade, really!
And, to go with the above Diaper Bag, a Diaper Changing Pad that cleans easily with clear vinyl on one side (that was new for me, I had never sewn on vinyl before) and includes a handy pocket for a small wipes case.
I also made my first 2 Youtube videos on the Baby Lock Sewing Machine Ruffler Foot in 2013! I am hoping that I can post AT LEAST 2 more this year! It was so fun; I wished I had been able to post more!
My son made his debut March 29, 2013 and as my husband is somewhat of a superhero nut, we've had some fun with it...
Continuing in baby mode, I used my Baby Lock Evolution (which is fantastic, BTW) to easily serge, or finish, the edge of receiving blankets, a bib, and a burp cloth to give as a gift and show you how in the Serged Baby Blanket, Bib, and Burp Cloth Tutorial. Then, I demonstrated how to add some fun embellishments by adding a gathered ribbon or appliqueing a big letter.
This pretty lil dress tutorial came in as my second highest with 322 pins. I took a skirt that hung in my closet for a long long time and turned it into a dress for my daughter. I loved the fabric, but, couldn't seem to find a shirt (nor spent the time to find one) to go with it...so, it became a dress. I just love it so much!
My sister had a baby boy this past February (actually, on the 14th!), and this was the baby blanket that I made for him. I so wish the picture could show you the wonderful texture that the blanket offers in person (if only my sewing expertise could give my photography some talent)! I used a lightweight corduroy and a textured fleece/snuggle fabric. The combination of the fabrics is so rich and snuggly! It's such a Chic Baby Blanket!
St. Louis loves their baseball! So, out of all the excitement, comes baseball projects! This tutorial, not only shows you how to make this Baseball Bib and Burp Cloth, but, also, how to use the wing needle and create some fun texture with it and decorative stitches.
The Cloth Diaper Wet Bag tutorial came in at number 3 in Pins out of my 2013 tutorials.
The project below marks the beginning of when I decided to re-do my daughter's bedroom. She had moved to a big girl twin bed when I was pregnant earlier in the year and I had merely bought a bedding set for her to save on time (it's a lot of work to sew for a bedroom). The bedding set that I had purchased started to fray and fade in several spots...which, in turn, made me angry that I had spent the money on something so poorly made, especially when I could have made it myself! So, that's what I did...I scrapped the first bedroom set (actually sold it for a cheap price on Craigslist) and made a completely new one...starting with the Easy Piece-y Valance Tutorial.
And a cute and easy ribbon Trimmed Pillowcase to go with the bedding set...
Took a break for a Christmas project! Oh man, this Ruffled Tree Skirt for the Baby Lock Gift Guide (check it out, I'm on page 5!) was so fun! I got to use my favorite foot: the Ruffler Foot to make all of those gathered ruffles!
I then, picked right back up again with the Twin Comforter Blanket Tutorial...and, I pretty much love how it turned out (and I know that it won't fall apart any time soon)! 😀
Another fun tutorial I have coming soon is how to add piping to a pillow and also, how to make this flower embellishment (shown below)! More bedroom projects to come in the New Year!
What a year it's been! My husband has been working 2 jobs this past year and will be transitioning to full time personal training Jan. 2 (we are more than looking forward to him only working one job)! I will still be blogging with Totally Stitchin' (yay!!), taking care of the kids, and working the home business, The Sewing Corner (if you live in the St. Charles County, MO, check it out www.sewcorner.com)! This will be my 3rd year writing for Totally Stitchin'! I can't believe it's already been 2 full years...what a blessing and blast it has been. I've learned so much and am anticipating doing the same in the new year!
From my family to yours: Happy New Year! May you see many blessings this year!
Photo taken by J Marie Photography