Monday, March 8, 2010

Applique Addiction in the Making

One of the things that really made me want to start sewing was to be able to make things my way. I always seen things and thought I would like that so much better if... Applique had been on my long lists of got to try for a while. The great thing about applique is its easy to make it your way. I have read all about how to do it and finally worked up the courage to give it a go. I wanted to make something for my son...I hate to say this but when it comes to cute boy clothes out there the selection kind of bites...I mean seriously you have a small section of boy clothes and usually a massive section of girl clothes. It never fails when I go shopping for my son I see very few things that make me think "SO CUTE" but then there are lots of things in the girl section that make me think that way. Since I can't go putting anything pink and frilly on my son it became my mission to make something for my son that rocked my socks. After deciding it was a boy project then I had to find fabric. That only took me 2 weeks to find. When I finally found the fabric I fell in love with it. I love polka dots. However polka dots aren't always very boyish...but this fabric was. Of course I only bought 1/4 of a yard. I was trying to be good and not hoard fabric. I liked it so much though that I really want to make a quilt with it and went back and guess what...its gone. All of it. When I bought it the roll was full. Now they don't know if they will get anymore back in... Does this kind of random torture only happen to me?? I however have sucked it up and moved on with my life (sniffle-sniffle). Who would have thought that finding the fabric would be the easy part. Next I had to choose the shape to applique onto the shirt. I am the queen of it took me a month. I went through every idea under the sun. It had to be cute but it had to be all boy. I went through so many ideas and saved a few because it just didn't do the fabric I chose justice... finally the inspiration came that I needed. My baby shower is coming up in April. My sister has claimed this shower. She wasn't happy that she wasn't allowed to throw the first shower due to my Grandmother's etiquette rule about family not throwing the shower. So when we found out I was pregnant again and seen the gleam of determination in my sisters eye...everyone backed off. They let her have it...even Grandmother. My sister apparently has been thinking about this one a long time because she has it all pretty much planned...and really doesn't care if I have an opinion about it or not. Normally I would have an opinion since I have that type A control freak personality...but being pregnant with a gigantic baby and having a 1 year old who's life mission is to wear me out from the time he opens his eyes in the morning till he closes them at night has beat the opinion out of me...on some things. So my shower will be Pirate themed. My only request was that it be fun silly colorful pirate and not dark scary pirate. So my silly skull was born. Check out the ragged edges I made on the skull..I just love it. I satin stitched the mouth and gave him colorful buttons for eyes. Its not bad for a first attempt at applique and guess what. Its "SO CUTE" and it rocks my socks so mission accomplished! Plus I am also planning to make one for me to wear with a little skull over my bump...that way baby brother isn't left out either. Unfortunately this was not pictured worn by the model it was meant for...he doesn't want to take his pjs off right now and I am fighting a bout of morning sickness so I gave up. But I could not wait to show it off! I am linking up to the parties below. Stop by and check out what everyone else has been making.

The Girl Creative

Creative Mom's Blog Hop @ Kindred Spirit Mommy


The Trendy Treehouse

Keeping It Simple

Sumo Sweet Stuff

Creations by Kara

Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Life in the Pitts




Anonymous said...

That is so so wicked cute!

Kaysi said...

That is so fun! I love the button eyes

Angie Holden said...

So very cute!! Aren't boys fun??

Southern Fried Gal said...

Too cute! Both my boys (6yo and husband) would approve, too. Have a blessed week!

Unknown said...

Love it! I truly don't know how you manage to sew w/a toddler, tho. When 2-1/2 yr old grandson visit, everything comes to a halt - 'cept him.
Yeah, I guess I do spoil him - a bit;)
Can't wait to see pics of your shower! Think it's a darling idea.

Maggie Muggins said...

I love the button eyes too! This is really good, I wouldn't have known it was your first time!

Mrs. Sanchez said...

Yup. There is nothing more than a fruitless shopping trip to make me want to make my own clothes (exactly how I want to do it).

I found you via FF and am following.

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Jamee said...

I love your appliques so cool!! i just might have to get up and do some!!

Rhonda said...

Hi there. I've just found your blog and love it. I am now Following your blog...Doing things your own way is great....good for you.
I'll pop back by often.....pop over to my blog when you get a chance.....Take care.

seven thirty three said...

Super cute! I am a do-it-my-own-way type of girl too!

Thanks for linking up today.


Helena said...

This is so great! I love it. And I just found a new link party, and I thought you might want to link this project up to it. It's for boy-inspired crafts!

Thank you for linking up with A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Very cute and BOY! I have a son so I love all crafts that are for boys! : )

Unknown said...

So cute! Thanks for linking up this week

Jamee said...

hey cas, I love it and featuring it on my blog today