At the eleventh hour (unbeknownst to me!) I finished the kids’ Big Brother, Big Sister, and Little Sister shirts.
I had no idea how difficult it is to take a picture of a 4 1/2 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and 5 day old.
The girls seemed to have the modeling bit down. Big brother, not so much.
The shirts themselves are a hand me down onesie and two boys Hanes undershirts. I used my Silhouette to design and cut the lettering onto freezer paper, ironed it onto the shirts, and then painted with fabric paint. Dana from Made has a great tutorial on freezer paper stenciling. It’s very easy to create your own stencils!
These shirts make great gifts for all the kiddos when a new baby comes home. Gives the big ones a sense of pride at their new role as BIG sister or brother.
I have uploaded my studio file and a pdf file to my Google drive to share with my readers.
If you do not have a Silhouette, you can open the PDF file and print onto a piece of freezer paper (available at the grocery store!) and cut out the letters with an exacto knife. Iron it onto your shirt shiny side down and paint with fabric paint.
Hope you give it a try! Let me know if you do!
I finally did it. I made outfits for the kids for a holiday!
The dress was based on the Simple Simon & Co. Vintage School Girl Jumper Tutorial . The Bow Tie is from Delia Create’s Lil Mister Bow Tie Tutorial. I made the hairbow with a bobby pin and extra fabric I had on hand. Easy peasy. Tying the bow tie, however, was NOT easy peasy. Phew! And I was totally up until 11 pm Saturday evening finishing everything up. I even had a panic moment when I realized I could not find any clasps in my notions stash to make the bow tie, so I sacrificed a bikini top and cut the back clasp off of that to make it work. It’s not like I’ll be wearing bikinis any time soon with a baby due in July. ha!
This is not the first matchy matchy outfit I’ve made the kids, and certainly not the last. It’s just too adorable! Their little blond hair and blue eyes in matchy clothes? Ahhh! I can’t take it. I want to pinch them.
A kind worker in Kings World took this family pic for us, about two second before Luke darted away like a madman to his room.
I was a good girl and painstaking made a practice version of the dress about a month ago out of cheap muslin fabric. I probably had Savannah try it on half a dozen times to get the darts and everything else just right. I am so thankful she follows directions well when it comes to dress fittings!
One of my favorite parts of the dress is the buttons down the back. I just happened to have the perfect ones in my stash! A very good thing, considering I was finishing this up well past Joann’s closing time.
Many thanks to Simple Simon & Co for their encouragement and great tutorials!
There are some things that I don’t like matchy matchy- gym clothes for one, particularly those worn by skinny girls who wear makeup to the gym yet never seem to sweat. You might have picked that up from my occasional twitter and facebook rants when I see such atrocities.
But. Matchy matchy kids clothes? Yes PLEASE!
The winter jammie supply was getting low and the stores only seem to have summer items now, so I found enough flannel in my fabric stash that would make two matching pairs. Using a pair of their own pajama pants, I drafted a pattern and was able to whip these up in no time.
Did you know that pajama pants were my first sewing project? After receiving my machine for Christmas 5 years ago, my husband encouraged me to take a sewing 101 class at Joann’s. The class project was pj’s! I’m happy to say that my kids pj pants are much nicer than the pair I made for myself, but that’s what you get with a few more years of experience. And a serger. I serge finished all the edges on these guys and the difference is amazing. Much less bulk, hopefully better wear, and they look more professional overall.
I did have a tough time capturing the kids in them.
Once family movie night starts, they’re not so interested in having their pictures taken.
Oh, well. I think they were the perfect pajama pants to watch the blizzard episode of Little House on the Prairie!
Since most of my sewing projects thus far have been for my daughter, I decided to make my son some President’s Day Gear.
I give you “Washington” or “Some Dude with a Ponytail.” He is cut from a maroon t-shirt that was in the donation/ sewing pile and sewn onto a Garanimals t-shirt I got on clearance for $2.
Dana from Made has some awesome tutorials and downloads to make your own Lincoln and Washington stencils. Her photos are so much more awesome than mine. And it seems that her son likes the whole modeling bit, instead of needing to be bribed with chocolate. Hmm.
But then again, when Angie’s chocolates are just sitting there in the church atrium unattended… what else can you do?
Here is “The Lincoln.” Wait, is that chocolate on the side of his mouth again? Whoops.
I found the green shirt at THE DOLLAR STORE!!! I’ve found it difficult to find a good supply of inexpensive, plain t-shirts for my kids that I can embellish, so I was pumped to find this at the dollar store last week.
How are you celebrating President’s Day?