Swedish Tracing Paper

I’m officially one step closer to becoming a pattern drafter/clothing designer/person with any ounce of creativity.  I just ordered some Swedish Tracing Paper.  I’m really excited.  It’s basically for tracing patterns, pattern alterations, and pattern design.  I was deciding between the STP and medical exam table paper (like the stuff on the tables at the doctor’s office that’s on a big roll), but I thought I’d try the STP first.  You can sew on it which is good for drafting patterns, and it’s a bit wider than you can get with the exam table paper.  And since I’ll have to wait for it to arrive, it’ll be good motivation to finish up some other projects that I’ve been putting off.  This is what it looks like (no big surprises, it looks like tracing paper):

Baby Sling Pattern

I made this simple baby sling after Wyatt was born and although he didn’t really like it (translation: hated it), I thought the pattern was good.  I just did mine single layered because I used a home-decor weight fabric and I didn’t want it to be too hot for him in Arizona, but you can also make them with a lining.  You can find the pattern here.  It’s the same site that I got the shopping cart cover pattern from.  The author calls it a “pouch” sling.

Applique tutorial.

You’ve gotta check out this tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew!  She does a wonderful tutorial on machine appliqueing.  It is very thorough, and gives all the information a person needs to know.  I’m so glad I came across it tonight because I’ve been trying to think of a special gift to make for a friend that’s having a baby soon (she’ll be induced on Saturday if she doesn’t have it on her own by then… bring on the jumping jacks!).  So now I’ve decided I’m gonna do a baby quilt that’s personalized for baby Brodie.  I can’t wait, I love it when I finally make a decision on something.  Unfortunately now is when the real work starts…

Here’s the link to the tutorial.

Aprons…

I think I found my new project to be OCD about for a while.  Making aprons!  Today is my friend’s birthday and I wanted to make her something special.  She cooks a lot, and has at least several people over for dinner pretty much every day, so I thought a cute apron would be fun for her to have.  It was really fun to make and now I’m excited to make more.  My mother-in-law’s birthday is coming up soon, so I think I’ll make one for her, and also one for my mom too since her birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I will be seeing her in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully neither of them checks my blog in the next couple of weeks!  

The best part about aprons is there is so many different variations that can be done.  I basically just sketched out a few ideas, and although I would change a few things same next time, I’m really happen with how it turned out.
I just left this posting to order a camera cord, so there will definitely be pictures very soon.  I’m sure you are all very excited, I really like to build the suspense.  If you can’t tell, I also really like to toot my own horn!
p.s. I know I said this is not a personal blog (and it’s not), but here’s a picture of my cute little boy since I don’t have my other pictures to post yet.

Hooray for me!

Okay, not really, but here are some pics from the Ikea fabric projects that I did (gulp) months ago.  We’ve moved for the summer and somehow I think my camera cord had the same fate as Angie’s did a while ago so I have to get the pictures put onto CD before I can use them.
This is the table runner I made (when I say “made”, I really mean I just had to hem the two ends… that’s right, not even 4 sides, just two ends):
p.s. I really do have 4 chairs for my table, I’m not sure where they were when I took this picture!
And here is the 2nd wall hanging I made.  After making it I decided it is a little too dorm-roomish for my likings, but it at least makes the wall a little less big and white for now.  Plus, I don’t even live in that house right now, so maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder?!