Robot Appliqué Pillowcases – Part 3

It’s been nearly a year since I made this set of Robot Appliqué Pillowcases (see Part 1 and Part 2), and I had neglected to take photos of the finished product until just last weekend.  Continuing where I left off on the pseudo-tutorial of Part 2, the last thing I had to do was sew on the black-button eyes and then sew the pillowcases shut.  I’m not sure why the purple is coming out blue in a lot of these photos, but I think it has to do with the lighting.

Sewing the eyes on...

I picked up a snazzy “Handmade By:” stamp from JoAnn’s.  I didn’t have an embossing stamp pad (need to pick up one of those), but I had a purple embossing marker.  I made a couple of tags by coloring the stamp with the marker, stamping a piece of a manila folder, and then throwing some clear embossing powder on it.

Cool stamp + emboss kit


And finally done!

Finished Product


Utility Apron

Some photos from a utility apron I made for Jamie to give as a Christmas gift to a fellow elementary school teacher… I like to call it my first “paid gig”.  After countless arguments about how much to charge for my labor (I insisted on $1 an hour and Jamie insisted that I don’t work in a sweatshop and we aren’t in China), I humbly accepted payment in the form of a box of fancy caramels and a nifty purse hook.  Thanks, Jamie!!

I think this was my favorite part of the apron – the holster for the scissors!  Stick ’em up!

Scissors Holster
Scissors Holster

And here is the completed project!  There are lots of pockets for all the things teachers carry around in the classroom… like pens and rulers and markers and… candy…?

Teacher's Apron
Teacher's Apron

More updates to come soon!

Baby Gift Set

It never fails to surprise me when my peers get hitched and then have kids – I guess I’m just getting to that age where everyone is really settling down.  I think I’ve gotten over the once-frightening idea of marriage, but children are a whole new ball park.  I’m sure the fear of bearing a child stems in part from seeing fellow females go through the various stages of pregnancy – the complaints about morning sickness, the high-running emotions, the uteral kicks, and (dare I say, in some cases) the cankles.  Then, there’s the whole birthing process which I won’t delve into.  We haven’t even gotten to “poo’splosions” (as one coworker so fondly calls it) and the overarching daunting task of raising a child.  And once you’ve made it that far, you are still doomed to be that person at Target whose child is screaming at the top of their lungs over not getting that one toy that they won’t even remember the next day at LEAST once in your parenting career.  However, in the end, I’m sure it’s worth it when your  kid is starring in videos like this.
Back to the subject of this post.  Playing on the theme of “B” for “Baby”, I made a Bib, Blankie, and set of Booties and threw it all in a drawstring Bag.  I got the instructions and pattern for all parts of the project from One Yard Wonders.  I’ll keep this post short, so here you go!
The Before

The booties, by far, were toughest item I’ve had to sew in my not-so-long sewing career.  Here’s “The After”:

Baby Gift Set
Bib, Blankie, Booties, and Bag

Click on the thumbnails in the gallery to see the rest!

Quick Wedding Scrapbook Page

Whoops, so much for weekly updates.

I’m finally coming out of hiatus after a few weeks of nonstop moving, baking, crafting, gifting, and WORKING.  The fruits of my non-office labor will hopefully be posted to the site soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to give a quick (and long overdue) shout-out to Crystal (former bachelorette) and Dave who got married last month.  Photobooths seem to be the must-have at weddings as of late, and a friend of mine rented his out (and also does AMAZING photography for weddings, special occasions, etc.).  Kenny came up with the great idea of having scrapbooks at the wedding for the guests to glue their photobooth strips in and leave the newlyweds a message.  Sho-Yu managed to squeeze the entire team (and coaches!) into the booth, so here’s what I whipped up:

Cheers to my gorgeous teammate, Crystal, and Dave (the newest member of the Sho-Yu family)!

Robot Appliqué Pillowcases – Part 2

Appliqué – a decorative design made of one material sewn over another.  It is pronounced “APP-lee-KAY“, and not “uh-PLEEK” for those of you who are dumb enough to think the latter (e.g., yours truly).  I made the mistake of saying it as such at the office a couple of years ago, and I have yet to live that one down.

Continuing where I left off on the Robot Applique Pillowcases, I cut out the robots and ironed on the fusible interfacing to the backside of the green cut-out.

Applique with Interfacing Fused

I had done everything to make the pillowcases using the purple cloth, except for sewing them shut to make it easier to apply the robots.  I pinned the ‘bots into place and then used small straight stitches to secure them, and then went over them again using zigzag stitches for aesthetics.

I cut out a “T”-shaped piece of green cloth to make the antenna and stitched it on top of the robot’s head as an afterthought.  A robot just isn’t a robot without an antenna, right?  I bought small heart patches and sewed them on by hand.  Unfortunately, the patches were backed with a thick wax backing, and I managed to shove a needle into my thumb during the process.  Thankfully, the hearts were already red, so Kevin couldn’t tell if I bled on his gift.  KIDDING.