Sunday, March 1, 2009

Toddler Tees

Over winter break, I actually got some fun stuff done. Back in my Christmas ideas post, I spelled out what I hoped to get crafted in time to give away gifts. I made plenty scarves (as usual), but my favorite projects were the ones I got from the "The New Crewel."

I tried ordering the crewel wool, but it proved hard to choose colors on the Web, and no one in town carried it.

Instead, I used the cute modern patterns and embroidered them.

I used a $3 cloth napkin from Target, and embroidered this pattern on it.

This pattern (pictured on a pillow from the book
"The New Crewel") made a nice framable
picture for my sister's mustard-colored living

I framed the finished product and gave it to my sister as a house-warming gift. I do have to say it didn't turn out quite as nice as I would have like, but I will definitely try it again.

I also used the patterns for T-shirts for my nieces. My 4-year-old niece is a girly-girl princess, so she got this pattern, in four shades of pink on an even pinker T-shirt. The satin stitch used for the loops is time-consuming as well as as it being difficult to get uniform stitch widths.

The pattern on the left titled "Love Loops" was done in four
shades of pink on a pale pink T-shirt.

For little 2-year-old Maia, I made this pattern (also from the book). It turned out so cute. I like that it looks like tiny sea creatures.

This patter was the easiest of the three.

It contains a blanket stitch (in turquoise) and the French
knot (in lime). The purple satin stitch as the border actually
took the longest time to finish.

To wash them, my sister turns them inside out and washes them as usual. So far (fingers crossed) they've remained intact.

I got a sewing machine for Christmas from my mom. Once I get it set up in our new apartment, I will start making aprons for the girls. I like this one from Angry Chicken.

Maybe I'll finish them off with a little embroidery.

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