Finished Project: DIY Baby Blankets

Hey there!

I wanted to share a quick project that I did this week. My step sister-in-law is having a baby, and she’s due in April. Yes, that is my stepmother’s son’s wife. Families can get so complicated. Anyways, since I’ve been on a slight sewing withdrawal due to excessive amounts of work and snow, I decided to share this project that took me all of an hour from start to finish.

DIY Baby Blankets

I found tutorials on Pinterest for two different kinds of baby blankets. One is for 3 minute receiving blankets, and while it wasn’t quite 3 minutes on each blanket, it wasn’t much more. I don’t have a serger, so I just used the fake serge stitch on my sewing machine, which I think worked just as well. I will definitely be making more of these in the future. What’s that, you say? You’re having a baby?? I have just the thing to make for you…..

DIY Baby Receiving Blanket
Such cute patterns, right??

The second tutorial was a little more labor intensive, but still took about 30 minutes. And it was so soft I kinda wanted to keep it. But since April in the Midwest is hardly ever warm, I think the new little one will need it more than me ;-). The tutorial was easy to follow and the blanket turned out great.

Easy DIY Baby Blanket
The bears and the bees are too much. Just stop. So much cute.

I can’t wait to mail these out! I hope that you’re staying warm and enjoying what little is left of the winter. Can’t wait for spring!

Va Va Vienna!

The school year is in full swing, and I’m longing for a little travel again. But since I cannot leave for another few months (Aruba in May for a friend’s wedding, can’t wait!!), here are some pictures from a recent trip through Europe. In December, I took a trip through Budapest (pics seen here), Vienna, and Prague with a dear friend for her 30th birthday. I remember walking through the city thinking, “I should see a princess or a dragon at any second.” It felt like walking through a fairy tale. Oh, and since we went in December, there were Kristkindl marts all over the city. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Below are my favorite pics from the Vienna leg of the trip.

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Isn't she pretty?
Isn’t she pretty?

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Finished Project: Navy Blue Anna Dress

The Anna Dress by By Hand London.

An internet classic. The pattern came out just around the time I started sewing. It felt like I couldn’t turn around without seeing another version, a hacked version, etc. I’ve been wanting to try it for myself for a while now, and finally had a reason to give it a go.

Navy Blue Anna Dress

A recent school project asked for us to address an issue of social justice with a creative project. I chose to make a dress out of organic, fair-trade fabric, and decided that the long-awaited Anna dress was the perfect pattern to use. Let me just say, it is extremely difficult to find certified fair-trade fabric, even on the internet. I finally settled on a navy blue cotton from Organic Cotton Plus. They are a family owned business that sources their chemical-free cotton from a farm in Texas. I will definitely be using them again, as the service was great and the fabric has held up beautifully.

navy blue floor length Anna dress

Back to the dress! Really, what else can be said about the Anna? She’s beautiful, easy and quick to sew, and just looks so feminine. I chose to do the floor length version because I don’t have too many long dresses and they make me feel super elegant. And that slit soooo says I’m-Angelina-Jolie-at-the-oscars-sexy.

Navy blue anna dress 2

I added pockets to mine, since I absolutely love having pockets in everything I own. I can finally say I understand what all the fuss is about and am totally on board with By Hand London’s designs. I can’t wait to try the knee length version in the future.

We got a little artsy with the pictures
We got a little artsy with the pictures

Navy blue floor length Anna dress Navy blue Anna dress

 

Bonus: My friend who took the pictures has a cat named Lucy. Isn’t she adorable??

Lucy cutie cat