Halloween 2016: Ninja Turtles


There was a lot of back and forth this fall before I finally got the boys to settle on their Halloween costumes. For a while, I thought they were going to be superheroes again but then they finally settled on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


I was pretty excited because this seemed like a fairly straightforward costume. I would start with the same base as last year and then add the accessories. It ended being a little more of a brain-bender than I had anticipated figuring out how to make everything, but in the end I’m super happy with the results!

ninja-turtle-costumes-9-of-10My one qualification with handmade costumes is that if I’m going to spend a ton of time on them, I want them to be wearable the remainder of the year. Last year’s costumes got worn as pjs all year long, and I was hoping for the same results this time….meaning everything needs to be washable!


I started with a very basic outline: Flashback Tees for the tops (sized 4&5)and Fancy Pants leggings for the bottoms (sized 4&6). Eliot’s pants are a wee big but at the rate he’s growing hopefully that just means they’ll last a while longer! The green fabric is Laguna Jersey in Grass which Rachael at Imagine Gnats was so kind to stock for me when I contacted her to see if she had any of this green color I needed! Other than that green jersey, all fabrics are from my stash.


I used some more laguna jersey from my stash to make the elbow and knee bands. They are stitched on with some stretch thread so that the threads won’t break with movement!


The shells on the front of the tees are made with yellow Kona cotton and a layer of quilt batting in between the tee and the shell. I wanted something to add a little bulk but since it had to be washable, I didn’t want too much bulk. The quilt batting gave the perfect extra layer to the shell. I just free cut and stitched these based on some pictures I had of the cartoon ninja turtles.


The belts are made from some strips of brown laguna jersey: velcroed closed at the front and the felt initial circles are stitched on over the velcro.


The back shells are little backpacks made of felt. Not washable but not meant to be worn all the time either. I stitched a shell design on the green felt and then stuffed the backpacks with fiberfill stuffing and stitched them closed. I also added a piece of cardboard inside them against the back of the backpack to add some firmness to the shell.

ninja-turtle-costumes-10-of-10I made the boys some masks with more jersey scraps but they’re not sure they want to wear those. Eliot completely boycotted his and Oliver only wanted to wear one for a few pics. We shall see what happens at Halloween. Masks are always a bit iffy so I didn’t spend a lot of time on them .


These crazy boys and their photoshoots… I asked them to act like Ninja Turtles and these are the poses I get! But they really love their costumes, and I’m so happy I got them finished! I have plans for a full family set of Ninja Turtles for our Halloween costume party this coming Saturday but we shall see if this very pregnant lady can manage to get the adult versions done too! At least the kids are good to go now.

Nautical Baby Quilt

nautical-baby-quilt-2-of-6I’m back with baby niece number 2’s quilt! This sweet babe is due a mere 10 days before my own little boy, so it’s very exciting to have all these cousins coming so close together! My brother and sil are doing a nautical baby nursery with the main colors being red and navy blue.

nautical-baby-quilt-6-of-6I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to include the nautical elements into this baby quilt so I did some Pinterest searching for inspiration and came upon this gem. I basically copied this idea pretty closely.

I had one yard of white kona cotton to use and figured out my dimensions around that. The large middle white section ended up being around 20-22″ by the width of fabric and the striped sections are about 2.5″ by WOF.

nautical-baby-quilt-5-of-6For the anchors, I found a template online, used that to trace the anchor shape onto my fabric, applied heat n bond lite to the back of the fabric, and then appliquéd the anchors to the quilt. The anchors are around 7″ tall.

The final quilt size ended up being about 41×45″… I used some navy kona cotton to bind the quilt and this awesome lightweight chambray anchor print for the backing. I had bought this chambray at the beginning of the summer to make shorts for the boys and never got around to it. It ended up being the exact size I needed for a backing so it was awesome not to have to piece anything for the back!

nautical-baby-quilt-4-of-6The quilt is free motion quilted with a pretty dense loopy stipple on the white sections. I thought all that white fabric needed some dense quilting to add dimension. And then I left the color strips and anchors un-quilted to let them pop a bit.


My goal with this quilt and the previous one was to only use fabric from my stash. With the exception of the yard of white kona that I had to buy, everything else was stashed! I think I used up every single piece of navy blue and red fabric that I own but I had enough! Apparently navy and red are not colors that I use a lot.

nautical-baby-quilt-1-of-6I love how this turned out and I am excited for my baby niece to get to use it!! FYI I blurred her name out on the label because it hasn’t been announced to the general public yet, and I wanted to let her mom and dad do that, not me!


Striped Rowan Sweatshirts

I’ve got a post over on imagine gnats showing off the boys latest sweatshirts. I absolutely love this indigo striped knit by Robert Kaufman and had so much fun mixing and matching the details up to make them each a fun sweatshirt. I love that they coordinate but aren’t completely matching…

Head over here to see lots more pictures and get all the details! denim-knit-sweatshirts-2-of-11


A baby quilt for Chloe

So you know that I’m expecting this fall, but the other excited news is that I have two sisters-in-law also expecting! Both with baby girls- so yay for some baby girl sewing in my future! I’ve actually already had a bit of fun sewing for them both, but am waiting to share here until I can give the gifts to the expectant mothers.

chloe's baby quilt (2 of 6)We are on a nice long road trip this week to Wisconsin for a family wedding, and it just so happened that my brother’s house was the halfway point so we stopped there for the night and I was able to give baby Chloe’s quilt to her mommy and daddy!

chloe's baby quilt (4 of 6)I’ve had this charm pack sitting around for a  very long time and while deciding on a quilt for my upcoming niece, I realized that these charm squares were the same colors as the nursery theme- match made in heaven!

chloe's baby quilt (5 of 6)After some pinterest searching, I decided on the fast 4-patch quilt pattern. It was a super quick sew since I didn’t have to cut out the smaller squares! I alternated the 4-patch squares with white and teal solid Kona cotton blocks. The design was an evolving one, and I was thankful for my quilt layout board on the wall in my sewing room to hang the blocks up as I decided how exactly to arrange them. I super love the end result!

chloe's baby quilt (6 of 6)My sil loves teal and chevron so I used this chevron print from my stash and combined it with the grey solid and grey polka dots to make an easy backing. The quilt is bound in some dark grey metro dots from ancient days… Are you sensing a theme? My goal was to have all the fabrics come from my stash and I’m happy to say I was successful!

chloe's baby quilt (3 of 6)I quilted it with a crosshatch pattern and love the crinkle it gives to the finished quilt. I’m normally really bad about labels but I wanted baby Chloe to have this quilt as a keepsake so I hand embroidered a little note for her on the back of the quilt.

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Baby Chloe is due mid-September and I am so excited to have a niece! Hopefully she likes to play and snuggle atop her her baby quilt!

Sleeveless Maternity Union St Tee

I’ve got a post up over on the imagine gnats blog showing off my latest union st tee hack. This time I made it both sleeveless and maternity! And used this adorable birch fabrics interlock for the tee.

sleeveless maternity union st (3 of 8)Head over here to read all about it and see a few more baby bump shots.🙂

Tooth Fairy Pillow DIY

tooth fairy pillow (6 of 8)We had our first loose tooth experience this weekend! I can’t believe that this season is upon us already… he’s only 5! But apparently 5 is not too young so there you have it.

We were out shopping this weekend and saw a tooth fairy pillow, and Oliver asked if I could make him one. What can I say to a request like that? We made one together the very next day!

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After looking up lots of tooth fairy pillow ideas online, we settled on a teepee version. Oliver picked out the all the fabrics… I think he did a great job matching them up! The background is a print from the Lorax Dr. Seuss line (Truffula Tree Tufts- sold out now) and the pockets are fussy cut from the Celebrate Seuss Tossed Characters print (still available here).

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I thought I’d explain how I made the pillow in case anyone else would like to make one too.  I made an equilateral triangle template- 10″ wide at the base and 10″ tall- and used that to cut out two triangle pieces from my fabric. Before I sewed the triangles together I made two little pockets and sewed one to each triangle piece…about 1.25″ from the bottom.

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After I had the pockets sewn on, I sewed the triangle pieces right sides together- leaving a 2″ unsewn section at the bottom. I clipped all the corners and flipped the pillow right side out through the unsewn bottom section. Then Oliver helped me stuff the pillow with polyfill, and he even helped me handsew the bottom section closed!

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Easy, peasy! Finished pillow size is 9″ high x 9″ base. The whole operation took less than an hour from start to finish! And when we were finished, Oliver told me that it turned out exactly how he had wanted it…fist pumps all around.🙂 Nothing better than a satisfied customer and it was fun to have him so involved in the whole process.

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Notice there are two pockets-  we decided that one side was for the tooth lost and the other for the forthcoming money to be left by the tooth fairy.😉 He hasn’t lost that first tooth yet, but it’s getting looser by the day so I anticipate this pillow getting used very soon!

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Double Gauze Maternity Southport Dress

Just popping in here because I realized I keep forgetting to share my Imagine Gnats posts with you. This week I blogged about this awesome Southport dress that I made with some Nani Iro double gauze from Rachael’s shop!

This floral is just so exquisite and I’m ridiculously happy to have a dress made out of it. Head on over to the blog to see more pictures and to read up on how I hacked the pattern to be maternity friendly.

Also I don’t think I ever shared my Colfax dress that with you either… Also made out of double gauze because it’s just the best. This was made right after I found out that I was pregnant and worked great as a first trimester dress since it’s very flowy and covered up that baby bump that appeared quite early the third time around! It’s a ways back on Rachael’s blog but you can go here to read all my thoughts on this pattern.