As you all know, my sister-in-law, Abigail, had her baby this past Friday. Baby Carson was a bit early on his arrival, but he is one healthy little boy. I set off to work on making him a handmade gift. I know his mom will like it, not only because it was stitched with love, but because I created something from one of my articles of clothing--so there's a bit of Auntie Theo in it.
I bought this 6-9 month onesie at a discount store and decided to embellish it with an applique'. I cut out a fish shape, then stitched around it using a blanket stitch on my sewing machine. It was the first time I used this kind of stitch to sew on an applique.' The eye, mouth and ocean waves were created using fabric paint.
Here's a close up view of the fish applique' I made, using the same fabric that I used for the pants (below). I made sure to use Fray check around the edges before stitching him on.
So, what did I use that was mine to make this pair of jeans for Carson? It was an Eddie Bauer jean skirt that I no longer use that was still in great condition. I still have some left over fabric that I can use to make something else out of in the future. I used Simplicity pattern #3765 to make the pants. It's the same pattern I used to make Eli's corduroy pants.
I normally iron on a "handmade by" label on the clothes and doll outfits I've made, but I thought it would be fun to sew on the Eddie Bauer tag on just for kicks!
I made this fish toy using the jean fabric, too. He matches the applique', as I used the orange fabric paint for his facial features and used a blanket stitch all around his body. He measures approximately 5 inches long and is stuffed with fiberfill. I'm sure Carson will enjoy playing with it. I can't wait to see pictures of him wearing his new outfit, too. :)