Coop’s Cat in the Hat Quilt

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My son loves all of the Dr. Seuss books, I’ve always loved reading them to him and now days with him.  Most of them he knows off my heart.  It is of no wonder that he put an order in for a Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat quilt.  It did take me a little while to start the quilt, Coops would kindly remind me each time we went in into my local quilting shop that he would like a Cat in the Hat quilt.  Now it is finally finished and he (and myself) are ecstatic.


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It is actually a rather large quilt as it has to fit his king single bed.  I kept the design simple highlighting the Cat in the Hat panel, by Robert Kaufman.  I of course did quite a bit of googling before deciding how to show case the panel, and played around with measurements so it would fit Coopies bed.


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I must confess the quilting was done my my good friends at The Patchwork Pear, another local quilting shop.  I wanted a simple design, not to curvy, that complemented the quilt.  This design is just perfect for a little boys quilt!  Thank you for such a wonderful job.


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My little girl could not help but play peek a boo…..  photographing with your kids is always a hoot!


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Pattern: none (based off a google search and adjusted according to a king single bed)

Fabric:  Robert Kaufman, Cat in the Hat Panel Blue 


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New T-Shirt and Cloud Leggings

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There are so many advantages to sewing your toddlers own clothes.  At the top of my list is fit, specifically for a top.  I like my girl’s tops to be long in the back, and free around to stomach, surprisingly this can be difficult to find in the shops.  So why not sew it yourself?


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The T-shirt fabric was a bargain at just 50 cents from a thrifty shop, its a 100% cotton with a slight stretch; perfect for t-shirts.   I’ve accented the pockets with matching fabric from the leggings and  added a coverstitch pocket detail (one of my favourite things to do with my beloved coverstitch machine).


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I’ve been holding onto the leggings fabric since I purchased it last year, don’t know about you, but when I purchase gorgeous fabric I find it really difficult to cut into it – I just keep waiting for the perfect outfit to make (it may just be an excuse for hoarding more fabric..hmm). The gorgeous leggings fabric is by Little Smile Makers, I love all their fabric designs, with so many to choose from I spent many hours just looking.



Zoes Cloud Leggings and T-Shirt


Pattern: Leggings PDF Pattern from Fresh Stitch Patterns.

T-Shirt PDF Pattern from Fresh Stitch Patterns – Not for sale yet?.

Fabric: Leggings and Pocket insert are by Little Smile Makers; Cloud from Crafty Mama’s Fabrics.


This is what happened within the first 5 minutes of taking the photos!  We where headed off to Granny and Gramp’s house in her new out fit boo hoo…the T-shirt only made it as far as laundry, and a quick spray of vanish.


A Winter Sunday Brunch Jacket

Six years ago this little jacket opened my eyes and introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging, I found it at Probably Actually, the first blog I ever read and always looked forward to seeing in my inbox.  It’s the Sunday Brunch Jacket from Oliver and S  a must have that I purchased straight away and now have a little girl to finally sew it up for …. yippee!

I live in a little rural town with 13,000 people around 800km from the city.  Getting fabric is hard the internet has made a huge difference, however you just can’t stand (for hours) studying the fabrics drape, texture and feel whilst procrastinating over the best fabric and walking out with 5 different fabrics for the stash.   I was so excited a few weeks back to walk through my local quilting shop, Ruby and Kate and see velvet! They had two colours to choose from grey and black,  grey was the obvious choice for me and straight away I thought of the Sunday Brunch Jacket.  I had dreamed of making it in a red fine baby whale cord however this turned out amazing.


I did not make any changes to the pattern, I could have lengthened it by an inch or so, my girl is 15 months and tall, that being said I am not disappointed with my finished garment at all.  The little buttons are B 11mm bronze Shank by Hemline, again from my local quilting store.



Pattern: Oliver and S, Sunday Brunch Jacket

Fabric: Grey Velvet from Ruby and Kate

Alternations: None