bandana dress

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I have so many sewing and craft projects in my “to do” pile, that I get dizzy thinking about them. But since I had the luxury of kid-free time today, I thought I’d tackle one that promised to be quick: the bandana dress.

bandana dress (to be)

I’ve read tutorials for bandana dresses and pillowcase dresses and honestly, I think the end product looks pretty much the same, but since the bandana version did not require any cutting, I went with this tutorial from Trey and Lucy. And yes, it was every bit as easy as she makes it sound! I spend more time fussing with the ribbon and getting the bows just right. Truth be told, I would prefer to have lime green ribbon, but white was the only thing in my stash that matched. I can easily switch it out later. Also, I think the 1.5-inch ribbon is a little overwhelming. I’ll have to see it on Laura. The next one (because there will be a next one, oh yes!) will use narrower ribbon.

The cool thing about this dress is that you don’t really have to use bandanas. Just cut fabric you like to the size of a bandana (well, I suppose you’ll want to sew back the raw edges, but you know what I mean. I can’t wait to make these using holiday or seasonal fabric. I think this type of dress will look really cute over a turtleneck in the winter!

 

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And, of course, I’ll have to make a hair bow to match 🙂

feeling rosey

baby hat with oversized rose

Last night I had great success with the alternate rose pattern I was crocheting! Here it is on one of the hats bound for my friend. I hope she loves it as much as I do.

The rose isn’t directly attached to the hat, this way she can mix-and-match. But rose and brown is one of my favorite color combinations and I wonder if I’d look goofy if I made this hat in my size 🙂

I’m going to make a cream rose to send along, as well. Who doesn’t need more oversized flowers in their life?

ubp giveaway

hair bow for giveaway

One of my favorite things about parties is putting together little favor bags for the guests. And while it would be impossible to give a favor to each and every blog visitor from the Ultimate Blog Party, I can host a giveaway for a little something. So whether you’re a longtime reader, or someone who has just discovered my blog through UBP11, just leave a comment on this entry for your chance to win this springy boutique hair bow. I made it from three different ribbons: a polka dot grosgrain, a lime green grosgrain, and a pink and green printed satin ribbon. The center is embellished with a silk flower and a tiny rhinestone.

I’ll accept entries for the duration of the blog hop (until April 8). I’ll use Random.org to pick the winning comment and post the name here bright and early Saturday morning! Good luck!

hats off

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Although you can probably crochet anything (well, maybe not hot tub spa covers), I’ve been busy on the basics lately. Namely: hats. One of my best friends recently started her own photography business and asked if I’d crochet some baby hats for her photo shoots. I was honored that she thought my skills were that good! Of course, I said yes and I set to finding two patterns: a feminine pattern and one that could be used for either little boys or little girls.

The hat in the photo at the top of this post was crocheted using The Dainty Daisy’s Shell Stitch Beanie pattern. I have since made several other hats using this pattern and I love them all! The pattern is easy, hooks up quickly, and is pretty true to size. This is a 6-12 month hat and you can see that it is too small on Laura (who loves wearing this test hat anyway!)

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The other hat is just a basic HDC stitch. It’s a little more boring and a little slower, but I still love the results:

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I’m also making some embellishments for the hats (crochet flowers, loopy bows, and buttons) on clips so she can use them in any of the hats. With a little luck I’ll be finished up by the end of the week. I hope she likes what I’ve come up with!