These shoes were made especially for Zander’s little friend in the neighborhood. He’s just learning to walk so I wanted to make him something cute and comfy. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and altered it to fit his narrow feet. I also added a foam insole for more cushion as he walks and soon enough, runs. For added fun, I made the insole reversible. Hope this inspires you to make your own version of these cute shoes for the kiddos in your life!
I’ll admit, I’m completely spoiled by the weather in Southern CA. Almost everyday is perfect for a bike ride. Don’t hate. I’ve had this cruiser for about 3 years now and always just dealt with my phone, wallet, water bottle, etc. getting tossed around while I ride and trying not to lose control while fumbling with the contents.
And so the challenge began… Make a basket liner that could hold all my junk (phone, wallet, glasses, keys, water bottle) and usually Chris’ and Zander’s junk too (jackets, toys, etc.)
I searched the world wide web in hopes of finding a pattern/tutorial that would fit my basket, exactly. No such luck. I found this tutorial, but it wasn’t much help. I only used it for ideas on pockets. I had to face my fear and make my own pattern, eek.
Surprisingly, everything went smooth. I made the pattern and sewed everything from scratch. I even made it into a muli-functional cinch bag… to carry all my junk when i”m not biking. Serious, could not be more proud of myself. It turned out pretty awesome.
Hope this inspires you to face any fears you have about sewing, and just do it.
Zander loves books, there’s no denying it. Every few weeks, we come home from the library with 20+ books he’s just itching to read. His current bag works great, except it doesn’t have a pocket for his library card. And so the mission began…create a library bag for Z’s Stache of books, complete with a pocket for his library card so it’ll never get lost again.
I roughly followed this tutorial for the bag and this tutorial for the pocket. They worked out perfectly together. Best of all, this bag is reversible, too! Might come in handy if we ever get tired of looking at Fu Manchu’s mustache.
Hope this inspires all you book worms to make a bag of your own.
Here’s a photo of the little munchkin and his big bag.
So… Zanderoo needed a new hat to fit that growing head of his. I found this tutorial which I followed almost to the tee. The only part I skipped was the hand-sewn part at the end. I just used my sewing machine for that part, too. If I can avoid hand-sewing something, I’m all for it. I used the pattern that fit’s a 3-5 year old and low and behold, it barely fits him! So either Z’s head is huge, or this pattern is off. I’m gonna go with the pattern. If you use this pattern, I think it’s safe to assume the 3-5 year old size will fit a 12-15 month old.
Considering I started this project on a whim one night after finding the tutorial, I’m proud to say I completed it in one night! From start to finish, it took me 2.5 hours. There’s no better project than one that offers immediate gratification.
That said, hope this inspires you to make a cool ‘lil hat to keep the your ‘lil ones stylish and protected from those pesky UV rays.
Zander is ready to kick it old school in his new hoodie. This was the second hoodie I made using this pattern and it came out almost perfect – to my standards at least. If you try this pattern, be sure to use these tips to align the pockets. It didn’t work perfectly for me, but it was definitely an improvement from my first hoodie. The best thing by far about this hoodie is the “twofer” factor. That’s right, two jackets in one!
I know what you’re thinking. In the age of smart phones and media players, he’ll never know the true beauty of cassette tapes. Well, thanks to his Daddy and Auntie Angie, he’ll grow up with a complete set of 80′s mixed tapes and an original Sony boombox to play them with. Here’s a pic of Z at 9 months, ready to jam.
As you all know, I have lots of t-shirts from my husband’s collection and my own, as an Inker. I couldn’t think of anything better than to make my muse, Zander, a reversible hoodie. For once, I purchased this pattern instead of trying to figure it out myself. Smart choice considering it took me 10+ hours to figure it all out WITH the pattern and instructions in front of me. Using bits and pieces from 3 different shirts, I had enough material to make him this sweet hoodie:
Zander is officially ready for Spring in his new reversible, color-block hoodie. Hope this inspires you to make something new for your Spring wardrobe.