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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Laminated Forest Backpacks

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final installment in my Forest Floor Fabric sewing is the little backpacks I made.  My original plan for the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog tour was to make the clothing and the Forest Friends pouches.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

With that in mind I asked Bonnie Christine (the designer of the Forest Floor Fabrics) to send me small scraps from quite a few of the different prints.  I believe my exact words were, “so small you’d normally throw them in the trash!”  But she was so generous with the size of the pieces she sent me, that I knew I had to make something larger.  And I knew exactly which item I would cross off my 2016 Sewing Plans Pinterest board; the heart backpack.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

But when I looked through the pattern, I realized Abby, of Sew Much Ado, had also created a Bunny backpack pattern, and I had enough fabric to make that too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before I began constructing the backpacks, I laminated the outside pieces with Pellon Vinyl-Fuse Gloss to make the backpack more durable.  It was so easy and created such a fun result I think I’m on a mission to vinyl all the things now!  Because this is also a stabilizer, I eliminated the interfacing from these pieces.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

One change I made to the Heart backpack pattern was to use some webbing I had instead of constructing my own straps.  The other change was to use an exposed zipper for added girly-ness!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s backpack I used Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.  She is completely in love with this new backpack.  She says she loves the heart shape, the flowers and it’s size.  She says it’s just big enough to carry her water bottle and a few other treasures!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the baby boy’s backpack I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.   The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  I wasn’t sure if Baby would like the backpack or even keep it on, but once he saw his sister wearing hers, he couldn’t be parted from it!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both backpacks are lined with Timber Nightfall fabric.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The entire time I was sewing these backpacks I couldn’t believe these are free patterns!  They are so amazingly awesome that I know I’ll be making them over and over again.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing a round up of 12 boy’s backpack patterns over at Our Chez Nous for Boys Sewing Week!  Psst!  There’s a great giveaway over there too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

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