My Little Pony Bedroom Makeover

My granddaughter Aaliyah just had a new baby brother!  In anticipation of the little guy’s arrival, his parents painted and furnished his nursery with a Lion King theme.

They thought this would be a good time to make a few changes in Aaliyah’s room, too.  At age 3.5, she is ready to transition from nursery to little girl’s room.  What better way to do that than with a My Little Pony bedroom makeover?

One of the things I love about Aaliyah’s parents is their commitment to save money when they can.  One way they could save money on this makeover was to pitch the idea of some MLP room accessories to Grammy who loves to sew.  I happily agreed to do a little sewing to make the My Little Pony room everything that Aaliyah would want it to be.

My Little Pony pillowcase

The first phase of the makeover was to sew up two My Little Pony pillowcases from this bright and cheery fabric that I purchased at Joanns.  The two coordinating fabrics were pulled from my scrap drawer, and I love the way these turned out!
My Little Pony fleece blanket

My next project was a My Little Pony fleece blanket, made from this soft and colorful anti-pill fleece also purchased at Joanns.  I wanted this to have an actual blanket look, so I mitered the corners and did a twin needle hem on this blanket.  Aaliyah loves it!  So does her dog Lily.   MLPstuff Justine (Aaliyah’s mom) wisely steered Aaliyah toward a theme that would work with her already pink walls and pink sheets.  Doesn’t her little toddler bed look adorable?

I bought an extra cut of My Little Pony fabric at Joanns, and my plan was to make a few throw pillows for on her bed.  I realized that decorative pillows for a toddler was a ridiculous idea.  With the addition of some plain fabric, I was able to turn that extra MLP yardage into two valances for Aaliyah’s windows.

This was a much better use of the fabric than more pillows, and I think the valances do a great job of making the Pony theme carry over into the rest of the room.   MLPstuff2

Thanks to a good sale at Joanns, this room makeover was pretty frugal and fun!

What kind of frugal room makeovers have you done? 

Bluebell Dress in Microfleece

I’ve recently been buying and using more and more pdf sewing patterns.  On Black Friday last November many designers were having great sales with deep discounts on their pdf patterns.  One of the patterns that I bought that day was the Bluebell dress pattern from My Childhood Treasures.

Bluebell dress

Here’s my first run with this pattern, and I’m very happy with the results.  I chose a microfleece fabric that I bought at Joanns.

My favorite things about this pattern are the raglan sleeves (because they are super easy and super fast) and the circle skirt that is great for twirling.
Bluebell dress

Here she is on Christmas morning trying the dress on with her red pants.  I’m pretty sure she wears the dress (which is a little short on her) with black or gray leggings, NOT red pants.

I’m not a huge fan of hoods on inside clothing, but they seem to be popular right now.  I opted to put a pink hood on this dress, and it turned out okay.
bluebell dress with contrast hood

I’ve been sewing more and more with knit fabrics, and I love it!  The finished garments are soft and comfy, and the sewing is fast especially with a serger.  I sewed up this dress in under an hour.

If you’re looking for a quick sewing project with knit fabric for a little girl, I’d recommend this Bluebell dress pattern.  I’m planning to make a summer version in a mid-weight knit with a shawl collar and short sleeves.  I’ll be sure to let you know how that one turns out!

Bluebell dress




A First Birthday Outfit for Eliza

Some pretty little girl is going to be celebrating her first birthday today, and she’s going to be celebrating in style!
First Birthday outfit

Just one week before Christmas, my sisters and I were gathering the components for a special birthday party outfit requested by Eliza’s mom who is my niece.   The plan was for me to applique a plain Gerber onesie and make a tutu to match the appliques on the shirt.
collared onesie

While shopping at Kohl’s, we found this cute collared onesie that looked much dressier than the undershirt-type onesies that we thought we would be using.  In our search for a tutu (to save me from having to make one), we happened upon this polka dot circle skirt with attached panties in Eliza’s size.  The skirt was marked down to $2.40, and with a coupon, my sister scored a real deal and paid $1.40 for the skirt.  The skirt works perfectly with our plan to use a certain mouse’s ears as part of the applique.

applique onesie

I used plain black cotton for the “O” and topped it with a pink polka dot bow.  The “n” and “e” are cut from a Riley Blake cotton print in hot pink.  Rather than a satin stitch around the edge of the letters, I used a small zig zag stitch which was much faster and easier for me and didn’t add much bulk to the onesie fabric.

We were all pleased with the end result, and I’m eager to see pictures of Eliza modeling the outfit later today.  My only regret is that I won’t be able to see her in person!
Eliza's birthday outfit

Memory Pillows From Clothing

A few months ago, a friend of mine shared a picture of a memory pillow from clothing that she’d found on Facebook.  I immediately thought the idea was perfect for some of my family members after the recent passing of my nephew in September.

My niece Jen collected the shirts and had the embroidery done by a local shop, and I went to work making the pillow covers:  one each for my great-niece and nephew and one for my sister and brother-in-law.

We used a plaid shirt in Harley colors for my great-nephew.  His pillow is a 16″ x 16″ size.

memory pillow

My great niece’s pillow was made from a shirt that her daddy had recently worn to a family wedding.  The hot pink embroidery really stands out on this 18″ x 18″ one!
memory pillow

The last pillow cover was for my sister and brother-in-law, and as soon as they opened the package on Christmas Eve, my sister recognized this blue striped shirt that her son wore to his job interviews.
memory shirt pillow cover

memory pillow

We shed a few tears when these were opened and passed around on Christmas Eve, but I think they all appreciated having something of their father and son to hold onto.

pillow back

pillow back zipper

The actual sewing of these pillow covers was not difficult, but these were without a doubt the most difficult sewing projects I’ve ever done.  It was sad work cutting up Chad’s clothes and sewing them back together to make keepsakes for his family members.  In spite of that, I’m thankful for the opportunity to make something meaningful for the ones he left behind.

If anyone is interested in having a pillow made from a loved one’s clothing, feel free to contact me for prices and options.   You can contact me via email at mygrandmasews(at)gmail(dot)com or on my Facebook page at .

The Wristlet That Solved All My Problems

After that perfect wristlet turned out to be…perfect, I decided to make one for myself.  For some time now, I’d been wanting a wallet or wristlet that would hold all of my essentials.  For this project, I turned again to my favorite wristlet pattern, The Essential Wristlet by Erin Erickson.  That list of essentials that I needed to carry included grocery money and spending money and a way to keep them separate, coupons, credit cards, driver’s license, other necessary cards, a lip balm, pen, house key, gum, and some gospel tracts.  Room for my cell phone would be an added bonus.

My hold everything wristlet

This is what I came up with, and it does indeed hold it all!  I was also able to use a small piece of this cute sewing themed fabric which I love.  This wristlet measures 7.5″ x 5″ x 1.5″.

It has that extra zippered pocket on the front. That’s where I keep my lip balm, pen, house key, and a few business cards.
extra front zippered pocket

Inside, I made stacked pockets.  The largest inside pocket holds my most important cards in a sleeve from another change purse I had.  The smaller pocket holds some frequently used reward cards.
interior stacked pockets I used a wallet insert that I found in my desk drawer to hold other important cards that I use less frequently. This slips inside the main part of the wristlet.
card holders

Here’s the best part of my new wristlet:  dividers!  I had these plastic dividers that I used to use in a small binder, and I cut them down to fit inside this wristlet.  I used four dividers and labeled them like this:  grocery money, spending money, store coupons, grocery coupons.  I love being able to have my grocery money separate from my spending money in the same bag.  I used to carry four—yes, four wallets to hold all this stuff!  Every time I went somewhere, I’d invariably want something that was in a wallet that I’d left behind.
wristlet dividers

That doesn’t happen any more.  Now I’ve got everything I need in this one neat wristlet that fits inside my larger purse.  I also cut the main zipper longer and finished it off with a zipper tab so that I can open the wristlet wide enough to access all of the stuff inside of it.  my favorite wristlet

I’ve been carrying this wristlet for over a month now, and I still love it!  I’m already planning to make another one in a different fabric.   Maybe a floral print.  Or perhaps a Christmas print.  I’m a sucker for novelty fabrics.

What do you think of this newest wristlet?  Am I not just the most organized shopper ever?  Or am I crazy for wanting to carry all of this stuff with me every where I go?

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