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Million Baby Chicks Hoodie

Have you heard me reference the “Million Baby Chicks” Hoodie before?

It’s a design that has evolved into one of my most requested custom orders…but that’s not why I love it so much….

I love it so much because it allows me to mix and match different fabrics and make something completely unique.

I love it SO much because it is a product of multiple different patterns that I have mashed together.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH because it was born out of a custom request from a friend…and now NAMED by another one of my friends!

How fun, right?

It all started by a friend asking if I could make her a hoodie like a certain one she saw online.  I don’t even remember if it was from Pinterest or Facebook.  Either way, I was able to create one fairly similar.

Soon after that, I began getting more and more requests.

The “Million Baby Chicks” name came after I began using Double Brushed Poly for my main fabric choice…. well, I’ll just let my friend’s words speak for themselves:

“Yup! I’m never taking it off!  It feels like I’m wrapped in 1 million baby chicks.  SO SOFT!  If LadyBeez Designs hasn’t brought your dream into a reality, what are you waiting for?  Love it!!! Creative Genius!”

There are just so many options and combos with this hoodie.

I don’t know what I love more:  Designing them out of the scraps I have on hand, mixing and matching from a limited selection  OR  Designing them right along side my customers–letting them choose between different combos I put together virtually for them to see what’s possible.

At any rate, they sure are fun to create!  I will be posting a few Ready to Ship MBC Hoodie’s I made yesterday in my VIP group later this morning.  But, as always, I am open to custom orders!  Let me know if You would like me to design one for you!

Sewing · Tutorial

Tutorial: Sew a Custom Dog Collar

After having a request from one of my very loyal customers to make a custom dog collar, I went back and forth as to how I was going to tackle it.

Do I search for a pattern?

What if I make this and then other people are interested in ordering one?  (that’s usually my motivation for purchasing patterns)  I’m a stickler for reproducible results!

What I ended up deciding on was purchasing a collar and deconstructing it to make a new one.

The bonus to this method is:   1. You have a pattern.  2. You have all the “hardware” you’ll need.

Then, I thought, maybe my sewing friends would like to do this too!

So, here is a quick Tutorial for you to make your own custom dog collar

  1. Look for a collar you love.  Maybe it’s the one your dog is already wearing?  Maybe it’s a brand new one.  (as long as the “hardware” is good, they have collars everywhere…even the dollar store)
  2. Open the collar up and take a picture.  You’ll want this for reference when you are sewing your new collar back together.
  3. Cut off all the hardware

4. Measure the length of the collar all stretched out straight.

5. Choose the fabric you love.  My customer happens to LOVE Star Trek, so that’s what I used.  If your print is larger, you’ll have to pay attention to placement of the print.

6. You’ll cut your fabric 4x the width of the collar you are copying, and Add 1 inch onto the length.  (the collar I copied also had a tag ring, so I cut an extra piece to attach that)

7. Cut Iron-On interfacing 2″x Length of collar and iron it on down the center.

8. Fold your collar to the center twice so that it’s 4 layers.  You’ll also tuck in the ends so that they are finished nicely.  Sew around this whole piece with 1/8″ seam.

9. Reconstruct your collar by referencing the picture of the one you took apart.10. Pop that puppy on your Pup, and enjoy!

Just think of all the fun collars you can make for your Furry Friend!

Sewing · Shop Talk

St Patrick’s Day in the Shop

Happy SPRING Forward Day! 
I hope you are all surviving on one less hour of sleep!  Not going to apologize for it, though, because I got to shave off ONE HOUR of work…so just remember, it’s allll about perspective 😉

Anywhoodle, it’s Sunday in the Shop here, and that means, I’m taking the time to highlight some of the items I have up for sale.  St. Patrick’s Day is the Holiday ‘O the Month of March….and here is what I have in stock yet:

 

Set of 3 Reusable Snack Bags in St. Patty’s Day prints! 

They are fully lined with PUL fabric (which is what you would find lining washable/reusable cloth diapers).  The closure is Velcro, and to clean, I recommend either hand wash and dry OR flip them inside out and throw them in the wash machine!  

Next up, I have this adorable Size 2T, Upcycled Tshirt Dress

Who can resist that Rainbow and CandyLand Fabric!?!?!

The ever SO popular TRIPLE RUFFLE SKIRT

I have this one ready to ship in a Size 4T, but when I say 4T, it will really fit much longer, since this pattern runs large.  Think size 4-6 girls 🙂

Which little girl is going to get to wearthis Size 4/5 Upcycled Tshirt Dressthis St. Patty’s Day? ……Uuuuummmmm, THE LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD!

And, who’s got a Little Irish Sweetie that wears a Size 7/8?  Because I’m pretty sure she NEEDS this Upcycled Knit dress!

Last, but most certainly NOT least, I have one moreSt. Patrick’s Day Mixed Fiber Dress in a Size 10/12.  All ready to ship!

 

That’s all I have left for ye Irish folk!  But there are LOTS more listings available if you want to browse the shop at any time!  Scroll UP….click that SHOP button in the menu and have at ‘er!  (I already have a few Easter Goodies listed…)

Next up I’ll be getting New Inventory ready for Easter….Baseball Season….and Spring in general!  

Let me know what you’re looking forward to….

What would you like to see me make?

Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession · Sewing

Fill The Truck: Felt Shamrocks

Last year as I was perusing down the Christmas clearance aisles….I came upon this beautiful vintage red truck that screamed out to my Hallmark heart!  I believe it was filled with a “sack of hot cocoa” when I bought it.

Now, normally, I take after-season-clearance deals and pack them away with my like-seasonal decor so that when the holiday rolls around again I get surprised by new things!  It’s like buying yourself a gift that you can still be surprised by!  (can you tell I don’t receive many gifts from other people very often?)

Well, since my Hallmark LOVE cannot not be contained to the Christmas season….this truck is part of my home decor all year round.

So, I need it to “haul” things for different seasons/holidays.

For MARCH….I needed: Shamrocks, of course!

I tried a few different projects, but couldn’t find one I liked more than these quick felt Shamrocks.

I was going to do a tutorial, but Lauren over at Molly and Mama did such a fantastic job, you can head over there if you need the step by step.

I did have take a few of my “ugly” first drafts and add buttons to the center to clean them up a bit…

And now, my Hallmark Truck is ALL READY for March!

(P.S. Hallmark’s Spring Fever movies start premiering on the 29th this year if you’re wondering)

What did you say?  You don’t have a truck like this to fill?   ….and you are looking for one to add to your decor

Well, you’re in LUCK!  I took the liberty of “shopping” for ya 😉  You know…just in case…even found you a few color options 😉 You’re welcome! SHOP HERE

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Temperature Quilt 2020: February

This is NOT solely a quilting blog. I promise.

It’s just what I happen to be working on right now, so that’s what you’re getting 2 days in row. To keep it real, I have to make sure I hold myself accountable to this project because it could very easily fall to the wayside if I don’t make sure I stay on schedule.

Quick shout out to my girl Becky for inspiring me to take on a Temperature Quilt. She’s an amazing crocheter, and she’s been making Temperature blankets (and other creative projects) for years. Every time I see her beautiful color gradients, I am in awe. Colorful things just make me happy. Not sure what made me think I should start a project of this caliber of my own….but since when did I have a good excuse to start any project? AmIright????

I know you’re all like….”get to the pretties already!” but……

Since I hadn’t blogged about it back in January, I thought I might get a base-post up for ya.

I’m not a crocheter OR knitter….and I’M NOT STARTING, so don’t ask. I’ve tried. I’m sure if I stuck it out, I’d be hooked, but I certainly don’t need another craft in my life. I enjoy giving my business to those folks that are passionate about it, and I’ll stick to sewing. So, I needed to figure out a way to quilt this blanket. After much consideration, I wanted to try something new to me anyway (SEE!!!! I need to be watched carefully, people!….) I wanted it to be portable because if I’m going to add to this daily, I can’t always be at my sewing machine.

Enter: Paper Piecing & the Hexie Quilt

I know, it’s not new. It is, however, NEW to ME! (at least it was on January 1st, 2020 when I started this madness)

Then, I just needed a plan. I came up with this as my Color Palate.

LadyBeez Designs Temperature Quilt Legend

I also decided instead of doing the high temperature for the day…or even the average….I wanted to do 2 a day and record both the HIGH temp and the LOW temp. So everyday is represented by 2 hexies.

I found out that if I ever do this again, I will adjust the color scheme a little bit….but I guess it truly just depends on the weather, right? I thought I’d have more blue in these winter months….but there’s a whole LOT of green.

As a reminder (and for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook…seriously, what’s wrong with you?) Here was the quilt at the end of January 2020. As I said then, notably, we only had 2 days that reached below zero. That was crazy to me! Us Wisconsin folk are a hardy breed and used to some cold winters.

January 2020 Temperature Quilt

So, now let’s see what happened in February, shall we?

February 2020 Temperature Quilt

A little bit BLUER for sure…

We even dipped down to -12 degrees (see the navy hexie) I believe the windchill was -27 that day…Happy Valentine’s Day to Us! Hope you all SNUGGLED UP!

Two months down, 10 to go! I’m counting on you to keep me accountable!

And…not to point out the things that I will not change/fix no matter how much they are driving me nuts…like these two hexies that ended up next to each other. 😡