Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Meet my friend Sara

Today I'm trading blogs with my bestest crafty friend, Sara.  Do you know how I met Sara?  I moved to Missouri where my husband would be going to school.  Sara and I knew of each other, but for several months hadn't really talked much.  One day in Walmart (the only store in town) she spotted me.  I was on the phone with my sister, of course, and she came over with a card and her number and said to call her and we should hang out that afternoon!  And so, we did...and since then we have had many a crafty date.  Oh how I wish I could be like her and make friends so easy!  She really is such a great friend, and today she is sharing a tutorial with us, so here is Sara!

(ALSO Sara is part of the Midsummer Blog Party and giving away an adorable minky blanket, go here to enter.)

Hi, I'm Sara.
a.k.a. SewSara.
I guess I'll tell you a bit about myself.

I love to sew and create.
Sometimes the ideas in my head are better than the finished product. Actually, most of the time.
But it's all about trial and error. My kids don't know the difference when I make them pj pants and the crotch hangs to their knees, right?

My tagline on my etsy shop says, "making use of my home ec degree." It's true. I went to college for this. Ha! I never taught high school like I thought I would, but it makes for a fun story anyway (and all those fun student loans to show for it).

Some of my favorite things in this world are: fabric, polka dots, mod podge, spray paint, paper goods (I loooove office and stationery stores), diet coke, donuts, the color red, and oh yeah - my three kids (Max, Ruby, and Simon).

This is my first time doing a blog trade ... I'm excited! Thanks for having me, Fresh Poppy Sisters!

I'm always on the lookout for cute towels to make bibs for my kids. I usually can't find them so I make them like this (or this). But they are way more time consuming that way. (That's why you don't see many in my etsy shop right now).

The towel makes it so much easier. And these are my favorite because they last forever -- even my 5-yr-old and 3-yr-old still wear them when we eat spaghetti (they call them "spaghetti bibs") or do art!
And now that baby Simon (my 6-month-old) is tasting his first foods, he's wearing them, too.
And I can just wipe his face with the towel bib ... it's great.
Plus, I hear that some of those plastic bibs have nasty chemicals in them.
So -- keep your eye out for cute towels! I look in the kitchen and bath sections.

I found this towel at the DOLLAR STORE, so I pre-washed it to make sure it didn't fall apart.
So far, so good. I guess we'll see if it stands the test of time.
If not, I'm only out one dollar (obviously).

You should be able to click on any photo to see it full size.
I never know if I'm being detailed enough, so please ask questions in the comments if
I've left out anything!

Now... prepare the ribbing for the neck piece.
Make sure you cut it so it stretches length wise. 
This is 100% cotton rib knit. If you're not sure what to buy, ask at the fabric store
and they should direct you to the right stuff.

I have an applique tutorial here. Or Megan did one here.

If you try it, I'd love to hear from you!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and hope it made sense.

Please leave a comment for Sara (don't we all love those??), go to her blog, become a follower...ya know, the works!!

PS Linking to our Weekly parties here, The Shabby Chic Cottage and somewhat simple, and Amylouwho,  so check them out!  Oh and we're new party goers here:


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SewSara said...

thanks again for having me. looks like we might be the only cool cats reading our own blogs :)

Heather said...

Sara..I am reading too :) I am so glad you did this tutorial! I Love bib towels. More than any other bibs! I love the cute towell~

Rylee said...

bloodly lovely!

Stephanie said...

Oh, this is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Thank you SO much! I can't wait to try this soon!

Megan said...

I wish I had had the foresight to major in home ec:) I'm gonna make a few of these-thanks.

dianep said...

You are amazingly creative and never cease to amaze me. AND it IS 6am and I can't sleep cuz it's too hot. AND your kids are the cutest little beings on earth! Your ever lovin' mom!

AZ Mommy said...

This is such a great idea!! I don't know how many times I "tied" Carters hair in with the bib. I finally just got so tired of it I would feed him with no shirt on. Maybe that's why he is always in nothing but undies now?

The Wilkins' said...

Ikea has the perfect (and cheap) towels for these bibs. I need to "learn" to sew!

Jed and Lizzy said...

The towel bibs we use have lasted for years too! Of course the ones you sew are WAY cuter. I will file this idea away for a rainy day when I get creatively motivated. Love seeing your talents and how you pursue them - and teach others. Nice job.

courtney said...

Sometimes I think I need one of these for ME!

Now if only I could make the time for fun crafty projects such as this.

deserae said...

Cute idea!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Aww, can't decide which is cuter...the bib or the kids! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. Happy Sewing! :o)


P. said...

Cute, practical, and simple--what's not to love! My DH takes one of my flour sack dish towels and tucks it in when he eats my spaghetti. Hmm...maybe I should make him a "spaghetti bib"? :)

Rita E said...

These are great! So simple and inexpensive ... love it! Thanks for sharing!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Adorable and so practical! Thanks for sharing.

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

I love how these turned out! Thanks for the tutorial on how to use ribbing. I've never sewn with it before.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!


Joy said...

These were my favorites, I started making them for my youngest, who is now 27. Now I'm making them for my granddaughter!