Ballerina Tooth Fairy Pillow by Rebecca Page

As a brand ambassador it’s my job to sew and promote Patterns by Rebecca Page. I’ve been a bit slack on the promoting lately but wanted to be organised this time around. Aided by the fact my sewing room is no longer in existence, I have more time to catch up on blog posts than sew.

My oldest is 6 and yet to loose a tooth, I believe she now has four wobbly teeth so this was the perfect opportunity to get ready for when that time comes.

Rebecca Page has released a trio of tooth fairy pillows in the Tooth Fairy Pillow Pattern**. There is a a ‘Big Tooth’ pillow, a ‘Monster Teeth’ pillow with removable teeth, or a ‘Ballerina Tooth’ pillow complete with tutu.

The finished measurements of the pillows are:

  • Big Tooth Pillow – 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches
  • Monster Teeth Pillow – 5.5 inches x 5 inches
  • Ballerina Tooth Pillow – 4.75 inches x 5.25 inches

As a mum of girls I couldn’t go past the ballerina. This really is such a quick pattern to sew and is also a great scrap buster. I used white drill (100% cotton) for the pillow and some pink tulle for the ballet tutu. I went a bit rogue with the face. The pattern suggests embroidery and has a different template but I ended up drawing mine on with fabric pens. I do think next time I would rather the embroidered look or perhaps paint the face on. I also chose to make mine the hanging version and sewed the matching ribbon at the top edge of the tulle and gave her a hair bow.

To convince you further….. The Tooth Fairy Pillow Pattern is a freebie at the Rebecca Page shop so if you don’t need it right now pop it in your cart anyway because all in all, it’s such a fun, quick project, and also a great gift idea. Possibilities are endless as you can use the pattern as a guide to stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it’s worth getting your children involved in sewing this one.

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Rebecca Page Brand Ambassador The Ultimate Bunting Kit

November for me was a busy month. My baby was close to two months old and it was nearing the end of the school year and was also trying to fit in my christmas shopping and of course, sadly packed my sewing room to make it the baby’s nursery. I decided to make The Ultimate Bunting Kit  (**aff. link). This was perfect timing really as I had always wanted one for the nursery and since baby girl was born in September I knew the gender and was able to select the colours I preferred. I used all fabric from my stash, which were either top pop poplins (100% polyester) or cotton poplins and I lined the pieces with white top pop poplin. This is really a great stash busting project if you are looking for something quick to make, unless you choose a bunting with appliques and complicated shapes.

There are a number of pattern shapes included in this pattern, really as the name suggests it has everything, but I went with basic/traditional triangles. The instructions provide you with a number of ways to finish the bunting, however I chose to sew the pieces right sides together, then turn them right side out and topstitch. Alternatively you could sew them wrong sides together and cut the raw edges with pinking shears. There really isn’t a right or wrong way.

I chose these particular colours as they are soft and feminine for a baby girls room and thinking as she grows up they won’t date. I also opted to finish the bunting with white pre made bias tape. I can’t recall exactly how much spacing I allowed between the triangles but think it was roughly 2 inches, it’s personal preference.

The Bunting Kit is also a freebie at the Rebecca Page shop so if you don’t need it right now pop it in your cart anyway because it makes a great gift, festive season decor or you could even use the shapes to applique clothes and pillows. Possibilities are endless.

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Midi Skirt in Black and White

This is this photo I saw on Pinterest from mesewcrazy that inspired this particular project. After my recent debacle with the McCall’s dress I wanted a quick, satisfying project. Mesewcrazy made her skirt from plaid and lace and although I knew I didn’t want those particular fabrics I did like the contrast colour hem band. I found this perfect sateen but wish they had it in another colourway for my hem band and so instead decided to just make my skirt out of one fabric.

I self-drafted this skirt and used printed sateen squares (97% cotton/3% spandex) in black/ivory fabric. Briefly I cut 2 rectangles of fabric for the front and back at about 36 inch long with 4 inch additional for each pleat (3 on front and back). I pinned the pleats so they were evenly spaced, about 5 1/2 inch apart and stitched the pleats about 4 inches from the top to avoid the poofing which I find unflattering on me.

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midi skirt backI initially wanted pockets in this skirt but found they didn’t lay flat for some reason so omitted them in the end. I added a 10 inch (25cm) black invisible zip to the side seam with a hook and eye, but find that something weird is happening at this side. I normally fuse some interfacing on the zip seam but didn’t this time and therefore don’t think it sits quite right. I have worn this skirt once already and it didn’t phase me too much, I just try to iron it as flat as possible.

My waistband was 22 inch long and 4 inch wide. I interfaced one side of the waistband and folded in half and attached to the skirt. I hand stitched the waistband down on the inside.

I found once the dress was assembled it was a little loose so ended up taking it in about 4cm from either side. Since wearing and washing it once, I still feel it needs to be taken in some more.

The skirt length was a guestimate and I ended up turning up the hem 4.5cm and hand stitched for an invisible hem. I’m not sure if this is the correct length on me. Any suggestions?

I am happy to add this separate to my wardrobe and think it will get lots of wear but I think now I need to sew up a nice white, boxy crop(ish) top to complete the look.

As I’m all about scrap busting this year I decided to immediately sew up a clutch with left over fabric although will probably never wear the two items together as I think it’s too much. I completely lined the clutch with black cotton sateen (96% cotton/ 4% spandex) from the stash and used a 14 inch invisible zipper (stash) although would have preferred a metal one. The clutch pieces were cut to 24 x 14 inch measurements and then I essentially winged construction but think it turned out really cute. While I was at it I thought I would also make some hair bows for my girls. So I’m really happy with my efforts and the scraps were literally scraps and went straight in the bin.

midi skirt with purse

 purse with bows  inside purse

One Mum, Two Kids …. Alone on a Plane

I made a dress for my friends wedding and the wedding was interstate although that will probably be in the next post. I ended up going on my own with my 2 kiddos, that’s a 3 1/2 hour plane flight. I got into preparation mode a few weeks before. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and planned away at what I could make or buy to keep them entertained. Sorry if this stuff doesn’t interest you but I thought I would post anyway in case it helps any parents out there for future travels and the things I made for flight sanity – mine, not theirs.

I found this great idea from Parrish Platz seen here and pretty much used her instructions to the letter and give her full credit for a practical and functional idea. I made 2 trays, one for each child, and I used this fairytale vinyl which lived in my stash which I think I bought as some stage to make a picnic playmat, obviously that didn’t happen and I had heaps to use.

fairy mat

The only thing I did differently was to sew on the velcro before the bias tape because I wanted a neat edge but having said that, it doesn’t stay together securely at the top, but I can live with that.

It doubled up as, actually trippled up as (1) a placemat for food and snacks, (2) a basket for beads and buttons and said snacks that rolled around and (3) a playmat as the roads and various fairytale pictures were great for the little dolls and ponies to make up a story and because I had 2 and cut them in order we were able to lay them flat to make longer roads. I had to buy the 2″ velcro and pink bias tape but I think we will get lots of uses for it at home and out and about anyway.

trays flat

trays folded 2

The next thing I made was an airplane tray table cover. It’s a great idea and I personalised each one for the appropriate ages of my children. Let me say these aren’t just for children as some “Executive” ones are listed on Etsy and some other variations which I call the deluxe models. The common theme when searching for inspiration and ideas is that there is a discrepency in sizes of tray tables amongst airlines. I used the biggest measurements I could find and made the side open so they could basically fit any width table.

The oldest is 3 and is into art/craft/drawing stuff so I made this one with a clear vinyl sleeve to use as a dry erase mat and also for storage for books and paper especially during meal and snack time (left cover). I added 3 pockets at the front to store crayons, paper and snacks. When the tray table is stowed up, the underside of the cover has some pockets also with an elasticised pocket to hold the drink bottle.

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Kiddo number 2 is 1 years old and not much interests her, unless it can be bitten or chewed, pesky teeth! Her cover was a more interactive one with inspiration taken from The Play-n-Go Tray Table cover by Starkids (right cover).

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I also made some separate quite pages using stiff felt as the backing which kept both the kids entertained.

quiet pages

If anyone is interested in making the tray table covers let me know and I can do another post about dimensions and brief instructions. This is the first time I tackled something like this so order of construction may not have been ideal. Other than packing lots of snacks and trying to rotate the toys around, things went pretty well. We landed safely and I didn’t pull any hair out. 🙂

I was planning on showing you the tray table covers in action however I lost my phone with the photos on them the day after I arrived interstate and was not a happy camper. You will just have to use your imagination. I think they were a success however as the two lovely air hostesses we had were curious and intrigued by the covers and the other activities I had planned for my kids and they are seasoned travelers themselves with young children of their own. Thumbs up all around!