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I purchased a few yards of knit fabric at the Hobby Lobby in Georgia and mixed it with a couple of tank tops from the Carter’s Outlet. I think these are so cute, useful in an everyday kinda way and comfortable. All in all I spent 45 minutes at the most putting them together.

I started out measuring the girls…this was a very unscientific measuring…I simply put the tape measure at their shoulders and tried to see where I would want the fullness of the dress to be.  I ended up choosing to place the skirt a bit lower than their waist.  I didn’t want the fullness (and the serger stitches) to be too close to their waist where it might feel scratchy.  Then I measured from that point to a place below their knees where I wanted the skirt to end.  I added one inch to the skirt measurement and started cutting.

I cut the skirt fabric the entire width of the knit, which in this case was approx. 42 inches.  Next, I used my new gathering foot and gathered the top of each skirt and then sewed the seam to make a tube of sorts.  I also  marked the four equal distances of the tube to insure even distribution of the skirt to match up with the center front and back-plus the side seams of the tank tops.  First I attached the skirt to the top using a zig-zag stitch, I also stretched the top a bit to make everything fit.  Once the skirt was attached and I was happy with it, I serged around the seam.

My Bernina has a visible hem stitch for knits and this is what I used for the hem.  The only drawback to this stitch is that once you reach your point of origin on the hem…the stitching shows quite a bit.  Next time, I think I will stop the jersey stitch once I make the circumference of the skirt and use a regular straight stitch to finish and secure the hem.

Well, the girls seemed very happy and I was able to get a few photos of them wearing the dresses.  I have two more knits from Hobby Lobby to make additional dresses.  I hope you try this if you do any sewing for girls.  It was super easy, comfortable for the girls- and it is a very quick way to have matching outfits for photos, events or reunions!

Here are my remaining pics:

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Knitting is not my main hobby, but sometimes it can be a very relaxing way to spend time. My dil was hoping for some cute hats for Everley.  Thus far, the only hat I have knitted for her was the preemie hat she wore in the hospital.  So, while I was visiting I managed to make a few. I took my huge bag of cotton yarns with me, along with my travel tin of knitting essentials.  Here are a couple of new ones I made last week.  That is my son’s hand hello-ing me in the picture.  He told me to re-take the photo, but I-with my infinite wisdom, was convinced I took the picture before he stuck his hand in there!

For this hat, I used the measurements between a preemie hat and a newborn.  The preemie size called for 45 stitches ( for a 5 – 7 lb. baby) and the newborn was 64.  I compromised and used 56.  This head chart I found online was very helpful. Once you are on the page, look under General Hats and then click on head size chart.  You will be able to download a very useful chart.   Everley is over 6 pounds now…so that is how I determined my cast on stitches.  I had my computer with me in Georgia, but not all my knitting patterns, so I googled a bit and came up with this pattern which I was able to use for the green leaves at the top.

Here is another hat, which I made into a newborn size so that Evie might be able to use it into the late summer/early fall.  I did not have any instructions for a flower of any kind and found this one along with crochet directions for a .

They are both sitting on the kitchen counter where I used a spray bottle filled with water to mist the cotton.  They are both stuffed with paper towels to help keep their shape.  Evie seems to have lots of pink clothes, so I thought this color combo could be useful. 

I also finished knitting an upside down daisy hat, but I left it with Kim to finish.  I don’t know why, but I hate -hate -detest -lothe…hand sewing knitted things.  I can’t stand to weave in all those ends (like this hat above…color changes…flowers…UGH!)  Kim was happy to have the hat, so she offered to do those tedious tasks as long as I did the knitting.  I was very happy.  If she finishes it and sends a picture, I will post it.

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I have a few more projects to share.  This spring I made 2 car canopies.  One was for my niece Jessica and the other was for my dil Kim and baby Everley.  I chose to use fabric I had in my stash rather than purchasing something new since my stash is pretty big and I have lots of fun fabrics.  First,  I had to make sure that the handles for the car seats were straight across.  Some of the new car seats have handles that have a perpendicular section of the handle in order to have the baby face into the person carrying the car seat.  This would mean that you have adjust the tabs for the handle by 6 inches or so.  Both girls had chosen car seats with straight handles so I was good to go.

I spent some time searching for tutorials online and so many were nice and had pictures…but I was trying to sew without the benefit of a physical seat to look at and measure.  The majority of the tutorials I found did not include measurements.  I did find one that used a ruffle and I liked the idea because both girls have baby girls and the ruffle is a bit feminine.  I also chose to line both canopies because once I decided to use a ruffle -I wanted  raw edge  of the ruffle covered between the two layers.  This is the tutorial I used the most.  Also, I just found a pattern for a car canopy by Elizabeth Wyatt which has a bustle in the back for ventilation (a good idea!) and a zipper in the front so that you can open the canopy…not sure that is essential  but some may find it very handy.  Here are my pictures:

The original tutorial I started with instructed you to use 1 yard of fabric, which resulted in a short canopy.  These two work fine as long as the hood of the car seat is raised.  I found tutorials after I cut the fabric that listed 1 and 1/3 yards of fabric.  If I make more of these, I will use the 1 1/3.

I also included a couple of travel blankets which coordinate with the fabric of the canopy.  The reverse side is made with a minkie type fabric.  I simply serged the edges together.  Very fast and simple.  My daughter has a couple of these I made for her and said that they come in handy when it is getting close to nap time and the girls are stuck in the car.  Here are a few additional pictures of the process.  The ruffle seemed to be the most time-consuming part of these projects.   I used my washer weights to mark the seams of the ruffle in order to help distribute the ruffle evenly.  Some of these pictures are Jessica’s canopy for baby Illeana.

Here are a few additional tutorials I have found since making mine.  One has a window built into the front which is handier than a zipper.  This one uses buttons to decorate the handles and has a good pictures and measurements.
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