Halloween Batik Toddler Top

I found this amazing batik fabric at Joann’s the other day and immediately knew what I was going to make with it! I made this peasant top for Boo and another one for the boutique I am going to this Wednesday. It is a very subtle “Halloween” outfit which is totally my style. My friend Lisa over at ElleBows is going to make some ElleBlooms to match! I used the same pattern that I used for the Coffee Sack Dress and shortened it.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top via lilblueboo.com
I love the spiderweb design.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m experimenting with new Lil Blue Boo garment labels too. They are a little plain but I’m liking them! I used this tutorial from Pepperberry as a starting point….

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 3 via lilblueboo.com
If the dress doesn’t sell at the boutique I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop.

Our Weekend of Making Stuff

My sister Perry and her fiance Justin were here this week for the LPGA qualifying. We spent this weekend hanging out and while the guys watched football and Sienna napped…..Perry and I made stuff.
I already posted the coffee sack dress. Here is another piece of clothing I made for Sienna (it won’t get cool here for a while)……by adding a patch to a Target tank top:
Our Weekend of Making Stuff via lilblueboo.com
I added a little tiny patch to the back of the shirt:
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 2 via lilblueboo.com
The patches are from this adorable little book of Sukie iron-ons that I picked up at Barnes & Noble last week. I love everything in this book! They are a little difficult to use…..you have to use lots of pressure and they work best on smooth, light colored fabric.
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 3 via lilblueboo.com
Here is Perry sewing a halter top in my messy studio:
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 4 via lilblueboo.com
I made her model it outside so I could get a cute photo.
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 5 via lilblueboo.com
We miss you already Perry and Justin!  XOXO
Our Weekend of Making Stuff 6 via lilblueboo.com

A Coffee Sack Dress

A Coffee Sack Dress via lilblueboo.com
I think it is so funny when people say “oh, she’d look cute even in a potato sack.” I decided to put it to the test. I love the look of burlap coffee sacks….so I created my own coffee sack out of soft cotton and turned it into a dress.

A Coffee Sack Dress 2 via lilblueboo.com
I used one of my favorite patterns: the Leila & Ben Sweet Dress (you can find it here).

A Coffee Sack Dress 3 via lilblueboo.com
Using a few different lettering stencils, I drew some “coffee” info onto the cotton using a disappearing ink pen. Once I was happy with the way it looked I used a black Fabric Mate pen to color it permanent.

A Coffee Sack Dress stencil via lilblueboo.com
Here is the front and the back of the dress before sewing:

A Coffee Sack Dress stencil front and back via lilblueboo.com
Closeup of the lettering on the front:

A Coffee Sack Dress lettering closeup via lilblueboo.com
Lettering on the back says “Superior Organic”:

A Coffee Sack Dress lettering on back via lilblueboo.com
I added a row of orange and white mattress ticking in the dress. Then used some leftover fabric for a frayed flower. The center of the flower is a fabric button I made that reads “coffee” (and the disappearing ink line hadn’t quite disappeared by photo time).

A Coffee Sack Dress mattress ticking and a flower via lilblueboo.com
The finished dress:

A Coffee Sack Dress finished via lilblueboo.com
I made actually cut the dress to be shorter so Sienna could wear it as a top over jeans. It is so cute as a little dress that I am making bloomers out of the orange and white mattress ticking for her to wear until it gets cooler. (Tip: Freeze your GoGurt’s so they aren’t messy!)

A Coffee Sack Dress frozen GoGurt via lilblueboo.com

California Dresses

I love how Julie over at Joy’s Hope mixed up the straps on these halter dresses! She made them so fun!

California Dresses via lilblueboo.com
P.S. I’m not just sending you over there to read the nice comments she made about my pattern….Julie made these dresses so cute and unique! I want them!

In the weeds….

I’m in the weeds. I love using that phrase. I used it all the time back in my investment banking days. I’ve got a local boutique show “Artisans & Commodities” in a few days. But here is where I am struggling…..my Lil Blue Boo blog has become a place where my painting, sewing, crafting, Lil Golf Girl, homemaking, journaling can come together. Outside of the blog world though it is hard to pinpoint what I do…..am I a painter? am I a crafter? am I a pattern maker? What am I? How do I reconcile all of it into one? What do I take to a boutique? How about everything!
All day I’ve been:
….putting tags onto Lil Golf Girl shirts….
In the weeds lil golf girl shirts via lilblueboo.com
….putting tags on nursery art….
In the weeds nursery art via lilblueboo.com
….pulling out different portraits, nursery paintings to show examples of commissioned work….
In the weeds portraits and paintings via lilblueboo.com
…..sending patterns off to my rockin’ printer Plan-It Reprographics to be printed and bound….
In the weeds patterns via lilblueboo.com
….pulling out signage to make sure it hasn’t been crushed in storage….
In the weeds signage via lilblueboo.com
Look at these great t-shirt colors I found today. Now all I want to do is some sewing.
In the weeds t-shirt colors via lilblueboo.com
So that is it for today. Sorry, not much new to share. Now I’ve got to take a break….and start getting dinner ready. My sister and fiance are still visiting. I’m off to pick up Sienna and get groceries for fish tacos! Yum!
Have a wonderful Friday night!

The Sienna Dress

Update: The Sienna Dress Pattern is now available in the pattern shop! Giveaway winners (jellaan and roseylittlethings) at the bottom of the post! Thanks everyone for the entries and nice comments!
If you’ve followed me for a while you know how much I love using old t-shirts to make clothing for my daughter……but I like to make them with a pattern so the pieces look finished and boutique. I spend weeks and weeks on a pattern to get it just right. I love adding in tons of options to make a pattern versatile and customizable. I love finding ways to use existing seams and hems to minimize the amount of sewing. And then, after a gazillion versions are created in every size by myself and my fabulous testers, I can finally share it:
The Sienna Dress

I love this dress because it is so versatile. Options include: short sleeve, long sleeve, bell sleeve, tapered sleeve, bottom ruffle, and others. Use your old college t-shirts, tie-dye and other knits to make your little girl the coolest wardrobe ever.

Thank you Nicole, Shari, Angie, Deanna, Becky, Lisa, & Leslie for all of your sewing and help with this pattern!

The Sienna Dress via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress is now in the Lil Blue Boo Etsy Shop along with the new Paper Doll Dress pattern. But of course I’ll give away a few first!
You’ll find the giveaway info at the bottom of the post after some cute photos! There were too many cute dresses to show, but check out the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery soon for more!
The Sienna Dress 2 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 3 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 4 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 5 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 6 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 7 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress 8 via lilblueboo.com
The Sienna Dress PDF pattern & tutorial includes:
:: 26 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
:: 71 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
:: 7 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes 6-12M, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5 & 6
:: Options for sleeve lengths and bell sleeves or tapered sleeves
:: Options for customizing your dress by adding a ruffle and adding your own graphics
The Sienna Dress 9 via lilblueboo.com
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED (originally posted 9/15/2009)
The winners of the Sienna Dress Pattern are:

Congratulations jellan and roseylittlethings! I’ll be emailing you the pattern shortly. Thanks to everyone for the all of the entries and all the thoughtful comments. I loved hearing all the t-shirt ideas!

"Mom, do you think I could have something "store" bought…..

….manufactured, or maybe even mass-produced?” That is exactly how I picture the conversation starting one day. I make most of my daughter’s clothes and I am positive that one day the novelty will wear off for her.

Two things I do NOT make: shoes and underwear, so that part of her wardrobe becomes very neglected. But in all seriousness, does a two-year-old really need more than one pair of shoes (and maybe a pair of pink “super hero” boots)? Besides, I happen to think skater shoes look cute with a church dress….
"Mom, do you think I could have something "store" bought via lilblueboo.com
Thank goodness for Grandmothers. Thank you “Mimi” for Sienna’s new shoes! I no longer will be embarrassed when her school thinks she came in barefooted because none of the shoes on hand fit…..

"Mom, do you think I could have something "store" bought shoes via lilblueboo.com
Changing the subject: I am a little horrified that Sienna “captured” Tinkerbell in her juice cup and then filled it halfway with water. Tink even looks like she is yelling “heeeeelllllppp”…….


"Mom, do you think I could have something "store" bought Boo and Tinkerbell via lilblueboo.com

The Paper Doll Dress

Update: The Paper Doll Dress Pattern is now available in the pattern store! Giveaway winners (Liz and Desi) at the bottom of the post! Thanks everyone for the entries and nice comments!
I’ve been sewing up a storm (along with my wonderful pattern testers!) trying to get my two fall patterns finished. The Paper Doll Dress is ready for release and will be available this week. But FIRST….you have a chance to win it! See details at the bottom of the post and I’ll pick a winner this Tuesday evening. My fall recycled knit pattern to come soon….just adding some options to it!
The Paper Doll Dress via lilblueboo.com
How great are the big “collecting” pockets?
The Paper Doll Dress collecting pockets via lilblueboo.com
So comfy and perfect for layering……can’t wait until it is cool enough for ribbed tights and clunky brown boots.
Wow, was this a pose?
The Paper Doll Dress Boo posing via lilblueboo.com
I’ve stocked up on “home spun” cotton plaid. They are great for mixing and matching and usually run between $2.99 and $3.99 a yard.
The Paper Doll Dress 'home spun" cotton plaid via lilblueboo.com
The pattern includes an “idea” book for customizing your dress…..
The Paper Doll Dress pattern and idea book via lilblueboo.com
…..and different pocket and applique templates.
The Paper Doll Dress pocket applique via lilblueboo.com
If you are scared of buttonholes…… this is the pattern for you. I show step-by-step how to create a button hole WITHOUT having to use any fancy settings or attachments. An easy solution.
The Paper Doll Dress button holes via lilblueboo.com
There are no zippers or buttons in the back….the dress is easy to step in and out of (or over the head) with the straps buttoning in the front
The Paper Doll Dress no zippers or buttons in the back via lilblueboo.com
The PDF ePattern:
:: 23 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
:: 68 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
:: 5 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes 6M, 12M, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5 & 6
The Paper Doll Dress epattern via lilblueboo.com
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED (originally posted 9/12/2009)
The winners of the Paper Doll Dress Pattern are:


Congratulations Liz and Desi! I’ll be emailing you the pattern shortly! Thanks to everyone for the all of the entries and all the thoughtful comments!

New and Improved Frog Beanbag (He’s a Prince!)

Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download via lilblueboo.com
Do you remember my 25-pound frog? This frog turned out much better than that one.

Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download 1 via lilblueboo.com

To make him I cut two top pieces, and one bottom piece (see my template at the bottom of the post).
Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download step 1 via lilblueboo.com
I sewed the two top pieces together.
Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Added button eyes and pinned a ribbon tongue in place.
Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download step 3 via lilblueboo.com
Then I placed the bottom piece on top of the top piece, right sides together and sewed all the way around using a 1/4″ seam….leaving a 2″ gap on the inside of one of the legs. I filled him with beans and then sewed him shut.
Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download step 4 via lilblueboo.com
He looks better with a crown on! A cute little frog prince.

Stuffed Frog Beanbag Toy DIY Tutorial and Free Pattern Download step 5 via lilblueboo.com

You can download and print my frog pattern here:
Frog Beanbag Pattern

You can find the crown template at this link: Frog Prince Crown

Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw/Lil Blue Boo. All rights reserved. This frog pattern is for personal and home use only.

There is this one song…..

……I can’t even sing it because my voice will crack. Sometimes listening to it I get that feeling like my chest is being crushed. When the “live” version plays from iTunes some mornings Sienna will look up at me and say “are you okay Mommy?”

Michael W. Smith’s  “Awesome God” from the album Worship

It was released on September 11, 2001.

There is this one song via lilblueboo.com

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