Tagged: sewing

Mar 09

Special baby. Special gifts.


I never thought I’d say that I was happy to see my baby get bigger. But I am (just a little bit). Owen is finally fitting into this adorable personalized appliqué outfit that he was given at birth.

He was given some really sweet handmade gifts that I have to share with you. The first one was made my my sister-in-law, Micah. She is extraordinarily talented with both felt appliqué and chain stitching (among MANY other things). It’s amazing and beautiful and I absolutely ADORE the pieces she has created for my children. (See more here and here.)

Another sister-in-law, Casi, is super talented with needle and thread as well. She made Owen this stripe blanket that I think is extremely sweet. I love the raw edges – I am a sucker for the texture and dimension that they add to a handmade item.

My friend, Mandy, made him an “O is for octopus” onesie that is pretty darn cute as well. Get one (in the letter of your choice) here!

And lastly, below are the other two onesis that Micah made. See what I mean about the chain stitching?!?!? Crazy patience.

I just love all the crafty, inspiring people in my life!

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Jun 16

Wichita Quilt Show

Prairie Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Every other year, our local quilt guild holds a quilt show. Two years ago was my first one ever and I thought it was really cool! If you are even a little interested in sewing, you will appreciate this event – I promise! I have been looking forward to it for quite some time – the quilts on display there are so beautiful and the talent involved is so apparent. I just wanted to pull them down from the display and snuggle up! There are also dozens of classes, tons of shopping and a raffle for an amazing quilt valued at over $3,600!!

**If you go – Be warned, do NOT touch the quilts! I didn’t know last time! However, there are gloves provided – of course, that kind of takes the fun out of touching.

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Apr 28

Who knew?

I’ve never considered myself much of a seamstress. Sure, I can sew a straight line. But other than that, I get real intimidated behind the wheel of my sewing machine.

One thing that I have always wanted to do, but always was too scared, is to sew clothes for my kids. I’m not sure what it is that makes me nervous – maybe just the really small pattern pieces and curved seams. Just seemed like a project that would keep me and my seam ripper busy for days.

Anyways, I finally got up the courage to try it. I used a new pattern by Jackie Clark and it was super easy. Took me less than an hour and I didn’t even have to use my seam ripper once!

I went digging for fabric and ran across an old hand-embroidered/crocheted linen that I picked up at a yard sale long ago. Pre-embellished and perfect! This happened to be a table runner, but you could also use a table cloth or pillowcase. Seems like I run across lots of those at sales and thrift stores, but always walk away not knowing what to do with them!

This little top is a gift for our neice, Chloe, who is being baptized this weekend. I sure hope it fits!

My favorite part is the crochet edging around the bottom. I am dying to learn how to do this. Hoping to take a class on it or find a tutor someday. Anybody?

Pretty, right? Now, this makes me what to go to yard sales to round up some more vintage linens!

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Apr 10

Handmade gifts.

For me, there is nothing better than a handmade gift. Whenever birthdays or holidays roll around, I always consider, “what can I make that this person would like?”. Last year, for Christmas, it was my goal to give every person a little something handmade. And, I succeeded. The person I had the hardest time with was our brother-in-law, Jeff. When I couldn’t think of anything to sew or craft for him, I remembered how much he loves my no-bake cookies – so he got a box of cookies (along with some gadget that Brady picked out.)

But anyways, my point is that you can come up with something to make for almost anybody. Little kids are the easiest, for sure.

You may or may not remember a little felt book that I made for my nephew over a year ago for Christmas. Well, at that time, I also started one for his sister, but ran out of time/ambition/energy before the holiday. Swore I’d get it done my her birthday that March. Well, of course, procrastination kicked in and I still hadn’t completed by the following holiday season.

But, alas, I got it done.

These little books were quite a bit of work, I will say. But, I thought that they turned out pretty darn cute! Thank goodness that these kids have short names!! (Each page is a letter of their name.)

I got the idea from a seller on Etsy.

Also for Christmas, I embroidered each kids’ initial onto some travel bags for them. As you can probably guess, this is MUCH easier to do than the books.

Proof that handmade gifts don’t have to be difficult. And that you can do it!

Now that I’ve written this, I am inspired to be crafty! Brady and Lilah are out of town for the weekend, so maybe Graham will take a good nap and I can get something accomplished!

FYI, Brady and I are headed out on a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico next week! I will return to scheduled programming when we return!

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Mar 20

Inspired.

Last week, my friend Lacey send me a link to an adorable tutorial for this t-shirt dress.

Normally, I scroll through tutorials, save them in my bookmark folder, imagine myself making the project, then close out of the window. End of story.
But this one was too cute. And looked so simple! So, this morning I dug through my drawer of old t-shirts and found some (more than I’d like to admit) that are too small for me now.
About an hour later:

This really was (almost) as easy as it looked. The sleeves were tricky, but on my second try, I got it all worked out. I am still intimidated by the embellishment that she did, but may get motivated some other time.
For the pattern, all I did was take one of Lilah’s dressed and trace it. The knit fabric was a little tricky to work with – I’m used to quilting fabrics. But, not too bad.


Do you have a little girl about this size? You should try it too! Very rewarding!

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Feb 23

Out on a limb.

Last fall, I was yearning for a family tree for our wall. I looked all over the web and never really found one that I thought was right. So, one night I got inspired and made my own. I knew I wanted it to be organic, or able to grow, should we decide to have another baby (a whole different post altogether!). I ended up with this piece which still puts a smile on my face when I walk past every day. The visual representation of what my life has become is so meaningful to me and a great reminder of my little family. It just feels so comfortable.


Soon after, my MIL’s birthday was approaching, so I made one for her. This one was much more involved because it was three generations but really cool to see come together. She has four kids who are each married + eight grandkids. The family is not done growing, so it needed to have room for up to 22 people. It ended up taking longer than I hoped and became her Christmas present. Aside from a few typos (typical, Kylie), she seemed genuinely happy with it.

Then my friend, Lindsey, hit me up for another one as a Christmas gift for her mom. I was happy to help, especially because her family is small (read: more simple to make).

So there you have it. Three family trees. And I’ve decided I really enjoyed the process so much that I am going to take a chance and see if I can find anybody else to pay me to make them :) See my etsy shop here. I’d love to hear what you think!

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Jan 25

Old school.

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I have been out of school for almost six years now. And I think I am finally starting to miss it. (Wait, did I just say that out loud???)

No, I don’t miss the homework, the studying, the late nights cramming, or the long, cold winter walks to campus.

But, I do miss the learning. Taking home a new idea each day. Am I alone in this?

Lately, it’s become more apparent as I keep adding to my list of classes that I want to take. First, it started with the photography classes. (Which is something that I had always wanted to study while in school, but was too intimidated by.) Then a friend called and asked if I wanted to take wine tasting classes. Then another friend called about cake decorating classes. And I realized I had a problem.

Too many classes. Too little Kylie.

Here’s a list of local classes that are available and I am hoping to get to take part in at some point:

il_fullxfull.118046526 1. Knitting/crocheting – These are available at a local yarn store, Twist. But you can probably ask your grandma or you aunt for a basic lesson. My sister-in-law taught me to knit several years ago (thanks, Casi!), but I’ve never made it past the simple scarf. I found it to be incredibly rewarding and a perfect pastime for the car. Also, helps justify sitting down to watch The Bachelor. I really want to learn to take it further, follow patterns for hats and more. Plus, I really want to learn to crochet.

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2. Cooking
– Wichita has a few places to do this. But ever since my good friend, Adriene, started teaching cooking classes out of her home, I have been dying to take some. I always feel like I continually cook the same meals over and over and need introduced to some new techniques/recipes. I am totally eyeing that Superbowl party-themed class.

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3. Cake/cookie decorating
– Have you ever been to the Cake Stuff store?!?! You should definitely go. Very, very cool. With both my kids birthdays around the corner, I have really been wishing I had some of these skills.

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4. Scrapbooking
– Oven 10 years ago, I worked at Scrapbook Garden. Since then, that industry has evolved and changed in many ways. It has become a very artful hobby, one that I wish I hadn’t abandoned. I have been eyeing some of the mini-book classes (probably because that is something I could actually finish). And as a bonus, they offer FREE scrapbooking 101 and rubber stamping classes. A couple other resources for classes are Bradley Paper and Mrs. O’Leary’s in Old Town. All of these are very cool stores just to visit and get inspired, even if you can’t do the classes.

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5. Wine tasting
– Who doesn’t need this as a skill? The WSU continuing education department offers this class in a 4-week session for $100. I have had this class on my radar for several years, but have been pregnant much of that! I’m thinking this is a must! Also, the wine store by my house, Auburn Spirits, hosts wine tasting events a couple times a month.

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6. Quilting
– Now, this is definitely a more involved hobby, but I also find quilting to be incredibly rewarding. Nothing better than wrapping your baby in a quilt you made. Again, there are many places to learn the art of quilting, but I’m eying classes at my favorite store, The Picket Fence or an class at the upcoming quilt show.

So, as you can see – lots to learn. I think it’s a good thing!

Photo sources: 1.bellababyboutique, 2. grlpwr777, 3. jdesmeules, 4. Ali Edwards. 5.dimmalimmhome, 6. stitchindye

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Nov 11

For a good cause.

craftfair1This weekend is my church’s craft fair. So my mom and I got together and stitched up these fabric balls to donate. Pretty cute, huh? I kinda don’t want to give them away! Graham has been loving playing with all of them. He thinks it’s hilarious to get hit in the head with them. Such a boy.

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We used a tutorial – try it yourself! We also stuffed them with jingle bells and rice-filled easter eggs so they would jingle or rattle when played with. I thought the pattern was very easy to follow and we had everything on hand. A perfect craft.

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We are going to try to sell the set of two for $9. What do you think of that price? Always so hard to know. Always seems like you never get anything out of handmade products. Good thing they are so fun to make!

The craft fair is this Saturday at:
West Heights United Methodist Church

745 Westlink
Wichita, KS

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Nov 09

Shelf makeover.

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I’ve had this photo shelf for quite some time – it was a gift from a friend back in college. Over the years, it’s hung on many walls and held a variety of photos. I hung it in my daughter’s room last year when we moved her out of the nursery. And I’ve been meaning to put some photos of her in the frames and have never gotten around to it. (As if I don’t have a MILLION pictures of her.)

Anyways, got a wild hair to do something other that photos. And since I’m sorta addicting to monogramming things, I went with her initials (Lilah Mae Rott). Clever, huh? I used up some random scraps of fabric, layered two pieces together and hand-stitched the letters. Cut away the center and ta-da! the bottom fabric is revealed. Pretty. Simple. Pretty simple.
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Kinda funny that her initials are L and R. Looks like “left” and “right”.

Stick around – cause while I was in her room tidying-up, I snapped some shots of the rest of it…I’ll be sharing those soon, too.

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Oct 20

Greens and yellows and browns, oh my.

Went with my friend, Michelle, to a great quilting store, called The Button Hole, in McPherson, KS this weekend. She has never quilted before and was very curious. I am a beginner who pretends to know what she is talking about. We make a funny combination. Anyways, she bought an awesome bunch of fabrics to make a friend a baby quilt, and I, as usual, bought a few mismatched, but beautiful fabrics – and an overambitious quilt pattern. Mostly just came home with some inspiration and motivation to actually get something made.


Also put together a cover for what will be a baby book for the new baby. Kinda boyish, I know. But don’t the floral patterns help girl it up a little?

And, on the family front – here are a few pics of my nephew, Jak’s, 2nd birthday party.


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The Cars cake was made by my SIL’s sister, Kathleen. She has quite a knack for cakes and gets more impressive ! So pretty we had a hard time cutting into it.

And one to prove that I am truly pregnant :)

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