Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Sew, Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Reprint of vintage Simplicity sew pattern including 4 different toys and gift bag for giving. This is the pattern up for grabs in the giveaway and is currently out of print.

Hello to visitors from SMS Giveaway Day! I jumped on the bandwagon a little late, as in last night. See this post for more explanation as to motivation for that. I wasn't completely sure I wanted to have my giveaway right away after finding this pattern again even though I was planning on having a giveaway for it months ago. As such, I only have the pattern ready right now. I need to collect a few pieces of my hand dyed fabrics to photograph and add to this giveaway, but that will absolutely happen before noon CST so no worries (it will be naturally dyed fabrics, probably mostly rust-dyed). At this time, I plan on two winners. One fabric winner and one pattern winner. However, if there is overwhelming interest/participation, I will certainly consider poking around my other sewing/crafting-related collection boxes to see what I can find and very possibly making some additional handmade by me something(s) for additional winners.

Here are the rules for my giveaway this time 'round.
1. At this time I can only afford to ship within the US.  My apologies to international readers, but the finances just aren't there for it right now.
2. Each comment to this post will be considered an entry, but need to be answers to the question prompt I will pose to you here in a few moments.
3. Constructive comments to other posts here will also count as entries. (For example, if you read a cooking post and know of a better, faster, or tastier way to accomplish the same or a similar dish.)
4. You can enter as many times as you like as long as each new entry is a relevant comment following the two points above.
5. You do not have to be a follower or subscriber to participate, but if you like what I have going on here I would love it if you would do so.
6. For the sake of my sanity in deciding winners: The pattern winner will be chosen solely from comments to this post answering the question below as it is baby/child-related and the pattern is also. The fabric winner will be chosen from constructive comments to other posts. (So if you only want to win one or the other, please keep that in mind.)
7. On Friday, December 17, I will most likely use random number generator to choose winners unless there are only a few entrants. 

And now for the question prompt. I need help figuring out what cute things to put on baby items, please. My sister and her husband are expecting their first child in April. I am told recently that it is a girl, however, I know these two will be having more children in the future and so I am wanting to keep most items relatively gender-neutral. I do not have money to buy cute, baby-related fabrics and so all of the cute details included on the onesies, diaper covers and blankets and such I make will have to be embroidered or painted on by me. The couple is, I suppose, your average educated, religious couple, well-versed in gaming and Internet culture as well both being hunters so I would like the decorative elements of items I make to reflect such (gaming and/or Internet culture, hunting, not-too-cutesy animal and general baby stuff, general geekery, books and reading, pirates, ninjas, etc.). Ideas, please?

Fabrics available for giveaway. All organic cotton fat quarters, natural dyed by me. From left to right: walnut dye, rust with walnut overdye, very light rust with very light walnut overdye, rust dyed.

And these are the fabrics available. They are all organic fat quarters, 4 in total, dyed by me. The only one of these that could possibly be reproduced is the far left with a strong walnut dye, the others are all completely one of a kind, never to be repeated. I am especially fond of the patterning on the far right piece, very detailed and intricate.




  1. I love to see little embroidered owls, squirrels and frogs. So many little things like that can be gender neutral.

  2. I do love appliqued pirates and robots for my boy. I've also batiked elephants, turtles, tractors, lambs, skunks, etc. on baby onesies. If your sis is really geeky, the Tardis is a fantastic design!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Hmmm, gender neutral is where it gets tough! I love to give taggy blankets as gifts, with the child's name embroidered on them. Not gender neutral but taggies typically stay with the original recipient.
    How about bibs with the family's last name on them or cute sayings. I'm a fan of ninjas for kids myself - I can just see a little bib that says "Ninja Baby"
    Ideas for applique -- Pacman and the different colored ghosts, space invaders. Hmmm, over on Lil Blue Boo there is a really cute robot to download. I used it as a template to freezer paper stencil a shirt using pink paint. Oh, and goldfish crackers would also be a cute applique! MMmm, and stars - or using star spangled banner on things.
    Or how about freezer paper stenciling or appliquing a logo for a band or musician they like? I made Kiss and NIN shirts for my DD from logos my husband asked me to stencil. HE loved them. I need to make her a Beatles shirt!

    Have fun!

  4. Your fabric is absolutely gorgeous! That rust dyed one is fantastic! I love how detailed it is :)
    Animals are always a great thing to add to kids things. We stayed "gender-neutral" with our daughter and had a safari themed room... now she's all girlie but she still loves those animals! Elephants and monkeys and crocodiles. Ooooh and Dr. Seuss stuff :) Always adorable!
    We tie dyed a lot of onesies and bought some iron on letters and spelled out things like "B's Girl" and "YaYa's Love" and "Hold Me"...
    Handmade items are always the best :) Very meaningful.

  5. I think some appliques using your and dyed fabrics... I can see an owl from the brown one, maybe some other animals, too... and since the fabrics you use are natural, I think it would make the animals even more special feeling.


  6. My baby loves any sort of animals, especially ones she sees often such as dogs, cats, and birds. For geeks you could do something in binary (if they're really geeky!).

  7. What about doing a Noahs Ark and make the animals from the forest like owls and mice. Put them on onsies and embroider them, put a back on them and cut them out with pinking shears. You could even use them as a mobile by hanging them from a tree.

  8. Geometric designs are a refreshing change from all the cuteness on baby items.

  9. I think birds are gender friendly!
    i love your are very talented

  10. Nice work on the hand-dyeing, I love the far right one, too! I have a 14mo old girl and am due to have a boy sometime between now and Christmas (!) so I understand wanting to have clothes & stuff that fit for boys and girls both. I have just started sewing, and my current favorite embellishments are turtles, dinosaurs, monkeys, and robots. I don't care for "baby" colors, so I've been making mine more bold colors. I have embellished some of my dinos and robots with bows (the pre-made ones), and I can just snip off the bows when I want to use them for my little boy-on-the-way! Hope that helps!

  11. What beautiful hand dyed fabrics!!! How about squirrels? They can be cute and "outdoorsy".

  12. Owls, you can't go wrong with owl or any other woodland critter!!!!

  13. Great giveaway. How about elephant, pig, alligator, dear, geometric shapes, pac man, or robots.

    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

  14. gorgeous gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics!

    i am going to add another vote for 'owls.'

    thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  15. Birds and owls are really popular right now. Bright colored dots and circles are nice, too!
    Cute puppies, elephants and horses can be gender neutral.
    dvdenter (at) gci (dot)net

  16. My favorite gender neutral color is green. Then I can embroider colors that go with it; pink for a girl, brown for a boy. For outdorsey girls- you can't go wrong with a sled, hiking, or little footprints of a bear, fox, etc. Same thing for a boy, but I really like appliqued and embroidered tree trunks- perhaps with a little owl sticking his head out?

    Littlebitty- I'm huge into appliqued circles right now. The more the merrier, and completely gender neutral.

  17. I love foxes! Any "woodland" type animal is safe for gender neutral. Greens and orange/teal combos are always good colors. I love that pattern for the animals! Thanks for the chance!

  18. What a great pattern!! I would love to make the elephant! Dec 17th is my birthday, so winning would make the day extra-special.

    I think if you pick a shape, and stick with it, it would work great. Like, circles and dots. It could work for either gender, and would grow with them. Simple shapes are very modern, but still cute. If you chose a neutral shade, like yellow or green, you'd be good to go.

    Also, circles would be much easier to sew than some crazy giraffe or something!

  19. I don't think you can go wrong with animals. They work for girls and boys. Like everyone else, I love owls right now. They are so cute. Alphabet is also good. A is for...B is could do tons of stuff with that.

  20. My niece just had a newborn, and my nephew/his wife are due in January. Both are into outdoors/hunting and liked gifts (for baby girls) that have elephants, dinosaurs, fawns, owls, frogs - that avoid too much lite pink. They both like graphic designs including camo - not too girly or cutesy. They also liked their favorite college logos on items. So, the quilts, burp cloths, onesies, etc. that we made / they received at showers reflected this. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. Oh! I forgot to say that I would like to enter the drawing for the fabrics - love those natural earthy colors. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  22. I would love to win this pattern. I love making toys for my two little girls.

    As far as the gifts for baby - I don't think you can go wrong with little animals. I am loving hedgehogs right now. Or mushrooms. Little gnomes are also gender neutral. How fun, and good luck!

  23. I think a cute Bambi-like deer would be nice.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. I have done teddy bears, birds, dots, stripes have also worked.

    please enter my name in your lovely drawing...
    bonnie in Florida USA...

  25. as for comments on your blogs, I will comment on your giveaway,I think the reason you are not getting many entries is because yours is to complicated, there are hundreds of sites to visit and most readers want a quick entry and on to the next. If they like your site they will be back... limit the number of hoops you have them jump through when hosting a giveaway, you will get more followers..

  26. I think animals are gender neutral and adorable! Pigs, frogs, bears, etc. :)

  27. Animals are loved by everyone.

  28. Embroider or applique shapes on onesies! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. As a geek, I would say come up with baby versions of classic game characters (baby Pac-Man, baby Mario, baby Sonic) to put on the items...A polka dot fabric with an appliquéd baby Pac-Man would be really cute


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