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Made for Baby Blog Tour

By Melissa LeRay Made for Baby Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour! I’ve been a long time fan of Ayda Algin’s and when I first heard that she was writing a book, I knew without a doubt that it would be an incredible source of inspiration and instruction.  I have some close friends that are soon to deliver baby boys, and I’m thrilled to have so many beautiful baby projects to choose from.

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Having two girls of my own, I am well stocked in girly prints, but I don’t have much in the way of boyish color schemes.  I used some precious Liberty of London and a favorite, ultra soft blue gingham, along with and a few low volume prints to create a soft boyish, scrappy feel, and am completely smitten with how these turned out! Made for Baby Blog Tour

I chose to make two projects from her book – the Chime Bears and the Teething Rings.  Because I’ve got one friend that just delivered, and another with a little boy on the way very soon, I decided to double up and made two of each. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I loved how easily and simply these projects came together.  I can’t get over how cute the addition of the bowtie is! Its the sweetest little detail that makes this feel so perfect for a baby boy.  I love that this pattern has such a classic, retro feel to it.  I bought a bag of bells and stuffed two into each bear to ensure enough chime, as often it can become quite muted within all the stuffing.  I decided to omit the embroidery for the arms, as I wanted to keep these bears very simple since they would be paired with busier teething rings. Made for Baby Blog Tour

For the teething ring stars, I scoured to find more coordinating Liberty and some low volume prints to create a cohesive feel between the bears and the rings. I cut random strip lengths of each fabric, and also chose to edge stitch at each seam within the star.  I used a medium weight fusible interfacing, and I think that even using fusible fleece would be a great choice for these as well. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I sewed small pieces of velcro to the ribbon that secures the ring to the star, instead of the snaps that Ayda recommends.  We are about to move and I’ve already packed up my snap press – but I wanted to still give the moms the chance to remove it so it could be washed, without having to wash the wooden ring.  The velcro worked perfectly, as these stars are super light weight. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I love how they turned out, and I hope these gifts are well loved by both mom and baby!

Ayda is hosting a giveaway on her blog, now through the end of the blog tour.  To enter, head over to her blog for more details!

Be sure to check out the entire lineup to see all the beautiful projects made from Made for Baby, and search the following hashtags to see all the projects:

Here are all the talented makers:


Ayda Algin



Jemima Flendt



Sarah Edgar



Lisa Cox



Ange Hamilton



Lauren Wright



Melissa LeRay



Minki Kim



Faith Essenburg



Kristin Esser



Lauren Guthrie



Bridgette McNay



Torie Jayne



Constanca Cabral



Stacy Olson



Caroline Husle



Nadra Ridgeway



Wynn Tan



Sedef Imer



Lauren Nash



Jennie Pickett



Amy Sinibaldi



Kim Kruzich



Elea Lutz



Samantha Dorn



Ayda Algin




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A Super Sweet Apple Farm Dress

By Melissa LeRay


Welcome to my stop on the Apple Farm blog hop, featuring the newest collection from Elea Lutz for Penny Rose // Riley Blake. This collection is so sweet with a classic and vintage feel.  It reminds me of my favorite time of year – the start of Fall when apples are in season and the leaves are starting to change color. There are 21 quilting weight cottons in the entire range, and three adorable knits.  I love the colors, and the yellow has such a perfect buttery tone! applefarm dress

It just so happens my oldest is starting kindergarten, and I thought the Green Fresh knit print was perfect choice for a first day of school dress! Those darling little apples and tiny florals absolutely stole my heart! For the pattern, I used the adorable Big Joey by Make It Perfect Patterns.  I first saw this made by the talented Gail of Probably Actually and I knew I had to make one as soon as I saw hers. apple farm dress

This knit is perfect for kids wear in that it is a 95% cotton/5% spandex print so it has great stretch AND great recovery.  It has an incredibly soft hand and I was so excited that Elise loved the fabric as much as I did. applefarm dress

Elise loved the dress and was so eager to wear it that I had to bribe her with a ring pop to take it off to save for the first day. apple farm dress

And the big front pocket was a huge hit – though I had to remind her to please try not to rip it off the dress in excitement. apple farm dress

As you can see, the knit has a great drape.  Making knit clothes for the girls is my preference, because they’re so comfortable to wear and easy to care for.  And I love not having to iron! apple farm dress

When I was planning out this dress, I had considered using a contrasting solid for the bindings, but I decided that it would feel less toddler/baby by having it all the single print – I am so smitten with the finished look! apple farm dress

I’d call this dress a hit! My only regret is that I don’t have an entire bolt! apple farm dress

Sedef also has a stop on the Apple Farm Blog Hop today, and tomorrow is Faith and Veronica. Be sure to head over to see what they’ve made!



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Made By Rae Toddler Backpack, downsized

By Melissa LeRay

Toddler Backpack

My dear friend Teresa had plans to make Rae‘s Toddler Backpack for her daughter, Lila, for her 2nd birthday.  We went together to the fabric store, and she and Lila together picked out such a cute combination of fabric and trim.  I shamelessly asked her if I could copy her, and make one for Elise too.  Being one of my very best friends, she didn’t mind, or she lied if she did :)  I planned to make it a while ago, but as all my plans, I have to add about 5 months to the time frame.  Teresa, of course, finished hers in record time.  Because, you know, she’s on top of things.

Toddler Backpack front

Since Elise is quite petite, I decided to scale the pattern down by 20% to make it just a bit smaller.  I love the finished size.  Just perfection for a 2 year old.

Toddler Backpack Left Side

I decided to add a pocket to the front with a snap closure, and a regular, open pocket on each side.

Toddler Backpack Right Side

I also added one of my prized zipper pulls.

Toddler Backpack Bottom

And quilted the bottom in contrasting green thread.

Toddler Backpack Interior

The inside is a Sara Jane polka dot print.  The exterior is a Kokka canvas/linen (I think).

Toddler Backpack

Love the nylon straps, d-rings and piping.  I kinda wish it fit me.

Toddler Backpack

Still a little unsure if I want to keep the side pockets on.  Thoughts?  Elise loves this backpack, and I’m trying not to hover over her saying “don’t drag it on the ground!” “don’t put dirt in it” “careful! yogurt doesn’t belong in there!”  But really, she’s a kid being a kid, so I need to relax.  Buts its just so cute.

Elise smocked jumper

And how cute is this smocked jumper?  Its pretty special to me.  Matt’s mom smocked it for him when he was about 3, and wore it for a while.  She was able to pull it out of that jumper and transplant it into this adorable jumper.  *swoon*

Oliver + S Hopscotch tops for Fall

By Melissa LeRay

Hopscotch Top

Elise was in desperate need for some lightweight long-sleeved tops for Fall.  I had bought one of the mystery mix bargain lots at Girl Charlee, and in it were a bunch of 1/4 yard cuts of wide, cute, lightweight knits.  I set five aside and got to sewing.  I’ve made the Oliver + S Hopscotch dress once before, and found it so gratifying and a very quick sew – the tops were no different.  Only five pattern pieces total!  It really turned me on to working with knits, and I find that I’m increasingly more drawn to working with them as toddlers are so busy. and messy.  and rough on their clothes.