Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vogue Fabrics

What do you do on a rainy day in Chicago in June? Go to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, of course!
They had some fantastic sales going today, like Denim for $2.99 a yard, but I was mostly shopping for stuff to make some cute t-shirts, a couple of other summer shirts, and a dress.

Here's what I found:

For t-shirts:

For a dress:

Cotton lawn for other summer shirts:

I always forget how cheap Vogue is, and how huge their rooms of beautiful fabrics are. And really, Evanston isn't that far away, it's just really easy to get lost in. (We have a family tradition of becoming totally lost up there, probably because their streets aren't on a perfect grid, like the rest of Chicago. The Chicago fire helped enormously with street layouts...)
Now I'm off to cut out some shirts to go with my pile of new jeans !
I love you, Vogue Fabrics! May your cutting scissors never dull !

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monster Pillows

Doesn't every kid need a friendly monster pillow?

We have made our fair share of them, and tomorrow is a birthday party for two of the friendliest little guys we know, brothers, so we decided they need their own friendly monster pillows.

Designing them is a lot of fun, because there are almost no rules. Here is what my design looked like in paper:

Friendly monsters have hearts, and these friendly monsters needed frogs on theirs:

I wanted them bright, and what's brighter than vibrating colors, like this blue and red together?

Here they are, all sewn up and ready for my youngest son to wrap them in miles of wrapping paper and scotch tape: