Friday, January 29, 2010

More from Texas

These poor quilts were left out of my last post because they were on the beds. Each of these were made for my Memaw by the ladies in her church.

This is the same bed that my mom and aunt shared many many many years ago (kidding mom=) I'm thinking about sneaking the bed and a quilt in my suitcase home. Hopefully Memaw won't do a bag check!

I'm Thinking....

Warm weather, long afternoon walks, and the farmer's market.  I'm anxiously waiting for spring/summer to get here.  I know its just January and we still have about two more months to go but I am over winter :)  So I decided to start preparing myself for the farmer's market.    Took one of Chloe's old laundry mesh bags that had gotten a hole in it and made it into a cute produce bag :).   I love it!!  It was super easy to make :) It took a total of 15 minutes!!  All you need is a mesh bag of any type, ribbon, stretchy binding, thread, sewing machine and there you go! EASY!

picture taken by Austin (age 2)

Creative Vibes To You,

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Memaw's Quilts

 Before I start...looking for the giveaway? Click here!

Somethings will forever bring wonderful memories to me and Memaw's quilts are one of those things. The memories associated with her many quilt's include things like throwing them over the dinning room table and having a fort with the cousins or cuddled underneath whispering late into the night.

Visiting my Memaw's house now as a mother (and sewing addict=)  I've decided that that is what I want for my kids and grand kids - the hall closet that is filled with memories in quilt form.

Besides it is one of the few things that become more charming the more worn it becomes.

I'm on a mission...

Make your life beautiful! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Woohoo! Our first giveaway of the year :) Ok, if you love little girl dolls and quilted blankets, then this is your giveaway. Abbie from Bunny Lane Designs is doing a giveaway for us here at Mamma Tortilla. Make sure to check her blog out and let her know that Mamma Tortilla sent you. She is very talented and we love all the things she makes :)

The giveaway is a doll that has two outfits and a matching baby quilt. The doll has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Abbie is willing to do a CUSTOM hair and eye color doll, if your little one doesn't have dark hair. The doll comes with a pajama outfit, a top with jeans and white socks, and she measures about 15" tall. The baby quilt measures 17" x 14". WE LOVE THIS DOLL!

Entering is super easy! You have a couple of ways. Leave a comment and say that you blogged or tweeted about this giveaway, make sure you leave your blog site on the comment space. For another chance to win, leave a comment about why you would love to have this doll. Make sure to leave an email address so we can get back to you. You could also become a follower or fan on Facebook. Even better, you could post on your Facebook putting a link back to Mamma Tortilla. No matter which way you choose, please leave a comment for each.

The winner will be selected by on February 3rd!. We will read every comment and visit your site as well :). Good Luck and POST AWAY!!

Leslie & Melissa

Monday, January 25, 2010

Guest Tutorial from Rubber Punkin

On Monday, our tutorial was featured on Rubber Punkin and today Emily has her own tutorial here on Mamma Tortilla.  We are excited to feature the...

Embellished Onesie (with a big girl version too=)

1.  Hold the fabric panel up to the collar of your shirt.  You can either use a marking pencil and trace along the neckline so you know where to cut, or you can fold the edge under (using the collar as a guide) and iron flat.  Cut out the fabric panel to your desired shape and size, but be sure the collar meets flush with the neckline.

2.  Fold the rough edges of the fabric panel under about a 1/4" and iron flat.  Starch comes in handy at this step because it makes your creases nice and crisp.  Pin the panel to your shirt.  Use LOTS of pins because the jersey will stretch and pucker if you don't.

3.  Sew the fabric panel to the shirt, sticking close to the edge.

4.  Embellish it however you please.  I embellished a white onesie(top) with a collection of vintage buttons atop lace, sticking with the white color scheme.  With the purple shirt, however, I just sewed a ruffle down the center. I'm planning on adding a variety of black ribbon later. If you would like a tutorial on how to make this ruffle, please leave a comment on this post.

Like I always say, make this your own.  Sew on strips of silk ribbon, fabric rosettes, lace, you name it!  It's just the tip to make a blah shirt a little more interesting.   Plus, it's super simple... my favorite. 

Thanks so much!  We love simple and hate boring so this is a perfect tutorial for Mamma Tortilla! Such an easy project that has such a huge impact.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A revised version of the tissue box toy

Remember this awesome toy that I raved about?  Well, my little munchkin showed it a little too much love=)  And tissue boxes aren't that sturdy anyway so I had to come up with a solution.

So I took this box that my husband saved from the trash and taped up the opening.

Then I flipped it over on its side and cut out an oval opening.

Then I covered it with stash fabric and hot glued it down. I cut the material in little tabs around the opening, put dabs of hot glue on ans pressed them under the rim.  Per usual I got more hot glue on my fingers than the box. grr!

This box is much sturdier!  In fact I accidentally stepped on it this morning and no damage done!

Make your life beautiful!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Interested In Fabric Designing.......

How About Orange posted an awesome link to an ebook that is scheduled to come out next month on how to become a fabric designer. Lizzy House has written an ebook called How To Enter The World of Textiles: For the Quilitng Industry. HOW EXCITING!!

She's going to inform you on how to present and design your work to a manufacturer!!!!WOOHOO! I was jumping out of my seat when I read this :) Thank you How About Orange for posting this.

I'll be back to posting some crafty stuff next week. I've had limited internet access :( So have been making the 45 minute drive to my grandmother's to use her internet :) haha. hey, i get good food and internet. Can't beat that!

Finger Puppets and a Call for HELP

Okay, the madness has begun!  I am headed to Texas to see my grandmother on Monday and since Bella is high energy (read: won't stay still for a minute=) I have decided to make/collect all new toys that she hasn't seen before.  Yes, by Monday...3 days!  I started with these finger puppets.

The tutorial came from Make Your Own Baby Stuff and can be found here.  I used a crinkly bib for the frog to add a sound element, hopefully to keep her attention just a bit longer=)  I think my pig looks more like a dog but I don't think Bella will notice=) Stay tuned for more toys (and hopefully a few refashions for me!).  I also made a car seat cover for the airport that I hope to post soon.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or tips on flying with a 10 month old please share!  She is an avid nurser so that will help with the ear pressure and I'm hoping she will sleep, since I planned the flight at her nap time, but I want to prepare for the worst=) Super excited for Bella to meet her great-memaw, wish me luck and share your wisdom!

Make your life beautiful!

P.S. Look for our first giveaway and a great guest tutorial early next week!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Special Hand Delivered Poem

Today I received a hand delivered written poem.

Not an email

Not printed by a computer

Not "snail mail"

A good ol' fashioned handwritten, hand delivered letter

And I wanted to share because a lot of our followers are moms, crafters, wives, employees, etc.

"The House Didn't Get Cleaned Today"
- A Poem to Remind You Why Thats Ok
The last time someone asked me what I've been up to, I didn't know what to say~ The house didn't get cleaned today ~ My career didn't advance~ My life didn't get any more organized than it was before ~ My "to-do" list didn't begin to get done; it might have even grown by an inch or two! I didn't live up to my horoscope's prediction for the day~ I didn't even have time to remember which bills needed to be paid~ I barely managed to get a bite of lunch, let alone transform macaroni into the "evening entree"~ The last time I looked, I don''t think my waistline gotten much smaller, but I'm pretty sure the bank balance has~ I'm not driving the latest car, or living in my dream house, or doing lots of other things some people think are essential to do~ but I am doing something that's the most important thing in the entire world to me......
I'm cherishing the moments, I'm trying to meet the challenges, and I'm doing my part to raise a very precious family~
-Laurel Atherton
I had to share this with everyone because it is so true! So when everything feels like its piling up and things aren't getting done (especially keeping up with the blogging). Come back to this post and read it. Makes you smile and puts everything in perspective.

p.s. Thank you Katie!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Guest Blogging Tutorial at Rubber Punkin

Today I am doing a guest blog tutorial at Rubber Punkin!

The Rubber Punkin

Go over for a visit to see how to make this adorable, super easy and quick girls dress. Bella received a dress like this for Christmas and I loved it some much because of how simple it is to dress her.  She isn't a huge fan of getting dressed (she has to sit in one place for more than a second!) and this dress is quick to put on but still looks like two pieces.

    While you are there, check out Emily's other great posts, tutorials and free downloads on Rubber Punkin.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Onesie to Dress: A Guest Tutorial from Ramona Burkeshire (part two)

Alright now that you have your basic dress did make one yesterday didn't you???  Here is one mama that is on the ball...

Here are the tutorials from Ramona for the pom pom and the ruffles.  Enjoy!


Here are some of the ways I’ve embellished these…

*adding t-shirt ribbon roses, (here’s a handy tute on making these roses, I really like making them from double-faced satin ribbon, but for these dresses I just used strips of leftover jersey.)
*embroidery: echo a print or geometric design from part of the dress, or choose something all new,
( Sublime Stitching is a great place to start if you want ideas)
*pom poms

I’m going to show the ruffles and pom poms here today

Easy Jersey Pompoms!
I made 2 of them for this dress

jersey scraps

Cut square-ish shapes from your scrap onesies or t-shirts (or both, like I did) that are roughly 3x3” DO NOT BOTHER MEASURING! I can get 4 rectangle-y bits from the bottom of my daughter’s onesies, and then I
cut similar shapes from t-shirts.

Stack up 5 or 6 of these shapes, staggering the colors and the directions  (you can do more, for a more full pompom, but my scissors will only cut about 5 layers, so you might have to cut a few layers at a time).

Sew up and down in the center a few times to attach the layers .
If your dress is ready, you can sew the pompom onto your dress now, with the same thread, or, make a knot, cut off the needle and thread, finish the pompom, and sew it on later…(I would sew on now, but this one was made just for show, and I don’t have anything to sew it to…oooh, maybe I need to go make a headband for my daughter to match…)

Make 4 cuts, roughly symmetrical, from the edge to about ½ an inch from the center/where your stitching is.

Cut in the middle, again to the ½” margin, and then again, but don’t cut so far… each of the 4 squares should look like this… if you cut too close, the fabric will just tear off.

Tthis picture shows the pompom all done, with all the cuts in
place. (if you haven’t sewed it on something yet, do so now!)

Once it’s sewn on, shake/fluff the layers, and it’ll look like this:
When it’s washed, the edges of the fabric curl in and look even fluffier.
(If you’re a neat freak, wash it, and then trim it so all the layers are even.)


This design was totally inspired by the awesome work of Alexis over at My Mama Made It.

scrap jersey,
clear elastic (I used 3/8”),
coordinating/matching thread (it’ll show),
needle, etc

Cut a few strips from your T-shirt leftovers (mine were about 1” long x the width of the shirt).

Sew them together, to make a LONG strip. Don’t bother trimming
for neatness, you’ll be cutting them apart later, it’s just easier to
gather once than 5 times.

Read this tutorial on Indietutes about “Gathering with Clear Elastic” It’s brilliant. This was my first attempt, and I’m a fan!

Measure from the neckline to the waistline of your dress, in the
center, and about an inch out (times 2). Also measure your cuff (times
2). Add together and add an inch or two for wiggle room, and cut that
amount of clear elastic. (Or be lazy, and just cut off like 25” of
clear elastic, gather it all, and then cut up the pieces to fit.
Gather following the tutorial. I lengthened my stitch, and used a
teflon foot… (If you have sticking issues with your foot, put a
Kleenex, tissue paper, toilet paper, etc on top of the elastic/below
the foot, so your foot will glide over the rubber. After you sew, the
paper will be easily rip-off-able)

Fold over the top and bottom of the center gathered strip, and pin
them to the dress. Sew down the center, over the gathering stitch,
backstitching at the beginning and end

Fold over the top and bottom of the side gathered strips, and pin them
to the dress, (I placed my strips roughly 2” apart, when measured from
gathering line to gathering line), again, sewing down the center, over
the gathering stitch, backstitching and the beginning and end

Sew the cuff pieces into rings, (sewing right sides together),
and then pin them to the dress. Match your seams (cuffs and sleeves)
so that the seams on the cuffs won’t show much, and sew them down, as

you did for the bib ruffles. This part is a little tricky, since the sleeves are so small, but go slowly, and make sure to keep the back of the sleeve out of the way, turning the dress as you go.

Ramona,  Thanks again for such great instructions and pictures!  Keep up the creativity=)
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