Milk Crates – Redesigned

Several years ago we used milk crates to help organize the children’s schoolbooks. The milk crates worked well for a bit but not long term. All depending on how the house was flowing, the crates have been used by just about everyone in the house.

Most recently they were once again holding books: library books and review items so that nothing would get misplaced or lost. Guess what? They were replaced again by a small bookcase. What to do with those milk crates?

I really needed to use them for toy storage. Items such as: Little People, Duplos and play food really needed a new home. Unfortunately, all those items fall right through the openings in the milk crate. Yeah, not really working for me.

A moment or two on Pinterest and I found a simple, quick tutorial from Karen at Sew Many Ways that helped me whip up some milk crate liners. I grabbed some sheets I purchased on clearance to use and went to work on the sewing machine. A couple of hours later, I had five cute and functional liners. Simple? Yes. Quick? Yes. Functional? Yes. Cute? I’m going with yes.

The crates really are the perfect solution for the toy storage. The size contains the toys with no overflow. They also fit beautifully on the fireplace (we don’t use it) and don’t look out of place. Another advantage is that it is easy for the little ones to grab a crate and sit and play. Easy to get out means that it is easy to clean up.

Speaking of cleaning up…liners get a bit dirty? No problem. I can easily toss and wash them up. Perfect for having little ones running around.

I have a few more containers and baskets that I might need to whip up liners for soon. I am loving having a bit of color in my life.

Have you been crafting or decorating lately? I’d love to see it!

Hazy Days of Summer

It seems as if the day goes by and I realize that I didn’t even attempt to cross off an item on my “To Sew” list.  Sewing means retrieving and hunting down all the necessary items.  It never fails when I need to sew that I can’t find the measuring tape, the seam ripper or thread I need. Add in that the dining room/school table is my sewing spot adds in an extra twist of fun.

Several days ago, I decided that no matter what else was pressing that day, that I was going to sew! I found a fun, colorful fabric and measured Hannah. She needed something new and fun, right?

It was a simple skirt.  A yoke waist with elastic and a simple gathered skirt attached. It just took a small bit of my afternoon. It was a perfect fit. Alas, she had to wait to wear it. Amazingly, the child had not one shirt that would match.  How does a seven year old girl not have a shirt of white, pink or yellow? A problem quickly solved on the next errand day.

I couldn’t resist snapping a picture or two. It was a humid, hazy summer afternoon in the south. The grass was high and the mosquitoes were hungry. We didn’t linger long. I do love how the pictures turned out.

I think I need to make her another skirt or two.

Summer Sewing

Technically, it is not summer yet. However, living in the south means that we usually have a day of spring and move on.  One of the easiest ways to build up the girls’ wardrobes is by a bit of sewing.  A few months ago we were blessed with some fabric from a friend who was moving.  In that box of fabric was a green fabric with flowers. Sarah oohed and aahed over it every time she saw it.  She needed a few outfits for summer; I needed an afternoon of sewing to relax.

I decided to dig out a pattern that I have had for years. Simple and easy to whip up but so very cute. It was Simplicity 4927. I have made it with sleeves and without; it is always a favorite to wear.

I didn’t quite get the dress finished before bed. The next morning I went straight to the sewing machine to finish the hem and button closure. Sarah, very patiently, sat beside me in her pajamas. She did not want to get dressed in anything but her new dress made in her favorite fabric.

Adorable, yes? What are you sewing?