Monday, 21 November 2011

ooh la la PART ONE

Give them the ooh la la
A Charitable Project

Every year I put together a handmade donation for Endeavour Society,  a Canadian charity organization that my family has been involved with for over 20 years, to be auctioned off at their annual Gala Event that took place on Saturday, November 20th.  This year the theme of the Gala was entitled "Oh, La, La", so I couldn't resist creating two gift baskets for the Gala this year.  One gift basket for a baby and one for a preschooler, full of Paris -inspired goodies.

The "BABY'S" Gift Basket
  For this Paris-inspired Gift Basket I ordered online from one of my favorite sewing pattern shops: I Think Sew, who also available on Etsy.  My favorite way to purchase sewing patterns these days is on Etsy as a PDF file that you can quickly download onto your computer and print out.  There are so many wonderful Etsy sellers with fantastic PDF Pattern designs that are extremely affordable.  The first pattern that I ordered was "The Emery Baby Bib Vest", it's reversible and oh so practical for all of those messy baby meals!  
One of my favorite fabric shops in Vancouver is Spool Of Thread, where I found this yummy strawberry print fabric "Strawberry Blossom Berries", by Michael Miller. I lined the Bib with a simple unbleached cotton muslin also from Spool Of Thread.  To top it off I found these adorable biscuit buttons at one of my favorite Japanese stores in Richmond, The Daiso.  This is such simple and rewarding project for baby.

The second item that I made for the "BABY" Gift Basket was a cute dress that is great for layering.  Also made by I Think Sew, The "Florence" Baby Dress was so quick and easy to make.

I used this adorable red cotton print at Spool Of Thread, "Little Apples" by Aneela Hoey for Moda and then embellished it with a red and white gingham bias tape, natural cotton muslin tape (ribbon) with cute little birdies from The Daiso and a tiny cotton tag from the Etsy Shop Stefaniexu.

The next baby garment that I made was oh so much fun!  "The Sweet Memories Reversible Cape" PDF pattern from the Etsy Shop Poppy and Lola.  

For this charming little cape I found the fabrics at another one of my favorite Vancouver fabric shops The Cloth Shop.  The Pink Polka Dot cotton print "Ta Dot Candy" by Michael Miller, the "Toy Poodle" cotton print by Kinkame and the Paris map printed cotton is by Moda, "Etchings".  I found a sweet heart applique pattern online to embellish one side of the reversible cape.  The Hot Pink flocked Eiffel Towers are iron-ons from The Daiso.

Lastly, I made a reversible Baby Bonnet, as well from I Think Sew, out of " Strawberry Blossom Berries", a soft pink shot cotton from Purlsoho, and a sweet cherry print cotton from The Daiso.

and then embellished it with one of my Strawberry Shortcake Gift Tags.

The rest of the "BABY" Paris-inspired Gift Basket included a pair of red and white polka dot  
 Mary Janes from Joe, that I embellished with tiny strawberry iron-ons from The Daiso, two wooden crates with an adorable French design, a sweet French cotton bag as well from The Daiso and a selection of party decorations from my "A-Tisket-A-Tasket " line for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Tomorrow I will post PART TWO:  the goodies in the "PRESCHOOLERS" Gift Basket...