Perry Moffitt

December 14, 2012

More Drawstring Bags

It is rather boring, but my spare moments have been spent sewing more drawstring bags, I think I could sew them in my sleep. I ordered another yard of custom print logos from and made a good dent in my fabric stash. Tomorrow is the holiday concert for the dance school and we hope to sell them all at intermission.

swedesboro bags 2

My husband and I just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary (when did I get so old!) and we bought a new camera to celebrate. I think my last few posts of terrible pictures finally drove my husband to it! Now, to learn all the settings and make some gorgeous quilts to photograph.

October 18, 2012

Drawstring Dance Bags, Round 2

I finished up the initial order of 14 dance bags, here is the 2nd half that I delivered yesterday.  I hope they sell out and I get to make some more!

Now to finish up the wedding quilt for *ahem* next weekend (left this one a little late!) and then to start Christmas presents!

October 11, 2012

Custom Drawstring Backpacks

One of the loveliest people I know has started her own dance school. Every Wednesday morning we make the trek for my daughter to dance in her dance class with three other 2 year-olds. While Ms Stacey is in there herding cats I have been scheming fun ways to show her how excited I am about her new business. I have 15 of these bags in the works, only these 7 have gotten finished so far.


I designed 25 logos on one yard of fabric in Photoshop. I uploaded it to my new favorite website,  Spoonflower and in less than a week it arrived in the mail!  (no paid endorsement here, but if they felt like giving me a few free yards I wouldn’t argue)

Now to figure out how to price them… how much would you pay for a one-of-a-kind dance bag?

September 28, 2012

Rain poncho for a toddler

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts),The sweet baby — perrymoffitt @ 10:46 am

On a recent family trip I thought we had lost our daughter’s favorite purple raincoat. I took this as an opening to finally use the laminated cottons I have been clutching for a while.

It was later discovered that while we did not lose the purple raincoat, we did kill the camera in salt water, so I am back to an older, less sophisticated photography device for a while!

I made this from a Japanese pattern. I wish I could tell you the name of the book but it looks like this…

I made it in the size that translates to 4T so the Little Miss can wear it a for a  few years.

I added a flannel lining of pink poodles that I have been hoping to use for her.

This was Little Miss getting fed up with the photoshoot.

Here is a closeup of ribbon that I finished the lining with. I love it TOO much!

And a closeup of the snap closure. Stiched down on one side, big snap on the other.

August 6, 2012

Fast Tee Shirt Dress

We do theater. My husband and I met in college doing theater and we have been lucky enough that we have been working in the theater ever since. My husband works for a huge summer theater program and we try to support the shows and now mini-me is stuck doing the same.

Sometimes there are smaller sizes but this time the smallest they had were children size 10-12 shirts. Obviously too big for our 2T girl.

I laid a favorite tank dress on top of the tee-shirt and cut the sides and arm holes from the A-line the dress provided.  I did a quick stitching with a stretch stitch up the sides on my machine. I used the finished edges of the sleeves and added some ruffle for the smaller arm hole size and was able to sew it very quickly into a shirt that fit much better. And she was pleased!

Here you can see the sleeves pretty well. I replaced the boring white buttons with strawberry buttons which she loved.

 You can  see the dress is a little long,  I used the finished edge of the tee shirt as the bottom . If the artwork had given me room I would have trimmed a few inches off and added a ruffle, but the art was so close the bottom and moving the neckline would be way too much work. Hey, maybe this way it will still fit her for our trip to Disney next fall!

May 4, 2012

Capes, Fabulous Capes

I have two boyfriends. In the past I have sewn them quilts and pillowcase backpacks. They are 6 and 3 and I am here to tell you that I am out of things to sew for them that they might appreciate. Well, out of things to sew now that I have sewn them these capes. 

Which they loved. ‘Cause my boyfriends don’t lie, they tell you how it is.

The new best place to take pictures of my sewing on my daughter is the funhouse mirrors at the Please Touch Museum.

I finally got her into the dress I made her weeks ago. It will fit much better next summer, but for a little smock dress I still love it this summer.

She insisted on red socks and who am I to argue? I myself have a red and aqua project coming along that I hope to share next week.

April 15, 2012

Sample blocks with scraps

Filed under: Rainbow Quilts,Sewing for Kids (not quilts),Sewing Pillows — perrymoffitt @ 5:26 pm

I have a big plan for these but I dare note say what they are for yet…


I pulled from my scrap bag for the first 3 blocks.


I am pleasantly surprised that I found a good variety.


although the teal supply hit rock bottom after this block.


I tried out my new 60 degree triangle on this one and I am very pleased with the result.

I still have a few more to make, and then I will reveal the secret project.

I managed to get mini-me into one of the two new dresses I made for her, but only with the bribery of her nap-time-only pacifier. I recycled a long sleeve onesie into this cutie dress by trimming the sleeves and adding one big ruffle.


and she picked out the boots.

March 31, 2012

Toddler Llama Dress

I splurged some of my meager fabric allowance on a fat quarter of Laurie Wisbrun’s new Llama fabric and made the toddler a little reversible dress.  I think it will fit her better next summer, but I did get her to model it for me. The pattern is Simplicity 9513 and it is a vintage toddler pattern from the 80’s.

A llama pocket (to fill with buttons) on one side, 4 fabric stripes on the other…

March 18, 2012

appliqued onesies, again

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts) — perrymoffitt @ 9:36 pm

Before baby I had was selling little sewn things in my humble etsy store. By far the biggest seller was anything that I sewed Buddha on.  I recently found the last of the Buddha fabric hidden in my stash and I have restocked with the very last Buddhas because the fabric is long out of print…

March 9, 2012

loose ends

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts) — perrymoffitt @ 5:13 pm

my most loyal blog follower asked how my trundle bed project looked finished. And as a good blogger I staged a clean room picture and I now I realize this picture shows a few projects in their finished state. The tree mural from before my daughter was born with furniture in the room. The Dot Tree quilt to match the mural, at home on her bed. And my creative solution to missing a drawer to this hand-me-down trundle bed. I made a plywood piece the same size as a drawer face and hinges make it a quick cabinet door. I covered them in quilting cotton with some pockets to hold treasures. I check that the treasures aren’t food ever since I watched her shimmy a popsicle in one a few weeks ago.

I originally had picked out some blue glass knobs for the drawers, but when I found these pendant knobs (also at anthropologie), I knew they were a better, low profile option.

A real artist would find some time to paint that toddler bed gate white to match the bed, but I am far more interested in British mysteries on Netflix these days.

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