This post is long overdue. For the baby's 1st birthday, I made him a little appliqued shirt with the number 1 on it. I got the shirt at Walmart for a few bucks, and the polka dot fabric at JoAnn's. I cut some WonderUnder and ironed the fabric onto the shirt, then did a close zigzag stitch all the way around to secure the applique. Super easy. Don't look too closely- I'm sure there are mistakes!
This party garland was so fun, I might just make one in every color scheme and for every occasion. It was so easy that I pretty much made it while watching my new Office Season 4 DVDs. I picked up some invisible thread and about 6 different patterns of fabric. I think I got 1/4 of a yard each, maybe 1/3. I used this easy pattern from purlbee and cut it all up into shapes. Since it was for a boy's party, I opted for circles (just eye-balled it) instead of the cute flowers. Then I just chain pieced them together, adding the shapes as I went. Soon they were all connected. The great thing about this is that you can cut it to fit your decorating area, and then sew it back together easily if you make a mistake or change your mind and want to keep it long. The bad news is that I got sidetracked setting up for the party, and I forgot to hang the garland! So I will just have to throw another party pretty soon so I can have a reason to use it! I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of it. I hung the garland up in our dining room to see how it would look. Too bad it's crooked, but you get the idea!