After all this time documenting the projects I do around here, I thought I would let you know what has been the most successful! Sometimes things aren’t as appreciated as I hoped they would be, but here are the top favorites around here by myself and my children. I am not sure Mike has much opinion either way. Here they are:
Seriously people, these things are out Every. Single. Day. We don’t have all the letters anymore; my husband thought they would be brilliant pool toys (okay, so maybe he does appreciate things… just not in the way they were intended) and several of our letters started sprouting. Still, they function as pillows for their Barbies, they hold up the DVD case walls of pretend doll houses, they are tossed around, sat upon, used as paper weights… you name it, they’ve used it.
This is the most coveted skirt in our house. Even after my middle child snipped holes in it with my scissors. The fabric was a polyester knit, almost like a dance knit, and it was cool and comfortable. Plus, it had special spinning powers. I am always looking for fabric like this to make more, but I have yet to find something cute enough. Anyway, this is an easy project to make!
This is a direct result of the love of the Ultimate Twirly Skirt, and we LOVE these dresses. So comfortable, so twirly, so pretty! They are my favorite go-to dresses when the girls are getting ready for church and are whining about their clothes. In fact, as I write this post I am committing to making a set of three matching t-shirt dresses. They are perfect!!
Ok, I can’t begin to tell you how often I pull my little card holder out. Yes, sometimes I actually hand someone a business card, but usually I use it for my frequent shopper type cards and my gift cards. I have made several to give as gifts, and many more to go in my Etsy shop. They are satisfyingly simple and adorable at the same time.
An oven mitt? Why yes. Every once in a while, I do cook. And usually when I am pulling chicken nuggets out of the oven for my kids, I am using this. I am much more partial to this thumb-on-bottom (or, when actually in use, the thumb is on the top) set up, and the Insul Brite in it keeps me from burning myself through the mitt. I made some others with just layers of batting, and I can feel some heat through it, so this one here is my favorite to use. I have washed it so many times it is starting to come apart at the seams, so it looks like I’ll have to make some more!
Holy stinking cow, this is the best thing ever. My best friend when it comes to sewing necessities. I haven’t opened my real ironing board since I made this! And, bonus because it has super cute fabric. Some days I feel like taking it outside and spray painting the legs, and then I realize that I’d rather be using it than waiting for it to dry, so I don’t. Really, it is so awesome, you must have one near your sewing machine!
So, those are our daily favorites. And I literally mean daily. Even the clothes. There is such satisfaction knowing that what I spent time (and money) on has worked out so well for so long. As a matter of fact, I will be re-vamping one of the above projects here on the blog soon, just to keep things interesting :) Stay tuned!
I hope you try these projects out yourself, too!