Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Babes in Bozeman Baby Expo!

Carlia Creations is going to be at the Babes in Bozeman Baby Expo on Saturday, May 21 from 10-4. I've been busy sewing to have lots of inventory for purchase. As always, I'll be taking custom orders as well. Come by and say hello!

For more information, visit: www.babesinbozeman.com

Friday, April 1, 2011

Baby Carrier Wraps

I love babywearing. Both my girls liked being worn, but my youngest really enjoyed it. I had the typical Baby Bjorn carrier, but after she got a little bigger, I just didn't feel like it was secure enough to hold her--especially if I had to bend down. I'd seen the wraps but never used one. I thought I could make one that was functional and pretty. Here's my result. All the wraps I've made have been custom ordered. It's a functional gift for the mom-to-be and can be made to match her theme or decor. I double up the knit wrap portion to provide extra strength and keep it from stretching out. The decorative panel is made with cotton, but can be any washable material. I add a ribbon around the panel just to make it prettier. :) The baby carrier wraps are $25 and come with instructions. Contact me at carliacreations@gmail.com to place your order!

Crayon Rolls

These crayon rolls were the idea of another friend of mine. She described them to me and asked if I could make them. Of course I could! They're fun for kids to carry 16 crayons easily. Each crayon has a little pocket and then it rolls up and ties. It was very convenient to take on the plane and didn't take up much room. I have a basic design which you'll see most of the rolls below are. There's also a "deluxe" version that has a flap to cover the crayons before you roll it up. I'm happy to make that one as well. It was just fun to experiment. My crayon rolls are $8 for the basic roll or $9 filled with crayons. The deluxe version is $9 or $10 filled with crayons. I also can put a similar type of crayon pocket on other products. I made a cute tote for a little boy and put the crayon pockets on the outside.

Applique T-shirts

The applique t-shirts started as something fun for my daughters for Thanksgiving. My friend had shown me a picture of these cute turkeys and I said "I can make these." After I made my first ones for my girls, I made one to donate to the Pine Creek School auction (along with a flower hair clip and headband).

My next applique shirt is this cute Hello Kitty tank. My youngest daughter's first birthday theme is Hello Kitty, so I thought it would be cute for her to wear a shirt that matches. The applique on this one is only the bow, eyes and nose. The rest of it, I just sewed the outline directly onto the shirt.

These tulip shirts were a custom order for a friend. The design is the same, but the size of the tulip is much different as they're made for a pre-teen girl and a toddler. They turned out so cute, I made extras to sell.

The applique shirts are:

$15 for onesies and toddler/preschool sizes

$20 for size 6 - 14

$25 for adult sizes

I have a few more ideas for designs for both boys and girls that I will be revealing at the Babes in Bozeman Expo on May 21, 2011. If there's anything in particular you want, just email me at carliacreations@gmail.com.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Just for fun

Spring is here! Ok, it's Montana and we've had a few spring-like days sprinkled in between snowy ones. My oldest daughter has been really into wearing dresses lately. BUT she doesn't have any skirts to wear as separates. I told her we could go to the fabric store and pick some fabrics and I'd make her some skirts. I found this great purple denim (purple is her favorite color) and figured I could create a skirt out of it. I know I could have bought a pattern, but it's so much more fun to make my own. I decided to make a basic flare skirt for her. I made a template for one of the panels and started cutting. Based on her waist size, I cut out 8 panels. I had a zipper in my stash of supplies, so I used it for the back. It had been a while since I "installed" a zipper! Nonetheless, it turned out super cute! After she wore it for a bit, I decided to spice up the skirt just a bit more. I had some leftover lace from the petti-romper that matched the purple denim perfectly. I sewed it on the bottom hem and it made a nice little ruffle. Don't mind the little spots on the front of the skirt. My daughter is the queen of spilling on herself. She only had this skirt on for a half hour and managed to get spots on it. Good thing mom is a whiz at getting spots out of clothes! I wanted to show this skirt as an example of my ability to design something for you. If you can describe it, or show me a picture, chances are I can create it. Just email me at carliacreations@gmail.com!


I want to share with you a new product but also one reason why sewing is so fun for me. I had a friend ask me if I could make a petti-romper for her infant daughter. At first, I didn't even know what it was! I knew I could make it, I just needed to come up with a plan. I decided to do a reconstruction on an existing pre-school sized tank top to make the actual romper. My friend wanted the "petti" part to be done in lace (you can also use tulle). I used lace that was already gathered to save myself a step. It's more expensive, but worth the time savings! I deconstructed the tank first, built the shorts with the waistband and had the top separate. I used shorts and a onesie to measure my pieces on the tank to ensure correct sizing. I was able to use the bottom hem of the tank as the bottom hem of the shorts. I then sewed all the lace onto the romper pieces to give it the petti-coat look. I had to take out the stitches on the arm hole ribbing to hide the ends of the lace so it wouldn't be scratchy on the little one. I put lace around each leg of the shorts and continued to the waistband. I placed a ribbon into the waist band before attaching it to the top, again to save myself from having to thread it thru the casing.
The finished petti-romper turned out so cute! The great part about doing a reconstruction is that you can find creative ways to save time. Plus, it is still put together in pieces to allow for the most amount of customization for any future orders.

Petti-rompers start at $35 for infant sizes 0-12m and $40 for sizes up to 5T. Pricing increases from there. Contact me for more information at carliacreations@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Diaper and Wipe Clutch Wallets

This product was designed for moms or dads to grab a quick pouch for your little one instead of the entire diaper bag. These clutches hold a travel size wipes and 3-4 diapers. You can drop them inside your purse to keep the diapers clean and organized. You may also want to fold up a plastic bag in one pocket for soiled diapers. These clutches can easily match your Feed-n-Peace nursing covers and/or baby carrier wrap. The price is $14. Pair it with the nursing cover for $30 for both.

Introducing Feed-n-Peace Nursing Covers

This is a fun and functional new creation: Feed-n-Peace Nursing Covers! Thanks to Natalie H. for the great name. This nursing cover features an adjustable neck strap and boning on the top so you can look at your baby while keeping your feedings discreet. I use cotton fabric for the construction to be easily washed and breathable, but if you have a special request, just let me know. I can also adjust the size of the cover to give you more privacy. The pricing for this product is $18. All custom orders are custom priced.

Here are some pictures of this product. My daughter loves to be my model and even shows you (with her baby Cinderella) how to use it!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Product Pictures: QUILTS / BLANKETS

Here are pictures of some of the quilts I have made. I have sewn and quilted dozens of quilts, so I haven't shown all of them here. If there's a pattern or style you'd like, please contact me for a price quote. In addition to the styles here, I also feature t-shirt quilts. These make a great keepsake and use those t-shirts that may be boxed away because of the memories associated with them.

Quilt pricing is as follows:
3-color rag quilt: $35
4-color rag quilt: $45
Oversize receiving blanket: $15
Jumbo 9-patch quilt: $30
T-shirt quilt: Custom, please contact for pricing

3-color rag quilt

3-color raq quilt

4-color rag quilt

Single Irish Chain Baby Quilt

Patchwork Tree Lap Quilt

Toddler Bed Quilt

Product Pictures: TUTUS

Here are pictures of some of my tutus. The tutus I make are VERY full and use over 350 feet of tulle in each one. Standard tutus have up to 3 colors in the skirt (more are available upon request, contact for pricing). You can also add a ribbon accent to the tutu in a coordinating color. Pricing is as follows:
Infant - 12 months: $20
12m - 5T: $25
6 - 12: $35
12 - adult: $45
Ribbon accent/bonus: add $5