Outfits and Oopsies – Handmade Gifts 1

Well we’re starting off 2011 with an odd title aren’t we??

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had such a great time visiting with family and friends and playing with the kids and just relaxing. But I feel like I haven’t posted in forever and I’ve missed it – and you!!

I want to share some things with you that I made for Christmas this year. It was a flurry of last minute gift making – as usual – but I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to show you everything.

We’ll start off with the gifts for my little nieces. They are almost 4 and almost 2 and they love to match each other. So my sister and I came up with the idea to make them matching outfits aaannnndd matching toys. Can you get much cuter?? ;)

Here is the oldest’s set:

The set was based on Oopsie the Octopus – made from the darling Melly and Me pattern that is available For Free at the Moda Bake Shop website. (Which I love by the way)

The pattern calls for yo-yo’s on all the feet and a few on the head of the Octopus for decoration.
Because I hate yo-yo’s with a fierce and unreasonable passion, I made some rosettes out of coordinating fabric.
Still so cute yet not rage-inducing like those nasty yo-yo’s.

For the outfits I recreated the Oopsie as an applique from the same fabric for the shirt – and added a rosette to that too.
The edges are raw so they’ll fray and curl just a bit when the outfit is washed. I love that.

The pants and top have little heart appliques to tie everything together. I finished the set by making a little rosette headband out of the matching fabric.

For her younger sister, I did a matching outfit but in different colors – so there are no messy, “That’s My Oopsie” issues.
(Not that my nieces would ever argue – but still. ;)

The lavender and orange looks so great!! Not two colors I’d ordinarily put together – but I love how it came out.

Because she’s not quite two years old, her hair is a shorter and finer, so instead of a headband she received two matching little hair clip rosettes.

I don’t have pictures of the girls with their outfits – they had to be shipped to AZ. But they were a big hit! Christmas success. ;) Yay!

I have two more “Gift Posts” for you this week – I’d love it if you would check back in. :) I’m also working industriously on a blog makeover that I can’t wait to show you.

This year is going to be a blast!! Thanks for visiting and following along. :)




  • Reply January 5, 2011


    Those are absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to try and make one!

  • Reply January 5, 2011

    Madigan at madiganmade

    These are adorable! My fav part? The little eyes on the creatures! So cute. (and I love your mix and choice of fabrics. Orange and purple are perfect for this project.)

  • Reply January 6, 2011


    I love the octopus. I will bookmark to try later. Thanks.

  • Reply January 6, 2011


    wow ! you have been busy !

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    That octopus is too cute. I love those bright fabrics!

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    THese are just too cute! Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    holy cow these are amazing and you crack me up with your strong dislike for yo yo’s!

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    I wish my girls were little again, so I could use these cute ideas.

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    Those turned out really sweet and cute, I especially love the purple!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply January 8, 2011


    oh, my, these are so cute!!! They remind me of a calico kitty project that I made as a kid.

  • Reply January 8, 2011


    I don’t know what’s cuter – the little outfit or the stuffed animal! They are both so darn cute! Linda

  • Reply January 9, 2011


    This is very darling! and the outfits!!!!

    Come by and link this up to my linky party!


    I also have a $15 GIVEAWAY going on that you will love!

  • Reply January 10, 2011

    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17

    Bev, I was so thrilled to see that you linked this post at “A Little Birdie Told Me…” You know how I feel about your host of whimsical octopi creations — LOVE them! Looking forward to making them a featured submission for sure! I look forward to seeing what magic you’ve whipped up to share tomorrow *wink* *wink*. Your friend, Jenn/Rook No. 1

  • Reply January 10, 2011

    Michael TheMonkey

    Happy New Year!! We would like to be friends with you! Follow us on http://travelwithmichael.blogspot.com/

  • Reply January 12, 2011


    love love LOVE these!!! I am featuring your amazing-ness on my blog AGAIN tonight!!!! How do you do it??? Come up with and make so many amazing things. Really, I can get a few out, but you like triple my productivity, as well as amazing-ness levels!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Holly L

    too cute! my little jules needs an octopus outfit…i too despise yo-yo’s…love the rosettes.

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