Saturday, December 17, 2011


Thanks to everyone who participated. Lots of great responses listing favorite handmade gifts! Looks like the key to giving a handmade gift that qualifies as a memorable favorite is to make the gift personal and meaningful; make it purposefully with love. Thanks for the reminder, everyone.

The winner of the urbanhen Travel Set is............

Vanessa at Rescued Goods

Hope you enjoy these vintage fabric wares!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Sew Mama Sew is hosting a giveaway week. Go here to see dozens and dozens of links to bloggers who are giving away handmade things.'s my addition:
urbanhen Travel Set
Uses for the travel set:
1. Use the bag tag to mark your black luggage as irrefutably yours. Use the zipper pouch to hold ticket info, passport, mentos, etc. Your important papers (and candy) will be easy to spot in your purse or backpack, even if you get nervous at the security line.
2. Give the set as a gift to a mom to use with her diaper bag. The bag tag adds just enough fun to a plain diaper bag. The zipper pouch gives mom a place to store things that once upon a time she put in a purse.
3. Place the bag tag on anything with a handle that you want to claim as your own. Use the zipper pouch for something else.

This particular set was made using one-of-a-kind vintage fabric found in my grandmother's stash. It actually used to be a skirt! approximate dimensions of pouch:
7" across 5" tall

Leave a comment with the best handmade gift you ever received.
Comments will be accepted until December 16th at 5pm.
I will randomly draw a winner on December 17th and ship it anywhere in the US in time for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two Alligators

A friend passed along this tail tutorial from Running with Scissors. I modified her pattern a little to make it less dinosaur-y and more alligator-ish. We did have at least one person comment, "Hey! Look at the alligators!", so it was totally worth it.

I also decided to add a strip of clear plastic vinyl to the underside of the tail in hopes of protecting the fabric from the side effects of being dragged through the neighborhood for hours.

Hope you had a happy halloween! Mwaaaahhhhhaahaahaahaa!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Emergency obsession

There is a new love in our house: emergency vehicles!

We had a lot of fun getting ready for this birthday party together. The boys were big enough to make their own party decor, although they'll probably never admit to participating in something called "decor".

We figured out an easy (and frugal) way to make party straws.

These trucks showed up all over the house!

Due to the recent and continued status of my living situation (ahem), the boys had rather lame birthday shirts. The number three. No-sew heat n bond. I miss sewing.
They didn't seem to mind.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A message from your irregularly-scheduled urbanhen blog

Reasons why my sewing machine looks like this:
and why my etsy shop looks like this:

In no particular order...

1. Five garden beds currently yielding a plentiful harvest of crab grass and assorted weeds.

2. Walls and window frames covered with nails.
Check out these holes! Count them. But don't get so caught up with your counting that you miss that custom splatter paint and wallpaper border. Mmm...

Don't worry if you missed it, because here it is again.
Note: Those curtains were stapled to the window frame. With a staple gun.

3. Don't even ask.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nature bags

I read my first Charlotte Mason about 7 years ago. For a girl that loves being outdoors, Mason's writings about education through "nature study" spoke right to my heart. It's all about observing and holding and sensing- things my boys seem to do without question.

And now they each have a bag just for such an occasion! I used inexpensive muslin for the straps and main body of the bag. Then I added a single layer of colorful print for the front pockets which are perfect for holding rocks, a few black walnuts, and an assortment of sticks and grass.

"Let them once get touch with nature, and a habit is formed which will be a
source of delight through his life." -Mason

Great resources for your nature walks:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pinwheels keep on turnin'

Baby shower decor is so much fun! I recently threw a joint baby shower- one baby girl and one baby boy. What fits a dual-gender shower?
I followed this great tutorial by Yellow Songbird. I didn't have any dowels, so I just let the floral wire be the stem. Seemed to work okay.
Fun project for digging through my jars of buttons!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Beach bag

That's right, uh is going to the beach!

I decided to use up some Ikea fabric I've had around for a while.
The simple black and white is great but it needed a little something extra.

So, I snuck a bright yellow pocket right inside.

And used yellow thread for all my exposed stitches. Now we're ready to go!

We're coming, beach! We're coming!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fundraiser auction

Urbanhen has taken the opportunity to participate in another Ethiopian adoption fundraiser. Check out details on how to bid on this urbanhen applique t (plus a TON of other items) here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Late to the party

Handmade, washable snack baggies. They've been all the rage for quite a while, but I've just now gotten around to working up some of these nifty wares for myself.
These were fun and easy!
I used 7.5" x 8.5" (somewhere around there) rectangles for these bags. So far, I've sewn gussets and think I like that better than a straight seam at the bottom of the bag.

These reusable snack bags are another great non-committal way to use just a little bit of your favorite fabrics. (I think I see a trend in my sewing habits here.)
I'll be working on more of these soon!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Applique. It's like drawing with fabric.
And most of the time we classify it as being something just for the kiddos.
Onesie by Chirp and Bloom
kids T by Tiny Modernist

I admit that I've been a victim of this narrow-minded way of sewing, myself. ;)
Thankfully, I was freed by a recent customer who ordered a couple of appliqued tanks.
For her grown-up self.

Monday, February 14, 2011

For the BOYS!

Put away that pink. Toss aside those ruffles.

made by RAE is doing an entire month of sewing for...

Can't wait to get some new ideas and hopefully some great (free) tutorials!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blog love

What an honor for an urbanhen ware to be featured as the header on this adopting family's blog!