Valentines Day deserves a special hat of its own. ūüôā   Shades of charcoal intertwined with scarlet make the colors in this newsboy wool hat pop. Featuring a vintage leather button and grey fleece lining, this hat is delightful!
Janna Vanderveen ¬© 2011

Earth tones… the vibrancy of molten lava and the richness of moist earth are represented in this newest Sweetheart Newsboy Hat.  Featuring a soft camel colored fleece lining and a vintage button this hat is sure to please.  This hat has can be worn straight or tilted to one side for a “mod” look.

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

Sophia: Boutique Doll

Meet Sophia!
She’s been adopted by Zoe.
This darling red-head is glamorous.  Her vibrant crimson hair accentuates her cornflower blue eyes.  Lace embellishments and a cute bum ruffle add to her character.  Love!
Janna Vanderveen © 2012
Janna Vanderveen © 2012
Meet Olivia.
She’s been adopted by Bella.

This Christmas I made a special hat and scarflette for my favorite (and only) sister.¬† ¬†ūüôā¬†¬†She looks¬†lovely and it was so wonderful to see her.¬† Merry Christmas Tricia!

Sapphire Sunset¬†Sweetheart Scarflette… try to¬†say that ten¬†times fast.¬†LOL.¬†Today I completed the matching scarflette to my Sweetheart Hat and I LOVE how it turned out.¬† I initially debated¬†putting the orange tabs on the same side as the hat’s tab but decided I liked it better on the opposite side. It accentuates the beautiful burnt orange color¬†in the hat and provides balance.¬† Both this hat and scarflette will eventually be posted to my Etsy page, once I measure them to ensure accurate sizing information. For the sake of this photograph, I pinned the scarf in the back to keep it from falling off my model’s non-existent shoulders. ūüôā

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

On an unrelated note, I made some recent design changes to my¬†hats and scarflettes.¬† I¬†made the decision to¬†place my branding on the inside of the hat and interior of the scarf.¬†¬†I feel that the hats have a cleaner and¬†more streamlined look without it¬†– a look that I personally appreciate.¬†¬†Adding plaid patterns to the¬†mix also creates its own sense of busy-ness.¬†¬†Sometimes simpler is better.¬† And personally, I think the plaid¬†deserves to stand alone.¬† ūüôā

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

I also adjusted the widths of my scarflettes.  Since these scarflettes contain a very mild interfacing,  I figured they need not be as wide.  Their measurement now make for a more comfortable wear.

Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

YAY!!!  I finally found some time to sew another Sweetheart Hat.  I haven’t sewn any hats in the last two months, as I’ve found myself lacking in time to do anything but home school and take care of my family. (Although, admittedly, I did sew my daughter a few dresses). LOL.  However, the idea for this cute Sapphire Sunset colored hat has been brewing in the back of my mind for the duration of my hat sewing sabbatical.  The outside of this hat is made of 100% wool fabric.  The inside boasts a soft sapphire blue fleece band and coordinating cotton fabric.

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

This particular hat was inspired from my Sweetheart Scarflettes   My scarflettes feature wool exteriors with coordinating fleece interiors.  The edge of each scarflette displays two coordinating tabs (exactly like the tabs on the above hat) with matching eye-catching buttons.  Since I am in the process of sewing the scarflette that coordinates with this hat, I will add a picture in a future blog.

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

Having a matching Sweetheart Hat and Scarflette is a fun way to spice up any fall/winter wardrobe..  Now… to make a matching handbag or messenger bag with tabs!  How fun would that be.  My mind is a whirl with ideas.  ūüôā

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

All my projects are a work in progress.  As such, I am constantly tweaking, updating, and trying to find a new idea.  Of course, no idea is new, especially when it comes to newsboy hats which have been around for ages!  But I am excited about this particular sweetheart newsboy variation.

After much research on hat couture for the 2011 season, I’ve discovered that bows are in style.  Kate Spade developed several cloche hats which feature a bow and band.  I figured I should do something similar with my newsboy hats.

The thing about bows, however, is that they can limit an outfit to a set of colors. My frugal side suggests that it would be great to create a hat where you can change your accessories to match your outfit. So, I figured out a way to create a removable and interchangeable bow.

I designed the bow into two separate pieces, a colorful sleeve and a center tube (in this case black) which matches the hat.

The center of the bow attaches to the hat using small black clips.  The bow sleeve slides through the center tube and can be changed for other bow sleeves.  Or… you could remove the sleeve and center and wear the hat by itself.

Almost as an afterthought, I sewed a small black clip on to the back of one of my sweetheart flowers. It looks so cute clipped on to the hat. Since the tube has two clips, the flower can be attached to either one. (whichever you prefer) but is large enough to cover both ends. With six different colored flowers to choose from, you are sure to find a wardrobe match.

  Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

I designed this¬†mini version of my sweetheart¬†newsboy¬†hat¬†for my daughter’s¬†Bitty Baby.¬† Bright pink with a wild butterfly and flower cotton lining – it is darling!!!¬† Making it was… well not so much fun.¬†LOL.

I¬†rather naively thought this hat would be easy to make – since it¬†had less fabric.¬† But¬†I didn’t take into account the¬†tiny bias binding, small pieces, and¬†extra small¬†seam allowances.¬† To¬†make things¬†worse, I forgot to¬†add in the¬†seam allowances on my bands which made the hat a little to short.¬†¬† This hat should partially cover the ears.

But… I’ve taken good notes for next time and that’s how creating things goes…¬† And it turned out OK. My daughter thinks its cool and that’s really all that matters. ūüôā This hat fits snugly – measuring 12 1/2 inches. I think little hands would have a hard time pulling it on and off and think next time I’ll create a size 13 instead.¬†I think making a small Bitty Baby hat and matching toddler hat would be a delightful present for any child’s birthday or Christmas celebration.

I love beautiful things.  Flourishing flowers display their vibrant blooms and tantalize us with their heady scents. They exemplify all things beautiful with their simple yet highly intricate designs.  Elegant and alluring,  flowers beg to be picked, displayed, and given freely as an expression of love.

With this in mind, my search to create the perfect flower clip began.  The perfect clip would need to be able to nestle behind an ear, embrace the smallest of newborn heads, and grace the wise with elegance and poise.   To do that, these clips would need to secure the finest and fuzziest of baby hair, clip into the cascading thick waves of youth, and enfold the contemporary locks of high fashion.  These thoughts led to the birth of the Sweetheart Clip, which attaches to anything and everything.  They even clip to the very few hairs that grow on my arms.

My daughter and I refer to these sweetheart clips as “her pretties.”¬† At the age of two, my daughter finds herself somewhat lacking in the hair department.¬† But we make up for that with these fun accessories.

When I created my Etsy page, I discovered¬†an amazing designer named¬† Chance from Ladeda Invites¬† (Designs).¬† She’d designed a beautiful one-of-a-kind banner set which displayed scattered ruby red¬†rose petals.¬† I was enchanted! She¬†further designed these wonderful product tags. YAY! ¬†If any of you, my wonderful blog readers, need a talented designer¬†for your product – she is amazing!¬†¬† I am so grateful¬†for her talent and vision.¬† You’re the best Chance!¬†¬† Thank-you.

Hello my wonderful blogger friends.:-)  I have been working for weeks on an Amy Butler Messenger Bag with matching Sweetheart Hat.  I finished the hat earlier this week and finally finished the bag today.  YAY!

Thank-goodness it’s done!!!” Wow! What a lot of work that¬† project was.¬† I am VERY glad to be done and a¬†little leery to ever work on another¬†one again.¬† This particular bag took me at least¬†40 hours to put together.¬† That was in part because it took me a while to¬†interpret the pattern.
I know that future bags will¬†go a lot quicker.¬† However, I think this bag needs a few revisions.¬†¬†First…¬†with the many layers of interfacing and canvas used to create this bag, it¬†weighs about five pounds completed – and that’s not filled.¬† Should I fill this bag and carry it around all day, I could see getting¬†a cramped shoulder and sore neck.
Hmmm…. I wonder if there¬†is¬†a way to use stiffer interfacing without adding more bulk and weight.¬†Maybe a way to put a little of the inside contrasting fabric on the outside of the bag for fun.
The inside pocket is also very cute. This bag has a hanging pocket which has slots for pens, a few larger items, and a zippered compartment for objects like Nook’s or other e-readers.¬† The outside of the bag has two compartments for water bottles or other easily accessible items.¬† However, as a busy Mom, a few bigger pockets and zippered pockets attached to the inside lining would be much more useful.¬†¬†My mind is already whirling as to how I can figure that one out.¬† ūüôā
¬†I love this matching Sweetheart Hat.¬† Raspberry twill fabric coordinated with a delicious Amy Butler print.¬†¬†Yum! I’ve decided to keep both the bag and the hat¬†for myself.¬† They match.¬†¬†How cool is that!
Well,¬†I’ve a few fun new thoughts for¬†accessorizing my sweetheart hats.¬† I will be musing about that and¬†ways to¬†create a brand new from scratch sweetheart bag over the¬†next couple of days.¬† In the¬† meantime, all my love.¬† Janna.
I desperately want to¬†design an¬†amazing messenger bag for busy Mom’s.¬† As¬†mother¬†of three, I am always toting around water bottles, video players, diapers, my nook, and a whole slew of other things.¬†¬†I am past the stage of diaper bags, or at least I like to think that I am, ūüôā but I still need a versatile bag to store all the many necessities of life.¬† Preferably one that would keep my hands free for my children.
I have not found the perfect messenger bag anywhere and have decided that if I design my own pattern, I will need to learn how to sew ¬†pockets, add zippers, line bags, attach magnetic buttons, create slots for MP3 players, and slip in a few other accessories that are fun.¬† Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do many of these things. So… I decided to start small and make this cute little Amy Butler Coin Purse pattern.¬† It seemed complicated at first, but now that I’ve made one, I think it would be easier to replicate.

It is a start, and that is really all that matters.  I think it turned out well!   YAY!

Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

This year my family and I went to Tahquamenon State Park for a summer camping vacation.  Because we were close to Sault Ste. Marie, we went for a day trip to ride the Soo Locks and drive over the bridge to Canada.

Since we were in Canada, we had to stop at a fabric store.  ūüôā  I picked up some lovely Canadian fabrics. This gorgeous royal blue twill coordinated perfectly with a matching cotton maple leaf fabric to make this newsboy hat.

In honor of the Canadian Maple Leaf’s and female Maple Leaf fans, I decided to create a fun and eye-catching hat.¬†¬†It’s feminine yet splashes patriotism.¬†¬†And I had enough fabric to make three hats.¬† Yay!¬† Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna.

This Father’s Day, we not only celebrated the fathers in our extended family but also my sister-in-law Carol’s birthday.¬† Since gifts were abounding, I thought it would be fun to give her two children (my two nieces) their sweetheart hats.

Nicole, my almost six year old niece seemed to like her hat and wore it right away. She looked so stinkin cute! ūüôā Nicole is a true sweetheart She is beautiful, fun-loving, and has a tender heart.

Every girl LOVES shoes.¬† Right? ūüôā¬† Nicole’s Flip-Flop Sweetheart (Newsboy) hat features a pair of charming summer flip-flops. White twill fabric paired with teal blue bias binding makes for a fun splash of color. Vintage buttons are Nicole’s Great-Grandma’s which makes this hat extra special! Worn with a favorite pair of jean or a lazy pair of sweats this hat is sure to be a blast. And of course, hidden inside is a very important message that every little girl needs to hear – that she is worth far more than rubies. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna¬†

I love these little newsboy hats for children.  They are so whimsical! This flower hat was designed for my almost two-year old niece, Kate.  Made out of white twill fabric this hat features a large appliqued flower that features loads of pink, white, green and purple.  It is destined to snuggle a cute little noggin.

In the center of the appliqued flower is a large see through vintage button from Kate’s great-grandma.  Adding little Extra’s are an added bonus when designing your own hats.

The inside of the hat holds a soft cotton jersey band in a deep purple.  The cotton fabric is the same as the appliqued flower on the outside and holds a very important message for Kate… that she is worth far more than rubies.

After¬†half a week¬†of packing for camping, five days of camping, and then another half week of unpacking, I¬† finally found some time to do a little sewing.¬†¬†Yeah!!!¬† And of course, I made a few newsboy hats for my Etsy page. ūüôā I decided to use some of the very best red crimson twill fabric for the body of my hats.¬† Made of all new fabrics, these hats are delicious!¬†¬†¬†Vibrant and bold colors¬†in the lining and on the sides¬†of the hat shout¬†FUN!¬†¬†These hats are available in three sizes 23 1/2″, 22 1/2″, and 21 1/2″.¬† I am¬†very tempted to keep¬†one for myself.¬† Since¬†red is my FAVORITE color.

I am getting the itch to develop a new pattern.¬† Maybe work on a creating a custom designed messenger bag.¬† That will take a lot of research and learning new techniques I’m sure.
Love it!
Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Appliqued hats are adorable and so cute on little girls!!!  Featuring a multi-colored butterfly, this hat shouts FUN.   Made of all new materials, this hat is made up of white cotton twill, 100% cotton lining, and a soft cotton jersey band.  Deep plum bias binding completes the look for a finished touch.

For little heads measuring 18 to 18 1/2 inches this hat is sure to become a favorite.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been working on a¬†newsboy hat for a sweet little¬†one-year old named Bella.¬† Her mother’s favorite color is teal¬†which makes this hat¬†extra special.

Sporting¬†pink, lime green, red, and teal, the large flower splashes¬†color against its white background.¬† Bella’s hat is made¬†of¬†all new materials, except for a vintage teal button.¬† Featuring¬†white twill, pink cotton jersey,¬†and a 100 percent cotton lining it is sure to brighten any day.¬†¬†Love it!
Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna
Tulip Time is a festival in Holland Michigan where the Dutch culture is celebrated in all its glory.  Parents and children turn up in droves, wearing traditional Dutch costumes, wooden shoes, and a merry attitude.  Parades abound, street vendors sell sinfully delicious food, and tulips bloom everywhere. The city is gorgeous, full of sweet-smelling scents and an overall sense of comradery.
We cheered on the parades, waved at family marching by, and appreciated the beautiful music.
Since we do not own the traditional Dutch costumes, I decided to make my beautiful daughter a Tulip Time hat.
I rushed like crazy and completed it five minutes before we left.  She wore it most of the time, which was good since it protected her from the hot sun.  And of course, she looked oh so cute!
Perhaps, if I have some time in the next couple of weeks, I’ll make a few for my etsy store.¬† They are so fun!
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