Sunday, November 29, 2009

Apple Picking

Ni Hao, Kai Lan is one of the little Piggie's favorite TV shows on Nick Jr. It's like Dora except it teaches viewers Chinese! In a recent episode, there's some apple picking. I haven't seen it, but I keep hearing her say she's picking apples. I was so inspired by the felt house that Jill made on her blog, I wanted to make a less detailed version on a wall hanging version for Piggie to pick apples. Joann's had an after Thanksgiving sale on felt for $1.99/yd. I picked up some and put together this.

The apples, bird and owl are attached with velcro, so she cam pull them off and re-arrange. I'll attach a wooden rod at the top and hang off the door handle or from the linen closet doors.

Here's some close ups:

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quited Christmas Stockings

I'm making Christmas stockings this year for all of us.  I need to get it done before the G-man arrives.  According to the doctor, I could be delivering any day now!  During Joann's Doorbuster after Thanksgiving sale, they had 50% off coupons on regular priced items.  I picked up some double quilted fabric in burgundy and light green.  I'll be making 2 of each color and 2 sizes.  I found a template on Martha Stewart's website I liked...Poinsettia Fringe-Cuff Stocking.  I blew up the template to 400% to make the small stockings.  The large ones were free handed increased in side approximately 1.5 inches.  I trimmed them with cream colored double sided quilt.

Art Case

I came across this tutorial on This Mama Makes Stuff and bookmarked it for gifts to kids.  This is going to be a birthday present for a 3yr old, I modified it by shrinking it down.  My finished project measures 6 x 9 where as the original tutorial gives you something in the neighborhood of 8 1/2 x 11.  I reduced the regular piece to 9 1/4 x 26.  The inside panels are 5 1/2 instead of 8, 6 vs 9 and 3 vs 4 inches.  You'll understand when you download the tutorial.  I skipped on the pocket too since my case is so small, you really can't put much in the pocket. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Personalized Baby Shirts

With a little less than 4 weeks more to go, I wanted to tackle a couple projects for my little guy. This was a quick and easy way to personalized plain white side snap shirts. I did the first one with his initial. The second one is just a ribbon trim. I don't like the way the zig zag turned out on the initial one. I think in the future I'll iron on applique it first and then top stitch around it.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

My Parisian Dress

I made this darling little fall dress from the My Parisian Dress pattern by ManiMina on She has some really adorable PDF patterns on sale. I made this one from corduroy that I thought to be appropriate for Fall/Winter. It's a size 2. However, my little Piggie is very petite, so it's still large for her. She kinda swims in it right now. So, I think this will be a Christmas present for Gracie. Maybe I can shrink down the pattern a little bit for it to fit her now. Otherwise, I'll make it out of 2 tone linen (blue and grey) as a Spring dress for her. The top pic is the front and the back is below. If you're a beginner at sewing, this is a very easy pattern to follow along. I know I'll be making variations of this dress for years to come : )

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Modified Coffee Cozy

I made this coffee cozy for my sister's boyfriend. Although the prior one I made for her is cute, I thought he might want something a little more manly to use. I simply used 1 inch Velcro instead of a button to hold the flaps together. It's still adjustable without looking too cute. I used left over scraps from the crib bumper and baby burper projects.

Update:  It appears that cozy isn't wide enough to simply use velcro in place of a button.  At least not a fit for Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cups.
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 09

The Piggie really enjoyed Halloween this year, she woke up this morning wanting to go out trick or treating again!

I was worried that she wouldn't go to sleep after last night's sugar rush, but fortnuately she fell asleep in the car on the drive back from my parents house. We had to hide the pumkin because all she wanted to do was eat the chocolate.

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