Another Handmade Backpack

OK, I’m a pretty bad blogger these days. it’s been a while since I showed anything… I missed back to school, when most people are blogging about back packs! And I made this back pack a while ago… But despite all that, here I am!

The first backpack I made was really cool! I loved the alien backpack! It was designed by the kiddo and so is this one! I don’t know where the design came from, but I have to say it was quite a bit easier to put together than the alien!

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I didn’t use a pattern, but there are some great backpack patterns and tutorials out there! There’s one by Crazy Little Projects that is pretty similar to the one I made. I also love Sew Sweetness Bags and she has two backpack patterns, the Cumberland and Edelweiss patterns. And I like the pattern that So Sew Easy has on their blog. It’s small, but you can enlarge it for a larger kiddo or yourself. I haven’t made any of these patterns, but they can help you make your own, if you don’t want to wing it like I did!

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On the inside I used a laminated cotton fabric. A bright laminated cotton fabric! I made this while I was at a retreat and I didn’t take a non-stick foot, and it did not treat me nicely! But I pushed on anyway!

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I love to add key fobs…

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The design on the outside is what the kiddo designed. It was much easier than the alien, but it was still tricky! Keeping those lines straight wasn’t as simple I thought it would be and especially without the right foot.

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The other thing I think all backpacks should have is the side pockets. I always include elastic, so when it’s not being used, it scrunches up close ot the backpack and doesn’t flop around.

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In the back I padded the straps and angled them out a bit.

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And the kiddo liked it! That’s the best part of the whole thing!

 

Haley’s Seahorse- A Kid Designed, Momma Made Project

One thing I love to do, besides quilting, is make stuffies from kid’s drawings. One of my best friends daughters loves seahorses, so when we found out we’d be in town for her birthday, I knew I wanted to make her something. And she just happened to have a drawing she had made of a seahorse!

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So I made a stuffie!

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This one was a little easier than some of the others I’ve made, but still fun. I just happened to have the seahorse fabric is my stash. And, I also just happened to have the fleece that matched the seahorse fabric. (Is that a sign that I may have too much in my stash?

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I really wanted to get the eyes right and the baby. I don’t understand the eyes really, but she drew them that way for a reason. Even her parents commented that I had done the eyes right. So the shape meant something to her.

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It’s a rough life for baby seahorses out there. As cute as this one was, it had a rough life and didn’t last long in this world. Unfortunately, she disappeared within a couple of days. In hindsight, I should have attached the baby with a ribbon or something. Lessons learned!

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When I gave Haley the present, I included the picture of it that she had drawn in the bag. The first thing she pulled out was this bad computer print of her drawing. She was kinda confused as to why I was giving her her drawing for her birthday. She realized there was more in the bag,  and I wish I had a picture of her face when she pulled this guy out of the bag. Her eyes were huge, her mouth fell open and she exclaimed, This is my drawing! that made it all worth it!

 

A Little Auction Creature- Kid Designed, Momma Made

One thing I love to make are stuffies (what we call stuffed animals) and dolls from kids drawings! And every year I also offer this as a thing at the kiddo’s school auctions. Rarely, do the people who buy them actually cash them in to get made. So I was really excited when the parent who got it last year, actually took me up on the offer! You can see some of the Kid designed, momma made creatures here and here.

This guy doesn’t have a name, but he’s pretty cute!

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These are the directions I received. He had to be pink, skin color, you know! He comes with a top hat with a purple band and a white crystal on top! So that’s what I did!

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oh, and don’t forget the tail!

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So my kiddo didn’t design this one, but I felt like it needed a kid for scale! He’s kinda big!

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And how did I make it?? Well, it took a few trials. I started with the pattern from Ikat Bag that I used for my Pikachu. But then altered a bit here and there. I added the tail and altered the front and head to get the right shape.

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I used a good bit of heavy interfacing for the hat and ears. I did have to cut my sample a few times and contact the designer to make sure I was getting the correct orientation of the ears!

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And I added a little pouch of the bean bag fill to give it enough stability to stand up straight.

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I think my favorite part of the design was the ‘white crystal’ in his hat.

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You can look back up at the original drawing to see the picture without the stuffie in it and then look back at this picture. What do you think? Do you think he matches what the designer drew?

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The weird thing is… I love making these, but I’ve never made one for my son. I need to look through his drawings and find a good one to make one for him! I wonder what this years auction will bring!

 

 

 

Handmade Halloween

Yes, Halloween has come and gone, but I wanted to share the costumes we had this year!

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The ‘real’ costume was Ash, the Pokemon trainer, and his Pokemon, Pikachu! We went back and forth and back and forth between costumes. FIrst it was Ash, then Shaggy from Scooby Doo, then another Pokemon character, and back around to Ash!

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Do you know Ash? Well, this is what he looks like as a cartoon….

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And this is my real life version! As we were trick or treating, kids kept saying Hello to Ash! Then Dad and I were waiting on the kiddo to trick or treat and these older kids came by talking about the kiddos costume. One kid was telling the other kid about how he’d seen the kid in the Ash costume and,

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Talk about making a Momma proud! Oh, yeah! The kiddo came back and I told him about the huge compliment he got and he said, ‘What’s that mean?’ Ha! It means you have a really cool Momma that makes you really cool costumes! hehehe!!!

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This costume was a mish mash of handmade and not. The coat, totally all handmade. I used the Kitschy Coo Reversible Zippy Hoodie Pattern for the jacket. I got the hat online and painted on the symbol with fabric paint. I was planning on making the pants, but when I found then for ten bucks at Target, I just bought them…. The gloves are half and half! I tried to make my own, but then found some just the right color. I cut them down and added on the red cuffs.

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And Pikachu! I made Pikachu! I made a neighbor one a while back using the Ikat Bag’s Menagerie Pattern with a few alternations. And now the kiddo gets his own!

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And remember I mentioned Shaggy? Well, the Friday before Halloween school had a Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day. Max choose Shaggy from Scooby Doo! Yes, they are books now. He’s become obsessed with those meddling kids in both book and video form!  And yes, that’s Scooby dressed as a wolf for Halloween! hehehe!

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Originally, I was just going to whip up a tshirt for him. Then I headed into Old Navy I just happened to find one last green short sleeved shirt with a V-neck, in his size, for $1.50! Um, can’t pass that up! I very liberally used See Kate Sew’s Surfer Slacks for the bell bottoms. I started at one size of the pattern at hte waist, then just drew the pants out at the knee for the bell bottoms. I should have exaggerated even more….

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You aren’t Shaggy without the silly whiskers! And I found the Scooby Snacks at Target!

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We had a fun Halloween! The kiddo said it was his best one yet! Awesome! I told him that I hope that when he grows up that he has fond memories of Halloween and being involved with all his custom made Halloween costumes. And I told him, if he has a wife that doesn’t sew, that means he has to make his kids costumes! I hope so!

 

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Eraser Dot Halloween Shirts DIY

I am so excited that it’s October! And that means Halloween!! We love Halloween around here! AND… It’s been a while since I did my Pinterest Try Tuesday projects. So this month we’re doing Halloween themed Pinterest Tries. Starting with the eraser dot tshirts.

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Have you seen these around? WAY back, before my blogging days, I had a baby shower for a friend and I used erasers and paint to make the invitations and envelopes and all sorts of things. So when I saw these bat shirts, I knew I had to make some with the kiddo! Looking more into Cutesy Crafts, where my ‘pin’ originated, it appears she does these for every season! Be sure to check out her page! This would also make cute tote bags, too!

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This pinterest try was a real win! It’s quick and easy. Doesn’t require many materials. Fun!

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So you start with a freezer paper stencil. Since I got an orange shirt, my son said it had to be a pumpkin! So a pumpkin we made! We actually picked pieces for the pumpkin from online then put it together in photoshop to be exactly how he wanted it!

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Then you just need fabric paint and a pencil or two.

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Here’s how easy it is. Dip the pencil eraser in the paint and then on the shirt! Let it dry and remove the freezer paper!

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What design would you make? I was also thinking of a ghost in glow in the dark paint! Yep!

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The kiddo really like it. He was quite curious why we didn’t just use a paintbrush, though. But once we started he got into it! It got worn to school today and the plan is to wear it on Halloween FOR SURE! At least before trick or treating anyway!

 

The Kiddos BackPack

Ok, now this one is LONG overdue! This is probably one of my favorite projects from last year that I somehow never shared!

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There’s no tutorial. There’s no pattern. This was a labor of love! I totally made it up as I went along! In hindsight, I wish I had made a pattern as I went. But I didn’t! I knew I could make it. The kiddo was super excited to design his own backpack. So we went for it!

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The flap is the outside of the alien’s ship. And then when you open it, you see the alien driving his ship around in outer space!

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I’m so glad the kiddo likes it! I didn’t have to buy too much to make it. So in that sense, it was cheaper than buying one. But in the amount of time it took to think about it, design it in my head and then put it all together. Um…. I’m glad there are no dollar signs to add up there, because that would put it way over the cost of just buying one! But it was so worth it! And now I know how to make it again!

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I made a zipper top. I added in the flaps when sewing together the outside and lining. Topstitched and then added the zipper.

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The straps are padded and adjustable. And you have to have a hanging hook, of course!

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I also added little triangular pieces at the bottom of the sides for the adjustable strap. I got this detail idea off his last backpack that he said was oto baby for Kindergarten! But adding them to the side seam totally helps the bag lay right on his back!

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Each side has an elastic pocket. These get used for sneaking legos into school…. But they fit a water bottle, if needed!

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Yes, I added a name tag…. You know, just in case it was to get confused with someone else’s backpack… Ha!

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And I added a quilted, velcro pocket on the inside. And I’m not sure this pocket has ever been used… Oh, well! It’s there if we need it!

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As much work as it was, we had such fun putting it together! Dad was in on the alien design as well. It all started on a dog walk and the kiddo came up with a crazy idea. I had to tone ti down a little bit to fit on the back pack! I love how it changes from outer space to inside the spaceship!

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He loves it! His best friend’s mom told me a funny story! Her son wants a new backpack so they were looking. Then her son said, ‘Max’s mom MADE his!’ I don’t think his mom was happy with me! I think she still likes me though!

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Have you ever made a backpack? Maybe if I make another, I’ll make a pattern! I’m hoping this one lasts for next year too, though!

A Crazy Crown Tutorial with Sculpey

Not long ago I received the opportunity to receive some fun Sculpey projects if I will make something with them. Um…. Trust me, this family can make things with just about anything and clay was a super hit!  Sculpey-Main-ImFeelinCrafty

The day the mail came was such a surprise!

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I hadn’t told my son that we were getting the package. And it turns out that they had been making things with clay st school and he had just asked Dad for clay to have at home! And viola… Sculpey Clay appears at our house!

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We got right to work! We’ve made quite a few creatures since we’ve had the clay, but these are the creatures we made the first night. Unfortunately, I’m not writing a tutorial on making creatures, because I’ve still got a lot to learn on that subject. Most of these guys have brown sense we made them!! Oops! I know there is a trick….. But we haven’t figured it out yet! The two end creatures are the kiddos, mine’s the blue one and Dad made the penguin!

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So since we haven’t mastered figures, wanna make a crazy crown with me???

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Basically, I used the clay, the Sculpey tools, a glass, wax paper and some elastic!

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The little glass I have was the perfect size for me. It might have been a little big for the kiddo, but it worked! I wrapped the glass in the wax paper.

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Then we got to work rolling out the stripes. You kinda knead the clay for a while, then roll it into a worm and then flatten.

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Wrap the clay around the glass. And repeat for however many layers you want to do.

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I was pretty into moving along, while my partner was more into chatting and singing and movin’ like a turtle and sculpting with his feet in his Hulk costume!

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And roll it out! One thing I did learn with my creatures is that the clay needs to be worked together, not just pushed together! You might be saying, how did she not know that??? Remember, sewing is more my thing than clay… Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the clay, I just don’t know as much about it!!!

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And emblish! I used the carving tool for the points, a rolling stamp for the texture and the fun little cookie cutter like pieces for the sea stars.

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The tricky part…. Removing the glass is easy, but removing the wax paper is a bit trickier! The clay will stick to the wax paper, but just move slowly and pull it away to retain the shape of the crown!

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Poke holes in the side. I poked two on each side. Then bake per directions!

 

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Thread your elastic through the holes. I used a 33″ piece of elastic. I ran it through two holes on each side, just to give it a bit more stability on the noggin’.

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And viola! The Crazy Crown! The kiddo also made a rolled clay crown. We love our crowns! Which one is your favorite?

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What a fun time! We’ve really had some great family crafting with this project! And I know we’ll have more! What would you make if you got a box full of Sculpey fun???

 

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