The Good, the bad and the ugly- Project Run and Play Week 2

First, off, thank you thank you thank you to everyone that voted for me last week. Unfortunately, I was the one to be voted off the island first! The competition was fierce! Fantastic ladies with amazing outfits! And the competition was fierce on an emotional level for me, which surprised me. But that doesn’t mean I’m not playing along still! So let’s get right to it!

TheGood-Main-ImFeelinCraftyIt’s Movie Week at Project Run and Play! And I chose to make a cowboy look based on Clint Eastwood’s character in The Good The Bad and The Ugly!

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We were headed to Palm Springs before Christmas, so I wanted to do an outfit that would work with the awesome Mid Century Modern architecture. But I just couldn’t figure out which movie to use. I was stuck. Then my husband suggested a western movie. Then somehow I found this movie. It’s not a kid’s movie by any means. But I know one kid that had a great time acting like a very serious cowboy…. I won’t name any names!

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This is where I should probably warn you that this post is very heavy on the photos. It was super hard to edit them down. Changing from an in city photoshoot idea to the desert photoshoot was a great idea! We had such a fun time!

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For the shirt I started with my new online ‘BFF’s’ pattern, the ‘Jack and Jill Colorblock Shirt.’ Since I had just made it the week before I made this one, it was fresh on my mind. I changed it out to be a slimmer fit on the kiddo and changed the pocket to a more traditional pocket. The biggest change I made was the sleeve cuffs.

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For the sleeves, I taught myself how to do a traditional dress shirt cuff. I just happened to have a men’s shirt that I could cut apart. SO I did that and added it into this shirt. It’s probably a good thing I am not ‘competing’ anymore, because I didn’t get a great shot of this detail. I was so proud of it, too! So I’m not sure how it slipped my mind to photograph this detail… ergh…

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I love the vest! For these pictures I left the vest, just like in the movie with just a leather tie holding it together, but I’ll add a closure detail so it’s easier to put on and off! While I was designing and gathering fabric I bought a couple of different ‘leather like’ fabrics, but they just weren’t right….

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Then I remembered this old coat I had that I’d been saving to make a vest for the kiddo! Hello!!! So that’s what I did!

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I cut it up and used the inside for the outside, then sewed on a Sherpa fabric on the inside. The coat didn’t actually have any large pieces, so I had to then use smaller pieces and piece them together, which ended up looking pretty good. In the movie the vest is a bit more pieced together, but I did want it to be something the kiddo could wear, I liked it better this way, so….

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The jeans were fun (I like making the kiddo pants), but I really loved the fun belt details! I used the same coat leather and a little leather paint to change the color and texture a bit. The gun belt and holster were a lot of fun, especially after we decided to use a banana for a gun! I have to say I laughed a lot while I was making this outfit!

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And the poncho! I had sent some pictures to my family without the poncho and they all said the outfit was cute and looked like a cowboy, but it wasn’t Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad and The Ugly without the poncho! And I said, oh… I have the poncho!

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Yep, I have the poncho! The funny thing is, if you google the movie you get tons of pictures of Clint in the poncho, but it looks brown. So I had brown felt. Then I watched the movie while I was sewing and realized the poncho is really green. And my husband agreed, that I couldn’t make it brown! So at the last minute, I sent my husband down to the local fabric shop that doesn’t have a lot of selection in felt by the yard. And luckily, they had it! Yea! Then I proceeded to embroider the pattern.

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We had such a fun time photographing this outfit on location at Joshua Tree National Park! The kiddo slipped right into character. He was soooooo acting just like a cowboy the whole time!

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But I did get a few smiles and a ‘silly’ break!

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Have you seen the movie? I kinda figured not many people had, btu then I found out that it’s a pretty famous movie. But just in case you haven’t seen it, I thought I’d share some pictures I took of it of some of the details I was studying while I was watching the movie! And the main image you see everywhere if you google it, with what looks like a brown poncho….. And I’ll admit it here. I totally have a movie star crush on the young Clint… Yep. I do. Seriously.

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I only did The Good guy!

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Here’s to another week of Project Run and Play! I hope you enjoyed my photo filled post!! And I hope you agree that my kiddo did a pretty good Clint Eastwood impersonation!

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The Arctic Fox Mask! A Project for You!

Dont’ forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m in last place and kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do!

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I don’t know if you remember, but what looks like ages ago (the kiddo looks so little in the pictures), I made a fox mask.

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So of course, I used this as a base for my arctic fox mask!

I’m not going to redo the tutorial that you can find here, but I did update the mask pattern. You can download the pattern here (And vote while it’s downloading here). Print the pattern and then follow the tutorial for your very own arctic fox mask!

I used grey stitching around the eyes for a little accent! Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

I hope yall all had a wonderful New Years Eve! We have a tradition of always going to Tacoma’s zoo and seeing the zoolights, so that’s what we did! Do you have a favorite NYE tradition???

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I thought I’d welcome in 2014 with a look back at my favorite projects from 2013! I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs and it seems like I’m not the only one that gets into a mood thinking that I didn’t create too much… But once you sit and look at your whole blog from the past year, I’m reminded that I made A LOT! Yeah!

And my favorites are….

The crazy colorful outfit the kiddo and I made in January for the Project Run and Play Sew Along.

The I Love You Jacket I made for the kiddo in February.

The Super Hero Cape t-shirt tutorial (you’ll see a superhero theme throughout this year!) I made for the kiddo and Go To Sew in March!

One of my all time favorite projects was the Fox Skirt in April (for my friend April’s daughter!).

The wonky star quilt I made, with the help of my Nurture Circle, in May.

The low volume, ‘Lone Star’ pillowcase I made for a swap partner in June.

The little overalls I designed for a friend’s son adoption in July.

I really loved how this needle book turned out that I made for another swap in August.

The Flash costume in September! I didn’t blog about it until October, but technically I made it in September….

And the Hulk Costume in October!

The kiddo and I really loved our melted bead necklaces we made in November.

And last but not least, I loved our Jack and Jill pj’s I made in December!

What was your favorite project that you made last year??? Or do you have a favorite that I made? I’d love to hear about it!!

MyArtsi Review and Giveaway!

Not too long ago, I was contacted by MyArtsi about reviewing one of their products. And the kiddo and I said YES!

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MyArtsi is company that creates fun, easy craft kits for girls ages 6-13. (Yes, girls, but boys can play along too!) The company is comprised of 3 unique brands; Stickeez, Plusheez, and Glitter Petz.

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The Stickeez is a fun product that comes with something, like a clutch or scrapbook, and a whole bunch of stickers to decorate it with. The Glitter Petz is a little animal toy that is totally ready to be covered in the bling stickers that come with it. And then there are the Plusheez! The one we picked to check out ‘cuase we love stuffies around these parts!

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Now don’t be confused by the kiddos fake smile in this picture! After he picked the Bella the Owl, (there’s also a heart, butterfly, fox, everyday he was asking when it was going to be here. ‘Is it here yet? Did my owl come today? When is my owl going to be here?’ Luckily, for us both, they mailed it right away and it came within a couple of days! We just happened to be home sick the day the mailman brought it our door. And boy was this kid excited even though it doesn’t show it well in this picture!

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The Plusheez animals come with the stuffie doll, a poker tool and a bunch of little fabric pieces to add to the stuffie to make it your own!

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It super easy to put together. You line up the fabric piece with a little pre-cut hole.

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Then poke it in! That’s it!

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See the happy dance? He’s coming to life once I got it all out of the box!

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You can follow the suggested color locations, or make it your own! I was a little worried that if he didn’t stay with the right colors in the right places, he might run out of the little fabric pieces. But no worries, it comes with extras!

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But either way, whether you follow the colors or make it all your own, the kiddo loved it! He only had one request about how he’d change it… ‘The next one we get, needs to be a boys design.’ So I’m not sure if MyArtsi has any plans of crossing into craft toys for boys, but when they do, I know who their first costumer will be! He really did love it!

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See? Check out this smile!

And the lovely friends at MyArtsi are also offering one to one of my readers! You can pick any one toy from any of the three lines! Cool! So if you’re kiddo is more into bling than stuffies, there’s something here for them too! And if you can’t wait for the giveaway the product lines are already on the shelves of Walmart, Jo Ann’s, Meijer, AC Moore, and more!

Ready to WIN? You have Three ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1) Check out MyArtsi’s website and let us know your favorite  craft toy!

2) Become a fan of MyArtsie on Facebook.

3) And an extra entry for I’m Feelin’ Crafty subscribers. Just click to the right to subscribe.

That’s 3 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 8th at 11:59 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

The Flash Pinata!

Like I mentioned the other day, I’m not a huge fan of piñatas. Kids bashing in things with baseball bats is kinda unnerving to me. But I guess it’s better that it’s a piñata than something else, huh? So when Max asked, or should I say announced, that we were having a piñata at his birthday party, I had to process the whole thing for a while.

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But I came around and then had to decide which superhero was the piñata going ot be? I have to admit, the Flash symbol seemed to be the easiest to translate into a piñata and thank goodness he’s a big hit at our house!

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Now, I’m no pro at piñata building or anything, but I thought I’d share how I made ours! The materials I used were just a cardboard box, shipping tape, crepe paper, glue, an exacto knife and string. I’d recommend a thin cardboard than might bust easily when hit. (mine didn’t!) Like maybe an Ikea box…

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First, I cut the tops and bottoms off the box and then taped them together.

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Secondly, I cut my circles. I don’t remember the dimensions, but basically as round as I could based on the size of the box. And then I cut a third little one for the middle circle.

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Next, The sides. I cut a long narrow piece from the sides of the box, about 4 inches wide. Then I curled it by slightly bending it about every inch or so just a little bit. Also be sure to cut the side a bit longer than the circle sides to overlap at the end!

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Next, I taped the side to the front and back circle, leaving a hole at the end. Don’t’ tape all the way around! You have to be able to add the candy!

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Then tape on some string. I taped it to the bottom and the sides.

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And here comes the color! Glue on the crepe paper in rows at the top and the bottom. Then start gluing it on around all sides. This part will take a while because you kinda have to stop and let the glue dry and then come back to it! In the meantime, you can go ahead and glue on the yellow crepe paper to the smaller circle. Yes, I had the colors backwards a bit here. The Flash symbol has a white circle, but…. It worked!

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Turn the yellow piece over and tape the loose ends over, add glue and stick it on the main piñata. Stuff it with candy. Tape down the hole.

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And get ready to party!

So here’s a few things I learned.  I thought the cardboard would bust, buuuuutttttt it didn’t! Hence the reason I’d recommend a thin cardboard. Mine was really sturdy. I wanted it to be sturdy enough so that everyone got a chance to hit it before the candy spill. Mine might have been just a little tooooo sturdy. Everyone got a couple of shots at it!

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But once a Dad stepped in had their turn, it almost came out… Then our Dad stepped in and did a quick switcher-upsideroo and the candy came out! No one seemed phased that the piñata didn’t’ actually BUST open!

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And the birthday boy was happy! He helped make it. It was his favorite super hero. He helped pick out all the stuffings. And he got a ton of candy. And to see that big smile on his face, Momma was happy too!

Melted Bead Necklaces- a Mini Tutorial

We haven’t done a melted bead project in a while, then I had an idea!

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The projects we had done in the past were kinda big. My new idea was to make it small!

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So the next time we were at the craft store we found some 1 inch necklace charms and the smallest plastic beads we could find. The charm has sides on it to hold the plastic in. I wanted even smaller beads, but the smaller ones were all glass. So I got the smallest ones they had.

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So we started designing… We poured the bag of beads out on the cookie sheet. Since it has sides, it kept the beads confined and then it was easy to pick them up and the charms went in the over right on the cookie sheet.

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Max tried a few different colors …

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And ended up with a nice bright colorful charm.

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After the design was complete I loved mine too.

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Until it melted… It’s still pretty, but using the clear beads wasn’t the best idea! We cooked them like we did the other bead projects, in oven. But this time, since the beads were smaller, I took the heat down a bit to around 350 and cooked them about 15 minutes.

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This was a super nice and quick project! A cute one of the kiddos to do for Christmas presents! We’ve gotten more charms, so we need to get on to making more!

Have you seen even tinier plastic beads anywhere? what design are you thinking about? I’m thinking an ombre would be nice too!

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I have never used a gas oven or a grille for this project! I have only made these as I described above and don’t really know what other temperatures or times will work on your oven. Please be safe and do not cook around children!Please see blog disclaimer below!

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Spooky Lollipop Puppets Tutorial

I can’t believe that Halloween is almost here! Ahhhh! We started decorating a few weeks ago, but just got the finishing touches done today! How about you? Still working on it? Here’s a fun little craft to do to give to your favorite trick or treaters!

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We just happened to have a bunch of lollipops that we didn’t know what to do with and decided to dress them up for Halloween! I can’t wait to show you how easy they are!

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The materials we used are felt, embroidery thread and needles, scissors, googly eyes and glue and, of course, lollipops! And an erasable or disappearing pen is optional.

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First we made the patterns, but you can skip that step and download our patterns here. Our patterns are for a 2″ lollipop. We traced pretty close the pop and then secondly, we made the pattern about a quarter inch larger than the pop.

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Secondly, we cut! First the pattern. Then the felt. Cut out the shapes, two of each for each pop. And if you want eye holes, this is the time to cut them out.

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Next, the fun part! Well, this is debatable… I think my son’s favorite would be the next step. But the sewing part is mine! If you’re making these with little ones, two things. First,  be careful with the needles. The bigger the needles, the easier it is for the little fingers to use without being poked. And secondly, you can mark the spots to put the needle along the edge of the puppet pieces. I used a Frixion pen and the dots can be ironed out.

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The favorite part for the kiddos! Adding the googly eyes! Just glue them on!

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And lastly, insert the lollipop!

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And a spooky lollipop ghost puppet is what you have! My son went a bit overboard with the googly eyes, huh!?!?! He was loving it!

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We made a bat, a pumpkin and several ghosts!

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I think the bat is my favorite! Which is your favorite? What other fun spooky lollipop puppet can you think of?

 

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Smash! It’s the Incredible Hulk!

Rrrrrr…. Smash… Hulk Smash…

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In case you are still wondering why I made purple fleece shorts… It was the first step in the Incredible Hulk costume the kiddo was wanting!

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I knew I was going to make a hulk costume, but I originally just started out with the idea of making green pj’s and the purple shorts. Remember? The kiddo needs pj’s. Then last weekend I was at a fifth birthday party and was talking about it to this other mother about Halloween costumes. When I told her we were thinking the Hulk, she asked how I was going to do the muscles. I was like, ‘nah… I’m not doing muscles!’ And explained the whole need for new pj’s thing to her. Then she gave me this disgusted look, like, ‘You’re not doing muscles?’ I don’t even know this woman, but, oh yeah, the challenge is ON.

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The challenge is on and I’m making muscles, but I’m also stubborn and I’m sticking to my PJ’s plan! I started the whole costume using the Alex and Anna Winter PJ’s pattern (affiliate link) from Peek a Boo Patterns (affiliate link). Super easy pattern! Without muscles you could put this together in a flash! (Ha! I used the same pattern for our flash costume! Get it! I crack myself up!)

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You want to know how I’m going to do muscles, lady??? I’ll show you exactly how I’m going to do muscles!

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I started with one of the kiddos Spider Man costume full of muscles and traced/enlarged the muscles. Easy! The original costume was a size 3ish and I needed to enlarge the muscles to about a 5ish. You can print my patterns here.

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Next I cut them out. On the fold. You’ll need 2 of the 6 pack abs and 4 of the shoulder muscles.

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Start sewing! I put a straight stitch along the bottom line of the mucsles. Then I did my edge stitch (technically a stretch stitch) around the edge, leaving a hole in the top for stuffing. I’m only showing the shoulder, but I did the saem tthing for the abs.

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Stuff!

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Now I don’t know what this tool is technically called, but I call it a roller marker. I rolled it over the muscle shapes on the sleeves (and abs) to know where to sew.

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Now it’s hard to see this, but I followed up my roller markings with an erasable pen.

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Then pin in the mucles and align with the edge of the sleves and chest.

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Sew the muscle shapes. (yes, I forgot to take a picture of the muscles before I put it all together.) And then put the pieces all together following the pattern (affiliate link) directions!

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Not long ago I found this Hulk mask for a super steal and knowing how much the kiddo likes super heros, I grabbed it even though he’s never said all that much about the Hulk. But as soon as he got it, he told us he needed the costume to go with it! It’s actually kinda creepy, because the eyes are clear and light up, so you totally see his eyes, but with the face of the Hulk!

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Hulk Smash! The costume has already been well loved! We’re still a little on the edge of our seats waiting to see if The Flash or the Hulk visit us on Halloween!

Are you making costumes this year?

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Sew Ready to Play Three Little Pigs with the Aesthetic Nest

I can’t believe another season of Sew Ready to Play is coming ot an end! Today’s guest is Anneliese  from the Aesthetic Nest where she blogs about the beautiful clothes she makes for her girls. She also knits and throws really beautiful parties! When I first found her I remember thinking about what beautiful style she has! The clothes she makes her girls look like they came from a high end boutique. Just fantastic! She also recently launched her own pattern line, Wee Muses Sewing Patterns, starting with the The Bateau Neck Top.

Welcome Annaliese!

Thank you, Louise, for inviting me to participate in this series. I always love a good challenge! My girls are young enough, and I guess I am impatient enough, that we don’t spend a lot of time with board games. Unless you count pulling out the pieces and using them for more imaginative play. We opt instead for coloring, crafts, legos and other things that involve creating or moving around.

But we love word games, songs and rhymes. Especially if they involve bouncing or tickling. “This Little Piggy Went to Market” is one of my favorite. Perhaps because I have played it on my babies’ toes when they were so young they were still learning to smile. And because crying “wee, wee, wee all the way home…” with a tickle still elicits loud laughs.

So I opted to sew something inspired by this English rhyme. I started with this gorgeous “Nursery Versery” linen fabric by Heather Ross for Kokka and a pattern I think of as classic and childlike.

But I wanted to come up with something more, and something to share, so I sewed a quilted Little Piggy Pouch complete with piggy appliques. Heather Ross’s illustrations of these five little piggies are so cute!

This is kind of a scrappy bag with a little bit of batting and some zigzag finished, exposed seam allowances. I put four little piggies on the front–the one who goes to market, the one who stays home, the one who has roast beef, and the one who has none–and the last little piggy, who cried “wee wee wee all the way home” on the back.

I thought Tess could recite the rhyme and point to the piggies on her bag and then play like the little pig and run him home…

…to the inside of the bag.

My Tess loves carrying bags of all types. This Little Piggy Pouch is a fun shape into which she can stick her arm hunting for treasures…

…like lollipops from her mother….

But it also would work to carry her small earnings to market, or for collecting things she finds on her way.

 Scale it down a bit and it would be a great pencil pouch too! Here’s the how-to.

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You’ll need:

  • 1/3 yard of two fabrics, one for the outside of the pouch and one for the inside (or fat quarters would work if the print is oriented the way you’d like it)
  • 1/3 yard of cotton quilt batting
  • 2 yards of 1/2″ single fold bias tape (purchased or made–this is used for the strap)
  • coordinating thread

The pouch is constructed with a back piece that folds over the front to form the flap. Cut out:

  • a back piece measuring 5.5″ wide and 12″ tall (cut 1 from your outer fabric, 1 from your inside fabric, and one from your batting)
  • a front piece measuring 5.5″ wide and 9.25″ tall (cut 1 from your outer fabric, 1 from your inside fabric, and one from your batting)

If you want to make this pencil-pouch sized, cut the back piece 4.5″ wide x 10.75″ tall and the front piece 4.5″wide x 8″ tall)

Round off the corners from the top edge of the back pieces. Fold them in half lengthwise and trim off the corners at once to make them symmetrical.

Create a stack of back pieces and a stack of front pieces in this order:

  • on top (facing you), the right side of the outer fabric
  • cotton batting
  • on the bottom, wrong side of the inner fabric

So you are sandwiching the cotton batting between the outer and inner fabrics with the wrong sides of these fabrics against the batting.

Stitch these stacks together by sewing around all sides using a .5″ seam allowance.

If you are using appliques now is the time to stitch them on.

I pinned on the appliques and used a zigzag stitch around the edges.

The batting gives these a nice bit of dimension.

Now zigzag stitch around the edges of your back and front pieces. I used the widest zigzag possible but not too tight as I wanted some of the raw edges to show.

Pin the front to the back “inside” fabric together, aligning the sides and bottom edge.

Stitch the bottom and sides together with a .5″ seam allowance.

To add the strap, take your 2 yards of bias tape and fold it in half to double it, with the folded edges against each other. It will now be 1 yard long. Zigzag stitch the entire length to finish it.

Now overlap the ends under the pouch flap. Place this right above the top of the front of the pouch. Be sure the loop of the strap isn’t twisted. Use a zigzag stitch to attach the strap to the pouch by sewing over the strap from one side of the pouch to the other.

Sew a buttonhole on the bottom of the front flap and sew on your favorite button.

Now you have a Little Piggy Pouch!

Sew Ready to Play Pick Up Sticks

Yea! We’re on! Another series of Sew Ready to Play starts now!! Starting with Pick Up Sticks!

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I’ve realized two things about myself and this series. The first one is I make actual games! I invite everyone and tell them to make something ‘inspired by’ their favorite games. Me. I seem to make the actual game! Last year I made a Memory game. This year a giant sized Pick Up Sticks! The second thing… We always seem to come up with the game while we’re camping. I have to say that the family helps me come up with my games!

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We have had some fun with this one!

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So you throw them up as high as you can…

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Watch them drop! And of course, if they fall on you, they don’t hurt!

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And then play the game!

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They are super simple to make! I’ll show you how. All you need is different colored fabrics, a cutting device, the pattern and some stuffing (ok, a lot of stuffing that I forgot to put in the picture!).

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First, Fold your fabric. First in half, so that the seam allowances are together. Then over again.

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Secondly, lay out the pattern. Make sure the two sides that say to cut on fold are situated correctly on the folds.

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The third step is to cut. After I cut, I was sure I had done it wrong, so don’t get nervous! Just unfold and you should have exactly the right pieces!

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Fourth.. Sew the ends and the one side that isn’t the fold. Don’t forget to leave a hole for pulling through and stuffing.

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The fifth step is to trim the ends to help get the pointy-est ends possible.

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The sixth step is to pull it through itself, so right sides are out.

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Seventh Step- Stuff! This is where the whole process slows down a bit. And here are a couple of tips for stuffing the very ends. Don’t use a lot of stuffing at first. And secondly, I used my frixion pen to really get it in the tip. Other pens and sticks kinda go right through the stuffing. But I think maybe it’s the eraser at the end, but it really helps get the stuffing into the very tip.

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The last step is to hand stitch the hole closed.

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And then repeat! Over and over!

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And lastly… Take them outside and play!

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And if you decide you’re tired of playing pick up sticks you can always have a super skinny pillow fight!

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Or you can pretend you’re a multi colored banana….

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And for the Pick Up Sticks Container and lid, we used a concrete forming tube  and wrapped it in poster board. Is Pick Up Sticks a favorite in your house?

SRTP-2013

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