A Mountain Pillow- Quick and Easy Handmade Gift!

Every year my office has a White Elephant gift exchange with a theme at our Holiday party. Last year the theme was High Low.

We never really tell each other who got what, so I’ve never actually made a gift for the exchange. This year, I had a little problem…

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I bought these beautiful beaded snowflakes from Blair at Wise Craft Handmade. They start high in the sky and end up low on the ground… Get it? High Low….

Well, the day of the party I decided I didn’t want to give up any of my ornaments and I needed to come up with something else to give at the party!

I’d been seeing a lot of these mountain pillows. I got the ornaments at our local handmade craft show. And at the craft show, there were a few people selling these mountain pillows. Most of them were made of beautiful felt and were way over my price range. But I kept being drawn to them! And then I had a great idea…. I’d make a new gift. I’d make a mountain pillow! High Peaks, Low Valleys… High Low!

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I just happened to have this grey fleece that looked kinda like the felt that all the others were made of. And I had this fluffy white fleece, which I totally think looks like fluffy snow!

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Although I didn’t actually made a tutorial, I’ll tell you how I made it! It was so easy and quick, I didn’t even have time to think about pictures! ha! I cut out the mountains, sewed on the snow on top. I made a front and back, with snow on both front and back sides. Next I sewed the front and back together, right sides together and then turned it right side out and Boom! A mountain pillow! SOOOOO easy!

And the pillow was stolen a couple of times, so it was a hit!

These were all adults that loved it, but they could be fun in kids rooms too! Adventure themed rooms… So many possibilities and such a quick make!

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Hungry Hungry Hippo with Frances Suzanne

Today’s guests are more new friends from my days with Project Run and Play! I can’t wait to meet these follow Alabamians one day! The ladies at Frances Suzanne make the most precious clothes for their nieces! Amazing work! To me it reminds me of the south and the clothes I grew up in.  I am so jealous about how beautiful all their piping is! They also run a really fun series on their blog, Flip This Pattern. I love seeing what everyone creates from the different patterns! Be sure to check them out!

Welcome Ashley and Emily!

Hi, I’m Feelin’ Crafty Readers!! We are thrilled to be joining you in the “Sew Ready to Play” series, and are thankful Louise challenged us to once again get those creative juices flowing….while producing a garment, based on a theme. In case you aren’t aware of us {or what we do}, we are two sisters that sew for our other sister’s children – three girls, ages almost 4 to newborn. And, if you like what you see….we welcome you to follow along on our many sewing adventures as we work to create some unique and special garments for our nieces.

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A few months ago, we introduced EA and CL to the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game….a LOUD, childhood favorite of ours. Yes, the original game…from our childhood. You’ve got to love those colors, don’t you?!?! Well, CL FELL IN LOVE with it! As in, she asks for it whenever she comes to visit…

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Ground rules have been established: There is absolutely no playing of the game when anyone is asleep in the house, and all marbles must be accounted for upon completion of the game. Oh, and to start the game we all throw our hands in the air to get started {keeping it fair for anyone trying to get a “head start!”}.

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After YEARS of game play, we have ALL our marbles {literally, not figuratively}…..save one. Pretty impressive, huh?? Still, to incorporate that little trivia fact into our dress, the green hippo is sans one marble button. Technically, it might have been because Jo-Anns had no more button “marbles” left after we passed through a few weeks ago, and they hadn’t restocked yet. BUT, the story sounds so much better :).

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So, about the dress…. We began with the Oliver and S, Roller Skate Dress {size 18-24 mo}: A COMPLETELY “flippable” dress {sewn once before with minor flips}, but for this one we left it practically as-is and detailed instead.

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“Color-blocked” piping was added around the neck and sleeve edges. While we LOVE adding piping to garments, we had never tried a “color-blocked” affect. Super easy, and super satisfying!!

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“How easy?” you might ask. SIMPLE!! Follow the directions below to make your own color-blocked piping. Choose your colors, choose your width….and you have yet another way to make a garment completely unique…

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We then reverse appliqued four “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” along the hem of the dress {using this tutorial}….mimicking the game board, and positioned in the same order. Each hippo had a little top-stitching detail added, as well as two button eyes for good measure.

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Then, five button “marbles” were added beside each one – with the first “marble” being placed on an additional black tab. Again, just like the game board!

What did CL think?? First…she thought they were owls {??? Monkeys maybe…but OWLS???}!! Just keeping it real, people :).

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But after further inspection, she noticed the “marbles” and then recognized the dress as the “Hippo Game” dress. YAHOO, and SUCCESS in our books!!!

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Our only regret: not being able to incorporate the hippos’ names within our design. Classic, huh? We especially find humor in the pink hippo’s name: Harry!!!

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Currently, we are bucking for CL to be the “Hungry, Hungry Hippo” game board for Halloween. What do you think? Would it pass inspection in your neighborhood??

Queen of Hearts by Cook Clean Craft

Today, my quest needs no real introduction because she’s one of the founding Sew Ready to Play participants! She’s Narelle from Cook Clean Craft. She’s always up for playing and has had fun games every year! One thing I love about blogging is getting to know people all over. I remember when her ‘Queen of Hearts’ was born! Crazy!! Narelle blogs about all sorts of things on her blog, hence the name! Ha! She’s got some of my favorite recipes and great sewing projects! One of my favorite tutorials she’s done recently is her stuffed snail. Totally cute!

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Hi all, it’s Narelle here, from Cook Clean Craft, ready to have some fun playing along with Sew Ready to Play. I’ve had so much fun in past years, and always had a clear idea what I wanted to make. This time around, I was all out of inspiration. I’ve lost my sew-jo lately, and couldn’t even think of a game that inspired me. So I procrastinated.

And procrastinated.

Then finally inspiration hit. A simple deck of playing cards was my inspiration, and before I knew it, the Queen of Hearts dress was made:

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As a redhead who blushes like a tomato, I’ve never been able to wear red, but my blonde kids look great in it. When I bought the fabric, I was worried that red and black are a bit grown up for a 4 year old. So I went with a simple dress with very cutesy hearts. I searched for fabric with red hearts and couldn’t find any (what?), but found some perfect iron on appliques at my local fabric store.

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Queen of Hearts playing cards tend to have gold trim around the next. I found some sequin trim that was just perfect for my sparkly little girl.

It’s shirred in the back – much easier than buttons or a zip for an independent girl to dress herself!

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My model wasn’t in the mood, so most of my photos turned out like this:

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This Queen’s got attitude! But believe it or not, she loves the dress.

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Here’s how I made it:

The fabric I used was poplin, basically because it’s cheap and I’m supposed to be on a fabric diet!

I started with a basic bodice pattern (this was from the 5 and 10 Designs eBook). I drew a line where I wanted the seam between the red and white sections and added seam allowances.

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For the back bodice, I added a couple of extra inches to the back to allow for the shirring. I should have made it a bit bigger since it only just fits over her head – oops!

For the skirt, I cut out a rectangle of fabric for the red section and then cut off corners to create the angled look, and matched up the same for the white section, making the top the same width at the bottom of the bodice.

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I also cut strips of 1 1/4” strips of black fabric for faux piping.

I sewed the bodice front centre panel to the skirt centre panel.

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Then I sewed the side and shoulder seams of the bodice (I actually should have sewn the sleeves before I did the side seam, but no making things easy for myself here!

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Then I gathered the red skirt section (I prefer to machine gather, by using a long stitch length and high tension):

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Adjust the gathers to that the skirt width matches the bodice width, and sew, right sides together:

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Fold the black strips in half, lengthwise and press. Pin to the right side of the front seams, lining up the raw edges, and sew a basting stitch inside the seam allowance:

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With right sides together, sew the centre panel to the red section of the dress:

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The black piping should create faux piping like this (press it to one side for a crisp look):

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Sew the underarm seam of the sleeves, and then sew into the armhole:

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To finish the neckline, sew bias tape right sides together to the neck hole:

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Turn the bias tape to the inside, press and then stitch in place (don’t worry about the contrasting thread for the front panel – we’ll cover that with trim):

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Press and sew a double-fold seam for the sleeve and bottom hems:

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Draw two lines across the back bodice down from the shoulder with chalk or disappearing pen:

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Sew shirring elastic across the back panel between the two lines (or you can shirr the whole back bodice, if you prefer:

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I jumped across between the rows rather than stopping at each row end. I didn’t pull the elastic enough, so the shirring pulls up a bit at the back. It annoys me, but not enough to fix it!

Finally, I added some gold sequin trim across the neckline (covering the contrasting thread), and added iron on appliques to the bodice from panel.

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I also added one heart to the skirt section and more sequin trim along the bottom hem stitching.

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And there is my cute Queen of Hearts!

Come over to Cook Clean Craft for more fun sewing projects, plus family-friendly recipes, household cleaning and organization tips and other craft ideas. Thanks for having me again, Louise!

The Rose Skirt by Filles a Maman

I’ve been having fun sewing for my nieces! For an only child (me) I sure to have a bunch of nieces! Ok, they technically aren’t, but by love they are! I can’t wait to show you the adorable little Rose Skirt I made for one of my Florida girls!

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I loved this little pattern and it was so easy! I mean like probably an hour easy!

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I though it was cute when I saw it online, but then when I saw the pattern I got a bit scared… The pleats threw fear in my face! But I went ahead and decided to go for it. And boy was I wrong! Um… super simple!

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And it seemed to be super comfy on the little lady as well! The knit I used is super soft on the inside! I forget know where I got the popsiclie fabric, which was also well received. The top and bottom bands were an old shirt.

 

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The pattern has instruction for both with pockets and without. I originally planned for pockets. Here’s the deal. Before we went on vacation I was working away and trying to deny that there was something wrong with my sewing machine. When I finally gave into the truth I stopped sewing. Then I decided to cut all my projects that I wanted to sew and I’d take the fabric with me. So for this one I cut it for without pockets just in case. But I also cut the pockets out too. But I had them the contrast color. Then when I set to putting it together, I didn’t think I’d like the pockets the contrast color so I left them out!

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The little lady had a good time in this skirt! We played super heros, went to the beach and made sand cupcakes and even taught her to fish in it! She was pretty good at the whole casting thing!!

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I loved seeing the skirt get worn and enjoyed! Now if we could only all go back to the beach together!

If you have a little girl and want an adorable skirt that is super easy to make… The Rose Skirt is your answer! It’s even adorable just hanging on the hanger! Thanks Mel for letting me try it out!

 

 

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