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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Ted Wiggins and his Unicycle!

This project is a kinda old one, but I never showed it! And it deserves it’s spot on the blog, in my opinion…

A while back my friend wanted a Ted Wiggins doll with his unicycle for her son, but couldn’t find one online. So she asked me! I love the Lorax, but was blanking on who Ted Wiggins is! He’s the kiddo in the lorax that goes and meets the Lorax outside of town and learns the whole story. In the movie he has a unicycle. A big red unicycle. And of course, I bit and took the challenge!

This isn’t a real tutorial, because I didn’t measure everything and I didn’t save my templates, or any of that. But I do want to show you a bit about how I made these guys! First up is Ted.

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I started with the Mikey Monkey doll pattern from mmmcrafts. I have made this pattern before when I made Bear and his best friend Pear for my kiddo. I altered it a bit then for the monkey to be a bear and I did it again for the monkey to be a boy.

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The main alteration was the shape of the head. I didn’t want it to be as round as the monkey head, so I worked that out. One reason I wanted to use this pattern is that he comes with accessories, like shoes and a baseball cap. I knew I needed a helmet, so I altered the baseball hat to be a bike helmet. I had to make a trial hat to make sure it fit on the new head shape though! I also added more pieces of fabric for the shirt to match the look of his shirt!

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And I winged it on the hair and face! When I stitched the hair on the back of the head, I also stitched up through the brown to give it a little more dimension, instead of just along the edge. I didn’t like it just straight across the back, so I added a couple of curves. And the hat turned out great! I put the front and back together and then hand stitched the flames on. The hat is removable. In hindsight, due to the age of kiddo that this was going to, I probably should have sewn the helmet (and the shoes) on the doll! I wouldn’t be surprised if they got lost pretty quickly!

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And I love the shoes!

I had fun taking pictures of him as he was being stuffed and coming to life!

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And his unicycle!

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The handlebar… So for the handlebar, I wanted it to be skinny and stand up straight. I tried a few things and this is what worked best. I sewed on the red pieces to the longer sides of the grey ‘x’. I included the seam allowances, ironed those over, folded it in half, wrong sides together, and then topstitched. I left the bottom open and one side of the handle to stuff in the pipe cleaners. Then stuffed the pipe cleaners in. As many as I could! Then sew up the other side of the handlebar!

For the bottom of the unicycle, I totally winged it and drew it out. I cut the black and red based on my drawing. The design is to have two sides and one long stripe going around the sides, like a box pillow.

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So I sewed the two red sides to the handlebars.

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I measured out how much black and red sides I’d need. Made long side strips. Pinned the sides on (yes, missing some step photos, but not a full tutorial here!) to the front and back, right sides together and sewed it all together, leaving a hole in the bottom. For stuffing I used foam pieces. I used two pieces of foam so that the handlebar would be situated between the foam.

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And, like the helmet, I hand sewed the flames on the unicycle.

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And there you have it! Tedd Wiggins and his Unicycle! I think he turned out pretty cute!

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A Little Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Did you know I’m obsessed with cross stitching? I did it as a kid in 1985 or 1986ish. Then it went to the wayside… But I’m back to cross stitch. And I have way too many patterns to make than time to make them!

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But I was able to get the kiddo’s tooth fairy pillow down just in the nick of time. I had been saying I wanted to make him a pillow for ages. Then I saw this pattern and fell in love. So I started. Then I finished, literally, about a week before he lost his first tooth. Right before his 8th birthday. He was late to get his teeth, so late to loose them…

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Each time I do a cross stitch project, I seem to use a different method. For this one I used the soluble grid. I loved it while I was stitching! It made the stitching on linen so easy. But then as it dissolved, it made the stitching hard… Maybe I should have washed it again? I don’t know… Can you tell by the pictures? I can tell when I run my fingers over it.

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The other learning moment I had on this project was to not work your way into the middle! For the tooth, I did one wing, then the other. Then went back to do the tooth. When I got close to the other wing, I realized that I didn’t have enough space to get my rows in at the same size…Oops! Not sure how it happened actually.

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The pattern showed the design on a pocket that was sewn on the front of the pillow. The kiddo didn’t want that. So I made a little pocket on the back. In hindsight, I should have made it bigger. It fits his little teeth perfectly, but it’s a bit small for the tooth fairy to leave her cash!

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I also used glow in the dark floss for the tooth and the swirls in the background. And it glows. It didn’t glow enough to get a good picture, so you’ll just have to trust me!

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The pattern is by Emma Congdon for Cross Stitcher Magazine Volume 297 and stitched by me!

 

 

Dominos with Frances Suzanne

Well, there’s good new and there’s bad news today! The bad news… It’s the last day of this season of Sew Ready to Play! It’s been a good one, but it’s almost over… The good news… My lovely ‘Bama friends, the ladies at Frances Suzanne, are here today with an adorable outfit for their niece! These ladies are truly inspiring with the beautiful pieces they make for their three adorable nieces!

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Their project is inspired by Dominoes this year. It’s so cute! What a great way to include the game into an cute outfit! Be sure to jump on over to Frances Suzanne to check it out!

 

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

Snakes and Ladders with Threadistry

Yeah! Another Day of Sew Ready to Play!

Today we have a long term Sew Ready to Play player! She’s played along every year! Yea! Today is my blogger friend Narelle. She was originally from Cook, Clean Craft, but now blogs over at Threadistry.

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She has a tutorial today for making a Snakes and Ladders game board. I’m used to Chutes and Ladders, so I had to google Snakes and Ladders! All sorts of interesting articles! What did we do before Google?? Sounds like it’s what Milton Bradley based Chutes and Ladders on! Head on over to her blog, Threadistry, to learn more!!!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

Pikachu!

I’m not much up on the whole Pokemon thing. The kiddo isn’t into that whole thing yet. But…

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One of his buddies up the street is! And she just had a Pokemon birthday party. So of course I needed a birthday present. I know our friend loves stuffies. I know she loves Pokemon and her favorite character is Pikachu. And I’ve been following along with ikat bag‘s Menagerie Stuffie Pattern.

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Have you seen it? I was waiting everyday to see what she would come up with next! Using the same basic pattern she came up with a frog, a dragon, a shark, and my favorite, the squid! And many more! 17 actually. Fantastic! It’s so cool. The pattern is not out yet, but she did participate in Sew Mama Sew’s 6 Weeks of Love for Softies and gave us a sneak peek at the pattern with the Raccoon Pattern.

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So I jumped! Stuffie + Pikachu + Menagerie Raccoon Pattern = AWESOME Birthday Present! The pattern was perfect for my project! It’s so simple!

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I got to use two new materials that I have never used before! The plastic eyes and the stuffing beads. I ordered the beads not long ago to use in the lap desk, but the bag ended up being tiny. These are like little beads of plastic, not the tiny polyfill microbeads that fly around. I was going ot return them, but it cost more ot return them so I figured I’d use them sooner or later. Yep!! Good call!

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The obvious changes from the raccoon are the ears and the tail. I did add heavy interfacing in the ears to help them stay straight. I also deleted the nose and instead hand embroidered it.

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I debated adding the open pink mouth.  After I started all the pieces, I was sewing on the cheeks and was about to sew on the open mouth when I saw this picture. Totally inspired the closed mouth. So sweet looking!

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And I moved the stripes from the tail to the back! For the cheeks and the back I used high quality wool felt, instead of a fleece. But for the tail I did use a little bit of brown fleece. It was much easier to pull through the tail than the felt would have been. I think if I made it again, I would add one piece across the back instead of 4 little pieces. You can download the pieces I added here. There are no seam allowances included in my pieces.

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I think it turned out freakin’ adorable! I’m in love with it! And I know the birthday girl was pretty happy with him too! There are such cute critters in the whole Pokemon thing, that  I almost want to try to make a whole series of them! What would you make with her pattern?

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!

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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??

Balderdash by Paisley Roots

Today I’m excited to introduce Karly from Paisley Roots. Yep, she was another amazing contestant in Season 8 of Project Run and Play. And yes, she won! She makes some beautiful clothes for her kiddos! They are probably some of the best dressed kiddos around! She also has a pattern line, Paisley Roots Design,  and just issued her second pattern, the All Spice Dress. I’m waiting to see what she comes up with for boy patterns….Hint hint…

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Hey! I’m Karly from Paisly Roots and I’m so excited to be over here talking about my families favorite game. Balderdash.
The game is for people 12 and up so my kids haven’t quite gotten the grasp of it.
If you’ve never played it before I will give you a run down.
There are 5 different categories:
WORDS – what is the definition of this word?
PEOPLE – what is this person known for?
INITIALS – what do they stand for?
MOVIES – what is the basic story line?
LAWS – complete the law!
 
There’s one person that will be in charge each round and that person decides which category they want the round to be. Once the category is chosen the word on the front gets read out and everyone then has to write out some lie that sounds believable and pass it to the person in charge.
They all get mixed up and read and then everyone goes around choosing which they think is the correct one.

We adore this game and have so much fun with it! Unlike Monopoly where fights would constantly ensue, this game just makes us laugh and laugh and is played at every family gathering.

Seriously, the things we come up with…..

So now onto our shirts. I used the Tinley Tee pattern to make both. For Zoe’s I used a purple knit sheet to match the game colors and used Freezer Stenciling with fabric paint. For Aevaries, I wanted to try and show a little on how the game is played. We chose the initials and had fun coming up with acronyms for it. I used a pencil that I dipped in fabric paint to then draw out the words, since there was no way I was going to cut all of them out in a stencil! Aevarie also added a little extra to hers (aka: hearts and smiley face).
It wont take long for these guys to have this game down like pro’s.
Thank you so much Louise for having us along!

Here’s the list of amazing creators that are playing along this year!  Be sure to join us often!!!

Sept 5th- Jenn from A Jennuine Life

Sept 8th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 10th- Jacqueline from Begin with B

Sept 12th- liZ from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 15th- Melanie from Filles a Maman

Sept 17th- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 19th- One of the lovely Shaffer Sisters

Sept 22nd- Irene from Froo and Boo

Sept 24th- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 26th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 29th- Vicki from Sew Inspired

 

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter! We did! A nice relaxing day and some Easter egg hunting!

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At the last minute we decided to join some friends at their church and I realized the kiddo didn’t really have anything to wear… So what does any crafty mom do? I sewed up some pants, made a bow tie and did some shopping!

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I have been meaning to make the kiddo another pair of Surfer Slacks. I was sewing something else and as I was ironing my eye struck the seersucker on my shelf. So I put two and two together and out came a seersucker surfer slack!

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I think I mentioned before, but the knit elastic waist is a huge hit with the kiddo! I love that you can dress them up or dress them down.

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Then I needed a spring sweater. Um… Has anyone been shopping for a spring sweater for boys lately? I went to 5 stores. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. So I switched gears when I saw this little jacket at Old Navy. Totally ended up hitting the spot!

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So I finished the pants, the kiddo went to bed and I knew a bow tie would tie it all together… So, a quick little sew and some hot glue… And you have a bow tie! I’ll make a quick tutorial to show ASAP!

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He loved it! Having everyone he saw tell him how handsome he looked helped! He didn’t take it off all day!

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After the egg hunts, I asked if he wanted to take off his jacket and he said no. Then he did, but I found it on the floor and not in his closet where he was supposed to put it. He didn’t put it away, because he wanted to wear it to do our late afternoon dog walk!

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We had fun getting dressed up and enjoying the sun on our lovely Easter Sunday! Hope you did too!