Monday, February 23, 2015

Felt Carnivorous Plants

Emily and her friend Sara are doing their 4th grade science fair project on carnivorous plants. Emily chose the Venus Fly Trap and Sara chose the Pitcher plant. I suggested Emily make her model from felt and she was excited to do it. I made up a pattern and cut the pieces out. But she sewed them herself. I also made up Sara's pattern and cut her pieces out but she sewed her's on her own too. All I did was get them started with one or two stitches.  I really really think these turned out sooo awesome!! Emily's Venus Fly Trap will live on our book shelf for sure.  Her's is all wool felt and Sara's is acrylic felt. The stems have wire in them and so does Sara's "lids".
Below are the pattern pieces I  made up. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Woven Wall Hanging 1

I'm hooked! These are so much fun and really make you think about design. I found tutorials and inspiration all over pinterest but the most help was from here.  My yarn is from Micheals and Joanns and the loom is from amazon. Here are the links for the two sizes I have (see last photo below): big one, small one. The big one is huge and I found it to be awkward to sit on the couch and do this.

I happen to have pom poms already made from the yarn I used so I put them on the sides.

Below is the back of the wall hanging. This was the easiest and best looking for me to do. Everything else (weaving it back in, etc.) looked bad.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ice Cream Dress/Top

 Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress/Tunic. I made a size 5 with an 8 size length. Ava's measurements are: 25" chest, 24" waist and 25" hip. She is 7 and about 45" tall. It's a perfect fit with not much room for growth. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner Voile from the Little Folks line.
This is my first time making it and I liked it a lot. Easy and so cute. 
I've been in a sewing slump. I don't know what it is. The tiny apartment that's like a cave maybe or that I talk myself out of things. I spend way too much time going through my patterns and fabric trying to make a match and then can't decide. I do have stuff to show and blog though just not like I use to. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitched Safari #1

I got this book a long time ago (over a year ago) but never did anything with it because it was a copy of the Japanese version. I got it out before Christmas and made 4 as ornaments and 1 as a gift. I hated the Japanese version because it was a copy, it was not a very good one and the patterns sheet was MANY pages you had to tape together not one big one like the one that comes in the English version. So I got the English version. I made some from the new book (to be shown later) and so has Emily. She is really really enjoying hand sewing and surprisingly so am I! They are all a bit Frankenstein looking with the wonky stitches but I still love them. I just wish I had taken better photos of them and now they are in storage with all my Christmas stuff.
I used Holland Wool Felt from This is hands down my most favorite felt. I have bought bamboo felt and "wool" felt from etsy sellers and they all are crap. They pill easy and are thinner and just not as nice. I'm afraid to try other sellers since I wasted a lot of money on the bamboo and then some supposedly wool felt on etsy. 

Below is the ornament I made Jenny B. She has a puppy Pug named Luna.
I found the Japanese version to be easy to follow (looking at the pictures) and the English version even better. Emily who is 9 can do these on her own with only me helping when she really needed help. She just misunderstood the pattern a couple of times and I had to show her how to sew the seams together but that's all.
Next up will be the cow, penguin and dolphin

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Handmade ornaments and decorations

More Christmas decorations! For these I used a jar from Target, trees and bear from Michaels and little pine cones from outside. Everything is super glued to the lid.
For these above and below, I got these super cute small cake stands with lids from Michaels (they have a couple different sizes and are in with the miniature furniture and accessories--at least at my nearest Michaels). I used the Glitter snow as glue on the bottom and stuck everything in when it was wet. I then super glued the lid on. Below is the other side.

Below is the same thing but a lot smaller. The stump with squirrels is from Michaels. 
This little tiny ornament is also from Michaels. The bottom comes off and you can put things in it. It comes in two shapes and is very delicate! I broke 3!
Below is the same as the one with the stump in it. Everything from Michaels.
These would make super cute and easy gifts!
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