When we found out that I was going to have another baby, our immediate concern was our first child. How could we ease the transition from only child, to big brother? Part of my plan was to buy him a toy to present to him around the same time we first introduced baby. After a lot of searching, I came to the conclusion that I would much rather just make him a toy. Naturally, I left it till the last minute (I'm within a month of my due date now, and just finished it haha) and so the end result is a little bit hurried. I managed to complete the doll and outfit, from start to finish, in just three nights of staying up super late (early). Hooray pregnancy insomnia! Also, this is my first ever poppet, dressed in my first ever major outfit alteration! I'm totally addicted now, I must admit. The poppet pattern is, of course, a direct result of Ghilie's awesomeness. Thank you so much for being so awesome, Ghilie! ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0 <- More information on that!)
On to the pictures!
This outfit was a onesie (with feet) that my son wore when he was very little. It was sized at 3 months, and I shrunk it considerably. I took in the back, the sides, the arms, the legs...Got rid of the feet, and a few of the snaps. It snaps closed in the front still, but not down the legs like it used to.
The socks I used are exactly as they were when my son was born. I think they're newborn sized, and they fit the doll perfectly. I chose them because the little train kind of matches the theme of the overall outfit.
NAKED! I didn't sculpt the hands or feet, but I think it looks cute anyway. The thread I used was an interesting mistake... I threaded my machine with a perfect match to the fabric (an old t-shirt, in case you're wondering) but since it was around 2am, I guess it slipped my mind that the bobbin thread was a different colour haha... It's brown, and a little visible in places.
The adorable face... I used a really fuzzy blue yarn for the eyes. The hair took me the longest, but oddly not due to all the wefting. I actually took much longer hand sewing it all on to the head. To cover up my inexperience, I sewed a braid of the same yarn around the hair line to make it all look more even. Cutting the hair was fun, if a little frightening... all that work, I was afraid to mess up haha
Another angle of the face. This one shows a better example of the colour the eyes really are. When the time finally comes for my to present this, I intend to swaddle it just like baby will be, as an added touch. Tons of action shots will then follow! I hope he likes it as much as I do. (Wish us luck!)
We are doing some renovations to the main bedroom in our house. While that is going on, I have taken over the second largest bedroom as the master, and my son sleeps in the crazily smaller third bedroom (hooray for lots of bedrooms!). While spending so much time in what will ultimately be a shared room between my son and the child I'm currently lugging around in my uterus, I have started to get annoyed by all the flaws of the room. Mostly, the problem is, it needs to be personalized. The paint is the same colour it was when we moved in, and there are even patches of sanded drywall goo on the walls... We have the room ready for paint, just haven't gotten around to painting it.
Anyway, one day I just kind of snapped and started a series of projects to slowly turn this room into something awesome. The first thing I wanted to do was something with the ceiling. There is no light fixture on the ceiling, for whatever reason, and we are not likely to put one up within the next five years. Kind of boring! "I wish I could hang stuff from the ceiling" I mused...
And now I can!
I had my father build me a wooden frame, with beams to hang stuff on. (I think the frame is a 4 foot by 4 foot, but might be a 5 foot by 5 foot square...but I honestly can't remember and am terrible at judging these things by eye.) Then I had my partner hang it from the ceiling. With that accomplished, I just needed something to hang from it! I wanted to hang birds of some kind, as my son is a little bit bird crazy. "Birdie" is the word he uses when he doesn't know what word to use. It's pretty much always the first thing he says when he wakes up, and often the last thing he says just before drifting off at night. So, for a couple of weeks, during nap time and sometimes late at night, I obsessively made paper cranes.
I used white paper out of the printer, and multi-coloured construction paper. I'm not sure how many I made, but I did learn that construction paper is not as easily folded as thinner paper. After making a bunch, I used a needle to attach thread to each one. I tied a button to the bottom of each, so the thread wouldn't just pull through. This also added some much needed variety! After that, I had my partner help me tie them all up on the frame. For some reason, he wouldn't let me do it myself. Apparently, the thought of a very pregnant lady standing with arms stretched above head while perched on a slightly wobbly bar stool frightens him! *shrug* LOL
Anyway, sorry if that was long winded! Here are the pictures!
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For Christmas this year, I made a lot of things... 59 decorative mustaches, a few adorable plush bunnies, and this... My partner has a few nerdy obsessions in life. Star wars, Bruce Campbell, and World of Warcraft are among them. Naturally, I try to make him things themed after on of these obsessions, and this year it was World of Warcraft.
For those who have managed to avoid the plague of WoW, and therefore don't know what a murloc is, it's... um... an annoying fish-like creature that runs at you making a distinct "MRGRGULRGRGRLLGRGRL" kind of noise. Does not translate well to writing...heh... Somehow, as annoying as this creature is, one tends to develop a certain fondness for them after a while.
To make this murloc, I used fleece and flannelet. The eyes are buttons, and inside the hands and feet are pipe cleaners. Makes him just a little flexible. Unfortunately, my partner has not yet named him... if he doesn't hurry, I'm sure our son will step up and name him something weird like "birdiedoggie" (one of his favorite words/sentences) lol The entire murloc is hand sewn, and roughly the size of a mutated football. I had no pattern, I just kind of winged it... Took me somewhere around 12 hours from start to finish. I was going to stuff the top fins, but liked how they kind of ended up looking like hair while left rough.
Anyway, on to the pictures!
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These are the ones I have left, which will soon be confined to tiny boxes for the rest of the month. They are made from flannelet, fleece, thread, buttons, and in the case of the mouse, ribbon for the tail. I hand sewed each, and they take me approximately 3 hours from start to finish to make. I used a spool of thread for perspective on how tiny they are.
On to the pictures!
From the Left: FlipFlop, because that's what the ears do. Y, as in Y incision, because that's what his back seam reminds me of. And Queek, because Squeek was too unoriginal a name for a mouse.
For some reason, I messed up the back legs on this one. I guess you could say he's just sitting down...
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I used a spool of thread to show perspective. The bunny itself is made of a baby blanket, some thread, a bunch of stuffing and maybe an hour of my time. Oh, and buttons for eyes. I machine sewed him, but hand sewed on the button eyes. His name is Mr.BunBun. (Because when you're this big, they call you Mister).
On to the pictures!
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Have you ever accidentally glanced at your fabric stash, and suddenly been overcome with the need to use some of it? This is what happened to me. I was packing up some stuff, as we are moving soon, and discovered my bright green fleece. So soft...so painfully bright... and soft... Coincidentally, really near my fabric stash I discovered a bag of patterns my mother had given me. Imagine that! Patterns, right next to the fabric! It must have been a sign...
This is what I came up with!
A close up of the face:
The face turned out a little crooked because I was on the phone almost the entire time I was sewing the face on. Phone and sewing are not really a great mix for me, heh...
This view shows that I made one little mistake with the one arm. Somehow, I managed to mess up which sides were together when I sewed it all together...
A close up of my error:
The good arm:
Another angled shot:
As usual, I had a lovely assistant:
For a general idea of the size of the pillow, and also to make it look extra creepy:
And here's the pattern I used:
I'd like to note that I made a few little deviations from the pattern, which ended up giving it a little more of a loose shape. I also used much less of the seam allowance then I could have, which made it a bit larger. And finally, I overstuffed it, because I love extra stuffing lol
For mother's day this year, I wanted to make my mother a pair of wrap pants. However, I did not have enough fabric for that. I had been fantasizing about working with this black fabric for a while (since I had used it the last time, in fact) and thought "why not make her a bag...with this?!". And so, I did.
The cat is made of an old halter top I used to wear, back when I was younger (and thinner, lol). When I cut the halter top apart, I discovered that it was made of two layers of fabric, both a little stretchy. One was striped, the other was just a solid green. I used the solid green to line the pocket on the back of the bag.
The inside lining was a worn out thin baby blanket! I did not use a pattern for this, it was just kind of winged, and I made the entire bag in just a couple of hours.
The strap is made up of a combination of the black fabric that the bag is made of, and the string used to tie the original shirt to my neck. Because the string is a little stretchy, the strap ended up a little runchy, which I kind of like. I broke one needle, trying to sew the strap to the bag. It was really my own fault. I was in kind of a rush, and the strap was quite thick on it's own.
On to the pictures! Just a quick note - the first picture of the front, and the first picture of the back, are a lot closer to it's true colour.
Out of the blue, I decided to make a series of sock monkeys for various birthdays/Easter this year. I'd never made a sock monkey before, and thought I should probably practice before I went out and got a few pairs of really awesome looking socks. I found this fabulous sock monkey tutorial: http://www.web-goddess.org/writing/tutorial/Image0.html
After reviewing the tutorial, I went through my drawers for a suitable pair of socks. I came across a pair of my son's socks that no longer fit him. In fact, these socks were the size he wore when he was first born! They're TINY! Perhaps it was a little extra insane of me to practice on such a tiny pair of socks, but I did it, and it turned out pretty good! Due to the size of the socks, I figured it would be easier to just hand sew the entire thing, so I did. I also didn't add any button eyes, just a few strategically placed stitches
Here's how my very first sock monkey turned out!:
And though I have decided to keep the sock monkey in a box somewhere for safe keeping (sentimental value and so on) I did let my son see it when I was done. He had, after all, put up with a few minutes of me sewing when his nap ended early lol:
This is my very first completed quilt! It's pretty simple, and I'm not even sure if qualifies as a quilt. More of a pseudo-quilt.
I use a solid piece of bananas fabric, two layers of fuzz (since I wanted it to be very, very warm), and 12 squares of soft yellow fabric. I think the yellow fabric was flannelet, but I started this quilt months ago and can't remember!
My original reason for starting this quilt, was because the heat in our apartment was a little on the low side. The winter here was so very, very cold, and I really wanted my son to be warm at night.
I ended up not finishing it until now, when the weather is much nicer (therefore rendering this quilt useless for a few more months).
The quilt itself was supposed to be about the size of the interior of my son's crib, but it ended up being a little on the big side. I assume that when the cold winter hits again, however, he'll be starting a big boy bed, and then it will be the perfect size! Hooray!!
My son is 9 months old, and has one and a half teeth... This disturbs me quite a lot, due to the fact that I am still breastfeeding. Needless to say, I am in the process of slowly weaning him. Everything is going great, but I foresee trouble ahead when I try to get rid of his final feeding of the day. He refuses to go to sleep without it. While looking for a solution to this dilemma, I read somewhere that because babies use breastfeeding as a comfort thing more then anything else, I could try to replace the breast with a stuffed toy or favorite blanket.
With that in the back of my mind the other day, I was looking through posts during nap time (hooray for nap time!) when I came across this:
Naturally, I fell in love with it. I really like the idea of the bottom being flat, because (in theory) the bunny isn't going to roll off of a surface as easily as a round bear would. I used the pattern as inspiration, and altered it a bit to suit my needs. My bunny has no tail. Instead, it has yellow tags, because my son loves tags. A lot. Also, the colours are much different. I used a baby blanket that was always too small for him, even from birth, and some leftover yellow fabric I had laying around. I stuffed it with leftover quilt batting.
I stayed up till 1am finishing this, it took me 3 hours, because I was so determined to complete it before going to bed. It would have kept me awake, knowing that I had not finished it... It's completely hand sewn.