Now that I have a few more plushies under my belt, I've learned that I really REALLY like making them! I also love to look at patterns for them, and learning about the construction and techniques that go into making them! I bought myself a book about them, and some tools (hemostats ftw!) and am embarking on a journey to learn more and gain more experience! (and maybe even sell some patterns of my own someday, waaay down the road. )
I'm starting by getting more experience just by following others' patterns first. Here's my first attempt at a bunny pattern I've been eyeing for a while.
You can find the pattern by googling "mooshy bunny tutorial". It's made from one of my three year old's old shirts. I learned about how I really should use more stuffing, and not rush face placement and being done by using a sharpie. It was a lot of fun, and I still love it!
I made custom plushies for my kids for Christmas this year. My youngest fell in love with Skitty when she was watching Pokemon with her brothers, and started relating everything to Skitty. Things became known as Skitty-colored, for Skitty, and Skitty's favorite, among other things. I had been planning on making her a pony, but my husband made sure I made a Skitty for my daughter. It was definitely the better choice. She LOVES her Skitty. I couldn't find patterns, so I mostly winged it. I definitely learned a lot making Skitty, and will do a better job next time. In the mean time, she has a Skitty she loves, and I didn't kill myself being a perfectionist during Christmastime! (My biggest problem is just that Skitty turned into a longcat! )
I made custom plushies for each of my kids this year, and my kids have been enjoying Pokemon lately. My middle son's favorite is Pikachu, and my husband suggested that I make him a pikachu pillow instead of a plush, so that he can have a special pillow, too (my eldest has a creeper pillow I made him). Pikachu was a lot of fun to plan, and I'm pleased with how he turned out!
and all the wonderful accessories, and fell in love with the zipper wallet. I LOVE small wallets, because I hate carrying a purse, and like to carry my wallet in my pocket. My mom also happened to be looking for something exactly like it (but waterproof-ish, which will be the hard part) for her trip to Disney World. I decided to make myself one for a first run before I try making hers out of not cotton.
(They're thumbnails because they're kind of blurry >_>)
It was a LOT of fun, and really easy if you've made a zippered pouch before. The tutorial linked to in the craftster post above had wonderful directions. I tried to get away with a 4" zipper, but it's slightly too small to get my cards in and out easily. I'll have to buy a bigger one and trim it down myself for the one for my mom.
My youngest is not quite 6 months old yet, but is definitely a drooling machine. She soaks her shirts constantly, and I go through her clean clothes in a very short time. My husband suggested we get some bibs (I don't know why I didn't think of it first) but I decided to make them instead. I found a nice easy tutorial online at http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/10/october-21-fold-up-and-snap-bib-tutorial-watermelon-wishes-giveaway/ and tried it out! I modified it very slightly, mostly because I didn't like the way it curved where it snapped in the back.
Here's my little girl with the second bib I made, with a terrycloth back.
And here's the first one, which was a test run, and made out of just flannel, I think.
They start as mostly just a big rectangle, which you round at the top and put a neck hole in, then stick some snaps on so you can snap it up to catch crumbs or whatever, and you can unsnap it and toss it in the washing machine!
So around Christmas or so, I posted a prototype dragon from the Yoki the Fat Dragon, and had been planning to make an actual one for my oldest son for Christmas. Of course things got crazy, what with being 8 months pregnant, and then having my baby by emergency c-section almost 3 weeks early, so it didn't get done until the beginning of April.
I have been wanting to sew more, and to invest in a new sewing machine, so I set myself a deadline for a project to see if I can actually make the time to sew with 3 kids under the age of 4. This is my third dragon, and I did actually finish it in time for my church's service auction. I didn't tell anyone besides my family that I was making it, in case I wasn't able to get it done in time, but I did, and I got so many complements on it!
I will be getting a nice new good sewing machine this year! I've just got to figure out which one! :3
I was given my mom's old Singer Sonata 6610, which seems to be from '87. I've been using it for two years or so off an on, but am now really getting into sewing and taking on bigger projects. I don't have ANY of the accessories that go with it, and it works well enough for just straight stitching, but I want to take on more ambitious projects, like making a pourpoint with my father-in-law, different types of quilting, stuffies for my kids, and so on.
I'm mostly at a point where I want to either fix up my old machine (who knows how long it's been since it had a new needle or was oiled or anything) and buy the accessories I want (feet, feed cover, etc)or buy a nice new Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118, with shiny new parts (and needle stop and speed controls and a needle threader, I'm a little excited by the newer features) and a warranty and stuff. The new machine purchase is obviously the more expensive of the two options, so it is something I'd have to budget for and plan around. But is it worth fixing up my old machine and still using it for a few years more? I guess I'm mostly looking for more input from people who know more about sewing and machines than I do. Thanks!
I saw the dragon plushie that rlynn had sewn, and that there was a pattern, and I knew I had to try it! I've been looking for cute dragons for my boys, and this is definitely the cutest I've seen, and I can even make it for them myself!
I decided to do a prototype test run with fabric laying around the house, since I have little sewing experience aside from a jordy bag, a sad, sad quilt, and a little flannel baby blanket. I'm very glad I did, because BOY was it a learning experience! But I stuck with it, and actually finished it! And I love it very much, even if the batting for one of the wings is on the outside instead of on the inside, and even though the drawn on seam lines show in spots
This one was made from some printed cotton I had hoarded and from an old pillow case. The next two (at least!) will be made from fleece like the pattern says to do. I hope the fleece will be a little more forgiving.
I saw the tutorial on here sometime last year about using porcelain paint pens for decorating plates, and I decided to do some custom ninja ones for a wedding present for my brother in law! They're not super fancy, but it was fun to make my own ninja plates, and they certainly stand out from the rest of their wedding gifts
(Sorry for the blurry photo, I'm still working on my terrible photo skills)