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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Flying Valentine Skirt Set for Princess of OZ - with Lotsa Action Shots on: February 15, 2008 06:55:26 AM
My little OZ nut wanted a special outfit for Valentine's Day and so we chose a 16 panel ("Because I am 4!") skirt and a Tshirt with applique -- the panels alternate conversation heart fabric ("Because we LOVE conversation hearts!") and colors representing the various lands of OZ. She wore it to school so the action shots are from there. Her first "business" at school was the Zip line a.k.a "The flying fox" so we call the skirt her flying skirt as well. The dog on the shirt is Toto!

 It is currently soaking upstairs to remove the debris of one most excellent Valentine's Day!

I need help tho: I didn't finish the bottom -- Whaddya think? A binding strip? In the blue from the shirt? She












12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Hem or Bias Tape? Valentine of OZ Vertical Strip Skirt with Conversation Hearts on: February 14, 2008 01:11:33 AM
I am stuck -- I made this vertical strip skirt for my 4YO tonight but am not sure what to do about the hem. Make an edge with some homemade bias tape? Try a hem? I amy let her wear it to school with a raw edge since tomorrow is the day ... what do you think about the hem though? We chose the fabric together - conversation hearts alternating with fabrics roughly representing the colors of the different countries of OZ.


13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mongolian Princess Vest, with action shots! on: February 05, 2008 10:44:42 PM
We call it the Mongolian Princess Vest ... made of two layers of fleece and fastened with a frog clasp. I planned to add something silly around the bottom but she took it and wore it as is and we fell in love with it that way. We love the fleece and wish we had more. Am working on some Mongolian princess slippers as well ...








14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Long-eared Fleece Hat, with Silly Action by Walk-ling Boy on: February 04, 2008 12:13:19 AM
I had to try making one of those silly long eared fleece hats vegbee posted a ways back. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210210.0 Turns out the long ears are not quite long enough ... I'll try again. Meantimes, my little guy calls them trousers. They ees silly still. No applique on this one but when I try again, I will come up with something.




15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Red and Green Fleece Slippers on: February 03, 2008 12:35:56 PM
Well, I had to try!



I made some fleece slippers for my big footed 20 month old. Inspired most recently by Scrappy Sue (it *me* a lot longer to make the slippers than it takes to upload even very many files!) and also inspired by many other lovely slippers from here. I used these instructions from stardust shoes http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/10/cloth-shoe-pattern.html but modified them as follows: fleece instead of cotton fabric, no interfacing, enlarged 150%, stuck elastic through the layers rather than making a folded casing since the things would have been too think and maybe too short ... um. plus the usual array of errors and misunderstandings!

My boy will not put them on just now so his doll (named G'neer for "Engineer", though suspiciously looking like Raggedy Andy) is wearing them.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boy's Shaggy Man Vest **Tutorial Added** My first one!!!! on: February 01, 2008 02:17:32 PM
I finally caught my son with his beloved shaggy man (from the OZ books) vest and (too big I know) Totoro hat. He loves 'em. My 4YO wants me to make a Totoro hood for the vest, I gotta look at those hoodies of vegbee with new serious and give it a go!


The vest is made from fleece and some covered hooks and eyes, hat some fleece scraps with appliqued eyes and nose. It's the cheapo fleece from Joann's so I doubled it and it is cozy enough for Northern California winters.

Added 2/9/08
Amended: December 2008 -- a posted a larger file of the pattern as a reader had trouble making out the measurements in the first version I posted.

HOW TO MAKE THE SHAGGY MAN VEST -- this one is size 2T or even bigger.
Exposed seams, double layered fleece vest with exposed covered hook & eye closure. The front panels are curved up, the back panel has a straight bottom. There is no bottom seam ... Shaggy, Shaggy little man! Use a small seam allowance and don't worry about the smoothness of the cuts -- the hackety way fleece often cuts helps to be more SHAGGY SHAGGY SHAGGY!!!


Materials -
lightweight to medium weight fleece
* Front 4 x (12.5 x 8.35)
* Back (12.5 x 16.5)
* Pockets 2x (5 x 3)
Thread -- it doesn't quite matter if it matches
2 covered hook & eye closures


Please forgive the color quality on the picture of the vest!


What to do
Cut one panel of front vest, use that panel to make the lining panel. Use the panel flipped to make other front panel and lining. Use one each of the two front panels to make the back panel (but have a straight bottom rather than curved at the sides. If you want to make the vest reversible, put the pockets in before you sew the vest panels together.

Make Vest
Pin together lining and fabric of each panel and sew together. Then attach shoulder and side seams. Do not sew the bottom seams. Sew on the hook and eye closures on the outside (The non shaggy vest wearers hide them inside, for a discreet look -- but we are SHAGGY SHAGGY SHAGGY!)

Want pockets?
If you would like pockets grab a wee car or whatever your guy likes to put in pockets and make a rectangle larger than that and add 1.5 inches or more for a hem at the top of the pocket. Turn over the hem, top stitch. Top stitch pockets in place. (For my pockets I used a wee car -- hot wheel sized -- it ended up about 5 x 3 inches.

How to make the pattern piece
You could wing it like I did; wing it but use the measurements on the picture below or copy the picture to an image processing software and print it at the right size using the measurements shown on the picture.

N.B.
Who is the shaggy man?
He is from the OZ books by L Frank Baum. He is wise, kind, quiet, merry and antimaterialistic -- you've met similar characters in all sorts of fiction! Here is a link to the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaggy_Man At our house the OZ books are the main "immersion theme" these days -- you know what I mean ... at some houses it is Thomas, or princesses, Batman, Spiderman or even the Tick. At ours just now Tin Tin has been alternating with the Land of Oz.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / THE PROHIBITOR GAME!!! -- Felt game set (pictures) on: December 21, 2007 07:13:37 AM
My 4 YO and I suddenly needed a gift for our delightful and unusual friend who turned 5 last week. An ordinary present wouldn't do and, as the invitation to his party was stuck in my spam filter, we had only a few hours notice. The child in question does love signs of all kinds and is quite clear about rules. My own child loves to "prohibit" things and finds the red circle with a slash through it enchanting, giggle-making and empowering. I happen to have quite a bit of red wool/rayon felt about. Eh, voila! PROHIBITOR was born.

We made one frisbee sized (flies beautifully!) and several "pocket sized" that fit into the "prohibitor pouch" I made. I cut them from 4 layers of wool/rayon felt and sewed around and around them to make them less floppy. One could imagine a more energetic person than I getting up and switching to the spool and bobbin to red thread!



I included a bit of an explanation on a card -- though am planning to make more detailed instructions for the three games we thought of: PROHIBITOR MAN (A sort of super safety freak -- "Sorry ma'm, that is just not safe!" Of course my kids would prohibit vegetables!); PROHIBITOR FRISBEE (these things fly beautifully); and PROHIBIT THIS (kids can take turns prohibiting words, movements, stuff around them room) There are plenty of ways to use these silly little things -- I have an idea that if I made a couple dozen we could play with them at my kid's nursery school -- toss them all over the grass and "prohibit" stepping on wherever they land while trying to cross the grass. 



Edited to add: How could I forget the silliest use yet? My 4YO turns it sideways to make it a "no entry" sign and holds it over my 1 YO's nose! He obliges by sticking his finger in - isn't great that the older one teachers the younger?  Wink
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hannukah Menorah, Wool Felt, Folding (with action shot) on: December 04, 2007 11:12:22 PM
I made a rather small tabletop (or windowsill!) Menorah from wool felt, cardboard, a bit of glue a button ... it folds up and buttons shut for the off season. Here is a picture close up and one "in action" (with my son pulling the candle flames off right to left ... almost right, my love!) I made a wee felt pouch to store the flames but we like to leave them all waiting in the white "glow" of the middle candle. The outside of the menorah, when it is folded, has a golden star of David like the one on the menorah. There is a wee bit of sewing but the candles are glued on with craft glue. Watcha think?




19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Cat Number Purse, wool felt (pictures) on: November 14, 2007 11:41:48 PM
While I was making an advent calendar comprised of numbered wee felt pouches http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203930.0, my number crazy 4YO daughter became enchanted with the idea of having pouches that represented her heros -- mostly girls she knows who are slightly older. I made some pouches (a horse with the number 7, to represent her 7YO horse loving buddy, etc.).

We upped the ante this weekend and made two for real purses -- one cat purse for a friend turning 6 and another for my daughter. Here it is! Two views ... My first purse! I really had to scratch my head about how the lining might go. As many times as i have read it, I have to try it to get it.





It is hand sewn in wool/rayon felt, with a cotton lining. I hand sewed it because I was too lazy to get off the couch and start my machine. Hoping that my funky hand stitching lends something, er, sweet to it, rather than just lookin' sloppy!  The cat is merely glued on. Probably need to sew it but ... lesseee how much she likes it. The handle is yarn braided and run through some grommets (I just got the tool, ooh woo!). I used 4 strands of yarn of each color to please my numerology girl, plus one blue strand to pick up the color of the lining. Or for luck?  Hope you like! She said she wants to keep a real cat in there. Or some dice. Or or ... we'll see what she does tomorrow!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Skateboard, Scrappy Applique for 7 YO Boy - Pictures on: November 05, 2007 07:15:16 AM
My nephew loves to skateboard (and everything like that). I needed a 7 YO birthday gift for him and delayed so long that I ran out of time for any of my more energetic ideas so i came up with this -- the shirt is from Target -- it looked so cozy and raggedy! And the scraps are from old t-shirts of mine and a bit of one of my daughter's stained t-shirt dresses.

My sister (his ma) says he is super picky so I cannot promise any action shots. I thought I would post it because I have been away -- since July! -- from this board and miss it. Hope to start posting again!

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