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1  Nursery letter bow holder... in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by MatteasMama on: December 13, 2007 01:43:15 PM
I don't know if this is the right forum, but I recently made a couple gifts for a friend who has a baby girl, and I think they would make great baby shower gifts!

First I made her a custom bow holder to match her nursery. The idea is to clip hair bows onto the ribbon. Here is the first one I made using this idea, although it is not very attractive at all...it was my "tester"  Tongue But just to show how it works....

And here is the one I made for my friend:

Closeup of the rose (sorry it's kind of fuzzy)

She has a flower fairy theme in her nursery, with characters from the books by CM Barton. I decoupaged a few of the fairies on the letter, and I attached the long ribbon to it. I also painted one of these really gaudy butterfly charms I found at the craft store with fabric paint to match. To weigh down the ribbon, I made a rose out of polymer clay, which I then painted to match the letter.

Any comments are welcome! Let me know what you think, this is the first time I've done a project like this (normally I do clothing) and I had so much fun with it!

Oh, and here are a couple little bows I made for her too...they are on little alligator clips:
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2  Baby leg warmers (with tutorial!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MatteasMama on: November 13, 2007 12:56:53 PM
I just posted this on the general discussion board to help someone out but I figured I'd post it here too....

Ok prepare yourself for the most ghetto tutorial ever...lol! Please excuse my nasty carpet, I have a 10 month old...

First take the sock and cut off the end like so:

Then, cut off the heel part of the sock and the toe part and discard of the ends:

Then, take the middle part that is left, and fold it into a makeshift cuff:

Sew the raw edges together:

I use a serger for this part just because it's easier and they are more durable but you could get away with a zig zag stitch)

And viola!

here they are in action!


And some more that I've made:

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3  Need help creating shabby-chic peice for nursery in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by MatteasMama on: November 09, 2007 10:07:56 AM
I'm making a bow holder and a stool for a friends nursery...her nursery theme is CM Barkers flower fairies

This is her nursery:

I found a book that has the fairies in Decoupage...I'm thinking that I'm going to do that method. I know basically how to do it...but I want them to have a shabby-chic, vintage feel. How would I acheive that? Is there a certain technique or paint I could yse as a base? The peices I'm working with are just plain wood...

Here's a link to the decoupage book:
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4  My first attempt at stenciling... in Stenciling: Completed Projects by MatteasMama on: November 08, 2007 01:38:58 PM
I admit I was skeptical about the freezer paper technique but I'm now a convert! I made this shirt for my daughter just now...took me less than half an hour from start to finish!

I think I should have made it all one color and maybe put the baloon a little higher, but for my first attempt I'm pretty happy!
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5  Re: Winter clothes? Toddler hoodies? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by MatteasMama on: November 07, 2007 07:44:40 AM
Hmm...my favorite project right now is "leggies". You know baby legs? It's the same basic idea...I found a tutorial for it let me see if I can dig it up...they are pretty easy to make and soooo cute!

Here is Mattea in some for Halloween:

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6  A little late... Mattea's Halloween costume! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MatteasMama on: November 01, 2007 05:38:26 PM
OK I finally have pictures to share! Mattea was going to be Pebbles from the Flinstones for Halloween but my sewing maching crapped out on me the night before...and of course I waited till the last minute so I didn't have time to fix it Roll Eyes lol! So I whipped up a little fairy costume! It's kind of hard to see detail in the pictures but you get the idea...I made the tutu using the tutorial from here, and I sewed on some fake flowers and petals, and hot glued some swaroski crystals on it...I also sprayed some silver fabric spray paint over it so it was nice and shimmery Smiley not to toot my own horn but the pictures really don't do it justice, I LOVE how it came out, and it was remarkably easy! It only took about an hour to make...then I took one of the leftover flowers, 2 of the petals and 2 leaves, sprayed those with the fabric paint as well, and glued it to a barrette...I also made those legwarmers out of a pair of tube socks! The wings I actually had laying around and I just tied ribbons to them because it came with elastic that was too big, and was ugly...so anyways, here's how it came out:

I have some close ups of the actual costume but I can't get those to upload for some reason...I'll try to update it later Smiley
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