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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Motor-skill boards for my monkeys: tie me, braid me, and button me! on: September 01, 2010 10:15:47 PM
I am going to try homeschooling my daughter this year and we wanted some Montessori style toys for motor skills. So I made some pretty standard boards for the monkey to use. Within 2 hours of making them she was able to tie her shoe, which we had been working on for months. Something about doing it on the board just seemed to make it click.

I made this one first and from felt then quickly realized that felt was maybe not the best fabric choice, it doesn't bounce back well.

A braiding board with three fleece ribbons to practice braiding with.

A buttoning board

They may not be perfect but they coast less than $5 to make and it took less than an hour to make.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Skirt made from fabric samples aka FREE :) on: September 01, 2010 10:03:18 PM
I got fleece fabric sample for a different project from the fabric store and couldn't very well let them go to waste. Skinny fleece strips, make awesome 15 minute skirts. My 5 year old has trained the baby to play dress up by telling her she is pretty every-time she plays dress up. Now, when we I dress Piper (the baby) she says "Pipa so preeeety" She has been very well trained Smiley

This one is just because I think she looks extra elfish which is probably not a word.

And of course she needed a hair pretty

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sassy pants has new sassy pants and a polka dot tank-top on: September 01, 2010 09:54:03 PM

Her new double layer tank-top with crocheted straps, and yes she is very sassy.

The shirt was actually made to match the pants but I wouldn't let her wear the pants to the park SO jeans were worn in exchange.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Been MIA for a bit, just a couple of things to share :) on: September 01, 2010 09:46:59 PM
I haven't posted anything in like a million years, sorry about that. I haven't stopped being crafty though, I just made a new human and those are quite demanding.

Just a simple peasant top for the Wild Red Head, with a fleece flower with bell sleeves.

A brown twill skirt with a ruffle top and a ribbon sash, the kiddo likes it because it is twirly and the ruffle on top makes it fancy.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I wanted her to be a peacock, so much for what Mommy wants! on: November 10, 2008 08:37:07 PM
Some photos of my daughters mermaid costume, despite the fact that I REALLY wanted her to be a peacock. I could have just bought a mermaid costume but she wanted a posh mermaid costume a hand made one Smiley Once they turn four they have their own opinions. Who knew?

Some of the photos are still showing up sideways after I turned them....hmmm. Sorry about that, they show up correctly in the edit screen, I save them and grab the code and yet they are turned any suggestions?

The outfit consists of: One green silky skirt with a tail, I added tulle, sequins, and ribbon in the opening of the tail for some added pizazz. One purple shirt slightly molding with seaming and green rick rack at the top. One blue velvet and sequin shrug. A sparkly green sequin belt. A stretchy shiny trim necklace. One light blue hair piece with tulle, ribbon, and sparkly coral looking things.

I made it all, well not the tights and as always no pattern.

Thanks to fellow crafster Tspoonmommy for the photos Smiley

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My monkey's flower girl dress on: November 10, 2008 08:09:36 PM
My daughter was a flower girl in september for the very first time. I made the dress a long time ago, unfortunately within my first week of learning to sew. I would have done it entirely differently now of course, oh well! You live and learn right? It was really easy to make just an a line bottom that I fixed the lace on top of with a little pleating in the front. The top was just a band with straps and added lace. REALLY easy to make. I didn't use a pattern, I never do. Sorry the photos were not taken with the intent of showing of the dress more so just the kiddo  Wink

The true test of a good dress as far as she is concerned does it fly well, and can I shake it in it?

She was VERY excited about her job and the dress

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tutus and Princess dresses by the tons oh my! Pic HEAVY on: September 02, 2008 09:20:44 PM
Here are some tutus I have made my dd over the past year or so. This last year I made her a tutu for each holiday and some princess dresses with the same technique. Again super easy and the kiddo loves them.

The maroon one I made for a friend's daughter and it was too big for my kid, but I had to get a photo of it.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Mermaid tutu costume hand tied and hand stitched on: September 02, 2008 08:28:33 PM
I made this Little Mermaid costume for my monkey a few months ago, which is why I have real photos.

I made it like a basic tutu with green, purple, and blue then I stitched on a few strands of silver sequins and the top is a gagillion layers of tulle hand stitched together to make sure it isn't see through with some ribbon, sequins, and braided tulle straps.

She LOVES the outfit.... Daddy isn't such a fan of the top.... he would prefer a turtle neck under it.

It really was pretty easy to make it did take some serious time and I jabbed myself with the needle a thousand times but she loves it. There is a matching head wrap as well as a wand but I don't have any photos of those.

Easy as can be to make and I think the whole thing only cost about $20 to make and is different than the other mermaid costumes out there. I think it was 125 yards of tulle ribbon.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Rockin' Beatles dress and a few other bits I made for my monkey girl on: September 01, 2008 07:05:13 PM
This is my first post though, I have lurked for a while now. All of the photos are sideways....sorry I can't figure out how to turn them on here. I have been sewing for about 2 weeks now. I think I have taken to it pretty quickly thought nothing I have made so far is perfect, it is getting better. This is about half of what I have made so far, and I pretty much never use patterns, I know the shock and horror.

Sorry about the horrid quality of the photos, my camera is being sent to the shop so these were all taken on the blackberry. I hope nobody gets a kink in the neck trying to view them sideways and all.  Tongue

The red stripey guy with the arm covers is actually a shirt though she was trying to pull it off as a dress.

The too small kitty hat was the first thing I have ever sewed on a machine.

The light pink dress has since had the neckline changed a bit.

The Beatles dress is a combo of Vegbees peasant dress, and kitchykoo's double elastic neck dress... with some alterations. Same goes for the brown dress with the gold silk neck. The Beatles dress is a big hit the couple of times she has worn it we have gotten a lot of nice comments and people asking if I could sell them one. They should see the strings on the inside though, ha!

The little jacket now has buttons.

Comments and suggestions are of course very welcome!
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