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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Taggie Trogdor baby toy (with pattern)! on: April 16, 2013 11:38:33 AM
I was inspired randomly to make this for my cousin, who just welcomed his first baby into the world!
This simple thought occurred to me: What little girl wouldn't love chewing on Trogdor?
(...If I'm wrong, then I don't want to be right.)

I threw together the pattern, in case anyone wants to take this concept and run with it! Hopefully it isn't too confusing.

When I made this, I had more ideas than resources. Thus, here are some ideas that didn't make it into mine!
  • Add something that crinkles to the wings
  • Add something that squeaks to the body
  • Add something that rattles to the arm

If you make one of these, let me know as I'd love to see the result!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hand sewn Totoro baby quilt on: April 16, 2013 11:06:31 AM
I have been slowly picking away at a Miyazaki themed nursery for my soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. This is the quilt I just finished! Hooray!

I took the time to outline every few yellow triangles, to quilt the whole thing together. The green fabric is flannelette, and the other side is part an crib sheet my older children used. The brown is a lovely velveteen (I think? It didn't actually say, as I purchased it from a remnants bin) and the white of the eyes is felt.

A close up of Totoro's face:

One of the outlined triangles:

One of the triangles, as seen from the back:

I'm not super experienced with quilting, but I'm quite happy with how this turned out!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Epic Totoro Door on: February 05, 2013 06:14:11 PM
I spent most of my day today working on this!

This is the door to the nursery I am presently working on.

To create this, first I measured the door. Then, I covered it in conTact paper (This tutorial taught me how:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292952.msg3329977#msg3329977 ).
After that, I sketched out the giant Totoro in pencil, inked it with a sharpie, and went to town colouring it in with crayons!
Here it is before I coloured:

The hardest part was working above my head, and smoothing out all of the wrinkles. They kind of blended in.
Here's my hand, for perspective on it's hugeness:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Totoro wall! on: February 02, 2013 12:17:28 PM
Baby #3 is on the way, so I've been steadily working away at the nursery.
We have a Miyazaki theme going on, and after seeing this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292952.msg3329977#msg3329977  I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate one of the walls!

(Sorry for the poor image quality!)

I started out with white conTact paper, and then sketched out the Totoros. Next, my partner and I painted them. When they dried, I went over the outlines with a sharpie, and TA-DA!

Here are some close ups:

I'm thinking about adding two more, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pokemon wall art on: February 02, 2013 12:11:03 PM
After reading this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292952.msg3329977#msg3329977 I took the concept and ran with it!
With baby #3 on the way, I have been doing a lot of crafty nursery stuff. I didn't want my other two to feel jealous, so I created these!

My son asked me for Axew,

To create these, I got a large roll of white conTact paper and sketched out the pokemon. Then I traced my pencil lines with a sharpie, and coloured them in with crayon. I started out using pencil crayon, but it just didn't work as well as wax crayons. Then, it was just a matter of peeling and sticking! Hooray!

Edit: Husband was jealous! HAHAHAHA.... Here's his Totodile:

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Microwavable Sock Frog (Now with huge pic tutorial!) on: June 15, 2010 03:01:00 PM
Tutorial added after the pictures of the first sock frog!

After offering to make a friend either a sock monkey, sock dog, or sock cat, she requested a sock frog. I've never made a sock frog before, and didn't have a pattern, but I felt confident because of all the experience I now have making sock animals.
Anyway, I love how it turned out!
The stuffing is a mixture of two things... the bulk of the stuffing is a pouch of rice I made, and the rest is just normal polyester fluff. I put the rice in a pouch first, because I find that fluffy socks (...or any socks, really) tend to loose rice or flax seed from stretching and tiny holes and bad fairies. Fun fact - Bad fairies also cause tooth decay!
Moving on. Here are some pictures! Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Here's the tutorial, in case you're interested in making a sock frog:

Here's how I made the sock frogs! (Sorry it's so long!)

First, I started off with a pair of socks. These are short socks, but long socks will work.

Take one sock, and flip it inside out. Position the sock so that the heel is facing upward, and flatten it as best you can. Cut up the middle for as long as you want your legs to be! Keep in mind, the longer the legs, the shorter the body.
If you are using longer socks at this point, you can give your sock frog a bum by cutting the legs only up to the heel of the sock.

Sew the legs of your sock frog, the same way you would with a sock monkey. Leave the middle part at the top open, so that there is room to shove stuffing later on!

To make the toes, I sewed in two triangles, as pictured below. Try to keep the toes roughly the same size...I fail at this, but it's okay, because imperfection = charm.

Once the triangles have been sewn, cut upward through the middle of each triangle, seperating your toes! Hooray! It's important not to get too scissor happy here, or you'll need to repair holes between the toes later on.

Turn this sock right side out, and set aside!

If you wish to fill your sock frog with rice, or flax, or perhaps shriveled lizard eyes... It would be a good idea to put them in a pouch first. This prevents leakage! To make a pouch, I found a scrap of fleece I had. Doesn't have to be fleece, doesn't have to match! Mine is just the perfect colour out of pure coincidence.

This is how big I made my scap, in relation to my frog. It's not an exact science, so feel free to deviate from my example! Just keep in mind that much bigger then this will complicate your life when it comes time to stuff your frog.

Sew the scrap into a pouch, thusly. Notice I left a small opening, which is how I shall turn it inside in and fill it.

Fill your pouch! I used rice and a funnel. The funnel clogs with rice periodically, as it is a tiny funnel, so I had to keep tapping the sides and/or jiggling it and/or threatening it with ninjas. I fill my pouches pretty full but it really depends on personal preferences how full you fill it. The less full, the easier to stuff!

Once the pouch is full, sew up the hole and TADA!

Next comes the actual stuffing. I put a little fluff in first, for the head. This should be packed in fairly firmly, but not rock hard!

...Then push the pouch in. It may seem impossible, but socks stretch a lot. The hole will be a bit bigger when all is said in done, but no matter!  We can fix it, we have the technology!

I stuff the legs last, as I find it easier when the hole has been enlarged. Also easier because otherwise the legs get in my way!

You can sew up your sock frog's body now. I always find myself wincing, because I associate that whole ripping apart and sewing together process with birth lol... ANYWAY, set aside the body again.

Remember the other sock? Cut it apart like this:

The toe becomes the eye sockets, the middles becomes arms, and the heel becomes the mouth area! Note that the toe can be cut a little longer to make later reattachment easier, but it will make the arms shorter.

Cut a triangle out of the toe, to shape the eye sockets. Try to make the arches even! I failed at this but, like I said earlier, imperfection = charm!

Flip the eye socket piece inside out, and sew around the edges. Turn it right side out!

Attach this to the top of the frog's head!
It may be helpfull to determine which side of your frog's body is going to be the front, and which the back. Also a good idea to place the socket piece on the frog for a dry fit first, as well, in case it needs trimming or anything.

Remember to leave a small space open as you sew, so that before you are finished sewing it on, you can stuff it! This part I stuffed quite firm, so that it holds the shape.

Next, take the heel of the sock and attach it as the mouth area! I sew it about 3/4 of the way on, and then stuff it firmly before finishing the attachment process.

Once the mouth part is stuffed and attached, it is time to put a face on your sock frog! Choose buttons for eyes, or you could probably emboider eyes on. I used buttons. I embroidered a mouth on, but I used just normal thread for this. It would be a lot easier with actual embroidery floss, but I'm crazy Cheesy
I used the eye socket to hide my threaded knot, because the buttons will hide it, but you can loose your thread inside the sock frog if you know how. It's all personal preference!
I'd also like to point out that I attached the buttons AFTER sewing on the expression, because otherwise the buttons can get in the way.
The buttons I used are slightly different sizes, to give a more psychotic look. Also, one is red and the other is black, to suggest slight evilness. (The friend this is for requested an evil, horrified frog)

Once the face is on, admire it for a while. Perhaps show it off to whoever is around you! I tested my face out on my daughter, because she had woken up from a nap and was watching me with excited curiosity. She loved it, so I moved on to the next step!

Now it is time to create and attach the arms!

Sew the arms the same way you did the legs! Be sure they are inside out when you start sewing. Leave one end open, so you can stuff them and attach them. Use the triangle method for the fingers, then turn them right side out! Hooray Cheesy

Stuff them, leaving the ends open. I suppose you could sew them shut, but I find I like the end product best if they are left open at this stage. Try to keep them symetrical, if that is the look you are going for!

Fold the ends inward a little, as shown on the arm on the right:

Figure out where you want the arms to sit on the body. This is easiest with a striped sock like this, I think, as you can use the stripes as a kind of guide. Sew arms on! There are a few ways to do that, so use whatever stitches you feel most comfortable with.

AND IT'S DONE! Cheesy I'm not sure how long this will take to heat in the microwave, as it depends on how much rice or flax you used. I'd start off with 30 seconds, and then give or take 10 seconds with each attempt. Excellent for pain relief and comfort!

Hope it worked for you! Ask any questions you wish, and I'll do my best to answer them.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heatable sock cat (with tute and lots of pics) on: April 16, 2010 10:22:31 PM
My son is turning 2 soon, and so I made this for him!
It's a microwavable sock cat. Theoretically, heating it up for him will give him something nice to cuddle at bed time. Especially during our Canadian winter nights!

I was originally going to make a sock dog off of Martha Stewart's website ( http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/sock-dogs ) but decided to alter the pattern and make a sock cat instead. I was hoping that he would have an interest in cuddling this cat the way he mauls cuddles our actual cat!

Since it turned out so well, I decided to make up a quick tutorial to show how I did it. I must warn you, however... I just had a baby not long ago, so it may not make complete sense. Especially since I ended up feeding said baby mid-way through writing the tutorial haha
(For those of you who don't have kids, having a baby tends to fry your brain for a little while lol)

That being said, please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments!
On to the pictures! Tutorial is at the bottom.

This one shows the true colours:


8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Here's your new sibling...and HEY LOOK A TOY! YAY TOY! on: March 13, 2010 09:51:15 PM
(Action shots now added!)

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!
( https://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!)

TA-DA! Action shots:

Thank you for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cranes on my Ceiling! (6 pics) on: February 05, 2010 05:38:07 PM
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!

Thank you for looking! Questions, comments, and rants about llamas are encouraged.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Baseball Glove Pattern? on: January 13, 2010 09:29:35 AM

I am currently Pregnormous with my second child (due in April).
From day one, I have been brainstorming what to make as a gift to my midwife, when all is said and done.
I've decided that I really want to make her a giant plush catcher's mitt! She seems like the type of lady who would find this very entertaining.

My problem is this - I can't find a pattern or tutorial for making a baseball glove. I don't own a baseball glove, and so I don't really have a good example of a baseball glove, but I might be able to borrow a glove from someone.

Before I try to borrow one, though, I wanted to see if anyone knows where there is a pattern or tutorial for such a glove! Does anyone have the knowledge that I seek?

Thank you so much for letting me pick your (possibly delicious) brains!
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