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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Love Monster Finger Puppets on: February 08, 2009 08:49:32 PM

I made these little Valentine "love monster" finger puppets for my little boys preschool class last year.
There were 24 kids.. 12 girls and 12 boys.
I made the girls pink ones and the boys red ones.
Made from fleece with felt horns and little mini googly eyes and puff paint heart.
I put them in little coursage bags with some candies and a little lacey paper heart.

makin' em assembly style!

packed up and ready to go

I hope you like them! :oD

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / finger pincushion on: July 09, 2006 08:48:54 PM
Hi Everyone!
I thought I'd tell you all about a little pin cushion that I made.
Inspired my Just Jennifer of Huntsville Arkansas!  

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Gnome Stencil..I made my own! on: April 11, 2006 01:29:18 PM
I would really like to find a gnome stencil if anyone knows where i can find one. Smiley
Thanks, Julie

UPDATE: look down a little... I posted a picture of one I made myself.
I'll post a picture of it on a shirt when I get it made. Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Waldorf inspired washcloth gnome baby ***NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!!*** on: August 03, 2005 10:05:15 AM
I've been in love with Waldorf inspired toys and gnomes, and I ran across one of these and I thought "I can make that!"
I don't remember where I seen it, but when I do I will post it so the original artist will get the credit.  Grin
It's basically 2 washclothes and some no-pill fleece for the hat.
This would make an easy (and cheap) gift for a new baby.
I think I might make one with a red hat and a green hat too!  Cheesy



2 white washclothes
handfull of stuffing
piece of scrap fleece
white & tan embroidery floss
white sewing thread and needle
sewing machine

Cut out a head shape, you can eyeball it I think mine
was about 3" in from the sides and top.
Sew all around and leave a 3" opening for turning

Turn right sides out and stuff head, take a piece of
white floss tie around neck and knot.
Sew opening closed either by hand or sewing machine.

Pinch hands and tie white floss around and knot. (there is NO stuffing in hands and feet)
Do the same for the feet.

Lay your piece of fleece around your little gnomes head and
place a pin so you know where to start sewing.
take it off the gnomes head.
I layed a piece of thread on the fleece so you can see how you
need to cut and sew your hat. (The thread is not really on the hat) 

Cut hat, sew.
You will notice that the bottom of the hat is at an angle,

I then cut the bottom level.

Turn hat right sides out and slip it on the gnomes head.
If it's too loose take it off and sew it a little smaller.
Put it on the gnomes head and sew it on with a whip stitch
with regular sewing thread.

Sew on eyes with tan floss entering the needle from the back of the head
just under the hat.
I did 2 little stitches for each eye and tied it off at the back of the
head also.

Apply blush with a q-tip for the cheeks. Or you could use non-toxic paint.

Tie a bow around his neck and your done!

Here's my original gnome...
Sorry it took so long to get the tut done!!!!
Have fun and post your creations!!!
Thanks, Julieko
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Delicious Chocolate Felt Donut! "0" calories!! Now with Tutorial !!!!! on: August 03, 2005 07:28:22 AM
I thought I'd try my hand at making a felt donut like I've seen on the net.
I was inspired by www.Donuthos.com and www.Sewdorky.com web sites Grin
I'd liked to have used beads for the sprinkles, but I have a toddler and I wanted it to be child safe. 
It was really easy, just a little time consuming.  This would be fun to put some vanilla potpourri inside to make it smell real too! yum!

This could be bad... I live in the country and the closest place to get donuts is about 15 miles away! arg!!!!!


Ingredients you'll need:
5 1/2" cardboard circle (or a bowl etc..)
2 ltr pop bottle lid (1 1/4" circle) 
1 piece brown felt
1 piece pink felt
brown & white thread
asst'd seed and bugle beads or embroidery floss
ink pen
sewing machine

Fold brown felt piece in half and trace the 5 1/2" circle onto felt with pen.
Center pop cap (1 1/4" diameter) on circle and trace onto felt with pen.
Draw both circles on one layer of pink felt for the iceing.

On the brown felt, sew just inside the 5 1/2" circle line.
Do not sew the little circle just yet!

Now cut out brown felt donut about 1/4" past your sewn line.
and cut the little circle about a 1/4" in from the drawn line towards the center, now make little
notches every 1/4" all around the inside of the little circle.

Turn the donut right sides out.
Now to sew the donut hole closed....
Turn a couple of tabs in at a time and whip stitch them closed, just like when your done stuffing something
and you close the opening. Just tuck,stitch,tuck,stitch... easy as...pie. Smiley

Now stuff your donut, I like to use the end of a pen to get my stuffing in good and tight.
Now's the time to add potpourri or other smelly stuff if you want your donut to smell yummy.
Whip stitch opening closed.

stitch beads or embroidery sprinkles to the pink felt.

Pin the icing to the top of the donut and whip stitch in place.

Your done!  It looks delicious!!! Wink

Now I think I'll try to make an eclair, cinnimon roll, boston cream etc........yum!

Well this is my first tutorial and I hope I did it OK.
Please let me know if I can improve on anything!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Nursing Poncho Shawl Pattern? Like L'ovedbaby on: July 12, 2005 05:12:05 PM
Hi everyone!
I am expecting my second child in Jan and I thought a breastfeeding / nursing poncho like this would be handy in the first few weeks of nursing.


or from the original L'ovedbaby site


I was wondering if anyone has a sewing pattern suggestion.
Thanks a bunch!!! Smiley
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Display ideas for baby items on: March 14, 2005 08:51:05 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm going to be in a craft show in a month and I've been into baby stuff lately, and I plan to have tons of onesies with cute sayings and images hand embroidered on them and i'm at a block as to the best way to display them.

I thought about rolling them up and having them in rows sat at an angle and maybe have one on a lifesize doll but I want the displays to really POP.

I'm also going to hand embroidery some t-shirts for me and my sister (she's in it with me) to wear at the show with either a design or a saying to so it draws attention.

I could also use any visual ideas for drawing people over to the booth.
like I thought about making a large stork out of foam core board and painting it soft colors to let people know their are baby items here.

Any suggestions would be great!!!!

Julie  Smiley
8  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Craft show leads near Wichita/Newton/Hutchinson area on: March 05, 2005 09:34:47 PM
Hi everyone!
I live in Halstead, Kansas it's about 15 minutes southwest of Newton and 30 minutes Northwest of Wichita and I'm thinking about getting in a few craft shows this year and I wondered if anyone has any suggestions for good craft shows in or around these areas?

I plan on selling embroidered onesies with cute original sayings on them,
and maybe t-shirts with cool designs sewn on too.
OOAK diaper bags etc...

I have a 2 year old boy and I get tired of the same old cookie cutter shirts out there!  Cheesy

Any leads would be great!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Needle felted Marshmallow Peep on: February 23, 2005 06:34:53 PM

I thought I would share the little peep that I needle felted for my niece for her birthday.
I had bought some for my Hubby and got inspired! Smiley
I ordered a wonderful needle felting starter kit with lots of wool and this is one of the first things I've made.
My niece LOVES peeps but that shape isn't available all year so I thought I'd make her a little peep that would last and last!
I was really surprised how easy needle felting is to do!
I'm thinking about stenciling a peep t-shirt too.
Hope you like it!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Disposable Diaper Cake for a baby shower Tutorial! on: February 23, 2005 12:27:00 PM
This is the baby shower table decoration I made for my niece.
I used size 1 baby diapers and rolled them up and put a rubber band around each one, then stacked them around a paper towel roll to stablize it.
Then tied "It's a boy and polka dot ribbon aound them to keep them together.
I just decorated it simply with a few baby blue flowers and a "special delivery" stork, but I've seen people put baby items on the cakes for decoration too!
I hope you like it! Smiley

Let me know if you would like better details or photo's !
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