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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fennec fox on: November 01, 2013 08:20:53 PM
Last year my newborn baby was a lamb for Halloween: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416047.msg4919937#msg4919937

This year I tried to up the cuteness factor even more by dressing him as the most adorable animal in the world: a fennec fox.

The outfit is made out of warm and cuddly fleece, with fake fur for the tail and the back of the ears. I used Simplicity 2506 for the jumpsuit pattern, and the hat is a modified sweet pea pilot cap (http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/2010/02/sweet-pea-pilot-cap-pattern-and-tutorial.html). The tail ties on, so it can be easily removed for sitting in a stroller or car seat. If it still fits at Easter, I might torture the poor kid by re-purposing the jumpsuit for a bunny outfit!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Would this be a legitimate swap? on: June 05, 2013 12:28:35 PM
I haven't swapped in a long time, but I've been wanting to create an i-spy quilt. I thought it would great to organize a swap for fabric, but I'm not sure it would really work. Could you please give me your opinions, and/or direct me to specific guidelines that might apply? My concerns are:

1. We would only be swapping swatches of fabric. There would be no crafting at all. Any quilts people made with the fabric they received would be outside of the swap. Are supplies-only type swaps legit?

2. Each person would be sending to every other person in the swap. That means they would all have everybody's addresses. Obviously they would know that going in, but is this against the rules or something?

What I envision is that each person would send two (maybe more?) different swatches of fabric to every other participant. They would be mailed regular mail, and I would limit participants to U.S.-only so that the mail would be fast and cheap. I would also limit the number of participants, probably to around 20 or 24, if there was even that much interest.
Thanks for your input!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Lamb on: October 27, 2012 01:29:04 PM
Long ago, I saw some faux fur at Joann that just screamed to be made into a lamb costume, and made a lamby hat for a friend's baby shower. I had my first baby on September 1st, and several months ago I decided to make him a lamb costume for Halloween with the same fabric. I actually made this outfit in July, since I knew that I wasn't going to get much done this month! I used Simplicity 5720 for the romper pattern, and added a hat and booties (I called them "baby mukluks" because that's what they look like). I made the romper in 3 month size, which is just a little big on my quickly growing boy. I really like the pattern because it zips up the front, plus has snap tape all along the legs/crotch for easy diaper changes. We're probably not going out on Halloween, and I took pictures today because I thought it might take a few tries to get good shots. Luckily it worked out! He hates having hats put on, but once daddy calmed him down he seemed to forget about it. This faux fur is so soft and cuddly, and he kind of pet himself when we first the outfit on!

My favorite part of this outfit is the adorable tail!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Embellished onesies on: August 28, 2012 05:56:26 PM
These are gifts per se, since they're for my own currently gestating offspring.

The panda in the bottom right was the most time consuming - he's hand appliqued with felt. The ones with writing were made with freezer paper stencils and fabric paint. The rest are machine appliqued fabric. I've also since made a dinosaur applique one. I just used fabric scraps I had on hand, so these were a cheap and fast project - perfect!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Waldorf-style flower fairy on: August 28, 2012 05:48:25 PM

I've wanted to try making Waldorf dolls for awhile, but couldn't find any of the necessary materials locally. Before spending a bunch of money ordering them online, I thought I'd give it a shot using what I had on hand - alova suede and polyester stuffing. This is the result!

She was definitely fun to make and I think she's super cute, though her head's quite large for her body! Her hair is needle felted - my first time needle felting, which was fun though I broke a ton of needles. Her clothes are just really simple felt pieces that are sewn on to her body.

The wings, though they don't show up very well.

This doll is going to a 4 year old girl I know, and I have the materials for a couple real Waldorf dolls coming in the mail!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Blue Forest Nursery on: July 27, 2012 09:18:48 PM
I'm expecting my first baby (a boy) in September, and have been having a lot of fun getting ready! My husband let me do whatever I wanted in the nursery, and I wanted something that was basically gender neutral and not too baby-ish (so we don't have to repaint in the near future), and something that was really peaceful and calming (for me, since babies don't care much about what's on the walls). My favorite color is blue, we live in the woods, I love trees, and baby animals are adorable, so that's what I went with!

First I picked the fabric for the curtains - Michael Miller's Backyard Baby Birch Forest (http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=215c4f90-39ab-4e24-b8d1-1f7a80e81ee4). I also bought a bunch of the coordinating "Lotsa Dots." We painted the walls to match the darker blue in the fabric, and I painted a tree on the wall.

(There's a little bit of red in the curtain fabric, so that red and white lantern does match). I made the crib skirt with the "Lotsa Dots" fabric.  I cheated on the quilt by buying a fabric panel (http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=7b3e7767-79ce-43c3-8d66-942007f01a3a) and just quilted around the shapes on the fabric and added a satin binding. The picture frame on the wall is empty because I'm going to put maternity and newborn pictures in it.

The matching curtains, pillow case, and table mat. I also made the bunting above the window, as well as the giant gray rabbit, orange monster, and blue elephant on the bookcase. I happened upon a perfect area rug at Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50203793/.

I bought a second quilt panel, and hung some of the animals in embroidery hoops on the last wall. You can also see the diaper bag I made - I made it before designing the nursery, and it doesn't go, but the fabric is SUPER cute.

So, that's my peaceful blue forest nursery!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tudor kirtle on: January 15, 2012 03:01:29 PM
Last year I decided that I wanted to make an outfit for the renaissance faire.  I also decided that I wanted to make it look moderately historically accurate, with no visible machine stitching.  That was stupidly ambitious, and I found myself feverishly making handbound eyelets in the weeks before the event.  Everything was done except for the hem when I found out a few days beforehand that I would be having surgery instead of going to the faire.  So it sat untouched until I pulled it out and finished hemming it this weekend... I realized I won't be wearing it this year because I'm going to be 8 months pregnant when faire rolls around, and I wanted to get a picture of it before it didn't fit.  Maybe someday I'll get to wear it...

I made a shift, apron and coif out of linen.  The sleeves on the shift are a little short, but I would probably wear them rolled up in the summer.  I need to remake the coif, because I screwed up on the construction and there's exposed edges on the inside.  The kirtle is made of lightweight wool, and laces on the sides with spiral lacing.  I put the lacing on the sides so I could some day wear a front-lacing gown over the top if I so desired, and I figured that the size would be more adjustable that way. The boning is heavy duty zip ties.

I decided to add historically inaccurate pockets because I hate trying to figure out how to carry my things, but I wish I hadn't because it makes the sides of the skirt pull funny, as you can kind of see in this picture.

I used the Book "The Tudor Tailor" (http://www.amazon.com/Tudor-Tailor-Reconstructing-Sixteenth-Century-Dress/dp/0896762556/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326668139&sr=8-1) for reference, but ended up modifying a commercial pattern for the bodice because my measurements were WAY different than what was used in the book, and I lost my mostly finished scaled up pattern when we moved  Sad

Overall I'm fairly happy with it, though it has some problems - I think the shoulder straps are a little wide, and the front of the skirt is too tight because I thought I could get away without doing any pleats in the front.  The cartridge pleats in the back are pretty cool, but I was trying to avoid a puffy stomach look.  I don't sew clothes very often, so this was a really ambitious project for me.

8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Pink glitter shoes on: January 15, 2012 02:44:56 PM
Inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388327.0, I decided to make my sister sparkly pink heels for Christmas, since she loves all things pink, sparkly, and slightly tacky  Wink

I actually saw a lot of glitter shoes in the stores when I was thinking of making these, so to make them a little more unique, I did a color gradient from silver at the heels to pink. It took about 7 coats because I had a hard time getting good coverage with the pink glitter.  I used Martha Stewart glitter because it's so fine.

My sister LOVED them!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / Plethora of Felt Food on: December 05, 2011 07:13:12 PM
My three year old niece loves her play kitchen, so this year for Christmas I made her felt food!

This is my first time sewing with felt, and all of the patterns are from Big Little Felt Universe by Jeanette Lim.  I also made her a shopping bag out of felt that looks like brown paper, and two velcro snack bags out of a super cute pear and apple fabric.

Fruit: pear and apple halves (which have magnets in them, so they stick together), mandarin orange slices, kiwi slices, peach slices,strawberry slices, and raspberries.

Vegetables: tomato and carrot.

Dessert: slice of strawberry cake and an iced cookie (and silver beads that look just like dragees).

I spent a LOT of time on these, so I hope she has fun with them!  Roll Eyes
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Dread Pirate Roberts on: November 02, 2011 07:21:30 AM

My husband is a fan of The Princess Bride, so this year he was the Dread Pirate Roberts for Halloween! I think it may have actually been my idea, because I thought he would make a cute pirate  Cheesy

I made the shirt with the Simplicity 3758 pattern, and modified view B to have different (handbound) lacing holes, two buttons on the cuff instead of one, and a longer body and sleeves (because the hubs is 6'6").  I also made him the leather mask, head covering, and sash.

Since he doesn't look anything like Westley, we decided he was Cumberbund instead Grin

He purchased the pants, boots, and sword, and the gloves were from last year's Captain Hammer costume.

I ended up purchasing most of my costume because I was so busy making him that darn shirt!
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