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1  First project sewn by my 6yr old son - travel pillow w/handle in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: September 01, 2010 03:16:03 PM
my son is 6yrs old and is now in kindergarten.  he has a rest period during the day.  he asked me to make him a pillow.  well, i could have,b ut then where would the fun be in that?  Smiley

since he's been interested in using the sewing machine, i thought this would be a PERFECT project for him.  he obviously wanted the finished product, so that would keep his interest level piqued through out the process.

so we went rummaging thru my stash of fabric and he found a fleece he liked.

then we did the pattern creation - wht size would he like; what accoutrements would he like, etc.  he decided he wanted a handle on his travel pillow and i wanted it to have a zipper - 'cause every pillow gets laundered and it gets lumpy in time.  this would make it easy to fix that.

so he did everything except the zipper.  he could have done that, but truly, i wasn't sure if *I* had the patience for him to do that, too - he sewed so carefully and slowly. . .

so here are teh pics!

don't know why pillow looks crooked - he sewed straight lines!

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2  Custom Leapster Messenger Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by happyfrog on: December 25, 2009 08:53:24 AM
I have 2 boys - 5,3 who love playing with their leapster (they were sharing one, but we bought the 3yr old his very own leapster for christmas this year)

and I made 2 leapster custom bags for them.  i used plastic canvas to make it nice and stiff inside.

front of bag with clip on removable embroidered handle:

back of bag:  snap/elastic pocket for holding headphones:

bag open showing pouch pocket - zipper closure for cartridges:

zippered pocket showing cartridges (sorry it's blurry!):

inside shot showing the leapster - with cartridge attached fitting nicely in the bag:

a pic of my 3yr old approving of his new bag (his is blue; his brother's is red):

feedback appreciated.  i think i incorporated all the elements i felt were necessary for a child on the go with his leapster - no space for chargers, etc but really, what does a kid bring with him on the go?  just the game unit and a couple cartridges!  Smiley


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3  Mei Tai for my baby! :-* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: September 07, 2008 04:57:45 PM
I used:


to make:

my pocket:

i'm just so proud of my rolled hems, lol!

I still need to hem the ends of the straps after I decide what length I want them to be and I also need to add the little loops to the straps for the knots to hold the sleeping cover in place.

tfl!  Kiss

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4  Re: some diaper cuts i've embroidered in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: March 13, 2008 05:06:47 AM
and i love the monster and truck designs, where did you find them, my boys would love them!

The designs I got on the disk (got it on clearance rack at Bernina shop for $20!):

The disc is called:  KidStuff by Cheri Strole  Hopefully you will be able to find it somewhere. ..
and what's on the disk:

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5  Re: some diaper cuts i've embroidered in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: March 13, 2008 05:03:14 AM
Here are the finished dipes:


and as to how I sealed the embroidery - real easy.  just hoop a scrap piece of pul under the 'real' diaper cut.  then after embroidering, fold over the scrap and stitch around it.  then trim.  much like you do a hidden pocket in a handbag - where you don't stitch the outer fabric, just the inner fabrics. ..

here's a pic of some of the backs of my embroidered diapers after they were stitched . . .



Will have THREE in full time diapers when the lilies bloom! (2 in diapers now)
goals for expanding diaper stash:
14 small diaper covers (DONE!)
51 small fitted diapers (DONE!)
14 medium diaper covers (DONE!)
45 Medium fitted CT diapers (DONE!)
24-48 Large AI2 CT diapers (23 DONE!)
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6  23 new AI2 diapers for my boys. .. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: March 09, 2008 08:47:47 PM
I have just finished up a batch of 23 large AI2 Chloe Toes diapers.   Smiley

I made them as AI2's this time around.  - snap in soakers (I attach
snaps at top and bottom of diaper - holds better for me w/o as much
shifting while attaching to child. . .)


the 'specs' on these diapers:

the shells - consist of:

PUL (either DIY, gingham pul, or 'regular' pul)
inner contour soaker layers attached to alova suedecloth

the inner contour soaker layer is made of:
1 layer warm and natural batting or microfiber
2 layers cotton french terry

the snap in soakers consist of:

alova suedecloth
warm and natural batting or microfiber
cotton french terry

this makes a grand total of 12 absorbent layers.

Oh, when looking at the pics, be understanding that I have been learning
how to use my embroidery machine - so these have been my experiments. ..
I learned a lot while embroidering these.  Most of the diapers have
flaws with the embroidering if you look real closely.  My next diapers
will be even better.   Smiley

And now, the pics:

snap in soakers (flannel side showing):

snap in soakers (alova  suedecloth side showing):

A diaper being snapped together:

DIY dipes:

Seaspray embroidered pul dipes:

Gingham embroidered pul dipes and a hunter green pul cut embroidered:

Blaze orange embroidered pul dipes:

who is real excited for the boys to wear these tomorrow!!!   Smiley   My david
(oldest) has been asking FOREVER for these dipes to be finished. . .
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7  some diaper cuts i've embroidered in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by happyfrog on: February 26, 2008 08:02:32 AM
I've been exploring what my embroidery machine can do.  (It's over 12 years old, but I've never used it until just recently - was afraid of it when I received it from my mom when she gave me her machines over 6 years ago. ..)

anyways, here's what i've been up to (this is just a few of the embroidered images - my camera has been in for repairs and is supposed to be delivered repaired to me TODAY so i'll add more pics when i can. . .

For reference, I have a Bernina Bernette Deco 500 . ..

using 3 hoop option (combining 3 images)

another large hoop design (3 images combined)

my first attempt at following the large hoop (and i messed up, so i added other images to try to 'fix' what i did. . .lol)

and some regular designs - one hoop setting. . .




my first attempt at putting 2 separate images on the diaper cut . .


and another shot of that same image - but wider view so you can see it on the diaper cut. . .

who really needs to get those diapers put together!!!
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8  Re: Thread ???? in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by happyfrog on: February 26, 2008 07:27:04 AM
No problem!  I already made a tutorial up for the diaper board i hang out on so i'll just find it and copy/paste it here. . .  found it!

ETA:  The plastic containers are from Walmart - in the cake storage aisle - they are for cakes/cookies, etc.  They are approx $5 each.  Smiley

Here is the tutorial:

Pattern pieces:

and how to cut them to look like the picture.

You will need 4 pieces of 'regular' sized plastic canvas.  I'd suggest buying an extra piece 'just in case'. 

Hope the pattern pieces make sense to you.  Smiley

Assembly instructions (follow the pictures):

Enjoy your new organizer! 

I had an 'ah-ha' moment as I put the thread in the organizer - the little corners that are currently empty, I bet would work AWESOMELY! to hold your bobbins. Smiley

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9  Re: Thread ???? in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by happyfrog on: February 26, 2008 03:31:00 AM
I am very into cloth diapering my kids, so I have 100% polyester embroidery thread for that. i am using threadelight thread.

i have them stored in this that I made little plastic canvas dividers for so they don't shift around.

(I have 3 of those containers.)


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10  A handy 15 spool dispenser for your embroidery machine! in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by happyfrog on: February 14, 2008 03:44:05 AM
I did it!!!

I made a 15 spool thread dispenser and it cost me $15.55 (including tax, lol)

I bought:

2 dowel sticks
3 pieces of wood
1 package screw eyes (need one more screw eye, though - so that'll be another $1 - they are sold in packs of 14)
screws - to hold the wood together
and 2 drill bits - one for each size - the dowel sticks and the screws/screw eyes - our drill bits were dull so dh got new bits on this shopping outing - or the bill would have been $5.88 cheaper)

Here are pics of my new thread spool holder in action:





The embroidering is going SO MUCH FASTER!!!!  It's AWESOME!!

It's really simple - let me know if you wnat me to scan my pattern that I made - but I ended up with a few mods as I discovered the wood I bought could support 15 spools, not 10 as originally spec'd. ..


Here's how I did it:

I saw a pic of a thread spool holder.  

i took that concept and simplified it into a few pieces of wood.  Smiley  I'm telling you it's AWESOME!!!

So if you or a dh/someone in your house is even remotely handy with tools (you can get the people at the hardware store (I was at lowe's) to precut your wood to the right lengths.  All you need to do is drill a few holes to start the screw eyes and the screws to hold the base and top together, and more holes drilled to hold the dowel sticks.

Really it's not a hard project at all!!

Really quite simple.

You will need:

1 piece of wood 1/2" x 6 x 24"  = cut this to 10"  (this is base) save the rest for something else.

1 piece of wood 1/2" x 2" x 36" = cut this in half  (these are sides)

1 piece of wood 1/2" x 2" x 24" = cut to 10" (this is top where you'll screw the eyes in to hold the thread) - save the rest for another project

2 dowel sticks 3/16" x 48" = cut this at home with pliers or something (I used long nose pliers - the wire cutter part - shh, don't tell dh, lol) - made each piece 3 3/4" long (you need 15 cuts of this).  you will end up with most of one dowel stick left over - but that will be good in case you have troubles figuring out what to use to cut the dowel (I 'wasted' a cut because I used my miter saw for the first cut and that didn't work well - it splintered)

Sandpaper - to smooth the edges of the wood and the dowel sticks
glue of some kind - to secure the dowels in position
wax paper (I used this under the base so I could prevent damage to my table when gluing thru the holes for the dowels)

2 pkgs of 1/2" screw eyes (you need 15 - 14 are in a package)

#6 x 1" screws - I used 6 for the project total (I think there were 10 or something in the package)

drill bits if you need them.

really it's simple - esp since Lowe's cut my wood for me.  Smiley  I just took it home, marked where I wanted screws attached and screw eyes and holes for my dowels and asked my dh to do that for me (I can do it, but he looks so GOOD doing it!  Smiley  )

You might even have some of the materials already at home.  I have used up most of our scrap wood from house projects so I had to purchase all materials.  We only have a couple of screw eyes in the storage bin so I needed those, too.
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