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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Super cute and comfy lined baby mittens tutorial on: April 25, 2012 09:13:25 PM
I *love* these baby mittens better than any other style I've tried! They are lined, no raw edges, and the cuff works great to keep the mittens on. Here is a quick tutorial for how to make them. A longer, more detailed version is located here-


Now on to the super cute cozy tiny mitten goodness! Smiley

You can use any fabric for the outer mitten, something lightweight and soft for the lining, and ribbing (or very stretchy knit) for the cuff.

For the cuff- cut two 4" squares out of ribbing/

For the mitten- you need a square that is 3.5" tall, and 3.75" wide. Just gently round the top two corners to make a nice roomy mitten shape. I started rounding in at about 1.5" up. Cut four mitten pieces out of outer fabric material, and four out of lining material.

Now all your pieces are ready to pin together.

Pin the mitten pieces right side together.
Fold the cuff in half across the stretch (if using ribbing, the fold will be in the same direction as the lines). Pin along the long raw edge.

Sew everything up like the picture. Don't stretch, if using stretchy fabrics!!
*in the LINING, leave a 1.5" space for turning later!*
Clip the curve so it won't be bulky.
Flip the cuff down so the two raw edges are together on one end, and the fold is on the other end.

Important- Turn the two LINING mitten pieces inside out!!
Put the cuff inside the outer mitten piece, raw edges lining up, and match cuff seam with one of the side seams.
Put the lining mitten piece inside the cuff, lining up raw edges and seams.

Pin where all the seams line up, and then stretch it out so you can pin in between.

Sew from the inside of the mitten. Go all the way around! Stretch as you go so that the cuff matches the width of the outer mitten. It's OK if the lining bunches a little bit.

Now you're ready to turn it!

Pull the lining out:

Then pull the cuff and outer mitten through the lining and flip right side out:

Fold the raw edges of the hole in, and sew very close to the edge:

Push the lining inside and flip the cuff down. All done!! Smiley

Here are a few pairs I've made out of jersey knit (gray), quilting cotton (hounds-tooth), and minky (striped). They all work great, but my personal favorite is the jersey knit! I am so addicted to making these, they are so quick, and look adorable! Great for keeping baby from scratching his face, and keeping his hands warm on those early morning car rides to take big brother to school! Smiley

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the tutorial!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / How to make outgrown pajamas bigger- pictures and link to my tutorial on: April 07, 2012 06:45:25 PM
Hi there!  Cheesy  I haven't posted anything on here for a while... so I thought a tutorial might be a good way to start again!

My tutorial: http://treasuresunderthewillowtree.blogspot.com/2012/03/tutorial-how-to-make-pajamas-bigger.html

My son recently outgrew his favorite pair of pajamas, and he was SO upset when I told him he couldn't wear them anymore! They were seriously short/tight/just about 2 or sizes too small... really bad! So I figured out a way to extend their life. I think they're cuter now, too! Here are some pictures:

For the pajama top, I cut the sleeves off and added them to a matching t-shirt that I found at the dollar store. I added a big patch cut from the back, too.

For the pajama pants, I cut down both sides, and cut off the waistband. I added a new waistband, strips down each side to widen them, and a cuff at the bottom to lengthen them, all out of another t-shirt.

And this is just a cute pic of my little Spongebob fans  Grin My oldest LOVES his new pajamas, and wants to wear them all the time!! I'm so proud of the fact that they only cost $2 to make, and they'll last for at least another year or so! Woohoo!

Thanks for looking, let me know if you decide to make some "new" pajamas too!!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The one and only Spider-Man sock monkey!!!!! on: September 22, 2008 06:01:47 PM
Or maybe I should just call it a spider-monkey? Smiley

I had a custom request from my husband's friend, who LOVES all things Spider-Man!

Just hangin' around!

Action shot!

It took HOURS to do the webbing....I am so glad it is done! lol

What do you think?
Thanks for looking Smiley Hope you like him!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / There once was a little girl named Faith who wanted a bunny...*New Picture* on: September 11, 2008 02:47:00 PM
There once was a little girl named Faith who wanted a bunny...so I made her one!
This is the first rag doll style softie I have made. I love it, I want to make one for myself now! lol Smiley

I added a flat bottom so she can sit! The little tail helps her sit up too.

The ears are my favorite part!

When I zig-zagged this patch on, the patterned fabric got all bunched up and wrinkly somehow- any ideas how to keep it nice and flat?

Made a purse for bunny to live in! Smiley

Thanks for looking Smiley

I just had to share this adorable picture! This is Faith, right after she opened her present... as you can see, she loves her new baby bunny Smiley

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Educational learning toy for toddlers/preschoolers on: August 26, 2008 11:41:16 AM
I have started making these for all the little kids in my life... I already made them all sock monkeys, so I had to think of something new Smiley lol
This one is for my best friend's son Banden, who is turning three next week.

I don't know what to call these! They need some sort of cute catchy name. What are they?
The purpose is for the child to learn how to spell their name and become familiar with the letters of their name.
Here are some of my ideas, tell me what ones you like or give me your own idea, if you wish!

*Name that Letter
*Hello, my name is _________
*Play on Words
*Alpha Booty

Let me know what you think! Smiley Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting needle roll from not enough fabric :) on: August 20, 2008 04:10:23 PM
So, I bought this green fabric on a whim, just because I liked it. That was months ago. I finally decided to use it for a knitting needle roll for a friend, and started cutting everything out... and then found out that I didn't buy enough for the pattern! Oops! So, I dug around and found some white lining cotton and some neutral cotton and figured that would work... I hope it looks like I planned it that way! If I had been thinking, I would have bought a coordinating print and used that, but no, I wasn't thinking...lol

Anyways, here it is!
I used this tutorial: http://alexandrasknits.blogspot.com/2006/01/tutorial-alexandras-needle-case.html  the only thing I did differently is add quilt batting.

It can be rolled up like this or folded into thirds.

green print wasn't wide enough so I split it and added the solid strip Wink

Handy flap so needles don't fall out...

Just because I like close-ups Smiley
Unfortunately, I'm not a knitter myself, so I didn't have any needles or anything for an "in use" shot. It's pretty big though, and looks like it will hold a lot!

Thanks for looking! Smiley

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Miniature sock monkey messenger bag (for sock monkeys!) (or dolls!) on: July 02, 2008 08:18:57 AM
Hi all!
I posted one pic of this bag in another thread, but now the bag is complete and I took more pictures, so I thought I'd give it it's own thread Smiley I made lots of these bags last week. They are for the sock monkeys on the go!  Grin

These messenger bags are fully lined and interfaced. I used Moda fabric. They are around 3" square (can't find my ruler?!).

Here it is, modeled by Sofie!

(I stamped my name inside the bag with a hand carved stamp by a friend!)

Thanks for looking!!  Cheesy

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Navy blue canvas + orange felt sun + blue and white ticking = Messenger Bag!!!!! on: June 24, 2008 11:51:22 PM
So, a while back I posted this wallet.

Recently, I was asked to make a messenger bag to match the wallet! So.... here it is! I again didn't use any pattern or tutorial. She wanted it pretty simple, so that's how it is.


It's nice and roomy. I used the heaviest Pellon interfacing I could find. The strap is adjustable.

The sunshine is mostly on front, but wraps around the back a little bit. Velcro for the closure- 2 side by side vertical strips on the flap, and horizontal on the front of the bag.

Shot of the side. My machine really had trouble sewing those straps on! Too many layers!

I LOVE this blue and white ticking for the lining! I sewed one of my labels on the front of the pocket. I used a bright orange zipper to match the sun. Handy loop for sunglasses, keys, etc.

Just a shot of inside the pocket. By the way, here is the great tutorial I used for the zipper pocket:

Thanks for looking!! Smiley

Oh, just for fun, here is a *tiny* messenger bag I made for my sock monkey! I love miniature things! Smiley lol
This is just a prototype (I'll be making a whole bunch). After I make a few changes and sew some more, I'll probably set up a little photo shoot and take some better pics of my sock monkey with his new bag Smiley I am just so tickled by this, I had to share!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cars Fabric gift bag/tote and froggy crayon roll out of "Bags That Were No Good" on: June 18, 2008 11:46:07 AM
I forgot to take before pictures!

I made this fabric gift bag for my 3 year old nephew. It used to be a huge simple un-lined drawstring sack that my son got as a present from someone else. It was falling apart at all the seams because it had carried too much heavy stuff. I cut it up and re-gifted! Smiley Now my nephew uses it to keep his cars in, and also as a library tote!

This crayon roll used to be one of my very first toddler tote bags.

It was very crooked and funky looking, plus, it was not being used. So, out come the scissors again and I made this crayon roll for my son! Doing the blanket stitch around the edge took FOREVER!

He actually doesn't even like to color, and I was hoping to encourage coloring by making this for him.

He used it for a few minutes, as you can see. Then he rolled it up and played with it the rest of the day, pretending it was.... a burrito. Oh well, at least it's getting used for something!

Thanks for looking Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Huge, manly messenger bag of awesomeness, with dragons!! (LOADS of pics..) on: June 09, 2008 09:24:19 PM
I made this for my husband for our anniversary. It took one and a half days, 2 spools of thread, and 4 heavy duty needles!! lol

The outside is greenish canvas and the inside is some kind of black denim or something. I used the heaviest pellon sew-Generalgin interfacing that I could find. I used quilt binding for the edge of the flap. I had the dragon patch specially made for me by someone on Etsy. I designed the whole thing myself, using no tutorials, patterns, or anything! My husband kept on thinking of little things he wanted me to add on, as I was sewing the whole thing.

Sorry if the bag seems dirty and stuff, it has already been on one crazy camping trip Smiley It actually holds it's shape really well and is symmetrical, etc.

Here are the little sketches I made before I started:

General views of the bag, closed and open (showing the Dragon patch):


Adjustable Strap details:

Some of the little extras requested by my husband:
Zipper pocket under flap, a *very* padded ipod pocket, two disappearing velcro loops for cords, hook for his keys:

Lastly, I used an old belt we had for the flap of the bag, as decoration, and as the fastener:

Thanks for looking, hope you like it!! Smiley
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