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April 09, 2017 07:09:02 PM by pottermouth
Views: 9028 | Comments: 16
Need a rainy day craft to do with your kids? Why not make a few mice from chenille stems (pipe cleaners if you're old) and play until the sun shines! They are quick to create, about 5 minutes tops.



Here's how you do it:

Materials:

3 beige pipe cleaners (or any color you like. Who says mice can't be purple? And yes, there are only 2 in my pic.)
1 red pipe cleaner (if you want to give them tiny hats like these guys)
1 white pipe cleaner
Marker with a tapered end (for forming the mouse body)
Pink marker (for nose)
Black cardstock for eyes or black felt for eyes
Twisty Bendy pliers (I don't know what those pliers are called, something used in jewelry making maybe, but Twisty Bendy Pliers is what I call it) Or just use your fingers.

Let's get to making some mice!


Wrap one beige pipe cleaner around the end of a marker 5 times. Cut off excess with Twisty Bendy pliers and save that extra bit.



With a second pipe cleaner, make a loop in the center and bend the end upward. It is like balloon twisting! What is it going to be? (I already spoiled the surprise. It is still a mouse)



Pinch the loop closed and make a bend at the end. Hmmm, this isn't looking much like a mouse...(it will, I promise.)



See that sticky-uppy piece? Wrap it around your squished loop, all the way to the very end of the bend. Tuck that nasty sharp edge inside the bend or fold it back. Toys that make us bleed are no fun.  Sad



Remember that pipe cleaner you twisted? Take that and thread it onto the weird piece you just made and stop when you get to the bend of the loop. (lindyv321, that pic is for you.)



Bend the end in a curvy shape and don't forget to also bend back that sharp pokey end of danger. I see a mouse! Sort of.



Using third beige pipe cleaner, push it between the bottom two twists of the mouse's body and out the other side until 1.5" is sticking out. This will be the hind legs. Measure about 1.5" on the either side then cut off the excess. So now it looks like a spring with a spout and pump handle with an odd straight bit at the bottom. Bend one straight bit up and around in a curve, then make another bend to form the foot. Repeat for other side and don't forget the pokey bits of doom need to be bent back.



Cut off a 1.5" piece of pipe cleaner and push it between the top two twists in the body. Bend forward for arms and I know you know about those ends.



Cut off another small piece, stick it through the head, then twist each end in a circle using Twisty Bendy pliers. Mine looks way derpy right now, as only one ear has been made and he looks a bit run-over. Poor guy.



Nearly there! Tuck the nasty pokey end of the white pipe cleaner under the twists on top of the head. (ooh, a stripe!)



Bend it along the head, press it into the neck, and keep shaping it along the belly. Cut off the pipe cleaner a little longer than the belly and tuck the no no end inside the body.



Punch out tiny paper eyes using a small hole punch or cut small circles from felt for eyes. Or use beads. It's your mouse, do what you want. Color a cute pink nose and you finally have a mouse! Yippee!



Make a mischief of mice and put them everywhere!!!! Well, maybe not there.



November 11, 2016 11:40:30 AM by cmarion3
Views: 9566 | Comments: 30
Every year I try to come up with something new for the sewing table at our church's fund raising Holiday craft fair. It's a very nice fair with lots of hand made and one of a kind items.

I felt the need to make cute little critters this year and these little guys can hold a special little treasure or note. I plan on filling the pouches with a treat before luring in prospective purchasers.

They have big eyes and a little pouch protected by big zipper teeth. Note: I added a photo at step 3.




I've made patterns for all the critters, but with a few modifications, they could become anything!
Materials:
- Contrasting fabrics for the body and belly
- Contrasting lining
- Felt for eyes, noses, beaks, heart, etc.
- Sport zipper. 7"-9", I actually prefer the longer one. You will be cutting off part of the zipper. Any zipper will work in a pinch.
- Poly stuffing
- Goodies to hide in pouch

I don't normally cut out the bodies until I'm ready to assemble, then stitch around the complete body as one of the last steps. But if you prefer to cut out the bodies, remember to add a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 1: Prepare the front
- Cut out and applique the eyes, nose/tooth/beak, belly, tongue (if any), and heart. I use a fancy stitch on my sewing machine (it looks like a row of plus signs), but any applique method would work. Iron on interfacing works as well. Cut the front in half on the zipper line.



Step 2: Install the zipper
-Cut an approximate 2" x 3" piece of fabric from the body color. Fold in half and place over the top end of the zipper to shorten it (see the pictures). Stitch on each side to anchor. Leave the pull on the outside end. We'll be slipping that under this piece later. This way you don't have to try to stitch neatly around that bulky pull.
- Cut a piece of contrasting lining to match the upper and lower pieces of the front.
- Right sides together, stitch the top of the bottom front pieces to the zipper as shown below. Don't stitch too close to the zipper or you won't be able to slip the zipper pull under the fabric stop. Fold the pieces down and press. Top stitch.
- Repeat with the upper half. Note: for the dog/bunny, I shortened the upper lining to just below the ears.
- Now slip the zipper pull to the other side of the fabric zipper stop and trim the zipper away to just inside the body stitching line.



Step 3: Prepare the back and inside lining.
- Cut out the back. Stitch the back seam and tail leaving an opening in the center back for turning. Trim. Clip all curved seams and above and below the tail. Turn the tail and press the back seam open.
- Cut a piece of lining the same size as the finished back. For the dog/bunny, I shortened the lining to just under the ears. Add the lining to the inside side of the front. For the dog/bunny, it sewed the tops of the lining together just below the ears. See picture below.
- Note: I just noticed there is no piece for the Kandy Korn back. Fold the front pattern in half to create the back. Sew the top two colors together first and then treat as one piece when assembling.




Step 4: Join the front and back
- Match the front and back, right sides facing. I cut out the front pattern piece and pinned to the back to use as a stitching line. If you cut the fabric with a 1/4" seam allowance, match up all sides. Stitch around the complete body.
- Trim and clip all curves. Turn the body inside out.
- For the dog only, press the ears and fold over to the front. Stitch across the ears to create a floppy ear effect. You will be stuffing up to this fold/stitch line. See top photo.
- Stuff the critter starting with the ears and tails. Don't over stuff you you won't be able to fit anything in the zipper pouch.



Pattern pieces: These were made to fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet. Enlarge or reduce for different size creatures. They are all about 6 - 7 inches tall when finished.  If you want a PDF of the patterns, PM me with your email and I will send you the set.



May 17, 2015 06:24:53 PM by I Sew Cute
Views: 10782 | Comments: 19
Summer is the time for picnics, parks, adventures & festivals! Wouldn't it be great to make your own custom hula hoops for the whole family? I think so!  Grin

What you'll need:

A roll or length of (3/4" pvc pipe large enough for your hoop
3/4" pvc pipe couplings/connectors
pipe cutters or saw to cut through pvc pipe
electrical tape
a heat gun
duck brand duct tape if you can't find the type I used

I bought a roll of pvc pipe & a bag of couplings, so I have plenty of length to make several of these for my kids & their friends. Everyone will all have one to play with when they come over. Good times!

First, I cut a length of the pipe to the desired size for my daughter.

Next, I heated up an end with the heat gun. This makes the plastic more pliable & easier to insert the connector.

After heating the other end, and inserting the connector, I squeezed both ends together tightly and wrapped the gap in electrical tape.


Now for the fun, yet fussy part... wrapping the hoop with colorful duct tape!  Cheesy
A little tricky at first... I recommend wrapping it at a slight angle to make it wrap smoothly.  Undecided

I had some sparkly pink tape that my little girl loves. Wrapping was tricky at first, but it became much easier as I went along.  Wink


My minis loved their hoops...and I'm making a super-deluxe one just for me!

I hope this inspires y'all to make your own! For under $40 you can make about 7-10 of these!

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