Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012


I had someone contact me about making a Googily doll, from the book Jumpy Jack and Googily, by Meg Rosoff. It's her grandson's favorite book and she wanted to give him a Googily doll for Christmas.

I made him out of wool felt, like my other monster softies, but chose to make him a rag doll, with floppy arms and legs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pea pod ornament

Eat your vegetables!

Vera's first Christmas ornament! Three peas in a pod. The peas are needle felted wool and the outside of the pod is made of wool blend felt, which I lined with a cotton print. I'm not sure if I will make this a yearly tradition, but I wanted to at least make an ornament for her first Christmas. It would be neat for her to have a dozen or so handmade ornaments to start her own Christmas tree one day.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vera's Monthly Photos

At one month, Vera is simple like the hydrogen atom. However when hydrogen explodes the product is steamy water, but when Vera explodes the product is steamy poop.

‎2 months is a light yet noble and gassy time for our wonderful daughter.

She's got as much energy density as a Lithium ion battery now with that 3rd proton.
Like the fourth element, Beryllium, Vera has a small atomic radius. Unlike Beryllium she does not share her electrons.

Monday, November 12, 2012


After sharing Vera's nursery on Project Nursery I had a request from another mom for two needle felted animals, like the ones used for Vera's mobile. I made a ballerina rabbit and cat for her; my favorite parts to make were the little ballet slippers, "tied" on with embroidery floss. The tiny tutus were pretty fun too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reversible Apron

I loosely followed this Classic Reversible Apron tutorial but patterned it after an apron I already had. I simply folded the apron and fabric in half, then lined them up at the fold and traced around the apron. I also sewed along the edge of the D-rings to secure them at the end of the short strap.

The main fabric is Herringbone in Maple by Joel Dewberry and the accent and backing fabric are from Joanns.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Little Mermaid

Vera was a little mermaid for Halloween! Here's a rough how-to for making your own mermaid costume.

1 yard costume satin
white cotton onesie
3 tea bags
little boy's snake/dragon/lizard? swimsuit (optional)

Total cost: $8

For my patterns, I printed out seashell and star shapes I found online and free-handed the shape of the fin. For size 3-6 months, the fin pattern should measure about 15.5" at the waist and 26" long. You want to make sure there is plenty of width in the the fin so baby can move around, especially if your little one is as squirmy as mine.

When looking for a onesie at Goodwill, I came across this pair of boy's swim trunks and thought the scale pattern would be perfect for the fin.

There wasn't a lot of fabric so I had to be creative. I cut up the back side of the swimsuit and pieced it together to create the front of the fin. I pinned and sewed the scale fabric onto one of my satin fins; I cut around the scales at the bottom and sewed them onto the satin with a narrow zig zag stitch. If you are just using the satin, you can follow the steps below:

Cut two fins out of the costume satin, one for the front and one for the back.

Pin both fin pieces right sides together, and sew around the edges. Cut off any excess fabric with pinking shears. This will help prevent fraying, since costume satin frays easily. (you could also use a serger). Turn right side out and press.

Cut a rectangular piece of satin, long enough to go around the top of the fin. Fold in half, right sides together, with short ends touching. Sew along the short ends so you have a loop. Turn right side out, fold lengthwise and press. Pin the folded loop around the top of the fin, with the raw edge toward the top. Next you will need to hem the top to hide the raw edges and make a channel for the elastic. Fold over the top of the fin 1/2" and press. Fold over another 1" and press again. Sew along the bottom of the hem, leaving a 2" opening to thread your elastic through. I used a pair of Vera's pants to determine how much elastic I needed. Run your elastic through the hemmed waist and sew both ends together. Tuck inside and close up the opening in your hem.

For the headband, I sewed a narrow tube of fabric out of costume satin and ran a piece of elastic through it. Next, I traced a star on to a piece of magenta felt and embellished it with sequins. Then I sandwiched the headband between my star (still not cut out) and another piece of felt, sewing along the outline of my star. To finish I cut off the excess felt around the star, being careful not to cut the headband.


For the top, I tea dyed a white onesie to make it flesh-toned. It's a pretty simple process: bring a pot of water and three family sized tea bags to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and soak the onesie for about 15 minutes, depending on how dark you want it. Stir occasionally. Rinse the onesie in the sink then run it once through the washer and dryer.

The last step was to cut the seashells out of felt, embellish them with sequins, and sew them onto the onesie.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Guest Room Contest and Giveaway

My friend Beth  is in a very close contest to win a $6500 guest room makeover. Would you consider voting for her? Your vote could make the difference between her winning and losing! Please go like the Room Fu Page and then go to and push the large 'VOTE' button (not the 'like' button). Additionally, once you vote, you can enter into her 'giveaway for a giveaway' contest on her blog to win a free custom made crochet item of your choice!"

Chair Slipcovers

I made a set of ruffled chair slipcovers for my sister's dining room, six in all. This was the most fabric I have ever worked with! I purchased 35 yards of natural osnaburg fabric for the project. I started sewing them before Vera was born and finally finished them up last month.

Please ignore the droopiness at the top, these we made for a different style chair than what I have them on for the photos.

My sweet niece testing one out.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cookie cutter bag

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I like to make bags for things, particularly drawstring bags... and that I like to label things. Here's my latest bag, made out of an old bandana and twill tape, to store my cookie cutters. Pastel hearts, very 1990.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pencil bag

Zach requested a pencil bag for school so I made him a version of this bag by Two Little Banshees and gave it to him for his birthday.

I made a few changes to her tutorial; I used upholstery fabric and serged the inside seams so they wouldn't fray. I also put a large eyelet in the corner so that Zach could clip it onto his back pack, and monogrammed it with his initials. I reinforced the fabric around the eyelet and monogram with permanent stabilizer.

I think the zipper kind of looks like a mouth...which gives me an idea for another project...