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Fleece Hats for the Holidays

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This was made for a Christmas gift last year, I had a niece who requested a fleece owl hat so I purchased a pattern from,d.cGE

and set off making hats, I was not sure which color she would like best so I gave her both and she loved them equally. She was wearing one when I saw her on Christmas day. This pattern was so easy to make and the fleece is super simpe to work with. After making the owls I found altering the pattern to make other animals quite easy. I ending up making a few bears, a racoon, fox and cat.

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Felt Happy Meal

Burgerfelt lunchBurger mealFelt Happy MealI have had so much fun making felt food over the last year and now I have decided it is time to get back to blogging so I will start with a Happy Meal I made for two little girls birthdays. I made one happy meal with a burger and the other with chicken nuggets. This was a very fun project and I did not use patterns for most of the items I just looked online at several tutorials and used their ideas for a reference. The french fries were by far the most time consuming part of the project. It is amazing how many fries fit into the tiny fry box. Along with the Happy meals I also made apple pies. Once I finished the food I went to my local Mc Donald’s and they generously gave me the fry and pie boxes. To complete this gift I included a gift card so each of the girls could enjoy a Happy Meal for lunch to go along with their felt toy. This project was so much fun it has sent me a little crazy with felt food creations. I will post more soon.

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Coraline Gifts

I help a young man organize and decorate for his 11th birthday. He loves Coraline and chose the movie as the base for his party. Along with the decorations which I will post later I made a few gifts for him.

I made him a small messenger tote with images from the movie printed on it. I found the images online and printed them on fabric from JoAnn’s that you can run through your printer ( ). I than used this fabric and sew it on the bag as pockets, I even made a small pocket for this electronics.

Along with the bag I made him two notes books, one was a composition book and the other a smaller note-book. Once again I found images online and this time I printed the on cardstock and used them along with coordinating scrapbook paper to create the notebooks. I was very pleased with how the gifts came out. I added an aluminum water bottle in Coraline blue to the bag to complete the gift.

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Cricut Tote Bag and Matching Cartridge Bag

Cricut Tote Bag and Matching Cartridge Bag

Cricut Tote Bag and Matching Cartridge Bag

As a Christmas present for my dear friend I created a tote bag for her Cricut Expression® machine. I got her to leave the machine with me and I measured it out adding 1 inch seam allowances all around then I lined the bag with cotton Warm and Natural for protection. For additional support to the machine I made cotton handle straps that go completely around the bag. The zipper goes completely across the top of the bag and one side of the bag opens on one side with velcro for easy access.

Cricut Expression®Tote

Cricut Expression®Tote

To go with this bag I made another matching tote which holds her cartridges. She prefers to keep the cartridges in their original boxes so the tote holds all of her boxes with a little extra room for new additions. Because some of the cartridges do not come with boxes I reused old plastic VHS cases to hold these.

I am very happy with the completed project.

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Felt Halloween Book with Taggies

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I have created this felt Halloween book for my adorable nephew who will be visiting me this week. The book is 7 inch square felt with simple designs and embroidered words. I added ribbon taggies to the edge of the pages so he gave grab on or chew on which ever he prefers. The little ghost on the first page comes out and has bells sewn inside to jingle.

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BDU Tote Tutorial

I will attempt my first tutorial, I made a tote using one of my brothers old BDU’s for his wife. I hope the steps are clear enough for a novice to follow.

1.Cut the shirt apart along all of the seams you will now have 4 usable pieces a front, a back and two sleeves. For this bag I only used the top of the front and back, for a larger tote or diaper bag you could add in part of the sleeves and use more from the front and back of the shirt.

2. Remove the buttons from the shirt front and pockets, this will allow everything to lay flatter and the pocket buttons are a bear to open and close.

3. Trim the front of the shirt to a rectangle 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 leaving the top two pockets. This will be the front of you bag. Cut another rectangle of the same size from the shirt back.

4. Sew the front button flap closed.

5. Sew sides and bottom together ,right sides facing inside using a 1/2 ” seam. This will place your seams on the inside of the completed bag.

6. Cut a 1″ square from the two bottom corners.

7. pin and sew bottom corners matching seams.

8. Turn bag right side out. You have now completed the outside of your bag.

9. Cut lining Two 16 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

Cut Pockets Two 16 1/2 x 18″

reinforce the pocket with a 16 1/2″ x 9″ pieces of medium weight interfacing.

10. Fold pocket piece over the interfacing and you will have a two 9″ x 16 1/2″ pieces.

11.Sew the pocket pieced across the bottom 1 1/2″ up from the bottom of each lining piece.

12. Mark off 5″ from the right and left of each pocket, make a vertical seam on this line. This will divide your pockets into 3 parts.

13 Repeat steps 5,6 and 7. You have now completed the inside lining with pockets.

14. Cut two 36″ long piece of nylon webbing ( these will be your handles).

15. Pin the handles in 2″ from each side.

15. Pin inside and outside together and sew leaving a 6″ opening for tuning the bag.

16. Turn the bag right side out and stitch the opening closed. You have now completed your bag. You can add a zipper or velcro across the top to close if desired.

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The new generation of crafters- Iris

Iris sewing

Iris making working on her first sewing project

I have been blessed with a student to teach crafting to. This wonderful young lady expressed an eagerness to sewing and I willingly volunteered to be her teacher. I have had the opportunity to work with Iris the last few weeks on sewing projects, she has already made a shirt, pajama bottoms and a skirt. We have worked with basic patterns so each week when she comes over we are able to cut and sew a complete project before her mom picks her up. I am sure I am enjoying our time together at least as much as Iris and it is wonderful to see a new generation enjoying sewing and crafting. Last week instead of sewing we made journal books together with Mary and Sheila. We used composition books then covered them with scrapbook paper and completed the projects with closures either ribbon ties or elastic applied through grommets which were set in using a cropodile. I am very proud of how they turned out.

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Kids clothes week challenge

Jumper for Edward

Jumper for Edward

I have been inspired by another blog,, to spend time every day next week making children’s clothes.  There is no prize involved her however it should give me the motivation I need to complete some projects I am altering for Mary, and possible work on a couple of new baby projects for Edward and Rosie.

The challenge during the second week of May, is to spend  at least 1 hour every day working on children’s clothing, while I will be sewing I imagine that those with other talents could knit or crochet. It is my hope that by the end of the week I will have completed 3 tops I am currently altering for Mary and one new top that I am upcycling from a  shirt.

I will post pictures as I begin this project next week

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Bean Bags – Craft Hope Project for Liberia

I have had the wonderful opportunity to sew bean bags for orphans in Liberia through Craft Hope,, an orginization which allows crafters around the world to help others in need. These bean bags will go to LOEP,,  and be used by teachers in Liberia.

I found working on this project a blessing, the instructions called for the bags to be filled with pellets, aquarium gravel or other non food items because of the hunger and climate found in Liberia. I now fill more blessed than ever to provide food to my children daily and, I am grateful to live in a country where beans and rice are cheaper than aquarium gravel. I would guess that very few in Liberia would consider paying for rocks.

I am eagerly looking forward to the next project from Craft Hope.

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Hoo-o-o’s Birthday

Complete set
Complete set

Mary is going to a birthday party and we were at a loss as to what to give as a gift, when I mentioned an art bag Mary got very excited so here is what I created. I found this great fabric with owls. The pattern is bright green and pink very girly. I made a bag with outside pockets for color pencils and then I altered a composition book with scrapbook paper and a larger version of the same owl for a journal. Once I got started on this I could not seem to stop. I fabric appliqued the larger owl onto a felt pocket and we inserted watercolors, then I made a sleeve with the print fabric on the outside and bright pink on the inside to slide over a sketch pad and as a finishing touch I made a crayon holder. I have had so much fun making this I sure hope Joelle enjoys it.

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