Sunday, October 27, 2013

My first pattern for sale: Giraffe Lovey Blanket



After making the big kid's rhino lovey I had the idea to make a giraffe lovey.  I guess because both are animals that you don't often see in lovey form. I have been working on the pattern for a few weeks now and it is finally done!  

This giraffe lovey blanket is a sweet guy with a slightly sleepy look.  Made out of a soft minky or fleece on one side and a smooth satin or cotton on the other side it will offer a nice contrast in textures that a little one will love to stroke and cuddle with.

I have decided to offer it for sale on Craftsy.  If you are interested you can buy it here.

A pattern for the rhino lovey is also in the works (along with a few more free tutorials, other patterns for softies, clothes for the kids, christmas gifts, etc...)  So stay tuned!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spider Softie - A pattern hack and tutorial




We are sorely in need of some Halloween decor around here.  The big kid had a spider that we had bought last year that had bendy legs that he really liked.  He played with it as if it were a toy and it didn't really hold up well to that much use.  It seemed to be made of some kind of cardboard covered in black feathers and after a while we were finding little black puffs everywhere.  So this year I wanted to make him something similar that would stand up to heavy play and not make a mess.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fleece-Lined Corduroy Jacket in Action



I have posted about this jacket before, but I didn't have great pictures of it because when I finished it it was too warm for the little guy to wear it. But now that fall weather is here I got the little guy outside on a sunny day with the jacket on and got some shots of the jacket in action:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Skull Hoodie



Tangible Pursuits: Skull Hoodie
My big kid has a fleece-lined hoodie that he has been wearing pretty much every day since it started to get cooler.  Unfortunately it was getting too small for him, so I decided to make him a new one.  I had some black sweatshirt fleece that I got for a dollar a yard at the fabric store near where I work and I had a grey separating zipper that I have had for a long time.  So I knew I would be going with a grey and black theme.  I bought grey fleece for the lining from fabric.com and black ribbing from Jo-Ann's.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Moth-Eaten Sweater Dress to Elephant Softie!


Elephant Softie

This cute elephant was once a Banana Republic sweater dress that got eaten by moths at a prior residence. I felted it by running it through the washer and dryer on the hot cycles twice with a few towels to provide friction.  The pattern is from Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction (affiliate link). I bought myself the book for my birthday and so far am pretty pleased with it.  It doesn't just contain patterns but also walks you through how to make various three dimensional shapes so that you can design your own stuffed animals. Just flipping through the book and reading about gussets and how they work to give a head shape helped me feel confident enough to create a rhino head for my big guy's Rhino Lovie.  
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