Sewing Inspiration: Teacher Gifts

While I’d love to tell you guys that I’ve been busy sewing and have tons of new projects lined up for the blog, I sat down at my sewing machine for the first time in several weeks today.  Instead of sewing or writing, I’ve soaked up this final pregnancy and have been basking in all the glory that is non-stop morning sickness for three months.  Baby Boo is sixteen weeks old (gestational age) today and the morning sickness is improving ever so slowly.  Which means that hopefully sewing will be back in full swing soon with new projects for you!

Today’s sewing adventure was a gift for my son’s speech pathologist.  I haven’t talked about my son’s speech apraxia on the blog before, but he started speech therapy at the beginning of this year and we’ve seen him blossom and improve his speech SO much.  He’ll get a new pathologist when he starts school in the fall, but we wanted to show our appreciation for all that our current pathologist has done for him.

My son loves superheroes and his teacher has been kind enough to include them in his therapy.  He can say almost all their names clearly now which is huge!  I of course included him in the gift for his pathologist and he went the superhero route!  He picked out the super cool Avenger’s cup and we used my sewing machine to make a cozy (complete with superhero cape!) for the cup.

I hope you enjoy our fun little project, what gifts have you given your children’s teachers?

Sewing Tutorial: Valentine’s Garland

Valentine's GarlandI love the look of festive garland for all holidays, Valentine’s Day being no exception.  This colorful, fun garland is easy to create and highly customizable.

For the garland created in this tutorial, we will be using felt and/or vinyl sheets and ribbon.  You could also create the garland with card stock and twine if you’re not a sewer.

Materials Needed

  • Felt, stiffened felt, and/or glitter vinyl sheets. I like to use the 9X12 sheets you can buy at craft stores.  I’ve used four sheets for the garland featured. One piece of stiffened felt, two pieces of regular eco-fi felt, and one piece of glitter vinyl.
  • Valentine's Heart GarlandFusible/sewable stabilizer if you’re using regular felt instead of stiffened
  • Spool of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • *Optional – Cricut or other paper cutting machine to cut out hearts. You certainly don’t have to use a Cricut, you can easily cut the hearts out by hand.
  • If cutting by hand you can use one of the heart templates provided in the tutorial.
  • The detailed and illustrated tutorial provided here:  Valentine’s Heart Garland.

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Pumpkin Pie

Felt Pumpkin Pie TutorialWelcome!  Today we’re going to finish off our Thanksgiving Dinner Set with a big slice of pumpkin pie! Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Pumpkin Pie:

  • Felt in orange, tan, and white
  • Polyfil to stuff the slice of pie
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • The fully illustrated and detailed pumpkin pie slice tutorial which can be downloaded here. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size:  Pumpkin Pie Tutorial.

Grab the turkey leg tutorial here, and the sides here.

 

Sewing Inspiration: On The Go Toddler Pants

Can you guys tell my sewing machine is officially out of storage?!? Haha, haven’t got around to any new sewing tutorials yet, but I am certainly getting my machine back up to speed.

Little brother had to have new pants after big bro’s new birthday outfit was created yesterday.  This Moda print fit the bill for a busy little guy who’s always on the go and loves any kind of car.  The best part, I was able to whip these up in about an hour, while watching two toddlers.  Nothing better than cute and easy!

Sewing Inspiration: Halloween Felt Crafts

A little sewing inspiration for today.  Each of the pieces for these Halloween felt crafts can easily be free-form cut or you can cut the pieces on a piece of paper then trace them onto your felt.  The witch’s hat pattern can be found here.  I stuff my little candy corns, pumpkins, witch hats, and Frankensteins with some polyfil and often attach a craft stick so they can be easily slid into wreaths or Halloween baskets for decor.  My children also like to play with them.  You can use craft glue or your sewing machine to attach the pieces.  Even throw in a bit of fabric paint for more detail and fun!

Halloween Felt Crafts

Basket

Sewing Tutorial: Bendable Felt Bacon

 

DSCN5211 copyWelcome!  This is the first sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt breakfast set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Bendable Felt Bacon:

  • Any brown colored felt for the bacon body
  • A lighter cream, white, or tan piece of felt for the bacon ‘fat’
  • A pipe cleaner for each piece of bacon
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread (monofilament thread is nice because it’s clear and will blend with any color)
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The PDF containing full instructions and photos:  Bendable Bacon Tutorial.

Create the whole set!  You can find the eggs here.  And the pancakes here.  And finish it off with some orange slices.

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Sewing Quick Tip: Presser Foot Spot

I sew with a lot of different materials so I tend to change my presser feet and needle types often.  Lots of times, I need to switch out the type or size of needle only for a few minutes during a project.  Needles and presser feet tend to be smaller and I don’t want to risk losing them in the chaos that can sometimes be my sewing desk.    I am adamant about keeping them in the same spot each time I change one out.

Presser Foot Keeper

I call it my presser foot keeper.  Really, it’s a cloth coaster I sewed up.  I just keep it beside or behind my machine and I always know where that changed needle or presser foot is.  When I’m done sewing, I put my standard presser foot back on and store the other one.  While my machine isn’t being used I put the coaster under my needle, lower the needle into the coaster, and lower the presser foot.  Sometimes I keep a spare needle in the coaster while it’s being stored so I know it’s not ‘fresh’ but still has a few hours of sewing left in it.

Presser Foot Keeper (3)

 

Cloth coasters are easy to make, or you could even use a scrap of fabric.  A face scrubbie would work just as well although you may need to make the circle bigger. Just have fun with it!

Presser Foot Keeper (2)

 

Sewing Inspiration

I wasn’t able to share most of the Christmas gifts I made before Christmas as I didn’t want the recipients to see them. Since they’ve all been opened, I can share now.  Here are a few of the things I made this holiday season.  And since Christmas was chaotic, I forgot to snap photos of many of the others before I wrapped them up.

Always reading, always learning reversible table runner. Made from selvedge scraps.

Always reading, always learning reversible table runner. Made from selvage scraps.

Date Night Clutch

Date Night Clutch

Christmas Pillows

Christmas Pillows

Pretty Princess Strawberry Pop Crochet Scarf

Pretty Princess Strawberry Pop Crochet Scarf

ChristmasPJs

First Birthday Bib!

And the party prep continues.  Baby’s first birthday bib complete. (And cute if I do say so myself).

When We Sew For Fun…

DSCN2469My oldest son loves to go the fabric store with me and pick through the fat quarters.  He must’ve inherited his mama’s taste for lots of colorful fun prints 🙂 .

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Today he happened across a cute little star print and told me he wanted it, so I let him throw it in the buggy.  When we got to the car he told me he wanted me to make pants with it, but I explained that it wasn’t big enough for pants so he said he wanted a monster.  I did offer to use the print for pockets on a pair of pants, but now he was set on his monster.

DSCN2470Once we got home I let him dig through my craft supplies and he greatly enjoyed sorting through buttons to find the perfect eyes.  He insisted that the fuzzy poms poms would be a good nose too.  He sat beside me patiently as I sewed the items on and he picked out each color and told me how it should all look.

DSCN2472He’s quite proud of his monster that he’s named “Beast”.  And I’m quite proud of him for all his creativity and patience in learning to make something that’s all his own.