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Bear: Tutorial and Pattern

Bear: Tutorial and Pattern
Last week I showed you one of the projects I’ve being working on. I wanted to make something really special for our wedding photographers, so as a Thank you present I made 2 little bears for their son and daughter. Now that I actually finished and shipped the teddy bears, I didn’t want to just show you how it turned out, I also I wanted to share the pattern and some basic instructions on how to assemble. So gather your materials! and get ready to make your very own teddy bear! IMPORTANT: This project is not for beginners, and if you have never made stuffed animals and are not familiar with patterns, I would recommend you to start with a more simple project and attempt this teddy bear once you have the skills and patience to put together pattern pieces and are familiar with your sewing machine (if you are not fully hand-stitching it). First you need to download the pattern (I printed my pattern on cardboard so that way the process of tracing to the fabric will be easier.)

Make your own Magnetic Paper Dolls (and a fabric cover for your metal base) Thank you for such kindness and sympathy towards my last post. My grandmother will be greatly missed. And we’re all doing perfectly well. She’s one happy lady right now. :) I have been a little set back with holiday prep, due to my trip to CA. Anyway, I was walking through some store, some day (haha…..I can’t remember specifically because I’ve seen them several places), and a set of magnetic dress up dolls caught my eye. So while at Hobby Lobby, I saw a little book of paper dolls (over by the coloring books) and decided that $4 (plus a bit more for the other supplies) was way better than $30…..if I just took the time to make them myself. And before I explain any further…….my original plan was to find some cute boy paper dolls and make one of these for my little guy too. Anyway, the book of paper dolls worked perfectly for this project. And I don’t want my little lady to lose any of her pieces……so I made a little fabric cover. My little girl loves to imagine. She’ll love this. Supplies:

Joyful braided bracelet tutorial So I wrote this post 2 weeks ago but I’ve been trying to think of a way to make tutorials easier for me and for you, that’s why I had it on hold. And this weekend the idea came to me! I made a techniques and parts-of-tutorials-I-use-often page, so that way I can refer to them instead of making that part of the tutorial each time. YAY! I love bracelets and I am always looking for bright colors and unique looking bracelets, so last time I visited Joann’s I bought 6/8″ ribbon ends and lobster clasps to make fabric bracelets. I also wanted to share that this tutorial is for very light-weight fabrics, since I didn’t have much of it, I could not just roll 4 big pieces and make the braid, instead I made little straps and run pieces of cord on the inside to give them volume. First I cut 2″ wide of my fabric. After that I folded the traps with the wrong side of the fabric facing out and sewed them, you can see the details of how to turn the straps inside out here

wooden tangram tutorial July 22nd, 2010 I’m sure you know what a tangram is but didn’t know it was called a tangram (when I looked it up, I think I might have typed, “that clever triangle-y puzzle thing”). If you’ve never even seen one, well then: it’s sort of a puzzle and sort of a game that involves five triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. The objective is to figure out how to make a given shape, which is shown only in silhouette, using the pieces and not overlapping any. My kids and I had a blast just playing around with the shapes and seeing what we could make. Materials: balsa wood (or sturdy cardboard, foam core, or actual wood wood, but you will need different tools for cutting the wood)a sharp pencilrulerexact-o knifefine grit sandpaperpaint brush and paint (optional) Directions: 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. You can even make a little cute box for your new tangram set to go in.

Felt Poppy tutorial and pattern Today we are going to keep with the spring celebration with another felt flower tutorial, this time poppy flowers, they might not look exactly like Poppies but to me that was the real flower they resemble the most =] I’ve made these kinds of flowers for a very long time but I never really named them, so there you go. These ones are super easy to make, just like the Camelias. Actually these ones require less sewing and if you want they can involve no sewing at all by using hot glue. I made mine in different purple shades with yellow bead centers, after our wedding I was sick of Purple (because I worked on so many Purple projects) but now I am loving Purple again =] YAY! Download the pattern (You will find 8 different sizes for you to play with! **The download on the left is a PDF format file, so you will need to have Abobe Reader installed on your PC or MAC. Making these are super easy. * This tutorial is provided for personal, use only.

Homemade playdough Making playdough is so much more fun than buying it. Making it is half the fun in playing with it! I found this awesome easy recipe at Homemade Mamas. 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 Tbsp. oil 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 cup water food coloring Mix all of the ingredients together in pot (nonstick if you have it). Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently until it forms a ball. Turn out onto counter, let cool, then knead a few times. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure you mix all the ingredients before you put it over heat. I added the food coloring after the playdough was cooked and removed from the pan.

page corner bookmarks | I Could Make That This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM. I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads. But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks. Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world.* They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks. If you like this tutorial, here are a couple others that might be up your alley. If you’re loving the toothy monster vibe, check out these simple monster heating bags, filled with rice or wheat and entirely microwavable, to keep toes or fingers or tummies warm during the chilly winter months. What you’ll need: Putting it all together: 1) Follow steps 2 and 3 from above.

Sponge Water Bombs This post is part of a series created for Positively Splendid. It aired last week, and I’m reprinting it on my blog for all of you. When I think of summer, I think of two things: HOT and “Ohmygoshhh, the kids are going to be home for how many months?”. What better way to survive the Heat and the Kids then with WATER! Sponge Water Bombs are a favorite summer must have here at the Hepworth house. Nothing beats a hot day like a good ol’ fashioned Water Fight, and these Sponge Bombs are sure to get everyone good and wet! These fun Sponge Water Bombs are so easy to make you won’t even believe your eyes. I found them at Target, but I’ve seen them everywhere from the Grocery Store to the Dollar Store. Even cleanup is a cinch. Have a fun, wet and wild summer! Thanks, Amy, for inviting me to share a fun summer idea with your readers!

The Knotted Headband Tutorial My husband came home one day with a headband he had found in a parking lot (I know...sooo sanitary) and said "I bet you could make one of these" so I did...because I'm all for stealing awesome ideas. Difficulty: Medium Time: 30 minutes Cost: Under $10 Fun-ness: Why would I do a boring project? Materials: Yarn (100% cotton for a crisp look, acrylic for a softer look) Size H or J hook Ribbon (approximately 1/2 inch wide) Hot Glue Gun Directions Step 1: Creating the Chains And that's it! So wear your headband with pride! Love the headband, but don't want to make it yourself?