Piggy Pillow As promised, I have completed the tutorial and the pattern for the “Be My Valentine – Piggy Pillow”, which was published 3 weeks ago. This time I made a pair for my kids, they love it. You may not be able to do it in time for this valentine but as I said, if you have love in you, everyday is valentine. Besides as a pillow, you can use this pattern to make into other things, for example, pin cushion, smaller softy as gift, or a piggy back pack for little children. Material you need:1. Print out the PDF pattern of the piggy pillow. Use a pencil and trace the pattern onto the cotton fabric. Sandwich the towels in between 2 fabrics. Sew it up on the sewing line, it can be from sewing machine or hand stitching. Turn body, ear and tail inside out. Tie a knot at the tip of the tail as shown, mark a length of 4″ from the tip. Turn the body outside in and position the tail on the top part of the body. Embellish the body with a heart. Stuff the piggy with poly-fill to the fullness you prefer.
Sock Bunnies Last week while I was in Toledo installing Mason’s letters and taking fanatical pictures of his cheese dip at lunch, my mom had made these adorable little sock bunnies. I thought they were too cute not to share on here! She saw the idea on pinterest and made her way to lil blue boo’s blog that has a fabulously detailed step-by-step. If you want the detailed diy, go there. If you want the quick and dirty how-to, I’ll provide you with a simple analysis of the sock bunny anatomy: If you want to see what else my mom has found on pinterest, follow her!
Letter Pillows I mentioned on Sunday that I took a trip to San Diego for my cousin's 1st birthday party over the weekend. For his present, I decided to make some letter pillows that spelled his name. Because my sewing skills are far from advanced, the pillows did not turn out as planned but I actually love how comically misshapen they are. Want to make your own? Here's how... For each letter, you'll need two pieces of fabric, 1/4 yard each for letters this size.Sandwich the two pieces of fabric with the pattern facing in.Draw a template on the backside of one piece of fabric for each letter.Cut the letters slightly larger than you want them so you have room to sew.Sew each letter just as you would a pillow, leaving a small hole to flip them right side out.HINT: do not sew the holes inside of the letters (like the A for example) or else you won't be able to flip it. Don't worry if they aren't perfect. The more mistakes you make, the more character they'll have!
Whimsical Pillows The week hasn't exactly been going as planned but things seem to have calmed down now. I hope. I didn't forget about the promise I made earlier this week - the only problem was finding half an hour to get my act together (and half an hour of good light as well). And I did today! So, here's our most fantastic pillow ever! What you'll need: - fabric: a 32cm x 64cm piece of heavy cotton, denim, canvas,... Note: you can make the bigger or smaller, just make sure that the long side of the rectangle is twice the short side in length. Instructions: 1. Make sure to make enough of these for a pillow fight!! Please note, this tutorial is intended for personal use only. If you made something using a tutorial found on this blog or if you got inspired by something you found here, make sure to post your pictures here.
Sewing Owls A sweet friend of mine sent the girls and me a box of adorably adorable owl pillows this week. She doesn’t sell them, doesn’t have an Etsy shop…she just makes them. I think they might be the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and I think they’ll be precious in the girls’ new room. I don’t know what it is about owl pillows. Or owls in general. They’re just so charming. It must have something to do with the eyes. I love this vinyl detailing. Vinyl? Which brings me to my current fixation: I really wish I could sew. But when I see things like this, all I can think about is that I really wish I could sew. I’d love to be able to grab a pile of fabric scraps and turn them into…an owl. I love this one. Boo! It would take me approximately eighty years to make one of these pillows. That’s because I’d keep taking breaks to go cook. And eat. So maybe it’s best that I don’t know how to sew. If I did, I might be tempted to make things like this. And then nothing would ever get cooked in this house. Yep. Ahem.
Funny Bunny Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and at work, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is another friend in our collection, in which nubby chenille combines with the smooth, retro-inspired cotton of Heather Bailey's for a sweet and soft vintage look. Funny Bunny has button eyes and his little head is sewn on by hand, so he's not the right choice for babies or young toddlers who are still rough on their toys. We found our chenille at Chenille Magic . Like his brother, Eggy Pop ; Funny Bunny is one-of-a-kind, so the list below gives the exact elements you need to clone him. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem 760 ) ¼ yard of Cotton Chenille Dot in Soft Yellow ¼ yard of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane in Sky Hop Dot Small bag of polyester fiberfill ½ cup small dry beans (optional) 2 small black four-hole buttons Two ears
Decorative Dolls A cross between a Russian babushka doll, a Japanese anime-style superhero and a cushion, these decorative toys are delightfully unique by nature as well as by name. 1. Download, print, trace & cut Download the pattern and print at 100 per cent on A4 paper. 2. Hand embroider the facial details on the felt face piece. 3. Sew together the body and head pieces, from point A to B. 4. Place the face on one of the head pieces using the pattern guide and pin. 5. Using the same setting on your sewing machine, but using thread that matches the felt hair, stitch hair into place, backstitching at start and finish points. 6. Pair up the four arm pieces, placing one on top of the other, right sides together. 7. Pair up the four leg pieces, placing one on top of the other, right sides together. 8. Take the front head/body piece and place it on a flat surface, right-side facing up. 9. Take the back head/body piece and place on top the front piece, wrong-side up. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Shark Hoodie Towel I have made the hoodie towels before, but I wanted to share this one with you as well. We have a little friend who likes princesses, well enough, but she really likes construction sites, sharks and blue too. Her birthday is coming up, so I give you… 1 bath towel steel gray1 hand towel steel graysmall amount of pellon VERY thin one-side fusible interfacingsmall amount of white terry cloth.thread (white and shark gray) Tools: craft scissorsfabric scissors The full tutorial for the towel is here. Here, I laid out a paper fin pattern on the top of the hood. (Note, the hood on this towel is rounded rather than being squared off. ) Next, cut the stabilizer for the fin slightly smaller than the terry cloth to allow for the seams. (I sewed this on the serger. For the teeth, I had strip of white terry. Finish both of the bottom edges. (if you don’t have a serger – just zig zag the edges.) Here is our friend, super excited in her shark towel. She was loving it.
Tardis Tissue Box Cozy UPDATE: This blog post has gone around some, which is awesome, but I know these instructions are a little fly-by-night. If you want any help please feel free to comment and I will respond. It had to be done. The BBC has actually copyrighted the TARDIS design, which is one of those interesting copyright oddities since clearly this "design" was just borrowed from actual police boxes designed for the London PD. Supplies:20x20" Fusible interfacing1/4 yd Dark denim1/4 yd liningSilver Satin (scraps)Embroidery floss (white and navy)Print n Press transfer paper (dark fabric)Sewing Machine, denim needle & navy threadBead for top light1 5.5x5.5" cardboard square I wanted to do a more detailed HOWTO, but my process got changed and convoluted somewhere along the way so this is the best I can muster. This should be about the size of the larger side of your tissue box. And here's the sign I used (with Print n Press transfer paper). Embroidered "Police Public Call Box" labels. I also made a Dr.