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Monday, June 19, 2017

Child Size Hand Bag

Quote of the Day:

Do you know why children are so full of energy? Because they suck it out of their grandparents.

Child's Hand Bag

Once again, my daughter asked if I could make this for my granddaughter. Of course, I'm going to say yes. I have mentioned before that with free patterns you get what you pay for. Well, sometimes you get more than you pay for. I love this pattern and it was very accurate and way easy. 

These are just a few pictures as I went along. I will post the link to the pattern at the end of this page. 





In her instructions, she made the face of a little monkey with felt. My granddaughter asked for purple and she likes butterflies and flowers. So that's what she got instead. 


In her instructions, she left the flap blank. I got a little creative with mine. You would need an embroidery machine for what I have done. But you can use your own creative ideas, I'm sure.



Thanks for letting me share. The link for the pattern is as follows:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dress and Matching Teddy Bear.

Quote of the Day:

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised - Proverbs 31:30

Dress and Matching Teddy Bear

I made my 2 year old granddaughter a little dress and had a lot of material left over. So I decide to make a matching teddy bear. I used a free pattern that I found on the internet. I have to say that you get what you pay for. 


The head. as you can see was not that hard to figure out. It did call for "eyes" that you can get at any craft store. I used buttons instead. I have plenty of those. It called for a fleece nose.  I chose the black fuzzy nose because I have lots of those left over from another project.



This part was difficult in that the pattern wasn't clear. In fact, there were no pictures or discussion for the back side. There is a little tail back there. So most of this is using my theories and adjustments. I already see how I could have made it easier and probably better. I used my embroidery machine to put "Lily" and "Bear" on the feet. The next time I think I'd do that on the belly.


The ribbon is just burlap and lace and to be honest, I don't expect it to survive a 2 year old. Below is the dress and the teddy bear. The dress is McCall's M5416. It's actually a shorts and shirt set. I just made the shirt to a dress since that is what my daughter likes to put on her. 


The buttons at the shoulders of the dress are not there yet. They will match the buttons I used for the eyes of the teddy bear. I want to make sure the buttons are placed correctly. So, they'll wait until I'm with my granddaughter to measure.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

I Love Family Reunions

Quote of the Day:

As a reward for being a great mother you become a grandma and when you have great grandchildren that's because you are a great grandma!!

 Author: me!! (Suzie Griffith)







Our next family reunion is in a couple of weeks. So I wanted to share how much fun we have and I'm looking for the next one.




Our family reunion was last weekend. My mother is the now the Matriarch of the family. We took our granddaughter with us and we all had a wonderful time seeing family members and meeting new ones. The imaginations in our family is pretty out there and we had some great costumes and fun and games.




We also took our granddaughter to see some sights on the way from Virginia to Ohio. This is the Mothman which the movie The Mothman starring Richard Gere is based on. This is Pt. Pleasant W. Va. She is also pictured with the view of the Ohio River and the murals done on the flood walls there. Definitely worth the stop if you are near Pt. Pleasant. 


On the way home, we made some stops so she could see some of the country. This is the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Princeton, Va. Each of the local counties had the names of those lost in the war. 


We also made a short stop in Appomattox, Va. We didn't take her through the whole thing but this cemetery at the side of the road was a good idea of what took place here 150+ years ago. Those buried in the background are all confederate soldiers except one who was a U.S. soldier. You may not be able to see, but the confederate flag stands at each confederate grave and the starts and stripes stands with the U.S. Soldier. I have to say, with all the events taking place in the U.S. today, it's refreshing that the one U.S. soldier was taken care of and is still being taken care of. 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Free Patterns


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Free Patterns

There are all kinds of free patterns out there on the internet, especially on Pinterest. I have found several that I like and have used over and over again. I just found this new one. 
It's a stuffed elephant. It's very simple and was never meant to stand. I think it's very cute. What you usually have to do is print the pieces and then match them together to get the right pieces together.



This is my first attempt. I got the idea because I have a lot of left over Crimson Tide Alabama material and I looked it up and that mascot is an elephant. So I went looking for the free pattern.

I have to say that sometimes you get what you pay for. What you can see in the picture is there is a seam across the center mass of the elephant. That makes lining up printed material difficult. So I taped together two pieces of printing paper and then traced the two pieces onto my paper to make one body piece. I think that will work better for what I intend to do next and for the rest of my Alabama material. 

It has pattern pieces to make eyes, but I chose buttons. I have lots and lots of buttons. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Baby Football Quilt

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Author Unknown


Football Quilt


Making the quilt itself is easy if you can find the pre-quilted material in the color or pattern that you want. Then I just use quilt binding to trim out the edge. If you can't see the quilt is gray and of course the binding is red. I'm going for Ohio State colors. The new baby's parents are avid fans.


I use Sew Art 64 to design my own embroidery programs. In this case, it is the name and birth date of the baby. I got a helmet and football applique program from Etsy and put it on with the baby's name




Jack's complete name is on the quilt. But in the interest of privacy, I have illuminated the ability to see it. I hope they like it. I have to do a 2nd one for another child that was just born this week.

Thank you for letting me share. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Troll Headband

Quote of the Day:

Grace was in all her steps.
Heaven in her eye.
In every gesture
dignity and love.

Author: John Milton









Troll Headband



To make this troll headband, I cut 10-12 pieces of toule that were 22 inches long. Then I just started putting them on the headband by looping the ends around the headband. I had to be careful that all the loops went the same direction.


Next I gathered the toule and used a rubber band to hold it together. I then tied the bow with my ribbons.


Next I cut felt into to what I consider the shape of petals. Using the large piece below, I glued the "petals" to it with a glue gun. To finish it off, I used a button to complete my flower.


I then used the glue gun to attach my flower to my troll headband.


There are so many different ways to decorate this and some many colors of toule that can be used. I'm told that my granddaughter at 2 is not a big fan of headbands. But, since my grandson at 4 is a big fan of the Troll movie, he might like one of these. I plan to make the next one with orange toule (his favorite color). But instead of making my own decoration, I'm going to look to see what's available at my sewing store (JoAnn's) and see what applique decorations are available. I'm thinking soccer balls, since that season will be starting soon for him.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

How to Cut a Circle in Material

Quote of the Day:

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created grandmother's.

Author: Unknown







How to Cut a circle in Material
It occurred to me that I didn't mention how I had gotten my circle material when I made my Christmas tree skirt in the last blog. So I thought I'd add this information. 


In this case, I wanted the finished product to be 36" in diameter. I folded my one yard of material in half and then in half again. Keep in mind that my material is already folded the way it comes when you buy it. Make sure you choose a corner that is not an edge. I took my yard stick and measured 18" across the material using that corner as my starting point. This is sort of my version of a compass you would use in math. You can see the pencil marks I used to fill it in. Then I just cut along the line I drew. 


Since this is going to the base for another tree skirt, I measured in this case 2 1/2" and used the same method to make my markings. I then cut those lines. 


I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but I got two out of this when I was done. I will be making two more skirts for my children that have asked for them. 


I used the same method when I made my table cloth. The only exception is that I unfolded the material as it came and refolded it and ended up with only one piece this time. This was also more material since the table is much bigger. 

Biased tape was used to finish all the edges and in the case of my table cloth, I bought some green lace and added it tot he bottom edge.

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