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Friday, February 23, 2018

How To Make A Tag Blanket


Quote of the Day:
A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories. She remembers all of your accomplishments and forgets all of your mistakes. – Barbara Cage

How to Make a Tag Blanket

Tag blankets seem to be the thing for infants and toddlers. I have made two for my granddaughter who sleeps with one of them.  They are really easy to make.


Start with the material that you want to use and the ribbon colors to go with it. I have chosen tie-dyed material with red, blue, yellow and purple ribbon.  I cut my material into either 8X8 inch or 10X10 inch material. I cut two. I've seen them as large as 12X12 inches. I cut my ribbon into 4 inch strips. This keeps the "tags" small so that infants can't get their little hands caught in them. I place my "tags" where I want them and use these clips that I have discovered to keep them in place. I love these little clips. The following picture is a close-up view of a clip and you can buy them at JoAnn's. 



Once I have placed all my "tags" I baste them to the material. This helps keep them in place as I move to the next step. 


Next I place my 2nd piece of material on top of the first and clip it together. putting right sides together. 


Then I add the batting as a tag blanket is a mini-quilt. Again, all I have to do is place it and then clip it in. The clips make the process so easy. It's important that you do it in this order. If you don't it make end up wrong side out or something like that. 


Another thing I really like about the clips is that I can flip it over and sew on which ever side I want to. I'm on a corner here, but actually start in the middle of one side a little closer to one of the sides. What you want to do is leave an opening on one side that enables you to turn the blanket inside out, as shown in the next photo. 




As you can see, we now have a small hole in our tag blanket. All I do is run a stitch around the whole thing which will close the whole when I am done. 



In this case, I made it to match a Tie-Dyed Nursing Pillow Cover that I also made. 


This is my granddaughter's tag blanket that she sleeps with. Her dad is in the military and currently deployed. I made another like this one except I printed a picture of the two of them on to material and used it where you see pink on this blanket. The hope for to see him every night and have him close. She is 3.


One for Ohio State Fans


This one for Washington Football fans is actually for sale. 


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Larger child's Handbag.

Quote of the Day:
Elephants and grandchildren never forget.
Author unknown



My child's bag was a hit. You can't really see it very well here. But there are other pictures in the previous post to this one. Lily is 2 1/2 and she loved it. But I had a friend that also has a Lily as a grandchild and she wanted one for her Lily.  Her Lily is 9 and lives 500 miles away from me. So I used some local 9 to 10 year olds and made adjustments to both the shoulder strap and the size of the bag itself. The following is the link to the pattern for the bag I used for my granddaughter. 


I just added 3 inches to everything on the bag part and made the strap 31 inches long compared to the 26 inches is said to make for my Lily. On my Lily's bag I made her name in Block Letters. As a 2 1/2 year old, she'll be learning letters and such soon, knowing her mother. But with the 9 year old Lily's bag I used script lettering.



I also used the Lily embroidery as that is what my friend asked me to do. No problem. For my Lily, she got butterflies because that what she likes.

The point of all this is let you know who easy this free pattern is and how versatile it can be. 

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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


Quote of the Day:



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

Quote of the day:
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.

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