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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.

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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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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Christmas Tree Skirt

Quote of the Day:

For a good time and lots of treats call 1-800-grandma

Author: Unknown

My daughter gave me a picture of a Christmas tree skirt and said, "Can you make this, Mom?" Then she showed me the picture. Of course, I'm going to give it a shot. 

I first cut the round material that I would be adding everything to. I sort of made a giant compass with a pencil and string. This is approximately 36" in diameter. 

I used biased tape to finish the edges around this both at the bottom and around the edge that will go close to the tree.

The biased tape I used was the widest they have. This is because I had it on hand. The smaller type would do just as well.

I bought ribbon in the style of the burlap that my daughter chose to use as the ties to hold it together. I just tied a knot at the end of the ribbon. 

As you can see, I made these attachments first. I was afraid that I would not be able to do it once I attached the ruffles. In hindsight, I could've and should've waited. In working on the piece, I accidentally cut one of the ties off. So be careful as you work to make sure your not stitching or cutting more than you should.

I cut each burlap piece 5" wide.

I used red biased tape to do the finishing edges of the burlap that my daughter chose. When I shopped there were several styles of burlap available. Some were a little tighter together than others. I choose what was tighter. 

The burlap was not long enough for one piece to go around. So there are some sewn together along the way here. I created the ruffles and pinned, first. 

Of course, then I stitched them onto the material. I have to suggest that you stop now and again and clean your machine as you go. Burlap leaves a lot of "waste" for lack of a better word inside your machine. 

I actually cut the red material to 6" wide. This material was much easier to just put a hem on all sides that brought it down to the 5" I was using. The distance between the out edge of the burlap to the beginning edge of the red is 3". These were all my choices. You can certainly decide what size you want everything. You also could throw some green in there somewhere. The JoAnn's I shopped at didn't have any burlap with green dots. Your fabric store might have a bigger variety. If you don't want to work with burlap and like the colors, just buy that color of a material that is easier to work with. 

This is the final product and my daughter says she is happy with it. Burlap could be a little expensive. But it does give me enough to make a second one for my daughter-in-law who said, "I want one, too". 

These were all my choices. You can certainly decide what size you want everything. You also could throw some green in there somewhere. The JoAnn's I shopped at didn't have any burlap with green dots. Your fabric store might have a bigger variety. If you don't want to work with burlap and like the colors, just buy that color of a material that is easier to work with. There are so many directions this idea could go.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Dress Up Doll Blanket

Quote of the Day:

Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap.

Author: Doug Larson

Dress Up Doll Blanket

I started with 2 yards of pre-quilted material. I finished the edges with quillting bias tape, double fold. I used poster board to draw my doll template. I cut out the doll shape from felt. 

The doll was permanently attached to the blanket. So was the hair and eyes. The mouth is just black yarn and I used a darning needle to sew the mouth. 

Then I started to make it's clothes. The night gown is made from left over material that I have. I attached felt to the back so that it would stick to the doll. I did this with all the outfits I made.

I considered Velcro, but when I tried it, it pulled on the felt. I was afraid that it would end up pulling the felt apart with too much use. Knowing my granddaughter, that's a strong possibility. I hope she likes this Christmas present. What is not shown here are the bows and shoes I made to match each outfit. The pattern from Pinterest made the shoes permanent. My daughter says that Lily loves shoes. So I made her's interchangeable.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Personalized Nursing Pillow Cover

Quote of the day:

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.

  Author: Andy