Felt · Holidays · Toys

Peeps Bunnies and Die Cut Machine Fun

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I’ve been working on some felt bunny Peeps for some upcoming shows in February and March. These are a lot of fun to make! I especially like adding the little felt flowers and seed beads to dress them up a bit.

sizzixWhile the bunny shapes are cut out with scissors, to decorate the bunnies I started purchasing packages of assorted die cut felt flowers on Etsy. This was working okay, but I was left with a lot of flowers in colors that just weren’t me. So back in December (as a Christmas present to myself) I purchased a die cutting machine, the Sizzix Fabi and it is awesome. It looks like the Fabi might now be discontinued. I guess that is why I was able to get it at much better price than the one listed in the link. But the Sizzix Big Shot is basically the same thing and is more reasonably priced.

Since die cut machines are used mostly by paper artists, I didn’t know much about them. I didn’t realize that I would be able to use dies designed for other platforms and by other manufacturers with my Fabi.. With the Multipurpose Platform (purchased separately), it works perfectly with thin dies without any foam backing. I am loving cutting out my own flowers and shapes in the colors I need.

The biggest drawback of the die cut world for me is that the majority of dies out there don’t appeal to me. A lot of the designs are too cutesy or are too ornate to work well with fabric and felt. But the flowers and basic shapes are great for getting the precision I want on smaller felt pieces. I don’t know about you but I cannot cut a circle from felt with scissors without it always looking a little wonky!

I’ll share some of my favorite dies with you in the coming weeks!

For the Home · Holidays

Christmas tree pants finished

I finally finished my Christmas Tree Pants (Skirt) from Happy Zombie‘s great tutorial you can find here.

It all started back in January 2013, when I challenged myself to have this done for Christmas 2013. Well, I met my goal and it’s not even Thanksgiving!

Here’s it pieced before making the quilt sandwich.
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Here’s the finished product 11 months later.

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I’m pretty happy with it. It’s better than the bed sheet I’ve been using the last couple of years and the Martha Stewart skirt from K-Mart that just didn’t do it for me anymore.

Of course, there is always wonky-ness, but that’s how it goes. I cut the scappy binding on the bias because I had never bound anything with curves. Worked out great.

The quilting I would have re-thought. I like the echo quilting around the stars, but some of the straight line quilting is a little boring. This is where my fear of free-motion quilting limits me.

Looking forward to using this under the tree this year!

Holidays

Christmas Tree Pants

Depending on your point of view, it’s either really early or kinda late to be working on a Christmas tree skirt. I figure if I start now, I’ll be ready for December 2013.

I’m actually not making a tree skirt, but rather “tree pants” using Happy Zombie’s Christmas Tree Pants tutorial. I love the red and aqua combination for Christmas. I’m using some fabrics from my stash and some new.  The background is done with Kona Snow.

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I’m planning on a scrappy binding combining the reds and aquas I’ve used for the stars. And, I still need to cut a square to fit into that empty spot at the top. Not sure how I’m going to quilt it yet. Here’s some of the fabrics I used:

Aquas

  • All Wrapped Up Peppermint  from Cherry Christmas Peppermint by Aneela Hoey for Moda
  • Circles from Modern Whimsy by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman
  • Skinny Vines Aqua from Valentina for Robert Kaufman
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover
  • Tinsel Lights Aqua from Tinsel by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics

Reds

  • Cheery Christmas Birds from Cheery Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover
  • Leonard Rich Red Blue from Bloomsbury Gardens by Liberty Lifestyle
  • Tiny Diamonds Cheery from Petal Pusher for Dear Stella
  • Jacks Red from Apple Jack for Moda
  • Oh Deer! Tiny Deer Cherry for Moda
For the Home · Holidays

Christmas Stocking for Fox

A Christmas stocking for Fox, our dog,  the newest edition to our family. I found this Christmas stocking tutorial and it worked out really well. The green tree fabric is from Jo-Ann’s and the cuff fabric is Oh  Deer Cherry from Oh Deer! by MoMo for Moda. The “F” is cut from felt and then Wonder-Undered on. I wish I had planned better and sewed, by hand or machine, the “F” on the front before sewing the stocking together, but I was just in the sewing groove and couldn’t stop.

Garments · Holidays

Robin Hood Halloween Costume

Ferd has decided to be Robin Hood this Halloween. And so, I am working on View C from this pattern. Everything has been going great so far, except for the hat. The cape came out wonderful! And a plus, leaving it a little long, it can double as a Jedi cape! The tunic is almost done. I used a nice green ultrasuede from Jo-Ann’s. It frays slightly, but it hasn’t been too bad. Had a little trouble with sewing on the 1/4″ double bias tape around the neckline and forming the ties. The bias tape is just so narrow, I had trouble catching the ultrasuede between the bias tape and getting my feed dogs to move it along. If I made this costume again, I might use 1/2″ bias tape instead. Now, I just need to sew up of the sides and underarms. The hat has been another story. It seems small and the proportions of hat to brim don’t look right. I struggled with attaching the brim and I still think it’s wrong, even though I’ve taken all the stitching out and done it more than once. Thankfully, Ferd already has a Robin Hood hat he can wear along with this costume. Now I just need to track down a bow and arrow and possibly a quiver! 

Hope to get some pictures of my version up soon!

Holidays · Toys

Hallmark Fisher-Price Ornaments

I know I’m a nostalgia marketer’s dream demographic. Therefore, I am a sucker for the Fisher-Price Little People ornaments that Hallmark has been releasing the last few years. I am not a regular Hallmark shopper, but these just bring such good memories back. I played with Fisher-Price Little People for a lot longer than most kids — probably into middle school. Then, I let my mom sell most of my things in a garage sale. This Play Family House ornament even opens up to reveal the rooms inside and of course the dog is at the back door of the garage. Even though the ornaments are plastic, there is a great attention to detail and the quality is very good.