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31.1.10

The Green Monster

I was sitting at the table sewing the other night and Dakota came up and told me he wanted a green monster. So of course I went in to mission mode to fulfill his request. I love it when he asked me to make him things.......I think it is so sweet that he wants Mommy to make something special just for him. We googled images of monsters and he picked out a picture of a monster he wanted. Here's the one he chose.


 After he went to bed I got busy working on his green monster. Here is what I came up with.



I didn't take any pictures of the process because I wasn't sure it would turn out. I am pretty happy with the result.






If you want to give it a try here is what I did:


For the body I just cut 2 big egg shapes out of green minky dot fabric. The only plain green fabric I had, but worked great because it is soft and cuddly.


For the eye I cut a circle out of white felt. I cut a circle about half the size from green felt. then one a little smaller from black felt.


Sew the small black circle onto the green circle. I sewed 1/4" from the edge. Then sew the green circle onto the white circle the same way.


Pin the eye near the top of the body and sew in place


I cut 2 moon shapes from the green minky fabric. Right sides together sew leaving a 1" opening. Turn right side out and stuff. Whip stitch opening shut. Hand sew at the top edge of the eye.


I free handed a shape like the mouth on the picture and cut it out of black felt.


Pin it to the body a little lower than the middle and sew in place.


Next I drew skinny arms and legs and cut them out of the minky fabric.


Sew and stuff them. Pin the arms to the edge of the body.Make sure when you pin the arms and legs they are laying over the monster face. I put the arms about half way down. and the legs on the bottom about 4" apart.


Lay the minky fabrics right side togetherand sew leaving an openingabout 3" wide.


Turn right side out and stuff.
Whip stitch opening closed.


Give it to your favorite little monster to enjoy.











Super Easy Bib with Sleeves!!!


This bib only took 20 minutes to make!!!


It is so simple!!!!




This cute shirt was given to me. I loved it , but it was stained and has a hole in the front. It's been sitting in my scrap box just waiting for me to do something with it. I was doing laundry and spraying stain remover on my daughters shirt sleeves and was thinking I need a bib for her that has long sleeves.....the light bulb went off and I remember this shirt and that's how this was born.


Supplies Needed:

  • Cute shirt with snap or button back (I used a shirt the size she is wearing and it works ok, but I would suggest using a shirt a size or two bigger then they wear)

  • Scrap fabrric

  • Bias tape

  • Scissors

  • Thread



Turn the shirt so the back is up and cut in an upside down U shape. I cut between the first and second snap so I could just snap the bib on.

Here is what it should look like after you cut the upside down U out of the back.


Next I took a bib I had and laid it on the shirt and cut the curve.



I cut my scrap piece of fabric the same way laying the shirt over the scrap fabric and cutting.


Next sew bias tape to the straight edge of the scrap piece of fabric.


Put the scrap/pocket piece on the bottom front and then pin bias tape to the raw edges and sew.



You're all done!!!! See how quick and easy that was?!?!?!






Jewelry for the seamstress


Here I am ready to write my first tutorial. I'm a little nervous.....silly, I know. I'm sure I'll leave something out so I would love feedback on this. Really!!!!

I keep all of my pins in a little plastic box and the other day I knocked it off the table with my fabric. Pins were everywhere. Time for a new home for my pins so I thought I'd make a pincushion bracelet so I had them close when I need them and I don't have to worry about spilling them all over the floor (again). So here we go.......


Pincushion Bracelet and Ring






Supplies Needed:


  • Scrap fabric

  • fusible batting or medium weight interfacing

  • Velcro

  • Polyfil

  • Scissors

  • Thread

Cut the fabric 3" x wrist measurement + 2" (My wrist is 7" so I cut mine 3"x9")

Cut 2 circle with a 3" diameter.

Cut velcro 1"

Cut the batting 1 1/5" x wrist measurement + 2" (I cut mine 1 1/5" x 9")

If you are using interfacingcsut it 3" x wrist measurement + 2"



Iron batting or interfacing to wrong side of fabric. If you are using batting iron it to one
side and not in the middle.





Like this.





Fold the fabric right sides together lenghtwise and sew one short edge and the long edge.






Turn right side out. I like to use a chopstick to do this. Then turn the raw edges in 1/4" and sew the opening shut.



Pin hook part of velcro 1/4" from edge and sew. I like to sew around the edge and then sew an x. I think it makes it a little sturdier. Turn the fabric over and a sew loop part of velcro the same way.

Put circles right sides together and sew leaving 1" opening.



Turn right side out and stuff


Set the cushion in the middle of the bracelet and hand stitch in place.
I used 2 running stitches.


You're all done!!! Put it on your wrist add some pins and you're ready to start sewing.


Now for the ring........
Supplies needed:
  • scrap fabric
  • polyfil
  • ponytail holder
  • scissors and thread
Cut 2 circles with a 2 1/2" diameter.
Sew same as pin cushion part on bracelet
Sew pincushion on to ponytail holder and you're done.



Put it on your finger and now you have your pins close at hand.
No pun intended!!!!


30.1.10

Things I Have Recently Made

I am so excited to be writing my first post!!!! I have been in blog world for a while reading sewing and crafting blogs. I have been wanting to start my own blog, but was hesitant. I finally decided to just take the blog leap and go for it!!!! So here we go. For my first post I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself and post some pictures of some recent sewing projects I have completed.
I grew up around St. Louis , but I now live in the south.  I love it here!!!! I love the beach, summer, seeing my kids smiling, and sewing.  I am self taught for the most part and have been sewing for 11 years.  I have sewn a lot of different things, but my favorite things to sew are button down shirts for a boy and anything for a little girl.

 I hope you enjoy viewing some of  my work!!!