Monday, May 31, 2010

Felt Crafts

Yesterday, I started experimenting with my felt materials to come up with a bag I could make 30 of for my classroom. (I'm a high school math teacher and need bags for each seat containing rulers, calculators, etc.) I came up with one, and when I finished the prototype, I added a handle so my 2 year old daughter could use it as a "purse".

Being the girly girl that she is, she loved having a purse of her own. She carried it around and put a book in it. Then, she went commercial. "Backpack?" she asked. Ah, Dora... we don't even watch you, yet you still control our lives. I tried to make the purse into a backpack but the strap just wasn't long enough.

Then, I had an idea. If I make a backpack that has a little more room, she can carry her own diapers, wipes, and snacks! So, off to work I went. The "A" on the front isn't straight, but that's okay with me. In hindsight, I wish I had used fabric glue instead of stitching on the "A" because it became too busy... but over all, I like it a lot. She was pretty excited about it, but I haven't made her carry it anywhere yet.  Here is the finished product.

I don't have a tutorial for it, but if you are interested let me know. I am also considering listing them on etsy once I get the kinks worked out, so if you want something specific, contact me!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just stopping in.

Pictures coming soon.

Busy, busy.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

I know today is Mother's Day, but we had a different holiday recently... Our Anniversary!

Let me start off by saying that I have now been married to my wonderful husband for two years! For our anniversary, we didn't do anything big, but I did make him something, so I thought I'd share it with you. He loves beef jerky, so I used a round can of slim jim for this, but you could really use anything. First, I created "slips" for the beef jerky sticks. I started creating one for each stick, but quickly realized they wouldn't fit in the can, so I started putting 2-3 in each envelope. On the slips, I wrote reasons I love my husband!

I made the slips by cutting a strip of paper and folding the edge over. I applied glue to the folded edge and lined up the opposite edge. Then I creased the folds.

I then wrote a reason on both sides of the slips. 

This is what the beef sticks looked like in their slips. You can see I tried a different method at first (the bottom beef stick), but it was too space-consuming.

I wrapped the cannister in striped paper and used 3-D adhesives to attach a square with a rub-on that says "What I LOVE About You".

I added a circle of paper in the lid, and wrote a message. I also covered the top of the lid in the same striped paper as the cannister, but I didn't take a picture.

Here is a picture of all the pieces together!

And in case you are wondering, In return, I got....

FLOWERS! Daises are my favorite, and carnations were our wedding flower, so this bunch of flowers is way better than roses! :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Here's an update!

I know on my "coming up" list I mentioned some window valances.

I lied.
I made them, yes.
But I didn't have a chance to take pictures of them up.
So sorry.

Right now I'm making...
More baby legs for Levi!
A baby top/dress I started months ago.
(Started it with a tutorial, but I can't find it now, so now I'm winging it!)
Some ruffle butt pajamas for some baby girls.
(I love sewing for baby girls!)
And those dang cushion covers.

Keep an eye out.