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Little Lambie

Ever since sewing up the entries for the Sew Mama Sew Softie contest (including the winning fox!), I have been bitten by the softie-making bug. I even took out another book from the library so that I could learn new techniques and play around with different materials and designs.

I can’t stop thinking of stuffed animals!

One of my criteria for experimenting with new softie patterns, though, is to only use what I have in my stash.

Years ago, I had the desire to sew stuffed animals, yet didn’t even know where to begin. So I bought some safety eyes. I thought this would somehow inspire me, or impart some knowledge by osmosis of what the heck to do, if I just had them. And there they sat in my stash for many many years. When I went to look for them this week, I couldn’t find where I put them. I assumed I had gotten rid of them years ago. When I started this project, I decided to look just one last time before breaking down and buying some more, and I FOUND THEM!

I finally got to use these things.

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I used the Ram pattern in the Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction
book, and omitted the horns, and changed the tail a bit to make this lamb.

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I originally wanted to donate this one to the soft toy drive, but used it as my muslin, since it is far from perfect.

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Coincidentally, a friend of ours just celebrated her 10th birthday, and happened to be over our house while I was making it. It was love at first sight.

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So this nice little wonky, wobbly, newborn lambie has found a home and someone to love him.

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I think she named him Nugget.

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I may try this again!

What have YOU made today?

Reversible Sling Bag with a secret

There is another link party happening over at Project Run and Play.

The free pattern we get to sew up is the Reversible Sling Bag by Sugar Bee Crafts. Well, of course I decided to sew one up~ I may have a slight bag making addiction (uh, like here, here, here, here and that isn’t even close to all of them). And this one was fun.

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I used a heavier dark green material for the outer (because my girl is tough on things), and a pretty floral quilting cotton for the interior (cause she also likes pretty things). Lots of blue topstitching all around.

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My Falafel asked me to add a pocket for her lip balm, and another for sanitizer. Nothing like being prepared!

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The interesting part, though, is the closure. I used an extra large curtain grommet (that was left over from another project I will share with you soon) on the front. I sewed a  leaf-shaped piece of fabric on the opposite side, to thread through the grommet. slouchbag7m

AND on the end of the piece of fabric, I attached a snap. It snaps to it’s counterpart hidden snap in the pocket!

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Shhhh! It’s secret!

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So it stays shut without you actually seeing how. It’s kindof like magic. And who doesn’t like magic?

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I know my girl will use it to hold all of her essentials.

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BTW: She requested to wear this dress for this photo session. The lace tablecloth actually washed up nicely. slouch17m

Are you joining in the fun?

What have you made today?

Free video mini-course

The people from the Ultimate Bundles have a new one coming out, and are offering a free video mini course

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking“.

I watched the video, and I can recommend it to anyone (especially those with small children) who feels they are overwhelmed by all that needs to be done in a day. I know some Moms of littles that could really use these tips!

I was glad to find that I already do all of the steps that she recommends already (and they really do work)! Once you start, it becomes second nature, and housework becomes less of a “chore”.

Best part is , it is FREE!

Click here to take you to the video.

Softies that Benefit Foster Children

Remember the softie contest I won?? Well, over at Sew Mama Sew, they are hosting a Soft Toy Drive to benefit Children in Foster Care.

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Anyone who sews (or knits or crochets) can donate, and when you do, you automatically get entered to win a beautiful Bamboletta doll.

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If you want to find out more, head on over to Sew Mama Sew and read about how you can contribute (but hurry, you only have until April 30th to do it)!

Just thought I would share something good today (not that anyone asked me to).

What is something good that you would like to share?

A-line A La Mode pattern review

I had the privilege of sewing up this little number for my Falafel:

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*I was given this pattern for review, but as always, all opinions are mine all mine!

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I used a light pink quilting cotton and a cream colored lace tablecloth to make this dress! I was going for soft and classic, and just plain pretty.

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Even though my 9 year old is the size of a 6 year old (that is the size I sewed up), she is totally nine. So when I showed her the pattern, she requested that I change the puffy sleeves and that I make it “not as full”.

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Instead of grading it out to an 8 (according to her measurements, that is what I should have done), I just sewed up the size 6 as is. To fulfill her other request, I shortened the sides of the sleeve pattern to match up with the armholes, and also cut a few inches of length. Then I hemmed the lace and cotton as one piece. I left off the band (that is part of the pattern).

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I didn’t change anything else. I am never disappointed when sewing up one of Melissa’s patterns. She is so thorough. The instructions are clearly written and photographed. I always feel like she is here, guiding me through each step. I have learned how to do new things from her patterns. They are like sewing mini lessons.

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This is not my first time sewing up a Blank Slate pattern (see here, here, here, and here) and it certainly won’t be my last.

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What have YOU sewn today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

In honor of yesterday’s HUGE news, today we have a book all for me on our shelves:

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Stuffed Animals

From concept to conception

by Abigail Patner Glassenberg

I have got the stuftie bug! This book is fantastic. I have already found a ram that I want to try out. I love learning new things. And there is ALWAYS something to learn.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

I am still blinking

HOLY THREAD BALLS, people!! I am FREAKING out!

Do you remember Archer the Fox?

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WELL, I WON the Grand Prize!!!!

I am still hyperventilating about it...and screaming. I was up against some AMAZING stufties made by incredible people.

You can read all about it over at Sew Mama Sew!

And if you want to see my original post about Archer, click here.

SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am going to go and dance around my house some more!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend.

I hope you have a good one too.

A little bit of Spring

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Every Spring, I can count on a few photos. Beautiful cherry blossoms, emerging greens, and at least one down the throat of a showy tulip.

And that brings me joy.

What have you seen this Spring so far?

A Ninja Star

Yesterday you met Ninja Kitty.

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Today I will share a little secret. I didn’t notice when I was putting it together, but there is a buttonhole on the sleeve of his kimono!

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I have no idea how it got there since I was using the sleeves of the chef coat, but there it is.

So I decided to make something that can attach to it (and be removed). What did I make, you ask?

A Ninja Star, of course.

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I whipped up a little stuffed star, and sewed a button (that is the size of the buttonhole) on the back.

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Then I buttoned it on!

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Of course, I could have seam ripped the sleeve out and sewed on another without a hole, but I do like a challenge. I think this makes it look intentional.

BTW: I do realize it is a regular star, but it is for a ninja. That makes it a Ninja star.

And, in the end, it is all about making me giggle.

What would YOU have done to fix it?

Ninja Kitty 2

If you popped by yesterday, you saw the first kitty I made for Falafel’s friend.

Apparently… all wrong.

Here is what she drew for me, to follow, to make a proper “Ninja Kitty“.

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And this is what I made:

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Here he is in the buff.

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And here he is in action, wearing his ninja outfit for doing his ninja things.

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He is made from black fleece, and a piece of cream colored muslin for the face.

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I painted on his eyes with acrylics (which my girl thinks make him look “worried”, ha!).

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His little outfit is made from the sleeves of an old chef coat that belonged to my husband.

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This is a self-drafted pattern (both the cat and the kimono).

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What is Ninja Kitty up to now?

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He is off to fight the bad guys!

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Hiyah!

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Never fear, Ninja Kitty is here! Quick, silent, and an avid consumer of tacos.

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This one passed the test, and hopefully will make her friend very happy!

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I certainly had fun with him!

What have YOU made today?