I made another batch of Christmas ornaments for my granddaughter. This year, I found all the patterns/ideas in one place. Standing in the checkout line, I noticed a Better Homes and Garden Holiday Crafts magazine with a pullout of patterns, … Continue reading A Few Christmas Ornaments
How many pairs of jeans have been a disappointment, often just because of one feature that you can’t get past? Sometimes you keep them and hate them every time you wear them; sometimes you let them sit in a drawer, … Continue reading So, I Cut These Jeans Apart…
I don’t know any unicorn stories. Do they grant wishes or what? Anyway, my granddaughter mentioned wanting one this summer, so I’m making one for her birthday.
I thought I had sworn off making any more stuffed animals, but this time, unlike when I turned a 2D drawing of a hen into a 3D stuffed hen, I’m working from a pattern to save a few headaches. I’m using the downloaded Horsey Horse and Unicorn from Funky Friends Factory. It seems like it will be complicated enough, given the size of some of the pieces, but at least I know they should work together. I’m most worried about the unicorn’s horn, getting that twisted look right, so I’m prepared to try it out multiple times to get it right.
I’m using flannel for the body and flannel-backed satin for the contrasting elements, except for some stretchy silver satin swimsuit fabric to make the horn stand out and take the eye off so much pink—pink is not this child’s first color choice, but my choices were limited.
The instructions, which are in a convenient checklist, get you though all the stitching, even the hard parts.
Using the medium-sized pumpkins, I calculated room for carrying straps and boxed sides. I cut one piece of the black canvas 15″ x 30″ and hemmed each short end 1 1/4″ for the top edge. Then I worked on the pumpkin appliques and the straps before sewing the sides.
The triangle scarf from McCall’s Costume pattern 4952 is shown as both a hip scarf and a head scarf. I think the hip scarf would be too fussy and uncomfortable on a 3+ year old—especially as I’m remembering that superhero … Continue reading Pirate Costume: Scarf/Hat
I’m using McCall’s Costume pattern 4952, making changes to the pieces I’m using to get the pirate effect I think my granddaughter will enjoy. The pattern has a long vest with a sash, but I think that would be bothersome … Continue reading Pirate Costume: The Vest