Here’s yet another Hello Kitty post.
I’m not the only one who’s fallen in love… I found that Mega Bloks and Liberty London have as well.
So when I found out that someone I knew was having a baby GIRL (it’s been nothing but boys around here for what feels like forever!) I cracked out the Hello Kitty again.
Man, I wish I’d had time to iron that… oh well, first wash will work that right out, and from what I hear about babies it isn’t likely far away. It’s backed with a fuchsia minky dimple dot.
The bibs are backed in the same minky – everyone I’ve ever done this for just loves how soft it is and loves that they can attach and unattach the bib single handedly withe the velcro.
Finally, I backed micro-fiber cloths in Hello Kitty, with a loop to hang it by.
And then roll it all into a Hello Kitty bag. (I almost got one of these for myself… too cute!) Notice how the bag has exactly the same images as the bib on the far right? Total co-incidence… happy accident. 😀
I started to realize that if I outlined every single thing that I made this xmas, I would be here until Easter, so I’m grouping widely, just let me know if you want me to slow down and show you something in more detail.
Exhibit 1: the tablet case.
Robot print on the outside, circuit board print on the inside, this beauty was intended for my dad’s tablet. No velcro or clasps to scratch it up, there are magnets sewn into the inner faces.
In my defense, it fit my iPad with loads of room to spare in both dimensions. Fluffy quilting make it soft padding for crashing into things, like dogs (my parents have 3 enormous siberian huskies). How was I to know that his tablet is like 3 times thicker and an about 25% longer than an iPad?
By repositioning the magnet onto a little flap, I extended the reach of this baby by several inches. It can be closed either with the flap on the inside OR the outside of the body.
My cousin invited my family to her place for dinner… she said not to bring anything, but I wanted to bring something nice for her. Enter flavored Schnapps… and pretty bag to put it in!
and looky inside!
And lastly, a bag all for me! This is based on that cute little earbuds case… just bigger. Can you believe I got this stuff on super-duper clearance? So cool.
It’s seriously neon green!
When ninjas find something that they like, they do it a lot. Inspired by the Scoodie I drafted something that looked more like a hood from a snowsuit.
The process is easy: Make inner, make outer, sew right sides together matching seams as closely as possible, turn and top stitch! Those orange ‘W’ looking things were my attempt at a visual break… the scarf pieces are quite long. After I cut the left and right hood pieces out, I used the rest of the width for the scarf parts.
The great thing is that they’re reversible – if you don’t feel like cute owls today, you can turn the pylon orange side out – also good if you’re lost in a blizzard.
It’s also upside-downable – if the scarf ends are pointing down you have more face-room, for chinooks, but if the scarf ends are pointing forwards you have more face coverage, for sub-arctic days.
So here are some fine specimens, thank you to Tigger for modeling.
I recently attended a “pamper the bride” shower… I’d never been to one before, and these “themed” showers seem to be all the rage right now. Anyone can go out to a bath and body store and get something that smells divine, but I’m all about being original… so here’s what I came up with!
I was given the info that the bride likes “vanilla scent” and I had just found the wonder of scented yarn. I have a pattern for a kid’s bath mitt and ideas started to fly around in my head. I made crocheted the front and back of 1 bath mitt and didn’t attach the front and the back (they’re identical).
Then I cut out 4 identical pieces for each of 2 colors of “spa-ish” fabric (Robert Kaufman – Night and Day”) by drawing around the crocheted mitt and giving about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
I sewed 2 pieces of one color right sides together, leaving the base raw – this is the lining. Then I stacked the remaining two pieces of that color right sides together with the mitt in the middle (there is no right side to the mitt) and sewed around the outside making sure to catch all three layers and leaving the base edge raw – this is the outer shell.
I turned the 3-layer stack right side out and pushed the liner inside the outer shell. I turned in the bottom of both and top stitched around the entire base. Viola, one scented bath mitt, repeat with other fabric color.
The gift bag was much like the wine bottle holder in “One Yard Wonders”, it consists of an inner and outer in contrasting colors with ribbons sewed into the seams of each so it’s completely reversible.
Just like the bath mitts, the inner was fitted into the outer (or the outer was fitted into the inner – they’re identical) with the raw edges turned in and top-stitched. To top off the spa pack, I put in a large jar candle that smells like cookies, so I made sure to make the bottom of the bag at least as large as the candle. Tie it up and viola!
I often frequent Sew and So to quell my need and desire for cross stitching. There’s just something so calming about sitting and stitching, following a pattern, matching blocks on the page to X’s on the fabric, seeing a picture slowly emerge out of chaos.
In January they renovated the Sew and So website to make it easier to navigate, but they also added the feature of “Customer Reviews”. Since my favorite cross stitch EVAR came from Sew and So, I decided to review it… and several days later an email appeared in my inbox telling me that MY REVIEW had been selected as one of their favorites of the month and I’d won a £25 gift certificate! And here in Canada, £25 is worth about $40 CAD!
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