Lucky Stars Ombre Mobile Tutorial

*Tutorial by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof for her win of the Ombre Challenge of season 12*
I had seen photos of ombre mobiles on Pinterest that were made from paint chips, so I knew I liked the effect of the ombre in mobile form.  I had also seen pictures of lucky stars that were dyed and hung up in garlands, so I decided to put the two ideas together to create my Lucky Stars Ombre Mobile.
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Lucky stars are usually made with long strips of origami paper, but I didn’t have the time nor the confidence that I was going to find exactly what I wanted, so I tried to make my own.  J has a big roll of craft paper that we had bought at Ikea, so I tried a Martha Stewart tip about spray painting an ombre effect on the paper using watercolors.  To be honest, that didn’t work very well, except for the really color saturated bits.  For the light shades, it was easier to just paint on a light watercolor wash.

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Then cut your now-ombred paper into strips.  There is some trial and error involved, as you figure out a good width vs length ratio to create a sturdy puffy star.  Sometimes, the strip was too wide and didn’t have enough heft to “puff” out the star, and sometimes, the strip was too thin, which made for a super plump star and made it impossible to stick a needle through.  I think my strips were about 20 inches long, and a little over a half inch wide.  I painted several swatches of paper, cut them all out and only chose the shades that worked best with each other.
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Once you have the strips, start folding stars.  Here’s a great [Read more...]

Baby Gifts – Week 2

Here we are…week 2.  This weeks theme is “Baby Gifts.”  As always the poll will be open until Friday (July 23) at 9:00 pm MST so remember to vote before then!

Craft #1 – Oversized Veggie Plushes

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As a baby, my son absolutely hated tummy time from day one. As rational
adults, you understand how important their floor time is but as an
emotional mother, it’s torture to hear your poor little one crying their
eyes out. Eventually, as my son got older, tummy time became a little
easier with the help of a few props (water mat, Boppy, etc). I designed
these Oversized Veggie Plushes to help others with the always important
(and sometimes dreaded) tummy time!

Veggie Plush 02

The Peapod Plush is perfect for babies that aren’t yet mobile but are
beginning to push up on their arms. It’s softer and much cuter than your
average Boppy! As the baby gets older, he or she can use it as a body
pillow, back rest and of course, as a soft but efficient weapon to whack
their little sister.

Veggie Plush 03

The Carrot Plush not only looks great on a couch but can be a useful tool
when playing on the floor. Big enough for a parent to rest their exhausted
head on and yet, small enough for babies to lean against and upon. Older
babies will love crawling all over the Carrot, snuggling with it while
being read to and of course, using it to deflect the blows from their big
brother’s Peapod Plush!

Craft #2 – Welcome to Scranton

My good friend is a lover of The Office and all things Scranton (like myself), so when she recently had a baby girl, I knew just what to make her.

This gift basket includes six Office themed onesies, a rattling Dwight Schrute doll and the first and second seasons of The Office on DVD to save the sanity of a Mom and Dad with a new baby.

Here’s a close-up of the Dwight Doll. It has no parts which can be taken off and swallowed by little mouths and has a rattle to soothe and entertain baby. Because what’s more entertaining than Dwight Schrute?

And here are the onesies. My friend’s baby is a girl, so I personalized the Dunder Mifflin Logo onesie by making it purple instead of blue. All of the images were designed by me except the Dunder Mifflin logo and the Schrute Farms logo (which was found for free on the Internet).

Vote for this Baby Gift Set and you’ll win 10,000 Schrute bucks and drinks with Meredith at Poor Richard’s Pub in Scranton!

Craft #3 – Union Suit

I have always been in love with those cheesy red union suits……you know the kind cartoon characters are always wearing under their clothes?! I’ve had one on my to-do list for a long time. And babies need clothes, right…a lot of clothes! So they might as well be cute. Not to put pattern companies down, but I’ve never had the best luck with their sizing. But it is surprisingly easy to draft a sleeper like this with the help of a ready-to-wear garment. And snaps not only make it easy for changes, but you can avoid the dreaded zipper (in case you’re scared of those!). I used a black and white stripe knit that I had leftover from another project. It gives it a nice baby-convict vibe. :) Or maybe Ralph Lauren, depending on how you look at it.

Craft #4 – Baby Bibs

But not your average baby bibs.

These baby bibs are interchangeable. They come with a strap ending
with some suspender clips. You just clip on whatever bib you want
and chow down!

The bibs are also reversible and 100% washable (that would just
be pure ridiculous  if they weren’t!).

And for those really messy foods (can we say spaghetti) you can just
use the strap to hang a paper towel

Then just throw away the paper towel! (hopefully that will be the only
mess you  have to clean up….but we all know that’s not true!)

Perfect for restaurants! Just keep a strap in your diaper bag!

Craft #5 – A Year in a Box

I go to a lot of baby showers and welp…
I thought this would be a great gift.
I bought a wooden box from my local craft store and painted it white.
I then customised the design of this oval, butterfly and circle (on the top of the box).
I used the name Joy for my friends baby to come :)
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Inside this box you’ll find 13 cards that have pockets and flaps (a lot of fun little surprises)
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Each card represents a month (0-12 months).
Each card asks a special question, the weight, length, for a photo and what the baby “likes” and “doesn’t like” for that month.
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Thanks and I hope you like it.

Craft #6 – Inspirational Mobile

This mobile is meant to provide visual stimulation as well as words of wisdom.  It moves gently with circulating air and is best hung from the ceiling or a light fixture.  The colors are a mix of calming blues and browns and can act as a simple reminder to catch our breath and just live in the moment.

Craft #7 – Tummy Time Mat

When I started brainstorming about baby gifts I wanted to think of something I would truly want to receive for a baby.  My babies have always hated tummy time and we have lots of hardwood flooring in our home.  So?  I made a giant baby play mat.  (Nevermind that it’s in the grass, it’s meant for inside play.  I just needed a bright place to photograph it.)
This mat is guranteed to keep a baby happy and entertained.  It’s loaded with not only color, but lots of texture……fringe, satin edging, tangible animals secured by ribbon, textured stitching, beads protected from reach under clear vinyl.  It’s also super comfortable, with a couple layers of batting and thick fleece on top and bottom.  What?  You’re afraid it will slip around?  I sewed grippers on to the bottom so the mat will remain in place at all times.
Want to add your own toys?  Just link them into the grass loops by the rocks.  This way you can interchange some of the toys to keep your baby interested.

But, the best part is….it’s machine washable.  (Hang to dry.)  Let’s face it.  Babies are cute, but oh so messy.

Craft #8 – Modern Baby Booties

One of my favorite baby gifts to give a new mom is a pair of Modern Baby Booties!

New moms often receive outfits as gifts for their babies and nothing completes an outfit like a cute pair of shoes! These booties are lined and have a faux suede sole. They are super soft and comfortable for babies feet!

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Craft #9 – Baby Quilt

This darling baby quilt is made from a Spirit Charm Pack. The combination of the applique and the simple piecing makes for a great unique baby gift.

Baby Buddies

*Here’s a fun little tutorial of some fun Leaf baby toys from our friend Marilyn.*

I would like you to meet my new friends…….

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……..Catty and Leafy (my cute little neighbor kids helped me name them). They are the perfect companions for any baby!!!

The Leafy makes a crunchy noise.

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and Catty rattles.

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Here’s how I made them:

Go find one of these wish mitts in the Auto Washing or Home Cleaning part of a store.

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Turn it inside out like this

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Then remove the elastic band around the opening. Then cut down the center so that you can make sure the little stringy things lay to the inside when you sew up the side seam. So after cutting up the center now sew that up the side that you just cut but when you get towards the top you will want to curve around the top over to the other side making it look like a half circle.

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Turn it inside out and stuff it full of batting. To make it rattle you will need a small plastic container (the small little bead containers about the size of a quarter work great) and some rocks and put it in about halfway.

Then stitch the opening closed.

I just did embroidery for the face and also cut about 12 of the little stringy things off the front to make the area where I put his face.

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Now for the leaf. I cut 5 – 6 inch squares of a green flannel. I stacked them up and added between the 4th and 5th squares a cleaned out snack size chip bag (I only added one but I think 2 would probably make more noise).

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Then I just sewed across all 5 layers together using the making your own chenille instructions. The only change was that I made the stitches as curvy lines and the distance between stitches around 1/2” to 3/4”.

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Then I printed off a picture of a maple leaf so it was almost as big as my square and used it as my pattern to cut the leaf out. After cutting the leaf out I then went around the edges about 1/8” from the edge to keep the edges together. Then on the side with the 4 layers I cut down the center between each line making sure to only cut the top 3 layers. This give it the fuzzy look. I then used embroidery to create his face.

Sorry I don’t have a ton of pictures, I was going to make a second one and be more diligent at taking pictures but when I lost I was a little bummed out and didn’t get around to making another one. If have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment on my blog or by e-mailing me at: kraftymum03 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you to those who voted for me last round.

Summer Sleep Sack

*Project made by Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft for the Wild Card challenge*

Putting on a sleeping bag is a great signal to a baby that it’s time to sleep. But Summer weight sleeping bags are hard to find, are often in hideous prints and colors, and are way too expensive for something that is only going to be worn a few months. So what’s a crafty Mom to do but sew one up herself:

Made from a pretty lightweight knit fabric, with a lined bodice, snaps at the shoulders and a big zip at the side.

And the proof of the sleeping bag is in the sleeping:

(Note: Helmet added to preserve anonymity. Child is not forced to wear helmet whilst sleeping.)

Bliss!

 

Handmade Gifts Baby Shower

*Project by Heidi @ greendoodle for the Handmade Gifts challenge of season 15*

Due to my upbringing, I have grown up believing that everyone makes stuff (and loves it).  Experience has proved contrary, however.  I have found that most people are intimidated by making things as their  products fail their expectations. (read this: she says it better)
So when the “handmade gift” theme came around I wanted to encourage the confidence that comes from creativity. 
 
 
  My dear friend is expecting a new baby and deserved some celebrating.  I hoped to give her a shower where guests could share their handmade love.  Initially, this idea was met with resistance.  Many guests commented that they “can’t make anything” (and would diapers be OK?).
 
Ever the antagonist, I wanted to prove them wrong.  And so, instead of shower games I opted to teach  the guests how to stencil onesies for the new baby.  Armed with custom stencils of the couple’s favorite Seinfeld references….
we “yadda, yadda, yadda“ed the onesies to everyone’s delight.
 

 

 
All the food and decor were also made by hand.  The scrap fabric bow ties were adorable!  The bow tie cookies, tuxedo strawberries, and bow tie pasta were a hit as well. My favorite detail was the GIANT baby picture of the proud big brother sporting a fabric bow tie.
 
And when it came time to open gifts, I was the one pleasantly surprised.  The majority of her gifts were indeed handmade.  A few ladies even learned to crochet for this new baby!

 

I firmly believe that creating is good for the soul.  I am so pleased to have showered this little one with handmade love!

 

Pacifier Clips

*Project made by Angela @ The Wray Sisters for the Scraps challenge of Season 11*

For scrap week I chose to make pacifier clips.
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Pacifier clips are a necessity at our house. They are the perfect way to use up any left over scraps of fabric, felt, lace, or ribbon.
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I sewed each pacifier clip with left over scraps of fabric and lace. And since I have an unhealthy obsession with felt, and keep every last scrap of it. Adding cute felt bows to the end of each pacifier clip was a perfect way to use up some of the felt that I seem to hoard.
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Here are a few of my favorite ones. Although, really I love them all!
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Overstuffed Veggie Plushes

*Project by Vanessa @ Tried & True*

Veggie Plush 01

As a baby, my son absolutely hated tummy time from day one. As rational
adults, you understand how important their floor time is but as an
emotional mother, it’s torture to hear your poor little one crying their
eyes out. Eventually, as my son got older, tummy time became a little
easier with the help of a few props (water mat, Boppy, etc). I designed
these Oversized Veggie Plushes to help others with the always important
(and sometimes dreaded) tummy time!

Veggie Plush 02

The Peapod Plush is perfect for babies that aren’t yet mobile but are
beginning to push up on their arms. It’s softer and much cuter than your
average Boppy! As the baby gets older, he or she can use it as a body
pillow, back rest and of course, as a soft but efficient weapon to whack
their little sister.

Veggie Plush 03

The Carrot Plush not only looks great on a couch but can be a useful tool
when playing on the floor. Big enough for a parent to rest their exhausted
head on and yet, small enough for babies to lean against and upon. Older
babies will love crawling all over the Carrot, snuggling with it while
being read to and of course, using it to deflect the blows from their big
brother’s Peapod Plush!