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Felt potatoes

This was  so so easy. I draw a oval, cut two, stitched almost all the way flipped right side out, Stuffed, then using same thread starting from inside stitched one stitch alternating sides and pulling down to create eyes. Then still using same thread stitched closed.

 

Its not fancy, but…looks like a potato.

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Felt Bacon and Eggs

These were actually the first felt foods I ever made. I made them a while ago and they were from other blog people so I’ll link you to their awesome tutorials.

First is the egg, I plan on making more, maybe even a super big one with two yolks.

Also, I didn’t print her pattern, rather I free handed mine

Here is the link

She also made orange slices, which I haven’t tried

Bacon!!!

We eat turkey bacon pretty often so Pumpkin loves these. The other day I found them in a (clean pan) on my stove. I had left the pan because I was going to make breakfast and Bug needed a diaper. Pumpkin is going to love his birthday present!

I got this idea from a tutorial, but the blog is now gone…Here is a blog with a similar idea, but I used pipe cleaners, which I sewed to the bacon while sewing the lighter color on killing two birds with one stone, instead of the cord, which looks like it would also work great.

I like the pipe cleaners because they make the bacon so much cooler and bendy as you can see in picture above (one crumpled, one not.) Also, the tip about tracing light color from same pattern so that when cut into fours its already the right shape is awesome, because of this plan on making two pieces of same pattern. I only put lighter color on one side.

Pretty great breakfast don’t you think?!

Playhouse complete

So these pictures are from Christmas day so some items are missing off the playhouse, but you can get the general Idea.  Anyway without further adieu here is my son’s playhouse, (or as a friend likes to call it a tent)

So here I just free drew the birdhouse and copied some birds off of line drawing in clip art (google searched for a while)
The bush was actually pretty hard. its difficult to draw asymmetrically without seeing too symmetrical in your asymmetry. I glued little berries in it because the plain bush was just too…plain.
The window has tulle. I first sewed the tulle, the cut it down and sewed the frame on the inside then the outside. The frame is four strips on each side.

This has flowers, you can see a few thrown on the side of the photo. The door frame was three strips folded over so your can’t see the house color in between.
Important feature, the door has velcro and rips away. So far very useful, at first my son didn’t understand to go through the door so removing it helped.
I should have used more Velcro on mail box, it tends to hang open unless perfectly affixed.

There are more apples, just already loved. This was my favorite panel by far. I showed the tree in a previous post. I sewed the main portion on first then the branches which gave it some depth. Then leaf placement took a bit. Three leave colors. I sewed one line down each for pop factor. The apples were a pain. I think I may make some pears to go on here too.
The squirel is by far my favorite part. Also taken from clip art.

I’m not thrilled with this panel yet, because its not entirely done, but It was Christmas and my son doesn’t care yet about the extras.
There are pockets for the carrots. The lettuce comes off (see this blog for much of design)
I love my pumpkin! I sewed one edge then first partition and stuffed, second partition, stuffed, other edge stuffed, fixed stuffing then sewed bottom closed. Oh and the steam is sewed on first.

The part that isn’t done is our tomato plant. It needs leaves…eventually.

Overall I loved this project, but it took longer than I thought. TONS of cutting followed by plannings revising and revising (all done true to size with newspaper) and then finding sewing time was really the biggest pain. Being very pregnant and tired meant I took naps when my son napped, which leaves bits of time stolen here and there when my wonderful husband could watch our at that time clingy to mommy son. I would do this again….in a few years if needed.

Ribbon blanket

Well, I guess you can tell by the colors that this is not for my son. Its for a dear friend expecting in September.

I used three colors of ribbon each cut to 4 inches. Pinned to the right side already folded on the fabric, then pinned right sides of fabric together. Since my flannel was a little thin I used a thin sheet of batting inbetween after checking to make sure all ribbons were secure.

This is the opening, Although it isn’t as pretty of a finish it is secure. That I think is more important.

Isn’t it pretty? The cutting of the ribbon took the longest, but I’d say the whole thing was less than an hour.

Start of playhouse

Ok so, I know this is a Christmas present, but how could I not let him test these out?

Can you guess what these are? I made them based off of Jill’s pattern, but now I think I have a better idea to make them look less cartooney (which is still very fun!) and more like the real thing, but I had already cut these out so here they are! I stuffed as I sewed. and one thing I love about felt, no finished seams, you just sew and your done! I have 6 finished, but two have wandered…
Closer view of carrots (Oops did I give it away?)

These are so much fun for munching!

I made five

so far, but I couldn’t find my blue one when taking the picture…maybe its with the carrots.This I also used Jill’s pattern for. I folded over a pipe cleaner and put inside the stem. The stem itself was easy. All I did was take a rectangle, fold over to just fit pipe cleaner and sewed up the one side. I put a little bit of stuffing at the bottom of the stem and sewed shut. I will recommend however to sew a little bit of the pipe cleaner into the flower itself as otherwise I have two sad looking flowers.

SAD…

Happy!

I love this felt, it has glitter in it so it looks extra special.
For the center I experimenting with different looks. I kinda liked the basketball look on this one.

I will say however one this that is hard about felt, there is no margin of error. Your stitches go wonky and they are right there to see.

Monkey Sue!

Finally, I get to share the latest and greatest and for a while at least the youngest Monkey to our brood. She is cute, but I have to admit she gave me some trouble. Her skirt is too short and after I sewed her she looked wrong….I looked and looked and looked then realized I forgot her tail. Out came the seam ripper (which can I say I LOVE my seam ripper) and I think in the end she turned out great!

See she has a tail now!
And I think Sergeant Monkey likes her!
Yeah they’ll be good friends!

 Too cute!
Also, I know my son approves. He kept trying to get to her every stage of sewing. Her tail is just as good for munching. Now just to get all three together again.

Monkeys!!!!

I made these cute monkeys from a wonderful pattern located here by mmmcrafts additional awesome ideas here.

First is Sergeant Monkey

 My beany loves him! The arms and tail are perfect for his little mouth, although I will admit Sergeant Monkey’s head has had quite a lot of chopping as well.

He was made from PJ’s that were given to me for pumpkin bot, but the feet were worn out, perfect amount of fabric for this guy. and the hands and feet were from an old pair of corduroys I had ripped and thrown in my scrap pile a while ago. An almost free project!

Second is Monkey Lou

Made for my just turned two beautiful niece.
(still needs her blue shoes…they are cut…)

She was made from the same old pants, scrap fabrics that were given to me and coordinating fabrics I bought hoping I toed the line of ugly mismatched but actually equals cute.

Aren’t they cute together!

If your counting the three faces…there is another birthday coming up in August, no peeking!