Our friend Bonnie dropped off a surprise present for Diesel today.
Now Diesel has everything he ever dreamed of….including a donut pet bed.
An easy toy for a baby, toddler or even a puppy! You could even make a large version for a throw pillow or “mini” versions for a baby mobile. You can use a freezer paper stencil, a screenprint, or even just a fabric stamp to make these. Just make sure to use non-toxic, ACMI AP approved water-based ink products that are made in the USA if it might go into a mouth!
Step 1: One you have a fabric print finished and ironed, place the fabric wrong sides together onto a piece of fabric for the back of the toy. Cut out the image with a 1-inch border surrounding it so that you have a front and a back:
Step 2: Cut various 3″ mismatching pieces of scrap ribbon.
Step 3: On the front of the toy, fold each ribbon piece in half and pin in place as shown:
Step 4: Add as many ribbon pieces as you prefer:
Step 5: Using a 1/4″ seam, sew all the way around the front of the toy to attach the ribbon.
Step 6: Take out your pins and place the back of the toy face down onto the front. Sew all the way around using a 1/2″ seam and leaving a gap…..
….so that the toy can be turned right side out. (If you have curves in your design you will need to “notch” the seams before you turn it inside out so the edges look smooth)
Step 7: Top stitch all the way around the toy using an 1/8″ seam and making sure not to close the gap yet….you’ll need to add stuffing:
Step 8: Add your choice of stuffing:
Step 9: Carefully fold under the open section of the toy and top stitch it closed:
To make a crinkle tag toy:
Cut a piece of cellophane or plastic packaging (like from a microwave popcorn package):
Insert the cellophane or plastic flat up into the toy before closing:
So many different designs and prints you can use!
And they look so cute!
We spent a wonderful week with family recently in Newport. I thought this post would be a great way to end the day today after the sad news. We have so many great memories from this trip last week:
Boo learned to make drip castles:
She walked with Daddy on the rocks:
Is anything more fun than watching kids play on the beach? Here is Boo with a few of her cousins and her Uncle Jason….and our big red tent in the background that Lisa let us borrow for the week:
On all of our past vacations it’s been tradition to bring home a rock:
But Boo now finds entire collections of things she wants to save…..shells, feathers, driftwood:
Now instead of a rock, she’ll have a jar of memories from each trip. I took a jar that I was going to recycle and spray painted the lid white……this way I can make all future jars match and coordinate.
A colored pencil and pen transforms a basic white label:
Boo filled her jar with all her treasures (after we aired them out for an entire day since I didn’t notice she collected a LIVE clam….rest in peace horribly-stinky-dead clam):
Trip treasures…..labeled and stored for years to come:
How do you store your treasures from vacations and trips?
Life can change in an instant.
There’s no easy way to say it…..we lost our baby. It might seem strange, but I don’t have any questions about what happened. I never think about what might have been. As a family, we know everything happens for a reason and we are at peace with our loss. Boo is comforted that our baby is with Grandpa in heaven now keeping him company. We move forward and appreciate each other, our family, our health and many other blessings we have.
I’m feeling weaker than normal and it’s taking me longer than I thought to physically recuperate. I’m trying to be good and rest but that’s the hardest thing for me to do….my instincts are to jump up and do something awesome and fun.
Yesterday, I opened up some mail from my mother and she had included a photocopy from a book based on scripture that was eerily perfect:
“Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me. Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be. The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.”
I don’t have much of a timeline for my life……if it’s God’s will we’ll have a sister or brother for Boo one day soon!
I remember what my Dad would want me to do….I choose joy.
We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.
They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.
It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:
I bought the large totes at Marshall’s. You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers. I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!
The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside. It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.
You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.
First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:
After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.
Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.
If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:
Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..
…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.
I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:
Once the paint has dried thoroughly.
The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”
I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.
I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:
Place the paper onto the bag:
Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:
Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.
Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:
A few of the finished bags! They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!
I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:
Just beachy 🙂
I’m attacking my fabric stash….and making apron skirts! I have so many novelty prints that look fun mismatched:
Here are just a few combinations I’ve made recently:
Here are the basic measurements I use for skirts (click image to download a PDF version):
To make your skirt the directions are pretty straight forward:
Step 1: Cut 2 main skirt pieces and 2 waistband pieces using the measurements in the chart.
Step 2: Cut one apron piece using the measurements in the chart.
Step 3: Place your two waistband pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 4: Place your two main skirt pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 5 & 6: Take your apron piece and fold one side 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Press with an iron. Repeat for the opposite side and bottom of apron piece.
Step 7 & 8: Stitch the sides and bottom of the apron with a 3/8″ seam.
Step 9: Turn your main skirt piece right side out and place the apron piece on top so that it is centered in the middle.
Step 10: Place the main skirt piece up inside the waistband piece so that the right sides are together (your waistband piece will actually be upside down).
Step 11: Stitch all the way around the top of the waistband piece attaching all three pieces (main skirt piece, apron and waistband piece. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 12: Flip the waistband piece back up and iron the seam flat (so that the inside of the seam is pointed upward onto the waistband).
Step 13 & 14: Fold the hem of your skirt up a 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold the hem over 1″ and press with an iron.
Step 15: Fold your waistband down 1/2″ and press with an iron.
Step 16: Fold your waistband down enough to accommodate the elastic width (allow about and 1/4″ on each side). Press with an iron.
Step 17 & 18: Stitch the bottom fold of the waistband with a 1/8″ seam all the way around but leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic through.
Step 19: Top stitch the seam connecting the waistband and the main skirt piece.
Step 20: Stitch all the way around the hem of the skirt using a 1/8″ seam.
Step 25 & 26: Using a safety pin, insert the elastic up into the 1″ gap in the waistband and work it all the way around until it comes out the other side.
Step 27: Stitch the elastic closed.
Step 28: Stitch the 1″ gap closed.
A finished apron skirt! You can also leave the apron off for an easy basic skirt.
(make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post)
Introducing the newest Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern: The Reversible Bubble Layering Hoodie! The pattern is available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop now but you can enter to win one of 4 copies being given away this weekend below.
It’s an Intermediate level pattern but is a very quick sew. Sizes 6 months to 12 years. The best part is the layering possibilities and that it is fully reversible:
Fun for warmer weather as a swimsuit coverup or an extra layer…..
….and versatile enough for cooler weather as a jumper layered over short sleeves, long sleeves, leggings and boots!
The Giveaway is now closed. The winners are:
From the blog comments: #6 Heidi and #66 Jennifer Dingman
From FaceBook comments: Delene Potgieter and Rachel Hatch
Please email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize!
We will be giving away 4 copies of the pattern away! 2 on Facebook and 2 on the blog.
To enter on Facebook just comment on the link to this post and leave a comment here to enter on the blog! Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!
A special thanks to Katherine of Bebe Gear for the model photos!
Quotes on the photos in the post taken from poems by:
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Robert Louis Stevenson