Boo’s Barbie dolls were not looking that great. (Especially Birthday Party Princess) Recently they spent a morning at the Lil Blue Boo School of Beauty. Here’s how to give your own Barbie dolls (and other dolls with similar hair) a makeover:
I’ve been saving up Boo’s old toys forever…..the ones that I’m sure would hit the landfill and not Sunnyside. I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet but here are some projects and art I’ve seen around that are pretty awesome:
A few fun alternative ways to decorate Easter eggs that we’ve done around here recently! I used wood and paper mache eggs to make our own lasting eggs:
Painted and hand stamped eggs:
Little $1 alphabet stamps from Micheal’s are perfectly sized for eggs:
Pretty washi (masking) tape colors are so pretty to cover an egg with:
Spray painted eggs:
Mix and match colors while they are still wet:
Decoupaged eggs…..fortunes, stamps, small photos:
Just use Mod Podge to paste each piece on:
Puffy paint dot eggs. These are perfect for boys….a volcano and an earth-inspired design:
How have you gotten creative with your Easter eggs?
Move over sock monkey! These little sock bunnies are so easy and cute! All you need is some nice knee high socks and some simple sewing supplies. I sewed mine on a machine but they can be easily hand stitched too!
So cute as a gift or to stuff an Easter basket!
Boo will be so excited to see these in her basket:
If you are making them for a child under the age of 3, just stitch eyes on instead of using buttons so that there won’t be a choking hazard.
I bought these cute knee high socks at Target for $2.50 a piece. They have a large selection of bright vibrant colors.
Step 1: Cut the foot of one of the socks right down the middle, but don’t cut all the way to the heel. The heel will become the face of the bunny and you want to leave about an inch before the face:
Step 2: Cut the other side of the sock down the middle as shown. These will be the legs of the bunny.
Step 3: Cut the foot off the second sock:
Step 4: Cut the foot of the second sock down the middle. These will become the arms of the bunny:
Step 5: Back to the first sock, hand stitch or use a machine to sew the ears shut:
Step 6: Sew the bottom of the feet and insides of the bunny legs as shown…..leaving a 2 inch hole to insert stuffing into:
Step 7: Sew the arms shut on one side….but not the ends. Turn the arms right side out.
Step 8: Fill the body of the bunny and the arms with stuffing. Sew shut the bottom of the bunny:
Step 9: Here is what the bunny should look like right now before sewing the arms on:
Step 10: Carefully tuck in the raw ends of each arm and hand stitch it to the sides of the bunny:
Step 11: A finished bunny before the face is added!
Step 12: Stitch buttons on for the eyes:
Step 13: Stitch a nose:
So many options for the face….and so many expressions you can make!
Soft and snuggly!
I love how quirky they look….and that the sewing is minimal thanks to the knee high socks!
I want to keep them for myself!
I made a bunch of these easy, quick sew vinyl organizers to hold Boo’s games and puzzles. These could be used for almost anything: makeup, puzzles, coupons etc. I used clear tablecloth vinyl and foldover elastic in a variety of colors to make them fun. You could use bias tape but I prefer the elastic because the loop that closes the pouch needs to be slightly stretchy to really hold the organizer closed.
Step 1: I cut a large rectangle of vinyl and folded it in half:
Step 2: I folded elastic over one of the top edges and stitched all the way along making sure the stitch went through all three layers: elastic, vinyl and elastic.
Step 3: Cut a loop of elastic that would be slightly smaller than the depth of the organizer so that it will loop snugly around when the organizer is filled.
I sewed the second top edge but stopped halfway and used some stay tape to hold the loop in place as I folded the elastic over it and continued sewing across the second half of the edge:
Here’s what the organizer will look like at this point:
Step 4: Lastly I closed up the sides of the organizer by folding elastic along each side and sewing up the edge:
Finished! These can be made in almost any size to accommodate large or small pieces! The best part is that they look so pretty stored on a shelf!
I’m working on organization!
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I’m slowly updating some older Lil Blue Boo patterns to make them easier to download. This is an updated version of the Stuffed Frog Prince Toy Pattern with both the frog toy/beanbag and frog prince crown pattern combined into one PDF. The very first frog I made was a VERY OBESE frog….but we still have him and he makes a great doorstop.
So many options….here’s just a few:
So it took me a while, but here is a template and instructions for a frog crown (you can print the crown pattern at the bottom of the post). You can modify it to have more “spikes” if you want or shorten it a little…..but it will be a good starting point if you want to “crown” your little frog prince. The original frog beanbag pattern is here.
Step 1: Place 2 piece of fabric right sides together and pin your template together with them. I use a disappearing ink pen to trace my crown just to make sure it is perfectly proportioned when I cut it out.
Step 3: Using a 1/4″ seam, starting at the bottom middle of the crown, sew all the way around the crown. You might want to draw your sewing lines with your disappearing ink pen to make sure your point are perfect…..because if they aren’t you’ll be able to tell! Make sure to…….
Step 5: Turn the crown right side out. Use a skinny object like the end of a small paintbrush or the dull end of a kabob skewer (that is what I use) to push the tiny points out. Then iron your crown flat.
Frog Prince Crown
Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This crown pattern is for personal and home use only.
Margaret from With or Without Nap made these adorable little frogs using my frog pattern download. I had to share her frogs because I just LOVE how she uses the fabric design for the eyes…..aren’t they great! (and I’m such an impatient crafter…..I love anything that eliminates a step from a project!)
There is nothing more rewarding for me than seeing others use my tutorials and patterns and make things their own. I love when I get an email with a link to something new. Everyone has their own unique twist and fabric choices. I love getting new ideas!
Do you remember my 25-pound frog? This frog turned out much better than that one.
You can find the crown template at this link: Frog Prince Crown
Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw/Lil Blue Boo. All rights reserved. This frog pattern is for personal and home use only.
Sometimes projects just don’t turn out like I planned for them to. The frog to the left (the dark green fuzzy one) was a toy I had as a little girl. I was trying to make a version for my nephew. It didn’t turn out so well. Whatever “beads” they used to stuff the original frog must be much lighter than pinto beans…..because my frog weighs about 25 pounds……I’m exaggerating a little, but still, this frog is not suitable for a baby. My husband says we should keep it as a doorstop. ….