Published February 9, 2009
craft , tutorial
Here’s a set of spiffy paperclips I made as part of a Christmas gift this past December. To make them, the only supplies needed are:
- Needle-Nosed Pliers
- Wire cutters
- Glue Gun (optional)
First, bend the fasteners on the back of the brad around the top two sides of the paperclip, cutting off the ends that extend beyond the brad’s face. Tighten the fasteners down using the pliers. If the brad is attached loosely, you can always add a little hot glue to keep it from shifting. Let dry and you have a little bling to dress up your paper files.
Published January 22, 2009
baby , craft , sewing
Finally finished these burp cloths today. Actually, it took me several days over the course of two weeks just to make three. I did each step a bit at a time, whenever there was a spare moment between caring for baby and everything else. Most new mothers would have probably made these types of things while they were pregnant. However, I didn’t want to do too much, for fear I might jinx myself. From this nice tutorial.
P.S. I hate to say this, but don’t buy the organic Gerber diapers to make these burp cloths. They wash up really wrinkled and feel more like gauze than sturdy cotton fabric. Plus they’re more expensive.
Published October 26, 2008
craft , handmade , sewing
Tags: animal, bear, handmade, sewing, softie, stuffed, swapbot, teddy
Here is the softie for the swap I mentioned earlier. The pattern is from the book Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle. It turned out pretty good for a first attempt. Sewing such small, rounded corners was quite a challenge. The fabric is the same dot print used on the art cards that are also part of the swap package, and I used non-toxic fabric paint for the eyes and nose. The set is going to my partner’s new nephew, whose room is done in baby blue and brown, and she is a big fan of polka dots. Hope they like it!
Published October 22, 2008
baby , craft , handmade
Tags: Art, bird, cards, elephants, fabric, felt, flannel, notecards, tree
I made this set of little notecards today as part of a swap package. They were inspired by all the cool fabric art and cute graphics I’ve come across lately. I cut the shapes out of scraps of flannel and craft felt and glued them in place. The other part of the swap package will consist of a softie, which I’ve never made before. I’m not sure if my sewing skills are up to something like that, but I guess I will be finding out soon!
Published October 21, 2008
baby , craft , handmade , tutorials
Tags: baby, craft, Design, directions, diy, gifts, handmade, how to, instructions, projects, tutorial
A while back I started a page devoted completely to cool baby craft tutorials. There is a tab below the blog header that links to it. It contains a mix of my own tutorials and other people’s projects. So far there are tutorials for baby hair clips, appliqued onesies, felt baby shoes, burp cloths, kimono wrap, diaper and wipes pouch (poopy clutch), knit hat with earflaps, LED baby booties, diaper cake and embellishing baby tees. I hope to add more as I come across them on the net, so check back if you’re interested, or let me know what some of your favorite ones are and I’ll add them to the list.
Hah! I totally got a kick out of seeing this shirt! They should make it in pink, too. From MuthaCrafter.
Published October 15, 2008
baby , craft , handmade
Tags: baby, crafts, swap, swap bot
I forgot to mention this, but I’m hosting a swap on swap-bot called Handmade for Baby – Useful. The signup ends today, but here is the listing description if anyone is interested…
Find yourself making all kinds of handmade baby items? This is the chance to share your talent!
Each swap partner will make something handmade (and useful) for their partner’s baby. This could be burp cloths, handmade disposable diaper, onesie or t-shirt, bib(s), booties, quilt or blanket, diaper changing mat, etc. The important thing is that the item is handmade with care in some way – sewn, embellished, knit, embroidered, etc.
In the comments section (on the swapbot page), you can state if you have a boy or a girl and provide their name, if you’d like. Partners may not make a specific request, but can include one thing that they WOULD NOT want to receive. If you choose to make something that needs a specific size (clothing or diaper), then it is important that you message your partner.
It has taken me a while to write and send out thank you cards for the shower gifts we’ve received. To me, writing a thank you card is serious business. I really want each one to be heart felt, and to let the giver know how meaningful their gift truly is to me. Each card has unique thoughts, and because of this I usually only complete 2 or 3 once I finally sit down to write.
Originally, I bought baby specific cards, but they’re almost all gone. Plus, it is more interesting for me to use different cards, instead of the same ones each time (even though I know they are going out to different people). That is where my new Martha Stewart butterfly craft punch comes in (on sale at Michaels a few weeks ago). We’ve had these cheap, generic thank you cards hanging around for a while. All it took was a few pieces of scrap paper and voila! a new look to otherwise plain cards. I’ve done both glued and sewn versions, as shown above. Also, if you haven’t already seen them, butterfly collages are a really fun way to use this punch, too.
Resin and Silver-Plated Rings and Pewter Pendants by John W. Golden
I have always wanted to try making resin jewelry. It seems like it could be such a unique and versatile medium, but every time I try and search for the supplies, like the pendant casings, I never seem to have much luck. I’ve also searched many times for a resin jewelry class here in Portland, but either it my usually superb google skills let me down, or classes like this just aren’t offered in my area. Has anyone else had any luck? Anyway, my interest has once again been renewed by this 3-part Resin Jewelry Making Video Tutorial. It is a little drawn out, but the artist does a great job explaining his processs. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 found on craftstylish.com.
Published August 28, 2008
baby , craft , Design , handmade , Reading , sewing
Tags: baby, books, sewing
I just happened to be perusing craft books on Amazon the other day and was excited to see that Amy Butler has a new book out called Little Stitches for Little Ones. Such perfect timing!
Here’s the description from her site:
In my new lavishly illustrated sewing projects book, you’ll find all new charming and contemporary projects for the nursery, baby wear, soft toys, and many more surprises! The projects are designed for babies 0-12 months and their mothers, featuring beautiful photos of the finished designs by our friend Colin McGuire. It was fun to produce these little treasures, and I think you’ll find many projects in here for all the wee ones in your world. 176 pages, 7 pattern sheets, wire binding (same format as In Stitches). Retail $24.95
My hair clip tutorial was featured on the front page of Whip up yesterday! That is so exciting! Thanks to everyone who is stopping by and leaving such wonderful and supportive comments. Yay!
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