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Monday, May 15, 2017

Baby Blanket

I made this blanket with a yard of fleece and a yard of flannel using the method 
described in this blog post.  Then, as I was cleaning up the scrap fabric I had the idea to cut out the letters to personalize it for my niece Gia.  I wasn't totally sure how it would work, so I did a test first.  I loved how it turned out.  So I cut out the letters and pinned them down.

Then I sewed around the edges of the letters.  Then I cut as close as I could to the edge I just sewed.  Then I washed the blanket.  And the next day I took it as a gift to newborn Gia in the hospital!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dyeing Cheesecloth for a Newborn Photo Shoot

I would like to introduce my new niece - Gia!

I was in charge of taking her newborn photos.  I researched photos I liked on Pinterest and found I really liked the look of cheesecloth wraps.

Texture is an important aspect of newborn photos.  Dyeing your own cheesecloth is an inexpensive way to get that texture in the colors you prefer.  

The cheesecloth looks like this when you take it out of the package.  
Plain white, really folded together.


I found somewhere online that said to use 4 cups of water and then pour small amounts of dye in until you like the color.  

Rit liquid dye:

I stirred and let it soak for about 5 minutes.  (Longer times deepen the colors.)

I made a gray one and a pink one.

After taking it out of the dye, I rinsed it until the water ran clear, then wrung it out by hand and hung it outside to air dry.  I wore plastic gloves to wring it out, but I don't think the dye would've stained my hands.  After it was dry, I hand washed it in the sink with Dreft, rinsed and wrung and let it air dry again.  I repeated this process twice, since it would be in contact with the baby's skin, I wanted it soft and safe.

I used the technique from this blog to make a little flower for a headband - since I dyed the fabric - it was a perfect matching accessory.

Monday, January 30, 2017

DIY Trolls Hair

To celebrate my niece Hadley's 5th birthday, she chose a Trolls theme.  Since a Troll's hair is it's most recognizable characteristic, I decided to make Troll hair as a photo prop/party favor.  Kind of amazing to me is that there were no tutorials on the Internet (except one by Michael's out of strips of felt)

So I was on my own to create the most realistic Trolls hair I could. I searched fabric stores looking for faux fur and found a great selection at JoAnn's.

I think I bought 1/4 yard of each kind. As the person was cutting them in the store - fur was getting EVERYWHERE - that is the biggest drawback to this project.  I figured out any time you make a cut, it's best to stand over a trashcan and run your hand along the recently cut edge, pulling out any loose fur into the trashcan.

My next dilemma was how big to make them, so I asked my entire family to measure their head circumference.  I even sent them this chart.  But I got no responses. lol!!!

So I went with my head measurement, which was 24 inches and made some a few inches bigger and smaller.

My next problem to solve was what shape to cut out of the fabric to get a cone shaped hat of hair that was also the right height.  I cut out several trials and they didn't quite work.  I just couldn't visualize what I needed.  Then I found this handy blog and geometry type graphic that helped me visualize what I needed.

I didn't worry about the bottom edge, I just put the two edges together to form a cone shape and sewed right sides together.

For the pink hair - which was Poppy in the movie - I added her headband out of felt cut out freehand and hot glued on.  

They turned out great and everyone had fun with them at the party!

This is Hadley and I.  She loved pretending she was Poppy.  I was sitting on the floor during the party, wearing this hair and she came up to me and said hi Satin - where is your other one?  So adorable!!

 (Satin and Chenille in the movie)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Trolls Birthday Party Prep

All of my projects lately have been leading up to next weekend when we celebrate my beautiful niece Hadley's 5th birthday - so this week I'll just show some images to give you an idea what I've been up to.  Next week (or maybe the week after) you'll get all the party details!


Practice on 8.5x11 paper


I'm excited to show you how all these projects come together for a fabulous Trolls party!!



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