umbreon hoodie

UMBREON

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I transformed this black hoodie into an umbreon hoodie from pokemon. I dont really have clear directions on how to do it since I kind of just watched various videos and looked at other hoodies online and sort of just figured it out myself, but this is a run down of what I did.

You need a black hoodie
black, red and yellow fleece
stuffing
scissors
corresponding thread
sewing machine

First i cut all the pieces out. I cut the ears (black and yellow), the circle for the top of the head (yellow), the eyes (red), the eyeball slits (black), and tail (yellow and black – Not pictured)

I first pinned and sewed the eyes to the front part of the hood. Then did the same for the circle that goes on the top of the hood in the center. The ears I cut in half, and then added the yellow stripe in the middle. I sewed all three pieces together. Then sewed the ears together, turned right side out and stuffed with stuffing. I figured out where they would live on the hood and cut a slit in the hood, then put the bottom of the ear through the slit and sewed it up. I did the same for the other ear as well, and pretty much the same thing for the tail. I didnt stuff the tail though, so it doesnt get in the way when you sit.

There are some you tube tutorials that show some of this in better detail.  I didnt have any patterns, i just kind of winged it. Its far from perfect, but it made my little guy happy.

2 zip hipster bag: revisited.

hipsterbagThis is my second attempt at this bag.   I made a practice one a few years ago, and decided to make one I would actually use. I used canvas last time, and I think that might have been the better choice, but I’m happy with the way this one turned out. I needed a purse a little bit bigger than the one I currently have and this does the trick!

This really is a great pattern. Its really really detailed, and explains everything with photos, so its really thorough and easy to follow. I had a bit of trial and error, but once I made an error, it was really easy to figure out how to revise. And just like that, I have a new bag!

upcycled dog sweater.

 

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New year means new dog sweater for stella! I can’t tell you exactly how I made this because I kind of winged it as I went along, but I did take an old sweater of mine from JCrew and and used an old sweater that was stella’s and compared it for size – and just kind of went at it using this tutorial.

Those sleeves though! So the ends of this wouldnt fray, I cut the ribbed ends of the sleeves of my sweater and sewed them onto stellas.  I did the same for the bottom of the sweater. This is where things may have gotten a little carried away and I probably should have left it just as is…But she sure looks cute in it!

crosses baby quilt.

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I finished my second quilt! Again, this one was made with scraps on hand. And it was really fun to make. This one sewed up ALOT quicker b/c 1.) it was baby sized and 2.) the rectangles are all different sizes, some of them long. I really want to make more of this one! I loved how it turned out and I think it would be nuetral enough for a boy or a girl. I would definitely like to try making one like this a little bit bigger too.
Im happy to report that NO needles were broken in the making of this quilt. This time around, things went MUCH smoother, so that means i learned alot from my last quilt.
However, i definitely could use some more help in the binding area. I made my binding 3 inches this time and that helped significantly, but i dont understand when machine binding, how you are able to sew into the ditch on one side and capture the binding neatly in the back. I have to sew the back and then my binding is all over the place on the front.  Thank goodness for transparent thread, but i would definitely like to figure the trick to this….Theres no way im handsewing this binding on! There has to be a way!

This is the pattern I used to make this quilt. It was so easy to follow – so now i just have to figure out how to make it larger! would love to make this adult sized!

plush bunny.

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I made a variation of this pattern for christmas here, and I made another one, using regular fabric and an old sweater (for the ears) recently for my friend who had a baby. I recently got a new sewing machine and needed to break it in, and this was the perfect proejct. It takes about an hour to actally sew once you get the pieces cut and it turns out pretty darn cute! One day I will try making it from felt, like the actual pattern calls for, but for now its been fun seeing how the project comes to life using patterned fabric.

you can find the pattern here.

my first quilt: finished.

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The quilt is finished! Im quite happy with it, although its far from perfect! This was a great learning experience and I actually enjoyed it.  The finished size is probably just a little short from a full size bed; I just kind of eyeballed it, making something big enough that Milo can use and grow into a little bit.

Once i finished piecing together the top I thought I was close to being done.  Unfortunatley I had about 5 more hours of work cut out ahead of me. And since I brought everything downstairs to work where I had a bigger space, I wanted to power through this. This probably explains the far from perfect part because I was getting pretty tired. I used an old sheet for the back of the quilt.

Edging: I had some difficulty here – First with understanding it, then with executing it. I made my original edging 2.5 inches, but I think i will work with at least three inches next time to give it a little more wiggle room to work with.  Also I chose to machine show it on when i sewed it on one side, it goes through it on the other side so i have to figure out the trick to making it neater.

Some tips/tools that definitely helped me through this

  1. a walking foot.  I got mixed reactions from friends saying I didnt need one – but since my machine is new, i didnt want to break it, so i opted to get one – I did break four needles however though towards the end, and the walking foot fell apart, but I dont think I could have gotten through this quilt without doing serious damage to my machine.
  2. transparent thread. what?!! didnt know this even existed.  I read somewhere to get nylon, but i couldnt find any, so i used polyester and im a little nervous its too weak, but time will tell. I was kind of racking my brain trying to figure out how I was going to pick ONE color of thread that worked well for the entire quilt, since it was so multi-colored.
  3. youtube. when in doubt, youtube it.

So I kind of power-through-ed this one, trying to get the hang of it. The purpose was to make something using scraps, and I definitely succeeded and love how it turned out – so much I already started another one….

quilt + progress.

Ok, so I’ve never finished my granny square blanket. Im not giving up on it – no way – I just do more crocheting in the winter when I hibernate in the house and watch alot of movies. Summer leaves me wanting to sew for some reason. I was looking at some new projects to take on, but the thought of buying more fabric gives me anxiety. I wanted to do something to use up the fabric stash i have, so I had the idea to make a quilt. I started sorting my fabric and notice I had alot of blue, brown, green and grey type of stuff so I went with those. Alot of it is leftover scrap fabric. Decided to go with 3 1/2 in squares; updated my rotary blade, bought a long acrylic ruler and went to town on cutting squares. This is made up of fabric scraps from previous projects, old sheets, old shirts, old pants and new fabric. I thought I would make a baby sized blanket; but then realized I have so many squares cut, might as well make a bigger one for milo. Plus its my first one, probably not going to be well done enough to give away anwyays. So i got all my fabric cut and laid out and you know what?….this hardly put a dent in my fabric stash! Doh! I used up alot of the smaller scrap pieces I had but I feel like i put back just as much as I took out. I think I see more quilts in my future.

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Heres everything laid out and ready to sew!

I started sewing some squares and then rows together. I found that putting washi tape on my machine as a guide to keep a 1/4 inch seam allownance helps tremendously. Also when pinning the rows together, MAKE SURE to pin the seams. My seams arent perfect, but so much better now that I have been doing this.

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Here is my progress after week 1! about eight more rows to go…Then Ill decide if I’m going to add more….

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And as you can see here, the quilt is already a hit! More updates to come….

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pajama pants.

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We had a blizzard on sunday, which got me in the mood to do some sewing. A few years ago, I picked up these star wars sheets at the thrift store for milos big boy bed, only they are too small. I almost threw them out recently, but decided to keep them, just in case the crafting bug were to hit. I’ve made pants a few times now, out of old sheets, and its pretty easy to do and can be whipped up in no time. This time around, I had a helper. Milo did alot of the pinning, and helped me figure out the seams. He helped me prepare a bobbin, and I even let him do some sewing towards the end of the project. Good teamwork!
He loves his new pants!!

I have a pattern I use from a book, which looks like its out of print, but its very similar to this tutorial here.
I use my pattern, but then use a pair of existing pajama pants to adjust to make the size work to be a little bigger, since I have a growing boy!

upcycled quilt pillowcase.

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Earlier this summer, while cleaning out our grandfather’s house – we found these quilts that our great grandmother had made. Quite a few of them actually. Alot of them were tattered and stained, but I couldn’t stand just throwing away something so old and something that so much hard work went into. So I took them and told the family that I would turn them into pillowcases, with the good parts, so that we can all have a piece of her quilts.

I created a simple pillow case with a zipper at the bottom. I plan to mail these to family across the country, so this will make it easy to throw in an envelope and they can stuff a pillow into them when they get them.

I was able to make four pillows from one quilt. I still have three more quilts to go!

dino plushie. for babies!

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I made this little guy using the leftover fleece I bought for milo’s halloween costume.
And I have so much ribbon laying around from my card-making days.

After I was done I wanted to make a ton more! Its was really easy and super fun. And sewing with that microfleece is like butt-a! I have a little more left, so I’m going to figure out something else to make with it. This might just be my g0-to baby gift for the future…

I found the tutorial and pattern here.   The only thing I would do different next time is make the ribbon a little shorter. She suggests 6 inches; i made mine 5 and they were still a little long when i folded them over… But otherwise I think it turned out really cute!