Nov 29, 2012

Dinosaur Tooth Brush holders

**I am re-publishing this post because my letter to Family Fun made it into the latest issue. Hello Family Fun readers! Thanks for visiting my blog!
My son is a HUGE (as in Argentinasaurus-sized) dinosaur fan! So when Family Fun magazine's August 2012 issue arrived and I found  this idea, I got right to it.

I bought two plastic, hollow dinosaurs at the dollar store. (My kids would need their own. I couldn't imagine sharing something this cool.) Then I used a kitchen knife to carve a hold in the top and one on the bottom (for the icky stuff to drip out).

It really was quite easy to do. And the pay-off was big.
Both my son and daughter were THRILLED with their new toothbrush holders.
One month later, they are still eager brushers. Yay!

Nov 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day! I have no new projects to share, but if you're interested in a Turkey Handprint Potholder Keepsake from last year or some cute Turkey placements, please check them out. Thanks! And save room for pie! :)

Nov 15, 2012

The Allosaurus Shirt

I've been making a lot of things for my daughter lately and was feeling a little under-appreciated. Hmm. So I decided to turn my attention to my son's wardrobe. He's 5, and I have to say, he has *always* appreciated everything I've made him - from blankets, to pillows, to clothes. I mean, he is the one who pulls out the toy sewing machine and wants to sew along with me. It's too cute. So I decided to make him something really useful. I bought Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee and set to work.
Way back in September, I bought a handful of dinosaur shirts for the start of the new school year and finally decided I should probably make my own. I asked my son what kind of dinosaur he wanted on his shirt and he Allosaurus. Then he brought me this book for inspiration. (See what I mean? He gets INTO it.)
I let him help me find an image online and this is the one we settled on. If you are not familiar with the mighty Allosaurus, let me tell you that this creature was pretty fierce. He was a large predator that lived in the Late Jurassic time (before T-Rex) and prowled the landscape that is now Utah. Different books and websites will give you varying illustrations of him, but the silhouette we found seems to be pretty accurate (the book is, unfortunately, outdated). Note, also that the silhouette has 3 fingers (the T-Rex only had 2 on each hand). Anyway, let's get back to the sewing. If you have a little boy, I'm sure you know these things anyway!
I used Steam-a-Seam and traced the dinosaur out of yellow fabric, then red for the stripes. (Plant-eaters, though easier to applique, are apparently not as cool. Darn.) The teeth were a little tricky to sew down, but I think they turned out all right. I finished off with a French knot for the eye. Watch out little Jurassic critters!

 Note: For this shirt, I made it a half-inch bigger all the way around (except for the sleeves). My first "draft" of the 5T shirt was a little snug. So this version looks much better. Next time around, I'll shorten the sleeves a tad.
Overall, I'm very happy with the way this shirt turned out. I LOVE the pattern and can't wait to make more shirts and variations of such for both my kids (thinking jersey dress for my daughter, hmmm). Anyway, my son proudly wore his Allosaurus shirt to school last week, and as far as I know, no one asked him if his mom made it. Success!
[Here's an outtake from my photo-shoot. Dontcha just love helpful kids?] Happy Thursday!!

Nov 6, 2012

Jumper with Fun Pocket

Do you have any favorite clothes from childhood? Sometimes I wonder which pieces my kids will remember. Which ones they'll wear over and over so much that they become emblazoned in family photos and, consequently, never forgotten. And then which ones they'll hold onto in their memories as loved simply because that's what they were. (Perhaps it'll be something I made??).
I, myself, have fond memories of a little dress from my childhood that my mom made me (which I didn't realize until I asked her about it and she said she made it!). And it had a pocket with a little Sesame Street Ernie inside, attached to a string. I LOVED Sesame Street as a kid.
This past summer, we had a live animal show at our local library, and when asked what her favorite animal was, my daughter said, "Turtle!"
So when I finally found a jumper tutorial I liked, I wanted to add a pocket and hopefully sew something that my daughter would love. So why not include her favorite animal?

Here she is, Ms. Turtle. I made her out of minky fabric from last year's Christmas-fabric stash.
So she's got a weird back leg (and a dromedary hump). Get over it. She's one-of-a-kind.

It's funny because after I made this dress for my daughter, my son decided he, too, wanted some animal(s) to pop out of his overalls' pocket (you can kind of see him in the picture below, sporting his overalls and reaching out, enviously). I said, sure, what do you want? His response? "Poison dart frogs." Um, do YOU know what those look like? Let me direct you to the August 2007 issue of Ranger Rick magazine (thank you, freecycle). Yes, well, I am not going to show you my blue and yellow felt frog, nor my red and yellow felt frog. At least he's happy.
Now back to the turtle jumper. Yes, this one I like. And my daughter now refers to it (fondly?) as her "turtle dress."(Sigh.)
If you, too, want to make a fun jumper and add your own unique critter, check out the tutorial HERE. Enjoy!
PS: The fabric is thick, heavy corduroy, also from a generous freecyler. At first, I didn't like it so much, but now in dress form? I'm kind of in love.