Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Basket

My nephew will be attending an Easter egg hunt this year, so I thought it would be fun to make him a basket.

I thought that a one-year-old at an Easter egg hunt might get a little wild  so I figured that a soft basket would be the way to go. 

I made a basic fabric basket stiffened with a layer of craft weight interfacing and a layer of fusible fleece.
The basket was still a little floppy so I cut a piece of boning a few inches longer than the circumference of the circle and inserted it in the opening at the rim (the opening was left after I sewed the lining and outer fabric together so I could turn the project right way out).  I overlapped the edges of the boning.  Next, I stitched the opening closed.  Finally I machined stitched as close as I could to the boning to hold it in place. 
I added the handle after the base of the basket was complete.  The handle is stiffened with timtex. I sewed a band of ribbon around the basket to hide where I had sewn on the handles. 

I'd love to make an Easter bucket when he's a bit older.  Do you have any Easter projects in the works?  I'd love to hear what you're working on!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Car Blanket

My nephew recently began to take naps snuggled up with a blanket.  I don't think that he has many big boy blankets so I thought I would make him one.  The little guy is majorly into cars at the moment and I had some car flannel in my stash.  I wanted to do something to jazz up the flannel a bit so I began thinking about adding a car applique.  The idea grew a bit and this is what I came up with.

I used narrow bias tape to mark the center of the road.  I enlarged the template I made so I could have cars of different sizes. I used a layer or flannel for the middle of the quilt rather than batting to make it lighter weight.  It makes it nice to snuggle without being overly heavy.  As the blanket is relatively small I didn't think it needed to be quilted.  

I like the blue car best!
What fun things have you made lately?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Miss Pretty Pretty Giveaway on She Wears Flowers

Tammy from She Wears Flowers is hosting a fabulous giveaway this week!  She's hosting a giveaway by Julie from the Etsy Shop Miss Pretty Pretty.  She has generously offered to give one of her marvelous felt card table playhouses.  Julie is giving away any playhouse (one) up to $200 in value. 

The Miss Pretty Pretty shop has some amazing card table houses!   The Miss Pretty Pretty shop has a wide range houses available.  

I like the idea of a basic home as a setting for playing house.   If I were picking a home style playhouse I'd have to pick the Around the House Card Table Playhouse.  I love the kitchen. 

There are also lots of community themed playhouses available.   

I know my nephew would be absolutely thrilled to play with the Grocery Store Card Table Playhouse.  He loves to go grocery shopping!  

Perhaps he'd even get a bigger kick out of the Fire Station Card Table Playhouse.  
I love the way the door rolls up. 

Chances are if you know a kiddo with a favorite thing ever you'll find it represented in the selection of playhouses.  There are playhouses for kiddos who love the beach, camping, construction vehicles, dinosaurs, farms, faeries, golf, Halloween, pirates, princesses, space superheros, and trains.   There are 54 custom order playhouses listed.  I'm majorly impressed by the selection.  
I have some friends that would absolutely love the Starry Night playhouse. 

All of the playhouses encourage open ended imaginative play.   I think they'd be a great addition to any playroom.  If you're interested in winning one head on over to She Wears Flowers and enter the giveaway.  While you're there be sure to check out Tammy's blog.  She has some awesome ideas.  I love, love, love her snowflake pillow and I plan to follow her felt cake tutorial sometime soon.   Good luck!

Friday, April 1, 2011

More Pants!

I really like to make pants for little ones.  When I want a quick project that I know will get used I almost always turn to making a pair of pants!    
Cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago I came across a pair of pants that had seen better days.  Lots of the material was still in good shape, so I didn't want to just toss them.  I decided to cut them apart and use the material to make a pair of pants for my nephew.    I used the outer seam from the original pants so they look like more effort than they really are.  It was a super quick project.  I love that it made use of something that would have otherwise been scrapped. 

I finally made a pair of pants using the Basic Pant Tutorial from Made.  I've always done pants from a one piece pattern before.  It looks like having the lowered edge at the front will help make these comfortable.  I'm excited to try the flat front version of this pattern as soon as I hear how these fit.    

I think that making baby/toddler pants is my like my crating version of a comfort food.  What have you been making lately?   Do you have a kind of project that you return to over and over again?