Another Yoda.

The Yoda pattern had two options.  The 9yo boy asked for both so another was made…

2nd Yoda.

2nd Yoda.

The 2nd Yoda worked up much more quickly because there wasn’t a robe to make.

Yoda!

Yoda!

I couldn’t resist reposting this picture!  These characters are so cute!

Name Pillow Tutorial

I finally found some time to write up the tutorial for the Name Pillows that I made for the family for Christmas.IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2

You will need:

2 different knit fabrics (one for the pillow, both sides and one for the letters) – my pillows are approximately 16″ square so I had enough of the pillow fabric for two of those and enough of the backing fabric for one 16″ square.

Cardboard pattern

Cardboard pattern

I made my pattern out of cardboard.  Since I wanted my finished pillows to measure 16″ and I was planning on a 1/4″ seam allowance, my pattern was made to a 16 1/2″ square.

Pattern.

Pattern.

I just used an old box for the pattern – nothing fancy.  This is how I usually make simple patterns.

Pillow fabric and backing fabric.

Pillow fabric and backing fabric.

The backing fabric should be a good contrast to the pillow fabric.  Here I am using the turquoise fabric for the pillow and the white for the contrast.

Pin front of pillow to backing fabric together.

Pin front of pillow to backing fabric together.

I placed the fabrics in a pile and traced the pattern out.

Lay it on the fabric and trace around.

Lay it on the fabric and trace around.

After you have your fabrics laid out, place the pattern on the fabric and…

Cut on traced lines.

Cut on traced lines.

Trace around the pattern, then cut along the traced lines.  You will have your pillow shape.

Write the name on the pillow.

Write the name on the pillow.

Pin one pillow square on top of the contrast square, leaving the remaining pillow square for later.  Write the desired name on the pillow leaving enough space in between the letters to create “bubble” letters later.  I wrote mine on the diagonal from corner to corner, but you can write it any way you would like.  After the name is written, go back and draw more lines on the outside of the original letters so that you have something that looks like the above.

Stitch on the outlines.

Stitch on the outlines.

Stitch on the outlines of the letters.  You need enough room inside the stitching line to cut that fabric.

Cut out the top fabric inside the stitching lines.

Cut out the top fabric inside the stitching lines.

Once you have stitched the outlines, cut the top fabric only leaving the contrast fabric to “shine” through.  Repeat for the rest of the letters.  Then sew the back of the pillow to the front of the pillow, right sides together – leaving an opening for stuffing.  Turn right side out and stuff pillow to desired firmness and sew the hole closed.  TA DA!!  You have your finished Name Pillow!

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

It’s pretty simple and makes a big statement!  Have fun!

Yoda is finished

I have made my 9yo son extremely happy!

Yoda!

Yoda!

These little guys are totally addictive!  They crochet up very quickly and are super easy to assemble.

Just look at that smiling face!

Just look at that smiling face!

And totally worth the effort to make this guy so happy!

 

January Monthly Dishcloth

I belong to a Yahoo Group that knits two dish cloths every month.  One of the really fun things about this group is that we don’t know what the dish cloth will look like until we are done.  A few rows at a time are given out each day until we are done.  I started this one late, but I’m not looking at any of the spoiler pictures :o)

January 1st and 2nd rows.

January 1st and 2nd rows.

This is my dish cloth start for the year.  I can’t see where this is going or what it will be.  Give me a few more days!  I’m a little behind and actually the second dishcloth has already begun, but once I finish this one, I will start the next.

It was my birthday!

I love birthdays!  The kids all get so excited to celebrate with me, it makes me just all that more excited.

Such a cute little puppy!

Such a cute little puppy!

I got all kinds of handmade cards (I LOVE those) and this cute little flower puppy from my mom.  Thanks, Mom!!

T’s Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

My oldest daughter’s Christmas Stocking was completed two years ago but I never shared it.  No reason really except that we were busy with all the holiday fun and festivities and then the stocking got put away.

I can't believe I did this!

I can’t believe I made this!

This stocking took a LOT of time and effort.  However, unlike knitting, there was not ripping out of stitches – it all went together pretty smoothly.

Look at all that detail.

Look at all that detail.

The best part?  My daughter simply loves it!

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!