Birthday Parties

My fiber arts school has started offering birthday parties, scouting events and mother/daughter parties.  We just held a birthday party and boy was it super fun!

Sample owl for a birthday party Let's Go Crafting organized.

Sample owl for a birthday party Let’s Go Crafting organized.

This is just one of the projects choices.

How we set up for a party.

How we set up for a party.

Before the party, we make sure that everything is completely ready.  All fabrics cut and all tools out and easy to reach.

Embellished owls.

Embellished owls.

Parties are three hours long with a short break in the middle for a snack.  I totally love when the students embellish their creations.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of tail feathers added.

A couple of tail feathers added.

Party goers.

Party goers.

Don’t they look like they had a fabulous time?!!  That’s because the did!

Hot Pad

Lately I have been doing a fair amount of sewing.  Alas, it is not for me but for samples for the classes that I teach to kids.  My newest sample is for a Hot Pad.  This pattern is pretty straight forward and easy to do.

Hot Pad Front.

Hot Pad Front.

Basically you decide how big you would like your hot pad to be, cut two squares of fabric, and one square of batting all the same size.  Quilt in whatever pattern you like, I used a straight stitch and made lines about 1/2″ apart all the way across.  Then bind it (I made my own binding) – let the binding be a little long so that it can also be used as a hanger.

Hot Pad Back.

Hot Pad Back.

Isn’t that the cutest thing?!  The kids are loving 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!

 

10-stitch Pillow Ta-Da!

I finally finished this!!  Hooray!  I had finished knitting the top quite awhile ago and it has been sitting in the mending pile for all this time.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

I blogged about it’s beginning here.  One of the reasons it took me so long to finish is because I couldn’t figure out what to do for the back.  Should it be as colorful as the front?  Should I do some sort of patchwork?  Did I want to put a zipper in there?  I tried out so many things that just didn’t quite look right that I was beginning to give up.  Today I went back into the sewing studio and started pulling out fabric and something clicked!IMG_3390

I decided on this white on white fabric (really it’s off-white) and a simple velcro closure.IMG_3391

And I LOVE it!  Having something so simple and plain really complements and shows off the vibrancy of the front.  I’m so glad I didn’t give up!  Now I can’t wait for the kids to come home to tell me what they think!

Sample Ribbon Tote

I created this super cute tote bag out of ribbons for my students.

Ribbon Tote.

Ribbon Tote.

It’s something that they can put together relatively quickly, yet looks really great.

Ribbon Tote.

Ribbon Tote.

Both sides are covered in ribbon and the handle is also made out of ribbon.  The first day I presented it, one of my students started making it!!  I can’t wait to see how hers turns out.