I've always wanted to make a small stuffed toy with a pocket to put a note, or a baby’s tooth, or a lock of hair. So I decided to try and see if I can actually come up with it. I first made a drawing, and then made a pattern from that.
Next I looked for some recycled material. This one is thin leather from an old jacket. I traced the pattern on the wrong side of the material.
Sew on the pocket, using an easy running stitch. I sewed it in front so it adds some decorative touch.
Then I sewed the two wrong sides together with a running stitch. You can also use a sewing machine for this.
Make sure you sew on the line of the pattern.
Invert to the right side of the fabric.
Now we put on the face. I used scrap felt for the eyes and nose. I just used white glue to attach the pieces. Don’t put too much glue or else it will make a bit of a mark like it did here! To make the eyes, I drew on white paper, cut it out, and glued it on the felt. Then I tried a permanent pen on another piece of leather to see if the ink won’t run. After I saw that the ink didn't make a mess, I drew on the mouth.
After, I stuffed it with some cotton. Be sure to fill up the ears well before stuffing the body. I used a pencil to push the cotton into the ears.
For the bottom, I cut up a piece of cardboard to add some stiffness to the bottom. I cut out a piece of leather just a bit bigger than the cardboard.
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"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." ~Benjamin Franklin
Indeed it is the little things that sometimes get us in a tight bind with our expenses. It's good though that we can get downright crafty and do away with a lot things we can just make (instead of buying)!
Here's a card you can easily have fun and be creative with! Most of the materials can be found at home (or in the trash bin!)
What you need:
cardboard (we used the box of printer ink)
Even if you don't know of anyone with a birthday coming up, these things are just really handy to keep around when you need them! The fact that it is handmade doubles its value!
1. Save this pattern (Right-click on the image below and "Save as"). Print out this pattern.
2. Trace the shapes using carbon paper onto cardboard. We used thick paper from the box of old printer ink.
3. Cut out the patterns. You'll notice that there will be a blank side and a printed side. We will basically use the blank side.
4. Spread glue on the printed side of each shape.
5. Cut out a border and banner shapes from the fabric scraps.
6. Put the different shapes together. You don't have to follow our layout!!!
7. You can put these words inside the card:
May you always have...
Walls for the winds A roof for the rain Tea beside the fire Laughter to cheer you Those you love near you And all your heart might desire.
8. Cut a piece of paper for inside the banners. Write "BLESSINGS" or other wordings you like on the banner. 9. You're done! You just need to put lace on the edges of the borders so it becomes extra special. Now you have a special greeting card!
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"Looking old, though new as can be
Keepsakes such as these are lovely to see
Who the winner will be, no one can say
These things of beauty to cherish every day"
Time for a July giveaway! Are you ready?
We're giving away three premium items to one lucky winner!
See the flower, chintz fabric and pearl? They each belong to one of the trio of prizes.
Prize no. 1 is a Vintage Collage Book Cover
A friendship stitched in time is so fine. So many intricate handmade parts make this a beautiful gift for a friend. A reusable cover for your book, notebook or bible, this adds such wonder to your reading. Inside are garters to secure the pages. Made of cloth, lace and dainty components.
For the avid traveler and dreamer. Keep the elegance of Paris around you. It's got the Arc de Triomphe, Je t'aime, Pearl, Globe, Eiffel Charm, Suitcase and Eiffel Tower. An extender is there in case you need it bigger.
Prize no. 3 is a Long Rose Pearl Pendant
An elegant yet simply styled piece. It lengthens your look with a single slim, long chain and two rows at the center. The metal flower base and rose hang at the side for an asymmetrical effect.
Friendship Day is coming up (on July 30th) and we made something new for this special occasion.
We love all things vintage (as some may have noticed). It's because old things only grow better and more precious with the passing of time.
We wanted to make something that symbolized what friendship is and friendship does.
Here they are ... what are they, pray tell?
These look like books but they aren't. They are book and notebook covers.
Let's take a closer look...
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9
Friendship is a mix of two or more different personalities. Something different, when brought together can create something beautiful so long as each complements the other.
This handsewn keepsake is made of different materials (like chintz in varying patterns) and yet they come together in Victorian-inspired theme.
A friendship stitch in time is so fine. So many intricate handmade parts make up the whole. In our relationships, we build memories over the years. Each one forming a strong bond. Each friendship is a collage of times spent together.
The butterfly print signifies our evolution and transformation into better people when we have friends. No man is an island and we were made to live and love people.
We have favorite pastimes and places. We talk about the things we have in common. We share our thoughts with one another.
Again and again we go back to our old friends. Just like this reusable cover for a book, notebook or bible, we let our friends "cover" for us when we are in need.
Friends make ordinary days more special. They add laughter, music and fun to something that would otherwise have no color.
This book cover adds such a wonder to your reading. Inside are garters to secure the pages. It's made of cloth, lace and dainty components.
I love vintage fabrics and lace. But I know how expensive it is and I do not like expensive!!!
So I use tea to dye fabrics, laces and ribbons to create vintage looking projects.
Sometimes I do not even know what will happen when I start a project. Here I looked for fabric, lace, ribbons that I can combine to make a vintage looking fabric collage.
Included in this pile: a Indian blouse I have used for years (but there's a hole in it so I decided it had to be retired even if I love wearing it!), a torn tablecloth with a lot of torn Battenburg lace and various lace blouses (I bought these in an ukay-ukay, a second hand shop). I dyed all of it, plus some ribbons in a tea bath.
Then I looked for a picture that could pass for an old one. I chose one of my sister whose
birthday is coming up. Then I transferred it to some tea dyed cloth.
You can use transfer paper bought in bookstores or craft shops. There are other ways too,
using mod podge, etc. Just look in google and see what kind of transfer you would like to use!
Then you audition pieces, tearing the fabric, cutting out pieces of lace, and moving it around your photo.
Then, when you are happy with the placement of the pieces, pin it up.
Then sew it up.
I used running stitch all over. So simple! And for the ribbon, I pulled the stitches to make a ruche.
Then I attached the ribbon to add some shiny texture. I didn't follow my first plan, I changed it a bit!
Here is the finished product.
I added some buttons, and a metal heart from a bracelet I took apart.
I quite like it! I think my sister will like it too!