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Apparently I needed a hiatus. Perhaps it was a Sabbatical. I think I did too much for too many days in a row and I crashed and burned. But I’m slowly finding my footing and getting back to good. I apologize for my absence and hope it won’t happen again!
So where was I? Oh yes, as I mentioned in the Green Pig post, I also made the red bird from Angry Birds. 
Angry Birds - The Red One
Angry Birds – The Red One

I’ve actually made three of these now. With this one perched atop one of my tea cups from my awesome birthday tea set I realize it looks like he’s sitting on a barrel. Perhaps this one is a bit of a pirate, maybe he needs an eye patch. ūüôā

The red bird was my first fleece plushie, and an instant favorite, it was such a quick fun project, and watching the character come to life was magical! I’ve never had a project with such instant charm that touched me and made me smile, I look forward to making many fun plushie creatures and can’t wait to share them with friends and family so they can all smile too!
For this, I have to think Care from Obsessively Stitching, her tutorials are awesome, she responds to email, and her ideas are endless! I highly recommend you visit Obsessively Stitching and check out her projects, and definitely make your own Angry Bird! Even if you’re new to sewing, her tutorials are so great you’ll be able to follow along, check them out.
P.S. when you participate, be sure to post in her Flickr group.
Green Pig

This is my Green Pig from Angry Birds

I love him even more than the red angry bird, and I adore him! I can’t wait to see the whole menagerie together. If you have loved ones that are addicted to Angry Birds like I do and you love to make things, then you should definitely check out Obsessively Stitching and make one of each from Care’s tutorials.

I love the tutorials from Care, she has great techniques that really help a hobbyist like me make sense of the sewing techniques. I also love how much character you can put into a some fleece by following her applique instructions to make their little faces.

Green Pig
Isn’t he cute? ūüôā

PS. I am obviously still figuring out how to use my macro photo studio, so some pictures are turning out better than others. I apologize for that!

Back in March, you’ll remember the fun tie dye¬†party we had. It’s finally time do¬†to something with the great fabric I dyed. I knew I was going to be making lightweight scarves, so I’ve been keeping my eyes open in the blogosphere for any great inspiration. As usual, I have not been let down. I found a tutorial for a Summer Scarf from Dana Made It¬†and also this Ruffled Scarf from The Sewing Republic. I didn’t have enough yardage to make the Ruffled Scarf, so I went with the Summer Scarf this time. I plan on making the Ruffled Scarf out of a rummage sale find if I can piece it together to make it long enough.

So, enough about that, my beautiful mentor, another woman in a management position who has taken me under her wing share a special birthday lunch each April as our birthdays are ten days apart. This year I knew I wanted to make her something special, and I knew she was fun-spirited enough to pull off a tie dyed scarf, so it was the perfect gift for her.

Summer Scarf

The colors are so beautiful

I love that even though this is hippy tie dye, the colors came out rich and gorgeous, like an elegant silk batik, and it worked out so that you could pair this with a great outfit for work and it would be professional, or you could throw it on with a summer skirt and t-shirt for some great fun.

I apologize for the darker pictures, the light wasn’t that great but I had to shoot it before I wrapped it!

Summer Scarf

I love the center accent that hides the gather, great touch!

Summer Scarf

A little closer

Summer Scarf

The full monty


Today’s late post is the Jester hat from Martha Stewart, so cute. Ontario Reign Hockey¬†fans need to show their pride…don’t all sports fans? I made a scarf for the Lizard Hunter’s wife, but he’s not a scarf kind of guy. I stumbled across this pattern for hats and new the Jester hat would be appreciated, even if he never wore it to a game.

Jester HatI love the pattern and want to make me one, but it’s way down on my list of things to do. Sadly, way, way down. This picture is taken with the team sweatshirt as the background, maybe not the best to show the hat, but fitting nonetheless.

This took me a couple of hours. I’ve made the pattern once before and made it too small so I was more careful with my measurements this time and made sure the stretchy sides of the fleece were together. (the little things do matter so much!) The part about measuring for the jester v got me both times. But it turns out in the end once I get my brain around it. I love the pom poms especially, they are so adorable. I even made an extra one to have as a cat toy!

Action shot – cell phone photo in the stadium, I added some PhotoShop effects so it looks like we meant for it to be that way ūüôā

Jester Hat Action Shot

On Friday, my friend from Saving the World… One Craft at a Time sent me¬† a link to this blog post: Scrappy Stuffed Heart. Since it was Friday, after all, we said, let’s get together after work and make one for our friend in the hospital.

After I got home, the Lizard Hunter dropped her off and we started digging through my fabric stash. We were able to pull together some suitable partners, I mean it is a scrappy stuffed heart. We decided to make the heart to try to¬†match the decor of our friends’ home. I had some hunter green fabric, and great iridescent ribbon to work with. Scrappy Heart Pillow Closeup Button HeartWe decided to create a button heart stitched to a piece of fleece and with lace edging.¬†We also cut out a heart from some fleece fabric for another project and make a pocketScrappy Heart Pillow Pocket out of that. I used some scrap paper from a recycled safety envelope and made a tag that says “The Beat Goes On” and stuck that in our pocket.

We of course had to take a break for sushi. What good crafting night doesn’t include sushi?¬† After sushi, since the fabric store was just a few doors down we had to go raid the remnant bin and we both found some fantastic scraps for future scrappy hearts or other fun projects. Once we were home and settled in, the guys watching hockey and playing the PS2, we got back to work and finished up the last touches on the scrappy heart. The heart turned out great, and I can’t think Belle and Burger enough for the great tutorial! I can’t wait to have our friend home enjoying his new pillow!

Scrappy Heart Pillow

I have an announcement.

I suck at sewing.

There, I said it.

Thankfully I had the whole day off to complete my sewing project. Which was not the plan. The plan was to sew the passport wallet, sew the joker hat, start working on the seahorse and ultra-terrestrial and then finally, find my hot glue gun and start working on the tea holder. Maybe I was a little ambitious. I did think it would take all weekend, and I only spent one of the three days crafting, so there is that. But till. It took me the following shows to get through the project, The Mentalist, The Cape, Cupcake Wars, Off the Map,  Being Human (BBC), Vampire Diaries, and then two episodes of Being Human (SciFi). Thank goodness for recorded television! and for being all caught up!

Passport Wallet Fabric

Now, for the project: last weekend I¬† found this pattern for the Passport Wallet on Google and then I went through my stash and found this fabric. I had just the right blends to pull this off for a fashionable accessory for my mother-in-law who is traveling to Guam and Japan this Spring. I was able to get the fabric cut out, then had to run out to get interfacing. Once I got the interfacing I cut those out as well, and then I didn’t get to touch it again until today.

So this morning I set up a mini-sewing station in our living room in front of the tv so I could watch all the shows I mentioned earlier while I whipped this out. I got plenty of exercise going back and forth between the sewing station and the ironing station (oh, and the kitchen too!) so even though I feel like I didn’t do a darn thing today, I know I walked a few hundred steps and finished this beast!

The pattern wasn’t difficult, I’m just impatient and tend to rush into sewing, then I realize my tension is wrong and so the back side is lots of great loops, except I wasn’t making a lion’s mane. Or, I put the pieces together and start basting without realizing that I didn’t have the right sides together. So I spent a lot of time fixing my mistakes. In the end though, I think it looks good. Not as professional as Maia’s but, hey, I’m a novice here so I think I did okay. I know my mother-in-law¬† will appreciate it, and I can’t wait to give it to her! Here are the final shots. One closed and one opened up where you can see the inside and the storage for credit cards, ID, passport, pen, change and more…

Oh, one of the cool things about this, is that I re-used an iced coffee cup to serve as the vinyl for the ID cover. After a week under a stack of heavy books it flattened out enough to sew it in, and once it was stitched down did the job perfectly! Click for bigger pictures so you can see the detail on the inside.

Passport Wallet ClosedPassport Wallet Open

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