Bunnies for babies

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I made a cozy chenille/flannel blanket for some friends’ new baby girl and had some extra fabric so decided to make a smaller blanket in the same style for a charity project.

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I also made the new a baby a little onesie to match using the tried/true freezer paper stencil method. It is cute but the subtle color difference has given me a photographic challenge and this is the best I can do.

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Small scale crafts

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Just catching up the blog on some small scale crafts I’ve made this year. Above, another of my favorite felt-backed hexagon coasters – this one for a long-distance friend who likes polka dots, florals, and red. I made another of these in a more muted palette for my Mom for valentine’s day but didn’t take a picture. I don’t do much sewing by hand but for some reason these are very satisfying to me.

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A cool freezer-paper stencil t-shirt for Bea – she painted it.

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And a little set of baby doll accessories for my niece’s second birthday – some fabric wipes stuffed into an old travel wipes container, a couple of diapers for a very small bum, a “mattress” bed, pillow and blankie. (I made her a crib/wall quilt and bunting before she was born with the same fabrics.)

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David painted the spare bedroom light blue (I know it looks grayish green in this picture) for my valentine’s present and I finally got around to hanging up some photos from a few of my favorite real-life and on-line photographers. Since then, I haven’t spent nearly enough time in front of those pictures and that sewing machine. But that is another story.

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It was fun

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I really like to sew. (Sometimes I forget.) And I really really like it when the projects are as fun as this. Rainbow order! Ack.

I’ve made pencil rolls before, but this rainbow-centered version of Kathy’s (Pink Chalk Studio) is just the ultimate. I just adapted the instructions in Last Minute Patchwork (it was for a 24 pack) but Kathy also published the 12 pencil roll instructions in a magazine lately.

Bea helped by picking out all the fabrics to match the pencils (she did have some help with the red-orange which was hard and very lacking in my stash). Pretty good, eh? She’s a color girl after my own heart. She also picked out the outer fabric. P is for purple. P is for Penelope!

One note: I wasn’t really happy with the lightweight cotton fabric I used for the pocket. It needs something more substantial when you go to shove the pencil inside. Next time I would use a heavier fabric (Kathy used a heavier linen) or, as Lori suggested, use binding on the edge to create a stiffer edge. She’s made enough pencil rolls to know a trick or two. (Have you ever counted them up Lori?)

A few more weeks hopefully and I can find my sewing machine again amidst the rubble that was once a functioning house…

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Tie One On March: Mrs. Tiggywinkle’s new apron

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I had big plans to make a teddy bear with apron for this month’s challenge from this 70s pattern I found. But after making mistake after mistake (and that was before even starting to sew) I decided that needed to wait until I was more patient. I studied our existing dolls and stuffed animals and the majority did not need aprons (they never cook, you see…)

But I found someone who did — Mrs. Tiggywinkle. Oh, she’s seen better days for sure — too much steam from the ironing I guess (though I don’t even remember actually playing with her as a child — just displaying her…) Her apron was torn and also just not the right shape. The one pictured in the book is straight and long. (She’s pictured below with original apron and book.) So — there you go. Easy fix.

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After reading the book with Bea a few (more) times I realized that a person could have hours of fun sewing little clothing items to go along with this story. (Mrs. Tiggywinkle does laundry for everyone!) Cock robin’s red waistcoat, Peter Rabbit’s much shrunk blue coat, Sally Henny Penny’s stockings, Mrs. Rabbit’s red handkersniff that smells so badly of onions… Oh, I could get carried away. Especially if I knew how to make little clothes… For now I made her a little bundle of laundry and a new shawl to wear while going out to deliver it.

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