Sunday, March 7, 2021

Craftastic Monday Link Party

 
Happy Craftastic Monday!  Check out some fun ideas from fellow crafters & show all those wonderful spring, St. Patrick's Day & Easter (and whatever else) project you've made.  
Link 'em up below!

 
 
 
Its available for free for this week only so don't miss out!

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
Hello Sewing shared how to make some adorable pom pom bunnies:
 
diy yarn bunny with grass
 
My French Twist made this lovely paper dahlia flower wreath:
 
 
Studio 27 shared these cute potted carrots made with dollar store items:
  


French Creek Farmhouse gave this cute cross stitch clover pattern:  
 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Limited Time FREE Pattern: Little Leprechaun Mini Top Hat

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up and now seems like the perfect time to share a little holiday pattern:  My Little Leprechaun Mini Top Hat!

 

 

I've made one to give to my little nephew since this will be his first St. Patrick's Day.  I also took these latest photos with my own littlest lady leprechaun and we had so much fun with it, I've decided to share the pattern here so everyone can enjoy making their own.


It can be made in fleece or felt so it's soft and washable.   Worn as a hair clip or attach to a soft, stay put headband.  It's great for babies, kids and adults.  

 
It can be sewn entirely by hand or mainly machine sewing with minor hand sewing to finish. The pattern includes all the printable pieces plus 8 pages with detailed instructions, supply list and loads of step-by-step full color photos.  
 

The mini size and jaunty shamrock detail make it festively fun.  I can't believe 3 of my babies have now worn them!  

 

I sell this pattern in my Etsy shop, The Green Hedgehog, but I'm offering it here as a FREE PDF download for the next week (through March 10, 2021). 

 

Just click HERE to get the Little Leprechaun Mini Top Hat Pattern for free until then!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!




Sunday, February 28, 2021

Craftastic Monday Link Party


 Can you believe March is already here?  With more warmth & sun, spring doesn't feel far away and boy is it welcome!! Time to show all those wonderful spring, St. Patrick's Day & Easter projects and whatever else you've been working on.  Let's see what craftastic things you've been creating.  If it's made by you, link it up!!

 

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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
The Organized Dream showed how to make these charming rustic DIY twine carrots:

 
Frau Tschi-Tschi shared how to make these adorable lamb egg warmers.
 

 
EyeLove Knots gave us this fun leprechuan hat crochet washcloth pattern:

 
Artsy Karma turned old wine corks into these cute decorative ornaments:
 

Haekelfieber shared her pattern for making this cute crochet winter fairy:
  

Satsuma Design gave this great how-to for making your own reusable tea bags:
 
How to easily make reusable fabric tea bags. Try this easy sewing project to make loads of tea bags for a delicious cup of tea! #reusableteabag #sustainable #teatime #easysewing
 
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Being A Sewing Maniac aka 11th Hour Baby Dress Pattern Hack

 
Today's sewing project proved that I am a sewing maniac.  As if you didn't already know!  There have been a number of things over the years, fabric hoarding, getting insanely excited about sewing gear notions & patterns and well, this blog, that all pointed in that direction....but this latest one confirmed it for me.  My littlest one's first birthday outfit:
 

A sweet little dirndl-style knit dress covered in cute colorful ponies and coordinating French terry leggings.
 
 
I got the brainstorm to do it the day before her family party.  I realized she didn't have a little dress she could crawl around in for the big day.  The few winter dresses she wore at Christmas are a bit longer so they get caught on her knees and impair her mobility.  This one is just the right length to keep her moving:


 
So there I was, cake & food were all set, house was decently tidy, present wrapped and I had NOTHING planned for her to wear less than 24hrs later.  
 
So I did what a sewing maniac does - I quickly found old fabrics in my stash that serendipitously went together, spent 10 minutes sifting through my patterns to find something that could work with her size and my amounts of fabric, decided I'd have to modify one's style a bit and then sewed everything up (while homeschooling two big kids, wrestling with two small ones throughout the day).  No birthday stress for the first time EVER so why not tack a potentially massive stress inducing last minute sewing project on?!?  Crazy lady behavior, that's what it is.   
 

I used Ottobre Design's Muksis Top/Dress pattern (issue 1/2009) and their Lola Leggings pattern (issue 3/2009).  I'd used both years before, but never paired together.  Here's one of the Muksis tops I'd made over 10 years ago, for my oldest daughter.  My littlest lady also wore this outfit, but got too small a few months ago.
 

 
I really like the pattern's fit, but for this one I wanted more to the dress than just an A-line shape.  So I decided to turn it into a build-on-it bodice by cutting across the pattern two inches below the armscye and straightening the sides (since they normal flare).  I cut a skirt section that was a few inches more than double the bodice width and made it 11 inches long.
 
 
The top has a lap shoulder design so I followed the pattern directions to attach the neck bindings and overlapped the shoulders. 
 
 
The French terry I was using for the leggins was very stretchy and lightweight so it was ideal as my binding & cuff fabric. Especially since the very reason this adorable pony print was still in my stash after a number of years was that I'd been dreading to sew with it.  It was an interlock knit from JoAnn's which means fairly cheap in price and quality.  Even though the fabric weight is good, it sometimes stretches when you don't want it to, thread gets caught, binding can be tricky to stitch, etc.  I've been sewing with knits for a LONG time and have tried almost every trick and have concluded their knit is just okay, so you have to expect it to give you a hard time.
 

After I attached the sleeves and sewed the sides it was time for the skirt portion.
 

I sewed up the side seams and then did my easy technique for gathering along the top:
 

 
Along the top raw edge I basted a wide zigzag stitch, capturing some thin crochet yarn between the stitches.  I always do a separate piece for the front & the back sides so there are two raw ends at each seam. 

 
Then it's super easy to pull those ends and create gathers that are easy to even out and adjust. Then all that was left was to pin the skirt to the bodice, stitch them together and do the skirt hem.  The Lola leggings were really simple since each leg was a single piece - just stitched up the inside leg seams, crotch seam, waistband and leg hems & done!
 

 
And by some miracle everything turned out exactly right, which almost never happens (especially when rushing to hit an insane deadline).  
 

I just love how it turned out and she's already worn in several times.  I line dry these sorts of outfits to keep them from shrinking or piling too.  Which works well since the cuffs turn down and the loose fit mean the dress can be worn a long time - even as a tunic top a year from now.  Maybe that means I've got next year's birthday outfit covered already....;)




Sunday, February 21, 2021

Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday!  It's a brand new week and so many good things are coming up - a new spring season, St. Patrick's Day, Easter....let's see what wonderful things you've got for us in those themes or whatever other reasons you've been getting crafty.  Recipes, stuff for kids, paper crafts, decor, DIY, sewing, knitting/crochet, gift making, etc.  
If it's made by you, link it up!!

 
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Here are this week's Craftastic Picks:
 
Love My Little Cottage showed how to this charming blessed spring wreath:

 
Sum of Their Stories gave this great how-to for making a top entirely from fabric scraps:
 

Simple Joys shared this easy sandwich cake cookie recipe with just 5 ingredients for the cookie AND the yummy frosting filling:
  

Scratch Made Food made this tasty recipe for celery root and stem salad with lemon horseradish vinaigrette:
 
Root and Stem Salad, a delicious crunchy celery and celery root salad!
 
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