Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Recipe Book

January 6, 2010

My mom and I both love love love to cook and spend an awful lot of time watching food network when we’re together. Since I’ve been away in Australia cooking makes me feel close to her and I’ve been very much into digging out new recipes and concocting some of my own to pass along to her.

Mom’s handmade Christmas gift this year was a recipe book! This fabric I absolutely loved and had intended to use as curtains in my kitchen but that idea was VETOED. Instead I used it to make this gift for mom.
Recipe Book

I used batting and binding board for the covers and stitched button holes to accommodate the green binder clips I found in the craft booking section of the craft store. The pages are recipe book fill pages from craft stores and will take regular recipe cards.

I made my own recipe cards with photographs I took of the fabric and manipulated in Adobe Illustrator. The pocket in the front of the book will hold the blanks for her.

Recipe Book

I stitched a felt tea pot to the front of the book and monogrammed it. I also hand stitched all the way around the edge of the book which not only looked nicer but also made it easier to work around the thick binding board I used.

Recipe Book

Before Christmas day I wrote down all of my favorite new food adventures from the past year and filled about the first 10 cards for her. It’ll be a work in progress!

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Sail Boat Pillow

January 3, 2010

This gift was for my dad who is an avid sailor. He just purchased a new boat that is in storage until spring and the real gift will be curtains for his new boat but until I can get at it to take measurements I wanted to give him something to open on Christmas day.
Sail Boat Pillow

Before I wrapped it I loosely stitched a ribbon at the top of the sails that said I O U SAILBOAT CURTAINS that can easily pull right off.

Sail Boat Pillow

I used a bunch of fat quarter scraps to pull it all together and didn’t really bother with a pattern (I probably should have drawn something up). Sometimes I wing things I shouldnt! But all in all its a nice little pillow he can put on his boat this summer! The real challenge will be the boat curtains 🙂

Buttercup Purses

January 2, 2010

Here is another post-Christmas-post! For my brother’s girlfriends I made purses. These lovely little bags were created with a free pattern from Made by Rae. This bag, called the butter cup bag, has a little pocket inside and a magnetic closure. It was pretty easy to make and I really love the result!

Buttercup PurseThis lovely pink and grey purse was for Ashley. My brother told me she loves pink and I found out later the grey matches an outfit she has 🙂

Buttercup Purse

Buttercup PurseJen has mentioned a few times how much she loves black and white accented with red! The inside has a very subtle red stripe and I really loved the hounds tooth for a winter purse.

Buttercup Purse

The butter cup pattern was really easy and It taught me how to install those great little magnetic snaps as well as creating nice neat pleats. I recommend you download and give it a try! It only takes a quarter lining and a quarter fabric.

Fishing Pole Bags!

December 29, 2009

As promised…post Christmas gift posts! I wish I could have posted this before christmas because it’s so hard to find crafty gift ideas for guys. Both of my brothers are into fishing so I decided to make these fishing pole bags for them.

Fishing Pole BageThe whole idea was to make some thing that will carry their fishing poles as well as all of their tackle. I made it from ripstop and kind of fashioned it after the bags that carry folding chairs.

Fishing Pole BageThere are two pockets at the top that fit either their tools or the plastic organizers I included.

The pocket for the fishing poles stops about a half-foot from the bottom of the bag and synchs shut. This pocket can accomodate either full length poles or poles that come apart.

The bottom portion of the bag zips shut and has round stacking/interlocking Tupperware to hold their worms and bait.

Fishing Pole Bage

Here is a sketch I made before I got to cutting and sewing.

The pole extends from inside the bag but holds steady because the weight of it, the handle and reel, sit at the bottom of the bag. The boys really loved this gift and have promised to give some feedback after they stuff their goods into it so I can get to making them for my etsy store before the fishing season gets going!

There are more christmas gift posts to come. The whole family is flat on the couches with a stomach bug thats being passed around so you can bet I’ll be quite attentive to the blog for the next few days!

Please feel free to share with me any great christmas crafts you gave or received with megnificent made!

How To (Cardboard Play Table)

December 23, 2009

This post will give you a bit of information on cardboard furniture. I recently made this adorable little cardboard play table for my niece’s tea-party christmas present. It’s really easy to do, inexpensive (especially if you’re using recycled cardboard) and far more durable than you would think!

Cardboard Play Table

The first thing you’ll want to do is collect your cardboard. I won’t give you very exact measurements because it’s really up to you what size furniture you’d like to make. This tale is about 14 inches high and 2.5 ft square. I recommend you recycle cardboard. Go to your local grocery store or electronics store and ask for their boxes. I’ve done this before and got really great heavy-duty cardboard from a local fruit stand. For this table I bought cardboard at the art store for about $3 a sheet and it took three sheets. I just didn’t have time to run around and find any. For the top of the table I used three-ply cardboard for strength and the rest was made with single ply corrugated cardboard.

You will also need a good sharp box cutter, white tissue paper, gesso, a big foam paint brush, a glue gun and paper tape. Paper tape can be found at your art store. It is generally used for water-color painting. Paper tape has an adhesive on the back that is water activated. The benefit of this tape is that it is paper and when you paint over it will absorb paint rather than bead up.

These are the pieces I cut out for the table…

How To- Cardboard Play TableHow To- Cardboard Play Table

The side of my table is scalloped but you can make that anyway you like. The picture on the right is the table leg. The table legs I made are 14 inches tall and 2in square. It’s important for the table legs that the corrugations in the cardboard runs verticle to give it strength. Where I’ve marked the dotted lines score the cardboard (don’t cut all the way through) and that will give you nice sharp corners on your table leg. The last panel is .25in wider so that it can over lap where it will glue together.

Get out your glue gun and start gluing all of your pieces together. apply glue to the edge of the table top piece and attach the table side. The next part is important for strength. Use the glue gun like a caulking gun and run it along all of the seams forcing more glue into cracks and making the seams smooth and strong. Do it on the inside seams.

Next you will use the paper tape!
Cardboard Play TableWater activate the sticky side of the tape with your foam brush and use the tape to cover any raw edges. Use it along all of the seams and press it flat. To cover round edges cut darts out of the tape and smooth it around the edges.

Next, grab your gesso, tissue paper and foam brush. Paint the table and apply sheets of tissue paper as you go. Put tissue paper down on the wet gesso and paint more white gesso over it. This will give you a good plain white base to paint on later. Make sure not to run your brush over the tissue paper too many times or it will tear.

Cardboard Play TableIn this photo you can see the glue used as caulk on the rough edges and the paper tape covering the seams on the inside of the table. This table isn’t as finished as some proper cardboard furniture pieces but it’s for kids so I didn’t go nuts. I wanted the legs of my table to be detachable so I created pockets to shove the legs into. They’re really snug so that the legs don’t fall out.

Paint the table as you like. I did a yellow wood grain on the legs and painted the top like a table-cloth. Finish the piece with a few coats of varnish, this will make it much more durable and keep it safe from water!

Don’t limit your cardboard furniture to your kids! I’ve made pieces for my apartment before and they are so unique and beautiful. Most people think it is wood until they pick it up! They’re extremely durable and sturdy. I have a chest of drawers that I can stand on. Once they’re varnished they are quite safe.

For some ideas on what cardboard furniture can look like check out this instructibles tutorial!

Felt Strawberry Short Cake

December 15, 2009

Felt Christmas

As promised! A photo of the completed strawberry short-cake! A few weeks ago I posted a HOW-TO for this adorable felt play food which you can find here. You can find a tutorial on the strawberries here. I try to make lots of How-To posts so check out that whole section of the blog if you’re feeling crafty.

Felt Christmas

It took me a while to get this posted because I’ve been working so hard on all my christmas goodies. This tea party for my nieces (more of which can be seen here) has been my big project since October and I’ve poured a lot of time and love into. I absolutely cannot wait until Christmas to see the reveal.

I spent yesterday evening constructing a table for their party which is a really simple and fun project I will post more about soon. It is made of cardboard but is very very structurally sound. I’ve made cardboard furniture before and absolutely love the concept of recycled furniture that can be so creative and unique visually. I’ll be sure to post more about that soon.

Felt Christmas

I took all of these photos before the table was completed but I really love how all of the elements of their tea party together are such beautiful bright colors. It’s just so pretty to look at. I can’t help but leave it all assembled until Christmas.

Since these photos I have painted a purple lace doily on the table with their initials as well as painted the legs of the table pale yellow with faint wood grain. The scallops of the table has purple trim now too. I didn’t make them chairs for their table because, as you can see in earlier posts about the project, I had made them special embroidered and fringed pillows to sit on.

Felt Christmas

Felt Christmas The latest addition to the table are these adorable felt fruits from a pattern by UmeCraft on Etsy. The apple velcros together and slices apart. The Orange comes apart into 6 slices, and the banana peels!

Felt ChristmasTheir dessert selection is not limited to Strawberry Shortcake! These girls can also pick from four different cupcakes! This one here is their lemon merengue with orange peel and a lemon wedge. I made special cupcake wrappers with their names on them in three bright fun colors too. In my final tea party post I will show more in detail on the cupcakes.

If you’d like to see more photos of what I’ve been up to with this project, please visit the tea party post to see more about the table ware, and my flickr site to see food more in detail.

I can promise you two more posts on this subject…if you don’t mind! One on cardboard furniture with this table as the feature, and one on the final project after christmas. It’ll be a part of my slew of holiday gift ideas for 2010!

Your Mama Was A Snow Blower!

December 13, 2009

I’m a sucker for the Gute’ and that adorable little war machine Johnny. Honestly, one of my favorite 80’s films. When I moved to Australia to be with Graham it was one of the movies I packed. When I arrived I discovered he had a copy too. We became one of the few house holds to have two copies of Short Circuit. It was love…

And so naturally, I love this shirt too. I don’t have a Johnny Number Five shirt but I certainly should.

Green J5 Shirt by SlowShirts

Green J5 Shirt by SlowShirts

No Disassemble!!

Anyway, I’ve finished all of my Christmas sewing madness just in time for holiday party madness. I’ve decided to expand the little girl’s tea set with fruit, cheese and crackers, and an adorable little tea table that will also store their felt goodies. My brother’s girlfriend, Jenn, will also be getting into craft time with me to help make a few of their favorite dinner items with felt so it’s not all sweets! As soon as the paint dries on that little table I will set it all up and take a photo for you all. If only to knock that promise off my list!

I wish I could share all of my other Christmas Creations with you but I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. I’m photographing them all now so that come the 26th you will face regular postings of Christmas ideas for 2010!

I hope you’re all enjoying the season!

Lego Sleeping Bag

December 9, 2009

I’m hand making all of my Christmas gifts this year and my nephew asked for nothing but logos… that posed a problem! When I told him I was making gifts for everyone he replied “You can sew something that reminds you of my personality!”

That didn’t help much.

I have to be honest, I gift idea stole from my mom. She had bought my nieces sleeping bags to use on my dad’s new boat this summer and was searching for one to give to Brendan as well. She couldn’t find one she liked so i stole her gift idea and decided to make him a lego one!

It came out well and I am really proud of it, but the big sewing lesson I learned from this project was to NEVER SEW A SLEEPING BAG.

Here is the finished product.

Lego Sleeping BagI made the pillow first which was, in retrospect, great practice in fabric lego design. It’s big, overstuffed, fleecy and fluffy  but if I were to make it again (which I may) I’d make those lego pegs a bit smaller! It’s not uncomfortable to lay on but I think it’d both look better and sleep better with shorter pegs…a lesson I used on the sleeping bag. The pegs on the bag raise only about an inch from the bag.

The pillow is red fleece as is the lining of the sleeping bag. The outside of the bag is made with blue rip-stop and it is stuffed with 5 layers total of 1 inch thick batting. Two layers on top, three on bottom. There is a blue zipper that runs half way down one side of the bag. I couldnt find a zipper for the traditional full length and around the bottom edge but he’s just a kid and even I can get in and out without opening the zipper anyway.

The pegs were made by sewing cylinders and then hand sewing the cylinders to the top layer of rip-stop before assembling the bag. The pegs on the bag are stuffed with two layers of the batting used in the bag.

The toughest part had to be sewing the lines along the body of the bag to keep the batting from bunching or shifting. Our machine is clearly not equiped to deal with that many layers or anything of that size! I sat on the floor with the sewing machine wrestling this bag all day through the arm of the machine and broke 5 machine needles. I tried sewing it by hand but it looked terrible from the inside. There was a minor bit of bunching on the back of the bag but I was able to flatten it out by snipping the lump out of the batting and you wouldnt really notice.

If you’d like to undertake this project, I have no pattern and I’ve already recommended you don’t do it…but it’s easy to figure without a pattern if you think you can handle the back ache.

Just figure in a comfortable length and width for your child. Double the width to accomodate the top and bottom of the bag. As I mentioned. The pegs were made by sewing cylinders. I cut my circles by tracing a plate. Sew the cylinders to the top layer of rip stop and then sew the lining fleece to the rip stop with the outsides in. Leave enough space to fit in the cut layers of batting. I figured this space by installing the zipper on either end, and then leaving the space below the zippers open. Turn the bag right side out and stuff in the batting. It was easier to install the front layers of the batting from one end, and the bottom layers from the other end rather than pushing them all in from one side.

This is the tough part! You need to sew lines across the width of the bag to keep your batting from shifting or bunching. You can sew by hand if you’re neater than me, or if you have access to a more industrial machine then you should be fine. For me, I rolled the bag tightly from one end to fit under the arm of the machine. I put the machine on the floor and sat behind it to pull the fabric through the machine. It wasn’t easy and I broke my back but good luck. If you have any ideas on how to make that easier let me know and I’ll share it!

The last bit is to fold the bag with the rip stop together. Sew from the end of the zipper and around the bottom of the bag to seal it shut. Turn it in side out and if you’re lucky…a big lego bag!

If he doesn’t want it I know plenty of adults who would, but I do hope he likes it.

Chilly Pigs

December 1, 2009

I’m not going to be with my Guinea pigs for their first Christmas this year so I sewed up their gifts and left them behind.

Chilly Pigs!

It’s getting into the heat of summer and those guinea pigs with their long hair can barely stand the heat! We normally put an ice pack in a sock for them to cuddle up to, but I decided for their Christmas gift that I would sew guinea pigs out of towels to put their ice packs in. They’re much more fun to cuddle up to 🙂

Chilly Pigs!

I wish I could be there to see how happy they are with them but I’ll have to wait for photos to come my way!

Ho Ho Home for the Holidays

November 28, 2009

The Holidays are in full swing! I love this time of year, Especially now that allll my gift making is done super early and I can just enjoy the season. For those of you still in frantic mode, here is some cheer to put in your cup a la Etsy!

Red Nosed Reindeer Tutu Dress

Red Nosed Reindeer Tutu Dress by TutuFairy

Before I had decided to make my niece’s their Felt Tea Party, I was planning on making them Tutu Fairy costumes. They’re so cute and they’re all over the place. I really love this one because it’s a full dress and the hem is cut beautifully. (see the link for photos of the hem.) Its longer in the back and short in the front. It’s almost like a more Formal Tutu. I could see a little one wearing this to a party and not just for dress up. I also like that it’s christmasy without being red and green. Just beautiful! There is another in the store that’s all green with little ornaments. The shape of the dress lends itself perfectly to a christmas tree! Check out their shop at Tutufairy.etsy.com

Girl and Boy Elf Pillow Covers

Girl and Boy Elf Pillow Covers by DesignsbyNancyT

These are super cute to jazz up the bedroom for Christmas. It’s such a quirky design for christmas! Check out the DesignsbyNancyT Etsy store.

Black and Green Kneehigh Slippers

Black and Green Kneehigh Slippers by TheCrocodileRock

I love love love these slippers! They’re on my Christmas list for sure. I’ve always loved things that hug my legs in the winter. I have a huge collection of legwarmers and knee high socks, and now I want these cute slippers. I like the floral pattern and they look so cozy. They remind me of the extra boots eskimos wear inside their mukluks. I bet they would be great inside winter boots for sledding too! Check out more of her cozy knitted slippers in her Etsy Store.

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka by TwoGuitars

Mele Kalikimaka is one of my favorite Christmas songs and always makes me think of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. These cards are beautiful, simple, and so different! Check out more great prints from TwoGuitars in their Etsy store.

Custom Silhouette Ornament

Custom Silhouette Ornament by Ohanabylea

My mom always puts an ornament on our packages at Christmas, and these custom cut silhouette ornaments are such a beautiful keepsake. I’d imagine you’d have to get your order in quick to ensure it in time for christmas so get in and order now! Order at Ohanabylea‘s Etsy store.