Thursday, February 2, 2012

I'm moving to a new blog...

Hey everyone, I'm moving my crafting creations to a new blog, called
Simple Stitches by Rachelle
click on this link (above) to go to the new blog.  It will be up & running in the next few days.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

{spencer's froggy}

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One more stuffed animal...This one I made for Spencer for Christmas.  I got the pattern here @ Coloured Buttons.  This pattern makes a pretty small frog, so I enlarged the pattern by probably about 25% (I'm not sure exactly).  I stuffed it with poly-fil, but plan to open it back up & add some beans to make it more flexible.
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Once again I used some vintage buttons from my mom for the eyes.  I used cotton fabric for the top of the frog & some white minky fabric for the belly.  It was very difficult putting these two different kinds of fabric together because the minky stretches & the cotton doesn't.
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{spencer's silly snake}

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I love this snake!  I made this one for my son, Spencer's birthday, using the Silly Scrap Snake from www.funkyfriendsfactory.com.  I did make this snake a little longer than the pattern called for because I knew my son would like it that way.  This was a very simple pattern, with great instructions.  The one thing I changed was that I stitched the mouth shut more after I finished it, because I didn't like how wide open the mouth was.
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When Spencer first opened the snake & was checking it out, the first thing he said was "I love his eyes".  I loved that because I used some more vintage buttons that I got from my mom on this one too.
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To order your custom Silly Snake email me at:  chelscraps@yahoo.com.  The Silly Snake is $15 (plus shipping, if applicable).  Your snake will be 10 sections long (not the 14 that is shown here).  When ordering please indicate your color choices & any prints (stripes, polka-dots, flowers, etc.) you would like.

{Kyla's teddy bear}

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Here's another teddy bear that I made with the Honey Teddy pattern from www.funkyfriendsfactory.com.  She makes some really cute patterns for lots of different stuffed animals.  I also made the Silly Scrap Snake that you'll see soon.  This Honey Teddy pattern is free when you sign up for her newsletter. 
The eyes on this cute little guy are vintage buttons from my mother's collection that she let me have.  I got the minky fabric in the remnant section at Scrapbooks Etc., a local scrapbook store.  I love minky fabric, but it is not so fun to sew with.  It sheds like you wouldn't believe (unless you have sewn with it before)!
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Even though Kyla is almost 12, she still loves her soft, teddy bear. You can never be too old for a teddy bear, right?

{caden's teddy bear}

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This last Christmas I decided to try something new, making stuffed animals for my younger kids. This first teddy bear I made was somewhat difficult because the pattern did not offer good instructions at all. I used this How Joyful pattern, which is free.  I have sewn for a long time, and I have made lots of different things and followed lots of different patterns, but this was the first time making a stuffed animal & I could not for the life of me figure out what I did wrong with the feet.  They are funky looking and usually this would drive me so crazy that I would take it apart & fix it, but for now it's staying with some weird feet.
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Despite his imperfections Caden loved his new teddy bear when he opened it on Christmas morning.
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