Craft

I MADE ME A SAILOR TOP

If anyone has ever read any of the sewing posts I have done you will know I am not a skilled sewer. I can make basic things that don't fall apart, but when you look real close you will see what a mess of a seamstress I am. I sewed myself a top and shorts when I was 9, in a summer camp, and I was so proud of it. It barely fit me at the time I was finished. To be honest, it was very ill fitting. Between that and not understanding sewing machines growing up, those were the end of my sewing days. Since the kiddos came into my life I have had to get over my sewing hangups and resolved to be better in this department. Last time I was at Fancy Tiger Crafts with a little creature we chose fabric and a pattern for something to make and wear. I thought maybe it's time to revisit this and sew myself a little something. This leads me to the sailor top I just made myself.

Reasons I chose this sewing pattern:

  1. I could see myself wearing it.
  2. It looked forgiving and flowy in fit & construction.
  3. It said BEGINNER.

I grabbed a dark pattern. I was thinking the darker it is the less likely to show all the mistakes I will likely encounter. 

I chose this one. It was reminiscent of a floral pattern my parents had for their bedroom drapes growing up, but a less sunny version. When I was folding the fabric after washing I saw it was designed by Leah Duncan, which was a delight. I had seen her illustration work here and there. This one is called "Central Park Fog" by Art Gallery Fabrics.

I have actually been sitting on this pattern and fabric for a while. Earlier this week I was feeling inspired. I ironed, cut the pattern and fabric on one day. The following day I sat down to sew thinking I would work on it a little bit every day. You know what? I didn't take me long at all! I was done constructing the shirt by the morning. All I had to do in the evening was finish up the hem. I would have finished it in one sitting, but I had to be somewhere, things to do, bread to bake, check the mailbox. You know how it is. I was shocked it took me such little time!

I am thrilled I actually accomplished this. The only critique I have  (of myself)  is I might have made it one size too big. I would still rather have a problem of it being too large than too small. 

If anyone out there wants to dabble in a beginning shirt project, I recommend this one. I didn't look at any video tutorials and felt that the pattern instructions were clear. I knew if I ran into a problem it wouldn't be difficult to find the support I needed through the resources noted in the sailor top pattern.

MAKING A BUNNY HAND PUPPET

Spring is among us. Well, most of us. Parts of the country are still getting hit hard with a dose of winter. With spring arriving I was feeling festive and fun. I had seen these Felted Bunny Hand Puppets a while back and this seemed like the right time to make it.

You will need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • pen
  • felt
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • pattern

Gather your materials. I wasn't going for traditional spring colors, so my palette is varied. Like with any sewing project always make sure you have enough material for the various parts that have multiples.

Cut out your paper pattern and then cut it out on your felt. I used this pattern as a guide, but I did change it a bit. I flip flopped the colors for the ears, made the nose bigger and gave the bunny eyelashes. 

Fold the bunny tail column felt in half over the length of the piece and cut the slits in the side. 

Then begin rolling it up. You will want to sew as you go.

Then sew all your elements together without sewing the body together. Make sure you have everything how you want it. In the pattern it asks you to cut the tail to make it more fluffy, but I liked the way this curly tail looked, so I kept it that way. Also, I stuffed the ears slightly the give them a little fluff. I also stuff my things with the scraps of felt and string from the project or past projects. 

When sewing the front and back of the body together, pin and line up the ears the way you want them, as you will be sewing them into place as you stitch along. 

Then you are good to go for some friendly puppeteering!