Contour Clip Barrette Covers

I am notorious for losing, oh, let's call it misplacing, things. My son has a Montblanc pen. He's had it forever. NEVER give me anything of value unless it is screwed to my person. I go through pens and pencils like they were kleenex. I have no idea what I do with them... they just disappear. I'm also awful with hair clips. Pairs of barrettes soon become solos. So I can hardly get upset with young children for losing their hair clips. For that reason, when making barrettes for Pixie and Fairy, I wanted some that were super quick and easy to make, so when they inevitably get lost, it's no big deal.

 

Today, I'm sharing apattern for felt covered contour barrettes. They are cheap to buy, quick to stitch up, and cute as can be. The thing I like about my design is the "hood" in the back. Unlike barrette covers that can slide out of the cover, this design will keep the barrette snug as a bug in a rug! I plan to make a mountain more, but I did want...Read more

Doll Purse A.K.A Cell Phone Holder

 

 

 

 

 

Okay... The other day I got this incredibly beautiful cell phone. It's so pretty. It's purple and has these cute little flowers on it! (I swear that's not the only reason I bought it!) But I am so excited. Finally, a keyboard for texting (God help my children) and GPS. And, the mother of all delights... internet! Yeah, yeah, yeah, it also plays music, BUT, to have unlimited internet access... no matter where I am... euphoric!

The only draw back with the LG Lotus, and I really don't consider it a draw back because it's as cute as a bug's ear, is its odd shape. It looks more like a square compact than a phone. Because of that, none of the standard holders... hold it. Hey, not a problem, right? I have a cupboard full of felt. I'll throw something together, and it did. And I must say, it's every bit as cut as my phone. Attach a carabiner and whalah... off ya go. Dangle it from a belt loop, hang it off your back pack, or attach it to just about...Read more

Praising the Shank

In the mid 70s I was in college majoring in Home Economics. No, actually, Michigan State University was on the cutting edge, and it was no longer called Home Economics but rather Human Ecology. They prided themselves on NOT being a college content with simply teaching “stitchin’ and stirrin’” but instead asked you to question the value of baking a loaf of bread, over buying a loaf of bread. Not that they didn’t teach you how to bake bread, they just wanted you to be sure that you considered the components like cost, time, nutrition, taste, etc. before embarking on the actual act of baking bread. In another words… to be more philosophical about homemaking. (A bit of an aside... Perhaps as a sign of the times, this past year Michigan State closed their College of Human Ecology. The building is gone and a parking structure has taken its place. A small tear was shed!)

Still, we learned many things about being efficient, capable and creative. When I look back on it now, I suppose many things were rather antiquated. I remember a rite of passage in textiles was being able to...Read more

Our House Applique Block


As a young woman back in the 70s, Crosby Stills Nash and Young were one of my favs. And "Our House" was one of my all time favorite songs. Every time I hear this song I'm back on the campus at Michigan State University. Today's Our House Applique Block is a tribute to that song and that time in my life. Hmmm... note to self... a whole collection of applique blocks dedicated to my youth... Joni MItchell's Big Yellow Taxi, Neil Diamond's Cherry Cherry, John Denver's Sunshine on My Shoulders. Wonder what I could do for Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody? Ah, but I digress... back to today's applique block!

To quote the song..."Our House, is a very, very very fine house, with 2 cats in the yard, life use to be so hard, but everything is easy cuz of you..." this block depicts a house full of life and love. From the 2 cats in the yard to flowers on the sill. I made it for our 6" x 6" blocks but it can be changed to meet your needs. Also, you can use a cotton...Read more

Fried Egg Block Applique


In the realm of "why the heck not?" I'm including a Fried Egg Applique Block, because... you never know when you might need one??? Anyway, since there are eggs all over the place this week, I decided I may as well include one in our FREE Applique Database. If you are new to embroidery or appliqueing, you just can't get an easier project then this. As always this was designed for a 6" x 6" block but you can enlarge or reduce its size to meet your needs.

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Felt Fried Eggs and Bacon

It's egg week. Next up... Fried Eggs and Bacon. What could be more fun than some yummy eggs and bacon in your child's play kitchen? (Well, maybe toast and jam, but that will be featured in another blog.) These are easy to make and fast. I'm talking nap time fast! To make play more fun, make a Felted Egg in white or brown, and "stuff" the fried egg inside. Then, children can "crack" the egg open, and fry it up in a pan! This pattern is available in the FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!  
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