Superman Capes

I am "super" excited about this little tutorial!!  This Father's Day, we will be celebrating in super-hero style!  One of our silly traditions is to dress up and celebrate Father's Day in some goofy way.  So this is how we will be celebrating Father's Day... each of us with our own superman capes!

I did a few quick measurements on the hubs (top secret, of course!), Little Man, and myself.  I measured neck circumference (for the hole of the cape), width across the shoulders, width across the back, and the length from shoulders to end of back.  I added a few extra inches to all my measurements to make them extra big.  I folded my felt and cut it to the appropriate length.  Then I cut snips at my bottom and top (using my measurements for back width at bottom and shoulder width at the top).  I cut a straight line between my two snips to give it a cape shape.

Using my neck circumference, I cut a hole (still folded) for the head.

Because I wanted our capes to be double thickness for extra durability, I used the first cape as my pattern and cut out a second!

I printed off a superman logo and cut it apart so that I could use it as a pattern.  I made a smaller pattern for Little Man's cape and a larger pattern for the adult capes.

I pinned everywhere and sewed the 2 layers together.

Sewing around the logo was a little tricky, but if I can do it, so can you!

Last thing!  I snipped the neck apart and added 2 velcro squares so it could attach easily.

I just had to see Little Man in his cape!  So tonight, he strutted his stuff in super-baby style before going to bed.  Doesn't he look adorable in his Elmo slippers and Superman cape??  One thing is for sure, this is one SUPER kiddo.

And that's it!!  This was the easiest thing I have made in a long, long time.  And I know Little Man will only enjoy it more and more as he gets older!  I can't wait to surprise Super- hubs with our cheezy-ness on Father's Day!

Have a super DUPER week!

Mr. Potato Head

We made it back into town yesterday, and I am still wrestling mountains of laundry. But I wanted to give a quick sneak peak on the latest quiet book page I finished.

Without any further ado, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Potato Head!
Isn't he cute?! All of his accessories are fastened on with velcro. Many quiet books have a "dress me" page. I decided to do Mr. Potato Head instead. I only sewed on his body and arms. So when he's bare and naked, he looks like this:
On the page next to the spud, I will sew a little pocket to put all of the accessories to be interchanged. Of course I had to do a Mrs. Potato Head also. Check out this hot potato:
Do you think I went overboard on her lips?! I like it!!

Happy Monday!

Felt Star Garland

I realize it's almost too early to bust out everything patriotic, but I thought I would get a head-start on things. Besides, this could work for Memorial Day, right?!

Alright, I admit it: I am addicted to making banners, garlands--anything hanging from my mantel! It's been about a month since my spring banner went up, and I am already itching for something new. I probably need medication for something like this 🙂 Thank goodness my hubby has patience with me!!
But aren't these felt stars just fun and happy?! Well, if I can whip one out in an hour, so can you!! Here's what I did:

You can print your own star patterns by clicking here.

I am really loving my little star garland. I contemplated adding a couple more stars, but I like that it is simple and sweet! Here are a few more shots:

Have a wonderful weekend!!
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Homemade Felt Cards

Confession: Making cards stresses me out.
Don't stop reading based on that. I love to craft. I swear. It's just that making cards is something that just... well, I want to be good at it. I want to like it. But usually, it just plain stresses me out. I always leave glue marks. So on Friday I realized I had 2 cards to make: A Mother's Day card and a birthday card for my big brother. I needed something quick and stress-free. I've had just about as much stress as a girl can handle for a while.

I have been in a sewing mood. Sewing relaxes me. And I have all this felt left over from making the infamous Quiet Book. So I decided to try my hand at sewing cards. Here is what I came up with:
Not too shabby for my first try, eh? I am still giddy about sewing felt right onto paper. It's the little things in life, right?!
I wanted this to look somewhat like my own version of the Mom tattoo. I am a sucker for red/black/white color combination.
My brother is a serious baseball nut!! He is obsessed with all things baseball--he even has an entire room devoted to his favorite baseball team. So the theme for his card was obvious, especially considering we gave him a coffee table book about baseball parks.

I know I still have a lot to do in the world of card-making... like add a whole bunch of embellishments. Maybe next time, I'll add some ribbon and buttons, too.
Baby steps people! 🙂

Just In Time

Just in the nick of time!  I just finished this adorable Peeps Baby Bunting done in time for Easter weekend!  

I think that I made my bunnies ultra large, but I like them that way... 

Go check out Made to make your own!
Now bring on the Easter egg hunting.  I'm ready!

St. Patty’s Day Wreath

I am a little late in posting this.  After all, this wreath has been hanging on my door for a week or two now!  

I was inspired by Crap I've Made.  Char made an adorable shamrock wreath, and I had to try it.  I glued 4 styrofoam hearts together to make the shamrock shape.  This was a little tricky, but I finally used layers of hot glue and felt in between the hearts to secure it.   (I debated about adding a stem, and finally did AFTER taking the pictures!)  I have to admit that I got a little sick of cutting circles out of green felt by the time I was done.  But I dare you to find ANY styrofoam peeking through!!

Many of you know my struggles with my very orange apartment door.  There's just nothing I can do about it. I don't mind how my shamrock looks on it.   But it looked like a giant green blob.  I had to do something about it.  

So I added a little burlap flower in the center.

Much better, don't you think?!
Okay.  Just one more view.

** I am pretty much obsessed with burlap flowers right now.  If you want to learn how to make your own burlap flowers, check it out.  The Tidy Nest has a great tutorial!!!**

Have a wonderful weekend!!!  

Five Green & Speckled Frogs

It's funny where creative inspiration comes from.  This particular project was inspired by a song.  A song I sing just about every day to my son.  He loves it!  Even as an infant, he would perk up to Five Green and Speckled Frogs. So I set out to make 5 very green and very speckled frogs that he could play with while we sing the song!

I used a frog template to cut out 2 green frog shapes per frog--10 total.  It was pretty tricky matching these up perfectly.  I made a "figure eight shape" out of white and black felt for the eyes.  The fun part for me was using Wonder-Under to attach all of the spots onto the frogs... even on the backs of them!!  Our five green and speckled frogs needed to be truly speckled, after all.  I sewed a red mouth and then stitched all the way around the frogs, stopping just long enough to add just a bit of stuffing for each frog's tummy.

This little frog is my favorite. I like his big dopey smile.   They each have their own special "personality" and did not end up identical, but I like that. 

I was dying for this little drooling dude to wake up in the morning and meet the froggies!! 

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Tic Tac Toe: 3 Hearts In a Row!

The sewing machine and I just recently became friends.  But I don't have a whole lot of patience.  I am a fan of quick, easy projects.  I dreamt this one up and knew I could handle it.   Here is what I did:

Let's start with the front.  I wanted a checker-board look to the front of the board.  I needed 9 squares, so I cut 4 white squares and 5 black squares and arranged them into a tic-tac-toe pattern.  

Then I cut 4 strips of fabric to line the 4 sides of the checkerboard.  

My seam allowance for the whole project was 1/4 inch.  I pinned the squares, right sides together, and sewed them together, a row at a time just like a quilt.  I learned the hard way that pressing your seams open is not optional.  So press your seams every step of the way!  (I guess the iron and I still need to make friends!)

Next, I pinned 2 of the strips to 2 sides of the checkerboard, right sides together.   Sew those together and cut off the ends of the strips so they are even with the checker board.

Now sew on the other two strips, and the front is done!  Don't forget to press open those pesky seams.

Then I cut out a square of fabric that was 12 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches.  This will be the back of the tic-tac-toe board.  I pinned this to the front, right sides together.  **It would be a cute idea to sew a little pocket on the back to hold the hearts.  I wish I would have thought of that before!**

Then I sewed up 3 sides of the square, leaving 1 entire side open and snipping corners.

The inside of the tic-tac-toe board is a foam board square.  I cut it 11 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches to be sure it would fit into the fabric cover, and it did.  Nice and snug!  Hooray!
The fourth side has to be sewn up by hand.  I did it last night while watching American Idol.  
There are so many cute things you could make for the tic-tac-toe pieces.  If I was a truly patient person, I would have done X's and O's.  Instead, I just did red and pink hearts.  I wanted them to be thick, so I cut out 5 pairs (10 total) of red hearts and 5 pairs (10 total) of pink hearts.  I used a 3-inch heart template to cut them.  I just pinned 2 hearts together, and stitched all the way around.  

Now play tic-tac-toe to your heart's delight!!  

PS This was my first sewing tutorial, so leave me a comment if it does not make sense!

The Ever-Popular Heart Wreath

Is everyone making this wreath for Valentine's Day?
I kind of like that.  Nice affirmation of my good taste.   I love the look of this wreath.  It reminds me of rose petals. And it's easy.  I only had to cut out circles and push pins.  I can do that!  I first saw this wreath at The Idea Room.
I started out with a yard of red felt, a heart wreath, and a box of straight pins. I also got a chance to try out my new fabric shears.  (The baby safety plug is NOT part of the wreath....)
I traced a glass from my kitchen, and cut out a couple of circles at a time.  I kept thinking, "Okay, now this is enough circles."  But I used up every single scrap of red felt.  Not kidding.  Confession:  My circles looked more like lemons.  Or acorns.  Take your pick!
Once all those pesky circles were cut out, I took each one and folded it in half.  Then I folded that in half again.  I think it kind of looks like a fortune cookie, don't you think?!
I took a straight pin and secured each "rose petal" into the syrofoam heart and just started pinning away.  That was the fun part for me.
I was so excited to hang my finished wreath until I realized how terrible it looked on my orange door.  Talk about a clash.  Good thing this won't be my door forever.  Silly orange door.
Looks much better against a white background, don't you think?  My baby sure thinks so.  He is ready to tackle it.  It is on his blankey, so it's fair game.

Adorable Felt Envelopes

Are you ready to start writing some gushy love letters?!
I am, and I am making everyone in my family participate.  🙂  Now we have cute felt envelopes to wrap up our valentines to each other.  I was inspired by this tutorial here at Roots & Wings.   If you are limited in your sewing abilities and don't have the patience to sew for very long, then this project is for you!  I like to sew as long as I can see the end in sight.  And especially when I can make something as cute as this:
I found some cheap felt at JoAnn's (29 cents a sheet!), and made 1 pink envelope (for me, of course), and 1 red and 1 white for my boys.  I added velcro to the hearts on the fronts to keep the envelopes closed.  We don't want those sweet nothings sliding out!
I love how the stitching on the back looks like a postmark!  You could add lots of embellishments to really cutsify these.  But I don't know how impressed my husband and son would be.  So I simplified.
Don't you love how the pinking around the edges adds so much?!  And the stitching really makes these look authentic.  Now these little guys are just waiting to be filled with some sweet Valentine's Day letters.
Now I am dying to make some mailboxes so we can really deliver our mail in style. By the way, only 17 more days until Valentine's Day!
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