Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Doll Sleeping Bag and Pillow

I decided to do some bedding as gifts for Christmas (and can post this now!) and went searching online for inspiration/patterns/ideas.

I came across Mama Pea over on peas in a pod who has an amazing step by step tutorial - check it out here.  It was inspired by Vicki Walker of Expert Village who has several videos on you tube.  I also found a tutorial about pillowcases on Christine's blog - from an igloo.

I took a look at all the available inspiration (pinterest etc) and decided to follow "Mama Pea's" measurements and got started.

Now before you decide this post isn't for you..... I don't have any fancy gadgets i.e. a rotary cutter or a self healing mat big enough to use to cut material (I used my Fiskars 17x11 mat), or one of those wonderful quilters rulers or a quilting foot for my little sewing machine or any knowledge of patchworking!
So armed with my Fiskars scissors (featured above in the first photo), a school ruler, pins and determination I set to work.  

I should mention that before this the only thing my sewing machine had actually sewn was paper!!!!!

Okay... background picture painted!!!

I cut templates from newspaper - 21 inches x 13 inches (folded) or 21 x 26 (open).  I wanted to be able to make the best use of my fabric and make sure I didn't mess up!
I cut my top fabric, middle layer - fleece material and backing fabric using this template and then pinned them together at intervals.
I then stitching horizontal lines across the layers (you may see the pins are still in place).
I then rounded the corner of the layers (I used a chocolate lid as my template!).
Pin the bias binding on the top half of the sleeping bag pulling at the corners to create a rounded corner.
Machine stitch - then unpin and hand stitch the bias binding on the back/inside.
The next step is to put the bias binding over the two layers of sleeping bag (basically "sandwiching it together"!).  Don't you just love my technical terminology!!!!
 I wasn't too confident at this so I tacked the bias binding front and back with white thread so I knew that I had secured it on the back as I machine stitched.
I then added a button where the bias binding joins - you could add a bow if you wanted.  I put my Fiskars scissors next to the sleeping bag so that you can get an idea of scale.

For the pillow

I worked out my dimension (10 inches by 6.5/7 inches).  I used a long piece of fabric (20 inches by 6.5 inches) as that was what my scrap was!  I then cut two pieces to create the edge/open end of the pillow.
 I pinned the edging with wrong sides facing.
 Below are both pieces reading for machine stitching.
 I then placed them right side to right side and machine stitched.
When turned and pressed I then ran another line of stitching on top.
 I had already made an insert for the pillow using some cotton scraps (read hubby's old shirt!) - filled with toy stuffing and top stitched the end closed.
 I got so proficient! I made a second one in red!.
Two sleeping Bags and pillows ready for gifting!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happily ever after....

Supplies: pp and cardstock - Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit
PTI Love Lives Here sentiment, Pin - Making Memories, machine stitching, 
Spellbinders heart dies, pop dots, tuxedo black ink - Memento, 
roller adhesive and 6x6 card blank.

I wanted to share a quick and easy Wedding Card I made using the products from the October Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.

I cut hearts using a Spellbinders Die and lots of machine stitching!  I was inspired by Lucy Abrams card here.

Hope you have a wonderful day. School holidays start in 25 mins ... yipee!!! Happy Friday!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Out with the old, in with the new!

Supplies:  Clementine by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Aspen Frost pp - Basic Grey -
Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, copics, glossy accents, PTI die, 
machine stitching, pop dots, tuxedo black ink - Memento 
and roller adhesive.

Out with the old - in with the new! (New Stamp/pp's - Old die/old sewing machine!)

This week on Paperplay we are very kindly sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  Kim very kindly sent me a beautiful new stamp from her new release - "Clementine".  I got inking and made this fun card using my copics, glossy accents and papers from the Festive Holiday Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.
I did a couple of layers on the juggling clubs so that they had a depth to them and were raised as they would be in real life!.

I used a die from Papertrey Ink and lots of machine stitching and layering.  I wanted the image to take "centre stage" so didn't add any additional embellishments.

Be sure to check out what my teamies created right here.  Hope you get to play along.

Thanks for peeking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Supplies - Decorative Ornament Stamp CG226 - Hero Arts,  
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart, Opaque White Color Mist - 
Mister Huey's, Sail boat blue acrylic Paint - Adirondack 
Brights by Ranger, White Enamel - Ranger, Blue 
Cardstock, Faded Jeans Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, 
White Cardblank - Anita's, Roller Adhesive 
and machine stitching.

I dug out some of my Hero Arts Stamps (one of my favourite companies!) to create this card.  I painted a layer of acrylic paint directly onto the stamp and stamped onto kraft.  I waited until it was dry and then cut leaving a border.  I added dimension on the ornament using white enamel by Ranger.

When completely dry I machine stitched it to the base (which I had already "splattered" and let dry) and then raised it on pop dots for added dimension.  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and I cut out a notch to make it into a banner.

Layered onto blue cardstock and added white snowflakes (Martha Stewart Punch).  Thanks so much for peeking.

Card Mania - Snowflakes
Made Especially for You - Use 3 Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp - What's your favourite - Hero Arts/stamping technique

Hope you have a wonderful day/evening - thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Today I want to share a card I made with the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Festive Holiday 2012.  I added some wooden snowflakes and pearls from my stash.

I cut the patterned paper to size and wiped white acrylic paint around the edge to distress.  I layered it on red cardstock (from the kit also) and adhered to a 5.25 x 5.25 in card base.  I added the Basic Grey Aspen Frost die cut shape/sentiment with pop dots, added the painted snowflakes (again with the white acrylic paint) and added pearls to the paper/snowflakes.

Simon Says Stamp - Snowflakes
Shopping our stash - Winter Holiday or Snow/Winter Theme
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes

Thanks for peeking - hope you have a great day.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas is Coming ...

Supplies:  pp, chipboard accents, layered chipboard - 
Blitzen Collection by Bo Bunny, 
Merry die and sentiment - PTI, fired brick 
distress ink, machine stitching, 6x6 card blank, white gel 
pen and roller adhesive.

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "Christmas is Coming" 
and we are very kindly sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.
I added depth by layering chipboard accents on top of the patterned paper.  I opened my new dies from Papertrey Ink and ran some white cardstock through my Big Shot.  I adhered to the pp with machine stitching and stamped the remainder of the sentiment with fired brick distress ink. 

You will notice my machine stitching is loose - have been using my sewing machine for a non paper project and have to realign my tension! Takes a few days for the machine to catch up!

A Passion for Paperplay - Christmas is Coming
Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas
Created with Love challenges - Christmas Blues

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you have a wonderful day.
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