For a while now I've been wanting to start a little shop to sell patterns and other items I've designed, but up until today I haven't been able to find the time. So I'm so excited to post that I've finally set up shop and my first item is a pattern and tutorial for these little baby kokeshi dolls.
I designed these as gifts for Girl's Day this year and they are just under 1 1/2" (38 mm) in height and so much fun to make. The pattern and tutorial is available as a 9 page PDF file that features color photographs with a material list, step by step instructions, and lots of tips.
It was a challenge trying to keep the PDF file size down since I included so many photographs, but I wanted to make sure that there was enough steps that even a beginning crafter would find it a breeze to make. And it really is, I promise!
I'm not good at self promotion but I really hope you'll be as excited about your baby kokeshi as I am. Make some for yourself or as gifts for friends. They're the right scale for decorating your Re-ment or other doll house miniatures and the perfect size kokeshi doll for all you Blythe fans as well. Here's one sitting in Miss Kitty's living room.
I also include some ideas for other uses for your finished kokeshi and an option for turning it into a bead. So if you want to learn how to make a baby kokeshi, go to my shop site. Mahalo nui loa everyone!
I can't believe it's already December. We were supposed to put up the tree this weekend but never found the time to squeeze it in. Hopefully we can get it done this week, I know Buddy can't wait. I did manage some Christmas crafting during the game last night.
We tend to give out a lot of gift cards this time of year, and I always feel a bit sheepish just giving them out in those cardboard holders they provide at the store. So I came up with these felt reindeer pouches sized to fit a standard gift card (sans cardboard holder). I made two different versions one hand-stitched with felt antlers and a quicker machine sewed version with pipe cleaner antlers. I didn't want to have to fiddle with too many little pieces so the ears are part of the back pattern piece. Here's what it looks like from the back.
Wanna make one? Here's a pattern with instructions for the hand-stitched version.
(Update: I noticed a small error on the pattern where I wrote "ear placement" instead of "antler placement". Sorry if that confused anyone. I reloaded the file with the correct wording and some revised instructions. Thanks!)
Yesterday I read on Prairie Mouse's blog that she had received her copy of the Softies book that we contributed to earlier this year. It was exciting to finally see it but I thought for sure it would be at least a week or so before my copy arrived because it always takes forever for mail to get to Hawaii. So imagine my delight when as I left for work this morning my postman handed me a package from Australia!
I was so excited that I kept sneaking peeks at it as I drove to work. It looks amazing and I really like how the publisher laid it all out, with wonderful photos of all the projects. There's instructions and patterns for 22 different adorable softies from a bunch of talented crafters. I contributed two patterns, the little donkey on the cover and my kangaroo softie and joey finger puppet I posted about earlier this year.
The book is published by Penguin Australia, but I don't have all the details yet for where it will be available. In the meantime here's some information from the publisher.
First we gotta make a pattern. Get a plate and trace um onto one piece of paper.
Hee, hee! Is that Mr. Incredible? What size plate?
No matter. Can be any size you like.
Okay, I wen trace um. Now what? Cut it out?
Yes, and then fold um in half and then open um up and fold it in half one more time.
No, fold um in half again two more times until you get eight equal parts. You know, like when you cut one pie.
When I cut one pie only get four parts. Ha! Now what?
Now, it's time for cut out the fabric.
Ho da cute your fabric! Where you when get um?
Thanks eh! I bought um in Japan. Okay, where we was? Oh yeah. Use your pattern for cut one circle for the outside, one for the lining, and I also cut one from a super stiff interfacing. But you no need add the interfacing if you no like.
My blog has had the same banner and look for almost two years because I've been too lazy to figure out how to change it. And now that I have, I just want to put it back to how it was. So we'll see how long it lasts, because the cookies are so gigantic they're starting to take on a Gozilla-about-to-stomp-the-city feel. If anything it's a giant reminder that I promised Buddy we'd make snowman cookies again for his class this year, I just have to remember to get the ingredients. (A little bit better, but kinda loud. First it's too big, then too loud. Oh well.)
Speaking of snowmen, I have another guest post over at Kiddley. It's for a really easy to make origami advent calendar using these snowman bags folded from a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" (A4) paper. I created a PDF file for the snowmen, so all you need is an inkjet printer and some folding time.
Buddy's is almost ready to go, I'm filling his with some of the great ideas Claire and Amanda came up with for theirs.
(Added: The snowman cookies in the banner are from last Christmas, you can find the recipe I used and more info here.)
Today while I was searching for something on ebay I came across some jewelry for crocs. I know, I know. Crocs, you either love them or hate them. Well, Buddy loves them, so these croc jewelry caught my eye.
The jewelry was basically little rubber charms with round rubber backings that are inserted into the croc holes as decorations. I had never seen them before and I was going to order a bunch for Buddy and for his upcoming birthday goodie bags, but then it occurred to me that I could easily make some myself.
So here's a little tutorial for "Croc Charms". Sorry for the lousy pictures, but I didn't want to wait until the weekend and better light to post these because I was so excited about it. Especially since it so quick and easy to do.
- decorative buttons with shanks on the back
- flat buttons that are slightly larger than the holes on the crocs
- needle and heavy weight thread
Step 1: Using doubled thread, securely tie a knot onto the flat button, and then string the thread through the flat button a couple more times to really secure it.
Step 2: String the same thread through the decorative button shank to secure it to the flat button. Repeat a couple of times and then tie the thread off in a knot and clip thread. It should look like this.
Step 3: And that's it! Get your crocs and jiggle the flat button through the hole on the top and voila! Charms for your crocs. A terrible photo, but you get the idea. Easy right?
Like Tania, I've been hush-hush about a project that I still can't believe I was asked to be a part of. I'm so excited and proud to share the news about the Crafter's Companion!
Anna has done an incredible job over the past year putting this book together and it's finally here! It features wonderful craft projects (including patterns) from seventeen amazing crafty bloggers! Here's a little sneak peak of some of the projects (can you guess which one is mine?).
It officially hits the stores on October 18th, but you can preorder the book now through October 14th for only US $19.99, including shipping, to anywhere in the world!!
Click here or use the pre-order button in my side bar. I can't wait till I get my copy! Yah!!
This week I've been playing around with a little rabbit I used to make years ago during my country craft phase. He's five inches tall and quick and easy to make from fabric scraps in your stash. I updated it a bit and added some pants for him this time and I also did up a pattern and tutorial for downloading (in PDF format) below. The way I made him may be a bit unconventional as I prefer to do the face before stuffing and I don't like dealing with cutting out and joining little fabric pieces. I also added the option of felt arms instead of embroidered ones and a pattern for a kitty as well. If you prefer your critters au naturale and in their birthday suits, then just trace the pattern onto one piece of fabric, sew, stuff and you're done. Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it.
And since it is WIP Friday, here's a group shot of all the rabbits and kitties I made until I got the pattern to how I like it.