Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Some quick kiddie T-shirts

A play date at the zoo today with 2 of Little Imp's interstate cousins.  Given I never get around to posting gifts & we hadn't seen them for a while I decided to quickly make them some t-shirts.  Given Little Imp's fascination (bordering on obsession) with 'raff's' at present, the zoo theme of the day and some spotty orange fabric found hiding in my stash, a new giraffe design seemed in order.

This is what eventuated:

Free motion embroidery around ears and 'ossicones'
Mostly the same process used making these ones as for all my other applique T-shirts.  Heat-n-Bond the cut out fabric design onto the shirt and then zigzag stitch around the main parts (neck, head and muzzle).  The ears and 'ossicones' were secured with free motion machine embroidery (even Nature Ranger me had to look up the real name for the antler/horns that a giraffe has - did you know they are the only animal in the world to have ossicones?!).  To stop the stretchy shirt material puckering I placed a small piece of thin webbing on the inside of the shirt & then stitched through this and the ears/ossicones.  Once all stitched I trimmed the webbing down with rounded edges.

Thankfully I had thought ahead for the possible tears if one certain Imp didn't have her own 'Raff', whipping up an extra one on an old shirt last night for Little Imp.  Good thinking that, she was pleased!!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Felt Tomato

Yummy tomatoes this time around.

Instructions for one tomato.
Finished size: approx 4.5cm high, 6cm wide
Materials - Red felt (about 20cm square), green felt, needle, thread, stuffing, sewing machine (optional)

Tomato 'body' - From red felt cut 4 pieces of the tomato template shape.

Take 2 pieces, place one on top of the other and stitch together down one side from one point to the other.  Then do the same with the remaining 2 pieces.  You now have two halves of what will become the whole tomato.
2 halves, both stitched down one side from one point to the other

Open up each half and then match up, right sides together.  Pin along one seam. Stitch from one point to the other. 
2 halves matched, right sides together, pinned ready to stitch

Then match the last two seams together and stitch this final seam to create a 4-piece 'ball' - remembering to leave a 2-3cm opening at one end for turning right side out and stuffing the tomato. 
Turn tomato right side out and fill with stuffing. Hand stitch the hole closed using red thread. This end will be the top of the tomato.

Tomato top or 'calyx' (the green bit!)- Using a sewing machine free motion embroider a circle about 1cm wide and then branch out from the circle to 'draw' a rough skinny armed 5-point star shape outline (about 4-5cm across) with a onto green felt.  Keep going around and over this design to build up the threads.  This will strengthen the felt and also allow it to hold its shape once it is cut out.  When you are done cut the star shape out with fairly sharp 'points' to end up with a star shape approximately 5-6cm across. If using a sewing machine it is easier to sew first & then cut.  Alternatively you could cut out the shape & then hand stitch the detail on later.  I didn't take any pictures of making the tomato tops, but used a similar process to the one I used to make the strawberry tops here

Attach the greenery to the top of the tomato, positioning it so that one of the arms of the star covers over the hand-stitching you did to close the hole used for stuffing.  Use small hand stitches to secure, but only stitch in/around the central part of the green so that you can curl the ends to make it look a bit more real.

Not entirely necessary, but I decided to also stitch a small cross along the seam lines on the base of tomato using 2 strands of a coppery coloured embroidery thread.

Now I just need a few basil leaves and I could have myself a brushetta...mmm...memories of slap up lunches in Spain.

I do also have a cucumber & some beans in pods made up but not yet blogged, and a banana that was almost my undoing!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Little Imp's Feature Wall Finally Complete

From this:

To this:

Little Imp's Feature wall is complete!

 It has taken a while but it has been fun & I've learned a whole lot along the way.  Thank you also to others who have also added to the wall - the leaves, the dyed silk, the button bird, painted elephant and Winnie the Pooh prints. xx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Felt Lemon

Little Imp loves pretending to make cups of 'lemin tea', so a lemon has to be included in the mix of fruit & vegies I'm making her for Christmas.


Instructions for one lemon.
Materials - Yellow felt (about 15cm square), scrap of green wool, needle, thread, stuffing, sewing machine

Lemon 'body' - I was right in my initial thoughts that the basic '3-piece template' that I used to make my felt apple would work for other fruit and veg & here is the same pattern used to make a lemon.

From yellow felt cut 3 pieces of the basic template shape.  

Place 2 of these pieces on top of each other & then stitch down one side from one point to the other.

Add the 3rd piece and stitch in place down one side.  Then stitch the final seam  to create a 3-piece 'ball' remembering to leave a 2-3cm opening at one point (where all the seams meet) for turning right side out & to stuff. 

Turn lemon right side out and fill with stuffing.  Then hand stitch the hole closed.  

Next form the 'nobbly' bit you often find at the end of a lemon (no scientific name like 'calyx' this time!) using needle & thread.  Hand stitch a running stitch around the lemon about 1.5cm from one pointy end and then pull the thread up to gather the felt to a rounded point like you can see below.  Once happy with the amount of gathering secure off the thread with a small knot.  Then at this same end of the lemon, & using a double thread, make a few small stitches at the very point of the lemon & then take the needle & thread through all the way to the opposite point.  Pull the thread just enough to get a slight dimple at each point.  Secure with a few more stitches & cut off.

At the opposite end of the lemon add a touch of green - I tied a knot in a small piece of green wool & then cut off the ends to essentially leave just the knot.  Hand stitch this small knot in place like in the picture below

Cup of lemon tea anyone?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Felt Carrot

Carrots anyone?  The latest felt food installment.

Instructions for one carrot (although some of the pictures in this entry show 2 carrots being stitched - it is much faster overall to make more than one carrot at a time).
Finished size approx 16cm long + wool leaves
Materials - orange felt (about 20cm square), green wool, needle, thread, stuffing, sewing machine (optional but faster!)

Mark out the triangle pattern shape onto the orange felt. I used my sewing machine freemotion embroidery setting to then stitch lots of straight 1cm - 3cm lines in dark orange thread randomly over the carrot but you could also hand stitch these on.
free motion sewing the lines on the carrot

Two carrots shown here with sewn lines
Now either cut out, fold right sides together & then stitch the seam to join side A to side B or,
I found it easier to get the carrot point looking better by folding, sewing first & then cutting away from the larger piece of felt (less fiddly at the pointy end I think)
sewing up the first carrot matching side A & side B & cutting once sewn together
Turn carrot right side out & stuff.
Inside out carrot on left.  Right side out carrot on right
Hand stitch a running thread around the carrot top and begin to pull this closed to gather the top.  Before it is too tight add in the leaves.

The Leaves - I used two different coloured wools to make the leaves, wrapping them around my thumb & little finger in a figure of 8 about 4 times before removing and poking one end of the wool into the carrot top.

Poke the wool into the hole at the top & then pull up the gathering thread to close the top.  Reinforce the gather with another line of stitching & stitch through the wool a few times as well to secure in place.
pull up the gathering thread to close the top
Now make a few more to get yourself a bunch of carrots!