Beanie Boos T-shirt Tutorial

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My daughter decided that her Beanie Boos Lion, ‘Hero’ needed a make over.  So I’ve made a new t-shirt for him (slightly girlie fabric but never mind!).  The pattern should also fit other medium size Beanie Boos that are in the same ‘sitting’ position (e.g. Tasha, Safari, Maddie etc).  I used a girls skirt from a charity shop for the fabric.

If you haven’t sewn with jersey before, this is a good size to practice on!  There are some good tips on different websites – I used the Tilly and the Buttons tips when I started experimenting with jersey (not that long ago).   I do have a ‘walking foot’ for my machine which does make a difference, and I use ball point needles.   I used a long zig-zag stitch for all of the t-shirt.

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Sock Alien Tutorial

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It’s all about ‘Space’ at the moment – at my daughter’s school anyway.   It wasn’t part of the homework but my daughter, Amelie, decided to design a sock Alien to take into school and to write about.  She even offered to make it herself – if I could help with the sewing machine bit (I still haven’t made the ‘plague’ rat she designed for the last topic!).  So I made the one that features below and she made her own one, which she didn’t want to feature on my blog in case everyone copied it!  The Alien does need legs because it can fly, obviously…

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Create a ‘busy box’

What’s a busy box?  It’s a box (any box will do!) where you can keep small toys and games ready to pack in a bag and take out and about.

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Keeping a selection of toys in a box all together makes it  easy to find something small enough to go in a handbag or for your child to carry when you go out.  Handy for car journeys (just take the whole box and place on the back seat), restaurants,  church or anywhere else where you want to make sure the children have something to keep them busy.

Here’s some tried and tested (by a 6 and 9 year old) ideas.  You’ll know what your children are into and can tailor the box contents accordingly.  Continue reading

Sienna’s outfits…

I’ve been busy making 18″ doll clothes for my daughter’s American Girl doll (Grace) which she’ll be getting for Christmas.  However, now she has bought Sienna (an Our Generation doll) I couldn’t resist giving her some outfits early.  So here is what I’ve made so far…

Simplicity pattern 1515 has become my favourite ‘go to’ pattern for leggings, tops and skirts. You can but it on-line in the UK at Jaycotts.   It’s a good basic and simple pattern that you can adapt easily.

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Simplicity pattern 1515

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Our Generation Doll

We have a new arrival in the house; her name is Sienna.  My daughter didn’t want to wait for her Christmas present (Grace – American Girl doll) so she decided to take matters into her own hands and spend her savings on an Our Generation doll.  They have recently started stocking them in our local toy shop (Kids Stuff Toys, Chichester) and she has had her eye on ‘Sienna’ since she first appeared on the shelves.

I would like to be able to compare her to the American Girl dolls, but that will have to wait until after Christmas.   My daughter is very happy with her!  She comes with a pink corduroy skirt, faux fur gilet, stripy long-sleeved top, pink tights and white shoes.  She’s similar in size to the American Girl dolls but cheaper at around £30.

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Sienna in her box

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Vintage Tea Party

I reached another milestone birthday earlier this month and decided that after planning lots of children’s parties, I deserved a tea party!  My teapot wanted an outing from the cupboard and so I decided to have ‘afternoon tea’.  I also love the look and taste of cupcakes!

It’s an easy theme to do – here are some ideas from my party:

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Thanks to my Mum for the amazing cake!

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Busy sewing…

I’ve been very busy sewing for a new arrival…expected on 25 December…my daughter’s first American Girl doll.  I’d never heard of them until a friend recommended them – it was when McKenna was the Girl of the Year (my daughter is a gymnast!).  Being a big fan of Pinterest I kept seeing pictures of 18″ dolls clothes and then measuring various dolls we already had.  But none of them measured up!  My daughter has wanted a soft bodied doll with long hair for ages and when I showed her the American Girl dolls she fell in love with the Girl of the Year 2015, Grace.

So I did some research and found a UK stockist online (My Doll Boutique) and ordered Grace very early just in case they ran out before Christmas.   I love making doll clothes as they are so quick to make and so cute.  I can’t share my creations yet as I have to wait for Christmas before I have Grace to model them…

Watch this space in the New Year when I’ll share what I’ve made and how!

Pirate Tic Tac Toe

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Despite being busy with a few other things at the moment, I’ve managed to put together the first in what may or may not become a series (!) of Quick Makes – Pirate Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses.  I made this for a ‘Quiet Book’ but you could easily make a bigger pouch and fold the board up as well; great for taking in the car or to restaurants and keeping kids/ grown-ups entertained.  Happy making!

Quick Makes-Pirate Tic Tac Toe

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