Monday, April 7, 2014

Ukulele Bag

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Ukulele.  I do believe he is hoping for me to get good enough to strum along at the campfire this summer!

It may happen, I will do my best :)  I have been practicing 'You are my Sunshine', a good beginner ukulele song.

Of course if I am going to be carrying a ukulele around with me, I am required to have a great gig bag.

I looked on the internet and found a great quality black bag with 1/2" foam, but I just couldn't put such a unique instrument in black.

I continued to look and saw some colourful quilted ones, but they did not have as much structure as I would like, so I set out to make my own.

Step 1  Fabric:  Recently I bought some Joel Dewberry Ginseng scraps from a local girl, Kristie @ OCD: obsessive crafting disorder(who makes amazing things).  I am so glad I did, because they turned out to be the perfect fabric for my bag.

Step 2 pattern:  I thought I would take pictures of my process, but I did a little to much sewing and very little planning.  I did trace the ukulele and draft a pattern piece from the tracing.  After that was very little measuring and a lot of improv.

Step 3 fabric prep:  I lined each exterior piece with a stiff sew in lining and a medium weight iron on.  I quilted them together which gave the bag some added character and stability.  I also used 1/2" foam to give the instrument padding and add structure to the bag.

Step 4 through the end:  sew, seam rip, sew.

I borrowed my little man to model the gig bag for you.

I hope you are enjoying my finishes, it is rare for me to have so much blogging time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handmade Dolls

I made these dolls last year using this pattern from Make It & Love It.

The blonde/pink hair one was the first one I made.  She was a gift for my 4 year old.  Somehow I turned her arms upside down.  I blame my natural ability to ignore instructions!  I used this tutorial to make her hair.  

I stitched her face, mostly making it up as I went.  I drew a few samples on paper, then using pencil drew it on the fabric.  I made her smile crooked on purpose (I like crooked smiles, my older daughter does not agree).

When December rolled around I felt the need to relax and do something just for fun.  The pink hair doll named "Candy Cane" (named by my 4 year old) was created.

I was much more relaxed with her face and just stitched it straight on.  I was hoping to make her look the same as the first doll, but when I was making her the blonde doll was missing.

Turns out they are a little different, but not too much.  I used Kona Cotton Flesh colour for her, it really works well on dolls!  I also read a little tip to use crayon to create rosy cheeks dolls.  It also worked well.  I coloured the cheeks, then used an eraser to smudge it.

I love that their clothing is sewn on.  That way they are always dressed!

The little doll blanket they are posing on was made by my six year old.  I had a pack of precut flannel squares.  He pieced the top of the quilt and did the quilting.  I did most of the binding, but he did do a few inches of it himself.  He made it for his sister.

Thank you for letting me share with you!
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