Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Let's Go Fishing!

I grew up deep-sea fishing with my dad. We would go out on our boat, get rocked by the waves, but enjoy the peace out on the Pacific Ocean. I can't believe I didn't get sea sick. Just thinking about the rocking now makes me want to throw up.

I'm excited because next week we are going to CA to visit my family and we are going to take C-bub and J-bub out on a boat. It's going to be on a calm lake with no crazy waves, so hopefully no one will get sea sick. Hopefully we will catch some fish. :)

To practice for our upcoming fishing adventure, C-bub has been playing more with the fishing play mat that I made for him a while back. I got inspiration from this adorable fishing set. And for the details of the pond, I got inspiration here.

Here it is~

Frog detail

Lily pad detail

Foxtail detail

Elastic loops to hold the fishing poles in place. There are two loops for the two poles that I made, but of course we have already lost one of the poles. Booo...

I had some Japanese handkerchiefs that I had found at an estate sale a while back. I used them to make the fish so they would look kind of like koi fish. 

Sorry I didn't take photos of the process of making the fish. Basically I cut out the fabric and sewed them wrong sides facing each other (making sure to leave the end of the tail open). Flipped the fish right side out. Then I put the screw in (head of the screw at the "mouth" of the fish) and filled with poly-fil around it. Then sewed shut. Having the head of the screw at the mouth and surrounding the rest of the screw with poly-fil ensured that the magnet would "hook" the fish at the mouth.

Screw that I used

For the hook of the fishing pole I used thick garden wire and shaped it into a hook. I then hot glue gunned a really strong magnet to the bottom of it. Then I used duct tape to wrap the whole thing.

For the "net" I used the bag that my SnoozeShade came in. I just sewed it in between the layers of my mat so that the fish would have a home when not in use.

Happy Sewing! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tutorial: How to Make an Owl Taggie Doll

Lately, taggie dolls are my favorite thing to make. They are fairly quick and easy. They make great gifts. And babies love them.

I first made this cute giraffe for my friend's baby after being inspired here and here.

Then I made this dino taggie. (See tutorial here)

And of course, who can resist making an owl taggie. Real owls are kinda scary looking... 

but cartoon owls are so cute, aren't they? :) we go...

Materials needed:

-8"x10.5" piece of solid fabric (I used felt) 
-10.5"x11" piece of pretty fabric (for front)
-10.5"x11" piece of minky fabric (for don't have to use minky)
-small pieces of white and black felt for the eyes
-scrap piece of yellow felt for the beak
-ribbon pieces


1) Print out pattern (Click HERE to retrieve pattern--2 pages total).

2) Trace the fuschia outline onto fusible webbing (i.e. Wonder Under). This will be the solid piece for the owl's head. Trace eyes and beak onto fusible webbing. Make sure to trace the white part and black parts separately. Trace the beak onto the yellow felt.

3) Iron the outline of the owl's head (fuschia outline) onto the solid piece of fabric. Iron the outline of the whites of the eyes onto the white felt, the blacks of the eyes onto the black felt and the beak onto the yellow felt.

4) Cut out outlines. Note: For the blacks of the eyes, use sharp fine point scissors to carefully cut out the little inner circle (this will be the glimmer in the owl's eyes). ;) Peel off backing and set aside.

5) Cut out two green outline pieces from pattern and tape together along line.

6) Trace onto wrong side of pretty fabric. To make it easier later on to know where to iron on owl's head, you may want to trace a faint outline onto the right side of fabric as well.

Wrong side of fabric

Right side of fabric

7) Place solid felt cutout of head onto "right side" of the pretty fabric, using the pattern as a guide for where you should place it. (The solid felt "head" piece will be bigger than your pattern and outline. This is so we have a nice border for sewing later.) 

8) Iron on (make sure the fusible part is facing down). Iron on the eyes and beak (Note: I used hot-glue gun to glue on the beak to make sure it wouldn't fall off). Zig-zag stitch around the eyes to secure in place.

9) Pin ribbon pieces in place. (Make sure the loops are facing inward). Sew in place.

10) With right sides of fabric facing each other, pin the two layers together. Sew from "start" to "end" (backstitch at the beginning and end). Make sure to leave an opening where you will be flipping the owl right side out.

11) Trim off excess fabric and clip around curves. Make sure to leave enough fabric where the opening is so that you will be able to sew it closed. Flip right side out.

12) Stuff with polyfill. Use a slip stitch to close the opening.

Now you have an adorable owl taggie for your special baby. Happy Sewing!