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How Many Snowballs Till Christmas?

snowman

I was going to post this when there really were 25 days till Christmas.. and now here we are, what, only 14 13 days to go? Oh well, better late than never, I guess. This is my little felt snowman Christmas countdown. He sticks right to the brick. I think he’s adorably country sweet.

snowballs

It’s a little hard to see but it says 25 snowballs till Christmas. You’re suppose to take one snowball down everyday and put it in the little pocket until it’s Christmas.

I made it a few years back in hopes of building a little Christmas excitement for Goose. She’s never been too interested in building suspense…even today, she doesn’t dig around under the tree or count down the days, for that matter. But I hang this little guy up each year anyway and we take down three or four balls here and there until the 25th finally makes it.

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Baby Shoe Tutorial

Due to image sizing issues I updated this pattern to a pdf file on May 7th, 2009 and also included a sizing chart so that you can adjust the pattern to fit your baby specifically.

I apologize to those of you who have attempted this pattern only to discover the pattern was too small.  It was posted only as a gift for your enjoyment.. not as a source of frustration. Again… So sorry.

A few weeks ago I talked about a pair of baby shoes that had been collecting dust in my craft closet. Those shoes were ripped and traced and are now a very simple and quick pattern for new born infant shoes. Judy at Apron Strings has shown some interest in the pattern so I thought I would share it.

Bare with me on this.. this is my first tutorial.

Materials needed for these shoes…


* 1 9X12 sheet of felt with equal amount of fabric
(or if you want all felt or all fabric just double your amount needed. But if you use all fabric you’ll need to add a layer of stabilizer)
* 2 snaps
* Desired embellishments.
* About an hour of your time

click pattern for full size (size chart included)

Step #1 Preparing your pattern

fold felt sheet in half and pin your pattern.

Cut.

You should now have your outer layer of both shoes.

Step #2


Repeat step #1 but use your coordinating fabric.

Step #3 Preparing your soles


For the sole of your shoes sew one layer of fabric to one layer of felt. It is important to make sure that you have a sole for the left foot and a sole for the right foot.

Step #4 Preparing upper portion of shoe
For the main portion of the shoe layer felt and fabric in the same way you did with the soles. One for the left one for the right.


After you finished sewing them together turn them right side out and finished it with a single stitch across the top portion. This helps hold the two layer in place and gives it more stability.

Step #5 Sewing sole and upper portion together

With right sides together, match starting point of upper portion to starting point of sole (this is the big dot on the pattern) and pin both together all the way around the shoe. You should have an overlap where the two edges meet together.

sew

Then turn right side out and sew up overlap

Step #6 Sewing & inserting strap


With right side together sew strap, leaving the end opened. Turn strap right side out (this is time consuming… you could use ribbon)

Now Turn shoe right side out. On your pattern piece I’ve marked a star… this is where you will insert the strap. Carefully rip a small portion of the seam and insert your strap. Turn inside out and sew section back together being sure to catch your strap.

Then snip off the excess

Step #7 Adding your embellishments
I used small snaps on my straps for closure.. you could use cute little buttons or even velcro.


Choose the embellishments to your taste. I like flowers but I’ve also used a felt baseball for a boy.. you could embroidery words or pictures, or use ribbon… for this pair, I thought the fabric alone was best.

As I said before, this is my first tutorial. If something is confusing feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to be more clear.

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No Pressure Baby Shoes

These little baby shoes will be on an airplane tomorrow headed for Colorado. It’s a small gift for the daughter of a really good friend of mine. I’ve known the grandma-to-be for 14 years and she actually hosted my baby shower. So, truthfully this gift was really for her to open. For most people who don’t sew, you could give them a strip of material with some rick-rack attached, and as long as it was pretty to the eye and they didn’t pay money for it, they’ll call it a blanket and love it forever. Kind of takes the pressure off.   😉

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Project 1 – Pillow Talk

 

PILLOWS

A little blue felt and some Mary Engelbreit inspiration and I have myself two new front porch pillows. I’ve been planning these babies for awhile now. I wanted something new to go with the wreath I made some time back. Don’t ya just love felt? I highly recommend it to anyone who is just starting to experiment with fabrics. There are no worries about fraying edges, the stuff is so inexpensive, and you can get it just about anywhere. Sheets of felt for small projects can be picked it up at Wal-mart. As you can see in my previous post, I got the main pillow felt from Hancock Fabrics from a bolt but all the rest? It came from either Wal-mart or Ben Franklin Crafts. Easy, easy, easy. I’m happy with the way my pillows turned out. My only problem? Keeping one of our dogs from running off with them. I know it’s gonna happen. I’ve let him smell them, I’ve told him “No,” but trust me, it’s gonna happen. How do I know? Well let’s see, as I was saying “No” he grabbed a small wooden bird house from a porch bench a took off with it. I love him but shooo, talk about trying one’s patience.
And since I’ve brought up the subject of my dogs, here’s a couple of pics of both of them. Our labrador, Drake whom is a thief and our bassett, Zoe, the family lover. And of course I have nicknames for them. That pretty much describes the both to a T. Adorable, aren’t they?

drakezoe

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