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Saturday, May 28, 2011

No Sew Crinkle Robot Lovey

Crinkle Bots

Boys love robots!

This super cute lovey was made using scrap fabric,
felt, different textured ribbons, and an iron. The back is a nice silky satin in royal blue.

Supplies:
Template
Rotary knife
12x12 scrap fabric
Scrap ribbon
3/8" Heat Bond Infusion Tape (you can use any size)
Notions for accessorizing

I used the robot template from PrudentBaby.com/crinkle-bots but gave it my own flair.

1. The template printed small on a standard 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, but I grabbed a 12x12 sheet of my scrapbooking paper and hand drew it a bit larger.

2. Instead of keeping the box shape, I turned the right side of the two pieces (front and back pieces) toward each other, pinned the pattern to both, and cut using my rotary knife. To keep the box shape of the robot head, cut a small slit diagonally where the head meets the shoulders.

3. Next, I flipped the top (gray) fabric back, revealing the right side of the underneath (blue) fabric and lightly marked where I wanted to put my Heat Bond. Keep in mind the different infusion tapes will affect the finished size and feel of the lovey. I used 3/8" but could have even gone smaller. I also used the heavier (ultra hold) infusion tape for durability.

4. After you have a strip of infusion down, start ironing the pieces together. I like to iron smaller strips at a time so I make sure the placement is exactly where I want it. If you are more advanced, you can insert ribbon pieces as you go as long as you keep in mind that you will be flipping right side out when you're done. OR you can take the easy route and iron all edges together except for a 2" slot for flipping inside out.

5. Once you have ironed the edges closed, gently start to pull the inside fabric through the opening until it's right side out.

6. The rest is up to you! Add any ribbon/embellishments you like!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Haiti Countdown

The Countdown Is Here!!!

I leave for Haiti in just over a month. This will be my first mission trip and my first time out of the country!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Felt Cuff Tutorial

Felt Cuff Tutorial

This cute felt cuff is super easy to make!
Here are the supplies I used:
1 piece- 8x12 felt
1 piece- 8x12 infusion
Scrap felt of a different color
Rotary cutter
Ruler
Needle and thread
Magnetic snaps
loose button
Iron
Lay the felt horizontally on the cutting board.

I measured my wrist, then cut 2 pieces making sure to cut 1/2" longer than what I needed.

Cut the infusion to match the felt. Sandwich the felt between the 2 pieces and iron together.

Next, mark the felt using a ruler to show where you want your stitching to go.

Attach the snaps and sew the accent thread.

Cut 4 circles from the alternate color felt. I covered the snap by using Mod Podge.

I made a simple rosette out of the alternate color felt and sewed it onto the middle of the cuff. To make the rosette, just cut a thin strip of felt and sew one side then pull tight to gather into a flower. Close the ends by sewing together.