Portable Art Kits {KCCO}

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This past weekend my best friend held a birthday party for her two little ones. They’re the same age as my two oldest and have a lot of the same interests. My boys and I collaborated to make them each a gift. We decided they might enjoy a portable art kit, complete with crayons, paper, scissors, glue stick, and colored glitter glue.

For the younger of the two (a girl) the boys picked out a fleece cat print. Our friends recently got a kitten and my boys LOVE their cats so the cat print was voted the obvious choice. The fleece was thick so this was a “no-sew” project. Just cut slits, not too wide or the art supplies will slip out, and fold/ roll it up. To keep it closed I sewed on two buttons and cut to tiny slits in the far edge.

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For the older of the two (a boy) my boys picked out batman fabric. All the boys love batman, and superheros, ninjas etc. Since this fabric was thin cotton I padded it so the crayons wouldn’t break and the kit wouldn’t be flimsy.  I sewed on a pocket to hold the paper and little “tubes” to hold the rest. This one folds in thirds and ties closed.

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{KCCO} A Little Sewing

In moments here and there I’ve been able to squeeze a little sewing. It’s a little harder than fitting in time for knitting as I have to have the space and time open for prepping the fabric, cutting out the pattern, pinning and finally sewing- all without those helpful little hands- well, being not so helpful. But with a couple easy “2 hour” patterns I have managed two skirts and a new apron.

Taking pictures of one’s self isn’t too easy so here are only parts of the finished items. The first two are skirts using New Look pattern 6354. The first photo is E and the second F which is a tad fuller. I left off the decorative ribbons.

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This one is a See & Sew apron. Pattern B5125 option A. I really like this apron and the fabric. The trouble is I don’t want it getting stained and eventually all my aprons get stained. Ah well.

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{KCCO} Pants for Ishi

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I had a chance over this past month to work on a few sewing projects, including making these adorable pants for Ishmael. The fabric is soft and breathable and the pattern free and easy- just use a pair of pants the size you want,folded in half, adding a few inches for folding down the hem and waist- which is elastic.

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Ishi is quite independent (and vocal) when it comes to picking out his clothes, luckily these seem to meet his requirements. Just right for climbing,driving trucks, digging in the dirt, and, of course, hanging out with the dog. All in an afternoon’s work for this busy boy of mine!

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And I’d say he looks pretty darn cute in them too!

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A Quilt for Me {KCCO}

DSCN9397I started this quilt last year, or maybe it was the year before. Piecing and then quilting each square has certainly taken a while but I really like where it’s heading. Some of the fabric is salvaged from old clothes,some were scrap pieces from friends and a few I even brought, but all of them are favorites. I had a blue and white quilt from my mother for ages.I can’t even remember when I first had the quilt but despite my attempts to patch it said quilt has disintegrated into rags. Hence this one.

DSCN9403The best part isn’t that I’ll have a new quilt; the best part is the making. Whether it’s picking out fabric or deciding where to place each square we’re making it. The boys are eager to lend their opinions and being the guy who lifts and lowers the sewing machine’s foot as we rotate the square to quilt  it is awesome. Plus, it’s like magic.

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DSCN9386Twenty squares down. I’m not really sure how many more we’ll go. I’d love a large blanket -like queen sized- but that’s also pretty huge! We’ll see, after all it’s all in the making.

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Rawr!

Last week I finally I got a chance to sew Ishmael a pair of pants!

Being winter I figured Ishmael would be better off with a pair of lined pants. A while back I found a piece of fleece at our local consignment store for 50 cents now was the perfect time to use it! And I had stashed some dino fabric for baby clothes (.75 cents @ Mardens). The stars must of been aligned cause how likely is it that the baby stash fabric would go with such a bold green?!. They feel super comfy.

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The Joys of a Box :: Pirate

  The joys of a box.

This one became a pirate ship, complete with pirate, mast and jolly roger!

The ship needs some warnings to other pirates of course:

the ship- beware!

And what would a pirate’s ship be with ‘er colors?!

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Noah drew his pirate flag onto an old t shirt with some fabric pastels.

Ar! I'm a pirate!

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