Baby Moogle Costume
October 17, 2014
I love Halloween because it means I can dress up my brood. This year’s theme was supposed to be Final Fantasy with the Grub as a moogle and the Larva as a white mage. I got as far as making the moogle costume, but then I decided that we needed to do a theme as an entire family.
The problem with that decision is that I no longer have a Final Fantasy costume and making new adult costumes is a lot more work than making kid costumes. Marcus and I do, however, both have Avatar: The Last Airbender costumes, so now I’m in middle of making new Avatar costumes for the kids.
In the meantime, I decided to snap some photos of the Grub in her moogle costume.
I use Simplicity 1767 as a base. I’ve used this pattern a few times and I always make a few changes. I make the sleeves a little longer and this time, I added mittens on to the ends. I also alter the hood because I don’t like the elastic gathers the pattern calls for. Instead, I trim the hood down so it’s not so big.
I used fleece for the entire costume. The wings are fleece sewn over Pellon Peltex for stiffness, and the pompom is a magician’s foam ball glued on to a piece of felt folded a bunch of times into a fabric rod.
I think the costume came out pretty cute, but obviously I’m biased. =D
October 10, 2014
I love jade, and if I wasn’t spending all my extra money on pretty fabrics, I’d probably be spending it on on jade jewelry. I’m part of a forum for ladies who love jade and I’ve gotten to be good friends with a few of the members. A bunch of them got together and got me a gift when the Grub was born and it was the sweetest thing ever! It’s so amazing how the internet can bring people together, and it is awesome. =D
I’m on a roll with the thank you gifts so for my dear jade sisters, I wanted to make some bangle bags for them to carry their bangles when traveling. I used this bag tutorial by KAU UZÊDA and made some small modifications.
I needed to make 3 bags so I knew I was going to need a fair bit of fabric. I had just purchased a fatquarter set of Scarborough Fair by Robyn Pandolph which was perfect. I love the pastel vintage-y feel of these fabrics and it ended up working great for these bags.
I was going to make each bag with 5 bangle pouches but 5 just looked to be too many so I went with 4.
In the bottom of each pouch, I put an elastic loop and a button to loop the elastic around to secure the bangle. Jade is actually a very hard stone and I know these pouches will be used mostly to hold jade bangles, but I didn’t want to take the risk of damaging them, so I made sure to use plastic buttons. I have a lot of Chinese knotting thread sitting around, so I used that for the pouch ties.
I decided to try for a scrappy look on the cover and assembled strips of the fabric, finishing it off with some simple crosshatch quilting and bias binding. I added magnetic snaps for closures and handles.
I took all the leftover pouches and made a 4th bag. This one ended up being all green since I ran out of the other colors. I love green so this one is probably going to be mine.
And the finished bangle bags.
I really liked how these came out! If there is any interest, I might make a few more to sell. After Halloween though. I still gotta finish Halloween costumes for The Brood…
Knitting Needle Roll
October 2, 2014
Sewing with a newborn attached to you 24-7 hasn’t been easy but I’ve been making it work. I have mastered the art of sewing one handed while holding the Grub on a boppy pillow. Well, as long as it’s sewing in straight lines… =D
One of my recent projects is a thank you gift for my obgyn. I know she likes to knit, so I thought a Knitting needle roll would be perfect. Unfortunately I am not a knitter so I didn’t really have any idea what a knitter would need. Thankfully there are some wonderful tutorials out there for knitting needle rolls. I decided to use the one from Stitch Parade and to make the cover a quilted patchwork piece.
I’m very fond of this design with the rows of patchwork diamonds and I’ve used it for other bags. The cover fabric is Marie Antoinette By Deborah Edwards.
For the inside, I used cute bunny fabric from the Windsor Lane Collection by Bunny Hill. I don’t have any knitting needles, so I used chopsticks to test the pockets. =D
I used matching fabric to make the ties for the roll…
I actually made 2 of these knitting needle rolls because I wasn’t sure what color she would like. I figured I’d make one in pink as well and let her pick.
I think next time I’ll use a thinner batting for the cover so it isn’t so thick, but other than that, I’m pleased with how they came out. Hopefully my doctor likes it and can find a use for it!
Tutorial for Super Mario Bros Patches
September 29, 2014
So here’s how I made Super Mario Bros patches, and the technique works for any custom clothing patches…
I used Google image search to find images from the game: a mushroom, a star, a cloud, and the ghost. I picked simple designs that only had a few colors.
After I picked a few possible patch images, I used Word to lay out the images in various sizes and printed them out.
I decided to start with the star which is only one color.
I cut up the printout, laid the different sizes on the hole I was patching, and picked which size I thought worked best.
I bought fabrics specifically for my patches. I got an 1/8 yard of twill in each of the colors I needed from Joann. Each piece cost a little over a dollar, so I didn’t spend a lot which is nice. It would have been nicer if I had used scraps from my stash, but I don’t stock solid colors, so I didn’t have anything on hand that I could use.
I took a piece of Heat ‘n Bond and fused it to the wrong side of my yellow fabric.
I flipped the fabric over and taped the star image to the fabric, making sure that it was on top of my Heat ‘n Bond piece.
I cut out the star shape.
Using a fabric marker, I drew the eyes on. I practiced drawing the eyes on some scrap fabric first because I’m not that great of an artist and I have a tendency to mess up my first few attempts at drawing anything.
I also took some fray check and dabbed a spot on each of the star points to keep them from fraying too much. I find the fray check helps hold small bits together when I start sewing the patches down.
I peeled off the paper backing…
And fused the patch over the hole in the pants.
Then I took needle and thread, and whipstitched around the edges of the star.
The mushroom patch was a little more complicated because of the different colors. I decided to use the mushroom stem color as my base and work up from there.
I repeated the same steps as with the star: fused Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong side of my tan fabric and cut out the entire mushroom shape.
Then I fused Heat ‘n Bond to the red fabric and taped down the mushroom image again…
And cut out the mushroom cap.
Repeating the steps above, I cut the mushroom spots from my white fabric. I fray checked the smaller white spots because they were so small that I was worried about them falling apart.
At this point, I drew on the eyes. I could have done the eyes at any point but I was worried I might mess up on the eyes, so I wanted to draw them on before I started fusing all the pieces together.
I fused the white pieces to the mushroom cap…
And whipstitched around them.
Then I fused the entire mushroom cap to the base. The mushroom cap needed to be stitched on like the white dots, but I opted to wait until the patch was on the pants.
I ironed the patch over the knee and sewed down the patch using red thread around the mushroom cap and tan thread around the base.
I think it took me about an hour to do both patches, and they turned out really cute! The Larva is very fond of these pants now, and I’ve put them through the wash at least 3 times since I patched them, and the patches are holding up great!
I think next patches will be Zelda themed. =)