Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weighted Sensory Blankets

Since most of my sales have been for custom weighted sensory blankets, I thought I would share some of the pictures of them. I don't have all as I forgot to take pictures of the first few. I can make any size, any weight and any fabric, just ask. I will discuss your color or theme preference, fabric for both sides (cotton, flannel, fleece or minky), and once we agree on the colors, size, weight and fabric, I set up the custom listing for payment. Per my policies, I ask for payment up front to help buy the fabric. I try to get all blankets made within a week of payment but I note it could take up to 3 weeks, especially if I have to order the fabric but I always keep you updated on the progress. I do have a 4 year old remember. ;) A note on the blankets, after several designs, I found that using muslin inside gives an extra barrier for safety. I also leave about 1 1/2 inches on the sides so the weight is centered and that the pellets are not right on the edge. All blankets (minus the laminate one in my shop) are fully washable and can be dry. In fact, all blankets are washed and dried before shipment. I wash and dry my daughter's weekly; it is about 6 months old and looks great still. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

The first two are some I sold early on:

Cotton with felt backing
Flannel on both sides (loved the colors of this one)

These are custom order blankets I made. All fabric was approved by the buyer before I started. I always send pictures before hand so they can approve. Nothing is done until the final approval and payment. 

John Deere Flannel and cotton backing

Organic cotton front with minky backing
 Dora cotton front with pink cotton backing
And this is the one that started it all. My daughter's blanket. It was redesigned a few times before I got a design I liked and worked well. It is cotton front (she picked out the fabric) with a minky backing. I also made her the pillow case that Buster is laying on. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scrappy Keychain

So my sister found this tutorial and asked if it would be hard to do for the Annual Girls Only Christmas Party we have with the family. I told her no. I bought the keyrings ($4), the webbing ($1/yd) and just used scraps of fabric and Warm & Natural batting. I followed her tutorial just as a guide since I used batting and not interfacing. Mine are not super stiff but they are not flimsy either. The batting was a low loft so it gave it just enough firmness without over doing it. I also used 3" long webbing because the 2" didn't do well with the size of circle I used. I used the lid for a large mason jar as my circle template. I think they turned out super cute. I made 15 in probably a little over an hour, cutting and all. Super easy.

Simple instructions (no pictures):

Cut out 2 circles from scrap fabrc
Cut out 1 circle from low loft batting (Warm & Natural works great since it is thin, yet firm)
Cut 1 strip of webbing (3" was best for my size circle, but try different lenghts for your taste)
Need 1 Keyring

Sandwich the 2 scraps of fabric and batting (scrap right side down, batting, scrap right side up)
Sew around the circle, leaving an opening wide enough for the webbing
Use your Pinking Shears to trim around the entire edges
Insert your webbing with the keyring on it, into the opening
Sew close (backstitch for durability)

First one I made:

The group of them:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Going on right now in my shop is a 10% off sale (no custom orders though)! Use the code THANKS to receive 10% off all ready made items. The sale will run through Monday!

Any have one thing on their list they want to get on Black Friday? I am hoping to score a good deal on the Silhouette Portrait. Though hubby has hinted he may have already bought me the Cameo, so we shall see tonight when I stay up to try to buy one. lol

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New item in my Shop...

Just in time for Christmas. I love the colors of this line; it is Riley Blake's Santa's Workshop. So fun and bright! I might just have to buy some more for me. ;)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gobble Gobble Part 2

Ashlee got a doll for Christmas last year, her name is Baby Emma and I tend to make things for her to match Ashlee, or at least go with the holiday. Today I made a oneise with a Turkey on it. I used some square and circle fabric shapes I got out of Pick Your Plum Grab Box a few months ago.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Silhouette here I come!

I have decided to save my birthday money (it was yesterday). I am going to buy me a Silhouette Portrait. I know the Cameo cuts a bigger width but I just don't have the extra $100 for it plus I want to use it for my applique stuff for my sewing so I think the 8" width will be just fine. Since the Portrait comes out on Black Friday, I forsee myself sitting up late to see if I can get a good deal on it, if not, oh well. I am excited about getting it and trying it out!

Anyone else have a Cameo or is thinking of getting the Portrait? I have the software and have gotten a few of their Free Shapes already, you know to be prepared. ;)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gobble Gobble

So I saw this shirt on Etsy a while back and wanted to try something like it for Ashlee. It is hard to find plain shirts around here, especially long sleeves. I remembered to look yesterday at Wal-Mart and happened to find a white long sleeve shirt! I also found a white sweat shirt but used the long sleeve T-Shirt as Ashlee tends to get hot easily.

So I gathered up some scraps, drew up a "Turkey" and got busy. Here is the before, with Mr. Eko making sure I am doing it right.

I didn't take pictures as I did it, sorry, but I just cut out different color feathers and laid them around my turkey body (brown minky). Then pinned them on and sew it on. It wasn't too hard to sew them all on, just make sure the shirt doesn't bunch under the needle. Once I got the body and feathers on, I put the eyes on. I just went around the edge, not perfect but I think it adds character. Then I used a fancy stitch for the eyes. For the legs I did straight lines, then a fancy stitch to make "feet". My mom had found the Gobble at Hobby Lobby so I sewed it on. Again not straight or perfect but I adds character. I did mess up and got a little bunch when I was putting the Gooble on but it isn't too bad. Can't wait to see my Little Bit in it.