|"Marlin" fishy pillow I made for my boss|
|I used this little coloring page cutout for the template|
|He really is nicer than he looks! lol|
I started by making an applique out of some black and white felt and some orange over-dyed material I had all in my stash. I had a coloring page fishy that I traced the outline of for the backer and orange piece then copied all the white lines/eyes free hand to fit. I just affixed all the pieces to the backer (black felt) with a little Aileen's quick dry tacky glue and let it dry. After that I threaded my machine with a little black thread and used my machine to "draw" in all the black lines.
I found this great blue and orange tye-dye material with matching blue velour for the back to make the pillow and since we sell denim at my job, I recycled a cuff from some jeans and stitched it on as well. I love, love how cute it turned out! My boss loved the velour on the back and marveled that I had "too much time" on my hands. We know better, haha!
|Pretty dress for my 7 year old niece|
|Covered notebook for my 5 year old nephew|
|Pretty dress for my 10 year old niece|
|Close-up of the sparkles!|
My 7 year old niece loves the color red and I was happy to oblige! I had an awesome red batik dotted print that I incorporated in panels in the front and back of the dress for a great pop of color. On her belt I used some awesome flower buttons in black and white and I love how cute it turned out!
My 10 year old niece loves turquoise and green and I had the perfect material in my stash featuring both colors for her dress. I recycled a sparkly belt buckle and made a beautiful bow to attach to the belt on her dress and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! So, so cute!
|I made costumes for all my cuties this year!|
|Yep, even me too!|
My daughter (and her best buddy, yep, I made two matching costumes!) wanted to be a bee for Halloween and I needed to come up with a not so little-girl costume...I think I succeed! I found the fluorescent yellow leggings on 60% off clearance and (like $2.50 each, I believe) and I knew I wanted to incorporate some black and gray stripes too and picked up two pairs of knee socks at the dollar store. We picked up two over-sized fluorescent shirts at Michael's (2 for $5) and my daughter and I clipped off the length and the sleeves and just took some black acrylic paint (I wasn't planning on washing them) and painted "bee" stripes on them. I also made some fingerless gloves from recycled shirt sleeves, but you can't see them in the pic. Boo. She has wings on the back that I cut out of sparkly white felt and sewed to the back of the shirts and the antennas are just a headband with silver pipe cleaners and over-sized fluorescent pom-poms. So cute!
My son wanted to be "Santa" for Halloween (random, I know) and his costume was a snap! That is just a red sweatsuit with white fleece stitched on the cuffs and edges and down the middle, simple and effective. I just made his beard by cutting out a beard shape out of the white fleece and stitching a thin piece of elastic to go over his ears and behind his head. That was it. :)
My little one wanted to be "Link" from The Legend of Zelda series and his costume was pretty easy too. I got a green t-shirt from the Dollar Store for a buck and cut the sleeves and bottom off a bit (it was huge). I recycled the bottom for a collar on top of the shirt (by stitching it on upside down where I cut off the original collar) and cut little holes at the bottom of the "V" I made to threadsome suede cord through to complete the look. I recycled my green robin hood hat for the hat and he wore his own brown belt and pants and borrowed his sister's boots. I used his sword and shield and covered his shield with felt and drew the design from Link's wooden shield on it. I also made him a sheath for his sword on his back. He looked great!
I wasn't planning on dressing up at all this year and when I decided I probably should too, I just ran and purchased an ugly dress from the thrift store and a curtain valance to make an apron out of. I cut up the dress and smeared it and the apron with blood (acrylic paint) and with a little face paint I was a pretty scary "Mombie"...BOO!!
|Dr. Pepper purse for my co-worker|
|Inside lined with chambray|