Saturday, October 30, 2010

Canvas Trick-or-Treat Bag with Felt Appliqués

As if I didn't have enough to make for Halloween, I decided to make a trick-or-treat bag too!

Used a store bought black canvas bag and cut out a ton of felt! I was crazy enough to embroider all of the edges by hand.

Cheshire Cat Costume

Finished my niece's costume and it turned out amazing! See previous post showing the mask, which is my favorite part. The rest of the costume was made out of fleece. The most annoying part was piecing the cat's stripes, but the rest was a breeze.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cheshire Cat T-shirt

To surprise my niece for Halloween, not only did I make her a Cheshire Cate costume, but I also made her a t-shirt that looked just like the mask. I sent this to her ahead of time so that she could get a glimpse of what was to come.

I made a quick pattern based on my mask pattern. I used felt for each piece, Light Steam-a-Seam to hold it together and used embroidery floss for the stitching.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Halloween Ghost Felt Baby Booties

Just in time for Halloween, I bring you the ghost felt baby booties!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cheshire Cat Costume - Mask

I started my nieces Cheshire cat costume about a month ago. I have been slowly working on it. I started off by sketching out a mask. My niece is 4, so I wanted to use a material that wouldn’t feel too rough so I decided to create it from felt.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gone Batty Baby Boy Booties

I version of my Gone Batty Mary Jane Booties, but for a boy. I'm starting to really like these! The blue really stands out against the black felt.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gone Batty Felt Mary Jane Baby Booties

My attempt as using a single layer of felt. I think I’ll go back to using a double layer. These aren’t as sturdy and don’t hold a shape as well.

The pattern I used was really simple. Two 9 1/2 x 5/8 strips of felt were used for the straps.  I folded them in half, sewed velcro on the ends and edged them with a contrasting color of embroidery thread (I used a blanket stitch). The other size of the velcro was sewn to the tops of the shoes. The back seam was sewn and then I top stitched the back to keep the edges flat. Then I just sewed on a contrasting color of felt for the sole. Again, a blanket stitch was used to finish off the edges.

I designed the bat applique myself. I applied it after the booties were complete so that made it a bit difficult. In order to keep the bat straight while I embroidered, I used Beacon’s Felt Glue. It starts to dry within an hour and is completely dry within 3-4 hours. Once the bats were applied with the glue I used a smaller blanket stitch (2 strands of embroidery floss) around the edges and two french knots for the eyes.

The finished bootie measures 4.5” long (about the size for a 6-9 month old).

Pumpkin Felt Mary Jane Baby Booties

So I’ve been toying around with the possibility of making a baby booties line. I’m starting with themed booties and then I’ll move into other designs. My first attempt was okay, but I’m not loving them. Here are some I made today. I started by fusing 2 pieces of $.29 felt (can be found at any craft or fabric store). I used Lite Steam a Seam to fuse them. Once assembled I used a blanket stitch to edge and added a pumpkin detail. The velcro closure makes it pretty baby friendly. Let me know what you think. The double layer makes it pretty hard to work with and makes the bootie a bit bulky. I may try a single layer next.