The Week So Far

I’ve been busy making Christmas gifts as well as new items for my etsy store.

Here’s a rundown of the things I’ve been doing:

I made a Reversible Newsgirl Hat for a 10-year-old girl. One side is made from a red, white and blue check and the other in navy. I also made a fabric flower brooch/pin that she’ll be able to attach to either side of the hat or clip to her hair, her bag …

 

Next, I started making more Emersonmade inspired fabric flowers. One late night I figured out a way to minimise the fraying of the fabric as well as making each petal stiffer without having to spray it with iron on starch. They turned out quite well. I think the white and navy I will keep as signature colours and the light blue and purple as seasonal or one-offs (the purple one is actually gone already as I gave it to a friend as a gift – purple’s her favourite colour and I thought it would look gorgeous on her).

They measure approximately 4″ in diameter and have both alligator clip and brooch pin so they can be attached to pretty much anything.

 

 

Next I made a car caddy for a 9-year-old boy – pattern from Homemade by Jill.

I painted the numbers on the inside using the freezer paper stenciling technique. I also used velcro tab for the closure rather than the webbing that’s in the tutorial.

 

 

Here’s what it looks like on the inside.

 

On the outside, I painted a traffic light (I used the image of one of the stickers from Josh’s wall decal).

 

These car caddies are great to just pop in the bag for outings and it’ll keep the little one entertained even for just 5 minutes – enough time to sip a bit of that coffee 🙂

 

Next I made a new doll, My Little Best Friend. She is 110% enlarged version of the My Little Dolly . She is suitable for the pre-tweens (5-8 year olds) as they are not too “baby-ish” and this 1st one I made, she is dressed in cargo pants and has her own little messenger bag. Check her out, she is now available in my etsy store.

 

Well that’s what I’ve been up to. 1 more present to make + I received my blank shoe clips yesterday, so I’m making flower shoe clips too. Busy, busy, busy.

Bring on Christmas!

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Car Caddy Activity Mat

O-M-G! I haven’t been this excited about finishing a project in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all the projects I’ve made. But because this one’s for Josh’s 3rd birthday present, I know how excited he’s gonna be when he sees it.

This fantabulous On-The-Go Car Activity Mat project is by Lisa from Fiskarscraft.

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I started it this afternoon. Unfortunately, the pictures from Fiskarscraft’s tutorial does not work, so I was guided just by the instructions. However, Cathy from Created by Cathy (a fellow Australian) was good enough to make up templates for the 4 interactive sections. This made it a lot easier to get it all done.

The instructions don’t provide guided measurements for each piece, so if you wanted to make one yourself, here’s a few measurements I’ve calculated:

  • Size of exterior fabric and green lining – 26″ x 18.5″
  • 1 piece of grey felt for the road – 20″ x 16″ (Cut out 4 rectangular sections (5″ x 7″)  with 2″ border and “2 gap from each other)
  • Pocket fabric – 7.5″ x 18.5″ – folded in half length ways

These might make it a bit easier for those who want to try this project. I didn’t have a whole piece of 20″ x 16″ grey felt, so I just pieced a lot of sections together.

 

For the exterior fabric, I took advantage of my never-ending stash of  road fabric bought a while back.

   

 

So I used this for the exterior of the car activity mat. Then I used red fabric for the pocket and added a black ribbon that looked like a little road (I would’ve like to have added a checked ribbon but alas, just gotta use what I’ve got – still turned out great though).

 

This fabric is great ’cause now the caddy is double-sided, which means double the adventure for Josh’s imagination.

 

Now, here’s the other side.

The little orange witch’s hat can be pushed up during play; the bubbles from the car wash is made of clear buttons (clever); the petrol pump is made from a shoe lace (I didn’t have black ones so I just coloured a white one with a black marker) and don’t you just love the little pond.

 

The tutorial has instructions to add ties to close up the mat, but I thought Josh is not that good yet with tying up secure knots, so I added velcro instead.

 

 

Then I had a stroke of genius when I happen to drop something and when I picked it up, caught a glimpse of my camera tripod case and it’s straps. I wanted the activity mat to have similar ones. So I looked through my bag accessories gadget kit and saw a clip buckle and I used black webbing for the straps (which I made adjustable to be able to be worn across the chest).

 

Here’s how it turned out.

 

Can’t wait for Josh to see it. I was going to finish it by monogramming Joshua’s name on the pockets with different coloured felt + close up the opening, but I wanted to get this post written up. Will update this post later with the monogram.

Yay! Me so happy!

 

EDIT:  Here are the final touches to the car caddy activity mat.

 

I coloured in the white velcro to match the fabric so it wouldn’t stand out too much when the exterior side is being used.

 

 And I added Joshua’s name on top of the pockets. So all is ready for playtime.