Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fabric Ring Stacking Toy


 I noticed my daughter really enjoyed playing with some stacking rings when we were out visiting.  With her approaching birthday I decided to make her some.

Stacking rings are sort of fundamental toy and a classic one at that and I love classic toys.

I dug through my fabric stash and pulled out a bunch of scraps and pieces.  I knew this project would be great for using remnant smaller pieces.





I thought it would be fun to approach it like a mini quilt and sew together fabrics to create the look I wanted.

Some of my rings have one fabric on one side and another fabric on the other side.  Which I think is lots of fun.

I noticed when I was stuffing the rings that the natural tendency is for the ring to square up.  I think this is due to the fact that four edges have a straight grain and the other four are on the bias and move out of their rounded shape and let it look squarish.  I am not sure how to overcome that.  Perhaps with a fusible interfacing?  One that isn't too stiff but stabilizes the the bias so it doesn't stretch out of place and the rings maintain their roundness.








I  pulled out the quilt top I had finished and a couple other fabric toys I have made for color comparison and included those for reference.

I wanted them to look cohesive and also didn't want them to have too much of the same fabrics.  I am sure my baby girl won't care one way or another but it will make me happy when I look at it.  Which equals lots of happy!





I did a web search for patterns and amazingly didn't find much.  So used circle templates.  Later I searched and found lots more but by then I had already made mine.

This link is like the ones I made
http://www.detectivehoundstooth.com/stacking-ring-toy/
I really loved the  pattern I found today by Heather Bailey and wished I'd found it couple months ago.
here is a link so you can have it!
http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/product-p/sp003-hs.htm&Click=25

If you notice my base is very flat I did not stuff it but used a firm interfacing that is often used in purse or handbag construction.  I love it!  I also used it in making the cone shape and it has lots of support. So that meant less batting in the cone.

I am pleased with how it turned out and I am glad she likes he birthday gift that I made for her.
In the end that's all that matters!






Sunday, February 21, 2016

Yellow floral dress


baby E  # five above in 2011





I sewed this dress years ago for baby E (#five) and now my # 7 girlie is wearing it.

I was inspired by a dress I remember from my babyhood.  I remember it because of pictures.

I wish I could remember my baby self.  Here it is as a sort of flash back and an update on my baby.

Boy is she growing.




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

cupcake carnivore



My girls love the show Cupcake Wars.

So they gave themselves a version of the competition at home.

What you see are bacon topped cupcakes... yep thats the challenge they whose to use.

I gave them points for the pretty presentation.





Sunday, February 7, 2016

cute in blue




No, I didn't make this but definitely  could have.

She is a cutie and an inspiration.

Happy sewing!





Saturday, January 30, 2016

picking buttons




I sewed a couple of bishop dresses over the summer to learn this wonderful sewing pattern.

Then I promptly left them laying in my sewing room waiting for hems and buttons.

I recently went and got buttons for this one.

It is late enough it can no longer be a Christmas dress so we can go for Spring!

I'll post one of my girlie wearing it later but for now you can have this little peak.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

playing with my new mini charms




looking to make a quilt for my baby and thought these colors were cute....

still not set on what the quilt will be.....

need to figure out the pattern, but at least I have these to dictate the colors  :)




Monday, December 28, 2015

sewing for my babies and their babies



I made nightgowns for my girls and their dollies.
Do you have a stash of fabric that you think "hmm I will use this for this purpose..."

Well, I looked through my collation and realized my saving fabric for children wasn't
going to last forever because children grow up.  So I pulled out these children's knits
and began cutting.

They turned out pretty cute!  The girls like matching their babies too.


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