Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Camp craft: JOURNALS

I really had fun helping the girls up at camp make some paper bag journals

Our them was a Doctor Seuss inspired one.

"Oh the Places You'll Go"

We wanted to incorporate the theme this year to Ask God and so my brain storming came up with the phrase,

Oh the places you'll stand when you ASK for God's hand.

A sister in our ward donated paper and I searched online for free fonts that looked like Seuss.
I also used free clip arts with Seuss type art and made tags to go on the front of each journal.

I printed multiples on a page of card stock and let the girls pick the one they liked and cut it out to fit on the cover of their journal.

I'm sharing not because I am a designer (I'm not) I just thought they turned out well and you can use them too if you want.

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
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!

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!

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