For Mouthwatering Monday this week I wanted to share my go to Cake-like butter cookie recipe and crusting buttercream frosting. These were so fun to make; the Kiddo loves to decorate the cookies and I love to see her creativity in action. The best part is that the cookies are delicious. I let her Continue reading →
Get your Glue Guns ready and pick up a few packs of plastic Easter eggs Because this door wreath is easy and fun. On the same trip to our local get what you want for a $ store where I got the supplies for Wednesdays Door/Wall Decor I also picked up a few things to make a Door Wreath for Easter. (Is anyone else having a hard time with Easter being so close to St. Patrick’s Day this year?) I did not want to spend a lot of money on a door decoration that would be up for 2 weeks so the $ place was a great idea. The beauty of this craft is Continue reading →
I’m super excited to share this months Printables with you. I was so excited about making an Easter printable that I made 3 for you. The first is a set of cupcake toppers, the second is a set of Easter Labels, and the third is a set to use as extra-large toppers, tags, or as a banner. Continue reading →
Fabric: I used muslin for the lining and a stripe for the outside. A quarter each.
Ribbon for the tie
Elastic for the back/neck of the bonnet
Basic sewing supplies.
The first thing you want to do is create a pattern. I used a hoodie that fits this particular baby. Trace the hood and then add the seam allowance. I add the seam allowance by rubber banding two pencils together . For the brim of the bonnet I folded the hood in half and curves the edges adding 2 inches to the ends.
Cut the pattern pieces out in both the lining and print.
I layered each piece right side together. Be sure to leave an opening for turning.
Stitch the pieces together.
Sorry about the two brim pieces. The first time I cut out the pattern I cut the brim in two pieces. Bad idea. I forgot that I needed a Casing for the ribbon tie and had to re-cut the brim pattern in one piece of muslin and print.
Notch the curves.
Turn out the fabric.
Layer your hood right sides together and stitch.
I did not have a large enough piece of the print so I cut two and stitched them together.
Stitch and notch
Turn out and top stitch the edge of the brim. This stiffens the brim.
Draw a line 1 inch from the raw edge of the brim. Straight stitch down the line. This is the outer edge of the ribbon tract.
Start at the center point of the brim and hood and pin right sides together.
Continue to pin down each side.
Fold under the extended sides of the ribbon casing and begin stitching there. You can fold under the edges now as well. I hand stitched them after I threaded the ribbon.
You can zig zag top stitch the seam down for a more finished edge if you want. The brim is attached and the ribbon casing is complete.
Thread the Ribbon.
Pin the end of the thread and slide it through the casing.
The bonnet is ready for elastic or pleats. I choose elastic.
If you choose to use pleats put the bonnet on the baby and fold over equal amounts on each side or in the back of the hood and pleat.
Elastic a. I do not usually measure my elastic instead I make sure the elastic is longer that the item needed. Just trim the excess after the straight stabilizing stitch at the end.
I choose a honeycomb stitch because there is a lot of give and stretch in this particular stitch. The picture is from my sewing manual.
b. Place the elastic against the edge of the hood and straight stitch it down.
c. Use the honeycomb, stretching the elastic as you go.
Be sure to straight stitch the other end down to add stability to the elastic. Trim the excess elastic.
I decided to do something different this week. I am going to show how to make an Easter Apron and a Baby Bonnet. Today I thought I would give you a few pics of the Easter Bonnet to follow and a more detailed description on Wednesday and Friday The Apron Tutorial. Let me know what you think.
1. Make a pattern. Taper half the hood to make the bill.
2. cut the pattern
3. Stitch and layer hood. right sides together
4. stitch bill
5. Turn out and top stitch
6. stitch track for ribbon and then stitch bill to hood.
7. thread ribbon for tie
8. stitch elastic in back of hood. Honeycomb stitch works well.
I was trying to decide if I should make an Easter basket or a stuffed bunny this week. After going through a few options I wondered if I could combine the two. I haven’t yet told you guys about my daughters addiction to stuffed animals. When she was little she felt she had to rescue the animals from “the claw” boxes and would cry because she thought they were trapped. I spent more money than is acceptable in an attempt to liberate cheap stuffed animals. To this day she still loves all stuffed animals and if they can be used as a pillow she is tickled to death.
With this in mind I decided to make a stuffed bunny that can also hold candy and goodies like a basket. So Here we go.
Fleece or fuzzy fabric: I used remnant fabric for 50% off at JoAnn’s (at least 19″ x 14″)
Rulers: I used my 12.5″ square and 6.5″ square
Basic sewing supplies: pins, machine and a needle and thread Decoration:
Buttons: 2 for eyes and 1 for a nose
Ribbon: neck tie
embroidery thread for mouth
Measure and cut
Fold the fabric in half and layout your rulers.
Trim the excess fabric. Cut the excess rectangles into triangles. 2 of the triangles will become ears.
Layer the pieces right sides together and pin if needed. Be sure to leave space for turning out.
Stitch around all sides. I used .50″ seam allowance and left the opening of 3″ in the bottom.
Turn out and stuff. I stuffed mine a little more than necessary. Remember that you will fold in each corner to form arms and legs. Less stuffing makes this easier.
Hand stitch the opening. I used a ladder stitch.
This step is not necessary but I found that it made making the arms and legs easier. Just stitch slowly as you go over the stuffing.
Form arms and legs
Fold each triangle in half and hand stitch the meeting point. A few stitches with strong thread works well.
Forming the ears.
Take two triangles
Fold them in half to find the center.
Place the center point in the back of the ear corner.
Wrap the sides over one another. You may have to work a little to get the ears to look the way you want. (If you want longer ears cut longer triangles)
Hand stitch the ears in place.
As you can see the bunny is a little over stuffed, but it worked out in the end.
Step 9 Decoration
Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck to finish forming the head.
Stitch on the eyes and nose buttons. Hand embroider the mouth. Check out the Sock monkey tutorial for the best way to stitch the buttons.
Slide the snacks and goodies into the pockets to make a fun Easter gift and basket.
You are ready to go.
After I made the first one I realized I would be super cute with a different color tummy. Just cut a scrap of 10″ x 10″ fabric and stitch it to the base square before sewing the pieces in place. You can also use a fabric marker to add some color to the inside of the ears.