Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I am always blown away by the creatures that Lil' Kay draws and colors, but keeping the reams and reams of drawings he makes just isn't practical. I was really excited to come up with an cute and fun way to make his drawings a bit more permanent.
I started out by iron a piece of muslin fabric onto a sheet of freezer paper. This creates a nice crisp "canvas" for Lil' Kay to draw on. I gave him a black fabric pen and let him draw on of his creatures on each piece of muslin. He's a big Godzilla fan, so that's Space Godzilla on the left and plain old Godzilla on the right.
After he drew the outlines, he colored them in with ordinary crayons. I encouraged him to color fairly dark so the colors would show up. When he was finished coloring, I placed a paper towel over the image and ironed the paper towel until I was no longer getting any colored wax on the paper towel.
I then peeled the freezer paper away from the muslin and placed the muslin image down on a piece of colored cotton fabric. I pinned the two pieces together and used the sewing machine to stitch around the image leaving a bit of a margin around the actual drawing and leaving an opening at the bottom of the image for turning and stuffing. I cut around the stitching leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance. Next, I turned the creatures right side out, filled them with stuffing and hand stitched the opening closed.
Super easy and fun. Lil' Kay was thrilled with the results. The only problem? He drew both of the creatures facing the same direction, so they can't fight! I told him he'd have to work on that design flaw for next time!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Actually, if you want your own squid, you can get the pattern for FREE at Bit of Whimsy Dolls! And while you're there, look at all the other patterns you can purchase. They're fantastic! I'm really tempted by Lenny the Guinea Pig and the B-Movie Monsters.
The squid pattern is actually a very simple project. The only problem I had was attaching the legs to the body. I'm not a patient person, so it was frustrating for me, but I got it done! And look how adorable! He's supposed to have a little smile, but my resident squid expert informed me that his squid should not have a mouth, because squids don't have mouths. They have beaks hidden up under their bodies. It was all I could do to convince him that I should make it in multi-colors rather than just orange.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
BeckyKay Designs will have everything marked down 10-25%. If I get my act together, I may even have a handful of items that are even bigger bargains!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I've already placed an order for little Sally's nursery!