Well the dishes are piled up and the laundry went undone and I had ONE WHOLE DAY TO SEW! So I created another Frida doll.
Remember that movie Castaway with Tom Hanks? Remember that scene where he dances around gleefully because he made fire? Well that was me because I finally learned how to do yarn doll hair!
And doll shoes!
Not too bad for a first draft of a pattern. I still need to do some tweaking of some things but I think she is just about right. I really do love her pensive, slightly sad expression and the iconic uni-brow!
Gifts from Beanie and Bert for Mother's Day, from Hail Mary here in Portland. So cool!!! And they look perfect in our work-in-progress shrine. We have no idea what the previous owners did with this bumped out area in this house but it is the perfect size for our makeshift alter.
Lucky the Beaver signed her foul ball AND she was on TV at the game. "This was the best day ever!"
So I went a little crazy with the pincushions today. But aren't they cute!
Okay, let the craftiness begin. Look around your house and find a vessel. I ended up going with some thrifted tea cups and jars. And I'm eyeballing the empty cat food cans in my recycling bin!
For the tea cup or baby food jar you'll need:
small tea cup or baby food jar with lid
needle and heavy duty thread
hot glue gun (high heat)
If you are using a baby food jar or a tiny tea cup you'll cut your fabric circle about 5 1/2 in diameter. If you're using a larger cup you will have to adjust the size of your fabric circle.
I find that heavier fabric like flannel or wool works best because after it's stuffed, it's less lumpy-looking than regular cotton.
Thread your needle with heavy duty thread. (It was my experience that regular thread broke easily.) Knot one end and sew a running stitch around your fabric leaving a long tail at the end.
Pull the running stitch closed as you stuff it with poly-fill. Stuff firmly and squish it around until it is the shape you want. Be careful not to over-fill as your thread may break as you're pulling it closed.
For the baby food jar apply hot glue to the top of the jar lid. Press the fabric ball firmly in place and hold for several seconds.
Hot glue ribbon around the outside and voila!
For the tea cup apply hot glue to the inside the cup being careful not to come up too close to the top or the glue will overflow and be visible on the outside of the cup. For this tea cup I hot glued the cup to the saucer so it's a handy tray for my other sewing supplies. Like my seam ripper which I need by me at all times!
For the canning jar pincushion you'll need:
canning jar with ring and lid sealer
fabric circle about an inch larger than your lid sealer
hot glue gun (high heat)
For this blue pincushion I used flannel fabric and cardboard but it was too thick and the lid wouldn't screw onto the jar. So I switched to a thinner card board and cotton fabric and it worked!
Cut out a cardboard circle the same size as the lid sealer. Place some poly fill on the cardboard and wrap the fabric around it, gluing it down. Then pop it through the the ring, glue the lid sealer onto the cardboard and then screw on the jar.