Thursday, April 23, 2015

nautical baby block

Welcome Baby Hoppers! Such a fun reason to trek from blog to blog isn't it? As you are probably an experienced blog traveler you know that May Arts hops ALWAYS come with fantastic opportunities to win ribbon...this hop is no different. Be sure to comment on the May Arts side for your chance to win baby ribbons  

For this hop I wanted to make something fun. I have to say I had a lot of fun choosing what quilting design I was going to do on each panel, you can go simple or super fancy. The added ribbon makes a great handle for little hands to hold and play with.

Here is what you need:

7/8 Inch Grosgrain Horizontal Stripes, 522-78 

Fabric, I used Anna Griffin: True Blue 

Thread, I used a thicker 12wt for impact


Basic Sewing supplies: Sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutting supplies

Here's How:

 1. Cut 6 squares and quilt a layer of batting to back with the 12wt thread. 

2. Trim edges to square and pin looped ribbon in place.

3. Sew 4 squares in a row with a 1/2 inch seam...starting  and stopping 1/2 inch from edge of fabric. L

4. Sew top and bottom in place leaving opening on one side to turn right side out.
5. Turn right side out and fill with fiberfill.
6. Hand sew opening closed.
7. Hand to your little munckin' for hours of fun.

This was a fun quick project , I may have to make a few more for shower gifts.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your journey.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Autism Awareness: Fidgets

I am honored to participate is such a fabulous post with May Arts. My project is super quick but so useful. The idea behind a fidget is simple...Fidgets are small items that keep restless fingers busy, bodies relaxed, and minds focused. Silent fidgets can be a helpful tool to help at homework time, and while in stressful situations like in a restaurant, on a school bus or in a waiting room. These  little items can be made of scraps of fabrics with unique and interesting textures. My kids have all run off with my fidgets...some have attempted juggling others have used them for target practice...but regardless of what they are used for you should dig through your fabric stash and make a dozen or so.

Here is what you need:

Fabric: a nice soothing texture
Fill: a non toxic fill with weight like rice or Poly Fill Stuffing beads 

Sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, sewing needles.

1. Cut fabric to size 4-inch x 6 inch. Cut 6 -inch piece of elastic.

2. Fold fabric in half with right sides facing, pin folded elastic ribbon at fold, as shown. Sew around open sides  with 1/4-inch seams leaving an inch or so opening.
3. Turn right side out. Fill and hand sew closed.

That's it! You have and hand full of fidgets in no time.