Effie’s Makeover

Well, Effie the Elephant was cute before, but now she’s just too, too, two times as cute.

Effie the Felt Elephant on JanMadeIt 1

Just seemed like she needed a hair bow and a bright flowery blanket with appliques and lots of embroidery.

Effie the Felt Elephant on JanMadeIt 2

I just can’t seem to leave well-enough alone. Now all my other critters look naked.

Might have to do something about that. If so, I’ll be figuring out how to make little bitty hats, scarves, and other teeny tiny fashion accessories.

What d’ya think? Better with clothes, or without?

Jan

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Bias Tape Birds–Vintage Applique

I’m enamored with this pair of birds.

I found them on a pillowcase I bought at an estate sale a few years ago.

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It’s just snips of ordinary half-inch bias tape appliqued to the cotton.

Vintage Applique Bias Tape Birds on JanMadeIt 03

A few strategic embroidery stitches complete the illustration.

I had to make a pair of birds for myself.

Jans Appliqued BiasTape Birds on JanMadeIt02

I dug into my box of scrap trim (that sounds like I only have one! Ha!) and found a few pieces of bias tape to use. I couldn’t find a scrap of blue, so instead of a bluebird and a red bird, I made a pair of cardinals. The male on the right, and the less colorful female on the left.

Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone and decided to fold the bias tape in half.

Jans Appliqued BiasTape Birds on JanMadeIt 03

First I tacked down the green for the branch but was not happy the little stitches are still visible. So I found matching embroidery floss and used an embroidered back stitch to stitch down the birds.

Since my birds are much smaller than the originals I wasn’t able to put as many details on their heads, but I think it works.

Jans Appliqued BiasTape Birds on JanMadeIt 01

I can’t decide what to do with them now so they are still living in this little embroidery hoop.  I didn’t trim the green bias tape in case they need a longer branch when I find a permanent home for them.

Vintage Applique Bias Tape Birds on JanMadeIt 01

I just love finding old linens, don’t you?

Any suggestions on what I should do with them now?

Jan

To Do: A Pillow, But Not a Bracelet

I had a to do list today, and I didn’t get through it because I got distracted. Everything on my list was something I need to finish. I wasn’t going to start anything new.

But then I did.

Like this bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Hemp

It was not even on my radar until I got an email from Creative Bug with a video tutorial on how to make one.  It’s crocheted and it’s called a Turkish Flat Weave. It’s not hard, but using hemp was not the best choice for my first attempt. The stiffness of the cord was kind of cranky. And like I found out with a previous project, it’s hard to see what’s what in the black yarn, or cord.

So I picked out some supplies for another one.

Materials for Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet

I went with the cream-colored number 8 pearl cotton thread and the bright beads.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Cotton

The parts I got right are really nice.  But it’s twisted where I didn’t flip it the right way. If you watch the video you’ll know what I mean.  Once I get the hang of it I’ll unstring this and make it over.

By the way, if you can crochet, this is a very quick project. I started the second one at 10:30 and 45 minutes later I was working on the closure.

This pillow was on my to do list. This is not the pillow I set out to make but it’s what the fabric wanted to be. Anybody else have projects like that?

I made the pillow with a couple of decorator samples.

The floral with the owl is linen and the animal print is polyester. I have another piece that I think is drapery silk that will go on the back.

Applique Pillow Basted

If you look close you’ll see my navy blue basting stitches. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll attach the applique. If I have thread that exactly matches the pink I may quilt it down first before I secure the edges.

It’s going to be a pillow cover for a 16 or 18 inch square pillow. Since I don’t have another sample in this same color family this is all there is. The back piece is smaller than the front, so I’m hoping to manipulate it enough to manage a concealed zipper on one of the edges.

I have nothing this yummy pink will go with so I’ll probably sell it. It’s going to be amazing if you can use this almost dusty pink.

I have other decorator samples and I’m sure some of them will want to become the pillow I planned to make first.

How’s your to do list coming? Hope your day is swell!

Jan

Fun Felt Toys

When I scrolled through my Pinterest pages a few days ago to find images of the button-down shirt pillows  for my last post, I came across several projects that caught my attention—again. I printed several of them, including these wool scrap pincushions from Better Homes and Gardens. And this one, also from BHG.

Then I rooted through my stash and found some hoarded felt and got busy.

Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

How’d I do?

Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

I started with the heart pincushions. I cut out a heart shape free-hand and then stacked it on a variety of colors and cut out more of them so I could mix and match in assembly.

Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

While I was cutting—I tend to do things assembly-line-style—I also cut out a couple of daisy-type flowers, two different sizes, and a tulip.

I assembled the hearts first and used a simple blanket stitch around the edge. As the tiny pillow neared completion I stuffed in little bits of fiber fill. I tacked a small circle of felt on a larger circle of felt for the flower. Then I snipped notches in the larger circle to make the petals and attached the little flower to the heart.

Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

For the daisies, I found out I have to stuff the petals as I go, and next time I won’t make the base of the petal so skinny.

As suggested in the BHG pins, I attached a ribbon to the center back of each of the hearts and flowers. They suggest tying one to the handle of a sewing basket. I also suggest they can be tied to the arm of your sewing machine, or for hand-work, you can tie it around your wrist.

Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

After the original shapes were complete, my imagination was running pretty rampant and I made a block which will be a dandy toy for a tot. I started with flowers on two of the sides, then a butterfly seemed appropriate for the garden-theme.

Felt Toys on JanMadeIt

A caterpillar inches along a little branch. It’s one of those camo caterpillars with a fake eye at the tail end so predators can’t tell if they’re coming or going.

Felt Toys on JanMadeIt

A friend is a fan of frogs, so I came up with this guy for another panel. I was very pleased that everyone recognized it as a frog.

Felt Toys on JanMadeIt

And on one of the pictures above you can see I put a little blue bird on the last panel.

I wanted a ladybug on one panel, but I was manning my booth at the flea market and I didn’t have any black felt with me. But lo and behold, I came across a box full of scraps, some already cut into quilt pieces and there was a small stack of felt, including black, in the mix so now I could make my ladybug. I just love her. Felt Toys and Pincushions on JanMadeIt

If you’re handy with a needle, you can easily craft your own and show friends or family how to do it. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t even know which end of the needle to thread I can turn this into a tutorial that will show you how. Just ask.

I have one more week at the flea market and then I’ll put these on etsy. Or maybe I’ll put a kit on etsy and you can sew your own. If that’s something you’d like, let me know and I can certainly put them together for you.

Easy Peasy.

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