Two Peas In a Pod Amigurumi

 

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TWIN GIRLS!  Yay, my friend recently had 2 beautiful twin girls and they’re sooo cute!  As a congratulatory gift, I made these 2 peas in a pod for her.  She really liked it!

I got the pattern for FREE here.  You can also find it on the Lion Brand website if you’re a member.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying crocheting with a larger 4.5mm hook opposed to my regular 3.5mm hook.  I used “myboshi” No 1 yarn.  I’m currently in Germany and purchased it at Müeller.

To make the bows (if you’re familiar with crochet terms) I chained 4, did 3 rows of 3sc then wrapped yarn around the centre a few times before sewing it to the pea.

I think I’ll continue with this Amigurumi food trend that I’ve started.

Until next time, Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

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Amigurumi Banana

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Something different!  A banana!  I thought I’d start making a few baby friendly fruits and vegetables for my daughter to play with eventually.

I got this banana pattern FREE on ravelry – you can find it here.  I LOVED how it turned out and I finished it so quickly.  The pattern had a really useful diagram to make the banana peels just right.

I used a chunkier yarn and really like how textured it turned out.  It will be great for teething/chewing and it’s washable!  I used “Boston Sun Classic Yarn.”

I used black yarn to sew the baby friendly eyes and mouth (no plastic pieces.)  You can find a great video on how to embroider faces from Planet June here.

I tried something new with the blush on the cheeks!  I used a “Stabilo 3 in 1 crayon.”  I drew directly onto the yarn which was a little intense – luckily, it rubbed off fairly well.  Next time I will colour on a piece of cloth first then gently blot it onto the project.  I’m learning new tricks all the time.  Still, I like the added colour to the face!

Overall, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and am looking forward to start a small collection of fruits and veggies for my little one.

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

2nd Year As A Blogger!

 

Wow – it’s amazing that 2 years have gone by already.  I’ve really enjoyed working on this blog.  Last year, in particular, flew by.  It was a great year of continuing to try new things and I think I really upped my sewing game!  It’s been a pleasure interacting with so many crafters out there through this blog and through Instagram.

If you’re following my blog – thanks so much for your support.

Find me on instagram: @afriendlikeben

Looking forward to a creative 2016.

-AFriendLikeBen-

I’m sure they’d think again if they had a friend like Ben. – Michael Jackson

 

 

“Whatcha Got?” pouches

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Alas, a  moment to blog again!  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind having a baby and moving to a new country – but we’re settled in, the baby is napping and I feel like I’m back!

I made these little pouches during my last week of pregnancy.  I was 40 weeks pregnant and reallllllly antsy!  I needed something quick and easy to make to keep my mind off the upcoming labour but also something I could realistically finish in time.

I LOVE these pouches and use them every day.  The small size is great for travel diaper items.  The larger size is great for packing an extra onsie or hat, etc.

I purchased the pattern from my local quilt shop.  It’s by “This and That.” The pattern was really easy to follow and it was fun to learn how to sew with clear vinyl.  It actually wasn’t too hard!  My only advice is to use a larger stitch length when sewing through the vinyl.  I’ve heard that if it’s humid in the room, the vinyl can stick to the sewing machine and make things difficult but I didn’t run into any problems.

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For the smaller pouch, I altered the instructions slightly and didn’t sew together small squares for the front of the pouch.  By doing it this way I could make it even faster!

Let me know if you give it a try,

Happy Sewing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Easy Owl Pillow Tutorial

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Our good friends from out of town were coming over for a visit and they have an adorable little girl!  I wanted to give her little something so I whipped up this cute owl pillow in no time.  I used fabric I already had and used this great FREE pattern from “We All Sew.”  (Thankyou!)

As per usual, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly!  I didn’t include a centre strip (because I didn’t have much time!) and I dislike “raw edges” in appliqué, so I used an “appliqué without raw edges” technique that involves sewing two appliqué pieces right sides together and turning them right side out.  If you’d like to learn more, keep scrolling!

First, download and cut out the pattern pieces.  You can find the pattern pieces here.

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Pin the pieces to your chosen fabrics and cut out.

With my “appliqué without raw edges” technique, I had to cut out double of the eye, beak and wing pieces with an extra 1/4″ seam allowance.   So in total…I have 2 main body pieces, 1 bodice piece, 4 feet pieces, 4 wing pieces, 4 large eye circles, 4 small circles and 2 beak pieces.

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Using one of the large eye circles as an example, I have demonstrated the “appliqué without raw edges” technique I used below!

Sew 2 large circles, right sides together all the way around.  Do not leave an opening.

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Trim the seam allowance to be a scant 1/4″ and cut little slits around the edge being careful not to cut through the stitches.  (This helps the fabric lay flat when turning the piece right side out.)

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Choose which side of the piece will be the back and cut a slit in the centre (again, being careful not to cut too close to the stitching.)

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Turn the piece right side out through the slit you just cut and press with a hot iron.  Although not a perfect circle, the edges are nice and clean and it’s ready to be sewn to the owl!

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Continue this technique with the other eye circles, beak and wings.  (*note: for the wings, I only sewed the inside edge, right sides together.)

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When all the pieces are prepped, you’re ready to assemble the owl.

Start by folding under the top edge of the bodice piece and sew into place.

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Place the wings on top.  Pin in place and sew the inside edge of the wing with 1/4″ seam allowance. (I like using my 1/4″ seam foot for a clean line.)

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Now, add on the face.

First, place the beak on the owl face.  Because the piece is small, I used a tiny dab of school glue to hold it instead of pins.

So….Dab the glue…

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press in place with a hot iron…

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Sew it to the owl with a 1/4″ seam.

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The white part of the eye was big enough to use a pin for placement.  For the black part, I used the glue technique again.

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Once the face is applied, add the feet!

Sew the feet, right sides together, turn and pin the raw edge of the feet to the raw edge of the owl’s body.  (I was running out of time so I didn’t stuff the feet but they’d look cute stuffed too!)

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Place the back piece of the owl body over top and pin the layers together.  (I used “wonder clips” – they are so great to use when you’re trying to pin layers of fabric together quickly.)  Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening for turning.

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Turn project right side out and press.  Stuff owl to desired puffiness through the opening you left.

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Hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch and you’re done!

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Voila!  A quick and easy, one-of-a-kind owl!  Let me know if you give it a try or have any tips or tricks.

Happy Sewing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Easy, Adjustable Crib Skirt Tutorial

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So, as you can see, I’ve been having fun with this Studio E “Around Town” fabric!  So far I’ve made nursery art, a mobile, a window cornice box, and now a crib skirt!

There are tons of tutorials about how to make crib skirts however, I found most of them to be a one size only tutorial which didn’t make sense to me!  With a crib, as the baby grows, the mattress height changes which means the crib skirt length changes.  If you only have one length of crib skirt, then what do you do when you have to lower the mattress?  Let it drag on the floor?  With this tutorial, I’d like to show you how I made an adjustable crib skirt that can be used for all 3 mattress heights.

First, let’s take a look at a crib.  Below is a birds eye view of a crib without a mattress in it.  See the space in-between the crib bars and the base?  That’s where you’re crib skirt will hang.

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To show you the finished birds eye view, I made 3 crib skirt panels (I didn’t make one for the back of the crib because you can’t see it.)  I attached it to the base of the crib with thumb tacks.  I know…it’s not the most polished of finishes but once the mattress is on top, no one will see it!  It’s actually quite neat and tidy!

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So, to make the crib skirt, all you need to do is decide what fabric you’d like to use for your panels, measure your panels out so they fit on each side of the crib, hem them how you wish, slide them in-between the bars and the base of the crib and secure them at the desired length with pins.

If you get the idea, go ahead and make your crib skirt panels how you wish!  If you’d like to see how I did mine specifically, keep reading!

Adjustable Crib Skirt Tutorial:

This tutorial will demonstrate how the side panel was made.

If using “directional fabric,” make sure each panel has the same part of the pattern on it.  For the widest panel, you may need to join the patterned fabric together.   (To learn more about how to join patterned fabric, see a previous tutorial here.)

To make sure each panel has the same section of the pattern on it, cut each patterned strip at the same place.  With this fabric specifically, I chose to cut below the red houses as the top cut and below the red roofs as the bottom cut (as shown.) image

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The side panel needed to be 26″ wide so I cut the patterned strip to be 26″ wide.

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Then I cut a 26″ wide piece of white fabric and kept it how it comes off the bolt (folded in half.)  I wanted to have 2 layers of white fabric for weight and to make the skirt more opaque.

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Cut off the selvage edge.

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Pin the 26″ raw edge of the patterned fabric, right sides together, to one of the 26″ raw edges of the white fabric.  Sew with a 1/4″ seam.

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Press seam allowance towards the patterned fabric.

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With right sides together again, pin the other 26″ raw edge of the patterned fabric to the other 26″ raw edge of the white fabric and sew together with a 1/4″ seam.  Now you have a large tube of fabric.  Again, press the seam allowance towards the patterned fabric.

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Now sew up each side of the panel with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving about a 4″ opening on one side.

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Turn right side out through the 4″ opening you left and press flat.

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Top stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance over the bottom edge of the panel.

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Top stitch over the top edge of the pattern piece…

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Finally, top stitch along each side of the panel (not shown).  Make sure you top stitch over the opening you left to turn the panel right side out.  This will neatly close the opening.

Hang your panel in-between the crib bars and the base of the crib and pin to desired height with thumb tacks.

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Repeat with the other 2 sides of the crib.

There you have it – a simple, adjustable, crib skirt.

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Let me know if you give it a try or if you have any suggestions or questions!

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

DIY Hand Stamped Thankyou Cards

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These thankyou cards were so fun and easy to make that there is no need for an in-depth explanation!  I made them to compliment my rustic “Cute As A Button” themed baby shower that my family so generously threw for me. To do the same, here’s what you need (plus whatever card you choose to stamp on.)  I purchased all of these materials at Michaels.

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All you do is stamp one layer at a time!  At the end, I glued a little button on with a some hot glue.

If you’d like to have a closer look at what stamps I used from the packages, I also included the same steps as above while displaying the stamps that I used.

And there you have it!  I loved making these!  I hope my dear friends and family like them! If you’d like to see another sample of simple handmade cards, check out my previous post “Christmas Card Creations.”

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

-AFriendLikeBen-