Nice to sew and give as a gift. More pictures will show you the square shape. If you want to make a quick gift for someone, other than the zipper, it's a cinch. Use crazy, creative colors and make them for all your friends, or to keep in your gift drawer in case you need to give a gift quickly.
Tilda dolls patterns can be purchased through the Tilda website or books of Tilda's materials. I love the long, skinny look of her spectacular dolls. This giraffe was fun to make - and the details more accurately achieved by hand sewing of the smaller body parts.
Check out more photos here of this delightful decoration. Lovely idea for gift for young girl, even teenager. The regular dolls are not for playing with - their beautiful elegant designs suit an older child or even adult.
It's really fun to make paper-doll clothes. Cut out a paper doll from an Internet pattern. Based on the size, you can design clothes to fit the doll. Remember to add little "blips" on each of the sides of the clothes so that the paper clothes grip on the paper doll.
Now here's the good idea. Instead of using purchased paper, take a glossy magazine and cut out the shapes of the clothes on attractive paper from within the magazine. Check out some pictures of paper clothes here.
I sewed 4 of these bags a gift for a 2 1/2 year old little girl. Different fabrics could result in a product for someone of any age. Size is adaptable. I loved making them. The fabrics (from Joann) are delightful I added an inner fusible medium weight lining and also lined the bag fully. See more on the Bags page.
Embellishments can make simple homemade clothes become really special. Bought appliques are quite pricey, especially if clothes are being sewn for utilitarian purposes - not the special outfit for a play-date or outing.
My suggestion is cutting cute pictures of printed fabric - a design of an animal or other character. In the picture here, you can see that I have cut out some dog pictures and ironed them onto the pants. You can decide to sew them down or if you know they will not come off the fabric when washed, fusible web is sufficient.
Babies grow so quickly! Here's an idea that I used for the design of the original pants, but could be used to add a few inches to the baby pants. In general, the width of the baby pants are ample for quite a while before the next size is needed, so the first sign that clothes are too small is the pull from the foot (especially if the pants have a complete foot) to the crotch - making it impossible for the baby to wear. If the item is a onesie, the foot can be cut off and a new open cuff added. If the pants already have a nice cuff, the inches can be added in the leg and the bottom part with the original cuff, sewn back on.
Here is a great idea to make an original Hanukkiah (candle holder for Hanukkah). I designed one with stones, another with shells, all set in a glass jar with sand in its base. Take a look at the range of pictures.
This idea can be used for birthday candles, or other celebrations. Change the color of the candles and you can create something with national colors for a country. Kids can make do this project easily, however, always remember that lighting of candles should only be with adults, and also never left lit when no-one is around. Check under "Decoration" to see details.
Sewing for babies is such fun. Not only can one manage with basic sewing , but also fun elements such as applique and soft embellishments can be added to create something different. We all know that today most baby clothes can be bought relatively cheaply at the big department stores, but homemade stuff is always nice to make and give.
In the examples of my work for baby clothes, note that colorful fabric can be added in the leg area without disturbing the pattern shape. This method can also be used to add a few inches to clothes to give the baby a few weeks more wear out of the pants (they grow so fast!).
My new site is an album of my craft work. Hopefully it will of interest to other crafters. This website is only a few days old and my intention is to collect pictures of my work on this site as a portfolio of my handcrafts. Often one thinks back on all the gifts and home decoration that one made, gave away, and even threw out. The ideas are just a memory and I think it a pity not to be able to see the fruits of one's labor in the technology of today - in an electronic form.
The first page is a collection of tags I made, and really enjoyed. What fun they are - quick to produce, nice to use to tag gifts or even boxes of things in the closet. Check out "Tags"
Sewing, machine embroidery, paper-craft, and stamping are my hobbies. At the moment die-cutting paper craft is my favorite, and I am sharing my projects with you on this website.