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Stuffed animals from the kids drawings!

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I decided a few days ago to spell out the letters of Artzcool in whatever materials I am working with. So today, the kids and I decided to try a sewing project using polar fleece. I was going to make the letter T, and the kids were each going to make a stuffed animal.
Here is what Sam’s stuffed animal looked like in the end, compared to her drawing:

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Here is Dylan’s first sketch and then his finished stuffed animal.

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Dylan’s design was a little more complicated than Samantha’s, but the steps were basically the same. They both started by drawing a sketch. Sam cut out her drawing, and we pinned it to the fabric and cut it out, like a pattern piece.

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We figured that the best way to do Dylan’s design would be to attach all of the pieces to a background. So, Dylan started by cutting out a blue square piece of polar fleece. Then the kids cut out all of the details they wanted to go on. We talked about how it was like making a collage with fabric. We pinned all of the pieces to the polar fleece.

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Then, I used my sewing machine to sew around the perimeter of each piece, and after sewing all of the pieces on, I trimmed each piece close to my stitching line… You can see what I mean in the picture below.

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With Samantha’s design, we decided to add some plastic eyes. To attach these eyes, I cut a tiny hole, poked the post of the eye through, then I attached the plastic disk on the back.

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Then, for both of their stuffed animals, we pinned the right sides together and sewed around the perimeter.

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After sewing around the perimeter, we turned them right side out and stuffed them with our scraps of polar fleece. To finish them off, I hand stitched the opening closed.

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I almost forgot… While they were working on their projects, I was also working on mine. I followed the same basic steps. I came up with a design, cut out and pinned all of the pieces, then finally sewed and trimmed around the perimeter. Here’s what my T looked like by the end:

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Polar fleece baby blanket

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A good friend of mine just had a baby, and whenever there is a new baby, I do my best to try to make something personal… One of my favourite things to make is polar fleece blankets. I make them a smaller size for babies, so they don’t take as much time as a full size quilt. I will show you a couple tricks to sewing with polar fleece. I will also see if I can find some photos of other blankets I have made.
For this particular blanket, I decided to make it a little thinker to be warmer, so I lined it with a plain beige knit. I sewed the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Then I turned the fabric right sides out and hand stitched a line around the perimeter of the quilt. I normally just turn in the edges or do a blanket stitch around the outside to finish the edges. Here is a close up.

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Now for the fun part, picking your design! (well, it’s my favourite part) the baby’s name is clover, so I cut out the letters out of a purple polar fleece, then pinned them on. I also added a couple of green fleece clovers and clover flowers to the design. I am trying a new idea with the flowers, we will see how it works out…

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Then I threaded my sewing machine with purple thread on the top, and beige on the bottom, I don’t know about you, but My sewing skills are not perfect and i can use whatever help I can get to cover up my stitches. So I sewed around all of the letters, and flowers with the purple thread. I have found that if you try to go too close to the edge, your presser foot will slip off of the fabric and your stitches will miss. So trust me, so a few millimeters in from the edge. After finishing all of the purple parts, i changed to green thread to sew around the clovers. Here is what it looked like when I finished sewing:

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I could never figure out how other people’s blankets had such perfect stitching…I will let you in on the secret, that took me years to figure out. After you finish sewing, use a pair of sharp scissors to trim around the fabric. Look what a difference it makes….

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So you can see that trimming around your stitching makes it look so much neater and cleaner.
Let’s see if my idea for the clovers works out… I have cut three layers of the clover shape, on large, one medium, and one small. I sewed around the perimeter and trimmed the largest one, then I am going to try to sew all three layers together in the center.

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Not bad, although I think they might make better roses!
Here is the finished blanket:

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Ok, I dug up a couple photos of a couple other blankets I have made out of polar fleece.

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Kids project -pillows

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So, what were the kids doing while I was sewing the miles of fabric for the cupcake quilt?
My daughter was given a kit for Christmas where you could make your own pillow out of polar fleece. (thanks mom!) However, some of the decorations were missing from the package, and my son was interested in making a pillow too. So, we used the pattern, to make another pillow. It is an easy and cute design. I have also seen baby blankets done in the same way.
Here is what the finished products looked like:

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We started with a square of polar fleece about four inches bigger than our pillow all the way around. I just laid the two fabrics on top of each other and put the pillow on top and cut around it, I am not by nature one who measures… But measure if it makes you feel better!

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Then, I cut out a square from each corner

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I cut a fringe around the perimeter, by cutting in at every 1-1 1/2″. You should also cut in at least 3″.

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Then, you simply put the pillow in between the two layers and tie double knots all the way around the perimeter.

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The only thing you need to be careful of is that the fringe at the front and back match up so you don’t end up with an odd one at the corner. They needed a little help at first, but if your child knows how to tie a knot, this is a pretty easy project! Here is a closer look

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Ok, I have had a little break from sewing now… We had lunch, gave the kids their showers, and baked some cookies, so now back to sewing.
Have I mentioned that I am going back to work on Monday? You will probably notice my creativity time drop off at the beginning of next week… Work has a tendency to cut into my time a little. I’m glad a have a job where I can still be creative…but, I can’t wait until summer!