Christmas Gifts – Dino Toy and Appliqué Onesie

Wow. It’s been a week already! I really must write some of these posts in advance to keep up my sleeve for a week like this one (or next one, and possibly the one after that!)

Today my post is about gifts for one cool little dude. One of my early blog posts was about some toys I made for my new nephew, and this post is about his Christmas present.

Of all the presents I made, I think this was my favourite. It was just so cute and so cool.

First of all I made a dinosaur soft toy. I used the pattern found here. I bought a funky green and purple fat quarter of fabric and matching green ribbon and whipped up this cute little toy. I think next time I might make it a fraction bigger, it’s just a tiny bit small, but probably not too bad for little hands.

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For the other half of his present I decided to make an appliqué onesie. I’m no where near talented or patient enough to make the onesie from scratch, so I bought a three pack from the Warehouse for minimal investment (my kinda present). I bought some cool patterned fabric that I was going to use to make a shirt with a little tie on it. But at the last minute I decided that sounded like far too much work (as I’d have to ensure all the edges were sufficiently covered to prevent fraying). So, with a strange turn of events, my husband suggested using some felt that I was using for another project. Fabulous idea, no fraying involved! I spent a few minutes on Google and found a silhouette of a fish (my family is really into fishing and the like) and used that as my pattern.

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A few notes in appliqué with felt – it doesn’t like Visoflix (the glue type stuff you use to hold the piece of fabric together until you’ve sewn them together). I found it hard to get the paper backing off the felt and even harder to keep the fabric pieces in place once on the onesie.

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But, after some very tiny, detailed stitching I LOVE this little onesie! I also love the colour of the fish, green is so trendy.

He even looks pretty pleased with it.

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Coming up: more Christmas presents! I’ll finish the list eventually! Plus, I’m doing some very cool cakes in the near future, so expect to see some posts on those. Also, my daughters turn two next weekend (yikes!) so there’ll be some cute little gift that I’ve made to write about (some as yet unmade gifts…)
Better get cracking!

Taggy Flowers Baby Toys

Well time has flown by again and it’s been ages since my last blog post.

But I have valid reasons! I was on holiday, without my kids. It was like magic. We went to Port Douglas in Australia and dived and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef as well as visiting the Daintree Rainforest (it’s the only place in the world the two World Heritage sites meet). We had a fantastic time, as did the girls who stayed with their grandparents while we were away.

Then upon my return I was infected by the awful ‘plane germs’ that get me EVERY time I fly. So I spent a few days tucked up in bed (or on the couch trying to rest while supervising children) and then I’ve been trying to catch up on everything else! Phew!

But I am finally here to write my blog post (and to this point I haven’t actually decided which project I’m going to write it on).

I have a lot of projects happening at the moment in the lead up to Christmas. I won’t be able to blog about most of them until after the big day though, because otherwise everyone will know what they are getting!

Ok, I’ve just browsed my collection of completed projects and today’s post will be about these gorgeous taggy flowers I made for a friend who was having twin girls (it wasn’t me, honest, someone else!)

Taggy Flower Baby ToysSo I had seen something similar online (though not as fantastic as a flower) and then Mum found me this awesome book called Baby Times which included this little project and a pattern (though if you were fabulous enough you could just wing it and make it up).

So pretty much, it’s two fabrics sewn together in the flower shape, with the centre stitched on with ribbons coming out from the centre to give baby something to play with. Super simple, but a really effective gift. I also added a little ribbon loop on the outer edge so the mum can attach them to the pram etc (wouldn’t want to lose them!)

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I also did the centre a lovely soft minky fabric and lots of different colours and textures of ribbon so it’s bright and interesting for baby.

Taggy Flower Baby Toy - Close UPIn all making the two of them took very little time (honestly I can’t remember how long exactly, I’m not very good at timing myself on things) and it used some fabric from my stash so I don’t think they cost me anything either.

Righto, I know this is a fairly short blog post today, but it was a short project 🙂 Also I have much to do this week as I have a couple of big parties this weekend (one of which I’m doing the cake for) and also FINALLY I get to see Taylor Swift in concert on Friday (Last time she came to NZ I had two month old babies so couldn’t make it to the show).

I’ll hopefully be back next week with a full run down on this cool cake I’m doing (It’s already started and so far I’m REALLY happy with it!!!)

So until then, SMILE LOTS!

Homemade Baby Toys

Very excitingly, I recently got to welcome a new nephew into the world (well, not quite… I haven’t actually met him yet! But he arrived).

I love giving gifts for new babies. Its probably my most favourite gift to give. But they are so expensive! Luckily for me I came across some great tutorials online to make simple, but gorgeous baby toys.

I raided my Mum’s scrap fabric stash (ok, so I stole it….) and bought a few odds and ends at our local emporium store (I’ve seen Arthur’s Emporium, David’s Emporium, you get the idea? It’s like a MASSIVE stuff shop… Love it!). Then I got to work. I think I probably spent less than $10 on the whole gift! (And I ended up with way more ribbon etc than I needed, so I can use it for another project 🙂 )

So, onto what I made:

A sunshine rattle. So gorgeous and squishy and soft. I used this tutorial here. Instead of using an old t-shirt (as I didn’t have any) I purchased a few centimetres of flannel. It’s gorgeous and soft. This also meant I didn’t have to do the interfacing step. It was super quick and easy. I was a little bit sad to see it go to someone else!

Here’s the pic:

Sunshine Rattle Baby Toy

Sunshine Rattle Baby Toy

The next thing I made was a little owl cuddly. I used this tutorial. I’ve just noticed now but I didn’t put the ribbon ‘feet’ on mine. Don’t think it detracted from its awesomeness.

And the picture:

Owl Softie and Sail Boat Baby Toys

Owl Softie and Sail Boat Baby Toys

Also in the picture (obviously) is a little sailboat. This was another awesome and quick tutorial, found here.

I put a rattle into mine so it makes a great little noise when baby plays with it. Another great thing (actually, probably the best thing) about this tutorial is the way she stages her pictures. Aren’t they amazing?

Another thing I did that I think was slightly different was that I tried to use different ribbons to create more texture for baby. So the Owl has a velvet ribbon and some satin where as the boat has grosgrain (I think it’s called…) as well as some cord and ric-rac. I thought that’d be fun for the little guy to experience. 🙂

So I had this collection of toys to give to baby. I had this great image in my head of them nestled in a big box of shredded paper (the nice stuff, not old office records or anything!) and then all tied up with a gorgeous big bow. Unfortunately at the time I couldn’t find the right box, so had to settle for a gift bag. But it was the brightest red and I used blue and yellow tissue paper, so I suppose it worked out ok.

Now I just have to get over there to see the little guy and watch him enjoying his toys that his best aunty gave him!