Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Cutting the Pattern
2. Decide how long the pants are by measuring from the groin down the inner leg. Don't forget to add extra for the bottom hem.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Draw up a dummy skirt. This will become your template for the eventual skirt. Here is the pattern soon to be added. It's all straight lines so really easy to draw up straight onto the fabric.
- Cut out the dummy skirt and sew it together at the sides using a 1.5 cm seam allowance (or what ever seam allowance you intend to use .
- Fold over about 2.5 cm at the top. This will form the waistband.
- Ideally try it on your child now and mark the top of the knee in the middle of the front piece and their ankle in the middle of the back piece.
- Lie the dummy skirt on the floor (remove the child first) with the skirt folded so that the middle of the front piece is on one side and the middle of the back is on the other side. In other words the seams are lined up in the middle. This will enable you to get a symetrical template.
- Now draw in the hem line. It starts (at the bottom of the photo) just above the knee (remember the mark you made). It travels across then gently curves and ends in line with the ankle mark. From here draw on your tail. This was my draft - my husband made it a little more fish like. If I make this again I would make the piece where the tail joins on wider to make turning easier.
- Cut along your line through both layers.
- Unpick your seam. This will give you your pattern.
- Sew the front and back pieces together at the side, right side together. Repeat using the lining fabric.
- Turn the top layer so that the right side is on the outside. Place the lining skirt inside the top layer. The two layers should be right sides together and the seams and edges should match up.
- Lie batting ontop of the fish tail and cut out. By lying the battin on top of the chiffon the edges get tucked behind the lining layer where they aren't visible.
- Pin together along lower seam and tail. Sew.
- Re-enforce the tail by going around it with a zigzag stitch.Then trim off the excess close to the zigzag stitch.
- Turn the skirt throught the open waist so that the right side is on the outside. This is where a wider tail opening would help. I eventually unpicked the stitches around the tail and closed the edges afterwards.
- Top stitch around the bottom hem and tail.
- Turn over a 2.5cm hem along the top with both layers together. Insert elastic.
- Sew along the bottom hem using a gathering stitch (longest stitch length, low tension). Pull the bobbin thread to gather the bottom hem into a frill. Sew along basting with a normal stitch.
- A dangly tail can get in the way so add a matching button on the waistband and a buttonhole on the end of the tail.
Pin your pattern to your fabric (cotton and chiffon). Cut a top and bottom out of each fabric.
You can find this little fish here.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The strap is two layers blanket stitched together. It closes with velcro.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The photos are a little shoddy but isn't it so cute. At the moment it hasn't got a resident. Any ideas?
We followed it up with another 'home' activity where Rainbow could have more imput. This is another birthday card. The door and 3 of the windows contain little sticker animals. The other window has a birthday message.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This is one card we did on the weekend. (The invitation and cakes (yes there were 3 cakes) were a giraffe and a zebra. So here's Rainbow's zebra. It's so Rainbow that the spots are placed as an orderly border. Check out her stars in the mouse house.)
- This method looks equally effective with randomly placed bits. This makes it a really good first collage for children without wielding glue.
- You can also cut out a shape from the card (such as a birthday cake, animal or a Christmas tree) and attach the contact before they start collaging.
- These look great pinned on windows.
- You can get a stained glass look using lots of cellophane in the collage.
- Like most crafts it can be improved (in the eyes of a two year old) with lots and lots of glitter.
Here's Rainbow's collage materials.The little box contains paper scraps - some cute from wrapping paper, others scrapbooking scraps.
The bigger box contains all sorts of little odds and ends - straws, fabric, bubblewrap, bottletops...
There is a much bigger box under Rainbow's bed that holds a collection of empty boxes and cartons and rolls.
The round containers hold dyed macaroni, scraps of cellophane, scraps of Easter egg wrappers, dyed matchsticks and buttons
The open draw is also meant to hold masking tape and sticky tape. Rainbow also uses clag and PVA glue but these are stored out of her reach, along with the paint.
These craft materials have recently moved onto her toy shelf so she can help herself. Though this will probably change once you know who is mobile. I would love to solve this problem by getting Rainbow a desk (out of Moonshine's reach for now) but we really haven't got the space for anymore furniture.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Rainbow loves her new top "It's so pretty." so I'm pleased.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I also made Moonshine some baby pancakes. She loves them. They're very healthy with no processed sugar and very little fat and don't contain egg white or milk. They're very sweet with the banana and fruit juice. Moonshine's also had sultanas as I used muesli rather than oats.
I found them a bit sticky to cook as a pancake so cooked them for about 15 mins in the oven on baking paper (like cookies) and turned them half way through.
That got me thinking anything pureed could be turned into baby biscuits. So this morning I was making porridge with apricots and banana. (1/3c oats, 1 chopped banana, 4 dried apricots, 1 1/2 c water. Cook for about 10min. Mash or puree) So I dolloped some on the baking paper and there we go. The resulting cookie was a little flat so I rolled it up 'baby cigar'. (Perhaps not the best title!) Perfect finger food.
Tomorrow I'm planning on baking chocolate chip cookies for a friend and her two (almost three - 2 weeks to go!) boys. A year or so back I went on a hunt to find the best chewy choc chip cookie and this is the best! The problem is if you count on a child's sleep they'll do the opposite so we'll see.