My Crafty Side

So I have the book called “Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones”.  I really like it.  I would only recommend it if you are experienced at sewing.  I’ve been sewing since I was 14 yrs old and had a hard time understanding some of her instructions.  I had to re-read them a few times.  But after I figured it out, I love this book.  I made this “Diaper Bag” called the “Everything Bag”.  It’s very cute and I love it.  Can’t wait for our son/daughter to get here so I can use it.  Here are some pictures of the finished project.  Plus I love love love the fabric.

Outside of bag

Outside of bag

 

Side view

Side view

 

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

 

Enjoy!

-Tracie

Well that’s what I’ve seen them called.  It’s a minature change purse in my opinion.  I made mine to put my ink pens, chap stick, and stuff like that in.

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My daughters’ had been complaining for awhile that their carseats were uncomfortable.  So I decided to make them some covers and add extra padding.  Here’s what I came up with.

Carseat 1

Carseat 1

 

 

Carseat 2

Carseat 2

 

Enjoy

-Tracie

Autumn is my favorite season.  I wish I were back home so I could see the leaves change.  But at the moment this will have to do.  I made my own fall leaves.

Materials I used:

Brown packing paper
Acrylic paint (red, green yellow, orange, and brown)
Paint brush
Raffia
Hot glue gun and glue

 

Brown packing paper
Brown packing paper

The more crinkled the paper, the better actually.  I think it helps with the overall look.

Paints

Paints

Step 1.  Paint your paper.  It doesn’t have to be perfect in any way.  In fact you want to paint kind of crazy.  My 5 yr old even helped me paint some of it.  So…..this is a perfect project to do with kids.  Please make sure you lay down plastic or an old sheet or something.  I have an old painting sheet we use.

Paper painted

Paper painted

See how crazy it looks.  And yes we covered the entire sheet of brown paper.

Step 2.  After your paper is dry (which should be fast) turn it over.  Draw out your leaves.  You can find blank templates of leaves online.  Just google it.  I’ve had my leaf shapes for awhile.  If I can find them online, I’ll post the link.

Drawing out the leaf templates

Drawing out the leaf templates

Step 3.  Cut your leaves out.  My 7 yr old daughter helped me with this step.  I don’t have a picture of our pile of leaves.  My kids were trying to jump in them.  lol.

Step 4.  Lay out your raffia.  Make it however long you want it.  Take one leaf and place it under the raffia in the middle of the leaf.  Put some hot glue on the leaf.  Now take another leaf of the same shape and place on top of the first leaf.  Making a leaf sandwich.    Continue to do this until you have used  up all your leaves. 

Here is what mine looks like.  I’m making more leaves because I think it’s too bare. 

Finished project

Finished project

 

 

Close up of leaves

Close up of leaves

Enjoy!

-Tracie

I carry a notebook pretty much every where I go.  And well if you want  a pretty notebook, you have to pay a pretty penny to get one.  I don’t see paying $5 for a notebook I’m not going to be using long.  I tend to go through a lot.  So I made a cover for one.  Plus I have a book I have to take to doctors appointments with me.  It’s not that pretty either, so I covered it also.  Enjoy!

Notebook and book

Notebook and book

Books covered

Books covered

 

Books open

Books open

 

Books stacked

Books stacked

 -Tracie

Is one of my favorite artist.   This is my try at one of his paintings.  I doubled it into two.

 

Upclose

Upclose

 -Tracie

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I guess that’s what you would call them anyway.  They look like those things you put on seat belts to protect your neck.  On to the story.  My oldest daughter Allyson has been complaining about her backpack straps cutting into her neck.  So I came up with these.

All you need is:

A Fat Quarter Square
Thread
Velcro
Batting

If you want to make these, I can get you an exact size.  Just let me know.

 

Backpack support

Backpack support

This is it unfolded.

 

Backpack support

Backpack support

This is showing both pieces of velcro.  Yes black is all I had on hand.

 

With and without support

With and without support

 

Finished project

Finished project

And of course I made a set for my youngest daughter Emily.
Emilys straps

Emily's straps

 

 -Tracie

Photobucket Hi I'm Tracie. I am a sahm to three kiddos and a proud Army wife. Mac n cheese is my all time favorite food. I could seriously eat it for every meal. I love to sew and paint. What can I say? It relaxes me.

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