Monday, November 30, 2009

Do it yourself photo books

Alisa isn't much into looking at books with cartoons and would rather look at pictures with real people/objects etc... 
so I decided to try and make her her very own book with some of the things she treasures, since the *real* baby books you can buy at the store don't have many recognizable objects *to her* in them...
here is my proto-type I plan on making them ~prettier~ in the future! although I do love the simplicity of this one...and it kind of has a cool look to it. definitely nothing you could purchase in a store...

here's is my-I wouldn't say "pattern"-but my-assistance I guess at making your very own.

First thing is First...
  1. Take the pictures you want to use for your book (this book had 10 photos, and 2 more for the title page and back page) 
  2. pretty them up (I suggest making them a bit brighter if needed) Print them off (I printed them off using the *wallet sized* option on my printer screen...
  3. cut them out, place them on cardboard (I used an old cheerios cereal box)and trace about 1/2 inch around the edges of the picture (see in photo below) 
  4. Using box tape (well, it's what I used) tape the photos, one to each side, to the cardboard cutout.

   5.  place the cardboard on the fabric of your choice (in my case...a pillow case that was just waiting
        to be urned into something)
  6.  Trace about an inch longer on the top, left side, and bottom of the picture.  On the back leave
        about 3-4 inches (You can trim it up later, but trust me, makes for easier sewing) 
    *see photo below*

   7.   Place photo into the hole and pin the edges of the fabric to hold it in place (it slips easy)

   8.   Sew along the edges, making sure you are going through the cardboard all the way around
         (I used a large zig zag in a slightly different color)

  9.  After you have gone around the picture, go around again about 1/4 inch 
        (pretty much at the edge of the cardboard)

*Oh so pretty*

  10.   Okay, now after you have all of your pages complete,including your title page...trim them all up
           nice and them in the order you would like them to be in *tick tock tick tock*

          Make sure they are lined up , and then, stick them under your machine and straight stitch from
         the top of the page to the that about 3 times.

  11.   Now trim off the back edge, and anything else you may have missed, and voilla
         you have a beautiful homemade book for your child.


When I  gave my daughter her book (17 months old) she  loved it right away, she started  saying the words of the pictures in her book. and some of them she actually got up and found the matching object to the picture.  It's neat.  I plan on making more and more of them.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Hippy Market Bags

Well here's where the 'and such' comes from in my blog title...I Love these bags, they are one of my favorite styles of purse/bags to carry around and they fit SO much stuff...I've been sewing a bunch of them lately and hope to sell some either online or perhaps at a market this spring/summer...
If I knew how to make a PDF pattern I would offer it for if you are interested in a pattern and know how to make the PDF's, let me know and we'll see what we can do.

\more colors coming soon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Melvin or Mavis?

I got this pattern from "knit 2 together" a book written by Tracey Ullman, and Mel Clark
I have never made toys before so I thought I'd give it a go and it turned out great, it knit up so fast and now Ocean wants me to make more :).

here he/she is sporting his/her new clothes....I dunno, what do you think..Mavis??? or Marvin....I just can't decide