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Soft Fish Toy

Yesterday, I have found a wonderful idea on Pinterest but sadly could not save it as it was blocked. So I was sitting and being afraid of leaving it out there because I can forget it and, unfortunately, I could not even save a picture on my iPad. Therefore, I decided to sew one straight away. Oh my, it took me a few hours to be done with such a small project (I am not good at sewing, you know)! When I was done and bragged to my husband about it (he thought it was very cute), went on searching for new ideas. And what do you think? I found not broken link to the original tutorial. Lucky me, huh. I will share my tiny tutorial with you and the link to the better one which inspired me to make a lovely soft fish toy for a baby. Here you can find a tutorial: The Latest from Lauri. Thank you!

As I did not have a pattern so I drew one myself. You can do it too, then our fishes will be different and original. I bet that everyone can draw a fish, if not – follow the link above. 

For this project you will need:

  • fabric (I used linen and some fabric samples I got on sale, sadly it does not say what fabric it is)
  • sewing machine
  • thread (any color, you choose it)
  • scissors
  • pencil (I do not have a special fabric pen, if you do, definitely use that one)
  • stuffing for toys
  • pins
  • 2 buttons for the eyes

When you gather everything start with drawing your fish. Then cut out the details and trace them on to the fabric. Remember to leave some space around (1/2 cm) for sewing it. I left a bit more because I was afraid that I will not manage to sew it. Cut everything out. Now, start sewing.

I began from scales. I cut them out and had 24 pieces in total. In the link, she makes scales only on one side of the fish, I chose to make on both. 

Then, you should sew them together and end up with 12 scales. Mine are very skew, I managed to sew right on my line just on the last scale. I need to practice more if I want to sew.

Then, you can follow the directions for sewing all the parts together on the link I gave in the very beginning. Here how it should look before sewing the fish together.

When sewing it together remember the fins! I stuffed them a bit. 

Join everything with the help of pins and sew. I left the open space at the end of the tale and I was sorry because it was quite difficult to turn it out (all the fins and scales). Then, stuff it and finish up. I did it with a sewing machine right on top after folding the ends inside. Do not forget to sew the eyes on. I wanted them to be blue but did not have two identical blue buttons, hence they became pink-red.Here is my not perfect but cute result:

*** Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

It is also possible to make a fish that can make sound, just put in kinder-surprise egg with beans inside and you have a rattle fish. You can also use some special fabric that makes noise while folding and put it in  scales, or any other interesting stuff for making babies curious about your toy. 

If you make one, remember to share it in the comments.

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Christmas Projects + Patterns

Hello,

I finally managed to sit down and write this post. Here you will find all the Christmas projects I made and links to the patterns. Some of them don’t have them but there will be new posts coming. You will find the patterns when you press on the picture (the new page will open). 

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I didn’t follow the pattern til the end for the next snowflake as I couldn’t understand it, therefore it looks differently.

This angel doesn’t have a pattern but I guess you can easily imagine how I made it. I used some felt fabric, drew angel details separately (you can create your own angel), then sewed them together (don’t forget to stuff it a bit), and embroidered the face. I also braided a halo and sewed it to the head.

These stars and a heart are made of a clay (I bought, it was for making Christmas decorations). You just have to get some air drying clay, cookie cutters, acrylic paint and modge podge. First, I made shapes, then let them dry (it took me about 2 days). After that I covered them in white, red or green (depends on your shape and wishes). After it dried I drew some patterns on stars. You can also see that one of them is being made using “a stamp”. I used an old doily. I just put it on a clay and push it a bit in with a rolling pin (don’t squeeze too much as it won’t look very beautiful) and after it dried I covered it with paint. When they were colored I used modge podge so they become resistant to water.

This star and a tree were made the same way as the angel above.

There will be a new post coming with a tutorial on how to make a pine cone  tree.

These humongous snowflakes were made using ice cream sticks. I was inspired by this picture tutorial found on Pinterest. 

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That’s how many Christmas decorations I have managed to make last year. I hope that you will be able to use some of the ideas for the coming Christmas. Or maybe you are already preparing for them? I do. Don’t laugh – it’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas.

Linen Bags

Hello!

Here is the first post which is not about crocheting or knitting.

Today we’ve been working on linen bags. First, my brother wanted to learn how to sew. He was really good.

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Then my dearest was helping me with sewing as I was afraid of sewing machines and of accidentally sewing my fingers. I know, it’s very silly, but I couldn’t help it.

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Nevertheless, when my Jacob had to make a pause from sewing, I decided to give it a try. You can guess that my fingers are just fine as I’m writing this post. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Actually, I had lots of fun even though my lines are a bit skew. 

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If you want to make linen bags too, here is a small tutorial. 

You will need:

– linen (as mush as you need for your bags, my bags are 27×32,5cm)

– lace ribbon

– sewing machine

– chalk or any other thing you can use for writing on fabric

– thread

– measuring tape

– scissors

First, you have to measure and cut fabric. Fold your fabric in the size of your future bag. Use chalk to mark the cutting line. Cut it. Afterwards, divide the fabric in as many parts as you need (I divided into 4) and cut them. Now you have a work-piece for your bag. 

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When you are done measuring and cutting, it’s time to sew your bags.

Firstly, you should start from the opening edges. Fold them twice so they look nice. When you are done with both sides, fold the fabric and sew the sides – and you have a bag.

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Later on, you have to prepare your lace ribbon. Take a lace ribbon or any ribbon you want and cut it into short pieces. Be sure to check if you can tie the bag and make a bow. My ribbons length is ~70cm.

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When you are done with everything, just put in your favors or any presents you have and tie the bow. You can use them for birthdays, weddings etc. You can also add a tag with a name or write “thank you” (that’s what I’m planning to do). Enjoy making them!

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*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***