Category: children

Boy Dress ups: ‘Coonskin Hat

Pigg#1 really likes to ‘dress up’ these days.  So For Christmas I decided to make some “Boy Dress-ups”  One of them was a Davy Crockett Hat!  I measured around his head (20 in) and found a pan that would make a circle about the right size to trace.  ( I should have made it a bit bigger for seam allowance) Then I cut a circle out of the fuzzy ‘raccoon’ fabric and one out of fleece and a rectangle the length of his head plus an inch (so I did 21 inches but i should have done 22 inches with a bigger circle) and about 5 inches wide out of the two fabrics.  And then a rectangle out of the raccoon fabric for the tail.  I pinned the rectangles for the side of the hat around the circle and sewed it up.  For both the raccoon fabric and the fleece.  Then I sewed the ends of the rectangle together (because I wasn’t being mathematically exact and didn’t want to do this before sewing the rectangle onto the circle.)  The tail rectangle I folded in half, rounded one end and sewed along two sides.  I left the short, straight edge next to the fold open for turning.  Turned the tail right side out and sewed it to the right side of the raccoon fabric hat.  It’s at the place where...

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Pink Knit Scarf

I’ve been figuring out some cute scarves lately.  I recently cut my hair short and my neck is getting cold in the winter weather.  In the process I made a mini version for Pigg#2.  She really likes it.  The knit is super stretchy since it also has elastic woven through the knit.  It gives it a wrinkled look.  So it is soft and has lots of texture. No really.  She likes it.  I’m making a bigger version and I’ll take pictures along the way to show how to do...

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Watch Me Grow Chart

I never had one of these things growing up even though I lived in the same house from the time I turned one until I got married.  My parents still live there.  Despite the stability of our home location, we did not keep track of how much we grew each year. But Mr. Jigg’s family did.  And the marks are still there.  Mr. Jiggs once tried to start the tradition on our living room wall.  I wasn’t crazy about the it especially since half an hour later, I had this on the wall. Pigg#1 called them ‘w’s.   But I still kind of liked the idea…if I could take the marks with me as we move to new houses.  (Mr. Jiggs is still in school.)  I just could not figure out what I wanted to do until I saw this idea…and it clicked. So I made my version and finally got it hung.  Pigg #1 likes to stand next to it and look in the mirror to see if he has grown at all. I followed that tutorial, except I didn’t quilt it.  There is only one layer of fabric…no batting and no backing.  And I added marks for measuring so I can say how many inches tall they are. I used the same fabric as all of Pigg#3’s baby blanket, quilt, sling, robots…all those other things.  So I guess...

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Teal Leggings

Hah, that’s what I get for not posting these with the shirt…I forgot to post them at all! So I made leggings to go with Pigg#2’s shirt for our family pictures.  I cut up one of my t-shirts that had shrunk short and bothered me.  The color was right.  I used other leggings as a pattern to know how to cut out the leggings.  And I used the hem of the shirt for the hem on the bottom of the leggings.  So these were really quick to put together.  I used an overlock stitch on my machine to do the elastic casing on the waistband.  I didn’t take a picture of the inside, but I used the overlock to contain the raw edge of the knit so it didn’t bother Pigg#2 and I didn’t have to fold under the edge.  Wow, I feel like I’m really bad at explaining myself.  Know how in casings you usually fold 1/4 inch and then fold over another 1inch or so so the raw edges of the fabric end up inside the casing and not fraying all over or bothering tender skin?  Well I was lazy and didn’t want to do that so I used an overlock stitch.   Okay.  Done.  I hope that makes more sense. And here is what the outfit looks like together.  I really lucked out and found the perfect...

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Harvest Fairy–Pigg#2

So I decided Pigg#2 was going to be a fairy this year because I wanted to make a tutu for her.  I let them watch Tinkerbell just so she’d know what she was.  But even then, half the time she calls herself a Butterfly.  Ehh.  No biggie.  She’s still cute.  And I already had this brown crushed knit stuff I bought as a remnant a long time ago, so she got to be a harvest fairy.  I pretty much followed the tutorials on Make it and Love it.  I only deviated a bit.   I wanted her leotard to have sleeves.  Luckily a friend had just given me a leotard so I used that to trace out the shape for this instead of a swimming suit.  I didn’t actually set in sleeves, it’s just cut in the shape of sleeves with seams on the top and bottom.  Does that make sense?  Probably not.  I didn’t feel like making wings myself so I picked some up at the dollar store.  I was so lucky they had orange because I had already made the tutu when I went to buy the wings.  She was sold on the costume once she saw the wings.  So was Pigg#1.  He slyly tried to tell me he had changed his mind and maybe he could be a boy fairy after all.  Sorry.  No last minute costume...

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