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First Guest Post! Sew a Sit-upon!

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I’m so excited to have the first guest post on sewkidsew. My friend Colton who lives Tampa Florida and is in first grade loves to make things about as much as I do and he shared this awesome project he made with me.

I know you’re going to love it. I’m going to make mine today.

Thanks for sharing Colton!

Enjoy and Happy Sewing,

Tenney

Sit-upons

A sit-upon is exactly what it sounds like: something to sit…upon. It is great for many things, like taking on a camping trip, sitting outside on wet grass at the park or on a picnic or even for circle time inside.

You need:

-waterproof fabric: we used a $3 table cloth from Big Lots because my sister’s Daisy troop made 10 sit-upons. I made this last one for Mariangel, who missed the meeting.

-ruler

-yarn

-used plastic grocery bags, newspaper or other filler material

-tape

-hole punch

-pencil

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1. Measure and cut out two 13″ x 13″ squares. It is easiest to cut them at the same time.

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2. Punch holes every inch (or so). You may need to ask an adult for help. I got kind of tired punching all of those holes.

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3. Measure 40″ of yarn and make a “needle” out of the yarn and tape. Wrap the tape around the end of the yarn so it is easy to go through the holes.
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4. Thread through a corner and tie a knot. “Stitch” in and out of holes. Here, you can do it like I did or try your own stitch like a diagonal like a whip stitch. You can do anything, as long as it closes the two sides.

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My sit-upon kept moving, so I decided to put a TV remote on it so it didn’t move while I was sewing…

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…and a little Lego guy helped out.

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5. When three sides are done, fill the inside with your stuffing. I used six used plastic grocery bags. My mom forgets to bring her cloth bags to the store sometimes.

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6. Stitch the last side and tie a knot at the end.

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I hope you enjoy your sit-upon! Take it with you on camping trips, to the park, to concerts, picnics and more!

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Time saver: you can cut some on a fold and save a side of stitching, but I really liked the sewing part.

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Machine Sewn Family Dolls

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These are super simple little dolls you can make and play with all day. You can draw your own pattern or feel free to print out the ones we made at the bottom of this post.

Start by printing out the pattern or drawing your own pattern on the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Use chalk, it washes off easily.

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Pin two pieces of fabric together with the right sides (printed sides) together and think about where you want to leave open for stuffing. It should be an area that doesn’t have any big curves in it. I’ve marked our area in the picture below.

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Stitch up the doll except for the stuffing area and cut it out.

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My mom says that if you snip the area inside all the little curves and turns (like the neck, armpits, inside the legs etc..) area it makes it look better once you flip it inside out. The picture above shows her doing that.

Once you have your doll flipped right side out, stuff it up using a pencil or chopstick to get the stuffing into the head, arms etc..

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Hand sew the opening closed that you used for stuffing and then you’re done!!

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You can make a whole family of dolls and soon we’ll make some clothes to go on them!

Hope you enjoy playing with them as much as my sister and I do!

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mine turned out a little lumpy but I still like him.

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These are the ones my mom made for my sister. She loves green.

Click on the pictures below to open a full sized version of the template and print it. I apologize if you have to do any resizing. I’m new to this and think I did it right but am not 100% confident.

Thanks as always for reading and Happy Sewing,

Tenney

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Felt Bracelets

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Felt Bracelets- so many ideas!

This is my third of four posts using felt for beginning handsewing. It’s a great material because it doesn’t fray (unless you want it to) and is super colorful and easy to work with.

I had so much fun making different bracelets using all kinds of stitches I’ve been learning but the one I’m going to show you is a pretty simple one. We will make a bracelet with beads and fringe but you make yours however you think it should look! There’s no wrong way to do it. I found this great site with beautiful pictures of all kinds of embroidery stitches and then instructions on how to sew each of them. Check it out for inspiration.

Onto my tutorial!

Here’s your materials list for this project.

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felt in any color (there’s some really cool printed felt at the craft store if you don’t want a solid color)

needle and thread (we used perle cotton thread which is made for embroidery- it’s thicker than regular thread but not as thick as standard embroidery thread)

scissors

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beads (we used pony beads but you could use and kind of bead as long as your needle will go through the hole)

button for closure (you could use buttons for decoration too if you like)

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Start by measuring your wrist (you may need a friend to help with this) and then cut your felt at least 2 inches longer than that so you have plenty of overlap for the button and hole. You can always trim it down if it’s too long.

Cut your felt as wide or thin as you like but remember the thinner it is the harder it is to work with.

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Lay out a design on your felt. For this bracelet I’m using pony beads.

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Start at the center of the bracelet and stitch on the beads. I stitched each bead on two times to make it a little more firmly attached. Continue down the bracelet on one side and then go back to the middle and do the other side. It’s easier to see the spacing you want if you start in the center.

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Once all your beads are sewn on you can get creative. For this bracelet I wanted to add fringe. I took my scissors and with just the tip I snipped the edge of the felt down both sides leaving the end un-fringed so that there’s still room for the button and button hole.

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stitch on button and snip a line in the felt for a button hole (make it smaller than you think and then cut it a bit longer if you need to!)

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ta da!!! A  felt, fringe, beaded, bracelet! Say that 5 times fast.

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Here are some of the others I made. I had fun embroidering some cool designs on some of the others. Check out this link for instructions on how to sew lots of different stitches.

My final post in this felt handsewing series will be making plushies and then we will move onto machine work which is my favorite! If there’s something you would like to learn to make please let me know!

Thanks and Happy Sewing!

Tenney

Make your own sewing kit with needle book

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Before I start my next lesson I want to say thank you for looking at my blog and letting me teach you how to sew. My mom and I decided we would start with some really easy projects before moving onto harder ones. If you have a sewing machine that’s great! I’ll be doing some projects with that soon, but first we’re going to do some hand sewing and mostly use felt just to get some practice making things and using a needle.

This project is making a needle book. It’s a nice little place to keep your needles safe.

Once you have your needle book and pin cushion you have almost everything you need for a sewing kit.  You can see a pictures of mine at the top of this post.

To make the needle book you need the following supplies.

1 piece of felt (8 inces by 3 inches)

1 button

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scissors

needle and thread

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measure and mark with a pen an 8 inch by 3 inch rectangle.

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cut it out

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fold in half and pin the two sides together.

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I decided to round off the raw edges of mine because I like how it looks. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. You could also use pinking shears (those zig zag scissors) to cut this out and that would give it a fun look.

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thread your needle and tie it off. Here’s a trick to tying off your thread quickly. Wind the thread around your finger so that it makes an X. Then roll the thread down and off your finger and once you pull the thread it will form a knot at the end of the string.

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Now it’s time to sew on your button. Pick a spot for your button near the edge of the felt and push the needle up through the back. If you have a 4 hole button like I picked, you can do a criss cross or if you have a 2 hole button you just go up and down.

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Keep alternating between down and up until the button is tightly attached to the felt. You don’t want it falling off.

When you’re ready to tie off your thread here’s how my mom taught me to do it.

Insert the needle on the back side under a few of the threads and pull it through slowly until you just have a little loop at the end. Then using the needle tip go over under a few times just around the needle and pull it through. That will make a knot right next to your felt. Trim the thread, flip it over, and admire your work.

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Now it’s time to cut the button hole. Fold the felt over and see where your button is placed . Directly above it on the top piece you want to cut a small x to work as a button hole. Make it small at first, you can always make it bigger. I’ve made that mistake and it’s a bummer when you make your x so big that the button keeps falling off.

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Yhea! You did it. Now you can open it up and insert some needles.

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In my sewing kit, which is an old cigar box my grandpa gave me, I have my pin cushion, needle book, thread, some buttons, and normally I have some scissors, a pencil and a ruler too but they weren’t in the picture.

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A sewing kit like this could be a really great present for a friends birthday, a gift for your mom or grandma or just something for yourself. Make a few! They’re really fun.

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Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

Tenney

My next project will be making a pillow and blanket for your favorite doll or stuffed animal.  Check back for that soon!

Make your own pin cushion

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Everyone who sews needs a pin cushion so I thought it would be the perfect first project to share.

This is super easy and you don’t need too many supplies.

Let’s get started.

The supplies for this project are 1 medium sized piece of felt, something round to use as a template (we used a mason jar) thread (we use perle cotton thread), needle, scissors, stuffing (if you don’t have any you could just use some cotton balls), marker or pen.

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Step 1. Fold felt in half

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Step 2. Use jar or other round object as a template and trace around with pen or marker.IMG_7755 IMG_7758

Step 3. Pin the two pieces together before cutting.

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Step 4. Cut out, just outside the line.

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Step 5. Flip over the piece with marker on it to hide the marks.

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Step 6. Thread needle and tie a knot in the end.

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Step 8. pull thread up and then go around to the back and push needle toward the front again making a whip stitch. Go about 3/4 of the way around leaving about an inch or so open for stuffing.IMG_7778 IMG_7784 IMG_7785

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Insert pins and now you’re ready to sew bigger projects!

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You can make a pin cushion in ANY shape you like. A circle is the simplest but you could make a heart, star or the first letter of your name! Get creative and make a bunch!

Please send me a picture if you make one. I would love to see your project.

Tenney

 

I got this picture emailed to me from brother and sister sewers Jacob and Sarah who saw my post and here’s their pin cushions and much more!  They’ve taken this technique and used it to start making their own plushies! This is so fun and exactly why I’m doing this! Sharing our creativity is the best. Thanks for sending me the picture guys! Keep sewing and creating! If you’ve made something from one of my posts and want to share it please send me pictures!

Sarah and Jacob's felt pin cushions and plashes