Tooth Fairy Monster Pillow

I wanted to make a tooth fairy pillow for my son.  I picked up some scrap fabric from the clearance bin and two buttons for the eyes.

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After some calculating, I figured a finished pillow of 7 1/2 inches would be perfect.  So, I cut two 8 inch squares and two 8×4 inch squares.

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I then sewed two small squares for the teeth and sandwiched those between the two mouth pieces and sewed them all together.

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I sewed two circles to put behind the button eyes for a cartoonish effect.

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I then put everything together for the front of the monster.

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Next came sewing the back square to the front and including a loop for hanging.

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I stuffed it with fiberfill and . . .

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Voila!  A Tooth Fairy Monster pillow is made!

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I really liked the way this turned out!  I think it is super cute!

This is one of two projects I completed at retreat.  I didn’t get as much accomplished at retreat as I would have liked.  Next time maybe there will less talking and more sewing!

 

 

Needlebook

I have seen some wonderful needle books out in The Interwebs and have become very jealous of them. I want one!

My needle storage up to this point has been super unorganized and it is difficult to find needles that I know I have.  But, oh, wouldn’t it be so wonderful to have them all in one place!  Organized, labeled, neatly sitting there in rows upon rows of beautiful needles – ready to create amazing things!

So, off I went to figure out what I wanted my needle book to look like. I saw cross stitched ones, patchwork ones, felt ones, fabric ones, large ones, small ones, some that fold, some that roll, ribbon closures, button closures – boy, the list goes on and on! There are endless possibilities. But, what do I want?

This one is from Domestic Doozie.  I really like this one.  She has a great tutorial (which I plan to use with a some slight modifications).
 

Love, Love, Love the pocket!

 

These are some other cool ideas for embellishing the pages.

  

Here is what I decided on:

  • I want a printed fabric cover – maybe with some beading.
  • I want it big enough to hold lots of needles, but not too big to carry around in my project box.
  • I’m thinking embroidered labels – maybe ribbon.
  • I want a button closure.
  • I want some lace accents or maybe some ric rac. Just for smiles.

Now, off to dig through my stash to find a beautiful fabric to add some beading to.  I’m sure I have something that will work.

A Quilting Table

For Christmas, I wanted a new sewing table.  For years, I have used an old computer desk and it was just no good.  I wanted the bed of my sewing machine to be level with the table top to make sewing easier.  I looked for a premade table to purchase and, oh boy, were they expensive!  Even the used tables were outrageous!  Way more money than I wanted to spend.  (I prefer to spend my money on stitching supplies and quilt fabric.)

Then, I had the brilliant idea to search the web for plans on how to make my own table.  And, voila!  I found numerous tutorials on how to make your own custom sewing table. I ended up using the easy to follow instructions of the Blue Dinosaurs blog.  She uses an Ikea INGO table and a few simple supplies found at your local hardware store.  As luck would have it, there is an Ikea store just down the road from me.

So, I did what any self-respecting grown woman would do – I begged and pleaded with my wonderful husband to make this project for me.  And he said yes!  Did I say how wonderful he is?   He even went to Ikea without me to buy the table.  And words cannot describe how much he dislikes that store.  He is a great guy, isn’t he?

This is the result.

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Isn’t it beautiful?  I love it!  It still needs a little sanding and eventually I will paint it a pretty color.

I can’t wait to use it!

Here is the link to the instructions:

http://bluedinosaurs.com/diy-platform-sewing-table/