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Made By Me January 5, 2014

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 7:05 pm

I recently bought the book Made by Me by Jane Bull for my oldest daughter.


It is full of really cute craft and sewing projects that creative little girls will love. The book has sections on cross stitch, sewing, and knitting. So far, my daughter made a dolly for her little sister and three little outfits:

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If you have a creative little girl in your life, this book would be a great resource full of fun projects that you can do together.


Little Girl’s Baby Doll Sling June 10, 2013

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 12:25 am

My niece had a birthday a few weeks ago, and one of the gifts I gave her was a baby doll sling. They were so fast to make (20 minutes?), so I made one for my little girl too.


I used this tutorial, which I thought was great, but I would recommend adding a bit of ease to the back measurement, to allow a bit more wiggle room for the baby doll to be put in and taken out, and to keep the baby doll from being too tightly pressed against your daughter’s body.


Indian Costume #5 March 31, 2013

Filed under: costumes,kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 9:27 pm

Well, if there’s one thing I’m good for, it’s making American-Indian costumes for my kids and their cousins. I suppose on my tombstone someday the epitaph might say something like, “She was a great maker of American-Indian costumes for her beloved family.” It all started a few years ago when my oldest daughter really wanted to be an Indian for Halloween. And since that costume went so well, and because my kids and their cousins love to play dress-up, last year for my niece’s birthday, I made her a similar costume. And then this past October, one of my nephews said, “Will you please make me an Indian costume for my birthday?” So, Aunt Addy did her best and managed to draft a pattern and come up with a boy’s American-Indian costume. And then when my son saw it, he wanted one too, so he got a matching one. And then, most recently, my other nephew said, “Aunt Addy, will you make me a costume too?” So, he got his AddyMade Indian costume yesterday for his birthday.


All the cousins wore their costumes both yesterday and today and have been having an awesome time in their imaginary world of teepees and pow-wows. And Great-Grandpa was having so much fun watching the little papooses play that he gave me a wad of cash to buy them all moccasins to wear. Those will be a nice treat when they come in the mail in a week or so.



Water Bottle Totes September 10, 2012

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 1:57 pm

I’ve been meaning to make these water bottle totes for ages. Finally, last Friday our family was planning to go on a hike, and the hour before we were leaving I whipped out 3 of them for the kids. I still plan on making one for myself. The kids really enjoyed using these on our hike, and I think we will love them on bike rides too. They took only about 10 minutes each to make, once I had the fabric cut out. The kids loved carrying their own water, and I loved NOT carrying everyone else’s water. 🙂


Bunk Bed Organizer How-To March 4, 2012

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 6:55 pm

A friend read my posts about the bunk bed organizers (here and here) and wants to make one for her son, but she emailed me saying, “I don’t know where to begin.” So…. I’ll try to provide some more information here.

First, I took my tape measure and I measured from the back middle of the rail (This is the top of the rectangle I’m going to make, and it is where my first piece of velcro will go), and around the top.

Then I folded the tape up, just before it hit the mattress and pulled the tape measure up to where I thought I’d like my pocket to end. The measurement I got was 23″. This is the length measurement for my organizer, but I’ll add 1/2 inch for a seam allowance (sewing 1/4″ seams), so my final length measurement is 23 1/2 inches. By the way, my son’s bunk bed has shorter rails, so his length measurement was 15 1/2 inches.

This picture is a little wonky, because I’m holding the camera and the tape measure; I would normally use two hands to hold the tape measure. Next I measured how wide I wanted my organizer to be, and I figured that 23″ looked good, so I ended up determining that my final cutting length and width would be 23 1/2″ x 23 1/2″. (My son’s was 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2 “. I’m not sure if a square is always the right choice, but it worked out well for both the organizers I made.

So, I cut two squares 23 1/2″ x 23 1/2” out of my fabric, and I cut 1 square of the same size out of batting. I put the right sides together on the two pieces of fabric, put the batting on top, pinned all three layers together, and then sewed almost all the way around the square, leaving a few inches open for turning. Then I turned my fabric sandwich right sides out and top-stitched all the way around the square.

Then I took my square to the bunk bed and wrapped it around the railing, the same way I had wrapped my tape measure around the railing, to determine where I needed to sew the velcro on. I put a pin in the spots where I wanted to sew the velcro. I cut a long strip of velcro that would span almost the entire width of the organizer, and I sewed it on. Then I went back to the bunk bed, wrapped the top of the organizer around the railing, and folded up the bottom to determine where to sew the pockets. I pinned it in place. Then I drew lines on the tops of the pockets to determine where to sew lines for the pocket dividers. My daughter’s organizer was wider, so I made 3 pockets on hers, while I made only 2 on my son’s. Then, I top-stitched the pockets on both ends and anywhere I wanted to divide them, and my organizer was done!

Here’s the finished front and back. You can see the black velcro on the 2nd picture.

And here they are, hung on the beds. If this still doesn’t make sense and you’d like a full tutorial, perhaps I could manage that…. Just let me know!


Top Bunk Organizer #2 March 2, 2012

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 8:31 pm

When I made my daughter a top bunk organizer, my son immediately wanted one too. I figured I’d just use some fabric from my stash, but last week I discovered Star Wars fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and knew it would make my son’s day to have something made out of it, so I bought a yard. (This project used about half of it.)

This is a quick, less-than-an-hour-from-start-to-finish kind of project. My son is thrilled to have a special spot for his pirate diary, a pen, and a book to read.

I took a few pictures of the front and back, opened up, in case the construction of it seems confusing. For this organizer, I cut two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″. (You’ll need to measure your own child’s bed railing to determine your dimensions.) I sewed them together, right sides together, turned it right side out and top-stitched the whole thing. Then I wrapped it around the railing to determine where the velcro should go, and I sewed that on. Then I folded up the bottom to make the pockets, and it was done. Let me know if you have any questions about making your own!


An Organizer for the Top Bunk February 19, 2012

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 1:35 am

When my older daughter moved to the top bunk right after Christmas to accommodate her little sister’s graduation to the “big girl bed,” I knew I wanted to make her something special to make her bed a little more homey. Today I finished making her an organizer that will hold a book, flashlight, her diary and pen, and any other little goodies she’d like to keep in her “upstairs apartment,” as we like to call it.

We’re both really happy with how it turned out. I, basically, sewed a big rectangle with 2 layers of fabric and a layer of batting. Then I sewed a long piece of velcro along the two contact points. Then I folded up the bottom to form the pockets and sewed along the edges and the lines to form the pockets. Voila! And now I have another child who would like one…. 🙂