Carry along art organizer – DIY

I can not believe I did not post this yet. It has been sitting in the draft folder for so long now ….
I made this carry along art organizer – or pencil case, or art tote or … I really do not know what to call it – a while ago. It was a gift for my daughter for Christmas and she REALLY loved it! Even though it was not on her wish list. ;-)

The tote is perfect for any child who loves to draw. And my daughter DOES LOVE to draw. ALOT! All the time. Therefore there are pens and pencils and papers everywhere. Now she has a place for some of them. And there is also space to store a notebook. Or two. :-)
The best part is if we want to go somewhere and I want to bring something for her to do all I have to do it grab the tote and – done! No searching for pens or for paper. Very mommy-friendly! :-)

To sew the art organizer was rather fiddly at times. I really should start planning out my sewing projects completely BEFORE I start. :-) But I was quite happy with the outcome. And seeing that the art bag is used pretty much every day – all the work was well worth it. 

Sewing a unicorn

Or how to make a 5year old happy! ;-)
When I asked my daughter a few weeks ago what she wanted for Easter, she said

“An unicorn. A white one with a pink horn and a green saddle.”

Well …

I actually already had other plans … but why had I asked?!
My own fault!

So I ended up ditching my plans and making a unicorn:


I used the (bought) pattern for a stuffed horse and added the horn.
I am really happy with how it turned out.
And considering that I have never made a stuffed toy with a sewing machine before I was quite impressed with my own work. :-) 


I made the unicorn out of white corduroy-velvet and used pink cotton velvet for the ears and the horn. 


The bridle is made out of beautiful ribbon. And of course it can be taken off. 


The nostrils are embroidered pink flowers.
I made the eyes out of polymer clay. Kinda like buttons.
Instead of white dots I made tiny pink hearts and added them to the pupils.
After all it is a very special magic unicorn. ;-) 


The saddle is made out of thick green felt with some ruffles around it.
I actually had planned to add some flower-heart-garland kinda embroidery to it as well … but simply ran out of time.
But maybe it was for the better. I quite like how it looks now … maybe it would just have been too much. Or I would have messed it up after all. ;-)


The saddle of course can be removed as well. 

Little bear LOVED it!
She was so happy! Which again made me so happy!

Because in the end I did spend some hours on making it … and the whole time I was worried that maybe she would not like it.

She seemed to have a pretty clear picture in her head … What if the unicorn I was making did not live up to it?

So I was relieved and happy to see how she would not just smile but drag the thing everywhere she was going! :-)

Am so happy that I did not stick with the initial plans … :-)

And another funny thing:
When she found the unicorn – of course it was hidden by the easter bunny –  she instantly turned to me and said “You sewed that!”
I mean she knows that I sew … but still. That instant reaction … I was puzzled. She did afterall still believe in the easter bunny. Why would she think that I had made it?
So I asked her. You know what she said?
She pointed to the ribbon that I had made the bridle out of and said “That was in the living room”
Yes, I do store my ribbons in the living room. I never thought that she would pay any attention to that. And  NEVER would I have thought that she would remember a particular ribbon!
I was speechless!

Hope all of you guys had a great Easter!!!!

Did you make any of your Easter gifts? 

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Sighting Of the Very Rare Rabbit-Mouse

Have you ever wondered what a mouse with rabbit ears would look like?
Come on! You know that you want to know!
I can help you! 
I have seen – AND photographed – the very rare and hardly ever seen rabbit-mouse!
Wanna see?

But  no laughing!!!
Or you might scare it away!
Or hurt its feelings.
Or my feelings for that matter  ….
So you are wondering how it comes that I get to see such a rare creature???
Really wanna know? 
Well, get ready for some really stupid creativeness … on my part …
So it all started with this  
Photo from Bustle and Sew
It is CUTE!!!
So yesterday we had such a nice sunshiny afternoon that I thought it would be stupid to spend it inside the flat behind the sewing machine. 
Still I felt kinda like DOING something … with my hands … so I thought I might handsew a cute little mouse. 
I even had some scraps from cut up fleece sweaters from the kids lying around … perfect!
While I cut out the pattern I got this STUPID weird strange tempting idea. 
What if I could make a bunny instead of a mouse?
I just had spent the morning thinking about Easter presents for the kids. That might explain SOME of the weirdness of the idea. Not all. I know. Guess it is just me. 
So instead of following the pattern I started drafting some rabbit ears … and cutting them out …
I cut out the fabric pieces and spent a nice relaxing afternoon in the yard handsewing my softie-pincushion-thingy. 
Everything was nice and peaceful. 
Until I added the ears to the mouse rabbit!
That was when I realized changing the ears to rabbit ears will NOT make a rabbit. 
It will make a mouse with rabbit ears! :-/
Yes, I know. You probably would have figured that right from the beginning …
Well, apparently I did not. 
I was bummed. I did not know what to do. 
I tried to make the face of the mouse rabbit a bit less pointy … but it still did not look like a rabbit. 
I was thinking about undoing the ears … making them into mouse ears. 
But somehow I could not do it. Do not know why. 
So instead I finished up the ridiculous looking rabbit.
And that is how it happened that I got to photograph the rare rabbit-mouse. :-)
Well, I guess not all projects turn out well. And it was my own stupid fault. 
To be honest – I feel kinda attached to the rabbit-mouse. 
It kinda looks like it needs an extra-portion of love.
And the funny thing:
Little man – who instantly stole it away –
He LOVES EVERYTHING soft and cuddly! Seriously! He stole a tiny pillow I was making before I could even close the hole from turning!
recognized it as a RABBIT
He looked at it and scrunched up his nose and made a sniffing noise. Which is his “word” for rabbit!
Yeah, he is not too talkative yet! ;-)
 Okay, then again he has just passed the stage where every four-legged animal is a dog. 
Now there are cats in his world, too. 
So MAYBE – just maybe – it could be that pretty much EVERYthing with long ears to him is a rabbit. But I chose not to think about that too much …
So I guess we are just gonna have a rabbit-mouse living with us from now on. 
But the next one will be a mouse! Just a mouse!
So, have you messed up any crafting projects lately? ;-)


Homemade Stickhorse

My name is Marzipan. 
I am a cute little big stickhorse.
And I have a VERY long nosy nose!!!
It is kinda scary when this nose comes right at YA! 
Watch out!!!!
It is perfect for kissing though ….
I have pink ears and hair!
And big EYES!
And I am CUTE!!!!
Oh, just in case you wonder … I am named Marzipan because my favourite food are marzipan potatoes. :-)
BTW, did I mention that I am CUTE?
Okay, I think I better take over from here … otherwise this silly horse is going to keep talking about his cuteness until our ears fall off! 
You guys have no idea how thrilled and relieved I was to see that little bear LOVES Marzipan!
Because on her wishlist to Santa there was one of those expensive and horrible pinky plasticy and … mommy just does not like it … horses that you can sit on. 
I really did not want to buy one of those!
And I really should remember to throw out those stupid toy catalogues that put such stupid ideas in her head!!!
Anyway, as I had already planned to make her a stickhorse for her birthday but did not get to do it back then – I figured I could do it now.
I was inspired by the awesome horses and unicorns Lier from Ikat bag made.
And after Lier shared some true wisdom with me – you have to cut open the pant leg you are using in order to sew on the ears and the hair – it really was not that hard to make.
Yes, I could have figured the cutting open part myself … if I had been THINKING instead of just SEWING. ;-)
Sewing on the ears was actually the worst bit. I broke 3 needles while doing that! Argh!
But even with 3 broken needles still cheaper – and ALOT more fun – than that ugly pink plastic thingy …
Mission accomplished! 


Cute Christmastree Pillow for Little Ones (Tutorial)

When I was thinking of presents to make for the kids for Christmas I found it hard to come up with something for my little boy. He is just one year old. He will play with anything, really.
But what would be kinda special to him?
So I tried to come up with something that would go well with things he likes …
He loves to cuddle! :-)
He will carry around stuffed pets and cuddle them. Steal his sister’s tiny pillow. Try to haul away the big bear that is almost his own size …
Also he loves to play with small things. Take things apart. He especially likes when taking things apart is accompanied by some noise.
And he is totally fascinated by the Advent calendar I made for his sister some years ago.
SO ….
This is what I came up with:
A soft cuddly pillow in a Christmastree-shape with Christmas baubles that attach with velcro
and therefore make that odd ripping sound when you pull them off.
He is going to love that! ;-)
And I figured maybe you also have some little guy – or girl – at home that would like one. So here is a tutorial on how to make it.
Sorry, I should have included more photos. But I was kinda hurrying to get it all done …
It is easy though! So I am sure you can do it even if there is not a photo for each single step!
Here is what you need:
– fabric for the Christmas baubles – I made 6 baubles and used 6 different cotton prints
– green fleece
– matching thread
– paper for pattern
– scissors for cutting your pattern
– fabric scissors or rotary cutter
– velcro
– stuffing
1. Make your pattern
This is really easy. All you gotta do is figure out how big you want your pillow to be and draw a simplyfied treeshape (triangle with a stem) on a big piece of paper. I used some wrapping paper and newspaper.
When you have your treeshape figure out how big your baubles should be (all the same size or different sizes) and how many you want on your tree. Make a pattern (or several patterns if you want different sizes) for the baubles, too.
2. Cut your fabric
Cut two pieces for the tree out of green fleece. Remember to add your seam allowance!
Cut two pieces for each bauble you want to make out of your cottons – or whatever you use for the baubles*. Here also add your seam allowance.
3. Make the baubles
Take two fabric circles and sew the hooks of the velcro to one fabric circle.
Then sew the circles together with the right sides facing each other – leave a hole for turning!!!
Turn the bauble and put some stuffing in there if you like. Close the hole by top stitching around the whole bauble!



Now I  have to say I was VERY surprised how hard I found it to sew small fabric circles like that! My seams turned out quite crooked. (As you can easily see in the photos.)
I was not too worried this time as I figured little man simply will not care at all about the seams. ;-)
But I figured if I wanted the baubles to LOOK more pretty I would have used fleece for them as well instead of cottons.
* With fleece you could just cut two circle shapes, sew on the velcro and sew both shapes together left side on left side! So NO TURNING. Just cut the fleece close to the seam – and that would be it!
Repeat this step until you have all baubles finished.
4. Make the tree
Take your tree-shaped fleece and play around with your baubles to figure out where you want them to go.
Pin the soft side of the velcro in place. (I used the soft side of the velcro on the pillow rather than on the baubles as I figured it would be less scratchy if the kids happen to cuddle up with it withouth the baubles attached.)
Sew the velcro in place!
Then put the two fleece pieces together right side facing each other. Close all seams – but again leave a (generous!) hole for turning and stuffing!


Then turn inside out and it should look like in the photo above.
Stuff the tree and close the hole. I did this by hand. At first I wanted to topstitch the whole tree but decided against it in the end.
Now you can admire your Christmastree pillow and play around with the baubles. ;-)

Have fun!
And I would love to know if you make one! :-)

P.S. This pattern is for personal use only. Thank you.
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