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Party Prep III- party hats and bean bag toss

The Birthday fun continues.

Tomorrow is the party day! We still have tons to do to prepare. Some cooking, cleaning and of course setting everything up outside. Remember when I mentioned being knee deep in fabric last week? I’ve been working day and night on these two projects for Felix 1st Birthday Party.

For the party hats, I wanted something fabric that we could re-use. I came across this tutorial which gave me a great start. In fact I followed most of it. I decided not to use glue, I don’t have pinking shears (they’re on my list though!) and I added an elastic strap to the hat so that it would stay on people’s heads better.

They’re made of 4 circles each.

These were not finished when I photographed them. (and to be honest, I’ll be staying up late to finish a few tonight. eeek.)

I had so much fun with the fabric combinations!

Happy hat model.

My second big project was to make a bean bag toss. Now, I know a lot of people are creeped out by clowns, so sorry if this bothers anyone. But we have a bit of a carnival theme going here, and I just couldn’t resist.

I started with a big moving box and two bags of pearl barley.

sketching it out.

We put the barley in plastic bags first, just to make them a little safer if they do rip open.

Ta-daaaaa. Finished product:

I’m sure I’ll have an update Monday with shots of this stuff in action. Have a great weekend, we sure will!

Quick Quilt (and other etsy updates)

I’ve broadened my horizons. My Etsy shop now has tees with paintings of fish, bugs and a running hare! Also newly added to the shop are two onesies with appliques, and a few more bird T shirts.

With some pieces left over from the party flags, I patched together a quick lap sized quilt (29 x 33″). It’s been years since I’ve worked on a quilt and I have to say it was much fun! The layout was completely random. I have some more quilting ideas in the works, so stay tuned. Here are a few pics of the Quilt, which can also be purchased in my Etsy Shop: Turnip Attire. (baby not included.)

Oh, and if you mention redrecliner, I’ll take 10 % off your purchase.

Party Prep Part II- flags

Felix’ 1st Birthday and party are inching closer. My latest project has been sewing feet upon feet of party flags: fun and colorful decorations made of cloth so we can continue to use them for years to come, or pass them on to someone else who can enjoy them. Bottom line: they’re meant to be used over and again.

These beautiful fabrics are cut out of obsolete upholstery fabric sample books. (Thanks, Sandhya!)

I’ve added in some fun prints from my scrap bin and tried to evenly disperse the colors. I’m always amazed at how much I like seeing stacks of fabric.

Sewing the flags into the strip of black fabric.

A glimpse at them hanging.

Approval: