Perhaps you are familiar with the nursery rhyme:
“A wise old owl lived in an oak.
The more he heard, the less he spoke.
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird?”
I recently became acquainted with this nursery rhyme from Vernon Grant’s Mother Goose, one of my current favorite children’s books to read with little Virginia. I love the illustrations and the fact that a lot of the nursery rhymes appear in a longer form than what I remember. I also enjoy the short biography of Grant on the last few pages which describes his long career as an Illustrator, who is best know for creating the characters Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kellogg’s.
You may remember my first plarn owl wristlet, which appeared on my blog just over a year ago. Well, it was such a big hit last craft show season, I decided to make a few new ones for the Last Minute Market, which I am so excited to be participating in this December 15th!
You may notice that I’ve made some changes to the design since it’s original creation. The new version features a grosgrain ribbon for the wrist strap, which feels much better than the crocheted plastic against the skin. The eyes and beak are a slightly different design as well. And the over-all shape of the bag is a bit bigger and squatter than the original, making it both roomier and easier to access.
These plarn owl wristlets are made with all recycled and re-purposed materials; plastic grocery and newspaper bags, zipper, buttons and ribbon. This owl is wise to think so highly of our planet and you should too!
Thank you for stopping by. I’d love to hear your comments about this project if you have a minute or two. Happy crafting everyone!
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Meet the two new softies that I recently made my future baby girl. Both were made from free patterns that I found online.
The doll pattern is by Emily Martin of The Black Apple. I’ve admired Emily’s work for some time and first learned about her through my favorite craft podcast CraftSanity (check out Episode 75). Emily even demonstrated how to make this doll on the Martha Stewart Show and you can still find the pattern, tutorial and video on the Martha Stewart site. For my own doll I made a couple of adjustments. Instead of painting on the facial features I embroidered them and I also added some pigtails.
I’m really happy with how she turned out, but I do admit that the pattern was a little challenging to use. It was a free pattern after all, so I’m not complaining, but if I were to make this doll again I would re-draw the head and body pattern pieces with a seam allowance. There are no seam allowances in this pattern. Emily addresses this briefly on the video and suggests tracing the arm or leg right onto the fabric than stitching on the line before cutting it out. Well, this works great when dealing with the small arms and legs. But when it comes to putting the whole doll together at the end I would have had an easier time lining things up had there been a seam allowance given.
The owl was created from a free pattern by Ruth over on Hammer & Thread. The pattern along with the tutorial was very easy to understand and follow, so my owl came together much more easily than the doll, that is until I got to attaching the tail section. To be fair, Ruth clearly warns that this is the most challenging part of the project and she isn’t lying!
So if you’re looking for a softie project I would suggest that you put these two on your to do list. They are cute little items that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. And although I really enjoy creating my own patterns and designs, I am a newbie when it comes to sewing three dimensional items like this, and I feel that following patterns can be enough of a challenge in this area.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!
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