And of course you always want to get some kind of gift for the baby. I love it if I can get something off the registry (they registered for it, obviously they need it!). But when possible, I also love to get or make something personal and special. I stumbled across the following softie on pinterest.
|from: Sparkle Power/ (CandaceTodd.Blogspot.com)http://candacetodd.blogspot.com/2010/12/soft-baby-rattles.html|
Soooooooooooooooo stinkin cute - especially for my little niece whose nursery is an orange and grey giraffe theme-, but sadly there is no tutorial because she had the pattern in a book. Hmmmm - well it looks simple enough - so I free handed a pattern, skipped the rattle element, stuffed it up, and had an adorable little giraffe to give my niece.
My Cousin and his wife are currently expecting their first child - a little girl - so my family decided to send them a shower in a box (aka: a box of gifts from all of us, since we don't live close enough to go to their shower). Their nursery is a nautical theme in blues and tans. What would be better than a cute little sea horse - and I knew I had the perfect fabric to do it in.
This time You are getting a TUTORIAL!!! (this is a simple enough project for anyone to try!!!)
-So the first thing that you need to do is figure out what animal you want to create - I of course am doing a Sea Horse, but you can use this tutorial to create any animal you want.
-Next, pick your fabric and find a template. You can free hand a template and draw it on paper, or take the easy route and print out an image. (*** Do a google search for coloring pages and you will be amazed by what great images you come up with that are free to download and print)
|image found at: http://www.hellokids.com/c_21392/coloring-page/animal-coloring-pages/sea-coloring-pages/seahorse-coloring-pages/seahorse-online-coloring?print=1|
|(see the seam allowance left around your template)|
-Now pick your embellishments: I like to make some sort of 'Tag' that baby can hold onto or chew on. For this project I decided to do dorsal fins and a coronet (did you know that means crown). I had 1.5 inch ribbon on hand, but you can use whatever strikes your fancy. Cut the ribbon to length (2 fins, 1 coronet)
*Top stitch the edges of your ribbon (I did a zig zag to decrease fraying, you could also use fray check)
|(finished pleated coronet)|
|(angled down toward stomach)|
|(folded back up and top stitched 2x)|
-and finally, you are ALL DONE!!!
Now go out and spoil all those little ones in your life!
|someone approves of my handiwork!|
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