Friday, 5 August 2022

3 little sloths, hanging in a tree - PayItForward Sloth pattern

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  I know I shared a Sloth last month, showcasing a pattern from Lisa over on PayItForward YouTube channel.  But the wee sloth was so incredible easy to make, that once I had made my wee Bro's girlfriend, Rose, the first sloth, I just had to make 3 more, teehee.  Again, my 2 wee nieces and nephew will have another stuffed toy to add to their ever expanding collection of handmade toys from me.

I won't make this a long post as I shared the details already on my previous post.  But I have shared the shopping list of the items I bought to make these wee dudes.  These aren't affiliate links or anything....not that there is anything wrong with affiliate links, lol.  These are just the places I like to buy my products.

I just love how these wee guys turned out.  And because I used polar fleece, they are so incredibly soft and squishy.  A perfect companion to any wee ones bed.
Instead of using cotter pin joints to affix his head to his body, I used Lisa's recommendation of using a nut and bolt system along with the joint discs.  I have had a bit of trouble lately with cotter pin joints, with heads and limbs popping off some of my makes......and you never want to witness a child's face when a sheep's head pops off its body, lol......it's a terrifying sight, teehee.  I think the nuts and bolt system is going to be much more secure. And with using a few dots of Loctite gel glue to the bolt, it seems like it will last forever. So far, so good anyway.  
I just love their little faces.  They look so kind, somehow.  This time, I did a row of contrasting stitches around the face and eye area to make it pop a little more, and I love the result.  These wee dudes will be off to their new homes next week.

And that is it from me folks.  I'm not sure what I will be making next.  I wish I could say that I have been busy enjoying the Summer sunshine, but Northern Ireland has had one of the darkest Summer's I can ever remember.  I have never seen so much cloud cover ever during the Summer months here.  Such a strange Summer we've had.  Whereas in England, they've had heatwave after heatwave and parts of Europe have quite literally been on fire! I hope you are all safe and well.  Poor old Northern Ireland always gets the dodgy, dull weather, teehee.  At least it's not freezing..........yet! lol.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Guterman extra strong thread in Ivory 01- Ebay
M3 50mm Nuts & Bolts - (to affix the head rather than cotter pin joints) - Ebay
Loctite gel Glue - to secure the nut & bolt joints - Ebay
Acrylic Felt (various colours, white, black, teddy brown)- Ebay

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Friday, 17 June 2022

Handmade Sloth from a Payitforward Design

What about ye folks, it's Lee here.  I know I have been quiet lately, but I'm here today to show you a super cute and cuddly sloth that I made, using Lisa Pay's design from her Payitforward YouTube channel.  Again, this is one of Lisa's free patterns and as always, her tutorial for this Sloth is second to none.  Anyone can make one of these little dudes and he's so soft and cuddly as he's made with polar fleece.  As always, I will list my shopping list below for everything I used to make this wee guy.

Now, this little dude might be hanging out on his own in these photos, but he won't be alone for long as he has a new home already.  He's going to live with my wee brother's girlfriend, Rose, who absolutely loves Sloths.  I made her my Large Sloth tote bag as a Christmas gift last year.  The poor girl is going to be coming down with Sloth items, teehee.
He was so incredibly easy to make and I'd say he was the quickest animal/stuffed toy I've made yet.  I loved working with the polar fleece.  So soft and absolutely NO MESS when cutting it.  I love how sweet his wee face is with his cool little hairdo.
This won't be the last time you see this wee guy.  Once I realised how easy he was to make and how lovely the polar fleece was to work with, I've decided to make my wee nephew and 2 nieces one each too.  So, watch this space.....3 more are a'coming, lol.

No doubt I will be back to show you the 3 other sloths I make....hopefully I won't be as slow as a sloth when making them....ugh......I'm sorry, that was terrible, teehee.  I think I am going to make them in a different coloured fleece to see how they turn out.  We'll see.  I hope you are all having a nice start to your Summer and it's sunny and warm where you are.  Northern Ireland has had a very disappointing start to our Summer.  I don't think I remember a start to our Summer when it's been so dull and cloudy.  We are below our average temperature for this time of year and the winds have been so strong.  Today was  the first time that the sun peeked it's head out but it was very brief and quickly disappeared behind thick cloud again......so much for a heat wave this week....well, what do I expect.....it's Northern Ireland, lol.

That's it from me folks......Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Polar Fleece in Light Grey - Ebay
Guterman extra strong thread in grey 38- Ebay
Cotter joints - Bear Basics
Acrylic Felt (various colours, white, black, teddy brown)- Ebay

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Saturday, 2 April 2022

Handmade Snuggle Sheep - PayItForward design

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  Look how cute these wee guys are.....and don't they just look like a little sheep boy band?  Lol.  Instead of Boys to Men, may I introduce you to the new Boy Band group in town......Lambs to Rams!  Haha!  I don't know why, but this had me giggling for a good 5 minutes straight, teehee.  

This is another PayItForward design from Lisa Pay.  This is one of her most recent free patterns, the Snuggle Sheep.  I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed making these wee dudes.  They remind me of Sean the Sheep, lol.  I really enjoy using the Sherpa fabric, even with it being a bit messy to cut, it really is a fabulous fabric to work with and very forgiving too....mistakes can be well hidden, lol.  I will make a shopping list below so you can grab the items I used in this make, if you want them, of course.  They aren't sponsored or affiliate links.  It's just where I buy my supplies.
I love how their hairdo's look like cool little mohawks.  
If you don't want the ears sticking out, you can pin them down and do a little tacking stitch to keep them down
But I like the ears to do their own thing....Let the ears be freeeee!  Teehee
I just love how their little legs dangle perfectly over the edge of a table or shelf.
I finished these wee dudes off by making them each a smart wee tie.  Now they look like they are ready for a conference meeting, to take over the world, lol.
I used the Sherpa for the body & hair, black felt for the face and polycotton fabric for the arms & legs.  I have linked the items I purchased, below.

I think these wee dudes are perfect gifts for Spring or Easter.  I am sure my wee nephew and nieces will love them too.  They were so easy to make and as usual, Lisa talks you through each and every step of the process.

That's it from me for now folks. My shopping list is below.  These aren't affiliate links or anything.  These are just the places that I have bought my supplies from. And if you'd like to support my blog, you can do so by buying me a ko-fi if you so wish, linked here and below.  Goodness knows what I'll be up to next.  See you again soon.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Ditsy Floral polycotton in Black with white flowers - Ebay
Guterman extra strong thread in beige - Ebay
Cotter joints - Bear Basics
Sherpa Fabric in Stone - Ebay
Felting needles (used to compact the stuffing) - Ebay

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Saturday, 12 February 2022

DIY Handmade Snuggle Bear - PayItForward Free pattern

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  I've been really enjoying making Lisa Pay's fantastic free patterns for bears and toy making.  Her instructional videos on YouTube are truly second to none.  If someone as novice as me can make a bear, anyone can, lol.  Now, I'm not perfect at it, but I certainly give it a go, teehee.  I'm sharing a little Snuggle Bear I made using Lisa's free pattern.  Check out her video for all the details on how to make it.  If you want to buy any of the items I used to make this bear, see my shopping list below.  I'm not sponsored by any of these companies, it's just the places that I bought my supplies from and have had great service from.

Ok, first off......I made a BIG MISTAKE and we are just going to notice it, giggle and move on, teehee.  I did all this work and ended up at the last hurdle messing up the eye placement....I know, I know....FACEPALM.  But I promise, the next one will be better.  I have bought eye placement pins so a mistake like this doesn't.....at least, hopefully doesn't happen again, lol.
This poor wee dudes eyes, lol......the next one I make will hopefully have even eye placement
This Sherpa Fabric is so incredibly soft and fluffy.....a bit messy to cut....but so incredibly easy to sew.  It was fantastic to work with.....but do be aware....when you cut out the pattern, you will be covered in fluff balls.  You do need to cut as close to the fabric base as you can, to cut down on fluff going everywhere.
This wee fella has cotter joints at his arms, legs and head joints.  So his little arms, legs and head move beautifully.
His little nose is a flocked 21mm safety nose, but Lisa includes a pattern piece to cover the little nose in any contrasting fabric you choose.  I used a beautiful black polycotton with white ditsy flowers on it, link is below.
He is so super soft and squishy.  I'm so delighted with how he turned out....other than my dodgy eye placement, lol.  I will definitely be making another one or maybe 2 of these bears.....I have plenty of nieces and nephews to lumber with my makes, teehee.

My wee sister, T has asked me to make her a Memory Bear using her favourite clothes that she's kept from her wee daughter, Lexi who is almost 6 now......I think T is VERY brave in entrusting me with her daughter's prized possessions....I don't feel one bit worried at all....nope, there is no doubt in my mind that I can do this......EEEKKKKKK!  Well, T trusts me which is probably more credit than I'm due.  But you know me....I'll give it a good go, teehee.  Again, Lisa Pay has shared a Memory Bear and a free pattern too so no doubt, that is the one I will be using.  Thankfully, by the time I get that bear made, I'll have received the Bear tester eyes....so hopefully it won't have wonky eyes, lol.  

That's it from me folks.  See you on the next one.  

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Flocked Safety Nose, size 21mm - Ebay
Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Ditsy Floral polycotton in Black with white flowers - Ebay
Guterman extra strong thread in beige - Ebay
Cotter joints, various sizes - Ebay
Sherpa Fabric in Stone - Ebay
Cotter pin key - Bear Basics  - if you are serious about bear/toy making, I highly recommend this tool.  It can be very difficult to turn down the cotter pins, particularly if you have difficulties with your hands.  I don't have issues with my hands but even I found affixing the cotter joints really hard on my hands, particularly if you are making more than one toy at a time.  So this tool is a life saver.

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Sunday, 30 January 2022

It's all about the bee's knees - DIY Handmade Large Tote

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  So I made another one of Debbie Shore's large tote bags...well, it has been a wee while since I last made one, lol. I've made so many now that I could probably sew them in my sleep, teehee.  Here's the link to the bag in case you want to have a go...  Debbie's Large Tote Bags.  

As usual, I made a few modifications which I'll share below.  I think this is the first one I've made where I didn't make many of my wee "Lee mistakes" as my wee Mamma affectionately calls them, lol.  This one is going to my Auntie Fiona, or Fifi as she's affectionately known.  She loves bees and this fabric was a dream to work with.  No issues at all.
I wasn't sure which fabric Auntie Fifi would prefer as the main body so my Wee Mamma let me know that the Honey Yellow was the way to go.  The bag has a really good sized zip pocket on the outside.
And both sides of the bag have the expanding pockets made from the contrasting navy fabric, which are great for your phone and a water bottle.
A nice secure zip closure keeps the contents of your bag nice and safe
I added 2 divided pockets which are a perfect size to keeping your mobile phone secure
And on the opposite side of the bag there is a large zip pocket to keep items more secure.
It's a really good sized bag which would be perfect for weekends away.  My Aunt and wee Mamma love to take themselves away for a few days to a hotel somewhere on the Island of Ireland,  So hopefully this bag will be great for their many adventures away.

That's it from me folks.  See you next time.  
Toodles Noodles.......Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
All links were valid at the time of typing.  Sorry if the items are gone by the time you read this. But if the links no longer work, a simple Google search for the items should work a charm.

Honey yellow bee fabric - Ebay
Vlieseline/Vilene Volume Fleece Fusible interfacing H640 - Amazon This is the interfacing Debbie Shore recommends
Zips - purchased on Ebay.  The exact ones are now gone but click the link here and the seller has many more zips available for you to choose from.

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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Handmade Artist Teddy Bears - PayItForward FreePattern

What about ye folks, it's Lee here.  So, here I am to show you these 3 wee cuties.  I know they are all the same...well, they all look slightly different in their faces as they are handmade, lol.  Again, this is a free pattern from Lisa Pay from PayItForward on YouTube.  I did a few adaptions in that I made clothes for these wee bears as apposed to the cute wee poncho that Lisa made.  Please go over and have a look at Lisa's YouTube channel.  Her patterns are so delightful and her tutorials are second to none.

Of course, as usual, I will put my shopping list below for as many of the items I used that I can remember, lol.
These bears were a little different from the others I've tried from Lisa.  These artistic bears definitely felt like a more professional make, if that makes sense, lol. But they were actually incredibly easy to put together. These bears have cotter joints and articulating limbs.  So their little arms and legs move independently as apposed to being sewn to the bodies.   Here I'm showing what the bears looked like just before getting their dungarees and shirts.  
For the dungarees, I used Lisa's dungarees/overalls pattern but I graded it up to fit these bears as these are much bigger than the other wee bears/dolls.  I've never graded a pattern before, so it was an experience.  But I only had one dodgy toile pair that I made that didn't fit, but I was able to see what needed fixed and I managed to get the dungarees to fit them all pretty well.  They aren't perfect....but then nothing I make ever is, lol.  My wee Mamma said that my little mistakes can be "my thing"....lol.
I wanted the bears to have little shirts to wear but because the dungarees were so patterned and detailed, I decided to go with a plain black shirt.  It's just plain black cotton.....and I made it with my own pattern!  What????  Yep....me.....who barely knows how to open a pattern.....made her own design and it turned out great......not perfectly professional, but pretty damn good for what I needed.  
In order for the the shirt to fit properly, I made the pattern open at the front.  I couldn't make the top to go over their heads because in comparison to their shoulders, the heads are pretty large.  So to make a top to go over the head would mean that the opening would be very large and ultimately hang off the shoulders.  So I made it that the shirt opens at the front for ease of putting on and I sewed a tiny thin strip of velcro to each front opening seam.  I didn't want to add buttons as they would be too bulky underneath the dungarees.  It was a bit of trial and error with the shirt design as, as you can see from the photo above, these wee guys have chubby little tummies.  But I made it work......and any flaws are secretly hidden beneath the dungarees, teehee.

These bears are surprisingly easy to make.....other than having to correct silly mistakes that were completely my fault....see photo below......**facepalm**
Can you see my mistake?  Yep.....the arms/hands are on the wrong way around.  Each of the buttoned paws are meant to be the palms of the paws....so on the inside.  And I put them on wrong on all 3 bears!  I couldn't believe I had made such a stupid mistake and so very close to the end of the making of them.  And my big issue was, I had already added the arms with the cotter joints in place AND stuffed each bear and sewn them up.  What a disaster!  I didn't want to have to take them all apart.  So I fudged it the best way I know how, teehee. 
I cut off the buttons firstly from each bear.  Then, I took the paw template and made it slightly bigger than the original paws and remade the paws but without stuffing....then, I placed the "new" paws over the old one like a pair of gloves and hand sewed as best I could, an invisible stitch around the wrist.  It actually worked pretty well...but was definitely one of the reasons that I wanted to add a little shirt onto each bear.  Now, the new paws are slightly bigger now, but you can barely notice the mistake and I think I rescued my mishap pretty well.  My Scrubby suggested removing the buttons and just adding them onto the palms, but that would have meant that the outside of the paw was a different colour and it wouldn't have looked right.  Plus I had glued and sewed the paw pads down and no doubt, they would have left residue of glue behind.....So my paw gloves remedy was the best solution and I was actually pretty happy with the outcome.
And just look at those cute, oversized feet....I think they are so stinking adorable.  Cute little toe-beans, lol.
As their limbs move so beautifully, they look great sitting.....
Or standing.
Here is each little bear's face.  Because the artist bears are larger than others I've made, I found these so much easier to make.  Getting the smaller sections under my machine was so much easier which meant I didn't really have to do any hand sewing (which we all know, I am not a fan of, teehee) of the actual structure of the bears....other than a tiny bit of hand sewing to close up seams.  Their little noses were hand sewn on over a felt template that was glued to their faces and then I added a coat of pva glue to them, just so the sewing threads had no issues with moving or slipping over time.  The glue dries clear and gives the noses a bit of rigidity. 
I thoroughly enjoyed making each one of these....mistakes and all, lol
And I know that they will put a smile on my 2 Nieces and nephew's little faces.    Because of the type of joints that are used and the fact that they are so tightly packed with stuffing, I wouldn't class these bears as a "cuddle" type bear.  Lisa even states this in her tutorial.  She classes them more as display bears.  So as these bears are probably more for display purposes, I think they'd be perfect for sitting at a Teddy Bear's picnic that your child could have or sitting beside your little one during their bedtime story or watching over them as they sleep, maybe sitting on a book shelf....you wouldn't want to be flinging them around the place....even though the cotter joints are strong and tightly installed.  In my opinion they are probably a bit too stiff and with the tighter packing, a bit too hard to be a "bring to bed" bear or a "cuddle" bear.  But then, what do I know.  The kids can enjoy them whatever way they wish.  

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Teddy brown felt - Ebay - other colours of felt from same seller
Cotton Medium woven interfacing - Ebay
25mm Cotter Joints - Ebay
Fabrics - from my stash but was probably all bought on Ebay
Buttons - again from my stash

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That's it from me for now folks.....Toodles Noodles....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Altered laundry basket

 
This past Christmas, my wee Mamma wanted a new laundry basket.  She recently did a few bits and pieces in her bedroom and wanted something to go with her duck egg blue colour scheme and if I could find some way to fit butterflies into the theme too, that would be great.  Well, I searched and I searched and could not find anything that would go with that theme, at all.  So, I decided to jimmy rig and alter one myself, lol....not sure if that made it any better mind you, teehee.
I bought this one on Amazon (click link, if you want one, lol) as it had a removable fabric liner that I could add to.
I then purchased this stunning Laura Ashley curtain fabric on Ebay.  It was just a 1/2 metre remnant but it was a perfect amount for what I needed.  Not only was it duck egg blue, but it had butterflies on it!
On a piece of the scrap fabric left over, I decided to sew around one of the butterflies to make this little padded dangle butterfly to add to the front of the basket.  I couldn't resist adding some bling to the wee butterfly too.
I removed the inner liner fabric and sewed the Laura Ashley fabric to it, making sure I orientated it the correct way, as it would be folded over the top of the basket.  I left a little gap for the closure and added the wee handmade butterfly dangle.
I think it turned out cuter than what it originally looked like.  My wee Mamma loved it and that's the most important thing.

I hope everyone had a fantastic festive season and a very Happy New Year to you all.  Here's hoping 2022 is a great one!
That's it from me for now folks.  Until the next time......
Toodles Noodles .....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

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