Sunday, June 29, 2014

FELT DOLL, CLOTHES, AND HOLDER!

Recently I made some felt "unpaper" dolls from an amazing pattern by Linda of LindyJDesign on Etsy.  Linda has some very cute patterns for kids you don't want to miss.  And her instructions for the felt dolls were so clear and informative.  The pattern is actually for a Quiet Book called Busy Day but I don't have the time to make all the pages but wanted to be able to share the felt doll and clothes with the kids at the hospital. I have also made some of her finger puppets and learned some very easy ways to create them that I hadn't thought of before. 

Today I went hunting for some kind of folder to make for the felt doll & clothes that would be easy for the kids.  I found an awesome pattern from PegAnders on Etsy .  It's a doll house tote for paper dolls but I knew it would work for what I wanted.  I made it a bit more simple for my needs but it is easy, the instructions are clear, and it comes out very cute.  I didn't add the handles because I don't like to add anything that can get caught in IV lines etc.  You'll love this pattern!  And here's the finished product which I will take into the hospital tomorrow hoping I can find a little girl to try it out on and get her opinion.


Now I want to work on a Superhero one for the boys!!




Sunday, June 22, 2014

LOTS OF DOLLS AND PILLOWS BRINGING SMILES!

Delivery day tomorrow!  Sixty seven items for three different departments.  I love what I do!!!

I found a new pattern (at least for me) at Dolls and Daydreams and fell in love with it.  Cuties for a Cure - Chemotherapy Doll Sewing Pattern and $2 from every sale is donated to cancer research.  It's so cute and so easy.  I'm interested to hear what the nurses in Peds Onc have to say.  Pattern also has wigs, hats, headband, and scarf.  I only made the hats this time.


Also made some of my hospital peanut dolls for the toddlers to hold.  These are one of the most popular dolls with the little kids.  There is a free pattern for them - just look up at the links at the top of the page and you'll find it.


And, of course, an Olaf pillow with a book to go with it!


Speaking of pillows, we have Superheros, Googlies, Care Bears and Hello Kitty.  Each pillow has a pocket in the back that holds either a book, stickers or a mini monster!


Haven't taken anything into NICU in a few weeks so I made them quite a few items from mini pillows to giraffes and taggies.


I'm thinking that these amazing kids need some felt paper dolls, some mermaids and some pirates next!  But first, I have to clean up the mess I've made making all these!

Monday, June 16, 2014

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!

I'm working on some new pillows for the hospital and wanted to share this cute pattern I found through Pinterest.  It's a free pattern by Lisa at 5 Orange Potatoes.  Lisa made some really cute gremlins from recycled sweaters and with a few drops of essential oils.  I can't use that for the hospital so I made them from felt.  I made each face different and because I needed a smaller size, I printed it out at 85%.  Click HERE for the link to the pattern.


I'm making some pillows using the Googlies fabric panels but wanted to include something to play with as well.  Although the pillows are not made yet, I wanted to show you how cute the gremlin monsters are and send you to Lisa's blog.  All of the ovals and circles are cut out with my Big Shot but the mouths and teeth are free hand cutting.  I am putting a pocket at the back of the pillow to hold the gremlin monster.  


Thank you Lisa for the awesome pattern.  Please visit her blog as she has some very interesting things to teach you about using naturual ingredients as well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A VERY BUSY FEW WEEKS

This has been a very busy few weeks but I love every minute of it!!  Here's what's being delivered today.

I have been asked to make some special items for the Angel Room at the hospital.  They asked me to make finger puppets to go along with the book they give children whose brother or sister died at birth. The child is happy and pictures himself and the baby playing (first picture).  Then there is an angel instead of a baby.

 He is now sad that there is no baby, but the book explains that the baby will always be in his heart and is now an angel.
 The boy finger puppet is happy on one side and sad on the other.  The child can add the wings and the halo to the baby to make it an angel.

Four butterfly pillows for the older children or parents.

Four angels with babies for ornaments in the small boxes they give the parents.

Eight larger angel ornaments with 16 babies for the larger boxes.  The nurses can choose the baby that goes with the angel.

A dozen books with matching finger puppets - dinos, superheros, My Little Ponys, Elmo and Friends - all thanks to the books donated by Fallon Wilson.  These will be going to different departments.

And, of course, supehero dolls in two sizes - 16 of them!  These will mostly be going to the Pediatric Cardiac offices.  I bagged them up and realized I had forgotten to take the photo.

Monday, May 26, 2014

I SIGNED UP FOR THIS DEAL! CHECK IT OUT!

We all know how much patterns can cost and if you're like me, I'm always looking for a deal.  Well I found one I'm really happy with.  And I tested one of the patterns to be sure before I signed up.  It's called The Pattern Hub and it's a one year membership for $65 BUT for that $65, you will receive 12 patterns when you become a member and another 12 patterns during the year.  That's about $2.70 per pattern.

Maria offers a free pattern on the site to get you started and so I decided to make it to see if I was happy with her directions and pattern pieces.  Here's a photo of this cute felt bunny.


Now I love to hand sew in the evening while watching TV.  So last night, I copied the pattern pieces on to my trusty freezer paper, ironed the paper onto the felt I had chosen, sat down and the rest is history.  Here's my bunny.


My first thought when finished was the NICU is going to want a lot of these and probably PICU too!  And it was so easy to make.  Took me 1-1/2 hours, start to finish, while watching the TV too.  I decided to sew the body with the machine so it would be extra sturdy but did everything else by hand and you could actually sew all of it by machine if you wanted too.  

Here are the first 12 patterns you will have access to:


And your membership includes so much more.  Click HERE and you'll find out.  Rumor has it there's a superhero doll coming!

Was I paid for this article?  No! I just feel this is an awesome deal and I wanted you all to know about it.

- 12 Sewing Patterns + with step by step instructions for Instant Download to sew your own toys and plushes , available for you once you complete your registration.
- Monthly Pattern Releases , Get Exclusive access to 1x new pattern every month during your membership year. You will also get a monthly notification to access the new content.
- Direct access to the member-only zone  that will include : Video tutorials / step by step photo galleries; tricks and tips to help you to master the secrets about sewing plush toys.
- The designs will be a mystery until each pattern is revealed every month. I promise, they will definitely be worth the wait!
- The patterns will be released first to club members.
- See more at: http://thepatternhub.com/how-it-works/#sthash.LWRyarLc.dpuf


- 12 Sewing Patterns + with step by step instructions for Instant Download to sew your own toys and plushes , available for you once you complete your registration.
- Monthly Pattern Releases , Get Exclusive access to 1x new pattern every month during your membership year. You will also get a monthly notification to access the new content.
- Direct access to the member-only zone  that will include : Video tutorials / step by step photo galleries; tricks and tips to help you to master the secrets about sewing plush toys.
- The designs will be a mystery until each pattern is revealed every month. I promise, they will definitely be worth the wait!
- The patterns will be released first to club members.
- See more at: http://thepatternhub.com/how-it-works/#sthash.LWRyarLc.dpuf







Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEED SOME ZIPPERS? I'VE GOT THE PLACE FOR YOU!


As many of you know, one of the dolls I make for the Cardiac kids is a superhero with a zipper on the front and when you unzip it, there is a heart on the dolls chest.  Scars from open heart surgery are referred to as "zippers". 

Yesterday, I ordered some more 4" zippers from Zipit on Etsy - the only place I ever buy zippers because of the quality, the price and the selection.  It doesn't get any better than this!  Take a look at some of these awesome colors.  And there's so many more!

When I ordered my zippers I sent along a pic of the superhero dolls so she would know what I do with them.  Guess what?  Today, Jennie emails and donated to me the zippers I ordered.  When a shop does that, they deserve a 'thank you'.  I'm hoping you will visit Zipit as you'll be very surprised at the price and quality let alone all the colors. 

Thank you Zipit.  You are bringing so many smiles!

Monday, May 12, 2014

DELIVERY TODAY TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Thirty eight items delivered today to get the closet full at PICU.  It was empty!!  Took 6 superhero dolls to the Pediatric Heart Office as I know they are close to being out of dolls.  More for them in a few weeks.  So, here's what I took:

Top photos are pillows with felt animals and robots - something to cuddle, something to play with!  The felt dolls are mostly from patterns by PreciousPatterns and LittleHibouShoppe.

Next row, pillows with zipper mouths - makes a fun place to hide their toys! 

Third row, small dolls for the girls - pattern by Bit of Whimsey - love her designs!  Two more pillows with teddy bears from a wonderful new pattern by MyFunnyBuddy.

The boys love the monster pillows!  And they are so easy to make.  Find the pattern at BedBuggsPatterns.  And last but never least, the superhero dolls by ButterBeans&ChicPeas.