Name Banner

Visiting my family here in RI so I don't have anything new to show you. But I just came across this picture of Gracie's banner I made a few months ago. I don't personally know Gracie, but a farmers market customer ordered this banner for her. It was a fun challenge, and I was pleased with the result (as was Gracie, thankfully!). I'm happy to make one up for a dear little one in your life. I charge based on how many letters the name is and how complex your design. Email me, and we can figure out something fun! I'll be back home and to my machine in a couple of days!

Fun with Felt

One of the great benefits of my sewing business is having material on hand for spontaneous creations.

I buy nearly all of my felt from TaDaa Studio. She sells wool blend felt (20–35% wool, depending on the color). In addition to having good prices and an amazing selection (I just checked, 103 colors!), she ships immediately and always includes a few sample bits.

I treated myself to one of her dream packs of felt, and it has been such fun to have a huge palette of felt to chose from for quick little projects now and then.

Inspired by many sites showing felt finger puppets, but in particular this one, I put together a really fun finger puppet making kit as a birthday gift.

These farm animals (duck, sheep, cow, pig, rooster and horse) are cut out and sewn into the puppet shape, and are ready to have eyes, ears, noses, and so forth glued onto them.

These are blanks (sorry for the huge shadow) that could become anything–animals, monsters, kings and queens?

Here are all of the embellishments (jewels, ric-rac, buttons, feathers, pom-poms, googly eyes) to turn these bits of felt into amazing critters for the fingers! I even included tiny bottles of glue. I am sure they have some, but as the mom of two I can tell you it is not always easy to find the glue.

I put everything together in a little kid shoebox that I wrapped in plain craft paper. My kids were terribly disappointed to learn that this little box of fun was going off to their friend, instead of staying home with us. Truth is, so was I, but I will definitely be making one (or two) of these for us at home.

Such fun to work with felt, a material I would not have were it not for the doll hair and owl eyes. These fabrics are not only fun to work with, but are durable, earth friendly, beautiful to look at and to touch. Enjoy!