We had fun for Maud’s 30th birthday party because the theme was to dress up in what, as a child, you wanted to become when you would be an adult. I’ve always been fond of horses and as a child I fantasized about having my own ranch with plenty of horses, so I didn’t have to think twice before creating my own Jolly Jumper on a broom!
Here is a tutorial if you want to use it for you or your kids.
What you need
– Fabric for the head, tail and back part of the ears, about 40×40 cm (16 x 16 inches)
– Contrast fabric for the eyes and ears, about 10×10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
– 2 buttons for the eyes
– Contrasting yarn for the mane and tail (the quantity really depends how voluminous you want it to be. I used yarn in 3 colors, about 2m of each color altogether)
– a stick (from a broom or directly off the tree)
———— Cut the fabric for the head
1. Cut the fabric, think about a big sock or “L” shape to make the head.
2. Cut the head from the top of the head down to the neck to allow space for the ears.
Cut and sew the small parts
3. Cut the fabric for the ears: 2 big size quarter of circle in a fabric and 2 medium size quarter of circle in another contrasting fabric. Then pin the quarter of circles in order to form ear shapes, sew them. Put the small ear on top of the big ear and sew.
4. Cut the fabric for the eyes: 2 big size circles in a contrasting fabric compared to the fabric for the head. You also need 2 buttons, that you’ll sew at the center of each of the circle.
5. Prepare the mane by cutting a band the length of the neck (and even a bit longer if you want to make it begin before the split for the ears. Cut yarn that you’ll arrange in loops on the band, secure it with tape and sew it with zigzag stitch. Once it’s sewn, you can remove the tape.
6. Cut a big circle out of the same fabric than the one for the head and create the tail by sewing the same yarn you used for the mane, except doing longer loops. You don’t need to use a band to secure it before sewing as it’s sewn on 1 point, at the center of the circle. To allow easier gathering around the stuffing that we’ll then put inside, sew a straigth line around the perimeter of the circle, with the longer point length on your sewing machine, without backing, and then pull the thread: the circle gathers.
Assemble the head and the small parts
7. Place and sew the ears on the head to neck opening, right sides of the head facing each others and ears inside the “head fabric sandwich”.
8. Place and sew the eyes on the head, allowing enough space in between them (and don’t forget to take into consideration sewing allowance)
9. Place the 2 sides of the head right sides facing each others and insert the mane as the ham in a sandwich, between the 2 sides of the head. This will ensure it is on the right side once sewn. Sew the full head except the very bottom of the neck as we will use this as an opening for the stuffing and setting the broom in.
10. Fill in the head and tail with stuffing
11. Put them on each side of a broom and secure with band or tape
Hope it does as those 2 reversible fabric baskets will find an owner pretty soon – they’re a thank you gift for friends that lent us baby clothes from their own kids!
The pink fabric with the trees is from Marimekko and I thought it would work fine with a small black and white pattern. They also come with a small ribbon hook to hang them for storage.
Plus, fabric is a great way to keep your bread, or croissants if you’re lucky enough to have a good boulangerie close by, fresh for longer (much better than paper or plastic bags).
Inside out or inside in, there’s no rule as you can always choose the favorite side of the moment!
Happy new year to you all! Wish you all the best for 2015, hope it will be filled with plenty of happy moments with your friends and family and with a lot of sewing projects!
Still a few days left before the end of the holidays, so if you need simple projects to make in 1 afternoon, this pompoms and stuffed shapes is a great candidate. Your kids can even participate in helping with threading the pompoms and stuffed shapes to assemble the necklace.
This necklace is so fun with the pompoms and stuffed shape combination that I’m thinking about an adult version, with a leather cord and wooden beads instead of the stuffed ones…
Need more inspiration or help? Here is another pompom and heart necklace, here a tutorial on how to make pompoms necklaces and here a tutorial on how to make pompoms!
The stissu sewing session was the best way to be productive – I finally finished the 4-tier ,cross-stitch dress for Nora, a 3 year old.
I adapted a pattern of one of Lucía’s dress from Petit Bateau that I loved, and made it larger and longer to fit Nora.
Then divided the pattern in 4, so I could get to play with bands of red jersey and african print fabric.
I like the result so much that I’ll probably use the 4-tier, cross stitch idea for a summer tee shirt – this time for me!
Reading is the central part of our goodnight routine with Lucía (and often part of my own routine too!), and also a frequent activity during the day because it enables to learn and talk about topics that are more concrete if we have the support of a book.
Here are our favorite books at the moment, for my 2 year old:
– Tina Mandarina from Laura y Mariano , our spanish friends that had the great idea to create books for educating children and their parents without following the prejudices associated to genders (ex: in this book, girls likes orange instead of pink, sometimes the mum cooks, sometimes dad cooks)
Their main character is a 5 year old girl, Tina, whose favorite color is orange and who loves to play football with her cat. What I think is very helpful for me as a parent is the section at the end of the book explaining how the tale has been constructed. This reading guide helps talking and asking questions about values and learning that your child might have already acquired or need guidance on.
And even better, check their website as there are many free activities that you can print to do with your child!
– Feelgood book by Todd Parr, very colorful, easy to read and full of love. Great to talk about what does it mean to feel good and what activities help us achieve it.
– Ella’s kitchen cookbook, for great tips to cook with your kid and simple recipes that you can do in no time, every day and that are easy to eat by everyone.
– Comptines pour jeux de doigts, french songs with the hand choregraphy that goes with the song, great to help memorize it! The music arrangements are nice and the singers good. We even shared one of the french songs of this book with our daughter’s daycare so that she ears a little bit of french among the predominant swedish.
What do you do when you don’t find the energy to sew because of fall darkness and a toddler with (temporary, please make them temporary) sleeping disorders?
Invite over good friends with sewing / knitting / crochet skills for an afternoon, once a month, and you get what we decided to call a “stissu” (from sticka- knit in swedish, sy-sewing in swedish and tissu- fabric in french. We should probably have added “cake” in the name too because that’s how we begun, eating cake and drinking tea and talking about our different sewing projects and laughing about the latest news. Then when that warm up was done, it was time to begin with sewing / cutting fabric / drawing patterns / crochetting)
We held our first one at Clémence’s place and this time around it was at my place, with Clémence and Regina.
Clémence ended up cutting the fabric for countless baby hand warmers and beanies and even repaired a tee shirt while Regina, the knitting and crochet master, crochetted almost a full hand warmer.
I could finish a dress I begun long ago for a 3-4 year old and got started on the 2 pillows that need a cover. More of that soon!
Scarves are not my baby’s best friends if they can’t be tied in a smart way – their lifetime to stay around her neck is close to none.
This all around scarf is a slip on, so it stays on!
It’s also a great way to use remains of fabric because you just need a rectangle of 45 x 15 cm of fabric that you sew with a 1cm allowance. If you choose a stretch fabric like I did, you even don’t need to worry about sewing the edge. Just use your fingers to stretch the fabric and create a roll-up edge.
It feels so good to welcome new members in the family! Lucía has a baby cousin who’s already 6 months. Big and small at the same time. To celebrate his 6 month birthday, and the unfortunate loss of his favorite “doudou” (that’s how we call a half stuffed animal, half bib in french), this sweet mini monster is on its way and hopefully will become a new favorite! And by the way, it’s the first time that I give a real try to embroidery, look at the mouth! (it’s just a simple chain stitch, but you always have to start somewhere).