Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hold My Hand Mittens Tutorial

In case you missed this over on UCreate...

Let's talk mittens.

As we all know, this girl loves a knock-off. So, when I saw these, I knew I could definitely make them, and would have to anyway because they are no longer available for sale (major hat-tip to Jaimie at C.R.A.F.T. for finding and posting them!).

I love the functionality here. My two year old rips off mittens (and shoes, and socks) as quickly as we can put them on him. With these gloves, we don't have to worry about forcing him into mittens which will certainly be ripped off and lost in a heartbeat. He can just tuck his sweet little hand into the small mit! Perfect. So let's get started!

First, gather your supplies. I'm using an old sweater for the main part of the mitten, and some leftover fabric for the small mitt. You'll need less than a fat quarter for the small mitts. You'll also need a sewing machine, coordinating thread, two pieces of paper, and a pencil.

Next, we're going to make our mitten templates. Trace your hand on a piece of paper, leaving enough room around the outside of your hand to allow some finger movement, and your preferred seam allowance. Let a little person help if they want.

Cut TWO templates by placing your tracing sheet on top of a second sheet of paper and cutting both at the same time.

Next, take one of your templates, and place it diagonally across the other template, so that the edge of the mitt hangs off of the edge of the bottom mitten template, and the thumb and mitt of the top template form a "V" around the thumb of the bottom template.

Now we are going to edit our top template by:
1.shortening the thumb so that it end just inside the edge of the lower mitt
2. getting rid of the wrist portion of the mitten
3. slightly narrowing the upper mitt.

See the faint lines on my template? That's what you're going for.

Now cut along the lines you've drawn on your template. You should have two pieces now - one for the main mitt, and one for the smaller mitt.

Ok, now take those templates to your cutting table, and cut 4 from your main fabric and 4 from your mitt fabric. 

(I'm using a different fabric to demonstrate the small mitts here so you can better see my stitches)

Now it's time for the fun part. Grab your small mitt pieces and head to the sewing machine. Place right sides together and sew all around the mitts, leaving a few inches along the straight edge for turning.

Clip the corners and cut notches in the curved portion of your seam allowance so that your corners are sharper and your curve is smoother once you turn it right side out. Using a turning tool (scissors, knitting needle, crochet hook, pencil - anything with a bit of a point) turn your mitts right side out and topstitch along the straight edge, sewing the opening shut.

Repeat for both small mitts.

Now grab your large mitt pieces. Place them right sides together, and sew only along the straight edge above the thumb. If you are using a knit fabric, use a zig-zag stitch or a serger.

Turn right side out.

Grab one of your small mitts and place it so that the thumb of the small mitt makes a "V" across the thumb of the large mitt. The finger portion of the small mitt will cross the seam you just sewed in the large mitt.

Pin small mitt to large mitt, and edge stitch around the curved edges of the small mitt. Leave the straight edge open so a little hand can fit in there.

When you're done, it should look like this:

You're almost finished! Now, just fold your main mitt right sides together and finish stitching around all the edges except the bottom, where your hand will go. Again, if your fabric is knit, use a zig-zag stitch or a serger. Turn it right side out. LOOK! You've got a "hold my hand" mitten. Repeat for mitten 2.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure on your second mitten, you place your small mitt on the OPPOSITE side from the mitten you just created. This way, you will have a left mitten and a right mitten. Basically, if your mittens are laying on a table, you should see the main body of the small mitt when the thumbs of the large mittens are facing each other. Are you thinking WHAT IS THIS LADY TALKING ABOUT?  See the original photo montage at the top of this post, and check out the top left photo for further clarification.

This final step is very important: Grab the cutest kid you can find and take them for a spin!

If you make a pair of "hold my hand mittens", I'd love to see them! Upload them to The Boy Trifecta flickr group!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mandi made me do it

I know I said I wasn't coming back until after the new year, but then my bloggy buddy Mandi, of Vintage Revivals and Crafting With The Stars fame, joined a crochet stitch-along hosted by The Dainty Daisy, and asked me to play along.

I've sort of been crocheting up a storm lately, mostly as part of my handmade holiday goodies. However, Sawyer makes an excellent model for all my goodies. We have a little Buckeye hat:


And Easter is coming soon, right?


And my little sis LOVED her sock monkey hat! This hat cracks me up.



Anyway, here is the project for the stitch-along. It is a super cute cowl. I LOOOVE cowls, so Mandi didn't have to do any arm-twisting to get me to join.

So, I grabbed some yarn and am ready to go. Anyone else want to play along? This project is a great way to learn all the major crochet stitches, or a cute, quick project for an experienced hooker!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Handmade Holiday Challenge - Holy Crap Christmas is in 10 Days Edition

***Looking for the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway? Click here!***

Remember nine weeks ago when we started the Handmade Holiday Challenge, and we were all optimistic about making one gift a week until Christmas? Yeah, well the man in the big red suit comes in 10 days - anyone else in panic mode? I've been crafting away every week, making potholders and dresses and hats and other goodies I can't show you yet, but somehow I still feel like I have NOTHING ready for Christmas at all. Maybe it's because I don't have my tree up yet. Yes, it's true. The tree is still in a box in the basement. But this is ok because I leave my Santas up all year round! Seriously. I never took them down last year. What? They make me happy.


I mean, how can you not love Disco Santa? Or a Santa snow globe with milk and cookies in his belly?

Anyway, if you're like me and still feel like you need a few extra gifts but don't have the time to make them all, I suggest buying handmade over on everyone's favorite time-suck website, Etsy.  Obviously, I live with all guys, so these suggestions are guy-friendly.

I love these spice kits from Cook Outside The Box. And it looks like they will ship in time for Christmas if you order quickly! 

Or maybe a desk organizer from lessandmore?

Do you live with a geek like me? How about these:

Docking station from woodtec

Or these awesome magnets from button empire.

We just got some shirts in the mail from WrenWillow.

They are so adorable. Here is Sawyer modeling his:

(The bunny hat is in my shop if you want one, or make it yourself with an Inner Hooker pattern.)

Or, if someone out there is looking to buy a gift for ME (ahem, Bryan Griffith) maybe one of these things would be lovely:

Adorable vintage teacups? Don't mind if I do. From Open Door Studio.

I DO heart Ohio. Truche has lots of ways to show love for your state. 

Or craft supplies!

Yarn by Bees Knees Knitting

Or about 100 yards of this - found here and here. Seriously, have you guys touched this voile? IT IS DIVINE.

Anyone else have any great Etsy/other handmade gift finds? Please share!

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Giveaway Day!

It's here again! Sew, Mama, Sew has organized another massive day of handmade giveaways this year! 

In the spirit of letting go of some of my fabric stash, I'm giving away 2 yards of awesome Laurie Wisbrun Tufted Tweets fabric! 

The winner, to be drawn via at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 17 will receive a fat quarter pack including all of the prints above, and a full yard of the couches print in red, pictured below. 

How do you enter? 

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite holiday dish. I'm hosting Christmas dinner, and I need some ideas here, people. :)

And for my followers, leave another comment letting me know you follow. 

That's it! Two ways to enter for two yards of fabric. 

*Make sure I have a way to contact of you! You wouldn't want to miss out on your big win because I could't find your email. If it is linked to your Blogger profile, that works, or leave it in your comment.*

Good luck!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My little mama's boy

Remember back here when I made that Heidi and Finn Urban Hoodie and it didn't fit Quinn?

Urban Hoodie

Turns out it fits Sawyer now.

I thought I made a size 3T. Turns out I'm an idiot and forgot the tell the printer not to scale the pages, and thus my size 3T fits my almost 5 month old. Except it has ridiculously long sleeves.

Anyway, it needed a matching hat. This is what I came up with.



I love it. Like, A LOT. I think it is hilariously adorable.



I plan on forcing him to wear it everywhere for the foreseeable future. I mean, really, can you blame me?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Scenes from a family photo shoot










Q and Sawyer's photos crack me up, and Riley is just so handsome I can't stand it.

Photos by Brad Smith
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