Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Superhero Toddler Backpack

Little people like superheroes.  Sometimes they like them cutesy.

Sometimes they like them not-so-cutesy. 

They go nuts when they see them in real life.  This is Brampton Batman!

So it totally made sense when I was asked to make a superhero backpack.

My friend Jess wanted a backpack for her youngest son to add to her collection of backpacks.   Last year I made these backpacks for her little guy and her nephew.   Here's a picture of one of the bags from this past summer.  What a cutie!

This time she wanted something superhero-like.  We agreed on the design.

Then got the final approval

This is the part of the backpack making process that I like the most... getting it already ready to be sewn!

Here is the finished product

Side pockets - great for waterbottles, napkins, and other tiny things. 

The lining

Inside out

Bottoms up!  The bottom is quilted for extra stability.

As always, I use real backpack connectors

I made this backpack early this year when we still had snow on the ground.  It is so hard to take pictures without a lot of natural light .  It is doubly hard to take pictures of black with red.   While it may look like the backpack is some shade of grey/black, it is indeed black denim.  These pics were all taken with my Samsung phone which somehow worked out better than my Canon.  Go figure.

Happy Sewing!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tutorial: DIY Gift Card Holder

It's the last day of school and this year, we have 4 teacher gifts to purchase.  Due to poor planning on my part, there was no time for DIY so I went the gift card route.  I went to Michael's and bought 4 gift cards.  I was surprised when the cashier told me that they don't supply little envelopes.  Considering they are an arts & crafts supply store, I would have expected more than just a piece of plastic. 

I thought about glueing the Michael's card to the thank you cards but the kids already wrote all over the cards and there was no more space.  So, I decided to make my own envelopes by using this C7 template.  It was really easy to do and here's how:

Print the template onto a blank sheet of paper and cut it out.

Then find some card stock or any kind of paper you have available.  I re-purposed some large security envelopes from the bank. 

Trace the template onto your paper.  It helps to fold the paper in half so you can cut out 2 gift card holders at once.

Here's what they look like before you fold them.

Fold and then glue the middle flaps and bottom flap.

Test out your card.

The envelope is a little larger than the gift card because I wanted to include my own personalized notes to our teachers.  If you want a smaller card, just print the template at 85%.

Seal it shut with a sticker and it's done! 

Wishing everyone a summer full of fun and exploration!

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It's a New Year!

2014 has come and gone and it's been 3 months since the kids started school full time. Mistakenly, I thought I'd have a lot more free time but as it turns out, I'm still doing the same stuff I always did but now I don't have 2 kiddies by my side.

Every year we make resolutions but some we keep and some we let slide. I almost didn't bother with making any resolutions but I'm a goal oriented person and without something to strive for, I predict my 6 hours alone on weekdays will mean a lot of DIY projects get started but not necessarily finished.

So here's what I have so far in no particular order:

  1. Post on the blog with some more regularity.  I initially started this as a way to highlight my crafty adventures but when I read back over the years, it's not the pictures that bring back my memories.  It's my words.  So I am going to go back into the summer picture folder and pull out the pictures of the memorable or fun things we made. 
  2. Go to bed by 12am.  Yup.  Forget striving for a healthy 10pm, I need to start small.  Some nights, I'm up until 1am or even 2am.  It also doesn't help that hubby is a night owl so we both agreed this was a good one.
  3. Create a short term career plan for 2015.  I love being a stay at home mom.  By staying at home, I've created a less hectic environment for my kids and husband.  I love being there for my kids because I know they will only be little for so long.  However, it's time for me to figure out what the next steps are going to be in the short term.  This means a couple of things:  jumpstarting my ETSY shop, a part time job, a volunteer gig, or furthering my education.   To get me moving, I worked on my resume and I have a pretty good working copy.  Even if I don't end up sending it out, it feels good to have one.
  4. Healthy Stuff.  We're pretty good over here for eating but exercise?  Unless I'm running with the kids, I have fallen flat on the exercise front.  A lot of it has to do with all of our home improvement projects.  I don't even want to think about what we ended up doing in 2014 (when will it ever end?????) let alone the list for 2015.  So I'm starting off again small...  15 min in the morning of whatever activity I want to do that gets my heart rate up. 
  5. Purge!  Fabric closet - you know I'm talking about you...  When we moved, we just hid all of our old stuff in closets but as we are moving from room to room, the need for some of this stuff goes away.   So step one is to build a wall to wall library to put all of our books.  That will solve at least 9-10 boxes. 
I hope this year brings you lots of happiness and adventure.  Happy New Year!
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