Monday, September 19, 2011

Softies - Craft Book Month Sewing



Craft Buds is one of my favorite crafty blogs to follow!
They provide lots of great information, fun ideas and link ups, I find myself visiting all throughout the week! This month they are hosting a "Craft Book Month" to encourage you to actually USE all those great crafting books you buy. Yes, you know the ones...the ones stacked neatly covered in dust & thread clippings, somewhere in your crafty space! ;) Additionally, you can enter to win a bunch of great prizes if you take on the challenge. Narrowing down which book and project to do may be a greater challenge though!

Here's my contribution.
THE BOOK: softies - Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals
I found this book, complete with all the patterns at my favorite local used bookstore for half price! There are lots of cute projects (and a few really strange ones!) and I'm sure I'll use it again. The kiddos all had a great time picking out which one was their favorite, so perhaps a few softie stocking stuffers on in my future.
THE PROJECT: These darling paper doll dress ornaments!
I love them! My girls always like to decorate their room, their way for Christmas, so I thought this would be the perfect addition to their fun!
THE PROCESS: These were really simple to make and the possibilities are endless! My girls even had these adorable little hangers from one of their Klutz books, so we didn't have to make the hangers. The book includes instructions for making cute, little curly wire hangers that do add a nice touch though, so I probably give them a try next time.
We blinged out each dress just the way we wanted it, then I stitched the sides while we watched a movie last night. Then, the part that makes them qualify for the "softie" title I suppose....we stuffed them with a bit of polyfil to add a little dimension. NOTE: be careful how you stuff or they will all become maternity style paper doll dresses....which is fine if that's what you're going for, but not exactly what we were this time. ;)
THE PRODUCT: A delightful collection of tiny dress ornaments ready for holiday decorating! 


We were very pleased with how they turned out! I'm sure we will make more too!
I imagine these will become a dress shop for their Barbies.

 So, if you have a craft book you've been thinking about using, make sure to visit Craft Buds and get the scoop on how to enter your creation in their fun this month!
Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

11 comments:

Suz said...

Wow!! Sooooo cute! And well made. Looks like lots of fun to make too :)

Jenny said...

Oh my word, these are just the cutest things ever!!! Thanks for sharing them at Creative Me Monday!

Pam said...

What a lovely way to dress up a little girl's room and a project the girls can be involved with. Thanks for the link to Craft Buds.

Lindsay Conner said...

Love, love, LOVE these dresses! I've actually borrowed this book before, and loved the whale plushie--ahh so cute. Looks like they were very fun to make! Thanks for playing along Kristy--we are so glad to have you among our blog friends!

Chloe said...

So cute!

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Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are a genius! What adorable softies.
I would love for you to post this on my Fall In Love linky party today.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I actually won this book in a giveaway last year -- I might have to try this project! : ) So cute!!!

Marci Girl said...

These turned out so cute Kristy! What a great project!

Lindsay said...

Oh my goodness, I have got to get my hands on this book. I have two little girls who would go crazy over these adorable dresses! I would love to have you share this at Show & Share!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-6.html

Simple Simon & Co said...

Dude, I totally love these. I want to make some for my little girls room as well.
liZ
(simplesimonandco)

rebekahdawn said...

Absolutely adorable! Adding this book to my wishlist :)

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