The Life of Jennifer Dawn: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Toddler/Tot Tote Tutorial

*Fabric for the main part of the tote (I used pink vintage curtains.)
*Fabric for the lining
*Sewing machine
*Basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, thread...)
*Items needed to decorate and embellish your tote (fabric paint, pieces to applique'...)


Sewing the Main Part of the Tote 
*If you are repurposing curtains, tablecloth...
you can cut the pieces of fabric in a way that an already hemmed part is the top, so you do not have to sew a hem at the top of the tote when you arrive at this step. 
I cut out a letter "L" that I appliqued to the bag and then painted the rest of my daughter's name using a stencil and fabric paint.  The stencil was made using my Cricut.

Sewing the Straps
Sewing the Lining and Finishing the Tote
Now you have a finished a tote for your little tot.  
(Don't you think one of these totes would be great for mom, too?)
Happy Sewing!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Toddler Tote

Lydia Grace has a new tote bag.  Vintage pink curtains were repurposed into this cute, personalized tote.
Check back to see the Toddler Tote Tutorial.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Motherhood: The Ride of Your Life!

It was just a ride at a local amusement park...

but suddenly I was envisioning the day her daddy would teach her to drive...

and the day when she would eventually take off on her own...

Lydia Grace, can't you just stay this age forever?  Let's just stick with riding cute little piggies and duckies.  Okay?

Okay!  Okay!  Fine.  No deal.  
I know someday will come, but today you are still my vivacious toddler.  
I can't help it if I feel like someday is coming way too fast, so please allow me to keep this image in my head--the one of you with your pink, curls, and dimples.

Wow!  We really do have a great ride ahead of us, little one.

Linked to...
Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pennants and Pom Poms in the Classroom

At the end of each school year, I have to pack up my classroom with the end result being this...

 It is a bit of a daunting sight to see when I have to walk back into the room at the beginning of each school year and turn it into some sort of version of this...

This year I felt like my room needed a little more color and joy.  Inspired by this picture...

I thought...  
What could be happier than pennants and pom poms?

So in between teaching my new kiddos,
making a hallway bulletin board to match the "Lights!  Camera!  Read!" theme for the year,

organizing the books into bins,

preparing the reading center,

sewing and hanging curtains,

spending time with Lydia Grace after work, and falling into bed each night utterly exhausted...

I have been trying to work a little magic with tissue paper, ribbon, and card stock.
Whew!  What a busy two weeks.  The room just feels like a happier place to be though.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Guest, Tutorial, and Giveaway! Oh My!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I have a special treat for you today.  Lori from Chickadees is visiting today.  She has put together an amazing tutorial for how to make one of these adorable felt books.

She is also going to offer one lucky reader three 4x6 letter prints from her Downtown Charleston Collection in order to spell out their monogram.  Read on to meet this fantastically talented lady, view her tutorial, and enter the giveaway!

First, thank you Jennifer for not only allowing me to post on your blog that is so full of amazing ideas, but also for believing in me and encouraging me to put my work out for everyone to see!

Today I want to share one of my creations with you all, and teach you how to make your very own felt book.  You may be wondering, “What is the purpose of a felt book?”  Well, so far I’ve been using mine in two different ways, sewing needles and jewelry travel case. 

To make your own small felt book, follow these steps:
Gather your materials
  • 3 different colors of felt
  • Coordinating Button
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine, if possible

    Choose the color you’d like to use for the book’s “cover.”  Use the ruler to draw a rectangle 6 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches tall.

    In the lower right corner of the rectangle, draw a small rectangle that is 1 3/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide.

    Cut out the large rectangle, and the small rectangle so that you are left with the book cover and tab.

    Select the color you’d like to use as your book’s “pages.” 
    Cut out two rectangles 4 1/2 inches long and 2 3/4 inches tall.

    If you want, round the corners of the book’s tab using scissors.  

    Use the scissors to cut a slit in the tab for the button to go through.  Then hand stitch the edges of the button hole.

    Line up the tab to the front of the book, and place the button in the appropriate place on the front of the book and sew securely into place.

    If you want to decorate your book cover, you can also use the third piece of felt to cut out a design.  I made a bird for the front of this book. Hand stitch the design to the front of the book.

    Place the pages on the inside of the book and center.
    Use sewing machine, if available, to stitch down the middle of the book, creating it’s “binding.”  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily hand stitch this part, as well.

    Now you have a book with four pages.

    Using your needle and thread, make a small stitch at the four corners of the bottom page rectangle.

    You are finished with your felt book! Use it to hold sewing needles and pins...

    or as a jewelry storage/travel case.
    If using for jewelry, be careful not to place items that might scratch each other on facing pages! 

      I hope you enjoy this simple and fun project.  You can see more of my ideas and art on my blog, [email protected], I enjoy working in many mediums: photography, gardening, painting, sewing, baking, graphic design, jewelry design, and whatever else might strike my fancy. 

      Now for the giveaway!

      There Are Three Ways to Enter:
      • If you like what you see, please follow my blog (Chickadees Everything Blog) between today and September 9.  Leave a comment on this post that you are now a follower of Chickadees
      •  You can also view my alphabet letters and other photography projects, jewelry, etc. on my Etsy shop,  Pick out your favorite product, come back here, and leave a comment below telling me which product you like best.  Feel free to add the shop to your favorites while you are there.
      •  Follow The Life of Jennifer Dawn.  (Current followers: just leave a comment that you are already following.)
      Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  (Again, there are three ways to enter.  That means three separate comments.)
      The winner will be randomly selected and will receive 4x6 prints of your three-letter monogram made from my Downtown Charleston, South Carolina Collection.

      Check back on September 10 to see who wins.

      I hope you all have a great week!

      Thank you so much, Lori, for being my guest today!  Let the giveaway begin!