doll apron pattern

I put up a pattern and tutorial for a doll apron with pockets up on the Windy blog today.

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Little Quick began developing another series last year called Sixes & Sevens with Leah Mallen of the great documentary Coast Modern as well as our little Foggy film. We've paused in development to take care of some new Windy business. These aprons were part of the project.

The Sixes & Sevens dolls are in storage, so I used the sweater pigs as models. If you'd like to make one, you can use this template. I used pieces of an old sweater rather a glove.

Shoelace Sewing



Simple shapes with pre-cut holes that your little one can use by sewing around the edges (this isn't a practical sewing project). This activity was originally inspired by a 5-year old boy I spoke to. His kindergarten class has a wooden sewing set which is very popular with the children. Here are instructions and templates so you can make your own sewing set.

This is great for the 3-5 set and is a surprisingly easy craft project to set up.







Instructions are here and a set of templates to download so you can make this at home. There are 4 shapes to sew: Windy's kite, Sunny's guitar, Snowy & Chinook's flower and Foggy & Cloud's boat.

Materials:

· Card stock (such as an empty cereal box)
· Scissors
· Hole punch
· Shoelace (yarn with scotch tape on the end would work, too)
· Templates




Instructions:

1. Print out one of our templates.
2. Trace shape from template onto some card stock or cardboard. We used the inside of a cereal box.You can also hold the printed template together with the card stock and cut the shape out directly.
3. Use a standard hole punch to make a series of holes around the shape you have cut out.
4. Child may then use a shoelace to sew around the edge. You may also use a thick piece of yarn with some scotch tape rolled around the end for stiffness to mimic a shoelace.

Sock fish

Miyako Kanamori: Part 1


Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-off Socks and Gloves by Miyako Kanamori is a very good book! (Phew...out of breath from that last sentence.) As you might guess from its descriptive title, this book gives you patterns for making little softies from socks (mostly long socks) and gloves. The patterns are quite simple and you can use a machine or hand sewing for the projects. This is a good book for your bookshelf; it has a lot of easy, fun projects.


One little note: most of the patterns involve a pair of gloves or a pair of socks, and they need to be in fairly good condition (toes and heels are often part of the pattern), so this won't help you use old socks. However, all you need is a pack of work socks and you're off. The gloves in the book are mostly rough work/gardening gloves, which you can find in Vancouver for about $2, so that's quite economical.

Anyway, we'd like to show a couple of projects from the book, beginning with sock fish. These fish were not the very cutest project, but they are very simple, quick, and they only use one sock (and they are great for baby socks, which often lose their mate and remain in good condition even after wear).

Kanamori's fish has a button eye and uses a sock with a contrasting colour for the toe, which looks very cute. However, we didn't have any socks like that, so we tried adding a little blanket stitching to separate the head from the body (and to make a little fin). Because these are for babies, we stitched on felt eyes which are safer.

Hello Baby




So, we are going to try doing a weekly arts + crafts post. Either a project from us, or a review of a craft book. Friday is a good time to gather up your materials for the weekend. Our production company is called "Little Quick" so you can tell already that we like projects that are little and quick.

Today's post is about a pretty well-known book: Baby Stuff (or the Japanese title is Hello Baby which is a much better title) by Aranzi Aronzo. Now, reviewing a very well-known book has the advantage that you can probably find this in the library or your local bookshop right now and you don't have to wait for it to arrive by post!




The number one thing we like about this team are their biographies:

Mr. Aranzi
Mr. Aranzi has a Mexican father and a Japanese mother. It's been 10 years since he started creative activities in cooperation with Mr. Aronzo. He lives in the U.S.A. and works at a securities firm.

Mr. Aronzo
Mr. Aronzo is a Norwegian Vietnamese-Indian. He lives on the street and travels all over the world. His main occupation is playing the tambourine.

Great!

OK, so we tested out Baby Stuff (we both have babies). This book has very clear instructions (so clear, that you can actually follow directions in the Japanese version without being Japanese). It comes with photocopy-able templates. One nice feature is that several of the projects could be easily sewn by hand. Although we both have machines, we like to do things by hand. It's fun. The projects shown here were about 50% machine and 50% by hand.

The other good feature about Baby Stuff is that the projects are actually good projects for babies. So, if you don't have a baby of your own, and you're not sure about these projects as gifts: go for it. We've done 3 projects and they've all been useful. And they are mostly very fast. (For real fast, not the kind of project that promises to be 2 hours but takes you all night.)

Pictured here are two of the projects we tried: Baby Bandana and Lil' Friend. (These are copies of projects in the book.) The only thing we didn't do according to directions is trace the sashiko-like embroidery of the fish from their template with special chalk. You can just lightly draw in your shape with a pencil freehand and stitch over top.

Both these projects are well-used and well-loved. There were originally two Lil' friends and one was passed to an 11-month old, who loved it, too. Something about the size and texture is really baby-pleasing. The bandana bib is a nice way to add texture and colour into your baby's wardrobe.

Review Summary
· Aranzi Aronzo's Baby Stuff
· We liked it!
· Mostly projects for adults to make for babies. (Children could try some of these patterns with felt, glue, needle and thread, but the end project may need some help to be baby-safe.)