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EASY Stuffed Shark Toy Tutorial AND Pattern


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I wanted to make a stuffed shark out of that cute shark knit for Sewing to Rebuild,  BUT I was a little intimidated by the free patterns I found. SOOO many pieces!! They all looked very complicated. Seeing as how I am so new to sewing stuffed toys, I thought I would try my hand at making my own pattern and that is what I came up with. Only 4 pieces total and very simple. Easy peasy!! 😉

Click Shark Stuffed Toy Pattern 1 and Shark Stuffed Toy Pattern 2  for the pattern!! (Hopefully the PDF will pop up like it’s supposed to…)

After you print, cut and tape your pattern these will be the steps to sewing.

STEP 1

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Cut your pieces. This is what they will look like.

STEP 2

Sew your fin together, right sides together, leaving the bottom open.

STEP 3

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Cut the slit for your fin.

STEP 4

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Turn the fin right side out. Insert it into the slit in the top of the shark body. Pin it in place and very slowly sew the bottom of the fin to the sides of the slit in the shark.  The fin will be open for the stuffing.

You COULD stuff the fin and then sew it into the slit. Whichever is easier for you to do.

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This is what it will look like when you are done.

STEP 6

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Pin the fin out of the way. Now, pin the shark body pieces with right sides together. Sew the pieces, making sure to leave an opening for the stuffing.

STEP 7

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Turn it right side out, stuff and sew the opening closed!! 🙂

Now you are all done!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Let me know what you think!! Are the steps easy to follow??

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Sewing Hannah’s Pillowcase Bubble Romper Pattern


 

I am still doing Sewing to Rebuild! 🙂 My latest project was Hannah’s Pillowcase Bubble Romper from Create Kids Couture. The pattern can be found free for a short time on Fabric.com.

 

 

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This was a super easy, super fast pattern to do. I was able to make it in just a couple of hours.

Now I am going to have to make Cailey one!! LOL The pattern only goes up to a size 6 but I already sized it up to an 8 for her. 😉

I decided to leave off the sash. It looks more comfy this way. 😉 

I now have 3 complete sets to send. I need 3 more!!! 😀 I am going to be sewing up a storm this weekend!!!

Next up, a bag, PJ pants and a toy for a little boy!! 

 

HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!!

 

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Secret Subject Swap June Take 1


Welcome to Take One of June’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado

The Momisodes

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Just A Little Nutty

Follow me home . . .

Moore Organized Mayhem

The Insomniac’s Dream

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

Stacy Sews and Schools – ME!!! 

Menopausal Mother

Not Everyone Can Be A Mermaid

What is your oldest piece of clothing, does it still fit, and why do you still have it?

It was submitted by: The Most Awesome, the Queen of Secret Subjects and Flies…..  Karen from Baking in a Tornado

At first I was stumped. I have been pregnant 5 TIMES!! My weight has been up and down and up and down. I change sizes more than the kids change channels… Then I thought, well, I have some shoes I’ve had for a while. But even those I give away after a few years…. Hmmm… Then it hit me. There’s one item of clothing that I have had for 20 YEARS!! Yes! 20 YEARS!!!!

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My WVU Mountaineers Football jersey!!!! It still fits (just not as loosely as it once did) and I wear it a ton during football season. 😉

This jersey has seen some up and downs… Some wins and some loses….. Some players and coaches come and go…. It has seen A LOT!!!

Hmmm… maybe IT should do the Fly on the Wall. LOL

Speaking of gaining and losing weight (I think this fits with the topic). I have been back on the Atkins Diet for 2 wks now and I am down 9 lbs!!! YIPPPPEEE!!!!!!!

I am done with the meds that make me gain weight. I am done with the birth control methods that make me gain weight. I am done with eating my feelings!!!!  I am taking control of my body again!!! I managed to have 3 kids without adding more than 10 lbs. After I had Deanna I was on the Depo Provera shots for a year. I gained more in that year than I ever did while pregnant with the kids. I went off it after that. It had completely messed up my system and doctors thought that I would never be able to get pregnant again. HA! Thankfully they were wrong! 7 years later I had Cailey. After I had her I went on Atkins and lost 45 lbs in 3 months. I managed to keep it all off until I got pregnant with Colin. Now, I had my tubes tied AFTER having Cailey. No, I didn’t have it reversed…. So, after I had Colin, it would have been a more intense surgery for them to try to tie them again. Instead of going through all of that I used the Mirena….. BIG MISTAKE!!!! It happens that anything that disrupts my monthly… ummm… visitor, also makes me gain weight. Fun. Add on top of that the fibromyalgia, depression, and medications and you have a major weight gain.  More fun… I’m not nearly brave enough to say just how much weight I gained… Maybe one day once I can put all of  this behind me… I am still entirely too vain to put it out there. LOL But I’m trying very hard and it’s a lot of work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it isn’t. It’s an uphill battle all the way.  I don’t know if this will ultimately have anything to do with the fibro but it sure couldn’t hurt.

Wish me luck!! Send prayers!!!

Shew! It feels good to get some of that off my chest. 😉

Now for some smiles to lighten the mood!

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Sew Busy Sewing


 

 

SHEW!!! I took a break from sewing yesterday. It was just one of those days. Fibro. 

 

Here is what I have so far on the next set for Sewing to Rebuild.

 

 

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For the little rabbit, I used a template from Crafty Cupboard.   It was very easy to make. I think I might need to make a bunch in spring prints for Easter decorations!! LOL 

The only thing this set needs now is an outfit. I am thinking about making the Sunshine Days outfit in pink.  I hope to get started on it today after I get all my errands done. 

 

Look what we say the other day!!

 

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I wish the photo would show how bright and beautiful this was!! It was just behind our neighbor’s house across the street. 

 

 

Hope you are having fun sewing!!! 😀

 

 

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Vintage Coolness


I have reallllly been hating on my kitchen lately. It’s a VERY VERY VERY bright green. At first I thought THAT was the problem. Now, I’m not so sure. I think it might just be that the curtains in there are AWFUL with the bright green. So, I’ve been thinking about making over the kitchen without painting it.

I have some green gingham and some bright white fabric that will make very cute curtains (and will MATCH). Then I started thinking about how to style the kitchen. I was thinking about my bathroom as well. I think it’s a special bathroom that still has it’s original 1920’s feel with claw foot tub and stained glass (faux) window. I need to work WITH that. 😉

As I was perusing Pinterest I came upon a ton of vintage ads. PERFECT!!!! I am thinking about printing some of them out and using them in the kitchen and bathroom.  I have a couple of Norman Rockwell prints already and I am going to use those, too.

Here are a few that caught my eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few that I am thinking about using.

I am probably going to use vintage ads/prints throughout the hallways, as well. Might as well make a thing of it! 😉

 

 

Once I get the kitchen done (after the Sewing to Rebuild) I will take some pictures and show you what I come up with!

 

 

In sewing news, I am humming right along. I have another bag and toy made. Today I will be working on the clothing to go with them! I will be showing you all of them tomorrow!

 

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Monday Funnies


Since I took the day off from sewing yesterday and since Mondays are almost always Crapdays, I thought I would share a few smiles and laughs with you! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have definitely said this a few times!!! LOL

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! Don’t let the Monday get you down! 😉

 

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And Even MORE Sewing……


 

SHEW!! I have been in a sewing marathon!! LOL

This is the bag I made yesterday –

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And here is what I made to go in it –

 

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Since I don’t have any size 4 little boys I used Squiggly Twigs Designs’ Quick Pants pattern.  (I just LOVE seeing Cailey at the top of that page! LOL)

 

 

I also made a football from this tutorial –

DIY Fabric Football from Made by Joel

 

 

Here is mine –

Sewing to Rebuild 2006

 

YAY!!!! I have now made 2 toys!!! YIPPEEE!! I can’t tell you what an accomplishment that is for me!! 😀 I was so scared to try toys!!! Now, that football isn’t the best in the world but I am still proud of it and I hope the little boy that gets it will love it.

I think I may try my hand at a doll for Cailey at Christmas. Maybe…. They still scare me a little… LOL

 

Now, on to the next bag, toy and clothes!!! Hmmm… I wonder what I should pick next…..

 

HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!!

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Sewing Away!


 

I have been busy as a bee! Sewing, sewing and more sewing!! 🙂

 

Here is what I have.

 

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This little outfit will be going in the bag I made this week along with the little lamb.  It’s not much but it’s something!!

 

 

 

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I just finished this bag a few minutes ago. I plan on putting a pair of shorts or PJ pants and a stuffed ball in it. 🙂

 

 

I was watching the news last. I can’t believe all the tornadoes that were popping up. Is it just me, or does it seem like there are more than normal this year???

So thankful to be living near the mountains. I know that doesn’t make us immune from the tornadoes but I feel a bit better. I can remember living in Middle Tennessee and being scared to death by the tornado warnings that seemed to happen way too often. We had no cellar or basement and I was always making the kids get in the closet.

I think we can be sure of being safe from hurricanes this year, too. No more flooding!!

Just counting my blessings today.

 

On a lighter note…. Guess what we have here????

 

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An ICE CREAM LADY!!! WOOO HOOOO!!! That is something that we missed out on while living in the country! 😉 We’ve only managed to catch her once. The first few times she drove through too quickly. Then the kids decided that we ought to wait outside for 30 minutes before the usual time, just in case! It worked! But we haven’t seen it since. Was it something we said?? LOL Maybe she will show up today. Fingers crossed!

 

 

 

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