Roo's Casa

December 30, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Christmas, Gifts, House Stuff, Sewing

We really needed new placemats, so I decided to make my own.  The first one is an idea I have been thinking about for the kids. It is a placemat with a pocket to hold silverware.  I cut three different layers all being 13x 18. Two of the layers were the outside fabrics that you can see and the third layer was some flannel.  The pocket  was 4.5×4.5 with two pieces sewn together and then turned right side out.  I stitched the pocket down onto the placemat near the bottom right hand corner.  Make sure to only stitch around 3 sides.  I put the needle in the very right position and then stitched following the outside of the foot.  Next sew the three layers together with the two outer fabrics right sides together and then the flannel.  Stitch around the layers using a 1/4 inch stitch. Make sure you put the needle back into the center position.  Leave an opening about 3 inches to turn the placemat.  Once the placemat is turned right side out, stitch around the outer edges with the needle at the far right and follow the foot again.  The only thing I would do differently next time is to place the pocket further down into that right hand corner. 

For the Christmas placemats, I cut the fabric layers to 17.5×12.5 and sewed just as I did above but without a pocket.  The kids really like the pockets so I will need to make more with pockets.  

One more thing to add is that I used scraps for the pocket placemat and it turns out that the red fabric is polyester or something because it started to melt!  I need to be sure to use better fabric next time.

other: 12.5×17.5


Star Wars Shrinky Dinks
December 30, 2009, 2:17 am
Filed under: Christmas, Gifts, Holidays, Kids

I saw this really cool idea on Roots and Wings Co. and just had to make them.  Check it out on their website for the complete instructions. I might just  make mine into ornaments.  I also got the Star Wars fonts to write the kids’ names from here. I used Starvader. 

Things I learned to remember for next time:

1.  I liked tracing with a Sharpie onto the shiny side and then coloring with pencils on the back side.  

2.  Place the Sharpie side up in the oven because it sticks.  

3.  I am not sure why some of the designs got deformed looking. Something to figure out for next time.

Cupcake Ornament
December 30, 2009, 2:09 am
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Sewing

My nieces used to love cupcakes. I totally missed the boat on making these ornaments for them, but better late than never, right?  I couldn’t find a template I liked so I just drew it myself.  First, I traced two white cupcake tops and two rectangular brown bottoms; both made from felt.  Then on one side of the cupcake top, I stitched on a loop of green ribbon with the red button stitched on at the same time.  Next, I took a very thin beading needle and sewed on all of the seed beads.   After that I stitched the top of the cupcake from the front to the brown bottom and did the same for the back side pieces.  I used floss for this.  The very last step was to stitch the front to the back using the floss. I had to switch from brown to white as I went around.  This ended up being pretty easy and took about an hour.

Tie Doll Blankets
December 26, 2009, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Kids

These tie blankets were gifts my nieces to use with their dolls. I cut two pieces of fleece 19×21.5.  Then I cut one inch fringe all the way across going down 3 inches. The only problem I had making these was that I had a half an inch in there so it kind of messed them up a little bit on the edges.  Anyway, I cut 3 inches deep so on the corners you can cut down 3 inches and 3 inches over. You should also lay something heavy or place tape across the blanket to mark when to stop cutting for the fringe. You can see I used a heavy metal ruler 3 inches in as my mark. Don’t worry about that part if it doesn’t make sense because the corners will just be cut out on their own as you cut your fringe.  After all of the fringe is cut, then you knot the bottom and top fringe pieces together all the way around.   You could also buy one of those pillow kits from a craft store to do this and use it as a blanket instead of a pillow.

Elastic Bookmark
December 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts

I made this elastic bookmark for my husband who loves German things.  The charm is made from a shrinky dink and has the German eagle on it.  All you  need is 15 inches of elastic and a charm.  Go to Whimsy Love to learn how to make them.  That is where I found this great idea.

Barbie Snuggie
December 26, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Kids, Sewing

I gave my nieces some Snuggies for Christmas and thought that this Barbie Snuggie was perfect to go along with them.  The directions are found on Sharon Sews.  It was pretty easy to make. The first one I hand sewed most of it, but I was running out of time so ended up sewing the rest by machine.  One thing I made a mistake on was making the sewing machine stitches small.  I was thinking small like a Barbie, but the fleece was stretchy so I had to have a longer stitch so that it didn’t stretch.  I did end up sewing all of the sleeves on by hand and then all of the sides with the machine.

Christmas Eve 2009 Dinner
December 26, 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Christmas

1. Mom’s cheeseball with crackers-I don’t eat my mom’s cheeseball.

2. Mom’s spinach mushrooms-not so good. Too much spinach

3. Tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa-good

4. Taquitos-good

5.  Deviled eggs-couldn’t eat them

6. Mom’s chicken wings-yum, but like them hot rather than cold

7. Potato chips and onion dip- yum

8. Veggie tray- good, but healthy so I didn’t each much of it.

9. Shrimp- couldn’t eat it

10. Fudge- good

11. Bruschetta- this wasn’t very good this year. Not sure if it was the bread or what. I got it from King’s.