Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Handmade Holidays

I know I'm a day or two late for Kathy's Handmade Holidays, but you know what they say, better late than never.

One of the little Sweetpea's birthday is on Saturday and she is getting this dolly from Mimi and Grandpa, along with a few other things. So I made a little doll blanket to go with her.
Since I was at my sewing machine, I decided to whip up a couple of twirly skirts for two little girls I know who love to twirl.

One thing led to another and pretty soon there were some fancy tights, a turtleneck and a pin that could also be used as a hair doodle.

We learned how to make this fun pin (or hair doodle) at an Enrichment Night at our church last month. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps. First you cut some strips of fabric (about 15 inches long) and some rounds of felt. The felt can be whatever size you want the pin to be. These are kind of small because they're for kind of small people.

Then you fold the fabric and sew or glue it.

Next take your glue gun and put a dot of glue on the felt in the very middle of the circle. Starting in the middle, fold, scrunch and glue around and around until all the felt is covered. Then you put bactine on all your glue gun burns.

You can embellish the middle with anything you want. Buttons, rhinestones, Christmas doodads. Whatever. I've been wearing this one on my jean jacket. I get compliments wherever I go.

Or you could attach it to a bag or pin it to a headband and wear it in your hair.

They're fun and easy and practically free to make. Thanks for hosting Handmade Holidays, Kathy.


GRAMS said...

I love those.. both the skirt and especially the flowers. You need to teach me how to make them. My girls would love them.

Julie Harward said...

Very cute Mimi! I love the sweet dolls face..and that twirly skirt is just too sweet! Love the leggins with it! What did we ever do before hot glue guns? Amazingly cute! Hope the fingers get better! Come say hi :D

Kathleen Grace said...

Some of my sweetest memories are of the clothes my grandmother made for me when I was little. I still have most of the dresses and I dressed my own little girls in them! They always got so many compliments in church when they wore them. I am sure your grandaughters will love these pretty outfits hand made by a grandmother who loves them. I love the pin, I need to try making some! Thanks for linking up Mimi!

Scrap for Joy said...

My Mom used to make a lot of my doll's clothes and they were always so much better than the "store-bought" ones! The things that you've made are so cute (love twirley skirts!!!)(Gosh, I need a granddaughter!!) I love your fabric flowers...sorry about the burns. The gift from your neighbor was truly special. Yeah, that would be some pressure there. Joyce

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

Talk about dang cute Mimi! I'm seeing lots of fun RED!
Always love to see what your creating.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh... what a good Mimi you are. These things are going to thrill the little ones "who love to twirl". : )
And thanks so much for sharing the how-to!
I can't get over the adorable "neighbor gift" in post below. Wow!! No pressure, right?? : )
Happy Holidays to you, Mimi Sue.
Mary Lou

Aubrey said...

cute stuff, mimi. are those twirly skirts easy to make, too?

Brenda said...

Hi Mimi!

Your creations are adorable! I love the twirly skirt! It's always fun to visit you! Thanks for your inspiration! Have a great weekend!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I wish my girls were still little enough to wear a skirt and tights like this. The little pin is adorable, and I love your comment about bactine :-) I'm always burning myself with the glue gun. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ginger said...

Mimi you are so talented. I wish I could sew like you do.
I love all the little girlie things you made.
One of my little sweet pea's birthdays is today too.
Merry Christmas if I don't get back by during the week.

Lallee said...

How adorable are those twirly skirts with those socks????? I hope we'll get pics of the girls wearing them later. The corsages are wonderful. Add them to my long, long, long list of things I'd love to make!

Annie said...

The dresses were a big hit at church today! Everyone thought the sweet peas looked adorable.