Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween: Spooktacular Bandit Bat Plushie Tutorial

Ever spend so much time on Pinterest that you feel compelled to just make something? This happened to me last week. I was so overcome with the need to make something that I went fabric shopping during my lunch break after finding Gleeful Things' Halloween Bat Plushie Tutorial. I used the PDF template from Julie's tutorial and modified it to look a little more like Udder's Bandit Bat. This project took a total of 1 hour but I think I can make this faster now that I have completed one. Enjoy and have fun creating this fun little plushie bat! It's makes for a great, inexpensive Halloween gift.

Materials Needed
-Flannel in black and white (I bought 10 inch pieces from Beverly's)
-Coordinating cotton fabric 
-Embroidery floss + embroidery needle
-Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

1. Cut. Download, print and cut out the template pieces from Gleeful Things. Make any desired modifications to body shape or face shape. Use template to cut out your fabric pieces. You should have 2 body pieces (Mary's modification: 2 head pieces and 2 lower body pieces sewn together), 2 wing pieces, 2 sets of ear pieces, 1 bandit face mask (Mary's modification), 2 eye pieces.

2. The face. Sew head and lower body pieces together. Using a zigzag stitch, attach the bandit mask to the face. Attach the eyes to the bandit mask using the zigzag stitch. Embroider any desired details onto the face. I added a little mouth and X's on the eyes.
Note: I didn't add the face details until the end but it would be smarter to add this now.

3. The ears. Sew ear pieces right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Flip ears inside out. Top stitch around the edges. I added a couple of extra stitches for added detail. Fold ears in half and pin in place to create a crease.

4. The wings. Sew wings pieces right side together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 2 inch spot at the top so you can turn it right side out.

5. Lightly stuff the wings to give them a thing layer of poofiness. Don't stuff too much or else the next step will be quite difficult. You just want a thin even layer of stuffing. Top stitch around the edge of the wings to seal in the stuffing and close up the hole.

6. Using a chalk pencil, draw lines going to all points on the wings. Top stitch over those lines. The result should look like the photo below.

7. The body. Attach the wings to the middle of the back side of the body with a single stitch.

8. Pin the ears in place at the top of the head. Roll the wings up and pin the rights sides of the body together. This part is a little tricky since the wings are stuffed.

9. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the body pieces right sides together leaving a small hole so you can flip it right side out.

10. Stuff the body and sew up the hole. Now admire your handy work and have fun playing or gifting your new bat plushie.

[I love how the wings wrap around the body.]

Thank you for sharing this fun tutorial, Julie! Parker loves his new bat plushie.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween: Custom Toddler Fox Cape Costume

It's hard to do everything by yourself. Sometimes, when life throws you curve balls, you just can't do everything that you intend. It's in those moments that you call on your friends. When those moments come during October and you have absolutely no time or energy to make a custom fox costume, you let your crazy friend who knows how her way around a sewing machine take over. I had such a fun time making this adorable little fox cape for my (fairy) goddaughter using this pattern from HelloDearKids. The only thing I didn't like about the pattern is that it didn't include a seam allowance so I had to free hand a little with the pattern cutting. Otherwise, it was pretty simple and the instructions that came with the pattern were excellent. The material used in the instructions was minky which I'm not a fan of. I used orange and white flannel for the outer layer to give the cape a little more heaviness and shape and a cotton print for the lining. It took me 3 hours to make this from beginning to end. The pattern goes up to size 6T.

Thanks for letting me make this amazing little cape for P. She's going to look amazing in it. It was made with love (there are even little hearts on the lining!) by her fairy godmother.

[I had some material leftover so I created a detachable tail because what's a cute fox without a fluffy tail? I free handed a tail shape using the orange flannel, added some white details for the tip, stuffed it with poly and attached a little elastic loop so I could attach it to the button I added on the back of the cape.]

[I love the lining fabric. Tuan actually picked it out at Joanns! Good eye, Husband.]

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Plans: Waterfront Pumpkin Patch Oct 19

Happy Friday! Wooo hooo we have made it through another week. There are so many fun Fall activities happening around San Diego this weekend. After missing two Saturdays in a row, I'm glad I can spend the full weekend with my favorite guys. Saturday we will be snapping some photos for a couple of exciting giveaways I have planned and Sunday we will be heading downtown to check out the Waterfront Pumpkin Patch. They are giving away free pumpkins while supplies last. If you haven't been to the Waterfront Park downtown yet, you need to go check it out. The playground is AMAZING and the water features are pretty cool too (though I personally would not go in). Tuan and I checked it out after our dinner date at Ruth's Chris. The lawn is perfect for running around on and the park has fantastic views of the Star of India. Hope we see some of you out and about this weekend!

Don't forget about the Citrus Lane Giveaway I posted yesterday!

[For more info about this event visit the event Facebook page]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway: Citrus Lane 2 Month Subscription

Hey Mamas! I have an exciting giveaway to share with you. Citrus Lane is a giving away a 2 month subscription of their awesome boxes. For those who are not familiar, Citrus Lane is a service that delivers toys, books, goodies and other essentials to your door step monthly. The boxes are filled with high quality items from brands like Zoli, Boon, Tiny Love to name a few. Some of the items Parker has received in past boxes are still our favorites. To see my review of some of our past boxes check out these posts.

July Citrus Lane Review

August Citrus Lane Review

Citrus Lane does a great job of curating age appropriate items that you may not even know that you needed. Click on the link below to enter the giveaway for a free 2 month subscription to this great service.

Halloween: The Perfect Zombie Tee for the Dad in Your Life

How perfect is this Walking Dad shirt? It works for Walking Dead fans who happen to be dads, dads who are always tired and feel like zombies (ahem ahem Tuan) and would be the perfect, hip, lazy man's Halloween costume. Just add a little blood, a pair of ripped jeans and you are set! 

[The Walking Dad tee from Still Rad]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy 3 Year Anniversary - A Public Loveletter for Tuan

Three years ago I put on a white dress and married my best friend. We stood in front of God, our friends and family and promised to love each other unconditionally until death do us part. It's unbelievable how quickly this last year has gone by and how our relationship has changed since Parker has come into our lives. More playdates at the park and parties that end at 9 PM, less drinking and late nights out. More night time diaper changing and bottle making, less sex. More time spent planning Parker's meals, less time cooking gourmet meals for two. More time at the zoo, no time spent traveling abroad. Parenthood has certainly changed who we are and our priorities but I wouldn't have it any other way. Tuan, you are an incredibly hands-on dad and the best partner I could ask for. Thanks for making Friday coffee date nights a priority and for always being here for me and Parker. 

Love you always,


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Conversation with My Toddler: Clean Up

Saturday morning, while I was getting ready to head out for the wedding I was coordinating, Parker did the most amazing thing. Tuan was out grabbing breakfast and filling my gas tank, I was in the bathroom putting make up on while Parker played in his room. After a couple of minutes, he came running into the bathroom yelling, "Mommy! Mommy!" I followed him back to his room where he pointed at the shelf were we keep all this superheroes and said, "Iron Man!" I handed him Iron Man and he said, "More more." So I gave him Thor and the Hulk and said, "Parker can you play for Mommy while I get ready?" I left him in his room and went back to putting make up on. I could hear him crashing around in his room talking to himself. Five minutes later he came back into the bathroom and said, "Yay!!" and pulled me into his room. To my surprise he had put all his superheroes back on the shelf in a cute little row. He was so proud of himself for cleaning up and I gave him a big hug because I was so proud of him for acting like a big boy. 

Looks like someone has picked up his Dad's neat freak tendencies. He impresses me with how much he knows every day.

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