Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FY14 Charity Sewing Challenge: JULY Items SENT

In just a few minutes I'll be mailing off the very first box of completed items for my FY14 Charity Sewing Challenge.

This group (as most) is off to the Fluff Project.

Six dinosaurs!!!

I'm so happy to have them done and off to their new home.

I'm also happy to report all the fabric used was from the 12 lb fabric remnant box.  I used all the batiks in the box.  Ok, not all of it, but as much as I could.  There is still a nice little pile but none of the pieces are large enough to make a full (same color) dinosaur.  The felt for the teeth and the pom pom eyeballs are from my stash.

Show us those adorable toothy grins!!

I'm not sure if the one dinosaur is technically a batik.  I think it might be more of a hand dyed (that blue one there on the right).  But his belly is batik and he's super cute so what does it really matter?

Two of them are stuffed really tight and firm, the rest are more smooshy.  I prefer the slightly smooshier way.  Two of them also have small pom pom eyes.  I like both small and medium pom poms for the eyes but the small pom poms are annoying to sew.  I would have just used all medium sized for everyone but I didn't realize I had used small until I was fighting with them and wondering why it was so annoying.  But by then I was committed to using them so I just powered through.

The pom pom eyes are sewn on, so they should be sturdy enough for kids, but not babies.

The pattern calls for a row of spikes down the back but after I made a few of these I liked them without the spikes so I left them off.  I think just doing that helped keep me on track.  Honestly, the thought of having one more step to get these done was disheartening.  I already feel like I took forever to finish these.

The pattern is from the book "Wee Wonderfuls" by Hillary Lang.

I think I'm going to keep a running list along the side of my blog to see what all I make.  Along with these dinosaurs, I also used some of the fabric to make some quilt squares for a swap.

SO, what's up for next month?


I already have three tails cut and prepared.  I just need to stitch them together.  I also have the fabric tea dyed for the bodies (it turned out really well).  Tonight I'm hoping to get the bodies made.  Again, all the fabric is from the 12 lb Remnant Box.  I'll have to make a post about tea dyeing at another time, maybe when I show off the mermaids?

Along with the mermaids I'm going to try and make a few sea horses.  They whip up really fast and I think I need a fast project to get a better feeling of accomplishment.  I have all that fabric and I haven't even made a dent in it yet!

Ok, time to run off to the post office.

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  1. Oh my gosh, those are just too cute. Thanks for linking up.

  2. Oh, these are just so adorable!! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  3. freakin adorable! and a great use for Batiks, they look like scales :) love it!

  4. Love those dinosaurs, very fierce (in a cute way)!