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  1. Hi Vanessa, Just wanted to say Thanks for this super cute idea – just what I needed to make Valentines special for my toddlers without spending a lot of $$$. Also, I wanted to let you know I added your craft idea to my list of favorite Valentines crafts πŸ™‚

  2. two things…
    1. you’re weirding me out that you know i used your pattern! what is it that you know that i don’t know?! but yes, loving your pattern. so cute. girl and i are loving the process.
    2. where did you get your “as seen on craftgossip” button? i want one!
    oh, and one more thing? love this blog.

  3. I actually was looking at your post on baby doll diapers and I scrolled down and there it was! YAY! I was so thrilled to see your daughter hard at work on something I came up with.

    I got the craftgossip button from a friends page who was also featured. I just saved a copy of the picture (right off her blog), posted the pic onto mine and turned it into a link to the site.

    So glad to hear you love my blog! It means so much.

  4. Hi Vanessa,

    I love your hearts! Thank you – I see that you’re new to blogging and so am I – I just signed up to follow your blog and was wondering if I can post about your blog on my blog – maybe we can help grow our readers. Email me if you’re interested – Thanks!

  5. I LOVE this too! I think “I” could even make this one and have it actually look pretty good! ;)Super idea!
    It would also be great for older kids to make for their parents as a gift…going to share!
    I’m also one of your “new” followers πŸ˜‰

  6. This is really cute, however, my GIRL loves Dinos, so I think I would do this in pink πŸ™‚ Where did you find the pattern for the TREX skull??

    amykandes73 at yahoo dot com

  7. I love these bags – they are so cute! I’m just learning to sew so right now I’ve been making lots of fancy burp cloths since many of our friends are having babies. I’m going to try this bag soon though – we’ll see how it looks! Thanks!

  8. I thought your dinosaur shirt was awesome…great idea – very creative and boyish way to use a ruffle. I was mentioned right along side you for my screen wreath.

    504 Main

  9. The napkin rings are so cute! Perfect colors for Summer.

    I love your blog of course, and another of my VERY favorites is Flower Patch Farm Girl. She is creative, funny, honest and talented. I read her blog every day. I know it sounds a little strange (not in a stalkery way) but she almost feels like a friend.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I love this…Always looking for something to keep my hands busy when traveling and away from my sewing machine. Could use fabric glue in this case, I’m guessing. May take a little more, but gonna try it.

  11. Great tutorial! Found you through Someday Crafts… one of my favorite blogs currently is… lots of fun things to see there!

    seaschell AT gmail DOT com

  12. You make we want to quit my job and craft full time. Oh wait, there is that whole house payment thing :>). Too bad for me.
    Super cute napkin rings.

  13. Bellissimo il tuo blog e le tue idee! Grazie mille per i tuoi tutorials! Thank you! Un saluto dall’Italia, ciao pia

  14. very cute vanessa, I seriously was just pulling fabrics yesterday thinking I should make myself one like that. Although I can probably say I won’t be making it in time for Saturday!

  15. It’s nice but how did you do it, I’ve been trying for ages to work with elastic thred and every time I finish one line the seams finishes undone
    can you explain me please

    sorry for my english


  16. @Lulux – Elastic thread can be tricky. It took me several times the very first time to get it right. For me, it seems the key is in how you wind your bobbin with the elastic thread. Too loose, and the elastic doesn’t give you the desired effect. Too tight, and your elastic thread will brake while sewing.

    First thing. Make sure you wind the bobbin by hand. (The elastic thread goes in the bobbin and normal thread on top.)

    When winding the bobbin, you need to have a little tension, but not so much that you stretch the elastic thread. Just practice winding with different tension, then sewing a bit. The wrong side of the fabric should have the elastic thread straight. (if it’s too loose there would be loops on the back).

    When you’ve got your bobbin wound with what you think is the right tension, sew a few rows on a scrap and after a couple rows you should see the fabric gather on it’s own.

    It’s all about practicing till you get it right. You’ll learn how it should feel to wind the bobbin, etc… At least it was like this for me. It can take a while, but once you get it, it’s so amazing.

    After you’ve done your shirring (sewing with the elastic thread) to your fabric, spray it with water, and stretch it out and iron it. The heat from the iron will help shrink the elastic a bit.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  17. the gift basket was so cute, still can’t believe you made the whole bear, how fun! and it was fun fabric shopping, too! πŸ™‚

  18. That’s the cutest car mat I’ve seen yet! That fabric is so perfect, I need to make one for my boys now :).

    Thanks for linking up to We Did It! Wednesday!

  19. I love any well organized take-along toy. Never know when you’ll need to pass some time with the wee ones. This is fantastic. Fabric is great and the storage for the cars is brilliant. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

  20. Girl check you out! This is so adorable! I love Riley Blake fabric and what a perfect project to use it for! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial and for linking up to Hoo’s got talent!

  21. Awww…Thanks! I’ll try to get a response post up soon. And it’s nice to know there’s another stay-at-home-mom-chemist-crafter out there. πŸ™‚

  22. Thanks so much for the award – you are too sweet! So happy you read The Cottage Home. Your blog is adorable – you have some really fab. tutorials!!

    Thanks again,

  23. Whoa, what a COOL idea. What to do with those pieces…..hmmm, there are so many possibilities!!!! You’ve totally inspired me. I’ve never seen anything like that.

  24. Jana recently wore that shirt to daycare. When the other kids commented she proceded to recite the Spicy Pony Head sketch. There were laughs all around.

  25. Sew glad you had sew much fun! Forgive the puns!

    It took me a while to get my serger out of the box too. But once I did – I love it! It makes so many things so much faster!

    Look forward to seeing what other fun projects you work on!

  26. so cute vanessa. I love the fabrics you picked for both her dresses! She looks so cute in them. πŸ™‚ I have yet to make another one, just made view c for emily and haven’t blogged on it yet. oh well!

  27. Oh! Oh! That purple bag is to die for! My favorite color. I love the one strap design too. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    foreignquang at gmail dot com

  28. My dear, your color choices are the cats meow. Lov it!!. Really cute pattern to. Maybe I’ll add some dangley beadey things too. Hope I win, but good luck to all of you!

  29. Your son has great taste in fabric! And that backpack pattern is the best! It’s one of my go-to items when I need to whip up a cute birthday gift.

  30. So cute!!! –Both your son and the backpack. I love the color combo. The brown piping looks so great. I have the pattern but have been afraid to try it because piping is scary to me!
    Great job!

  31. Hello, I am intrigued by the freezer paper technique. Do you paint over the design and the paint goes through the paper? I looked at the other posts about it but I must be more visual than I realized. I think it is such a good idea for gifts. Can you tell me a little more how this is done?

    Thank you.

  32. really cute! love that plaid. And it’s good to see the hat fits, I was curious if the bigger size would still fit Natalie. πŸ™‚

  33. That’s very similar to the recipe I use (from the back of the brown sugar bag), just a little less flour and brown sugar. Love them!

  34. ooh I LOVE that hat! I’ve been drooling over that pattern ever since I first saw it, and wondered if it turned out as cute in real life as it looks on the front of the pattern (I see that it does!!!)

    Awesome!!! πŸ™‚

  35. I don’t suppose you’d consider posting a pattern? I’ve been trying to make a dino for my little girl for ages now but I am very bad at sewing and I can’t work out how to do the gusset.

  36. Great idea! My daughter has a blanket she got as a baby and has loved it a little to much, I think I will paint it on the wall.. great idea with the grid… I was wondering how you got it so perfect, I think I can do it!

  37. very cool Vanessa! You did such a great job. Did your kids want to paint their painting on the walls now too? πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see the rest of your projects.

  38. If I had a little girl, I’d take the can can skirt pattern for sure, but since I have boys, I’d choose the rolie polie. Great giveaway! Email is in my blog profile.

  39. Awesome. I’ve been meaning to update the dresser in the baby-man’s room, but haven’t gotten around to it, yet. Maybe I’ll have to encorporate this into my fiendish plans…..

  40. So the contact paper really doesn’t peel the paint off? Wow. If so, I must try this one. I don’t have japanese fabrics but I do have a nice collection of vintage sheets I have a har time cutting into.

  41. excellent! I am making a few different kinds of headbands for my friend for christmas – and this will be a perfect addition to the mix. Thank you!!

  42. The pancakes look great, but the snow looks AMAZING! I will take the snow please! It will be wet where I am in SC all year except for the days that are cold enough to snow, those days are almost always sunny….

  43. Gorgeous Christmas dress!I will have to check out that pattern for my 2yo.

    They will look soooo cute in matching dress and tie – now if only I had thought of that – a tie would be much easier to make for my 5yr old, but alas I still have his Christmas shirt to pull together.

  44. Love the Rollie Pollie chairs, you did a GREAT JOB. Thanks for all of those game suggestions, besides memory we don’t have any of them. I will definitely have to look into them.

    all you other gifts look great too!

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  45. That pic is SO amazing! I had to stare at it for just a bit—LOVE how the tie EXACTLY blends into the dress during that sweet, sweet kiss! Such a keeper!!!

  46. Such a fun idea and easy. I did this last Valentines Day with a heart shaped muffin tin. It turned out super cute. It’s a fun activity to do with the kids. Takes me back to the shrinkiedink days.

  47. I would love to wear this with all of my tank tops, I am as pale as they come and I look to cheerful colors and patterns to add some warmth to my skin. This is a Beautiful cowl and I thank you for the opportunity to win this πŸ™‚
    Good luck to all who enter.

    gerberdaisy1717 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  48. I also was told you could do this with the candy trays for fun shapes and designs. also i was told you can do this in a big long cookie sheet and then while they are still hot but cooled off a little put a cookie cutter and cut it. don’t take it out until it is completely cooled and then pop the extra around it and the shapes come out nice and clean. Do you know if you can do that or not?

  49. You are so talented. I found your tuturiol on the endless scarf and I plan to make one this wk. Found you on the Tatertots and Jello blog. I’m now following you, I hope you’ll come on by and follow me back.

  50. @Kari – I’ve never tried either way you mentioned. I’m sure the candy trays would work, but I wouldn’t put them in the oven (I’d pour the melted crayon in). I’d be curious to know how well the cookie cutters work. Let me know if you try it.

  51. Awesome tutorial and explanation… I have tried these two things with my freezer paper shirts and they worked great…

    1. For a faded/aged look use acrylic paint, it’s permanent and works great!

    2. You can print directly onto your freezer paper (non-plastic coated side), by cutting your freezer paper to the right size and putting it through your printer… this saved a TON of time!

  52. You don’t know how timely this post is – I have a long-sleeved shirt and some fabric on hand to make one of these, but have been too scared to try it on my own. Now I can follow your tutorial and get it finished! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  53. Both my kids love Curious George and I think I would use it to make a library bag for them!
    jessmusumarra(at)hotmail(dot) com

  54. I am always trying to find fun things to make for my son (making things for my daughter is easy!) I just finished my first vest and bow tie combo, and I think this would make a cute vest! Although, I could see a small blanket, or soft blocks with this too. What a perfect print for a boy!!!

  55. I’m not sure what it would become, perhaps a new pillow for my little boy’s bed or, the center for a quilt. All I know, is that as we were looking at this post, he gasped and said “George!”… he’s pretty easy to please!

  56. The fabric is so cute! I can think of so many things to make with it for my little guy! I’d probably make a storage bin for him or a new backpack! His is all torn up!

  57. Such a cute print! I’d use it to make a fun backpack for my little guy to use when he starts school this fall. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  58. Could this be any cuter???!?? how have I missed it? I would use it for a baby quilt (backing?) for a dear friend. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net


  59. Pretty pretty fabric! My 5yo nephew has a jungle themed room and his best friend is his stuffed animal called Meneer Aap (Mr. Ape in Dutch). I would make a pillow and/or a PJ for Meneer Aap.

  60. I was thinking backpack, but I just Kimminita’s post and pjs for my son’s monkey “Ooo-Eee” sounds perfect! Maybe just pants so he and Ooo-Eee can match. πŸ™‚

  61. I love the fabric! I think I would make some newborn pants for my sister who is due in a few more months. She has a girl, and lots of girl clothes.

  62. I have to ask…I have done many of these and have tried many different heat setting to iron the paper on the fabric, but sadly most of the time I get color bleeding under the paper leaving not so perfect lines. I have tried a paintbrush, the sponge, doing very thin layers to avoid soaking it with too much paint at once, etc. Any ideas would be amazing as it frustrates me to no end!

  63. A whole yard?! So generous of you. I would absolutely be making a little kid pillow along with a matching quilt (one side would be minky!) for my best friend’s brand new baby – they waited to find out and it was a Boy!

  64. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOo…ok, I like the first commenter’s idea to make a library bag.

    My first thought is to make cool pillow cases for my 1year old. We use simple (aka boring) sheets, and make our pillowcases fun and colorful. He’d love having George in his bed!

  65. I’m planning on making my son a bean bag chair for his 2nd birthday, so I would use the fabric for part of that. he is a BIG george fan, so he would LOVE this!

    caitlindye (at) yahoo (dot) com

  66. I am not sure what I would use it for. Possibly clothes for a stuffed animal, a sack to carry things around in, or a cute baby ball. There are so many choices.

  67. Liz – I usually use a cotton heat setting when I iron down my freezer paper. I’ve also found if I move remove the freezer paper and iron it down again it doesn’t give me nice edges so leave it down once down. Also you need to make sure the paint is dry before you remove the freezer paper – otherwise you can get some bleeding on the edges as you lift the paper. My other suggestion is that they’re may be too much paint or you are lifting the paper with your brush near the edges while painting. When painting the edges use strokes that go from the outside-in (so from on the freezer paper to where you want the paint). That way you won’t lift it at the edges. Hope these suggestions help!

  68. How cute! I love how you say “the tiara was just hand sketched onto some freezer paper” as if we all had freehand sketching skills!

    I really enjoy your ideas for transfers and stamps. I have two young boys so I am always looking for fun ways to spice up simple clothes and accessories. Keep up the great work!

  69. I LOVE this! I would totally make it for myself as well! I bet it would make a great daddy diaper bag if it were bigger. I’m expecting a baby in a couple of months, and I wonder if I could make a bigger version for daddy to carry, and a smaller, matching version for my almost 3 year old son to carry around? He’d love it, and he could carry his own things in it, thus freeing up the diaper bag I currently use for his little sister on the way.

  70. This is great! I love messenger bags to begin with and I love that this one is perfect for boys. I like the use of grommets as decoration. I think I know a certain sewing studio in S. Mpls that would love to have this as a class during the summer (before school starts). πŸ˜‰

  71. I have two young boys, and I think that the fabric would make a great messenger bag or two (I’m thinking of a cross between yours and Steffanie’s scavenger bag) – just the thing for those curious boys of mine who like to collect / take along all manner of stuff!

  72. My boys love curious George! What cute fabric! What to make…? I’ll have to think on that one! Something for them all to share… Cute blog BTW!

  73. Oh!!! My little Bro will LOVE this!!! He loves curious George!!! πŸ™‚
    I’m thinking either PJ’s [borring, I know] or maybe a treasure sack with a draw string!!! Oh, the possibilities are endles!!! πŸ˜‰

  74. My little man would love this fabric with all those animals. πŸ™‚ He love’s monkeys as well, so it will be perfect to make as his little pillow.

    Adin B

  75. Oh, it’s so cute! I love to make drawstring bags for the boys’ toys, so that’s what I would use it for. It would coordinate well with the sky blue walls in the play room! Thanks for the chance!

  76. Whatever I made with it, I’d have to make two, one item for each laddie. Maybe a new bed pillow (as the other ones are wearing out), a grain bag to keep them warm and I’d try to eek out a pair of jammie pants – could I do all of that with one yard?

  77. I love this material and I would like to make a messenger bag for my nephew, who’s name is also Connor. He has a new baby brother and could help Mom carry his things when they go out!! Thank you for the great ideas!!

  78. Like most kids, my older son loves Curious George. Being two, I think he’s ready for a wallet and I’d love to make one. With the left over fabric, we’d line a courier bag for him to take to the library.

  79. Hi there! So excited to see the messenger bags. Just this week I thought about making messenger bags for my little nephews. Now the CG fabric…I have been reading CG to my oldest nephew since he was a baby. Would love this fabric to make a project with him and get him into sewing. I’m thinking journal cover and pencil case.
    Thanks again

  80. I would make our sweet little grandson a cute pillowcase from it, and give him a Curious George book to go with it for bedtime story time! He already has the wonderful Curious George/Jack Johnson soundtrack from the movie! This would be the perfect addition!

  81. My son is 3. We are planning on buying him a twin size bed very soon. No more toddler bed πŸ™‚ I am planning making a quilt for his new bed. This fabric would look adorable in a quilt!

  82. I’m now a follower of your blog… LOVE the messenger bag pattern. It will be a fun project to add to my long list. πŸ™‚

    I’m expecting my first baby in June– a little boy, and I’m just gushing over everything I see that would be cute for him. this Curious George fabric would be the cutest little quilt for his crib!

  83. Really, really cute! I don’t see a ton of boy craft ideas, so I love this – perfect for everyone! I love his final picture – it’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  84. I’m a follower! I love your tutorials and recipes (though I think I already have the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe ever myself! I smell a cook-off coming on around here…)

  85. I know just what you mean. It takes more hunting to find just the right fabric for boys. I made a few of the LBB hoodies for my guys last fall and the boys still love them. Your shark fabric is so cool!
    I was just checking out your carved stamp post yesterday, btw. Those designs would look great on fabric too!

  86. I have a grandson who loves Curious George and I would make him a special pillowcase to use when he came to visit at Nana’s for the night!

  87. I’ve got the panel of fabric that was put out awhile back to make a fabric Curious George book. My sil loves and collects Curious George stuff so I’m going to make a quilt out of the panel, and your blue block fabric would make a great pillowcase to go with it!

  88. Oooo this fabric is so cute!!
    I would make my very first project ever… not sure what though, I’ll have to keep reading this blog LOL
    I’m a new follower too keisharooATgmailDOTcom

  89. I think it’s perfectly fine, just like it is. I would work on clouds on a new painting and give this to your husband, just because. I think you are actually quite a good painter. Much better than me ;).

      • Is it possible to do this without a sewing machine? Can it be sewn by hand? I don’t have a sewing machine and I don’t know anyone that has one! And I really want to make one of these!

        • There are plenty of tutorials out there for making these without a sewing machine. Just Google no sew candy wrapper pouch. It involves a stapler. πŸ™‚

  90. I adore playdoh and made it so often when my kids were young. Only difference – instead of food colouring use a packet of koolaid and you get colour PLUS the wonderful smell!

  91. I love this fabric!! I have two HUGE Curious George fanatics in this house… I think it would perfect to make a library book tote for the little guys!!

  92. OOhh very cute fabric – I could use it for so many things – quilt for my new nephew due in a couple of weeks or a book bag for my boys for library books or really cute pockets on some boys pants.