Owlie Cow! FREE Owl Lover 2012 Calendar

November 29, 2011 at 22:58 | Posted in Free Printables, Stimulus | Leave a comment
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Raise your hands if you love owls! And go to My Owl Barn to download the Owl Lover 2012 Calendar for FREE.

Jamie Fales

The artwork is beautiful and it is the result of a collaboration between Shivani  from My Owl Barn and 45 extraordinary artists from around the world. You can select the images you love the most and create your own calendar, or you can simply download the pre-made version.

Malathip Kriheli

Thank you Shivani!

Owlie Howly Pacifier Leash Tutorial

July 26, 2011 at 20:38 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Tutorials | 18 Comments
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If you have a pacifier baby, you know how tiring it is to pick it up from the floor every 5 or 10 minutes and have to wash it. Or how easily they disappear when you need them and the sleep deprivation doesn’t let you remember where you put it. Paloma likes her pacifier so we needed a clip or a leash, but didn’t like the ones that are in the stores. And why would I buy it if I could make it? Better yet, if I could make it using stuff I already had at home.

So I did a couple of leashes for her chupete (pacifier in Spanish) using the clips of  some lanyards Michael got at a couple of  special events and a piece of fabric. If you keep EVERYTHING and try to re-purpose EVERYTHING like me (you have a mess- hopefully an organized mess) and here it is- a use for those lanyards! It is so easy and fast that I would call this tutorial the Fast and Furious Tutorial! :)

Before we get to it, I want to give a big thank you to my friend Julieta (Emma’s mom) for the awesome pictures she took for this post. You will see next, they are amazing!

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Lanyard with clip
  • Snap Fasteners (a kit or sew on)
  • Plushie (This is optional. I used a keychain I bought at Old Navy at a Christmas Clearance in 2009. They were $1.47 each! So I bought four of them.)

Okay, Manos a la obra! Cut a 10 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ strip out of your fabric.

Fold in half lengthwise, right side together, and sew along the edge and along one of the short edges with a 1/4″ seam.

Turn the strip right side up. You can use a safety-pin – be careful if a baby is in you arms :) or just your fingers (I always use my fingers).

Iron it flat. Now disassemble the lanyard so you will only have the clip.

Fold the open edge of the fabric strip inside itself at about 1/4″ and iron flat.

Take your clip and fold the same end at about 2″ over the clip.

Pin and sew. Use your back-stitch setting in your sewing machine and sew it again to reinforce it.

Next you will install the snaps, either with the tool and a hammer or by sewing them on, at the other end of the strip at about 2″ apart.

Now get your plushie and attach it to the clip. If you are using a keychain like I did use the ring to attach them together.  I had two different clips so I am showing you both in the next picture (we took the picture before sewing the strip to the clips).

And you are done!

Attach it to your baby’s binky and go for a stroll to celebrate. We sure did it with Julieta and Emma!

I would love to see if you make one. Please share it at the Mother Crafter Project Pool!

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. This tutorial was featured at Crafty Confessions.

Owl Sun Hat – 30 Days of Creativity, Day 2

June 2, 2011 at 20:27 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | 2 Comments
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Does doing Zumba to create flatter abs count for my pledge? Oh well… I tried.

Here is what I made today for Day 2. A sunhat with a beautiful owl print fabric for Paloma. It turned out to be really, really big on her.

So I guess I will use it until she grows into it, maybe when she is a teenager. :D

Do not forget to check out the 30 Days of Creativity Pinterest page. They added my pincushion to the page for Day 1! Yay!

What did you make today?

Owl Mobile Tutorial

May 25, 2011 at 21:34 | Posted in Tutorials | 9 Comments
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I love mobiles. And I love owls (who doesn’t?). But mobiles and owls? Equals obsessive love.

To start Mother Crafter and kick off the tutorials I will share with you the mobile I made for Paloma’s diaper changing station.

To make this cute mobile, you will need the following:

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Interfacing
  • Medium size Embroidery loop (mine is 9″ and I got it at the Thrift Store for $.99)
  • 2.5 yards of ribbon
  • Yarn (any type, although one with texture adds more dimension)
  • 3″ Styrofoam ball (this will depend on the size of the loop, so adjust accordingly)
  • Fiberfill
  • Tape, scissors, fabric glue and/or hot glue gun, pins
  • Mobile Pattern

I have to admit I was too lazy to make the pattern (as a new mom I have the right to be like that sometimes, right? Right?)  so instead I  went over to The DIY Dish (follow them if you don’t already, they are awesome) to find the Look Whoooo’s Back pincushion they did at the beginning of Season 2, and I omitted the legs. Thank you Kim and Kris!

Once you have everything you need, put some happy music on, pour yourself a glass of wine (or, em,  lemonade if you are breastfeeding like me) and manos a la obra! (get to work!)

Cut 6 owls using the owl pattern from The DIY Dish. Use different colors and prints to catch baby’s attention. Apply interfacing to all the pieces to make them sturdier; if your fabric is more on the heavy side you can skip this step. Secure the wings, eyes and beak to one of the body pieces using the fabric glue.

Stitch using a zigzag stitch. Repeat with the rest of the owls until you have six completed.

Stitching wings, peek and eyes

Sew the front and back pieces, right side together with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 2″  open gap on one side. Clip the ears and the curves close to the seam, being carefully not to cut through the thread.  Turn out all the owls and stuff with the fiberfill.

Close the gap using a ladder stitch. This could be a pain (I do not like this part!) so if you are not familiar with this stitch and need some help, Melly and Me has a great tutorial that shows you how to do it.

Now decide how long you want the owls to hang from the loop and if you want them all to be the same or hang at different levels. Cut six pieces of the desired length – this is up to  you. Mine are: 8″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 14″ and 15″. Attach each ribbon to the back of the owls at about 1″ from the top, so the owls hang at an angle and the baby can see their faces.

Now attach the other end of the ribbons to the bigger loop, randomly or in increasing order if you cut them at different lengths. You might want to attach with tape first and see if you like them and then glue them on the inside so it will not be visible.

Cut 4 pieces of ribbon about 5″ long each and glue them to the smaller loop in a cross pattern. Wrap the styrofoam ball with the yarn and glue the ends of the ribbon forming a cross too. I used a pin to secure the ribbons first, so I could check that they were accurate when hanging. If you do so, please remove the pin as you glue for safety reason (you do not want that pin too close to your baby). 

Put the two loops together and add a small ribbon loop to the top of the ball. And you are… finito!

Hang in your favorite location and enjoy along with your baby! Do not forget to give it a spin for extra fun!

I hope you enjoyed this first tutorial! I want to see yours, so please upload it to Mother Crafter Project Pool Flickr account!

Please remember: Mother Crafter tutorials are for personal use ONLY. Not for resale or commercial use.

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