tutorial: stuffed hedgie

090802 01 finished

I’ve been a bit busy hanging out with the family, so I haven’t made anything recently. This project is from a little bit ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. It’s a stuffed hedgehog made from a car-washing mitt that I got at Dollar Tree. I posted a step-by-step here, but by no means did I think of this myself. All credit goes to Darling Petunia and her tutorial here. The only variation was that I embroidered the eyes. So cute! I named him Hedgie (’cause I’m creative like that).

First step was to get the mitt from the dollar store. I had seen the Darling Petunia blog post a while ago when it was featured on Dollar Store Crafts over here. So I had actually been holding onto this mitt since June. Snipped off the wrist and thumb and then pulled out the sewing supplies.

090802 04 eyes

I had looked for black buttons, but sheesh! Buttons are expensive. I ended up just embroidering on eyes just with black floss, just eyeballing their placement (har har … I’m so punny).

Then came the harder stuff. First up: sewing it up. After the eyes were on, the mitt was flipped inside out and I drew lines, forming a triangle to make its nose. Sewed that shut, leaving the thumb hole open. Once the wrist was sewn into a triangle (and some of the excess material snipped off), it got flipped right-side out and stuffed. Then the thumb hole was blind-stitched closed. Is it called a blind stitch? Like with closing pillows? That’s what I’ve always called it because that’s what my mother calls it … but who knows.

Unfortunately though I had finished the sewing, I wasn’t done because it looked a bit funky. The mitten shape was a little weird, asymmetrical because it was meant to fit a hand, so the poor hedgehog was a bit wonky. The square picture shows how it was, with the weird corners, and the second picture shows the hedgehog’s underside once I fixed it. I just blind-stitched a bunch around the edge to smooth out all those weird bumps, giving it a nice rounded edge. Then the very last step was to sew on a black pom-pom to serve as his nose, and voila! Hedgie is born.

090802 09 sheep

We had some family friends over today and their little boy V is about two years old. He’s such a cutie. Anyway, I had put this hedgehog in the storage room that has all my stuff from school and V, being curious, started rummaging around in there. When he found the hedgehog (although he called it a rat) … it was so cute! He played with it and this sheep that we had. Absolutely adorable. Also, I’m working on a new blog layout, which I hope to be up within the week. It’s been taking a while though because while I know HTML, CSS is a bit new to me.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

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project supplies + updates

Whew. I really need to stop beginning projects and then storing them away … where they tend to sit for a really long time while I begin other projects. Oh well. My class ends tomorrow, so I’m going to have a lot of free time to start finishing up these things. I constantly browse CraigsList because I love seeing what other people are trying to get rid of and sometimes I find really good deals. Case in point: stuffing!

090706 01 cluster stuff

Three full bags of Cluster Stuff, a total of 48 ounces, all for $5! Sweet. I generally work with poly-fil, but I figured it was all kind of the same, right? Well, cluster stuff is definitely different, but it works find for my little projects. Poly-fil is more clumpy, but this stuff is like a lot of little curls. Now I need to add projects to my list to use up all this stuff!

090706 02 shopping

With stuffing crossed off my list, I made a trip to Michael’s. There, I picked up some 2 mm black leather cording (yay for 40% off coupon!), 1″ diameter wooden disks, and some metallic-y pink ribbon that was on sale. There was a Dollar Tree nearby, so I stopped in, but all I could really find were some birthday cards. Eh, I can always use more of those. Then I went to Hancock Fabrics and got a yard of gray fleece that was 30% off. So all in all only spent about $25. Fabulous.

Well, before I got started on using those supplies, I figured I had to finish some of the lingering ones. First up, the little pouches that I had been making. Now I have six, neatly hanging on my door (next to my beautiful scarves). I’m debating whether I should make more or not. Eight would be a nice number, and I do need more places to put all my odds and ends, but do I really have the time to hand-stitch two more? I’ll have to mull that one over. Then comes the embroidery I’ve been working on (off and on) for the last month. I could probably work forever on the thing, but i decided to stop. It’ll probably become a pillow, but it needs some sort of border thing. But at least it’s out of the hoop now, which will allow me to start another embroidery ….

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

shopping trip

090613 01 table

I bought a new table! It’s originally from Ikea, but I bought it off CraigsList for a mere $13. Superb. So, from now on my pictures are probably going to look a lot prettier with the white tabletop as the background instead of my nasty carpet. And I’ll have a dedicated workspace for crafting (no more floor, yay!) Hopefully now my back and neck won’t hurt so much.

This morning I woke up early (around 10 AM) and went garage sale-ing. There were a few things that caught my eye, but nothing enough to tempt me to buy. Since I was in the area I stopped by Dollar Tree (a different one than last weekend) and picked up some cheap dollar goodness. I’m lucky, right? I have two Dollar Trees to choose from, and though they have a lot of the same stuff, they do have some unique things. Afterwards I drove a few streets over to Goodwill and picked up a few more things. I took two pictures (the second after I had cleaned things up and added some mood lighting … lol). Oh, and my memory card reader worked again! What a fickle thing.

from Dollar Tree:

  • green car wash mitt ($1)
  • woven basket ($1)
  • orange votive candle holders ($1)

from Goodwill:

  • wooden square frame ($1)
  • green square glass container ($2)

090613 04 basket

The basket went to the kitchen to hold my potatoes. Hm … those potatoes don’t look so great, I wonder how long I’ve had them. Guess I’m going to be cooking potatoes tomorrow. Today was so productive! I got home around 2 PM and then I did laundry, vacuumed the apartment, and took out the trash. Tonight I’m going to start my homework due Monday and prepare for my interview on Monday (my second official interview – wish me luck) and tomorrow morning my roommate S and I are going grocery shopping. Whew, what a weekend!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

shopping trip

090608 01 dollar store

Who loves the Dollar Tree? Uh, that would be me and any other sane person in the world. It’s so much fun to just browse around there. All the stuff in the picture other than the magnets and ribbon were from there. So cheap! So wonderful!

On Saturday I was all a-fluster. I drove all the way down to the Re-Store since I had heard some wonderful things about it, but nope – complete bust. I was looking for tiles, door numbers, and cabinet knobs, and couldn’t really find any that suited my needs. They do great work, but because their stuff is donated, their selection is limited. Their stock is always changing though, so I’ll have to stop by later. Well then I went to Wal-Mart to look for fabric to make pillowcases, and I was shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that Wal-Mart no longer sells fabric. In my opinion, this is a great loss to humanity. They always had such cheap fabric … I guess next weekend I’ll have to go to either Hancock Fabrics or Hobby Lobby.

Anyway, I was depressed and was already stuck on the highway, so I figured I’d might as well just drive up to Target and pick up the desperately-needed fourth pillow. The fabric’s a bit different, which aggravates me, but at least the shape and size are the same. Which brings me back to the Dollar Tree. I shopped at Target, and discovered to my amazement that there was this wonderful Dollar Tree in the same shopping center! I had only been to Target once before (to get the original three pillows) and had never noticed it. It was meant to be.

I’m working on a bunch of small projects and job-hunting-wise, I’ve decided to lower my standards so tomorrow I’m going to be applying to (THE HORROR!) food-service positions. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? And you know how technology hates me? My mouse won’t click anymore.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]