Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Peg People

I won a giveaway on Simple Simon & Co. a few months ago where I got 3 peg princesses...My daughter loves to carry them around, but I hadn't seen the wood pieces around anywhere so they didn't make my to-do-list.  Then, I stumbled upon this post with Star Wars and Harry Potter peg people and was determined to find them to make some of my own. 

JoAnns has the girl shaped peg people that have a dress shaped body, but Michael's had the boy shaped ones that are straight from the neck down.

Here are mine:
They took 3 days of naps to paint . . . and I found them quite addicting.  The pirate seems out of place since the rest are "characters."  I think my favorite is Robin.  You can't tell from the picture, but the back and sides are yellow for his cape.   I started with Harry since I was copying the image from the post above, but then I ventured out and made some of my own.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Toddler Apron and Chef Hat

My daughter is getting a bunch of dress up stuff for Christmas, so I got an early start on some since I'll be making them and don't want to keep it all till the night before and drive myself crazy.

I was looking for a cute apron pattern (but not girly since my son would be using it too) that would work on a toddler.  But I mostly found child ones that seemed sized for a 10 year old or older.  So I just made my own sizing, but used this tutorial. (The tutorial is a PDF, so you have to scroll down the right side and find the button for "classic apron" tutorial since I can't link directly to it)  I picked this one cause it had "D rings" on the neck strap, and I liked the polished look it gave.  And I absolutely love this fabric - I found it at JoAnns.
Anyway, I had to shrink the pieces to work on an 18 month old but still last for a few years.  The length I used was 19" from top to bottom and 17" wide at the bottom.  The top was 7.5 inches wide with a length of 13" from the armpit down.  I did make the straps 20" long instead of 22" as well.  As you can see, it's a little big on my daughter, but it fits wonderfully on my 3 year old son.  So we should get plenty of years of wearing time out of it.
The chef's hat was tricky to make since I didn't want to put bias tape around the edge.  I just doubled the height of the band and folded it in half to get the clean edge to it.  Other than that, I followed the tutorial on that one pretty close.