The “Octopus-pocket” Dress!

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I like it when a creation “creates itself”! I had not planned anything for that old t-shirt, then I saw it among my fabrics to reuse and at first I thought I was going to make a skirt out of it, but it came out a dress!!!

I would like to share with you the way I made it.

First of all, I cut off the neck and shoulders’ seams.

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Then I placed a satin ribbon on the wrong side in order to put an elastic band to shape the dress.

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I sewed the elastic and closed the ribbon.

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Actually I found it pretty even this way, but it was on the wrong side so I had to turn it inside out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since my intention was to sew a funny pocket on it I did not want it to look too complicated.

To find inspiration I looked at my animal-bookmarksย and thought the Octopus would have been perfect!!!

So I drew the pieces and cut them off.

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Then I sewed the face.

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And the tentacles on the wrong side and turned them inside out (I know they should be eight, but that would have been too much :P).

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In order to sew all the pieces together, that’s how I did:

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To be sure that by sewing I wouldn’t have sewed the tentacles in between, I placed some pins.

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I left an opening on the head in order to be able to turn the octopus inside out, then sewed it close.

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Finally I could sew it on the dress. I did it just around the head, leaving the opening for the pocket, because I wanted it to have flippy floppy tentacles!

(Here a picture with his inspiration)

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The shoulders were of course too large for a child, so at first I pinned the back as shown and then sewed it with a cute elastic stitch.

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For the shoulders I created two fabric tubes with the same fantasy as the octopus.

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Here you are!!! I hope you enjoyed it!!!

Camilla

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Bookmarks – Animals

What do you think about these bookmarks???

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Actually I made them a long time ago, but I still find them very pretty (and funny looking too).

I used wood waxing sticks (yep, waxing ones, but I promise, they were new :P) and acrylic paint for the basis.

The animals are made of polymer clay, the type you must put in the oven to make it hard.

Ahah maybe Pac-man in the end doesn’t have much to do with the other ones, but that time I was kind of in love with it so I made it (and I have to say it was the most difficult to make because I didn’t use any tools for the clay).

Do you like them?

I cannot decide which one is my favorite. The starfish? The owl? I dunno.

How about you???

Advent calendar

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For this past Christmas I felt like creating an advent calendar for my daughter which we could use again and again and it could be washed if needed.

So… here is my project!

It’s not difficult to make but it takes a bit of time. (That’s why I actually started sewing it in November and finished it one month later… Hem ๐Ÿ™‚ ). But anyway this is the result!!!

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What I did first is cut the numbers out of red light felt and then I did the same with the vlieseline. Then I cut the squares with the gold reindeer (by the way, isn’t that extremely cute???) and I ironed the three pieces together to fix the numbers on the fabric. Be sure you iron on the fabric side, not on the felt, because otherwise it will stick on the iron.

Then I sewed them together like this:

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After that I cut a white fabric into squares to make the pockets lining and I sewed the squares together on the wrong sides.

I turned the squares inside out and just sewed them with a zigzag on the red fabric basis.

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When I sewed the basis sides I made two spaces on the top and on the bottom to put two sticks in order to make everything more structured.

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That’s it!!!

Am I missing anything…? Oh yes! The funniest part!!!

To fill the pockets with cute tiny surprises!

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Happy sewing!!!

Camilla