I was beyond excited when Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy invited me to participate in the blog hop for her new book, Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love. Kerry is an incredibly talented designer, and is always sharing amazing and beautiful things on her blog, many of them either great to do with your kids, or to make with kids in mind. Sewing Tales follows the same theme.
There are 18 patterns in the book, and each design has a story prompt to go with it. The idea is that not only do you make these amazing little projects, but you use them to create imaginative worlds and stories with your kids, or just to inspire yourself. A few months ago I shared some ideas on play-inspired writing and story-telling. Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love is perfect-PERFECT-for this sort of play!
Not only is every project in this book adorable (I mean really! A camper and station wagon!?!?), but they are designed so very well with play and imagination in mind. That turtle up there? It’s actually two finished pieces, with the body of the turtle stuffed into the shell! Every design has such wonderful details. The camper has a working door, the hot air balloon’s basket can really hold things and there is a sand bag weight. The projects in Sewing Tales are high-quality toys, meant for play! These gnomes are absolutely on my list to make, if for no other reason than the tiny little clothing and accessories Kerry has included patterns for!
With Christmas and Ivy’s 2nd birthday coming up next month, I loved the idea of making something for her and this basket is just perfect. There are three sizes to make, for 12-, 14- or 19- dolls. I made the 14 inch, since I thought that would be a good size for the few dolls Ivy has, and also not so large that she has a hard time holding it herself.
I changed some things from the book’s instructions. I wanted to quilt the sides of the basket and I wanted a contrasting binding to go around the edge. Because of that, my handles were sewn on so that you can see the ends. The book has everything clean and enclosed. In fact, everything is so perfectly finished inside and out on the basket when made to pattern, that it is completely reversible, which adds to the play and fun value.
The fabric I used for the basket is Heather Bailey’s new Lottie Da fabric for Free Spirit. Kerry sent this fabric, along with a whole slew of amazing tools and supplies from Fiskars, Dritz, Fairfield, and Bosal, all of which are sponsoring this blog hop.
I’ve been teaching my boys to sew. When Seth, my seven-year-old’s turn for Sewing With Mom came up this past week, he wanted to make a project from Sewing Tales. He’d picked out the Orca pattern when we first looked through the book, and had been waiting not-so-patiently for me to take the time to help him make a killer whale.
And Seth wanted a BIG orca.
The patterns and templates for all the designs are included in the back of the book. You can either trace the patterns as they are, which are pretty small, or you can use a copy/scanner to increase the pattern sizes. The book recommends increasing to 200%. I really liked that I didn’t have to cut into the book to get the patterns, and that I had so much control over the size of project I wanted to make. After first printing out the Orca at 200%, Seth decided he really needed things bigger. So we increased the Orca pattern about 350% (I think, it’s been a while).
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Orca came together. Kerry says the original pattern came from her daughter’s 2nd grade school project. Seth is in 2nd grade, so maybe that’s why it was such a perfect project for him? But it really did go quick and easy for the kid. I helped him figure out how to sew around curves and with the pinning, but he pretty much did the rest with me standing by.
In just one sewing session, he was able to complete his orca
TUESDAY: Nov 5th
WEDNESDAY: Nov 6th
THURSDAY: Nov 7th
FRIDAY: Nov 8th
Emily Levey – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Nicke Cutler – Kiss Kiss Quilt
Cathe Holden – Just Something I Made
Kate Henderson – Two Little Banshees Plus, Kerry is sharing bonus tutorials to accompany the projects in the book all week long on her blog, Kid Giddy! So be sure to check those out (baby gnomes!).
Thanks for letting us hop along, Kerry!