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COUSIN PUPPETS

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I had so much fun making these guys! It was the first time since January I made puppets (our car was so packed for our road trip that I had to leave my box of supplies in Los Angeles).

cat puppet, made by julianne

I made these puppets for two babies coming in June. One is for my friend’s sister, the other is for my friend’s boyfriend’s sister. So they’re kinda cousins… who will probably never meet.

It’s pretty amazing to make something for a kid that hasn’t been born yet. So many possibilities go through my mind as I construct a toy that I hope will entertain them for years. Will they ever realize that before they were born, someone who never even met their parents and would probably never meet them spent a few hours wondering what their lives would be like?

Lots of friends are having babies right now, so I get to spend lots of time making special gifts for their mysterious lives. I’ll be posting a lot of those creations soon!

cat puppet, made by julianne

cat puppet, made by julianne

There are many traits they share. Both have yellow vinyl ears, pink colors, fringe, and tails to match the body of the other.

cat puppet, made by julianne cat puppet, made by julianne

By the way, this is not foreshadowing my own future. I can enjoy spending time with kids without wanting one of my own.

These puppets are already at their new homes, but you can order your own puppet in my shop.

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FABRIC YARN baby hat

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My husband’s cousin’s baby is such a sweetheart, and I love making little presents for him (and all my friend’s kiddos!). His name is Kekoa, he’s 2 years old, and tons of fun.

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The ribbing is p1, k1 through the back loop (which is abbreviated as ktbl, which I pronounce as “k-table”). This twists the knit stitch, making the ribbing super stretchy and very neat. I use this for all my ribbing now!

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I made this fabric yarn as a proof of concept. I loved working with it, and the way it turned out. I may use the rest of this white and gray to make yet another shopping bag (don’t worry, I’m giving most of them away. I don’t shop that much!).

making fabric yarn, made by Julianne

making fabric yarn, made by Julianne making fabric yarn, made by Julianne

I used a couple 1yd remnants of a tissue-weight jersey with high lycra content, and serged the pieces into a tube to cut a continuous strip. I stretched the strip while winding it into a ball, so the fabric curled onto itself into tube. The resulting knit fabric has a lot of body, but is also very stretchy.

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Fabric yarn is an inexpensive, easy way to experiment with a different type of fiber, and I definitely recommend it!

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MASKED BURNERS

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I don’t want to drown this blog with pictures of my Burning Man gag masks, but here are some of my favorites.

sequin zipper gag mask, made by Julianne

Burning Man is held in a desert, which is prone to dust storms, so proper face covering can greatly improve your comfort (just because you can’t see further than 30 feet doesn’t mean you don’t want to party).

neon zipper gag mask, made by Julianne

And even when the air is clear, these masks are great for freaking out the other Burners on the dance floor.

I use recycled fabrics for the bases, and pick the elastic, zipper, and threads to suit my mood. The straps are adjustable bra straps, so each mask is pretty comfortable.

zebra zipper gag mask, made by Julianne

They are all up in my Etsy shop now! [the green one sold out already!]

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ULTIMATE SCRAPPY POUF

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It’s a cross between a pillow and a pouf, which I suppose makes this creation another tuffet! My friend Mary requested a rainbow pinwheel pillow, and I eventually obliged.

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It’s made entirely of scrap fabrics. The triangles were sewn together, and then topstitched onto a backing of blackout fabric (it was the right weight and I had 2 yd lying around). Continue reading →

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The trims were all in my stash as well. And even stash-bustier, it’s stuffed with shredded fabric! There’s a tiny bit of mystery poly-fil in there as well.

The shredded fabric was all diverted from the trash can: ugly or tiny scraps that I cut into ~2″ squares and tossed in a bag over the course of a few months. It builds up really fast! However, all that fabric is HEAVY, so this wouldn’t make a good stuffing for your bed pillows, but maybe for plumping up seat cushions.

rainbow pillow, made by Julianne

Mary just graduated and moved up to Santa Cruz with her fiance, and I finished it in time to give her as a going-away/congratulations gift.

I’ve been non-stop busy with work, but either it’s not interesting enough for a blog post, or it is but I signed NDAs, or I haven’t had time to post it!

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