Monday, April 25, 2011

Gone Fishin' (again)

I'm glad I took the time to make the little fishing game because it turned out to be a hit! 

I was worried that Caitlin might get the magnet out of the felt hook but now I'm worried she'll poke herself or someone else in the eye with her fishing pole.
Does worrying ever stop?  I don't think so!!!

I made the dress she is wearing back in March 2009 using a pattern from AS&E and the link is here.
My daughter said to make more dresses using this pattern as she really likes it.

Changed the buttons after this photo.
But all sewing projects are on hold right now.  There are just too many outdoor projects that have been waiting all winter for my attention.

So once again, I've 'Gone Fishing' !!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Speaking of fish......

While still deep in the midst of spring cleaning, I found time to make this quick little project.  I got the idea from here and here. 

It's the age old magnetic fishing game and since Caitlin is learning about colours and numbers I was able to not only use up just about all of the googly eyes in my stash but all the colours of felt too.

I simply drew out a shape of a fish and cut two of each colour.  Then sandwiched a paper clip between the two layers and stitched embroidery floss (3 strands) around the edge making sure to stitch a little extra around the paper clip to hold it in place.  Lastly, numbered the fish using a felt pen.  I tried using fabric paint in a squeeze bottle, but it got caught up in the fuzz on the felt. 

Finding a stick, attached a piece of string and fashioned a hook shape from felt.  Inside the felt hook is a small round magnet.  I made lots of stitches to hold the magnet inside the hook, but I will warn Caitlin's mom to supervise her when she uses this in case the magnet comes out.  I fret about kids and small objects like the size of this magnet.

Then I needed a fish pond.  I thought about making a cloth bucket.  Then I toyed with the idea of covering a box with the remaining felt in shapes of waves and other aquatic life.  But then I stumbled upon this basket.  Perfect!

All the fish fit perfectly inside plus there are two handles.  

If I were to make this project again I might make the fish larger in different shapes using scraps of fashion fabrics and have features on the fish like fins and gills. The fish would be stuffed too.  Little softie fish.  Instead of using paper clips perhaps use grommets.  
The fish pond would be a cloth bucket with aquatic life or maybe just shells appliqued on the sides.  Oh, and rope handles.
Okay. Back to spring cleaning...............

Monday, April 18, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Spring is here, the snow has melted, the ice is off the lake and the great outdoors is calling me away from sewing.