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The Memory Game aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y nueve

Do you remember playing the memory game? I remember playing with cards like the ones you use to play Old Maid.  But I saw this handmade fabric memory game and thought that would be fun.
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Source: Begin with B via Tricia on Pinterest

I bought some fabric and started fussy cutting and came up with these.

My friend-A’s daughter is who I made these for LOVES Thor. So I took this photo to send to her.

Here they are all done!

The backing is the same on all of them.

I made a small pouch to hold the cards.

Here they are all squished in!

This project actually went by pretty quickly.  The hardest part was the fussy cutting because I had to make sure that each piece was exactly the same.

The other thing is that I made this for a two year old and her mom was telling me that she’s probably too young for a game like this.  What age would this game appropriate for so I know in the future. I’d like to make it again for someone but I’ll have to make sure it’s age appropriate.

Custom Order

Last month I showed you the Vikings coloring pad carrying case.  A few days after I posted it on Instagram/Facebook, an old classmate of mine inquired about making some for her.  She told me what theme she wanted for her two cases and that she wanted me to find fabric for her.  The cases were for two girls who love Frozen and Hello Kitty.

Here is the Frozen one.  I found both prints at Joann.
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I did a little bit of fussy cutting to get Olaf’s face and full body on the flap and pencil holder, respectively.
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Here is a close up of where the coloring pad goes.
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And a close up of the pocket and pencil case.
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The Hello Kitty print was harder to find.  There wasn’t any quilting cotton at Joann or online at Joann. I ended up ordering this print off Etsy.  It is super cute!!  And I’m so glad that I went with this one rather than just settling for a print at
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The only print at Hobby Lobby was this all over HK one.  I thought it would be cute as the pocket and pencil/pad holder.

And I was right!  At least in my opnion.  Haha!

Here is where the coloring pad goes.

The two side by side.

After I mailed them to my classmate, I asked her for some feedback. The only thing she suggested was itemizing my invoice to state the price of fabric and price of labor.  But quality-wise and concept-wise everything was great.  Yay!

What do you think?  If you have your maker purchase fabric and everything for you, would you prefer your invoice to be itemized or would you prefer to just see the total?

succa-felt aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y nueve

I had seen these really cute felt succulent on pinterest.  And when I was finally ready to make them, I visited Shaken Together Life to follow her tutorial.

I cut out some shapes of succulents making sure to vary the size.
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I used a glue gun to layer some rocks and then just started glue gunning each piece to each other.  It was actually a lot of fun and less frustrating than I thought it would be.
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As I was cutting these pieces I didn’t think that it would come out right.
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You can totally see the glue in this one.  But it still looks alright.
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Here they are all finished.
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I made the smallest jar with my sil and got the other two from Target.  I bubble-wrapped them so they’d be safe in the mail.  Luckily enough they arrived in tact…from Ohio to California.  Yay!

pretty up the cork aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y cinco

I had seen this make over of a cork board on pinterest and decided that I needed to do that with my cork board.  You can find the tutorial at two twenty one.

I had found this super cute print that was vertical but I couldn’t decide if I wanted my board to have to sit vertical or horizontal.  And with that print once I put it on I’d be stuck with that one option.

I asked on Instagram and most people, all three of them, said horizontal.  I probably wouldn’t done it horizontal in the end but I can’t be sure.

If I did it vertical you wouldn’t see as much of the print.  This one is the vertical one.

So I waited and waited and waited and waited until I found some prints that I absolutely loved and wasn’t a one-way only print.  I got to work.

I laid out some plastic that I had on hand from painting.  Then I used some spray adhesive, which is what the plastic is for.  I don’t what that stuff on my rug!!

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Then I laid the fabric down and smoothed it out and flipped it over.
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And scrunched up the corners like so.
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I took some thumbtacks and pushed them in allclosetogether.
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It’s not very straight at all but it adds some character.  Hahaha!
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Now all I have to do is add the sawtooth hanger things to the back so that I can hang this on the wall.  Currently it’s leaning against the wall collecting dust.  Oops. I’m going to have to get on that!

Eye Spy, You Spy aka Pinspiration – numero cincuenta y cinco

As I was perusing Pinterest a. long. time. ago. I came across an “I Spy” bag.  I thought it would be fun to make and fun to play with for my friend’s son.  He was close to turning one also.  Here it is on Pinterest but if you don’t want to go through pinterest you can find it on Make It and Love It.

I had some light blue fleece in my stash so I decided to make a blue fish.  His parents love fishing. I first made a template to make sure that the fish would be big enough after I cut a big hole in it.  I cut some stiff clear vinyl to cover the hole and then pinned and sewed them together.

I read that it would be easier to use fabri-tac (glue for fabric) before sewing so that’s what you see here.

Because fleece doesn’t fray I just topstitched it closed but left a small opening so that I could fill the fish with poly beads and other fun goodies to “spy”.
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Some close-ups.

And here are some goodies to be i-spied.
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Some other items included are a big button, trucks, leaves, sewing machine, cupcake, and many other things.

My friend suggested that this game probably isn’t really good for a one year old.  He wasn’t too interested in playing with it.  She said it’s probably more for like a three year old or so. So if you plan on making one or getting one for a gift I’d hold off until the kid is at least two and a half.

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