Craft This! Weekly: Holiday

Craft This! is a weekly challenge to create any kind of craft based on a chosen theme. Next week’s theme will be posted soon at Tiny Elephant, come join us!

El chose “holiday” for this week’s theme, but she’s Canadian, so she was thinking of vacations. Weird, eh? My mind immediately went to Halloween, and I decided to design a new costume dress.

19th Century Inspired Dress Costume

I ended up with this 19th century-inspired dress, in Lyra’s size.

Dress costume for Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks, Little Miss Muffet, one of the girls from Little House on the Prairie, American Girl's Felicity, Jill (of Jack and Jill)

Fitting somewhere between “colonial” and “prairie”, this dress could make an adorable and original costume for so many characters..Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks, Little Miss Muffet, one of the girls from Little House on the Prairie, American Girl’s Felicity, Jill (of Jack and Jill), and so many more. It’ll be great for random dress-up play, too. I’ll be making a ruffled bonnet to go with it.

indie design original handmade colonial prairie 19th century dress

The front has pleats, ruffles, and little pearl buttons for decoration.

Handmade Toddler Costume Dress Prairie Colonial

The sleeves are 3/4 length with ruffles. Solid purple straps tie in back.

handmade sewn historical dress felicity colonial prairie civil war

I gave it a full circle skirt, so there’s a ton of fabric there, just begging for a pettiskirt. I absolutely love putting Lyra in big poofy skirts. I wish I had one for myself, it looks so fun! :D

I’m hoping to get some action shots of the dress taken this weekend, and then I’ll put a custom listing up in my shop. This one is for Lyra, but I can make more. :)

Craft This! Weekly: Retro

Craft This! is a weekly challenge to create any kind of craft based on a chosen theme. Next week’s theme will be posted soon at Tiny Elephant, come join us!

This week’s theme was “retro”, and I decided to design a full apron with a bit of a retro feel to it. I made one up in an autumn print because I’m in the mood for cooler weather, but I’d like to try the pattern in some bright, 50s-ish prints, too.

Autumn Full Apron Handmade Hostess

It has a big ol’ ruffle around the bottom and a bodice that dips just a bit.

Retro Inspired Ruffle Full Apron

I love the back. The wide shoulder straps criss-cross and then tie at waist level. I think it looks sturdy enough to milk a cow, yet pretty enough to serve a Thanksgiving turkey. :D

Fall Thanksgiving Full Apron Pocket

There’s a little pocket, too, hiding in there somewhere.

This one is for me, but I can make a couple more, so I put a listing in my shop. :)

Craft This! Weekly: Eating

Knitted Vegetables, Carrot and Potato

This week’s Craft This! theme was “eating”. I decided to add a couple of new pieces to my collection of knitted vegetables, in the same earthy palette. What the set really needed was a carrot and a potato, right? Yum.

Here are all of the veggies together, and here‘s a new listing for the set of five.

Knitted Vegetables

Black and White Messenger Bag

I’ve been making messenger bags and I’m really loving it. :D

 Black and White Bird Damask Messenger Bag

This bag features a bold black and white print, with birds and flowers tiled on the flap.

 Handmade Boutique Diaper Bag

The black canvas outer material is tough and durable. It has interfacing inside for sturdiness, too.

 Black and White School Bag

With a bottle pocket on one outer side and a cell phone pocket on the other, important stuff is easy to grab. The strap is padded and adjustable for comfort and a great fit.

 Black and White Bird Damask Messenger Bag with Adjustable Strap

This bag is in the shop. Look out for more bags, coming soon! I’m also accepting orders for custom bags to fit any need. :)

Craft This! Weekly: Alphabet

Craft This! Weekly is a weekly challenge to craft something, anything, that was inspired by the week’s word or phrase. You can read more about it (and join in!) at Tiny Elephant.

This week’s Craft This! word was “alphabet”.

Handmade DIY Framed Felt Board

I made a little framed felt board for Lyra, with numbers, letters, and a flower. I used bright colors to go with her bedroom, where I’ll hang it, at her level, on the wall.

Framed Felt/Flannel Board with ABCs and Numbers

Framed felt boards or flannel boards are very easy to make. I removed the glass from this large frame, then stretched my background fabric tight over the cardboard frame back. I trimmed the material and then hot glued the edges down on the back of the frame. Then, I traced letters and shapes onto felt with a disappearing marker and cut them out.

These pieces will get us started, and it’ll be super easy to make more as needed. :)

Next week’s Craft This! theme is now up at Tiny Elephant. If you do any kind of crafting, you should join us!

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