November 9, 2017

Mermaid Tail Blanket

I sewed a mermaid tail blanket for my 3-year-old honorary niece. I had left-over fabric from the “Boo” costume I made her (sorry, no picture of that, she won’t pose for it) and thought she might like a new kind of sleep sack.

I didn’t have a pattern, so I looked at examples online and made one from newspaper.


First I used fleece and made the main part, 16 inches wide and 35 inches long, tapering down.  I cut a matching piece of the scale fabric for the front.  Putting right sides together of the 3 layers, I sewed the seam, then turned it right side out.  I cut one piece of the tail fin from fleece and one from the scale fabric and sewed them together (same method, right sides together)

I then sewed the fin onto the rest of the tail, tucking under raw edges.. I hand-sewed 4 lines leading from the base of the tail across the fin to make it look more fin-like.




I thought about putting elastic across the top but decided to simply roll the fabric hem to finish the edge instead. (If I put elastic in, I would make that bigger to create a channel to feed elastic through.)

I wish I could have been there to see her reaction- it was reported to be: “Aunty Jane knows I love mermaids!”

Well, doesn’t everyone?


December 26, 2016

I can’t show everything I’ve made yet, since I’m giving some gifts at New Years, but I thought I’d do a quick post about some of the things I made recently.


I knitted this shawl from the pattern “Escape” on Ravelry.  I didn’t realize that the pattern had an increase, and I kept wondering why it seemed to take longer and longer to finish a row. (Oh!)  It wasn’t as lacy looking as I thought it would be, as I used fluffy yarn.  For lace work it is better to use thin yarn.


I made pecan pie and need to remember that the recipe in my Family Fun cookbook is tasty but doesn’t give long enough cooking  time and the pie is very runny/soupy (really good as an ice cream topping!)

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Bath Bombs

My son loves bath bombs, but since one alone can cost between 3-6 dollars, we decided to make our own.  The hardest ingredient to get is citric acid, we had to order that online.  Plain epsom salts are sometimes kept behind the pharmacy counter, if that is the ingredient you are searching for. If you are sensitive to essential oils, choose what you use wisely.  We used peppermint extract and it was fine.  We got the recipe from DIY Projects for Teens, but my 7 year old was able to follow along and assemble them easily, thanks to the clear instructions.  We considered giving them as gifts, but he wanted them all! It was pretty easy, so I will probably make more.  The one that looks like a stick of butter was made from a bit of packaging from one of his toys.  The trick is compressing the mixture enough for it to hold its shape, so anything that can close will work better (like a plastic  egg or a snap-together ball ornament.)


This week I need to finish a lot of projects before our annual friends get-together on New Years!  I’ve got quite a list!  What are you working on?

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