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Friday, April 27, 2012

Princess Ottoman redo!

Here's the fabulous before!
 I found this ottoman at the thriftstore for $5.
It's very dated and worn.
I immediately tore off the trim, the skirting...
and it sat that way for a while.
Okay, through our move.
I wanted to redo it...cheaply!
So I dug through my fabric to find something
 sturdy enough for an ottoman.
I found a bunch of houndstooth...left over from this and this!
But not quite enough.
 But I had a remnant piece of bigger houndstooth
 that was just enough more!
I pieced the parts together to go around the chair with
 just enough seam allowance.

I traced the top circle of the ottoman on my fabric and cut it out.
I cut it the same size as the top because I wanted it to fit snugly.
 Then I sewed the tube around the circle. 
Hemmed the bottom edge.
It made a perfect slipcover.
This could have been enough...

But I wanted to secure it.
 Just flipped it over and stapled that hemmed edge around the bottom.
 And, ta da!  A perfectly princessy ottoman!
At least we call it the princess chair, even though
 it doesn't look princessy at all.
 Goes great with the ugly chair!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Super Sci-Fi Rocket fueled Jet Pack--2

 Glad you are here for the full tutorial!
Here's the step by step for creating your very own Rocket Jet Pack!

Two 2-liter bottles, empty and clean
Silver spray paint
Hot glue/gun
 I took a piece of cardboard that fit the width of his back.
Used some old webbing and stapled in
 place to go around his arms.
If I did it again I would use hot glue instead of staples.  Easy peasy.
  I upcycled 2 Two-liters and lightly misted the 
tops of them with silver spray paint.   Don't you love crafting with trash?
I cut out flames of felt
2 red and 1 orange for each rocket engine...turbine...
and hot glued them in the spout...this could get fancier, with streamers and tinsel...but it doesn't have to.  You could use old grocery bags from Target.
Then we hot glued the bottles onto the cardboard.
He (Mr. 3) took it out for a test drive only to find 
that the arm straps slipped down.
I took some more webbing and a buckle and stapled them
 across the front for maximum stabilization.
I also hot glued on a little rectangle of felt onto 
the front straps for the ignition switch.
We have lift-off!  And I am now the best mom in the galaxy.   It's really that easy.
Great for costumes!  Great for dressing up and playing!  Great for wearing to the Library!!!
 I think he could instantly run faster too!  So much delight.
I'd love to see your pictures of your jet packs too!
email them to Maildoodlecraft@gmail.com
 I love his extreme happiness!
Garbage, spray paint, felt fire, 20 minutes...
Best mom ever status.


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Super Sci-Fi Rocket fueled Jet Pack

I'm so glad you are here! 
Isn't this the cutest craft in the universe?

This craft promises to make you a better parent in less than 20 minutes.
There are days I am just rushing around, taking care of everything that I barely notice the people I love the most.  I know we've all been there.  This craft is the solution.
It doesn't take long and anyone can do it.  And the instant joy in your persons eyes is worth every minute!
With my son's imagination...I knew he needed some Jet Packs.
He loves to run.  He loves the thought of flight.  
And I like making things with little expense...especially if I know they are going to get flown around at top speed.

You guys...this is my baby, but these can be custom made to fit anyone of any size. 
And I am going to show you how!

Click here for the supplies list and full step by step tutorial

These are perfect to make for birthday party favors too...
they are simple and inexpensive!
Click the link above.

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