Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quick Sweater Sleeve Kitten Hat for Ideal Bite

This is a quick and easy way to make a kitten hat out of an old sweater sleeve that I came up with for Ideal Bite's Mama Bite column.  For photos of each step go to my Flickr page.   Any soft, light weight knit will do and it is a great way to recycle that sweater that has too many moth holes to wear anymore.  

What You Need:

  • The bottom 10 inches of an adult sweater sleeve (a soft, breathable knit works best)
  • Matching thread and a needle
  • 2 little felt triangles
  • Embroidery thread to match the felt (optional; the regular thread works OK too)
  • Scissors


  1. Cut off the bottom 10 inches of your sweater's sleeve.
  2. Lay it flat with the sweater's original seam on one side, and sew either the cut end or the cuff end closed, depending on which edge you want to be the the top. Sew it inside out if you want to hide the seam or let the seam show as decoration. It'll look like a rectangle with one edge closed.
  3. To make the ears, sew pink felt triangles to each corner of the closed side of the rectangle (the top), sewing through only the top layer of knit.
  4. Still working on the closed side, pinch the middle inch between the two ears and fold down a couple of times so the ears stick up on either side of the fold. Sew through both layers of knit to secure.
  5. If the bottom edge is raw, it should roll up. For a more finished look, roll up enough to cover the edge and hold in place with a stitch on each side of the hat.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Aquarium Halloween Costume

This was a really easy costume to make and only took 1/2 an hour.  Chris' costume is a muscle shirt from Venice beach with holes poked for Grippy's arms and a length-wise slit for his head from the neckline.

What You'll Need:

1/2 yard 60 inch blue vinyl (this piece was $3.00 downtown L.A.)
a 55" hoop of some sort- I made this one out of copper fridge tubing and duct-taped it the seam
Florescent yellow duct tape
Wax paper
Clear packing tape
Safe-T-Shapes for the shower floor in fish designs
Bubble wrap
Glue stick
Fabric to make straps out of
Some aquarium figurines- I had a diver and a treasure chest
Optional- battery operated book light


1.  Cut a hoop for yourself out of tubing.  Duct tape it and round out the circle.
2.  Fold vinyl in half width-wise.  On one half, place fish stickers all over and use glue stick to stick paper backings on the vinyl as well- double the fish!
3.  Stick a foot and a half of florescent duct tape to wax paper and cut out a sea plant shape.
4.  Place plant and cut a few more if needed.
5.  Put bubble wrap around the copper hoop then carefully fold the vinyl the other way so the stickers are on the inside and the copper hoop is between the sticker layer and an outside layer of vinyl.
6.  Tape the back seam and the inside back seam up with packing tape.
7.  Poke holes where straps should be and run black fabric through the holes, tie in back.
8.  Drop figurines in and sprinkle glitter in your aquarium.
9. Optional- add a book light to the display.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox Costume on Fox Searchlight

Check out the Fox Searchlight page with my Fantastic Mr. Fox costume and the three other characters in the movie that won the contest!  The film-makers made mine a little crooked but it's still a super-cute video.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Revamped T
Originally uploaded by sonyanimri

This year's Swap-O-Ramarama at Venice's Center for Peace and Justice was amazing!  The cool feature about the Swap-O-Rama which other swaps don't have are the booths with awesome designers helping with makeovers.  KB Vanhorn from Kokolelo had these amazing stencils that she designed.  I used her anchor on my Lacoste and one of her tree stencils for this off-white shirt.  Stephanie Girard of Sweater Surgery had a booth with adorable Hello Kitty, Tree, and letter die cuts.  One of them were cute as a button birds so those had to perch in my tree!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox Costume How-To

Originally uploaded by sonyanimri

Wes Anderson , the incredibly talented director of such notable movies such as Rushmore, and The Royal Tennenbaums is coming out with his claymation adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" over Thanksgiving weekend.  Gen Art and Fox Films co-sponsored a how-to costume competition that I just had to enter.  Gripps had the flu and needed to be held 24/7 so I was literally working on my costume 10 minutes a day for a couple of weeks.  I couldn't believe it when I got the call last week that I actually won for the "Mr. Fox" costume how-to!  Yipee!  My costume uses the simplest of materials and cost less than $7.00 to actually construct which helped it stand out.  Anyone could make this out of stuff lying around the house- I did!

What You’ll Need:

Fox Head:
·      Brown paper grocery store bag
·      Stapler
·      Scissors
·      Foxy red acrylic paint
·      Sponge brush
·      Hot glue gun
·      Sheet of white paper
·      One 8x10 square of each of the following:
o   Pink felt
o   Bright Green felt
o   Off-white felt
o   Dark Brown felt
·      Yarn- 2 feet
·      Black felt top hat (in bear clothing section of the craft store)
Fancy Fox Body:
·      T-shirt
·      Fabric marker in black
Fox Head:

  1. Fold paper bag in half lengthwise.  Cut down the middle and carefully detach handles if there are any. Turn half of paper bag inside out. Set aside the second half for a second fox if needed.
  2.     Fold one corner of the inside-out half over the other until bag forms a pointed nose.  There will be a center line down the front of the face from the existing fold of the side of the bag.  Staple and hot glue in place.
  3.      Using the fold lines already on the bag, cut out ears.  Staple and hot glue in place.
  4.      Paint the whole outside foxy red with your sponge brush.
  5.      Fold your piece of white paper in two.  Cut out two almond shaped eyes.
  6.      Glue eyes on and carve out holes in the center with your scissors.
  7.      Cut two circles out of the green felt.
  8.      Cut ½ inch wide strips out of the brown felt and cut to the length of each eye, hot glue to eyes.
  9.      Cut another ½ inch strip of brown felt for your nose.  Glue to nose as shown in the photo.
  10.    Cut a diamond shape in pink for the mouth and another bigger off-white triangle for the chin.
  11.    Glue half of the pink mouth diamond to the bag and the other half to the off-white felt.
  12.    Poke holes to the outside of each ear and tie one piece of yarn to each side.
  13.    Hot glue top hat to one ear.                                                                                                                          

Fox Body:

1.     Center t-shirt over a hard surface like a piece of cardboard or thick magazine.  Stretch slightly.
2.     Draw a bow tie, four buttons beneath, then the lapel of a tux.

Produced in association with the “Gen Art & Fox Searchlight  “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Halloween Costume Video Competition

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Patchwork Anne of Green Gables Dress

Back to work finally after a LONG break from having baby Gripps.  Currently working on a really fun project creating mannequins for Annette Tatum of House Inc.  This one is for the Quilt show coming up this week.  They are all the fabrics in her new collection made into a patchwork dress with some vintage accoutrements.  I would love to sip a nice cool lemonade on a midwestern porch swing in this!