Bunny Pacifier Pattern

NEW SEWING PATTERN

Hey there! Ruby and I worked on a pacifier holder pdf sewing pattern this Spring.  It has a cute bunny shape and snaps to hold her paci’s. She really loves Chicco pacifiers and those are exceptionally hard to find when they are dropped under a crib or in the car because they are clear.  Whoever designed those, must not have had actual children….

So here we are.  Necessity is the mother of invention! We have not woken up in the wee small hours even once to find a paci since I made this! A few notes about this pattern.  This pattern is NOT FOR NEWBORNS.  This pacifier holder is for toddlers who have control of their arms and can run, walk, and play.  I started using this for Ruby at 15 months of age.

FABRIC

The pattern works best with terry cloth or flannel for the main fabric and quilting cotton for the inner ear pieces.  You only need a small amount.  I used this terry cloth from the Fabric Shack.  The inner ears were Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous Collection.

SNAPS

The snaps need to be really high quality for safety reasons.  I suggest using KAM SNAPS.  Here is a great little set of pliers and snaps on Amazon that I use for just under $20.

The pattern comes in an easy to print pdf download.  The pattern is on one 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper and the instructions include pictures and are contained to one sheet of paper as well.  It’s really a quick and easy project. You can make one in about an hour.  May your nights be filled with uninterrupted sleep from now on!

Email subscribers will receive this pattern for free!  So if you sign up in the next 24 hours you can get in on the freebie!

Happy sewing!

 

 

bunny pacifier clip sewing pattern

THE MATERIALS I USED:

The Bestie Quilt #1 – Lone Star Farm Quilt

 

Quilts are made for many reasons,  and yet I think the common thread that all quilts have are their purpose.  I really don’t think that purpose is primarily physical warmth.  When I make a quilt for someone, I have an emotional connection to the person and I want to communicate my love for them. In other words, I have “all the feels”…  Usually the gifted person has blessed my life or they are dear to me in some way that needs commended or they are a tiny human, soon born to a momma whom I love… and the opportunity to creatively express what a gift they are to me is a quilt.

BESTIE QUILT

My first bestie quilt is not for my first bestie. I’d have to say she is my first mom friend and cultivated my love for sewing in a way that nurtured my creativity.  She spent many hours helping, teaching, and encouraging me through the early days of marriage and first baby and hard trials and happy young days.  She taught me how to “pick a chicken” when money was tight.  She taught me to laugh when my kids made messes, and to just throw away those underwear when I was traumatized at potty training my first daughter!  She even showed me how to iron my seams to the dark side….Haley carried on the tradition my mother began of “the older woman teaching the younger woman” how to be a worker at home from Titus even though she wasn’t much older than I.  I’m so thankful God placed her in my life.

FABRIC AND PATTERN

It’s been a long time since we’ve lived in the same town, but she is often on my heart and in my prayers.  One winter evening as I was gazing at my fabric piles, I felt the urge to make her a quilt.  In fact, it seemed ridiculous that I had not done it yet.  As I began pulling out the fabric, I knew exactly what she’d want and how I wanted to lay it out.  I challenged myself this year not to buy anything new but to persevere and make quilts with what I have.  I have so much.  It always feels good to use what you have.

I chose to merge two separate collections of farm and canning prints by Riley Blake Fabrics and some denim chambray from AGF.  I patched in a few pieces from Joann Fabrics as well that I have had since God only knows when….

The pattern began as a lone star quilt block, but then I carried out it’s border with half square triangles to make the star burst out and featured the center using the chambray as contrast.  The quilt was a lot of fun.  While I sewed, it was a great opportunity to reminisce, pray for Haley and to finish several books on audible! In fact, I have a link from Amazon for 2 free audible books here if you want to grab it!  I enjoyed the last Harry Potter novel, tried to listen to Fantastic Beasts, but it was too tedious, and ended with Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman.

 

lone star quilt

Fun facts about Haley’s quilt:

-At the last possible minute as she was pulling out of her long farm driveway in Illinois to leave for Arkansas for a week, her postman pulled in to deliver the box. Phew! PTL!  She took it with her in the car.

-I tried quilting tiny lines close together for the first time…loved it!

-I used red pearl cotton to hand quilt the chambray sections.

-Ruby Jane loved this quilt, and probably thought it was hers.  She helped me photograph it. Why does it have to be so difficult to photograph quilts?! I need help.

I have a few more bestie quilts already in the works, but first I’ll be working on my #4 daughters quilt.  She is getting so big and it’s time for her twin size quilt!  Her 6th birthday is in a week!

Here are some links to the fabrics and batting I used! Annnnnnd lots more pictures below!

lone star farm quilt
lone star farm quilt
lone star farm quilt
lone star farm quilt
bestie quilt
lone star farm quilt
lone star quilt

Finishing My First Quilt From 1994

I started this quilt in 1994.  It was the summer of my 7th grade year….Alanis Morissette was singing Ironic on my boom box cassette player.  My cut offs were totally grunge and my mom was sponge painting the hunter green walls in our guest/sewing room.  She taught me to quilt and I was hooked. For some reason though, life got busy when school started up again.  The quilt top was left pieced but unquilted in the sewing room closet.  I enrolled in 8th grade, got my Jennifer Anniston layered look and headed off to school with plaid flannel and dr. martens.

Several years later, I got married and my mom packed that quilt into my moving truck with me as we set off to rural Illinois.  I was pregnant with our first child and the nesting of our home was in full swing.  I got the quilt out and started working on it again.  Slowly hand quilting here and there.  I just never really stuck with it.  I think part of it was because I didn’t like the style of the quilt.  I never would have picked it out for my home now that I was a sophisticated newly wed hoping to decorate my farmhouse in trendy style.  I put it away and purchased a Shabby Chic Quilt from Target!

After Illinois we had a long string of frequent moves and the quilt got moved about and lost in storage for several years.  Fast forward to the most recent summer of 2016.  22 years after starting the quilt, I was mercilessly getting rid of everything I could because we were moving across the country for medical school and I did not want to haul anymore junk around for the rest of my life.  I’m not a minimalist, but I decided we would sell everything and keep our moving expenses down.

Despite my ability to get rid of tons of fabric and unfinished projects, I could not let that quilt go.  I told my mom, I would finish it.  She offered to take it home with her and keep it safe while we moved across the country.  She set about quilting it for me this past year and in May she brought it out and we finished quilting it together.  I bound it with some Ralph Lauren plaid sheeting I had been hoarding for about 8 years.  It was finally done!

I love it because it is finished and it represents the beginning of my love of quilting.  Do I love the colors and composition?  Probably not as mush as I did in 7th grade! But I still love yellow and it’s a cheerful addition to our slowly growing collection of family quilts.  It only took 23 years to finish!

This is the year I finish all the quilts I’ve started over the years!  I am excited to get to work on the next one!

first quilt, Ohio star quilt
quilt binding
ohio star quilt block

QUILTING MUST HAVES:

I tried out a new set of refill blades for my Olfa rotary cutter while I finished this quilt up and I have to tell you about these puppies!   They were super sharp and came in a great little case.  And the price made my jaw drop to the floor.  You get 10 for less than the price of an Olfa 2-pack!  Try them!

Also my 2 1/2″ strip die for my accuquilt cutter.  I love it. It makes the binding go superfast.

This rubber thimble is my new favorite for hand quilting! Super comfy.  It’s the best.

Why I Am Not Fulfilled By Motherhood (and you shouldn’t be either.)

I saw a mother sharing her heart on Facebook about how much she loved her new baby and how she really had expected to be fulfilled by his daily care.  After his first 7 weeks of life outside the womb, she realized she was not “one of those moms”.  She had now arrived at this conclusion; that surely she must pursue her career to be fulfilled.  But how can she balance this?  How does she care well for her new precious baby, and be a successful business owner? I paused to read her plea for advice, empathy and justification from other moms.  I have good news for all of us.

We don’t need to pursue fulfillment in a career or in motherhood because it is not there.
Let’s not discuss the mommy wars, shall we?  There is however a thread of most important truth I wish to pull out from this dear womans struggle.  A plight so very near to my own heart.  How can I be fulfilled? How can you be fulfilled?  Isn’t it the question of every man, woman, and child every day? If we are serving ourselves, fulfillment is an endless pursuit.
I must first say that fulfillment is far more than being happy.  As I paused to reflect on whether or not I was fulfilled by motherhood, I decided I was indeed NOT.  I am not fulfilled by dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of a teen, the constantly sticky floor demanding a mop, the stinky task of changing a diaper, nor even the noble pursuit of teaching my 5 year old to read.  All of those things are the mundane activities that require my soul, mind, and physical body to act in a selfless, draining vortex towards despondent craziness.  In the words of a good friend, this is a judgement free zone, right here people.  Perhaps you feel that way too?
And being emptied out everyday is not limited to motherhood.  My husband is in med school, my dad is in chronic pain daily though he continues to work, my friends are missionaries in a desert of hostile people whom they continue to love.  Fulfillment is not found in any career, calling, or activity. It cannot be found in the end results of those paths. Children, friends, money, prestige, and physical intimacy are never, ultimately, the treasure stores of our deepest desire.
I am thankful I ran across this woman’s cry of help for it opened the eyes of my heart.  The pursuit of fulfillment is born with our souls by our Creator.  We are born in need.  And a need must be filled.  Please stick with me.
Fulfillment is a verb.  In Luke 3:5, John is repeating the words of Isaiah the prophet from the Old Testament:
xEvery valley shall be filled,

yand every mountain and hill shall be made low,

zand the crooked shall become straight,

and the rough places shall become level ways,

aand all flesh shall see bthe salvation of God.’”

The word “filled” in verse 5 is the greek verb “fulfilled” and is used in this way: will be fulfilled.  So John is saying, remember the promise?! Here is it is! Watch! The thing is about to happen!

Later in Luke, Jesus is baptized by the Holy Spirit, tempted by Satan in the wilderness, performs the ministry of His father, and is ultimately led to the cross to be the fulfillment of this promise.  The promise to end our need. 

THE PROMISE TO END OUR NEED

See where I am going with this, friend?  Our flesh needs a living, active constant filling. We have a valley of soul, and Christ has and is filling it.  How does this produce the joy of fulfillment in the every day lives of people?  If we are in Christ, our eternity is now a good one.  We live for Him!  No more sorrow, we get to sit in heaven at the right hand of God our father with eternal pleasure, even after our bodies die.  Remember that debt we owed for sin?  It is already paid.  We get eternal life instead of eternal death.  We get the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Do you know the fruits of the Spirit? Look them up in Galatians 5:22-23

In the light of eternity, mundane tasks become worship because you are ALREADY fulfilled.   To change a diaper, to study hard for a neurology test, to muster the fortitude to speak in love toward your whiny child, only reminds you that this is not what fulfills you.

JOY IS POURED IN

Joy is poured into the mothering, the fathering, the suffering of illness, the training for a career, the providing for others.  Not the other way around.  You realize as your child is screaming at you for what she wants, that you were once the screaming, insolent God – hater, demanding fulfillment.  Now you share the way to fulfillment with them.

So, are you fulfilled?  My earnest prayer for you and myself is that the people around me, namely my children, can see through my sinful shortcomings to little glimpses of The Fulfillment that is Christ.  I hope that I serve them to Christ as I diaper them, dispel arguments over legos, and teach them to live Godly, humble, fruitful lives.

When we sacrifice our lives to serve others and glorify God, we are supernaturally fulfilled by God himself. When we open the Word of God and remember what we have, we can walk in our salvation.  We can suffer well because we are reminded that this is not what fills us. Of course it doesn’t.  It’s not supposed to.

I encourage you from 2 Corinthians 10:5 to take captive your thoughts and make them obedient to Christ.

The filling has happened, is happening and will be full when we meet in Glory, friend.

John 7:38 – Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Makers Cottage – DIY Felt Ball Garland

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It’s time for my third Makers Cottage Night! Each Modern Makers Night has been so fun and filled with making not only great projects but new friends as well.  For the April project I’ve chosen Felt Ball Garlands.  I’m not able to source the wool felt balls locally from a herd, but that sure would be amazing!  I’ve ordered some in bulk though and they are on the way!  Check out the image above for a sample and details. Simply Click On The Image to Sign Up!  I have a few spots left and I’d love for you to join me!  I think this would be an easy kid project as well, so I’m sure my girls will be making some for their rooms too!

If you can’t join us here are a few links to buy the supplies yourself.

How To Magically Make More Time (for sewing) Part 3

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Here it is friends. This is the LAST post in my Magical series.  The people who need this post, won’t want too hear it… Honestly everyone is able to do this, at least for a season. You will have lots of excuses why you can’t, but if you love something, you will make the space and time for it.

To make more time for sewing you MUST LEAVE YOUR SEWING MACHINE OUT AND SET UP. You must find a space. You must make your kids share a room or have them eat outside on the deck or sew in your bedroom or even train your baby to go to sleep with the sound of the sewing machine whirring near her crib….all of these things I have done at one point or another. We have lived in a slew of tiny houses and apartments off and on over the years and the key to getting stuff sewn was and always is leaving my machine out.

I want to encourage you to “Just Do It” Nike doesn’t consider sewing a sport, but if they did I would totally be sponsored. HAHA.

Right now I am very fortunate to have a nice finished room to sew in. I share it with the girls so that if there are moments during school that I can sew, then I can! Here are a few creative ways to leave your machine out if you don’t have a sewing room.

THE PLASTIC STORAGE BIN
Just get a bin with a lid and shove it in there and slide it under the kitchen table. If it’s already there then you will be more likely to use it. Here is good one.

THE NOOK
There is always a place for a sewing nook. Get a nice wooden or sewing specific folding table, that way if you have company or need the space temporarily{ for something less fun than sewing }you can move it and put it back up easily. When my husband was in seminary we lived in the campus apartments. SO FREAKING TINY. Someone had left a wooden folding table in our apartment so we used it for that.

THE PLACE YOU DONT LIKE
Is the basement your sewing lair? Do you hate it so much? Is it watery and smelly and dark? Just set up your supplies and organize in such a way that you can have your project out and ready to grab easily so you can bring it up to the kitchen table for the afternoon or evening.

Give up on the ideal places you see on blogs and pinterest and give yourself the freedom to enjoy your sewing time.  Sewing has been such a great way for me to lose myself and relax.  I listen to a book on Audible, pop my headphones in my ears, and start making!  Just do it!

Here is a picture of my non pinterest worthy sewing space. I sure am thankful for it and I get so much more sewing in.  My plans for it include painting the cabinet a bright happy color, but then I wouldn’t have as much time to sew….the struggle. 🙂

sewing room

Happy Sewing Friends! JUST DO IT!

-Andrea

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Hi! I'm Andrea. I'm 35, I love to sew and I work at home parenting our 5 girls and freelance designing. My blog is about my sewing, design projects, and my walk with Christ. Our family just moved to Lynchburg, VA for the husband to attend LUCOM. I'm glad your here!

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