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Something Different Saturday: Building a Pirate Ship

I thought I’d try a little something different…on Saturdays…Something Different Saturdays! Sewing is of course my main recreational hobby but I work on so many other projects throughout the week, I thought I would throw a little of that stuff in here too. Today’s random project: building a pirate ship!

Today's important life skill lesson - building a pirate ship.

Bill is off playing a game today and has the car. It’s cold and its rainy and it’s hard to convince Caleb that it’s worthwhile to change out of his jammies on days like today. Instead, we are staying in our jammies and building  a pirate ship.

I’m (mostly) following the instructions and pattern pieces found over on Molly Moo. This morning we (I) built the ship with a large boot shoe box and masking tape.  Then together we did “papier mached” it using Mod Podge.  It took a while, but I think by the end Caleb had the hang of that process.  When it’s dry, we’ll paint and add our masts and benches and other fun things. Including the future denizens:

Future denizens of the pirate ship

If you’re looking for more little guy projects and things, I have a board for that over on Pinterest: For My Little Guy.

Nintendo DS Carry Case (a project from the summer)

Nintendo DS carry-case

Over the summer my friend sent me a tutorial for a Nintendo DS & DSi carrycase from Christine at From an Igloo and asked if I wouldn’t mind whipping one up for her son.

Being a Lego enthusiast like my own kiddo, I used yet more of that brilliant Lego fabric I picked up from Spoonflower for C’s birthday party.  The inside and the strap are solid blue cotton and I found in my button stash a nifty blue hand for decoration.

I love, love, love the perfect little zipper pocket built into the back on the case for games.  It’s perfect for the games and the construction is simple, effective, and looks really spiffy.

Nintendo DS carry-case

The only thing I didn’t love was that the inside was not seamless.  She mentions it in the tutorial so I was well aware ahead of time, but  I would still have  liked to have a seamless option.

Nintendo DS carry-case

Otherwise, I would highly recommend this tutorial!  A good afternoon of work for a nice little pouch.

 

Little Boy’s Wallet

A few weeks ago my little boy asked me to make him a wallet. I (bad mommy) promptly forgot! Today he reminded me when he found his Lego Official Builder Licence (which the kids received as birthday party favors last weekend) and wanted a special place to put it.  I had a little time on my hands and decided to get right down to business.  I chose to use the Basic Boy’s Wallet tutorial from Noodlehead.  I liked the accordion fold pockets and I thought that the style of this one was most like Daddy’s.  I thought he’d appreciate that the most.  I also liked the way she chose to decorate the wallet, although I didn’t use her decorations ideas. I did find several other tutorials that I liked with different features, they are listed at the end of this post.

Caleb's Lego Wallet Mosaic

I had some Lego Fabric from Spoonflower leftover from the gift bags for Caleb’s party that I decided to use for the lining.  I used some dark denim for the outer layer and fussy-cut a minifig head for the decoration on the front of the wallet.  The denim was a little stiffer than the suiting fabric recommended by Noodlehead, so it was a little bit difficult to sew, but not so difficult that I had to give up.  The whole project took me about an hour and my little man is thrilled!

Caleb & his new wallet

As promised, here a few of the other tutorials that I found.  I might consider making these in the future:

RePlayGround | Shirt Cuff Wallet - Clever wallet that uses the cuff of a men’s button-down shirt. Uses the button on the cuff as a wallet closure and has an unfinished edge on the sleeve side of the cuff.
Lola Nova | Summer Wallet Tutorial - This wallet is quite basic like the one from Noodlehead.  Has a button closure and uses separate pieces of fabric for the card pockets for a scrappy look.
::verypurpleperson:: | Boy’s Wallet - I love this wallet, but it had a few more features than I wanted to tackle today.  Has a zipper pouch on the outside, an elastic for closure, and has a hook-and-loop closure pocket for coins.