Tuesday, 27 December 2011

mini motorhome - babyroom5

So I intend to make a baby gym, no, not with mini dumbbells and pull up bars...it's what they call a baby gym, but really the baby just lies on a mat and looks at things that are dangling above him....yup, sounds like my ideal gym if i'm being honest.

Anyway, I'll need little camping related toys to hang from the bars to keep his attention, when i'm sticking him on the mat and rushing off for my daily craft fix. I designed 3 different softies in the shapes of the applique pieces that i've used for the quilts and assorted nursery stuff.

You can download the pattern for the motorhome, caravan and the vw camper if you feel like making them yourself.
They are made by paper-piecing in the same way that mamma matryoshka is, so check her out if you don't know what i mean. Except this time, i used thin card instead of paper just to give it a bit more stability when sewing together. So you need to cut out all your pieces in card, tack material around the card templates (attach your windows etc before tacking!) and then sew them all together round the edges, right sides facing in.
It should look something like this...you'll need to snip into corners etc to get the tacking step to go smoothly. Leave a hole for turning of course! I've left open the front bumper, as you can see below. Then you'll need to snip all the tacking stitches, and remove the card templates. Then turn and stuff firmly.
Do the same with the little wheel axles..they'll look something like this when inside out.
And there you go! Attach the wheel axles to the motorhome body by stitching round the wheels.
When sewing together, try and get the edges of the windscreen etc nicely lined up, so it looks more like one piece.
It's actually surprisingly stable on the firmly stuffed wheel axles.
I added a little numberplate and lights at the front and back as well just to add detail.
And off he goes..

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