Keeping It Simple – In the Hoop - Happy Face Ribbon Toys

Our 5-year old granddaughter wanted to make something for a friend’s as a gift for her new little sister that is coming home soon.  Now this granddaughter is one of those children who cannot sit still for more than 5 minutes at a time.   Her focus is ever-changing and she has an energy level that is enviable.  And she is only five.  So we decided to make a happy face star ribbon toy.  Of course ours had to be pink.  Here is the one she made:

Here is what you need for the star ribbon toy:

Two squares of felt that are about 6

Five pieces of ribbon 4” long

Tear away stabilizer (for optional step 1)

Pinking shears

Soft Cut-away stabilizer

Embroidery thread

Happy Star design (you can download the design at the bottom of the blog)

Lapel stick or other temporary adhesive


Here is what you do:

1.        This step is optional but makes it easier to cut the shape. Hoop stabilizer in a 5x7 hoop.  Center one square of felt on top.  Load the happy star design and embroider only the first run.  Using the pinking shears cut outside the run.  Remove the stabilizer and set aside.  Save the other felt square for later.


2.       Hoop cut-away stabilizer in a 5x7 hoop. Load the same color thread in both the top and bottom for best results with this project.  Start the design over and embroider the first run on the stabilizer.


3.       Fold your ribbon wrong sides together and place over first inside corner (top right) so that a half inch or so is inside the line.  Adhere using a lapel stick if desired.  Embroider the run.  Repeat for all inside corners going clockwise around the star.



4.       Lay the cut star on top aligning it over the star placement and embroider the tackdown run.  Change the thread and bobbin if desired and then embroider the face run.


5.       Remove the hoop and turn face down on a stable, flat surface. Use your square over the star placement lines.  Change the thread and bobbin back to the original color if needed. (we were giggling and forgot to do this.)  Carefully slide the hoop back onto the machine and embroider the final run.


6.       Remove the design from the hoop.  Using pinking shears cut around the back and stablizer matching up with the front star shape.


We will be making a couple of burpies to go along with the toy for an easy gift.  If you have a baby to sew for try any of these cute projects:

Heart Flower Burpies

Minkys and Binks

Embroidered Photo block

Cool Summer Baby Ts

Easy Treat bags (These are a favorite)

Whatever you make be sure you are having fun.

Take care,


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Keeping It Simple - Christmas Fun in Paper or Fabric

Keeping It Simple - Christmas Fun in Paper or Fabric

First things first- our little girl is finally here!  There is a picture of our beautiful granddaughter at the end of the blog.  So we were keeping our other two and trying to find ways to keep them busy.  We could swim in the evenings but the days here have been in the very upper 90s with high humidity.  Not the best for outdoor activities.  So, what better way to keep cool than think about Christmas.  We got out the nativity and told the story with the characters like we do at Christmastime.  We pretended Santa Claus using the saved gift bags from last year, we made Christmas lists and talked about how to decorate this year's tree. Then the girls helped make Christmas cards.  Of course since they like to sew with me we had to do some using the embroidery machine.  Here are some that we made using cardstock and glitter coated card stock. 


The glitter coated paper holds up much better when embroidered than plain cardstock.  If you use open designs like the new Christmas Glitz designs by Amazing Designs you could have a stack of cards in no time at all.

Here is what you need for the ornament one like we made:

1 rectangle of red cardstock 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"

1 rectangle of green cardstock 4 3/4"  X  3 1/2"

1 rectangle of white glitter coated cardstock 4 1/2" X 3 1/4"

Stabilizer - medium weight cut away works well for these.

Design that is approximately 2 1/2" wide X 2" tall

Spray adhesive or removable  double sided tape

Photo mounting squares or craft glue

Here is what you do:

1.  Hoop the stabilizer.  Using the adhesive or tape only on the edges adhere the glitter coated paper in the center of the hoop.

2.  Embroider the design.  Remove from the hoop and cut away the stabilizer around the design .  Do not tear it away even if you used a tear away stabilizer.

3.  Center the white glitter coated rectangle on the green cardstock rectangle and adhere with photo mounting squares,  scrapbooking tape or craft glue.

4.  Fold the red rectangle in have so the front measures 5 1/2" X 4 1/4".  Center the green and white rectangle piece and adhere.  Your card is ready for your greeting.

If desired,  add ribbon, crystals, or other embellishments to make each card unique. 

Here is a snowflake one that we like.  We will make a set of six of these note cards to give as a hostess gift this holiday season.

Here is one made on fabric for those of you who just don't do paper embroidery.

I used a two sided fusible like you would for appliqué  so that the edges wouldn't fray.  Then I rubbed some Stickles glitter glue on the reindeer to make him sparkle.

And here is our baby girl.  As soon as I have some time I will post a couple of her in the Designer T's we made earlier. 

Take care,


Comments (4) -

thecomputerist 7/30/2010 5:29:40 PM

Kate is beautiful and the Christmas cards are too!

Thanks for the project and photos, you do a great job!!


What a beautiful baby.

I love the idea of making cards in July. How great to take the pressure off of our frantic Christmas rush we always get ourselves into.


What an absolutely gorgeous baby girl!!!  I am looking forward to seeing your designer T's with her photograph on them.  Good job!.  

The cards are really pretty.  I was wondering if using glittered paper would make your needle dull, but evidently not?  I've never embroidered on paper before but I am thinking about trying it.    slr

Beautiful Chistmas cards, and working with the children to make them is a wonderful way to make them special.  Congratulations on the new grandchild.

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