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Updated: 2020-03-09  Views: 202

Today we are sharing a project from this awesome book, Flip Dolls &; Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab &; Go, and we are giving a copy of the book to one lucky winner! This adorable Peekaboo Turtle comes with a free template and instructions to help you as you go. They would make great early holiday gifts or babyshower giftspersonalized wedding party gifts, don’;t you think?

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Peekaboo Turtle

Your little turtle comes out of her shell to say hello! Make a few extra shells for your turtle—even reptiles need options.

Difficulty – Moderate

special skills Embroidery Details (page 20)

Tools &; MaterialsBasic Sewing Tool Kit (page 10)Peekaboo Turtle Template11 x 14-inch (27.9 x 35.6 cm) piece of fabric for the body12 x 16-inch (30.5 x 40.6 cm) piece of fabric for the inner shell12 x 16-inch (30.5 x 40.6 cm) piece of fabric for the outer shell8 x 14-inch (20.3 x 35.6 cm) piece of low-loft batting (see page 14; I prefer the softness of cotton batting for this project)Threads to match fabricsStuffingEmbroidery floss for the eyes

Instructions1 Copy the templates and cut them out.

2 Cut one of each Body template (Top and Bottom) in the body fabric, a Shell Top and Bottom from the inner shell fabric, and a Shell Top and Bottom from the outer shell fabric. Cut two low-loft batting pieces from the Bottom Shell template.

3 Stack the two Shell Bottom pieces with right sides facing on top of one piece of batting. Sew the layers, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 cm) opening. Clip slits in the seam allowance and turn right side out through the opening. Iron so that the edges of the opening are folded in. Topstitch around the edge, closing the opening as you go.

4 Sew the darts in the Shell Top pieces one at a time (these darts will add shape to the shell). Fold the fabric along the light gray lines and sew from the inside to the outer edge for each of the eight darts.

5 Stack the two shell top pieces, right sides facing, on the remaining batting, lining up the dart seams. Sew around the edge, leaving a small opening to turn the piece right side out. Clip slits in the seam allowance and turn right side out. Iron the shell, then topstitch around the edge, closing the opening as you go.

6 Tack the shell top to the shell bottom where indicated by black dots on the template. Make four strong tacking stitches in the topstitching on each dot.

7 Create the round head on the top body piece by pinning the curved edge A to the straight edge B of the turtle’s head. Sew edge A to edge B (or align the fabrics as you sew without pinning them first). Repeat on the other side of the head, sewing the straight edge C to the curved edge D.

8 the top body to the bottom body with right sides facing, carefully lining up the newly sewn edges of the top head with the bottom head. Sew the top to the bottom, leaving a small opening in the hind leg. Clip small slits all the way around the body in the seam allowance right up to the seam. Take your time! Be careful not to cut through the seam, and pay special attention to sharp corners.

9 Turn the body right side out and poke out all points with a chopstick or other turning tool. Stuff the body firmly, adding small amounts of stuffing at a time. Sew the opening closed by hand using a ladder stitch.

10 Embroider the eyes using a satin stitch.

11Slip the turtle body into the turtle shell with the tacked points of the shell tucked in between the front and hind legs.

Now slip the turtle into a different shell. Maybe something with a stripe? What can I say? She’s fickle!

For us, January is just as busy as December. It’s the month of birthdays! Aniston just turned two, Adalyn will be 4 next week, and well, we’re not going to talk about mine. Since it sneaks up so quickly after the holidays, I keep it simple. Just a few beautiful details and adaptations of our current decor. There are perks to having a winter birthday party! This year, I incorporated a few pieces of our Christmas decor as well as our recently transitioned January decor to create a slightly winter wonderland themed birthday party. I say slightly because I don’t like to do anything overly themed. Just a few touches to make it special. I was reminded of this when I was at Target last week and overheard a mom in the laundry aisle on her cell phone talking about how she was so overwhelmed preparing for her daughter’s birthday party and how it will never live up to Pinterest. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or a Pinterest party. Aside from searching for the bird, I spent an hour preparing for Adalyn and Aniston’s party, and, from the look on their faces, they enjoyed every moment of it, and so did I!Adalyn had a few requests – brownie cake, marshmallow cream, chocolate ice cream and cotton candy milk. Apparently the age of 4 is when you become opinionated. She’s a party planner at heart, and I loved her excitement and anticipation.I took advantage of after Christmas sales and purchased a snowflake pan to make our own cake this year and it happened to make perfect portions! You haven’t seen a chocolate snowflake before? I dusted it with powdered sugar to give it a little snow effect and we served it with homemade marshmallow cream and chocolate ice cream. Yes, it was amazing. The girl has great taste!Hot chocolate with snowflake stirrers {also an after Christmas clearance find} and flavored milk were served along with soft drinks. That’s worth having a birthday alone!For lunch, I served bacon macaroni and cheese. If you haven’t made it yet, add it to your menu planning for next week. It’s easy, creamy and great for large groups.As I previously mentioned, I kept decor to a minimum. I scoured the yard for fallen branches to create marshmallow trees – one for the entryway and another for the side board. I love it so much in my birch vase that I’m not sure I can replace the marshmallow covered branches with the red berries again. And the bird. I confess, I went to 6 Targets, and sent my sister and a friend on a bird hunt. Maybe I gravitated to the lil guy because he has the same hat as Adalyn and Ani? I don’t know, but thankfully a friend on Facebook had mercy on me {my friends and family} and loaned him to me.If you aren’t comfortable at arranging flowers, a single stem in a bud vase always makes a statement. Just snip it a half in or so above the top of the vase for yet another quick & easy beautiful detail.Marshmallows grow on trees in my dreams! Using a mix of large and small {fresh} marshmallows, I pushed them onto the end of stems, snipping some stems down to where they were sturdier to create a “blooming” tree.I had planned to make marshmallow garland, but I was out of time and out of fishing line before Isla woke up. I made my peace with it and the girls didn’t mind at all.I asked fellow blogger and calligrapher Madi Reid Sanders?to create a Happy Birthday sign that I could frame in my kitchen vignette. It only takes one or two standout details to really make a party come alive.To allow Chris and I to relax and enjoy every moment of the party, I enlisted our neighbor and babysitter to take coats, offer drinks, serve lunch, and dessert. I wanted to visit with our family that traveled to celebrate with us and just soak in every moment with the girls. I will never again host their birthday parties without. Honestly, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it before! It may seem frivolous, but it was the best money I have spent in a long time.For more easy entertaining ideas, follow me on?Bloglovin?and?Facebook, pin with me on?Pinterest?and go behind the scenes on?Instagram.

Just a quick tutorial for this week.

“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.”Any one else out there love the movie Groundhog Day? I am PRAYING for that groundhog to tell us we are going to have spring weather y'all. I am feeling pretty done with the freezing cold temps we have had the majority of this winter! It has been crazy cold for NC and we have had our share of snow. The little flash of warmer air we had right after the snow gave me major spring fever ;) So, come on groundhog!!!

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