The Green Menagerie

Welcome to my little corner of the crafting world! I am obsessed with all things sewing-related, including my newest obsession, machine embroidery. Everything on this blog is handmade by me.

You can also come visit my etsy store at I love doing custom orders!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chair pockets

A preschool teacher friend of mine ordered 12 chair pockets to fit her classroom chairs. She plans to have the kids keep their daily folders and pencil boxes in them, to free up space on the table. I already have another order from a different teacher for 14 more!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tina's Baby Gift

The necktie onesie was particularly popular at the shower. I will definitely be making more of those.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Owl Applique Wallhanging

I love these owls!

A tiny muumuu?

I thought this was cute material... until I made it into this dress. Eeek.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dust Ruffle Dress

This dress was made entirely from a toddler bed dust ruffle! (I added the embroidered ice cream cone.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wall Hanging for Preschool

I made this as an end-of-year gift for the director of our preschool.

Fabric Bulletin Board

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Mannequin cover

Before and after. Ms. Curvy also has a black cover, but really, once you've seen one mannequin cover, you've seen them all!

Erica's Birthday Gift

Beach towel in its own pocket

Another Downy Quilt

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Warning: Gymnast

My latest embroidery design

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Name Pillowcase (Rawr!)

Downy Quilts for Kids/Touch of Comfort Quilt

Downy (yes, the fabric softener company) has partnered with Quilts for Kids and created this awesome program that anyone who loves to sew can participate in. All you do is request a free quilt kit, make the quilt in your own home using the provided pre-cut fabrics and instructions (and your own batting and thread), then mail it back to them. The quilts go to children staying in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the country. How great is that?!

This racecar quilt is my first one, and I'm working on a second one from my fabric stash to donate as well. I just need to quilt and bind it, and they'll be off to comfort some sick kids!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Beanie Babies Tote

Melaina is infatuated with Beanies and is always lugging at least two or three around with her everywhere we go. It occurred to me yesterday that she needed a better way to carry her beanie friends, so this is what I came up with. I made the circles with my embroidery machine, cut out the centers, then whipped up the rest of the bag in no time!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Grasshopper Puppet

My niece is doing a puppet show for LTC (Leadership Training for Christ), and they were in need of a grasshopper puppet for their show. Unable to find one, Michelle asked me for help. She gave me a store-bought ant puppet on which to base the new puppet. I threw together some felt, pompoms, and stuffing, and this is what I came up with.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gymnastics Bags

I finally put the girls' names on their gymnastics team duffle bags.

Big Sister T-shirt & Bow

Baby Garrett's Burp & Taggie

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Kids' Sewing Day

The girls wanted to sew something yesterday, so we made monsters. They chose all the fabrics and did the pinning and cutting; I just helped sew.

Of course, Melaina wanted to make one too, but she is too little to pin and cut. So I had her draw the monster she wanted, and I made it for her out of felt!

Kellar's Quiet Book

A friend at church asked me if I would make something for her 5-year-old son to help with his fine motor skills. He is doing occupational therapy, but she felt he could use some extra help at home. She gave me free reign of the project, and told me to use whatever materials I had on hand. I did some research online to find out some of the skills kids practice in occ therapy, and below is the final product!

I decided to make a "big boy" quiet book (all the premade quiet books are too babyish for a big kid like Kellar!). Here's a run-down of the pages I included (pictures follow):

Cover: Unscrewing. Made from old jeans. I cut the tops off 2-liter bottles and embedded them under the jeans and a layer of thick interfacing. I covered the lids with felt and added some fussy-cut pictures to uncover once the lids are screwed off.

Page 1: Weaving. Used ribbon to make the football field; embroidered some footballs and attached to ribbon for weaving.

Page 2: Zipping/Buttoning. Used an old pair of jeans. Added some manly underwear to discover (what 5-year-old would not think that's funny?!).

Page 3: Pinching/Grasping. Made a clock out of felt; embroidered numbers on felt. Attached numbers to alligator hair clips with hot glue.

Page 4: Drawing/Writing. A simple chalkboard made from chalk cloth.

Page 5: Snapping. Printed a monster truck picture onto transfer paper, ironed it to fabric, cut apart and bound edges. Sewed snaps on back.

Page 6: Buttoning. Bound preprinted fabric shapes and made buttonholes where the wheels were. Sewed buttons of appropriate sizes onto page and outlined vehicle shapes by sewing around them.

Page 7: Lacing/Tying. Made a felt shoe and applied grommets for lacing.

Page 8: Zipping. Sewed zipper into a felt UPS box (Kellar was a UPS man for Halloween this year). Made some simple felt envelopes for him to find.

Back Cover: Made from old jeans. It looked boring, so I added a motorcycle from preprinted fabric attached to a ribbon; stores in back pocket.