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How to Dress An Elf

‘Tis the Season! Are you elves out yet? Mine are! They always make their annual debut after Thanksgiving – and this year they came with a wardrobe! I am still working on the Accessories and Costumes so more to come, but we are having fun with the Sweaters.

The Sweaters. How to Dress an Elf. It’s tricky at first, but gets easier. I have some photos below to show you what I have figured out so far that works for me.

First – if your elves still have their hands connected you will need to separate those – use tiny scissors so as not to cut their hands, just the thread.

Each Sweater I ship out should have a small slit cut into the back of the sweater. Each sweater has a different shape so they fit a bit different, but I have found a sweater base that I like so those that can be on the basic sweater shape, I will use that – it seems to do a little better with dressing and undressing the elves. If you need to, cut the slit a little bigger depending on your elf.

Go up over the feet – as long as you can get the slit over the body where it meets the feet, you should be good!

On Step 1: Go up over the feet. Stop just below the shoulders.

On Step 2: Tuck the arms down into the sleeves.

On Step 3: Shimmy the arms down into the sleeves as you pull the sweater up. Tweezers may be helpful to pull the arms through.

You can put the collar over or under the sweater:

To Remove the Sweater: Do the same thing in reverse. Pull the arms up a little bit.

Pull the arms all the way out:

And pull the sweater off at the feet.

Now you are ready for a new sweater! I added many sweaters to the Elf Emporium category recently – be sure to take a look. And on Instagram today it is Star Wars Sweater Sunday! A couple of my favorites below. Thanks for stopping by – I hope this helped you and I hope you and your family enjoy the Holiday Season!

Elf Emporium

Good Morning! I know I have been Blog silent lately, but I found the world of making your Elf his and her own sweaters and costumes and accessories – and I have been having fun making a lot of sweaters! More to come, and the costumes, I am excited about the costumes. My elves will have a full wardrobe this year! I am trying to get through all the Sweaters first, and then will move on to the fun Accessories and Costumes, but I have made two accessories – Toothbrush / Toothpaste set, and an Art Easel and Palette set! Some of my recent makes below. And I have created a Holidays section on my new website with subcategories of Christmas and Elf Emporium among others.

Available items will stay on this website as they expire on Etsy. They may or may not become available again on Etsy if they are deemed popular or have a special request to return. Let me know if there is something specific you are looking for that you have seen but can’t find!

Some of my favorite new Elf items below. See them all in the Elf Emporium. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

New Finger Puppet Sets + Mint Tin Play Sets

So I have found a new love of creating Finger Puppet Sets. I know kids {of all ages} love to play with them, but they are also cute just sitting there on your desk – brightens your day! There are so many designs out there right now – with favorite series, holiday, even super mini play tins! I have 4 sets that I finished recently. You can see all available sets in the Finger Puppets section – and many more are on their way!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend – wherever you are in the world. And stay safe!

USA States Collection: Idaho & Montana + More

I know I haven’t been that great at updating lately – too many things to do, not enough time. I will try to be better. This post is just a short update to let you know that I finished 2 more states, Idaho & Montana, and that I think for the time being, I will get the files ready to be stitched, and do a product preview of what the stitching will look like with my selected colors, but I don’t have time to stitch them all out right now, and wrap them all with that much black ribbon – and store them! I am running out of storage space.

I think I will be having a Sample Sale soon of products that have been in storage for awhile. There will only be one of each for the most part. The items can still be made to order – also some that were made awhile ago I may not have the same fabric or supplies available to me, so it could be a Limited Edition! More on that to come.

Below are previews of completed Idaho and Montana, and a preview of Nevada. Still working my way East. You can find these completed and ready to ship designs at my new Shop, Rainy Day Designs Studio, or on Etsy. Nevada will be up soon. As soon as I get the finished piece stitched and hooped, I will update with a finished photo. But looking at the previous 7 states completed will give you a good idea of what your selected state will look like. I hope to have all 50 States available soon.

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

P.S. There is a SALE over at Etsy. Put $20 or more in your cart and see your total drop 20%!

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Math Wheels

Just a quick post – it’s not much but I am so happy that I was able to create something from start to finish that will also help my son with math this year! I have more that I am making, but for now I was able to finish the first 5 of many math wheels. I really want him to pop out the numbers and just know them in his head, so I am hoping these will help the end result. From the first placement stitch to the final satin stitches I created the math wheels. It may not be a perfect design, but I think it is a great start for my first design product. I just thought they turned out so cool, I had to share! More coming soon.

New Shop

** UPDATE: I added a coupon code to the site through July. It doesn’t let me put the store on sale all at once so there is a coupon code for all orders. Use Coupon Code DROP15 through July. Have a great week! **

I hope everyone had a happy, long holiday weekend! Among other things, I decided to test out a new online shop. This allows me to have more items, more categories, and a little more freedom with listings than on Etsy, and I’m not sure how people get the Facebook traffic to sell there, so I decided to try this. I imported most products and have been taking the last 3 days to try and clean up a little. I do still have several more items to go through, but I think most things are set up and correct. I will be going through again to double-check and make sure all the photos are there. And I have new (and new OLD items) to add so I will be adding those as soon as I can, once all the existing product updates are complete.

If you happen to see something that is completely wrong, or have a question that I can address let me know – it’s not helpful to anyone if it is wrong or missing information. Also please be patient with any bugs that may arise with checkout or shipping. I haven’t used this eCommerce store before – I think I have everything set up correctly but I won’t know for sure until an order is placed all the way through.

Take a look – and check back soon – if you are looking for something and don’t see it on Etsy, it may show up here soon. And as always let me know if there is something specific you are looking for!

Home Page is rainydaydesigns.studio

And find all products here. I will be updating the Categories soon, adding some, organizing. It will be a constant work on progress.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great rest of your weekend!

New This Week: 06.28.20

I got a lot done this week – I love batch creating! Many new Snap Tray options, bookmarks, bag tags/key fobs and a Fractions learning set. Trying to figure out what to make next – so much on my To Do list!

See all new items here: My Rainy Day Designs

Let me know if there is anything you are looking for!

Mini Series Sew Along: Complete

I didn’t post the second half of the blocks or the completed top! I had finished the 8 required blocks, but 9 was in my final plan. Other things kept coming up so I was rushing until almost the last minute to try to finish the final block and put them all together, so of course there were many issues. I probably would have changed a few things, but I don’t think I want to rip out and do it again.

My center block was not in the Mini Series, but I think it ties in perfectly. My biggest frustration was that even though all of these blocks were to work together for the series, the finished size of each block is different. So even though I created the full size of each block, they all have a different color count, and different finished size. Frustrating, but able to go back and delete the outer edge and sew on a new, fatter edge. It’s not perfect, but it is done. I think it was raining outside that day so the indoor photo isn’t great. Will try to get a better one when it is DONE done.

New This Week 06.21.20

Hope everyone had a nice Father’s Day weekend. We had a stormy weekend and they just keep coming. No hail this time though, happy about that. We are trying to keep the “Spring Cleaning” momentum going and finish some projects around the house. And I am still making new things – starting to do some back to school items because that is coming sooner than you think, and I know everyone wants to be ready!

This week I have some fun new hoop art, and some new key fobs and bookmarks, and some Hall Passes or large bookmarks for teachers, and some fun play crayons in a bag. For the Unicorn – I ALMOST made it purple. I have always been a “vote for the best person for the position” no matter what party they align with. Be a Unicorn – go have a Cocktail Party!

I am excited about what I am making now – and seeing what I can get done for next weekend!

Have a good first week of summer everyone! See all the new releases, and everything else, here on Etsy. If you are looking for something you don’t see let me know.

And yes – I will make more States soon!

New This Week: 06.14.20

Oh it has been a busy week – busy for you too?! There are some other posts I want to make too so I will try to get those up this week. So this week I finished 2 new hoop arts and have ideas for more, some new coasters and some new finger puppets. I personally love all of them and I hope you will too!

See all items here.