Wreaths

As my older kids are back in school, I feel fall creeping up on me.  I love fall, it’s by far my favorite season.  It always seems to be here before I know it!  Suddenly it’s October and “Wait, I was going to make  a wreath for the front door.”  Or I totally wanted to make those muffins/cookies/breads/rolls etc.  Well, as I begin to/try my best to get an early start at thinking of decorations and costumes, I’ll share a fun wreath project that my friend Erin and I created for a fundraiser.2014-02-21 18.37.11It’s so much fun to craft with a friend!  I love having a project to work on.  I also love craft paint…

2014-03-19 01.18.57iSimple and sweet.  This wreath could be used in so many places!  Front door, girls room, playroom, etc.

2014-03-19 01.19.15iThe sparkly blue bird is my favorite part.  I may or may not have painted lots of things with this glitter paint that I found in a rainbow of colors at Michaels.

2014-03-19 01.19.30i    Would anyone like to see a tutorial for this??

Simple Skirt

Remember the easy skirts from this post?  Well, today I am going to tell you how to make a really easy skirt!  If you have small amounts of fabric that you want to use, that are just under half a yard or so, try this, you will be happy with the quick and easy results!  You can make several of these in a short period of time.

Here’s what you’re going to need…

  • Fabrics: 1 for the main part and one for the accent panel (if you want.)
  • elastic 3/4 to 1 inch wide (measuring the waist of the recipient subtract a couple of inches or so to find the length.)
  • thread, scissors, ruler, safety pin

To begin, measure your recipient and decide the length that you want the skirt to be.  For my skirt,  I want it to be approximately 14 inches long.    I am going to make the lower quarter of my skirt with a different fabric, so I need to determine how long to make each piece of fabric.  (You might want to make sure that you iron your fabric first, especially if you’ve had it folded for a while…probably should have done that before taking the picture!)

I will be using the entire 44″ width by 5″ for my accent and 44″ by about 13″ for the main panel.

Once I have those pieces cut, I am going to begin sewing.   I serged my two pieces together, sewing along the longest length,  if you don’t have a serger, just use your sewing machine.  You can allot an extra 1/2-1 inch if you want to fold the seem over to cover the unfinished edge.

Now you should have a one piece total.  Take the short sides and pin right sides together, serge or sew from one end to the other.  Back stitch on both ends.  It should now look like a tube.

Next get your iron and press fabric over a 1/4″ on the top edge and the bottom edge, making sure that you press the right side over the wrong side.

Now on the bottom edge, fold that pressed edge over again, another 1/2″ and press again.

On the top edge fold it over 1″-1 1/4″ depending on the size of your elastic, press.  This will make your elastic casing.

Now sew the bottom edge all the way around.

Sew the top edge, leaving a 2″ -3″ opening for the elastic.  Back stitch on both ends.

Attach your safety pin to one end of the elastic and feed it through the casing.

When you get back to the beginning, sew the two ends of your elastic together by laying one on top of the other and using a zig zag stitch go over it a few times for extra strength.  Now tuck it in to the casing and sew the opening closed.

You are all finished.  See how easy that was??

Now if you wanted to add a little more to this skirt, you could add a pocket or two onto the front.  Make them round or square, your choice, either would make a cute addition.

I think a little ruffle as the accent panel would be cute too.

Enjoy!  And please if you use one of the tutorials listed on this site, please give credit to the site.  Thanks.

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Play Dessert Tray

Sorry that I haven’t posted as much this summer.  I assure you, that once things get back into a more structured school mode, there will be more posts and tutorials!  I have a few lined up, it’s just a matter of finding a spare hour or two to do it!  My son starts kindergarten next week and once I stop crying , I will get back into a normal routine!

So, I have been sewing a lot of felt food lately.  It’s easy to throw in a bag and carry it with me.  The problem is, that I have lots of cute food and not a lot of cute play things to put it on.  So my dilemma was remedied one day as I walked through the dinnerware aisle at Target.  They had a great selection of melamine salad plates and appetizer plates!  Perfect!  My kids can’t or would have to try really hard to break them!  So I grabbed two of them and headed home to make a two tiered dessert tray for the play kitchen.

Want to make one too?  It’s so easy.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Two plates (My plates are from Target, one salad size and one appetizer size)
  • a small piece of wood
  • paint, paint brush and glue (I used hot glue, because I’m impatient.  You could use something stronger if you want.)

Are you ready? Ok, here’s what you do, paint your piece of wood.  Let it dry.  Determine the center of your plates.  Glue the wood in the center of the larger plate.  Add glue to the top of your wood, place smaller plate on top.  And that’s it.  Easy peasy.

Paint.

Glue.

Finished.

The Easiest Headband Ever

Um…So yeah, I love headbands.  I wear them all the time.  When I find a particular size or style that I like, I tend to need more than one.  Here is an easy solution to “I need something to go with this outfit because my hair is kinda scary today…”  I happened to have had one of those days today.  After deciding that I didn’t want any of the ones that I currently have in my stash, it was time to make one…but out of what?  How about that ribbon that I picked up because it was pretty and I could use it for… something.

It will probably take longer to decide on which ribbon you want to use than it will take to actually make this headband.  So why not make a few and save yourself the extra time trying to narrow down that decision.

Here’s what you’re going to need…

  • Ribbon of your choice
  • 2 elastic hairbands
  • scissors and your sewing machine

Yep, that’s all you need.

So grab your hairbands Overlap them

Pull the part that’s in the front through the one in the back and back to the front.  Does that make sense?

It should now look like this.
Fold the end of your ribbon over like a 1/4″ or so.  It doesn’t have to be exact, this is simply to keep the raw edge from showing when you sew it.

Take your folded edge an wrap it over the end of your hairband.  (I covered the metal part of the hair band, I think most don’t even have that metal part anymore!)  Now your ready to sew.

Sew close to your edge, making sure that you backstitch  a few times to reinforce the seam.  At this point you can take your ribbon and wrap it around your head to get an idea of how long you want it to be and cut it to the desired measurement.  Repeat with the other side, making sure that your ribbon isn’t twisted before you sew!  (I cut my ribbon at 18″, after sewing it and trying it on, I realized that it was too big, so I just folded it over a couple of times and sewed it again and it was perfect. )

And that’s it! Easy.

Enjoy your new headbands.  It’s a great way to use extra ribbon you have laying around!  I think that I may make a few more of these with a couple of strands of narrow ribbon together.  The possibilities are endless, really.

Simple Little Lady Dress

I’ve intended to post this tutorial for quite some time. I had a bout half a yard of fabric that I just couldn’t decide what to do with it.  My little lady loves purple, and I loved the fabric.  So the easiest dress ever was created for her.  Have some extra fabric laying around?  This is a great way to use it.  I’ve made several variations of this dress.  I love the dress with a contrasting panel on the bottom.  You can use ribbon for the straps to simplify the dress even more.

Here’s what you will need:

  • a measurement of the recipient (for the proper length)
  • enough fabric to achieve this length with the addition of seam allowances (extra 3-4 inches)
  • any type of desired embellishments (for a contrasting panel. fabric straps or ribbon straps)
  • 1″ elastic
  • thread, scissors, ruler, rotary cutter and mat (not required, but they sure are nice to have!)

To begin determine the length that you want your dress to be add 3-4 inches and this will be your length.  For the width, fold your fabric in half, bringing your selvage edges together.  Press that folded edge that you’ve created and then use it to make a straight cut.  You should now have two pieces of fabric.  For most pieces of standard 44″ wide cotton you should have two 22″ by your desired length pieces.  This will be your two main panels.

For the straps, determine how long you want them to be.  I made my straps 9″ long.  So either cut two pieces of ribbon to 9″ or make your own out of fabric.  If you want to make your own, start with a 3″  by your length, but for convenience I’m going to say 9″ .  Take your 3″ by 9″ strip and fold in half, right sides together, matching the long edges. Press.  Sew a 1/4″ seam, back stitching at the beginning and end. Press seam open, turn right side out.   Center the seam and press.  You can also top stitch the edges if you want.  Now your straps are done.For the main part:

Place right sides together.  Pin and sew the length of the side seams, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press seam.

Now, you want to make the elastic casing.

Fold edge over 1/2″ ; press edge.  Fold pressed edge over 2″;press again.  This will create the casing, pin to hold in place.  Sew 1/2″ from the top all the way around.  Next sew as close to the bottom folded edge that you created, making sure that you will have a casing large enough to hold your 1″ elastic.  Leave a 2″ opening; feed your elastic through.  Sew the ends of your elastic together, I usually overlap the edges and make several zig zag stitches to ensure that it’s going to hold!  Sew your opening closed.

Sew your straps about 5.5 ” from the edges.  You’ll have to stretch your fabric out to measure this, pin and sew right above your elastic casing.  Make sure to back stitch to reinforce the straps.

To finish fold the bottom edge over 1/4″; press.  Fold over 3/4-1″ , press.  Pin and sew all the way around.  You are finished!!

Now, if you wanted to do a contrasting panel at the bottom, simple determine how long you want it and sew it on to each panel at the beginning.

Let’s make popsicles!

Someone small loves popsicles.  I mean really loves them.   So of course she needs one in the form of a hair accessory, right?!

I tried a couple of different versions, single versus double.  I happened to like the double popsicle the best.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own popsicle clips…

  • Felt
  • popsicle sticks (cut in half)
  • needle
  • embroidery floss
  • paper, pencil, scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • hair clips

Ok, to start you’ll want to decide how big you want to make your popsicle.   I made mine about 1 1/4 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches tall.  Draw out your popsicle shape onto your paper to make a little template.  Use that template to cut out two matching pieces from your felt.

Place the tow identical pieces together and grab your threaded needle.  I started mine by sliding my needle in between the two layers, so that my knot wouldn’t show on either side of the felt.  Begin sewing up the side.

Once you’ve sewn a few stitches and the felt stays together, you can insert your first popsicle stick.  This will be a guide so that you know how much space you have to stitch.  Also, you can run a line of hot glue along the back side of the stick as you place it in between the felt, for a little extra stability.  You’d hate for your popsicle to lose it’s stick, right?

Continue to sew around the entire edge, adding your second stick as you go.

It should look like this.  Next you’re going to sew the middle section.

Start in the middle of the two layers again, to avoid your knot showing.  Sew all the way up that mid section.  Now you are finished with your popsicle!

You can now glue them to your hair clips!

Can you imagine all the possibilities for felt food shaped hair accessories???  I wonder what other people at the grocery store would think if I had a headband with a coffee cup and a doughnut in my hair?

Pretty Paper Flower Clips

I ran across this article the other day and new that I must drop everything that I was doing and make one of these “paper mâché” flowers.  LOVE these flowers.  Everything about these big vibrant flowers screams awesome!  But, maybe a little too big for my day to day wear.

So…why not make a smaller version?

Lapel pin?

Hair Clip?

The possibilities are endless.

(Adapted from here)

Here we go:

  • Paper (newsprint, construction, lol, whatever kind you have laying around)
  • Modge Podge
  • craft paint
  • paint brush, scissors, compass, alligator clip or lapel pin, hot glue

Start off by drawing 3 circles in each of the following sizes 2 1/2″, 2 ″, 1 1/2″, 1/2″

Next, you’re going to paint one circle with modge podge and stick the next circle of the same size to it, repeat with the last circle.  All your same size circles should be stuck together to make one circle.  Repeat with remaining sizes.

Next your going to cut notches around the circle to make your petals.

Fold the petals toward the center, creasing where the petals meet the center.

Once you have all of your flowers cut out, it’s time to paint them.  Paint the front one color and the back another color.  You can choose any color you want for the center.

Now, grab the glue gun.  Place a dab of glue in the center of the large flower place the medium in the center, aligning the petals.  Repeat with remaining flowers and center.

Your flower is finished.  Now you can glue it to a lapel pin back or an alligator clip.

Enjoy your new accessory!!