Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Little One Sews

As soon as school got out this summer, M. asked me what was she going to sew.  I had some striped knit waiting for me to make them max skirts for about 6 months, so we started together.  

I drafted the pattern and cut it out.  M. can sew straight lines, and that is about it.  Right now, I pin and even stand behind her to make sure her lines are straight.  She is gaining confidence and is loving the process.

Last summer, we started with Skip to My Lou's sewing activities.

Her first project was a headband.  Then she sewed a bag. - both can be found somewhere on the Skip to My Lou's site.

We used this tutorial for the maxi skirt and had to adapt it a little bit for little girls.  She is already asking me what is next - pillow cases, blankets, more skirts?  I'm not sure.  I just think sewing is a lost art and I'm pretty happy that she seems to enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

CTR Embroidered Towels

25 towels - that is a lot.  Pretty, clean, white, fluffy towels.

For the past week, I've been busy embroidering these towels.  By the time I am done, I will have gone through 10 spools of thread!  These will go to all the children who are turning 8 and are getting baptized in 2014.  I think it is a great idea.

I started embroidering the letters black and the shield green.  It wasn't my favorite, so I switched it. 

I am just showing these to give some ideas.  I think it is a great idea.  For those who don't have access to an embroidery machine, The Rachel Berry Blog has a quick tutorial for using fabric instead.

It is the first time I've embroidered in over a year.  At least I got my machine out and now I've got some plans!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Drapes for My Pre-Teen Daughter

I'd get this room done a lot quicker if I didn't have so many holidays getting in the way!  Of course, I'm kidding.  I am in no rush for this room - I. probably is, but not me!

The drapes in this room have made the biggest difference!  Someone noticed them in the post about her polka dot ceiling.  Horizontal stripes was just what I was looking for!  I ordered the fabric from Tonic Living - such a great spot for fabric if you are looking.  Because I ran the stripes horizontally, I had to have a seam, but I think it is pretty much invisible.

I also lined them with black out fabric.  I think she might appreciate this more as she gets older.  I felt a little bit like I was sewing a shower curtain - it is stiff.  I love the stability that lining gives to drapes.  I will forever line my drapes from here on it.  Worth the extra steps and time.

They are just clipped using ring clips.

We are one step closer to making this room a youthful, fun pre-teen room!  The clothes on the chair help remind you that a kid lives here, right?

And for those that think my house is always in order, a picture to prove otherwise:

This happened while I was trying to take pictures.  Oy!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Elbow Patches

A week ago, it was snowing!  I might have been a little crabby about the thought.  It is the end of April after all.  While the baby was down for a little nap, I grabbed some sequins to try to brighten up my day.  and an old cardigan.  and some wonder under.

I ironed on that wonder under to the back of the sequins.

Then, I cut out two ovals.  I placed my hand on the fabric and traced an oval around my hand - real technical, I know.

I tried on my sweater and put a pin right where my elbow was.  Then I laid the sequin patch down and ironed on (definitely use a press cloth).

and voila - a little something to make these springy snow days a little brighter!  I did have to stitch around by hand.  The hold wasn't very strong without it.  and I had to stand awkwardly and take a picture of my elbow.  

There you have it - quick DIY elbow patches!

Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dressing Up Drapes with Bias Tape

Well, the title says it all.  We can probably be done.  

I have been putting my two boys together in a room.  While I am at it, I've decided to update that room. G. isn't such a little boy anymore, so I am kind of trying to update it a bit, without going all out.  That's not my style.  I had made him some denim drapes when he was a little toddler.  They had overall clasps on them.  I don't want to make all new drapes, though.  So, I added some bias trim.

Bias trim is super easy to make.  Mine is 2" wide.  Then I folded each side to the middle and ironed.  

Pin and stitch.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the trim to go vertical or horizontal. 

I couldn't decide if I wanted the drapes to go horizontal or vertical.  I would love some horizontal stripe drapes for here, but the bias strips going horizontal didn't quite work for me.  So, vertical it was.  It is a little detail, but isn't it the details that make the difference?

I like it - I love navy and green right now.  Super easy and now I'm not sure any of our drapes around the house will be safe!

Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sewing Crib Bedding

 I can't believe that I haven't shared this yet!  Baby J. will turn one in six days and I am just now getting around to this.  Oy.

I made all of baby J.'s crib bedding, of course I did.  Why would I even do this?  I think it is about the only way to get cool crib bedding but not pay custom prices!  I figure this is going to stick around for a couple of years, so I might make sure I like it.  And I ended up LOVING how this turned out.  

The crib is a used crib that we got when our 10 year old was born. I went with a navy blue chevron and a gray elephant print for the bumper.  Now baby J. totally stands on it and squishes it down in an attempt to get out of the bed - keep that in mind as you are viewing the pictures.  I used Premier Prints ZigZag Twill and a Premier Print for the elephant.  I can't find the exact one at, though.  There is one that is similar, but the one I used is gray and white, not natural.

I topped it all with a kelly green piping that I made - just because I wanted it big and to pop!

The crib sheet is a navy blue gingham.  It didn't fit exactly how I was expecting, but I am still happy with it.  I did look for awhile for a sheet that I wanted so I wouldn't have to sew this- there sure isn't a big selection out there.

I opted for no crib skirt.  They just look a little feminine to me, plus I like the open look.  In an ideal world where I suddenly have a lot of free time, I would paint that oak a navy blue.  In my world though, that probably isn't going to happen.

We are moving the crib into G's room this weekend, finally.  I've got a couple more touches before I call that room good.  Actually, I'll probably never call it done.

Tutorials that I used:
bumper: Elle Apparel crib bedding 101 - I had to tweak a little, but she uses the same colors as I did, which might have made me like it a bit more.
Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog, The Winthrop Chronicles

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Little Boys Neck Tie

I had a mission.  My oldest son had an important event and he needed a special tie for it.  No just any tie that I could go out and buy, but a tie made out of the special MacDougall tartan.  So begins my quest to make him a tie.  
There are a lot of tutorials out there.  Some are lame and some are made for little toddler boys.  My G. is 8, not so much a toddler.  I started by using the purl bee's little boy's tie tutorial just to see.  I had some cotton fabric and went for it.  I thought it was looking pretty sharp.

It was about 3 inches too short and super flimsy.  My husband commented that it looked like a $3 tie, which I replied, it did cost us about $3!  So, try #1 didn't work, but I had somewhere to go.

I thought I was ready so I cut tie #2 out of the plaid.  It never gave me a crisp line when I pressed it and the first tie was super flimsy.  This time, I lined it with a light weight fusible interfacing.  Huge mistake. It made it way too stiff, the knot looked ridiculous.  AAAhhh. . . 

OK - with three days left, I started on tie #3.  MacDougall plaid, heavy stabilizer in the middle, no interfacing, add 3".  This one, although was far from perfect was the one that made the cut.  Probably because I ran out of time!

Sewing on the bias is hard.  See how not straight that seam is below?  Tricky sewing, I tell you.

It was difficult for me to get a nice point, but that is probably due to the fabric.  And this fabric was not up for negotiation.  It was shipped from Scotland!

See how the points of the tie don't line up.  I tried, I really really tried.  But I tell you, there is a reason why boys ties are so expensive.  They are tricky.

But it worked for the day and probably for the next couple of years.  I'm not sure if I am up for attempting to perfect this or not.  I kind of like a challenge and part of me just wants to walk away.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Trick of Treat Bags

Although my kids LOVE carrying the plastic pumpkins to collect candy in every Halloween, this year I thought it was time for an upgrade.  I saw this awesome vinyl polka dot at Ikea and knew right away that I was going to make trick or treat bags with them.  Funny thing is, I was stopped at least 3 times from people loving the fabric but wondering what I was going to do.  When I told them, they told me I was a genius!  Who doesn't love that?

Each bag starts off with a rectangle cut about 18" wide and 42" long.  After I had sewn this, though, I thought it was too long and cut about 4" off the top.

I then traced a circle out of white felt - I used a salad plate.

I found a cute font (Addams Capitals - free from here).  I printed them out in a large size, traced them onto wonder under.   Don't forget to trace the image backwards!  Then this is ironed onto orange felt and cut out.

Iron your letter onto your white circle.

and sew your circle onto your bag.

I played around using decorative stitches and colors.  On some of the circles, I did have to make a little pleat.  If I was sewing for something fancy, I probably would have unpicked this.  These are for kids, to hold candy in - I think they will be fine.

Next, fold your rectangle in half and sew up the long sides.  I love using this fabric because it doesn't unravel and I don't have to finish the seams.

Pinch the corners - line the seam up with the crease of the bottom of the bag.  Draw a line across that is about 4" across and stitch on that line.

Don't be scared - trim that seam.  Do this to both sides.

Now your bag has a flat bottom that will stand up easier.  I folded over 1" from the top and double stitched it.

Lastly, you have to add handles.  My handles are scraps - 2" wide and 16" long.  I folded it in half (hot dog way - the long way) and ran several rows of stitching down.  I like using contrasting thread to make it stand out.

About 3" in from the side seam, I stitched the handles down.  I sewed a square first and then an X to really secure this handle.

Now - my kids can go collect their candy!

See how the bottom of the bag stands up now that we did that tricky seam?

If my kiddos actually can fill this up, I think I might be sick.  They are pretty positive it won't be a problem!

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