Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Last weekend, my nieces had a dance recital and I wanted to make them something too. For my younger niece, I made a couple of fabric covered button pony tail holders. They are easy to make and the button cover kit can be found at Joann's.
Next time, I think that I would use two layers of fabric as the metal button showed through a little. For my older niece, I used this cute idea from V and Co. to make a fabric bracelet. I have to say that this very simple project took me a while for some reason. However, I do like the finished product and can see myself making more to coordinate with clothes I have made for myself and my girls.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Last week, I found a great free tutorial on From an Igloo for a reversible shirt. It looked easy to make and really cute. So I thought that I would give it a try and started looking through my stash of fabrics. I came across some pillowcases that I purchased 3 years ago! When I first started sewing for my little girls one of the most basic beginner patterns was for a simple pillowcase dress. Well I guess I purchased these and never got around to doing anything with them. I thought that they would be perfect for this project.
I followed the tutorial but only worried about the strap and chest measurements. Other than that I just held the pillowcases up to my girls and thought it looked about right for width and length. I just cut a small strip off of the sewn together end to open it up. Then I cut off the cuff at the other end and used this fabric for the straps.
I didn't even have to sew the side seams for the dress because they were already done! I also decided to use bias tape for the bottom so that I didn't have to worry about folding up my hems exactly even. This project was super easy and my girls are thrilled that the dresses are reversible! Thanks so much to Christine for her great tutorial and please be sure to check out her blog.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
So my poor little boys haven't been represented at all on this blog. There just aren't that many tutorials out there for little boy items. I finally found something that I could make for them so here they are.They are super cute and super sassy! "No mama, I didn't eat the blue sand and frankly I'm offended that you would think so."
I found this really great tutorial for freezer paper stencilling. First of all, I have to admit that I had never even heard of freezer paper but it is pretty cool stuff.
I cut the sheets of freezer paper to regular page size. Then I printed out my desired shape off the computer. In this case, I used a map of the island were we spend time in the summer. Be sure to print on the dull side of the paper. Next, use an exacto knife to cut out your shape.
With the shiny side of the freezer paper down, iron it onto your desired item of clothing. Then stick a piece of cardboard inside to prevent the paint from going through to the back.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I've just found a new sew a long that I'm going to try. It is for a really cute quilted bag and accessories. I have never quilted before so it should be fun! Here is the link. Hopefully I can pick out my fabric in the next couple of days and get started. Thanks Kelly for the great Sew A Long!