Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Teacher Gifts/ Coffee Cozy/ Chocolate Dipped Oreos

O.K. I couldn’t decide on a name for this post. 

Sorry that I dropped off the radar for a little bit there.  As I’m sure all of you were too, I was super busy getting ready for Christmas.  I made some cute gifts but just ran out of time to blog about them.  Today, I will share with you a super simple teacher gift.

Can you guess what they are?


Coffee Cozies!


I used this very clear tutorial from  Pink Milk and Fairycakes.

The only change that I made was to leave the opening for turning at the bottom of the cuff.  It was just easier for me.

I put the cuffs around a coffee cup and then filled the cup with a couple of packages of hot chocolate and some chocolate dipped Oreos.  Yummmm!


The girls gave the cups as teacher gifts.

The class gifts were just the baggie of dipped Oreos.



Here’s what you will need for the dipped Oreos.

Chocolate mold, Oreos, chocolate melts of various colors, a microwavable container, spoon, baggies and twist ties.



Oh yes, and one cute boy playing with his train walking around and around the table!



Melt the chocolate on 50% power for a couple of minutes and stir.


Pour a little into each mold and place an Oreo on top.


Cover with a little more chocolate and refrigerate for 1/2 hour or more.  That’s it!  Super Yummy!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Appliqué


Kiddie Kandids Christmas 2010

Yesterday, I posted about our Christmas pictures and how happy I am with them.  So now lets talk about the outfits.  They were super easy to make and wallet friendly too.  First I purchased red t-shirts at Wal-Mart.  The boys were $3.50 and the girls were $5.  Next stop Joann’s.  I bought about 1 1/2 yards of the green (with candy cane’s) fabric and 1/2 yard of the red polka dot fabric.  The rest of the pieces that I needed were so small that I just used up some scraps from fabric I already had.


First I appliquéd the shirts for all four.  Then I used this simple t-shirt dress pattern from Duck Soup Originals to make the girls’ shirts into dresses.  I used this pattern a lot when I was just learning how to sew.  I highly recommend it for beginners.  It is very easy and straightforward and when your done you’ve made a cute little dress.

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O.K. so here is the low down on the appliqué.  


Fabric for appliqué pieces

Wonder Under

Shirt to appliqué onto.

Sewing machine, thread, etc.






You will need one circle piece (I used a bowl to trace this.)

One yellow piece to look like the metal top of the ornament. 

One hook piece.

One initial.  I used Curlz MT in size 300 font because that is what fit on my circle piece.

Important:  Print out your appliqué pieces in reverse! 

In this case it will only make a difference for the hook piece and the letters.


Draw out your pattern first until you get the look you want.

Next trace the individual pieces onto the smooth side of some Wonder Under.



Iron it onto the wrong side of your fabric.


Cut out all of your pieces.


Before you iron the pieces onto the shirt, lay everything out to make sure it looks right.


Peel off the back of the Wonder Under that is ironed onto the wrong side of your fabric pieces.  Iron down the pieces that will be on the bottom layer.  In this case, the hook was a good place to start.


Set the stitch length on your machine to 2.0.  This will give you more control and allow you to make tiny movements without going off your fabric piece.  I use a straight stitch.  This just means that the appliqué pieces might fray a bit over time.  Feel free to use a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.  Set the speed to slow and sew around the hook piece. 


Next, peel the back off of the letter piece and iron it onto your circle.


Peel the backing off of the circle piece and iron it onto the shirt.


I forgot to mention that it might help to turn the shirt inside out and then open it up from the bottom when sewing the pieces on.  This helps to prevent you from sewing the front of the shirt to the back of the shirt.  Sew around the letter piece and then the circle piece.  You should change the thread color each time your fabric color changes.


Finally, iron on the yellow piece and sew around it.   

You can stop at this point or use Duck Soup Original's pattern to make it into a t-shirt dress.




Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Pictures

I am so excited about our Christmas pictures this year!  When the girls were younger, I used to stress out so much about the pictures because I wanted them to be perfect.  Now with the boys in the mix I have just had to let it go.  I go in with absolutely no expectations and just hope that maybe we get a shot with everyone kind of looking in the direction of the camera.  Well, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the end results.
See for yourself.

Man those are cute kids!!!  Hee Hee!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a tutorial on the appliquéd shirts.

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