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Recently my husband went through his closet and purged some of his clothes. He actual wound up purging a TON of his clothes. He does this every 5 years or so. He’s not much of a shopper so he tends to wear the same thing year after year….. Anyways, I went through the bags and pulled some of the shirts out to refashion into clothes for Stink. One of the shirts that he was getting rid of was his “Mighty Mighty Bosstones” shirt (a band we both love and his FAVORITE shirt!) He had this shirt since college where we met 10 year ago (if that tells you anything about how long he holds on to things!) Usually I am the one telling him to purge purge purge but I couldn’t send this shirt out the door yet. It had to many memories for me. I decided that I would keep the shirt in my refashion pile until I found something to do with it. I began perusing the internet for inspiration and that is when I stumbled across this tutorial for The Warhol Dress. In my version I just skipped the part with the Freezer paper and fabric paint since my shirt had a pre-printed design on it. Also, instead of using the pre-existing hem on the bottom I cut my pattern pieces out to incorporate the pre-existing design and then used my Serger to put a rolled hem around the bottom. Here is the end result!
She wouldn't let me take a pic from the front but that's okay because on this dress the back is where it's at!
Hubby loved the dress and that fact that his mini me was the one wearing! I posted a pic on Facebook and all of our old college buddies posted comments on how they remembered that shirt! (That is how often he wore it :O) It’s a bit big for her right now as the closest size on the pattern for her was a 3t, but that just gives us more time to wear it. Also, I made the shoulder loop too big and had to cut it. I’ll have to fix that later but for now I just tied it and sent her off.
Have you ever had a friend that was having a baby and you just didn’t know what to get them. Or maybe you’re like me and totally forget that you have a baby shower coming up and then your friend calls you the day of and asks what time you are going to be there. Well, then this tutorial is for you! I have no idea how many times I have had to run to my baby gifts stash and instantly had a cute gift ready to go 🙂 For this you will need:
1 yard of flannel (as of today Joannes has all their flannel for $1.99/yd and you know I went and racked up :))
*Prewash if you want.
Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
Step 1: Cut a 27″ (length) by 28″ (wide) square out of your fabric
I chose to go with a square but you can round your corners if you like.
I folded mine in half and then cut it 27x14Step 2:Sew a zig zag stitch around the edge on all four sides. When you get to the corner make sure your needle is inserted into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the fabric. Then lower the foot back down and begin stitching the edge. Repeat at all corners. If you have rounded corners then you can just continue around without stopping. Here is my machines zig zag setting
Zig zag stitch in action
Step 3: Trim up any loose threads and clip the edges that may stick out a bit.
That’s it you’re done. How easy was that 🙂 Now go make a ton and put them safely away until you get that next phone call from your friend asking you what time you are going to be at the shower today…..
Just a few I whipped up in less than 30 minutes.
P.S. You will have left over fabric if you get a whole yard. Make a matching burp cloth to complete the gift here
As you might recall my little Stinkerbell has an affinity for sucking on things. She used to have this purple lovey, you can read about it here, until I tried to replace it with an identical new one. She totally didn’t buy it though. So, I washed it and put it in a safe place. That is when she decided that she would become attached to two blankets that some one gave us. They are these adorable and soft blankets that have fluffiness on one side and channell (sp?) lining the other. Huh? Channell?????? Yeah….. so that made it through all of like 10 washings. Then I had to cut the linings off because they were shredding and I’m a first time mommy and the thought kept racing through my head “what if she chokes on it?????????” So we were then left with two hideously ugly blankets that my Stinkerbell is completely attached to. More so than the lovey. She calls both the blankets “kiki.” I guess she couldn’t say “blanket.” Who knows. THat’s also what she calls one of my sisters…… Well, as you can imagine these blankets are worn and torn. I thought since I am sewing now that I would make her a new one. Here is what I did:
1 yard of soft fluffy type fabric (machine washable is a must with little ones!)
1 yard of lining (again, machine washable people!- we’re talking about a two year old here :))
2 packages of corresponding piping (about 5 yards total I think.)
Step 1. Cut both the main fabric and lining to your desired length
Step 2. Pin the piping to the wrong side of the main fabric with the piping part just hanging over the edge. When you have to use a new piece of piping just do it like this- on the last inch of the piping undo the stitching and cut out the inserted cording. Then place the new strand of piping in at where you cut off the old piping. Continue to pin.
Step 3. You can skip this step if you are more advanced at sewing. I am not, so I sewed the piping onto the main fabric to help keep it in place.
Step 4. Pin the main fabric and lining fabric wrong sides together so that the piping is sandwiched between them. Sew around the seams leaving a two inch opening.
Step 5. Trim any excess and then turn right side out.
Step6. Close up your hole and then continue to top stitch around the blanket outside to give it a finished look.
Here is mine:
Sorry the pic is so crappy. It was late and all I had handy was the Iphone
She is SUPER into hearts right now. She is showing me each of the hearts on "new kiki" Sadly though, she wouldn't give up the old ones... Now we have 3 kikis.....
Stinkerbell does that’s who! I found this really cute and simple pattern at So Tei Tei for shorts and decided to whip up a pair or two for Stinkerbell out of scrap fabric (she’s 2 so there isn’t that much of her to cover!) Anyways, the pattern is super easy to follow and really does take less than 30 minutes. I have to admit, I am in love with it! I can’t wait for summer to come so that I can make her some more! Here is how mine turned out!
I also found this tutorial for leggings at Mommas Kinda Crafty’s blog. This idea is beyond awesome. Why? Well, when you have a child who has ridiculously long legs and you are a stay at home mom who has one of the world’s most frugal hubby’s you run into the leggings dilemma. What is the leggings dilemma, you ask?d Well, it’s what occurs when you have a sweet little girl with freakishly long legs like her daddy’s and a super skinny waist. Couple that with the cost of A PAIR of leggings and you have what I call the “leggings” dilemma. Do you really want to pay $8-$10 for a pair of leggings that will most likely not fit her in either the length of her legs or the width of her waist? Do you really want your husband to give you the “why did you buy those and waste our money when you know they won’t fit her” look again? No. No you do not. So what do you do? You make her a pair out of really cheap socks, $2, from Target that she ends up LOVING more than the pair you bought her from Target that cost, and I am so not kidding you, $10. Seriously though I made her four pairs for the cost of one pair. Also, these have been great since we have started potty training. They keep her legs warm but we don’t have to worry about wearing pants around the house! Plus, did I mention she loves them. She wants to wear them all the time! Here is the end product!
After all my sewing and what not Stinkerbell and I sat down to watch American Idol. That is where I saw someone who may just be the creepiest person alive. Ever. I mean EVER! See:
Am I right or am I right? Creepiest EVER!
Filed under LC, sewing, WTF
So today I decided that I would try to make a skirt for Stinkerbell out of some scraps of fabric I have. I got the idea from The Sewing Dork. She has an AWESOME blog with tons of sewing tips, ideas, and tutorials. I found this one post about How to Make Fat Quarter Skirts and got inspired to create my version using scraps of fabric I had left over from various other projects (and I didn’t have any already coordinated Quilt Quarters.) I followed her steps (which were well laid out with photos to boot!) And created a totally cute and wearable skirt for my little Stinkerbell. I tried to wrangle a shirt on her but she would have none of it since she was totally ready for her nap but also wanted to play with stuff in my purse. Here are some pics:
Front view of finished skirt
I am so pleased with how this skirt turned out! Just wish the little one would have let me put a shirt on her! Oh well, I guess I ‘ll just have to try to get one fully clothed on another date. Once again, check out The Sewing Dork for some super cute ideas of what you can make for yourself or your kids!
Recently I have been practicing my sewing. I am slowly improving each time. I’ve made Stinkerbell quite a few simple a-line dresses/jumpers with linings. Today I decided to try to make some baby gifts for two family members who are due in the next few months. I thought it would be fun to make them some cute burp cloths. It turned out to be pretty easy to do! Here’s what I did.
What you need:
4 cloth diapers
1 yard of cute fabric (something washable)
sewing thread and machine
iron and ironing board.
What to do:
1. Prewash all your fabric and then iron out any wrinkles.
2. cut 4 strips of fabric the width and length of the center of the diaper plus 1″ on all sides.
3.Fold the long sides in even with the center of the diaper. Iron and pin in place.
4. Flip the diaper over and fold the top and bottom in as follows: Fold in half and then over the back of the diaper. Iron and pin in place.
5. Sew the fabric to the diaper across the width of the back on both the top and bottom. See picture below:
6. Sew the long part on the front of the diaper to the diaper. Try to get as close to the edge as possible. Do both sides.
7. That’s it. You’re done. Now marvel at your AWESOMENESS. Then go make some soon-to-be-mommies day with a personal gift that costs you no more than $8 to make 🙂
Make sure to iron once more when you are done. I didn't before I took the pic.
Front and back view