Sunday, December 20, 2009

Appliqued Shirts and Cape

I got several orders this week from friends. Here is a small glimpse of some of those things I made. Above are a matching super cape and M shirt for my friend's little girl. It's hard to tell, bu the cape's inside is pink and green. I love that combination. Below, a big sister shirt and 2 birthday shirts.

Holiday Shirts

Here are some holiday shirts I put together. I have a few more, but I need to take benji's picture in them! Thanks to all my mommy friends who keep buying these to support me! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Child's Apron

Totally love this apron I made for a customer in vestal. I gained inspiration from I knew exactly what I wanted to make, but thought I'd do a google search to see some images of things that would be similar. I loved how Skip to My Lou did her apron, so I decided to make mine very similar. It's made out of silky tafetta and soft flannel. This is a play apron for a little girl who's getting a pink 50s kitchen for christmas. I hope she likes it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Postings On Hold

I have been crafting my bootie off for the past 3 weeks! I have tons of pictures to share, but many are christmas gifts. So, be patient, and I'll post them soon. Some new and old ideas! I'm excited.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dinosaur Tail Tutorial

Again, this is for a friend, so my measurements are rough. Here is how you make a dino tail for your little one:

About 13" of wool felt (I use wool felt because it is really sturdy and you don't need to interface the waste band.
Velcro: about 6"
Accent colored felt

Sewn and stuffed: My tail measures about 18 1/2 inches long (not including waste band) and 6 1/2 inches wide.

I hand drew my design. So---I would make it about 19 1/2 inches long and at least 7 1/2 inches wide in the widest part for a toddler/young child sized tail.

Waste Band: Cut 2 approx 28 inch length strips. I tapered mine so they were thicker right near the tail and thinner where they cross over with the velcro. Because of the small amount of fabric, one of my strips was 1 long piece and the other was 2 pieces about 14 inches each. I just put the 2 piece ones as the inner layer and you don't even notice. Saved me buying fabric.

1. Cut 2 Tails, Cut 2 Waste Bands
2. Sew Waste Bands together using a 1/8inch seam all the way around. (If you one of your pieces is in 2 parts, sew those together first)
3. Add accents onto tail. You can hand sew or machine sew spots on. I also used pinking shears on some of mine to add a decorative touch. Definitely pin them on to help with movement.
4. Layer Waste Band into Tail and with right sides together sew tail all the way around leaving some room on the bottom to turn right side out.
5. Turn right side out.
6. Stuff and close opening with hand stitching
7. Add Velcro to waste band. I always make sure the fuzzy side of the velcro goes on the part that could touch the child (so the "top" one)
8. Give to your child and Play!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Advent Calendar Making

30 hours of prep work. Amazing moms who participated. 26 calendars completed. 19 moms for a Moms Night In. And...some beautiful results! See the next post for a completed picture of mine! Couldn't have done this/coordinated it/prepped it/sewed for all the non-sewers with my 2 craft buddies, Kim and Betty! Thanks ladies.

All the decorations are set out!

Advent Calendar Tutorial- Sort of

At the request of some friends, I thought I would post some basic advent calendar making steps. This is not a good, detailed tutorial as I kept forgetting to take pictures! Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Okay, here it goes. This is roughly based off of the pottery barn kids advent calendar seen here|4|1||3|advent%20calendar||0&cm_src=SCH.

In the tree above:
Step 1:
Cut 2 trees out of green wool felt. We did 2 different color green calendars. One dark and one light. Both had pros and cons so just got with your personal preference. Our tree measured about 25" wide and 36.5" tall. (The pottery barn one was much bigger than this, we were just trying to save on cost of fabric). You'll also need 1 tree in interfacing. I used deco bond.

Step 2:
Iron the deco bond onto the back of the tree you are using as the front of your calendar.

If you cut the trees like this, you only need 42" of fabric for 2 trees (1 calendar).

(Sorry for the turned picture, my computer wasn't cooperating---imagine this with no trunk please).
Step 3:
Choose pocket colors. We went with 4 different colors. These pockets are doubled normal felt that you can buy by the yard. Our pockets measure 3.5x3. So, if you are cutting 4 colors of pockets you need about 18x7 of felt for 3 colors, and 21x7 for 1 color.

Step 4:
Before cutting your pockets, iron wonder under (you can get this where interfacing is sold) onto 1/2 of the felt. So--for purple for example, iron on 18x3.5 inches of wonder under to one side of felt. Peel paper off, fold over other half of felt. Place a damp cloth or spray steam on felt, iron on top of felt to fuse the 2 pieces of felt together. This makes the felt stiffer/thicker. We found wonder under worked better than spray adhesive.

Step 5:
Cut pockets into 3x3.5 inch rectangles. Double check to make sure 2 pieces are completely fused after you cut. If not, re-iron to completely seal. You should now have 6 pockets of 3 colors, and 7 pockets of 1 color.

Step 6:
Arrange pockets on the tree in the sequence you prefer. Pin. I would definitely make sure it's secure...3/4 pins if you can as 2 made the pockets slide.

Step 7:
Sew the pockets onto the tree. I used clear thread. I'd never used that before and it was definitely a pain. The thread kept breaking. I finally switched to white thread for the last 2 calendars I did (that's what you see in the picture). Either way is fine, it's up to you. Again, totally personal preference. You can choose to do a straight stitch or zig zag.
Step 8:
Sew 2 trees together. I did use clear thread for this and it was fine. I think the clear thread just has issues when you stop and go on the pockets. I left about a 1/4 inch seam all the way around. Don't forget to slip in your trunk. (Oh yeah, sew your trunks together. I used deco bond/interfacing on this as well for support...mine is about 7 inches tall, 3-4 inches wide at the bottom)
Step 9:
As you are sewing, make sure you slip in a ribbon and hook at the top. You don't need to leave much ribbon as the star isn't that big.
Step 10: Decorate!
Star: I interfaced this as well and then just hot glued it on the top.
Pocket pieces: My friend Betty, made the images in pdf form so if you want them, just let me know. We all contributed in cutting out the images to save on individual work. The images were very basic and made out of felt. After hot gluing them on, I accented them with ribbon, sequins, ric rac, puff paint, bells, etc.
Ta Da! Finished calendar! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tutorial in Progress

I'm working on a tutorial for an advent calendar. Some friends and I are creating a fun one based on this one at pottery barn kids (|4|1||3|advent%20calendar||0&cm_src=SCH)

I can't wait to see the finished product! Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Little Turtle

Benji loves his turtle costume! It took me 3 hours to cut out the fabric, but it was worth it. How cute does he look?

Thanksgiving Shirts

I seriously love, love, love this shirt!

Halloween Shirts in Action

A few of my friends sent me pics of their kids in the shirts I made them. Aren't they cute models!?

More Letter and Number Applique Shirts

Letter F Week!

Another week of letters! Here is a snapshot of some of the "F" activities. Frogs and lily pads. The kids matched the frog heads that had lowercase letters on them with the uppercase lily pads. Fish for letters! These foam fish have letters on them with a paperclip. Kids used a magnetic fishing pole to fish for certain upper and lowercase letters.
F books and playing with fish and frogs on the carpet.
A little salt writing and drawing. Plus in the background, a cute frog puppet.

Above, Feather painting on lowercase f and contact paper fish. The kids smooshed tissue paper onto the contact paper and they become beautiful window hangings.

We also played jumping on lily pads in the hallway. How cute! Also, because "foot" starts with "f" we played freeze your feet. I would say "walk with your feet", "march with your feet", "dance with your feet" etc and yelled freeze in between each action. The kids loved it. We wrapped it up with french toast snack sticks and lots of frog and fish songs!

Letter D!

We searched for colorful dinosaurs hidden in eggs. We actually did this several times and Benji loved it!
Dinosaur eggs anyone? We made soap dinosaur eggs and are still waiting for our dinos to hatch. Want to make your own? Grate a bar of ivory soap. Add 1/4c.-1/2c. water until it forms a paste. Form the soap paste around your dino (or other animal). Set aside and let it dry. Plop it into the closest bathroom and wash, wash, wash until your dino hatches!

Not sure where to post these activities...crafting or personal blog, so I'm putting them here. We've been doing letter weekly meet-ups. Here are some pictures of benji doing letter D!

We also focused on dotted D's, a duck lowercase d, driving on the letter d, sink and float with ducks, sprayed rubber ducks with water and more!