Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sticker Bag Valentines - Free Printable

This year is my preschooler's first school Valentine's Day exchange! Her favorite thing right now are what she calls "up stickers" or foam stickers so I bought a couple bags of them at Jo-Ann (50% off, what!?) and divided them - 10 stickers per kid. There are only 12 kids in the class so I had plenty of stickers leftover for Ally to keep. Then I put the stickers in small plastic baggies (3"x 4" - can be found at Michael's in the candy section, or online), and topped them off with these tags.

As you can see they're folded down the middle with To/From: on the back. I printed on photo paper. Staple them in 2 places to secure the tags to the bags. Here's a jpeg...

Here's a Link to PDF

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Easy No-Sew Plaid Christmas Ornament Tutorial

For Ally's first Christmas I switched to plastic ornaments, at least for the bottom of the tree. They've become a bit shabby and uninspiring so I decided to perk them up with some plaid fabric. Here's how I did it...


Old (or new) plastic ornaments
Hot Glue Gun
Plaid Fabric

Here are the plastic ornaments I was working with. Take the hook off first.

I found some pretty, sparkly tartan plaid fabric at Jo-Ann on Black Friday weekend. It was a steal!
Use any plaid you like. Smaller scale prints are best.

Then cut strips of fabric, using only the middle section of the plaid (see below).

Cut those strips in half...

Then hot-glue the fabric onto the ornament, starting at the top.

Put a dab of hot glue at the bottom to secure the strip in place.

Bring the strip around to the top and glue it again. Cut the strip.

Repeat this process until the ornament is completely covered.

Then replace the hook (I secured it with hot glue).

That's it. A super easy update to your old Christmas ornaments. 
You can use other fabrics or plaid ribbon too.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

I've seen versions of this beautiful fall hydrangea wreath on Pinterest and had to make one myself. 

Here's how I made mine...

First I gathered the supplies: 
Various colored faux hydrangeas (I had to visit both Michael's and JoAnn to get these)
Wire wreath
Green Floral Wire
Wire Cutter
Fall Ribbon

With my wire cutters I separated the hydrangeas into smaller bunches and took off the leaves.

Then I weaved the leaves through the wire wreath and attached them with green floral wire.

Here's how it looked with all the leaves attached, evenly spaced.

I did a rough plan of the flower placement ahead of time, making sure I had enough of each color. Then I began attaching the flowers, weaving the green wire around the stems of the flower and then attaching them to the wire wreath. It's not pretty but it gets the job done.

Next, I tied some brown ric-rac (you can use any strong ribbon or cord) to the back of the wreath in 2 spots to make a hanger. I wanted the bow to hang above the wreath, not on it. 

Then I attached this brown velvet bow, but realized it was pretty pathetic. I needed a bigger bow.

Here's the finished product with a better bow. It will be the perfect greeting for my Thanksgiving guests.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 4, 2013

BOO Halloween Door Hanger Tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner! Here's an easy Halloween decoration project for you, a BOO door hanger. I like it because it makes a big impact but can be stored away pretty compactly in the off season. 

boo halloween door hanger

Here's what you need: 

1. B - O - O "wood" letters (Michael's has these)
2. Spray paint (unless you prefer to leave them white)

3. Ribbon and/or fabric to make a big bow
4. A drill & bit
5. Wire
6. A big sewing needle
7. Glue gun

I spray painted my letters black since my screen door is white. Choose a color that stands out from your door - white or orange on a dark door, black on a light door.

Here they are black. I didn't paint the back.

Now drill holes at the center bottom of the B, center top and bottom of one O and at the center bottom of the second O.

Use a big needle to pull a strip of ribbon through the holes, attaching the B and O.

Tie a knot in the back and hot glue the ends down.

Repeat to attach the Os together.

Drill 2 more holes at the top of the B.

Pull a strip of ribbon through the holes and tie knots at the ends, then hot glue the ends down.

For my bigger bow I used some fabric. Cut a long, thick strip (double the thickness of the bow you want).

Now sew the strip right sides together.

1. Turn it right side out and press 2. Cut the ends at an angle 3. Fold the ends in 4. Press and sew

I formed the fabric ribbon into a bow shape (without really tying a bow).

Then secured it with some wire. Leave some length of wire behind the bow.

Now I added another bow made from the polka dotted ribbon and attached it to the front of my big bow with that same wire.

Cut a small strip of ribbon, tie it around the center of the 2 bows and hot glue it in the back.

Here's the finished bow. Attach it with the wire to the ribbon loop at the top of the B.
And that's it!

I used a metal shower curtain hook to hang mine to the screen door. I had to clean up the screen quite a bit in Photoshop. It's pretty shabby. One day I'll have a pretty door but for now this will do.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Free Sewing Happiness Printable

I haven't offered any free printables or patterns in a while so here's one. I designed this one in Illustrator. If you sew, you can relate. To download the PDF, click on the link below the image.

Link to PDF

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Toddler Pink Kitty Cat Costume

Kitties and puppies...those are my daughter's favorite animals, probably because we have one of each here at home. So for Halloween Ally wants to be a pink kitty. Keeping in mind that she would not wear a typical cat costume (she is in an "I only wear dresses" phase) I made this kitty dress costume for her.

Here's how...

There was no pattern for this costume so I used a tunic to make a pattern and cut out the pieces from some bubble velour fabric I had leftover from Ally's pink room project (a yard is probably a safe measurement for size 3T). The front and back pieces of the dress are the same, cut a little longer than the tunic. The sleeves are cut on the fold (top edge) and are flared at the ends. 

I also cut 2 pieces (front and back) out of some knit fabric to make a lining.

Then cut out a tummy for the front, using a soft pink plush...

Pin and sew the tummy onto the front.

Cut 2 cuffs for the sleeves, on the fold (fold is at the bottom) out of soft pink. I ended up shortening the sleeves so that they wouldn't be too long with cuffs added. Measure little one's arms to get a good length.

Open up one of the cuffs and pin it to the bottom of the sleeve, right sides together, stitch. 

Here's how it will look after it's stitched on...

Fold the cuff under and stitch it again, along the seam. ( Finishing the edge wasn't required for this fabric)

Cut out 2 pieces for a tail, sew them right sides together, turn and stuff it with remnant fabric or polyfill.

Sew the neck edge of the front and front lining, right sides together (the wrong side of my knit has a gold print on it).

Cut a slit down the middle of both back pieces, pin and sew the neck edge, sewing down the sides of the notch as shown.

(The notch will allow little one's big noggin to fit through the neck. You'll be adding a hook and eye here)

Now, sewing the shoulder seams is tricky so I took a picture of some directions from another pattern that may help explain it.

Open out the facing, pin the shoulders together (lining to lining and front to back) and stitch one long seam across both. 

Now, when it's turned right side out, it should look like this.

Pin and baste the arm holes.

Pin the sleeves to the arm holes, right sides together. Stitch. Repeat for 2nd sleeve.

Pin the sleeve seam and the front and back side seam (right sides together) leaving the lining out of the way. Stitch in one continuous seam.  Repeat on the other side.

Now pin and sew the lining front and back on each side, right sides together. This way there are 2 layers to the dress.

Sew the tail to the back making sure not to include the back lining layer.

Now, to make the kitty dress fluffy I stuffed it with some quilt batting. Just cut a layer or 2 of batting twice the width of the dress.

Pin the batting to the inside of the dress, between the outer layer and the inside lining layer.

Stitch the batting to the dress at the bottom edge. I didn't sew the top edge but I did tack the batting to the dress in a few areas so that it stays in place.

Here's the primitive hem job I did. Considering this is a costume I thought I could take a shortcut here. Pull the lining back down to cover the batting and fold the top layer down over the lining. Then pin and stitch.

Hand sew some pink boa to the bottom of the dress.

Finish it off with a hook and eye in the back!

For the kitty ear headband, cut 4 ear shapes out of the pink bubble velour, and 2 smaller ones out of light pink.

Sew the smaller pieces to one set of the larger pieces.

Now sew the larger pieces right sides together and turn right side out.

Hot glue the bottom of each ear onto a headband. 

Then hand stitch some more pink boa to the headband.

For the leg warmers I used some light pink Fun Fur to crochet 2 tubes that fit around her legs.

That's it. I'll try to remember to post some pictures from Halloween night.

Thanks for looking!