Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baby Shoe Giveaway!!!

Time for my first giveaway! These sweet little shoes are made from my Mary Jane pattern, which happens to be my favorite. They are made of cotton fabric on the outside and wool felt on the inside to make it warm and comfy for baby. They have velcro closures, so they are adjustable. These shoes are size 3-6 months (4" long).

If you don't have a baby of your own to give them to, these would also be a great Christmas or baby shower present!

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This giveaway will close Friday, October 2nd at 11:59 PM (MST).

Good luck!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Button Headband

I love buttons! You can do so many things with them. The possibilities are endless! This headband took me about 10 minutes to make, and I think it is so cute! Make some for a little girl or yourself!

Here is what you need:

- 1 1/2 yards of stretch cord. This is the stretchy elastic cord that is used for some kinds of beading
- Buttons
- Clear fingernail polish

Start by measuring the head of whoever you're making the headband for, and add 2 inches. Cut 2 pieces of stretch cord. My daughter's head is 19", so I cut my cord 21". Measure 5" from the end of the cord, and tie a double square knot. Put some clear fingernail polish on the knot to hold it in place.

String your buttons on. If the buttons have 4 holes, string them diagonally. You want your buttons to overlap a little bit.

When you have about 5" of cord left, tie another double square knot, and put fingernail polish on it. Then, tie the ends together in a double square knot, put nail polish on the knot, and trim the edges.

This project inspired another button project that I'm so excited about! I'll post about it when I try it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Art Board

My daughter loves art more than anything else. She's kind of like her mom. I was getting tired of having papers everywhere, and I wanted a way to display her special drawings. My husband actually came up with this idea. I was so proud! He is learning. I don't have step by step pictures of this one, but it is very simple, so I will just explain it.
You will need:
  • A 6'X4' piece of particle board.
  • Mod Podge
  • 24 pieces of 12"X12" scrapbooking paper.
  • Ribbbon
  • Hot glue gun

1. Apply Mod Podge to the corner of the particle board (12"X12"). The key to Mod Podge is applying it evenly. If you miss a spot, the paper will bubble up. Place a sheet of scrapbooking paper on the mod podge. Rub the paper with your hands, starting in the center to get air bubbles out, and then apply Mod Podge on top of the paper. Repeat for the rest of the papers until the board is covered.

2. Cut 5 six foot long ribbons, and 7 four foot long ribbons. Using the hot glue gun, glue ribbon to the edges of the board and spaces between the paper. This will cover up any gaps in the paper, and make the board look more finished. Put the ribbons on the inside of the board first, and then the outside ones so you can cover up the ends of the ribbons.

That's it! Now you can hang up art work! We use putty to hang up pictures so we don't have holes in the board.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tank Top into Girl's Shirt

Here is my first tutorial! This little shirt turned out so cute. I'm excited to share it with you!

I am really into refashioning lately. It is so fun to create something out of something else. A couple weeks ago I was at Old Navy, and saw some things on clearance for $.97. I wouldn't wear any of them myself, but I love a good deal, and so many of the clothes had so much POTENTIAL! One of the things I bought was this tank top.

Get a shirt the same size you want your new shirt to be, fold it in half, and trace around it (don't trace around the sleeves). Fold your paper on the fold line of the shirt, and cut it out. You now have a pattern!

Place your pattern on your tank top. Make sure the shirt is lying flat in the front and back. Pin the pattern in place and cut it out. Cut about 1/2 inch extra around the pattern to allow room for seam allowance. Pay attention to how much fabric there is in the back of the tank top vs. the front! See how my back piece is different than the front? OOPS!!! It was easily fixed by cutting out the top part of the pattern and sewing it to the back of the shirt.

That's better!

Next, you will need to take care of any raw edges on the neck of your shirt. The front of my neck was finished, but the back wasn't. Cut a piece of the scrap fabric about 1" wide, and as long as the neck line. Iron longways one edge of the fabric to the middle, and then the other so both edges meet in the middle.

Fold in half longways where the edges meet, and iron again. You have now made your own bias tape. Fold bias tape over the raw edge of the neck, pin in place, and sew.

Now, put your two pieces right sides together, and sew the shoulder pieces together.

Spread out your shirt as shown in the picture above, and trace along the inside of where the sleeves will go. This will help you make a sleeve pattern. Once you have your pattern, cut out two sleeves from scrap fabric.

Finish off raw edges of the straight edges of the sleeves. You can do this the same way you did the neck, or you can hem it by folding a small amount over, folding it over again, and sewing.

Fold sleeve in half, and match up the middle of the sleeve to the shoulder seam of your shirt. Pin the sleeve to the shirt, and sew.

Once you have your sleeves on, put right sides of the shirt together, and pin along the sides including the armpit of the sleeve. Sew sides together.

If the shirt fits over your little one's head, you're done! If not, you still have one more step. Make a slit in the back of the shirt. Make some more bias tape as shown above, and sew onto the raw edges of the slit. Take a smaller piece of bias tape, make a loop, and sew to the top of the shirt. Sew on button.

Congratulations! You now have an adorable little girls' shirt!!!