Category Archives: Sewing

20 Minute Re-useable Snack Bags

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I don’t know why I put off making these bad boys for so long.

Well, other than having no idea what laminated cotton was or how to find it.  I finally asked at JoAnns the other day…and they didn’t know what I was talking about.  So at least I wasn’t the only one.

Anyways, I had looked at a few tutorials and wasn’t really sold on any of them so I just kind of winged it and they turned out okay.  I think when I make more I’ll try to finish the lining separately so there won’t be a seam inside the bag, but so far it hasn’t mattered.  The girls love their little bags and as long as I don’t let the snacks run out they’re good and quiet in the store for me.  ;)

Supply List:

  • 7″x14″ laminated cotton
    7″x14″ cotton (I think next I’ll do laminated on both sides, but I didn’t buy enough this time around.)
  • 6″ Velcro

Place fabric right sides together and sew all the way around, leaving an opening of three to four inches on one end.

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Turn right side out, iron, and top stitch both ends.

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Sew the Velcro to the laminated side.

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With cotton fabric together, fold pouch in half and sew up the sides.  Turn right side out, iron, and voila!  A re-useable pouch that your kids will love.

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See?  20 minutes or less.  Now that’s my kind of project.

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Princess Tutu Dress

June 2013 207edit For my fancy girl’s sixth birthday I made her a princess tutu dress.  It’s wildly impractical and she didn’t even wear it for the majority of her cupcake decorating party (can you imagine the frosting/tulle nightmare that could ensue?), but she wore it on her actual birthday and put it on to show off her fanciness at the end of her party.  It’s completely impractical, so of course she adores it.  ;)

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Tutu’s are super easy and with the exception of the elastic require no sewing.  If your fancy little girl needs one of her own, here’s a quick rundown of the steps to make one.

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Supplies:

  • 5-6 yards of tulle (the easiest way is to buy the pre-cut rolls of tulle, but you can also cut 6″ strips yourself)
  • 1″ elastic
  • Sheer ribbon
  • Satin ribbon for sash

Measure your childs chest directly under her armpits and subtract 3 inches to make sure it fits snugly. Stitch elastic together, reinforcing several times.

Measure how long you want the dress to be, then multiply by two. Cut your 6″ wide strips of tulle at that measurement.

Stretch the elastic around something to keep it stretched out while you’re tying the tulle on.  I used a cheeseball bucket.  You know, those giant tubs you can buy?  Anything round that’s generally the same size around as your kid will do.

Fold each strip in half, forming a loop at the top.  Pull the ends of the tulle strips up, around the elastic, and through the loop.  It sounds complicated, but it’s really easy once you try it yourself.  (You can easily find videos on youtube if you’re totally lost at this point.)

Continue tying strips of tulle, alternating colors, until the entire waistband is covered.  Your tulle dress should be really full and fluffy.  I actually could have used several more yards of tulle for Susannah’s dress since it was a little more see-through than I would have liked, but I didn’t have time to get more, so we made do (she wore shorts and a shirt under her dress).

Take your sheer ribbon and sew down to the underside of the elastic at the midpoint, making sure you leave enough length to tie around the neck.

Tie the satin ribbon high enough to give it an empire waist, leaving lots of room to trail in the back.  Princesses love trailing ribbons.  :)

And that’s it!  Cutting the tulle is the hardest part, and even that only took about 30 minutes.  Two hours for a fancy princess dress sounds just about right to me, and the sheer joy Susannah took in twirling in her finery was more than enough reward for this momma.  Love this girl.

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Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, Sew Chatty, C.R.A.F.T., Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, A Bowl Full of Lemons,Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, House of Hepworths, The Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Delicate Construction, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations, I Heart Naptime

DIY Gifts: Kids Art Packet

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I made these art packets last Christmas for the girls. They were both constantly asking for paper and pencils during church so these were the perfect solution to keep me from digging in my bag for half the service.

They were a little complicated to make, thanks to all the pouches and different fabric panels, so I won’t attempt to re-create the tutorial, but here’s the link to the one I followed if you’re interested in making your own.

The girls love these and they’ve been very well-used for the past six months. So far they’ve held up wonderfully, with the exception of the closure on Mad’s packet. It broke almost immediately, so I must not have sewn it into the packet well enough. Susannah’s hasn’t shown any signs of coming out (shockingly, since she’s such a little brute), though.

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After I put the whole thing together I realized that I cut the heart fabric the wrong direction. And honestly, I have no idea what I was thinking when I put that butterfly patch on. Directionally challenged, I guess. (It must have been a late night.)  I tried to take it off when I realized what I’d done, but it wasn’t happening.  Luckily, Madeline isn’t picky.  ;)

Here’s what the inside looks like.
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It holds colored pencils, a notepad, and crayons. The original tutorial also used chalkboard fabric, but I couldn’t find any so I skipped that step.
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There’s a flap that folds down over the crayons to keep them from falling out.  It’s one of my favorite parts about these packets.
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These really have been a hit with the girls. They both love to draw (or drawl as Susannah says – she’s such a little hick) and this keeps them quiet and occupied during church or when we’re on long drives.

I also made crayon rolls for all the nieces, and I’ll be sharing the how-to for those in a separate post.

Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, Sew Chatty, C.R.A.F.T., Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, House of HepworthsThe Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Delicate Construction, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations, I Heart Naptime

Re-useable Swiffer Sweeper Cloths

I love my Swiffer Sweeper, but I hate buying the cloths.  Seems like kind of a waste so I end up using my broom more often than not.

I do buy the wet cloths, because I have an aversion to mops.  They’re just disgusting and we don’t get along, so I’ve resigned myself to buying the wet cloths.

The dry cloths not so much.

So here’s what I came up with for a re-useable cloth that can be dumped in the washer after each use.

Supplies: 

  • 12″ x 6″ piece of fleece
  • 12″ x 6″ piece of knit fabric (an old t-shirt would probably work well)
  • (2) 8″ x 6″ pieces of knit fabric

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Fold the 6×8 pieces in half, and lay on top of the fleece with raw edges matches (forming the pockets) as shown.

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Lay the 12×6 knit piece on top of that and pin.  I didn’t photograph this step, but make sure you pin down the pockets so they don’t move while you’re sewing.

Sew all the way around the edges, leaving a small opening to turn right side out.

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Turn right side out, then top stitch all the way around, making sure to stitch the opening closed.

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Pop onto your Swiffer and you’re ready to roll.

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And my floors obviously need it….

I made several of these, and for some reason this one turned out a little big. Huh. Must be thanks to my notoriously un-even seam allowances.

Where is the eye roll emoticon when you need it?!

 

 

 

Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, Sew Chatty, C.R.A.F.T., Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, House of HepworthsThe Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Delicate Construction, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations, I Heart Naptime

Un-paper Towels

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Remember how one of my “before 40″ goals was to stop using paper towels and make a re-useable variety?
Well, I finally forced myself to get them made. They were really easy to crank out, which makes me wonder why I drug my feet on this for so long.
(Maybe because the thought was lurking in the back of my mind that it would create more laundry…)

Despite the dreaded laundry pile, I like the idea of going paper-less for a few reasons:

  1. Less waste.  I’m not a die-hard environmentalist or anything, but I do think we should each do our part in recycling as much as possible and cutting back on waste where we can.  (I also believe in the community trash pick-up day, ahem, Jerm.  But that’s another story for another day…)
  2. They save money.  Obviously, they negate the need to buy paper products.  Self-explanatory.
  3. They’re pretty!  Hello!

These are seriously super easy to make.  You’ll need the following:

  • 1 yard terry cloth
  • 1 yard cotton or soft flannel (I used flannel)
  • Velcro or snaps, whichever you prefer
  • Sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.

I cut my squares 10″x10″ and was able to get a dozen from 1 yard of fabric.

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With right sides together sew all the way around the square, leaving a small opening to turn right side out.

Turn out, iron flat, and top stitch around the entire square, making sure to close the opening at the same time.

I sewed a squiggly line in the center of each square to help hold them together in the wash.

Add snaps (or velcro).  I chose snaps, because I was concerned that velcro would eventually not stick after being washed a few times.  Add snaps to each end of the square, matching the pieces so they’ll snap together (hopefully the photo helps make sense of this step).

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Roll up and enjoy your pretties!  I rolled mine around an old paper towel roll and hung them up on my dispenser.  Love them!

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(I’ve got to admit, I don’t know what I was thinking buying light-colored fabric.  My brain must have been on vacation that day; I’m sure they’ll be awful looking in no time.  Ah well.  You win some, you lose some.

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Make your own fabric banners

I love fabric pennant banners.
They’re a great photo prop, can be made any size, and you just need a few scraps of fabric to piece one together.
I love how versatile they can be, depending on the fabric used.

Here’s how easy they are to make:

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Make a template out of paper or cardboard first. Your measurements can be whatever you choose, but the height should be 1″ taller than the width.
I made mine 4″ x 5″.
Figure out how long your want your banner and cut out twice as many triangles as you need.
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With right sides together sew each triangle on the long sides, leaving the top open to turn. Turn each right side out and iron flat.
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Using ribbon, twine, bias tape, or lace, pin each flag into place, making sure they are evenly spaced.
Sew together, which both holds them in place, and covers the unfinished edge, leaving a length of ribbon on each end.

I love these.
I want one in every color, size, and pattern. :)

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Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, Sew Chatty, C.R.A.F.T., Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, House of HepworthsThe Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Delicate Construction, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations

DIY Gifts: Needlebook

If you need a little gift for the sewer in your life, check out the adorable needlebook tutorial over at NanaCompany.

I made a few for gifts last year and am totally smitten by these little books.

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Sigh.
Adorableness.
And seriously, check out the link because Amy’s version is gorgeous.

 

 

Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, Sew Chatty, C.R.A.F.T., Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, The Southern InstituteChef In Training, Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, House of HepworthsThe Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Delicate Construction, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations