Monday, January 27, 2014

Lace Crown Tutorial

We made crowns for the Princess! It was so easy and Zoe had a lot of fun. Here are the steps we took in case you might like to make your own...LOL Materials: Lace, rolling cutter(or scissors) fabric stiffener, paint, brushes and glue gun
We cut our lace to 14" (you may cut it longer for a larger crown)
Paint on stiffener, allow to almost dry, then repeat.
*After a few coats I put some stiffener in a cup and dunked the lace in it and brushed off the excess. This worked a lot better, and was much faster. Allow drying 8-24 hours depending on the lace. This lace is very fine and thin and dried in a matter of about 6-8 hours. We then painted the lace with a silver glitter paint. (Feel free to use any color you like)
TADA!!! Zoe's Crown
I used 2 bobby pins to hold it in place! She loved it!
The Sassy Princess!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Easy Skirt Tutorial..Excuse my Blog issues with photos

Example of a skirt without the trim
Ok, I know it's upside down but for some reason the blog won't allow me to correct it no matter what I tried. So when my IT hubs gets home he can help fix it! LOL

  I am very excited that spring is upon us. Here where we live it was 70 yesterday and a beautiful 68 today. We played outside and also used a lot of home made chalk paint! (That will be our next tutorial for the littles) Ok, back on track as I was saying.... Spring is coming and Zoe loves nothing more than to wear a skirt and some leggings everywhere we go. She is a little bit priss, a little bit tom-boy (the perfect combination if you ask me)
     So I took the Simplicity pattern 1816 and revamped it to what I wanted for Zoe. I used my measuring tape to measure her waist for the elastic and added an inch for growth and comfort. It's not the most professional method but I like to be a rebel and take chances! This skirt will fit a 4T/5T.

     Materials:  1/2 yard of coordinating fabrics, elastic for waist band, rotary cutter/scissors, pins, iron 


Serge together Trim and Fabric for Waistband

Press out your seams and you will have what looks like this

Serge both raw edges
I then line up my seams for the waist and the bottom trim


Sew your skirt closed

Once seams are pressed you can see where we lined up correctly

Serge bottom of trim and top of waistband

Fold over for your hem

Fold over 3/4" for the waistband

Then fold down again so that your band meets the top of the serged band

Measure 1" from your center seam on both right and left sides. This is where you will thread your elastic through for the waistband.

I have marked with pins where my opening will be. Stitch down your band and then hem the bottom of your skirt.

This is your opening for the elastic

I use a large safety pin to thread my elastic through

Overlap 1/2" of your elastic and stitch together

I like to place a piece of ribbon to indicate where the back of my skirt is.
Stitch closed your opening and you are finished! Takes about 20 min from start to finish

We love experiments and crafts...anything that might be messy

We have had a lot of new crafts to make, and new experiments to try. Today we baked cotton balls, yes you read correctly...baked cotton balls! We refer to them as dinosaur poop! LOL Great colorful balls, that are as fun to tear apart as they are to bake!

What you need:
1 cup of flour
1 1/2 cups of water
cotton balls
food coloring
cookie sheet
Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes

Here are the photos of our baking cotton fun!

 Wow! They are just as soft and cottony on the inside even after they are baked! "Surprise" she said!

We love Crafts....Photo to Canvas Tut

 WE (as in I ) are obsessed with any type of craft. Whether it be painting, paper, cotton balls we submerge in flour and water, scrap booking, sewing...well you get the picture. So thanks to Pinterest I stumbled upon a new way to transfer photos to canvas without paying an arm and a leg for the ones off line. (those are fabulous, but these are unique and handmade with love)  Last night I sat down and chose two photos to work on, and I am quite pleased with the way they came out even though the printer was running out of both black and colored ink. I think it adds a certain appeal of a weathered/vintage look.

Simple steps:
*Choose a photo from your collection
*Decide what size canvas you want to use, make sure you blow the photo up if needed or shrink to fit canvas
*Print photo on normal printer paper (make sure you mirror the photo in your printer settings) otherwise it will be backward
* Take your canvas and paint a light coating of Mod Podge on it
*Place photo face down smooth over edges and press out any air bubbles
*Allow to dry at least an hour if not more (I tried a hair dryer to speed up the process and everything worked great)
*Lightly mist the paper with water and roll off excess paper, careful not to rub too hard or you will bring the print off the canvas as well
*Allow to dry and brush off excess paper, then add another layer of Mod Podge and let dry!

*Voila! A great canvas print for your home or for a gift!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A-Line Dress with Bow Tutorial

   I have seen this dress floating around the internet for quite some time and wanted to try my hand at making it for my daughter. I had a lovely Easter print and have been trying to come up with the perfect pattern for Zoe's Easter dress. Thus the a-line bow dress.

     So here is a short tutorial on how to attach a bow to any standard a line dress. I hope you all like it and would love to see your own personal creations if you do, please.

          Desired Fabrics for dress and for bow
          Medium Weight Interfacing
          Mark-B-Gone Pen/Pencil
          Yard Stick
          Rotary Cutter/Scissors 

Gather all materials so that they are close by

I took one of Zoe's dresses that fits her well and used it for my pattern. I added and additional 2 inches to the fabric to account for my pleat. (You can use any a-line dress pattern you have and add to it for your own pleat.)

Lay out your cut pieces and set aside the back piece for later on.
Making a pleat is essentially a very simple process of folding, pinning, ironing, and then sewing your fabric. Measure out from your center mark 1" both left and right sides. Fold fabric under from your 1" mark to your center mark and press. Repeat other side and you have a crisp pleat.

I then measured 5" down from the neckline and marked both sides of my pleat for button holes. This is what you will place your bow through. Make your holes and open with a seam ripper

Once you press the pleat again the button holes are hidden

I used a 16x10" piece of fabric and backed it with interfacing to give it some shape. Once folded and sewn my bow was approx. 8x5". Pull it through your button holes and Viola! !!! Adorable dress for any occasion.