Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kids pillowcases

It's time for my weekly kids craft and sewing class.

We have our first sewing project. A new monogrammed pillowcase for their beds!

Two weeks ago we went over sewing machine safety and I also printed out a bunch of sewing sheets for them to practice on. (click on the link, then go to sewing sheets) The sewing sheets featured straight lines. circles. wavy lines, boxes etc. The kids are supposed to sew each paper for practice, before tackling their first real sewing project. The site that I downloaded the sewing sheets from suggests attaching a piece of material to the back of each paper for them to sew on. I did NOT do that though. I took the tread out of my machine, and the kids just practiced sewing on the that it would punch holes in the papers. Then I went over the papers with them and explained where they may be having problems. Though truth be told they were all GREAT at sewing these patterns, and they would point out to me where the 'dots (from the needle) didnt go exactly on the lines'

First off the kids picked two fabrics that they loved.

We put that aside and then worked on our monograms. Each monogram was made from felt (it's just more durable). The made a scallop circle, circle and the first letter of their name. Each piece of felt had wonder-under on the back side. That way they could be ironed together, then they sewed around the edge of the circle. Of course I made it easier on us, by having them cut the felt with the Stampin' Up Big Shot and dies.

I have a great pillowcase pattern, but for the kids I went with the super easy pillowcase pattern found here. It was very KID friendly!


Relief Society Project Runway

Just for fun, I thought I'd post some pictures from a RS enrichment night we did. The theme was Project Runway.

Each table was given a model from the Young Womens, and a mystery wrapped box on their table. Inside the box was newspaper, duct tape and a slew of other random things, from CD's, ornaments, diapers, fake fur, feathers, wrapping paper, plastic cups and plates....seriously items that were probably VERY difficult to work with. Then each table had 1/2 hour to make an outfit for their model.

It was hilarious, and also amazing what these women could make with crap!!!

Here are just a few pictures of the craftiness that went on.

This table used the stars that were table decorations to make her tiara and necklace...clever

This was the winning design...can you believe they made that contrasting trim at the bottom, and also a bellero...there was just not enough time for this type of craftiness! Her hair-tie (which you cant see) was made from a plastic lid that they cut a hole out of and put a ponytail through, then they decorated up.

The flapper dress with tons of hand cut foil tissue.

Each table also had to write out the 'script' that would be said while the girls modeled their outfits....this table had the FUNNIEST script ever. They described their purse (made from a diaper) as absorbant and able to hold more then you would expect. Too true! (you should have seen the rolled flower accent's made from a plastic table cloth on her outfit)

Other tables would describe things like 'hand blown glass earings'...really a balloon hanging from their ears....way way way to creative.

The winning table with their creation, complete with their WINNER crowns ;-)

Hope you enjoyed some pictures of our great night!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Snow Blossom Peasant Dress

This is the first little peasant dress I've ever made, and I adore it so much....does that sound funny to love something you made yourself so much? Either way, it's true, I just LOVE it. She's worn it 3 times in the last week that it's been made. I washes up beautifully....Im just happy! In fact all these pictures were taken after it had been worn and washed a couple of times!

The pattern is from Heidi and Finn. They are my FAVORITE pdf patterns EVER! I have bought several patterns from etsy, but these just make me giddy! They are super fast, easy and clear to understand.

I also made a little diaper cover from MADE. The next one I make I will do the waist a little smaller, I guess I have a skinnier baby then I realized. I should have measured her waist, but since I do most of my sewing when kids are asleep, it just didnt happen. They still fit, just big at the waist.

I also made her a little matching fabric rosette hairbow.

I love that the waist band tie and the diaper cover match....It was the perfect amount of polka dots.


~BOO~ bunting

The Patriotic bunting is down and the new Halloween bunting is up!

(don't you love Kyler swinging on the branch...too cute)

This one was made using the Stamping Up Pennant die with the Big Shot Machine. The machine cut out my pennants. I also have an alphabet set for the Big Shot machine. I simply added some wonder under to my felt, ran it through the machine with the letters BOO, and then ironed them to my project. Sometimes having scrapbook tools around make projects go by SOOOO much faster!

I also added the little ghosts to swing on some of the branches on the tree too.

It was a little windy out, so I had to hold them to take pictures of these little ghosts.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

another fabric rosette

Here's another fabric rosette hairbow that I made Parlee to go with an adorable new outfit I just made her, and will hopefully get pictures posted of!

Have you made a fabric rosette hairbow yet??? If not, why?


~Scallop Circle hairbows~

Joely has a 5th grade class store, parents can send items in with their children to donate to the class store.

Joely really wanted to make some hair bows, so we made some simple ones made with some scallop circles I already had cut out of some material.

The kids wear uniforms to school, so I was trying to stick to some of the school colors like the red, and navy blue.

We clipped each hairbow onto a ribbon that was attached to a piece of scallop circled cardstock. then each bow was wrapped in a celophane bag.....I must admit they looked pretty darn cute all packaged up for the class store.

The bows themselves were fast to make, simple circles folded into 1/4ths then glued onto a clip.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

~a bunting we will go~

I've had this cute little bunting hanging from my tree out front of our house since July....I just couldn't take it down because it was so bright and cheery. It was also so fun to see, because my kids sewed the whole thing! I just stood by and observed them!

...Well tomorrow it will finally be taken down and the Halloween bunting will go up!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Freezer paper stencil sewing bags

I have a little kids sewing and craft group. We meet once a week and do some little project. This week we made our sewing bags. The bags will stay at my house for the kids to keep the projects that they are working on in.

I made easy work of getting their names cut out of the freezer paper by running the freezer paper through my cricket!

Bright colored paints....

Here's the kids painting away.

Drying their speed up the process...

Finished bags. Way to go kids!

If you have never done freezer paper stenciling here is one link (no sense writting one, when there are so many tutorials out there). I used the one from Running with Scissors, because she has such a cute blog!


fabric rosette hairbow tutorial

Have you seen the fabric hair bows that are starting to gain some popularity?

Well they are so easy to make.....Easy Peasy in fact!

Start with the fabric you want to use....just about any fabric will work, but if it's shear and thin, plan on possibly getting some hot glue gun burns later on ;-) This sample is cotton.

Rip a strip of fabric, this is the width of the fabric, and I didnt use it all. If you are making a cluster of 2-3 flowers each strip will be smaller in length to make smaller flowers. The fabric is about 1-1.5 inches wide.

Make a knot at the end of one side of your strip. Try to get as close to the end as possible.....if you dont get it right on the end, just cut off the excess. This knot will be the center of the flower.

Twist the strip a little bit, then glue knot down.

Continue twisting and adding hot glue to anchor the flower to the strip of fabric.

Twist and glue until the flower is the size you want, when it is, cut the strip off.

Take the little piece of fabric and glue it to the underside of the flower.

Now take some felt and cut it slightly smaller then the flower.

Hot glue flower onto hair clip, headband or whatever it's going on.

Then glue felt down to secure it to the clip.

Enjoy....or make some more.

This one will match perfectly with the dress I made parlee for her 1st birthday, but never posted pictures of her wearing the here she is on her first birthday, sans the new hairbow ;-)