Thursday, April 28, 2011

One Month to Win It

Just look what I've gone and got myself into.

One Month To Win It

Like I really have the time.

Oh, but I couldn't be more excited.

Head over and check out my very talented fellow contestants (I'm scared) who will be joining me in dropping all our other priorities to theme craft our hearts away.

It's gonna be fun!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Matchy Matchy Easter Baskey

The Kimono Tunic

I do realize that it may be a bit overkill to match your child's Easter basket to their shirt.

But the fact of the matter is, I had so much fabric left after sewing their baskets, I figured - WHY NOT?

And let me tell you, they looked as cute as can be during the egg hunts.

However, the smallest child was having a rather tough day.

Just see for yourself. That frown did not leave her face. The life of a 2 year old can be very difficult. But she still looked cute to me with her matchy matchy Easter baskey.

Here is the back view of the shirts. The more I look at them though, I think it would also make a great front to a shirt someday.

For the tutorial for the fabric basket, follow the link on my previous post. And visit again for the tutorial on the Kimono Tunics, coming up next! (If I don't get distracted).

We wish you all a very Happy Easter! It's one of my favorite holidays -

because it's a great reminder of the sacrifice of our Savior, and the glorious message of His Resurrection.

The Bible Dictionary in the King James Version states "the Resurrection of Jesus is the most glorious of all messages to mankind." How true that is! I believe because He was Resurrected, the sting of death was taken away, and we all will in turn be resurrected someday. To restore our bodies with our spirits again after death and therefor live for ETERNITY! Having had my father pass away in my youth, this message brings me great peace.

To find out more or what I believe, visit this site.

Or if you would like someone to discuss more of what I believe to you, click here.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Swirly Egg Banner

Sometimes I get so caught up in doing my own creations, I forget about the creativity just dying to come out of my little ones.

They both absolutely love the times I sit down and make something with them. Which does not happen enough.

So I am making a new commitment to craft with my kids more. Posting about it just might help keep me motivated to do it more. (Don't you love my disposable art smocks?)

It's even more fun to get daddy involved. He keeps them very entertained!

You have to try out this craft with your kids! The messier the better, right?

And what AWESOME results!

Follow this link for the step by step tutorial to make your own swirly painted eggs. Hurry, before Easter gets here!

The possibilities are endless.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Layered T-Shirt Rainbow Dress

At first when she said she wanted a rainbow dress, I kinda cringed. I've never really liked bright colors. I much prefer softer colors with not so much contrast. In fact, I imagined this dress with varying shades of blue's, moving to a white top. I asked her if that would count for rainbow, and she wouldn't have it. Why must I give in to their whines and pleas so easily?

Maybe so I can get rid of that pathetic expression quicker :) (Like taking pictures is really that painful!)

However, after working with such cheery colors, I find they kinda grow on you.

Something about them makes you smile.

Whatever it is, caused a similar giggle of delight when I showed my daughter her finished rainbow dress.

And that made working with colors I'm normally uncomfortable with, all worth it.

Now I'm hoping one of you will make the blue one I was talking about earlier, and send me pics so I can sleep better at night.

What's that? You don't know how? Well, I will show you!

Once again, I forget to take some pictures when I'm inventing stuff as I go, but you will get the big picture. I usually pride myself in very detailed tutorials, but something in my brain has been missing these days. Something must have gotten disconnected when that third baby came out :)

This is another great de-stashing project for those of you with piles of knit t-shirts like mine. Though, I will admit. I did not have all these bright colors on hand so I paid 75 cents for most of them at the thrift store. Not very productive for de-stashing. Oh well. What can you do when you have a vision and no fabric? Not much.

I also bought this one dollar, oh so lovely knit turtle neck at Wal-Mart. It served as the lining of the dress. So even though my stack is no smaller, still not a bad price for a dress, right?

I made a pattern piece based on her measurements and other items of clothing and cut out 2 pieces from the white knit fabric. Sometimes I am amazed when my homemade pattern pieces turn out. It's really not as hard as you would think (though I have had my share of flops).

Then I cut out the same pattern piece of the red, but just to the waistline. I attached them together at the shoulder seams, and worked with them as if they were one piece.

Then with right sides together, I sewed the front and back together at the shoulder seams only.

Then I cut out some sleeves and attached them. I left the edges raw to go with the rest of the dress.

Then I had to measure and mark where I wanted to sew on the layers. This will all depend on the size of the dress and how big of strips you want.

I cut 5 inch wide strips (and long enough to fit the width of the dress). However, the purple piece was cut 6 inches to give me slightly longer length.

There are several ways that you could attach your layers, but I figured to do mine this way to decrease the amount of bulk. Since it is knit, you don't have to fret raw edges so much. So I just pinned the strip on my markings.

Flipped it over and trimmed the excess fabric on the sides, all before I stitched it on.

Then I simply sewed the strip on 1/4 inch from the edge, and proceeded to do the rest of the strips, front and back.

Before I sewed the side seams all together, I made sure I pinned all the strips down so they would not shift. I was very careful to match up the colors on the side seams with the front and back pieces. Then I sewed, right sides together, from the sleeve inside seam all the way down to the bottom of the skirt.

For the neck edge, I made a quick binding and attached it. This can be a frustrating process because the fabric likes to stretch and shift on neck edges. Which is why I finally bit the bullet today and bought me a even-feed walking foot for my machine. (Shhh, don't tell my husband). This should make sewing with knits much much easier, if it makes you nervous.

Then I braided 3 strips of knit and attached that to the collar. I've always wanted to try that. I didn't even have to hand stitch it on. You can hardly see the stitching with the machine if you use matching thread.

And finally for the sleeves, I rolled them up once and applied a button. The neck edge was also embellished with some rainbow color buttons. Not sure if I love them. They might not last there. What do you think? Buttons or no buttons?

Any way, that's all there is to it. It came together pretty quick. Let me know if you have any questions! This post was supposed to be up a long time ago, but I was having serious problems uploading the pictures. Anybody else? Supposedly they are working on it :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Package

While I'm working on more de-stashing projects, I thought I would share a simple Easter package I posted about a year ago, in case you missed it.

Click here to read more.

Regretfully, posting this is about all the thought I've given Easter so far this year. Good thing it's at the end of the month! We might even have green grass instead of snow to do egg hunts this year.

Speaking of egg hunts, I've gotta make my girls one of these from Maniacal Material Girls.

So Cute! And so much better than those plastic or wood ones, in my humble opinion.