Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another Sienna Dress

I whipped up another Lil Blue Boo Sienna Dress today - this time for my daughter. She loved it. I found a t-shirt at Target I really liked and I thought "this would make a great dress." So I just used the one shirt for the dress. It turned out nice, but I think I like the multi-fabric look better. So many ideas in my head for the next one...... I think I'm addicted!

I think she likes it!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Star Wars Sienna Dress and Daddy Tee

So here's my first LBB Sienna Dress! I love it. I designed it for my 7 year old niece (and her daddy).

Both love Star Wars. I love how it turned out and I've got to say, I really love this pattern. It was so simple and it is so soft.

I added stars to my orange t-shirt using freezer paper and two different sized star punches.

The directions for the collar couldn't have been simpler! I'm going to start another Sienna dress tonight!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scrap Bookmarks

If you're like me, you hate to waste.  So for today, Earth Day, I thought I'd share with you one of my uses for scraps of fabric.  Scrap Bookmarks!  They're so easy (and make a great gift in addition to a gift card for your favorite book store). 

Here's what you'll need:

Scraps from your other projects (I know you keep them!)
Stiff felt or heavy sew-in interfacing (cut to the shape of your bookmark, roughly 2 1/4" x 6 1/4" or whatever size you like)

So start with your pile of scraps!  You don't need much for each bookmark.  Little pieces that you didn't think you'd use work great!

Here's my felt bookmarks.  (I found some stiff felt bookmarks already cut out, so I just used those.)

Set your machine to a longer straight stitch.

Take two pieces of scrap fabric, (don't have to be the same pattern, just roughly the same size).  Sandwich them together with your bookmark shape (from felt or interfacing) making sure the fabric is right sides together.  Sew them together.

Fold the fabric back, right sides out (on both sides of the bookmark) and iron flat.

Sandwich the next scraps of fabric as before, and sew again, making sure you sew through the last layer (the blue floral shown above).  Fold back across the sewn line and iron. 

Continue in this manner until you've covered the bookmark.

The next step is to sew around the outline of the bookmark.  If it helps, use a water soluble fabric marker to trace the outline of the bookmark.

Sew around the edge (using the line as a guide) using whatever stitch you like (straight, zig-zag, etc...).  Don't forget to get rid of your pen marks.

Cut around the outside of your stitches and you're done!

Here's another variation: very simple.  Use two scraps the size of the bookmark and just sew around the edge to make a solid bookmark.

Another variation:  Make vertical stripes of different fabric instead of horizontal ones.  Add quilting lines to give it character too!  Give it a try!

Hope you enjoy this Earth Day and remember to save those scraps!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Return of Spicy Pony Head

Do you remember this post a while back?  That shirt was for my two-year-old niece.  Her big sister, a big fan of the spicy pony head comedy sketch which inspired the shirt, asked me ever so politely for her own.  So, of course I made her one, but I had to make it a bit different.. . . . a little older, more mature version for a seven year old.  I hope she likes it!

If you're curious, here's what I did.  I found the pony head graphic here.  I used it to make a stencil from freezer paper, painted it black and before I removed the freezer paper, I applied fabric glue (that stays flexible when dry) and used some fabric glitter (in black) to give it a little sparkle.  Then I used this wonderful tutorial by Lil Blue Boo (thanks Ashley!) to add my bling! (the "Spicy Pony Head" letters spelled out in rhinestones).

Check out Ashley's Giveaway at Lil Blue Boo!  I love all of her dresses!  (Especially the new asymmetric ones!)  I am currently making my first Sienna dress.  I will post pictures soon! 

Monday, April 19, 2010

A New Home for an Old Print

I picked up this inexpensive print of Diego Rivera's The Flower Carrier back in 2000 at a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  There was something about the colors I really liked.  Now when I look at it, I think of my husband.  It was our first trip together when we were dating.  We went to an American Chemical Society Conference in San Francisco and one of our excursions was to the modern art museum.  I've held onto the print for a while without doing anything with it.  I finally decided it needed a home.

One of the problems with this print was the unusual size (7 1/4" x 6 3/4").  I really wanted it matted and framed, but didn't want to spend a lot of money getting it professionally done, especially considering the print cost me $6.  I started with an inexpensive 8" x 10" frame with a 5" x 7" mat.  Working on the back (or wrong side) of the mat, I marked the 7 1/4" x 6 3/4" opening with a pencil, making sure it was centered.  Using and X-Acto knife and straight edge, I carefully cut out the new size for the mat.  Et voila!  A custom, inexpensive mat and frame for a print that makes me smile!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Far, Far Away

My little girl is growing up.  It happens so fast.  One day she's happily sleeping in her crib, the next thing you know she's climbing in and out over the rail by herself.  Time for a big girl bed!

My husband really loves to do things himself (if he has the time) and he decided to make her a bed (and design it himself).  So cool!  My contribution is going to be a new quilt for the bed.  I knew just the fabric to get! - Heather Ross' Far, Far Away line.  I just got this fabric in the mail.  I'm so excited to dive in, but I need a plan for the quilt and I'm tempted to wait for the release of Far, Far Away 2 and add those fabrics in.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Soap in a Sweater

  I've seen several methods for felting wool around soap.  I thought it would make great gifts.  I love making soap and this seems like a logical next step for a gift.  I tried out felting some high-quality french soap (the kind that lasts a really long time) and it was great.  I used the method for felting that I found at the funky felter.  It was really easy and fun.  I highly suggest trying it.  I gave my soap to my mother-in-law for her birthday so I'll have to see how she likes it.  I think next time I'll have to try it around some homemade soap.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Who says boys can't wear ruffles?

The Ruffle your stuff contest winners were announced.  Although my entry didn't win, it was mentioned in Disney's list of her favorite creative entries!  Yay!  That's so cool!

My favorite was the "Up above the world" outfit (a runner-up) which had a rocket with exhaust ruffles. I think I'll have to make one of those too!  Any little boy (or girl) would love it.

Dinosaur Ruffle Shirt

Here's my entry for the Ruffle your stuff contest.  I wanted to make something with ruffles for a boy.  So I thought of a dinosaur!  I whipped up this little dinosaur with a ruffled back to put on a simple t-shirt.  My son loves it.  Who says boys can't wear ruffles? 

Check out all of the other entries over at Ruffles and Stuff!  They're all great!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Flower Show

Every year Bachman's and Macy's put's on a spring flower show in their downtown Minneapolis store.  Before Macy's did it, it was Marshall's and before that it was Dayton's.  Needless to say, the flower show has been an annual tradition since as long as I can remember.  When I was young, I would ride the bus downtown with my mom to see the flowers.  Today, I took my kids!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Flowers and Nest

So on a recent trip to Jo-Ann, I wandered into the silk flowers and found a bird's nest.  I thought I could put together something to hang on the door or the wall.  I found some eggs and some flowers and I brought them home.  Ten minutes later I had this!


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