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31.10.10

Happy Halloween!!!!

I hope y'all are having fun dressing up and Trick or Treating!!!!
My kids had a blast!

As you can see I didn't finish their costumes.  I couldn't find the right color in the fabric I needed for Dakota's costume so I tried to dye it.  FAIL!!! I got frustrated and decided to buy costumes instead.  I'm still gonna finish their costumes hopefully soon.

Aiyanna was still Ariel just not with the scales and fins that I envisioned.  It's a pretty though and she will get plenty of use out of it since they love dressing up.

 
Dakota saw this robot costume and was really wanted it. I was a little surprised he chose it over a superhero. But he informed me he wanted the robot because he knew I would make his Captain America costume.  Guess I'll be  finishing it up sooner than later.

29.10.10

Candy Corn Hairbow

I love for Aiyanna to have festive hair bows for each holiday.  If you have a little  girl you know how expensive hair bows can be.  It's hard for me to spend $10-$15 on two hair bows she is only going to be able to wear for a month!  I thought I'd try to make her some hair bows from felt instead!  Candy corn seemed like the perfect one to try!!!  I love how it turned out.





Supplies Needed:



 White, orange, and yellow felt
Wonder Under
Iron
Thread
Barrette or hair clip
Template


Here is the template.  It should be 1 1/2" tall.

 
Cut your candy pieces out of the felt.
 White on top, orange for the middle, and yellow for the bottom.


Cut out 4 pieces of white for the base and the back.


Trace template onto fusible webbing and cut out.

Iron onto the white base piece using medium heat.
You don't want to melt your felt.

 
Lay the candy corn pieces on top. Cover with a pressing cloth or towel and iron.
Just lay the iron on top. Don't move it or the felt pieces will get a little wonky.

Lay the candy corn on top of another base piece and sew or handstitch 1/8" from the edge.

Cut a slit in the back and slide barrette in or glue onto a hair clip.

You're finished.  Such a quick simple project!

  Here it is in action.

 
26.10.10

Costumes Anyone?

Halloween is less than a week away and I haven't even started on them yet.  I know, I know there's nothing like waiting until the last minute.  I will get them done before it's time to go Trick or Treating. Promise. Besides Dakota is going to drive me crazy asking me if I made his Captain America costume yet. When I tell him not yet he gives me instructions of how he wants it made.  Like he wants the pants and shirt to be separate, unlike his store bought play cosutmes.  And don't forget the mask and I want it attached to the shirt.  He is very specific!  Aiyanna on the other hand hasn't even asked about hers.  She just said she wanted to be Little Mermaid and had to carry the fish scale fabric around the fabric store. 

I thought since I don't have this years costumes to show y'all yet that I would share my favorite costume I made Dakota when he was 20 months old.

A duck!!! 
 I was 11 days from having Aiyanna so I'm sure we made a great pair waddling from house to house. LOL!!!
I'm sure we were quacking people up! (sorry, had to do it! I know...dorky)

Don't you just love the curly hair?!  Oh how I miss those curls!!!

Have a great day!!!

P.S. I f you have requested a tutorial I haven't  forgotten. I am working on them and will get them posted after I finish the costumes  :0)
25.10.10

Toddler Wallet


Dakota gets an allowance for putting the forks and napkins on the table and helping me with a few other things around the house. When we go to the store he likes to carry his money in his pocket but somehow it never seems to stay put.  I figured it was time for him to have a wallet, but the store bought wallets are too big to fit in his little pockets plus they are just plain boring.  So I decided to make him one using some fabric he chose a few months ago.

Supplies Needed:
  • 1/8 yard fabric of choice
  • Scrap fabric in coordinating color
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
From fabric cut a square 7" x 7"
Also cut a rectangle 7" x 3.5"

From coordinating fabric cut a rectangle 7" x 3.5"

Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing 7" x 3.5"
Apply fusible webbing to the rectangle pieces of fabric following manufactures directions.

Fold the square fabic in half and top stitch at fold.  Lay on top of the coordinating fabric.
Make sure they match up at the bottom. The coordinating fabric will be a little taller. 

Baste around the the sides and bottom.  DO NOT baste at the top.

Here's what it should look like. ( You can click on the picture to make it bigger)

Lay the other fabric traingle on top of the pieces you basted.

Sew around all sides using a 1/4" seam.  Leave a 2" opening for turning it out.

Clip the corners.

Turn right side out.

Iron it then top stitch.  Fold it in half and iron the fold.

Dakota is LOVING his new wallet. I love not having to worry about his money falling out of his pockets.

These would make a great gift!  Just add some money or even a gift card will fit in it!

Any questions just ask. I'll be happy to help!!!!

17.10.10

Corn-y Projects



Candy corn that is!  Who doesn't love candy corn?!?  My kids LOVE it sooo I couldn't resist whipping up a cute little candy corn dress.

Isn't it cute? 

I whipped it up in 20 minutes.

It's a color blocked pillow case dress.

The outfit wouldn't be complete without a candy corn hairbow.


And for me a necklace made from the scraps.


I'm really loving it!


These pictures were taken at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


Sunday Snapshot



Goofing off at Target


  This wall was outside and was just begging for Scott and the kids to play!
 I couldn't resist snapping a picture.

12.10.10

Body Double


I do a lot of sewing at night after I put the kids to bed.  When I'm working on a project and need to try it  on Aiyanna  I go to see if sees awake. If she is I try on her and if not I have to wait until the next day.
Well I don't like to get her up out of bed because then it takes her that much longer to go to sleep. (She's the night owl).  I have been wanting to make a custom dress form for a long time now. So I decided making a double of Aiyanna was the perfect solution.

Here's what we did:

Here's the supplies you need.

Wrap the saran wrap around the chest. From underarms to do around the hips. 

Next wrap the shoulders with saran wrap.

Start duct taping over the saran wrap. 

You need to do the duct tape vertically and horizontally.

Half way there.

Now we are done.

Now for the tricky part. Time to cut it off. We started at the back of  neck. Stuck a couple fingers inside to put  some space between the tape and her body and started cutting. We did this the whole way down her back.  Just be patient and go slow.

Here's what it'll look like once you cut it off.
  
Align the back together and tape it with the duct tape.

Now for the arm holes.

We are just taping the hole shut.

Do the same thing for the neck hole.

Now for the fun.  Grab the spray foam and spray some in it.  Just enough to fill the bottom.

Let it sit for a couple of hours because it will expand.

Don't fill it up all at once or you'll have a big mess.  I'm speaking from experience :0)

 
Repeat the fill and wait until it is filled close to the top.

Here's what you'll have.

It was a little lumpy so I covered it with batting to smooth it out. I just hot glued it on.
Gotta love the hot glue gun.

Next I made a cover for it using some jersey fabric.

To make the cover I just pinned the fabric around the form until I had it snug then pulled it off and sewed.

Add a dowel rod and a Christmas tree stand.

What do you think?

Here it is in action.

***Disclaimer : Aiyanna was not tortured n the making of this tutorial.  In fact she had a so much fun her big brother wants us to make one of him.***