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23.12.11

Overhauled Overalls

Overhauled Overalls

A few years ago I painted some Christmas overalls for Dakota and Aiyanna.  Everyone loves them! Everywhere we would go I would get stopped and asked where I bought them.  It was great to be able to say I painted them myself.  I was....am really proud of the job I did on them. Dakota was only able to wear his that 1 Christmas season. He doesn't have growing spurts, he  just KEEPS growing (kinda like the Energizer Bunny who just keeps going and going and going). Aiyanna on the other hand was able to wear hers for 2 Christmas seasons. I tried them on her this year knowing they weren't going to fit, but at the same time hoping they would. Of course the straps were too short and the pant length was too short. Not willing to give them up just yet I did a little Overall Overhaul. I am so happy with how they came out!!! I thought I would share how to overhaul overalls with y'all just in case any of you have a hard time letting go of your daughter's cute overalls too :o)

Before:                                                                    After:
                        
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Let me start off by telling you that  you have 2 options for the straps.
You can (1) slip the new strap over the old strap or you can (2) cut off the old strap leaving about 1" of the old strap so you can sew the new strap onto it.
I chose option 1 and I think it's a little to bulky! When I overhaul the next pair I will go with option 2. I do suggest using a medium to heavy weight interfacing to make the strap more sturdy if you go with #2.

 
 First thing you need to do is pick out the stitching on the straps so you can take the hardware off.

 Unfold the fabric and take the hardware off. Set it to the side so you can use them on the new longer strap.
Repeat with the other strap.

 Now lay one of the strap on the fabric for the new straps.

Trace the strap onto the fabric. I traced 1/2" out from the strap to allow for the seams. I also made the skinny end a bout 5" longer the the original strap.  I made the fatter end about 2" longer than the original.
Repeat with the other strap.
Cut the straps you just drew on to the fabric. Now place the straps you just cut face down on the fabric so right sides are together and cut 2 more straps. Now you will have 4 straps as pictured above.

Place one set of straps right sides together and stitch down each long side, leaving the ends open

Clip the corners.

Turn right side out and press.

Next I cut the bigger end at an angle so it matched up the the back end of the strap.
Turn the raw edge in 1/4"and press.

Now it's time to attach the strap. Slip it over the original strap and stitch 1/8" from the edge.
Top stitch down each long edge 1/8" from the edge.
This will give it a nice finished look.

Here's what the strap will look like.
Repeat this process for the other strap.

Now for the hardware. This part can be a little tricky, but once you get the first one the second one is a breeze. First you are going to slip the rectangular ring onto the strap as pictured. Then slip the other piece on after that. Make sure the part the attaches to the button is on top of the fabric (this is VERY important)

Now for the tricky part!!!!!
You are going to pull the short end of the strap through the back of the rectangular hardware piece. You are going to weave it in one side and out through the other. pull it down about 2". Now just fold the raw edge 1/2" under and pin in place.

Here's a closer look at  it.

Now just sew close to the fold. And the straps are finished!

 The last thing I did  to overhaul the overalls was add a 4" ruffle to the bottom of each leg. I didn't take pictures of that process, but it's super simple!   If you need a tutorial for the ruffle leg just let me know and I'll whip one up for you!

                                                                                                             

Now if I'm lucky she'll be able to wear it next Christmas too! 
I'm not counting on that though. *sigh*


We were at a Christmas Party and the place had a small stage.  My future model was doing her catwalk across the stage.  Can you tell she watches Project Runway with me?!


I hope each and every one of you has a Merry Christmas!!!

11.11.11

Princess!

Today my little princess turns 4!!!
Where has the time gone?

Aiyanna,
You are so full of life and personality and I love you sooo much. You are nothing like the little girl I prayed for, you are so much more than I ever imagined! You are sweet, very loving, so funny, and people are drawn to you. You have a very special place in Momma's heart. I pray that you always know what a wonderful blessing you are to me! As we celebrate your birthday today I thank God for putting you in my life and having the privilege to be your Mommy! I love you my baby doll!
Love,
Mommy
26.9.11

Free Hat Patterns Round Up

Here is a round up of  FREE hat patterns to get you inspired to help Make A Difference!!!

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{Monkey Hat}

                                                                          T-Shirt Hat

Eddie and the Cap

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REVERSIBLE Unisex Newsboy Hat - PDF SEWING Pattern/Tutorial in Infant and Child Sizes



Make A Difference Monday {15}


Good morning ladies!!!
I am going to change up the Make A Difference Monday a little bit.  Instead of doing a different project every week I'm going to change it to every 2 weeks. It will give us all a little more time to get invovled in each project.
                   
 Craftsy a website full of sewing, crochet, and knitting projects and online courses is hosting a Keep A Kid Warm This Winter  drive.  Their goal is to collect and donate 1000 blankets to Project Linus and 1000 hats to Kaps For Kendall by December 15th.

Here is a little information on each of these charities ( taken from the Craftsy blog)

The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers. Things to consider when making Project Linus blankets:
  • The blankets should be from a non-smoking environment.
  • The blankets should be pet hair free (some kids have allergies.)
  • The blankets can be any size, but a really great size is 40 inches (100 cm) by 60 inches (150 cm).  The blankets are often given to teens, who just don’t have use for a baby blanket.
(And, If you create a blanket from polar fleece, please remove the selvedge and make the edges tidy.)
Their goal is to raise money to fight Fanconi anemia and to provide hats for kids and adults, who have lost their hair from chemotherapy and radiation. Some things to keep in mind when creating your Kaps
  • The hats can be in all sizes from infant to adult
  • The hats should be fun! Children like to wear bright colors.
  • Hats for little boys are especially welcome.
  • The hats don’t have to be knit or crochet, sewn hats are great, too!

Will you join me in helping????

Please send all donations to:
 Keep a Kid Warm
c/o Sympoz Inc.
1553 Platte #202
Denver, CO 80202
*My personal goal is to make 2 hats a week and 1 blanket  month through December to donate to this drive.*
To help keep me accountable I am going to post my progress every Monday :o)
I would love to hear about your donations and love to see pictures too!!!!
22.8.11

Bittersweet



This morning Dakota started his first dayof kindergarten.

He has been so excited about going to school! We pre-registered him at the end of last school year.  He thought he was going to start school the next day.  He has asked me many times when he was going to go to school. And he very proudly tells everyone he is in Kindergarten. Now that they day was finally here he was excited, nervous, and scared all at the.same time Truth is I felt all those things too.  I am so excited for him to start to his educational joiurney.  I hope he loves school as much as I did at that age.
He did not want to go in the classroom this morning.  I asked him if he wanted to open the door and he looked at me and said "Mommy, I'm scared". I tried to reassure him that he would be ok. 

When we left he seemed to be doing pretty good. He put his stuff in his cubby and was talking to his teacher.
I told everyone I would be doing  a happy dance the first day of school, but I really thought I would cry.
Well, I didn't do either.  I'm holding back the tears, and there is a semi-happy dance today.
As much as it drives me crazy I kinda miss Dakota talking my head off all day long.  It is so quiet at home today!
Aiyanna was totally to pieces this morning. She fell apart when we left Dakota at school.  She keeps telling me she wants to go get her brother.  I'm sure that won't last long though :o)


22.7.11

Super Simple Tablecloth



Want to dress up your table?
Want a satisfying project that only takes a few minutes?
If you answered yes, then this is a project for you.

I have had a piece of yellow decor fabric laying around for a while now.
I couldn't decide what to use it for. Well, I finally made up my mind.
I decided on a tablecloth.
The fabric just happened to be the right size so all I had to do was hem it.
I just ran it through the serger so there wouldn't be fraying edges.

 Yellow is just so bright and cheery.
 I think I might add a coordinating fabric to the sides so it hangs over the sides longer.
It's a little shorter on the sides than I like.

And because I love shells this is my table center piece for now.
Different sized glass jars full of  a few of the shells that we have found at the beach.

One day I'll show you our big container of shells.

20.7.11

Making Clothes Last {Pajamas}

So yesterday I showed you how I made Dakota's jeans last a little longer.
Today I'll show you how I make Aiyanna's pajamas last a longer.

As you can see these pajama pants are too short. But what else would you expect when a tall 3 year old is wearing a 2t. What you can't tell in this picture is that they are also too tight from the bottom to just a little below her knees. It took me just 5 minutes to make them last a little longer.

First thing I did was cut one leg off to just a little below the knees.

Fold them in half making sure the waistband is even.

Now cut the second leg.

Here's what you'll have.

Next I sewed a rolled hem using the serger. Stretch the fabric as you sew to give it the lettuce edge.
***You can also do this on the sewing macine. Just use a tight zigzag stitch***

Here is what the hem will look like.

We need to take care of the thread tail so grab a needle. Insert the needle into the rolled hem and thread the tail through the eye.

Pull it through the hem.

Now you can cut off any excess.

I think I like them better like this :o)

You can make shorts using the same technique.