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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cards!

So, a few weeks ago, I did that Christmas Card design giveaway....and I had 6 people enter.  So because I love you and because I love to do it...I decided I'd design a Christmas card for everyone who entered!  (Marci, I didn't lie to you, I drew a number first and it WAS yours...then I decided to do everyone!)
So I'd like to show you what I've designed this year.
My own family's card
The card I designed for my parents
Our good friends the Johnsons
My beloved Romania girl Michelle
My nice blog follower Rachel
My dear old roommate Stacey
AND...still waiting for pictures from Marci and Mandy!  :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Burp cloth tutorial and template

These are some easy peasy burp cloths that make great baby gifts.  They go with the reversible bibs I've also posted.

You will need:

First of all, here is the template.  I would trace it onto a folded piece of tissue paper, then unfold it and pin it to two layers of flannel (right sides together), then cut. 
(hard to see, but there is the tissue paper pattern pinned to the flannel)
Simply remove the pattern piece and repin the two pieces of flannel together, and you're good to go.  Cuts a couple steps out that way.
Starting on one of the straight edges and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around, leaving about 1.5 inches open.  Trim your seams down to about 1/4 inch, EXCEPT at the open seam, Then carefully clip the curves (pies out of outer curves, snip inner curves) as needed:
Then turn the whole thing inside out through the 1.5 inch opening.  Use a pen or a ruler or even your shears (provided they have blunt ends) to help push the curves out.  Then press to help it hold its shape, and pin the open seam closed.
Now, if your sewing machine has any decorative stitching, it's time to shine. I chose a green thread with a curving stitch to match my monkey bibs. Again, using the presser foot as a guide, sew all the way around. Make sure you are sewing close enough to the edge to close up that 1.5 inch open seam.
And you are done!  Here's my burp cloth with its matching bib:
I like to roll them up and tie them with raffia and a note.
Easy peasy cute gift!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Baby Girl's Sweater Dress, Shoes and Headband

I had an old sweater I hated.  And I've seen lots of people turn old sweaters into cute sweater dresses for their girls.  So I decided to try my hand at it.

Because every little girl needs a matching headband

And shoes...
(I do not recommend making shoes out of stretchy squishy old sweaters unless you are not a perfectionist!  Pattern for shoes here.)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Turkey shirts

My kid-lins in their turkey shirts
I have found dozens of adorable ideas for Thanksgiving shirts for girlies, but not many I really want my son to wear.  Until this.  I just finished my own version of Positively Splendid's Butterball Tee.  She has instructions on her blog, but it's one of those things you can kinda look at and just do.  I used four colors of felt, a rectangle (5 inches by 7 inches) of denim, Heat n' Bond iron on adhesvie and white thread.  You can find a template for my shapes here.  (Those are the shapes for the TOP layer...cut about 1/4" around them for the bottom layers.)  I totally love it!!!

Now onto my daughter's turkey shirt!   Her shirts are loosely based on this shirt at The Cottage Home, and this shirt at Embellished Bayou.  I made it specifically to match those plaid pants she's wearing!  Just used felt for the turkey body, and skinny Ofry ribbon for the feathers.

Both my kids LOVED having a special Turkey shirt (even if my daughter just liked pulling on and trying to chew on the ribbons!).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My baby girl's new dress

So, as mentioned in my last post, I whipped up a dress for my daughter to wear for our family pictures.  I LOVE IT.  So pleased with how it turned out!
I used Simplicity pattern 3854.  I made my own bias tape for the little bolero, and I think it really adds something to it.  There is an awesome tutorial here (it's a PDF and won't link directly, so scroll down the page until you see Tutorials on the right sidebar) on how to make bias tape.
Embellished the bolero, shoes and headband with yo-yo's.  Great tutorial here.

As usual, sandwiched the seam of foldover elastic between the decorative part (in this case, the yo-yo's) and a layer of felt and hot glued the thing together.
And the shoes!  Didn't finish them in time for the pictures, but that's okay.  Used a pattern found here.
(This is why I love crafty blogging.  The generous sharing of ideas!!!)
And now my beauty (and her big brother):
Looks great, right? :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little girls' flower headbands

So I had a shower to attend on Friday.  My husband's cousin Kattie is pregnant with long awaited twin girls.  I'm not into the whole twins matching thing...so I opted for similar-but-different in the hair bows I made (because no little girl can have too many bows).

The first set:
Made of felt and foldover elastic.  I took this tutorial and adapted it.  Mostly made it smaller!  I used 3.5 inch squares instead of 7 inch squares.  I found it was too hard to fold the felt into fourths and cut it...so I just folded it in half and cut it (here's my template, if you want it).  Once each petal piece was sewn, I attached it all together on the headband with hot glue.

Second set:
I based these flowers on a tutorial for making paper flowers.  I used a salad plate to make the circle from which I cut the spiral...but that was a little big...I ended up cutting off quite a bit!  And just glued sparkly silver beads in the center (how I love my hot glue gun).

Third set:
I just kinda twisted and folded in my own way, but here is a good rolled rose tutorial (the actual tutorial is a PDF and I can't get the link to work...so just scroll down the page until you come across Free Projects on the right side bar).  Oh, and I was extra zealous on the felt backing for the burlap rose to make sure none of that itchy (but totally cool looking) burlap would touch the baby's head. Trimmed out a little bit of the center of each rose so I could sink the 8 mm brown pearl into it.  More hot glue.

Fourth set:
My favorite!  Braided roses made with two patterned calicos and one solid broadcloth each.  Cut (or tear) three strips of fabric (mine were 12 inches long and half an inch wide, which made about a rose about an inch and a quarter in diameter).  Either hot glue or sew together at one end.  Braid (how tightly you braid changes the look of the rose).  Sew or hot glue the ends together to hold braid.  Roll up, gluing as you go.  Finish by tucking the end of the braid on the bottom of the rose and gluing into place.  The end!
The leaves are also pretty easy.  Cut a 3 inch square of fabric.  Fold in half to make a rectangle, then take the top two corners of the rectangle and fold down into the center, forming a triangle (this puts all the unfinished edges together along the bottom).  Baste along the long bottom (unfinished) edge of the triangle.  Gather.  And there you go.

And now, back to sewing my daughter's new dress...we're getting our family pictures taken tomorrow, and I figured out what I wanted my son and husband to wear, but my little girl just didn't have anything that would suit me!  So I headed off to the fabric store...I'm almost done with the dress, then I'll just have to make the little bolero jacket (but I'm also going to attempt making my own bias tape...wish me luck!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Baby shower invites

So I'm getting together some invitations for a baby shower some friends and I are throwing.  I think they are super-de-duper cute invitations.  I used to sell them in my Etsy shop, in fact.  So I thought I'd share them with you here.
Here is the template for the diaper portion.  I designed it to take an entire sheet of 8.5X11 cardstock rather than 12X12 since that is more expensive.  Fold along the lines and stamp the lower layer as desired.  (I used a jumbo wheel stamp from Stampin' Up that I believe is retired now)  Apply adhesive (I like Tombow mono adhesive, you can find it at almost any craft store) where the pieces overlap.  Punch holes about 3/8 inch apart for the safety pin to go through.  I used my Cricut machine to cut the tag, and stamped it with another Stampin' Up set. 
Then make the insert card.  The bottom layer of the insert card is 4 3/16 inches wide by 3 11/16 inches tall, and the top layer is 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Add the info as you would like it.
The completed card should fit in a A-2 size envelope (I buy mine in bulk from the envelope superstore for all my card making needs).

Cute, right? :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wedding gift - Name & Est. plaque

One of my favorites gifts to give friends who are getting married is a wooden plaque with their names and established date...you know, you've seen them, they're very popular.  And easy peasy to make too.  I buy pine boards in long lengths, cut them into the sizes I want (why yes, I am perfectly comfortable wielding a circular saw), and sand them down nice and smooth.
Then I paint them, generally with acrylic craft paint or sometimes with spray paint.  I always check out the couple's registry to choose a color that will go with the linens and towels, etc., that they have picked out.
The couple that is getting married tomorrow registered for brown kitchen towels and bedding, so I chose a nice warm brown color (believe it or not, that IS brown...forgive my once-nice-five-year-old camera).
Next, I design and cut out vinyl on my beloved Cricut Expression (thank you husband and parents).
Then I apply the vinyl, and Ta-Da!  Finished.  And I'm usually always VERY pleased with it!  :)

Here's a couple more I've made in recent years:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Minnie Mouse ears for baby tutorial

My daughter has this darling red polka dot dress we bought for her the day we found out she was a girl.  So, with that in mind, we decided she would be Minnie Mouse for Halloween.  But, she'll be 8 months old at Halloween, and there is no way on Earth she would keep a regular headband on.  So I decided to make a baby-friendly version of Minnie Mouse ears.

First of all, if you are interested, here is the link to the pattern I made.  (If the image of the file doesn't come up, don't worry, just click download in the upper left corner.)

Okay, so here we go!  You need:
- Black felt
- 1/2" black foldover elastic (I get mine from this Etsy shop)
- Batting
- Fabric for the bow
- Sewing machine
- Hot glue gun

Cut out the pattern pieces out of black felt (To save time, I cut out two, then pin those to the felt and cut out another set, so they are already pinned together, ready to be sewn.)
Then sew around curving edges, using a small seam allowance (less than 1/4").  Leave the straight edges open.
Next, clip pies out of the seam so they will lay flat when they are turned inside out.  (Do this oh-so-carefully, or you might clip the seam and have to go back and reinforce it like I did!)
Turn the ears inside out, making sure all the edges pressed out.  Now time to stuff it!  Take the cardboard inserts, and bend it gently to slide it in.
Then take the batting.  I tore mine in half (in terms of thickness), and slid a piece on either side of the cardboard.

And then stitch 'er closed along the straight edge, where the flap begins from the circle (hopefully that makes sense!)
Now, time for the bow.  I used about a 4X8" rectangle.  Fold in half width-wise, right sides together, to make a square.  Stitch around, using about a 1/4" seam, and leaving about in inch open.

Turn the bow inside out through the open hole, then topstitch on that end (and the other one so it matches) to close up the seam.
Then fold the bow like an accordian, and put a sew stitches through the middle (I did this by hand, but it could be done by machine also).

Next, take a strip of matching fabric (mine was 2X3"), and fold in half length-wise, right sides together, to make a long 1X3" rectangle.  Sew along the long 3" edge, using about 1/4" seam, to make a tube.
Turn inside out, and top stitch down each long edge.  Set aside.
Now, grab your foldover elastic.  Measure your baby's head for how you want it to fit, and add 1/2" to that.  My baby needed 16.5" of elastic.  Cut your elastic accordingly, and overlap about a 1/4" to a 1/2" and sew straight across.  (Make sure you haven't twisted the elastic!)
Now, heat up your glue gun.  I didn't take any pictures of the glueing process, so read through this carefully before beginning.  (If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at diykindagirl@hotmail.com) I cut a small rectangle of felt and folded it over the seam and glued it into place, both so the seam wouldn't show at all (even though you'll be putting the bow there) and so it wouldn't irritate my daughter's head.  Then take the ears, and fold the flaps out flat.  Put a line of glue right down the middle where the seam is.  Line up the edge of one flap with the back edge of the foldover elastic and glue down.  Repeat with other ear.  Next, take the bow and the matching tube.  Line the short edge of the tube up with the back edge of the middle of the accordian you stitched into place.  Glue.  Then wrap the tube around the middle of the bow tightly, gluing as you go, again where you put the stitches, until it overlaps with the edge of the tube you already glued down.  Trim, then glue down.  Take the finished bow and glue it between the ears, lining it up with the front edge of the felt square that is covering the seam in the elastic.
Find a cute baby to put it on!
Coincidently, it's actually Disney week over at Someday Crafts.  They have lots of other Disney related tutorials up right now, so take a look if you are interested.
Stay tuned for my son's Yoda costume!
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