Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

My house is filled to the brim with toys, and love. Here are some pictures from the holiday festivities.

We went to the Christmas Market in downtown Akron

To The Peanut Shoppe for tasty treats

Baked cookies for Santa

This is how she decided to go down the stairs Christmas morning, sliding on her belly.

Rusty one of my favorite pups

The husband made breakfast!

And this ornament he made for me :)

She slept through Christmas dinner.

I had a great weekend I hope everyone else did too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tutorial: Appliqued, Upcycled Wallet.

This is a gift for my brother. How likely is it he will see this before Christmas? I doubt he reads his little sis's blog about crafts so I think I am safe to post this now.

I used some thrifted pants for the main fabric and a small scrap of plaid for the lining.

2 pieces of main color to measure 3 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches
2 pieces of lining fabric to measure 3 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches
1 piece of main fabric to measure 2 1/2 inches by 9 1/4 inches
small scraps for applique

I started by drawing the image of my mushroom appliqué on the wrong side of the fabric and then cut it out

I then sewed the mushroom onto one of the main fabric pieces, heat and bond probably would have helped at this step.

Next I sewed a small hem on one long edge of the smallest main piece of fabric

Then pin it to the last piece of main fabric

Sew a straight line up the middle, this will make 2 inside pockets for credit cards or a driver's license.

Now pin main pieces right sides together

You are going to sew along both sides and bottom but leave the top part open. After you have done this, turn it right side out and double check you haven't missed any spots, its an easy fix if you catch it now but a pain to fix later.

Sew the lining pieces the same way but leave a small space ( about 1 in )  un-sewn

Turn the lining right side out and place it inside the main fabric pieces so right sides will be facing each other

Pin and sew all the way around the top

Now for the exciting part! turn everything right side out through the hole you left unsewn in the lining.

Now fold in the hole of the lining and sew it shut. Shove the lining down into the main fabric and you are done! If you wish you can top stitch around the edge but I just starched and ironed it.

I hope you like it and I hope my brother likes it too! This was very fun to create.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Dress!

I made Julie turkey dress for Thanksgiving. I used a couple pinafores she already had and layed them down on the fabric to make a pattern.

I drew about a 1/2 in bigger for seam allowance and made sure to flip the dress over to copy front and back pieces correctly.  I used the light brown with leaves and acorns to line the dress.

Now before I sewed the pieces together to make the dress I made 24 of the turkey "feathers" using 2 different fabrics. I cut out a "U" shape

Sewed them right sides together leaving the top open. Turned them right side out and pressed.

I laid the first row of 6 down, pinned and sewed close to the top of the feathers all the way across.
I layered the second row of feathers on top of the first making sure to cover where I had sewn in the previous row.

I continued layering and sewing until the fourth row I folded over the top of the feathers. pressed them like that and then sewed them on to be sure no unfinished edged were showing.

Added some ric rack for fun

That was the hard part. I finished the dress just like any other pinafore pattern. I made my own bias tape to finish the bottom. I like to make my own because its cheaper and I will know it matches right that way.

I did button holes and buttons and added "gobble gobble." to the front with freezer paper and paint. I love freezer paper! if you have never done this there is a great tutorial here.

I hope you like it! it was fun to make!