Friday, July 9, 2010

The Week in Photos - 7/3/10 - 7/9/10

Saturday July 3rd, 2010

Sunday July 4th, 2010

These are all the pics I have from our little mini-vacation. The rest of the pics I took are on mom's camera.
Wednesday July 7, 2010
Isaac THINKING about going thru the sprinkler.
Dreams Start Here!!!

Thursday July 8th, 2010
Horne Pond - Isaac wearing Mommy's sunglasses.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Whatcha Crafting Wednesday

Omg...I totally forgot that today is Wednesday! I'm all messed up because of the holiday on Monday. Here I was thinking I had another day to get some crafting accomplished before I had to post. ;-) I don't have much to share this week, but I'm rather excited about the one project that I DID accomplish. Drum roll please.....

PRODUCE BAGS!!!! I know...doesn't take much to get me excited. But, as you may remember from one of my posts last month, plastic produce bags were really bothering me.

After looking at a bunch of different ideas, I kinda just wung it. I found this fabric that I had left over from making Ryleigh's angel Halloween costume a couple years back. It was light-weight, see-through, and seems durable enough. So, I just sewed them into rectangles, added a casing for a drawstring, and voila. I haven't really used them yet. I just tried this one out with some apples I already had at home. I think they'll work well. The largest of these bags only weighs 0.4oz. I have a couple different sizes here - determined by what I had available for fabric. lol...if these work well I'll definitely be buying some more of this fabric (if I can find it again) and making some more.

So, that's it for this week. I would have had one other project to share with you, but I ran out of staples. Maybe next week.... ;-)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kids Crafts Thursday

I'm ashamed to admit that we have been so busy this week that we haven't done any kids crafts. But, I did want to share with you all the craft that I intended to do with the kids this week. I thought these would be super cute for the kids to bring to the 4th of July parade - Star Spangled Wavers! How fun! I'll have to put it on my list for next week I guess. This craft is on the Disney Family Fun website. You can find it here.

I hope you all have a fun, festive, and SAFE holiday weekend!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whatcha Crafting Wednesday

Its been a fairly decent crafting week for a change! I think I was having withdrawals!!! are my creations from the past week:

A birthday card for Ryleigh's friend, Jordan:
I've already shared a couple of my sewing projects for the week. The first was a nightgown for Ryleigh. You can check out the tutorial I did here.
And then I turned a couple pair of Isaac's fall/winter pjs into summer pjs. You can see those here.
I'm on a bit of repurposing/upcycling kick now, so after I finished Isaac's pjs I went hunting in my closet for some old things that I could spiff up a bit. Here's what I've come up with so far...

I found this great tutorial on how to turn an old t-shirt into a cute little shrug. Thought I'd give it a try. Here is the original garment - an old long-sleeve t-shirt that had gotten some holes in it right in the center where my shirt hits my pants. (Why do my shirts always do that????) Here are the little holes (does anyone else have this problem???)And here are is the shrug. Excuse the terribly blurry and bad pics of the finished product. I had to take these myself. lol

I'm undecided on the white tie. I didn't have enough of the shirt leftover to do a matching tie, so I'm not sure what I want to do there. Still thinking about it. But, I like the shrug! I'll probably do a couple more! That got me more excited to do some more repurposing, so back to my closet I went. This time I came out with a plain white turtleneck - tags still attached. $1.99 find from Burlington Coat Factory. My MIL picked this up for me a couple years ago. I don't think I ever would have worn it the way it was - I didn't like the fit on me. To baggy and unflattering. So...I took the scissors to it.
And here's what I got. I got the idea from another tutorial. You can find it here.
Cute, huh?? Once again I was short on the amount of leftover fabric to make the tie. Its a little short, so I'm still thinking about a different solution for this one as well.

I'm really enjoying this repurposing thing. If anyone comes across any cute ideas, let me know!
I'm also still working on the same Swiffer sock that I was working on last week...haven't gotten much done on that one.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mommy Solutions - Extending the Life of PJ's

Pajamas are something that I really don't like spending money on. All the kids do is wear them to bed. But, I guess they are kind of, I try to get as much use out of them as possible. Take these two pairs of Isaac's pajamas for example:

They are both size 24 months. He wore them for 2 fall/winter seasons. Crazy, I know. But, he was a fat baby and has thinned out a lot. So, he can still wear the same clothes. Now the pants and sleeves on these are getting a little short. But, they are surprisingly in good shape and not stained. He's in need of some more summer pj's, so...I made them into summer pj's! I've done this with his pj's in the past. It is super easy! If you're working with knit pj's - which most pj's are (at least the ones that you'd want to use for summer pj's), then all you have to do is cut them into shorts/short-sleeve shirts. Because they are knit fabric, they will not fray or unravel in the wash. But, if you can sew, then you can make them look a little more professional if you'd like.

The green dinosaur shirt was really easy because it was a faux double-layer shirt. All I had to do was cut the lighter green fabric off. The way it was sewn, it didn't affect the seam of the sleeves. So, I just trimmed it close to the seam and that was it - short sleeve shirt. Can't get much easier than that!

Then I had him try on the pants to determine how short I wanted to cut them. I allowed a little extra for hemming. Then I just cut them, folded up the raw edge and sewed it. You can't even tell that these were not made like that!
For the second pair I had to hem the sleeves and the pants. I could have tried to match the thread with thread that was used on the original garment, but I didn't bother. I just used white. I still think they look pretty good and someone probably wouldn't guess that they had been altered. But, then again, who cares if they can tell???? They're just wearing them to bed!
And there you have it - a quick fix to get one more season out of these pj's. I think I've gotten my money's worth on these!!! :)

I've also made the shirts into tanks before as well. I took the trim from the cuffs of the sleeves or the pants and used it around the arm holes as trim for the tank. You could also use these tricks on regular clothes as well. Sweat pants to sweat shorts, t-shirts or long sleeve shirts to tanks. If you're a seamstress there are also some great repurposing or upcycling tutorials out there. I have several on my to-do list. I'll be sure to share them with you when I do! :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nightgown Tutorial

I found this adorable flannel-backed satin fabric at Jo-Ann's last winter in the clearance section. I can't remember what I paid for it, but it was cheap and adorable. So, I bought it with the intention of making Ryleigh a pair of pj's. I've made her some flannel-backed satin pj's before and she loves them. I never did get around to making them during the winter. Now that its summer, she really loves wearing nightgowns and could use some more. So, I dug this out and decided to make her one. I didn't have a pattern that I really thought would be appropriate. I wanted something simple, easy, and most of all - comfortable. I really like how easy pillowcase dresses look and how simple the design is. I've never made one before, but I thought it would be perfect for a nightgown. The only thing is - I didn't want to use a pillowcase. I wanted to use this super cute fabric I already had. So, I kinda just wung it. I took pictures along the way in case it came out well. And, I think it did - so I thought I'd share! :) Please note, this could easily be a summer dress as well if you switched up the fabric.

Before trying this tutorial, please note that I am not a professional and never claimed to be. There may be easier or more professional ways to do some of these things. This is just how I went about getting the finished product you see here. :) Also - I apologize for the terrible lighting in these pics.

The first thing I did was get some measurements. I measured Ryleigh's chest - just below her armpits. She measured 23". I knew I'd want about double that and since my fabric was a 46" width it worked out perfectly. I then I measured about how long I wanted it. I measured from just under her armpits to where I wanted it to fall on her legs. Then you're going to want to add about 2" to that measurement to allow for making an elastic casing and hem.

Now that you have your measurements, take your fabric, fold it in half with right sides together. If you have a directional print like I do, make sure you figure out top/bottom, etc before cutting. Cut out the size pieces you need. For Ryleigh, I needed 2 - 23"x25" pieces.
With right sides still together, sew a 5/8" seam down each long side.
You should then have basically a tube - or a pillowcase with no bottom.

This step is totally optional, but I like to finish my seams to give the item a more finished look. Serge the seams you just made. Some people may choose to just serge the seam and skip the step of sewing the seam first. I don't know why, but I don't like to do it that way. I guess I like to make more work for myself and do it in two steps. ;-)

Press the seam to one side.

On the outside, top=stitch close to the seam, making sure you catch the seam on the underside.

This will tack the seam down so it isn't bothersome to the person wearing the garment. It also gives a more professional look. This is what it looks like on the outside:

And on the inside:

Next, serge the top edge of the dress/nightgown. Again, this is an optional step. If you'd rather just fold it under, you can. But I prefer to do it this way because it makes it gives you a nice, even, and clean line that's easy to work with.

Fold down about 1" from the top, then fold under the bottom edge - just to where the serging stops. Press. Please note: These measurements are to make a casing for 1/2" elastic. You will need to adjust your measurements for a different elastic width. Stitch close to the edge leaving an inch or two unstitched so you can insert the elastic.
You now have an elastic casing.
Cut a piece of elastic as long as the chest measurement you got. Mine is 23". Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and thread it through the hole you left in the casing.
Once you have threaded the elastic all the way through, sew the ends of the elastic together being sure to go back and forth over it several times.
Distribute the fullness of the garment evenly and then close up the hole you left in the casing. You may wish to sew through the elastic right at the side seams to keep the elastic from twisting.
This is what you should have now:
Moving on to the straps. You will need to do some more measuring here. Put the nightgown on the child and then measure from the bottom of the casing on the back, over the shoulder, and to the bottom of the casing on the front. I got a measurement of 10". Then decide how wide you want your straps. I wanted a finished strap width of 1.5". Double that and add 1" for the seam. So, I need two pieces of fabric that measure 4"x10".
I wanted to add a little trim to my straps. I had this trim in my stash that was nice and soft and light-weight, perfect for this project! So, I cut 2- 10" long pieces. Then I placed the trim on top of my strap piece with raw edges even.
Then I folded the strap piece in half with right sides together and the trim sandwiched in between.
Stitch a 1/2" seam and then turn right side out. This is what you should have:
Top-stitch close to each edge. Then serge the short ends.
Now you'll want to have the child put the dress back on and determine the best placement for the straps. Then stitch the straps on - once close to the bottom of the strap and then again close to the top edge of the nightgown. Here it is:
And a view of the inside stitching of the strap:
Now you could just hem the bottom and be done! I decided I wanted to add a little of the trim I used on the straps to the bottom of the gown. So, measured the bottom of the gown, added 1/2" to the measurement and cut two pieces of the trim this size.
I layered the two pieces of trim on top of each other and stitched them together.
Then stitch the two short ends together with right sides together and a 1/4" seam. Serge for a finished seam.
Now with right sides together, raw edges even, and the trim seam lined up with one of the side seams on the gown, stitch the trim to the bottom of the gown.
Serge the seam.
Press the seam towards the trim.
Top-stitch close to the seam. This is what it will look like - inside and outside:
And there you have it! An adorable little nightgown!
Ryleigh just loves it! I think I might need to make her another one.

Its hard to tell how long it took me to make this because I to keep stopping to deal with dinner time and bath time, etc plus I was stopping to take pics of each step. But, I'm pretty sure I could do this in an hour of uninterrupted sewing time. I still have plenty of fabric left - I think I might make her a shorts/top set using the same design for the top - just cutting it shorter and then making a little pair of pj shorts to go with it. Too cute! If you're buying fabric for this project, 1yd will be plenty. Or, use a pillowcase! Cheap, easy, and adorable project!