Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Friday, May 1, 2015

Felt Christmas Tree


I haven't posted for quite a while because I thought I had lost most of my pictures.  Lo and behold, as I was organizing pictures on my computer I FOUND THEM!  Yay!  Yay!  YAY!

That being said, get ready for a barrage of pictures and posts.

To start, here is a little Pinterest success story.  I have seen many felt trees for kids on Pinterest.  My felt collects dust in a bin in my closet and I finally decided to use it.

First, I covered a foam board from the dollar store with white felt.  I then cut out a large, green Christmas tree.  I created a star, ornaments, candy canes, and holly berries to go on the tree.  Embellish with jewels and you're done.

My kids had a blast decorating their own little tree and now I have a flannel board for other crafts.  Win-win!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Little Boy Bow Tie Tutorials

We had a wonderful summer as we welcomed a new member to our family.  Yes, that's brother-in-law got married!  My kids adore their new auntie.  

Weddings always end up forcing me to pull out my sewing machine.  I am not a confident seamstress.  It takes me hours of work and usually lots of seam ripping to finish a project.  I have no patience.  However, I am usually pretty happy with the way things turn out.  I used a pattern I had on hand for the girls' dresses, but I had no idea how to make a bow tie for Bud.  

Thank you Pinterest!  I would be lost without you.  

I found a super easy bow tie tutorial from Kiki and Company.  It was seriously simple!  The first bow tie I made was a little bit too big, (okay, it was more like something a clown would wear), but after a few alterations I had a tie that I was happy with.  

Bud loved his new bow tie.  He didn't want to take it off.  

The tutorial I used required minimum sewing, but if you would like to avoid sewing altogether you can try this bow tie tutorial.  All you need is a glue gun!  

Here are all of my little munchkins looking snazzy in their new clothes.  They were so excited to get all dressed up to go to the Manti Temple.

A perfect day with my sweet little family.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Interchangeable Flip-Flop Flowers

I love the little flip flops that have flowers on them.  Love, love, love them!  But they are always more expensive and you can't change them up.  You are stuck with whatever flower you buy.  I found a solution to this little fashion problem.

All you need is a piece of felt about 5 inches long, scissors, needle & thread, buttons, small hair elastics (one per flower), a glue gun, and a basic pair of flip flops.

Cut your felt into five scallops.  Thread your needle through the bottom of the fabric as shown above.

Pull the thread so that it forms the flower, thread it through your starting point, and tie it off.

Hot glue the small elastic to the back of the flowers.

Glue on a button and you're done!  Attach the flower to the sandal by pulling the elastic around the top of the flip flop and around the flower (like a button latch).  Now you can change up your flowers anytime you want and you don't have to buy the expensive sandals.

I went with a red, white, and blue theme for the 4th of July.  These are Goofy's shoes.  Blue is her favorite color.

Princess got red flowers.  She loves them (because red is closest to pink, her favorite color).

You could make any kind of flower you want!  Here are a few flower tutorials to help you freshen up your sandals.  Have fun!

Tipnut - 40 Flower Tutorials
Michael and Made - Tissue Paper Flowers
Skruben - Easy Fabric Flowers
Ruffle Loop Flowers - (Source Unknown)
Fashion Tribe - Circle Roses

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Movable Mouth Puppets Tutorial

Do you remember watching Sesame Street as a kid and wishing you had a puppet like that to play with?  Or is it just me?  I used to make paper bag puppets and sock puppets to play with.  I even tried to make a marionette using a ruler, string, and aluminum foil.  Needless to say, it didn't work very well.

My dad always tells me that I never grew up.  Perhaps he's right.  To fulfill my movable mouth puppet dream, I went to YouTube determined to find a way to make a puppet of my own.  At the bottom of this post are the videos I watched to make my puppets.  If you have limited sewing skills (like yours truly) you can do this.  I was very pleased with the results.

Here is the first puppet I made.  I named him Bob.  He was my trial pattern.  After some tweaking I came up with these:

My daughter named all of the puppets.  These puppets are Witch Matilda and Prince Rich.

This is Princess Rosie.  She is Princess' favorite puppet of course.

Mr. Hoppity.

This is a pirate I made a little boy for his birthday.

I made the puppets big so that I can play with them too.  (What can I say?  I made them as much for me as for my kids.)

Here is Wizard Zeke.  I had so much fun making the puppets.  Princess played with the puppets for hours--days even!  For some reason, puppets never seem to get old.  Check out the videos and make your own.  Let me know how it goes.

I hope that helps all of you creative people.  Have fun.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Little Superman Costume

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween.  I'm a little late with this post, but I'm finally getting a chance to breathe after all of the craziness.  Halloween is always so much fun.  This year was no exception.  I had resolved to make costumes for all three of my kids this year.  My husband gave me a sewing machine our first year of marriage (not knowing that I am not a great seamstress)  Ever since I got it I have made sure to sew at least one thing a year.  That way the machine gets used (and my husband doesn't feel that it's a waste of money) and I get better as a seamstress.

Princess wanted to be "Ariel in the pink dress" this year.  That costume was a struggle let me tell ya.  Never have I ever been so stressed out about sewing.  I was pretty excited about how it turned out though, and she absolutely loved her costume.  She said she wants to wear it again next year.  Score!

Goofy was Little Red Riding Hood.  If you'd like to check out what I posted about making her Little Red Riding Hood costume click on the link.  Wearing the hood was her favorite part.

Finally, here is Bud as Superman.

I got the idea for his costume when I happened across this pin for super hero logo templates.  I used her template to make the logo out of felt.  Then I hand-stitched it to a onesie and whipped out a quick cape.  His costume was the easiest costume I've ever made and he looked so cute in it.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Red Riding Hood Costume

I love Halloween.  It is by far my favorite holiday.  I love the decorating, the costumes, the candy--all of it!  I am one of those people who, as a teenager, would stand out in the yard and pretend to be a statue until a trick-or-treating child would get close enough for me to scare.  Many moms would pass by my house saying, "We won't go there.  It's too scary for you."

And so yes, I have been thinking about Halloween since August and have been trying to decide what costumes to dress my children in for the big night.  As I was scouring pinterest I came across this red-riding hood cape from and knew that I wanted to make it for my 18 month old (who I will refer to as Goofy).  

I am not an amazing seamstress.  In fact, I am one of those people who can sew a straight line and that's about it.  For Christmas during our first year of marriage my sweet hubby gave me a sewing machine.  I vowed I would sew at least one thing a year so that the machine did not sit and collect too much dust.

That said, I needed a pattern that I could follow easily and didn't require too much effort.  This cape pattern was PERFECT!  It was so easy to make and Goofy loves it.  Her older sister, (we call her Princess), wants me to make her one too.  

So if you can sew a straight line, are looking for something quick, fun, and absolutely adorable I would suggest you try out this cute Little Red Riding Hood cape.

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