Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Goodwill, remnants, and one new letter

I am so excited to share something with you because I started a project and actually finished it all in one night. Not that I won't tweak it or add anything to it, but it is done enough to share.

I found this adorable project on Pinterest and I thought "I can make that!" It was from a blog called "PaperWings" by the author, Tracey Crosby. Click the blog name to see my inspiration!

So I set out to gather up all the stuff I needed. Upcycle some picture frames from Goodwill, snag some AWESOME remnants at Hancock fabrics, but the letter was stumping me. I just went ahead and bought it at Hobby Lobby. However, while I was checking out, the very sweet cashier told me I could pull up the weekly coupon on my phone and redeem it there! Who knew? What an awesome shopping trip is that?!?

Home I go, with my awesome objects ready to be turned into something spectacular. I poked and I painted and I prodded and I realized that I did not know how to make felt flowers or any flowers (other than paper ones) and that I did not have matching felt anyways. :( Now I was stuck. So, I watched Youtube videos for 2 hours and eventually taught myself how to do these ADORABLE fabric rosettes.

They turned out awesome, only required a little bit of my remnant fabric, and some hot glue. No sewing so they went much faster than if I tried to sew. }:} I also liked the exposed gold corners of the gold frame showing.

My project turned out even better than I hoped so that is pretty good. :) Enjoy, and let me know what you think from inspiration to completion!

I finished one of these for one daughter but the second daughter will just have to be understanding and wait until I have time later (next week) to finish hers.

Friday, March 16, 2012

New summer skirt idea.

I found this idea on a blog from a link on a blog from a link on Pinterest. I know, shame on me. I am looking for the post right now so I can give credit, hang on a minute.

Okay, I give up. I have looked and looked. If ANYONE can find the original blog/post, PLEASE let me know and I will update this post.

So, here goes. I found this idea on another blog, which I can not find now. I thought it seemed fun so I got started. I have 2 girls to sew for and I can not make something for one without making something for the other so I needed 2 polo shirts. For my 10 YO, I used an XL men's shirt (a large would do fine). For the 5 YO, I used a Medium boys shirt and could have used the length of the large boys.

So, I simply laid the shirt flat and cut it off, just below the arm pits. I cut through both layers.

Now I have a tube of fabric that is already hemmed. Using the hem for the bottom of the skirt, you just need to fold over the top of the skirt to make a casing for your elastic. Sew it all the way around except for a small section left open to insert elastic. Then thread through your elastic (no-roll 1" wide) using a large safety pin on the end. Pin your elastic ends and sew together. Make SURE your elastic is not twisted before you sew. Then tuck in the elastic and sew closed the little section you left open.

You are finished! How easy is that, right? It truly is a 30 minute project if you have a polo shirt and a piece of elastic.