Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quick Gift Idea..How to Make a Fabric CD or DVD Case

It's already the end of August. YIKES!  The holidays are on their way. Can you believe it? 

I feel as though I'm often scrambling to prepare everything. But not this year.  Yes, this year I'm starting early.

 During the holidays, my go to neighbor gift is a CD of our favorite holiday tunes.  

This year I wanted to improve the presentation of our gift so I searched online but didn't find anything that I loved. So I headed to the craft store and came up with this... 


This would make a really easy and amazing holiday gift, wedding party favor, or photographer packaging. Just slip a CD or DVD with anything  your heart desires and you're good to go.   

Despite the lengthy tutorial, it is a quick and easy project that can be done in no time! 

Click below for the instructions!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to Sew a Fully Exposed Zipper

I am a bit obsessed with exposed zippers these days, and it's not just because they look cool. Exposed zippers are really the easiest zipper to sew on, in my opinion. You can add them to any project you're sewing or to any top, dress, or skirt you have already in your closet. So grab something that needs a style update, and let's do it. 

You will need:

  • Zipper
  • Iron on Interfacing
  • A shirt, dress, or skirt ready for a style update
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Thread, sewing machine

1. Cut a piece of iron on interfacing the same width and length as your zipper. 

2. Turn your shirt so that it is right side out. Find the mid point of the back of your shirt. Draw a line as long as your zipper down the center of your shirt.  Iron the interfacing centered on that line. Remember you should be doing this on the right side of your shirt!

3. Sew 1/4 away on both sides of the center line.  When you reach the bottom of your line, pivot and turn then sew 1/4 an inch and pivot and turn and sew 

4. With scissors, Slash down the center line. Iron the raw edges over to the right side of your shirt. Pin and sew in place. 

5. Pin the zipper on your shirt so that the zipper teeth lines up with the with the slash.  It should look like this:

Wrong side:

Right side:

6. With your shirt on the right side. You will sew two lines around your zipper. The first should be 1/4 away from the zipper edge. The second should be as close to the zipper teeth as you can. 

You're DONE! The right side of the back of your shirt will look like this:

While the inside of your shirt should look like this:

That's it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Break

My little ones and I are off to enjoy the last few weeks of summer while we still can. So forgive me for taking a little break from the blog.  : )

I have a lot of exciting projects lined up for the fall. 

In the mean time, I'll be doing a lot of this with my little ones.. 

See you in a few!


Monday, August 13, 2012

How to Make a Lace Crown. No Crocheting Required!

If you're a photographer, I'm sure you've seen some those adorable newborn crowns.  

Here's a quick and easy way to make one.. no crocheting required.  

Made larger, these would make adorable party favors for a big girl party or maybe even for yourself. : )  Oh.. the possibilities!


Here's how you do it..
  • You will need:
  • Mod Podge
  • A strip of lace (For a newborn, I used about 2 1/2 -3 inches of lace) 
  • Fabric Paint and Paint Brush (This is optional. You will need it only if you want to change the color of the lace.) 
  • Hot Glue Gun

1.  If you want your crown to be a different color then the lace, mix a bit of Mod Podge with your fabric paint.  I did about one part paint to one part Mod Podge.  Paint your lace.
If you are leaving your lace the color it is, simply paint Mod Podge onto your lace. 

2. Let dry until the paint is a tad sticky.  (You don't want it to be completely dry). 

3. Form a circle and hot glue the lace together; be sure to keep the lace pattern consistent. 

4. Let dry by placing the crown on a cup or something else circular.  

5. You're all done!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Project Run and Play

I am just thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to be one of the finalist vying for a spot on Project Run and Play Season 5!  For those of you not familiar, Project Run and Play is a sewing competition for children's clothing.  I feel oh so inspired each season.

So check out the lovely Project Run and Play blog and vote for your favorite.  There are some AMAZING talent on the open auditions; I can't wait to see the rest of the designers!
Voting ends Sunday, August 12.
 I'm keeping my fingers crossed! 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to Sew a Pleated Detail onto a Bodice.

As promised, I just finished up a tutorial on sewing the pleated bodice from my French Inspired Boat neck dress.   You can add this simple detail to any shirt or any bodice of a dress; just do so before you sew the neckline. 

Here's how you do it..

*Note, the finished width of the detail will be about 2 3/4 inches.  If you want it wider or narrower, it will take a bit of recalculating but it is very doable.*

1. Measure and cut out your fabric. Make your fabric as long as you need by 6 1/2 inches wide. 

2. Next, you will mark some guides on your fabric. Draw a line that is 1 1/4 inch away from both of the raw edges of your fabric (length wise).  Draw another line that is 1 inch away from the line you just marked. Do this for both the left and right sides. 

3. Pinch your fabric together so that the first two lines you drew line up.  Pin in place and sew down the line.  (I had extra lines drawn here. Just ignore them.)   Do this for both sides of your fabric. You should now have two pleats. Yeah! Iron so that the pleats fold towards the raw edge. (Clear as mud, right? Feel free to leave a commentwith any questions!) 

4. After you have sewed the first two pleats, fold the fabric in half length wise.

5. With the fabric still folded in half, sew 1/4 of an inch away from the last stitching line.  

6. Unfold your fabric. Flatten the top pleat down. Iron in place. 

7. Now you will clean up the raw edges.  Turn your fabric over to the wrong side. Along the length of your fabric, fold the raw edges down. Iron in place. 

8. Pin the fabric onto the bodice. 

9. Edge stitch along the edge of the fabric. 

10. For added durability, unfold the pleats and sew down them. The stitches will be hidden by the pleats. 

You're done! Finish your bodice as usual.


Monday, August 6, 2012

French Boat Neck Dress with Hand Painted Fabric

My little one is growing. And I mean growing.  It seems like she has outgrown everything in her closet in a matter of days. So I sifted through my ever growing stash of fabric and went to work.  Plus, completion of  this  dress coincides perfectly with Project Run and Play's season 5 auditions; so  wish me luck! I would lovto  have the opportunity to grow and improve. 

I must say, I'm in love with this French-inspired play dress, and so is the Little One.   The pattern is my own.. so I may just have make one my size. : ) 

I decided to give the dress a boat neck because gives it the little frock a classic silhouette which, in my opinion, compliments the full skirt nicely.  

The black bodice detail is pleated and adds a bit of visual interest to the bodice.  I love adding little details to a dress.  (Tutorial on how to add a  pleated detail here.)  The white and black fleur de lis fabric was hand painted onto a white sheet that I purchased for sewing projects (tutorial here).  

I added some gold buttons  to the bodice because, well.....I'm a bit obsessed with gold buttons at the moment. So bear with me while I get this little obsession out of my system. : ) 

 I must say that the Little One's favorite parts of the dress are the two pockets.  It's a perfect  place to stash all her lovely treasures (tutorial can be found here).  

So out of a sheet and a few pieces of scrap fabric I pulled together this little number.  Oh happy day. : )  

Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to sew the black pleated bodice detail! 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Designing Your Own Fabric {Painting a Pattern on Fabric}

So I have a confession; I'm a bit of a cheapskate.  

I blame it (lovingly) on my mother who required me to purchase my school clothes with my own money after I refused to touch the wardrobe of clothes she had purchased for me. (The clothes I picked were not much better, I assure you. : )

To this day I won't buy clothing that's not on sale. It's ingrained in me.  

When my little lady was growing out of her clothes the cheapskate in me came out.   I had a very specific idea for a dress that I wanted to make her but none of my fabric on hand fit the bill.  So I went to work. 

A white sheet, fabric paint, freezer paper and hole punch later I had the perfect fabric, designed by yours truly.  Oh happy day!


Want to design your own fabric pattern? 
Here's how..

First up, gather your supplies. You will need:
  • Fabric
  • Fabric paint (I used acrylic with a fabric medium)
  • Paint brush
  • Freezer Paper (Enough to cover your fabric)
  • Ruler
  • Decorative Hole punch (I used a regular hole punch which made the process a bit more labor intensive.  Martha Stewart makes holes punches that work all over the page.  This would have saved me some major time.)
  • Iron

Here's what you do:
1. Plan out your pattern.  (I wanted my fleurs de lis to be two inches apart horizontally and 1 inch apart vertically.)  Using a ruler, mark on your freezer paper where you want the design to be.  If you don't have a hole punch that can punch all over the page (like me), cut your freezer paper into long even strips. Your strips should be as wide as you want your vertical pattern to be.  For example, I did 1 inch strips because I wanted my pattern to be 1 inch apart vertically.  After your strips are cut out, mark where you want your pattern to be horizontally (I did 2 inches apart). 

2.  Using your hole punch, punch out your design.  

3. Iron your freezer paper onto your fabric using the wool setting.  Because I had strips, I staggered my pattern so the fleurs de lis lined up diagonally, horizontally and vertically (See the  the photo below). 

4.  Using your fabric paint, paint your pattern. Be careful not to get fabric paint where you don't want it! 

5. Let dry then peel off the freezer paper.  You're all done!

I can't wait to show you what I made with my custom made fabric.  Here's a sneak peek:


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