Showing posts with label seasonal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seasonal. Show all posts

Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine Sweater Refashion Tutorial

Remember the sweater I turned into a cardigan about a month ago?  Well, I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to mess with it some more.  Actually, I loved it as it was but it was the best option for this  fun Valentine's Day sweater that has been causing me sleepless nights...

The project is pretty straight forward...Cut some hearts out of felt and sew them on the collar of a cardigan.  You don't really need more direction than that.  I used some National Nonwovens red wool felt. The stuff is thick and soft and just has a great hand to it.  For contrast, I used pink embroidery floss in an X shape to attach the hearts onto the sweater.  The best part is that after the holiday, I can easily clip them all off and have my sweater back ;)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pipe Cleaner Valentine's Day Hearts

We have busy weeks.  I think everything is busy with kids, even staying home, because duh, kids are busy!

Some time when I was at JoAnns in the last month, I picked up two packages of pipe cleaners-one red, one pink.  I had no specific project in mind.  I just wanted to make something fun and calm around the kitchen table.

So this is what we came up with.  Just a basic heart garland.  The kids made hearts, and I had to make the ones that interlocked them together to form a garland.  I'm not sure where we'll hang it up at yet.  I'm thinking the playroom.  It really needs some attention...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valentine's Day Tutorials!

If you weren't around these parts last year, I had quite a few Valentine projects to share with you.  I'm not sure how many I'll get to this year, but I'm trying! Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, to decorate for.  My husband and I don't actually celebrate it that silly?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handmade Holidays-An Apron for Aeris

I love the holidays, and even more, I love making as many gifts as I can.  This year, I had to limit one to to each person I'd like to create a gift for.  There just isn't enough time in a day!

Miss Aeris is getting a new kitchen.  The one I made is on it's last leg; it was very loved.  I ordered her a pink one that will have to be assembled in here in Santa's workshop on Christmas Eve.  Jason is very excited!

I wanted her to have a new apron to go with her new kitchen.  I wanted to make this one different, so went with a full apron.  I used some white fabric on the top, with some ruched strips for added detail.  The bottom I used some leftover Anna Maria Fabric, Folk Dance (i think), for the bottom.  The voille is pretty thin, so I backed it in the white fabric and added a ruffle around the bottom edge.  For the waist, I used some fabric that has been in my stash for longer than I can remember...over five years..and feel as though it was finally put to good use!  I added a pink felt flower to the top just to make sure it was girly enough for my baby.

I think Aeris will love it.  I can't wait for her to open it on Christmas morning and try it on!  She'll sure be able to bake lots of treats in this!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Photo Props Tutorial! Sew or Printable!

 I have such a fun tutorial to share with you today!  Whether you sew or not, this can work for you!  I created this tutorial with both options to sew, or print!  Sometime, we're even just pressed for time or too busy with other projects to sew.  It's about prioritizing around the holidays!

These Christmas holiday photo props are fun for family gathers, as well as taking some candid shots of your own children.

Aeris thought that the santa hat and beard props were hilarious.  And Ephraim couldn't stop laughing at her!  I think I'm going to use some of these photos for my own Christmas cards.  

Follow the tutorial to make your own!
For printable version:
Just use foam board to back the images for durability, then add some dowel rods with hot glue!  too easy!

For the felt version:

2 9x12 sheets of red felt
2 9 x 12 sheets of brown felt
2 9 x 12 sheets of white felt
scrap of red glitter fabric (optional)
1 large sheet of poster board (cereal boxes will work just fine!)
cooridnating embroidery thread
4 dowel rods
hot glue

Santa Hat Instructions:
1.  Cut 2 Santa hat templates of red felt.  Cut 1 of the white pom poms of white felt.  Cut 1 of the white hat trims of white felt.  Cut 1 poster board support of the hat shape, a bit smaller than the outline.

2.  Glue the poster board to the wrong side of one of the red hats.  Layer the second hat on top, then the white parts on top of that.  Sew around the edges with a blanket stitch.

3.  When I would get close to closing up the fur parts of the hat, I added some stuffing to make these parts a bit poofier.  

4.  After the hat is sewn, use some hot glue to secure the dowel rod to the back.  Place a small rectangle of felt over the exposed glue on the dowel rod just to give it a nicer finish.

Santa Beard Instructions:
1.  Cut 2 beard templates of white felt.

2.  Begin by sewing a blanket stitch around the mouth with white embroidery thread.

3.  As you sew around the perimeter of the beard, add the stuffing a bit at a time.

4.  Attach the dowel rod to the back.

Rudolph Instructions:
1.  Cut 2 antlers of brown felt.  Cut 1 antler of poster board. 

2.  Sew around the perimeter with a blanket stitch, stuffing as you go.

3.  Attach the dowel rod to the back.

Rudolph Nose Instructions:
1.  Cut 1 nose from the felt or sparkle fabric.  Cut the smaller circle of red felt.  

2.  Sew a gathering stitch around the perimeter of the nose fabric.  As you pull the thread taught, add a bit of stuffing.

3.  After your thread is secured, glue on the dowel rod and cover the opening with the circle of felt.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Oliver + S Cozy Winter Mittens

I wrote before how much I loved Little Things by Oliver + S and this mitten pattern is no exception.  I found a bunch of fleece on the shelf from this project and haven't used it since.  Fleece isn't really my thing, but it does have it's uses, and is perfect for when you truly need it.  

This pattern came together very quickly.  It would have been even faster if I had some ribbon on hand, but I ended up making my own trim with some leftover Chocolate Lollipop fabric.  I made a couple extra pairs for some little girls I know.  I think they'll make some nice holiday gifts as well!

I made the xs size for Aeris, to get an idea of what to make for Ephraim.  I have some black fleece in the stash from Halloween and think he's next on the list.  I have a turkey trot this weekend in Lake Geneva so I'm sure the kids will be thankful for their cozy hands!  


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DIY Scrappy Acorn Garland Tutorial

I was making some acorn garland for a friend's baby shower, and decided that while appropriate for the woodland theme I was going for, they would be even more fabulous if they were done in fabric.  I grabbed my pile of scraps for Aeris's room and sat down with the template and cut out some new versions.

They accent her room in a fun, fall way.   Like normal back to school lessons, the kids are learning of seasons and Aeris thought the acorns were "bootiful"!

Using the template here, cut out as many base fabrics as you'd like, an equal number of felt pieces (to become the back) and then an equal number of tops.  Using the dotted lines, cut out the same number of cardstock supports.

Fold the bottom of the acorn top so it makes a straight line.  I left it this way to prevent fraying and you from having to hem it.  Then stitch along to connect the acorn top and bottom.  Now layer the fabric, cardstock and felt and stitch around the perimeter.  Complete this process to sew as many acorns as you'd like.

Then using a hole puncher, punch holes on either side of the stem, string them together, and hang 'em up!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lila said I'm a runner...

pic is not me. i live nowhere near a beach. sadly.

Lila is the woman who talks to me while I run. She tells me in her lovely British accent that I'm doing great! Just 30 more seconds! Fantastic job today! Last week, as I completed my 20 minute run and week 5 of my C25k training, she said I was a runner. And for the past 5 weeks I had been joking about that myself. But today, I'll believe her. After my 25 minute run today, I looked ahead at the last two weeks of training and saw there is no more walking. What?! I guess I am a runner. I mean, if you're not a walker, you're a runner....or a crawler and a crier. I'm afraid I may be there next week...but this week, I'll be a runner!

Source: None via Jessica on Pinterest

I'm worried about when the snow hits though. I despise treadmill running. I like to actually run somewhere. I don't like being in a gym, next to other sweaty stinky people watching tmz or cnn scroll. I prefer some scenery.

Besides getting me out of the house early in the morning, I'm also enjoying running because, yes, it can be super cute. I've played tennis and worn tennis skirts, but for some reason, never thought of the two overlapping. You can run in skirts! The shorts don't ride up while you run, and I don't feel self confident running around in biker shorts. My running shoes are not very beautiful, and actually, are a bit too big. I'm thinking that my prize for running my 5k next month will be some new shoes. (Did you see that? Next month! How exciting...I'm so proud of me :) I've always had such admiration for runners. I still cannot fathom how people can run for hours...and twenties of miles....but for now, I'm pleased with running for twenties of minutes. Or just 20.

Are any of you guys runners? Do you have tips for my first 5k? Oh! I do have a question. I'm big on running in the morning, but know I can't run on a full stomach, but am starving running on an empty one. What do you guys like to eat in the morning before a run?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Easter

Did you all have nice family time this weekend? We had family over for dinner and just spent time hanging out with the kids.

Easter is celebrated a little differently for our family. Growing up, my parents were not religious. Easter was just about the Easter Bunny, dying eggs and baskets of goodies. Having kids of my own, I looked at how I would celebrate Easter with them, and whether or not I would. Jason and I decided that there is a bit of magic in childhood so we went along with the traditions we grew up with.

The kids dyed eggs on Friday afternoon and then decorated them with stickers. It was the cleanest option besides glitter and painting that they had their eyes on at the store.

On Sunday, we had family over for a nice meal, some Dance Central and Rock Band.

I decorated the table with paper doilies and some Easter egg candles I've had in the bin for years.

On the other table I used some muslin from the fabric stash along with some felt flowers I made while watching a couple of movies Saturday afternoon. It was a very relaxing weekend. Today I will be not relaxing cleaning, washing lots of dishes and catching up on many loads of laundry.

How do you manage celebrating holidays in your family with different cultures and religions?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Fun

French onion soup is the perfect soup for all these April showers! The recipe is very easy, and looks like you put a lot more effort into the dish than you did.

I've been a lazy bum this week, but found these fun links I wanted to share with you!

I love this DIY Gold Monogramed tee! Such a cute, fast project!

Baked Potato Nachos? Yes, please!

These invitations are very clever.

My butterfly lover would appreciate these cupcakes.

Remember the pothole art? Check out this version!

Raspberry, pistachio cheesecake...yum!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine Sugar Cookies

I have the most fabulous sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are soft, not too sweet and have a bit of bite to them. The secret is the sour cream and nutmeg... Since I couldn't find my disk of recipes this one seemed identical, so try it out!

I've been looking for a cookie recipe that tops this one, but have been unsuccessful. The only problem with this cookie is that I love it, and my husband does NOT. AT ALL. I guess we like our cookies like mattresses. Hard and firm, soft and comfy.

Anyhow, I pulled out the sugars and pearls to let the kids have fun with these. Nothing fancy. If you want fancy, The Pioneer Woman did a great job with that this past Christmas!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Be Mine Valentine Dress (aka Be Yours) ((aka a GIVEAWAY))

Hello, Valentine! I have a treat for you today!

This garment is one of my most favorites to date. It is red and pink and lacy and velvet and super cute.

My inspiration mainly came from this dress on ModCloth. I thought the ruffled bib was a bit too much, but in that cute sorta way. Constructing a ruffled bib in ribbons and lace reminds me of a candy box, which is perfect for Valentine's Day.

So, I pulled out my red velvet and looked for a simple dress to compliment all that bibbage...bibbage? I chose to try out the Coffee Date Dress. I had never made one so thought it would be a good time to try it out, not to mention, it's free!

I found the pattern to be super simple, even with cutting my own seam allowance. I made some modifications in that I chose to make the skirt a bit fuller, keeping the waist the same size and adding the bib. I also finished the bottom with a blind hem since I was using velvet. I was a bit apprehensive, but Kathleen has this amazing video tutorial that really helped me out.

The only problem I had was that it came out too big. Not a problem with the pattern mind you, because the muslin fit just fine. It was the fact that I decided to eat quinoa salad and quinoa and eggs for the better part of two weeks not realizing the effect it would have on my waist line!

This was also the first time I sewed a garment with velvet. The seams went together rather nicely as when you press the velvet together, the pile will sorta glue itself together, no pinning needed. The most difficult time I had was with the zipper! I had to take one side out three times. I realized I was sewing in the opposite direction that the velvet wanted to lay, hence pushing my zipper in all sorts of wrong directions. Finally, the velvet, the zipper and I had a long talk and all was right in the end....except for the sizing!

So, that's where I offer you this fabulous dress! Would you like to wear this out with your beloved on Valentine's Day? Even if you don't celebrate it, or are the kind of gal who wears her wedding ring on her right hand sporting independence, you could sit home with a tub of Ben and Jerry's as beautiful as can be! I made the dress as a Burda Size 36 (US 4). However, I feel as though the sizing runs a bit big and this dress would fit a 4-6 and probably some 8s.

Here's how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment (make sure there is a way to contact you)
2. Follow me.
3. Tweet/Facebook/Blog/Whatever you use-and link back to this post tell me about it in a comment)

Each of the ways will give you a chance to enter, so please leave a comment for each entry. This giveaway will end Friday February 4 at 12am. I'll ship priority to the winner so you have time to wear it on your special day! (US residents only)

If you want to make your own:
I put a tutorial up on BurdaStyle so go have a look!

Check out what Suzannah has been up to this week at Adventures in Dressmaking!

and view all other Sweetie Pie Bakery Adventures!

*chocolate box images via Bakerella


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