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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away... Guess I'll Repurpose A Sweater Today!

Today was a pj kind of a day; dark, dreary, and quite cold. Ahhh.... fall is finally here in Michigan. Summer has officially retired for the year, along with the bathing suits, flip flops, and tank tops. Fall rain has pushed us indoors for the day making this the perfect afternoon for a warm and cozy sewing project. Before I decided on this sewing project, I was cleaning out my closet getting ready for a Purple Heart pick up next week. As I was going through all of my old fall and winter apparel, I came across a stack of old sweaters. One caught my eye in particular. I had bought for my husband during the holiday's last year and shortly after it ended up in the dryer... ooops! Out came this little itty bitty striped sweater perfectly felted! I thought, " looks like I just got a new sweater!", but alas, it was too short  for me. I had saved it because I thought I would try a sweater repurpose one day. And hey, look who dare i say had a successful run with repurposing an old sweater into a new hat and scarf for my 7 year old!

So I started with a "felted" sweater that was turned inside out (right sides together) , a sewing machine, a pair of scissors, and an idea of size measurements that would fit my 7 year old. You could also use another hat with a similar shape as a guide when cutting just keep in mind that you will need a 1/4" seam allowance. I cut a piece of paper as more of a guide than a pattern that was a half circle with a length 11" and a mid height of 7.5 in.  Notice that the paper has an odd shape that I had to perfect in a second go around:) The use of a compass, a tool I clearly don't own, would be helpful here! If you aline the pattern piece witht he bottom of the sweater that there is no need for hemming the hat. You will have a nicely finished brim.

So I cut out the hat and sewed around the rounded edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Then i simply trimmed and and turned the hat right sides out.

This was my second attempt at the hat so I had to cut it out of the middle of the sweater. Therefore, it needed to be hemmed. I did this by simply turning the hat inside out and foldingo over the bottom edge 1/4" and making an even stitch all the way around.

Then when turned right side out you have a clean edge like so:

The hat seemed a little plain for my little fashionista so I decide to whip up some flowers out of the extra sweater material. I cut several circles out and threaded a needle.
Like so:

To make the petals; fold one circle on half.

And then in half again. While pinching the petal, secure witha stitch at the bottom point.

I joined at three of these petals together by stitching each on to the other at the bottom point until they resembled a full looking flower like this one.

 next I stitched it to the bottom of one side of the hat for a sweet look. You could add as many or as few that you like. I think it looks super sweet on her!

When I was done, I still had the arms that just seemed wrong to throw out. I could have made more flowers for headbands and purses but I decided to try a deconstructed looking scarf.
I started by cutting the arms off below the arm pit.

then I took my rotary cutter and evened out the width. I wasn't too fussy about getting the width exact the whole length. I planned to trim it up after I was done sewing it together.

Then, I cut up the sides of the sleeves making four separate pieces like below.

Next, I matched two pieces together at a time with right sides together and stitched across the short side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Keep doing this until all pieces have been joined together.

Last, I trimmed the seams.
I made two more flowers and stitched one to each end of the scarf.

And then I called my little model out for the photo shoot! I am very happy with the outcome and she was happy to have a new scarf set! Hope you try it! Any questions? Just leave em in the comments!!

Happy Crafting!

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E is for Embellishment: Tips, Tricks, Tutorials & More

Part of our sewing series is going to be E is for embellishment.  I was thinking about doing elastic, but that is so much less exciting than embellishments. 

When it comes to sewing there are MANY types of embellishments.  I would recommend that you look at my A is for Applique post and free applique tutorial as a starting point.

Also, we have a free tutorial on layered felt flowers that are a great way to embellish sewing projects.  There are so many great flowers you can make.  If you don't want to make flowers, try buying a premade flower and adding it as an embellishment.
  I added ribbon roses and bows to the front of this Halloween costume to give it that over the top look. 

Check out our fabric flowers tutorial round up for lots of free tips and tricks on making fabric flowers.

Ribbons & Bows
Some of my other favorite embellishments are ribbons and bows.  A simple little bow can make a huge difference on a project.

Our tip to making bows - seal the ends with a lighter.  You just barely pass over the end and the ribbon will heat seal to prevent fraying.   

I added a simple bow to both of these projects just to make them slightly more feminine. 

Check out our tutorial on hair bow holders for bow making tips and my free mini tutorial on making corker ribbon. 

Our A is for Applique tutorial roundup featured our very own mini applique workshop and lots of great ideas for using appliques. 

BTW, Lisa will be launching a companion applique line to compliment our sewing patterns in the next week or so.  We are really excited to be able to offer some great applique designs that anyone can use to make wonderful gifts for the Christmas Season. 

Check out this adorable pair of applique baby booties.  I am going to be making the pattern in larger sizes this week for children's slippers.  Mostly because every time Kamille sees the sample booties she starts to demand a pair for herself.  I'm not going to lie, I would wear a pair of these around the house in the winter.  The larger pattern will have no skid bottoms sewn on. 

Really there are so many embellishments from buttons, to trims, to appliques that it is hard to cover everything in one post.  I will leave you with our newest etsy treasury full of really great handmade and vintage sewing embellishments that are very affordable and available on etsy.  I personally would rather see my funds going to other crafters than to giant corporations where I can help it. 

'E is for Embellishment' by c1h8r9is

I wanted to create a showcase for my blog to promote craft supplies on etsy. I think that there are many people who don't know that you can buy extremely unique supplies on etsy at really affordable prices. www.boutiqueit.blogspot.com.

Mini Wool Felt Aqua...

Stamped Muslin Ribb...

New- sweet vintage ...

30 Handmade Crochet...

Farm Fresh BAKERS T...

Robots and Owls BUT...


Moda Wee Play 42 Fa...

Handmade organza, s...


New Handmade Polyme...


10 pcs of 25mmX50mm...

Pink Chiffon Roses ...

20 Handmade 2 Inch ...



Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Popcorn Recipe

This is a little recipe I started making a few years ago for my niece's preschool.  All of the preschools are peanut free now so it's sort of hard to find things to make.

The recipe is

1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
8 cups of popped popcorn (2 microwave bags or air popped popcorn)
assorted candy

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  Put popcorn in a greased 13"x9" pan and put it in the oven. 

In a heavy bottom sauce pan mix butter, sugar, salt, and corn syup. 

Over medium heat, bring to a boil.  Boil at a rolling boil for 5 minutes. 
 Boil for 5 minutes.  If you have a light pan, you are really going to need to stir so that it will not burn.  In a heavy pan, you can stir occassionally.  Turn off the heat and add the baking soda.  It foams up (photo on right).

Take your popcorn out of the over.  Pour your caramel onto the popcorn.  Stir until the popcorn is totally coated.  Keep it in the oven for 1 hour stirring even 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and add your sprinkles, candy corn, mini marshmallows, m&ms, etc. 

Kamille likes helping - she was counting the candy.  Big surprise!

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

D is For Darts

When sewing garments and accessories darts are an essential technique to master in order to create a great fit/shape. Darts can be straight or curved depending on desired effect. A straight dart will give you an easier, looser fit while a curved dart will be more form fitting.


Check out this tutorial on one of my personal favorite sites, Sew Mama Sew. This blog is amazing! Full of great tips, tricks, and tutorials. I have to admit I like to check it out every day! It goes over the importance of darts in the fit of a garment with and easy to follow picture tutorial and instructions. The triangle areas seen in the photo below represent the actuall dart placement on the garment pieces, in this case a dress. Darts will be used in this instance to take in the fabric where each dart is placed to create a formed fit.


eHow has a great, easy to follow tutorial for sewing darts into any fabric project.


Joanna over at Stardust Shoes has a great tutorial showing you how to take in your pants using butt darts.


Check out this fun and elegant pleated bag tutorial from Lisa Lam (which is funny because that's my name too!!) at U Handbag. With a change of fabric, this would be perfect for a wedding or holiday party. In this instance, the darts give the bag a fun shape and detail.

Threads Magazine has a great video collection. Included in this collection are two videos that would be useful for marking darts and sewing darts in your fabric projects. This collection is a super valuable tool for novice and intermediate sewers.

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

After sewing 6 dress up ponchos and making 2 new sewing patterns today, I was totally burned out on sewing.  I decided to look for an apple hair bow to make for Kamille's apple orchard field trip on Friday.  Looking through photos of hair bows inspired me to get moving on a project I have been wanting to do for a while - hair bow holders. 

I have about 5 tutorials/ideas here for making your own holders.  Call me crazy or just plain cheap but I almost had a heart attack when I saw that people were paying $10-$30 for these things.  I get it, the hand painted ones have some work involved (not as much as you think - I just painted an entire play kitchen in 2 hours).  But, seriously, this is a NO SEW - Hot glue project that is ideal for using up scraps you have around the house.  This one is really a freebie if you are a crafter because you probably have all of this stuff.  If not, you could get everything you need: glue gun, felt, appliques, flowers, ribbon, hot glue sticks, beads, etc. from the dollar store. So, even if you have to buy everything, you can make a fancy hair bow holder for less than $10 easily.  I think that these would be great birthday or Christmas gifts.  I might make a fancy one for each girl in preschool for Christmas.  

All of these were made with stuff I have lying around the house.  I also want you to keep in mind that you could make this with a LETTER INITIAL - They sell them already painting at Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby - Plus a million other places.  I think I have seen them at Meijer.  So, you could just glue to ribbon onto that and have a personalized hair bow holder.

You could also use the little mini canvases.  I made a couple into photo frames with some scrapbook papers. 

mytatteredangels.com - one of my favorite blogs for mixed media/scrapbooking has this great little canvas just to give you an idea of what I am talking about, but you could just use one of the prepainted canvases - they are everywhere.  I know Target had little prepainted canvases that matched Kamille's comforter and I have seen them with initials and many other things.

But, you could really get into this project and make a beautiful canvas with a family photo and then glue the ribbons down from that. 

Upcycled CD 

For this project I made the standard round hair bow holder.  Instead of painting it, I used felt. 

I traced around a CD and the cut my felt out - 2 layers.

I cut a length of 2 types of ribbons. One is fatter than the other so I can layer them. 

I glued the double layer of ribbon down onto the back piece of felt.  I left a tail at the top about 1" so that I can put a nail in it to stick in on the wall.  Then I glued over the whole backing piece.

 I stuck the CD down onto the backing piece and then I glued to front piece of felt down.  This way I used up a useless old CD and made a stiff and perfectly round circle for my hair bow holder.


Now it's time to decorate.  I didn't feel like putting an initial down so I just ironed on a glitter heart applique I had.  If you wanted an initial, you can buy many different premade varieties or you can just print out the size and style of letter you want to a word processing program and use it as a pattern piece to cut out the monogram out of fabric. 

Then I glued down a big bow.  I am going to tell you how to make corker ribbon now.  It's so easy (but you could just buy a fancy bow at the dollar store)

Take the ribbon you want to use and clip it onto a small dowel.  You can get a 20 pack for a couple of bucks at the craft store in the wood section.  You can use binder clips of clothes pins.  It doesn't matter.  Twist it around in a spiral.  Bake this in the oven on a cookie sheet (I cover mine in fresh foil just in case there is any residue on it) at 200 for 20 minutes.  Once the pieces are cool, unwind it.  The ribbon will stay twisted up.  Secret revealed. 
Then I just tie a few short pieces of the corker ribbon onto a bow.  Seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to keep them from fraying. 

This isn't the best photo, but I also glued a small bow at the bottom.  It took me about 10 minutes (the bows were already made and sitting around here).

Premade Wooden Bow Holder
I also have a bunch of prepainted wooden dodads lying around.  They are like $1.00 already painted at the craft store. 

I basically did the same thing. 
I took the painted wooden bird and glued a bow onto her head.  Then I glued my ribbons onto the back and put a bow on the bottom. 

I added some buttons to make it a little cuter. 

Photo Frame Bow Holder
This is a little 4x6 frame that would work well holding baby bows or little barrettes.  I would use a bigger frame for bigger girls.  I had this one lying around.  I actually saw a really beautiful one that used a really ornate frame and I might make something similar for Kamille dress-up area. 

I started out with a frame and removed the glass and cardboard.  I put it face down on some fleece (because I have it and I am out of batting).  I used 2 layers to give it some fluff. 
Then, I glued the fleece onto the frame base.  See how I cut it a little smaller that the back of the frame.  If you don't it will be too bulky and it won't fit back into the frame. 

Next, I took a piece of fabric (if you are making this for a baby - use one of the receiving blankets you got.  I had sooo many that just went unused.)

 I glued it on to the back gift wrap style. 

Then I cut a few pieces of ribbon (rick rack would have been cuter, but I'm out).  And tacked those down on the back of the frame backing.  This is where you clip the bows so you don't want to glued onto the front, only the back. 

Then I shoved the whole thing back into the frame.  It took a while to get it in there because of the bulk, but I did.  I glued a bow onto the top just to give it a girly touch. 

Everyone has seen this one.  It is actually really easy to make and there are so many things that you can do.  It would have been super cute with some flowers added onto it, but it is getting late and my enthusiasm is waning. 
I freehand sketched out the shape of the bodice onto a piece of cardboard (it's a mailing envelope I am recycling because I get about 10 of these a week in the mail from clients.  I hate throwing them out.)

 I cut it and 2 layers of fabric out at the same time.  Then, I glued one of the pieces of fabric down as the backing. 

 I used tulle by the spool (it's a buck) to cut several lengths of tulle for the tutu skirt. 
 I folded the tulle in half lengthwise and then glued it down onto the cardboard.  On top of that I glued a few strips of ribbon for more decoration.

Then, I glued down the front piece of fabric over the whole thing.  I pushed it down to have less bulk where the tulle is.  I glued down some trims to make it more decorative.  You could also use bows, flowers, gems, etc.  I glued a handle onto the back with a little loop of ribbon

 Now the bows can clip onto the ribbons and you have a cute tutu style holder. 


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