This is my first post in the More Art, Less Craft forum... Wasn't even sure what to title this masterpiece... but I got the idea directly from Mark Montano's Big-Ass Book of Crafts, my FAVORITE book, and I made this as a gift for my friends' upcoming wedding.
I strayed a bit from the materials Mark Montano used, based on what I had- instead of gluing the branches onto colored paper and framing it in a picture frame, I spray painted a canvas that I had painted a simply hideous picture on that had been hiding under the bed, then built a frame out of balsa which I painted brown and glued right onto the canvas. It was my first time ever touching balsa and it was fun! You can't tell much in the pictures, but I spray painted the branches red, which I think looks awesome on the light blue background and makes it more playful. Oh, and I cut the flowers out of text from old issues of Bitch magazine Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out.
I made this cute little skirt for a 4-year-old girl I take care of and threw in a matching headband with a bit of leftover fabric. The green and white chevron was actually a flannel receiving blanket of my son's, and the red was just a bit of wide ribbon I've had forever. I covered the button for the headband with a self-cover button; the red button I made of polymer clay ages ago and it's been waiting for a use. I got the idea/technique for the flowers from the show Sewing With Nancy- go to nancyzieman.com and the episode is Fabric Flowers, Part 2. (Holla if you watch Sewing With Nancy! Anyone?)
Her birthday isn't until December, but I got the idea and was afraid I'd lose the inspiration. On to pictures!
I made this pair of little boots for my son to wear this winter and I made up a little tutorial; it's my first tutorial so I hope it's okay.
You will need 3 pattern pieces: one for the top of the foot, bottom of the foot, and around the leg. I literally traced my kid's foot to make the bottom and wrapped notebook paper around his leg for the leg part and cut out a little half-moon. Not sure how I came up with the width for the top of the foot but it needs to be a bit wider than the bottom. I then added some room for seam allowance and some more for growth- if your kid grows like mine you'd better make it big if you want it to fit for more than a week!
I did the whole thing in fleece, both outside and lining, but you could line it in a contrasting fabric, or if your kid's a walker you could put a leather sole. You will need 4 of each pattern piece, 2 for lining and 2 for outside.
After you have cut your pattern pieces, match up the backs of the leg piece right-sides together and sew to create a tube. Next, get the piece for the top of the foot and stitch the straight side of it to the little half-moon cut-out of the leg piece. I suggest pinning it if you're picky about it being perfect or if you're newish to sewing, since you'll need to ease the curve to fit the straight piece. I didn't pin it because I'm a "meh, just sew it" type of gal. :-) I used a wide zig zag with a short stitch length, which I suggest if you don't have a serger, because you'll need to stretch and manipulate it a bit to get it on (why do babies always curl their feet into little balls when you try to put shoes and socks on?) You will have something like this:
Now sew the bottom of the foot onto the top you've created, right sides together, matching the back of the heel with the seam on the back of the leg piece. Again, pin if you need to.
You will have this:
Do all these steps again to assemble the lining so you have two identical boots. Insert the lining, wrong side out, into the outer layer, right side out, so the wrong sides are both hidden in between the layers.
Fold the tops of the layers into the middle, pin and stitch. I switched to a straight stitch for this step and added some trim.
And you've got boots! You could use different materials to make them warmer, more waterproof, cuter, etc.... this is a pretty basic pair.
So, I've been thinking about making an infinity dress forever, and also really wanting a black and white striped dress. For some reason it didn't occur to me until I found the actual fabric that these 2 dresses could be one and the same!
The fabric was 1.99 at the thrift store!
This is my favorite way to wrap it that I've found. I have 3 weddings to attend this fall so I can wear it different ways to all 3!!
I read several internet tutorials on making and wrapping the dress and ultimately just went with my instincts, it's very basic. I like the effect created by wrapping it so the stripes go in different directions, it's very graphic and interesting. Eventually I'll hem it... (yeah, I've said that a few times...)
I pulled out this dress I made a long time ago but hadn't ever quite finished, and put the finishing touches on it for my first date night out with my husband in 8 weeks It's just comfy cotton knit, my own pattern, with a bit of lace trim that I got tons of for 75 cents at a garage sale and am putting on all my dresses!
I actually began the bottoms while I was still pregnant knowing that I'd need a higher waisted suit for the summer than the teeny bikinis of my past. I made the pattern myself and the fit isn't perfect, but I'm happy with it. If I use the pattern again I'll gather the side panels a bit more so that detail is more obvious. The top was a reconstruction, actually I just made the middle part and slipped it onto the pink top I already had so I would have something to model with the bottoms. The top band was added after trying them on and deciding they still weren't quite high enough (I had my navel pierced as a teenager and though I didn't have a visible scar prior to pregnancy, I now have a CRAZY scar where it was, which you can see a teeny bit peeking out.... oh, the folly of my youth.) I'm going to add a strap to the top to keep it up, if I get the chance.
I have the problem of having a very crafty mama. Well, it's not a problem in general, it's awesome because she's taught me lots of awesome crafty things throughout my life. But when her birthday and Mother's Day roll around it's a challenge, 'cause anything I make her is slightly less impressive since she can make just about anything.
Today I decided to use my new skill, couching, which I learned about on PBS recently , to make her an accoutrement for her other favorite thing in life besides crafting, which is wine. It just fancies up the bottle a bit. My explanation for its usefulness is that when she is having guests over but doesn't wanna splurge, she can get a bottle of Tisdale, slip the cozy over the label, and tell people it's a fancy expensive wine. (The wine I bought her is not Tisdale, by the way, it's something slightly fancier )
I am going to have to use my technique for thorns again, which I did freehand on a regular zig zag machine. I like the way it turned out. Wish my pictures were better. I think my design would translate well to a pillow.
This is a pretty simple project and nothing too impressive, but I am happy with it because it solved 2 problems I had:
1. I had tons and tons of tissue paper and gift bags left over from my baby showers, and 2. I needed a box that would fit under the crib to keep baby stuff in, and I wanted it to be cute.
So I cut the top several inches and the top flaps off a Huggies box to fit under the crib, used wallpaper paste and paper grocery bags to cover the whole box, then put a layer of teal tissue paper on top. When that was dry I cut out some cute animal shapes from one of the gift bags we had and used spray adhesive to decorate the sides of the box with them. (First I attempted to use the wallpaper paste, but the paper from the bag is thick and glossy and the edges curled up.) I am going to put a top coat over the whole thing later to seal it and make it more durable. I would have used Mod Podge or Elmer's and water, but I didn't have any around. The wallpaper paste worked pretty well.
I couldn't decide on just one alliteration for the title...
I didn't use a pattern for this dress, just saw the material in the thrift store and knew I wanted to make a maxi dress that I could wear for the last month of my pregnancy and continue wearing all summer. I wish it were about an inch longer, but once the basketball underneath is gone I think it'll be toe-length :-) I hesitated to give it such thin straps cause I can't wear a bra with it, but thick straps would have ruined the summery look of it, plus I wanted tie straps so that as I change bra sizes I can adjust as needed without alterations. So ultimately I ended up sewing in a shelf bra. This will be an added bonus when I'm nursing cause it'll be easy to just pop one out the top ;-) Now I just hope we have some nice days in April!
These are a couple of the items I've made in the process of putting together my baby room for my son, who's due in just a couple months. The room has just about everything except for a crib, which makes it look pretty unfinished... maybe once we get the crib I'll do some overall nursery shots, but for now: a pillow/ cushion I made out of this star fabric with a big red star in the corner, which opens with a flap on the back for washability, and a simple mobile with little stuffed primary colored shapes, for which I used a bit of fabric, a bit of fluff, some thread, yarn, and an embroidery hoop, which I spray painted.