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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Bacon Scarf & Hat on: December 02, 2010 11:13:57 PM
So I made these last year for my little sister for xmas, and another post reminded me that I should share. I actually googled several pictures of actual bacon and worked off of the picture on where to make the fat, lighter meat and dark meat. It is all free form, no pattern. I just started with a row of off white, then kept adding layers and working with different stitches to create a wavy look; everything from a single crochet to a double treble. I like how it turned out all wavy and rippled, like actual bacon. This made such an awesome and easy gift.

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday Salt Scrubs on: November 30, 2010 05:24:54 PM
So I got 12 gifts done in less than an hour, and they were relatively inexpensive. I purchased a 12 pack of half pint canning jars for $8 at Walmart, I already had a jug of Epsom salt and a box of canning salt, as well as food coloring, and I purchased two bottles of fragrance oils safe for bath products from etsy seller EyeSpider, which cost me $6.50 including shipping, which was a great deal! Also spent $5 on some ribbon and a bottle of baby oil.

For the candy cany, I filled a bowl with a mixture of both salts, and added just enough baby oil to make a slightly moist scrub. It actually looked like snow. I took some out and added just enough red food coloring to make it a light red. I took some and washed my hands with it to make sure it didn't dye my skin, which it didn't. I added enough peppermint fragrance to each bowl to make it smell without giving me a headache, and layered the colors in the jar. Put the lid on, tied the ribbons around and added a plastic spoon for scooping.

For the pumpkin cheesecake, I did the same, except I colored it orange, and added a tad of pumpkin pie spice, just enough to give it some flecks. I cut out some unbleached cloth circles and put them in the jar lids, since the red gingham didn't go with the orange salts.

Now I just need to make some labels and I will be done! These make great gifts for acquaintances, or for that person who got you a gift and you need something quick to give them.

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stained men's tee into reconned toddler snowman tee! WITH TUTE on: November 29, 2010 04:13:08 PM
So I am home and super sick and can hardly move, but before I got really exhausted, I got an idea. I bought my son a pair of Spongebob pajamas, and the shirt is Spongebob's face wearing a scarf (printed on). After watching a Christmas cartoon, I thought about how much my son loves snow, and how many crappy white tees my husband has, and decided to make him a snowman shirt!

First, find an old adult white tee that you don't want. I had one of my husband's that was stained and too small.

Next, find a t shirt that currently fits your toddler to use as a pattern. Fold the sleeves inside, and line up the collars of both shirts. cut around you toddler shirt shoulder, sleeve hole and side, leaving a 1/2" seam allowance. Don't skimp; the edges will roll up and you need that much to end up with a normal seam allowance. When you get to the bottom, give yourself an extra 2" so you can make the big folded hem. Stop halfway across the bottom of the shirt.

Take your half cut shirt front, fold it in half, and cut around to give you a full shirt front.

Lay your front piece over the back piece, right sides facing, and cut out your back, lining up the collar edges, not the shoulder edges.

Next, cut the sleeves off of your old shirt. Place one under your front and back pieces, and cut a sleeve, making sure to give yourself an extra 1/2" of sleeve length for the seam allowance.

Use the first sleeve as a pattern for sleeve two.

Sorry no good picture here...Take a piece of fleece and make sure it is long enough to go around your tee and then some, like 1 1/2 times around. Cut a strip 3" wide. Ignore the fact that I cut the fringe; I was being overzealous.

Next, get some felt and cut out 2 eyes, 5 mouth pieces and a carrot nose. I cut straight edges all over my black pieces to look like rocks or coal. Easier than making them round, too.

Lay out all your pieces on your shirt front, making sure you leave enough room at the bottom for the scarf and the hem.

Pin your pieces on and start sewing! As long as you match the thread colors, you don't have to be great; you will never see the crooked lines. I recommend starting with the eyes, then laying out your shirt and making sure your layout still looks good.
Next, take your sleeves and place them face to face with the shirt. Line up the center sleeve with the shoulder seam and pin. Ignore the fact that I just set the sleeve in the arm hole there; pretend it's nice and pinned in place.

Match up your sleeve hems, and sew down the sleeve and down the side of the shirt. You can make a tiny snip in the armpit to help the sleeve open up.

Almost done! Your shirt should look like this:

The next part is tricky...Take your scarf and lay it out how you want on your shirt. Cut to the proper length and add fringe. Starting just where the top of the scarf crosses, sew around the top of the scarf (starting at the piece the lays underneath) and back around the other side, then making sure your criss cross is still in place, and sewin down just to the edge of the fringe. Then sew around the bottom of the scarf, just from the edges of the fringe. You may need to ruffle it a bit to get it to lay right, but that's ok. If this doesn't make sense, just make it up as you go along. You get the idea.

You should look like this now:

Last step is folding up your hem about 3/4" of an inch and then sewing about 1/8" in from the top of the cut edge. Then go around again, about 1/8" from the bottom edge of the shirt.

Turn right side out and you are done!
If the whole reconstructed tee tutorial is too wacky for you to follow, there are tons more out there that are probably better than mine. It's a fairly simple idea though, and hard to mess up. I just went crazy and didn't measure anything, and it turned out fine. Comments welcome! I will try to get a picture of my toddler in it later, but he is sick too, and doesn't want to put it on.
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / ADVENT CALENDAR finally finished! on: November 27, 2010 08:46:29 AM
So I have been working on this for about a month now. Several multi hour sessions went into making this thing. The best part? No pattern, no measuring, no do overs. I rotary cut all the pockets to 4" and that's it; I folded all seams under about 1/2" and ironed, then sewed a seam all around. No measuring, just eyed it. Hand cut all the felt numbers, placed them on all wonky and sewed them on, just however they looked cute. Eyed where I wanted to pockets to go, pinned them all on and stitched them down. The "Merry Christmas" was freehanded in pen on felt, and I carefully sewed over my writing with red thread. This was so easy, no stress, but it took forever!

It is about 20" x 26" maybe, all the pockets are 3" squares. I have started putting presents in, and I think next time I will give the pockets another 1/2" all the way around; they are just too small for many things. Right now they hold chocolates, money, Hot Wheels (kind of), green army men, socks (barely!!!), a pocket pinball game, etc.

25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gingerbread Woman! on: November 22, 2010 09:31:16 PM
So I finished my gingerbread woman, and I wanted to add a photo of her, as well.

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Peppermint Candy Pillow! on: November 21, 2010 09:31:40 PM
So I got this idea from another Craftster, not sure where the original post is though, feel free to post a link if you know...I just kind of made my own pattern, cutting out 11" circles of felt, and finding the circumference of the circle, and dividing by 12 to get the width of each slice of the peppermint, then I drew pie slices on my red felt, and then I used the pie slices as a guide to make the swirled shapes. I ended up using math I haven't used in years, but I wanted it to look perfect. Sewed the red swirls on, sewed both sides together, stuffed, sewed shut, and wrapped the whole thing in shiny tulle and tied knots on the sides, trimmed and done!

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gingerbread man pillow! With Tute! on: November 21, 2010 04:27:39 PM

So I have seen pillows that look like gingerbread men before, and I wanted to make one. I googled "gingerbread man" and up came a picture of a man with a bite missing. I liked the idea, but the one in the picture still had a happy face, and I thought it would be better to give him a freaked out face, a la Mr. Bill. So, I purchased some extra supplies and whipped him up in about an hour, maybe a little more. Here is what you need:

1/2 yard brown felt off the bolt (which gave me enough to make two; I haven't done the girl version yet)
1 piece each of red, black, green, and light pink craft felt rectangles (found at Joann's). If you plan on making a girl, pick a color for the bow, but put it on her head instead of neck.
2 buttons (4 if you are making a girl and a boy)
About 1 yard jumbo ric rac (I thought I had white, but it was actually light blue, and it looks good, so you can probably use any color you wish)
Matching thread colors for each thing (red, green, black, pink, light blue, and brown)
Poly Fil
A lighter

To make two pillows, you will need 4 pieces of felt. The felt is 72" wide and 18" long, so cut 4 pieces, 18"x18 (the directions here are just for the man, but once you make him, the girl will be easy). Stack them all, and using a sharpie, draw your gingerbread shape onto the top piece of felt, leaving out the bite mark.

Using a large pair of scissors, cut out the stack of 4 gingerbread shapes all at once. Then take the top two, and draw a bite mark on the head and cut it out. Take the bottom two and put the bite mark somewhere else, like the leg or arm, and cut it out and set those aside for the girl.

Grab the pieces with the bite marks on the head. Take your piece with sharpie drawn on, and move it from the top to the bottom, so the marked piece is now facing what will be the inside of your pillow, and the clean piece is on top. This way you can make mistakes with your drawing or change things, and no one will see the pen marks.

Take your other felt and start cutting out pieces for the eyes, mouth, cheeks, and bow tie. I just guessed and then trimmed them to make them work with the idea I wanted. Lay everything out where you want it to go to make sure your eyes aren't too big, the bow tie is the right size, etc.

Grab your ric rac and carefully melt the raw end with a lighter (don't hold your lighter on the ric rac, but right next to it, quickly running it along the edge, so you don't burn it). Hold the ric rac up to your man's leg, find a good place for it, and then use your scissors to trim it to the right length, and use the lighter to melt the raw end. Repeat for all limbs.

Now that you have all your pieces, grab the top part of your gingerbread man and start sewing! The closer you match your thread colors to your felt colors, the more wiggle room you will have in case you make a mistake. I did a messy job of sewing on my felt pieces, but my thread matches so well that you can't tell. I started with the mouth, then the cheeks, eyes, bowtie, ric rac, and then I hand sewed the buttons on. The fabric is really fuzzy so I didn't even need to pin anything; it just stuck where I put it.

Once all your features are sewn on, put your top and bottom together, put your brown thread in the machine, and starting on the left side of Mr. Gingerbread (his left, not yours), about an inch above your leg ric rac, sew a tack stitch, and then sew down the leg and all the way around, making sure your pieces are matched up so you catch the top and bottom. Stop sewing about an inch below the left armpit and tack, so you have a hole just big enough to fit your hand through, about 3 inches or so.

Grab your poly fil and break off a chunk, and start stuffing. I found it was easier to use my hand because the stuffing wanted to stick to the fabric and it was kind of hard to get in. Now, you have two options. Fill him all the way and try to smash him into your machine and sew him shut. Or, you can get him almost all the way full, and then sew your big opening smaller, until it is just about an inch long. Use a capped pen, dowel, or something about that size to shove the last bit of stuffing in, and then sew him shut. If you can't tell, I chose option two.

Now all you have to do is pick off the spare bits of poly fil that are stuck to his body, and you are done! It was really, really easy, I was surprised at how simple and quick this was, and I didn't have any patterns or a tute. Give it a try and show me what you come up with!

28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Some baby girl clothes... on: November 06, 2010 01:01:25 PM
So since I found out I am having a little girl, I have been sewing like crazy. Here are a few projects I have made using tutorials found on http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/http://www.prudentbaby.com/, and http://www.made-by-rae.com.

Appliqued onesie and matching skirt:

I ADORE this set. The applique is just done with heat n' bond, and bordered in puff paint!

My quick and easy baby booties:

Basic newborn pants:

The first two I threw together this morning in probably just over and hour, and the pants were about 30 minutes. I highly recommend the blogs I mentioned for SUPER easy and cute baby clothing ideas and patterns (mostly girls, but not all) with lots of pictures.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My son's space quilt! on: November 01, 2010 10:15:17 PM
So I have been waiting for my machine to get out of the shop for a long time, finally got it back and was able to finish this quilt. I made the awful mistake of trying to use fusible batting. Note to others: DO NOT USE FUSIBLE BATTING. It would not bond in most places, and bonded like glue in others, it would not lie flat, it was hard to reposition, and worst of all, it was stiff as a board once ironed. I could have set the quilt on top of my finger and it would have stayed flat. This meant I could not roll it up to topstitch like I planned. So, it turned into a wall hanging, which is ok, since I would rather not have my son destroy it. The pattern is a Friendship Star, and the fabrics are from Joann's. Let me know what you think; I have not made this pattern before, I usually stick to rectangular shapes.

In progress:

All done! (Pardon the super bright colors, it's my camera)

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new nursing cover on: November 01, 2010 10:04:27 PM
I have a baby girl coming in March, and last time around I couldn't find a good, afforable nursing cover. So I looked around at several that I liked, and made my own, with some fabric I bought just because I loved it. There is a piece of boning in the front so that I can look down and see the baby without using a hand, it is very long and wide, and I made the strap to custom fit me, so I don't have to worry about adjusting it each time. Thinking about making a burp cloth with the leftovers.

The fabric is called Mademoiselle, I believe, by Michael Miller. It is out of print.
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