Monday, August 22, 2011

Back in Action

                Doodle Bug started first grade today. We had a lot of family time this summer. Now that school is back in, I’ll be able to regain my every other day blog schedule hopefully. Crafting and sewing went by the wayside for a bit too. I went days without even touching my machines or computer!
We started off summer with a shaving cream mess and ended with another one. 

The second was better because we also played in the sprinkler and Hubby made a homemade slip n slide! PS my kids don’t know how to slide! But they both had a blast none the less. 

Here are a couple of things I’ve made this summer as well.

I made Peanut this little outfit from left over fabric from one of her birthday gifts. I used an old 18 month onesie that was kind of masculine and had a funny shape. Cut off the bottom, serged the edge and the sleeves and appliqued on some of the trains from the fabric. I gave the waist band a little ruffle at the top by sewing a line across the top of the elastic casing before I put the elastic in. It turned out so cute! And my little GIRL Thomas fan gets something just for her! Have you ever tried finding stuff for girls with Thomas? It’s not happening! Which is totally irritating because my little fairy princess likes a whole range of things! Also, boycotting Party City because Thomas the Tank Engine is apparently just for boys! Rant over, moving on!

A bag I made for myself!

PUL envelope I made to carry Peanut’s WIC vouchers because the paper one they give you is just horrible!
Peanut’s 3rd birthday is coming up soon and maybe I’ll be able to get blogging some of the projects.

Monday, July 25, 2011


               Since money is nonexistent tight right now I have been encouraged to take on the projects and try the ideas I have for the items I already own. This led me to my yarn stash. It's not the largest of my stashes but does take up a considerable amount of space on one of my box shelves and the back of one drawer! Now I own knitting needles and crochet hooks but I don't knit and I don't crochet! I've tried both but get frustrated and push it aside. Hubby can crochet though which is pretty cool! One day I swear I'll learn one or both!
               Awhile back I bought one of those kits for kids that has a little loom and loops to make pot holders. My sister had one when we were growing up but I never figured out how to use it since the instruction sheet was gone. So after I made 3 potholders (and subsequently gave Peanut for her play kitchen) I never ordered or even check the craft stores for more loops. I just set the loom aside and went on with my life. Until recently when I started to feel claustrophobic in my craft space and felt like I needed to use things up to regain some of my creative space. I started to wonder if I could weave on the loom with the yarn I had accumulated. And seeing as I was up at 4:57 for some ungodly reason this morning I gave my idea a try! This is what I ended up with.

               I'm going to throw it in with the next wash and see how it comes out. I'm not sure what the yarn is made out of but it is really soft and I'm thinking it may make a good face cloth or something. As soon as Peanut sees it though, I'm sure she'll want it. It does match her room perfectly!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What I've been up to

This quilt has been in the works for quite some time now. The animal prints were all bought as rements at different times with no known projects in mind. I knew after a while they wanted to be in a quilt together so I cut the 3 inch squares and they sat for a while longer waiting for more fabric friends. Those two extra friends arrived Wednesday after a trip to Miami with a good friend of mine! Now they have all joined together in this cute little baby quilt bound for a fall baby!
Also I am posting from my phone to see how well it works in the event we may need to let the internet go for a bit. So hopefully it looks okay! Let me know!

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm not abandoning ship!

Image courtsey of   (It was too cute not to share! And I have cookies in the pantry so I'm all set!)
               Sorry, I told you I want to be your french fry then disappeared. Life happens, ya know! Doodle Bug is even behind on his summer school work because when life happens sometimes it happens HARD! But we're getting things situated and hopefully soon, very soon I will be able to get some great new content to y'all. So I'm not going anywhere! I'm also about a month away from my blog-iversary so things should pick up nicely. Thank you if your one that's hanging in there with me.
               I did however participate in the Great Pouf Challenge over at Homemade Mamas and my idea for a bath toy bag won! Theirs turn out awesome, go check it out! I'll show you mine soon as well.
               Also, what do you think about the new background/header?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Let me be your french fry!

               You know when you order onion rings and every now and again your munching along and BAM! French fry! Or maybe your a french fry person and every now and then you end up with an onion ring, either way... yeah, well, okay. You with me still, okay, moving on! I want to be your french fry (or onion ring, whatever). Let me explain. When I grow up I want to be a Craft Blogger. I want to be a big fish. I want to be one of those bloggers that companies send things to because they know it'll get the word out. I'm working on it. I do everything I'm told I need to do to be successful, I try to add my own personality. Sometimes my creative juice runs low though and then my content kinda lacks though. Gotta change that!
               Anyway, I hang out around other blogs a lot, Totally Tutorials is one of my favorites. I check it at least twice a day and have submitted a few of my projects. Since I do check it often, I don't miss enough to scroll down very far. Saturday, however, I did and I found this link and the author of Totally Tutorials saying they mention some of our tutorials. Following the link and getting way down to the description of Totally Tutorials I find my Christmas Card Gift box tutorial is listed as one of the favorites! Ha, awesome! I love it when this happens. I'm just around some random corner of cyberspace and voila, there is a little piece of me there! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Making (baby, toddler or) kids pants

               Peanut is in need of new play and PJ pants. I don't think I've ever bought her a pair of pants... except the ones that were with sets bought for birthdays or holidays. She/I have been given enough for normal use and I make the rest. Not being a fan of commercial patterns I make my own. For Peanut I make a new one about every 6 months as she is a teeny-tiny little munchkin. So I figured I would show you how I do that, without using a pair of already exsisting pants. You can google how to make baby/kids/toddler pants all day long and 99.8% of them will have you use a pair of exsisting pants as your starting point. My way, you kind of learn how to draft on your own a bit.

First I should mention that I'll let you know where I made simple little mistakes and what to do to fix them. This may seem daunting but once you do it the first time you'll see it is actually very simple. I would go as far as to say it's good even for a beginner. Second, I don't pin. Like, anything... ever. I used to though so feel free to pin as you need. I just hold the fabrics together and the edges stay together pretty darn well!

So here goes!

Measure your pants recepiant. Peanut's waist is 17 inches around, inseam is 12 inches and total lenght from hip to heel (which I call sideseam) is 18 inches.
With these measurments I know I need to add inches to all measurments to make the pattern.
I used craft wax paper, newspaper, poster board, or whatever I have around. If your lucky enough to have pattern paper, more power to you!

This is the shape you want.

This is how to figure it out. Using a pencil first, draw your top waist piece, this pattern is half of a whole so say your waist measurment is 17 inches, round up to 20 then divide by 4. So your top waist line should be at least 5 inches.
For the rear/groin area take the total sideseam measurment and subtract the inseam, in this case, 18 minus 12. The drop down line needs to be about 2 inches longer than the total, so the drop down line in this case needs to be at least 8 inches long. The curve I usually make about 2 inches in.
For the next line you'll be making the inseam. Peanut's inseam is 12 inches so I make the pattern inseam line 13 inches. Once you have the pattern done in pencil you can go over it in permanent marker and take a picture for future reference, then cut out your new pattern!

To use your pattern you are going to fold your fabric in quarters (fourths, whichever term you prefer). Lay your pattern with the straight side on the edge that contains both folds. (Now here is something important to remember: The pattern measurements are for a fabric that stretches a bit, like jersey. If your fabric does not stretch, like flannel, put your pattern in about an inch from the folded edge to make the pants a little bigger to make sure the pants wearer won't rip the seams when they go to sit down. Again experience!)

Now the easiest way I've found to cut out the fabric is to use my rotary cutter and acrylic ruler. I lay the acrylic ruler down along the very edge of te pattern so as not to cut it. First cutting the long side, then top the rear/groin area. Once it's cut out you should have two pieces that look just like these. (If by some chance you accidentally cut the center seam and ended up with 4 pieces exactly like your patter don't fret you can fix it! Simply sew the pieces together so they do make this. Sew with about 1/4 inch seam though as not to make the pants much smaller. Aren't you loving learning from my mistakes?)

Now you are going to put the piece together right sides together and sew the "J's". Also, serge it if you've got it! If not a zig zag stitch at the edges with work.
This next step will make your pants look like pants. Pick up the pants in the middle of the top layer of fabric.

Meet the two "J" seams in the middle, like so.

Laying them down flat, now you should have this.

I don't know about you but I really don't find hemming a fun task so I make my bottom hems now, before the legs are sewn into legs! For this, just serge (or zig zig) the raw edge. Then sew a half inch hem. Easy, yes?

Now, laying the pants flat like before, you're going to sew from one hemmed bottom to the other, continuous, and easy.

Again, serge or zigzag the raw edge.

Now on to the last part, the waist band. I favor elastic so this is how to do that, if you get adventurous a drawstring works really nicely too. First serge or zig zag your top waist edge.

Since Peanut's waist is 17 inches I cut 17 inches of 3/4 inch wide elastic. Now I do the usual, fold over the edge to make a casing just a hair bigger than the elastic. Sew leaving about two inches open to insert the elastic, and run the elastic through with a safety pin. You can also use this method, which I've tried but still like the old way better. Maybe it'll get more natural the more I do it though!

You should end up with something like this,

You did, right? Of course you did! Now try them on their new owner!

And it is totally optional to let her dance on your desk because she loves the new pants you made!
Oh! And don't forget to keep your pattern in a safe place and mark it as to when you made it or what size it fits!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tooth Fairy pillow

               Doodle Bug lost another tooth yesterday. Unfortunately we also lost his original tooth holder. No worries, Super Mommy to the rescue! The old one was made of super sturdy craft felt and I really like it. I will find it one day, probably stuck into a sock or somewhere else just as strange! This time I let Doodle Bug design it. He wanted a little tooth shaped pillow on a pillow. I did my best to oblige. I added a hanging handle as well though for ease of access. This is what we ended up with.

This is how we did it.
Make a tooth template

Trace template onto felt scrape

Cut out tooth

Stitch tooth dimension then stitch tooth to fabric scrap (leave top open though to stick your tooth in!)

Fold in half, sew edge and bottom, flip right side out

Stuff pillow with small amount of poly fill and stuff a little into the bottom of the tooth

Baste the top closed

Sew on a bit of bias tape

Make a handle with bias tape
There you have it, a tooth fairy pillow made from scraps! Enjoy your tooth-less wonder and sleep tight!

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