Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Simple Toddler Shorts

How to make simple toddler shorts...

...I found a great tutorial on How To Sew Shorts over at ikatbag.
This is a really simple and quick project in which I used knit fabric from an old
 tshirt I had laying around in my upcycle bin.
In the tutorial you will find a free pattern for a 3 year old, this is exactly what 
I needed for Kinzy, but I figure it should be fairly easy to enlarge the pattern for 
 Katlynn, her big sister. Over at ikatbag, she also shows you how to make skorts
along with all of her really cute skirt tutorials. I would like to eventually 
try making some of these skorts and dresses for Katelynn
 for school next year and maybe even 
 make myself a skirt sometime. Just because these are for toddlers 
doesn't mean you can't use the same ideas for adult skirts...right? Just think
outside the box a bit.

These would be really cute in a cotton fabric with a little ruffle 
on the bottom too.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Hair Bows, Headbands & Ponies Oh My!

Hair Bows, headbands and  Ponies for Kinzy.

She loved these Dora and Boots clippies so much she carried Dora 
around with her the rest of the day. Nope she didn't wear Dora she 
carried her all the way to Grandmas house. 

These  Tuxedo Bows were really easy to make thanks to my 
handy hot glue gun...perfect from a scrap piece of ribbon.

These headbands are really cute on, I love the simplicity of them.

I just added rhinestones to these little clips, I just love sparkle.

Furry Friend bow :)

A popsicle just in time for summer! I saw this idea on Etsy awhile back.

I think these little ponies would look cute on 
Fourth of July. Check back for more, have a
great day & 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pillow Case Dress

This is another pillow case dress I made for Kinzy's birthday.

My husband bought me a sewing machine several years ago that just sat in it's box till last year. This was one of the first fabrics I bought on sale along with a pink version of it. Last year when I decided to teach myself to sew, pattern free, I had no idea of how much fabric I would need. I bought a 1/2 yard of each fabric thinking it was a good place to start making two matching dresses for the girls. But soon I found that wasn't possible and I didn't have the knowledge I have now in making a few adjustments here and there to make the most of my fabric. 

So, Kinzy has a pink dress now with matching blue ribbon ties on each shoulder, 
(sorry I forgot to take a picture of it last year when I made it), and this blue one with the fabric tie off to one side.

I like the tie on this one better, I also added 
 pink Ric Rac to the bottom for something different.
Super easy dress to try if your just learning to sew like me
and lots of different variations you can do with it 
if you get a little creative. Best of all you don't need a pattern 
for this dress just a couple of measurements. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

oOdles of clippies

I also made oOdles of felt hair clippies for the birthday girl.

All of theses hair clips are hand sewn. Some designed by me and some ideas from very talented 
people online. They are very easy to make and pretty much anything goes, they are just time consuming
or maybe it's just because I have made so many of them, heck, I am still making them but for Katie now.

These ice cream cones are one of my favorites.

                                                How about some cows? MOOOOOO!

I love these cute little flowers too, Kinzy is wearing another version of these in her hair in the 
picture above.

Another version of flower.

These little birdies I think are just TWEET!

caterpillars, I found this cute idea online

Kinzy has plenty of new hair accessories now, heck these are not all of them, 
I will post more later. 


Monday, April 18, 2011

up cycled adult skirt to a toddler skirt

This is a little jean skirt I made Kinzy for her birthday. I used some fabric from a long jean 
skirt I had wore only a few times that hung in my closet forever. I used the measurement
of her waist then decided how long I wanted the length.

Just add some elastic and a hem and you have a cute toddler skirt.
Toss in a couple cute tops to go with the skirt and you have a gift under an hour and 
under $10. bucks.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Minnie Mouse party dress

The Party Girl Dress
Kinzy's 2nd birthday is just around the corner and 
the birthday girl needed a new dress for the occasion. I had both of these fabrics and ribbon on hand, I seen something similar awhile back, and wanted to sew up something quick and easy since I am still a beginner.  I have made this pillow case style dress once before and I knew it sews up rather quickly.

Katie, her big sister, loves Minnie Mouse too. I wanted to make her an outfit to wear to her little sisters birthday party...but what to make...a matching dress? ...a matching skirt? ...a matching tunic? I know a matching tshirt...yeah! I even had the tshirt on hand and have been wanting to try some appliques so this was perfect.

This little knit skirt I have been wanting to try making for awhile now, the idea came from over at Lil Blue Boo Recycled T-Shirt Ruffle Skirt/Skort ePattern is an up cycle from a tshirt I never wore and has been sitting in my drawer forever, it's nothing more than a yoga style waist band and strips of fabric I cut out, I just left the bottom of the shirt, I liked the white peeking out under at the bottom of the skirt. The picture is kinda hard to see but it's a ruffle layer top stitched with a raw edge. Take a look at the link for a better picture.


Friday, April 15, 2011

A Minnie Mouse Party

Kinzy is turning 2

and she is in love with Minnie Mouse! I made this banner on my Cricut and I love how it turned out...I have only made a couple of these but this is my favorite so far. I had a roll of white tulle I bought awhile back and never used, so I thought I would try using a bit and ended up using it to hang it by rather  than ribbon and love the way it turned out. 

I made my own Minnie Mouse...easy, and 

and downloaded a Disney Script.

These are the cupcake toppers I made...I searched for my image, tweaked it a little, printed it, and made these little cuties.

my first time making these too...I made 50!

With the extra tags I pulled out these little boxes I had on hand (Dollar Tree wedding area find), and added a little curly ribbon...I made 20 of these for the kids to take home. These little boxes are not very big so I suggest being creative with little trinkets. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wow time flys...

...when your sewing, crafting, scrap booking, redoing your living room and starting up tennis lessons!  For anyone who thought maybe I forgot about my blog, well, I have to say, "not a chance!" I have been creating all sorts of new things to share with you soon. First, I want to go back to Dolly's for Haiti, remember the cute dolly's I made? Well, shortly after sending the dolly's out I received  a hand written thank you card from Lisa Paul the organizer for Renew Hope Haiti, and considering how many people send dolly's, (let me just tell you, A LOT!), I was...well, lets just say it made my day. I was touched by her kindness of a good old fashioned hand written thank you note that reminded me that someone was on the other end waiting to receive my gifts and truly had received them. I mean does anyone do this anymore? Now don't get me wrong, I am a firm believer in a good old fashioned thank you note when someone does something kind for you, but theses days with emails, texts and video chat, etc. I do not see it very often. There is just something about a hand written thank you note that your computer, as cool as it is, can not convey the message being sent. I was just amazed that in all of Lisa's kindness she's doing for Haiti children, she still takes the time for another act of kindness that I thought was gone forever. Thank you Lisa for reminding me that a little note goes a long way...I am going to try to make more of an effort at this myself.
Check back for soon for those new post!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dollies For Haiti

The whole gang! These dollies were so much fun to make knowing they were going to brighten a child's life. This by far was one of my favorite ways of paying it forward, I will definitely be looking for more sewing charities.  

Go see Dolly Donations on my side bar. 
Happy April fool's Day!