Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cross my heart Dress Pattern FREE!

I do not have a tutorial for this dress. I'm just waiting for the perfect fabric to come along, at a good price, cause the hubbs gave me the Look after I told him how much I spent the last time I was at joanns. So,.... new fabric is gonna have to be snuck in, and can't make a noticible dent in the wallet. Ha. So, for those of you who can sew already, here is a free pattern for you. Cross my heart in a size 3T. I accidentally made this a tad bit too short. And for the skirt of the dress, it's just a gathered tube. I figured I shouldn't make you print a bunch of pages, just to make a simple gathered tube. I WILL make a tutorial, but I just don't know when, so enjoy the little I have to give for now!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baby Visor Tutorial


Okay, So maybe this is more like a toddler visor, but you could really make this for any age child. My 8 year old wants one next, and he's gonna get it. I've already tried one for him,a nd it looks great. So anywhoo, here's the tute. i'm almost embarassed to call it a tutorial because it's SOOOO easy. If you don't like tutorials with pics, then don't try to follow this tute. I took a bunch of pics. It's always easier for me to follow by seeing, so yeah.... there's lotsa pics. I don't have a pattern for this, but maybe next week I'll scan my template, and post it here. I just traced a baseball cap bill for mine. Okay, here we go!...
1.) You will need some scrap fabric for the bill, and a strip of fabric at least 4 inches wide, and 16 inches long. Some scrap interfacing, and elastic. (oh yeah, and thread to match)

Cut 2 pieces out of the bill fabric. (it's always helpful if you iron your fabric first) I of course do things the hard way, and tried to cut straight with wrinkled fabric. Not so easy.

And now we should have 2 pieces of our visor.

Iron on interfacing to both of the pieces. I just used what I had, which was lightweight interfacing, and I think It made the bill stiff enough for my little girl. For my big guy though, i might have to use a heavier interfacing.

Cut a strip of fabric measuring 16" long, and folded halfways, measures 1 3/4 '' Fold each end out.

See here, it's folded in half, and is 16" long (minus what I folded) and is 1 and 3/4 wide.
Once you're done ironing this strip, place a pin, or mark on your fabric 3" from each end. This will be the gap where the bill fits in.
Start sewing from one end to the pin, then stop and back stitch, and start again from the pin to the other end. (are you getting it? Am I totally bad at explaining myself here? )

Stop at the pin, or where you marked, and backstitch.

Then start at the next point, all the way to the end.

Now onto the bill, put your 2 pieces front sides together, and sew around the front of the bill.

Flip your bill right side out, then press.

Here's how our strip looks with the gap in the middle for the bill.

Turn this baby right side out too.

I ironed the strip flat too. Then I top stitched the bill around the front.
Now start pinning your bill inside the top. Make sure only about half an inch is going in before you pin. Go with the curve.

Once you've pinned, start sewing as close to the edge as you can. (please ignore my wobbly stitching)

This is what it should look like now.

Lookin good! Almost done!

I cut a 4'' piece of elastic. And pinned it inside of one of the ends (here's where you can make it smaller if you want.)

Sew it nicely and neatly.

Then do the other side the same way.
You're DONE!!!!
Other options:
embellish or embroider fabric strip before sewing.
Instead of elastic, use a ribbon, and tie it on.
Make the strip really long with pointed ends, and you can tie that too!
Pin a flower on it! (always cute)
Top stitch the whole bill like a real cap.
And on, and on....

I hope it was understandable. I really tried hard. I know it's pretty easy, and almost self explanitory, but when I looked for a tutorial, I couldn't find one, so I thought I'd share my version! Please comment, and let me know if I should keep on trying this kind of stuff, or if I should never again try to share a tutorial! :)

Thanks again!!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Star Wars Jedi Training Certificate FREE

Okay, so this was on my other blog, but I'm moving it over here, where it will be with many similar friends!

Just a place for me to share!

Needed somewhere to catalog all of my lovely things. Crafting, sewing, building, making, and sometimes failing is the piece of my life where I regroup, and focus. If I haven't done something creative for some time, I get crazy, and start to lose myself. I'm not perfect, in fact, I TRY WAYYY too many things, and haven't perfected anything, but I love trying. I decided to make this blog to show off some of the things I make, to maybe inspire others, and also to sometimes share a pattern, or printable or two. Coming soon, 2 dress patterns FREE, and a mini tutorial. But for now, a quickie little printable. Saw this sign in a boutique but not really my style. So, I made it more "me", and here I am to share.