Sunday, April 19, 2009

L is for Lion - *FREE* Applique

I came up with this the other day and love how it turned out! The directions are pretty basic and for anyone who has made applique's before this aught to be a snap! I chose to do a reverse applique on the L but you could certainly just do a normal applique instead.

Here is the pattern:

**Note: The elbow/arm piece and the body piece don't line up correctly if you try to pair up the top line...just eyeball it for the bext results. :P

For the "L" I used a heavy upholstery fabric because I liked the print and I already had it lying around! I used the cheap felt for the lion pieces. I would recommend ironing all your pieces onto some type of double-sided fusible webbing, then layering up the pieces onto the T-shirt and then ironing the entire thing together. I personally did the facial embroidery before ironing the entire piece onto the T-shirt so I could hide the thread between the applique and the t-shirt material. This is not really necessary though since they do sell that mesh-netting type stuff at the fabric store that can be ironed onto the inside of the t-shirt to cover the loose threads. I machine stitched around all the pieces and in a few places did some contrasting stitching for aesthetic.

Hope you like it and certainly email me if you have any additional questions about the construction:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

*FREE* 18-24 Month Dress Pattern! FINALLY!!!

**EDIT March 9, 2010** It seems as though I forgot to add the 1/4" seam allowance to this pattern. I am working on correcting this and replacing the pattern on here now with one that has seam allowances (and a 1" square printing guide as well). In the meantime, PLEASE ADD A 1/4" SEAM ALLOWANCE TO THIS PATTERN ON ALL SIDES *EXCEPT* THE FOLDED EDGE when cutting out your fabric FOR PROPER FIT.

I finally got around to finishing the pattern for this 18-24 month dress. You remember, the one I said I would finish and post by the end of February here. HA! That's a likely story. Well, two months later it is finally done. And here it is!

To use the patterns, right-click and "Save Target As..." and choose your desktop. Then print from there. If you have Windows Vista, like me, then you want to make sure you UN-check the option to "resize to fit page" (it will be automatically checked!).

Here are the pattern pieces:

Here are the directions:

1) Cut out a front and back pattern piece onto your chosen fabric. Then cutout a front and back piece to the dashed line (pattern piece #2) in your chosen lining fabric. Optional: Serge all the pieces.

2) Stitch a finished narrow hem onto the two lining pieces along the bottom edge.

3) Place the front lining piece to the front dress piece with right sides together and pin in place. Do the same for the back pieces. Stitch 1/4" from armpit to armpit (marked with a blue dot on the pattern). Turn pieces and press. Top stitch 1/4" from armpit to armpit. Repeat for the back pieces.

4) This would be a good time to add a ribbon or lace embellishment to the empire waistline. I stiched mine onto the front in such a way that the stitching line went through the lining hemline just to help keep it tacked down. It is much easier to add the wasitline embellishments now rather than after the side seams have been done.

5) Place the front and back pieces together with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides. A double seam would not be a bad idea here either for extra stability.

6) Hem the bottom of the dress using a narrow hem.

7) Figure out the best placement for the buttons and button holes for the straps by trying the dress on the child. The buttons should go on the front of the dress (the short, squared off straps) and the button holes should go on the back straps (the long pointed ones).

That's it! Your done! This dress looks cute with a onesie underneath or even a long sleeved shirt. I even like it with a cute cardigan and a pair of leggings! Enjoy!

*Note: This pattern is labeled as 18-24 month. It fits up to a 25 lb child. However, every child is different so you may need to adjust the pattern accordingly.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Waldorf-inspired dolly

My daughter just had her first birthday and I wanted to make her something special that she would have for many years to come. I decided on a Waldorf-inspired doll after seeing these versions of the dolls. I researched these and found that the dolls have a sack body with arms attached and the outfit is sewn closed and is not removeable. I thought this would be perfect for my one year old. I found a website that teaches how to create these waldorf dolls and though I didn't need help with the bosy or arms (my own design), I had no idea how to do the face/head! So here was the website I used to create the face; I highly recommend it. I ended up using an old pair of pale pink ballet tights for the outside of the face, if you wanted to know.

My favorite part of the whole thing is the outfit. This was a footed pair of Carter's fleece pajama's for my daughter that she had out-grown. I think they were 6-9 months at most. I used the arms to create the hat and the rest of the pj's to make the outfit. I love this idea of reusing an outfit of hers because its now become a keepsake and something I hope she will cherish when she is grown.

An action shot!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Craft Room Bookshelf

Well I have been in desperate need of re-organizing my craft room, something that needs to be done about every 8 months or so. It was quite a coincidence that there was also a contest on that I could incorporate into this reorganizing! The contest was to decorate with buttons. I love buttons but don't have many (trying to build up my collection) so I had to come up with a creative solution. For those of you members of craftster you can check out the entries here. Oh, and I wouldn't be mad at you if you voted for my awesome book shelf LOL! Voting starts tomorrow I think. Well, even if I don't win (I never do!) I don't care....I LOVE this book case like you can't believe and am so happy about my craft room organization!

I found this image of buttons on courteous of lunartex. It was perfect and I thought would make a beautiful background for my currently unused bookshelf. So it was decoupage time! Here is what the bookshelf looked like before:

Here are a couple "during" shots:

Here are the after shots (I am so happy with how it turned out!). This first one is of the top portion of the book case; everything from the fabric panels up.

A full view with some linen (or possibly muslin?) panels I made. You can't see from this shot but there is a row of about 2 inches along the bottom that has hand sewn buttons on it to kind of mirror the idea with the decoupaged background. I screwed up a little here because the intent was for the panels to completely cover the bottom shelves but as usual I measured ONCE and cut right away; I forgot to take into account seam allowances!! So I ended up with gaps. It's okay though because I am going to find a creative way to fix it!

Here is a closeup of the button detail that runs along the bottom of the fabric curtains. And, yes, those are all sewn on by hand. It took forever. Its a good thing I didn't have more buttons because I wanted more on there!

A closeup of the top of the book case:

A closeup of the top shelf:

The next couple pics are of all my supplies and fun containers on the top shelf of the book case.

Some of my painting supplies:

A really cool picture of Mary and Jesus. I just like it. I have had it for ages and it looked antiqued when I got it. In front of that is a basket with some of those clear nylon containers (remember when nylons came in those!) filled with lace. I put all my lace trim in this basket.

I bought this tea container at Goodwill. I love how old it looks. It is filled with craft supplies of course and in front of it are baby food jars filled with color sorted buttons! Eventually I want to have enough buttons to fill lots more baby food jars and then do that cool organizing trick where you screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf like here.

Here are some other containers; one is filled with craft scissors, an old baby formular can houses all my seam binding, and an old candle jar was cleaned out and contains all my teeny tiny ribbons.

In this pic I took down the fabric panels so you could get a better view of what is behind them! I forgot I had this small white shelf thingy that fit perfectly with this new book shelf and now is the perfect size for all my fat quarters!! I also have some beading supplies and jewelry making things on that shelf too. My gold buddha is just there because he likes to hang out by my crafts. :P

Here is buddha peering out from behind the curtain...

Here is a closeup of the detail of the amazing decoupaged background of buttons galore!!