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And then I made another….

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Any lumberjacks in the area care to donate their shirts? Mid 30’s hipsters also allowed.

Here’s some stuff I’ve made and not blogged about…..

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I have a new found love of peasant dresses. Even if the elastic is a pain in the ass to put in and hurts my still healing, post carpal tunnel repaired wrist. And why does my machine not like to sew elastic together??? Wtf is up with that? It will bunch on the bottom no matter how much I adjust the tension. ONLY when I join the elastic. Seriously, it’s f’ed up.

Anyways…I had this amazing fabric just lying around for years waiting for the right project. I just couldn’t justify cutting it up when I was so uncertain what to do with it. I’m glad I didn’t because when I decided to make a dress I knew it would be perfect. It was and it turned into this….

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I followed this pattern by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. It’s a free tutorial and quite easy to follow. The sizing was a bit off for my little one however. I followed the 12-18m size but for my teeny 16mo girl it still fit like a potato sack.

I don’t know about you but the only time I can get some real alone time with the sewing machine is after the kids have gone to bed. Unfortunately that means anything I need to try on them and adjust has to wait until morning and I’m not the most patient person so I get really excited for the kids to wake up after a night of crafting.
Today was no different.

After trying it on her I knew the elastic would need to be shortened and some sort of belt required to lessen the potato-sackedness help give it more shape.

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I sewed the belt right to the front of the dress so I wouldn’t be able to lose it there would be more contrast along with the sleeves.

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The end result was awesome. And she looks SO FRIGGIN CUTE!

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I’m still debating whether putting a strip of contrast around the bottom is a good idea or a fantastic one.

*my OCD got in the way after putting the belt on too low and immediately I had to rip the seams and move it up. Kudos to anyone that noticed the difference between the picture of it on the bed vs on the girl.

I don’t normally start another project immediately following one because I like to revel in the glory of the awesomeness I created but I couldn’t help myself this time. I’ve got the picture in my mind and the fabric ready to go……stay tuned!

I made the girl some undies! ACTUAL UNDERWEAR! I was so intimidated by the prospect of making them I almost didn’t, in spite of buying a bunch of different materials to do so. For some reason I didn’t see them as an easy project but they SO ARE! Well, unless you’re me.

I searched online for a free tutorial as always and came across this little gem of a site which seemed to be perfect. For whatever reason I cannot link directly to the page I printed off, I work off my phone and it keeps wanting to download instead of open. Clearly my phone and I are having a lack of communication. I liked it best because the author wrote about them fitting an 18mo that weighted about 12kg. My daughter is just 15m, 9kg but I figured I could adjust them.

The pattern and tutorial is beyond easy, except I decided I wanted them to look a little different so I took a hard right at easy and travelled on to difficult Wtf was I thinking and why can’t I just leave things be city. So while I started with the basic pattern provided by The Nappy Network and the end result looks similar, I did not follow the tutorial at all and in fact cut up the pattern to suit my wants.

I cut out the pattern and then chopped it up into three sections, front, back and middle crotch areas, as well cut the waist and leg bands and then just laid them out nice for the picture

I used a combination of upcycled t-shirt and new jersey knit 50% off remnant y’all materials.

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I started by attaching the back to the crotch section

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Then I needed to attach the front to the crotch area which is how we ended up in difficult city and it gets confusing. I had to twist the material in a way that allowed me to sew the seam but not have it inside out. Basically I wanted the seams hidden. I am not even going to ATTEMPT to explain what I did because that would be disastrous.

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Ta-Da! Honestly I am not even sure how I was able to get my over tired brain around that scenario but it happened and I was ecstatic. Two hidden seams! Just like the real store bought made in Taiwan or wherever kind!!! Yes I did do a little Yay me! happy dance at this point.

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After sewing both sides together (right sides facing) it was time to pin the band for the leg openings and the top and that’s my bed because Thor :The Dark World was on and I so was not missing some Thor-Loki action to sew a pair of gitch.

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I put a band of elastic in the waist but forgot to take a picture of that part….my bad just Google it, it’s totally easy. And there you have them!

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I blind sewed the leg holes and next time I will not. I am not a fan of how they look. True to my nature I will in all likelihood take the leg bands off and sew them back on with a regular zig zag or some other, maybe this __/\__/\__

I think they turned out well! Maybe a bit big since they fit well over the diaper! so some minor adjustments will be made for the next pair, including changing the style a bit!

I don’t know about you but every time I go into the fabric store I hit up the remnant bin almost immediately. Seriously, I’ve never gone in there without scoping it out. And I’m always digging everything out to see what possible treasures could be hiding down at the bottom. It’s a great place to get good chunks of white material as that is a staple “colour” and there is never less than 4 white remnants in the bin at any time! unless you’re there after me……

I was pleasantly surprised on my last visit to find the remnant bin was 50% off. You just did a little cha-ching noise in your head didn’t you? It’s okay, I did too. For whatever reason the bin itself wasn’t marked 50% off so when the sales lady told me about it I totally felt like I was getting a secret deal that nobody else was privy to because you know that happens ALL THE TIME. I may have spent more time than normal at the bin that day and when I came upon this pretty blue print marked $1.80 I couldn’t pass it up. I didn’t even care that it was less than half a metre, I liked it! And how do you say no to material for 90 cents?

It was a happy surprise to find it was smocked material because I’ve been wanting to make the girl a dress out of pre-smocked material every time I see the stuff at store, yet I’d pass it by each time. For one reason it’s always adult size which obviously wouldn’t work for a 15mo and the other was the print patterns are not that great. Well some “would do” but nothing ever jumped out at me.

I never actually look at the sizes written on the remnants because measurements mean very little to me. For whatever reason I cannot wrap my head around them feel free to furrow your brow at me now and therefore just “eyeball” things. When I make blankets I use whichever bed in the house that suits my design (crib, single or queen) as measurement. And it’s turning out the same for dresses apparently.

When I unwrapped the remnant I found just a smidge over a quarter metre

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Being designed for women’s fashion I had to chop it up in order to make it work for my teeny girly

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I folded the elastic smocked top in half over itself and cut along the fold, trimmed off the bottom geometric design to use as straps and then folded the bottom flowing part in half over itself and cut along the fold here as well. This gave me 4 sections to reattach to go with the design in my head.

I started by reattaching the loose smocking and linen together to form the back of the dress. I used this stitch __/\__/\__/\__ and just randomly bunched the linen section as I moved along the smock trying desperately not to stretch it as I went. It turned out well.

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I then pinned the sides together and sewed them together using a zigzag stitch on the smocked top sections and switching to a straight stitch for the bottom. My little apprentice was helping at this point.

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I forgot to take pictures of the straps! But I folded them each in half and sewed them right sides together, turned them right side out and attached them front and back. I also turned up the bottom and straight stitched around to give it a nice edge

I think it turned out well but this kid is adorable in everything! AND it cost less than a dollar to make! That might beĀ a personal best.

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*After she wore it I decided I wanted to redo the straps and either add some elastic to them or just shorten them. I haven’t decided which would be a better a better fix.*

I’ve seen many pins on Pinterest about turning old t-shirts into other things like tanks, quilt squares, onsies but I had never attempted anything like that myself….no time like the present! So I packed up the 15mo and headed off to Value Village in search of some “cool” old tees that would make a fun tank top.

I found a sweet black tee with the Atari sign on it and another that simply said “confusion”. I’m sorry I passed on the homemade picture tee with two dogs on it, their names Maggie and Ivy written on the bottom, because when I went back today it was gone insert sad face. Seriously though, who else would have wanted that??? And why haven’t I met them yet since obviously we are kindred spirits!

Going to VV two days in a row is not unheard of for me but wouldn’t have been necessary at all had I not shown the tees to my DH who then claimed them as his own! Of course.

So there I was, no shirt but the strong desire to turn something ANYTHING into a tank top. I looked at the pitiful pile of shirts I call a wardrobe and nothing was jumping out at me. I almost gave up then remembered the pile of unwanted items I had set aside for donation and jackpot! The Juno shirt! I was pregnant for Halloween two years ago and wore the obligatory Juno costume, nobody on our route seemed to understand…..I prefer to think they’re the ones losing out because of their lack of excellent cinematic viewage. Is viewage a word? Probably not…..just go with it mmmkay?

So anyway…..I started out with a plain baseball shirt

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And cut the sleeves off

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Okay so I may have forgotten to take a picture before I cut the sleeves off so I faked it……

Then I cut the edge of the sleeves off to use as straps

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I saved the rest of the sleeve to turn into edging but I liked the rough cut formed by my scissors and the leftover serged seam.

At this point I was ready to attach the straps but Ralph thought I needed a hand paw

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I just used a simple straight stitch to attach the strap but I may rip it out and use a zigzag/straight combo for better strength.

And then I was done!

But of course what project is complete without proper inspection?

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It has the Cheese seal of approvalšŸ˜‰

I made some dresses……

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Making baby moccasins. Or rather mukluks really because they have a tall back. It was a two night class. I could have probably finished in one if I hadn’t brought the baby to class the first time! We started by cutting the pattern see the white pieces below…. And then cut the pieces of leather brown pieces.

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Next came the beadwork. I was in a bit of a hurry and picked something very simple and hoped it would look ok.

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Just tell me it looks like snow ok? Next step, put the pieces together and pleat.

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Pleating sucks. Sooo not as easy as it looks! With right sides together and a middle sandwich piece long enough to match the curve you fold and sew, fold and sew, fold and….well you get the picture. Next you sew the back, again right sides together with a middle sandwich piece.

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Then sew the bottom flap. I also sewed on the ties because I tend to lose things so I thought it would be best.

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Turn right side out and trim excesses.

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Lastly, try them on your willing subject….

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Seemed like a basic pattern and I realize I didn’t do a great job of explaining but if you want to try them I can definitely figure out a way to showcase the steps. Now to try some fabric ones!

Made:

One pillow, with circular cut-out, cream on blue. I used a basic, 14×14 pillow form and canvas materials. The pattern was close enough on each fabric that it almost matched. I quite loved this pillow.

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One prefab baby blanket. I am not usually a fan of these because the “creative” work is already done, but how cute is this? I machine quilted and hand sewed the binding. New and recycled materials were used for this project.

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Both of these items were donated to a fundraiser to be auctioned off to raise money for the revitalization of a local town park. I hope they do well!

Pinterest strikes again!

Seriously, I might be obsessed at this point.

This month’s school project was to turn an item (or items) from the recycling box into something else.

In other words, upcycle the recycle!

We dug out some tin cans and got to painting…

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I thought we could turn them into wind chimes. A rainbow window chime.

We gathered string and bottle caps. We punched holes in the caps and cans. We tried and tried to tie the cans together to make anything that would resemble a wind chime. And when that went to hell in a hand basket I went on Pinterest.

And saw this awesomeness pinned. A tin-can lantern? Yeah we can!

The holes required a little more than a hammer and nail, so we enlisted dad’s help because while he says I don’t know how to use the power tools really it’s just that he doesn’t like to share his toys

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And then gave it a new paint job with something more durable to the elements (Chrome!)….

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Let it dry and …..

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Awesmazing.

Too bad we don’t get marks in SK because this totally deserves an A+

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