Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tutu Cute!

Although I haven't been sewing too much lately... I did have time to make this uber cute tutu.
 This version is lined and longer than the ballet skirt I made. But it's way, way more 'floofy' and just as well loved.
 I used this fantastic tutu tutorial from Girl Inspired. By using the gathering foot on my serger the whole thing came together much faster than a no-sew version would.



The pay off was completely worth it! It's been worn by our budding ballerina everyday since.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Easy Last Minute Braided Rakhi

Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.


Rakhi completely snuck up on me this year (actually, the entire month of August snuck up on me!) It's tomorrow, and I'm scrambling to get everything ready.

So... a few minutes ago I made up this braided rakhi from bakers twine and embroidery floss. This is one of the easiest ways to make a rakhi (or a bracelet) all though your fingers will get tired if you have to make a ton (like I do!)

Although it's just 6 strands of floss braided together... I have a few tips to make the going a little easier.

First... a heavy glass full of water is perfect for holding down your strands without having to remember where you put your scotch tape.
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
Second... I found that using different colors of string and trying to keep the string as flat as possible without twisting helped create a much more even pattern than I usually get. See that thin strand of red woven throughout the bracelet? That was done by holding a red and yellow strand together while braiding, and making sure they didn't twist.
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
Finally... I really dislike ratty ends. I just evened them up with scissors...
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.

... and then combed through the ends with a pin to separate the strands. 

Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.
There... much better!
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.


While you are here, check out my even quicker, no braiding rakhi tutorial and my super comfy knit rakhi tutorial.

And in case I don't see you tomorrow, have a wonderful Rakhi!!!!
Tips for making your own braided Rakhis and friendship bracelets.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mini Sock Muppets

Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Muppets! I'm a child of the 80's and grew up watching the Muppets, Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock... etc. That's why I was so excited when Muppets Most Wanted came out! A movie that I can actually enjoy watching with my kids. (When do you ever get to watch Tina Fey with your kids?)
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.

To celebrate, I decided that we should make our own sock puppets-- err I mean sock muppets! These Mini Muppets are adorable, and would make a great project to do with your kids.

To make your own Mini Muppets, grab your scissors, hot glue gun, stuffing, a needle and thread, craft supplies, and some fun ankle socks.  I will admit that bought a brand new high-temp hot glue gun for this project. It worked so much better than my old glue gun.

I will admit that I don't own brightly colored socks like these. I'm a white crew sock girl myself. I bought these new for this project for just a few dollars.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Snip off the ribbing and heel of the sock. You can make taller or smaller muppets based on how how far up the sock you make this cut.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Now stuff the sock. I used Puff and Stuff, and I loved how easily the sock filled out with out being clumpy.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.

Now for the only sewing you'll have to do. Just make a large running stitch around the opening of the sock...
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 ... and pull the thread tight to gather.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 For a clean finish, push the ends back into the muppet.
 Knot off your thread (you may have to pull the threads a little tighter after pushing in the excess fabric). You'll have a perfect muppet bottom.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Once you start-- it's hard to stop! I made all of these in about 15 minutes. With the middle, I didn't cut the sock at all, but instead gathered the top without pushing in the extra fabric. Get creative with it!
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 Now for the fun part. Gather all the pom poms, googly eyes and felt that you can find, and use your hot glue gun to decorate each muppet. For a baby safe puppet, use embroidery thread to embroider faces on the muppet.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
 When you are done you'll have a pair (or more) of adorable puppets to share with your kiddos.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Here is my tall puppet where I simply gathered the ribbing portion of the sock.
Make sock puppets from colorful ankle socks! Step by Step instructions for sock puppet craft to do with or for the kids.
Get inspired! Muppets Most Wanted is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com.  You can keep up with the Muppets Most Wanted on social media:


This post was sponsored by Disney and Blueprint Social. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The First Day Dress

Deep breath. My baby is in school!!!!!!!!

Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.
If you've followed this blog, you'll know that I my daughter and I butt heads about clothing all the time. I was surprised when she asked me to make a dress for her the night before her first day of school! Pink, of course. Luckily I had a half made dress at the ready.

Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.

When Dana asked me about testing the First Day Dress, I jumped at the chance for just one reason. I wanted to figure how she lined the sleeves so perfectly in her version of the dress. It's been driving me crazy for months, and I just couldn't wait one more minute to find out how she did it. But the testing just happened to coincide with a trip to New York, so I quickly made the bodice portion the day before I left.

Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.
You're wondering too now, aren't you?
So when Amaani asked, I just had to slap on the skirt to make a brand new dress.

Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.
It's made in a pink floral print, has a pink button, and is lined with pink broadcloth. She loves it! (And so do I.)

It turned out that I didn't have enough to make the entire circle skirt portion of the dress, so I cut a little of the back of the skirt straight, and gathered just that portion. It creates just a little bit of a bustle effect and gives the skirt just the right amount of twirl.
Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.

I love this pattern. I love how the longer line of the bodice and the non gathered skirt makes the whole dress look so grown up. I love the instructions-- Dana makes you feel that you are sewing with a friend. The construction is clever, and I already have a lined sleeved version of the dress on my cutting table.

Doesn't she look so grown up?
You can purchase the First Day Dress Pattern here.

And for you all wondering how her first day went....
Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.

Review of the First Day Dress Pattern by MADE.

It was fantastic!



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Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Tips For Planting Sunflowers With The Kids!

Back in the garden today! When I started doing gardening posts this year a few readers suggested planting sunflowers with the kids since they seem to grow overnight.

And I did. (Don't ever say I don't listen to you guys!).

We've had so much fun with them. Since our regular garden area was already full by the time we decided to plant in a small patch of lawn off the driveway. In a couple of months, the flower are twice the size of the kids!
 We have many more blooms now-- and all different colors! My favorite is this bright yellow Lemon Queen.
 Although I don't have enough pictures for a 'tutorial'; here are 5 tips for having a successful sunflower growing project

1. Buy big. I was surprised to find that Sunflower can grow from 5-6 inches to 6-7 feet (and beyond!) The packages can sometimes be misleading as to which is which. We ended up going with Botanical Interests Autumn Beauty and Lemon Queen. I chose these over the even taller Mammoth varieties since they have multiple flowers per plant.
2. Section it off!  If you are planting in your lawn, I really recommend sectioning off the area to protect seedlings from getting mowed over or stepped on. We put down a thick layer of mulch and compost so the little seedlings didn't accidentally get mowed down. At the end of the season we'll pull the sunflowers and let the grass take over.
3.. Plant successively. We planted two sets of seeds 2 weeks apart for a longer bloom time.
4. Don't forget the birds and the bees! A huge bonus to this sunflower project is that the huge blooms attract a lot of bees. It's been awesome to talk to the kids about pollination and how flowers work. Also, we are letting the flower go to seed so hopefully we will get a few bird visitors later in teh season.
5. Take lots of pictures! I wish I had more photos of how fast the sunflowers grew. Since these sunflowers are in our driveway, we checked on them briefly when we left the house; but I didn't think to take photos. It would have been fun to make an album for the kids to flip through.



If you want more info, this video from burpee is very informative.

I don't know if there is still time where you live to plant these suckers, but if there is, I highly reccomend it!



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Tulika Tote Kits at I Love Quilting!

Exciting news! One of my favorite projects from the blog is my Tulika Tote.

Tulika Tote Quilts are being offered at LoveQuilting. The tulika tote is a reversible, convertible bag that is perfect for everyday.


 It's actually the purse I use currently. I tote it everywhere, and I find myself 'converting' it from crossbody to regular purse handles all the time.

Tulika Tote Quilts are being offered at LoveQuilting. The tulika tote is a reversible, convertible bag that is perfect for everyday.


 A few months ago, our sponosr Love Quilting asked me about creating kits for this purse. I love the idea of being able to pick up all the fabric and the hardware for the purse in one place. You can choose your inner and outer lining fabric, and love quilting will put it all together for you!

Head on over to Love Quilting and check out the kits! (And don't forget to tell them Palak sent you!)

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