|He had me at the little bow-tie…
click the pic for more details and prices!
|For full tutorial on how I made the print.. click through the jump!|
- fabric (mine is 100% rayon – white)
- fabric dye
- fabric paint
- rubber stamp
|Choose a fabric and dye color. It is good to research the fabric’s dye capabilities as well as carefully read the instructions on the dye package.|
|Follow the instructions on the package to dye the fabric. I chose to use the bucket technique.|
|Once fabric is washed and dried, Iron it out. I chose to cut out my pattern pieces here, since the garment I was making is quite small, as is the stamp I chose.|
|Pour out some paint onto a plate or palate, using your sponge, dab a generous amount of paint onto the stamp, making sure it is fully covered.|
|Do some practice stamps on a scrap of fabric to get your paint ratio and stamp pressure just right. These were obviously not what I was aiming for.|
|This was more like it.|
|When finished, iron the pieces slowly on both sides to set the paint.|
|Sew together your pieces and admire your beautiful work!|
Use this technique? Let me know how it went! Have a different technique? Please share!
Introducing a new segment: Re-make of the month! You know I’m all about recycling and making things out of recycled & vintage materials, so I will be featuring a monthly project that focuses on just that! The project will either be one of my own, or one from a guest!
This month’s project is a vest I made using BurdaStyle’s Franzi pattern. For the material I used a large wool wrap skirt that I bought at a thrift store ages ago with the intent of using it solely for the fabric. Long vintage wrap or gathered skirts are a great source of fabric for smaller projects. Especially with gathered skirts, once they are deconstructed there is so much fabric in there!
Without further ado, here are the before and afters:
|Finished product: buttons were purchased, red lining was pulled from my stash 🙂|
When I Saw this craft I couldn’t wait for a reason to make it. Jessica over at Running With Scissors does so many cute costumes and outfits for kids, and these dinosaur tails are no exception. I’ve had this on my craft to-do list for a while, I just needed an excuse to make it (let’s face it, I don’t think the Gentleman could rightly pull it off). My boss’s son’s second birthday was the perfect occasion!
Here’s how it turned out:
|I made the larger of the sizes, but in hindsight I was a little over-ambitious with the length. I think he’ll have to grow into it!|
|Thankfully he loved it anyway! I had a hard time getting a good picture because he was on the run showing off his new tail!|
This project was super easy, although a bit time consuming (stuffing that tail the proper way is quite tedious, although with a smaller tail it probably wouldnt be as bad). Jessica’s instructions are very simple to follow, and all parties were very pleased with the result. I definately plan on doing this project again, they make great gifts for the little rascals in your life!
If you missed the tutorial link above, here it is again.
Now that I’m finally getting back in the swing of things in the big city, the hustle and bustle of the holiday is over, its always a good time to reflect on how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful gentleman, family, friends.
Yes, yes, I am quite the lucky girl. And as I am enjoying all of the lovely things I was gifted this Christmas by all of those lovely people in my life, I couldn’t help but share my favorites with you:
1. Coat from FM908 on etsy, 2. Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets, 3. Leather High-top Chuck Taylors, 4. Assortment of rubber stamps, 5. Seamstress Bracelet by Monserat De Lucca, 6. Canon PowerShot s95, 7. Vintage Pin Cushion
What were some of your favorite gifts?
Since this is the first post in this “series” I’ll start with an introduction. Some occasions don’t simply call for an outfit, outfits are for the day to day…uniforms however are a staple, inspired by their purpose and use. The fun part is that each uniform can have many interpretations depending on the season, etc.
For holiday season I thought I’d share my travel uniform with you! I don’t know about you all but for me, living away from home means traveling alot during the holidays. I’ve found that following a certain formula keeps traveling comfortable and easy:
tee, jacket, pants, boots, bag, hat, scarve, journal
Black is great for looking sleek even if your an early morning flyer (like me). Leggings provide ultimate comfort and ease, a good scarf can double as a blanket if you are chilly on the plane, and a comfy beanie keeps morning hair in place (and pulls over the eyes for napping!). A white tee is simple yet clean and sophisticated, and a cute backpack carry on is great for easily storing all of your in-flight necessities.
What your travel uniform consist of?
A special treat today… not only are they cute, but these Gift Bags are easy to make (if your a scrap collector like myself you will already have the supplies needed), and the best part… they are re-useable! Don’t you just love that? I do!
- fabric scraps (preferably Christmas colored), also no shame in buying fabric for this project either, I’d say about 1yd for 3 bags.
- spare buttons
|Take a small rectangle of fabric folded in half, draw a line diagonally across the rectangle|
|Open to see your Christmas Tree!|
|Cut a piece of scrap to the desired size of bag, I chose to do fairly smaller bags, but this would work on a larger scale too (this one will be folded on one side), place tree on fabric in desired spot.|
|Edge stitch tree onto fabric around each side.|
|I also did some criss cross stitches for a garland affect, just like on some of my Christmas Cards!|
|Fold fabric in half, right sides facing. Sew along open edges leaving about a 1/2” seam allowance and one end (as desired) open.|
|Measure and cut a piece of scrap for the closing flap… I did mine on the bias for contrasting stripes. Sew this to the top of the bag opening, right sides facing, on the “back side” of the bag, with 1/2″ seam allowance.|
|Once flap is sewn on, press seam allowances to the inside and fold front edge of bag toward the inside as well. Edge stitch all the way around the bag opening, catching the seam allowance of the flap.|
|It will look like this. I added some edge stitching on the flap as well.|
|Mark size and desired placement of your button.|
|Use the button hole stitch setting on your machine. If you’ve never done this, there is a pretty decent tutorial here.|
|When finished, cut open button hole. I also like to add some fray block to ensure its strength.|
|Mark desired placement of button and sew.|
|Ta-da! Now stuff with goodies and place under tree! These can be used for anything from baked goods to clothing, although I wouldn’t put anything with a definitive shape in there to keep away the present snoops in the house!|
If you want to get real fancy, I’m sure it wouldn’t be too difficult to add lining as well – keep in mind if you choose to do lining you will need more fabric, I considered it but couldn’t wrangle up enough scraps. Also, it would be super easy to throw a handle on there using ribbon or more scraps!
What are your handmade gift wrap ideas??
I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my own Christmas cards! Something about putting on the holiday music and crafting away in red & green that really gets you into the Christmas spirit! And I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything.. but my cards get cuter and cuter every year.
Here’s some group shots.. more close ups and list of supplies & techniques used after the jump!
- Card stock
- Scrap fabric
- decorative scissors
- corner rounder
- stamps & ink
- embossing powder & dryer (optional)
- sequin ribbon
- sewing machine (optional – you could always modge podge the fabric/ribbon in place, I have in the past but I don’t like the way it makes the paper curl & look glossy, a simple gluing would probably work too)
-criss cross ribbon as if its a present.. ends of ribbon sewn to front of card.
-bows in corner made with 4 very small strips of scrap fabric descending in length.
-ornaments stamped to appear to be hanging from ribbon
A blue & white color scheme is unexpected and cute in a sea of red & green this season.
|Sequins stuck on with double stick tape|
|Ribbon in the Corners Technique:
Various ribbon & scrap fabric placed in diagonal strips in corners and sewn down onto card.
Cut large circle from scrap fabric, run a large gathering stitch around the middle of the circle, pull threads & gather to desired size, stitch down onto card.
-cut out scrap fabric in shape of tree & sew onto card
-decorate with strips of ribbon
-stitch in zig zag pattern across tree for “ribbon” effect
-stars cut out of scrap fabric
|In this one I cut holes in the fabric in order to place ornament stamps on the paper underneath!|
|Tree with ribbon close up.|
A little while back my dear friend Eddie left the big city and moved out west (L.A.). I wanted to make him something nice as a going away present and thought a set of post cards would be perfect (and hopefully encourage some snail mail back to the east coast!). These also make great stocking stuffers for the far away male friend in your life. Don’t feel like drinking yourself silly to acquire the supplies?? Ask your bartender friend to raid their bin at work!
Beckie at Infarrantly Creative has a great tutorial for making postcards from cereal boxes. I gave this project a boozy modification to fit Eddie & my mutual love for Lone Star and the state of Texas!
Here’s the finished product, full process photos after the jump. Check out Infarrantly Creative for the tutorial!
- Beer Carriers (I used 8)
- Paper Cutter (can also just use scissors)
- Corner Rounder (optional)
- Fine Point Marker
|If you are an avid beer drinker.. you may just have a few of these in your recycle bin.. I “borrowed” some from work :).|
|Start by cutting off all the excess, and very carefully ripping off the middle dividers. (This unfortunately leaves a nasty glue spot in the middle of the card…wasn’t sure how to remedy it so I just left it.. any suggestions??|
|Using my paper cutter, I cut the cards down to the size suggested in Becky’s tutorial.|
|Round off the corners|
|Use a ruler and fine point marker to add the lines.. I just improvised this one.. no special measuring involved… there’s those nasty glue spots!|
|Wrap em up and send em out!!|