Posts Tagged ‘Tutorials’

When my husband and I visited GA, along with Kim’s mom, we took as many gifts as we could and tried to make the dining area look fun, girly and exciting.  Here is the result:

The little buggy was actually Kim’s when she was a girl.  Her mom has been saving it all these years.  Doesn’t it look so cute!

One of the downsides to blogging is that if your project is a surprise…you really can’t blog about it until the person receives it.  So here are some of the other projects I have been working on…I also made a set of burpies that match her Amy Butler nursery. Maybe you remember these pictures from a previous post.

Kim ordered her dust ruffle, crib sheet and bumpers from an Etsy seller, but she had only one crib sheet. So, I made her 2 more in her coordinating colors. I used this tutorial and knew it would work because I had made several vintage looking crib sheets for my daughter. I like the elastic all the way around, but it is tedious running it through with a safety pin!!

I also made a couple of coordinating galvanized buckets for Kim to stash some stuff (diapers, lotions, whatever). They are also coated with a water-proof finish so she could use them in the bathroom if she chooses.   One of them was filled with the only gifts I did not make…Ralph Lauren onesies.  All shades of pink and so comfortable.  I just love them.

I also brought the second AMH voile receiving blanket which I have already posted about sitting here on top of the left bucket.  I mailed one earlier when the shower was cancelled.

This last gift/shower picture I will share is the first diaper cake I have made in 25 years!!  I was glad that I remembered a few things.  For this one I used a pizza pan as the base with a wooden dowel going through the center for support.  I made it with size 1 diapers so that Kim could have it around for a while and not feel as if she needed to be using the diapers.  I also came across file folder sized rubber bands at the Wal-Mart and they were perfect for keeping the diapers together.  Perhaps you can see them through the tulle and ribbon???   Another tip I received from a colleague at school was the use of paper doilies between each layer.  We had tons of rattles and toys to use as decoration…but in the end I preferred the little socks twisted like flowers.I foraged into Kim’s sewing supplies (with her mom’s permission ; )) and found some corsage pins which were perfect for securing the socks.

The theme for Kim’s shower was { Pink, Pearly and all things Girly}.  I think that sums up the cake as well!    But the best part of everything is this little bundle of joy in her little house.  I can’t wait for her to be just a wee bit bigger and stronger.

I have another gift just about finished and ready to send. I will put it in the next post.
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Well, there will be a new girl in the family soon ( June to be exact!) and I am gearing up with some projects for our new Georgia Peach!  A niece and nephew are both also having babies this spring.  So, I am cranking out some baby gifts and the best part is that we know the May and mid-June babies are both girls, so this way my dil won’t know which gifts are for which her new arrival or for my niece and I can blog about them.  The end of June/July is a boy (my nephew’s new son), so I get to work with all colors!  I have a project in mind using Pure and am excited about that.

This project is a cover for a wooden high chair, the type that  you find in many restaurants and fast food places.  I am working on another version that will have button holes in it so that you can use the seat  belts on the chairs.  This one is a wrap-around tie cover which is great if there is a missing seat belt on the chair you are using, or your little one is a wiggly worm.  I am going to make a tutorial and a pattern that you can just piece together and make one for yourself.  Here are the pictures:

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KarrieLyne from the blog Freckled Whimsy is writing a tutorial for the pillow which will be out on the 26th.  In one of her emails to me she mentioned that she was working on something for “Stash Manicure”, so be on the lookout.  I am sure that once you read over her tutorial,  you will see that by removing the center 4 grids is how I came up with Alex’s  pillow (the one with the quilt block as a center).

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I was in Barnes & Noble while I was down at the beach and after debating which book I wanted to go home with…it chose this one.  It has 101 projects plus an additional 5 because it was purchased via B & N.  I am going to use it as a reference for making some of my Christmas gifts.  Each project only requires one yard of fabric, so I am hoping it will help me from purchasing too much fabric.  Many times I buy way more than I need (perhaps secretly hoping to add to my stash pile).

If you are starting to think about Christmas gifts, check out this book.  It has been out for a while, so maybe your public library has a copy???
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Tutorial Part 3

The Ruffle Version


You will find the instructions for the yoga style waistband in the first Yoga Style Skirt post.  We continue the tutorial with a completed band  -this means that your band has been cut, stitched lengthwise, folded over to resemble a turtleneck and stitched (and stretched) around the bottom raw edges.  It should look like this.


*Please note that all seams in this tutorial are 1/2 inch just as in part 1 and part 2 tutorials.

Next, you will proceed to sew your skirt panels together.  The 12 month size will have only one seam, as it goes the width of the fabric.  The size 3T will have 2 seams as it consists of 2 panels 31 inches wide. If you want a professional look, serge or zig zag your seams after sewing them together.  Her is the photo from the first tutorial.

The ruffle:

The first step for the ruffle is to attach all strips together into one long strip.  Then connect the strips into one large circle.  Finish your small seams with a serger or zig zag stitch. 

Now finish the bottom edge.  I used my serger and made a rolled edge.  If you do not own a serger, you can get the same results with a rolled hem presser foot or by pressing 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and then repeating that step to have a double folded hem.  Then sew the narrow hem in place. 

After finishing the bottom edge,we will now gather the top of the ruffle using a piece of embroidery thread and a wide stitch zig zag over it.  This will look exactly like the skirt panel top in the first tutorial.  See photo.

Here are the three pieces for each skirt.











Here I match up the 4 equal parts of the Yoga Style Band with the 4 equal parts of the skirt panels (as shown in parts 1 & 2)


I will also serge a finished edge onto the bottom ruffle for a finished look.




  It was a rainy day when I completed these and that  caused some of the pictures to be a little dark.  Perhaps with both skirts in this tutorial you will be able to see everything clearly.  I should also point out that the ruffle on this 3T skirt is not as full as the 12 month.  The 12 month is also a shorter ruffle.  I was just experimenting to see which I would prefer.  This ruffle in the 3T is not full enough for me ( 1.5 x the width of the skirt width) I wanted to try a less full ruffle because the skirt itself is very full and looks like a bell when worn by a toddler.  The 12 month is 2x the width of the completed skirt panel and I think it looks much better. 

Here are some additional pictures of the 12 month size.




After attaching the band to the skirt, I serge the seam and the ruffle seam for a finished look.

Hopefully you have enough information to make any version you’d like.  I can’t wait to get home and see how the ruffle version looks on the girls.
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Here are the cut fabric pieces and sections 1 & 2 of the foundation paper.  I marked this paper-light and dark as well, so I could make sure I was not mixing them onto the same section.

I chose to start with the lights first.  Here I am placing the first light piece onto the back of the foundation paper to make sure it lines up correctly. 

I used a paper clip to keep the 1st piece in place.  Some people prefer glue sticks, others pins.  In the above photo, I am trying to make sure that I have the angles for piece #2 place correctly.  That is why you see the right side of the paper in the photo.

A word about the background pieces.  I used the same pattern piece for both of my background pieces.  The pieces are the same, however in one section you will use the wrong side and on the next section you will use the right side of the white fabric because these two pieces are mirror images of each other.  If you find this confusing, you could just use the 2 pattern pieces that I discarded in the cutting post and make your section background pieces separately.

I check to make sure the second piece lines up well and then pin it to the paper and piece #1

Eventually, I began  using my silk pins for piecing was easier than quilting pins because the quilting pins have lage heads that interfer with the stitching. 

I know that some people find it easier to just use large pieces of fabric and cut later, but I really prefer this method.  As with all quilting, you should do what works for you.

I have checked to be sure the piece will fold over to where I need it and now I am ready to sew.  In the following photos, you will see that I did not sew in the seam allowance, I began at the tip of any triangle when I could, and I followed the line to the end.  Your best results will come from not sewing in the seam allowances.  I sew, press first to be sure that the background fabric covers the entire triangle.  I then trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

I repeat the process with the piece # 3.  Remember that we allowed an additional 1/4″ to the seam on the right side, so as you place pieces 2, 3 and 4, you might have a larger seam allowance on the previous piece.  The following pictures  from the next section (darks) demonstrates this.

One way to check this is to hold the foundation paper up to the light and see how much fabric is extending beyond the sewing line.  I suppose you could line both fabrics up together, but the reason I added the extra 1/4″ was for insurance.  So it makes more sense to save the additional seam allowance for the right side.  I found that one of my repeated mistakes was that I was often short on the right side, which did not leave me with enough of a seam allowance.

My machine let off a little steam which caused the paper to curl. 

The final piece of background fabric is added.  This background piece is easy to place because the shape is so elongated you can easily see where it should be placed.

Here you can see how the first 25% of the block will look.  Next I trim both pieces, sew the seam and then press.  On this block I have been pressing all joining seams open.  This helps alleviate the bulk. 

Done : )

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