Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bucket Hat

My son has a big head.  He's grown out of his hats.  If you saw the girl sunhat post yesterday, you saw he didn't like wearing a ruffled girl hat for my photos.
So RJ got a boy's bucket hat.
I used the tutorial and free pattern for this reversible bucket hat from Abby @ Sew Much Ado.
The pattern was for 2-3T so I added 1/2" all around the circle, and 1/2" on the fold edge of the brim and band pieces to make it a larger size.

I was trying to ask him what he wanted on his hat, and mentioned it would be his fishing hat for when his dad takes him fishing. He told me he wanted Nemo on his hat with orange and white stripes.  I happened to have this orange and white striped cotton I bought for $2.00/yd on clearance, so that was fun to use it for this little hat.  The navy blue is a "linen look" I just got from for $2.00/yd on clearance.

For the eye hole of the fish, I just used a paper hole punch and it made the perfect circle. 

I decided to add all the orange contrasting stitching on the hat seams. 

I chose to sew all the rows of stitching on the brim. 

The hat is reversible, although I found out RJ doesn't like the orange stripes, he needs Nemo out.  But I noticed how all the stripes lined up along the seam, totally random and lucky as I kept changing the fold when I was cutting out the lining. 

It's a quick project and will help out in the sun since most often I remember the hat, but forget sunscreen. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Use Your Scraps!


I've been so excited all month to see all the different projects going on at Living With Punks.
Susan invited me to throw a project using scraps in the mix and I'm so excited to be a part of the Scrap Your Stash month.

Hop over and you can get
my free pattern and tutorial  to make some little baby girl sun hats.

Yes, RJ wasn't happy about wearing the girly hat.  When we were done taking pictures he tore off this red hat and jammed his baseball cap back on his head.  So make his misery worth while and go check out the tutorial!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hammock Stuff

Remember a while ago I made the hammock gift set for my friend?
Well she just got their yard finished and set up the hammock.  
Here's the set on an actual hammock rather than my chalk drawings in the original post.

She said she was glad to have the pillows because her hammock didn't come with the usual roll pillow.  I  was  glad to see the tote attached alright, hopefully it will be handy.
I wish I had a cozy hammock of my own!

She has a quilted hammock made for two, how awesome!
I'm always glad when handmade gifts get to actually be used and work as you intended.

Burlap Bottle {Ballard Design Knock Off}

This project was done in a hurry and is kind of crappy.
But I post it for the idea and you can make a much better version.

Did you ever see these BD bottles?

Well if you had a Silhoette cutting machine, you may be able to have cool print like these, but I kept it pretty simple.

1. Traced outline of Italy on freezer paper

2. Cut out the Italy shape and ironed it on a scrap of burlap. 

3. Painted Italy with black fabric paint. 

4. Used fine point permanent marker to add text
Here's where it got crappy.  I just winged the text, and the bottom curve of Italy is really bad.  The A seems like it's on a different line.  So mistakes come when you just hack through a project I guess. 

5. Sew back of burlap shut and hot glue to bottle.
The crappiness continued when I failed to accurately measure where to sew the back seam to make the bottle it ended up too small and the seam shredded when I stretched it over the bottle.  I just used a hot glue gun to attach it all to the bottle.

6. Glue twine around top
The BD bottles have cool corks attached to the top with the twice.  I couldn't find a cork, so right now it just has the twine hot glued around. 

That's all.
Padova is a city in north-eastern Italy.  It's significant to us because my husband lived in Italy for 2 years after high school doing missionary work for our church.  Padova was the city headquarters for his mission.  In our bedroom I have an area I'm decorating with event objects/ photographs, and this bottle will go in there somewhere. 

The text doesn't look quite as bad taken at a weird angle. 
Oh may look worse at an angle.

Monday, June 27, 2011


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Oh My Holy Crap

I'm sure everyone enjoyed Skirt Week at Crafterhours.  Lots of great tutorials and ideas.
Well, they also had a contest in 4 different categories.  I entered my black lace skirt in the straight skirt category, and the gray/white shirred skirt in the full skirt category.
Well I was shocked and thrilled to have won the judge's choice for the full skirt categoryt!  Adrianna and Susan had so many awesome sponsors with generous prizes, I am just so excited!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Giveaway: Shirred Pocket Skirt CLOSED

Selected by was #23
Danielle Richard
Ooh! How generous! I'd love either one of those. And I made my 15 month old little girl a nightgown last night out of an adult xl tshirt and used your elastic shirring technique for the neckline. It turned out great!
Richardcreative at yahoo dot com
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and the inspiration!

I don't have giveaways very often, but I made a butt-load of shirred pocket skirts and planned to give one away.  I actually hate giveaways most of the time because I used to enter them all the time and after never winning I just get annoyed.

So from the poll on the tutorial post, it seemed a lot of people liked the the solid teal blue skirt, and a lot liked the brown with blue contrasting stitching.

So I haven't worn either skirt other than taking the dorky photos, so whoever wins can pick which one they want out of those two.
I'm kind of a bigger girl, so if you're a size 0 or something, even the shirred elastic waist may be too big, but for the most part it should fit most bodies I would think.  Also, if it's too long, you could always just press the edge under and hem it one more time to your liking easily.

So here's how to enter:
Just leave a comment.
Make sure your email address is in your comment in case you win.
And maybe tell me your favorite chick flick movie, or better yet your most embarrassing moment.
{embarrassing moment stories unfortunately won't increase your chance at winning, but I would love it}

I'm willing to ship internationally on this one too if you aren't in the United States so anyone can enter.
Sometime Monday when I get to it, I'll close it down and have pick the winner.

Only one entry per person.

So one winner, and they can pick between the blue or brown skirt.

I think that's all....
I stink like a campfire because we just got home from a big camp trip so I need to go shower.
Good luck!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tutorial: Shirred Pocket Skirt

Thanks so much for all the kind comments and compliments on my Anthropologie inspired  shirred skirt with pockets.  All your encouragement inspired me to go hog wild this week and make myself a bunch of skirts to last me through the summer.  I got thinking of other options to switch it up.

So I started out with the same solid basic skirt.

Keeping the simple solid, but using contrasting thread. 

 Using stripes and bias tape contrasting pocket edges.
This pink stripe skirt was actually made out of a vintage flat sheet I bought from the thrift store.   I used the top of the sheet, so the thick pink edge of the sheet ended up being the pink hem.

Big contrasting sections came next.
This came as a mistake.  I didn't have enough charcoal fabric for the whole skirt, and didn't want a mini skirt, so added the white stripe across the bottom.  I like the contrasting pocket bias tape too.

At last I ventured into a printed fabric.
The contrasting stripe is 1" bias tape. This one kind of reminds me of an apron or something.

Dorky quick shots wearing the skirts.

You can see these skirts (cut 25" long) hit me just below the knee.


I used really affordable fabric, most came from the $1.50 table at Walmart actually. {Sorry if that makes you cringe} So each skirt was under $3.00, some closer to $1.50, that's six skirts for under $20.00!

So get your cheap fabric and decide what variation you like and make a skirt with pockets!
-Fabric: 1.5 yards
-elastic thread
- elastic 3/8" or 1/2" wide, enough to fit comfortable around your hips

-2 rectangles (skirt front and back)
22 to 25" {length of skirt} x 32 to 34" {skirt width to be scrunched}
There's been readers a lot thinner than me that found 32" skirt width too big, sorry! so here's a more precise formula for skirt front/back width: 
Measure around hips x 1.75 = total width of skirt
divide total by 2 to get the width of the two skirt rectangles 
I like my skirts longer than standard and cut them 25" long, then after hem and waist casing they end up being around 23 inches long finsihed.  The skirt width is pretty forgiving once it gets all scrunched up, so I cut it to what works best with my fabric
-4 pocket pieces

1. Print and cut out pattern pieces. 
The "Pocket A" piece is used as a cut guide.

2. Cut Skirt Pocket Holes
Take one of your skirt rectangles and cut the pocket piece from both sides.

3. Cut Pockets
Cut out 4 pocket B pieces.  For this tutorial I used light blue fabric for the front of the pockets to help see as you sew.  I usually cut all 4 pockets from the coordinating fabric so they're all the same.

Cut "Pocket A" shape out of 2 pocket pieces, or in my case, the pocket front pieces. 

4. Make Pockets
Place the cut pocket pieces on the full pocket pieces, right sides together, and make sure you have a left and right. 

Sew around large outside curves of each pocket.

5. Sew on Pockets
Turn the pocket inside out (seam on inside) and pin curve of pocket to right side of skirt front.  So the right side of the pocket front fabric will be sewn to the right side of the skirt front fabric.  Then when you flip the pocket back over the finished curve seam, the right side of the skirt and both pocket pieces will all be right sides up when you look down into the pocket.
**If you are adding bias tape to pocket edge, this step is different as shown at the end with striped pockets***

Sew the pocket to the skirt front along the curve. 

6. Finish pocket edges.
Flip the pocket right side out and top stitch the curve of the pocket.  I sew 2 rows along the curve. 

This is what the back of the skirt looks like when the pocket is sewn on. 

7. Baste Pocket
Keep the pocket lined up and baste the pocket to the skirt at the top and side so it all lays flat. 

8. Side Seams
Place the other skirt rectangle (skirt back) right sides together with skirt front and sew side seams with 1/2"seam allowance.

9. Sew Elastic Casing
Zig-zag or serge the top edge of skirt.  Decide what width of elastic you want and iron the edge down so it's large enough for your elastic.
Mine: 3/8" elastic, ironed edge down 1/2"

Sew the casing down, but remember to leave a 1-2" hole for elastic casing 

10. Shir Waistband
To sew shirring is really easy.  You do need to have the elastic thread which is the key.  You find it in the notions section in a package.

The pain is you have to wind the bobbin by hand.  You want the thread wound without stretching it because it gets stretched as you sew.

With the elastic thread in your bobbin, you just sew like normal.  I don't change the tension, but I do increase my stitch length up to 3.0.  Also, make sure you are sewing with the bobbin on the back of the fabric as the elastic thread is thick and white.
Also, rather than sew a perfect row, I start at one point and spiral down the skirt.  This way the elastic thread doesn't need to be cut.  I sew along the edge of the presser foot to make rows 1/4" apart.  I usually make it 8-10 rows.

11. Insert Elastic
Use a safety pin to thread elastic through casing, then sew the ends together and sew the hole closed.

12. Hem skirt
You're finished!

The only difference with this method is you don't have to flip the pocket inside out before sewing it to the skirt due to the fact the bias tape covers the unfinished seam.

Sew along the pocket curve 1/4" seam allowance. 

Top-stitch 1/2" double fold bias tape along pocket edge. 

Just out of curiosity, if have a minute, could you comment which skirt variation you like best?
Just taking a little poll.


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