Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Superhero Cape

When my 7 yr old decided he wanted a Superhero party I was a bit surprised (all I had heard about for MONTHS was Lego Ninjago so I thought for sure the theme would involve plastic blocks).  Thankfully we have Pinterest now, seriously does anyone use Google anymore???  I know that is the first place I look for just about everything now!  I immediately started pinning away.  Then suddenly the party morphed into an Avenger theme, mainly because the birthday boy wanted to be Captain America.

Since this was going to be a small affair (only 3 guests and the birthday boy), I knew I could do a bit more for the favors.  Capes were a must!  There are many cape tutorials on Pinterest but in the end I decided just to do my own thing.

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3/4 yard of fabric (I used cotton broadcloth)
  • bias tape
  • sewing tools – pins, rotary cutter, matching thread

To start I wanted my capes long so I didn’t cut the fabric (I left if the 44″ – selvage to selvage).  If you are making capes for little ones (toddlers), cutting the fabric in half where it is folded on the bolt would make a perfect length.

First I took one side that was 27″ and made that the top.  I found the center, marked it with a pin, and from there measured out in both direction marking my pleats with pins.  From the center I measured out 3″ then 2″ then again 3″ and 2″.  That way my pleats were about 4″ apart and there were two on each side.

 

 

mark pleats

I then pleated the fabric making sure the pleats faced INTO the center.  I folded the pins that were 2″ apart into each other so they met and then pinned them in place and ironed the pleats.

bring pins together

bring pins together to make pleat

Here is a close up picture of two of the pleats on one half of the cape.

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Here you can see the entire top after it was pleated.

pinned pleats

Once all the pleats were completed I did a quick basting stitch to hold the pleats in place while I hemmed the other three sides of the cape.  That way I didn’t have to worry about the pins coming out or the pleats getting messed up.

Next, I hemmed the cape on the remaining three sides.  I measured 1/4″ all the way around and folded the edges in.  I did this again and pinned as I went.  Then just stitch all the way around the camp.

 

hemmed edges

hem sides and bottom edges

I had a few eager helpers that wanted to sew when I was making these!

mommy's helpers

 

Now for the final step.  To finish the top edge and create the ties I went with bias tape.  I wanted something very simple that would still look nice. I prefer to use the EXTRA WIDE DOUBLE FOLD bias tape.

bias tape to finish top and create ties

I cut my bias tape to 36″ long (next time I think I would do a 54″ cut to make the ties a bit longer).  Then I folded the tape and marked the center with a pin.  Then I lined that up with the center top of the cape.

fold cut bias tape in half to find the center

Pin the bias tape all along the cape (it’s pleated now so it has a slight curve to it.  Fold each end of the bias tape into the folded edges to finish the ends.  Then just sew all the way around the top to secure it closed and to the cape.   Pin bias tape Add bias tape for ties

Find a willing assistant to model the completed cape and let them “fly” off to save their friends from harm.

Cute Cape Model

Here is a view of the back so you can see how the pleats fall.  My model is a bit smaller than the boys these were made for the so the pleats are harder to see.  Final Product

 

 

Here is a view of the finished capes on the Superheroes!  They are quite long but I like that they have room to grow!

Superhero Cape TutorialMy son wanted an Avengers themed party so I then used my Cricut and some iron on vinyl to create the symbols of the various Avengers.  More on that in another post!

 

Fun Food: Playing with Felt

 

My new niece is going to be 2 in just a few days and I have been making felt food for her birthday.  Honestly, this is a craft I have wanted to make for some time now, but didn’t really have an excuse until now.  Sure my boys have a play kitchen, but I didn’t really want to make them some knowing that soon the kitchen will be outgrown (I have changed my mind however and my little guy will be getting a set of food for his 2nd birthday!).  So imagine my joy when my nieces got a play kitchen for Christmas!  YAY  I can make them some food to play with!

I started pinning away to my Fun Food board on Pinterest in search of the sets to make.  This was a problem however since there are WAY more ideas than I have time for!  Good thing this is a gift I can keep adding to ;)

To begin with I was looking for felt food that came with tutorials.  This was a new craft to me and I needed some basic instruction to get me started (from there I would do what I usually do and figure it out as I go).  When I came across the post on a PB&J with the bread template I knew this was where to start.  Soon I was busy sewing (by hand) LOTS of bread.  Well, it felt (get it, FELT! haha) like lots.  The unfortunate thing about felt food is quite a bit of it is hand sewn.  That means TIME.  So there I would sit, while watching TV with my hubby, sewing away.

PB&J

The quesadilla I just looked at the picture and then figured it out.  I traced two circles on cream felt and then 1 circle on yellow.  Sandwiched them together, cut it into 6 pieces and then used my sewing machine and just sewed the edges of all 6 triangles.  Super quick and easy.  Used this same method for a pizza but that took a little more work with toppings.

Quesadilla

The felt breakfast is my favorite I think.  These are the pieces before I sewed them.  I didn’t want to change the thread on my sewing machine over and over, so I just sewed them by hand.  I did end up sewing the white of the eggs on the machine.  If I had a lot cut out and ready to go then I would just machine sew them.  Maybe next time.

 Pancakes and Eggs

I have had a lot of fun with felting food and I am torn as to whether or not to sell these.  While they are so fun and cute, they are quite a bit of work!  Can’t wait to show you ALL the food I have created but that will have to wait until after my niece’s birthday party!  I want it to be a bit of a surprise for her mama ;)

Tuesday Tutorial: Fort Kit

When it comes to gifts for little boys, there just aren’t as many homemade gifts that can be given.  But this is a quick and easy gift idea that creates HOURS of fun for boys and girls (and their mommies and daddies).  My boys received a fort kit for Christmas in 2011 from a dear friend and they have played with it for HOURS!  I LOVE that it is something that has them get creative and can be played with in SO many different ways.

Want to make your own??? Well let me tell you how…

Tutorial: DIY Fort Kit

 

Fort Kit

Materials Needed:

- twin sheets (I bought two so that the fort could be a bit larger if desired)

- bias tape

- coordinating thread and sewing machine

- clamps

- various lengths of rope

- flashlights (with batteries of course!)

- glowsticks

- a bag to put it all in

- optional – iron on vinyl to label kit

Supplies needed

I bought two twin sheets at Walmart to start with.  I love these since they are under $5 each for just a flat sheet AND they come in a cute fabric pouch.  Up until now I haven’t found a use for these but I always save them just knowing that one day I would put them to use.  They made the perfect pouch for holding the clamps and ropes for the kit.

Start by cutting your bias tape into 8 -12″ lengths and 4 -3″ lengths.  Each corner is going to get a tie and then the loops will be sewn onto the sides of the sheets in the center.  Sew up the open side of ALL the pieces of bias tape.
Fort ties

Fold each 12″ piece of bias tape and sew them onto the corners, backstitching several times.

attach ties to corners

Here are my two finish sheets with all the ties attached.  Now the hard part is done!  Seriously, the rest is pretty much just putting it all in the bag.

Ties attached to sheets

I wanted to label the bag so that it wasn’t so plain.  After cutting some iron on vinyl, it got ironed on and then it was onto the rest of the kit.  (The bag I found from Jiffy Shirts, where I order my craft shirts from.  It was only about #3.25 and came in SO many colors!  You can bet that I bought a few to keep on hand for future fort kits.)

Fort Kit bag

If you have ever made a fort with a blanket and some chairs, you know how helpful clamps would be to keep the blankets in place!  The clamps I purchased at Big Lots for just a couple dollars.  It was a 16 piece set so I split it in half and the other 8 will be used for another kit.  They were put into one of the pouches that the sheets came in and I labeled the pouches with some iron on vinyl.  I did the same with the various lengths of rope.

clamps

Flashlights are a GREAT gift for a boy!  I put some in my boys’ stockings this year and they have enjoyed them!  And best of all I found these in the Target dollar bins!!!  Yep, only $1 for LED flashlights (I bought several more to put away!)  The glowsticks just finish it off.

Glow sticks and Flashlights

There you have it.  Now go off and whip up your very own fort kit to play with!  It is perfect for winter days when it is too cold to play outside and the possibilities for forts are endless!

My To Do List for January…

The holidays came and went and with so much crafting that happened before Christmas I wanted nothing more than to be LAZY  after Christmas.  So that is pretty much what happened!  I watched movies, played with the boys, planned some New Year’s Eve fun with my family and pinned away on Pinterest.

So when January arrived I suddenly realized just how crazy busy I needed to be in order to get done all that I need to get done.  I planned out posts and tutorials I want to share with you. There are way to many versions of a to do list and supply lists floating around my craft room and I have piles {all sorted} of projects that need to get completed.

This is a post where I don’t necessarily SHOW you myself what I am doing {since I haven’t done most of them yet}, but instead I am going to show you where the ideas for my upcoming projects came from.  I have one nephew’s bday, 2 baby showers, a neiece’s birthday, my oldest son’s and a few projects I want to get done for Valentine’s Day!

Here we go:

1. Newphew’s Bday Gift – Fort Kit

 

If you are on Pinterest you might have seen a version or two of these floating around.  My sweetest friend made a fort kit for my boys’ last Christmas and we have had LOTS of fun creating with it!  I LOVE gifts that are TOYS but are still oh so fun and encourage PLAY.  My post for my version of a fort kit will be coming up next Tuesday, but for now I will show you where the idea came from.

 2. Baby Shower – one for a friend, one for my sister-in-law

 

Seems to be baby season all around me and with that being the case I have two baby showers to go to in January.  The first is for a woman that we have known for years now.  It’s a Dr. Suess theme (remember one near and dear to my heart) so I know it is going to be adorable.  I love giving handmade gifts – shocking I know – so I decided this time to make a carrier cover.  I wish I had one of these when my boys were small. A blanket, while having the same function, just isn’t as lovely as a cover that is handmade!

For my sister-in-law, I made the invites and will be very busy soon crafting up banners, cupcake toppers and more! YAY!!!  She wanted an owl theme so I put two owls sitting on a tree branch on the invites.  Super cute!  I will be sure to take pictures and show you all I make for the shower.  Might even do a few party tutorials on how to make banners, water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers and more.

MBC - invites in progress

 

3.  My niece’s upcoming birthday

For those of you that don’t know, I finally have nieces!!!  After 6 years of having only boys on my hubby’s side of the family (my four included) I now have 3 nieces and one more on the way (see the pink and purple baby shower invites pictured above!)  Needless to say I have LOTS of ideas on my If I Only Had a Girl board on Pinterest that will now be getting some attention!  One item that I have seen and wanted to try out was felt food.  Since I am {sigh} at the end of my baby years, I wasn’t sure this was the right thing for me to invest my time in creating for my boys.  Now, however, I am obsessed and can’t stop searching for and pinning felt food ideas.  Thankfully felt is cheap!

I have a huge list of food I want to make for my nieces.  They got a lovely pink princess kitchen for Christmas and it NEEDS food for them to cook in it!  One has a February birthday and the other is in April so I can spread out my felting of food a bit.  My boys now also want some sets (and I want to play with them too!) so I will probably be making doubles of everything.  I’ll post my felt foods as I get them sewn.  Lots of hand sewing is involved so I am hoping my hand can hold out!

5. Superhero Slumber Party

My oldest is about to be 8 yrs old and he is finally to the age of slumber parties.  While I do LOVE to throw parties (as seen here and here) they are a lot of work and with 3 boys with birthday months all back to back, this busy mama needed a break!  So my two older boys both agreed to forego family dinners this year for slumber parties.

My oldest has requested a Superhero party so I started searching for boy slumber party ideas.  I found a few cute superhero party themed ideas. I am hoping time allows for some personalized party favors for the boys that come.  These makes are so awesome!

Source: cutesycrafts.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

6.  Valentine Projects

I finally completed my version of the conversation hearts hanger I found on Pinterest last Valentine’s Day.

Source: thepeanutpaintshop.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

I never got around to completing the last few steps of the project.  It now is proudly hanging on the wall by my front door.

MBC- Conversation Heart Hanger

I will be selling these until Valentine’s Day so if you want one you can place on order by sending me a message on my

Facebook page! I’m selling them for $15 for up to 4 hearts and $3 for each additional heart after that.  Let me know if you

want some cuteness hanging on your wall for Valentine’s Day.

I will also be working on some new wreaths for Valentine’s Day so check back to see what I have come up with!

I’m already tired thinking of the work I have ahead of me but I am always excited to craft and try out some new things!

Christmas Creations

Now that Christmas is over I can show you a few  projects I created for my family for gifts as well as some that I crafted up for others.

I realized right before Christmas that I never posted about my Christmas / Happy Birthday Jesus Countdown calendars.  A wonderful customer asked me to create one of these for her and then I just kept making them.  They were a hit at craft fairs and sold really well on my Facebook page.  I had a few extras so I gave them away as gifts for the boys teachers (their homeschool supervising teacher, preschool teachers, and piano teacher).

Christmas Countdown

This year, we did a drawing for Christmas gifts this year with my hubby’s side of the family.  That was great since his family is getting to be SO big (he has 5 sisters, 4 brother-in-laws, and 7 nieces and nephews!).  I got my sister-in-law Darla and we both share a love for Harry Potter.  So when I saw THIS pin on Pinterest, I knew it would be a great jumping off point for a gift.  I thought a nice tote bag would be a great place to slap some vinyl, I mean – who doesn’t need a bag???

Harry Potter bag

For the next gift, it was one that was requested by a friend.  She wanted tiles made for her mom and mother-in-law for Christmas.  She texted me a picture and then I came up with the design (quite close to the picture she sent).  I haven’t heard whether or not they liked them, but as it goes with all grandparents- if your grandkids names are on it, it will be loved!

Nana Tile

Next, I worked on a few projects for my family.  First, as is Christmas tradition – PJs for the family.  In the past I have bought the boys jammies.  Have you SEEN the price of PJs lately!?!?!  It is crazy! Multiply that by 4 and you will see why I made our own.  I was going to make them all match but upon arriving at JoAnn’s one day I found that all the flannel was like 60% off.  SCORE!  The whole family was with me on this occasion so we all picked our own jammie flannel.  We usually take a family picture of us all in our jammies before we open our presents on Christmas Eve but for whatever reason we didn’t this year.  So this is the best I have…  a picture of 4 of the PJ bottoms after I had finished them.

Christmas PJs

This was probably one of my boys’ favorite gifts this year.  Lego Ninjago is really popular right now among young boys and mine are no exception.  So when I found a tutorial on Pinterest with pattern pieces to make the Ninjago mask on a pillowcase I was ALL over it!  For those that don’t know… I am a bit OCD in the organizing department and with 4 boys I need all the help I can get.  Each of my boys have “assigned” colors so that when I buy things in multiples I try to buy them in their colors. This way I know that the blue towel left on the floor is my oldest’s or the red flashlight in the kitchen is boy #3′s.  Well those colors have become their favorite colors and there just so happen to be Ninjas in those colors as well.  So naturally, those ninjas are their favorites (There is no yellow ninja for boy #4 since Legos are already yellow so I substituted white for him).

Colorful Ninjas

 

As you can see from the pictures from Christmas Eve, they LOVED their pillows and have been sleeping on them each night since!

Ninjago Pillowcase

Pillowcase

 

For my mother in law and grandma in law I made these scarves from some extra t-shirts that I receieved in a T-shirt order one time (they sent 10 extra shirts that were all 4x in size – guess they were getting rid of extra inventory – win win for us both!)  I pinned lots of different t-shirt refashioning projects in hopes of turning these huge shirts into something fun.  They were super easy and turned out SO cute!  I still have more t-shirts so I will definitely be making more soon.

 

I still have a couple more gifts that I made but my mom was sick all during Christmas so her present is still a secret!  More to come once she opens them.

Sugar, Aprons, and Christmas Lights

Tis the season to bake!  As is tradition on my husband’s side of the family, we all got together this past Sunday and had an afternoon of making goodies to give to friends and neighbors.  This is mostly handled by my mother-in-law and all my sisters-in-law while the kiddos play and the hubbies watch sports.  Since rolled cookies take a lot of time and there isn’t a whole lot of space in my mother-in-law’s kitchen, I volunteered to bring the sugar cookies (aka teacakes as we call them in my family) for the children to decorate. After a couple days of mixing, chilling, and rolling out dough and many cookie sheets full of cookies, the teacakes and gingerbread cookies were ready for decorating.

To add to my already long list of things that need to be done by Christmas, I got the bright idea on a trip to JoAnn’s (the Thursday before the cookie baking, I might add) to make all the nieces and nephews matching aprons.  That meant 4 for my boys, 3 for Shannon’s kiddos, 3 for Angie’s (newly adopted!!! YAY) little ones, 1 for Kim’s little man, and then 2 tiny aprons of for sister in law’s baby (she is due in March so she was already busy “baking” her little girl, but next year she will join in the baking fun!) and one for my sweet friend, Kayla’s little guy.  That is a grand total of 12 aprons that needed to be made in about 48 hours!  My excitement got me through a couple late nights and I got all the aprons done by Saturday evening!

I was so excited to have the little ones open their baking treats.  Most of them immediately put them on and began decorating the 1 or 2 cookies they selected.  The thrill was over quickly and off they all went to play again, but I know the aprons will get well used for years to come!  {I am terribly sad, however, that we didn’t get a group picture!}

Baby Mills decorating cookies

Z and C with their new aprons

Cookie decorating

C decorating like a pro

After all the treat making was finished, the whole family headed to a neighborhood here in So Cal that is always overly decked out with Christmas lights.  Talk about a “winter wonderland” as my 5 yr old would say!  We walk up and down the street admiring all the shining lights and yard decorations and enjoy making memories and taking pictures.  It is a yearly tradition that I have come to love and I know it is something my boys will always remember!

Family pic looking at lights

I am trying to be better about taking more family shots when we have these sort of outings so I made sure we got one!

Tuesday Tutorial: Crayon Roll

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Mom's Busy Crafting- Crayon Roll

Materials needed:

Materials needed

  •  3 pieces of farbric cut to 13″ x 5″ (I used two pieces of the main fabric and one piece of solid fabric)
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing cut to 13″ x 5″
  • coordinating thread
  • elastic hair tie
  • ruler
  • disappearing fabric marker or chalk marker
Directions:
1. Iron the interfacing to the inside piece of fabric that will be BEHIND the pocket. This will help stabilize the fabric when you sew all the pockets for the crayons.

Apply interfacing to inside back piece

2. Fold the piece that will be the crayon pockets in half with the folded edge at the top. Fold pocket piece in half and iron

3. Place the pocket along the bottom edge of the inside fabric lining up raw edges on the bottom.Put pocket piece on inside fabric

4. Mark lines for the crayon pocket using a disappearing ink marker or chalk lines.  The first and last marks should be at 1 1/4 inches.  All other marks should be 3/4″ apart.  These will be the lines where you will sew.  Mark lines for crayon pockets

4. Sew along marked lines.  This is great practice for beginners since you are just sewing TONS of straight lines.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to keep the pockets from ripping apart.

Sew along marked lines

5. Here is what the crayon roll will look like when all your rows are sewn.  Clip threads.Finished lines - front

Backside of rows

6. Attach the elastic hair tie to the left side of the crayon roll where the pocket and back meet.  Sew into place backstitching over it a few times!

Attach elastic band

7. Place right sides of back piece and pocket piece together and sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure to leave a 2″ opening for turning.Sew around edge

8. Turn right side out and push the corners out.  Press to that it lays flat.Turn the crayon roll right sides out

Pressed crayon roll

9. Top stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure you close the hole where you turned the roll.

Topstitch around crayon roll

10.  Now fill it will crayons, roll it up, and you’re ready to go!

Finished roll

Crayon Roll, rolled up

 

These are GREAT gifts for birthdays with a coloring book or two.  Also they are perfect for stocking stuffers.  Once you have it down, you will be able to crank these out in about 20 mins!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Napkin Pillows

In an effort to do a simple update to our family room decor, I have been on the hunt for new pillows for the couch.  The ones we have are VERY old and have been washed and rewashed hundreds of times.  Needless to say, they have seen better days.

However, in seaching for the perfect pillows I discovered a big problem!  The price of pillows is OUTRAGEOUS!  Seriously, $20 for a pillow, ONE???  Really?!?!  I don’t think so.  Even the “clearance” prices were not something I was willing to pay.  So I had to come up with a better solution.

By now I am sure you are all thinking, “Ummm, hello Allison!  You sew!  Make your own!”  Well, yes I could make some, but home decor fabric isn’t cheap (especially the ones I end up loving).  I do have some put away for Spring and Summer pillows but since it is currently fall, they just won’t work.

So when I came across an idea for making pillows from napkins I was thrilled.  After seeing this post on House of Smiths about using napkins to make simple and easy pillows, I was on the hunt for napkins that I could transform.  So one evening while strolling the aisles of Target I found these!  They went perfect with family room colors and were only $7!

Mom's Busy Crafting: Napkin Pillows

Napkin Pillows Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • napkins
  • coordinating thread
  • Poly-fil – for stuffing the pillow

Sew seams

I didn’t want to fight with the already hemmed edges on the pillow, I kinda liked the idea of the flat edges going all around the pillow, and I really don’t like hand sewing things closed.  So I simply pinned two of the napkins – wrong sides together – and sewed along the existing seam.  Make sure you leave about a 3″ opening so you can stuff your pillow.

Leave an opening to stuff your pillow

Now it was time to stuff!  I had almost a full bag of the poly-fil left over from a previous project so I used that.  It took up the entire bag which is why I only got one pillow done.  Will need to make another trip to the fabric store for more to make the second pillow!

Add stuffing

Pillow all stuffed

Once the pillow was stuffed, I sewed the opening closed.  Now I had to do something about the hemmed edges that I left exposed.  To make them lay flat as one piece I decided to sew them together with a zig zag stitch.  I made my stitches wide so the zig zags would look a bit more decorative.

Need to sew closed

Zig Zagged edges

And there you have it.  A quick and easy (not to mention CHEAP) way to liven up your couch in a matter of just a few minutes!  Can’t wait to get more stuffing and make the second pillow.  Now to keep hunting for home decor fabric to make winter / Christmas pillows!  Or maybe I will just find more napkins ;)

Finished pillow

Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Curtains

We recently moved and our new home as several of the high windows without blinds.  So at certain parts of the day, the sun comes shining in quite brightly! I LOVE the sunshine, don’t get me wrong, but when it is 5pm and you are trying to cook dinner, being blinded by the sun isn’t very helpful.

So off to JoAnn’s I went to find a solution.  Lucky for me, there was lots of home decor fabric in the clearance section one day and when I saw this fabric I thought it would look quite nice in my new kitchen.  There wasn’t much left on the bolt but thankfully there was just enough for what I needed (and for only a few dollars!!!).

So without further ado, here is a quick and simple curtain tutorial.

 

Tutorial: Simple Curtains

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

Materials:

  • fabric (I used a little over a yard of home decor fabric, which is thicker so it would block more light)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • curtain rod
First I began by opening my fabric up and cutting it in half to make two narrow panels.  I need width more that length.  I wanted the stripes to run vertically for these curtains so I had to fold it the opposite way that it came off the bolt.

Cut fabric in half to make the width double

Take one of the panels and cut it in half along the strip.  I didn’t want a seam right down the middle of my curtains so I did this so the seams would be on either side of the long panel.

Cut one panel in half

Pin the panels together and sew them together.  I then serged the raw edges to finish them (and keep them from unraveling).  This step isn’t necessary but does help them hold up better especially if you are planning to launder your curtains often.  (NOTE: If you don’t have a serger, you can use an overlock stitch on your machine.)

Pin smaller panels to either side of the long panel

I then top stitched each of the seams toward the center panel to flatten them down.  Here is a view from the back.

Back view of top stitching

I then serged all the edges all round the sides to keep the fabric from fraying and to allow me to only press the sides twice.  If you don’t have a serger then simply fold the sides in a 1/4″ and then turn them again and press so that the raw edge is completely hidden.  Press each side and the bottom.

Turn hem 1/4 inch along sides and bottom

Pin pressed hem into place and then sew around the sides and bottom.

Pin into place

Now to create the rod pocket.  Press the top 1/4″ down.  Then turn the fabric down again measuring it to make sure it will fit onto the curtain rod. I was using a narrow rod so I turned it down only 2″.  Sew the rod pocket along the bottom of the fold.

2" Rod pocket

Now my hubby had to help a bit.  The curtain was done so he needed to hang the curtain (first the rod had to be installed).

Hubby hanging curtain rod

See how the left side of the window the so bright, that is where the sun would come in.  This time of day (right about time to make dinner) the sun is like a spotlight on the stove!

Kitchen BEFORE -

Kitchen - before

Kitchen AFTER -

Mom's Busy Crafting - Simple Curtains Tutorial

 

So much better, the curtains were barely long enough to cover the window and a little bit of light still comes in but this is a HUGE improvement!!!  I was working with clearance fabric so for just a few dollars this was a perfect fix.

I LOVE the added bit of color the curtains add to the kitchen! While sitting in the family room today, I kept admiring how nice the kitchen looks now with the little bit of color above the window.

 

***To adapt this for any window you will just need to do a bit of math.  My window being one of the high decorative types was only about 2 feet high by about 6 feet wide.  To make this work for you, measure your window, then add an inch to the length for the bottom hem and about 4″ for the rod pocket depending on the size of your curtain rod.  For the width, you will need to add an inch on either side for the hem.  After that, it just depends on the width of your window, whether or not you want one panel or more, and how much you want it to bunch.  (I realize that isn’t very precise but all windows are different.)

Tuesday Tutorial: Halloween Candy Tote Bag

Do you have those lovely plastic pumpkins that you can get for a $1 at Halloween for your kiddos to collect your their candy in?  I sure do!  Can I just say that I am not a fan of storing those all year long to be used for just a couple hours ONE day a year.

So here is the solution – adorable candy tote bags that are reversible too!!!  Want to make one (or four, like me)?  Well, here’s how…

Mom's Busy Crafting - Halloween Candy Tote Bag Tutorial

Halloween Candy Tote Bags

Halloween Candy Tote Bag

Materials:

Materials

1/3 yard of main fabric

1/3 yard of lining fabric

1/6 yard for straps (I used a remnant I found!)NOTE: I bought a yard of each fabric and this made a total of 6 bags!

 

Cut fabric (from selvage to selvage) into 12″ panels.

Cut fabric in 12" sections

Turn fabric and cut width of each panel to 22″ (pretty much just trim the selvage ends off).

Cut to 22" wide

Open up the fabric and cut along the folded edge – you should now have TWO panels that are 12″ x 22″.

Cut the long panel in half

Fold the right sides together and sew up the sides.  (Sorry for the change in fabric!)
Sew up the sides
Now repeat these steps with the fabric for the lining.
This little guy wanted in on all the picture taking!

Cutie break

 

Turn ONE of the fabrics right side out and place it INSIDE the bag that is inside out.  Turn right sides out

bag inside lining

 

Now let’s make the straps. Cut your strap fabric into 5″ strips (again, selvage to selvage).  Then cut those long pieces in half.  You will now have your two straps.  Press each strap in half.

Fold strap

Open the strap back up and fold the edges into the center and press into place.

Fold sides in

Fold along the center line again and press well.  Strap is almost done!

Fold along center

Sew BOTH sides of the strap (the open side and the fold).

sew strap

Time to pin the straps to the bag and finish it up! I pinned my straps 2″ in from the sides leaving a 3″ space in the center of the straps.

Pin straps

Now sew the bag around the top leaving a 2″-3″ hole for turning.

Sew bag and lining together

Turn fabrics right side out and put lining into the bag.

Turn the bag right side out

Top stitch around the top of the bag making sure to close the hole where you turned the bag.

Top Stitch to finish bag

And there you have it.  Candy collectors that are MUCH smaller to store (and much cuter too, if I do say so myself!).  I can’t wait for the boys to see them (I finished them at 11:30pm so they are sleeping).  Since they chose the fabrics I know they will be very excited to see them complete.

Halloween Candy Tote Bags

 

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