Tuesday Tutorial: Crib Bumper Redo

Crib bedding is ridiculously expensive!  Having 4 boys myself and wanting them to each have a unique nursery meant spending quite a bit of money on crib bedding sets.  Oh now I wish I knew then what I know now!  A friend contacted me and asked me if I could make a bumper.  She had an old bumper from her daughter that she was no longer using and wanted to see if I could use that instead of having me buy the bumper pads you would usually use to make your own bumper.  Can I just say, I wish I had a sewing machine when I was pregnant with my second child!?!?  I wouldn’t have had to BUY all new bedding!  Instead I could have done what I created here – a slipcover for the old bumper to give it a completely different look.

Crib Bumper Redo

Slip on like a pillowcase

Materials -

  • 2 1/2 yrds of fabric for bumper
  • 1/2 yd of fabric for ties
  • coordinating thread
After washing and ironing the fabric I cut it in half lengthwise (along the fold) so I now had two 3 yard long panels that were each 22 inches wide.

Sew panels togetherNext I sewed the panels together along the side that is 22 inches to make a long 5 yard piece of fabric.  Then fold right sides together lengthwise and sew the LONG side together (I also serged the seam to give it finished look). Turn the fabric so that the right side is out and grab your existing bumper.  Cut the ties of the bumper (you will make new ones).  Now slip the tube of fabric over the bumper like you are putting on a pillowcase.  If the fit isn’t snug – like mine wasn’t – take the seam in a bit and then try it again.  Be sure to line up the seam along the bottom with the bottom of the bumper pad.

Line up center to seam

Once the bumper is completely covered, line up the center seam of the cover (where you sewed it together to make the long panel) and the center seam of the bumper itself.  Stitch in the ditch to secure the fabric into place.  You will do the same at each of the other  seams to create the 6 panels around the bumper.

Fold ends under and pin

At the ends, tuck the raw edges under and pin into place.  Don’t sew yet since you will want to insert the ties into the folds before closing the seam.  Now it’s time to create the ties.

Cut ties in 2" strips

Cut 2 inch strips along the side that was 18 inches.  Press sides into the middle (like you are making bias tape) and then fold and line up the edges. I needed 14 ties total.

sew ties

Sew up the sides, making sure to tuck the ends in before sewing so you have a finished edge.  The ties will then be folded and half and sew into each of the seams on the bumper as well as the ends.

Finished bumper

There you have it!  A quick and easy way to redo your old crib bumper to get ready for a new little one.  This would also be a great way to customize a nursery for a friend.  I so badly want to redo an entire crib set for someone now, complete with new comforter cover, dust ruffle and bumper!

Tutorial Tuesday: Pillowcase Dress with Coordinating Panel

Alright, so last week I posted my version of a pillowcase dress tutorial and I got feedback from a couple friends.  They have tested out the tutorial and gave their approvals (and made some pretty adorable dresses!).

Now, I usually get a bit fancier when I make my dresses by adding a coordinating panel of fabric on the bottom.  It just adds a bit more to the dress to make it POP a bit more!  And I LOVE me some cute coordinating fabrics!!!

Using the chart I posted about in last week’s post, shorten the length of the main panel by at least 3 inches (the larger the dress size, the larger you want your panel to be.  For this dress, I was making a 4t dress so my panel was 8″ long {I look about 7″ off the main panel measurement}.

Pin the right sides together along the bottom and sew pieces together.

Press the seam down toward the bottom of the dress.

Top stitch the pressed seam down for a more finished look.  {I am a BIG fan in top stitching!  In the end, it makes the dress lay nicer and when it is washed you won’t have to iron the seam down again}.

 Line up the seams and fold right sides together.  You are pretty much going to follow the simple version tutorial. Sew up side seam, mark and cut arm holes, add bias tape, and create the casing on the top for the tie.

For this tutorial, I also wanted to show you a quick way to hem a pillowcase dress if you aren’t wanting to press the hem.  Just use bias tape (the REALLY wide hem tape looks great!) and sew it on as described in last week’s post.

Now that the hem is finished, here is another way to create a tie instead of using ribbon or bias tape.  You can make your own with a 4 inch panel of fabric (cut selvage to selvage).  Sew the pieces right sides together, leaving about a 3 inch section for turning your tie, and angle the ends of the tie (if you want!).

Turn the tie right side out, press, and top stitch all the way around closing the hole.  Thread through the casing and tie a pretty bow!

Here is the completed dress.  Now go sew up some precious dresses!  You could even sew on coordinating ribbon to the bottom instead of fabric like I did here.  If you want to see another example, you can check here!

Baby Shower Gift

A sweet friend of our family is about to welcome to the world her first little bundle of joy!  She is having a boy {so near and dear to my heart} and calls him her little monkey.  That of course led us to finding the perfect  and most adorable monkey fabric for a shopping cart cover.

I have’t made a shopping cart cover {GASP}.  I am so not a germaphobe so my poor little guys have pretty much always just sat in the shopping cart sans cover.  Despite how cute they are, I just wanna get my boys into the cart, get on with shopping, so we can get back home and stop terrorizing the store with the sounds of 4 little boys running amuck!

Well Kayla wanted a cover so after a quick Pinterest search I found this DIY version for a oversized cart cover over at Little Blue Boo.  She calls her little guy her little monkey so we found just the right fabric for her!  Isn’t it precious!  I got a minky dimple dot fabric for the other side which makes it super soft and cozy!  I made the cover reversible and put the pockets and toy loops on BOTH sides of the fabrics BEFORE sewing the sides together (so I didn’t follow the tutorial completely).

In progress

Here is the finished cover.  Since this is a gift I couldn’t really get an action shot.  Maybe in a few month’s when the little monkey is big enough I will get an action shot from his mommy :)  Until then, here is the best I can do!

Completed cover

If you want a cover of your own, hop on over to Lil Blue Boo and get her tutorial (link above).

Happy Shopping with your new cover!

Tutorial Tuesday: Pillowcase Dress {simple version}

We all know by now that as a mama of boys I LOVE getting the opportunity to make treats for little girls {see this post}.  Many of my friends have asked for a tutorial on pillowcase dresses.  There are several out there so this isn’t any new information but I will give you an overview of how I sew them.

I recently found a chart for sizing over at Alexia Jean designs on her pillowcase dress tutorial post.  FINALLY no more guessing on sizing or asking the child’s mom to measure their daughter for me.

So drumroll please….. as I give you my very own pillowcase dress tutorial.

PILLOWCASE DRESS TUTORIAL

completed dress

Materials needed:

- fabric 1/2 yd to 1 yard of fabric

- coordinating thread

- extra wide double fold bias tape (you can use smaller, but the wider is easier to sew)

- coordinating grosgrain ribbon – for the ties OR some of your leftover bias tape {tutorial on making your own tie to come another day!}

 

Begin by washing your fabrics.  Yes, this takes extra time and while you might be impatient like me when beginning your projects, this will be worn {hopefully a lot} and you don’t want it to look silly after it is washed.

Once fabrics are washed and ironed.  Fold your fabric right sides together and sew up the side where the selvage edges meet.  You will now have a tube.

sewn side seam

Next decide which side will be the bottom.  {For this tutorial I am just laying out the most basic of pillowcase dresses, you can add on a panel of coorindating fabric on the bottom to jazz the dress up a bit, but not this time}.  Turn the edge up 1/4 inch and press, then turn another 1/2 inch to complete the hem.  As you press the hem pin it into place.  Then sew all the way around the hem using the folded edge of your fabric as your guide.

1/2 hem around bottom

{If you really want a quick way to hem, buy the EXTRA EXTRA wide bias tape and just sew that on along the bottom!  It looks super cute and there is no need to heat up the iron!}

Now we move onto the arm holes.  Fold your dress in half bringing the side seam and the opposite folded edge together.

Fold sides together

Measure and draw lines 2 inches over from the side and 7 inches down  {I use a disappearing quilting pen}.  Just before your lines meet, curve one line into the other so you end up with a J shape.  Cut along your line and toss the small scraps in the trash.

7 x 1 1/2

Curve to connect lines

Cut armholes

We are getting to the tricky part!  The bias tape…  Don’t be scared, it’s not as hard as you think especially since we are using wider bias tape.  I take a little more time with my bias tape simply because I have tried it the shortcut way and have not ended up with great results.

The first time I used bias tape I watched a uTube video on how to sew it.  The visual was VERY helpful.  Here is the tutorial I watched {yes, it is a bit strange but it helped so I am sharing it with you}. Basically, open up your bias tape, you will notice one side if a bit more narrow than the other.

bias tape

attach narrow side around armhole

Place that narrow side on the RIGHT side of your arm hole and pin all the way around the U shape.  Some find you don’t need to pin the bias tape in place but I am a pinner ;)

Pinned, ready to sew

Stitch the bias tape around the arm hole making sure your stitches line up right in the fold.  When you get to the end of the U, just cut the bias tape and then repeat on the other arm hole.

stitch in the fold

flip to reverse and fold over

Now that the bias tape is secure, fold it over, pin it again, and sew it all the way around to enclose the edge of the fabric.  Make sure you sew as close to the edge of the bias tape (where it meets the fabric) as possible.  Ta-Da!  You are almost done!!!

armhole complete

Final step – make the casing for the tie at the top.  Just like you hemmed the bottom of the dress press the top edges 1/4 inch and then to make a casing fold fabric 1 inch up and press.  Pin that into place and sew along the folded edge.

Form casing for neckline

Completed Neckline

You can now take either your ribbon or your bias tape and put a safety pin at one end.  Be sure you have burned the ends of your ribbon first to prevent fraying. (If using bias tape, sew up the open side).

Sew open side of bias tape

Feed the safety pin through your casing openings.  You can either do one in front and one in back for ties on each shoulder OR you can do one long tie and go through the front and back tying the tie on one shoulder only.

Feed strap through casing

finished ties

And there you have it!  An adorable pillowcase dress fit for a princess to wear!

completed dress

Be sure to check back next week for a tutorial on how to add the coordinating panel of fabric along the bottom and make our own tie using that same coordinating fabric!

 

Women’s Tea Table

This past weekend, my church held a women’s tea.  Over the past several years the women’s ministry has put on a few of these and I have had the privilege of attended all but one of them.  These are special times of fellowship and teaching with my fellow sisters in Christ and I am always so blessed by what God has to teach me while I am there.

I was honored this year to be asked to host a table.  That means I got to decorate and bring all the tea necessities to set up a table for myself and 7 other ladies.  Having hosted a table in the past for a Christmas tea using my Christmas dishes, I knew a bit of what was expected, but this time I got to use my china pattern which hardly ever gets removed from my china hutch in the dining room.

Tea table

The china in and of itself was a blessing as it was given to me by a sister in Christ at my previous church just a few years after Bryan and I got married.  You see, like many couples now a days, we didn’t register for a china pattern.  I knew that 1) I probably wouldn’t have many people that would buy it for us and 2) it wasn’t really something I would use often enough to justify storing.  Plus, I already had my Christmas china being collected (thanks to my wonderful mother and eBay) so I didn’t really feel the need for “regular” china as well.  But this sweet woman was getting ready to be given a set of dishes from an estate sale and she already had 2 sets at home.  So when she heard that I didn’t have a set of china, she offered me what I have now!  The set included a very random assortment of pieces – 17 dinner plates, 19 tea cups, 18 saucers and I believe that was all.  Again, my wonderful mom has searched and found me salad plates, bread plates, bowls, coffee mugs and a variety of serving dishes to round out my set.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to have a chance to pull out my dishes and put them on display along with the decorations for my table.  Being that my  china is mostly blue (NOT my favorite) I decided to pull out the less obvious pink and grey colors from the design to work with on my table.  Maybe the grey stood out after working so many weeks on the grey crib bedding but I LOVE the color now!

A few quick searches on Pinterest revealed that there wasn’t too much out there for tea tables.  Searching on Pinterest can be a difficult thing if you don’t know the right key words! So I just began searching for table cloth ideas.  Knowing it can be difficult to find round table cloths I had made up my mind I was going to make my own.  This pin was the inspiration for my table cover. Since I made it all in one LONG, LATE night I didn’t take pictures of the process.  It wasn’t hard but it took quite a bit of time.

Ruffled Tablecover

The chargers I found at Party City.  I love the girly charm they bring (heck, with a houseful of boys any time I can do something girly and pink I am all over it!).

Place setting

There were so many beautiful tables at the tea! Here are just a few for you to see.

table 2Table 3table 4table 5table 6table 1

Tutorial Tuesday: Sunglasses Case

A few months ago, a woman from our church sent me a message asking if I could sew her a fabric case for her reading glasses.  I hadn’t made one before but it didn’t seem like too complicated of a process so I told her I would be happy to.  For those of you with lots of scraps like me this is a perfect project for using them up!  With just a couple fairly small scraps you can quickly make a case for your sunglasses (or eyeglasses) that will protect them from scratches.

So here is the tutorial I came up with.

Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses Case

1/4 yard of main fabric (or a scrap about 8″ x 8 1/2″)

1/4 yard of lining fabric ( or a scrap about 8″ x 8 1/2″)

batting (8″ x 8″)

coordinating thread

about 30 minutes of free time

NOTE: for the case pictured my scrap wasn’t quite long enough so I used some of  the lining fabric as an accent on the outside of the case. 

DIRECTIONS

Start by cutting all your fabrics and batting to 8″ x 8 1/2″ pieces (cut batting in 8″ x 8″ square to allow for less bulk when closing top edge). *** If you have the oversized sunglasses you might want to cut pieces to 9″ x 8 1/2″ to have a bit of extra room. ***

Cut pieces

Place the lining fabric on top of the batting with the right side facing up.  Then put the main fabric on the lining so the right sides are together.

pinned layers

Sew around all sides leaving the top unsewn for turning.

Clip corner and trim excess batting away from sides (to reduce bulk) then turn fabrics right sides out and press so that all the layers are smoothed out.

clipped

Press the top edges of the case in all the way around and then top stitch closed (sealing the side that was left open).

turned edges

top edge closed

Fold the case in half with the lining on the inside and topstitch all the way around the case starting at the bottom and working up to the top.  Be sure to backstitch at the bottom and top ends of the case to really secure it.

top stitched closed

And that’s it!  You now have a great case for protecting your glasses from scratches while they hang out in your purse.  These would make great gifts to have on hand in your gift stash so make a few extra!

finished cases

Happy Crafting!

Check out my Crib (bedding that is)

I LOVE babies and everything about them!  One of the most exciting things when you are expecting is getting to decorate the nursery in anticipation of the little one’s arrival.  So when my college roomie contacted me and asked if I would help her out by making her some crib bedding I was over the moon excited!

oversized ties

She originally found this bedding on Etsy, but the price was a bit out of the budget (which I completely understand).  Using the pictures as reference and a few tutorials (dust ruffle and bumpers)  I pinned on Pinterest, I was able to come up with a plan for sewing the bedding.

oversized ties close up

The dust ruffle was fairly simple and quick to create.

The bumpers took a bit longer but I got to work on my zipper installing skills and make LOTS (28 to be exact) of oversized ties for securing the bumpers to the crib.

overstuffed bumpers

To achieve the puffy look for the bumpers I made bumper inserts using muslin and silky soft poly-fill.  I am so happy with how they turned out.  If I am ever blessed to have another little one myself I will definitely be making their bedding myself!  It was so much fun!  The hard part will be deciding on what fabric to use.  So many options!

bumper pads

I can’t wait to find out how the client likes them (I sure hope she likes them!).

Cat in the Hat party hats

What Dr. Suess themed party would be complete without hats from the Cat in the Hat?  Certainly no party of mine!

Thanks to Pinterest and Dr. Suess’s birthday on March 2nd there were SO many party ideas popping up everywhere.  It certainly made my job easier when planning things for this party.  A new Pinterest board {aptly named the Cat in the Hat} had to be started to contain all the party ideas.

I pinned a tutorial from Momma’s Kinda Crafty  and I was able to make up a hat for Ethan to wear at his party.  (please excuse the horrible cell phone picture).  Click on over to that site if you want to make your own!  They are super easy and only take about an hour!

{That is unless you sew the brim on to the WRONG side of the fabric and have to use the seam ripper to take it apart and start over.  I am NOT speaking from experience here at all :) AHEM}

Here is the finished product in all its adorable glory!  

It matches his little party shirt I made him with matching shorts perfectly.

Isn’t my little guy a cutie?!?!

Ethan's Cat in the Hat hat

I changed the measurements a bit since he is only 1 so that it wouldn’t be so big on his head.  Instead of using stripes that were 3″ x 22″ I shortened them to 19″.  The circle I traced for the head was 6″ and the brim around the hat was from a circle that was about 10 inches in diameter.  The brim turned out a bit small but for such a little guy I think it will be alright.

Tonight I will be busy crafting up 5 more of these hats, 3 for my other boys and 2 for my hubby and I to share with all the party guests.  I am thinking of setting up a little “photo booth” area where guests can take silly pictures with the hats on.

Check back later for a quick tutorial on how I made my own Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts using my Cricut machine and some iron-on vinyl.  AND don’t forget to stop by next week to see all the pictures of the party!  I am so excited to get everything set up! If it is half as cute as it is in my head, I will be thrilled.

And the best part is… next year for Dr. Suess’s birthday we can pull these out again!

Tutorial Tuesday: Ruffled Butt Leggings

It’s Tuesday already so here I have another tutorial for you!  You might remember the ruffle butt onesies that I made for my friend’s little girls when she was having baby #2.  I loved how they turned out and I couldn’t wait to make more.  Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long.  Another friend of mine is about to have baby #2.  She already has a sweet baby girl and now a boy is on the way.  As you might have guessed, I just had to make them some sibling shirts so off to Target I went in search of 2 white onesies.  Much to my dismay however, I didn’t find a 24 month onesie. So while wandering around the baby section I spotted some cute little girl leggings.  And that is how the project began!

 

Here are the boring black leggings.  I had scraps of black and white fabric I wanted to use for this project (I had black iron-on vinyl so I knew I was going to do black and white).

Ruffled Butt Leggings

Begin with plain leggings.  Lay them with the backside up.  Measure the width of the leggings.  You will want your strips of fabric for the ruffles to be about twice the width of the leggings.

Leggings before

Cut your strips of fabric for the ruffles.  I cut 5 strips for a size 2T pair of leggings.  My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.

Strip of fabric for ruffle

To prevent fraying you will want to secure the cut edges of each strip.  Using the overlock stitch on your machine (or a serger) sew around ALL edges of each strip.  {This will take a while but it is worth it to not have all your hard work messed up by fraying fabric!}

Overlocking to prevent fraying

Here is a completed strip with all edges overlocked. Now repeat 4 more times!

One down, four to go

About 20 minutes later – All five strips finally done!

All done

Now to the fun part!  It’s time to make some ruffles!!!

Sewing down the center of each strip will create a ruffle on BOTH sides of the strip.  Using a basting stitch {a long stitch, on my machine I make the stitch length as long as possible} and adjusting the tension to a looser setting {normal on my machine is a 4 so I changed it to a 2}, sew right down the center of the strip making sure NOT to backstitch at the beginning or end.

Creating the ruffle

Here is the backside of the strip.  I’m showing you the back so you could see it a bit better!

With basting stitch down the center

Now pull the BOTTOM thread gently to create the ruffle.  Pulling too hard will break the thread but since you adjusted the tension on the machine you shouldn’t need to pull too hard. Keep pulling until the ruffle is the width of your leggings.  At this point you can tie the ends to secure the threads so the ruffle doesn’t come out.

Ruffling

Pin the ruffle to the top of the leggings where you want your first ruffle to begin {for me it was right under the waistband}. Adjust the ruffles so they are even and place a few pins along the strip to keep everything in place.

Pinning on ruffle

Now back at your machine, stitch with a regular straight stitch right on top of your basting stitch.  It doesn’t need to be perfect and it probably won’t be straight.  You are just securing your ruffles into place.

First row of ruffles done

Sewing on the ruffles

One row down, 4 more to go.  You want the ruffles close together so pin the the ruffle up {folding it in half} so you can see what you are doing as you work. I pinned the ruffle so it was right underneath the row above it as you can see in the picture below.

Next row

Pinning the second row

Next row done, just keep on going!

Almost done

Completed Ruffles

And there you have it!  An adorable little ruffled butt.  Here you can see it in action on a crawling baby. Don’t you just want to eat it up!

Crawling Ruffle Butt

Modeled Ruffle Butt Leggings {NOTE: I have 4 sons so I don’t have anyone to model my girlie creations.  I just HAD to see if the ruffles fell in the right spot so I put the leggings on my 11 month old son.  I promised his daddy I would only take pictures of the leggings, so you just pretend this is a girl OK!}

Tutorial Tuesday: Desk Curtains

Knowing that I wanted to make curtains for underneath my desk, my search began for a tutorial on how to do so.  But unfortunately I really wasn’t able to find one :(  So I just had to make it up as I went along.  Hoping that I can make what I did make sense to you and that I took enough pictures of the process.

Finished Curtains

To begin, measurements of the desks were taken.

My desks measure:

“office” desk – 48″ x 27″ {upper right of picture}

L-shaped (work space) – 64″ (really TWO 32″ small desks put together) x27″

L-shaped (sewing table) – 48″ x 27″

 

First, I cut the main fabric for the curtain in half along the fold line (where it was folded on the bolt).  That gave me two 5 yard pieces that were 22″ wide. Now I had to figure out where to cut the five yards of fabric so I knew how much would go around the entire desk. This is where the measurements of the desks come in handy.  Instead of just hanging the fabric, a bit more drama was needed to I added in 10″ for box pleats (in the appropriate places, see the breakdown of my measurements below)

My measurements looked like this (using the “office” desk curtain measurements):

27″ (depth of the desk) + 5″ (to allow for half the pleat at the corner) + 1″ for the hem on the side =

32″ length of the fabric for the side of the desk

then for the front

total length measured 48″, but since I wanted it to open in the middle I divided that in half

24″ (half the length of the desk) + 10″ for the pleat in the center of this section + 5″ (to allow for the other half of the pleat at the corner) + 1″ for the side hem =

40″ length for the front half of the desk

Altogether that piece of fabric measured 72″ (Are you confused yet?  I would be!)

NOTE: Before I did any cutting, I measured the fabric, pinned the pleats, and secured the curtains to the desk using large binder clips so I could make sure that they looked right. 

Ok, so now that your fabric is measured and cut it is time to mark your pleats.  I marked each pleat at the center (where I wanted the pleat to be on the curtain once hung) and then from that center point I measured 5 inches on each side.  I then folded both pins into the center pin, secured the fabric, and sewed the pleats in place.

Notice my pins are placed at the 0″, 5″ and 10″ lines.

marking the pleats

Bring the pin at the 0″ mark to the pin at the 5″ mark and secure in place with another pin.  Now do the same with the 10″ mark and bring it to the center 5″ pin.

forming the pleat

Your pleat should now look like this

pinned pleat

Just to hold the fabric in place more securely than pins, I sewed along the pleat.

secured pleat

 

I then cut the stripes for the accent panel along the bottoms of the curtains.  This required a bit more work since the stripes had to line up.  Each of those pieces measured around 10 inches to allow for hemming.  I sewed the accent fabric all along the panels of main fabric after each one had been sized according to which desk it was going on.
attaching accent fabric

Once that was attached, I went back and pressed the edges up toward the top of the curtain and topstitched to secure them in place.

top stitching accent fabric

panel ready to hem

Now it’s time to hem up the bottoms and sides of the curtains. For the bottom I measured the length and hemmed each curtain up about 2 1/2″.  Then the sides were each turned in 1/2″, pressed, and turned in another 1/2″.

pinned hem

To secure the curtains to the desks, I used Velcro Decor since it allowed me to sew the looped side to the curtains and then adhere the hook side directly to the underside of the desks.  I cut pieces that were about 6 inches each and spaced them evenly under the desks making sure to sew on the ends and the pleats.  Unfortunately, all my curtains are not yet hung since I ran out of Velcro.  Since JoAnn’s is having a BIG sale this week I plan on going and buying more with my 40% off coupon!

Hope you found this tutorial helpful!  Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything isn’t clear.  I tried to take pictures of each step but I know that didn’t always happen.  If you make your own curtains please link back so I can visit your blog!

Completed curtain panel