Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pee pee Tepee tutorial

I wanted a simple gift for my sister in law with the receiving blankets she had. I took one and made these pee pee tepee's for her little boy. One blanket made 14 in all. First I cut out a 7 inch diameter circles from the fabric. Then I folded them in half and then in half again. I inserted a washable marker in the fold so that I knew where the halfway mark way and marked it. Then I sewed down that line.
Then I turned one side right side out over the other side like this.
I then cut off the excess to make it all even.
Now it is starting to look like a pee pee tepee.
Then I serged the raw edge all around.
Here they all are. They just need their tails tucked in. And the washable marker will come off in the first wash.
Now if you don't have a serger handy, then make the circles 8 inches in diameter, then when it comes to the serger part, just sew one inch in from the bottom. Then make snips every 1/2 inch all the way around but stopping before you get to the sewed line and then wash. It will give it the look of a rag quilt. Happy Sewing Lov Liv

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2nd Upcycle and Loving it!

A year ago the baby was not quite a year old yet and now she is two and runs and talks. So much changes in a year. Which leads me to cleaning out some things in her drawers. Last fall I made her two wool sleep sacks but now that she walks and don't forget, talks, she doesn't use them anymore. You can see one HERE and the other HERE. I wanted to re-purpose them somehow but I didn't know how. Until I was parusing my favorite diaper sewing site and it gave me an idea. I needed to change them to sweater dresses and lucky me, those are in style right now.
I had to undo some of my past work, but I think they turned out great! And it upcycled to fit her older sister too!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Appliques and Ruffle Butts!

Christmas is such a busy time of the year. Not just because of Christmas, but because of all the birthdays as well. All 4 of my daughters are born in the end of December or the beginning of January. And that is not counting all my many nieces and nephews as well. Tonight I finished a birthday present of my youngest niece who has just turned 1 year old. I combined two different techniques that I picked up from my new favorite website called Pinterest. The first technique is the application of ruffles onto onsies, the direction is here. The other is the technique of adding appliques onto fabric, the directions posted here. I think they turned out beautifully!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jack O'Lanterns

I hate carving pumpkins. Well, I don't hate it, but I don't like it either because it seems like a waste of a good pumpkin. But that is ok, they can be painted and when Halloween is over, they can be washed, cleaned, baked, and scooped out to be made into pumpkin treats later on. So we get to have our pumpkins and eat them too! I cut them in half and place them face down on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 350 degrees for an hour or two, depends on the size. When they cool then I only have to scoop them out and place them into a cloth to drain. When it has drained well enough, I transfer them into freezer bags for later use. Everyone who eats the pumpkin pies made from fresh pumpkin, rather than canned, thinks they are the best tasting pumpkin pies around. Personally, I could not tell you. I don't like pumpkin pie. LOL.