Monday, March 26, 2012

Quinn's Birthday Outfit!

We are getting closer and closer to June, and that means Quinn's first birthday!
I've been doing some planning and I came up with an idea for her birthday outfit. The theme is light pink and dark pink ladybugs with green as an accent color.
And yesterday I crafted it all together in just a few hours!

So here's how I made this outfit:

I took a quick trip to Michael's and got:
  • Two different colors of tulle
  • A pack of 1/2" elastic
  • 1/2 yard of fabric (had A LOT left over)
  • Embroidery needles and thread
  • 2 matching flowers (optional)
  • Cute iron-on patches (optional)
And the onesie I got from Wal Mart for $3!

I started with the onesie.
First, I printed out a "1" on the computer and cut it out to use as my stencil.
Using the back side of the fabric (and making sure to flip your stencil backwards!),
I used a pencil to trace the "1" on the fabric.
I cut out around it, leaving about 1/2" around it.
Then, I made little cuts inwards at the corners so that I could fold the extra under evenly.
I folded all the sides down and pinned it into place.

Using a basic stitch, I stitched the "1" down all the way around.
 After that I followed the instructions on the patches packaging and added the iron-on ladybug!

When that was done, I moved on to the skirt.
 The tulle I bought from Michael's was pre-cut and was the perfect width (6in)
I used both rolls entirely (20 yd of the green,  10 yd of the sparkled pink)

Pulling the tulle from the roll, I cut it all into strips about 16 in long.

I measured the elastic (a little bigger than) the size of her hips.
Make sure to leave about 2 in extra to over lap the ends, and sew together.
Then, I took a strip of tulle and folded in half.
I took the loop at the seam, wrapped the ends around the elastic, and back through the loop.
Then pulled tight!

Repeat all the way around!
I used the pattern 2 green strips, 1, pink strip, 2 green strips...etc.

Then for details:
  • I made a matching headband (with the same fabric as the "1", some elastic, and one of the flowers)
  • I attached the other flower to the top of the skirt to match
  • I'll probably get some cute sparkly shoes to pull it all together!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Re-Painted Table

A few weeks ago my Aunt gifted me a little white "tea-party" table for Quinn's room. I absolutely loved the table but since it was older and had some obvious wear, I thought it would be a good idea to repaint it!

Here is the table before:

I started by painting the entire table pink.

Then, using a circle sponge applicator I polka dotted the top with white polka dots.

After it dried, I simply sprayed everything with Mod Podge and it was done!

Quinn approved and loves it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fabric Flower Making!

I've seen some really cute fabric flowers online and in stores on everything from jewelry, to shoes, to clothes...and I thought "I could totally make those"! 


So I've made a few today and created a little tutorial for everyone!

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 Here are the 4 basic styles I've done today: folded, rolled, cone, and accordion style. 
(These names I've obvious made up... if there are actual names I don't know them.

 I purchased a roll of quilting fabric slices from Walmart. 
Each roll comes with 24 pieces, each 2.5in x 42in. These are perfect for flower making. 
I also used:
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Your choice of rhinestones or buttons


Start by taking a strip of fabric and folding it in half, it will be about 1in tall.

 Then, fold the fabric in a layered fashion. 
The folds will be about 1/2 an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide.
Continue the overlay around into a circle shape.

 When you get around back to the beginning,
cut the end of the fabric and fold it under the last fold you made. 
This will hide the end.

When you are all done, you can cut a small circle of fabric and glue it underneath to hold it all together and make it nice and neat!

I created the center of this flower by using the rolled technique.
 Start by taking your fabric and tying a knot at the end.

Glue down the knot to the center of the flower.
From there twist the ribbon tightly all the way down.

Continue to twist and glue down all the way around.
When you have reached your desired width,
cut and glue the end underneath.

Use the rolled technique to created a cute 3-flower headband.

 Start by cutting 7 identical circles.
(6 for petals and 1 for the underneath.)

Then, taking one of the circles, fold it in half.

From there fold the right side in and then the left,
creating a triangle shape.
Add a dab of hot glue underneath the second fold.

 Repeat this for all 6 petals then glue them down to the 7th fabric circle.
(make sure to glue them fold side down)

Add buttons of rhinestones if you wish!

 Start by folding the fabric in half.
This is similar to the "folded" flower, except these folds are directly on top of eachother.
Fold the fabric over itself into an "accordion".
Adding glue to the bottom inside of each fold.

When you have gotten all the way around, glue the end and the beginning together.
(sorry about the flash!)

 Then, glue a fabric circle to the bottom to hold it all together and keep it nice and neat!

Again, add rhinestones or buttons if you wish!