понедельник, 28 июня 2010 г.

Step Up and Bloom

I had mentioned before, when we were staying with that lovely family from church, that I would share with you how to make this adorable little ottoman (or stepping-stool however you want to use it).  You are not going to believe this - it is made out of four 46oz juice cans.  

It is incredibly sturdy - I can stand on it, and it is just the right size to put in front of the bathroom sink so Charlotte can wash her hands. 
If you would like to make it, here is what you will need:
1 1/2 yards of fabric
(either all the same, or coordinating)
Fabric Pen
Scrap of batting
Polyfil Stuffing
4 empty and washed 46oz juice cans 
Open your cans like this, 
so that the tops and bottoms will still be intact.
Sewing Machine and thread
Yard stick

Step 1:  Lay out the fabric you will use for the top and bottom pieces.  Put the juice cans on the fabric like this - forming a little flower design. 
Step 2:  Using your fabric pen, trace around 1/2" larger than the outside edge of the "flower".
Step 3:  Cut out 3 flowers - two out of fabric, and one out of batting.
Step 4:  Lay out the fabric you will use for the side.  Cut a strip 8" x 38".
Step 5:  Pin the strip to the bottom flower - right sides together.
Step 6:  Stitch around the edge, using 1/2" seam - leave a 3 inch opening.  In the corners of the flower, you will need to take a little pleat.
Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the top flower  (only this time you will be sewing the top flower fabric AND the batting as one piece) - be sure that the openings on the top and bottom are at the same place - this is where you will slip the cans in.
Step 8:  Clip the fabric at the curves.  Turn it right sides out.
Step 9:  Slip the cans in one at a time.  Stuff the top with the stuffing to your desired poofy-ness. 
Step 10:  Hand whip the opening closed.


пятница, 25 июня 2010 г.

30 Minute Head Scarf

So because of the big move, my daughter has pulled out the majority of her hair.  It seems to be a coping mechanism that some kids use and it's totally normal.  However, it is very difficult to find cute ways to do her hair...there is a limit to how you can comb 3 strands of long hair to cover an entire head.  Plus it looks way unbalanced because her bangs are still thick, but the back is all thin and patchy.  (I  know I was spoiled because she had SO much hair at such a young age...) Anyway, this is one of my solutions (if you have any more please let me know). 

This literally took 30 minutes last night.  Here we go.
You will need a scrap of fabric that can be folded on the bias, some ribbon, thread, and sewing machine.
Fold the fabric on the bias. 
Measure 16 inches along the fold ( you may need to make it larger if your child is older).  
 Make at mark at 16".  
Take the left bottom corner and fold it up to meet the 16" mark - this will help you cut a straight line.  
 Draw a line from the 16" mark down to the selvage.  Cut along that edge.  
Then cut along the fold that is 16" long.  You should have a triangle. 
Zig-zag stitch or surge the two short sides. 
 Lay it flat and pin on a cute piece of ribbon.  
Top-stitch the ribbon along the longest side of your triangle.  Done.

пятница, 4 июня 2010 г.

Gather Your Roses - Pillow Tutorial

My inspiration came from this Rosette pillow from Anthropologie ($58). 
It is really simple to make and adds a very elegant touch to any room.  Ready?  This is how I did it -

Step one:  Cut out a 22" square for the front (the larger you make the front the more "gathery" it will be) and a 17" square for the back.  
Step two:  Using a basting stitch, stitch around all four sides of the front - gathering it to 17" as you go.

Step three:  Pin the gathered front to the back, right sides together.

Step four:  Stitch around (1/2" seam) leaving about a 10" opening in the center of the bottom edge
Step five:  Turn it inside out - the top will be loose like this:

Step six:  Stuff the pillow with your 17" pillow form
Step seven:  Pin the closing

Step eight:  Gather the loose fabric on the front into the center, forming a pouf - wrap a rubber band around it.

Step nine:  Using a needle and thread, hand gather below the rubber band, pulling the thread tight as you go.  
Step ten:  Once you feel it is securely gathered, remove the rubber band and poof out the rosette.  Hand tack the edges of the rosette to the pillow.

Step eleven:  Lastly hand-tack the opening closed and toss it on a bed!