пятница, 28 января 2011 г.

DIY SpringTablecloth


...so I'm a little (actually a lot) embarrassed to show the before picture to you - here I am writing a blog about homemaking, and I have a huge stash of fabric just waiting to be sewn, and this is the sad sad condition my kitchen table finds itself.
 (someone please tell me their kitchen table looks worse than mine....) 
A half piece of torn fabric tossed over the top.
  Really?  I know I can do better than that.  
Here's the thing - tablecloths are kind of boring to make(could also be translated easy!)...just a big rectangle.  BUT they do have a big impact, and obviously I NEED one.
(sidenote- this tablecloth turned out to be not boring at all to make...and it was a little more complicated than I thought it would be :) 
So I went to my fav source of inspiration: Anthropologie.
I found this little beauty.
Now mine ended up looking nothing like that - but I did piece it in a similar way.

Here's how it turned out:

What?  you think that looks much better?  Well, you must have good taste.  
Oh - and you would like to make one for your kitchen table?  
Well, you're in luck - here's the Tutorial!

I started by drawing this sketch with all the measurements for my table.


Once you have made your measurements, you will need to figure out how much fabric you need.  I used home decor fabric so it was 54"-60" wide.  That is really nice when you are making something so large.  But if you want to use cotton, just piece it.  
I used 1/2 yard of the "plaid"
2/3 yard of the zig zag
2 yards of the green 
you will also need:
water soluble pen
yard stick
sewing machine and thread
iron
scissors

Step 1:  Cut your fabrics.  I cut the center rectangle at 19"x55"
the two side rectangles at 11"x55"

the width borders(top and bottom of the tablecloth) at 11"x39"
the length borders(the side of the tablecloth) at 11"x65"

(you will probably have to piece it to get 65".  
I cut 2 pieces at 11" x45" and pieced them with a 2 cuts of 11" x 21")

Step 2:  Pin the two side rectangles to the center rectangle right sides together.  
 Sew together using 1/2" seam.

Step 3:  Press the seams open.
Step 4:  Press the width border pieces in half, wrong sides together.  

Pin the raw edge to the right side, raw edge of the tablecloth 
(it's the top and bottom of the tablecloth, if that helps you)

Sew together using 1/2" seam.  Press seams.

Step 5:  Repeat that process with the two side border pieces.  You will need to turn under and stitch the two ends of each long piece to make a nice finished edge.  Press well.  

That's it!  Okay, let's look again - 
Before:

After:


YAY!  Makes me happy every time I look at it!
Hope you have a great weekend!  
Check back soon because coming up next is a fun Valentine's Linky Party - my first!
-jessica

понедельник, 24 января 2011 г.

Baby Boy Valentine Onesie: Bear Hugs

Hey there!  I know I neglect the boy department a lot on this blog.  Sorry about that - but a friend of mine just had a little boy, and I decided to make this little valentine onesie for him (L this is for little A :).


Perhaps I can make a few more things for him and increase the number of "boy-themed" projects.  This onesie was inspired by one at Janie and Jack - but it's pretty different so I didn't feel a need to share that pic.  If you want to see theirs click here.
Here's what you'll need to make this little onesie:
  • onesie
  • brown felt (light and dark)
  • red felt
  • embroidery floss
  • sewing machine and brown thread
  • scissors
  • water soluble pen
  • needle
  • the bear pattern ( download here or draw your own)
Step 1:  Print the pattern and cut out the bear, bear nose, and heart.

Step 2:  Thread a needle with brown embroidery floss.  Hand stitch the eyes (just make little knots) and the nose onto the bear.  Switch to red embroidery floss and hand stitch the heart onto the bear.

Step 3:  Pin the bear to the onesie.  Topstitch around the edge of the bear - using brown thread.

Step 4:  Cut a small rectangle out of the red felt.  Write "bear hugs" on it using the water soluble pen.  Embroider over your letters.

Step 5:  Pin the rectangle to the onesie under the bear.  Hand stitch it on - using the same floss that you used for the "bear hugs" text.
That's it!  Give your little man a big bear hug!

NOW - the winner of the "Kick up your heels" apron did not contact me within the allotted time so a new winner has been picked via random.org

****The new winner of the apron is....
LeFebvre Momma

congratulations!  You have 5 days to contact me (use the "contact me" form on the right sidebar) and send me your information.  Hope everyone had a great weekend!
jessica

пятница, 21 января 2011 г.

DIY Cupcakes and Roses - Valentine T





This is a fast project (hour or less) with impressive results!  
Inspired by this shirt from Baby Gap:

Here's what you will need:
1 solid t-shirt or turtleneck (I got mine at Wal-mart for $2.00)
Scrap pink fabric
red thread (sulky preferred because it adds a little bit of shine)
batting scraps
sewing machine

Step 1: Cut out the bottom of the cupcake.  
To make the cupcake liner shape, I measured 3" for the bottom and 4" for the top 
- cut 2 pieces of pink, and 1 piece of batting.
sketch a few lines on one piece of the pink - to imitate the folds of a liner.

Step 2:  Sandwich the batting in between the two pieces of pink.  
Sew along the lines you drew like this:

When you're finished it will look like this:

Step 3:  Pin it to the top layer of the shirt
topstitch around the perimeter of the cupcake - be sure to only sew through the top layer of the shirt!

Step 4:  Now it's time to make the rosettes that comprise the cupcake icing.  Find 5 strips of pink fabric (about 1 1/2" wide) - I used some light pink and some medium pink because that is what I had.

Step 5:  You can  make the rosettes anyway you like - hand sew them or machine sew them.  
I chose to machine sew them 
- it gives it a little different look, but I was feeling too lazy to get out the needle and thread :)
If you want to machine sew them, start a little spiral:
and sew back and forth across it - kind of in a little star pattern.
You will need to make 1 large rosette and 4 small ones.

Step 6:  When you have made all 5, pin them onto the front of the shirt,
then top stitch them on - follow the lines created when you made the rosettes.

Step 7:  Cut out 2 little hearts out of pink fabric, and 1 little heart out of batting. 
Sandwich the batting in between the 2 hearts. 
 Pin it to the shirt:
Top stitch around the edge of the heart.

Put it on your little sweetie and give her a kiss!!

have a great weekend!
jessica

понедельник, 17 января 2011 г.

Free Spirit Tunic Tutorial


I've been wanting to make a tunic for a while. 

I browsed around online at Free People and found this for inspiration. 
It's $298.00
So on Friday I went to the fabric store and spent $ 17.00 on a yard of Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous voile - the perfect thing to make a flowy tunic (or to snuggle with on the floor).

Here's my step by step process - it's not the most precise tutorial, because I was kind of just free-style sewing it -  but I did my best to document it for you in case you would like to make one.  I would also like you to know that I really made it goofy the first time.  Here's your comic relief for the morning.
Bad.  Too blousy - not enough shape. 
So I ripped and ripped and basically started over. 

Here's what you will need:
1 yard of voile - 56" wide
3/8" wide elastic
sewing machine/thread
scissors
measuring tape

Step 1:  Lay the fabric out folded in half.

Then fold it in half again.  Determine the size of your neckline - I cut a triangle 3"x2".

Cut all the layers.  This is the back neckline. 
Now split the top layer along the fold -about 5"down. 

Cut a straight line from the bottom of that slit to the top at the 3"mark (only cut ONE layer).  Flip the fabric over and repeat on the other side.

Step 2:  Hem all of the sides and the neckline.  Turn each edge over once and then again and press. Pin it well and topstitch the hem.

Step 3:  Now it's time to give it some shape (the step I skipped the first time :)
Measure your waist at your bellybutton.  Mine was 31".
Now take half of that measurement and add it to the original measurement.  Mine was 31+15 1/2" = 46 1/2"  Now divide that by 2.  46"/2 = 23" - we'll call this measurement C 
Fold the tunic in half.  Along the fold, measure 9" up from the hem.  Then measure your C measurement out from the 9" mark.  At the corner edge of the tunic draw a line to the 23" marking.

Step 4:  Now measure your armhole.  From the top right edge measure down 8".  (or more if you think you might need it).   From that 8" marking, draw a line to the 23" mark.  It will look kinda like this once you cut it.

Are you still with me? :)

Step 5:  Cut along those lines through all layers.  Open up your tunic and turn it right sides together.  Now we are going to add the elastic.

Step 6:  Find the center of the front of the tunic.  Measure up 9" and place a pin.  Starting at the edge, 5" up from the hem, draw a curved line up to the 9" measurement and then back down to the other 5" marking.

Pin the elastic to one edge and sew it on - pulling it tight towards you as you go (this will make it gather).

Step 7:  Still right sides together, lay the tunic down back side facing you.  Draw a line 5" up from the hem straight across the tunic back.  Pin the elastic to one edge and sew it on using the same method as before.

Step 8:  You're almost done!!  From the 8" mark (at the bottom of the armhole) sew the side seams,right sides together, using a 1/2" seam.  Stop at the 5" mark before the hem - so that you will have the slits on the sides.

Step 9:  Sleeve detail.  Find the center top of the sleeve.  Sew a basting stitch about 7-8" along the center of the sleeve.  Gather it - more towards the edge of the sleeve - when you are happy with it - secure it with a regular topstitch.

Wow - so if you made it through all that and even remotely understood what I was talking about -BRAVO!!  Load a pic up to the Flickr Pool so I can see! and remember - it's the last day to leave a comment for a chance to win the "kick up your heels" apron!

Happy sewing,
jessica