Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Quilt Shop!

I can't believe I missed it, it's been here for a few months already. Tillies Quilts is a lovely shop! They had so many amazing tiny prints perfect for Blythe, but I only brought home these 2 for now.

Vintage Knitting Needles Galore

Joe's mom picked these up for me at a yard sale! There are so many!! I just finished washing them all, and it took forever.. oh my gosh!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stamps + Fabric Transfer Paper

I got out my Avery Fabric Transfer Paper to make some logo tees for my Blythe Shop.
I just love them to pieces!

So that got me thinking.. what could I do with the left over bits of transfer paper that were too small to fit in the printer. I tried writing on it with a sharpie, but it made the coating flake off all over the marker. So I tried stamping onto it with just regular stamp ink used on paper. It worked, and I really like the result!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vintage Tablecloth Skirt

I love, love, love this Vintage Inspired Skirt by Noodlehead! I went straight out to the thrift store, and bought a ton of pretty vintage sheets & one navy linen tablecloth. To make a vintage inspired skirt, you need vintage materials right? I decided to use the linen tablecloth. I love the color, and the feel of the material. I cut the skirt pieces from the edge of the fabric, so I didn't hem the bottom. I'm thinking it might look better if I hemmed it to around my knees, but for now I'm happy with it. It's so comfortable!!

The tutorial is up here. You should totally make one! It's super easy, and you'll love it!!

Fabric Bow Tutorial

Cut a piece of fabric 2.5 x 12 inches (or twice as wide as you want your bow to be)

Fold one short edge over and sew across.

Fold the piece in half lengthwise, and crease to mark the middle.

Lay the piece right side up and bring first the hemmed edge to the middle. Lining your stitches up with the crease you made.

Now repeat for the unhemmed edge, letting them overlap just a bit. and pin in place.

Sew down the right hand side.

Flip over, and sew down the left side.

Turn inside out, one side at a time, being sure to push out each corner.

You may want to stitch down the center now, following the stitching on the hem. I didn't, but it would make it easier to slide together later, especially if you're putting it on a headband. Set this piece aside for now

Cut a 2.5 x 3 inch piece from the same fabric.

Fold in half lengthwise, and sew along the edge.

Turn this piece inside out, and adjust it so the seam is in the middle.

Fold in half, with the seam on the outside, and sew along the edge.

Turn inside out, so you have a little tube.

Take the bigger piece, and pinch it together so it folds like an acordian.

Now slide it through your little tube.

& now you have a fabric bow!

Now slide it onto a fabric headband, attach it to a bobby pin, hair clip, or sew it onto a piece of clothing!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fabric Headband Tutorial

1 Jelly Roll strip, or 2.5 inches x the width of your head + a bit extra for a bow.
1 inch wide elastic, about 2 inches in length.

This project is perfect for pre-cut slices or jelly rolls. The one I'll be using is 2.5 inches by 42 inches. Start by measuring around your head, and subtracting 2 inches - cut this length from your strip of fabric. Now fold this piece lengthwise, right sides together, and sew all along the edge.

Now cut a small piece of elastic about 2 inches long, and push it into one end of the tube you just created. At this point you need to decide where you want your seam to be. For this headband I left the seam on the edge, but you may want to move the seam to the middle so that it is hidden under the headband.

Push the elastic piece in until the edge lines up with the edge of the fabric, and center it.

Now stitch back and forth across the seam a few times to hold the elastic firmly in place.

Next you need to flip the tube inside out. This can be a bit tricky, but if you have a knitting needle handy it's a breeze! Start by pushing the elastic inwards a bit, just enough to get the end of the needle in. Then push the elastic end all the way through the tube with the blunt end of the needle.

If you're adding a bow like I did, you'll want to slide it on now before you connect the ends.

The last step is to tuck the raw edges of the other end in 1/2 of an inch or more (try it on to be sure, you want it to fit snuggly). Then insert the edge of the elastic, and sew across the seam a few times.



Free Motion Quilting

Lowered my feed dogs for the first time tonight, and did some free motion stitching. How fun!! It's basically like doodling with a sewing machine. Here's the front of my little quilt piece.

& the back.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bow Headband for Blythe

Made this cute headband to go with a dress for Blythe.

I really want to make some of these for little girls now too!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fafi Loves Peonies

& so do I. My yard is blooming with an almost endless supply of pink peonies right now, and I couldn't be happier! My house smells like a flower shop. ♥ I'm definately feeling the Blythe itch again too! Been working on dresses all day, and probably will be all weekend.
Fafi is a Blythe clone that I customized in honor of one of my favorite artists, Fafinette. Isn't she lovely?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pillowcase Top

Made this top using the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial over @ Baby Night Night Boutique.

This was such an easy & fast project!! I'll definately be making more of these adorable little numbers!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Quilt for Issabella

One of my brother's best friends just had a baby girl, so I decided to make a quilt for her. I am a quilting novice, and I'm sure I made some mistakes, but it's cute & should last a very long time. Here's how I did it.

I ended up using only 2/3 of the roll of precut slices, 2 strips of each pattern. The matching FQ's I will save for another quilt. I pieced them together in the same order they were in the roll. This ended up being a good height, but much wider than I needed, so I cut about 1/3 off of the front piece. I then cut 2 equal sized strips from that piece to add to the back.
For the back of the quilt, I used a pretty white with white flowers that I found in the remenents bin. I pretty sure it was cotton, but it didn't say? Quilted with long vertical lines in various widths. I also embroidered her name and birthday onto the white fabric, and top stitched it to the front, bottom right corner of the quilt like a banner. I machine stitched the quilt binding around the edge, and threw it in the wash.

& here is the finished quilt, after it's first washing. =)