Friday, September 28, 2012

Simple knit bibs made from recycled t-shirts

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Have you ever noticed they usually make store-bought fabric bibs out of very light-colored fabrics?
What better way to show off all these tasty baby-food stains?!
I was tired of  the old, stained bibs we have laying around here.
So I went through my donation stack and used a couple of my old shirts to make some bibs that won't show stains as easily.
(OK, maybe I shouldn't have used one that has white stripes, but I really like stripes...)

So fast, and so simple.

And, since it pretty much only took recycled materials, super cheap, too.
I didn't take pictures while I made them, but the process is pretty simple:
  1. Trace a bib you like, adding a small seam allowance. 
  2. For one bib, cut two pieces of fabric, using the pattern you made in step 1.
  3. Cut out a simple shape out of a contrasting color, and sew it on the front piece.
  4. Line up both pieces, right sides together, and sew them together, leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning.
  5. Turn the bib right side out and press with an iron.
  6. Top-stitch the sides of the bib.
  7. Add velcro or snaps to create the closure of the bib.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Easy Lace Ruffle T-shirt Refashion - Tutorial

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Are you ready for a very cheap, simple and fast refashion?

All you need are the following supplies:

* A plain t-shirt with a rounded neckline
* Ruffled lace trim in either a matching or contrasting color
(See pic below, I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)

* Tread, same color as trim

You will need the following tools:

* Sewing machine

(My excuses for the bad pictures below, 
I tend to do most of my crafting at night,
which doesn't really help...)

Begin by cutting a piece of trim slightly longer than the neckline.
Pin it down, folding the ends by the shoulder under.

Cut a second piece of trim, about half the size of the first one.

Pin it down underneath the first row, making sure there is an overlap.

Cut the third piece slightly smaller than the second one, 
and attached it like described before.

Cut and attach your fourth piece.

Now, it's time to sew the pieces in place.
Sew the bottom ruffle in place, while you lift the other ruffles.

Do the same thing for the next two ruffles.

When you get to the last ruffle, you start by sewing the side of the trim to the shirt. You had pinned it down with the edge folded under, so sew through both layers.
(Matching up with the seam on the shoulder.) Then, just follow the neckline.

Finish up by attaching the other end of the trim to the other shoulder like described in the previous step.

Enjoy your new shirt!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Owl Transformation

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I found this owl at the dollar store (Dollar Tree).
To be honest: I thought it was pretty ugly, but since I am decorating the room of our youngest with owls, I saw some potential. The shape was OK, and there was nothing that a little paint couldn't fix.

Even the cashier had her opinion about them,
mumbling something about "ugly little creatures" when she put them in the bag.
I even bought 3 of them, so I mentioned that I was going to paint them and use them to decorate my daughter's room. 
Not sure what she thought of me :)

Anyway, this is what they turned into after a little bit of TLC:

Three owls that exactly match the new colors and fabrics of her room.
It was pretty simple, and hardly cost anything.
Want to do your own ugly figurine transformation?
All I did was paint the owls with some craft paint (two layers).
Then, I cut some fabric scraps to cover their wings and belly, 
and glued them in place with Mod Podge.
Simple, right?!

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Owl always love you - free printable poster

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I am in the process of redecorating the room of our youngest.

I bought some cute owl stickers over a year ago, I think before she was even born, 
intending to decorate her nursery with them.

They are still in their original packaging...

But recently, I have finally started to work on her room

I will share pictures once it starts to look a little better:
at the moment its half Pooh, half owls, plus a big mess...

In the meantime, I thought I'd share this print I made for her room.

I am planning to print it as an 8 by 10 picture,
so that it fits a standard 8 by 10 frame.

I didn't put my watermark on it,
so that you could use it too, if you want.

And as always:
for PERSONAL use only please!

(The image appears as if there are no borders,
since it blends in with the blog background.
Just double click the picture and you will see
the original print.)

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Crochet Chevron Baby Hat

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 I came up with a crochet pattern for this chevron newborn hat.

I made it as a gift for a sweet little baby a while ago.

I might post the pattern here some time.
That is: if I can find the notes I scribbled down somewhere...

Shared at Sugar Bee Crafts.

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