Monday, April 29, 2013

Life Size Paper Doll

Since we live out in the country, we tend to have to order a lot of stuff.  Recently, I ordered some containers to redo my husbands office and in the box were big sheets of brown paper.  We usually always flatten these out and the girls draw on them for a few days.  This time I decided we'd make some big life size paper dolls using them.

Pretty simple project...lay the paper down, trace around your child.



 Draw some clothes on and then let the kids color!





This occupied them both almost all afternoon.  After they were done, they wanted them cut out and we hung them on their doors.




Friday, April 26, 2013

Striped Infinity Scarf

I have been seeing a lot of these color-block infinity scarfs around.  So, the last time I was in the fabric story, I checked out the knit material and they had stripes!!!  I got some navy striped and plain navy to make my scarf (1 yard of each).



Folding the material in half, I cut it 21 inches (or 42 inches total unfolded).


Then I cut the lenght 38 inches.  Make sure you cut the striped material the direction you want the stripes to go.  I wanted mine horizontal.

I cut the same size out of navy material.  Next I sewed the two ends together so I had one LONG piece of material 42 inches wide and 76 inches (38 + 38) long. 



Next folded the long piece in half and sewed down the long side.

 

Then I turned the long 'tunnel' of material right side out.  I folded the navy end in a little and then just slid the striped piece in and pinned.



Then I just sewed it together.






And here is the finished scarf!!






Friday, April 19, 2013

Doll Bedding

Both my daughters asked for American Girl dolls for Christmas this year. I knew I wanted to make them something for them as a gift and I finally decided on doll beds and bedding.  I ordered this set of unfinished beds from Acraftersnook on Etsy.  I chose birds for the cut-out on the headboard.

Then I went to the fabric store for material.


After measuring the bed, these were my measurements for the bedding.  Mattress - 10 inches X 21 inches (2 pieces of heart fabric).  Bedspread 16 inches X 25 inches (1 piece of hear fabric, 1 piece of bumpy fabric).  Pillow 10 inches X 5 inches (1 piece of heart fabric, 1 piece of bumpy fabric).  This took into account a .25 inch seam allowance.

I measured and cut out all my material.


Then I started sewing... mattress and pillow first.



Then the bedspread.  I decided to add some rick-rack to the bedspread (I already had this on-hand).


After sewing the right sides together on the bedspread, I turned it right side out and sewed a quarter inch seam around the edge.





Halfway through making the bedspread, I decided some pom-pom's on the edge would look cute.  So, I had to put it on hold and go to the fabric store again.  But, I'm glad I added this extra detail.


I painted the beds white and put a chalkboard rectangle on the end for the girls to write their dolls name on.



They were wrapped in a BIG box under the tree and the girls were very excited to see what was in the box from mommy and daddy!
 











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Friday, April 12, 2013

Simple Child's Apron

This year, B is having a cupcake decorating party for her birthday.  I decided to make the kids each an apron to use at the party and then take home.  I had this fabric I picked up last Summer at a yard sale, so I decided to go ahead and use it for the aprons.

Several years ago, I made the girls each an apron.  This is the one I made for MK and I used it as a guide, but I made the new ones a little larger since the girls have grown since then.

I cut the material 16 inches wide, folded in half.  So each piece of material would be 16 inches by 32 inches.



I then cut the ties 3 inches wide by the length of the material.  I honestly did not measure the length, but I did make sure it was long enough to tie in a bow around B and MK.


Next, I cut pockets 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches.  I cut one pocket for each skirt, folded down the top 1inch, ironed and sewed.


After that, I ironed the edges in around the pocket about .5 inches.  Then pinned them on the front of each skirt 5 inches from the top, 3 inches in from the side and sewed on.





Placing the wrong sides of the material together, I sewed around 3 sides.  Turned it right side out and ironed.







Now for the ties.  I folded the material in about .5 inches and ironed down each side.

Then folded it in half and ironed.

Then I set to pinning.  First I found the center of the top of the skirt and the center of the tie.  This is easily done by just folding in half and marking with a pin.  I pinned the two together at the center.


Then I measured over 2 inches on either side and made a simple pleat, pinned.


I then measured 3 inches over from the last pleat and made one more pleat, pinned.

Here is one skirt all pinned.

Fold the ends of tie in and sew down.

Then just sew down the length of the tie, sewing the apron onto it.


Here is MK modeling the first one I completed.  Then I finished up 6 more.


I also made a few robot ones for the boys the exact same way only leaving out the pleats at the top.















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