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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Day 1 - T-Shirt Bandanna Cowl + Free Pattern

So for Day 1 of Recycled/Upcycled Gift I give you the Reversible T-Shirt Bandanna Cowl with Free Pattern!

Yep that's me so no giggling at the old model!!!

Ok so this is my first sewing tutorial and pattern.

Step 1 - Download the free pattern here.
Step 2 - Print the pattern pieces.  There are 4 pages.  Print them with no page scaling.
Step 3 - Cut off two sides of each page of the patten.  I leave two sides for overlapping but cut off two to                   get the pieces aligned properly.
Step 4 - Tape page 1 and page 2 together

Step 5 - Tape page 3 and page 4 together

Step 6 - Tape the top and bottom together

Step 7 - Cut out your pattern of course!!  OK I know the last few pictures were probably not necessary but               I wanted to make sure it was clear.  Since there are only 4 pages it would have been easy to just                   say print, tape and cut but whatever.  Here are badly taken pics :)

Step 8 - Find an old T-Shirt and fold it in half then pin your pattern to it..  This is where you get to be really                creative.  Find a shirt that the person you are  giving the gift too (or yourself) loves or has some                      connection too.  For my example I chose an old  t-shirt of my sons but I plan on making a few from              shirts that mean something to me.  AJ's shirt was my "test" and it totally worked!!  I am so                            happy with it because it's  my first totally digitally designed pattern.  I have another one coming up                  soon though.

Step 9 - Cut :)  You can also iron your shirt prior to pinning the pattern to it.  I didn't because of the print on              the shirt.  I was worried it would melt if I ironed it.  Seeing how wrinkled it looks in the pictures is                  making me wish I had ironed it though.

Step 10 - Fold each of your pieces right sides together so that the two short straight sides line up and sew.  I                 marked where to sew with a white line in the picture below.

Step 11 - Turn one of your pieces right side out and slide it inside the other so that the right sides are facing.                   Then pin around the curved edge and sew.

Step 12 - When you get to the seam just press both of them open and with your needle in the down position                 (down through your fabric) turn your fabric and continue with the rest of the curve.  My thread                       broke right before I got to this point so it looks a bit messy.  Doh!!

Step 13 - If you have pinking shears you can use them to trim the seam allowance.  If your don't it's ok, just trim the seam allowance down a bit and then clip your curve.

Step 14 - Turn your cowl right side out.  It will look like the picture below.  The you push one side into the other so that both of the sides facing out are "right" or "good" sides.  It sounds more complicated than it is.  Essentially you want the top to look like the bottom of a pant leg but double layered.

Step 15 - Match up your seams and fold under each edge.  I didn't measure but just made everything look                    nice.  I find when I work with old t-shirts it can be hard to get everything exact.  The t-shirts are                    stretched and often hard to get perfect.  I've leaned to live with it and appreciate the lived in look                  of it.  You could also bind the top edge if you know how to make knit binding, just make sure it's                  as stretchy as needed to get over your recipients head!

Step 16 - Top stitch the bottom edge of your cowl if desired.  You certainly don't have to but I love me                        some top stitching, especially in a contrasting color!!

Here I am modeling my Reversible T-Shirt Bandanna Cowl again.  Wow that is a mouthful!  The pictures were taken by my sweet Sidney girl.  Thanks Sid :)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Free Digital "Spooky Eyes" - Happy Halloween Eve!!

These cute but spooky eyes may be just what you need to create the perfect Halloween Layout, card or gift.  I hope someone out there finds them useful :)  They are all created at 300dpi and saved as .png files.

Click on the preview to download a copy of your very own.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Hi/Low Cowl Neck Mashup

Sid at her best :)  Dirty knees and messy hair.  Love you my sweet, amazing and very active girl!!

I used some knit I picked up at a garage sale (the teal) and some knit I picked up at the thrift store (the purple).  The blue is very soft and comfy but it is hard to work with because it has no body.  It flops around on the sewing machine and stretches wherever it pleases.  Sidney does love the shirt and I think the softness is a bonus when it's cold outside.

So for the Hi/Low Pattern I used Mellisa from Melly Sews Free Hi/Low Shirt Pattern and Tutorial.  I have found that her free patterns are the perfect size for Sid and require no modifications.  I think if I make this pattern in a knit again (it's really for a woven not a knit) I will take out the darts.  I don't think Sid really needs them yet but she will soon and she probably would in a woven fabric.

This shirt is perfect for pretending you are a Super Sidney!!  

For the Cowl Neck I used the Cowl portion of the Bimaa SweaterPattern by LouBeeClothing.  I love this pattern and I hope Sarah comes out with a Tween and an Adult version!!  Please Sarah :)

The look on her face here is gorgeous and another pure Sid picture.  

You can see on the sides that the fabric stretched quite a bit while I was sewing (I use my plain old sewing machine with no special foot) but I think it still hangs rather nicely.  The stretch seems to be even and creates a ruched look, not intended but still looks ok.  I added the purple because I am out of the blue.  I'm a bit sad about it too because when I run out of my current thrifted and garage sale knits I will have to resort to using my old t-shirts.  I can't afford to buy fabric and won't be able too for the foreseeable future.

See it covers me up in the back and there is no risk of a Crack Attack!!  Sorry to be so crass but this kid is the Crack Attack Queen!!  I am always telling her to pull up her pants or go get a belt or pull down her shirt.  I love the Hi/Low trend because it helps out a lot in this area.

Yes even Tweens can pretend they are cats sometimes :)

Friday, 11 October 2013

Tribal Papers - Free Digital Download!!

These papers are so yummy that I can't wait to print some and I wish I had the money to get some printed on fabric!  All of my digital scrapbooking backgrounds are created at 300 ppi and saved as .jpg files.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Mad for Plaid - Finally finished sewing!!

Yes I finally finished sewing my Mad for Plaid look for Project Run and Play.  It's only a few weeks after the sew along closed.  No biggie :)

So the shirt is pretty cool huh?  It's a hybrid between Melly Sews V Neck Baseball Shirt (free pattern!!!!)  and  LouBee Clothing's Bimaa Shirt plus sleeves by Sidney.  I love the way it turned out and so does Sid.  I followed the V Neck Baseball Shirt pattern up until the neckline.  Then instead of binding the V Neck I cut out the Cowl Collar option of the Bimaa Shirt.  I just used size 6 without any mods because when I measured the neckline it seemed like it would fit perfectly and it did.  The bottom of the sleeves were self drafted and are really just a rectangle with holes for her thumbs.

The skirt is New Look 6433 View C.  I took off the fitted waistband and the back darts and added a yoga waistband.  This simple mod made it both more comfortable and age appropriate.  For the bottom hem I just sewed about the edge with a short stitch and we are letting it fray naturally.  Both Sidney and I love the informal fraying hem with the more formal style of the skirt.

So here is a closeup of the sleeves.  Sidney wanted them to come down over her hands and have thumb holes.  I added the second color on a whim and we are both thrilled with the look.  It took me a few days of mental thought here and there to figure out the best way to add the thumb holes and I am really please with what I came up with.  

Tree Hugger.

Star Gazer.

Kid goofing.

This one is on a really cool spinny thing at the park.  I love shots of my kids where they are not posed.

But the posed ones are pretty awesome too.

Zombie Child.

Sleeping in the park child.

Beautiful child.

And another star gazer shot.


We has do much fun taking pictures in the park.  I think Sid really got into this time because she felt very grown up in her new outfit.  The best compliment ever " Mom this doesn't look like something you made, it looks like you bought it".  I felt so happy when she said that because I feel this shirt is my first really successful knit.  No wavy or stretched seams and nothing seems wonky.  Hopefully it will stay that way after it's worn and washed.

All of the fabrics I used were purchased at my local thrift store or a garage sale so this outfit cost me about $4 total.  Yep you read that right $4 total.  A major score don't you think?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Mad for Plaid and free too!!!

When Project Run and Play had their Mad for Plaid week I didn't get any sewing finished but I did finish these awesome plaid papers :)  

Meanwhile I am still working on Sidney's Mad for Plaid look.  I just didn't feel inspired enough and never got the design finished.  I don't like to push myself to finish my sewing if I am not feeling it.  It has to be spectacular or not be done at all.

So enjoy your new plaid papers until you can enjoy seeing Sid in her new outfit :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

7 is a magical age and Arrow freebie

I feel like I should have added more elements to this and I may keep working on it but I kinda ran out of ideas.  She is a gorgeous little 7 year old though.

Just click on the preview to go to the download.