Monday, April 30, 2012

Tips & Tricks

After prewashing fabrics, they don't look as crisp as they did on the bolt. To bring back that crisp new look to fabrics, spray with a spray starch while ironing. Makes it look nice and crisp again! This is what I use.


Tips & Tricks

* Always prewash your fabrics unless otherwise noted in your pattern. Prewashing your fabric will allow it to shrink a tad BEFORE you sew your project together.

* Some fabrics tend to "bleed" when washed for the first time. So during your prewashing, add 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash and it will keep any colors from bleeding onto other fabrics.
Great to know... huh?!

Boutique Diaper Wipe Case

Ok... these cute wipe cases have been everywhere! I love mine! They are so much more interesting than just a regular white wipe case.

HERE is my tutorial for the fabric yo-yos I added to my wipe case.

They can be made to match just about any bag too!

You will need;
* Travel diaper wipe case
* Fabric - enough to cover both front and back
* Warm and natural or felt
* Hot glue gun
* Ribbon

Cut out 2 fabric pieces (making sure each one is enough to cover one side) and cut out 2 pieces of warm and natural (one for each side) or use 2 layers of felt for each side (4).

Hot glue a piece of warm and natural to each side of your case and trim the edges.

Hot glue one fabric piece to each side of your wipe case and trim. Don't worry if it isn't perfect. It will soon be covered up! See this is mine... not perfect at all.

If you want to add a ribbon going across the entire case, like I did under the yo-yos, then now is the time to add that piece. If not, carry on!

Time to trim! Heat seal the end of your 3/8 in. ribbon and start hot gluing around the edge of your case. Do it on both the top and bottom edge. Here's a tip! It is easier and looks better if you add the hot glue to the ribbon a little at a time rather than the case. Yep... I learned that from personal experience! Hehe!!

Your done! Well, unless you want to add some cute little accent pieces!

Fabric yo-yo

Fabric Yo-Yo

Here is a wipe case I done and made three of the yo-yos to go on it!
Click HERE for my wipe case tutorial.

Ok.. so these adorable fabric yo-yos are so easy to make and virtually take no time at all to do!

You will need:
* fabric (each circle is 4 1/2 - 5 in.)
* needle and thread

Trace a 4 1/2 - 5 in circle on the backside of your fabric with a water soluble pen or pencil.

Once you get your circle cut out, iron down the edge of the circle about 1/4 in.

Take you needle and thread and start sewing the folded edge you ironed down. Try to sew it fairly close to the egde.

Once you have sewn all the way around, gently pull on the thread and your circle will start to gather. Pull it taunt so it will be nice and tight when it is all pulled in.

Now just do your finishing part of the sewing to hold it in place. Flatten out your yo-yo and it's ready to go!

Lined Alligator Clip

How to line an alligator clip.

* You will need an alligator clip
* 3/8 in. ribbon
* Hot glue gun

Take your ribbon and stick the end inside the clip so it will be held and wrap it as far around the clip as you want it to go.

Cut the ribbon where you would like it to end. Heat seal the ends of the ribbon before gluing onto clip.

Put hot glue on the inside of the curved part of the clip. I find it easier if I hold the clip upside down on this part.

Continue to hot glue the ribbon the rest of the way.

That's it! Your all done! It takes no time and looks so much better and holds better than one not lined.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Reusable Breast Pads

Reusable Breast Pads

As I am getting ready for our third child, I thought it would be awesome to have some reusable breast pads. Cause Eco friendly is good for our environment and our wallets! :) This is to make one set.

You will need:
* Cute cotton material (enough for 2 five inch circles)
* Flannel (enough to make 6 five inch circles... as you need 3 of these for each one)
* Viscose for Bamboo (enough for 2 five inch circles)

Why Bamboo?
* Bamboo dries 3 or 4 times faster than cotton - The faster it dries, the more comfortable your baby will feel.

* Bamboo can be worn all year round. It keeps babies cool during the summer time and warm during winter time.

* Bamboo is softer than cotton - Makes babies comfortable and happy all the time.

* Bamboo is naturally anti-allergic and antibacterial.

* Bamboo is a natural organic product - environmental friendly!

* Bamboo has higher absorbent levels - About 65% to 75% more absorbent than regular cotton.

* Babies who has sensitive skin or who are allergic to fabrics made from other materials find that they will have no problems with the bamboo.

* Bamboo has lots of micro holes, it makes breathability superior to that of cotton.

* 100% Biodegradable

Benefits of Bamboo for Nursing Pads:

*Extremely soft and luxurious

*Hypoallergenic as well as naturally anti-bacterial - Perfect for mom with sensitive skin.

*It's easy to care for - machine wash and tumble dry.

*Its porous fibers comfortably wicks moisture away from skin.

First, gather together all your goodies mentioned in the "You will need" section!

Cut out the 5 inch circles that you will need for each one with a rotary cutter. Scissors will work too. A cd works great for this part as it's the perfect size.

Once you get the right amount cut out for each one... time to sandwich all your pieces together. (You will do this twice... once for each pad) 1st layer will be your pretty cotton material you picked (wrong side up), 2nd, 3rd and 4th layers will all be your flannel and your final layer for the back will be your nice bamboo material.

Pin all five layers together so they wont get all wonky while sewing then together.

Sew a straight stitch around your entire pad to join them. I sew mine with a little under a half inch seam allowance to make sure it grabs nicely to each layer. (A walking foot would be great for this part if you have one but isn't necessary.)

After you sew your straight stitch around the entire pad, sew an overlock stitch or zigzag stitch around the edge twice.

That's it! Your all done! Now you have some cute, eco friendly, wallet friendly breast pads!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Recovered Car Seat

So with our third little one on the way, I desperately needed to either buy a new seat cover or make one. Just the wear and tear of two little ones before had done that cover in! I looked online but everything I liked was more than I wanted to pay. Lucky me... I found this great tutorial here and it worked great! I will admit that I was terrified and I did sweat bullets the entire time, but I was so glad I braved up and done it!
After my little revamp!
Before my little revamp! A girl needed so color, right!?
Go ahead... you can do it too!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fun Fabric Flower Hair bow

Fun Fabric Flower Hair bow

Pictures are taken from 2 different projects, so don’t worry about the color change.

Supplies Needed:
* Felt
* 1 strip of fabric that is 5 inches wide - usually fabric is    42-45 in. in width
* Needle and thread for hand sewing in the end
* Hair bow alligator clip
* ribbon to line clip
* Hot glue gun
*Lighter (to burn ends of ribbon that lines the clip)

Step 1: Cut out a 2in x 2in circle out of paper (this will be your guide when cutting all those circles.)

Step 2: Cut your 5 inch fabric strip in half so you will have (2) 2 ½ in. fabric strips.

Step 3: Fold over your fabric the entire length, lay your 2inch circle paper piece your cut out on top and use it as your guide to cut all those circles.

Don’t worry if your circles aren’t perfect, they don’t have to be.

Step 4: Time to start your flower! Take one circle and pinch the center.

Step 5: Now smush in the sides to the center.

Step 6: Now that you have your “petal” made, lay it on a
2 inch felt circle piece with only about ¼ in hanging over your circle. Do this around the entire circle.

When you have gone around the entire circle with your 1st layer, it should look like this.

Step 7: After you finish your 1st layer, time to start on your 2nd. Lay your 2nd layer petals to were you 1st layer is sticking out about ¼ in farther.

***Now to the center of your flower!  You could have some fun here and only do two layers and hot glue a rhinestone or sew a cute button or something in the center. Here is an example.***

Step 8: If you want a full 3 layer flower, you simply hand sew each petal in the center of your flower until you are satisfied with the fullness. I usually do around 4 or 5.

Step 9: After doing your center. To make it really look “fluffed”, lay your flower on a towel or something and spray LOTS of spray starch on it and fluff all your petals and let it dry.

Now you have a sweet little fabric flower. Exciting, isn’t it?!

Just line an alligator clip with ribbon and hot glue it to the backside and your ready to go!

There are so many things you can do with these! The possibilities are endless when your dealing with fabric! How great is that! Ahhhh!

I just redid my girls' room and done this lampshade for them with these.