Crochet Banner DIY

I always have the best ideas when inspired to create a special gift. This time it happened to be for my new niece. I had made her a quilt and wanted a little something extra to go with it.

It took me a while to think of something, but then a banner idea popped into my mind. After that the whole crocheting a banner came to be. I have been seeing people create large banners with this type of shape lately so I figured it would translate well with crocheting. (adoption printable in pic below is from here)

Supplies:

  • Yarn (I used the Lily Sugar n’ Cream brand)
  • Crochet hook (I used size H)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • String or Yarn to hang them on

Ch. 13 [pic 1]

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc across. (12sc) [pic 2]

Row 2: Ch. 1, turn. Sc across. (12 sc)

Row 3-10: Repeat row 2. [pic 3]

Row 11: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next 6 stitches. (6 sc) [pic 4]

Row 12: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in first two stitches. Sc in next 4 stitches. (4 sc)

[pic 5 - 8 illustrate a decrease stitch. 5- pull yarn through first stitch 6- pull yarn through second stitch 7- loop yarn over hook 8- pull top loop through the other 3 loops on the hook]

Row 13: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next 3 stitches. Decrease in next two. (3 sc) [pic 9]

Row 14: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in first two stitches. Sc in next 2 stitches. (2 sc) [pic 10]

Row 15: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next stitch. Decrease in next two stitches. (1 sc) [pic 11]

Row 16: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in the two stitches. [pic 12]

[pic 13] Finish tip off with a sl st and fasten off leaving a 6 inch tail for sewing.

You will now repeat rows 11- 16 for the other side. Start with it right side up and by pulling yarn through the outer loop [pic 14].

Then make the very first sc in that same stitch [pic 15]. Continue to sc across that first row. (6 sc) [pic 16]

Once at the end of the second tip [pic 17], sc around the edges by beginning towards the middle of the two points.

Tip: You will want to do 2 sc in the edges at the bottom points and 3 sc in the top corners to make for nice smooth corners.

Once the edging is done, fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail for sewing. [pic 18]

Sew in all the yarn tails with yarn needle and trim any ends. Make sure to weave the tails in the back of the banner.

The final measurements on mine were roughly 4.75″ wide and 5.5″ at the longest point.

To create a more pointed tip, simply wet the bottom ends and shapen into a point. Try to keep the outer edges straight. [pic 19]

Finish up by threading your yarn needle with some type of string or yarn. Go through the top backs of each bunting piece.

And there you have it! Enjoy.

-Jess

Knit Fabric Wrap – A – Round Skirt Tutorial

Let’s break up this quiet spell with a tutorial okay? I totally have spring on the mind and am excited for the wardrobe change this season will bring. I have been loving the flowy skirts and dresses that Free People has lately and want to create some pieces based on those. With that in mind, I was super excited when I received an email from Organic Cotton Plus to try out some of their fabric and share about it with you all. I already had a project in mind! I have used fabric with them before, but it was all wovens so I was very happy to play around with some knit fabric.

I picked out three yards of this yummy banana interlock knit. It is 60″ wide so it’s a great size to use for things that need a larger piece of fabric like a maxi dress or skirt. I whipped up this wrap around skirt in no time. It’s easy to put together and since it’s a knit fabric you won’t need to worry about raw edges. Here is what I did to create this look along with some things I learned along the way. As much as I love sharing final products, I also love sharing where I messed up to help others from having to go through the same mistakes.

Materials:
-Knit Fabric of choice
-Measuring Tape
-Scissors
-Pins
-Calculator

This skirt is three main pieces: The waistband, the top skirt (which is a circle skirt), and the bottom skirt(which is just a rectangular piece of fabric). Let’s go over how to do measurements for these pieces first. Please note, I ere on the side of “larger” so things can be cut back if necessary. It’s always better to have it a little too big and make a quick cut than to make something too small.

PLEASE NOTE: You are just plugging in 3 measurements you take (your waist, the length you want the top of the skirt, and the length you want the bottom of the skirt)  into the following equations. Write them down and then use your calculator to get the final measurements. It might help to copy and paste this part and separate it into the three sections to focus better on each one.

-The waistband piece is going to be 7″ wide and the length should be your waist measurement x 3. I had to sew a few pieces together to get this length.

Ex: If your waist is 20″ you would just multiply this by 3. 
So your piece cut out should be 60″ x 7″.

-The top half of the skirt needs to be figured out with a little bit of math because you need a circle. Here goes….
First you need a circumference which will be:

Circumference = (Waist measurement + Waist measurement/3)
Circumference = 36″ + (36″/3)
Circumference = (36″ + 12″)
Circumference = 48″

Then you plug the circumference into this equation to get the Radius.

Radius = Circumference/(2 x pi)

Now, we know the Circumference already and we know that pi is approximately 3.14. So we plug those in to get the following:

 Radius = 48″/(2 x 3.14)
Radius = 48″/6.28
  Radius = 7.6″

Now that is needed for cutting the circle out. To get how big a piece of fabric you need to cut out this circle, you need to do a little more math.
You now need to determine Radius + Length (Length = how long you want it to go; I measured from my waist to my knees)

 Radius + Length = x
7.6″ + 15″ = 22.6″, which I round up to 23″.
Then multiply that by 2
Ex: 23″ x 2 = 46″
I will need a piece of fabric that measures 46″x46″ to cut.

-The bottom skirt piece is a rectangular piece. To determine this measurement you need the circumference of the bottom of the circle skirt. The best way to determine this is using the following equation:

Bottom Circumference = (2 x pi) x (Radius+Length)
The R + Length is the same number as you used from the above equation, 7.6″+15″= 23″ and we know pi is 3.14.
 Bottom Circumference = (2 x 3.14) x (7.6″ + 15″)
      Bottom Circumference = (6.28)x(23″)
     Bottom Circumference = 144.5″

So the piece of fabric needed to be cut is 144.5″ by the length I needed to make it go to my ankles, which was 21″. I actually didn’t have quite enough for this length, but I was able to cut out a piece that measured 120″ by 21″. It worked out because I could stretch the fabric and I had ended up cutting some of the length off from the top part of the skirt anyways (talk about that below). In hindsight, having more fabric would have made it flow better but it’s still good!

*Refer to the above diagram I drew due to the sun never being out when I sewed so I could get good pictures ;)

1. Go ahead and cut the square piece out using the measurements you determined for the top part of the skirt (ex: 46″ by 46″).
2. Fold fabric square in half.
3. Fold fabric in half again the opposite way. You will have two “folds” of fabric and two sides that do not have folds.
4. Mark for your first cut from the corner where the two fold sides meet. This will be at the waist. Mark your 1/4″ circle to cut with chalk. The line should be the same length (the radius) from the corner all the way across.
The second cut you make will be made at the radius + length point from the corner edge. Use chalk to mark this line for easy cutting.
Cut skirt piece out after marking.
5. Open your now “donut” shape fabric piece. Cut down one side to open it. Wrap the waist part (the smaller circle) around your waist and make sure it doesn’t over wrap. You want it to wrap around your waist with one side coming to one side of front waist and the other overlapping going to the other side of the waist. If it is too big, trim some fabric off to your liking. I had to trim about 4 inches off on each side for my preference. It added to much fabric to the underneath side that wrapped under.
6.  Right sides facing, sew the bottom skirt piece to the bottom of the top skirt piece.

7. Fold skirt in half, wrong sides facing. From top, cut downward at an angle similar to image above.

Now find the middle of the waistband and the middle of the skirt top. Pin together at that spot, right sides facing. Pin the rest of the skirt top to the waistband and sew together.
Fold the waistband in half towards the inside of the skirt. The waistband edge should cover the seam. Pin in place and sew. Wrap skirt around waist so that the ends of the skirt are at opposite sides of the waist. The side tie that is underneath will need to wrap around your back to the other side for tying. You might have to play with it a bit to get it not to be too bunchy. Then tie on that side. Trim the tie to your liking at this point and you are all done! This is a skirt you can wear anywhere, but would also be an easy beach coverup piece as well.
It might take a little math to determine this, but it’s worth it! If you want to make it even easier to create, I suggest just making the whole thing a circle skirt. Just change the length for the top skirt piece to go as long as you want it to twitter, google plus, and facebook

and then sew on the waistband. That would be super easy! Thanks again to Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can also find them on

Happy sewing!
-Jess

Knotted Bow Tutorial

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

I have two little girls so there are never enough hair bows. I have about two boxes full, but I still make and buy hair accessories all the time. The bonus is that they actually like wearing things in their hair. I wanted to try a different way to make a hair bow and was quite pleased with the result. The best part? It’s such an easy hair bow to make! And it’s a great way to use up scraps too.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY
Easy Knotted Bows DIY

I made some big ones and some little ones. The bigger ones were easier to do when it came to the knotting, but the small is doable. It just might take a bit more strength getting it pulled tight enough. Especially if you are using a thick material.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

First, let’s talk how to make bows with non fraying materials like felt, fleece, and thicker knit fabric. These just need to be cut into the correct size. Grab your scissors and cut a 1.5″ x 4.5″ piece for a small bow or a 3″ x 7.5″ piece for a big one.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

Then just tie them in a knot. Make sure the knot is in the middle. Fluff out the edges and you are all done.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

If using fabric, it’s best to sew two pieces together. You also want to cut the two fabric pieces larger than what is stated above to make room for the seam allowance. I added about one inch to each measurement for this. Place the two pieces together, right sides facing. Sew around the edges, leaving an opening in the middle of one of the longer sides. Cut small notches on the corners for a prettier point when it’s turned.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

Turn right side out and fold in edges at opening. Sew opening closed. If you made sure to leave your opening in the middle like I did, the sewn part will end up in the knot and not be seen. Otherwise you can hand sew using a slip stitch to shut the opening so no thread will be visible.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

Then knot the fabric. I found it harder to knot the fabric as it didn’t have as much flexibility as the other materials. It is still cute though and works out in the end.

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

Now that you have your bows you can add whatever you want to them. I used some hair accessories I had in my stash like an elastic headband and different hair clips/bobby pin. You could also make these into bow ties if you wanted or add it to a present. They are so easy to make they are great little presents (or present toppers) when in a rush.
-Jess

Easy Knotted Bows DIY

DIY Trinket Dish

DIY Trinket Dish

This is yet another diy that was created out of necessity. I like to keep my daughters hair ties in her bathroom, but she would always take them out of the bowl so she could use the bowl for her toys. So, there was no home for the hair ties any more. It kept disappearing!

DIY Trinket Dish

I saw some cute trinket dishes or ring dishes or jewelry holders or whatever you want to call them on Anthropologie’s site. I was really close to buying one when it hit me I can just make one of course. So off I went to the thrift store and found the supplies I needed. I only spent $1.12 to make this and now we have a trinket dish!

DIY Trinket Dish

Here is what you need to make one:
-A teacup plate
-A small figurine that fits on the middle of the plate. Also make sure it has a place that rings/etc could fit on. For example: a rabbit has ears that would work, a giraffe, a dinosaur with a long neck, a dear, etc. The unicorn I chose was perfect because of it’s horn.
-A strong glue (I used E6000; available at craft stores)
-Paint (if you want to paint your figurine. I used regular acrylic, but spray paint would be the best)
-Clear Sealant (if you do use acrylic paint)

DIY Trinket Dish

Paint your figurine if desired. I had to apply several coats. This is when I was wishing I had some spray paint. If using acrylic paint, use a clear sealer once its dry to prevent it from chipping. Wash your dish off and dry it real good too. Once everything is dry, glue the figurine on the plate.

DIY Trinket Dish

Very simple and these would make a cute gift too! I think this would also be great to make using plastic plates and figurines if breakage is a concern.

DIY Trinket Dish

This trinket dish now looks more like the above. It’s covered in hair ties and sitting in my daughter’s bathroom and solves our issue. For now anyways haha. Share if you make one :)
-Jess

Woodland Creature Photobooth DIY and Free Animal Mask Template

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Woodland Creature Photobooth

You guys, I seriously had so much fun prepping for this post. OshKosh challenged us bloggers to create a photobooth idea to share. I immediately thought of a winter forest and all the fun creatures in it. It could easily fit into a holiday party theme or even just a family get together. Most people love taking fun photos! My six year old really got a kick out of picking out her look and seeing her pictures when we did this.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Let’s start with what you will need. For the background, I used kraft paper, white paint, paint brush, pencil, tape, and black sharpie. Cut out a piece of kraft paper to the size you want. Tape it down to a hard surface. Draw on simple birch tree like shapes with your pencil. Then paint in the trees with white paint.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Once dry, mark black lines on the trees to look like bark. This took me hardly any time at all to create.

Woodland Creature Photobooth
(Note: Forgot the fox’s whiskers in this picture)

For the masks, you will need the templates, which can be downloaded here. You will need the cardstock (size 8 x 11.5) colors listed below, scissors, a glue stick, and elastic thread (you can find it with the notions in the sewing section).
Rabbit: 1 white, 1 light pink
Bear: 1 black
Deer: 1 brown, 1 tan
Fox: 1 orange, 1 white

Cut out your templates and trace on back of cardstock paper. Cut out traced pieces.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Glue inner ear pieces on top of outer ear pieces. Then glue ears/antlers underneath of mask. Glue on fox whiskers on top as shown. Using a glue stick is easy and makes for quick drying.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Then cut out a 8.5″ piece of elastic thread for each mask. Make a small hole on both sides of masks. I used a nail to do this, but you could use all kinds of things.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Tie on elastic and they are ready.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

When putting together your photobooth, consider who is coming when picking out props. You want things people will have fun using. I added some props that were taped on sticks, some hair accessories, bow tie, scarf, and silly glasses to name a few. It’s worth going through your own stuff to see what you can add in.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Place props in a basket near where the photobooth will be. Add some lights to look like they are hanging in the trees in the back if you want as well.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

If it will be happening during the day, try to find a well lit area near a window for beautiful natural light. If at night, just make sure there are enough lights on for cameras to get good shots. We took ours as the sun was setting, so we had some natural light and tungsten lighting to get enough light because I really didn’t want to use my flash unless necessary. But most people would probably be using cell phones for taking pics. Tape the backdrop at a height where you think most guests will be. If only adults, you could put it higher so they can just stand. I put ours lower and added a bench for us grown ups to sit on. Not that miss E really got in any of the photos anyways :) She was having none of that haha. Here are some pictures we took:

Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth

It was funny to watch and participate in the photobooth. Laughter is such a good thing! Thank you OshKosh for the challenge this month!!! I also want to congratulate Alisia for winning the $50 gift card. Have fun shopping! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome clothing that OshKosh B’gosh has out right now for the holidays. In fact both the girls are rocking OshKosh clothes in these pics. You can check OshKosh out in stores (find a location near you) or online in their holiday shop to see baby winter clothes  and kids winter clothes.

For Girls:
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Embellished tees are perfect for playtime and all-day wear. Sequins, bling and bows make these tees super stylish!
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OshKosh B’gosh has darling dresses that are soft and easy-to wear. Pair them with a cardigan to keep her cozy and complete her spot on look.
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Dress up her outfits with sparkly ballet flats with comfortable tights.
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Let her make a statement with OshKosh B’gosh bangles, ribbon necklaces and headbands galore.  

For Boys:
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Button-front plaid shirts are perfect for all occasions! Pair them with corduroys, khakis or jeans for an easy outfit.
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He’ll have fans all over the neighborhood after he carols in the handsome combo of fleece-lined jeans and a denim shirt.
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A cable knit sweater vest is perfect for dressing up his holiday outfits. He’ll look picture perfect.


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Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Fort in a Bag DIY with OshKosh B’gosh

Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

This month OshKosh B’gosh challenged us to create a fort in a bag. How fun is that? I have to say, it’s very easy to do and would make a great gift for a child. It can be used outside and inside and can be created on a budget. But before we get into all of that, I want to announce the winner from the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway! Congratulations Kelly!!!! I will be in contact with you. Now, back to this fort thing.

I started by purchasing a few supplies and using a few we had already: a bag, a bed sheet, flashlights, clothespins, snacks, coloring supplies, and chalkboard/chalk. Of course, you could really add so many things. I thought about books that they could read in their fort or toys. You could even use different things to send them to hold the sheet in place. I had ordered these small clamps, but alas, they haven’t made it here yet. I think they will be easier for the girls to use though once we have them. And what about lanterns instead of flashlights? How cool would that be? Or glow sticks? Possibilities = Endless

I made it a little cutesy by adding the crayons in a small mason jar and by wrapping up the sheet nice and tying it together with some scrap fabric. Little touches can really make a gift more personal.

For the bag, I took a bowl and traced it right on the middle of the bag. Then I placed stickers in the middle that spelled fort. I grabbed some fabric paint and painted in the circle and over the stickers. Once dry, I removed the stickers.

My girls love making forts, so they had a lot of fun going outside and playing in it. It was funny watching miss E trying to color with her mittens on. She refused to take them off. She’s very much an accessories kind of girl.

A lot of what they are wearing is c/o OskKosh. Here is a run down of where you can find those pieces. Miss J (the oldest): coat, hat/mittens. Miss E (the littlest): coat, hat/mittens, jeggings, shirt.

We LOVE all of the pieces they received. The girls had fun picking out what they wanted. I am most thrilled about the coats personally, but they would say the hats were their favorite ;). The coats are going to keep my girls warm this winter! Here is a little more information on what OshKosh has in their Winter Shop right now.
Girls:
o        A great option for
girls winter clothes on cold days is a puffy bubble jacket. With a fleece-lined hood and plenty of weather protection, it’s great for layered looks and will keep her warm.
o        Find lots of fun, girly details like polka dots, colors and floral prints that are fashionable and provide warmth on wintry days.
Boys:
o        With a bubble jacket, bib and reversible hat, your little outdoor adventurer can keep warm on cold expeditions!
o        Sporty and colorful for a cold day,
boys winter clothes like, the heavyweight parka is one of OshKosh B’gosh’s warmest options!

OshKosh B’gosh also has everything you need for a “B’gosh Believes” holiday! Fun tees, cute socks and adorable dress-up outfits are perfect for holiday photos and family occasions. I can’t wait to share the next posts coming up. More giveaways, outfit ideas, crafts, and other tips coming your way soon!
You can find OshKosh online or find the store nearest you.


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OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Arrow Lariat Necklace DIY

Two diy’s in one week? Crazy! I’m on a roll. I was inspired to create this necklace after spotting this gorgeous one from Anthropologie in an ad. I was just going to buy that one and then I looked it up and it’s made using legit materials, making it a bit (okay a lot) out of my price range. I thought it would be a fun diy and I could use scrap leather pieces I had already.

To make one yourself, you will need some scrap leather (or other stiff non fraying material if you aren’t down with using leather, like felt even), 42″ of something for the cord (I used a leather cord), 2 beads of choice, glue, scissors, and the triangle template which can be downloaded here.

1. Cut out three whole triangles from the leather.
2. Cut out the middle triangle of those three pieces. I traced the shape on the back to make it easy to cut out.
3. Dab a little bit of glue on the very edge of the point of the triangle sides.
4. (just a picture of the materials I used! did this out of order and it’s a bit late to retake the pics and change this template….)

5. Place a triangle on top of the other one, points going in the same direction. Repeat number 3 on the second triangle and add on the last piece. Allow glue to dry.
6. Thread cording of choice through the triangles. There should be just enough room to get it through and tight enough to keep it in place. Tie on the beads at the bottom.

Then if you want, you can chop off the tips of the triangles like I did in the very top picture.
All done! Cute and easy accessory for the win.
-Jess

Vintage May: The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional and Kristin from Skirt as Top have been hosting a series called Vintage May on their blogs. They have an impressive line up of bloggers with amazing projects/tutorials! Today I get to join in and share a dress I made and I also made sure to get pics of the process so you can make one too. See others projects here on Jess’s blog and here on Kristin’s.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

I was inspired by vintage patterns from the 60′s like this. I decided I wanted to do a dress with a drop waist skirt and a collar. Of course, I also wanted to do this as easy as possible. That’s when the idea of making it from a t-shirt popped in my head. The t-shirt dress has been done a million times, but I’m putting a vintage spin on it today.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

To create this look, I added a circle skirt to the bottom and used felt for the collar. I know some of you must be thinking “felt? But how does it wash?” Well, I washed mine in cold water on a normal cycle and it was fine. I did let it air dry though. The dryer might cause it to pill. And yes, I used the cheap acrylic felt you buy in sheets from the craft stores.

Here are the materials you will need:
-T-shirt
-Fabric
-Felt
-Ribbon

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Start by cutting the end of the t-shirt off. Make sure it’s on the longer side to achieve the drop waist look. I used a dress that my daughter had to determine the length I wanted it. You could also have them try it on and see where you would like it to fall too. Then measure how wide the bottom of the shirt is.

Use that measurement to determine the size of fabric needed for the circle skirt. I’m going to use pics/instructions from a previous tutorial I did. No need to do it again ;)

Figure out how much fabric you need.
First you need to determine the radius for the bottom. The equation used is:

r = circumference / (2 x pi)

2 x pi is about 6.28. The circumference is the measurement of the bottom of the shirt. Just measure it laying flat and multiply it be 2. The shirt was 11.5″ laying flat, so times 2 and minus 1 it’s 23″. Plug it in:

r = 23 / 6.28

r = about 3.7 (I rounded up)

Now take the radius and add how long you want the bottom skirt to be (remember to add extra for the seam allowance you want to use. I added 2 inches. An inch for the top and one for the bottom). I wanted hers to be 10.5″ long (including seam allowance), so plug it in:
(r + length)
3.7″ +10.5″ =14.2″

Multiply that by 2.
14.2″ x 2= 28.4″

So, I will need 1 square pieces of fabric that is 28.4″ x 28.4″.

Ruffle Pants Style #2 Tutorial

Take your square piece of fabric and fold it in half.

Ruffle Pants Style #2 Tutorial

Then fold it in half the other way. This will create two sides that are fabric folds and two sides will be the fabric edges.

Ruffle Pants Style #2 Tutorial

Now take a ruler and some chalk. From the very corner of the two folded sides, measure out the radius + length measurement to get the length you will cut in the picture above. Make quite a few marks all around the fabric to create a 1/4 circle. Cut it out.

Ruffle Pants Style #2 Tutorial

Now to cut the middle circle. Use your ruler again and measure out the radius length from the corner of the folded edges. Make a few marks around and connect, then cut out.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Your piece will now look like this.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Now that it is cut out, pin the waist of the skirt piece to the bottom of the t-shirt with right sides facing. Sew together and finish the seams with a v-stitch or serger.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Hem the bottom how you like. I ended up serging the edge then turning it under 1/4″, ironed it in place, then sewed. You could turn it under a little and iron then turn it under one more time so no raw edge is showing, but this might drive some of you crazy. It can be done, but it can be difficult. Another option is to sew on bias tape around the bottom.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Now you need to create a template for the collar. Take the dress and fold it in half with the front of the dress facing up. Tuck the back of the neckline in the shirt. Place the neckline on a piece of paper and trace around the neck, top of shoulder, and down the middle some.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

It will look like this.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Then you can draw the shape of the collar you want on the front part. Next, fold the dress in half the other way (so the back is facing up). Match up the shoulder and neckline with the part you just drew. Trace around neck and down the middle a little ways.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Draw your own look for the rest of the collar the way you want it. Cut it out.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Position template on neckline to see if it will work. It might take some tweaking. Don’t worry about it being all the way over in the back because we will be making it shorter there anyways. The front is really the most important area.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Cut out two pieces of from the pattern piece. Then trim the edge that will be in the back some. Since the shirt is stretchy, we don’t want to sew it all the way around or else the dress might not go over the wearer’s head.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

I also sewed around the edges of the felt to help it hold it’s shape.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial
The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Now pin the collar in place. See the extra space in the back left for stretching?

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Next, decide on what kind of ribbon you want. I originally wanted a thinner ribbon, but I wanted to use something from my stash instead of buying more. So I found this wide blue ribbon to use. I cut it shorter and heat sealed the ends to prevent fraying (meaning I ran the ribbon edge over a candle flame).

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

I knotted this and then sewed it in place, but you could also do a bow like some of the patterns used.

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Then to complete the look you can add some mary janes and knee high socks (these were both purchased at Target). If you make one, please share. You can leave a link to your creation here or email me. Don’t forget to see all the other great projects going on for Vintage May. Thank you to Jess and Kristin for letting me be a part of it.

-Jess

The Mod T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Paper Tape DIY

Paper Tape DIY

Silhouette has this product called double-sided adhesive paper and they sent me some to create with. The product is geared more towards using with glitter, flock, and things like that, but it can be used for so much more! I decided to make some paper tape with it, but I bet you could use fabric too.

Paper Tape DIY

You can see a little bit of how it works from the back. I think it’s a great thing to have if you want to add small special touches to projects. This is way easier than trying to use glue to get glitter on! And I can say that this stuff is really sticky and holds strong. Once it’s on paper, it’s on. And so is whatever you put on it.

Paper Tape DIY

I made this sign with my final product to go with some family pictures. I have been in a home decorating mood as of late which is very welcomed because I have a lot I want to do.
Paper Tape DIY

To make paper tape all you need is some paper (I used scrapbook paper), some double-sided adhesive sheets, and scissors. *Ignore the glitter. I was going to use it, but then didn’t :)

Paper Tape DIY

Since I didn’t want to make a ton of each, I cut up the paper into smaller strips.

Paper Tape DIY

Then I took a sheet and peeled off the yellow paper

Paper Tape DIY

and placed the strips on the sticky side, right sides facing up.

Paper Tape DIY

Then I cut out each block of different paper and grabbed my ruler to measure for small even cuts. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. Then cut out the strips.

Paper Tape DIY

Now you have paper tape ready to adorn envelopes, packages, art, and more. You just peel the back paper off and it will be ready to stick on. Let me know if you make some :)
-Jess

Pom Pom Heart Necklace DIY

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

If you follow me on instagram, you might remember the picture I posted with these mini pom poms I had bought. I really didn’t have a reason to get them at the time, but I thought they were adorable and wanted to use them in a craft. Then I thought about making a necklace or a ring with them. I decided upon a necklace and this is the outcome.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

It’s really quick to make and would be a fun Valentine’s gift for older kids.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

We like how bright and colorful it is.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Miss J approves and was very happy to get her hands on it :)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

To make it, you will need the following:
-Eyelets (I used size 5/32″)
-Plastic that is sewable and not rippable (I bought mine at the fabric store, but you could repurpose plastic packaging. Think of how things like bed lines come in sturdy plastic packaging. That could totally be used! You don’t need a lot for one necklace at all.)
-Mini pom poms
-Heart template (I made mine to measure 3.75″ at it’s widest and 3.25″ at it’s tallest)
-Scissors
-Yarn
-Sewing stuff

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Start by cutting out two heart from the plastic. Then sew all the way around except for an opening where you can put the pom poms in.  (PS: if the plastic doesn’t move easy for you on the sewing machine, place a piece of tissue paper underneath and it will move a lot easier. Just rip it off at the end.)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Fill the heart up with pom poms, leaving some room at the top middle of heart for the eyelet. I had to squish them around for even placement. Then sew the opening shut.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Next, put in the eyelet following the packages instructions. Finish off by cutting a long piece of yarn and placing it through the eyelet. Knot it right above the heart and further up, making sure there is enough room for child to get necklace around their head.

Enjoy!
-Jess