Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lovin's from Grandma.. :) Cute Shirt Tute!

I really like this girls blog, she's got alot of cute tutorials and makes them super easy..
Well anyways.. I titled this Lovin's from Grandma cause one of my mother-in-laws, "Karen Tervort" sent me this fabric and a boys print awhile ago as a gift so I could make something for the grandkids!
Well I finally gotta round to it and I absolutely love it! I think this is one of my favorite creations to date! :) So I hope you all enjoy and I hope you like it to "Grandma!" :)
I just have tons of pictures of the finished product cause I did everything the same as the tutorial I have link here.. so if you want instructions just go there!

ps.. I also made the matching headband!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Western Dress!

This tutorial is all about how to repurpose an old farm button shirt into a cute girly western dress!
Super easy and Super Simple!!!

What You'll Need:
A Men's Button Down Plaid Shirt (I used a size medium)
Matching thread
Sewing Machine

First Cut off the Sleeves

Then I used one of my daughters dresses that fits her now for a size and pattern

I then cut the top off.. (I made mine a little shorter then the dress used for pattern)

Then cut off the side but remember to leave an extra 1/4-1/2 inch for seam!

Next, using the sleeves, cut a strip that will be used for the halter strap:
I cut a long strip and then measured it around my daughter's neck and shoulders to get the right size...

Next on the sewing part!
First Sew the top hem down, so there is no raw edge!
Remember not to sew the button hem together though! lol!
Also I placed my button hem in the back of the dress, but it could go in front if you wanted it to!

After you sew both the front and back, putting right sides together sew up each side of the dress..

Next, grab your strip you cut earlier for the halter..
Sew both sides together (not ends) and then flip inside out!

Sew the first end to the front side starting from the middle

Then hand sew snaps to the other end, and back of snaps to the other front side of the dress..

Then Lastly, ACCESSORIZE! (My favorite part!) I added a blossom to the front, using extra fabric and a button..

Here is the end result!

My twist on the Happy Soldier dress..

I came across this pattern (pdf file) and tutorial the other day. I thought it was adorable! So I decided to give it my own spin.. I pretty much did everything the same, except I didn't topstich the entire outside of dress and I used a ruffle bottom hem and I left out the military strips and just placed cute buttons on it.. I hope you all like it!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


So yay! I'm finally back into sewing.. for those of you who don't know, I am 6 months pregnant.. and I haven't sewn in 6 months. .I blame it on sickness, hormones, and lack of patience.. lol! Also in the 6 months since I've talked to you, we've moved! So I'll post pics soon about that. So ok, onto the blog, I needed to make some new headbands for my Lexie and so I've made two of them. I only have one tutorial though for one. Here's the tutorial for the first headband.

First I took a regular cute gray headband that I found for $1.00

Then I took some white ribbon.. (you can pick whatever width size you want) and I took about 2 1/2 feet

Next, start at one end and fold it over about 1" -1"1/2 and superglue

Then you just fold next 1" over, fan it alittle, and glue..

Repeat until you've made it all the way around

Next you can cover middle edge with a button or more ribbon.
I chose a button

Then to make a even back edge, I cut out some felt and glued it on back

Then glue to headband.. and YOU'RE DONE!!

Here's another headband I did.. using zippers and a basting stitch.. (super simple)