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DIY Fabric Tutu

DIY Fabric Tutu

First of all, let me say I can’t take credit for this one, I sawย  this pin on Pinterest, and I nearly died. THE CUTENESS!!!!

Now, you know I don’t have a girl, this is an all boy house, but I’ve been dying to make some girly things lately…. and it just so happened that one of my bestie’s daughters was turning 5.

So the timing was just perfect.

I had to do it.

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I followed the tutorial behind that pin from Create Kids Couture

She has it all figured out by age — how much elastic to cut, how many fabric strips and how long they need to be. SO EASY! Kudos and thanks to this gal for figuring it all out for us.

Since my giftee was turning 5, I cut a 20″ piece of knit elastic (3/4″ found here), and I went withย  44 3×23 inch strips of these gorgeous batik prints I’ve been hanging on to for a special occasion.

batik prints

They were in a fat quarter bundle I purchased years ago, similar to these here. Confession: I bought the Batman shirt first because I’m a total nerd and decided to match the fabric to the shirt. Lucky lucky me, I had these batiks stashed away that matched just perfectly!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

For my own sanity, I used a rotary cutter to cut all 44 strips. You can certainly use some good fabric scissors but it will definitely take much, much longer!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

Notice that I didn’t bother pressing the fabric. I didn’t see the point. I like the super ragged look with the fraying and strings and wrinkles — that’s what makes this tutu so dang cute, right?

pile of batik strips

After cutting allllll of my strips, I quickly stitched the elastic together on my machine (going back and forth several times for stability and to lock in my thread). Forgive me, for I failed to photograph this part, but I didn’t even pin it. I Just overlapped the two ends and sewed it with a zigzag. I took the elastic off the machine…

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..and stuck my legs through to have a “base” to work off of, because who has a child’s sized dress form? Not me….. and yes, that’s a piece of washi tape on my shoe!

Following the tutorial’s knotting instructions I began attaching my strips one by one after deciding my pattern/order of prints. legs2

The idea being that you want to keep the front, or right side of the fabric facing outward on the tutu. You will get fuzzy so have a lint roller handy!

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It starts to look really cool once you get several of the strips tied on. legs4

Before you know it, you’re done! I was surprised by the weight of the tutu, but if you think about how much a fat quarter bundle weighs, it makes sense!

Fabric Tutu Tutorial

Here is a closeup of the knots – you can see the imperfect fabric cuts, the frays and jagged edges…. I just love it!

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This was a lot of fun and I was able to get the whole tutu done in one afternoon naptime!

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So go forth and do! This is one of the projects that I decided to dive into after reading that book I mentioned in my last post… it really inspired me. Just get out there and create, people!

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Unslump Thyself

Crib Bumpers

Custom Designed Baby Crib Bedding

You may have noticed a whole heck of a lot of pictures and projects going on in my neck of the woods if you’re following me in the social realm. I’m going through a creative explosion right now, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I am making the MOST out of naptime, people. #momlife

Truth be told, I was in a slump. A big one. Not so much in creativity but more like I was a hot mess — lacking motivation, having the hardest time with the whole work/life balance gig…a real poopy pants, as I like to say. When I don’t get to make, I am NOT a happy camper. inspiration

The problem I have is, I get so focused on making things that I let everything else slide…. my non-creative world falls to pieces. So I change my gears and focus on the house and other SAHM duties, and then I fall back into my poopy pants role.

It’s an endless roller coaster of emotional & creative turmoil.

But, the bottom line is I need to be creative. It’s just who I am. I’ve been waiting for something or someone to hit me in the back of the head and say, “snap out of it!” or “figure it out!”.

Then this beauty landed in my lap and did just that.

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My “snap out of it and figure it out” friend

Elizabeth Gilbert hath saved me. She unslumped me. Bless her and all of her wonderfulness and brilliance, because I think she’s a pretty good person to be saved by. :o)

So that’s my secret.

Owl Baby Swaddle & Beanie

Owl Baby Swaddle & Beanie

That’s why you’re seeing all of these things coming out of my feeds, and why you’ll be seeing a bunch of new tutorials coming up soon (yay!).

I’m getting back in to my handmade business, adding a bunch of new product options and features (including taking custom orders!), and just planning to kick some creative ass. I’m going to embrace the creativity in me by scheduling time for it in my SAHM life, getting my butt up earlier, and staying positive about it.

 

If you’re looking for some inspiration…..permission to be creative…. motivation to get to work and make stuff….. or just confidence to TRY; this book WILL do those things for you.

Especially if you’re in a slump like I was — go unslump thyself as I did….and we can kick some creative ass together!ย  #fistbump

Get yours here in whatever format you prefer

More products of my unslumping:

 

*Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small bit of commission if you purchase through my links. But I did read the book and I did love it and I wouldn’t share it otherwise. No BS here, people.

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DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

If you’ve been following me for a while, you KNOW I can’t pass up pretty fabric… even if it’s not really meant to be sewing fabric. But, pretty colors and patterns and textures are abundant these days in so many basic items that us creatives find inspiration everywhere, right? Yep.

So here we go with another gorgeous Target find!

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

These napkins have the most gorgeous print ever and I couldn’t pass them up. I recently got around to using ONE of them to make a super cute clutch that I gifted to my son’s awesome teacher, and I’m giddy to think that I still have THREE napkins left to play with — YAY!

Oh and by the way, whilst visiting my store the other day I noticed that they now have the matching placemats too…so you could also make a clutch like this one here!

Supplies:

  • 2 Cloth napkins – mine are about 19.5″ square
  • Interfacing – I used a stiff one, cut to 9×19″
  • Ribbon or bias tape – mine was cut to 29″ but it depends on how you want to use it. If you want the decorative detail like mine that runs up and down the whole clutch, cut it to 29″ — if you just want it to tie off the button, cut it to 13″
  • A great button – in my opinion, the bigger the better!
  • Pins, thread, scissors…
  1. Fold napkin in half, insert your ribbon or bias-tape in between the two layers and pin it closed. I put the open end of the bias-tape facing out, and left a long 10″ tail. I did this just for appearance, there is no value other than it’s a cute detail. You can leave this part out if you want and just sew the two edges of the napkin together without the ribbon/bias-tape, but you’ll need to shorter piece of ribbon for the closure.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fold napkin in half, insert ribbon/bias-tape if using, and pin closed

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fabric sandwich – napkin edge, bias-tape, napkin edge

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Leave a long tail – mine was 10″

  2. Sew down the length of the pinned edge, going back and forth a few times at each end to tie off the thread. Be sure you’re catching the ribbon/bias-tape in your stitch if you’re using it, and continue to sew all the way down it’s length or it will open up on you.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    If using bias-tape sew all the way down the length of the tail

  3. Open your new tube of a napkin and lay it out so that the seam you just made is in the center — you can press the fabric to keep it steady.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Open the new napkin tube and shift it to lay flat with the seam in the center

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Seam in center of new napkin tube

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    I just love this detail!

  4. Insert your interfacing! It should fit nicely in between the two layers of fabric. Go press again, following the instructions of the interfacing (or not, whatever – you’re going to sew it in place and it’s just for structure).

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Insert interfacing

  5. Sew along the bottom edge, sewing the tube shut, catching the interfacing in your stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along bottom edge, making sure to catch the interfacing

  6. Sew along the top as well — BUT if you’re using a short piece of ribbon or bias-tape, this is where you’ll insert it in the center of the edge and sew it in place. If you did it like mine, it will already be there and you’ll need to either sew over the top of it or sew up to the sides of it depending on your preference.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along the top edge – add ribbon if you haven’t already

  7. Now fold your clutch. Place it face down (ribbon/bias-tape detail down) and fold up from the bottom to where you like it, pin in place, and then fold the top down. You can play with it a bit to get the right spot. Once you have it, PRESS!

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Lay detail face down,Fold and pin the bottom half up

  8. Take the clutch back to the machine, lift up the top flap and sew up the bottom side edges just to where the pocket fabric ends. Be sure to go back and forth a few times to ecure and close the stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew up the bottom side edges

  9. Now hand-sew your button on the bottom portion of the clutch. Tie a knot in your bias-tape or ribbon, or seal it with some fray check.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew on button, knot the tail

  10. Ta Daaaaaaa! DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch
  11. ***I later went back and added some decorative stitching in another color thread just for fun, but didn’t get a good picture of it (of course) — you can kind of see it here, I did it on the top and bottom edges. DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

Affiliate Disclaimer: You know how much I love Target – that’s WHY I am an affiliate, I’m happy to promote their awesome stuff. If you buy anything online using my links, I’ll get a few pennies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!ย  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! ๐Ÿ™‚

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!ย Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

 

 

 

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DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

DIY No Sew Sweater RECYCLE!

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycleย In honor of Earth Day, I bring you the ultimate sweater recycle!

Do you have an old sweater that has lost it’s shape, or has a hole in it, or was from your maternity days, or you like it but you don’t LOVE it so you never wear it? Bring it out of the closet and grab your fabric scissors because you’re about to get some really good use out of it! Literally, you can leave no scrap behind as you cut and re-use your sweater in 4 ways (5 if you count the one I thought of after the fact!).

Here we go — in pictoral form! Enjoy!

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Cut torso out of sweater, save that little scrap at the bottom!

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Stretch out the ends so they roll

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Voila! Infinity Scarf. Oh but we’re not done yet…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Cut off the sleeves

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Arm Sleeves! No? Well then how about…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Bootcuffs! Like this…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Yes! But wait.. there’s more!

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Mini Crop! Pair with a tank and some boyfriend jeans. Super Cute.

You’re Welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh and that one thing I thought of after the fact, that little scrap from the bottom? Use it as a headband or wrap it around your pony tail. Boom!

XOXO, D

Handy InfoGraphic for Pinning Right HERE: sweaterrecycle

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