Halloween Baking with CVS

I’m a lucky duck (is that what I should be for Halloween??)! I recently received a great goodie box from my friends at CVS!

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And included in my goodie box was the fixin’s for these fun cupcakes!! Raise the Dead Cupcakes!

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The kiddo and I loved opening the box and finding all the goodies! Even though I got a bunch of baking supplies, CVS has all the Halloween essentials, from décor and candy to costumes and flashlights! And for us last minute shoppers,  CVS ExtraCare members can save 20% off on Halloween supplies!

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Besides the Raise The Dead Cupcake decorating kit, other things that they have for you and your last minute baking are the cake pop mold and sticks for the cake pops, adorable bags for the cookies, lots of fun cupcake liners  and the Brains cupcake kit. The Brains kit comes with the cake batter, icing and the little cupcake wrappers!!

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Did Halloween sneak up on you this year? It did in this house! So getting these great supplies from CVS was perfect! We decided to first try the Raise the Dead cupcakes!

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We even stirred the batter with the fun spatula! We used the packaged cupcake liners. We did add smashed Oreos (not included in the decorating kit, but easily available at CVS) for the graveyard dirt! Crafty, huh!?

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They were so yummy that not only did the kiddo eat them, the dog snuck in the kitchen and ate 4!! She is in the doghouse for sure!

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Aren’t the SPPOOOKKKKYYY??? It’s not too late to get your Halloween party supplies at CVS!  CVS/pharmacy Photo Centers has close to 50 Halloween-themed templates for festive invitations, available same day. It’s not too late to invite your friends to your celebration. CVS also has baking supplies, candy, party snacks and more to help make sure you have everything you need to pull off a successful Halloween party with friends and family.

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

 

FrankenZombie Gift Bag

I’m bringing home a post I did for Go To Sew last year. yes, it was last year, but we still love it, so I hope you do too!! I thought about making a treat bag! A treat bag in the shape of candy corn would be cute and easy, right? Yep! But then I realized we’d never use it…

Frankenzombie-ImFeelinCrafty-Title1And then came the FrankenZombie Treat Bag! The kiddo has a treat bag that he loves and doesn’t want to replace. We use it every year. And then I remembered the zombie birthday party invitation that he brought home the other day!  So why not make a zombie gift bag that can then be used as a treat bag??? Oh yeah!

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We got the whole family together for a design meeting! And then we got started!

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The materials we used were cute Halloween fabric for the inside of the bag, green felt for the outside, random fleece and felt and yarn scraps for the embellishments, felt glue, some ribbon and cutting utensils.

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Step 1- First I cut out the outside fabric. I made mine 14 inches tall by 11 inches wide.

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Step 2- I found a circular item to round off the corners. Draw the circle and then cut.

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Step 3- Next, I used my felt outside as a template to cut the inside fabric.

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Step 4- The fun part is cutting out the scraps into zombie parts!

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Step 5- Deciding what to sew and what to glue was tricky! At first the kiddo wanted to glue everything. Then glue nothing and sew everything! So I decided to sew the eyeballs, scars and mouth yarn. So I sewed those pieces down.

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Step 6- Place the front and bag of the bag, right sides together. (I did add hair to the back, too!)

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Step 7- Sew the inside pieces together, right sides together. And don’t forget to leave a hole!

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Step 8- Turn the inside of the bag right sides out and insert into the outside of the bag.

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Step 9- Don’t forget to also pin in the ribbon strap. Put this in between the inside and outside of the bag!

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Step 10- Sew along the top of the bag! Then pull the bag right side out through the hole you left in the lining.

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Step 11- Now glue down the pieces you have decided to glue! I glued the teeth, the nose pieces and the eyeballs! I also inserted a piece of paper inside the bag, just in case any glue went through, it wouldn’t glue the bag together! Then take that paper out once everything is dry.

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Step 12- Sew the lining hole closed.

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Step 12- And topstitch!

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Step 14- Then get ready for some monster trick or treating!

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Or use it as a gift bag!  I love how the tissue paper looks like hair!

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I thought it was going to be kinda small, but once we added goodies, the size seemed to be just right! What kind of treat bags do your kids use? Do they have a special one? Happy Trick or Treating!!

 

Introducing My Own Fringemaker and a Giveaway!

Have you seen the My Own Fringemaker?

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to learn all about My Own Fringemaker! Debi contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing her Made In America crafting product! At first I was like, well… fringe? I don’t really do fringe… Then I woke up! A new crafty product? Um, oh, yeah!!

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So she sent me one and I’ve had a lot of fun with it! And I’m not even a ‘fringey’ person! This is the product! As she calls it, it’s an Embellishing System! Totally!  It consists of the base with flip up panels (which makes for nice storage since they flip down.), the 2 bars and the two ends, one of which has a handle.

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It’s super simple to use! You just tie on some yarn… The bars are adjustable to make different lengths of fringe!

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Then spin… And spin and spin….

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Then you remove the bars and the end pieces and sew down the center. You can sew tight to a bar or down the center depending on the finished fringe you are looking for!

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Remember how I said I wasn’t a real fringe person? I don’t see myself putting traditional fringe on too many things. But how about a kids costume? Let’s say maybe a cat tail? My first project was a bundle of cat tails for a friends birthday party!!

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I’ll tell you soon how I made the tails! The possibilities of the My Own Fringemaker are endless! Really! If you’re more into traditional fringe projects or going crazy and making all sorts of things!

Stay tuned this week for more projects I’ve made!

So are you ready to get one for your next crafty products? I have some special news!!! Debi is giving away one My Own Fringemaker to one lucky reader! And if you can’t wait, She’s offering my readers a HUGE discount! 50% Off!!! She told me that and I said WHAT???? That’s awesome!

Ready to WIN? You have Four ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Visit My Own Fringemaker and let us know your favorite project! What do you want to make first? Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. ‘Like’ Debi’s My Own Fringemaker Facebook Page. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. My blog followers get an extra entry. Click on the links to the right to follow. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4. Share the giveaway on your own social media, like FB, Instagram, your blog, twitter…. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 4 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to US readers only. Product ships UPS, so no PO Boxes please. The giveaway will close on October 19th at 11 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

And another extra! The winner will receive 2 skeins of yarn after you post your first project on the My Own Fringemaker Facebook page!

Leave comments below to win your own!!!

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Queen of Hearts by Cook Clean Craft

Today, my quest needs no real introduction because she’s one of the founding Sew Ready to Play participants! She’s Narelle from Cook Clean Craft. She’s always up for playing and has had fun games every year! One thing I love about blogging is getting to know people all over. I remember when her ‘Queen of Hearts’ was born! Crazy!! Narelle blogs about all sorts of things on her blog, hence the name! Ha! She’s got some of my favorite recipes and great sewing projects! One of my favorite tutorials she’s done recently is her stuffed snail. Totally cute!

Welcome Narelle!!!

Hi all, it’s Narelle here, from Cook Clean Craft, ready to have some fun playing along with Sew Ready to Play. I’ve had so much fun in past years, and always had a clear idea what I wanted to make. This time around, I was all out of inspiration. I’ve lost my sew-jo lately, and couldn’t even think of a game that inspired me. So I procrastinated.

And procrastinated.

Then finally inspiration hit. A simple deck of playing cards was my inspiration, and before I knew it, the Queen of Hearts dress was made:

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As a redhead who blushes like a tomato, I’ve never been able to wear red, but my blonde kids look great in it. When I bought the fabric, I was worried that red and black are a bit grown up for a 4 year old. So I went with a simple dress with very cutesy hearts. I searched for fabric with red hearts and couldn’t find any (what?), but found some perfect iron on appliques at my local fabric store.

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Queen of Hearts playing cards tend to have gold trim around the next. I found some sequin trim that was just perfect for my sparkly little girl.

It’s shirred in the back – much easier than buttons or a zip for an independent girl to dress herself!

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My model wasn’t in the mood, so most of my photos turned out like this:

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This Queen’s got attitude! But believe it or not, she loves the dress.

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Here’s how I made it:

The fabric I used was poplin, basically because it’s cheap and I’m supposed to be on a fabric diet!

I started with a basic bodice pattern (this was from the 5 and 10 Designs eBook). I drew a line where I wanted the seam between the red and white sections and added seam allowances.

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For the back bodice, I added a couple of extra inches to the back to allow for the shirring. I should have made it a bit bigger since it only just fits over her head – oops!

For the skirt, I cut out a rectangle of fabric for the red section and then cut off corners to create the angled look, and matched up the same for the white section, making the top the same width at the bottom of the bodice.

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I also cut strips of 1 1/4” strips of black fabric for faux piping.

I sewed the bodice front centre panel to the skirt centre panel.

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Then I sewed the side and shoulder seams of the bodice (I actually should have sewn the sleeves before I did the side seam, but no making things easy for myself here!

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Then I gathered the red skirt section (I prefer to machine gather, by using a long stitch length and high tension):

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Adjust the gathers to that the skirt width matches the bodice width, and sew, right sides together:

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Fold the black strips in half, lengthwise and press. Pin to the right side of the front seams, lining up the raw edges, and sew a basting stitch inside the seam allowance:

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With right sides together, sew the centre panel to the red section of the dress:

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The black piping should create faux piping like this (press it to one side for a crisp look):

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Sew the underarm seam of the sleeves, and then sew into the armhole:

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To finish the neckline, sew bias tape right sides together to the neck hole:

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Turn the bias tape to the inside, press and then stitch in place (don’t worry about the contrasting thread for the front panel – we’ll cover that with trim):

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Press and sew a double-fold seam for the sleeve and bottom hems:

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Draw two lines across the back bodice down from the shoulder with chalk or disappearing pen:

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Sew shirring elastic across the back panel between the two lines (or you can shirr the whole back bodice, if you prefer:

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I jumped across between the rows rather than stopping at each row end. I didn’t pull the elastic enough, so the shirring pulls up a bit at the back. It annoys me, but not enough to fix it!

Finally, I added some gold sequin trim across the neckline (covering the contrasting thread), and added iron on appliques to the bodice from panel.

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I also added one heart to the skirt section and more sequin trim along the bottom hem stitching.

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And there is my cute Queen of Hearts!

Come over to Cook Clean Craft for more fun sewing projects, plus family-friendly recipes, household cleaning and organization tips and other craft ideas. Thanks for having me again, Louise!

Puzzles with Filles a Maman

Today’s guest is another amazing designer, Mel of Filles a Maman!  You’ve seen her pattern work around this here blog a couple of times. She is the pattern designer behind the Rose Skirt and the Mimi Top! Be sure to check out her other awesome patterns in her etsy shop! She has been such fun to work with and I just love her sense of design.

Welcome Mel!!!

I’m so happy to be a part of Louise Wackerman’s Sew Ready to Play series. My house is full of toys, for sure, as I have 3 girls. Most are pink, but anyway, they tend to hang around. I saw an opportunity to do something useful and fun. I was inspired by the outrageous amount of puzzles that we own. We love to do puzzles, but it is frustrating to realize that there is a missing piece because the box is broken. Because of this, I created the Puzzle Pouch.

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The pattern is available here: Puzzle pouch

Print the pattern at 100%, without scaling. Check the 1 inch square on the first page to make sure that your printer is correct.

Assemble the pattern following the layout.

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You will need a 6 in zipper and a 2.5 in X 2.5 in square of clear vinyl.

Don’t worry if you have never sewn vinyle, I will show you how!

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1-Cut 2 pieces to make the shell and 2 more to make the lining.

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3) Sew the zipper of half of the fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric.
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4-Sew a half lining over the zipper.casse tete tuto-065-Turn to the right side and topstitch along the zipper at 1/8 in.

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11-Sew over the paper on the sides and on the bottom of the pocket.

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13-Open the zipper. Place the fabric (green) right sides together and the lining wrong sides together with the fabric, making a sandwich.

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15-Cut the corners and snip the rounded corners to be able to turn the pouch properly.

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16-Turn to the right side and press. Be careful not to press the vinyl.

Fill it with your treasures.

Enjoy!

Mel xx

Dominos with Simple Simon and Company

Today I’m so excited to welcome liZ, one of the two, from Simple Simon and Company! The ladies behind one of my favorite blogs! I’ve read for so much beautiful inspiration for those times I decide to sew for the nieces. There’s just a real elegance going on over there! I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my all time favorite project from their blog is the Audrey Cape! So pretty and so simple to make!
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I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are so happy to be joining Louise again this year for her Sew Ready to Play series!
I had visions this year of what I was going to make….and I was in love with my plan…and then real life happened, plans were changed, and Grace ended up choosing what we made for the final project.
Which I still like…but people….I’m telling you my other idea was awesomeness…so I guess Louise will just have to invite us back again next year :)
Anyways, back story aside, the outfit we put together today for Sew Ready to Play is a Domino inspired look.
Our kids are into playing Dominos right now.  (So much so that we made them a giant set for Christmas last year.)  And Grace thought this giant polka dot fabric that I had in my stash was perfect for a Domino skirt.
The skirt we made is a simple colored blocked skirt with an elastic waistband and then she paired it with her favorite leggings (from Target, not handmade), a hand-me-down T-shirt, and a black blazer from last year.
She was pretty proud of the styling.  Her whole outfit was black and white….and it has the dots on the skirt….and the stripe on her leggings….and the solid on her blazer….
This is how she looked when she wore it to school this morning.
And I can’t argue with that face.
She loved her “Domino Clothes”.
Thanks Louise for inviting us to your series.  It’s just so much fun!  We love it!
-liZ

Chutes and Ladders Superhero Edition by Begin With B

And today it’s another Project Run and Play star joining us today!! Today’s guest is Jacqueline from Begin with B! If you didn’t follow along for our season of PRP, you should check out her projects here! they were fanatstic! We bonded pretty fast since we live in the same city! And we’ve been trying to get together ever since…. One day soon…. Jacqueline sews for her three boys and runs runs runs with them! I love watching thier escapes on IG!

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Oh games….I LOVE games. I have many childhood memories playing games with my family, especially my grandmother. To this day my boys will ask to get a game out and I get excited. Mouse Trap, Don’t Break the Ice, Chutes and Ladders, and Rock, Paper, Scissors are the most frequent requests. So when I had to pick one- it was hard!

I almost went with Mouse Trap but we don’t ever actually play the game. We set up the crazy contraption, we crank, hit the stop sign and watch the marbles roll to drop the trap. But as far as the actual game….I have no idea how to play! We never did as kids either- the contraption was the biggest draw.

Decided to go with Chutes and Ladders instead. Our version isn’t the old school one though- it’s superhero. Mae picked it out long before he was old enough to be into superheroes. Long before he started introducing himself as Captain America or Batman. But it is easily one of the most played games we own.

What I love about this game it is always so much more than just the superheroes climbing ladders and sliding chutes. Every time we play it turns into these heroes hoping onto toy firetrucks and rushing to a fire. Or driving the crane truck to rescue the mice stuck under the trap. The game pieces become alive for our boys and the game board is left behind.  I wanted to create something that would extend this play even further but be wearable everyday.

With the Dark Knight image in my mind I set to work to create a tee that was not a costume but would still allow Mae to pretend. I started with a black burnout knit that I ironed a knit interfacing onto the backside. This allows sewing to go much more smoothly and gives the knit (which is so thin!) a bit more weight.

Next I created a half batman drawn on freezer paper- to make sure that both sides were symmetrical. I then ironed the freezer paper onto the knit/interfacing piece and then cut. At this point you should have a sandwich with interfacing, then knit, then freezer paper- all in the shape of batman. Tear off the freezer paper and you’re ready to move to the tee.

Before sewing I used wonder tape to attach the points- knowing they would be finicky under the feed dogs of my machine. Then sewed with a zigzag around the the edges- working slowly.

This shirt is much loved. It has gone through the wash a few times already and the appliqué has held up great. And of course a few other tees have been requested.

Thanks so much for having me!!

Simple Duffle Bag Tutorial

Typically when we go camping we have a little trailer at a little campsite that we go to. But every now and then we bust out the tent. It’s a huge tent! It’s a huge tent that was also busting out of it’s bag. we took it out last year and felt like we were getting some eye rolling from the fancy pants motor homes we were camping next too! And we probably were, the bag was shredded and being held together with rope.

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This is the new one I made. I’m kicking myself for no before pictures. I took some, but my camera was acting up, so deleted it. Then I forgot to get a pick before my husband took it out of the old bag and into the new one! And once it came out of the old, I don’t think it was going in again. Yes, it was that bad!

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Have you made a duffle bag before? They are so simple. I’m sure you can make it more complicated. Like lining it, etc. But this one doesn’t need it! You only need a zipper the length of your bag, the fabric and the webbing for the strap.

And please excuse the pictures, they are horrible, I admit…. But they work!

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First, cut! You need one rectangle for the body of the bag and 2 circles for the end. I made mine 40 inches long x 36 3/4 inches wide. And my end circles are 12 inches diameter.

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The easiest way I cut circles is to fold the fabric in half and in half again. At the corner, draw a quarter or your circle, then cut it out.

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Next is the zipper. Sew the zipper, right sides together, along the 40 inch side.  Then again along the other side. Then turn right side out and topstitch along each side of the zipper.

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The handles are the next step. Sew the webbing together so that you have one huge loop. I used approximately 3 1/2 yards of webbing for this one. Unzip the bag and lay it out flat. Then pin the webbing to the right side of the bag.

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Topstitch the webbing to the bag, stopping about 2 to 3 inches from the zipper.

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Then comes the ends! Pin the ends. I fold and crease the ends and the bag in quarters. Start pinning at the quarter marks then infill.

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Then sew the ends on! I do a lot of back and forth at the zipper to really secure that part. And that’s it! You’re done!

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Ready for the next camping trip! Or for whatever your bag is for. Did you know duffle bags were that easy? I had a feeling it was easy, but then didn’t fully realize how easy it was until I made it! What will you make a duffle bag for?

 

The 10 Minute Bow Tie- A Tutorial

I loved the bow tie I made the kiddo back at Easter and I said I’d show you how I did it! So now I will!

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The kiddo loved his, but was playing with the first one I made him. And lost it at church that morning. So he asked if I could make another one. Of course I could! He needed it! That’s when I realized it really only took me about 10 minutes!

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First, You’ll need hair clips, fabric, hot glue, pinking shears and cutting supplies.

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Secondly, cut the pieces. You’ll need one piece for the bow that’s  10.5 x 4 inches. And another piece that’s  5 x 2 inches for the middle, tie, part.

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Step 3, sew both pieces together, right sides together, along the long side.

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Step 4, Turn the pieces right side out and iron with the seam centered on the back.

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Step 5, Pinch the bow fabric together in the front and I like to put a little hot glue here to hold the folds together.

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Step 6, Fold the bow fabric together with the ends overlapping about 1/4 inch or so.

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Step 7, Hot glue the hair clip and one end of the tie fabric together on the back.

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Step 8, Pull the tie fabric tight around the front. Make sure the tie is situated how you want it to be.

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Step 9, Add another spot of hot glue on or right past the hair clip. Pull the tie fabric through and secure it.

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Step 10, Trim the extra fabric with the pinking shears. And you’re ready to go!

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Ok… Me and my red hair that’s turning white WAY to early didn’t really wear the bow tie… But it could be a hair bow too!

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Kids Clothes week is coming up, so be sure to add a bow tie to your list!

 

Long Beach Board Shorts

Or should I call them Orange Beach Board Shorts? Obviously they fit in perfectly on any beach! I’m in love with this Long Beach Board Short pattern from Terra’s Treasures.

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It was one of the patterns in the Sew Fab Sale and I’m loving it! And so is the kiddo! I wanted them to actually be swim shorts and not just shorts that look like swim shorts, so I started looking for boys swimsuit material. It’s not so easy to find! I did find some at this place called The Fabric Fairy, but it was kinda expensive for my first try at this… Sometimes it’s hard to spend 20 or so on fabric for a swim suit that I can get already made for 8 or 10 at Old Navy, etc… I love handmade more, but sometimes….

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So I started looking at thrift shops. Then I just happened to find a solid pair of blue and a printed pair that matched perfected! On sale for 5 bucks for the two! Then I wanted the contrast and found another pair of adult swim trunks for 1 dollar!! I did use adult swim trunks for the fabric. And if you want to, be sure to find a pair without all the pockets! My blue pair I had to be very careful with how I cute the adult pair to have enough fabric.

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The pattern is super easy to put together. It helps if you aren’t chatting with a long time best friend that you haven’t seen in a year though. I did sew together the back part upside down the first time adn I couldn’t figure out what in the world was wrong the pattern! Of course, it wasn’t me!!! Then I realized, HA! it was me! And of course, I had finished the seam allowances and everything before I figured it out….

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Then I got back on track and I love it. I would totally make short short out of it too. As in not actual swim shorts.

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And check out that piping! Sorry, for the booty shot, but it was the best picture of the piping I had. It was my first time doing real piping. I used a nylon cord for quicker drying. This one is for my Aunt! I’ve been talking to her about doing piping for years. She keeps telling me how wonderful it is and how you’ll get hooked. She was right!

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And I also added in the swim suit undies. I cut these out of one of my pairs (yes, thoroughly washed, multiple times!) The pattern doesn’t give directions for this piece, but I just sized it based on my sons other bathing suits and then tucked it up under the fold of the wait before I sewed that piece down.

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I also reused the ties from the other shorts for the tie on this pair. The directions call for ribbon or bias tape. So I just used the ties ans sewed them on some elastic.

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And the kiddo loves them!

 

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