Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter! We did! A nice relaxing day and some Easter egg hunting!

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At the last minute we decided to join some friends at their church and I realized the kiddo didn’t really have anything to wear… So what does any crafty mom do? I sewed up some pants, made a bow tie and did some shopping!

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I have been meaning to make the kiddo another pair of Surfer Slacks. I was sewing something else and as I was ironing my eye struck the seersucker on my shelf. So I put two and two together and out came a seersucker surfer slack!

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I think I mentioned before, but the knit elastic waist is a huge hit with the kiddo! I love that you can dress them up or dress them down.

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Then I needed a spring sweater. Um… Has anyone been shopping for a spring sweater for boys lately? I went to 5 stores. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. So I switched gears when I saw this little jacket at Old Navy. Totally ended up hitting the spot!

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So I finished the pants, the kiddo went to bed and I knew a bow tie would tie it all together… So, a quick little sew and some hot glue… And you have a bow tie! I’ll make a quick tutorial to show ASAP!

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He loved it! Having everyone he saw tell him how handsome he looked helped! He didn’t take it off all day!

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After the egg hunts, I asked if he wanted to take off his jacket and he said no. Then he did, but I found it on the floor and not in his closet where he was supposed to put it. He didn’t put it away, because he wanted to wear it to do our late afternoon dog walk!

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We had fun getting dressed up and enjoying the sun on our lovely Easter Sunday! Hope you did too!

Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!

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This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!

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About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?

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They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.

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But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!

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Shorts! Perfect!

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My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…

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I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!

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What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

More KCW Mending

Another boring post about my mending progress! Sorry…  I think it took longer to edit the photos then it did to do the mending!

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My son has these pj’s that he loves. No, I didn’t make them…

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But… They are huge! His aunt gave them to him, not last Christmas, but the one before. And they are too big, but he loves them. He has refused to let me make them fit. Unfortunately he looks kinda like a hobo when he wear them. He loves them too big, but he trips over them. and falls.

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So I put my foot down and he finally agreed that we could make them fit a bit better!

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Although I did hem the sleeves a bit shorter then we agreed upon. And of course he noticed!

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The pants needed a bit of a hem too. And they got it!

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Even now that they fit he still loves the pj’s. He can even to his ninja moves without worrying about falling down!

More T’s for KCW

Like I said on Monday, we’re fixing the things in my mending bag this week! I don’t think I’ll be featured on any of the KCW features, but it needs to get done!

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Here’s another one you might remember! About a year ago I made the monster tee! I was so proud of myself for sewing with knits! I loved this shirt. I was kinda rigging my machine to use the double needle and it was a pain! the thread kept getting twisted and breaking….

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Then the hem came out. I threw it in the mending bag and forgot about it!

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But it’s back! And I figured out how to set my machine up properly to do the double needle and it went so smoothly! And the hem is fixed.

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And the kiddo is excited to have him monster shirt back!

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So then I moved on to the taxi shirt! I wish I could find a picture of the kiddo wearing this when they were pj’s. We bought this in NYC about 3 years ago. The pj’s fit then. It was kinda like a onesie with legs.

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It fit, but it was kinda funny, because it was so wide! The legs and the sleeves were the right size for a 2T. But the width wasn’t. It was super wide! And three years later, the sleeves are a bit short for a 5T.

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So I cut off the legs and it still fits! 3 years later! I hemmed the bottom. I was going to take off the sleeves and add red ones, but then decided that since the arms still fit, I just made it a short sleeved t-shirt instead!

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More KCW done. You?

A Sewing Fail Revived!

Do you remember this project?

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It was my Tic Tac Toe game shirt I made for Season 2 of Sew Ready to Play. The Tic Tac Toe game itself was designed by my husband and is totally cool. The game itself wasn’t a fail. It gets played with still. But as a shirt…. Never got worn…. I should have known from that look on the kiddos face, huh?

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So for my first day of Kids Clothes Week, I’m bringing it back as a plain old t-shirt. I didn’t make the shirt. But I did use my seam ripper to remove all the Velcro. So that’s partly sewing right?

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Ok, here’s the deal. This is my sewing room. Piles ‘o projects! See the shelves of fabric? See all the piles in front of the shelves of fabric? That’s all projects in the works. I’m really trying to finish all these projects this year. One thing that isn’t in the picture is a bag of projects that needed mending. So my first night of KCW was spent planning and going through my mending bag to see what I needed to fix. A couple of things just went away.

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And then there were these two sweaters… Both had holes in them at some seams. So no knitting involved, just two quick stitches. The one on the bottom has been in the bag for over a year and it took a whole 2 minutes to fix… Why do I do this??? Wait so long for a 5 minute project??? I don’t know!

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And then I found the orange striped t-shirt!

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I saw that it was actually a 4T. Not so sure why I had my2 year old wearing it back then, but it still fits. Maybe not for long, the sleeves are getting a bit short. but Hey for the rest of spring, my son has a new shirt and it’s so soft. He wouldn’t take it off!

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So day one of KCW, I did some planning and mending and reviving a failed project. It might not be new from scratch, but it’s Kids Clothes!

Did you make anything?

The Eared Earflap Hat! a tutorial

Bringing another tutorial home today! Things are crazy here! I’ve missed sharing with you this week! I’ll be back to normal soon, I hope! But while I’m doing too much at once, why don’t you make a fun hat!!

EarFlapHat-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI was competing in Project Run and Play and got behind in other things. If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos!

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It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! All you need is two pieces of fleece (or you could use just one color too) and cutting tools! And you can download the pattern here.

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Step 2: Cut out the pieces. You’ll need 2 of each color/print for the main pieces and the little ears. And a 3 inch strip about 15″ long (you’ll trim this later, so it doesn’t need to be exact!)

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Step 3: Cut the slit in the outside fabric. You can do it on the inside pieces, but I’ve found with fleece that it doesn’t really need the darts on the inside.

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Step 4: Make your ears. Sew the ears together and then turn right side out.

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Step 5: Place the ears in the hat.

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Step 6: Sew it together! First sew the ear slit closed. Then sew the middle 3″ slit between the two side pieces. And sew the middle strip and side pieces of the inside pieces together too.

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Step 7: Trim the excess of the middle piece off. I trim it in a slight curve between the two sides.

Step 8: Put the inside and outside together, one inside the other, with right sides facing.

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Step 9: Sew along the side edge. You do need to leave a hole, about 2 inches.

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Step 10: Optional, but you can trim the curved pieces. With fleece it’s not quite as critical, but if you were sewing it with a different fabric, this really helps to get the fabric to lay flat. Since the fleece kinda stretches around, it’s not as critical.

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Step 11: Pull through the hole.

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Step 12: Hand sew the hole.

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And you’ve got a hat! Pretty easy! It would also be fun to recycle a sweater for this project!

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And what about in green?? Do you see it? A frog hat? hehehe!

The Square Neck Top

I told you that I was making a little something from one of the Tie Dye Divas Patterns (affiliate link). I did!

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I made the Square Neck Top, dress variation (affiliate link). It’s a simple little dress, but I love how cute and simple it is!

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One of my best friend’s from home gave me two shirts that she wanted made into something different for her daughter. This pink shirt is a terry cloth with a tiny little crown. I wasn’t exactly sure what part of the shirt my friend wanted to keep, but I knew I wanted to keep the crown. And luckily, her daughter LOVES pink! It was kinda hard though, I don’t have much pink in my stash.

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So I cropped out the crown for the ‘square neck’ part of the little dress. The pattern (affiliate link) is beautifully detailed and photographed. I didn’t have to redo a single thing from not understanding the directions. Well, I didn’t actually have to redo anything period! I got it right the very first time!

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I always feel that the first time I make a pattern it seems to take a little while longer. I read every little line, because I don’t want to miss anything! But I know, the next time, it’s going to fly by!

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For the back, the instructions give you tips for buttons with holes or buttons with a little elastic loop. But of course, I used a snap! And look! I just happened to have some pink snaps that are just the right color!

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For the seams I used a  mix of techniques. For the sides I used French seams. for other exposed hems, I finished off with an overlocking stitch and I know it will hold up beautifully! I try to not leave hems exposed, but there were a few, just a few, in this pattern that leaves the seams exposed!

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I can’t wait to see if it fits! And maybe take a few pics next time I see my friends!

Have you signed up for the pattern giveaway??? Don’t forget!

Spiderman, Spiderman, Spidey wears a Hat on his Head!

I realized that there are a couple of Christmas presents I never showed ya! And since we’re on the subject of Super Hero’s again (did you see the Batman tee), how about a Spiderman Hat?

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Ok, this is not one of my best projects… Since it doesn’t fit very well… But the fun is still there! And that’s what matters, right?

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So I was wandering around Target, waiting on my husband to look at tee shirts, and I saw this plain old red hat on sale. Yeah, it was an adult size, btu it was on sale! And it was plain! How often can you find plain hats for kids? They always seem to have something on them! Anyway… I threw the hat in the cart and away we went!

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So for about 3 bucks and ten minutes, we have a Spiderman Hat!

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I used his doll as inspiration and cut out two Spidey eyes from a bit of white fleece.

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THen using a super tight zigzag stitch, I appliqued the eyes on. I’m not an applique expert by any means (so don’t look too closely!).

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And viola! A Spidey hat that you can wear sideways…

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and backwards…

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Have you made a project that you aren’t in love with, but the person you made it for does???

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It’s a Kid! In a T-shirt! No! It’s a Super Hero! In a Cape!

Does this look familiar? This is a tutorial I did for Go To Sew and I’m bringing it home today!

Every time we go to the Gap outlet my son begs for one of those t-shirts with the capes Velcro-ed to the back. And it’s not just the Gap, they have them other places too. It doesn’t matter where he sees them, but he BEGS for one wherever we are. And I always same the same thing, ‘I can make that for a lot less than 30 bucks!’ We’re kinda like a broken record. Please, I can make that, Please, I can make that, Please… Get the idea?

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So I finally sat down and made him one and he wore it all over town!

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OK, this is super simple and can be done with old t-shirts you have around the house! My son decided he wanted Bat Man with a black t-shirt and yellow symbol and blue cape. Honestly, I didn’t know Bat Man’s cape was actually blue. Yes, my then 4 four-year old son convinced me that he knew what he was talking about. I think he loved saying, ‘See, I told you so!’ when we googled images of Bat Man online!

This tutorial is a two part-er. First we did a freezer paper stencil and then we made the cape.

Materials:

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A blank t-shirt, color corresponding to your super hero of choice.

Fabric for the cape. About a 1/2 yard, or another adult t-shirt.

Freezer Paper

Your Super Hero Icon

Fabric Paint

Spongy Paint brush

Xacto Knife

Paper for making a pattern.

Velcro

Part 1: The Freezer Paper Stencil. I’m going to go over this quick, since it’s easy and I’ve already done a tutorials here

Step 1: Cut your image out of the freezer paper.

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Step 2: Iron it on the shirt with the shiny side down (touching the t-shirt)

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Step 3: Paint! Mine took a few (or more) coats of paint.

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Step 4: Remove the freezer paper!

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Part 2: Make the cape!

Step 1: Make the pattern. Trace the neck and shoulders. The cape will sit up along the neck of the shirt, so we want this shape along the top. Then you decide the length and width! The t-shirts I ‘knocked off’ keep the cape the same length as the t-shirt. We decided to make ours about 3 inches longer. And about 5 inches wider than the back of the shirt.  After a few patterns, I ended up going straight from the shoulder to the edge of the shirt. As in no curves!

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Step 2: Cut the cape.

Step 3: Hem each side of the cape.

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Step 4: Cut your Velcro. I just happened to have color coordinated Velcro! How cool is that??? You don’t need it, but they do have all sorts of colored Velcro out there! Can you tell how excited I was when I found the blue? I already had the black. Ok, OK, OK! Back to the superheroes! Cut your Velcro in 1 1/2″ pieces. Position the Velcro and sew it on both the t-shirt and the cape.

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Step 5: Turn your kid into a Super Hero! Or you, if it’s for you!

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So remember how I said I knew I could do it for less than 30 bucks? Well, the t-shirt was 4, the paint was 1 and the blue Velcro was 1 and I had everything else on hand. So it ended up being 6 bucks! Oh, yeah!

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Which Super Hero would you be??

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The ReFashion Project- Project Run and Play Week 3

oh, my… I can’t believe it’s Thursday and I am just getting this posted…

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If you follow along with everything I do, I reuse or recycle or whatever you want to call it all the time! I love it! So this week’s Project Run and Play challenge was one I didn’t think would be a challenge. I was wrong. I came up with what I wanted to make first. Maybe I should have found the materials first….

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The coat was the only piece I bought. I mean the original coat, that is. It started as a woman’s coat that I found in the Men’s department at our Goodwill! I was going for more of a solid wool coat, but the kiddo and I went shopping and found a handful, or armful, of coats on half price that we liked. So we brought them all home to see which one we liked best. And this is the one the kiddo picked!

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For the coat I self drafted the pattern based on other coats and based on the pieces of the coat I wanted to reuse. Some pieces were upside down cuts where others were little pieces from here or there! Once I was putting it all together, there was part of me cursing the fact that I could have just bought a stinkin’ coat for him for a lot less time and energy! But in the end I’m happy with what I accomplished! I love the little elbow patches! The lining is the only piece that’s not a recycled fabric.

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The pockets were originally smaller and all three were the corduroy and smaller. I liked it. Then I didn’t. Neither did my husband. (do you see a recurring theme with my husband and I and my pockets??? remember the fox coat pockets?) So off they came. I enlarged them and changed them. I have to give credit to the husband for some help with the pockets this time.

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And then the sweater.. I know the picture is a bit blurry, but I loved it anyway…. So I bought the coat, but the rest of the pieces I wanted to come from my stash. Whenever my husband and I clean out our closet, I always pull a few things and add then to my recycle stash. I love the orange! (my apologies on the color scheme to any Bama fans that might be reading…)

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The sweater was also self drafted. Just a simple copying of another sweater that fits! Easy Peasy!

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And the tee. I knew the look I wanted was to have a collared tee with the sweater and coat. And again I had to corrdinate from my stash. Well, I didn’t HAVE to… But I wanted to… And yes, I know, the tee on it’s own, doesn’t go great with the pants…  just ignore that. The pants are from the fox outfit and I loved them with the coat and sweater…

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The tee is the great old standby, The Flashback Tee once again! But I added the collar and the open front. And then the blue shirt that I wanted to use was too short, so I added the grey to the bottom!

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The before and afters! I almost forgot! The coat and the corduroy. The corduroy wasn’t something else before, but I did purchase it second hand… The big sweater to little sweater. And the navy tank top, grey t-shirt (not pictured) and the men’s shirt turned t-shirt!

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I don’t know. Not my best work, I don’t think… But I like it! Thoughts? I have no idea why that one collar corner keeps popping up! Ha! And since it’s also Kids Clothes Week, can this count as three outfits?

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Where are we off to next? Want to come along?

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