Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Craft Fail!

Can we say craft fail???

This beanie was so quick and easy to put together.  The Creative Maven did a great job with her tutorial.  

I used some heavier knit to make the hat--and it was still too hot and my Jilli Bean did not want to wear it...some day the weather will cool off.

I decided to be brave and bleach the letter "J" on the hat (my first experience doing this).  Cute...right?  My craft began to fail immediately. 
Problem #1  Instead of using a freezer paper stencil, I used some opaque plastic for making patterns and stuff.  The bleach worked...but it continued to bleed outward.
Problem #2  When you bleach get orange.  I know this! I cringe every time my husband gets bleach on his black work pants.  For some reason I had in my mind that it would bleach to white.  I'm going to blame this one on mommy brain.
Problem #3 I then decided to fix it by using black acrylic paint with textile medium to paint over the "J".  It worked great!  Then I ironed on a flower stencil...uh, I had problems ironing it on since it the hat was already sewn together and the design I cut out was going to wrap around a little.
Problem #4 I ended up painting the flower white--blah!

Needless to say, the hat is still able to be salvaged with a little more work...but it was so easy to make I'm going to scrap it and make another! This time I will not mess it up!LOL!

From Beanie
From Beanie

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tiered Ruffled Skirt

Are you afraid of this contraption???

I love my ruffler.  Sure, it has caused me my fair share of frustrations (primarily, soon after I got it I realized that I needed to use a pliers to tighten the screw holding the needle as it kept loosening)...and I went through more needles that I care to count (I sometimes forget to move the needle over a little...therefore resulting in a broken or bent needle).  

I came across this pink and brown fabric, and couldn't decide what I liked best...therefore I got a little of everything and made this skirt!

From Ruffled Skirt
From Ruffled Skirt
From Ruffled Skirt
(This was the only plain shirt my Jilli Bean had.  Luckily, I did not stock up on 18 month fall/winter clothes when they were on clearance--I would have been stuck with a bunch of clothes that were one size too small!)

I did a rolled hem on the serger, then used the ruffler on each strip (set it to 1 ruffle every 6 stitches).  Then I sewed the ruffles to strips of plain fabric.  I ruffled 4 rows of 40" strips in less than 10 minutes!  Talk about fast!
 I plan to get a plain, light pink, long sleeve shirt to go with this, and applique a "J" on the front of it (or something!) in the brown w/ pink polka dots (bottom tier). 

I'd like to thank my lil' Jilli Bean for being such a good sport for was over 100* outside!  I think she was just happy to get to play outside!

Project #3


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scrub Hat Tutorial

***This is my first tutorial, so I hope it is clear! ***

Give your favorite scrub tech / OR nurse / food service worker / anyone else who wears a scrub hat, some love and make them their own scrub hat!

Here are instructions on how to make a scrub hat for someone who has medium to long hair.  If you leave off the ties, it can be used by someone who doesn't need to hold their hair back.

The first time I made one of these, I started off by making a pattern out of interfacing.

Supplies:  Lightweight fabric--try to avoid heavy fabrics because they will be hot, 1/4" elastic (I sew the elastic inside the band and adjust it later, so I cut a piece the length of the back band, or a little smaller and stretch it as I sew)

Piece #1--back band:  10.5" x 2"--cut on the fold (cut piece will be 21" x 2")
Piece #2--front band:  6.5"--the center (on fold) will be 4" and the end/sides will be 2"--taper the piece slightly (final length will be 13")
Piece #3--hat:  21" diameter circle
Piece #4--ties (pattern piece not shown):  17" x 1.25" (I use an 18mm bias tape maker for the ties--adjust the width/length to meet your needs)
I made my pattern for the circle as a half-circle, but you can also make it a quarter circle by folding the fabric and marking an arc that is 10.5".
For this hat, the hat (circle) and back band are being done in black and the front band and ties are done in the pink patterned material. 
Fold the circle in half and place a pin at each side of the fold to mark them.  Fold in half the other direction to mark the other side.
Start at the top (whatever pin you want to be at the top) and make pleats from the top center to the pin on the left and from the top center to the pin on the right.  When you are finished with the pleats, half the circle will have pleats.
*You can skip this portion and gather it, but I prefer the way the pleats look.

A shortcut to speed up the pleats is to use a credit card/gift card--use the magnetic strip as a guide for your fold.  For this hat, I listened to 3 songs on my iPod while I did the pleats--I was also texting--proof that it doesn't take that long.  Pleats used to scare me...not anymore!
When doing the pleats, I did the left side one direction and the right side the other direction.  
Rotate the hat and add pleats starting at the pin at the bottom--put 3-4 pleats on each side.  You can add 1 or 2 more on each side if needed.  Make sure you are still working on the same side of the fabric as you did when you put the top pleats in (outside of hat vs. inside of hat). 
(The areas that are not pinned are the sides.)
Stitch the pleats down (close to the edge) so you can remove the pins.

Fold the back band in half and iron.  Find the center of the strip and put a buttonhole on one side (this will be used to adjust the elastic in the back).
I used a bias tape maker to make the ties and then I folded one end to finish it, and stitched the ties closed.

Now you will be stitching the front band to the back band.  At this time, you will also be attaching the elastic and the ties to the bands.  Put the right sides of the front/back band together--pin on each side.  Place one end of the elastic on the top of one half of the back band and sandwich one of the ties between the front/back band on the other side. I backstitch over the elastic and tie several times to make it secure.
Repeat on the other side--make sure the elastic is not twisted.  I use a piece of elastic that is about the same length as the back band (will adjust it at the end). 
This is how it should look after the front/back/tie/elastic are sewn together.

Fold the front band in half the long way and press down.  Fold band in half the other direction to find the center and match that to the center pleat on the front of the hat--pin in place.  Pin the rest of the front band to the had.  Match up the buttonhole on the back band (it should be in the center) to the center pleat and pin.  Pin the rest of the back band to the hat.  If necessary, add another pleat on each side or take out one of the pleats on each side so the band matches the circumference of the hat.
Sew the band to the hat and then either zig-zag or serge the edges. 

Use the buttonhole on the back band to take the elastic out and adjust it so the hat fits the wearers head.  You can cut the elastic and sew it back together so it fits, or tie a knot in it (pull it tight so it stays) and tuck the knot back through the buttonhole.  (I make these and then have the wearer decide how tight they want the elastic--they wear them for long periods of time, so don't want them to be tight and uncomfortable).

This pattern is great for people with medium to long hair.  Once the person puts the hat on, they can cross the ties underneath their ponytail and then tie the ties around their ponytail to secure their hair. 

If you have an embroidery machine, it would be cool to add the person's name to the front band.

A big thank you to my model.  LOL!

This is project #2 for me.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hanky Hem Dress

I'm participating in The Creative Maven's Sew 5 Challenge.  This is project #1...although I have done a few others and ran out of fabric on another--just need to get photos together.

After putting way too much thought into how to do the hanky hem...I finally found a tutorial that made me think I am losing my mind.  What I tried so hard to imagine...turned out to be a square.  DUH! 

I have used this knit, in a different color, to make a similar top, but wanted something a little different.  I used part of the pattern, Simplicity 5695, again and didn't make it as long and added the hanky hem skirt to the bottom.  I love the way the stripes are at an angle on the skirt part--it is exactly how I wanted it.

I used this tutorial to figure out the waist of the skirt--used the measurement of the bottom of the top instead of her actual waist.  

My shortcut this time was to fold/iron the casing of the elastic before I sewed the pieces together

I had the dress hanging on Jilli Bean's door this morning.  When she woke up she was said, "Potty!  Potty! Potty! [saw the dress] Cute! Potty! Potty!"  I think she liked it.  I made a rosette and attached that to a piece of elastic for a headband...she always has something in her hair.

At least the pacifier matched!
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I added a loop of ribbon to the back since the
front/back are similar.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Sew 5 Challenge

I am going to participate in The Creative Maven's Sew 5 Challenge.  I just have to post 5 sewing related projects by September 30th.  That should be easy...right? 

I attempted to clean up my sewing room tonight...attempted is the key word.  At least I organized the fabric I plan to work with soon.  We'll see what I can come up with!