Handmade Bow Tie

Handmade Bow TieMy son came home for holiday break and wanted to get crafty.  While we were walking through Hobby Lobby he turned and asked, “Can you make bow ties?”.  I said, “I’ve never made one before, but it can’t be that hard”.  So he raided the remnant bin and found two different fabrics that he liked.  I’ve listed out most of the steps that we took to get to the finished bow tie.  I broke a few sewing rules making the tie, but who cares…he loved the outcome and plans to make one on his own (with me looking over his shoulder, of course).  :). If you decide to try it check back in and let me know how it went!

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Heat Transfer Vinyl Tshirts (w/Cricut Explore)

ARE YOUphoto-20150711085016326 READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!?? I know we are more than a month away, but football camp and 7 on 7 season is here. What better way to support our son/brother than to sport his school colors/player’s number? These only took a couple of hours using the Rhinestone Wizard, my Cricut and my handy dandy heat press (I’m so glad I have this — it really speeds up the process). However, you could totally do this project with just a cutter and vinyl.

I used magic templates from The Rhinestone World and then imported the design into design space (for the football designs). I was really afraid that the font for the stadium seat wouldn’t cut or weed properly, but it actually turned out easier than I thought – plus since its a grunge type font no would know if a piece was missing. 🙂 Anyway, a super fun way to kick off the “early” football season! As for the wild-card shirt in the photo…I also pressed a track shirt for my hubby that was LOOOONG over due.
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Bye!

 

All Sewn Up and No Where To Go

16275003107_d0f91da7cc_cIt’s that time of year again, the annual NAACP Image Awards Viewing Party. I found the perfect color fabric – a nod to the 2015 Pantone color of the year – and a Vogue vintage pattern (originally printed circa 1957) that I liked. I made the dress over three and a half evenings. As you can tell by the title something went wrong…Well, I took two of my children to their well child check ups yesterday afternoon. I noticed my youngest daughter felt a little warm when I picked her up from daycare, but I didn’t think much about it because I’m usually cooler than she is. Imagine my surprise when the doctor said “we can’t give her any shots today because she two different strains of the flu”. Whaaaaat!? I didn’t even know that was possible!

So, neededless to say my plans for going out were over, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. There is just something about mommy being there when you don’t feel well. She’s all tucked into bed and is resting now – which is a beautiful thing.

Here are a few pictures of the pattern and the dress. I will say that the top of this dress was unusually wide so I added pleats to the front and took up the straps to make it fit better. I also omitted the bow. I don’t think I’ll sew this one again, but it was fun to make!

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Toodles!

 

Spirit T-Shirts!!! Go BHS Tigers

So…my sweet husband got me the new Cricut Explore for my birthday. We made a deal that I would do some football shirts for him. When I originally priced custom t-shirts they started at $20. I knew that with my new gift I could make them for less than that. Using my PC, the Explore and black, gold and white heat transfer vinyl I was able to design, cut and iron the design onto a polo.

While I still have some learning to do I think my first try went really well. I wasn’t sure if my iron would get hot enough, but it actually got too hot so now I know that I can lower the heat next time. I also tried my hand at converting a jpeg file to a svg file so that I could use a custom design. It wasn’t very difficult, but I think I am going to try to find a cleaner graphic (I pulled it from a google image search so the quality wasn’t that great). I can’t wait to do shirts for me and the kids. When I do I’ll share those as well.

Toodles!

 

 

Evening Gown – Creation, Elation and Destruction

 

My husband and I had free tickets to attend the NAACP Image awards viewing party (Thanks to my awesome employer – Walmart) . I was so excited to be able to see Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle in concert! I decided that this would be a great opportunity to sew my gown (Simplicity 2253). We live in a small town so I didn’t want to just buy one – besides…where’s the fun in that!? 🙂

I picked out a beautiful seafoam green stretch satin with a small amount of sheer, sequined fabric for the bodice. As soon as I purchased everything I caught…THE FLU – Ugh! Needless to say I was out of commission until the day before the event, but I wasn’t going to let that ruin my plans. I stayed up all night Friday night to finish the dress.

My husband and I had an amazing time!

One funny part of the night…and the way life just happens – at the after gathering my husband accidentally spilled whole grain mustard on the front of my dress and the stain wouldn’t come out! He was mortified because he knew I had just spent hours making it. I was a bit freaked out too, but then decided that I wasn’t going to let a little mustard ruin our great night.

I’ve decided to make it into a dressy top and will make some flowy pants to go with it (for the next special event). Toodles!