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DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Dressing up is SUPER fun… especially when you can be a SUPER hero! We just had Thanksgiving this weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving!) and on holiday Monday, I made this simple and quick little monogrammed cape for my little girl. Afterwards, she took it for a spin by flying around our little acreage! I monogrammed the cape with her first initial to make it extra special.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

The cape is reversible, and the monogram is optional. The neck fastens with velcro, so it’s easy for little fingers to put on and off. This is an excellent beginner’s sewing project and a fun dress-up box costume essential for any little boy or girl!

Materials:

  • 1 yard quilting cotton in pattern A
  • 1 1/4 yard quilting cotton in pattern B
  • 1″ velcro
  • applique adhesive paper

Directions:

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Cut 1/4 yard of the 1 1/4 yard piece of fabric off and save for the monogram.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

With each yard of fabric folded in half lengthwise, lay one on top of the other with the folds on the same side. Place an ice cream pail lid over the corner of the fabrics closest to the fold, with about 1/4 of the lid over the corner. Trace the curve and cut (for the neckline of the cape).

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

On the opposite side, cut a gentle curve going up from the center fold so that it ends about 4″ above the centre fold on the opposite side (see picture above). You could also use the bottom of a skirt or dress pattern as a guide for this curve if you don’t want to free-hand it. Then, draw a straight line from the end of this curve on a diagonally up to about 4″ from the neck hole (as shown above) and cut.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

If you want to add a monogrammed initial to the cape, print out a large letter on paper from your computer, and use it as a pattern to cut the letter out of the remaining fabric and the adhesive paper.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Following the instructions on the adhesive paper’s label, iron the paper onto the letter, and then the letter onto the center back cape piece of the opposite pattern of fabric. I put my letter a little closer to the top of the cape. Satin stitch around the entire edge of the letter by machine, as shown above.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Pin the front and back cape pieces together, right sides facing one another. Sew all the way around (I used a serger, but you could use a regular machine with a 1/2″ seam allowance) leaving a 2″ opening for turning.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Turn the cape right side out, making sure the corners are pushed out fully, and topstitch the bottom curve to sew the opening shut (you can also topstitch the entire cape, but I thought just doing the bottom edge worked fine).

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Cut the velcro into two 1″ squares, and sew onto the tops of the neckline “straps”. Sew on opposite sides, as shown above.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Now, gift this special cape to your little superhero and teach them to fly!

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Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy
DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

My good friend asked me to help her make a Tinkerbell fairy costume for her little girl’s fourth birthday. We started with a gorgeous little green tutu made by Whimsical Elements, picked up some bright green satin from a local fabric shop, and she also snagged a $6 extra small women’s tank top in green. I ended up altering the top and making a little leaf apron skirt to tie over the tutu. I was happy with the results, and my little girlie was more than happy to model the outfit! Here’s how I did it and how you can too:

Materials:

  • 1 yard satin (for leaves on top and for leaf apron skirt)
  • tutu
  • child’s or women’s small tank top

Directions:

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

From the satin, cut out a front and back for 4 large petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″ and I eyeballed the shape) and 3 smaller petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″). Cut out a 6″ wide strip across the entire width of the fabric (your fabric will probably be 54″ to 60″ wide) for the sash.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Put the petal pieces right sides together, and sew around the two sides. Turn over & press.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Press the 6″ wide strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together, and then press the two raw, long edges in 1/2″.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Arrange the larger leaves side-by-side with the top raw edges aligned. Place the smaller leaves on top, over where the larger leaves meet, as pictured above. Pin in place and sew together about 1/4″ from the raw edge.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Measure your child’s waist to find out how long you want the waistband of the leaf apron to be, and then gather the tops of the leaves to fit. In this case, I wanted the skirt to measure 21″ long.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Tuck the leaves about 1/2″ into the waistband you’ve previously folded and pressed. Pin (a lot) because satin is slippery!

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Press the short ends of the waistband inwards and press (so there are no raw edges showing on the ends of what will be the tie). Sew the layers together with a topstitch about 1/4″ from the open fold of the waistband, sew the tie ends shut at the same time (as shown below).

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

For a matching top, find a green tank top that’s your child’s size (if not, you can do what I did and alter a women’s small tank top by taking in the shoulders and sides). Make small leaves in the same manner as the large leaves made for the skirt (mine measured about 2″ by 3″). Pin them together side-by-side, gather them, and then turn the raw edges in, pin, and stitch to the neckline as pictured above.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

To wear, simply have your girlie slip on the tank top and a tutu and tie the leaf apron over top. Cuteness!

DIY Sewing

Sew a One Yard Chevron Dress

by Christina Dennis

I’m loving all things chevron lately (the retro-inspired zig-zag pattern) and my 3 year old daughter has a big thing for dresses. I thought I’d combine our two current loves and make a simple little girl’s dress for the summer! I purchased one yard of fabric and used almost every bit with hardly any waste (only the few inches I chopped off the straps). One yard of fabric could make a dress for a young baby (there would be extra fabric, then) all the way up to a size 5T (the dress would be shorter, then). This is a very easy project with tied shoulder straps, an elastic waist and sweet ruffle detailing on the hem – perfect for a summer picnic!

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Materials:

Directions:

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and then cut (I used a rotary cutter, ruler and mat since they’re all squares):

  • two 2 1/2 strips all the way down the lengthwise edge of your fabric for dress straps
  • using remaining width, cut four 5″ rectangles widthwise for ruffles (on folded edge)
  • the remaining rectangle will be for the main dress piece (I used it exactly as-is for my 3 year old, but you could cut it shorter if required for a younger child – just measure your child from her underarm to where you want the hem of the dress to fall and subtract 2.5 inches to account for the ruffle minus the seam allowances & elastic casing)

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Cut the main dress ruffle in half lengthwise, along the fold, so that you have a front and a back. Gather the tops of two of your ruffle pieces (I adjust the tension on my serger and gather that way, but you can also use a long running stitch on a regular machine and then pull a thread to gather). Adjust the gather so that the ruffles are the same length as the bottom of each dress piece. Sew one ruffle to the bottom of one dress piece, right sides together. Repeat with second dress piece.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

With right sides together, sew the dress pieces together at the side seams from top of the dress to the bottom of the ruffle.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

To make a casing for your upper elastic, seam finish the upper edge of the dress with a serger or fold it over 1/4″ from right side to wrong side. Fold it over 1 1/4″, press and pin in place, and then stitch to form a casing. Leave a 1″ opening to thread your elastic through. To make a casing for the waist elastic, measure your child from their underarm to their waistline (my 3 year old was about 5″) and then mark the wrong side of your fabric with this measurement using  a straight edge. Sew a piece of ribbon or bias tape along this marking, stitching it at the top and bottom and leaving enough space to thread the 1/4″ elastic through. Leave a 1″ opening.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Measure your child’s chest circumference and cut the 1″ elastic 1/2″ longer than this measurement. Thread the 1″ elastic through the upper casing. Stitch the ends together, and then stitch the opening closed. To keep the elastic from rolling, stitch another line about 1/4″ from the top of the casing, though the casing and elastic. Measure your child’s waist circumference and cut the 1/4″ elastic 1/2″ longer than this measurement.Thread the 1/4″ elastic through the waist casing. Stitch the ends together; stitch the opening closed.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Finish the bottom edge of the ruffled hem by using a rolled hem on your serger as I did, or folding the hem over twice at 1/4″ and sewing with a regular sewing machine.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Sew the remaining two ruffle pieces together, right sides together at the short ends to form a bit loop. Seam finish the long edges using a rolled hem on your serger, or folding over twice at 1/4″ and stitching. Using a long running stitch, sew a basting stitch about 1/2″ from one edge of the ruffle all around the loop. Slide the loop over the bottom of the dress and position it as pictured above (so that it overlaps the lower ruffle by about an inch). Gather the ruffle by pulling on a thread, ensuring that it is gathered to the same width as the dress. Pin in place and then sew over your gathered stitch line to attach to the dress.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

To make the tied straps, cut both strap pieces in half widthwise. You may want to trim the straps a few inches if you don’t want a long tie/big bow (I trimmed mine about 4″ each). Fold both short ends of each piece under about 1/4″ from right to wrong side and press. Fold each piece in half lengthwise and press. Open them up again, and fold each side in to meet the crease you made in the middle. Fold in half again and press, as pictured above. Sew around each strap about 1/4″ from the edge.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Pin the straps to the upper elastic casing of the dress, about 1/2″ from the top (straps on the inside). I pinned mine about 4″ from the sideseam, as pictured above. Sew in place, sewing over the stitch line you made previously on the elastic casing (this hides the stitches). Tie the straps together at the shoulders.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

You’re already finished! Have your little girl try it on and have a tea party on the lawn!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities

Make a No-Sew Splat Mat

By Christina Dennis

When babies begin eating solids, they’re SO messy! No matter how many bibs you put on them or how high their high chair, food will make it’s way to the ground. Also messy? A busy little toddler who loves to paint, to colour and to snack. I have one of each type of mess-maker and I’ve found the perfect, easy solution – a “splat mat” (or “messy mat”)!

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

I can place this wipeable, machine-washable mat underneath my baby’s high chair or on the floor for my toddler to snack or craft on. This is such a simple DIY project, and I’ve created a way to make an adorable, unique splat mat that requires NO SEWING!

Materials:

  • 1 yard laminated cotton fabric (I used  Anna Maria Horner LouLouthi Laminated Cotton Summer Totem Tart)
  • 4 yards double-folded bias tape (I accidentally bought single-fold, so I had to iron it again to make it folded on both sides – oops!)
  • permanent fabric glue (I found mine at Walmart)
  • a plastic lid and Q-tips

Directions:

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

You’ll need to cut a piece of your laminated cotton that is exactly a yard square (36″ x 36″). If your ends are cut straight, you can fold them up to the sides as pictured and cut the excess off the top. Use a ruler/square if you need to to get the square absolutely straight.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Align the sides of a round lid to the sides of your fabric’s corners. Trace the rounded edge and cut to create rounded corners on your mat.

You now have a square piece of fabric with rounded corners.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

The fabric glue I purchased stated that I could not apply it directly (check yours for instructions), so I put some in a lid and used q-tips to apply it to my fabric which worked really well. However the instructions on your fabric glue tell you, apply fabric glue to the underside edge of your bias tape – as close to the fold as you can (as pictured above). I applied the glue in about 6″ increments.

 

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Beginning in the center of one of the sides of your fabric square, gently slide the bias tape under the laminated cotton, lining up the center of the bias tape with the edge of the laminated cotton. Gently press the laminated cotton onto the bias tape and smooth it with your finger to eliminate any air bubbles.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Now, apply glue to the other side of your folded bias tape, close to the edge of the opposite fold (another 6 inches or so). Fold the tape over the edge of the laminated cotton and press & smooth with your finger.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Repeat this procedure in 6″ increments until you reach a corner. I found it easiest to apply glue to the bias tape that would reach around the entire corner. The trick to getting the corner bias tape nice and smooth is to pull the bias tape gently as you smooth it around the laminated cotton corner. This keeps the tape from puckering.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

When you are about 6″ away from the start of your bias taping, cut the remaining end of the tape to be about 2″ longer than where the tape ends should meet. Open the tape up completely, and then fold down about 1/2″ of the end of the tape to the wrong side and glue into place. Re-fold the tape as before.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Glue the remaining bias tape down as before. You’ll have a nice, neat finish with no raw edges showing.

That’s it – you’ll all done this simple project! Use your messy mat around the house for easy clean-up! You can wipe it or machine wash it when it gets extra messy.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

Sew a Princess Dress

by Christina Dennis

My three-year-old loves princesses of all kinds and dressing up like them whenever she has the chance. We’ve purchased a lot of the Disney princess dresses and have had some gifted to us, but the other week my darling girl wanted a very specific princess dress. She’s been watching Barbie’s Princess and the Pauper (*eye roll* – gift from a friend!) and kept commenting on how beautiful Princess Anneleise’s “pretty pink rose dress” was. I told her we could sew one together and she was ecstatic!

Princess Dress Tutorial from The DIY Mommy

The base of this princess dress is a very simple peasant style dress pattern, and I’ve added some fun embellishments like ruffles, ribbons and a rose. This dress is wide with an elastic neckline and sleeves, so it would grow with a child – comfortably from age 2 to age 5 or so. It’s a classic, shiny pink princess dress, so it could work for any type of little princess!

Materials:

  • 1 yard pink satin fabric (I used cuddle satin for a little extra body and comfort – it has a flannel backing)
  • 1/4 yard white satin fabric
  • a roll of 1/4″ metallic gold ribbon
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • hand-sewing needle

Directions:

Print out these four pattern pieces (make sure that you are printing at 100% size; the final pattern piece has to be taped together): The DIY Mommy Princess Dress 1, The DIY Mommy Princess Dress 2, The DIY Mommy Princess Dress 3, The DIY Mommy Princess Dress 4 & The DIY Mommy Princess Dress 5

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

From the pink satin, cut out the sleeve pieces, back bodice, side front bodice.  Cut the center front from the white satin. From the white satin, cut two 5″ wide strips from the entire width of the satin for the ruffles (not pictured). From the pink satin, cut one 5″ wide strip from the entire width of the satin (for the flower embellishment). For the skirt, measure your child from an inch beneath their armpit to where you want the hem of the dress to fall (if you make the dress long, your child will be able to wear it longer!). Add 3 inches to this measurement (for the waist seam and bottom hem), and cut a full width of the pink satin fabric in this length (my fabric was 54″ wide). Cut this piece in half so that you have a skirt front and skirt back piece.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Take the center front piece cut from white satin, and arrange lengths of gold ribbon cut to size as pictured above (I eye-balled my placement). You might prefer three criss-crosses or only one – it’s up to you and your princess! Pin the ribbon, then sew it to the satin piece with stitches down the middle of each ribbon length.

Princess Dress by The DIY Mommy

With right sides together, sew one of the front side pieces to the side of the center front piece. (For this dress, I used my serger for an all-in-one seam finish, but if you are using a regular machine make sure to finish the seams with a zig-zag stich after sewing). Repeat with opposite side. Press seam open on low heat. Lay a length of ribbon over the seam, cut to size, and sew with stitches down the middle. Repeat with opposite side.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

With right sides together, sew the bodice front to the bodice back at the side seams.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Sew the two long white satin pieces together on one short end of each. Fold in half, wrong sides together and gather along the raw edge. Here, I used my serger to gather quickly by adjusting the tension, but you can also gather with a long running stitch on your machine and pulling the upper thread. Here is an excellent post on gathering techniques.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

With raw edges together, sew the white ruffle to the bottom edge of one sleeve. Cut to fit after sewing. Turn to right side, press lightly, and topstitch about 1/8″ close to seam to keep ruffle flat. Repeat with second sleeve.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Cut two pieces of 1/4″ elastic that are approximately 8″ each. On the wrong side of booth sleeves, draw a straight line with a pencil and ruler that’s about 4″ from the bottom of the ruffle. Attach the elastic to the wring side of the sleeve by sewing a straight line in the center of the elastic, pulling the elastic with your hand as you sew to ruffle the fabric and stretch the elastic to the opposite side of the sleeve. Repeat with second sleeve.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Fold each sleeve horizontally in half with right sides together, and sew each of their side seams together matching the bottoms of the ruffles.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Open up the top of one sleeve and pin its curved edge to the curved sleeve opening of one side of the bodice, right sides together. Match armpit seams. Sew together.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

With raw edges together, sew the white satin ruffle to the lower edge of the bodice. Start on one side seam, fold the short raw edge of the ruffle to the underside. When you reach the beginning again, overlap the end of the ruffle slightly over the beginning and fold the raw edge under again after trimming to fit.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

With right sides together and sandwiching the ruffle in between, sew the front and back pieces of the skirt together at the side seams. Gather the upper edge of the skirt with a serger or regular machine, and pin it to the bodice (pulling or loosening gathers to fit) with the right sides together. Sew.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Turn dress right-side-out and press waist seam lightly. Topstitch about 1/8″ from seam to help ruffle lay flat.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Serge raw edge of bodice neck OR turn over 1/4″ and press. Turn over 1/2″ and press, then stitch close to folded edge to create a casing for the neck elastic. Leave a 1″ opening. Cut a 16″ piece of 1/4″ elastic, and thread through the casing (I use a safety pin on the threading end and a stick pin on the opposite end). Sew the edges of the elastic together securely once threaded and stitch the casing opening shut.

The main dress is DONE! Now, on to the embellishments:

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Fold the 5″ wide strip of pink satin you cut earlier in half lengthwise and gather (like you did with the white ruffles before). I used a full width of my pink satin, then cut the ruffled piece in half – one to use for the dress and one for a hair accessory for later!

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Start rolling the ruffled strip (you’re making a rose from the center out), hand sewing the raw edges together as you go (I just used random stitches, making sure to secure the layers together as best I could).

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Once you’re finished rolling and sewing the ruffled strip to your liking, make sure to secure it at the end with several knots of thread. Leave a long tail of thread and the needle attached to sew the rose to the dress bodice.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Sew the rose to the dress bodice, using the dress picture as a guide. Use lots of hand stitches, and secure it well at the end with several knots.

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

Tie a bow from the gold ribbon, cut it to your desired length, and stitch it to the center of the bottom of the bodice. I machine stitched the bow on, on each side of the knot (you could also hand stich, but I find machine stitching this way keeps the bow tied securely).

Princess Dress from The DIY Mommy

You’re ALL DONE! Share an afternoon tea with your little princess.

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Sewing

Sew Boutique Soother Clips

by Christina Dennis

If your baby’s anything like mine, soothers pop out of her mouth constantly and they are always hitting the floor. When I had my first baby, it was hard to find cute-looking soother clips to keep soothers from dropping, so I decided to make my own! Here’s my original fabric soother clip design and I’ve updated it with some adorable ruffles and/or a flower brooch embellishment. Here’s how to make one for your baby (they also make great baby shower gifts)!

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Materials:

  • a scrap of cotton quilting fabric (at least 4″ wide by 12″ long, with an extra 2″ wide by 24″ long strip if you want to make the ruffle or flower embellishment)
  • one 1″ wide metal suspender/pacifier clip (search Etsy for some in their “supplies” category!)
  • one pearl snap (search Etsy for some in their “supplies” category!)
  • a pair of snap pliers (to fasten the snap pieces to the soother clip strap)

Directions:

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that measures 4″ wide by 12″ long. I find a hard ruler and a rotary cutter works really well to get straight, square measurements. Turn the short ends over to the wrong side about 1/4″ and press.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Fold the piece in half with the long sides meeting and press. Open the piece back up (this center crease will act as a mark), and then fold each long side to the center with the edge meeting the center crease. Press each side.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Fold the piece in half the long way again. Press. You will have a 1″ wide by about 11 1/2″ long piece of folded fabric.

Sew around the entire perimeter of the fabric strap approximately 1/4″ from the edge. Attach the suspender/pacifier clip to one end by folding about 1/2″ of the fabric through the suspender clip base and sewing. (I like to sew back and forth a few times here for durability!)

Attach the pearl snap to the other end using snap pliers. I fold the snapped end about 2″ so that there’s lots of room for a pacifier to fit through. Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to attach pearl snaps.

If you want a plain soother clip, you’re done! Enjoy!

If you want to add a ruffle embellishment, here’s how:

Sew a Boutique Soother Clip from The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that’s approximately 2″ wide by 24″ long. Turn it in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew together 1/4″ from the raw edge to form a tube.

Sew a Boutique Soother Clip from The DIY Mommy

Turn the tube right-side-out (I use a knitting needle!) and press with the seam placed on the center back. Sew a long, running stitch down the middle of the tube and pull the ends to gather the tube into a long ruffle that’s the 1″ more than the length of the soother clip (from the base of the suspender clip to the top of the pearl snap).

Turn the top and bottom ends of the tube about 1/2″ to the back and sew the ruffle to the soother clip, sewing down the center directly over the long running stitch.

If you want to add a flower embellishment, here’s how:

Use this tutorial to make a rolled flower out of a strip of fabric and then hand stitch it securely to the top of the fabric strap, covering the base of the metal suspender clip.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

I find making these clips assembly line style works really well if you want to make several at a time (cut them all out at once, press them all at once, sew them all at once). Make a few of these adorable, boutique soother clips for your baby and then a bunch more for baby gifts!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

Make Owl Elbow Patches

By Ashley
Recently I made a grandpa cardigan for my son and I used owl buttons, however I thought it was lacking something so I decided to add elbow patches.  I’m obsessed with elbow patches and owls so I decided to combine the two to make owl elbow patches for the cardigan.

Isn’t he cute?  I kinda went overboard with the little details, I just couldn’t help myself!  I’ll show you how you can make your own with or without the detailing (Also, you can opt to cut the wings out as part of the body and not separate them like I did.).

Let’s get started!

Supplies:

1.  Felt – White for the eyes and one other color for the body and wings.  Or you can use different colored felt for each body part (the wings, tummy, body and beak), like I did.

2.  Felt Glue

3.  Black Embroidery Floss

4.  Small Sharp Scissors

5.  Hand Sewing Needle

6.  White Thread

7.  Fabric Marker

8.  1/4″ Ric Rac (Optional)

9.  Thread to match the color of the body

10.  Yellow Embroidery Floss for the beak

11.  Pins

Instructions:

 

 

1.  Print out the pattern from here.  Trace and cut your pieces.  Rinse off your pieces if the fabric marker lines are still visible.  Allow your damp pieces to dry.

2.  (This step is optional) Next, if you will be using ric rac for the tummy, cut six pieces 2 1/2″ in length (3 pieces for each owl).  Leaving excess ric rac on each side of the tummy, glue down the ric rac with the felt glue.  After the glue has dried, fold the excess ric rac over the sides and sew along the edge of the tummy part to secure the ric rac (you can use your sewing machine for this part or sew it by hand).  Cut any excess ric rac from the back to eliminate bulkiness.  Once all the ric rac is sewn down apply felt glue to the back of the tummy and place it on the body.  Allow the two pieces of felt to dry.

Hopefully your stitches will look better than mine 🙂

3.  Take your fabric marker and mark where you would like the center of the eyes.  With your black embroidery thread make french knots for the center of the eyes (I wrapped the thread around the needle six times).  You can find a great video tutorial on french knots here.  Once you have made your eyes, rinse away any fabric marker that may be visible.  Allow the eyes to dry and then glue them in place on the body.

4.  Glue or embroider the beak.  If you glue the beak wait until the glue dries and use matching color thread to sew down the beak.

5.  After 3-4 hours the eyes should be completely dried and you can sew them down around the outer part of the eyes.

6.  (This step is optional)  While holding your wing in place, begin stitching your decorative stitch.  As you stitch around the wing you will use your stitches to sew the wing down to the body.  Be sure not to sew the edge of the body as you sew the wing, you will need that to sew down the patch to your garment.

7.  Yeah!  Almost finished!  If your little one is like mine you’ll have to wrangle with them and put on the garment you are going to sew the patches on to.  Have your little one bend their arm so you can mark an “X” where there elbow is using your fabric marker.  Phew, now you can take off the garment and turn the little one loose.

8.  Pin your patch over your “X” and fold the garment in half to ensure the patches are place evenly on the garment.  Use your color match thread to hand sew around the border of the patch.

Roll up the sleeve to the bottom of the patch to make sewing easier.
9.  You’re done!
Doesn’t it look cute?  I love it!

About Me:  My name is Ashley and I’m a full time working mom that loves to craft on the weekends and late at night when my husband and son are sleeping.  I come from a family of crafters, my dad always found ways to make something old into something beautiful and my grandmother taught me the basics of almost every single craft you can think of.  I have my own Etsy store, My Happily Ever After, where I sell my creations and a blog, Distractions, where I share tutorials and tid bits of my life.

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Throw a Rapunzel Theme Party

My oldest daughter turned three years old on January 1st, and she is madly in love with Disney’s “Tangled” movie. She is obsessed with all things “Rapunzel”, and loves to dress up in princess dresses and dance around the house. When I asked her what type of party she’s like, I listed a Rapunzel Party as an option and her eyes instantly lit up. That was the one!

Between Pinterest and some fantastic crafting blogs I follow, I managed to come up with a completely DIY Rapunzel-themed party for a low cost. It was a lot of work, but my daughter loved it!

Here is how I did it, and how you can too:

THE CAKE:

The cake was the most difficult part, and it was inspired by this cake, this cake and this cake. I started with rainbow bit cake mix, baked two 10″ round cakes and layered them with a purple buttercream icing. Then, I iced the entire cake in purple buttercream and made marshmallow fondant with this recipe. I personally had a difficult time working with the fondant (it was either too sticky or, when I added more icing sugar, it broke easily). I’m hoping it’s a skill that just takes time! I dyed half of the fondant green and put it over the cake, and then used a small lid to cut circles out of the remaining fondant that I had dyed purple and pink. I arranged the circles to create the flowers (I glued the petals together with buttercream icing) and rolled a small ball out of yellow fondant for the centers. I added a strip of purple fondant to the bottom of the cake and arranged the flowers in a semi-circle on the top of the cake.

For the tower, I purchased cake donuts and a large chocolate muffin. I stacked those together and “glued” them all in place with a lot of buttercream icing. For the top of the tower, I dipped a waffle cone in some white chocolate that I had dyed purple and then I attached the cone to the muffin with buttercream icing.

Finally, I added green vines, yellow hair, and grass detailing to the cake with buttercream icing. Overall I was satisfied with the cake, though the tower fell after a few hours! I’d suggest some sort of dowel system to make it last better!

THE DECOR:

I kept the party decor relatively simple. I hung tissue paper poms in pink, yellow and purple from the ceiling over the cake table. My daughter and I had a great time making them together using this tutorial. (Bonus: We used them as decor in her room afterward!) We made a simple banner (like the one in the Tangled movie when they are in the market) out of paper and string. The printable template for the banner flags can be found here. My daughter saw the banner and instantly requested that a “Pascal” (the lizard from the movie) be perched on it, so we found a picture of him online and printed it and cut it out!

I had some paper lanterns from a previous party, so used those on the table, and we purchased some Tangled-themed treat bags and plates.


THE COSTUME:

One of the first things my daughter requested when she knew she was going to have a Rapunzel party was a Rapunzel dress and hair! We found a dress to purchase online, but my very talented mother made a gorgeous Rapunzel wig using this tutorial. The yarn she chose was perfect – it was a buttery soft and fat acrylic in the perfect and softest shade of yellow. She glue-gunned flowers in the braid as a finishing touch.


THE FOOD:

For the main dish, I had the idea to make these fun calzones that look like a Rapunzel braid! They were toddler-friendly and delicious. Rather than using a bread machine, I hand-made the dough the night before, let it rise for a couple of hours, put it in a large bag in the fridge, and then took it out the morning of the party. After it rose again for another couple of hours, I rolled it out, placed the filling in, criss-crossed the dough over the filling and baked them. In addition to the calzones, we had some simple veggie, fruit and cracker trays.

We had a wonderful, simple Rapunzel-themed party and my daughter had a great time with her friends (and we had a good, solid sleep afterward)!

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