Monthly Archives: January 2012

How To Cute-ify Your Kids Clothes.

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This is my first tutorial, so be patient with me, and if you have a question….please ask it! I would love some feedback from this.

So I recently discovered something called ‘Wonder Under’. (Wonder Under is just a brand name, and actually not even the brand that I bought, but I keep calling it Wonder Under the same way most Texans call all sodas ‘ Coke’, or people who don’t play video games call all game systems ‘Nintendo’.) I had heard of it, but thought it was just a tool to use when you couldn’t use a sewing machine to make a hem. And it does come in strips so you can avoid sewing hems, but it also comes in big sheets, and that is what we will use today.

For this little activity you will need a few things:

  • Wonder Under (or Steam a Seam, or any brand of double-sided iron on backing)
  • Kids T-shirt
  • small amount of fabric
  • stencil of whatever you want to put on the shirt
  • non-fusible featherweight interfacing
  • iron/ironing board
  • your choice of embellishments (I used embroidery needle, thread, and small hoop…you can bedazzle, sew on machine, the possibilities are endless)
  • sewing machine (unless you don’t mind raw edges, or are using a fabric that doesn’t fray)

First, you need to figure out what you want to put on the shirt. It could be a letter of the first name, a simple shape, anything really. I think for a first project though, maybe pick something easy like a simple shape: square, triangle, heart or circle.

Cut out shape

Either draw or print out your picture, then cut it out. Trace it onto your fabric (I would use a disappearing ink pen, or chalk), cut it out of your fabric, then cut one out of your interfacing. (note: if you want your picture to have raw edges and fray, don’t worry about the interfacing, just skip that part).

Trace on interfacing

Pin your interfacing to the right side of your fabric, then sew all the way around the edge. Try to get close to the edge. I line mine up with the inside of my presser foot.

  

Pin interfacing to right side of fabric

Now cut a small slit in the interfacing, and flip your shape inside out. Run your fingers along the inside of your shape, pushing out all of the edges and trying to get them to be as smooth as possible. Then iron it flat.

       

Nice clean edge!

Next, trace your shape on to your Wonder Under, cut that out. I’m not sure if all brands are like this, but mine is sticky on both sides, but you can easily pull it off the fabric. So after you cut it out you can stick it to the fabric and make sure they line up just right, and if they don’t, trim the edges a bit. Once you have the fabric lined up on the wonder under, peel the back paper off, and stick your design wherever you want it on the shirt. You can stick in one spot and test that out…if that doesn’t work for you pull it up and try another until you are happy with it. Once you have it in place, iron it on. Read your instructions! Mine says to iron it on cotton setting for 15-20 seconds. You can tell around the edges if it has worked or not, but in the middle it’s a little harder to tell. Just be sure to iron it at least as long as the instructions say, and then maybe a little longer just to be sure…just don’t burn your fabric!

Trace shape and cut it out of the wonder under  
Make sure they line up, then take off the paper backing 

Set it where you want it to go, then iron it down, following the instructions on your wonder under

Now look!! We have taken a plain shirt and made it something special 🙂 My daughter was thrilled with it like this, but I am not done yet.

I like the look of hand embroidery, and since it was one of my New Year resolutions to try, I am going to embellish my design by hand. You could also stitch around it on your sewing machine, or glue millions of little plastic crystals to it, or if you have a bedazzler…..then bedazzle that thing!!

A couple of tips for hand embroidery…1. Don’t sweat it if it’s not perfect, that’s the beauty of doing something by hand…it’s like a fingerprint or handwriting, it’s uniquely yours. 2. Use a thimble, it will save your fingers! Pushing a needle through layers of fabric is tough on fingertips. 3. Get a hoop. They are super cheap, and makes embroidering anything a million times easier. 4. If you have never hand embroidered, or sewn anything by hand take a second to google hand embroidery….I learned from my Grandmother years ago, but I used Youtube.com as a refresher.

Once you are done you can sit back and enjoy your handy work. If you don’t sew you can still do this…just omit the interfacing, or sew that by hand. I think it would be cute to have a frayed look around the edge. The wonder under stuff claims that it will stay put forever, wash after wash, but I never trust that and usually sew some kind of stitch around the outside.

Hope this was somewhat of a help, or at least a stepping stone to get you to try something new.

Let me know if it worked out for you and maybe you could share your creations with me! If you have any questions at all, just leave me a comment.

Happy crafting everyone 🙂

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Distracted

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Last week was one of those weeks when I had lots to do, and I didn’t want to do any of it. I needed to figure out what to do for my son’s party, I had multiple purses on the list, a hat, a scarf, and some other errands that needed to be done. But each time I sat down to work on those things I just felt so bored, my mind was racing to a million other things I would have rather been doing. So I gave in, I set aside my ‘need to do’ list and pulled out my ‘want to do’ list!

First we went to the store to buy some organizational supplies and some homeschool supplies, and a couple of hoola hoops! We got home and I couldn’t wait to get started on our first project…a new rug! I had seen one on Pinterest, and now we were going to make it. My oldest wasn’t so excited about me using ‘her’ hoola hoop, but she had some fun making the rug with me. Despite my excitement and love for the rug, it did not turn out well. When they say ‘don’t pull the loops tight when you are weaving’….they mean it. I didn’t pull on purpose, it’s just that t-shirts tend to stretch easily, and well……

 

Before...

And after 😦

 

 

So, it didn’t go as planned, but that’s ok. We’ll give it another try sometime. Meanwhile, we’ll just work on our mad hoola hooping skills!

Next on my list was a fabric basket. We needed a little basket to store games and videos in for the kids room. I also so a how-to on pinterest about this as well. I had found a yard of material in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby for a dollar, so it seemed like the perfect choice for this project. It took me an hour or so because I didn’t need the ID pocket or the handles…just wanted something really simple (and fast).  I love the way it turned out! The only thing I would change is I would buy heavier duty plastic mesh. I just didn’t want to spend a dollar a sheet, but I guess it would have been worth it 🙂

After that I decided I better get started on some ‘need to do’s ‘, so I went out to find my size 8 or 9 needles and couldn’t find them anywhere, but as I was looking, I noticed an old baby quilt that I had started 5 1/2 years ago (before my oldest was born). All it lacked was the binding. I had pieced it, hand quilted it, and then packed it up because I didn’t know how to bind it. I’m sure I had planned to dump it off on my grandmother so she could bind it…I probably just forgot. Anyways, it just so happened that I had recently seen a tutorial about binding….you guessed it…on Pinterest. So I pulled up the link, read over the instructions, was shocked at how simple she made it look, and then I was off to bind my quilt! It took about an hour to bind it by hand…an hour!! I had waited 5 1/2 years to finish it, both of my babies missed out on using it…and it would have only taken me an hour?! Sigh. But at least it’s done now! And I think they will get some use out of it, even if they aren’t really babies anymore.

So, once I got these projects completed and out of my head, I found that I could think a little clearer, I was a little happier, and even though they weren’t on my list of things that needed to be done, it felt good to complete those projects. Especially the quilt, my first sewing project on my machine. It brought back lots of happy memories to work on it, and I hope to finish more quilts soon.

After freeing up some thinking space I was able to have my son’s birthday. I made him a really cool robot shirt to wear on his special day (wonder under tutorial coming soon…). It was low-key, not a super party, but he had a great time. He had an adventure in the morning and a party with family that night…and I was able to make the only thing he asked me for, a robot cake.

Don't judge me on my cake making skills!! 🙂

***Sorry about the quality of the photos, I’m working on that. I am trying to use my camera without selecting the point and shoot options…I am determined to know how to use this thing!

And the winners are…….

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The winner of the spices from Horton’s Heats and Treats is Ang Alford!

The winner of the baby gift set from Sew in the Mood is Kelly Foss!

The winner of the dress from Babycakes is Ellen Tidwell!

The winner of the owl from Sew Much Love is Tiffany Wolf!

The winner of the valentine zippy pouch from Walla Bear Designs is Shiela Horton!!

And, the winner of the purse by Nomadic Needles is Stephanie Kalish!!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you all so much for participating!! Giveaways are always fun, and I am sure there will be more to come 🙂 A BIG thank you to all of the sponsors  who donated items for the giveaway, I really do appreciate it and you can count on me anytime you are hosting one.

Getting Spicy with Horton’s Heats and Treats

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Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribe to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

Next prize in the giveaway was donated by Horton’s Heats and Treats. Up for grabs is a 3 pack of custom blended spices (I know there are 5 in the picture…but you only get 3). These aren’t your ordinary spices, Horton’s makes sure you only get the highest quality! Get your entry in so you can add some flavor to your meal 😉

You know the rules, like Horton’s Heats and Treats facebook page and then leave them a comment on this post to be entered. You can check out their website for all the flavor varieties.

My Turn!

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Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribed to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

So today it’s my turn!! And up for grabs is this beautiful new messenger bag. I found this fabric and couldn’t wait to use it for the giveaway! I only wish the sun had been out for even a minute today so I could have gotten a better picture…this one just doesn’t do the colors justice. (If there is better weather tomorrow I will update the pic.) So, details: This messenger bag is made with cotton, and lined with heavy fleece stabilizer, you can machine wash it if you need to, but lay flat to dry, iron where needed. It has one zippered pocket inside and two pouch pockets. There is also a key clip inside to keep from losing them in the bottom of your bag. It’s about 13 in tall and 15 in wide. The strap is adjustable so you can wear it across the body or on one shoulder. $50 value and possibly yours free!!

 

You  know the drill, like my page Nomadic Needles, and then comment to this post to be entered in the drawing 🙂 Thanks and good luck!

Sew in the Mood!!!

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Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribe to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

Our next contributor is Sew in the Mood. This shop is new to facebook so really show her some love! On this page you will find all kinds of unique gifts for big or little kids.  One lucky winner will get to choose ONE of these two rag quilt sets, Girly Skulls or Zebra!!

Zebra quilt is made with fleece and is 32in x 23in and matching zebra is 16 in tall.

Girl skulls quilt is made of flannel and is 26in x 26in. The girly skulls also comes with a coordinating burp cloth that has a heart and crossbones. Each set is up to a $40 value.

So please go ‘like’ Sew in the Mood, and then leave a comment under this post so you can be entered to win.

If you have not subscribed to my blog and post under anonymous I will not be able to contact you if you win…so be sure if you post anonymously to leave an email address 🙂  Good luck everyone!

Babycakes by Brooke is up next!

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Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribe to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

This next item was made and donated by Babycakes! The Sweetheart Tunic is made with a cotton knit material, and is sure to be as comfy as it is cute 🙂 Available in sizes 6 mon-11/12. This prize is a $25 value.

Go to Babycakes now and ‘like’ the page, so you can leave your comment on this post and be entered to win this precious dress! Remember, if you do not want to subscribe to my blog be sure you leave your name or email so I can contact you if you win 🙂

And now, Sew Much Love Customs

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Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribe to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

Next up is a lovable little owl from Sew Much Love Customs.  Hannah made this owl using a Bit of Whimsy patterns. This beauty is a $15 value and whoooo wouldn’t love to add it to their little ones collection?!

Hurry over to like her page, Sew Much Love Customs, then come back and leave a comment below this post to be entered to win this prize! Remember if you are not subscribed that you should leave your name, and if you are posting anonymously add your email address so that I can contact you if you win 🙂 Good luck everyone

Let’s Get This Party Started…..with Walla Bear Designs

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Ok, we have gone through the intros and I hope you took a few minutes to glance at the pages of our guest contributors. Today I am going to start posting pictures of the prizes and let you start commenting and ‘liking’ the pages.

Quick recap of the rules: You must like the facebook page of the person who contributed the prize, and you must like my new page, Nomadic Needles. Leave them a nice comment on their page (and you could even mention that I sent you!).  If your name is drawn and we find that you are not a fan of the page, then you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. After ‘liking’ their page, you may leave a comment under the post about their prize and you will be entered. If you subscribe to my blog, fantastic! I should have no problems contacting you if you win. However, if you are not subscribed and post anonymously I will not be able to find a way to contact you, so please leave your email address in your comment!

Names will be drawn on January 14th at 9 pm central time, so you will have to tune in that day to see if you are a winner!

Now, on to the fun stuff!

First, from Walla Bear Designs, a beautiful Valentines Zippy Pouch! This is a $12 value, free to one lucky winner. The winner will be able to choose a pink or red heart. This would be such a cute bag for make-up, phone storage, or even as a wallet!

Remember, first you need to like her page, Walla Bear Designs, leave her a nice comment to let her know you stopped by, then leave a comment under this post and you will be entered! If you have not subscribed to my blog and post under anonymous I will not be able to contact you if you win…so be sure if you post anonymously to leave an email address 🙂 

The Grand Opening Giveaway Introductions and Instructions

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I really wanted to start off this new year with a big giveaway, mostly to celebrate the grand opening of my business, but also because giveaways are fun! I have never hosted a giveaway with multiple prizes from other vendors, so this will be something new for me. Hope I don’t screw it up!

I thought it might be nice to get to know the vendors a little bit. So I will do my best to show them off, but to really get to know them you should visit their pages, websites, etsy stores, or whatever venue they use, because that is what is going to help you really see what they can do and what they are all about!

First up, is my neighbor and friend, Debbie Pittman.  She is always first in line to help out, and she loves to watch my kids….so in my eyes, she is at saint status 🙂 She has a wealth of crafting knowledge, and she is always willing to share her tips, tricks, and even her interfacing when I run out! While I do not know what she will be putting in the giveaway yet, I assure you, you’ll love it! You can view her etsy items here!

This next person is someone you have all come to know and love on facebook. Her shop features all sorts of lovelies for you and your kids at very reasonable prices. A huge thank you to Brooke from Babycakes for being a part of this giveaway. Brooke is a great friend, she was an awesome bridesmaid (that seems like a hundred years ago…but I guess it’s only been 7 years), and she is a very talented artist!  You can check her out on her facebook page, or her website.

Next up, is Mrs. Rebekah Farmer. She is the head honcho of Baby Mine. A beautiful boutique full of all kinds of gorgeous girly things….and some great boy items too. I only know Rebekah through facebook and, more recently, her blog. You can read for yourself what an inspiration this woman is. She is a generous and kind person and I am thrilled to have her participate in this giveaway! You can also find her etsy shop here.

You may have also seen this name around facebook….Walla Bear Designs. Everything there is created by Alaina Ingle.  All of her work is beautiful and her fabric choices are to die for! To see what I mean click here.  And especially here 🙂

Next is Hannah Dean from Sew Much Love Customs. She makes dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, bags, and more! I also love her fabric choices and have quite a few of the same stuff in my own fabric stash 🙂 You can find her on facebook through the link above, or on her etsy page.  Be sure to look through her photo albums to see all of the adorable creations she has.

Last, but certainly not least…Shiela Horton. A dear friend from elementary up through high school, Shiela and I go waaaay back. She recently started her own business, and wants to share her goodies with all of us. She runs Horton’s Heats and Treats, a home-based bakery. I have sampled her work, and trust me, it’s delicious! She offers, spices, jellies, baked goods, and the list could go on and on and on. You can also see her menu and prices here on her webpage.

Ok, so there you go…a very brief introduction to the people who are going to make this giveaway great! I huge thank you to all of you that are participating, it really means a lot to me and I can’t wait to return the favor to all of you 🙂

If you have clicked the links in this post then I am sure you are dying to know what you can look forward to winning….but be patient, pictures will be coming soon. All you will have to do to enter is to ‘like’ the facebook page of the individual that has donated the prize. I will post a picture of the item up for grabs on my blog and you will leave a comment under that photo to be entered. If your name is drawn and we find that you did not ‘like’ the page that provided the item, you will be disqualified and another name will be drawn. It’s all pretty simple, right?! I hope you are all as excited as I am…I think there will be some very satisfied winners after this is all said and done 🙂

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave me a little something to read in the comment section below.