Family life · Holiday · Sewing · Sizzix

Christmas PJs

I am still cleaning up the holidays over here. So I thought I would share my last Christmas project.

I decided a couple of days before Christmas to make matching pj pants for my kids. I can make 5 pairs of pants in a day right?

I came across this meme on Instagram from Jen Van Orman (@heritagethreads). I was dying laughing. This was so me!

Picking out patterns!

The hardest part was picking out patterns. I have 5 kids in 5 different sizes. Plus I was trying to have as little waste as possible. I hate wasting fabric! I also had to get everything cut out while they were at school. I wanted to surprise them with new Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve. So I had to cut quick! And while no one was watching. Haha I cut them out on their last day of school! No rush right?

Adding a little Sizzix surprise to our Christmas pjs.

I quickly realized that I needed to label the kids pants since all of them were the same fabric. I debated using tags, but then I thought I could cut out cute patches with my Sizzix. I first cut out a square of felt. I pressed HeatnBond Ultrahold to the back of the felt. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus to cut out hearts and stars from the Sizzix Bigz L Die- Holiday Greetings.

After removing the paper backing, I pressed either a star or a heart to the right pant leg. I then tried some free motion quilting to draw their initial on each shape. I am a newbie at free motion quilting, so don’t look too close!

Shape labels for each of the kids’ pants.

I loved creating these pants. And I made it by Christmas Eve! My kids really loved seeing their initials. And they were totally surprised! Mom win!

Now I’m off to clean up the rest of the holidays! I love the holiday season, but wow, does it make a mess! Wish me luck!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Back to School · Sewing · Sizzix

Back to School T-Shirts

Its that time of year when we all head back to school.  There is a lot of back to school shopping between shopping for supplies and new clothes.  I have a fun new project to share today!  I made some cute t-shirts for my little boy to wear to his first day of kindergarten!

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Supplies you need:

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Start by preparing the fabric.  Cut the fabric slightly larger than the die.  Don’t forget you will need two wheels and two rims.  Then press the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric.

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Next make your Sizzix Sandwich- mat, die, fabric and mat.  I folded the black and white fabrics in half to get two wheels and two rims.  Then run it through your machine.

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Press your t-shirt in half to find the center.  Finger press the main car or truck piece in half to find the center.  Line up the half-way lines.  Place the wheels and rims where you want.  Then press into place.

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After you iron the car into place, put a piece of Stitch n Sew on the wrong side of the shirt.  Then stitch around the car, matching threads with your fabric.  The back will look like this when you are done.  After you are done, you can tear away the Stitch n Sew.

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And you are done!  Enjoy your new shirt for the first day of school!  Next up is a car and truck in every color according to my little guy!

Chirp Out!

Jen

 

 

 

18 Inch Doll · Sewing · Sizzix

Seeing Double!

Today is our last day of summer vacation.  I’m sad to see summer go.  We have had so much fun!  But I think we are ready for a schedule.

The last summer project I did was for the girls’ 18″ dolls.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine and the 18″ Doll Tank Top die.  Cutting the fabric is always the worst part of a project for me.  So this die is AMAZING!  All the pieces are cut out so quick!

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Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy), who designed this Sizzix die, has an awesome YouTube step by step tutorial for these tanks.  I suggest watching them for the perfect little tank tops!

Tip 1:  I used 1/4″ pre-packaged bias binding.  You can find this at most Big Box craft stores.  This saved a lot of time and added a fun contrast to the tank top.  You can make your own bias binding if you want to.  Kerry walks you through it on her YouTube tutorial.  I also wanted something fast!  So pre-made binding for the win!

Tip 2:  Glue!  Glue!  Glue!  I usually don’t sew with glue.  But this was a game-changer!  These small bias binding pieces stayed on while I was sewing them so much better than when I use pins.  So if you are on the fence, try it!  I use Sue Dayley’s slimline glue sticks.  They are amazing.

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I also chose to go with snaps instead of hook and loop tape.  Isn’t that yellow snap the cutest?  I am having sew much fun using snaps!  You can see the baby beach romper that I used snaps on here.

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So why are we seeing double?  Well with so many girls in my house, I can’t just make one doll outfit.  I have to make two!  I have joked for years that I feel like I have twins because I have to do everything twice!  We are seeing double with two 18″ doll pineapple tank tops.  I also wanted to match the pineapple sandals I made for the Sizzix blog.

Kerry (Kid Giddy) also has a number of other Sizzix dies for 18″ dolls.  She has shoes/sandals, pants/shorts, backpack and shirt/jacket dies.  I can’t wait to use them all!

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I used my pineapple quilt for the perfect backdrop!  Don’t these tanks make the best match!  I’m not ready for summer to end!  But at least we have these cute summer tanks to enjoy all year!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Girls Clothes · Riley Blake · Sewing

Baby Beach Romper

Today is my turn to share my 4 fat quarter project with Amanda Herring’s design team.  We were given the challenge to create something with four fat quarters from the Hello Lovely fabric line for Riley Blake.

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I have been thinking about this project since the day I saw Hello Lovely in person!  Baby rompers are my favorite thing!  And I love the beach!  So a baby beach romper was the perfect match!

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I came across this pattern by Simplicity.  I love the Retro style patterns.  As you will notice I only have 2 prints of fabric in this pic.  I kind of cheated and used only two prints for this project.  But I was able to make this project with four fat quarters and had a bit left over.  Two half yards would also work since that is the same amount of fabric.

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My favorite thing about this pattern is the ruffles!  I love ruffles!  I thought they would work perfect with Hello Lovely.  I picked pink because I have four girls and pink is the most popular color in our house!  (Did I mention that I can do a full load of laundry of pinks!?!)  And I think ruffles on a baby bum is one of my favorite things ever!

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Once I was done sewing, we headed to the beach for a little photo shoot!  Here’s what the front of the romper looks like.  The pattern called for hook and loop tape to finish the outfit.  I opted for snaps instead.  I have never installed snaps before and it was a breeze!

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This is the back!  I can’t get enough of these ruffles!

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I made the straps a little longer than the pattern said so that this will fit the baby next year.  Fingers crossed she stays little and doesn’t grow too much!

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And one more pic of these ruffles!  Oh summer don’t end!  We have had too much fun!

Chirp Out!

Jen