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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Super BIG Glitter Stockings

A couple of years ago I decided we needed bigger stockings.  I searched all over everywhere for something I liked, but...I am very picky when it comes to decor(nothing tacky or super gaudy)...  So I decided to make my own.
These were super easy and I love the way they turned out.
My aunt had these super large stockings, so I traced one for my pattern.  I used glitter felt.  I didn't have to hem anything or worry about fraying.  The felt is also sturdy enough to hold up without interfacing.  I got this wonder product at Hobby Lobby.  :)
I used iron-on letters for our names.
Here is a pic of the stocking on my cutting board so you can get a rough estimate of the size.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Damask Tree Skirt

I bought a new Christmas Tree.   I have a really small house and it is hard to fit a tree in anywhere.  It is a super skinny tree and I really love it. The only problem?
The tree skirt I had was way too big.
So, I made a new one.

It was so easy.
The trick to getting a perfect circle???
I used a circle skirt pattern.  :)
This one to be exact.

I got it a Joann Fabric when patterns were $0.99!  I used it to make a circle skirt for my daughter to wear with her Vintage Lucy's Lemonade Stand Tee.
She loved it(too bad it doesn't fit her anymore).

 This was her first trip to the beach.  :)
But I digress...
I used the size 7 pattern because I did not want a skirt that is too big.  It ended up being the perfect size.
In order to make it a tree skirt I had to slit it up the back and I added some interfacing to make it thicker.  Then I edged it all in green seam binding.
I really love the way it turned out, and it is the perfect size for my little tree, in my small house.  And it matches all my other holiday decor perfectly.  :)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Monster High Crossbody Bag

I don't know about your tween daughter, but mine seems to just LOVE Monster High, as well as all her friends and my nieces...
I had one such niece's birthday party yesterday.  Luckily I already had this idea in my head of a gift to make her.
I was out shopping the day before and I was looking at all the Monster High stuff and I just knew I could make something waaaay cuter than all the cheap junk the store had.
So I did, isn't it super-cute?

Basically I followed these 2 tutes, here and here.
It is a super quick little bag to make, and super perfect for a one of a kind gift.
I think the hardest part was making the skull and eyes patterns.
I google image searched "monster high skull" and drew it out myself.  I did the eyes a few times because I am a perfectionist and they just didn't look right to me the first time.  :)

The first thing I did was lay out the squares in a color scheme that I liked.  I went for an alternating pink/black pattern.
Then I laid out the skull shapes where I liked them.
I sewed the squares together and appliqued the face on.
For the eyes I just sewed around the circles.  I left the eyelashes loose.  For this bag I only made one side patchwork.  The back and the lining are solid pieces of fabric.  This allows for a faster turnaround time.
The strap and bag are lined with interfacing to give it structure, like in the ruffle bag tute.  The size of the bag is more like the little girl patchy bag.  The right side out outer bag goes into the inside out lining.  But before I put it in I pin on the straps and tuck them in too.

My niece loved it.  Next in the works is a green and black and white one like Frankie Stein, for another special girls birthday.
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