Monday, March 28, 2011

My First Tutorial: Ruffle Booty Bloomers!

I was walking through our hospital gift shop today and spotted some super cute ruffle booty bloomers.  I stopped and looked at them and then looked at the $22 price tag.  Then, a light bulb went off and I thought I can so make these myself!  I did not feel like stopping off to purchase any fabric, and then I thought about all of the old t-shirts and tank tops that I have in my closet.  I could sure put some of those to use for this project.  Most of them have moved with me 3 or 4 times without being worn!!! 

So, I got to pinning and cutting.  I found a great diaper cover pattern over at Dana Made It.  This is a great basic diaper cover/bloomer pattern!  Check it out!  You will be glad you did!

Click HERE to get her pattern.

Supplies needed:
Tank top or tee shirt
1/4 inch elastic for the legs
3/8 inch elastic for the waist
Elastic thread
Sewing machine
Serger (optional)

I started with a plain pink tank top.  I forgot to take a picture before I cut it all up!  Pin and cut the front and back pieces.  Once you have cut front and back, cut three strips along the fold about 1 1/2 inches wide and the length of the widest part of the back side of bloomers.

Start with your strips and serge the outer edges.   (If you don't have a serger, you can leave the edges raw or do a zigzag stitch instead.)

Once you have serged all three ruffle strips, remove bobbin and insert bobbin threaded with elastic thread.  (This stuff is magical!!!)

Sew down the middle of each strip and watch those ruffles start to appear!

There you have it!  A lovely ruffle for that little booty!

Pin the ruffles in place and attach them to the back side of the bloomers.  Remember to leave enough space at the top for your elastic casing.  I kept the elastic thread in the bobbin for this part to allow it to ruffle up even more.

Now, you have the back side of your bloomers ready to go! 

At this point, continue with the tutorial over at Dana Made It.  Click HERE for the tutorial.

Check out the finished product!

These are too small for my baby girl, so I used teddy as a Ruffle Booty Bloomer model!

What do you think???

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sew Along for Japan

Hey all!  Join me in this great cause!  Susan at Living With Punks is hosting a sew along to benefit the children in Japan.  We all know that they are experiencing great distress and loss following the earthquake that hit their country 2 weeks ago.  I will be joining in to make the t-shirt below for a child in Japan.

Starting on Monday and continuing through next week, Susan will post a tutorial each day of each step for making this cute shirt!  When you are all done, you will send them off to Chelsea at Pink Fig Design.  Chelsea is even going to throw in a 50% off coupon for her new doll pattern being released in May.

Oh, and let's not even mention the FABULOUS giveaway you will have a chance at winning by linking your completed  shirt(s) at Living With Punks between March 31st and April 3rd!   I can't wait to get started on mine!

Click HERE to get all the details!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It Just Keeps Growing and Growing...

My obsession for craft blogs that is! I have had this growing obsession since this past fall when my good friend over at Sweet Potatoes and Sunshine introduced them to me. I am pretty sure it only took one night and I was hooked!!! One blog would lead me to another and then another and then to the pages on facebook. Each day over lunch we would talk about what we had discovered the night before. After months and months of obsessing over other blogs, I have decided to take this plunge and give it a go at my own blog!

I am so excited to share with you the adventures I have while crafting and most recently sewing (which has now added sewing blogs to my obsession)! I hope to share with you some of the great things that brought me to the craft world by sharing the things that I find out there, as well as bringing some new things to the table as well. Jump on this train with me and if I am the cause for you becoming obsesses with craft blogs, then I have done my job!