Friday, December 23, 2011

My favorite gift this year is knowing that I already have my greatest wish.

From my family to yours

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Fabric Friday

Can you believe I had this post all ready on Friday and forgot to hit "post"!

It must be all the hustle and bustle of the season making me lose my mind!
So without further introduction, here is what's new!

Get Together by David Walker
 In blues...
 and pinks!
So cute it's ridiculous, huh? 

 Half Moon Modern by Moda

These colors are too die for!
The Chevron prints are amazing!

And so are the large polka dots!

 And scissors....more ridiculously cute fabric!

Robot Factory by Caleb Gray

So great for a little spaceman!

So there you go, that the latest and greatest news from the shop. And in case I don't make it back on here before next weekend (which let's face it, is probably true)

Have a great HOLIDAY!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Easy Toddler Skirt Tutorial

Better late than never, right?

Here is the tutorial I promised!

I made 2 little skirts in about 30 minutes.
Easy peasy!

I have a thing for little scottie dogs. 
They melt my heart.

So here is what I did.

1. I cut about a 1/2 yard of the red scottie dogs for the main of the bigger skirt.
And then I cut 8" of the houndstooth.

You can lengthen, or shorten the pieces as needed.

I folded the houndstooth in half and ironed it down.
I left the fabric 44/45" Wide.

Then I sewed the two pieces together. The bottom of the skirt is already finished at this point because the fold is along the bottom, and two raw edges are sewn to the bottom of the scottie dog fabric.
Making sense, good.

Next I turned the skirt the other way and lined the ends up, and sewed the two ends together.

Then you should have a huge circle.

Now if you're fancy you can serge your edges.
But me, I am all about the pinking shears.
Or you can zig zag stitch your edges.

Okay, this it what it should look like now, one big circle.

Next, the casing for the elastic. 
At this point I actually trimmed off a few inches at the top of the scottie dogs because it was going to be a little bit too long for my 3 year old.  So If I were you, I would hold it up to your little model at this point and check the length.

Then I folded the top of the skirt under 1/2", ironed it down.
Then I folded that part over again another 1/2" and ironed it down. 
All the way around the top of the skirt.

Now, stitch around the bottom edge of the fold overs you just made. But don't stitch around the entire thing, be sure to leave about a 3" opening to feed the elastic through.

Now, cut a piece of elastic about 2" shorter than the measurement of your little ladies' waste.
Take a safety pin (I have a ginormous one) and use it to feed your elastic through the casing.

After you feed it all the way through, hold on to both ends of the elastic and sew them together.
Then try it on your little lady make any adjustments to the waistband size as needed.
Once it is a good fit, sew the 3" opening shut.

Ta Dah!
 For my littlest lady I just cut all my pieces down to her size.
You can always take a skirt out of their closet and get measurements from it.

She approves!

I wish I had a fabulous family photo of us all with Santa that took place later in the day, but wouldn't you know my 3 year old was scared to pieces and wouldn't go near him.

Oh well, maybe next year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift Certificates


The story goes like this.

You are a super awesome crafty gal.

And you have a friend.

You want to make her something fabulous for Christmas, but there is one problem:

She is crafty too!  So most likely she has already made the same thing, or close to it, that you want to make for her!

We now offer Gift Certificates to the shop online.

Just click HERE, select the amount you would like, and viola!
The Gift Certificate will be emailed to you shortly.
You can forward it onto your friend, or print it out and give it to them yourself!
It's that easy!
No lines, no mess in your sewing room.

They never expire!  So shop on ladies!

Gift Certificates are available in $5.00 increments.

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