Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dropwaist Skirts - Not so hard!

Over the past two weeks, I took a class at the Viking Sewing club and learned how to make a tiered skirt and a dropwaist ruffled skirt. I then set out to make one for each of my sisters-- which sounds easy but was a bit challenging considering one was in her last month of pregnancy. Everything turned out really cute.

The basics are simple. First, you want to measure your waist. Cut your elastic to that size plus 4 inches. Cut your top fabric to your waist in length and 9 inches in width. Measure how long you want your skirt to be in total. Subtract 7 from that number and that is how wide you want your ruffle fabric to be. Leave that material as long as you can. You will end up piecing together two or three of these lengths to make the skirt in total. I used the gathering foot on my machine but there are other ruffling methods out there. After you create your ruffle and attach it to the top tier (or if you have the gathering foot, do both in the same step), you sew your bottom hem and sew in your waistband in a double folded fashion. I had each sister try on her skirt so I could cinch in the elastic before I finished the seams.

Land of Nod Floor Cushions

Today I made 3 floor cushions for my nephews-- one for my sister's house done in black and white and two for my mother's house in Americana theme. Why three and not four you may ask? Well, my younger sister said that she does not have space for something like this for her son in her apartment, so I only made Christopher one cushion to use at Nana's.

I found the tutorial at Living with Punks blog. There Susan, the author, refers to her 3 children as "punks" which I find completely darling.

Well, here are my cushions. My 4 year old nephew Dylan was very excited to have a special seat of his own.... 8 month old Christopher... well, let's just say they make great teething toys too!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Owl Crochet-Along, Sign Up!!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is having a Crochet-Along (and optional owl swap) that is starting in June. If you sign up by May 30th, Karla will send you a copy of her owl pattern for free. (If you miss the cut off, you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry!)

Well what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hedgehogs on the Web

I have been doing a little research on plushie and softie making today. I want to make a humanoid one for a surprise I am making for my boyfriend.

While searching for ideas, I came across some really cute hedgehog patterns/tutorials that I would like to share with you!

Ruffled Hedgehog tutorial at Matsutake
Also, Lickin Lollipops used the same tutorial with some cute patterned fabric-- Too cute!

Hamie the Hedgie at LollyChops (in teal, of course!)

Sammy at Warm Fuzzies

Pinecone Hedgehog at Kiddley

Pom-pom Hedgehog at Zakka Life

Saturday, May 15, 2010

What to do?

Looking for some suggestions-- my friend was remodeling his home and was pitching the scrap from the base boards and crown moldings. I snatched them up before he even knew what was happening (LOL). Any suggestions on what I can do with the pieces? I have some small ones and a few that are a pretty good size. I was going to cut one up and make a frame for the board I painted yesterday with magnetic paint but there is still a ton of material left here, people.

Google is failing me on inspiration! What do you think?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Recipe Swap!

They are having a Recipe Swap at Craftaholics Anonymous, so I wanted to join in the fun. Here is one of my favorites!

Cheeseburger Soup - Adapted from
(Yields 6 servings)

1-1/2 cup water
2 cups peeled cubed potatoes
2 carrots, grated
1 small onion chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
1 lb lean ground beef
2 1/2 cups fat free milk
3 tbsp flour
1/2 lb 2% milkfat cheese, cubed

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine water, potatoes, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and bouillon.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef; drain. Rinse with water and drain again.
Stir cooked beef and 1 1/4 cups milk into potato mixture and heat through.
Combine 1 1/4 cups milk with flour.
Stir until smooth. Stir into soup.
Bring to a low boil and cook stirring until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese until melted.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Little Sister!

I think that homemade gifts are the best kind-- don't you? I made her a case for her Nintendo DS and a little cupcake with flowers. I had the HARDEST time trying to attach a zipper to the case, though. It was my first experience with zippers. I clearly did not succeed.

Any advice? The problem I was having was once I sewed the zipper to both sides of the case, it didn't line up and wouldn't zipper. I took it off and reattached it three times. After the third removal, I added a velcro tab closure and called it a day.

Baby Gear for a Phillies Fan

You may remember that I was making Flyers baby gear for my sister's shower. Well, one of her several pregnant friends at her shower last week spent some time ohhing and ahhing at my creations. My sister asked me to make her some Phillies gear for their baby girl, due a week after my niece/nephew in June. I was happy to comply, especially since I know how much she liked the originals :)

Here is how they turned out. What do you think? The one burp cloth I made out of a rally towel I got when one of the Phillies pitchers came to my office for a charity event a few weeks ago. Great recycling, I think. What does someone actually do with a rally towel after the game they received it at anyway?