Wednesday, April 17, 2013

10 Projects in 10 Days: Project 1 complete

As per my usual, I went off the plan and made a different project for day one.
My daughter (a size 6 or 6x in little girls) received an XL tank top from a friend.
It made a decent little dress as it was, but hung around the neck and the sleeves kept slipping off of her shoulders.
I made a few adjustments to the length of the straps and added ruffles (my first successful ruffles!) to the shoulder straps. Now she has a gorgeous little summer dress that she is quite proud to show off!

On a sad note I broke the tightening screw, that holds the needle in place, off of my machine in the process.  Now I won't be able to sew anything for at least three weeks while the machine is repaired.
I am going to check with one of my computer savvy friends and find out why I am unable to add photos to my posts.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little space on the internet. Have a lovely day!
Until next time,

I will post a photo of the completed dress soon. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Project 8: alisaburke Petticoat Tutorial

 Petticoat Tutorial: For the last year, I have been looking for a petticoat-
Materials required,
two or more coordinating fabrics
sewing machine

Cut front and back of skirt pattern.
Cut several strips of fabric (the more strips, the fluffier the skirt) twice as wide as the panel (this is where you may alternate the colors to add interest to the skirt)
Sew a long straight stitch in the fabric
Pull the top thread to create the ruffle
Pin ruffle so it is even on the skirt panel
Repeat with every fabric strip,
sew to skirt
sew front and back panels together
Add elastic to waist

Newspaper in the flower beds

I am a weekend warrior! This weekend, I mulched along both sides of our modest driveway, around the side of our house, and three large flower beds. It took me three days and a lot of muscle to complete, but I feel quite satisfied with the results. Instead of pulling up every single weed (I pulled up most) that had popped up last week during the thaw, I placed newspaper over the flower bed, leaving the flowers exposed, and mulched over the top of that. It is very rewarding to look at and (hopefully) the weeds won't sprout again! I'd love to post photos, but am still experiencing the photo upload issue.

I changed browsers and solved the photo upload issue. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Project 7: Toothbrush Travel Case

See this Pin for plan
What you will need to complete this project:
Hand towel
Sewing machine
Fabric Marker (chalk will work)

Project 6: Bean Bag Toss Tutorial

Sugar Bee Crafts: Bean Bag Toss Tutorial
What you will need to complete this project:
sewing machine
thick cardboard or wood
a saw
alternatively, two buckets (for targets)

Project 5: Rolled Fabric Flower Headband

Sugar Bee Crafts: Rolled Fabric Flowers
What you will need for this project:
Hot glue

Project 4: Knotted Headband with tshirt yarn

Sugar Bee Crafts: Knotted Headband with tshirt yarn:
For this quick and easy project you will need"
t-shirt yarn (cut strips of t-shirt and stretch them until they roll in on themselves)
a piece of t-shirt for finishing the band
to watch the tutorial on how to make the knot (unless you already know how)
hot glue or sewing machine (recommended)

Project 3: Handprint Pillow (or shirt, or bag)

Sugar Bee Crafts: Handprint Holiday Pillow:
What you will need for this project:
Sewing machine
fabric (at least three coordinating fabrics)
Iron on vinyl or cut out traced handprints and applique, or fabric paint kids hands and press to fabric

Project 2: Easy Knit Skirt Tutorial

Sugar Bee Crafts: Easy Knit Skirt Tutorial:
What you will need for this project
Sewing machine
knit material

Project 9: Side Gathered Shirt - t-shirt refashion

Sugar Bee Crafts: Side Gathered Shirt - Tutorial - men's shirt refas...
What you need for this project:
Oversized t-shirt
elastic thread
steam iron
fabric marker of some sort (chalk will do)

Sewing Project 10: Shirred Pillowcase Dress

Link to directions for making the shirred pillowcase dress
For this project you will need:
 a pillowcase
elastic thread
fabric scraps
a sewing machine

Sugar Bee Crafts: Upcycled Tshirt Skirt

Sugar Bee Crafts: Upcycled Tshirt Skirt
This is a fabulous blog created by a lady who seems to think I do. "If I can do it, you can too!"

Monday, April 8, 2013

Project 1: T-shirt Refashion

Cute Collared t-shirt refashion

For this project you will need:
2 t-shirts
needle and thread or sewing machine

In Over My Head

Today I had the humbling experience of tackling a task for which I am not yet prepared. I attempted to sew a pair of shorts with an inner lining...without a pattern. Yes, that was too much to expect from a beginning sewer I will get it though. I will get it.
Tomorrow I begin my quest to select the top ten upcycle projects. :)

10 Projects in 10 Days

I have a new challenge for myself, to take the upcycle tutorials I have pinned to pinterest, pick 10 and complete them on materials I have saved. I want to complete this challenge in 10 days.
Step one:
Select the 10 projects I wish to complete from the hundreds of pins I have saved.
Step two:
Gather the materials out of my stash to complete each project.
Step three:
Lay out each project next to a printed set of instructions, post each set of instructions in its own blog post.
Steps four, five and six:
Take photos of each project before, during and after.
Step Five:
Celebrate my accomplishments, even if all ten projects don't happen, or I switch to a more doable project.
I think I can do it! If you have suggestions for an upcycled t-shirt or jeans project you would like to see me try, please post it here in the comments. 
For now, thank you for stopping by my little space on the internet, and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gearing Up

Here it is, 4 AM and I am awake, blogging. Please accept my apology in advance for any meandering that may occur. You may blame it on my tired mind and carry on.

Recently, my time has been monopolized with gathering information to create new items using all of the old fabric I have saved. The options are endless, and overwhelming. Perhaps the best place to start is with a project my DD, who is 4, can assist me in completing. We might just begin with making coasters, which is not a sewing project, but is a necessity in our house. Our coasters seem to keep disappearing. Now, we don't want to name names here on who might be the culprit in the case of the disappearing coasters, but I think her name begins with "Little" and ends with "Miss". Not to worry, she can help me make more, and they will be so much cuter than what we had before.

Over the weekend, there seemed to be a problem with my sewing machine, after some fiddling, I found that I just needed to reinsert the needle.  I broke my first needle (yes, it was denim)! I try to learn something new, regarding this fabulous machine, every day. Did you know that if your needle is not inserted deeply enough, it will create a "kachunk" sound when you are sewing? The sound is not dissimilar to the sound your car makes when it is low on oil. Also, if you insert a needle backwards, it will both weaken the upper thread, and refuse to pick up the bobbin thread. These little tidbts may be as obvious to an experienced sewer as, plugging in the machine if it won't turn on, but a new sewer needs to learn them, and why not do so the hard way? :) We have to keep life interesting!

For myself, and to let you know why I might not post for a few days, I am going to create a "To Do" list here.

Projects currently in que:
Trademark my business name
Refinish master bath vanity
Research better blogging options
Make a standing trash receptacle for sewing area
Create a project with Little Miss
Make Aprons for each kid
Transplant flowers from potential porch area
Create this list somewhere else so as not bore my readers to death, as it goes on, and on, and on...

Hopefully the next time I blog, I will be able to upload photos. We all know pictures make the story more interesting.

Thank you for taking a moment to stop by my little space on the internet. Have a lovely day!