And my most favorite craft in 2011 was definitely these one eyed one horned flying purple people eater costumes that I made for each of the kiddo’s.
Thanks to all, of my readers, I have reached a huge milestone with this blog. I have now had over 1,500,000 visits. WOW, how in the world did that happen?! I have been featured on some amazing blogs this year and even made it to the blog of Glamour Magazine (screech!). I’m so honored to have people enjoying my crafts and ideas as much I love sharing them.
I hope this year brings more crafty ideas to share with all of you and Fat Quarter Fridays makes an appearance again some time really soon. I have missed my quick little sewing projects.
Start by measuring the distance around the onesie where you will be attaching the skirt on. I like to attach the skirt about 2″ above the top hem on the buttoned part of the onesies, but you can attach it wherever you would like. Now take your marking pen and draw a straight line around the front and back of the onesie where you want your skirt to be attached.
Measure the distance around the onesie where you made your straight line. Add 1 1/2 times to that measurement or even double it. Now cut your piece of fabric the distance just determined by the desired length. I like to cut mine about 5″ long. But again you can cut it whatever length you want. and if you cut it too long in the beginning you can always trim it down a bit later.
Keep wrapping the ruffled piece in the shape of a circle while sewing it as you go. Don’t worry about making it look too perfect.
Then use a scrap piece of fabric that is 1 1/2 times the length of the back side of the onesies. Ruffle the fabric then zig-zag stitch the ruffled piece onto the backside of the onesies. Extremely simple, but so fun to do.
Sew edges together like on the first dress. Ruffle the top edge of both pieces of fabric.
So there you have some fun and easy ways to embellish those plain white onesies.
(allow 2+ hours to complete)
Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.
*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.
*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.
Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.
Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.
Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.
Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.
Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.
With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.
Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.
Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.
Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.
Press flat again.
Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.
You should have this now.
Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.
Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.
Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.
Round the corners.
Top stitch if you want.
I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.
Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**
Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.
Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.
Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.
Trim excess fabric.
Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.
Trim off all of the little threads.
And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!
I used only 3/4 of a yard when making my bunting but you can make yours longer depending on how long you want it to be. I think it would be super cute to drape it around each of the tiers instead of just the bottom basket like I did. Once you have decided how long you want your bunting to be, top stitch the bias tape the entire length. Take and cut up your small scraps into all different sized circles, flower shapes and squares.
Layer the different sized pieces on top of each other to make the desired designs. Sew in place onto the bias tape.
Flower Lovey Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete. Finished size: 18″ x 13″)
* 1 package of bias tape
* 1 piece of fabric 18″ x 13″ (front of lovey)
* 1 piece of minky fabric 18″ x 13″ (back of lovey)
* 1 fat quarter or small scrap pieces of fabric (for the flower)
* 1 package of piping
* 1 large button
* 12″ of jumbo ric-rac
* One 46″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffled piece. (I ended up piecing a few pieces together to make one long strip. Use up those little scraps here. You will never know it is pieced together once it is ruffled.)
Start by printing off the template. Click on the highlighted link below. Print template off there. I used the pointy flower petals for this tutorial but wanted to include some rounded petals as well. I foresee using these in the future.
Flower Baby Lovey Template
Cut out the template petal piece. Trace around it onto the right side of a small scrap piece of fabric.
Now take a piece of piping and line up the flat edge of the piping to the template marks you just made. Pin in place. The more pins the better!
Place another piece of fabric on top with right sides facing. Pin in place.
Change to a zipper foot and start sewing around the piping. Line up the rounded edge of the piping with the edge of your foot. Sew as close to the rounded edge of the piping as close as possible. You may need to redo the top part of the petals once you remove the pins. I also found it easier to remove the pins as I went along. Just take your time here. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy. You could also sew the piping in place on the first piece of fabric before placing the second piece of fabric on top. I just chose to sew the piping in place once. But do what works for you.
Trim off the excess fabric.
Turn right side out.
Now repeat 6 times or as many times as you want. Of course you could leave out the piping if you don’t like sewing with it. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have used it a few times its really easy and adds that little extra touch.
Now fold the petal in half and sew a little 1/2 circle at the edge of the petal like shown below. This will give your petal a little shape.
Repeat with remaining petals. Line up the petals to make a flower.
Play with the petals and your button to get the shape you like. My flower ends up being about 6″ across.
Now pin the flower petals onto your front piece of fabric.
Sew around the inner parts of the petals a few times. Make sure they are very secure, this is for a baby.
In the following steps the fabric is getting harder to sew because of the thickness. If that happens switch your foot height to zero. This will keep your foot off the fabric so tightly and allow you to keep sewing. This will make a huge difference, trust me.
Take your jumbo ric-rac and fold in onto the petals. Pin in place.
Sew in place a few times. Make sure all of the pieces get sewn down.
Sew button on. Then sew around the button again using the edge of the button as your guide.
Now lets make the little ruffle. Take your 46″ x 3″ and fold right sides together, sew down one side. Pull right side out and iron flat. Sew down the middle of the strip on a stitch length of 4 then pull one of the threads to ruffle the fabric.
Pin and sew ruffle onto lovey in desired location.
Pin front of lovey to backing fabric, wrong sides together. You can use a batting if you want to. I chose not to since this is for a little baby and I wanted to keep it lightweight for her to snuggle up with. Trim fabric pieces so that are even on all edges. Round the corners to make it easier to sew with the bias tape.
Pin and sew bias tape around outer edge of lovey.
And your finished!
Fold up the blanket and stuff it into the top tier of the basket making sure to leave the flower hanging out on top of the basket.
*Small pieces of knit fabric or use outgrown baby clothes.
*Small pieces of contrasting knit fabric for the flower or a 30″ x 1/2″ piece of fabric for the ruffle.
Print off the templates below. Make sure you click on the highlighted link and print the template off from the Scribd website. Tape the two pieces of paper together making sure that the lines match up perfectly. Trim extra paper if needed to match up the lines.
Knit baby hat template 1
Use the template to cut out two pieces of knit fabric.
Pin right sides together. Sew around edges leaving the bottom open.
Trim edges. Searge edges if you want, but you don’t have to. Knit fabric will not fray. Searging just gives it a more professional look. I don’t have a searger, so I left mine as is. Fold the hat in half to find the middle. Measure 2″ down from the top of the hat. Draw a line. Repeat on the other side of hat.
Now refold the top of the hat so that the marks you just made are on the outer edge. Pin in place like so. You are now going to sew on top of the marks you just made. I sewed using a 1/4″ sew seam here. You are sewing here just to give the hat a little more shape.
This is what the hat will look like now.
**What you do in the next step depends on the size of the hat you are making.**
If you are making a 0-6 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″
for a 6-12 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″
and for a 12-24 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″.
Since this a 0-6 month sized hat, I folded the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″.
Press and pin in place. Sew.
Turn right side out.
To make the flower cut 7 pieces of knit fabric into little circles.
Set up the circles overlapping like so. Just make sure that the middle circle is overlapping all of the other circles (petals) in the middle.
Pin in place.
Make a button or use a button you have on hand.
Attach the button to the petals and through the top of the hat.
Inside of hat.
And the finished product.
Now to make the ruffled knit hat.
Follow the same steps as above to make the hat. Cut a strip of knit fabric 30″ x 1 1/2″ wide. Sew ends together. Now ruffle the piece of fabric with your sewing machine. Work with the ruffled piece until it is the same length as the distance around your hat. Pin ruffle around hat about 1/4″ or 1/2″ up from the bottom of hat. Zig-Zag stitch ruffle in place. Attach a little button on the top of hat if you want.
And that is it.
*Small scraps of cotton fabric and minky about 9″ x 9″.
*Flannel scraps 9″ x 9″ to use for batting (optional). I prefer to make my wash cloths without the flannel just because my kiddo’s are little and they prefer little lighter weight wash cloths for their hands.
Pin together the cotton fabric and minky fabric, right sides together. (If you are using flannel as a batting, layer it underneath the minky fabric now.) Sew directly on the marks while leaving a 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric except at the opening.
Use your lint roller to remove any fuzzies and spray to remove your marks.
Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch around edge of wash cloth.
Pretty easy right?
Just in case you cannot tell by the photo, I made 15 of them. They are great to use in the tub, washing up after meal time or for cleaning those little heiny’s if you are a cloth diaper using momma.
*3-4 yards of white cotton knit (medium weight or light weight). The skirt above was made with 3 yards of medium weight cotton knit and the skirt below was made with lightweight cotton knit. I personally like the looks and feel of the lightweight fabric better, but they didn’t have any at the fabric store. And just to give you an idea on how much fabric you may need to buy, I am a short size 8 and 3 yards of fabric was just enough and would recommend buying more fabric if you want the ruffles to be more ruffled or if you want more then 4 rows of ruffles.
*1 yard of wide anti-roll elastic for the waist band (of course buy more elastic depending on the size of your waist band needed.)
Use any long A-Line skirt that you already have as your template. Fold the knit fabric so that you are cutting out two pieces at the same time with same sides facing. Sometimes it is hard to tell with knits which side is which and it really doesn’t matter which side you pick as the right side, just make sure that you keep using that same side as your right side. I realized after making my first skirt that since the edges are not finished they roll in a certain direction depending on the direction of the knit. So just try and keep track of the same sides.
For example: The last horizontal line on my skirt measured 24″. Then I doubled that # to give me the total distance around the skirt at that point which gave me 48″. Then I added the extra 30″ to make the ruffle. So I ended up with a piece of fabric 78″ long by 9 1/2″ wide.
* 1 fat quarter or a large scrap piece of cotton fabric
*1/2 yard PUL fabric
*two 12 inch zippers
*switch to a small needle and when pinning fabrics in place try not to use too many pins. The more holes pinned into the fabric the more of a chance it will leak a little.