Thursday, November 3, 2016

Parrot Costume

I decided to be a pirate for Halloween this year. I had everything I needed except for boots, so I decided to make some shoe covers that looked like boots with some fake felt I had. I tried and tried shapes mainly for the Sonja costume, but still needed to know how to do them for myself. I found a couple tutorials that helped:

For my little parrot I just made some wings to pin to a red fleece thing I made her (ok, I probably made it for her brother 12 years ago?), then made a little hat. I really liked this pattern, but made the hat too small, so she really ended up looking like a squid. I didn't bother putting a beak on the hat when I realized it was too small.

Sonja the Hedgehog

Did you even know there's a Sonja the Hedgehog? Yep. It's Sonic's sister. I think she turned out pretty cute, pink hair and all.

Colonial Day

In the middle of Halloween madness, it was Colonial Day for the 5th grade. I was crazy and decided to make a dress a week before. I was able to borrow a pattern and the dress turned out great. A little big, but super cute. I should have made the 10 rather than the 12 so it would fit my smaller daughters in the future in 5th grade.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween Fun - Boho Bag

I used this tutorial for this cute hippie bag:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sergers Rock

My daughter keeps asking for skirts. Sometimes it's just easier to make them yourself, ya know?

This one was a women's XXL from Target, cut down:

This was a L shirt from Kohl's cut down for a 7 y.o. I might round out the bottom, but we'll see how we like it on.

Then, I bought this HUGE poncho shirt (it was marked a small, but it's more like a man's XXL in width). I found this AWESOME tutorial from It's Always Autumn on making a easy t-shirt and simple baseball/raglan shirt. I didn't want to mess with the cute neck on this one, so I just did the easy t.

I also took in a cute peasant top, but didn't take a pic. My old one is just a little tight in the bust since I'm nursing and fatter thank I'd like to be. I needed a bit more room.

These were my starting experiments with old t-shirts:

I also learned how to put in elastic with the serger!

This is so awesome. The options are endless. I should probably take a class.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Garage Shelves

It's been almost a year since I posted anything. Go figure. It's been busy.

Anyway, we moved into a home that had a bare garage. I liked the Monkey Bar system, but didn't want to pay for it, so I found this idea on Instructables.

We modified just a tad, of course, and my husband did the quick math. We think they turned out great.  I'm saving the math for future reference.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Big T-Shirts to Little Nightgowns

I recently inherited a serger from my grandmother who died a year ago.  Also recently, my husband cleaned out his part of the closet.  In the process, he pulled out a bunch of t-shirts that he didn't want anymore, so I thought I'd pull out my "new" serger and see if I could make those shirts into girls' nightgowns! I just traced shirts that fit my girls and came up with a few:

This "small" t-shirt was way too big for my 5 year old, so I made it smaller.