Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another resized shirt!

Many years ago when I had a job (you know, one not at home), I helped out with a conference for LDS Employment in Las Vegas.  Some of us were given In-N-Out shirts for being there.  Mine was huge.  I've used it for exercise and for something that fits while pregnant.

Since I've been resizing shirts lately, I thought I'd resize this one after a Shade shirt that I have.  Not that I plan on wearing Shade shirts very much, and not that I plan on wearing an In-N-Out shirt anywhere (especially because there's a big controversy at my husband's office as to whether In-N-Out or 5 Guys is better.  I'm thinking 5 Guys, but I haven't been to In-N-Out for a really, really long time). 

I cut this one a little bigger than my Shade shirt, and it's still a little tight in the chest -- tighter than I like, but luckily I'll only be exercising in it!

Now I can start shrinking shirts that I actually like -- like my BYU shirt.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reusable Swiffer Duster

I love Sew Much Ado.  I made this Swiffer Duster with her tutorial!  So easy and fun!  This would be a great RS craft night project.

Simple Dutch Oven Bag Tutorial

1.  Use your lid to measure for the bottom of your bag.  Cut a circle an inch or so bigger than your lid all the way around.

2  Cut a strip about twice the height of your Dutch oven and long.  I thought mine needed to be 34" long, but it really needed to be a little less.  It's better a little longer than shorter because you can always make it a little smaller very easily by cutting.  Geometry wold have come in handy here.

3. Pin the bottom to the side, straight stitch, then zig-zag your edge.

I sewed my strip into a tube, then attached it to my bottom piece.  In retrospect, since my length measurement was a guess anyway, I shouldn't have made the tube.  I should have pinned my strip to the bottom all the way around, then stitched my ends together at the appropriate place for a perfect fit.

4.  Zig-zag your top edge.

5.  Fold down your top edge all the way around and stitch down.  I felt it was too bulky to fold under; that's why I zig-zagged.  I folded this one down 3/4".  You could do 1", or whatever.

6.  Drop your Dutch oven in to see where to secure the belt.

7.  Secure with pins.  Take out your Dutch oven.  Straight stitch securely!

8.  Put the Dutch oven back in.  Fold up & secure.

9.  Cute as a button!

You could get really creative and use some old pockets on the sides, or cut off belt loops and use them to secure the belts (strap/handle), rather than just tacking them down.  I just didn't want to take the time!

Took less than an hour.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dutch Oven Carrying/Protective Case

I've been thinking for a while that I ought to make some sort of carrying/protective case for our Dutch ovens.  I have several pairs of old jeans down the basement and thought those would be the perfect fabric.

At first I thought I'd do a drawstring in the top, then I realized an old belt, tacked down, would be even better!

Maybe I can come up with a tutorial as I have to make another carrier for our 2nd Dutch oven.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Re-fitted Family Reunion T-Shirt

I took this large family reunion t-shirt and cut and sewed it down to fit!  I still want to adjust the sleeves a little, but I'm so glad it (mostly) worked!  Now I can do it to some other very large t-shirts!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Girl Like Alice

After watching the new Alice movie recently, I was looking at one of my blue little Pioneer dresses.  I thought, that is the perfect little Alice dress! I just went with the Disney cartoon costume, though.

Here's the transformation: