## Sewing, Homeschooling and Craziness

### DIY Cute Storage Box – No Sew!!!

This is a fast and EASY way to turn a plain cardboard box into a cute storage box!!

There are tons of tutorials about sewing a cover for boxes BUT they require complicated math formulas. BLECK!!! I get enough of those homeschooling the kids! With this one, you just need to measure and know how to multiply by 2.

WHAT I USED -

1 fabric remnant – toile

1 scrap piece of burlap

1 leftover piece of denim bias tape

smallish cardboard box – 8″ deep, 12″ sides

hot glue gun

I cut 2 pieces 18 x 26 (2x + 2″) and one piece to cover the bottom (can’t remember the dimensions). You want the bottom piece to be able to go up the sides by 1″.

Start by hot gluing the bottom piece, making sure to glue it up the sides as well.

Now for the sides. Draping the fabric over the sides, you want to leave 1″ at the bottom and both sides and slide the top down inside the box.

Gently lift the fabric to glue in place making sure of placement.

On the inside, put hot glue in the corners and on the bottom edge. Press the fabric into place and smooth (obviously not shown! LOL).

Now for the other 2 sides.

Fold the edge of the fabric over 1″ and glue into place on one side.

Now glue 1″ to the bottom of the box.

Drape the fabric over the sides and inside the box and start gluing in place.

When you come to the last side, fold over another 1″ and glue in place.

Then do the inside of the last sides.

This is what you will have.

I then glued a strip of burlap all around the sides and added the denim bias tape on top of that.

Lastly, I added the burlap bow!

EASY PEASY and super fast!

If the inside bottom of the box is going to show, cut a piece and glue it inside.

HAVE FUN CRAFTING!!!!

### Cute and Easy Can Craft

I had this old tin can sitting around with all our pens and pencils in it. It was so ugly!! I decided to pretty it up a little bit so it could sit on our table for the upcoming school year.

I had a bit of scrap owl fabric left over from my cousin’s pjs and I thought it would be perfect for this!

I used a fabric marker to mark the measurements. I left an inch at the top and bottom.

Next I took my trusty hot glue gun and glued the fabric around the side. I folded over the fabric at the end and glued it in place.

Then I folded the remaining inch at the top into the can and glued it. After that I folded over the remaining inch at the bottom and hot glued it.

I decided that it needed a little something else and added the ribbon (hot gluing it in place, too).

Now I have a cute pencil can for our table!  Simple, easy and cute!

HAVE FUN CRAFTING!!!

### Sew Quiet Lately

I am so sorry for not posting the last few days. I have been having a little quiet time. Well, as quiet as can be with 4 kids in the house… LOL   I have a few projects in the works that I will be sharing in the next few days. My cousin Sandra over at Rivas & Co. has hired me to refashion a t-shirt into a short-all (plus a couple of other things) and I will be sharing that tutorial with you shortly. It’s going to be SOOOO cute!!

I stopped at the tiny local fabric shop yesterday to pick up same navy thread (for the short-all) and while I was there I grabbed a couple  more than a couple of things…. LOL

They have a couple of baskets on the counter and everything in them is 50 cents!! I grabbed a bottle of Fray Check and a few appliques. YAY!

I bought 2 fat quarters of Paris Ville by Michael Miller. Very cute but when I got home I noticed that the grain line runs so that the print would be sideways instead of the way it is pictured now. WEIRD!!

I bought  1 1/2 yards of this Robert Kaufman print. It was just SO cute!!!!! I’m thinking a spring outfit for Cailey!

This is a remnant piece, maybe 1/2 a yard. It’s nice and thick, perfect for a purse or maybe a tote.

This is just a tiny piece, about 12″ x 43″, but I think it will make a perfect book cover for my Dad.

Speaking of my Dad, yesterday was his 60th Birthday!! YAY!! There were many times that we didn’t think he would make it to 60. He has so many health problems. He was supposed to be on his way to visit us but has been delayed by a massive migraine that has lasted 3 days so far. Keep him in your prayers, please.

IF he can make it down here he can look forward to the cake we got for him. (If I can keep the kids out of it long enough. LOL)  I asked for a western theme and this is what they gave me. :/ Not bad but not what  I was expecting, either. That’s what happens when you only have 2 grocery stores to choose from and no real bakeries!!!  LOL

Like I said, I have some project in the works and some study units I need to get together. The posts will be coming, I promise!!  I guess I just needed a little down time after Jacob left. I miss him so much and the time just seems to fly by when he is here.

### Gingerbread Dress and Christmas Candy Headband Tutorials

I’m going to skip the Blogger Challenge today. I’m sure you won’t mind when you see the 2, yes 2!!! tutorials I have for you today!

So, the first tutorial will be for the dress and then I will do the headband! That headband is so easy I am almost embarrassed about working up a tutorial for it…. LOL

Here is what I used:

1 shirt that fits your child well

1 yard of gingerbread men

3/4 yard of brown and white polka dots

1/4 yard of red for the sash

2 small pieces of 3/4″ elastic

2 ft of red and white polka dot ribbon

1 ft of red rickrack

3 small red buttons

1 cheap plastic head band

1 cheap plastic candy ornament

1 package of white bias tape (you can use ribbon or whatever)

hot glue gun

Fold over the fabric you want to use for the bodice of the dress. Place the folded shirt on top. Cut around the shirt leaving excess all around for your seam allowance.

You will cut one back and one front. This is what they should look like.

Cailey is photo bombing! LOL

Now, take a straight edge and cut the front bodice piece right down the middle.

The bodice is fully lined so now you need to cut the lining using the bodice pieces you already have as a guide.

For the front bodice pieces it’s easier to just place them wrong sides together to cut.

The back bodice piece can be placed on the fold.

Now, we are going to cut the fabric for the bottom tier. Just cut 2 even lengths of the same fabric you are using for the bodice.  You can make it as wide as you want depending on the height of your child and how long you would like the dress to be.

I made my cuts where the white lines are.

Now cut the top tier in your other fabric, making it the same width as the bottom tier.

You will only need one piece for this tier.

On to the sleeves! Now, I wanted short sleeves because it just is NOT that cold here in the DEEP South! LOL The length of the sleeve is all up to your preference, and any length will work just fine with the ruffle on the end.

Using one of your bodice pieces as a guide, place your folded fabric under the guide and cut, leaving about 1/2 below the arm place on the bodice, and cut straight across.

Now you are going to cut the piece that makes up part of the ruffle on the sleeve.  Cut 2 pieces that are 4 ” wide and the same length as your sleeve is round.

In other words ________________ this way needs to be the same as the sleeve is when it is unfolded.

And 4″ this way   .

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Make sense??? If not, just take a little peek at the picture at the top of the page and see how the sleeve is set up.

I am having a bad case of fibro fog today. BLECK!!!

Here are all the pieces that we have cut plus the red ribbon.

Pin your back bodice pieces with right sides together.

Sew up everything but the bottom. You can sew the shoulders if you want to. I didn’t with this one.

Now, turn right side out and press!

Pin your front bodice pieces with right sides together. Sew everything together except the bottom.

Do the same to the other 2 front bodice pieces.

Turn right side out and press. Do the same to the other bodice piece!

While your iron is still hot, go ahead and fold in half the long pieces for the sleeve edges and press.

Now, sew your front bodice pieces to your back bodice pieces at the tops and the sides.

Turn right side out and PRESS!!

Time to sew up the sleeve!

Take your ribbon and pin it to the edges of the fabric strips that you cut for the sleeve embellishment.

Turn the sleeve inside out and fold up the end 1 1/2″ and press. Turn the sleeve right side out and pin the ribbon and gingerbread strip inside of the edge of the sleeve. Sew in place.

Now you are going to sew the elastic casing in the end of the sleeve, leaving about 1″ for the elastic. Make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic!

Turn your bodice inside out and slide the sleeve into the armhole, pin and stitch in place!

Turn everything right side out and press!

Pin both ends of your elastic and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to you.

Insert the elastic into the casing.

Zigzag stitch the ends of the elastic.

Stitch the opening closed!

Remove the cat from your work space! SIGH…….

Time for the buttonholes! BLECK!! I can’t stand my buttonholer. It only works right about 10% of the time…. :/ It did just ONE of the buttonholes on this piece. The other 2 I had to do myself. NOT fun but it can be done, just use the smallest zigzag stitch setting you can and a clear sewing foot helps tremendously!

Anyway, take your ruler (if you can find it, I had to use something else….) and mark out where you want your buttonholes to be.

Use your (hopefully) proper working buttonholer.

After you get your buttonholes in place, close up the front of the bodice and mark through the buttonholes for proper button placement.

Sew on your buttons.

Pin the rickrack around the collar and sew in place. To save time you don’t have to switch out your bobbin, just switch out your top thread to match the rickrack.

Here is where we are now! Almost done……

You can set aside the bodice for now!

Now, grab the 2 pieces that you cut for the bottom tier and sew them together on one side.

Next you need to run a line or two of gathering stitches at the top.

The way I do that is, I set all my stitch settings to the largest possible settings. This can sometimes gather the fabric for me. It didn’t this time, though…. LOL

Now, gather it up and pin it to the bottom of the fabric you will be using for the top tier. Pin it with right sides together and gathers to bottom, adjusting the gathers as needed.

Sew in place!

Now, run a line of gathering stitches in the top tier!

Next, pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew in place.

Next, turn inside out and sew up the skirt’s side seam!

Almost done!

Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″ and press, then fold up again 3/4″ , press and pin. Now sew your hem!

Turn right side out and press!

Time to cut the sash!

I cut from selvage to selvage for my length and 6″ for my width.

Fold in half, press and pin.

Now you are going to sew the raw edges together and make a long tube.

Turn the tube right side out and press!

Turn the ends in by 1/2″ and press.

NOW YOU ARE DONE!!!!!

This is what I used. A \$1 headband and \$1 ornaments. Oh, and 1/2 a package of bias tape. But you can use ribbon if you have it in a matching color….. LOL

Put a glob of hot glue on the inside of the headband.

Now, stick the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into the glue.

Just start wrapping the bias tape/ribbon/whatever all the way around the headband.

Oh, yeah…. this is just sooooo hard…. LOL

When you get to the end of the headband, put another glob of hot glue on the plastic of the head band. Then cut off the bias tape/ribbon/whatever and add another glob hot glue and smoosh the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into it.

Now put a ton of hot glue wherever you want to place your ornament and smoosh the ornament on.

Viola!

Deanna is making Cailey a matching necklace with the other ornament.

As always, let me know what you think of the tutorial. Was it easy to follow??? And if you make this dress PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!! LOL

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! We will just be here at home. My Dad and Stepmother won’t be able to make it down to celebrate with us.

### Sewing Wish List

So, yesterday I shared just a smidgen of my homeschool wish list. Here is just a tad of my sewing wish list!

McCall’s M6642

It has Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day! I’m thinking I could maybe do it without a pattern… maybe…

Dinosaur Dig cotton knit from The Fabric Fairy. You KNOW Colin would LOOOVE that!!! LOL

Butterick’s B5045 – LOVE this! All the views look so comfy!! And if I am going to be living in Georgia, I’m gonna need cool and comfy… LOL

LOVE this fabric!!! It is London by Amy Walters for sale on Spoonflower!

This is a floral jersey print from Mood!!!  One day I would love to go to Mood. SIGH… This would be after I win the lottery, of course….

How cool is this Robert Kaufman print???? I have NO clue what I would make out of it but I love it anyway! LOL Ohhh, maybe some curtains for Joshua’s room??

This is from Micheal Miller on sale on Ebay.  I can just see a kitchen done in this!!! SIGH…..

Paul Frank!!! This is at Joann’s! SOOOOO cute!!

I would LOVE to make some book covers and tote bags out of those!!! They are also at Joann’s.

I <3 this print but it’s no longer available at Joann’s!!! WAH!!!!!!

SIGH… I love this so much! I have the adult pattern for this! This one can be found on Etsy.  It would be sooooo cute to matchy-matchy with Cailey! LOL

I am in love with this pattern from Hancock’s. It is just PERFECT for winter!! Can you see the cardinals in the trees?? AND it’s on sale right now!!! WAH!!! I need some money people…. LOL

SIGH……. SIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH………. I want this pattern in a BAD, BAD way. It is the 1930′s Kitchenette Pajamas from Decades of Style pattern company.

1960′s Simplicity 6903 for sale on Etsy and terribly cute!!!!!

This is Ghastlie’s Family Reunion by Alexander Henry for sale on Fabric Envy. It’s supposed to just be for Halloween but weirdo that I am, I would use it any ole time of the year! LOL

Wearing History Patterns, SIGH………… I want ALLLLLL of their patterns!!! LOL But especially this one!!

McCall’s 6159 I think this is such a cute look!!!! So great for fall and winter!!

I absolutely LOVE the overalls here. SO stinkin’ cute!!! And, yes, I would definitely wear them!!! LOL  I know it says Burda YOUNG, but really, young by whose standards?????

This is such a darling print!! I know exactly what pattern I would use it with!!! It’s Playing Kimono Girls in Red by Mwendas.

And this is the pattern I would use it with, I already have it in my stash.

Simplicity 3588 It would look SOOOO cute with view B!!!

Soft satin fabric from TrimFabric.com. Y’know… this would look fabulous with that pattern, too!!! LOL

To DIE for!!! This is from The Scientific Seamstress. SOOOOOO cute!!!

This is the Miss Elizabeth pattern from Squiggly Twigs Designs and it is gorgeous!! I am really loving it in the toile!!!!! Just fabulous!!

Anyway, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my sewing wish list! LOL I hope you enjoyed it and found some things to add to YOUR wish list!!

OHH!! Maybe I should do my book wish list next??? LOL

Right now I am working on the Snoopy costume for my friend! It is going VERY well and the backside looks soooo cute with the little tail poking out! LOL

After that I will be working on Cailey’s Tinkerbell costume and I plan on posting a tutorial for it. I’ll be flying by the seat of pants on that one!! YILES!!!!

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### Labor Day Sale Fabric Finds

OMGOSH!!! Did I hit a GREAT sale at Joann’s!!!! Soooo many things 50% off!!! YILES!! I left the house with \$50 and I only knew of 2 things that I HAD to get. I needed black broadcloth and white satin ribbon….. LOL I have a PLAN for that!

Here is what I left the store with-

I got 1 yrd of the Star Wars reg. \$9.99/yrd, I paid \$5.99

I got 3 yrds of the foxes at \$3.49/yrd. I can’t remember how much the regular price was. :/ But aren’t they TOOOOOO cute????

I have NOOOO idea what the first fabric is…. It’s soft and thin but it looks like a sweater?? The receipt says STON AST SOLID SLUB MELANGE SW. Anyway, it was regular \$20/yrd and I got 2 yrds at \$5 a yrd!!!!! This one is MINE!! ALLLLLL MINE!!!! LOL I have plans for that fabric!

The next is black crushed panne, although it’s hard to tell from the picture!!! I got 2 yrds at \$4.19/yrd!!! I have some silver and purple crushed panne and an idea is slowly forming in my head for all of them. LOL

The first picture is black broadcloth. I paid \$1.99/yrd and bought 3 yrds. This I have plans for!! The leftover yardage will go for straps and handles for Bags of Hope and Love <3.

The second picture is 3 spools of 400 yrd thread and 2 1/4″  x 3 yrds of white double face ribbon. The thread was \$1 a spool!!! 1 dollar a spool! AND it’s Coats and Clark! Oh, you can see the panne MUCH better in that picture! LOL

Soooo, for \$50 I got 11 yrds of fabrics, 3 spools of thread and a spool of ribbon.  The only thing I paid full price for was the ribbon. LOL

I perused the remnants bin since it was 50% off but nothing really jumped out at me.  Boo. I like the remnants bins at Hancock’s MUCH better! And they are a lot cheaper there, too.

So, how’d I do???

I FINISHED the McCall’s M6553!!! WOOOOOO HOOOO!! I will be wearing it to church in the morning so I will be sure to take some pictures. I think it turned out very well and I can’t wait to try other color combos! LOL

Tomorrow we have church and then a Birthday party. I am hoping to work some bags in sometime this weekend. I would like to take at least 10 full bags. I have 3 full and the ladies at church took 4 off my hands. I am hoping that there were others made and filled!! But just in case I want to make and fill at least 3 more.

Hopeful Threads has a new project for September! They are making pillowcases and e-reader covers for the military! Sounds like a GREAT idea! I will definitely be making a few to go along!!

I also have some gift projects to do for some friends of mine. They have NO idea. Hee hee hee!! I can’t wait!!

I LOOOOOOVE SEWING!!! It makes me feel like I can give back not only to the community but to my friends, as well. It’s AWESOME!

OHH!! Before I forget!! My High Low dress was in one of AllFreeSewing’s Sewing It Up newsletters yesterday!!! WOOO HOOO!!!

My bag from The Retrosphere came today!! I <3 it!! It’s even cuter in person!!! THANK YOU Vintage Living and The Retrosphere!!!

On the D-I-E-T front…. I’ve lost 2 pounds! YAY!! And I have been very good for 2 days and have been sticking to it! Now about 200 more days to go….. LOL

### Fabric Buying FRENZY!

I went on a major fabric buying frenzy today!!! My goodness!! I found some GREAT deals and some GREAT remnants. I ended up going to Joann’s AND Hancock’s! LOL I also picked up 6 new patterns!!! YIPPEEE!!!

Here are some of the fabrics I picked up. I can’t show you all of them because I have a couple of surprises planned for friends and they would figure it out just by the fabrics I bought. LOL

But here are the ones I CAN show you.

The zebra print is actually a dark purple.

Isn’t that Day of the Dead fabric cute???? LOL

And the one beside I LOOOOVE. Not sure what I am going to do with it but I got 2 yards! LOL

More cute owls, too!

The top middle is actually a pale yellow… I need to play with the setting on my phone. Not sure why it makes the colors all weird.

I plan on using the baseball and the weird bug stuff for the Bags of Hope and Love.

The monkey fabric is knit!! That’s going to be fun!!!

Here are the patterns I bought -

Simplicity 2154

Simplicity 1942

Simplicity 2947

Simplicity 3588

Simplicity 1925

Simplicity 4647

As you can tell, Joann’s had the Simplicity patterns on sale 5/\$5. LOL And if I had had more time I would have gotten more. I can tell you that is the LAST time I take J1 with me. LOL That boy nearly drove me batty while I was trying to shop!

I think I might actually have enough fabric to keep me busy for a little while. I am so proud! I have a fabric stash! LOL

OHHHH!!!! Did you see???? I was FEATURED today!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!!! Danielle (SUCH a sweetie!!!!) over at Blissful and Domestic  featured 10 different fabric products today and my High Low Dress was one of them!!!! YIPPPPEEEE!!! THANK YOU, Danielle!!!!!  You should go check out her blog and leave her some lovely comments!!!!

I will be back hard at work tomorrow on a new tutorial.  See you then!

### Shorts for Charity, New Fabric and a Rainbow

I have 3 pairs of shorts for charity all finished and one pair for c2. YAY!! I will be finishing up 1 more pair for charity and one more pair for c2 tonight!

I took a trip to Hancock’s today since I was in the area… This is what I picked up for \$20!

I got 3 yards of this red jacquard! I used the yellow for the Retro Butterick  ’56 5603.

I got a 1/2 yard of this AWESOME Steelers cotton to make a purse for FOOTBALL SEASON!! YAY!! Yes, I am a HUGE football fan! LOL And there was a purse that I was longing for last season. Now I can make my own and not pay \$65! LOL

I <3 toile!! So when I saw this on sale I knew I had to grab a yard to make a purse or tote. Love yellow and blue together!

I found this in the remnants bin. It looked like just the thing to make d another bag. I got just over 1 1/2 yards for \$2!

So that’s the haul I got for \$20. Not too shabby!

And here is a picture of a rainbow we saw from our front yard this evening.

After I get the shorts finished up I am going to start cutting out the patter for this -

McCall’s M6362. I think I’m still leaning toward madras.

Then after that I am planning to take on this -

Here is the fabric that I plan to use -

With a eyelet for the bolero! What do you think???

### Hancock’s Finds

Well, the sale wasn’t as good as the lady led me to believe it would be but I still got 10 yards of fabric for less than \$20. Not too bad at all! I picked up the fabrics above. Nothing that I’m SUPER excited about but I think I know what I’m going to do with each.

I started sewing the bodice of the Retro Butterick ’53 today. I think the solid front upper bodice is going to work. SHEW!!!!!! LOL

And I know that SOME of you love to see what my rotten cats are up to…..

This is what they were doing when I was trying to cut out the pattern pieces for the Retro Butterick ’53. SIGH……..

They need a hobby. Oh, wait, they have one! Driving me crazy!!! LOL

### A Great Big OOOPSY!! and Retro Butterick ’53

Well, I had an oopsy. Yep. SIGH….. So I was cutting out the fabric for this -

Retro Butterick  B5708

when I made a HUGE mistake…. I was off in my own little world (they know me and are nice to me there), not paying much attention…. It was late last night. VERY late….. Well, you see…. I cut it out in the wrong order! WAH!!!! So when it came time to cut the 2 upper bodice pieces I didn’t have the right dimensions for it! WAH!!!

Here is the fabric -

I got it on clearance at Hancock’s. I bought the LAST that they had that day. I went back today just in case. Nope. Nothing. SIGH…. So I bought a yard of butter yellow to match a remnant of butter yellow that I already had…. Hoping that will do. If not I guess I will go back again tomorrow! LOL Good news is, I am going back tomorrow anyway. When I was there today I noticed a 1/2 off sign over everything including the clearance tables. So I asked. LOL The lady said that tomorrow will be 1/2 off everything in the store CLEARANCE included!! I saw some REALLLLLY nice looking fabric that had a very vintage feel to it. YAY!! LOL So I guess my OOPS might turn out OK… I hope the dress works with a solid color upper bodice. View B calls for a contrasting BACK upper so maybe…..

In other news. I have hit over 300 views today!! YAY!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! When I started sewing just over 3 months ago I never thought I would be here today blogging about it. And when I started the blog 3 1/2 weeks ago I never thought I would hit that many views that quickly. I’m hoping that means that you like me! Or at least like my sewing! LOL Or maybe it’s my witty repartee? LOL Goofy pics??

I might have to think up a contest for if I ever hit 500 views in a day!

I have a really cute idea in my head for a ’60s style dress for c1…. After the Retro Butterick ’53 I will start on it. You know what that means!! Another tutorial. I would like to post at least one a week. Well, maybe not next week. We start VBS and I will be teaching the 4/5s. Help… So I will be going in early and leaving there late.