Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cake Pin Cushions

I found these on The DIY Dish and they are so cute and super easy! Perfect for last minute gifts!!


4 sheets of 9x12 felt. Cut into: 8- 2 1/2 x 12 and 4 1 1/2 x 12

Glue gun and glue sticks

1 magnet (either a disc magnet or sheet magnet cut into a small circle)

Any embellishment... Buttons, ribbon, ric rac, ribbon flowers, beads, etc.

Start with your 8 pieces of felt that you precut to 2 1/2 x 12. Lay two pieces one on top of the other and begin to roll them up. When you have about two inches left at the end lay another one on top and continue to roll, repeat this until you have rolled all 8 pieces together.

Take your hot glue and glue the end down.
Repeat these steps with your 1 1/2 x 12 strips.
You should now have the two layers of your cake.
Next embellish as you wish.
Once you are done embellishing you will have an adorably unique pin cushion!
Now were you wondering what that magnet on the top layer was for?

Easy right? How many are you going to make?

I am sure you could make these a little differently and let your little ones play with them as felt play food ;) 
But this one is definitely going on my sewing table!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slouch neck halter

I am enjoying t-shit recons today! After watching this video on Generation-T I had to try it out. I love this little top. I think I will be making myself a few of these! I think I will make them a little longer. I'll still do 3 inches at the top and 7 at the bottom. But I think I will measure longer then 24 inches to give it a little more length.

Upcycled T-shirt

I have been a fan of Generation-T for a while now. I love all the ideas of things you can do with a t-shirt. I have used some of my old baby doll style t-shirts to make my daughters new clothes. But I have never made myself something from a t-shirt. I have had a Goonies shirt for a while now. But I hardly ever wear it. I love the shirt though so I decided to make something that I would likely wear more often. So I made a halter dress. I didn't follow any real pattern. It was some trial and error with inspiration from Generation-T, but I think it came out great. It's a comfy little dress that is perfect for the AZ summer! What do you think?

What have you made out of a T-shirt?

Monday, August 23, 2010


I have seen recently that sewing pillowcases has become very popular. Then last week on The Crafting Pot I read about a great cause, 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. American Patchwork & Quilting has set a challenge for sewers to help reach the goal of donating 1 million pillowcases to local charities through out 2010. I am sure we (well most crafters anyway) have a stack, box, cupboard, etc of fabrics we just haven't found the right project for. Well, here's your chance! Whip up a few pillowcases and donate them to a local charity!

If the thought of making pillowcases has ever had you a bit nervous, by following a photo tutorial (I admit it, I was) The girls at The Crafting Pot also found a wonderful video tutorial. I personally love video tuts, because I know I am following the steps correctly.

Anyway stop on by The Crafting Pot through out the month of Sept. for some great challenges!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

T-Shirt revamp

While shopping today I found some cute outfits for my daughters. But I wanted to give them a little more umpf.
I started with this top. It is a girls xs which is a girls size 4/5. My youngest is in 18m/2t, but I loved the top. I figured with a little altering it'd make a cute dress.

So I sewed elastic onto both sides. The elastic bunched up the sides a bit and shortened the top.

I then used some ribbon and made a flower pin.

Since I was already playing with the ribbon I also made a couple hair clips to match.

I LOVE how it turned out! I can't wait to get her in it. But since it is after her bedtime I guess I'll have to wait LOL

I also got my oldest a basic black t-shirt.

I used Tulle and fabric to make a flower pin.

I love how it looks with her new skirt!

And again I made a matching hair clip ;)

Here are some blogs with some great flower tutorials!



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