Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Yes, for the past 8 or so months, one of Maggie's favorite toys has been a box of markers. She had no idea that markers... marked. Today one of them "broke" - the lid came off while she was playing with it. No more playing with markers for Maggie.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
backInvisible Zipper Tutorial.
They almost look real...
Eating BYU Creamery ice cream. Earnestly Chocolate. Yum.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
If you have a sewing machine, making a bubble skirt tutu is faster and cheaper than making a no-sew tutu where you tie strips of tulle around the waistband. I haven’t made one, but I saw online it takes 6 yards of tulle!?! I wasn’t about to pay $12 for a dress-up tutu so I made this one up instead.
Your daughter can be a ballerina, butterfly, fairy, or princess with a tutu. Maggie is going to be a “candy corn princess” for Halloween this year so her tutu is orange and yellow. These instructions make a preschooler/toddler sized tutu. For a 4+ year old you’ll need more tulle to make it longer.
Time: 30 minutes
Resources: sewing machine
1 yard of tulle – ½ yard each of two different colors if desired ($1-2/yard).
1 inch wide ribbon – long enough to go around child’s waist, plus ¾-1 yard to tie. Grosgrain ribbon is easier to sew on, but is harder to tie around the child’s waist than satin ribbon. My toddler’s waist is about 18 inches. Ribbon is about 50 cents/yard at Wal-mart.
Thread to match ribbon.
1. Lay the tulle out so the 1 yard length is facing you. Cut the tulle into two pieces, one 16 wide and one 20 inches wide (16 + 20 = 1 yard). *note, if you’re using two different colors you may need a little more than ½ yard of one color for a 20 inch width. The different widths are so the tutu can have two layers.
2. Fold each piece of tulle in half lengthwise. Layer pieces of tulle on each other. Pin the open sides together, through all four layers. The two folds of the tulle will be the “bubbles”.
3. Run a gathering stitch along the top of the tulle where you’ve pinned, through all four layers. Just use the longest stitch setting and leave long thread tails.
4. Pin the tulle to the ribbon. Make sure the shorter piece (the 16” piece, now 8” folded in half) of tulle will be closest to the ribbon so it will be the top and outermost layer. Pin the ends of the tulle to where the ribbon meets around your child’s waist and pin the middle of the tulle to the middle of the ribbon.
5. Pull up the gathering stitches until the tulle is the same length as the section of ribbon to go around your child’s waist. The tulle gathers as you pull the bobbin thread of your gathering stitches.
6. Pin the gathered tulle to the ribbon with additional pins every inch or so.
7. Stitch the gathered tulle to the bottom edge of the ribbon.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Putting my trifle bowl to good use.
Here is the candy corn wand I made for Maggie's Halloween costume. This was my third attempt, the first ones were too tall and skinny. I used felt I bought to make fake food and stuffed it with scraps of felt, so it cost about 5 cents to make. The wand is a toy magic wand she got at a neighborhood block party. I just left a bit at the bottom open for turning, stuffed it and put the wand inside. Now I just have to keep her from pulling it off.