Princess Dress and Party!

My daughter has recently developed an interest in princesses and playing dress up. I decided to take on the challenge of sewing a princess dress. I’ve made many dresses, including the princess-like 1st birthday dress, but I wanted to make something different, so I did some research and then bought fabric I thought she would love, and designed a dress. I made several adjustments during the process and added embellishments.


Since I did this all during the process of making it, I decided to take pictures instead of video like I usually do.

 

There is no pattern for this since I designed the dress as I went. I used one of her regular party dress to eyeball the correct sizing for a 3t dress. (This is what you can do too!)

So below are pictures and some steps. If you want to design a similar one just use a dress to get an idea of the sizing. I don’t work with a lot of tulle sewing, so it didn’t turn out the best, but I’m proud of the end results, and she loves it too!

So I first made the front and two back pieces. You can copy these shapes from the picture and use a dress for sizing.

I ended up making another three pieces (another front and two back pieces) and using it as the inside of the dress.  So I took pattern facing pattern for the front piece and left a 3 inch space to pull it right side out.  Then I sewed this shut and ironed it all. I also used sparkly elastic and pinned it in between the pattern facing pattern (this is what I should have done but forgot and ended up just sewing it to the top).

I also added a tulle happy birthday and two pieces of silver design on the front. You can add or not add as many embellishments as you want.

Next, I used interfacing ironed on both back pieces and then used white hair ties cut in half.  I pinned the half hair ties facing inwards in between the pattern facing pattern pieces then sewed all the way around except a 3 inch area and pulled it right side out and sewed then ironed it.

Following that, I placed the two back pieces on the front pattern piece and sewed the sides and then folded them back to have the top finished.

I then measured the skirt by measuring from the top down to the right length for my daughter with a measuring tape.  I used the soft fabric of the top for the under-skirt and then cut happy birthday tulle and tulle for the skirt.  i made the white tulle width three times the width length since I will gather it to make the skirt more “poofy.” I then gathered the tulle using the easy method of dental floss, on top of the soft under skirt. With this method, you use a large zigzag over the floss and then at the end you pull the floss out and it is gathered!

Next I decided to use the happy birthday tulle and sewed it on as well.  Then, I put the layers together and I put pattern facing pattern and sewed it all together.

I ended up sewing on a bead embellishments on ribbon in between the top and bottom.

 

Happy Sewing!

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DIY Romper Time!

I decided it was time for the classic romper tutorial to come out.  I decided to make my first one with a free pattern of dinosaurs for my little cute nephew for his first birthday!  Now the size is 2-3t since he is not so little.  But you can easily adjust the pattern to your little ones size, just size it up with one of your little one (or big ones) outfit and adjust!  Easy Peazy!

Here are the parts of the free pattern..this is a 2-3t however just hold up a onesie or romper to the pattern and adjust for smaller or larger!

Also see the photo with the pieces cut out or the tutorial to see how they go together if you can’t tell!

  1. pieces

2. TopBody

3. BodyMain

4. BottomMain

And here is the link to the youtube tutorial as always!

 

Here is the written one besides what is written on the tutorial:

What you need:

  1. Fabric choice 1-2 yards depending on size. I used flannel fabric
  2. If you want an alternate color/fabric for for neckline and bottom (a stretcher fabric is best)
  3. Snaps/buttons/or velcro depending on what you want to use

Steps:

  1. Cut out fabric pieces as written out on the pieces.
  2. Take one main body piece and find the center by folding in half and one neckline piece (and fold it in half and mark the middle) and place pattern facing
    pattern and stretch and sew. Look at the pictures below to see how you need to stretch it and sew (it is not easy if you are a beginner but it just takes practice! Also, if the neckline is a stretchy fabric it is much easier)
  3. Line center to center

     

  4. This is the end result, do for both main pieces
  5. Turn to the backside of the main body piece and fold up and iron the seam line as shown below.  Then fold the top down and iron to make it easier to sew and pin.
  6. Turn it right side and either change pins to the front or be careful and take pins out as you sew bottom of collar
  7. Sew both necklines like this then we will create an envelope neckline.
  8. You are going to line up your front and  back body piece with finished necklines and measure from the top of each side 1 to2 in down and this is where the top of one side touches the other side and you pin together (this may not be true if you need a bigger opening or smaller based on head size, adjust opening based on head size). Pin this on both sides
  9. Fold sleeve piece in half and line up middle of sleeve piece (the curved part facing outwards as shown) and where the collar intersects with pattern facing
    down and stretch and pin (see pics)
  10. Then sew using a zig zag stitch (which keeps it strong).  Do this for both sides and it will look like…

I then added double sided bias tape, for convenience and time saving, to the outside of the sleeve edge.

19. Body pieces and sleeve pattern facing pattern, pin around sleeve and down straight to bottom again I used the zig zag stitch. Then I trimmed the sides. Then you can iron it out.

20. Turn your project to the backside and take your football piece and fold in half and line up middle of football with middle of opening pattern facing pattern, pin middle and stretch and pin around then sew.  Make sure the front piece is pushed out of the way (you don’t want to sew it shut! Just sew onto the back piece

 

21. Take two of your leg banding strips and line up pattern facing pattern and sew the outside 1/8th straight stitch and then do this for the other two as well and turn right side out and iron.

22. The binding piece ends up in the inside and it is used for the buttons or snaps (you can alternatively use fusible interface)

23. Next take your one banding piece and line it up with the front bottom with the fold on the inside and then stretch and sew (see video if this is too confusing!) You pin the outside and sew 1/8th zig zag around

24. Now you will sew 1/4 inch around (the white part as shown will now be in the inside after you do step 23.

25. Next (phew we are getting there- keep going!) is the back banding strip, Same method for the back piece, except you just sew the one time and not the second sew around as in setp 24 because of the flap (you will see what I mean after you do the first sew.

26. I hemmed the bottom leg openings and then did my snap buttons using the hammer method!  I used thick material for the banding which I regret (also that it was not stretchy!) I had to use bigger than normal snaps to get it through the fabric!

Congrats you did it!  Let’s see some pics!

 

 

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DIY Masks and patterns! 


My daughter loves running around in her cat mask saying she’s Cece cat. She also wanted to be Cece dinosaur, cece giraffe, and many other cece animals.  So I had a couple extra crafting materials nearby and we created these easy masks!  Also, masks are great for parties or as a craft at a party! 


There are many ways to make many different masks, the first way is simply with 

1) popsicle sticks or tongue depressor sticks (or you can use elastic or string) 

2) construction paper

3) scissors and glue 

4) crayons, ribbons, stickers or any other decoration you would like to add


I absolutely love this new glue I got from crayola, it is so easy for my toddler to use herself and its washable! 

I simply held the construction paper up and estimated where the eye holes needed to be and cut them out then made my own design and let her glue the pieces together and decorate! Such a simple and easy project for your little one. 

Now if you are looking for a particular pattern or don’t know how to make an animal let me suggest a couple tutorials I found:

Animal masks by Hoosier
These cute masks are perfect for your little fall creature! There’s a pattern for them too! 

Next are easy felt masks that are perfect for Halloween costumes! 

Felt masks by prettyprudent

Free patterns again!! Enjoy

Here is a tutorial for the little superheroes:

Superhero masks
These masks are simply made from paper plates! 

For the older kid Mask that can be decorated with little jewels! 
Halloween masks! Boo! 

Halloween time
These masks are just a cut out and wear mask, however you can easy trace it and have your little one color and paint.  Paper plate masks

I love these paper plate masks! So easy! 

Animal masks
Lastly, is a group of animal masks you can print off and color or paint! 

Hope you enjoyed these ideas, now get crafting! 

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DIY Superhero Cape!

Superhero cape time!  You can make an easy superhero cape in less than 15 minutes!  My daughter needed to be distracted in a fun way while I needed to care for her baby brother, so we pretend to be superheros who fetch diapers, plastic bags, and bottles for baby brother!  Also, her dolly had to have a super cape too! So I went to the fabric store and found the perfect superhero fabric!  The fabric has a great design and also is very stretchy and does not fray easily.  I also bought double sided bias tape in gold for the outside.  Her dolly also needed a superhero cape so I designed a small one for dolly.

As usual, there is a written and youtube tutorial for this cape.  I only used one side of material but you can easily do two fabrics (this is outlined below). Enjoy!

 

What you need:
1) Fabric (one or 2 different cuts 1/2 yard each)
2) Velcro or your preferred method to connect
around neck
3) Optional: Bias tape and/or monogram

 

You can decide on the best size by either knowing your childs height and how wide you would like it, or you can always look at their clothes! I do outline the length and design in my video and written tutorial.

  1. I made the cape for my 2.5year old but it ended up being very big, big enough my German Shepard dog could wear it!  The sizes I use could most likely fit up to a 4t.  Fold 1/2 yard of fabric in half.  Measure long way 26inches long (this was a bit big for my 2.5yr old but still worked) and cut straight across. If you are using two fabrics (one for front and one for back), repeat this whole cutting process.
  2. Then measure about 4 inches down from the 26inch top and cut in and up for the connecting part of the cape (mine was a bit big for my 2.5 year old but she will grow into it!)
  3.   If you are using two fabrics take both sides and cut and then face each other and sew all the way around except leave a 3 inch opening (as with all other projects with two fabrics).  Then pull the fabric through the hole and sew hole shut (make sure you push out corners).
  4. Next, I took the bias tape and sewed all the way around (pinning it first).
  5. Lastly, I ironed on the Velcro sections with the softer side facing on side downwards (that way if its too big at one point it is not rough on the skin). You can also use snaps or any other closing you would like.
  6. And that is it!  Pretty easy just eyeball the size or you can measure your little one!  Enjoy!
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Way Better Than Store Play Dough!

I’m sure you have seen the advertisements and blogs about making your own play dough, I sure have.  I always think, “That cannot be good play dough and how long does it even last?”  Well, one day I decided to make it for myself.  Actually, my 2 1/2 year old and I made it.

First things first, let me give you some advice:

  1. It is messy to make (especially with a toddler)
  2. Use an old pan (it can be hard to get the dye out!) and an older wooden spoon if possible
  3. It is totally worth it!  The play dough is awesome.  Much smoother, easier to work with, and does not dry out as easily.  I was very impressed.
  4. The play dough will last longer if you keep it in the fridge and can last 6+ months. You can leave it out in an air tight container as well, but it will not last as long.

 

Okay, lets get to it!

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring (or natural or any dyes you would like to use)
  • 2 tablespoons of any cooking oil (even coconut oil works!) I used canola

Warning** Once you start the process it goes quickly so I suggest you read the directions once or twice and have everything ready before you start**

 

  1. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, salt to a saucepan and mix (the heat is off)
  2. Add the water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Turn the heat on low to medium and stir away (a wooden spoon seems to work best) (it may get stained!)
  4. Stir it until it gets thicker like play dough or like sugar cookies
  5. Then turn the heat off and let it cool a couple minutes
  6. Knead it a little and it should roll easily into a ball.  Store in the fridge for it to last 6+ months in an airtight container or ziplock bag.  You can leave it out in an air tight container but it will last longest if its in the fridge.
  7. Okay enjoy!
  8. The quality of the play dough was much better than store brand and easier to roll.  I love it, and so does Cece!!

Cece enjoys using a rolling pin and cookie cutters to make shapes!

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DIY Bandana Drool Bib

Once the drool starts it doesn’t stop!  I saw an adorable bandana drool bib in a store and thought, I could easily make that!  And you can too!  It is a simple 5 to 10 minute project that makes a great gift and a fantastic accent and cute and functional accessory for your little one.

 

As always, there is a youtube tutorial and the written steps on here!  Hope you enjoy!

 

This is for size 6months to 12months.

What you will need:
1) Two Fabrics (one side needs to be absorbent). I used a cute flannel fabric and then a yellow fleece material for the back.
2) Velcro or snaps to hold it shut

  1.  Fold your fabric in half. Cut out two triangles, one with each fabric (you can use my measurements or compare to your bib size for your little one) .  I used the measurements of  9in long and 7 1/2in on the fold.
  2. Next, you are going to make a cut for the neckline about 3 inches in from the side
    and 2 inches down the fold.
  3. Cut the little triangle off the very end, abut half an inch, this is where the velcro will connect.
  4. Take pattern side facing pattern side and sew all the way around leaving a small
    opening around 2 inches (this is where you will pull it right side out)
  5. Now pull it right side out and hand sew the hole shut and VOILA! drool bib
    complete!
  6. Iron press it!  You can also go around the whole outside and sew it if you like for the design look!
  7. Next you want to attach either your velcro or snaps.  I have iron on velcro I used.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have questions just post! Thanks

 

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Homemade Paint!

Looking for an easy homemade nontoxic paint for your little one to be creative?  Well, look no further!  We experimented with several types of homemade paint and below are our favorite recipes!


Kids of all ages love painting!  You can have your little one finger paint, use brushes, sponges, or even potatoes!

So we started off making completely edible finger paint with only a couple ingredients!

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Here is what you will need: (this makes enough for about 4-5 different colors depending on how much you want for each)…

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • extra water to thin out
  • food coloring, watercolors, or natural colors such as beet, carrot, tumeric

Instructions:

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  1. Place pot over medium heat and pour flour and water into pot and continuously stir the ingredients until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Take the pot away from the heat when it no longer sticks to the sides
  3. Add cold water to the blob until it reaches the consistency you like and place the amount you desire into separate bowls to color.
  4. Add food coloring, watercolors, natural colorants such as beet or carrot juice, turmeric spice
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  6. These can be enjoyed right away or stored in the fridge!!

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This paint works well for fingerpainting or sponge painting.  You can also use brushes but as you see in the photo, the colors come out thinner and lighter than traditional paint.  The color dries on without fading. We used the paint several days in a row.

 

And who doesn’t love watercolors?  The problem with watercolors is that the colors can mix and you only get very small amounts of each color.  However, this can all change with homemade watercolor paints!

photo by factorydirectcraft
photo by factorydirectcraft
tbsp. baking soda
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. corn starch
food colors*
containers for storing paints*
something to stir with (toothpicks)

photo from happyhooligans
photo from happyhooligans

You can use a muffin pain, disposable cups, egg cartons, or any other container that you aren’t going to use for a couple days.

Instructions:

1)Mix baking soda & vinegar in a cup with a spout.  I used my Pyrex measuring glass.  Let the kids watch as it fizzes

2) Add in light corn syrup and stir.

3) Stir in the corn starch until well combined.  (If it gets too thick, add a little more vinegar.)

4)Pour into your paint containers- not too full, you need room for the food colors.

5)Add the food colors and stir until you reached your desired color!

6) Now if you want them to harden into hockey pucks you have to let them sit almost two days!  If you plan on using it right away that’s fine too!

 

Sponges and potatoes!! 


You can cut out designs in potatoes or out of sponges and dip into paint and press just like a stamp! I remember doing this as a child! 


You can also use cookie cutters and paint the potato. This picture was taken from Fun stuff
Dollar store sponges are great to cut out designs for painting! 

Enjoy! 

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DIY Felt Christmas Tree!

Cece bear loves to pull toys out of baskets and put them back in.  She also likes to build blocks and figure out other puzzles.  So I thought to myself, what can I make for Christmas that she can play with?  And a mini Christmas tree came to mind.  Eventually, I figured out a felt Christmas tree with all sorts of sensory stimulation and Velcro ornaments would work!  So I decided to get to work.

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I decided to make three trees, one for each of Cece’s friends.  It also made a great birthday gift for her friend Kyle’s first birthday!  This is a great activity to do with older children as well.  They can make their own ornaments and decorate the tree!  There are a variety of ways to put the tree, ribbons, buttons, and ornaments together.  The two I used were sewing and hot glue gun, but you can do one or the other as well.  Just make sure if you have a baby, infant, or toddler, to make sure everything is very secure so they can’t pull it off!

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As always, there is a youtube video and written steps and pictures.  Feel free to add your own creativity and pizzazz!!!

If you have an older child, instead of using velcro to stick the ornaments on, you can use string or twine looped on the ornament and they can put them around buttons on the tree!

 

 

What you need:
*Green felt fabric (I used 1.5
yards for three trees)
*velcro
*Brown felt fabric (stump)
*Felt fabrics of various colors for
ornaments of your choice and design
*optional: buttons, ribbons,
and other accessories

IMG_35381) Fold your green felt and make a tree outline on the fold (so half of it traced on).  Then cut your tree out!

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2) Next, if you want a stump, use brown fabric to cut one out!  Once again you can trace it out.  You can either sew it on the bottom or hot glue gun.

Snapshot 1 (12-8-2015 1-58 PM)3) I wanted to make something to hold the ornaments besides just having them stick to the tree.  So I decided a present with the child’s name on it would be perfect!  So next I chose a color of felt I had and cut about 11x 7 inches.

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4) Next, for one of the presents I made I wanted the bow long ways down so I sewed a piece of ribbon straight down the piece. (the other two I made have it across the box which you can sew on now or later)

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5) The next step would be to turn it right sides facing inwards and sew to the length you want so you have the top of the present flap long enough.  Check out the picture to see what I mean. Then turn right side out.

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6) As you can see, I decided to iron on letters for the name of the child.  These two presents are different sizes.  Also, if you want to put a piece of iron on or sew on or glue gun on Velcro to the top of the present to have it stick now is the time.

7)  Then decorate the present at will.  I added some adhesive Rudolph stickers.  I did hot glue them so they would be more secure.

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8) Follow that, I sewed the present onto the tree.  This is optional, you can have it separate or not have a present at all.  I opened the top flap and sewed right along the fold to the tree.  You can also hot glue gun it.

 

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8) Now, back to the tree.  Now is the time to get even more creative!  Use ribbons, garland, buttons, or whatever you want on the tree!  You can sew or hot glue gun them on.  If you have an older child and want to have hanging ornaments on buttons then align your buttons!

9) Next, it is time to make ornaments.  If your child is older they can help decorate and make ornaments.  I chose actually Christmas items and one ornament and one light bulb.  I used whatever felt scraps I had to make them.  I also made a star at the end.  Remember to Velcro your ornaments on the back using the hard side of the Velcro.  You want to iron them on before you decorate the front!  Otherwise you might melt or damage your decorations.

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To hang the tree, I used 3m adhesive strips, but I have heard that the blue paint tape works well on walls.  You can also use suction cups if its on the window or door.  Ok enjoy!  Feel free to post your tree below!

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