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September 27, 2012

Free Children's Apron Pattern + Tutorial


For my little sweetie's birthday I was busy getting her play kitchen all in order when I realized, "Uh-oh, she doesn't have an apron."  Thus my next project.

If you'd like your own Apron pattern, here it is:

Click HERE for the Pdf.

1. Print off the Apron patterns
2. Fabric
3.Bias tape
4. Velcro
5. Ruffles--optional
6. Clear Vinyl-- optional for extra pocket

STEP ONE:  Print off the apron pattern pages. Cut out and tape together.

STEP TWO: Fold your fabric in half and place on the fold.  Cut out apron and the pocket piece.

STEP THREE: Fold under the top of the pocket piece 1/4" twice and sew under.
I like sewing with this swervy stitch for all my girly projects.

STEP FOUR: Pin the pocket to the Apron and sew in place.

STEP FIVE: Sew to make pockets.

STEP SIX: Pin and sew ruffles to the bottom of the apron.
For the bottom of my apron I had some extra ruffle material that I thought would add a nice girly touch to the apron.  You can do this, or just continue the bias tape around the apron.

STEP SEVEN: Prepare bias tape for the apron. 
 Cut bias tape into three pieces, 52" for the large piece, and two pieces that are 10" each.
I had actually bias tape piping, which I also wanted to use up.  So I just took out the thread and piping and ironed it together.

STEP EIGHT: Pin and sew bias tape around the apron. 
The one large 52" piece will be the straps and the whole top.  Fold the bias tape in half and pin it to the very top middle of the apron piece, continue pinning around the apron and off to the sides to make the straps.
  When sewing start with the left strap and sew together, once you get to the apron piece, make sure the bias tape goes on each side of the apron material. 
After the large bias piece is all sewed down, sew on the two sides with the bias tape.

STEP NINE:  Sew the neck strap on the right side, top of the apron.
Again, I used the extra ruffles I had.  I sewed the ruffles closed first, then sewed it in place. 

STEP TEN: On the left side of the top of the apron attach elastic piece. 

STEP ELEVEN: On the other side of the neck strap attached three pieces of  elastic.
I did this so the apron is adjustable and will grow with her.

STEP TWELVE: Cut, pin, and sew on the front, top pocket.
Of course your top pocket does not need to be made of vinyl, I just thought it'd be fun.  Make sure you sew the top of the pocket before attaching to the apron.

All done!

She really likes all the pockets.

September 24, 2012

How to make your own Pantry Play Food

This past week we celebrated my sweet girl's birthday.  As the time approached closer I had lots of thoughts about what I wanted to make her and what gifts we wanted to give this sweet thing for her birthday.

As I was brainstorming I knew mostly I wanted to get her play kitchen in order.  We were given these darling Pottery Barn play kitchen sets almost a year before she was even born.  All this time they've been hiding in storage, waiting for her to get old enough to play with them.  As her birthday approached we knew it was time to bust these out and fill them with fun things.

We ended up purchasing pots and pans and play food from Melissa & Doug, but I wanted to make a few more things for her pantry.

So I give you:

1. 4 foot wood cut into 6 equal pieces.  (I used a solid piece of aspen cut 8" x 4")
2. Paint
3. Mod Podge
4. Clear Spray Paint.

STEP ONE: Cut your wood.
For this project I first started at Hobby Lobby, then JoAnns looking for nice finished wood that I could paint.  I came home from both stores empty-handed.  Then I thought, "hmm, perhaps I better just get my own wood and sand it."  This thought process brought me to Menards (think Home Depot) where I bought a solid 4' block of Aspen wood.  Then I brought it around to the guys out back and asked them to cut it for me every 8 inches.  They obliged. 

STEP TWO: Sand the ends of the wood, thoroughly. 
I bought this nifty sand sponge.  I thought it worked pretty well, but by the end it was all used up.

STEP THREE: Draw out your designs.
Of course you can do whatever you want for your pantry items.  I wanted to do fun foods that my kids like.

STEP FOUR: Paint all sides of the wood, except the front (where the design will be).

STEP FIVE: Draw your design on the dried painted wood with a pencil.

STEP SIX: Paint your design.

STEP SEVEN: Once dry, outline everything with an extra fine-tip permanent marker.

STEP EIGHT: Once you've painted and outlined each block, cover with one coat of Mod Podge.
I have a little trouble with my mod podge projects because I purchased the gloss kind (not matte) and it makes all my projects want to stick to each other.  So once I was all done, and everything was dried I figured I'd better cover it with some clear spray paint.

STEP NINE: Spray each block with clear spray paint, let dry. 

All done!

I love the bright colors.

Everything looks so great in the Kitchen together.

The kids at play.
Stay Tuned Thursday where I'll be sharing how I made the apron she's wearing.

September 14, 2012

The Sunbeam Skirt Tutorial

Hello, again.

Today I'm sharing with you how I made the sunbeam skirt.  
I mentioned two days ago how I had just learned how to sew with knit and I think it's really fun.  So when designing this skirt I decided to go with my new love of knit fabrics.

1. 1/2 yard of knit fabric
2. 1/4 yard of 4 coordinating yellow fabrics
3. Elastic Thread
4. Hair clip

STEP ONE:After washing all your fabrics lay out and prepare to cut. 
 I followed the pattern of a skirt my girl already had.
Fold up the material twice so you can cut once and have two equal pieces.

Don't I have a nice helper?  Your skirt should look like this when you're done.

STEP TWO: Now we need to cut out the material for the waistband.
I measured out 10" x 4".
With right sides together pin the waistband and the skirt.

STEP THREE: Zig-zag stitch waistband together. 
Iron down the seam.
Fold waistband in half.

STEP FOUR: With right sides together straight stitch skirt down both sides.
Iron down seams.

STEP FIVE: Turn skirt inside out.
Place waistband (right side) down inside skirt.
Pin in place.

STEP SIX: Wind elastic thread around bobbin.
Sew to attach waistband to skirt using a straight stitch.
Now the skirt is done.  I opted not to hem the bottom, since it won't be seen and won't fray.

STEP SEVEN: Making the bias layers to wrap around the bottom of the skirt.
Katy from No Big Dill explains how to do this in her tutorial.
I cut 2" strips out of my four different fabrics.

STEP EIGHT: Then I lined all my strips up and sewed them together.
After that I folded my huge long strip (everything now sewn together) in half and ironed it all down.

STEP NINE: Now I attached this long strip to the skirt by sewing it down-- around and around I went.  It made for four layers.

STEP TEN: I had some sheer material that I made into ruffles for the top layer.
I switched the machine to a wide zig-zag and a long stitch and I pushed the sheer materials through and made it all gathered up.

STEP ELEVEN: Sew ruffles on.

How to make the Sun.

STEP TWELVE: To make my big sun, I took one strip of each material, folded it in half and ironed it.  
Then I sewed down the tips into neat points.

STEP THIRTEEN: Almost done.  
I sewed the strips together at the top, then braided the strips together.
Then I took the braid and just worked it into a circle until it made a neat sun shape.
Then I pinned and sewed it to the skirt.


Repeat steps 12 and 13 to make the sun.
With the extra ruffles, I sewed those onto my sun.

Then I hand sewed the back of the sun onto a hair clip.

While I was hanging up this outfit I clipped the hair clip onto the sweater and decided it would also make a really cute broach.

What do you think?