Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pom Pom Filled tutu

This is a few days late, but I have a sick daughter at home, so I haven't had time to post this. So finally, here is the tutorial!

I had some left over black tulle and was going to make a simple two later tutu for my daughter, but when I was at Target they had these pom poms in the dollar section. I bought them knowing I could use them for something. Then I went to make the tutu, and decided to add them in!

First thing you will need are the supplies:
Pom poms.
Elastic for waist.

Once you have all your supplies, it is time to get started! First thing, is get your measurements for the tutu. First is the waist. Take your daughters waist measurement and add about 12-15 extra inches to that. The more inches you add to the waist measurements, the fuller the tutu will look.For example, I will need 23 inches and I will add 12 to that. So I need to cut 35 inches.
Second, you will need the length measurement, then add two inches to that,  then multiply that by two. For example, if you want your tutu to be 8 inches long, you will add two inches for the casing, so that is 10 inches, now multiply by two to get 20 inches.
Now cut your piece. I will cut a 35x20 piece of tulle.
(these measurements are not the ones that I used, they are numbers just for example)

Next, cut your elastic wait band. I cut mine about an inch smaller than I needed since the elastic will stretch when worn. Now that you have all your material ready, get to sewing.

Take your two length sides. The ones that are 20 inches. Put those together to form a tube, and sew them together. (use thread that matches your tulle. I used white to show what I am doing. )

Now fold your tube in half lengthwise so that your sewn seam is now in the inside.

Now you can put your pom poms inside the tutu. This was fun for my little one to do.

Fold the open top of the tube down about two inches to and pin in place. This will create the casing for the elastic waist band.

Sew around the top of the fold (about 1-1.5 inches from the top to allow room for the elastic to fit). Make sure to leave a 1 inch opening. So do not sew all that way around. This is where we will insert the elastic.

Take a safety pin and pin one end of the elastic. Use this to help feed the elastic through the opening.

Once it is all the way through, sew the elastic ends together. Then sew the opening on the fold closed. And you are all done!

 I added a purple bow to mine. Just tie a bow and hand sew this on!Super easy and cute!
Now you can make these in any color with any color pom poms as well! They are fun to make for dress up, birthdays, and any holiday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Doll Outfit

I have a tutorial on a pom pom filled tutu, but that is for tomorrow. for now I will show you this!

Another outfit for Emma the doll. :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Bath Toy Net

This project cost me about $3 and took 10 minutes to make! Super easy and cute. 

We had a toy holder that I bought from Target, but it did not drain completly, causing some of my daughters toys to have mold on them! I had to throw out the toys and toy holder. So in the mean time, we have been throwing the toys between the counter and bathtub. What a pain! 

The other day I was at the fabric store and saw this netting. It is right next to the tulle. It was 1.49 a yard, and I had a 40% off coupon! I bought a yard (way more than I needed) and wanted to try to make a net for her bath toys. Since it is netting, I know it will breath and drain well. 

First thing I did was cut the netting to the size that I wanted. I left the netting folded in half, as it came, and used the fold as the bottom of the bag so that I only had to sew the two sides. 

I sewed both sides. You should now have your bag. The bottom should be the fold and the two sides sewn, leaving the top open. The nice thing about the material is that you do not have to finish the edges, because you don't have to worry about fraying! 

Once you have the edges sewn, pick out some ribbon. I let me daughter go through my stash and pick out a 3/4'' ribbon. You will want to take your ribbon, measure it to fit the side of the bag. We are going to hide the sewn sides. Fold your ribbon in half and line the fold up with the bottom of the bag (folded end). You will have one piece on the bottom, the netting, and then your ribbon on top as well. 

This is what it should look like. Leave some extra ribbon at the top of the bag side for attaching to your suctions. Once you have it lined up, pin it in place. 

Sew the ribbon onto the netting starting with the inside side. Then sew the outer edge of the ribbon. All three pieces (bottom ribbon, netting and top ribbon) should be secure after sewing them. Do this to both sides. 

Now you will need your suction cups. You can get these anywhere. I am using ones that I have. Mine are from my razor holder. :) 
Sorry for a horrible picture of these, but you know what I am talking about. Some of the suctions have hooks on them. If you can find those, they are pretty easy to attach the ribbon to. You would just have to sew the ribbon ends (that we left longer at the top of the bag) together to create a loop with ribbon and hang it on the hooks.

Once you attach the suctions to your ribbon, you are all done! Super easy and cheap to make. You can also buy all different color netting and different style ribbons!  I am glad this worked out, now I don't have to worry about taking up counter space with her bath toys!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Outfit

Here is the first outfit I made for the Emma doll. It is a little messy since I didn't have a pattern to go off of, and little time to complete it, but it is a start!

My daughter picked out the fabric. I made her an outfit, and had it sitting by me sewing machine to fix, and when she saw it, she wanted Emma to have a similar outfit. So I pulled out some scraps and got to work.

Here is my little one's outfit. 

I made the doll a pair of pants, a tank top, a vest, and a matching headband. If you look they also have the same purple crocs shoes on. :)

The tank has ribbon straps that velcro in the back.
If anyone is interested I will make a tutorial on how to make this. I promise I will dedicate more time on the outfit so it doesn't look as messy in some areas. :)

One outfit down, may to go!

18'' Doll Patterns

 Have you heard of American Doll? Well, I bought my daughter two of them off ebay the other day. I am saving them for either Christmas or her birthday. They are pretty expensive to buy new, so I found some great deals on ebay. The clothes are about $25 average on the American Girl site. You can also buy those on ebay for less, but I am going to make her some clothes since it will be a lot cheaper. I found some FREE American Girl patterns online HERE if you want to sew some yourself. 

As for now, my daughter is playing with an 18'' Springfield doll from Micheal's Craft. I had a 40% off coupon, so I got the doll for $12. Not bad! The little one really loves her doll, and changes her shoes constantly (we bought two pairs from Micheal's for 5 each. ) Now I just need to get to making some clothes for this doll and the new ones to come. 

This is the Emma Doll from Micheal's
To print your 40% off coupon, go to their site and sign up for coupons, they will email you one right away that you can go use!

Now off to sew clothes. I am going to let the little one pick out the scrap fabric to make some pants and a top for her doll. I am going to try to figure out how to make the shoes as well. It can be that difficult. ;)

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