Thursday, August 17, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #167

Are you ready to get your party on this week? 
Let's have some fun!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sewing with Kids - 18" Doll Dress

Hi, it's Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom. 

My 10 year old has really been into dolls this summer. She's set up a whole corner of her room as the dolls house. She's got a bed and couches that my son made for her for Christmas. She made a closet for her dolls out of a cardboard box. Of course she has to have clothes to put in the closet. So earlier this summer we made a few things.

 Today I'm going to share a darling little dress that my daughter made pretty much by herself.

18" Doll Dress

We started off with a pattern from The Craft Patch. We printed and cut out the pattern and chose an old shirt to use for the fabric.

18" Doll Dress

Next we cut out the fabric. We made sure to use the bottom hem of the shirt as the bottom of the dress pieces and the bottom of the sleeves. That makes for a nice finished look.

18" Doll Dress

Jennifer at The Craft Patch has a great step-by-step tutorial that we followed as we sewed the pieces together. Head over there for complete assembly instructions.

18" Doll Dress
The hardest part for me was to let my daughter do the sewing herself and not jump in and help. I helped her pin the pieces together correctly and then I let her do the sewing.

We used the straps of the shirt to create a belt.

18" Doll Dress
I think it turned out pretty cute!  Be sure to follow me on pinterest - I have a whole board for doll clothes and another for doll furniture.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

MHCT&M: Must Have Sewing and Embroidery Tools

Happy Friday! 
We're gathering up our favorite craft supplies this month and today it's my turn to show off my must have sewing room supplies!
My two big loves in the craft room are sewing and embroidery - so I have to share my go-to materials with you! 
Let's start with embroidery! 
(Some of these links are affiliate links - that just means if you purchase from these links we'll receive a tiny commission - but there's no extra cost to you!) 
For transferring embroidery my favorite pens are these iron-on transfer pens from Sublime Stitching. They have super fine tips so you can really get those details transferred perfectly! 
Fine Tip Iron-On Transfer Pens 
You know I feel strongly about my DMC Embroidery Floss and this new Popular Colors pack is a great bundle of threads. I adore these colors! 
One of other must have's when stitching is the DMC Color Book. This book has little swatches of every thread so when you're choosing colors you can go to the store with a plan - and easily see what colors come in floss, pearl, and more. 
So now that we're all set for stitching, let's start sewing! 
 For most projects I cut them out on my oversized Fiskers mat and yes, when it comes to cutting mats - size matters. ;) 
Seam ripping is yucky, so I'm all for making it easier! 
This handy seam ripper has a little cap that you can use to make removing threads super easy - they just kind of "stick" to it! 
 I absolutely cannot resist cute embroidery scissors - and these little unicorn scissors are my faves (right now!). They work really well too so they're cute and useful - always a must. :) 
Gold Unicorn 4" embroidery scissors - small unicorn sewing scissors - for cross stitching, needlework, quilting 
This is such a little thing but soooo useful, especially with all the bags, pillows and quilts I sew! 
This little point turning tool makes it so you have nice crisp points on all those seams and corners. And it's super cheap too! 
I keep this handy bottle of Best Press with my iron all the time and use it on pretty much every project I make! It works like a starch without all the gummy mess that usually comes with starch. It's really light and it smells great - and you don't have to worry about it discoloring the fabric! 
She has other scents if lavender isn't your thing.
And speaking of irons - I know this is pricier than the usual irons you can pick up at any store, but I got this little beauty last year for Christmas and it is my favorite thing ever. 
It is a Rowenta Iron and it's perfect for sewists. It's nice and hot, heats up quickly, has a good sharp point on the top and just all around works so great. Gushing here, I know, but I seriously love this iron!
Cute sewing supplies are a must! 
I'm loving this little floral measuring tape from Riley Blake! I like to take this kind along in my bag for measurements in the wild too.  
 I'm pretty much blind as a bat so good lighting in the sewing room is a must for me! 
This OttLite Desk Lamp is perfect for right by my sewing machine - plus it has a handy caddy for scissors, seam rippers and marking pens!  
Washi Tape! I know - these are sewing supplies - but I use washi tape in the sewing room all the time! It's perfect for marking seam guides on your machine and you can remove it without a big mess. I also use it in embroidery to wrap around the edges of fabrics that will fray! 
This cute measuring tape washi has the added bonus of the ruler on it too!  
 I hope you've had fun looking at my favorite sewing machine supplies! 
I didn't include my machine because it's being a little wonky and I'm on the hunt for an upgrade! 
But I'd love to know what your favorite supplies are! 
Make sure you come back next week for more fun must have craft supplies!
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