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! 
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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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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #166

Sorry for getting the party started late today. I thought I had it scheduled and well, I didn't! 

Let's get this party started! 
Share your creations, recipes, below.

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3. Have fun!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My New Bright Yellow Coffee Table

I'm so excited to share my new bright yellow coffee table this month!  Hello again, this is Donna from Modern on Monticello blog and I'm happy you stopped by.

For months I have been on the hunt for not one, but two new coffee tables for my home.  One for our living room and a second one for our newly renovated family room at the front of the house.  Each room has a different style and decor.  The living room is a relaxed family gathering room with multiple reclining sofas and is all about comfort.  The front room - as we call it - has a more whimsical modern style with mid century furniture mixed with rustic details like the large stone fireplace.  The room just needed something just as bright and whimsical in a coffee table too.

I love remaking furniture and sometimes consider opening a booth at a local resale shop, but for now I just remake furniture for my own home.  I have been looking for the perfect piece to paint bright yellow for a while and when I found this coffee table in a local thrift store for only $30, I immediately imagined it in either a bright yellow or even orange.  Yellow won out for me.

The first thing I needed to do was clean up the table and remove the top sheen.  I used a deglosser product on the finish and gave it a light sanding to get the paint to stick.  I decided to use chalk paint on this table because it would stick easily to the existing finish either way.  The color I chose was Maize from Waverly Chalk Paint.

If you have ever worked with chalk paint before, you know that it goes on so much easier using the right tools and a little patience.  Applying chalk paint takes several layers and then a wax top coat.  In the end I had to apply four layers of chalk paint, the first being some leftover ivory chalk paint I used as a base coat, and then three layers of the yellow.  The whole table got two coats of clear wax with buffing in between.

The bright yellow table combined with my new mid-century style chairs from Wayfair, which have two rows of bright colored buttons along the back that coordinate so well with the color of the table and accessories turned out to be a great combination.

This is going to be such a fun room to finish up and the simple charm of this yellow table just makes me smile when I walk by the room.

Hope you have a great August and if your kids are returning to school this month, I hope they have a great start to a new school year.

Until next month,

Friday, August 4, 2017

MHCT&M: Must Have General Craft Supplies

It's a new month and a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!  
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This month the girls and I are going to be sharing must have craft supplies that we keep in our craft rooms. These are supplies that we love and know you will, too!
 Must have craft supplies to make your general crafting WAY easier! 
I'm focusing on general craft supplies. These are supplies I keep within arms reach of my work space. We're talking my favorite adhesives, cutting tools, and more. I don't have a specific crafting niche, I dip my hand in a little bit of everything, so these are my must haves for all the various crafts I make. We will be using affiliate links this month on these posts, meaning a tiny portion of any sales made through a click on any of the links will go into our pocket. But these links also make it easier for you to find our favorite products! 
  Of course I have to start with my Silhouette Cameo. I honestly use it ALL the time for paper crafts, vinyl crafts, and several other things. I also purchase all of my replacement cutting mats and cutting blades online. They are Prime and SOOO convenient! There is also an AMAZING deal available online for a $25 gift card to the Silhouette Store that sells for less than $15! 
They not only make great gifts for your friends that have a Silhouette, but will save you $$$ on the $.99 downloadable designs in the Silhouette Store! 
 Speaking of things that cut... this folding paper trimmer from Making Memories is the BEST paper trimmer you could ever get your hands on. Unfortunately they seem to be hard to get ahold of these days. I originally purchased mine at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon!) several years ago. The blade self-sharpens each time you use it so you NEVER have to replace the blade! If you ever run across one, snatch it up! 
 A good pair of precision scissors are a must have as well. I like this pair from EK Success. I've had my pair for years and have yet to need to sharpen them. And I like that they have a safety cover for when I'm not using them. 
 Next up under the "cutting" category is this set of X-acto knives. One is a typical X-acto knife, great for precision cutting and cutting straight lines. Another has a swivel tip (my favorite!) for cutting out curvy shapes. And the third is heavy duty for cutting cardstock and thicker materials. They come in this handy wooden case with spare blades. 
 I sew a bit but I also use my Fiskars rotary cutter for other materials as well. I know that is a big no no for people who sew, but I keep separate blades for different materials. You can label them so that you don't use your "fabric" blade on paper and whatnot. They are great for anything large you need cut!
 And with any rotary cutter you must have a cutting mat. I actually have two. A small one (18"x12") for cutting small items with my X-acto knifes and a large one (36"x24") for cutting large items with the rotary cutter. These are self-healing and will last forever if treated correctly! 
 I also keep an acrylic ruler handy to use with my X-acto knives and rotary cutter. It's the best way to ensure a perfectly straight line. This one is super awesome because it also acts as a centering ruler which makes placing items on fabric or paper easy to place. It's great for working with vinyl, too, and getting that placement just right. 
 One more MUST HAVE cutting tool is the Crop-a-dile. I don't use it so much for the eyelet setting aspect because I don't use them much anymore (I did when I scrapbooked), but it is the most amazing paper punch ever. You can cut through thick stacks of paper like butter! It's great for making banners and whatnot.
 Although I don't use it super often, I do use my Martha Stewart scoring board often enough to keep nearby while I'm working. Any piece of paper I need folded I always turn to the scoring board for perfect creases. I also like that the scoring tool and ruler can be stored in board. 
 Moving on to adhesives, any good crafter will have multiple adhesives on hand for creating. 
Let's start with wet adhesives. 
These 3 are my absolute favorite wet adhesives for various media. They all happen to be from the same company, Beacon. The Zip Dry is a fast drying adhesive perfect for paper crafts. It doesn't wrinkle the paper like most wet adhesives. 3-in-1 is great for general crafting. I always tell people it's like a cold hot glue gun. It dries super fast and you don't get burned in the process! Fabri-Tac, as you might imagine, is used on fabric. It doesn't dry stiff so it leaves fabrics flexible and is also quick drying like the other 2 wet adhesives. 
 Now for the dry adhesives. 
I have two absolutely must haves: Super Tape and the Glue Glider Pro
Super Tape is a double sided, super heavy duty tape that is not letting go of anything. When you use it you don't have to worry about anything ever coming loose. I love it for adding paper to heavy duty media like cardboard and even wood. 
The Glue Glider Pro has various cartridges available (i.e. repositionable, permanent, etc.) though I generally stick to the basic High Tac cartridge. I love that it is easy to apply the adhesive and use it ALL the time for paper crafting. 
 I tend to add a lot of paint to various craft projects. Whether I'm flat out painting something or just adding a touch of color to a project, I love, love, love having one of these Artist Brush Tubs on my desk. My craft space is nowhere near a sink. And I don't necessarily want to have to stop what I'm doing to go rinse off a brush. So I keep this tub with water (it comes with a lid) on my desk all the time and open it up when needed. No more ruined paintbrushes because I didn't rinse them in time (or forgot about them altogether!).   
What do you think? Do you already have some of these or something similar? 
We'd love to hear your thoughts on your favorite craft supplies! 
 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
 Stay tuned next every Friday this month for more must have craft supplies!  
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