Monday, August 21, 2017

Easy Customized Fabric Tote

Miss S starts preschool next week but her registration was last week where we had to take all her supplies. She is only going two days a week for a few hours but while there, she will have a nap time so we had to take a blanket and pillow for her. 
I didn't want to just take them loose or in a plastic bag because I didn't want it to just be thrown away so I thought a small tote of some sort would be perfect so it can just stay at school, she could keep her stuff in it, and when we needed to bring the items home for a wash, it would be easy to grab.

This is what I came up with, a decorated premade tote perfect for her nap time essentials. 

It is so easy. I made it during a quick nap time.
This is even a great project to let your kids do themselves if they are old enough.

-Canvas tote (premade or make one yourself)
-Fabric Markers
-Poster board, card stock, or card board

 I bought everything for this in the craft department of my local Wal-Mart store. The markers are Tulip Brand and I bought both the fine and brush tip sets for easy drawing and coloring. 

I washed and ironed the tote to make sure it was clean and free of most wrinkles then I started by simply drawing out a design on the tote with the fine tip black marker. 
I talked to Miss S to see what she wanted and just kinda put stuff here and there of what we discussed.

Then just color it in. Color it all of leave some of it white, totally up to you or your child.

I did a quick little drawing on the back as well so it wasn't so plain.

These markers had to set for 24 hrs before considering washing the tote.

We filled it with her pillow, a blanket, and then a small doll and it was the perfect fit! 

Miss S was very excited to take it to school to leave in her locker! 
Hopefully it will be useful this coming year for us! 

See! Told you it was fast, easy, and the perfect activity for you or your child to do! 
Would be a cute gift for a teacher or child's friend as well. :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

MHCT&M: Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools

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  Hello there makers! 
This month we have been sharing our very favorite craft tools every Friday. 
If you know me, then you know my very favorite craft tool ever is my Silhouette Cameo. I thought I would share some of my very favorite Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools with you! 
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The Silhouette Cameo 3 is my favorite ever craft tool because it's so versatile and I can create so many things using it. From stencils to paint signs or decor for walls, to paper crafts, to party decorations, to apparel and so much more.  
Because this machine is so versatile, there are lots of accessories that you can choose to purchase with it and for it. 
I think it's always important to have an extra blade on hand. Though mine always last a really long time, I think it's important to have a back up. Picture yourself, late night crafting session, and your blade is dull. No craft stores open... what do you do before panic sets in and you have to call it quits for the night?! Pull out your spare, girl! Crafterhours saved! 
Though your machine comes with a mat, you will need replacements. You can choose to get a standard 12x12 or a 12x24 which is on my wish list.  
To have even more design abilities, I suggest getting the Silhouette Design Edition. It's an upgrade to the program that the machine comes standard with. I highly recommend this, and it's definitely worth the extra cost.
You'll also want the Silhouette tool pack to help with weeding vinyl and paper crafting. The tools make life so much easier!
When storing your Silhouette, it's important to keep it covered to keep the dust off of it. There are several colors of these covers you can choose from to buy or you can  make your own.  
 If you travel places with your Silhouette, say to a friend's house to craft or maybe you use it in your classroom, I suggest purchasing a tote! They come in handy by making transport easy and a bit safer for your machine.
 I love making things with vinyl! This starter kit is great so you can get the feel for working with vinyl before you buy a bigger order of it.  
  Once you get the hang of your Silhouette and you're ready to make even more fun things like shirts, you'll love this heat transfer vinyl multipack! You will also want to make things like cups, coffee mugs, and wall art, so you'll want regular vinyl as well.  
 And if you get really into making shirts, you'll want a heat press. This makes the vinyl adhere so much better than irons and the longevity of the shirt is so much better.  
 To transfer your vinyl designs over easily, you'll need a roll of transfer tape. You save money when you buy a bigger roll, and you'll go through it so it's necessary.
I am all about organizing my supplies, especially my vinyl otherwise it ends up all over the place. I like storing it rolled up in magazine holder.
To help cut your vinyl, transfer paper, and other paper, I love my Fiskar Scissors
They are super sharp and work so well. 
For more fun, you should try out the sketch pens
Use them to create cards, invitations, tags, addressing envelopes, making wall art, and so much more.  
There are so many more things you can get for your Silhouette, but these are my must haves. 
I hope you find them helpful and that they make your crafting even more fun!
Join us next week for Allison's must have craft supplies!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #167

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

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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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