Flowertown Festival and Craft Show

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Flowertown Festival and Craft Show here in the Lowcountry.  With 200,000 visitors over the three-day festival, and 200 vendors, it’s one of the biggest Craft Shows in the Southeast…and one of the highlights of my year!

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

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It’s so popular, that it’s hard to walk, let alone with strollers.  So I was happy to be off of the main path a little and on the sidewalk, where it was a little less crowded.  And, I was by the food court and bathrooms {always a choice location when you are 9 months pregnant!!}.

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This was my first major craft show….I usually just do local neighborhood and church craft shows.  So I was completely unsure of exactly how much inventory to have on hand.  I worked for months every night washing, sewing and folding my burp cloths, carseat carrier cushions and door hushers.  I had some set-backs with my  sewing machine functioning and obtaining certain fabrics, but in the end, I feel like I had just the right amount of inventory.  I sold out of some things, but still have enough left to restock my Etsy site until after the baby comes.

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

At first I was intimidated by the sea of professional white tents and permanent display racks that all the booths around me had.  But after talking to some of the other vendors, and realizing that this is their career, and they spend every weekend traveling to festivals around the south, I realized that they are on a completely different level than I am, and I better quit comparing myself to them!

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

Plus, my little red tailgating tent and my bright yellow door with my pricing and items listed on it was the perfect way to stand out amongst all the white tents!  My door is one of my favorite props.  Not only does it display exactly what I’m selling, but it also shows one of my door hushers in action!

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

I’m also so glad that I used brightly colored gift bags with my logo and business info on the front.  I felt like it made my stuff look more professional, and I had more than one person make comments like, “Oh THIS is where those pretty bags are coming from!”

*Craft show hint….have a few bags already opened up with gift paper inside, so when you make a sale you can just grab one of those, rather than fiddling with gift wrap!  Be sure to stick a business card or two in the bag too!

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

The bunting, left over from the one of the baby showers I hosted, was the perfect addition to my rustic decor.  I just love how it all turned out!  I also scattered my business cards in groups of three throughout my displays, and saw that most people took one with them!

*Craft show hint….don’t put all of your inventory out at once, it can be overwhelming.  Plus, buyers want to think they are buying one-of-a-kind merchandise!  Also, adding a little sign with your story gets people intrigued by you!  I had lots of people read mine and seem more interested in my products {and blog!} after reading!

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

The weather ended up being perfect.  Friday was a bit windy, but it countered the hot sun, so it was heaven to sit behind the tent and soak it all in.  Saturday was sunny and warm, and Sunday was cloudy….but the rain held off!  The perfect weekend for a craft show!

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{From the Archives} DIY Spring Wreath

Here’s one of my favorite DIY projects from the archives….just in time for Spring, which seems to finally be popping up!  A DIY Spring Wreath!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was challenged about a month ago, by my mother, to make a spring wreath. And because I have nothing better to do, it kind of got pushed to the bottom of my To-Do list.  But then, I remembered that I would much rather craft, than wash windows.  So, it got pushed back up to the top!

I saw lots of cute spring wreaths on pinterest, and decided to keep it simple and cheap, with materials I already had.

So, I decided to use some foam (from Lowes) duct-taped together to make my wreath form, and some left over packing paper from our move.  My goal was to use the paper to create some shabby-chic-ish southern inspired (Magnolias, perhaps?) flowers.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I crinkled up the paper and wrapped it around the wreath form to completely cover the grey color.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And then I cut the paper into strips.  I folded the strips accordion style width-wise, so I could cut more circles out at a time.  I cut three sizes of circles.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

My circles were a little sloppy and uneven, but it didn’t matter at all in the end. And as I worked, I decided that the wreath needed a little color.  But I still liked the idea of a white base to the wreath.  So I decided to color just the edges of each of the circles purple (perfect for the Lenten Season!).

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

After coloring ALL of those circles, I started crinkling.  I actually got Jayna’s help…she crinkled and reopened my flowers, and then I glued the three layers together.  Then I topped it with a little crinkled scrap of paper in the middle to be the flower’s stigma.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a hot glue gun to glue each flower onto the wreath form, in close proximity to each other, so they kind of all scrunch together.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And I left a little gap at the top, so that when my mom hangs it, her wreath hanger won’t squish the flowers.  I put a little smiley on the back so it would be easy to find.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

But then I decided that I needed a bow to make it look a little more complete (and elegant!).  I had a hard time finding ribbon that I liked, so I bought some thick, crocheted lace instead.  I made a bow and tacked it in place with hot glue.  Perfect….shabby chic!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

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St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

In the spirit of planning ahead {3 days counts, right?}  I thought I’d share the little St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt that I plan to use on Monday.  Jayna was all talk about last year’s crazy mischievous leprechaun today in the car.  Personally, I was kind of hoping she would forget some of his hi-jinx, so I could repeat some of them….but noooooooo….my sharp-as-a-tack 5 year old wondered aloud what silly thing the leprechaun would do this year.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt from Palmettos and Pigtails

I found a ton of different scavenger hunts on Pinterest, but ended up making my own clues.  Do you want to use them too?  Our leprechaun’s name is Pete {it rhymes with lots of words, which comes in handy!}, and he left these clues to help the kiddos get ready for school, WHILE still playing the game!

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt from Palmettos and Pigtails

There is one more clue, which is the finale, that I don’t have a picture of.  Click here to download them all for yourself!  Or, click on the above picture.

Pot of Gold printable from http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com

I found the above picture of a pot of gold from Pot of Gold printable from Modern Parents Messy Kids  and printed and cut out two of them.  Then I traced the outline onto green construction paper and stapled around the edges, leaving the top open to fill with “gold” {I’m thinking some yellow m & m’s to take in their lunches}.  Click here, or on the picture to go to Steph’s site to print out the picture.  She also has other clues that she made on there, if you want some other options.

Have a wonderful weekend and a lucky day on Monday!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial

We’ve been having a crazy February.  Between hubby traveling, sicknesses that just won’t quit, and numerous guests in town, we are just CRAZY around here.  But even though Jayna didn’t get a birthday party this year, didn’t mean we didn’t celebrate all. week. long.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Ever since seeing it in the theaters, Jayna {like every other little girl in America}, has been bitten by the Frozen bug.  Anything Elsa, she adores.  And that’s all she wanted for her birthday.  An Elsa dress-up dress.  But after scouring Amazon, Disney and Target, I couldn’t find a single Elsa dress-up dress {in our budget, that is!}.  So what choice did I have, but to make one!  So I figured I’d share with you my Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial.

I was amazed at how simple it really was to make.  I’ll tell you how, but pay attention to my asterisks, as there are some changes that I would recommend making {I would, if I made this dress again}.

Materials:

  • a yard of blue fabric for the bodice ****I do not recommend using the sequin fabric like I did….it gummed up my needles and took me forever to sew through.  Any other slightly stretchy fabric should be fine****
  • 6 yards of white tulle
  • 6 yards of blue tulle
  • about 18 inches of a thin elastic for the straps and headband/crown
  • measure around the chest {under armpits} for your 3/4 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 23 inches
  • measure around the waist for your 1 1/2 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 22 inches
  • two packs of glue-on sequins, sparkles or snowflakes
  • a yard of trim {I liked that mine looked like snowballs} or boa material for straps and crown
  • blue/coordinating ribbon in the same length as your child’s waist {mine was about 22 inches}

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Starting with the bodice.  Measure the length of your child’s torso, from armpits to hips.  Add 3 1/4 inches to account for your elastic.  As for the width, use the entire yard of fabric….it’s going to be bunched on the elastic.  Spread out your fabric and pin and sew your short sides together {right sides together}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, fold the bottom and the top edges toward the middle of the bodice, leaving about 1/2 or so bigger than  the width of your elastic.  Pin around the entire bodice and sew a “sleeve” that you’ll slide your elastic into.  Be sure to leave an opening for elastic insertion!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

When you are finished sewing your little tube, attach a safety-pin to one end of the elastic and slowly pull it through to the other side.  When both ends of the elastic are showing, carefully sew them together, and then sew the opening of the fabric around them closed.  The fabric will naturally bunch up, but feel free to work with it a little to make the bunches even.  Do this on both sides of the bodice, to create a tube top.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

****Now that I have seen this outfit on my daughter, she is always tugging at the bodice to keep it down over her belly.  I recommend possibly forgoing the bottom elastic and sewing the boric directly to the tulle skirt to create a dress instead!  No more belly button shows!****

Flip your bodice so that the thicker elastic is at the top.  Figure out where your straps are going to go and pin your strap elastic there.  Jayna’s straps are 9 inches long.  Since this project was a surprise for her, I used one of her tight-fitting pajama shirts to lay under the bodice to serve as a “model” for where the straps should fall on her shoulders.  Sew your straps to the inside of the bodice.  Secure well.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I attached the “snowball” trim to the elastic straps with a wide stitch.  I glued four of the larger snowflake “gems” just under the straps on the bodice, to cover up my stitching there {I was making sure the straps were really secure, so my stitches were pretty obvious on the outside}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And viola!  You are done the bodice.  On to the tulle skirt.  First, I took my blue ribbon and sewed it to about 3 inches of thin velcro.  My girls grow out of dress up clothes like it’s their business, so I wanted to make sure this dress fit for a while!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I folded the 6 yards of tulle in half, width wise, and used a straight stitch along the raw edges to create the ruffle.  For details on how to make a ruffle, click here.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I did this to my blue tulle and the white, then made sure they each were “ruffled” to the waist measurement of my child {22 inches}.  Then I pulled just a little of the extra tulle from each of the ends out of the ruffled part.  I layered the two colored tulles on top of each other and pinned it to the ribbon.  The extra tulle that I pulled out of the ruffle got pinned to the middle of the elastic band on the ribbon.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I sewed all the way around the ribbon, making sure to get both layers of tulle in the stitch too. When I got to the elastic, I lengthened my stitch and tension a bit and sewed the thin layer of unruffled tulle to the elastic.  Just enough to provide coverage if the elastic was completely stretched out.  Then I folded both ends of the ribbon over the elastic and tacked.  As Jayna grows, I will be able to undo part of the elastic to give her a little more girth to the skirt.

Then I hot-glued all of the gems and snowflakes to the front of the tulle.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I used the leftover snowball trim and a tiny bit of skinny elastic to make the headband/crown.

And done!

Very easy, and a great project for beginner sewers…just don’t buy that sequin fabric.  That honestly made this project about three times longer than it should have taken!!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And Jayna loved it!  Wants to wear it everywhere {including to bed!}.  Now Jayna’s best friend AND Millie both want one for themselves…maybe I should see what other princess dresses I can make!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

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OLAF You Valentine’s Day Class Gift

Every holiday, I flip flop between being a total slacker and a super mom, when it comes to class gifts.  Meaning, I either do the bare minimum {dollar store Valentines and candy canes for Christmas}, or I go way above and beyond {Turkey Cake Pops for Thanksgiving and Snow Dough for Christmas!}.  I’d love to say that I do it on purpose….keep those kids on their toes, right?  But in reality, it just depends on how much free time and energy I have around that particular holiday.

Last year, I did dollar store Valentines.  This year, I was feeling a bit more ambitious.  And I was totally in “Frozen” mode since Valentine’s Day falls right after Jayna’s birthday, and all she wanted this year, was “Frozen” stuff.  So when I saw these adorable Olaf pencil toppers on Pinterest, courtesy of One Artsy Mama, I knew I just had to make them for Jayna’s Valentine’s Day Class Gift.  She helped cut out some of the little felt pieces, while I worked the glue gun.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

I started out by zooming in on the picture on my screen until the pencil proportions were right {yes, I held a pencil up to the screen!}.  Then I held up some white felt to the screen and traced around Olaf’s face.  I did the same for each of the other features….the top part of his mouth, the black part of his mouth, the tooth, and his nose.  I used twine for the hair, and medium sized google eyes.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

For the back, I just eye-balled a little sleeve for the end of the pencil.  And hot-glued around the edge of the curve.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

We found packets of Valentine pencils at the Dollar Spot at Target, and I made up these little tags to print out and attach to the Olafs….Jayna will sign her name on the back.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to right click on the picture below, save it to your computer and print it out from there.  If you have any problems, leave me a message, and I’d be happy just to send you the file!

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

Jayna pointed out that the pencil toppers the perfect size for fingers too!  BAM! Two gifts in one….pencil topper AND finger puppet {that’s how us SuperMoms roll….}

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Girls Night Out!

Last weekend I stole a couple of hours out with my closest girlfriends to attend a sewing class at Five Eighth Seams.  They are a local fabric and sewing store that I simply adore!  They have fabulous, classic southern prints and a whole wall full of adorable patterns.  And recently, I’ve discovered the sewing classes that they offer {including a Mom’s Morning Out, Beginner’s Classes and Kids Sewing!}.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The shop is sew cute {hehe}, with finished patterns decorating the walls, stacks of buttons and racks and racks of glorious fabric.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We had some serious beginners in our little class, so I was ecstatic that our instructor Stacy was very patient, and did a great job of fixing all of our disasters!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The class was only $25, was two hours of us chatterboxes socializing and laughing, included fabric to make two infinity scarves, and included instruction and endless patience from Stacy!  Good deal!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We even had a little extra time to make a couple of extra scarves for our kids.  I’m planning on posting a tutorial next week for the scarves, so stay tuned!

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DIY Pajamas {Applique Tutorial for Dummies}

I was tickled at the way the pajama pants turned out!  So cute, but I needed some shirts that were gender-neutral {since I was making for both girls and a guy}, and would be able to coordinate easily with each other.  Honestly, I found my inspiration from Zulily a while back.  I wish I could have linked to the site, but since the sale on these particular shirts has long since been over, the link won’t work anyway.  But trust me, that the shirts on there were $18.99 each, and looked remarkably like the ones I was able to make in about 30 minutes….for a total of less than $20 { for all four!!}.  And not that I’m calling you a dummy, that’d be me.  And since I blundered my way through figuring out how to make these, I thought I’d share with you a DIY: Appliqué Tutorial for Dummies!

DIY Applique Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

-a piece of cardboard cut into the shape of your appliqué {in my case, a triangle}…I used a cereal box
-fabric for your appliqué 
-iron-on adhesive
-sewing materials, including coordinating colors of thread
-ribbon or cording to be your tree trunks {only necessary for this particular appliqué}

My triangles were 2″ wide by 3″ tall for the 5T shirts I made, and were 1.5″ wide by 2.5″ tall for my 3T shirts.  Cut your cardboard to size.

Then follow the directions on your iron-on adhesive to iron the adhesive to the wrong side of your fabric.

Then trace your cardboard onto the fabric and cut your appliqué shape out of the fabric.  This ensures that your fabric is secure to the adhesive all the way to the edges and will prevent fraying.

Position the appliqués onto your fabric, peel the paper off the back, and {according to the directions}, iron your appliqués onto your fabric.

*Sidebar:  I highly suggest making a few extra appliqués pieces, and getting some similar fabric to practice sewing it to.  You’ll want to experiment with your zigzag stitch…both the width of the zig and the length of the zag {am I speaking nonsense here?!?!}.  Obviously from my picture above, I practiced a lot.  I also originally used a scrap piece of lightweight cotton to practice, then realized that the pajama top was a heavy cotton, and needed a very different stitch.  So practice.  A lot.

Once you find the ideal zigzag stitch, start at a corner and slowly make your way around your appliqué piece, being sure that your zigzag is tagging both sides of the edge of the appliqué.  For my triangles, I went across the bottom first, backstitching at the beginning and end, then went up each side, ending at the point of the the tree.

It took me a lot of practice, but it got easier and smoother each time!

To make the tree trunks, I found this cute cording over with the ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  The I sewed across the width to hold it down, and then used brown thread and a zigzag stitch to tack down the length of the “trunk,” before backstitching at the end.

Each shirt had the three trees on it, but all three shirts were different, and coordinated with the matching pajama pants, as well as the color of the ruffle or cuff on the pants.  And, they also coordinated with their sibling’s pants.  That’s right….I tied it all together!

I’ll show you the finished outfits on Monday, when I tell you about our weekend adventure!!

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DIY Pajamas: Part 2 {Ruffles and Cuffs}

On Monday, I taught you how to make some general pajama pants, using existing pants as your pattern.  Today, I’m gonna show you how to finish the bottoms of your pajamas with ruffles and cuffs.  My disclaimer is:  I’m a self-taught seamstress who doesn’t have the best technique in the world….but it works for me!  Hopefully, it can work for you too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First up, how to make ruffles.  I wanted big ruffles on my pajamas, so I cut strips of fabric that were 4″ wide and two and a half times the circumference of the bottom of each pant leg.  I folded over one raw seam twice and sewed  the bottom seam.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I sewed the two ends of each of my strips together, to form two loops.  I kicked the tension setting on my sewing machine up to 9 {you might want to experiment with this} and lengthened my stitch as much as possible, which created a natural ruffle as I sewed.  Make sure you don’t finish your ends, and leave the tails of your thread long, so you can gently pull more on the threads to tighten your ruffles if needed.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, slide your ruffle loop over the end of your pants legs {right sides together} and pin.  Sew around the entire cuff, taking care to sew on the inside of your ruffle stitches, so they don’t show.  I used the zigzag stitch to finish the raw edges.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Now, on to the cuffs for little boys.  I used a white flannel fabric to make my cuffs.  Three inches wide, and the same length as the circumference of the bottom of each pants leg hole, plus about an inch and a half.  Use 1/4″ seams throughout the tutorial.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First, iron your cuff strips in half.  Then, open up the fabric again.  Fold both raw edges into the ironed half-way mark that you just made.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Iron it down {I used steam, just to make sure!}.  You’ll need those iron marks for the rest of the tutorial!!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Open up and line up one of your raw edges with the raw edge of your pajama pants leg {right sides together}.  Make sure the end of your cuff hangs over the edge of the side of the pants leg.  Pin the raw edges of the cuff and the pants leg together.  Then pin the ends of the cuff together.  Sew the two ends of the cuff together first {fold the pants away from that seam if needed}.  Complete with a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.  Then sew the cuff to the pants leg.  Zigzag to finish.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Notice the fold mark in the picture above?  You are going to do a couple of tacking stitches from the bottom of your cuff up to the fold line.  {This will keep your cuffs folded nicely at the end}

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Pull the raw edge that you see in the photo above, all the way down, so you can see you finished seam between the cuff and the pants leg.  Now, turn your pajama pants inside out.  You are going to fold the raw edge of your cuff back up {you should be able to follow your original ironed line}, and pin it to your cuff/pants leg seam that you just finished sewing.  Again, use the zigzag stitch to finish your seams to prevent unraveling.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you flip your pants back to the correct side again, you’ll need to adjust the cuffs back to those original ironed lines that you made at the very beginning.  I ironed my cuffs again at the very end, just to be sure they stayed put, but the tacking stitched you made should help the cuffs stay in place too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Want to know how I made the matching appliquéd shirts?  Stay tuned to see my completed project!! =)

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DIY Pajamas: Part 1 {Pants}

This past weekend, our family did something really special.  And it was awesome.  And I’ll tell you all about it next MONDAY! Haha!  But, for this awesome, special treat, the kids needed some new holiday pajamas.  And not just my kids, but our friends’ kids as well! So, I decided I wasn’t going to spend $40 a pop on Etsy for coordinating ones, I would just make my own.  And they were so easy to do!  DIY Pajama Pants!

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

-about a yard of fabric for each pair of pants {I made two size 5T’s and two size 2T’s…the 2T’s needed about 3/4 yard, but it never hurts to have some extra!}
-a pair of pants {like jeans} that are the correct length and leg width that you are looking for
-elastic the same length as your kid’s waist, plus 1″
-scissors/thread/sewing machine, etc.
-a large piece of butcher paper to draw your pattern on
DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails
 

Lay your pants on top of the butcher paper like above, folding on the seams….make sure that the crotch  seam is popped out all the way {I actually ironed my pants like this, just to make sure they would stay while I traced}.  Trace around the pants, leaving about an inch from the edge of the pants {or more, if you need the legs to be wider}.  Sorry for my crude drawing above, but you get the picture, right?  Just make sure you draw your line straight up from the pants leg through the waistband….you’ll need the extra fabric to be gathered around your elastic waistband.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Once you have your pattern made, cut it out, and trace it onto your fabric.  You’ll need two pieces.  Cut them out.  Leave the right sides together, and sew up each of the straight sides {which will be the outside of the pant legs}.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Be sure to finish all of your straight stitches with a zigzag, so you don’t have any fraying later.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ok, this is the tricky part to explain.  You’re gonna sew your crotch pieces together now.  So start by turning the pants right-side out.  Put them on top of each other, lining up the seams.  You are going to start by pinning the two middle pieces of fabric together at the waist band {they should be right-sides together}.  Like I said, start up at the top, by the waistband, and slowly pin your way around the entire crotch area.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

This is kind of an awkward photo, but this is what it should look like when you are done pinning.  You can see that I started on the left hand side, at the top of the waist band and pinned all the way down through the crotch, and then back up to waistband again on the right side.  Make sure that  the seam in the crotch all lines up and is pinned very well.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Turn the pants {carefully, because of the pins!} inside out.  Sew along your pins.  I did a double stitch when I got down into the crotch area, and really made sure there was a lot of security down there, since I know that the fabric will pull there every time the kid sits down!  Finish the stitches.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then move up to the waist band.  Fold it over twice and sew about a 1/8″ wider than the elastic that you are going to use.  You basically just need it wide enough to pull the elastic through.  Remember to leave about an inch or so open to put the elastic in.  Then secure one end of your elastic to a giant safety pin, and slowly pull the safety pin and elastic through the waist band opening, all the way through, and back out the opening again.  Sew the elastic to itself securely, and then sew the opening in the waistband shut.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was able to make four pairs of these pants in under 2 hours.  I promise that they are so easy once you get the hang of it!  And I realize that I didn’t show you how to finish the bottoms….stay tuned for Wednesday’s tutorial on cuffs and ruffles!

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{From the Archives} JOY Sign

A couple of years ago, I participated in a handmade holiday gift exchange.  I made two gifts for my assigned person.  The first was a  canvas heart garland {that could also be used for Valentine’s Day}, and the other was decorated letters that spell out JOY.  To make them, I bought carboard letters from Hobby Lobby and modge-podged scrapbook paper to them.  Easy Peasy!JOY sign by Palmettos and PigtailsJOY sign by Palmettos and Pigtails

They are perfect for decorating a mantle or a shelf!  I think I need to make myself a set of these too…