How to Turn a Necktie into a Bowtie Tutorial

Last weekend, we took off to Atlanta for the weekend to spend some time with Dave’s family and watch one of his cousins get married.  We had a fantastic time watching all of the kiddos play together, and the wedding itself was magical {more on that later!}.

We don’t get to dress up as a family very often, so I ordered some stuff online so that our family would be nice and coordinated, like any southern family should be.  I got Millie a coral dress with arrows, and the boys matching coral neckties.  Jayna and I already had navy dresses that went with Mille’s dress too.  The only problem was, when Lincoln’s tie arrived, it was waaay too long.  Obviously meant for a real boy, not a toddler.

Luckily, I happen to be a problem solver.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternHere’s how my “how to turn a necktie into a bowtie” tutorial.

The first thing I did was to rip out the stitches that held the velcro neck piece onto the tie, since it wasn’t tied traditionally {which I prefer for a child, anyway}.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternThen, I ripped the seams that went along the entire length of the tie, and opened it up.  I left the seam that made the tie pointed at the end.   I stuck my finger into the point and folded it the opposite way, so you could see the seam, and the tie folded lengthwise in half.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternSorry for the bad picture above, but I measure and cut four inches off the bottom of the tie, making it 3″X4″.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternThen I turned it right-side out and ironed it flat.  Turning the raw edges under a little bit, I glued around the open area, so it was sealed all the way around.  I forgot to take a picture, but I used more of the fabric to cut a 4″x4.5″ piece of fabric, and a 3″X2″ piece.  I folded both of them length-wise and sewed them together, right sides together.  For the 4″X4.5″ piece, I did the same thing as the piece above and folded the two raw ends inside and then glued them together.  You could use fabric glue in a tube, or do what I did, and use fabric hot glue so it won’t wash out.  The small piece will be the middle of your bow tie, so the ends can stay raw.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternSo I ended up with four separate pieces of double-sided rectangles.  The one on the top with the velcro was the original neck-piece from the tie that I bought. I stacked the middle-sized rectangle on top of the large rectangle and scrunched together in the middle.  How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternI threaded a needed and wrapped it tightly around the middle of the bow tie a couple of times before sewing through the fabric too.  Made it nice and secure, so the bow will never fall apart.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternThen, sew the raw end of the smallest piece of fabric to the middle of the back of the bow tie.  I made sure to line it up…so that way when I wrapped it around the front, the other raw side ended up in the back, hidden.How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternThen I centered the bow tie onto the neck strap.  I put a couple of stitches down to secure the bow tie onto the strap and make sure it was on there straight.  Then I wrapped the smallest piece of fabric around both the bow tie and the neck strap,  and put a dab of hot fabric glue down to secure it.  How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternAnd to finish it off,  I top-stitched it to keep it secure.  The great thing about it is that because most of it is hidden, you don’t really need to worry about your stitches being perfectly straight.  You can even see where I messed up with the glue gun on the left part of the bow.  But it’s all on the bottom and the back, so it’s totally not noticeable once it’s on the kid!How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternAnd considering I had no idea what I was doing when I started this project, it still only took me about an hour, including taking the pictures for this bowtie tutorial.

How to turn a necktie into a bow tie...a step by step tutorial with detailed pictures. #bowtie #DIY #tutorial #bowtiepatternShe altered a too-big necktie to create this adorable bow-tie! Step by step tutorialShe altered a too-big necktie to create this adorable bow-tie! Step by step tutorialAnd as cute as this guy is in them…there will be many more bowties in our future!

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Sunday Scripture: Business

My subtitle for today was going to be Busyness.  But autocorrect kept changing it to Business…I guess the two go hand in hand.  Especially this time of the year, when my focus is almost completely on sewing and getting my business ready for spring craft shows.

Sunday Scripture: Busyness or Business

Source for this image comes from the Bible….and Retype, an app that creates images for memes.

Despite the overwhelming amount of work, the lack of confidence I sometimes have in my products, and the chaos that ensues at home because of my busyness, I put my whole heart into my products.  I love it, and truly believe in the value of the items that I make.  And addition to helping other moms who buy my things, my business also gives me a sense of worth.  It makes me feel like I am contributing to society, as well as our household income, a bit as well.

Have a blessed week!
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Invisible Zipper Tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Pillowcase

I splurged at Christmas time and bought a couple of new pillows from Decor Steals.  I love them, but they are so fluffy, storing them is going to be annoying.  So I decided to make a couple of pillow cases for them instead.  After perusing the web and pinterest.  I found a couple of DIY pillowcases with hearts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day and spring.

So the first one I decided to try to make was a knockoff of this Anthropologie Heart Pillow.  Seemed simple!  And thanks to my friend Amelia, who gave me a ton of fabric last week, I had a couple of red cloth napkins that were perfect {and half finished!} for the project.  For the hearts, I cut out various sizes from a canvas drop cloth that I used for a couple of other projects.An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowI used a fabric marker to draw a heart about a quarter inch from the edge to sew along.  I kept the edges raw, and with time they will get more raggy and unraveled.  Then I pinned them on one of the red cloth napkins, keeping them away from the edges {which would be sewn into seams}.An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowThen I carefully sewed along the blue fabric marked line.  And just that quick, the front of the pillowcase was finished.  Now to add the back of the case and the zipper.An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowI looked up an invisible zipper tutorial, and was completely shocked at how easy it was!  I found this fantastic tutorial on Stop Staring and Start Sewing, so check out that blog for even better pictures and another version of this step-by-step invisible zipper tutorial.

The stuff {other than fabric and thread and pins and such} that you’ll need are:

-an invisible zipper {labeled as such at the fabric store} that is about 6-8 inches longer than the length of fabric that you are going to put the zipper on
-an Elmer’s glue stick {the one that starts purple but dries clear}
-a zipper foot for your sewing machine.

You’ll start off by ironing the fabric right next to the zipper as close to the zipper as you can…this will let you sew right next to the zipper.  Here is an awesome before and after picture of the zipper from the site I mentioned above.

Once your zipper is all ironed out, center it on the fabric where you are going to put it, and mark off where the end of the fabric is, and then about an inch and a half from the end of the fabric.  Keep in mind that I was using finished cloth napkins, so my seams are nice and finished….if you are just using fabric, your seams will be raw.An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowThen, you will use the glue stick to glue on the zipper {with the Right side of the fabric facing up, turn the zipper upside down to glue it to the fabric}. An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart Pillow Once you have the zipper “glued” on, set it with the hot iron {no steam}….amazing how that glue stick will stay!An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowDo the same to the second piece of fabric, making sure that all of your edges and corners line up for easy sewing.  Set the glued on zipper on this side as well, and you are ready to sew your zipper on!This is one of the best tutorials I've seen for an invisible zipper tutorial. Lots of photos and links to others' sites for even more help. Made zipper installation a breeze! Plus the knockoff Anthropologie heart pillow was so cute!Put the zipper foot on your sewing machine, and shift the needle accordingly so that it will sew as close to the zipper coils as possible.  Start on the zipper fabric where you marked the first line {the one that was about an inch and a half from the edge}, and be sure the back stitch a bit {but not all the way to the end of the fabric}.This is one of the best tutorials I've seen for an invisible zipper tutorial. Lots of photos and links to others' sites for even more help. Made zipper installation a breeze! Plus the knockoff Anthropologie heart pillow was so cute!Stitch across the length of the zipper fabric until just past the next line, then backstitch.  Put your two pieces of fabric together, right sides together and zip up the zipper about 2/3 of the way.  Make sure your fabric corners line up.  Move the “tail” of the zipper out of the way and then glue or pin the corners of the fabric together.  Starting at the end of the fabric, sew the two pieces of fabric together, stopping just past the place that you originally backstitched on the zipper.  Backstitch.  Do the same on the other end of the zipper as well.  An invisible zipper tutorial on a Knockoff Anthropologie Heart PillowWith crappy scissors, cut the “tails” of your zipper off, and then close the zipper all the way.  Flip your fabric Right side up and iron over the zipper to make it “disappear.”  Open your zipper again about half way.  Then put the two pieces Right sides together again and pin/glue together.  Sew your pieces together all the way around, be sure to backstitch, and maybe even double stitch for durability.This is one of the best tutorials I've seen for an invisible zipper tutorial. Lots of photos and links to others' sites for even more help. Made zipper installation a breeze! Plus the knockoff Anthropologie heart pillow was so cute!Turn your pillowcase right sides out {aren’t you glad you opened your zipper on that last step!?!?}, and you are done!  Slide your case over your favorite seasonal and/or dingy pillow for an instant living room update!This is one of the best tutorials I've seen for an invisible zipper tutorial. Lots of photos and links to others' sites for even more help. Made zipper installation a breeze! Plus the knockoff Anthropologie heart pillow was so cute!

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DIY Crib Sheet

We have a new project happening at our house.  It’s been a bit slow going, as we’ve been completing it over the last year, bit by bit.  We are renovation the kids’ playroom to incorporate more storage.  So far, we’ve painted, added new baseboards and moulding, created a loft space, and are in the process now of building built-in-bookcases and shelving.

Needless to say, there will be a grand revealing in the coming months as we finally reach completion.  But for today, I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek of the loft and show you how I created a custom DIY crib sheet for the loft mattress.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

The mattress is not actually a mattress…we weren’t smart enough to create a space that would be the same size as an actual crib mattress…that would have been too easy!  So instead we made it an odd size, requiring me to buy thick foam from JoAnn Fabrics and make my own fitted DIY crib sheet.  But the method I used was so simple and could be used for any size mattress…I wish I had known about it when I was designing Lincoln’s nursery…I would have just made all of his bedding myself!

Materials

large piece of foam, or a mattress
2 yards of fabric, or as long as your mattress/foam plus 8-12 inches
scissors, iron, sewing machine
3-4 yards of fold over elastic

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattressI stretched a pre-made crib mattress pad over my foam first, since lots of little ones will be sitting {and possibly spilling} on my mattress.

Set your mattress in the middle of your fabric, centering it so there are 4-6 inches extra on the two ends.  Depending on the width of your mattress, it will be easier if you can have the same amount of fabric excess on the ends as on the sides.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Cut out the corners of your fabric with straight lines toward the corner of your mattress.  Do this on all four corners, then match up the lines that you cut, with the wrong sides together {the non-patterned sides of the fabric}.

Sew together, about 1/4″ from the raw edge.  The above picture is what all of your corners should look like.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Turn your fabric inside out, and iron  along the seam.  Then, with the “right” sides together {the patterned sides of the fabric together}, sew along the same seam {where you ironed}, but this time about 1/2″ from the edge.  Be sure to finish your stitches…you will need these seams to be very strong, which is why we sew two separate seams.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

When you have done this for all four corners, turn your fabric right-side out again…it should look like a fitted sheet now, but without the elastic.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

I picked up one of these packs of fold-over elastic from the “baby aisle” at JoAnn Fabrics.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Secure the elastic along the edge of your sheet, folding it over the edge so that each half of the elastic envelopes the edge of the fabric.  Secure the end, and then sew a straight stitch along the edge of the elastic {and since it’s folded over, the stitch will encompass both edges of the elastic, as well as the fabric}.  Stretch the elastic as you sew, and it will bunch up automatically.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Super easy, and there isn’t really a way to mess this tutorial up.  Even if it’s sloppy, it doesn’t really matter because the parts that you cut and sew end up underneath your mattress and don’t show at all!

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

The entire project took me about 20 minutes…I’m kicking myself for not sewing all my kids’ sheets in the fabrics that I wanted rather than store bought.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

You can see a bit of the loft in the above picture…I can’t wait to show you how the entire playroom turns out!

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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!}.

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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 Bubble Skirt

Have I told you about our new addition yet?  We have a new God-daughter!  Ok, so I’m already almost two months late with this post, but I just had to brag a little bit!  Baby Rosalie Mae was born in the wee morning hours of July 19th to Betsy and Jason.  Big sister Lulabelle was thrilled, and we were lucky enough to get up to Maryland within a few days to meet her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Isn’t she beautiful?!?!  I just love her!  And immediately needed to sew for her.  So amongst the hand-me-downs, little Rosie got some new digs too.  I made her a carseat cushion and burpcloth to match the big girls’ lady bug dresses.

Matching Carseat Carrier Cushion and Burpcloths from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

 And then I decided she needed a little skirt too.  Luckily, I had some scraps on hand and so it only took me about 15 minutes to whip up this little bubble skirt for her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

The scrap of fabric I used was 27 inches long and 11 inches wide.  I folded the fabric in half length-wise with right sides together, to create a 27″x5.5″ strip.  I sewed along the long rough edge with a 1/4″ seam. to create a tube.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I turned the fabric tube right side out.  My pictures get a little tricky from here, because the “right side” of the fabric will also be the inside of the skirt.  I laid the tube down and ironed it flat.  Then, I folded the seam over about  3/4″, wide enough for my elastic to easily slide through.  The photo below is just to demonstrate the fabric/elastic ratio…I didn’t actually thread the elastic through until after I sewed over the flap.
DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I threaded the elastic through, overlapping the ends and tacking.  {By the way, the length of elastic I used was also a scrap, but it was a little over 1/3 of the length of my fabric….I think it was about 10 inches long}. Then I sewed the two short ends of the fabric together, which also held the elastic overlap in place and finished the seam with a zig-zig stitch.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I flipped the skirt right side out and viola!

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

It turned out so cute!  The only thing is that I wish I had made some bloomers too!  Either that, or we need to teach little Rosie to sit like a lady…

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I can’t wait to make more of these simple little skirts!

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Easter Bunny Bowling

Well, aren’t I the crafty one lately!!  I told you I have been working on lots of things….  I think it must be my daily schedule.  I seem to be more on track lately and better able to manage my time (which gives me more ME TIME!). You know that we have put ourselves on a budget, but did you know we are also on a diet?  I’ll have to post more about that another time (just know we have lost almost 10 pounds each within the last month!!).  Because of these two factors, I have been searching for some creative, cheap Easter basket stuffers.  I didn’t want to fill the girls’ baskets with tons of candy and junk, and didn’t want to spend a ton on little Easter-themed junk either.  So what did I do?  I turned to Pinterest, of course!

I found a free pattern for these cute little guys on etsy….free! courtesy of The Long Thread .  Hers were solid colors with patterned ear-insides.  But I had some beautiful spring scraps that I decided to use instead.

And I had the hardest time finding a hard wooden ball to serve as the bowling ball.  I finally found one at A.C. Moore….but it’s actually a doll head, and a little flat on one side.  So I plan on sanding it down a little more so it rolls better, and then painting it brown and modge podging something cute on….TBD.  I just have to find a naptime when both girls are down to break out the paint and glue!

I chose six fabrics, but made sure that they were grouped in pairs that matched, because I wanted the ears to coordinate with the bodies.

If you try this project, here are a couple of hints: Although I loved the darker, busier patterns (my reds!)….it’s much harder to see the embroidered faces because of this.  However, the lighter fabrics made the dark embroidery floss show through….so make sure to trim if you use lighter fabric.  I had planned to add a little something for a tail, but I forgot…so let me know if you try this and add one-I’d love to see your ideas!  Also, I did use a 1/2 cup of rice like the directions stated, but I filled the bunnies up with a little more stuffing than she prescribed….to about an inch from the bottom.  And finally, I don’t really like my ears.  I was worried about them being too short, so I was stingy on the seams….when actually the opposite happened and I think they are a little long (they have a hard time standing up!).  So feel free to extend their seam allowance a little (maybe to 1/2″)…and maybe your bunnies’ ears will be perkier!

Here’s the direct link to the pattern

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Scrap Quilt

I’ve been sewing for about a year now, and have no real craft area.  Everything is kept in Tupperware tubs in a giant armoire.  So, needless to say, I was overflowing with little scraps of fabric.  Time to do something with those little pieces.  Because they were kind of all in one color family (pinks, browns, turquoise and green), but all different sizes, I decided to try my hand at a scrap quilt.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Don’t get me wrong….I can appreciate the design and hard work that quilters put into their creations.  But I have no desire to become a quilter.  In fact, I can barely call myself a sewer……so I needed to be able to do this simply and quickly.

So I cut up my fabric into different size pieces, using several pieces of cardboard as my templates to trace.  I had a quilt panel in my pile of random fabrics, but like I said….I have no intention of quilting.  So I cut it up instead, cutting the characters from the quilt panel into the largest squares, and then using the surrounding patterns as smaller parts.  I used strips of the fabrics as the borders too.  And to be honest, I did this completely by trial and error….I had no idea what I was doing.  But, I figured it was a scrap quilt, so the more hodgepodged it looked, the better.

Bear with me…..here’s how I did it:

Materials:
thirty 6 1/2 inch squares
sixty 3 1/2 inch squares
seven strips of 45 1/2 inches worth of fabric…..with each strip being 2 inches wide….and having 1/4 inch of seam allowance on each end
one large piece of fabric 47 inches by 45 1/2 inches
1 piece of quilt batting measuring 46 1/2 inches by 45 inches

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I had a big scrap of padding….so I folded a corner over to form a square and cut off the excess ( I think it ended up being about 46 square inches)

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

This was one of the spare pieces of fabric I had that I loved, but wasn’t sure what to do with….so I cut it up to use as my focus squares on my quilt.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I measured all of the little critters on the panel, and luckily they all were about 6″….so I decided to make my larger squares that size (when finished).

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a piece of cardboard as my template to cut around.  (I made three templates…a 6 1/2″ square, a 3 1/2″ square and a 2″ wide strip….length doesn’t really matter…..all seam allowances for this project are 1/4″)

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

 There were large chunks of interesting patterns left after I cut out the critters, so I supplemented more 6 1/2″ squares with them (and other fabric I had), and also used them for my smaller squares (which ended up being 3 1/2″ squares).  If you look carefully, you can see where I drew my lines using a washable fabric pen.  All of my seam allowances were 1/4″.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I also cut 2″ strips from scraps (varying lengths) to use as my borders.  Then I laid everything out on top of my batting.  I wasn’t too concerned about it fitting exactly, but I wanted to make sure that it was at least as wide as the batting….I ended up trimming excess at the end of my project.  I also cut out one large piece of fabric to be the back of the quilt…..measure it to be the same size as your batting, and then add a 1/2″ around the edges to account for the seam.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Lay out your whole quilt…..I alternated one 6 1/2″ square and then two 3 1/2″ squares across, and then a 2″ strip in between each of the square rows.  Just keep cutting scraps until your quilt is filled!  I arranged mine on top of my batting to make sure it was big enough, and so I could get a visual on where all of the pieces were going to go.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

 I wanted to make sure that each of my fabrics were spaced out, and no two same patterns were touching.  I also had to watch the spacing of my green and turquoise pieces because they totally clashed together….but spread out against the other patterns looked nice and were great bursts of color!

Time to sew!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Since there were going to be two 3 1/2″ pieces in between every 6 1/2″ piece….I needed to sew those together first.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I started to pin everything together before sewing….and quickly gave up.  So much easier just to hold it in place as I sewed!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Take your two 3 1/2″ pieces and place them right sides touching, raw sides together.  Make sure you know which edge to sew (based on the two 6 1/2″ squares it will be touching….pay attention to color and pattern placement).

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Sew the two pieces together with a 1/4″ seam…do a quick backstitch at the beginning and end to tack the ends.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s what the seam should look like on the right side.  Sew all of your pairs of 3 1/2″ squares together…but keep them placed out on your quilt so you know which direction they should go (again, watch your colors and patterns!).

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Line up the raw edges of the 6 1/2″ square and the two (sewn together) 3 1/2″ squares….right sides touching.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Sew 1/4″ seams, and backstitch.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s what it should look like.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Sew on the next pair of 3 1/2″ squares to the other side of your 6 1/2″ square and continue to the end of the row.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s the first row I completed….you can see I didn’t follow my own advice about really watching my placement and which sides I was supposed to be stitching together….my snail was sideways!  I had to undo the stitching on both sides of that square, turn it, and redo it!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Do the same with your 2″ border strips.  Sew them all together-end to end with 1/4″ seams.  Then place them right sides together with your square strips, raw edges touching.  Sew a straight line down the whole strip (1/4″ seam), and backstitch at beginning and end. Once you do this to all of your strips, your quilt will be all in one piece….very satisfying to see it all come together!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

I pinned the right sides of my quilt and the fabric for the back together.  I layered the batting on top of the quilt back and pinned it.

Ok, so I forgot to take pictures of these next couple of steps (sorry!), but they were pretty easy:

-I sewed all the way around (1/4″ seam), making sure to get the batting into the seam as well.  I left a 6-8 inch opening on one end so I could turn everything right-side out.

-Carefully stuff everything through the hole so that your quilt is facing right-side out.  At the hole, fold the raw edges under (and pin if necessary) and sew closed.  I use an 1/8″ seam allowance to sew it closed…..and then I keep going all the way around the edge of the finished quilt.  Then, I sew another stitch at a 1/4″ in from the edge….all the way around to give it a nice finished look.

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I sewed along the right hand side of each of the strips of fabric in order to keep the batting in place.  I spread out the seam and used a light pink thread since it matched much of my fabric color and was light enough to be seen on the back of the quilt (my fabric was a yellow and white gingham on the back)

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Done!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

And she loves it!

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Scrap Quilt with Step by Step Directions - Palmettos and Pigtails

Room for two!

Palmettos and Pigtails Signature

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