DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Where, oh where has my October gone?!?!  Y’all, we have been so busy!  Between the normal holiday craziness, and several impromptu trips, I am feeling very scattered!  And addition to all of that, I just signed on for TWO big craft fairs in November.  Yes, the same November that is 4 days away.  What the heck am I thinking?!?!

So, bear with me as I attempt to find time to tell you all about our travels, edit photos, carve pumpkins, make Halloween costumes, and prepare for craft shows {with some new items in the inventory!!}.  Hang with me these next few weeks, because it’s gonna get good!

This morning, I have a super quick tutorial that I’ve been dying to share with you.  I stumbled across these DIY Fabric Pumpkins on Pinterest a while back, and have just now gotten around to making them.  And let me tell you, once I picked out the fabric and realized how easy they were to make….I couldn’t stop!  Even Jayna made a couple!

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Like I said, I found the tutorial over on My Blessed Life.  She’s got dimensions for the fabric and a terrific step-by-step process with pictures.  Her pumpkins are also much cuter than mine {she added ruffles and leaves}…maybe I’ll go back and embellish mine later.  But for now, I’m focused on ease and speed.

For each pumpkin, you are going to need a rectangular piece of fabric, some batting, a couple of big glass beads or rocks, a stem, and possibly some twine or string if you want ribbing.  As for the fabric sizing, the closer your rectangle is to a square, the “rounder” your pumpkin will be {like the big orange or the small multi-color chevron above}.  If your rectangle is long and skinny, your pumpkin will either turn out fat and kinda flat {like the black checked or the orange dotted}, or tall and skinny {like either of the yellow}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

The very first pumpkin I made, I had a long skinny piece rectangular piece of fabric.  I sewed the long sides together to create a long tube {right sides together!}, then I turned it right side out and hand-stitched a gather along the bottom of the pumpkin, pulling the ends of the thread {I used embroidery thread for durability} together and tying, in order to “close” the bottom of the pumpkin.  Then I filled it with batting and a couple of rocks at the very bottom {just to weigh it down a bit}.  I then hand stitched another gathering stitch around the top and pulled the strings to “close” the top of the pumpkin.  I wrapped string around the pumpkin, top to bottom, to attempt to make the ribbing on the pumpkin.  And lastly, I hot glued a branch for the stem.

Fail.

My fabric had been too tall and skinny, and so everything was just off.  He kept falling over, and his ribbing wouldn’t stay put.  He’s lucky he made it into my photo shoot at all!  My second attempt was another tall and skinny pumpkin {the other yellow one}, but I made it slightly wider, and it turned out a little better.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I cut a few more tall and skinny rectangles, but this time I stitched them closed along the shorter sides, which created short, squatty, flat pumpkins.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

So much cuter!  I think these ended up being my favorite!  I used a long quilting needle and embroidery floss to sew up and down through the middle of the pumpkin, to create a tufted look.  On the My Blessed Life site, she said to use plastic bags to stuff inside the pumpkins.  I tried that {in the spirit of recycling}, but found they were very noisy, and hard to “sew” through in order to do the tufting.  So I stuck to the batting and rocks {which are easily navigated}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Finally, I tried a couple of “square” pumpkins, with my fabric being just about square in dimensions.  So cute!  Although I did notice that the size of the stem needed to match the size of the pumpkin.  I had used the same branch for all of my pumpkins, except for the “Baby Round.”

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

She turned out very cute, since her stem was more perportionate to her body.  Next time I think I will use a variety of sticks for the pumpkins.  But overall, I was very pleased!  The whole “patch” took me about a half an hour to fumble through, and Jayna helped too!

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DIY Headband Holder Tutorial

My oldest daughter‘s hair is a hot mess.  We have been growing it out for years, and it is always in her face.  I’m not sure how she stands it.  A single strand of hair in my eyes drives me up the wall….I guess she takes after her father!  Now that her pesky bangs are finally just about grown out, I’ve been allowing her more opportunities to wear headbands.  In the past, they’ve been vetoed because they didn’t hold the mass quantity of hair out of her eyes…and not being able to see her eyes is my pet peeve!

So for the past few months, we’ve been slowly collecting headbands.  Her favorite ones are the thick plastic ones, covered in fabric or ribbons.  My favorites are satin tubes of fabric that have wire inside for twisting around her head.  It gives her kind of a retro look, while still keeping bangs in place.  However, because they are not your typical semi-circular “headband shape,”  they are kind of annoying to store.

So I came up with a quick storage solution for all of the headbands, no matter what width, size or style.  I used an empty oatmeal container, and made it so the lid was still able to function, so it’s handy to keep brushes, hairbands and barrettes inside as well.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

I cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the canister, and then used the Modge Podge to adhere it to the container.  I did a layer of Modge Podge over the outside of the paper too, to provide a little more stability and protection for the canister and the paper.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

I also used a piece of scrap ribbon along the top, just to fancy it up a bit {I secured it with hot glue}.  You can see in the photo above that the container lid is still fully functioning for storage purposes.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

This size container is the perfect width for plastic and fabric covered headbands.  For the wire covered headbands shown above, I just wrap them around and twist them in the back to secure.  Now Jayna’s headbands are all in one place, with some unexpected extra storage in the middle!  And it took me about 10 minutes total {including drying time!} to make this DIY Headband Holder!

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DIY Circle Picture Frames

One of my favorite projects in Lincoln’s nursery is the set of three circle picture frames I made for the wall above the rocking chair.  Although I would definitely say the room has more of a “vintage” theme {if any!}, there are also some nautical notes scattered here and there.  And I think the circle frames give a nod to that a bit by subtly mimicking portholes.  I’m even thinking about lining the edges with rope, perhaps.

DIY Round picture frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The hardest part about this project for me, was picking out the scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, and choosing {only} three photos from Rachel Weber’s Newborn Photo Shoot.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

- 3 wooden circles {I actually got 6 of these and used wood glue to secure two together to make them a little thicker}

- 3 plexiglass sheets

- 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

- 3 five by seven photos

- Modge Podge and sponge

- 3 frame hangers

- 12 tacks

- sharpie

- Kobalt glass cutter and/or X-acto knife

- 150 grit sanding sponge

- measuring tape or ruler

- straightedge

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

If you want to make your circles a little thicker, use the wood glue to secure two together.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

 Put something heavy and flat on top and let glue dry completely.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Cover one side of your wooden circle with Modge Podge and secure your scrapbook paper to it.  Be sure that any imperfections in the wood are on the back, not under the scrapbook paper.  Use your X-acto knife to carefully trace around the circle to cut the paper.  I didn’t push down very hard, but rather gently cut around the edge several times, and you can see that the paper still ripped a bit on the edges…so be gentle!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I then covered the front of the circle {over the scrapbook paper} with Modge Podge to create a protective barrier, and give it a little shine.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use some wood glue to secure a frame hanger to the back of the circles…make sure you position the hanger how you want your circle to hang.  My striped circle ended up being a little crooked, and it drives me crazy! {Dave assures me that no one will notice unless I point it out, so I’ll never tell you!}

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The sheets of plexiglass that I got at Hobby Lobby were the bigger size above {not sure exactly what size they originally were}.  Use the sharpie to measure out a 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 rectangle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use your glass cutter or X-acto knife and the straightedge to score the plexiglass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Gently cut over the lines three or four times.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to use your straightedge to carefully break the plexiglass along the scored lines.  Be careful, as the edges will be rough.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use the 150 grit sanding sponge to gently sand the edges of the plexiglass, only moving in one direction.  Also, be carefully to sand completely straight along the edge, so you don’t scratch the front of your glass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Carefully position the plexiglass over your photo, taking care to be sure your photo will be straight when you hang your circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I found that by gently sticking a tack on the edge of the circle, aligning it with where the center of my frame hanger was, helped me center my photo and plexiglass on the front of the circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then use the tacks to secure the corners of the plexiglass.  This will allow you to change out the pictures as often as you’d like!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

And thanks to the Panoramic setting on my iPhone, here’s a picture of the whole room!

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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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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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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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Reclaimed Wood Project from Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest?  I am, and I have to say, I’m addicted.  I made the {mistake} of putting the Pinterest app on my phone, so now it’s my entertainment in the grocery store line, waiting in the pick-up line, and {ahem} during the inevitable football game playing in our living room.  As much as I love all the holiday pins out there right now, I still gravitate toward DIY projects that I can use in my home.

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So when I saw this Reclaimed Wood Inspirational Word Sign on Pinterest {Courtesy of Que Linda}, I fell in love.  And, I happened to looking for a craft project for my church small group to do together at one of our social nights.  There is nothing like girls, hammers and cookies for a great social!

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Now, I used Que Linda’s tutorial {she has great photos, so for more clarification, see her blog!}, but made several changes.  Here’s how I made my sign.  First, I cut out the word {LOVE} that I wanted to create, with a my Silhouette paper-cutter.  Then I positioned it onto my reclaimed wood {courtesy of the many pallets we have had in our garage!}, and used clear tape minimally to tape down the paper.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

*Sidebar, the nails I used in the photos were black, but after making several of these signs, I decided I liked the white nails better, since I was using white thread.  However, several of the girls who made this project in my small group preferred the contrast of the black nails and the white thread.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

I started with corners, and carefully hammered nails in around the outline of the letters.  I tried to evenly space the nails, and hammered them in about 1/3 of the way into the wood.  Around loops and curves, I clustered the nails closer together to one another.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you are done hammering, your sign should look something like this.  As you’ll see in the following photos, I made a mistake and forgot to pull up the paper and tape before I started threading.  Let me tell you, it was a real pain to pull all the paper out through each nail!  So, as soon as you are done hammering, pull up the paper and tape, before starting the thread.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails I started on one nail, tying a knot around the nail.  Then I carefully outlined the letters, wrapping the string in a full circle around each nail before stringing to the next letter.  After the outline was done, then criss cross the thread from nail to nail, to form a web.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you use the same color nails as your thread, then it will appear that your word is floating.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect place to put your sign!

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Kids’ Thanksgiving Project: Place Card and Napkin Ring

I have gotten spoiled with my kids being in school so much this year.  Today is the first day of Thanksgiving break, and so there is no school for the rest of the week.  I have become one of “those” moms who slightly panic at the thought of an entire day of entertaining their children.  AND it’s supposed to rain.

Thanksgiving Play

But luckily, Jayna came home with a Thanksgiving project that they did in school that I thought was so cute, and will be a major project to take up most of this morning.  Plus, we’ll be able to actually use them on the Thanksgiving table on Thursday!

Thanksgiving DIY Napkin Ring and Place Card Holder from Palmettos and Pigtails

Jayna’s class made these cute pilgrim place cards, so I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial on how to make them….plus use the leftover materials from the place cards to make Native American napkin holders.

And, if you are a mom….you have all of these materials on hand.  Yes, that includes the toilet paper rolls.  You knew they’d come in handy, right?  I forgot to include in this picture, that you’ll also need some fall-colored paper and a glue stick or two.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

I confess, I cut about an inch off one end of the toilet paper roll {the small part will be your napkin ring, so save it!} and painted the big part of the rolls black last night while the kids were in bed.  Although, if you are up to the fun of painting with your kids today, it would kill another 20 minutes or so {not including the self-explanatory bath time to follow!}.  I chose not to venture into painting today.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

This actually is a great project for your preschooler to work on their cutting skills too.  Below are the shapes that you’ll need to draw and they can cut out.  I added some silly zigzags and squiggles to keep Jayna on her toes!  Beware: If you are slightly OCD like I am, keep in mind that this is a kids’ project and the end product doesn’t have to be perfect!

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

So, once everything is cut out, here are the parts you’ll need for each place card and napkin ring.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Wrap the black strip of paper around the base of the toilet paper roll and glue it in place.  Then glue the small yellow square {the buckle} onto the black strip.  Glue the toilet paper roll {with the buckle part down} onto a black circle, centering it as much as possible.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cut two slits into the top of the hat…..write each person’s name on a large yellow rectangle and insert it into the slits.  Then glue three feathers to the inside of the leftover toilet paper roll piece to create the napkin ring.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Voila!  A lovely little touch for your Thanksgiving place setting!

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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{Halloween} Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial

This morning I have a fun Halloween Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial for you.  I don’t know about you, but I have been one to fall sucker for the corkscrew bows that they sell at Gymboree.  Granted, I usually buy them on sale, but I still shell out $6 or so for a pair.  Well, my friends….not anymore.  I had NO idea how easy these puppies are to make!

And use all black ribbon and add some eyeballs…viola! Spider Corkscrew Bows!  Just in time for Halloween!

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial

So here is the VERY easy tutorial on how to make these little lovelies.  You’ll need:

Several skinny dowel rods, each cut to 12 inches {2 rods=one bow}
2 clothespins per dowel rod that you have
at least 1 spool of 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon in the color of your choice {black for spiders!}
alligator clips {one for each bow you are going to make}
glue gun
 elastic thread in coordinating color {regular thread will work too, but not as well}
googly eyes {for spiders}
lighter
scissors
oven
Materials to make spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Preheat your oven to 325.  Use the lighter to seal the end of your ribbon to prevent fraying.  Using one clothespin to secure the end of your ribbon to one end of the dowel rod.

Tutorial for making spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Wrap the ribbon at an angle around the dowel rod, all the way to the end.  Keep your corkscrews tight, but not overlapping.  Use your lighter to seal the other end of your ribbon and secure to the dowel rod with another clothespin.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Do this several times…for as many dowel rods as you can fit onto your cookie sheet. You will need at least two dowel rod’s worth of ribbon to make one bow.  Stick your cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 325.  Take out of the oven and cool completely before unraveling.  Try to just slide the corkscrews off of the dowel rods rather than unraveling…this will keep them tight.  Cut each 12 inch corkscrew into 4 equal pieces, sealing each end with the lighter to prevent fraying.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you have all eight pieces for your bow {ten or twelve will also work, creating a thicker, bouncier bow}, use your elastic thread to tie a knot around the middle of the corkscrews to gather.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

As you can see above, I originally attempted to make my spiders anatomically correct by just using four corkscrews {to make 8 legs!}, but the bow ended up wimpy looking…so I doubled it to 8 corkscrews.  Much better!  If I weren’t making spiders, and it was just going to be corkscrews, I think I’d up it to 12 to fill out the middle a little more.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a little scrap of ribbon and my gluegun to cover my alligator clips…just to make them a little nicer looking.  Then I glued the clips to the back of the spider.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I flipped my spider over, spread out the middle a bit and added two dots of glue and then the eyes.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

So stinkin’ cute, right?  I made a few for some  of the girls’ friends…the rest will be sold at my craft show booth!

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

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