Texters Gotta Text Fingerless Gloves

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Here’s a pattern I came up with after watching an episode of Knitting Daily talking briefly about creating an “after thought thumb”. If you don’t know what that is…it will rock your knitting world! Ok, maybe not that extreme. Let me just say this, it will offer you an opportunity to make gloves and mittens without having to have 10,000 needles on your work, wonking up the pattern, and alleviate worries about such words like gusset.

Hurry up and make these because texters gotta text.

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Doll Clothes for an American Girl or Doll Clothes for an American Girl who owns an 18 inch doll

Doll Clothes and a Felt Piggy

Doll Clothes and a Felt Piggy

My friend’s daughter just celebrated her 7th birthday! She mentioned once that she wanted clothes for her doll, but then changed her mind and said she’d like a gift card to one of her favorite clothing stores. And then she changed her mind again. She hasn’t decided what she wants to do in terms of a party either, much to her mother’s dismay. So when she does, I want to be ready.

Ahhhh, to be a 7 years old again!

I made these two outfits for her doll. I found the straight skirt pattern from Day Dream Doll Boutique. Recognize the fabric? It’s leftover scraps from the up-cycled men’s button down shirt into a Japanese knot bag I did a couple of weeks ago! I also made a door latch cover with it. I’ll save that for another post. The ruffle skirt was from a youtube tutorial from pinkiepinkgirl. Her blog is http://www.18inchdollclothesz.com.  She was featured in Sew Mama Sew so you know she’s legit! The fabric is left over tie dyed T-shirt that was incorporated into a T-shirt quilt for my niece. One of these days, I’ll write up a post on it. The tank top pattern came from Liberty Jane Patterns. The fabric is also left over t-shirts from previous t-shirt quilts.

I made little removeable flower pins and then hot glued some rhinestones on them. I’m sassy that way!

The felt piggy bank is from Dream A Little Bigger. This blogger gal is super rad at what she does. “Rad” just dated me, didn’t it? She is super crunk. How’s that?

The entire project cost me FREE dollars!

Now I can fill the piggy with some real dollars and she can do what she wants with it!

What projects have you made as gifts that cost you nothing to make?

DIY Upcycled Men’s T-Shirt into a Mini Skirt

DIY upcycled men's t-shirt into mini skirt

 

If you recall my post about the Japanese Knot bag I made using a men’s button down shirt, I mentioned that I had bought the shirt along with a men’s striped t-shirt and a pair of camouflage pants. Well, here’s what I decided to do with the shirt!

It’s so ridiculously easy, that I’m almost embarrassed to write about it.

But you know, sometimes, the easiest things have the biggest impact.

So here’s how you can make your own.

Materials needed:

T-shirt – This is a men’s size medium. I wear a women’s size medium. If you want a looser skirt, opt for an XL or a size appropriate for your body shape. Not sure what size is right for you? Measure the circumference around the shirt where the armpit is. This needs to be bigger than your waistline. Then measure from the bottom of the armpit of the shirt to the bottom hem. Take that number and subtract 1.5 inches.  This will be the length of your mini skirt. If those numbers jive with your waist and how long you want your skirt to be, then you have the right shirt! Congrats!

Elastic – Enough to go around your waist or just below your waist. I like my skirts to hang a little lower than my belly button.

Sewing machine, thread, scissors

Now let’s make it! This process is very similar to the tube top I made last June.

First cut the t-shirt across from armpit to armpit.

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Then sew your elastic together. Before you do that though, take your waist measurement and subtract by 1.5 or 2 inches because you don’t want your skirt shifting. I recommend overlapping the elastic and zigzagging both ends.

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If you have a serger, serge the raw edge. Otherwise zigzag it.

Then take the elastic and sew in a casing of about 1.5 inches. Pin every few inches to be sure that your casing is even.

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Ta da! All done! Wear that sucker with a cute top and accessorize like nobody’s business!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My homage to Grumpy Cat – DIY Plush

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Grumpy Cat is the latest fav meme, right? Or am I a year or so late with that one like I was with the Angry Birds thing?

My younger begat saw a Grumpy Cat plushie at Michael’s last week and was all over it! Knowing my plushie making skillz, he asked me to make one for him. I told him the Grumpy Cat was going to look more cartoony if I made one and not like the one at Michaels. That notion didn’t phase him. As soon as the older begat heard I was making his little brother one, he had to have one, too. And oh, please make one for the cousin, so she doesn’t get left out.

I'm surrounded by nincompoops.

I’m surrounded by nincompoops.

On a side note, in a prior post I mentioned that I am not good at conjuring up something from nothing. That isn’t entirely true. I misspoke. But it’s not like I’m the President, or Ben Bernanke or Kanye.  I mean really, what I say won’t change immigration laws, sway the economy or trend on twitter.  So dare I restate that I CAN conjure something from nothing sometimes? I do. However, I feel more comfortable if there is a pattern or something I can use as an example in order for my project to come to fruition. A lot of my creations are inspirations from others and I’ve put my own flair or adjusted them to suit me.

Out of my comfort zone I went! With that being said, this is how I put together this little grumpy critter!

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DIY Contoured Burp Cloths

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My sister had her baby on Friday! My darling niece is undoubtedly the most precious thing on earth…just thinking of her just makes me feel utter baby bliss! Of course, I’m sure every auntie feels this way of their newborn niece or nephew! But let me just say this…my uterus felt a little ache and breasts a slight tightness for another precious bundle of joy. As soon as I hand her back to her mama, though, that feeling gladly dissipates! I am overjoyed to be an AUNTIE this time around. Whew!

Right before I went to go be with my sister before she gave birth that evening, I found a bundle of flannel fat quarters I had bought a few weeks ago that I had forgotten about. My sister was dilated at only 4 cm and about an hour’s drive away, so I thought, I still have time, I can make something…HA! This is so my M.O.

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Cute as a Button – Baby Shower Invites

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I hosted a baby shower for my sister a couple of months ago and wanted to share with you the invitations I made. Although she knew she’s having a girl, she wanted to keep the theme simple and a bit gender neutral. Pinterest aided us in coming up with the Cute as a Button theme! It’s a little shabby chic, a little eclectic and a little vintage all rolled into one. I think it came out very darling!

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Jennifer Windram! Thank you, Jennifer! This is all so very exciting! I am really honored!

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The award is a way to recognize new bloggers and encourage people to visit new and interesting blogs. It’s bloggers supporting each other!

First, I must answer the following questions given by Jennifer:

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

What better to accompany a diaper cake than with a handmade blanket! I had a couple of days before my friend’s daughter would receive her gift, so I thought to make a quick and easy stroller blanket. It takes just an evening or two to crochet and you can watch TV, too, while making it. I think I caught up on Breaking Bad while making it!

This little blanky gave the presentation just so much more delightfulness.

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Baby gift montage

There are a million instructions out there on how to make a granny square. So, this is my rendition. I can’t claim it as my own pattern. I can only guess some lady named Granny came up with it!

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Let’s crochet this stroller blanket!

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DIY Diaper cake

In the land of diaper cake crafting, there are three subsets. (Ha! Seriously, there is a diaper cake crafting land.) The first subset is the ‘individually rolled diapers’ cake. As the name suggests, each diaper is carefully rolled into a tube, somehow bound together to each other and formed miraculously into a beautiful tiered cake. Then there’s the “diapers not rolled individually” cake. As this name suggests, the diapers are typically bound together in harmony usually in a spiral pattern and then stacked together in graduated unison to create a beautifully tiered cake. Finally, there’s the “diapers sculpted into other things” cake. These cakes are the diaper cakes that win prizes and bring peace to warring nations. Not really, however they are truly amazing. This golf bag diaper cake,  this tricycle, this train, and this giraffe (GIRAFFE?! What is this diaper madness?!) are just a few of these awe-inspiring diaper sculptures! I bow down to you, wizard crafter, as you have defied the laws of physics.

Here are a few of the diaper cakes I’ve made befitting of the 2nd subset I have mentioned above.

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Baby Boy Blue Fish Diaper Cake

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Trying to be artsy by taking a photo at an angle

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Bunny with a pink dress Baby Girl Diaper Cake

Let’s make this one!

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Penguin Baby Girl Diaper Cake

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Cargo non-embargo! – Men’s cargo shorts upcycled into a reversible bag

These were my hubby’s cargo shorts. Sure, they had some good laughs, a couple of capers, a story for the campfire. Overall, good times had.

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Then one day, they had a falling out. Actually, my hubby’s backside fell out. Needless to say, they parted ways.

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Like the dentist’s niece in Finding Nemo, I was like “GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!”

Then this materialized!

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Upcycled camo cargo shorts into reversible bag

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