Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advent Activity

This one has quickly become our family favorite tradition.  I saw this at a friends house many years ago and each year we add a new twist.  This year the doors and windows found there way into a beautiful house complete with a car bringing home a christmas tree.  Sorry about the  pictures I took them on my phone and didn't realize till now that they are blurry.  But you can still get the idea.

Glue stick
Exacto Knife and surface to cut on (I use a cork board square)

I drew a basic house outline
and got out the magazines for the kids to look through.

STEP 2 we glued them all in place for our Advent House

STEP 3 Draw on it adding any and all details they wanted.  Then I added the title from construction paper.  I loved just sitting and cutting!

STEP 4 Cut around 3 side of the doors and windows.

STEP 5 glue white paper on the back and write in the fun activities in.    Some are super duper exciting like go ice skating and others are things we are already doing.  Go to the market and get cookie supplies :).  I've listed some ideas to get you started.

Go to the library/bookstore and look for some fun christmas books
Make cookies
Make cards for friends
Deliver cards
Read a chapter of a fun advent book (I've heard Jotham's Journey is fantastic)
Make a christmas list
Go get a tree
Decorate the tree
Decorate your room

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Recycled Rug

I have this boring plain light colored rug.  Mainly it's the light color that bothers me.  It seems we have the BLACKEST road right out front of our apartment.  That's why this rug needs to be washed like 3 times a day.  So I decided to stop fighting the darkness and embrace it.

Fabric dye
Freeze paper
old rug
STEP 1: Cut out your pattern with freeze paper then iron it on.

STEP 2: Dye it.  I used a Jaquard fabric dye.  I added some water into a spray bottle and then got to spraying.  Or actually Kelsey did.

STEP 3: Peel off the freezer paper.  Let dry and for my dye I had to iron the back side to heat set the dye.   YEAH now I don't have to be so annal about the washing of my entry rug!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Girls Apron

Girl Apron size 7-10 (size 4-6)

3 different materials MC=Main Color, AC=Accent Color and TC=Trim color

Trim - Optional for top ruffle, you can use lace, eyelet, etc. measure 11.25 (9.75)
Top Ruffle - AC cut 2 1.75x11.75 (1 x 10)
Apron Top - MC cut 2 9 x 12.5 (7.5 x 11.5)
Waste band - AC cut 2 55 x 3 (2.5 x 54)
Apron Bottom - MC cut 2 25 x 11(9 x 20)
Apron Trim - Optional Piping 5in (same)
Apron Pocket - AC Cut 2 5 x 4.5 (same)
Ruffle - TC cut 2 62 x 3 (2.5 x 62)
Ruffle Trim - optional rick rack 62 in (same)
Ribbon - for neck strap. You can measure the desired length for you girl.  I did mine at 17in You can also you extra TC fabric and make your own.

STEP 1: Cut all pieces above.
STEP 2: Round edges on Pocket, Apron Top, Apron Bottom and Waste Band as follows.
Fold pocket in half, mark curve and then cut.
 Fold Apron Top in 1/2 measure out 4.5 (3.75) from the fold, this is the top, mark and curve down to edge as in picture above, then cut.
 Your pieces should look like this now.
Round edges of waste band.

STEP 3: Piecing.  Sew any pieces together to form desired measurement.  I had to sew together my ruffle and waste band pieces to get the desired length.

 STEP 4: Pocket.  Place piping with raw edges toward the top of the pocket sandwiched between pocket pieces, right side together.
Sew around pocket leaving about a 2 in opening on the side.  Make sure to sew as close to the piping as you can.  You may need to use a zipper or pipping foot to do that.
 Turn right side out and iron.  You have a beautiful pocket!

 STEP 5: Ruffle & Rick rack.  Sandwich rick rack between both ruffle pieces right side together.  Stitch along the edge making sure you are stitching down the middle of the rick rack.
 Press open and then press in half.  You can set this aside for later.
 STEP 6: Ruffle top. Sandwich the ruffle/lace in between the ruffle fabric right sides together. Like we did in the pocket.  In the this step you want to make sure the edge of the ruffle is 1/4in away from the edge of the fabric so when you turn in out the ruffle is loose and pretty.
Sew around 3 side (2 short side and 1 long)
It should look like this.  You can clip the corners turn and press.
So it will look like this (below).  You can then gather the raw edges with a gathering stitch.  This is basically the longest stitch length you can put your straight stitch on.  Then tie one end and on the opposite end pull just one thread and you'll start gathering the fabric.  You won't need to gather much just enough to fit in the top of the Apron Top.
Then pin the gather edge to the top of the Apron Top pieces as follows.
Place the ribbon in here where you want it to go for the neck strap. *Note you don't see the strap in this picture cause I forgot and had to go back and do some seam ripping*  Place the other Apron Top piece on top (as pictured below) and pin in place.  Also like we did in the top ruffle you'll want to make sure the edges of the ruffle are 1/4 of an in away from the edges.  So when you sew down the side the ruffle doesn't get stitched in.
Then sew along the sides and top, leaving the bottom open.
Turn right side out and press.  It should look like this now.  Place your Apron Top aside for later.
STEP 7: Bottom ruffle.  We'll go back to the bottom ruffle we made in step 5 and gather the raw edge just like we did with the top ruffle.  You'll need to gather it to fit along the apron bottom.   Sorry about no pictures of this step.  I started talking with a neighbor.  The hazards of having your sewing area in the garage you get a lot of folks stop by with the "Whatcha Doing" and there you go and forget to take pictures.
Pin the ruffle in place and sew (or if you pinned really good sandwich the other Apron piece on top and sew).  Sew around all three side leaving the top open.
Turn right side out and press.  Your piece should look like this now.
STEP 8: Sew on pocket. Place the pocket on the Apron Bottom position where you want and then stitch around all 3 sides leaving the top open.  I used a zig zag stitch with black you'll never see it and if I don't stitch to straight you can't tell either.  (still talking with my neighbor and working at this point, sorry again no pic)

STEP 9: Gather raw edges of MC fabric.  When you have the length you desire.  I gathered mine to 18 in. Then pin one piece of your waste band right sides together,  matching centers of both the apron bottom and waste band.  Sew from ruffle edge to ruffle edge.  Press up when you are done.
Again some more picture fail.. still talking sewing and picture taking...multitasking at it's finest!  On the opposite edge of the waste band (same piece you just sewed) pin the Apron Top raw edges together.  Then sandwich the other waste band piece on top with right side together, as pictured below.

STEP 10: Finishing waste band. With the other waste band piece pinned at center front.
Sew starting at center front and go all the way around the waste band edge and just over the ruffle folding it in.

When you are done it should look like this.  Do this again for the other side. Then clip around the rounded edge and snip the corner too.  Turn it right side out and press.
Your apron should look just about done with an opening on the back side just at the apron bottom.  Fold down the raw edge with your iron as it is below.
you can use your zig zag or staight stitch (such as a stitch in the ditch) to close it.

You are done. Enjoy! I haven't gotten a change to take a completed picture on Faith yet.  When I do I'll post it.