Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gone Batty!

They had been looking forward to making their "Halloween shirts" for a week.

The day finally arrived! We made these shirts today and had a blast doing it.

After the one hundredth time of being asked, "Can I touch it!? Our shirts dry?! Can we wear them?!", I used a hair dryer to speed up drying.

I got the idea from Michael's. You can get instructions and the bat template at,default,pd.html

Instead of regular white and yellow fabric paints, I used glow-in-the-dark white and yellow fabric paint.

They LOVE these shirts! To make the Glow-in-the-Dark paint REALLY glow, we would shine a bright flashlight on the glow-in-the-dark parts. So much fun!

A few weeks after making the shirts, I found a PERFECT picture frame at Target! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY Picture Fame

I love my dog. I treat her like she is my child and she reminds me a lot of some three year old kids that I also love. Actually, they remind me of her, as the words I speak to them are identical to the words I speak to Roxy.

"Eat your food"
"Good Girl"

I laugh sometimes when these words come out of my mouth to the little ones because I feel like I'm talking to Roxy. Little ones from about 18 months to three years, are so similar to dogs. It's neat to me, really. Simple commands follow by positive reinforcement-works for for the little ones.

Since my dog thinks she is a human and acts so much like a young child and I do not yet have any offspring, my parents have deemed her their "granddog". My mom often refers to Roxy as her "granddogdaughter".

And what do PROUD grandparents need??? They need ways to show-off their grandchildren, of course!

So I made them this frame for them.

Here is how I made it:

12x12 piece of scrapbook paper
Modge Podge (glossy)
Foam brush
Unfinished wooden picture frame
Xacto knife
Chipboard letters, stickers, stamps, or anything you want to add to your frame!

Step 1:
Remove the back and glass from the frame.

Step 2:
Lay the 12x12 paper face-down. Paint the front of the frame with Modge Podge then place the frame face-down onto the paper.

Step 3:
With the frame still face-down, take the Xacto knife and cut around the frame (outside and inside).

Step 4:
Flip the frame over and paint a layer of Modge Podge. Let dry and repeat two more times.

Step 5:
Put glass back in frame and add a picture!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Diaper Changing Pad

First things first...this is my first blog post....this is my first tutorial....please don't judge too harsh :-)
I got the idea of making a diaper changing pad as I was wandering around on Pinterest.  I found a great tutorial I liked and decided I would attempt it. Here is my take on a Diaper Changing Pad. 

The idea and original tutorial come from Homemade By Jill Blog. You can find it HERE.
Diaper Changing Pad

1/2 yard Cotton or Flannel Fabric
1/2 yard PUL or Laminated Fabric
1/2 yard Fusible Fleece or Batting
Velcro (1/2"hook, 1/2"loop)
6 inches of 1" wide Belting
Pack of 1/2" wide Double Fold Bias Tape
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Supplies: sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, etc
**I have used fusible fleece and batting. I prefer to use batting because it gives some padding whereas the fusible fleece doesn't provide much padding at all.
Step One
Measure and cut fabric, velcro, belting, batting (or fusible fleece)
Cotton, PUL, Batting:  23" x 13"
Velcro: 1/2"hook (scratchy) 1/2"loop (fuzzy)
Belting: 6"

*If you are using Fusible Fleece, fuse your fleece to your cotton fabric now

Step Two
Take your 6" of belting and fold over one end about 1/2" and pin the Hook velcro (scratchy). Using a zig zag stitch, sew Hook velcro onto belting.Fold the other end of the belting the opposite way of the hook velcro, pin in place and sew.

Next, find the center of the fabric at the top and measure 9 inches down. Mark this spot with a pin. Place belting hook velcro side down with non-velcro end at your pin mark. Pin non-velcro end in place and sew. ONLY sew the non-velcro end to the cotton fabric. The hook velcro end will remain free.

Now, find the center of the fabric at the bottom and measure 1/2" from bottom of cotton fabric and pin loop velcro (fuzzy) in place. Sew onto cotton fabric using zig zag stitch.

Step Three
Sew cotton fabric, PUL fabric, and Batting together.

Lay PUL fabric RIGHT SIDE down, lay batting on top of PUL fabric, lay cotton fabric on top of batting. You should be looking at the velcro and belting pieces (RIGHT SIDE up). 

Now, measure 7 and 3/4" from the bottom and 7 and 3/4" from the top (this allows your pad to fold). I put my ruler down and drew a line (I am HORRIBLE at sewing a straight line so it worked best for me to have a line to sew on). After I drew the line, I pinned the fabrics together at each end of the line and then two or three through out the line. Sew your fabrics together following your lines at each of your 7 and 3/4" measures :-) Ignore the bias tape in the picture below-that comes later!
*You can pin all the way across if you do not want to draw a line. Just be sure you pin at 7 and 3/4" all the way across (another reason I drew a line...I'm lazy and I hate measuring).

After you've finished sewing your fold lines, pin all the way around the edge of your fabrics. Sew as close as you can to the edge. It doesn't have to be perfect because your bias tape will cover this up! 

Step Four
Apply the bias tape.

Measure and cut bias tape for each length and each width (4 pieces total).
Take one piece of bias tape and unfold it.
Lay the bias tape onto the cotton fabric as shown in the picture below. You will want to have the bias tape laying to where you can fold the remainder over the edge of your fabric to the other side.
Pin your bias tape in place and sew along the fold in the bias tape. After you have sewn the bias tape around all four sides, fold the bias tape over the edge. 

The fold right after the fold you have sewn to the fabric should go over the edge of the fabrics. Flip your pad over to the PUL (or laminate) fabric side shows. Fold the bias tape with the pre-fold. Pin in place and sew down. The bias tape should look the same on each side. The edge of your fabric should not show once you have completed your bias tape application.

For a finishing touch, I added an iron-on applique to the velcro. I got this giraffe applique at Michael's, but there are several Etsy stores with appliques!