Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Workshop cards W128, W129, W129a

Here are some cards we made at Joanne’s workshop in August.

Workshop Card W128

Paper: Crushed Curry, Newsprint, Garden Green, Vanilla.

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Sunflower, Fundamental Phrases.

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry.

Embellishments: Burlap ribbon, Linen thread, Vintage Violet Ribbon.

Punches: Scallop border.

Workshop Card W129

Really like this card!  Joanne CASE’d it from Pinterest.

Paper: Brushed Gold, White.

Stamps: Memorable Moments, Papillon Potpourri.

Ink: Versamark.

Embellishments: Fancy Fan Embossing Folder,  Lacey Brocade Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits, paper doilies, gold brads, Gold EP.

Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Itty Bitty pack.

Workshop Card W129a

The third card I made is similar to the last one however, it is kinda blurry – hard to scan with the pearls popping it up.

Paper: Brushed Gold, White.

Stamps: Memorable Moments, Flower Shop, Petite Petals.

Ink: Versamark.

Embellishments: Coluzzle circle cutter, Zig Zag Embossing Folder, mounts, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Metallic foil doilies, rhinestones, Gold EP.

Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Idea Day 1 of 6

We had a lot of fun with Elf on the Shelf with the granddaughters last year.  Whenever they came to stay in December, Elf would come too!  It was up to us to come up with the ideas!  Thank goodness for Pinterest!

Here is a piece I took from wikipedia.org on how Elf got started:

The Elf on the Shelf story was created in 2004 by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell over a cup of tea. Bell suggested they write a book about their own family tradition of an elf sent from Santa who came to watch over them at Christmas time. Aebersold's other daughter, Christa Pitts, was recruited by the family to share her expertise in sales and marketing. Together, the trio devoted the next three years promoting their self-published book and attending book signings and trade shows.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

American Girl Doll Halloween Ragged Witch Dress Tutorial AG016

A very neat pattern for this dress!  This is what my pattern looked like on paper.

I won’t go into detail about sewing it as I followed the video by shiny happy world.  I did cut my back open, left an opening 6” from the neck for velcro and sewed the rest closed with a ½” seam.

Once my sleeves were pressed, I covered the stitching line with ¼” wide ribbon.

I cut a bias strip 1.5" wide by 9" long from the printed fabric for the neck.  I folded it in thirds before encasing it to the neckline.
For the bottom, I cut printed fabric 5” high by the shape of the bottom of the dress.  I sewed one side seam, serged the top and bottom and pressed the hem 3/8”, sewed the other side seam an hemmed it.  Put the main dress on the doll and pin the printed fabric under it to the right length.  Cover the stitching line with ½” wide ribbon.  Cut the bottom of the main dress into triangles to give it a ragged look.

Cut printed fabric 2” wide by 14” long.  Sew into a tube with 1/4" seam allowance.  Turn, press and topstitch.
Turn back ½” on one end and insert a ¾” D-ring.  Sew closed.
Cut a 1.5” long piece of soft velcro and sew it to the other end on the right side.  Try the belt on the doll and sew the hard velcro to fit on the right side.
Sew the belt at the back of the dress.
Hat and Trick ‘n Treat Bag
I used the same patterns as AG014.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Milestone Birthday – 8 year old – B08a

On to 8 year old birthday cards.  I’m thinking Frogs would be a good theme.

Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Hunter Green, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla.
Punch: Postage Stamp, Word Window, Circle Coluzzle.
Ink: Sage Shadow, Hunter Green.
Accessories: Nesties rectangular scallop, Stampin Around Spot on wheel.
Stamp: Unfrogettable, 8 is by Magenta.

Poem I used inside:

Now you’re eight and growing tall.
That pencil mark upon the wall
is very high and pretty soon
you’ll touch the moon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AG033 American Girl Doll Ruffled Skirt and T-shirt with Yoke Tutorial

I used a free T-shirt pattern by The Scientific Seamstress (on her February 7, 2011 post called ‘Tee Time’).  I love her idea of hemming the fabric before cutting it out!  Cool!  I didn’t do it this way for this t-shirt but I sure will be doing it on another t-shirt!

I laid a scrap paper on the front and made myself a pattern for the yoke.

Press the bottom edges of the yoke under 3/8”.  Pin to the front.  Since I am using a cotton yoke on a knit fabric, I stitched with a zig zag.  Set aside.

Cut two armbands each 2” x 6.5”.  Fold in half lengthwise.  Sew to bottom of sleeves.  Press seam towards sleeve and topstitch.

Sew the shoulder seams.  Add the sleeves.  Cut a neck band from knit at 1.5” wide x 10” long.  Pull slightly while attaching to the neck.  Cut off excess.

Sew side seams.  Press hem at ½”.  Attach Velcro and hem.

I found these flat discs in my stash so I sewed them on to the yoke.

I started out with Wren Feathers A-line skirt from her April 18, 2013 blog and did the changes in red as shown below.

Sew, pink and press the side seams.  Serge across the waist and each center back seam.  Chalk mark ½” for waist casing.

Press and sew the waist casing.  Insert 9” of ¼” elastic.  Secure ends.  Give elastic a tug then sew at the center front.

Sew center back seam using 3/8” seam allowance.  Set aside.

Cut cotton fabric 4” wide by 24” long.  Press in half.

Open short ends and sew together.  Press.

Use pins or chalk mark the ruffle and skirt in quarters.  Gather the ruffle the Nancy Z way as seen on my AG036 post.  Match chalk marks or pins to the skirt.  Gather.  Press towards the skirt and topstitch.

Here is Zoe (Sears brand of an 18” doll) wearing the same outfit.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

American Girl Doll Scrubs Set Tutorial AG013


Newberry is SEARS brand of the 18” doll.  Zoe is one of their Holiday Edition Dolls for 2014 and has come to live with us.  The AG doll clothes fit her just fine.  I basically followed funthreads tutorial.  Her top pattern was a little big for Isabelle.  I changed the scrub top pattern to this (Label as “shirt front pattern - cut 1 on fold” and “shirt back pattern – cut 2”):

 I also made a notch at the side seams cause once the pattern is removed; it’s difficult to figure out top from bottom.

I drew my seam allowances on both front and back pattern pieces so I could see at a glance what they are.  I made a dot for my neck opening and for the pivot spot at the underarms.  I transferred these dots to my fabric once it was cut out.

Scrub Top:

Serge across top of front, backs and down center back seams.  Place front piece to the backs with right sides together and pin. Chalk mark a dot 6” from the sleeve edge.  Sew the shoulder seam from the sleeve edge to the dot using a 3/8” inch seam.  Press seam open.
Carefully stitch along the neck edge between the dots to hold the fabric down.

Serge and hem the sleeve edges ½” towards the wrong side of the shirt.  Sew side seams rotating at the dot using a 3/8 seam.  Carefully make a small clip in the corner of the under arm to the dot. Do not cut your stitching.  Serge or pink edges.

Sew hem using ½” seam and press.  Add Velcro closure.

Scrub Pants:

I have a pant pattern for cottons that I had already made fit Isabelle so I didn’t try funthreads pattern.  I did a bit of altering to Dollar Doll Clothes Pants/Pajama pattern and I am happy with how they fit.

Sew the center front seam using a 1/4 inch seam.  Baste 10” of ¼” elastic to waist.  Chalk mark and press ½” for the leg hems.

Serge to clean finish elastic at the waist.  Sew the hems and press.

Sew center back seam, adding a ‘back’ tag.
Refold the pants bringing the center seams together and sew the inner legs.  Serge or pink to clean finish.

Scrub Boot:

Draw a 4.5 x 6” rectangle on paper and cut it out.  Label the pattern “scrub boot cut 2”.

Press in half then chalk mark and press the long ends at ½”.

Open pressed seams and sew one short end.  This becomes the boot front.

Box the corners by matching seam with the fold line at the bottom of the boot and sew at ½” from point.

Sew pressed edge to form casing.  Thread with 5” of ¼” elastic.

Sew center back seam.  Box at ½” as the front was done.

Scrub Mask:

Draw a 5 x 4 inch rectangle on paper and cut it out.  Label the pattern “scrub - mask cut 2”.

Fold fabric in half.  Serge along long edges to form a tube.

Turn and press – just make sure the seam that was just sewn is at the back.  Serge the short ends.

I made my own bias with my bias tape maker but you can use purchased if you desire.  Just a Note: one side of boughten bias tape is slightly wider than the other. The wider side will be sewn on the back of the mask.

Cut bias tape 30” long.  Find the center and pin it to the center of the mask. 
With the right sides of the garment facing you, lay the wrong side of the bias underneath so the fabric reaches the center fold line of the bias.  Sew the bias to the fabric edge using a basting zigzag.  Cut another piece of bias at 30” and repeat as above.

Start and finish sewing your bias on a piece of paper – this prevents the fabric from being pushed into the needle plate.  Sew from one end of the bias to the other end.

Pin a couple tucks on each side of the mask.

Sew along the sides to hold the tucks in place.

Scrub Hat

Draw a 12 inch diameter circle on paper and cut it out.  Label the pattern “scrub hat – cut 2”.

Serge around the circle using a ¼” seam leaving a small opening on the edge for turning.

Turn and press.  Press the opening ¼” to the inside.

Sew around the circle again 1/2 inch from the edge to make the casing.

Use a pin on the end of 13” of ¼”elastic to help pull it through the casing.  Sew the edges of the elastic together.

Even out the gathers around the hat.  Pin and sew the opening shut.

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