Wednesday, September 30, 2015

plywood porch pumpkins...

Can you believe October starts tomorrow?!
The summer and early fall have just flown by.

(And Baby Girl will be here any day now...eek!!!)

I haven't done many projects outside of a little baby sewing (which I will share later), but one of my friends hosted a fun craft night. She had a bunch of project kits to choose from...I went for these adorable plywood porch pumpkins.

It would be so easy to make these on your own if you have the right tools. 
Here's the break down:
  • Cut pumpkin shapes and stems out of plywood. (Mine were already cut for me.)
  • Use craft paint, stencils, & painters tape to paint designs on raw plywood. Make sure you use the "ugly" side as the front. It will soak up the wood stain better...and the knots and imperfections add visual interest.
  • Once your craft paint is dry, rub wood stain over the whole face of each pumpkin & stem. You can add more or less depending on how dark you'd like it to be. Let dry.
  • Next, glue the stems on using wood or hot glue.
  • Finally, use fabric scraps, burlap, or ribbon to embellish your pumpkins however you like.
My new house is still mostly undecorated (I just haven't felt up to it...), but at least I have a little bit of cute fall decor on the porch!

Friday, August 21, 2015

rick-rack trimmed car seat canopy...

I'm finally getting in gear and working on some baby girl projects.

This car seat canopy turned out so gosh-darn cute.

This tutorial is very similar to my original car seat canopy, but I updated some of the measurements and added adorable rick-rack trim.

For this project you will need:
Two co-ordinating fabrics (1 1/4 yards each)
Jumbo rick-rack trim (5 yards)
Sew-on velcro
Contrasting thread

Start by cutting your co-ordinating fabrics into 40 x 35.5 inch rectangles.
Place them right sides together, then use a bowl to round the corners.

Pin your rick-rack around the inside edge of the bottom fabric.
(This is the most tedious part of the whole project. Blerg!)
I made sure I could see the edge of the fabric in each dip, but I wish I would have gone a little deeper. (It has to be pinned in farther than you think, so when you turn it right-side out, the trim actually shows.)

Next sew 1/4" all the way around, leaving a gap for turning.
Before you begin, you might want to iron your fabric WAY better than I did.  Haha. :)

Clip the corners to reduce bulk, then turn it right side out.

Press the entire canopy with your iron so it's nice and flat, then topstitch 1/8" all the way around.

Now for the straps...
Cut four 8 x 4 inch rectangles from one of your fabrics (I went with the contrasting print.), and press the top edge about 1/2" to the back.

Pin rick-rack to the right side of the fabric down each long side, leaving a little extra hanging over the top folded edge.  (You will tuck it in later.)

Pin one of the other 8 x 4 rectangles on top.

Sew 1/4" all the way around, leaving that top folded edge open for turning.

Clip the corners, turn right side out, and press with your iron.

Tuck in & pin the edges of the rick-rack at the top, then topstitch 1/8" all the way around the strap.
I actually did two rows of topstitching, just for cuteness.

Cut some approx. 2 inch pieces of velcro...whatever fits your finished strap best.
Sew one to the top of your strap, and then make sure to sew the other to the bottom of your strap on the opposite side, so when you fold the strap the hook and loop sides meet.

Next, you will need to position the straps so they will fit around the handle of your car seat. If you have the seat you are going to use, you can create a custom fit so the straps attach to the handle just the way you like. Here are the measurements I used:
(Be aware I like mine a little further apart so the straps aren't in the way of the hand grip. If you are making one as a gift, you may want to scootch them toward the middle a little bit.)

Now you just need to do three rows of stitching in the middle of each strap to secure them to the canopy...

...and you are DONE! :)

You can tote your sweet little guy or gal around in style!

Fabrics I used:
Floral--"Maisie" Blend Fabrics
Aqua Lattice--JoAnn
Coral rick-rack--JoAnn

Monday, July 20, 2015

baby on board...

Oh goodness...
I recently passed the third trimester mark.
This baby girl will be here before I know it!

I have been EXTREMELY tired this time around. I imagine chasing after a 2.5 year old all day makes it even more exhausting. Oh--and I'm older. ;) 

But I have all kinds of cute girlie fabric just staring at me...waiting for me to get my act together and actually get some baby projects done.

Send some energetic vibes my way, peeps! :)
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."
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