Simple Star Wars Maxi Skirt DIY + Fandango Giveaway

DIY Star Wars Skirt

With the return of Star Wars to the big screen this December – what’s a mom to do when her little girl wants to rock the force but the only Star Wars-themed girls’ clothing available are measly T-shirts?

Make her something!

Our super easy-to-make gathered maxi skirt is perfect for a first sewing project.  With an elastic waistband and nearly impossible to mess-up design, this is an instant-gratification sew.

Let’s do it!

  • First, gather your materials. In full disclosure, I’m typically strongly against character-themed fabric – but I will make an exception to support my girl’s Stormtrooper style.  With optional pom pom fringe trim, you’ll just need fabric, 1-inch wide elastic, a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.  Remember to wash (and iron) your fabric first to account for shrinkage.

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  • Next, we’re going to measure and cut the fabricMeasure you child’s waist to determine the skirt’s width. We like to double that number to ensure that the skirt gathers nicely. After measuring the length, you’re ready to cut the fabric. Since our skirt is a long maxi skirt style- our fabric dimensions measured 40″ x 25″.  Don’t forgot to account for the elastic-waist casing and hem by leaving approximately 1 1/2″ extra fabric on the length.
  • If you have a serger, serge the fabric edges, or use a zigzag stitch on a regular machine like I did to prevent fabric fraying on the inside.
  • Then fold the material in half (with the inside of the fabric facing out), pin together and sew the seam.

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  • I know you want to skip ironing (don’t!).  Take the time to iron the seam open.
  • Now you’re ready to create the casing for the waistband by folding the fabric over and ironing it.

Storm Trooper Fabric

  • Pin and stitch the waistband, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic.
  • Cut the elastic (leaving an extra inch or so to account for sewing the waistband together).

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  • Secure a safety pin to the end of the elastic and pull it through the casing.
  • Overlap the elastic ends and stitch together with multiple zigzag stitches.

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  • Sew the waistband opening shut.
  • Fold the fabric to create the skirt hem (about 1/4″), iron it down, pin, and sew.
  • That’s it! Unless you want to add a fun trim like pom poms – simply arrange the trim in place, cut the the trim and sew.

Galaxy Ready!

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May the force be with you friends!

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This post is sponsored by Fandango Family, where in addition to movie info, you’ll find other great DIYs.  Content and tutorial as always, are my own. Thanks for reading!

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DIY Heart Necklaces | Sewing With Kids

Give her some homemade goodness this Valentine’s Day! Our DIY felt heart necklaces are super easy to make and are a great basic sewing project to work on with kids.

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Just gather some ribbons or trimmings, felt, stuffing, and basic sewing supplies.

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Directions:

  • Sketch heart patterns in various sizes.  Trace the hearts on felt and cut out pairs. I prefer small teeth pinking shears.
  • Cut ribbon to desired necklace length and stitch both ends to the inside of one heart.
  • Sandwich both hearts in between a bit of stuffing to form a mini heart pillow.  Be sure to conceal the stitched ribbon-ends on the inside and pin together.
  • Sew your mini heart pillow shut with contrasting thread.  I love the look of a hand-stitch for this project – but if pressed for time whip em’ out on your machine.

How to make felt heart necklaces

Get the kiddos involved! Our newly minted 7-year old felt pretty amazing about threading a needle on her first try.  Guess who made her thread all subsequent needles?!

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Those blue-chipped fingers were hard at work mastering the mini pillow.  She got the hang of it after practicing stitch position on heart pillows that I sewed for her as guides.

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How sweet is little piggy’s bed? Handmade by a proud second grader.

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Don’t forget to fill your hearts up with hand-blown kisses before you sew them shut!

DIY felt heart necklace

So she can keep her mama love close to her heart all day long.

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Christmas Simmer Pot

After a long weekend of hosting Thanksgiving and enjoy visits from dear friends  – we couldn’t wait to begin preparations for Christmas.  We took a trip to our favorite tree farm and little ones have been busy adorning everything with handmade, sentimental trinkets.  We always enjoy welcoming the seasons in our home with stove top simmer pots – and love infusing the nostalgic scents of Christmas.

Christmas stove top simmer pot recipe

I’ve previously shared my my favorite spring and fall simmer pot recipes  – but there is something about this particular pot that transports me back to my mother’s kitchen.  There is nothing quite like the power of a scent.

Ingredients:

Cranberries: 1 cup
Whole Cloves: 1.5 to 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon Sticks: 3 to 4
Orange Rinds: 1 orange
Rosemary: 4 small rosemary sprigs

Optional: a pinch of nutmeg or apple cider

Instructions:
Bring a small amount of water to boil in a small pot.  Add ingredients and continue boiling for a few minutes.  Lower heat to a simmer and add water as needed.

Cheers to the scents of Christmas friends!

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How To Make a Tie T-Shirt || Homemade Holiday

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

There is nothing quite like gifting homemade, and these simple DIY Tie T-shirts have continued to be a huge hit among recipients!  Follow my below tutorial to whip-up a few for the special little guys in your life.  Sewing machine optional!

How to make a Tie T-shirt tutorialI’ve been making these fun shirts ever since my little guy was a wee one.  The process is straightforward and easy:

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  1. Draw a pattern: I like to use two different patterns.  One for baby onsies and another for toddler sizes up.  I believe that the trick to making the bigger sized tie is to create two separate patten pieces for a snazzy look.
  2.  Select fun fabric: Great fabric is an absolute must.  The above selections are from JoAnne Fabric, Spoonflower and Minted.
  3.  Gather supplies: Necessary supplies include an iron, ironing board, rotary cutter or scissors, material, solid t-shirts or onesies, tie-patten and a package of Heat and Bond.  If you choose to not use a sewing machine purchase the ultra hold Heat & Bond in the red package.  If you stitch the border with a sewing machine like I do – you may want to go with a lighter-weight option.
  4. Apply Heat and Bond and Align Pattern On Fabric: Follow the instructions on the Heat & Bond packaging – ironing the Heat & Bond to the wrong side of your material.  Flip it over and align your pattern pieces on the material.
  5. Cut out your pattern pieces: After carefully aligning your pattern pieces on the material, cut them out with a rotary cutter or scissors.

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  1. Peel the back of the heat and bond off of the material.
  2. Align your tie pieces on the shirt: Carefully align your tie pieces on the shirt. I like to have the top piece slightly overlap the bottom tie piece.
  3. Iron your pieces to the shirt: Follow the instructions on the back of the Heat and Bond for iron settings.  If you’re not sewing – than you are done!
  4. Sew around the borders: I like to use a wide zig-stitch in a contrasting thread color.
  5. Admire your work!

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In addition to creating some homemade goodness, it’s always thoughtful to gift essentials. I just put together a Christmas package for a dear friend who happens to be a newly minted mother-of-three boys (under three!).  She’s often bemoaned the fact that diapers and wipes feel like a constant purchase so we’re also sending some of our favorites from Huggies to help get the kiddos through the Holiday Season.  I tucked in a little “diapers and wipes” gift tag along with the trio of shirts to let her know that Huggies Natural Care Wipes and Little Snugglers Diapers will soon be on their way.  Request a sample of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers with a fantastic GentleAbsorb Liner – and Huggies fragrance free, alcohol-free and hypoallergenic, Natural Care Wipes.  Also enter to win your dream registry via  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.

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Cheers to a beautiful Holiday and making great things!

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Fabric Feather Crowns {Tutorial}

It’s officially national sewing month!  To celebrate, I’ve partnered with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores to create a fun tutorial for their #sewyourstyle campaign.  With a goal of utilizing quilting fabric in a non-traditional way – I made Fabric Feather Crowns for the dress-up-play-obsessed kiddos in my home.

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The process is fun and easy!

Materials

  • Small pieces of assorted fabrics. I went for monochrome, animal print, and pattern mixing themes.
  • Felt (the thick kind, not the flimsy kind).
  • Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
  • Thick elastic
  • Optional decorative items (jewels, leather strips, beads, buttons)

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1) Draw feather patterns and pair your materials.  The slits can be cut in the end and don’t need to be included in the pattern as seen above.

2) Place the wrong side of feather fabric to the bumpy side of Pellon 805 Wonder-Under and press for about 5 to 10 seconds.

3)  Use your pattern to cut out your feathers after fusing to Wonder-Under.

4)  Peel the paper off of the back of the Wonder-Under and fuse your feathers to a piece of felt. Use a pressing cloth and press well for about 10 seconds.  Again – remember to use thick felt to give your feathers the ability to stick up.  After pressing cut the felt around the feathers.

5)  Measure your kiddos head with elastic.

feather headband tutorial6) Zig-Zag stitch the elastic to create a headband

7) Arrange the feathers and sew them onto the elastic making sure that he elastic seam is in the front to conceal the stitching.

8)  Top stitch down the middle of each feather (and around if desired).  A decorative stitch would also look nice.

9)  If desired, stitch a small piece of felt to the front interior of the headband for a clean look ( I only did this to one crown and found it unnecessary).

10) Embellish the bottom of the headband however you like to conceal the stitching.  I made layered yo-yos with glue-gunned rhinestones for my daughter’s crown.  For a gender neutral look, I made a strip of bias tape for the penguin crown, and stitched a piece of felt to the monochrome diamond crown.

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Kiddo Approved!

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Join in the fun by creating something unexpected with quilt weight fabric and enter to win some amazing prizes in Jo-Ann’s Sew Your Style contest sponsored by Pellon.  You have until September 30th  to get your entries in for a chance to win a 1,000 cash prize, a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine and more!

Visit joann.com/sewyourstyle for more info and join the conversation with #sewyourstyle.

Happy Sewing Friends!

Thank you Jo-Ann Fabric for sponsoring this fun post. 

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DIY Pom Pom Dress || Kids Clothes Week

Listening to the urge to create is always a positive thing.  I’m happy that my sewing machine came out this week to make a sweet little dress for my best girl.  I didn’t follow a pattern and structured the dress with ample room to stretch a few seasons.  This one was a fairly simply sew with black knit fabric from my stash and glorious rainbow pom pom trim that I’ve been hoarding for quite some time.  After forming the dress, I stitched elastic casing on top and decided to add thin elastic under the chest for a fitted look.  The minimal central ruffle didn’t work out the way that I envisioned but lucky the dress structure was pretty forgiving.  The rainbow pom straps stitched over think black elastic are my favorite part –  and I image that the matching pom pom necklace will add a fun touch to many different outfits.

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Thanks to Kids Clothes Week for the encouragement  – I was excited to see one of my dresses featured on their summer inspiration post.

Pom poms forever!

 

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