THANK YOU, as well, to all of you who voted! It was a long process with some AMAZINGLY talented women. I made some new friends (competitors and fans alike), learned a lot, and stretched myself! What a great opportunity. So, here's the picnic tote (tutorial soon).
If you are tired of the same dinner and a movie date with your spouse, here is a great idea for a special night together. A picnic... without that big, boxy picnic basket. Find a babysitter, pack up a nice dinner and put it in your beautiful picnic tote!
The picnic blanket has a waterproof bottom, which is easy to clean (a simple modification of the outdoor play mat). It is a great way to enjoy your spouse. And if you really want to keep it cheap, put the kids to bed and have a picnic in the backyard. Just the two of you!
The cute fabric is curtousy of Danielle from Draw String Studio.
With summer weddings in full swing, new business ventures, and my husband pushing my business full time, life has been a bit consumed. HOWEVER, big things are to come! I have a few exciting things in the works with a few people I have met through SYTYC! So, stay tuned. One last craft and some exciting stuff!
Old suit jacket
1/2 yard cotton fabric
1. Rip apart jacket
First, on the back side of the jacket, rip apart the seam down the middle with your seam ripper.
Then rip apart the side seams and the back of the arm hole as far as you can before it curves in. You want an even piece.
Do the same thing on the other side. Pin the pieces, right sides together and check the length. If you need more length, cut another piece from the front of the jacket that is the same width as the previous two pieces. This piece will probably be shorter so put it between the two larger pieces and sew them all together. Now cut a piece of fabric the same length and width as your scarf.
2. Add the pocket.
Rip out one of the pockets that is sandwiched between the lining and the outer fabric. You should be left with this:
Now pin the pocket to the back side of the fabric lining you just cut.
Flip it over and cut a slit the length of the pocket.
Fold and iron all of your pieces in and top stitch around the pocket, being careful not to sew it closed. This will take some maneuvering.
3 Add the ruffle.
Cut a piece of fabric that is 2x the width of your scarf and how ever long you want it. I made mine about 6 inches. Hem the two short sides and one long side. Sew a long stitch and gather the raw edge of the scarf so it is the same length as the scarf.
With right sides together, sew the ruffle to the suit jacket part of the scarf. I ripped off the tage from the suit jacket because it was made in a nearby town and I top stitched it to the scarf. If you are planning to do something similar, do so now.
then lay the lining on top.
Double fold the sides of the scarf over the top of the lining and top stitch all the way around.
That's it! You're done! Enjoy!
I picked up this wool suit jacket for 50% off at a total cost of $1.50!!!
Made from a mens wool suit jacket, this scarf provides a feminine flare to a classic accessory. The scarf is lined with a mustard colored cotton fabric to prevent itch and add color.
The tag on the front was originally on the inside of the suit jacket. It had the name of a nearby town printed on it, so I used it to give a more personal feel, add a little detail, and to remember it's roots.
The most unique part of this scarf is the pocket, made from one of the existing pockets on the suit jacket, on the backside behind the tag. The pocket provides a great way to carry your wallet and cellphone when out shopping. It's functional, beautiful, and warm. Perfect for fall!
**** First and foremost... I'm posting this disclaimer:
If you are going to make these lights the same way that I did, you MUST follow my directions for attaching them to the lights exactly how I explain them as to avoid any electrical fires. We are working with electricity here, people! To avoid any hazards, it is best to follow my suggestions instead.
LED Christmas lights****
crepe or tissue paper
1. Cut circles out of your crepe or tissue paper in the desired size of your flowers. Mine were about a 3" radius. Each flower is 4 layers of paper. I cut mine with pinking shears, but you do not need to.
2. Fold the 4 layers in half.
3. Fold it in half again.
4. cut off the tip of the corner. VERY small amount.
5.Open up your flower. This is what you should have.
**** Here is my big disclaimer. I suggest using floral tape to attach the flowers to your lights instead of doing the steps I used below. It wouldn't be any more difficult than the way I did it. Otherwise, follow this just right.
6. Take the light apart. You really should use LED lights because they throw a LOT less heat. Using standard christmas lights may result in a fire. If you are not using LED, USE CAUTION!
7. Slide your circles onto the bottom of the light... Make sure the paper is NOT touching any part of the metal contacts!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These directions are from my electrician husband. He would much rather everyone use the floral tape :)
8. Place the light back into the base.
9. pull the first layer of paper up and scrunch it together. Continue with each additional layer.
10. You should now have this:
11. Fluff each layer so you now have this:
What little girl wouldn't love this string of lights for their birthday party or strung across their bedroom?
Each little flower has a light in the center, creating an illuminated pink decoration. They are not only cute, but easy and quick to make.
I was going to show you a picture of what we did, but I can't find the ones they made!!! grrr. When I find them, I'll post a photo. In the mean time, check out the link.
Sorry it's a short post without photos... busy week! :)
In the meantime, (aside from pushing my photography business full throttle) I am busy working to fill my very empty etsy shop. I will have a link and details to come soon. You will find some of the outdoor play mats and maybe even some teacher totes there. Also, maybe some children's clothing and the felt learning mat (maybe???). Some of you have contacted me about special ordering some of my S.Y.T.Y.C. crafts. If you are still interested let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for tomorrows post. I have a cool idea for you to do with your little ones this summer!
1 yard cotton fabric
1/8 yard same cotton fabric or contrasting fabric
1 yard vinyl or shower curtain liner
a piece of velcro
1. cut fabric
Trim the vinyl to be the same measurement as your cotton fabric. I left it at the full yard.
2. sew vinyl and cotton
With right sides together, sew the cotton and vinyl together, leaving a large hole where you will turn your fabric and sew in your strap.
3. cut and sew your strap
Fold your almost finished blanket into thirds and roll it up. measure around it. Take that measurement and add an inch. Take your 1/8 yard of fabric and cut a strap that will be 4 inches wide by the measurement you just took. Fold the strap in half and sew it right sides together around one short edge and the long edge.
4. Sew in your strap
Turn your blanket right sides out. Fold the hem in slightly and place your strap in the middle of the open edge. Sew it closed.
Sew a piece of velcro on the end of your strap and on the blanket edge so that you can fasten your blanket shut for storage. (I don't have a picture of this step, but if you need help, let me know.) Refer to the this picture for reference:
6. Top stitch
Top stitch around the entire blanket.
***You can add some batting to the blanket if you choose, but I did not. I wasn't going for a soft blanket, but for simple mat to keep my baby clean and off the grass that irritates his skin.
*** You could also use a button hole instead of velcro if you so choose. Maybe even a snap.