Clothing Projects

Playing card holder

I recently taught my 3yo how to play Go Fish, Crazy 8’s and Old Maid. She totally understood the games and it blew me away BUT she couldn’t fit all those cards in her hands. I immediately went to Pinterest to see what solutions there were out there. I found this tutorial here and it was a brilliant idea! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the fabric she used but I had enough scraps on hand that I got to work matching. I put a couple combinations together that I liked.

I decided that I had a lot of polka-dotted denim so that would work as my base fabric. I cut two pieces sized 16 3/4″ by 10 1/2″. I then discovered I had enough to make 4 card holders.

Next, I cut out 3 pocket pieces for each card holder sized 4 3/4″ by 9 3/4″. The fabric was so wrinkly from being in storage that I took some time to iron everything out.

On the right side of the large piece, mark with a chalk line or a washable fabric marker 1 1/2″ down from the short edge, then another 5″ and another 5″. These lines will show you where to lay your pockets and where to later sew the corners of your card holder.

I took the teal chevron piece and sewed a seam along the long sides with right sides together. I turned it right side out and ironed the seam flat then topstitch to make the top of the first pocket.

*Here’s where I made my first mistake. I prefer to blame this on baby brain. I looked at my ruler width and saw the numbers 1 through 5 and thought to myself “okay so my ruler is 5 inches wide. Super convenient. I need to measure 5 inches for each side of the card holder.” I completely wasn’t thinking that my ruler was actually 6 inches and the 6 didn’t appear on the ruler because, hey, there’s no room. Oi. So I made a measurement error and this project would have been much easier if I had caught it sooner. But in my usual fashion, I figured out how to make up for the error later on.

When you look at your large piece of fabric, it should have 3 equal sections 5″ apart with an end panel for the velcro. You can see in my picture below that the top section is much smaller than the next two. That should have been my first clue.

I laid the chevron pocket 1″ from the top chalk line. Sew the bottom of the pocket to the larger piece.

Your next pocket piece will go 1″ below your last pocket top. Sew along the bottom and make sure the sides match at least on one side.

Sew your 3rd pocket. You can see in my picture that I have an extra inch of denim on the bottom which shouldn’t be there. If you’ve measured your fabric properly that chalk line should line up with your bottom pocket.

The tutorial I was following said to sew a seam securing the pockets vertically. I wasn’t sure about this at first but I’m glad I did it in the end. My cards fit fine and it’s pretty useless if the fabric has stretched out.

Sew one side of the velcro close to the chalk line on the skinny panel of your fabric.

Put your two pieces of large fabric face-to-face and sew a seam around the 2 long edges and one short edge. Leave the short edge with the velcro undone so you can flip it right side out. Once you’ve flipped the right sides out, iron the seams flat.

I used pieces of cardboard to stuff the card holder. I cut a piece to fit the first section, stuffed it in, and sewed across the first chalk line. I continued this step until the last section and finished the bottom with a very wiggley topstitch.

You can see that instead of my first cardholder having 3 equal 5″ sections, it has 2 full sections and the last is half and half. It still works fine! Oh well.

Here you can see my other card holders. I tweaked them a bit after realizing I had measured the first one incorrectly.

It was a much more difficult project than I was anticipating. Much of that was my own fault. My husband has a rule in our house that we shouldn’t do any house projects after 9:30pm because I’ve made some tired mistakes. He may need to amend that rule for sewing projects, as well. But I set out to make it easier to play card games with my daughter and easier it is! I call that a success 🙂

Clothing Projects

Infusible ink – first and second attempt

My daughter and I wanted to make Disney princess shirts for our first try at using Infusible Ink transfer sheets by Cricut. We bought the Cricut Infusible Ink compatible shirts. Kaydence really wanted Rapunzel and I looked for a Merida silhouette.

I thought the rainbow sheet looked really cool! I took the sheets out of the box and saw a pastel rainbow. I was a little confused. I watched a couple youtube tutorials to see if I was missing something. The first video I watched said they are more vibrant when they’re transferred so I felt a little better.

These are the first sheets I bought.

I knew this shirt would be a little big on my 3-year old but there seemed to be a bit of a gap between the baby onesies and the girls sizes. We went with a small girls size and it was a bit of a dress.

The cut setting on my Cricut Explore Air 2 was set to custom and I chose the Infusible Ink setting. Personally, it was a pain to weed. Some people tried different settings and other people said it was easy to weed. I haven’t tried any other settings yet but maybe for future projects.

All done the Rapunzel cut.

I cut around the cut so I could preserve the rest of the sheet for other projects.

You can see in the picture that I had a difficult time. It feels like cardstock paper and a bit fragile. I’m used to weeding vinyl which is a little more hearty. I watched a youtube video where the person folded the transfer sheet and it cracked on the cuts and it looked really easy to just peel off the negatives with her fingers. I used a weeding tool and cursed the whole way through.

The instructions are pretty clear about the next part. I use a Cricut Easy Press but Infusible Ink is made for the Easy Press 2. It just means I let mine sit a little longer. The original press doesn’t heat up quite as hot as you need but my transfer still turned out great. You’ll do this on an ironing board or if you have an easy press mat like me you can use this instead. I have the mat and a thick piece of cardstock paper inside the shirt, positioned where the transfer will go. I put the butcher paper down that comes with the transfer sheets and preheat the area on the shirt.

Next, lay down the cut you’ve just weeded. The backing has a grip pattern which makes it easier to align on your shirt.

Follow the instructions for the Easy Press heat guide! I never do an iron-on project without checking this guide first. It’ll tell you exactly how long and how hot to iron. You can see I didn’t place the press quite as high on the picture as I should have. The top of her head is a little fuzzy. Fortunately, my daughter didn’t notice at all.

Next, my Merida shirt. I wanted the silhouette with Merida and her mother as a bear, seen below. I couldn’t get this to work on Cricut Design Space so I had to find another solution.

I looked through the Cricut access images to find a bear that I could use as the outside silhouette. Finding a Merida was easy enough. I wanted the bear to be facing forward and I wanted it to have a simple and smooth quality.

I found the Merida silhouette. There were still a couple people that didn’t know what princess this was.

You can see below that I found another bear image and I used the rainbow transfer sheet again.

Clothing Projects

Baby bibs and burp cloths

In preparation for the upcoming babies in the family, I wanted to make some new bibs and burp cloths. I found some really cute fabric at Walmart. I used some existing bandana bibs and burp cloths to trace the shape. I used cotton fat quarters with white flannel on the back.

I had so much fun making these that I decided to rummage through my husbands old dress shirts to make these cute bibs I found on Pinterest. I found a couple that worked out. I laid a bib on top to see how it would fit.

Lining up the buttons was tricky. One of the shirts had the buttons spaced out and I thought it would be weird with only one button showing. I also didn’t want a button placed where the bowtie would land.

Personally I really like when bibs have the opening on the side.

The red shirt didn’t have a button on the strap of the bib so I sewed the shirt closed.

I used the white flannel on the back. Once I had the shapes cut out I just needed to sew a seam with the right sides together. Leave some room to flip the right sides out again.

I eye-balled the shape of a bowtie and sewed it onto the bib.

I happened to have the scraps of fabric lying around that ended up matching great.

The best part of making bibs and burp cloths is that it doesn’t need to be perfect. For me I’d rather have quantity over quality and the cuteness factor doesn’t hurt.

Clothing Projects

Rapunzel wig

The coveted wig! I am personally not a big fan of halloween but my daughter loves dressing up. She watches Tangled at least once a day so I wasn’t surprised when she wanted to be Rapunzel for halloween. She was lucky enough to get the real Disney dress and shoes but I wanted to try making the wig myself. I started by searching Pinterest and I found this helpful tutorial. I followed it pretty closely. I couldn’t find a suitable hat for the base so I used tights instead. And I machine sewed instead of hand sew. And I found the most beautiful yarn!

I started by setting up my dining chairs 40″ apart. This was the most back-breaking part. I wound the yarn around until all 3 skeins were done. I cut the yarn at one end and tied a leftover piece of yarn around the middle to keep it together.

I bought tights at Dollarama and put them on my daughter’s head. I drew where the part in her hair would be and drew a line from ear to ear to measure where I could cut the tights to make a decent wig cap. I sewed up the cap to keep the seam inside.

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t get many pictures of the next part. The tutorial I left a link to at the beginning of this post shows this process pretty clearly.

After the yarn was sewn on you can see that it’s very long! It will lose some of the length when it’s braided.

The first time trying it out! She was pretty excited.

My daughter can’t sit still for any length of time so I used one of her balls as a mannequin for the rest of the process. The yarn kept falling in our faces and you could see massive bald spots so I decided to sew down the front layer of yarn.

I rested the ball in between my chairs to braid the yarn.

I put a smaller braid in the yarn and then braided the entire wig.

Next, I found some battery-operated lights that we weren’t using for anything else. I wove the wire throughout the entire wig. I started with the battery pack end so I could make sure it hung underneath at the nape of the neck. That way my daughter could tuck it in the back of her dress.

Now is the fun part! I found some dollar store flowers and hot glued them in place. I turned the lights on first so I didn’t cover up the twinkles. I trimmed the ponytail so the yarn was even at the ends.

It was quite heavy when it was completed but she absolutely loved it.

Home Decor

Nursery painting

My oldest daughter moved into her “big girl room” and left the nursery for her little sister. I wanted to create new decorations for my youngest because she didn’t have a lot of stuff that was made just for her. I decided to make a painting for over her crib. I had lots of canvas paintings that didn’t match room decor and were sentenced to the basement, so I painted over with white. I found this saying on Pinterest that I really liked. I’m fortunate to have a projector so I sized it up on the canvas until it fit well.

I traced the projection with pencil.

It’s a little wiggley but it’s still a million times nicer than if I were to freehand it.

I picked some acrylic teal that I already had. It matches her room perfectly.

I painted and filled in the writing. I suppose I could have also painted the outside and left the writing white. Sort of by accident it ended up looking like watercolour. The paint was thicker and thinner not on purpose but I really like it.

After I finished painting in the letters.

The final result in the nursery.

My youngest daughter has a real artist as a godmother and she created a beautiful painting with her name. I also found the letter on Wayfair.

Paper

Giant Paper flower decorations

I needed some decorations for grade 8 graduation at my school. I’ve made small paper flowers before but I decided to make a couple larger ones instead. My school’s colours are purple and gold (but we often use yellow, too). I ordered a pack of different shades of purple cardstock from amazon. 

I found some petal shapes in Cricut Design Space. I cut 5 petals in 3 different sizes.

Next, I used my scoring pen to curl the outside of the petals outward.

I realized it would be much easier to create the outside layer with something to glue the petals to. I got some cheap construction paper (in hindsight, I should have used something thicker) and cut out some rough circles.

To get a really nice 3D effect, cut a 1″ slice into the inside of the petal.

I used a glue runner to put a dab of glue on one side.

Now slightly bend the plain side onto the glue side and crossover.

Now run some glue across the outside or bottom of the petal.

Glue the petal onto the backing paper. I penciled a dot where the middle was to make it easier to line up the petals.

Continue with the rest of the petals.

Repeat the same steps for the medium-sized petals.

And again for the smallest petals.

I used two different petal shapes. Two of my flowers had rounded petals and three others were slightly pointed.

Once I thought I was finished I took a look and thought they were still plain. I decided to use tissue paper for the inside of the flower and to cover up the inside.

I folded some white tissue paper into a rectangle slightly bigger than I wanted my flower to be.

I stapled the inside to make sure the layers stayed together.

I eye-balled a circle (Hah!)

I cut into the middle to create petals. Don’t cut all the way through!

Pinch the middle so the petals stick up and you have a point where you can glue the tissue to the cardstock.

Fluff it up so it doesn’t look too uniform.

Glue tissue flower onto the cardstock flower.

I used white, lilac purple and yellow tissue paper.

I threw in some extra tissue paper flowers to fill in the gaps!

Home Decor

Baby swing pillow

My daughter LOVES her swing but smacks her head when I’m a little too aggressive with the pushing. I had some extra fabric hanging around so I got to work! It was a happy coincidence that the colours matched nicely.

I took a 12″ by 12″ piece of fabric and folded it in half to place the velcro circles. I sewed them onto the fabric first. I then turned the fabric inside out and sewed up a short and long side. I left a short side open to stuff it with pillow stuffing leftover from her knot pillow project. I turned the rough edges in and finished the last short edge. All done!

It works perfectly! I take it in when we’re done with the swing so it doesn’t get gross. She loves it!