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Super Cute Fabric Dollhouse Tutorial

Super Cute Fabric Dollhouse Tutorial

 

My daughter and I were reading a childrens book called “Mommy loves me”, and on one of the pages, the little child is playing with a fabric dollhouse with rooms and little rabbit figurines.  Clover, my 3 1/2 year old daughter says to me, ” Mommy, do you think that I could get one of those?” as she points to the fabric dollhouse.  I thought, hmmmmm… and I tell her, I am not sure.  Let me see what I can find on the internet.  Well… I could have bought her one from some website, Etsy sells a few or I could have got a used one on eBay, OR I could make her one myself.  I obviously chose the latter.  I actually found my tutorial online and that is how I made Clover’s doll house.  This is the awesome blog that I used: http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-dollhouse-tutorial.html

I have added a few extra tips but I also used some of her patterns- I am not techy enough to make these great outlines on the computer.

I am sharing it with you now in hopes that you can make one for your little love in your life.  Clover just absolutely LOVES this little dollhouse and it was very fun to make!  Enjoy!

 

Materials:

Fabric for the interior: 9 inches by 21 inches and two pieces 6 inches by 9 inches

Fabric for the exterior: 9″ x 21″ and two pieces 6″ x 9″

 2 10.5″x 13.5″ sheets of plastic canvas (I used #10 mesh, but because the store I went to was sold out of anymore #10, I bought extra canvas pieces of #7.  That should work fine as well.)

Batting- enough to cover all the pieces of plastic canvas.  So not much.
Duct tape- this holds the batting on the plastic canvas.
Buttons and elastic cord, tiny hair bands or velcro.  After making mine with elastic cord and buttons, I thought I should have done velcro, because my daughter is having a hard time opening and closing with the buttons and elastic cord.
Fabric strips for the handle.  I used a fabric head band that I had in my craft box for when Clover was a baby ( I made her several head bands).  I just cut it in half and it worked perfect.
Start by cutting out the plastic canvas.
……….three 4″ by 6″ rectangles
……….two 2¾” by 6″ rectangles
……….and 2 house-shaped pieces with 4″ base, 4″ sides and 2¾” roof (see diagram)
The pieces should fit together like this:
Wrap the batting around the plastic canvas and then use the duck tape to hold it in place.
Next put your 6″x9″ fabrics right sides together, but place the house shaped canvas piece in between the fabric pieces. Pin down the sides, and I used a fabric marker to make the lines of the outside of the house.  You want the pieces to fit nice and snug in the fabric.
Once pinned, remove the plastic canvas from the fabric and sew where your fabric pen marks are around the house shaped piece.  Leave the bottom OPEN.  Do this to both pieces.  Once sewn, turn the fabric right side out and put the plastic canvas piece back in the fabric.
So now you have two end panels that look like this.
If you want to add any extra stuff to the larger fabrics this is the time to do it.  My daughter is a picker and if I don’t have the applique’s SEWN on, they WILL be picked off.  So I had to sew my extras on my fabric.  I got some really cute felt flowers, some glittery felt and different colored felt.  I made some windows, flowers and a glittery heart and sewed them on the right side of the fabrics.  Make sure that you align your plastic canvas pieces correctly on the fabric so you sew on your flowers and any extra things on the right spots.  You don’t want your window on the bottom of the house- you want it on the side of the house or front of the house.  So just align correctly.
Using the 9″ x 21″ pieces, place the fabric right sides facing. The following should then be sandwiched between the fabrics, so that their edges / ends will be caught when you sew along the side edge of the fabrics:
……….one of the end panels ( house looking piece)
……….elastic loops (or flap for velcro or zip or ribbons for ties at both ends – whichever you chose)  I have to say, those elastic loops are a PAIN to sew down.  Mine did not want to stay attached to the fabric.  It seemed like my stitches went right around it but would not secure the elastic band on the fabric.  So make sure you stitch over it A LOT with your sewing machine!  I did straight stitch and zigzag over and over and over again because they kept coming off.  And if you are making this for a little person, they are ROUGH with their toys and you want this little house to be durable 🙂
………one of the handles
Sew from line A-B, then C-D.
Next add the other end panel ( house shaped canvas piece) to the other side of the rectangle and the other elastic loops.  And sew down the long side of the rectangle.
Turn right side OUT.
Next start putting in your plastic batting pieces.  They should go in like this diagram-
Put a pin between each piece to hold it in place.  Turn the OPENED end over, and pin.  While doing this, add the other handle and elastic loop.  Sew the end closed.  The handle and the elastic loop should be secured now.
Next sew a few inches between each piece to hold it in place- I guess you could sew all the way across if you wanted. It is your preference.
Hand sew the edge of the end panel to the wall and roof panel on each side, so that it forms this shape:
Then sew on your buttons to match up with your elastic loops.  Clip your threads…and you are done!!
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Revamped! Long sleeve knit thermal & striped button up

Revamped! Long sleeve knit thermal & striped button up

I made this striped long sleeve thermal a while ago, but to add some pizazz to it, I decided to add some different colored stitching around the neck and the cuff of the sleeve.  I really liked the way that it turned out.  I also added more material to the bottom of the shirt to make it longer- I like my shirts on the longer side vs. shorter side.  Very easy to spruce up any shirt, and just adding a little bit of length will make me wear this thermal A LOT more!

 

This shirt I bought over 8 years ag0- I really LIKED it, when I bought it…. BUT I haven’t worn it in such a long time because I just don’t like it anymore.  I decided to cut the sleeves off and make the arm pits bigger and I could wear a cute bra under so if my bra shows under my arm pits it would be cute!  Easy, fun and wearable!

 

OLD made NEW!

OLD made NEW!

Sooo…. it has been a long time since I have posted a blog- I figured I better get something up soon.  I hope you will like this post- it is very simple and easy.  Maybe you will make one of your own!

When I was pregnant with my first born, Clover Grace, I was given my nephews old car seat.  I thought, AWESOME!! Something I don’t have to buy!!  But… I wanted to change up the cover and make it super girly and cute.  So, my mom and I cut out a bunch of bright and fun material with pattern edged scissors.  Put the material on iron on backing, and ironed the material squares onto the old car seat cover.  After that, we zig-zagged stitched the squares all over the car seat to make it secure to the cover.

I sewed a ruffle to the top of the car seat to give it a more fun look to it.  I added some patches, and made some ribbons and sewed them on as well.

This project did take a while, but it was worth it 🙂  My daughter uses this car seat all the time.  She has used this car seat for 2 1/2 years already, and will use it for several more.  This was TOTALLY worth doing and she LOVES it!!  

Changed up my turtleneck! WAAAY cuter!!

So I ended up taking off my turtleneck and doubling it- so I basically did the exact same thing I did for my first turtleneck, and then sewed them together to make it EXTRA big!

 

This is what it looks like now- I LOOOVE 🙂 The neck is so full- it is perfect! I am going to make another turtleneck, but one that isn’t so scooped, I want the turtle neck to be sitting up higher around my neck- I will post that tutorial when I get some more material 🙂

 

Thanks for reading my blog!

Crazy for Lace!!

Crazy for Lace!!

So I am lucky enough to live in the greater Los Angeles area and have easy access to DOWNTOWN LA- where there is fabric galore!!  I grabbed my children and my wonderful hubby and headed downtown LA because I wanted to buy some lace- to my wonderful amazement- it was only $3/yd AND it was 20% off- so I wanted to go ape and buy EVERYTHING! But… my husband kept me to my budgeted spending limit that I had set for myself.  I spent $40 and I ended up with TONS of beautiful lace plus a lot more.  These are the very fun projects that I made with the lace.

When I had originally made these clothes, I did not have my blog, so I was not taking pictures as I was going along…so I will try to explain how I made them as easy as possible without  pictures.

The first dress I made with the lace was for my girlfriends wedding- I wanted a fun dress for a wedding and I wanted to design it myself.  This was the real first piece that I made with out a pattern!!!!!  I was soooooooo happy with how it turned out.  With that being said- I want to encourage you to sew with out a pattern- it was easier than I had expected.  I had wanted it to be similar to this dress-

I had no idea what the back of this dress looked like- but I knew how I wanted the back of mine to look and that is all that matters 😉

Here is the finished product of my dress-

I loved wearing my dress to the wedding- I knew no one else would have the same dress, I made it to fit perfectly for me and I got a ton of compliments!!  Oh and my husband LOVED it on me too 🙂

The materials I needed were lace, a lining material, I chose a light cotton that was the same color as the lace and tulle- I bought the soft tulle, I should have bought the netting type of tulle- that would have made it more poofy but you live and you learn!

The skirt part was the easiest- measure how long you want your skirt part to be- and cut the same amount of lace, lining, and tulle for the skirt.  Baste stitch them all together, gather to fit your body.

For the bodice, I got a tank top from my closet and used that as the pattern for my bodice- the back of the bodice, I wanted more a v-neck- so I changed that up once I got the pattern cut for my body size.  I lined the front of my dress with the light weight cotton material, but I wanted my back to be all lace- so I didn’t need to have a lining for my back.

I measured my upper arm circumference because I wanted my sleeves to be tight- make sure you leave space to make your seam- a couture seam is 5/8 inch ( I read that from one of my betsy johnson patterns- so I am assuming that is accurate… haha) so make sure you calculate that when you are cutting your sleeves.  I measured the arm hole of my bodice arm hole and made sure it measured the same as the arm hole for my sleeve so everything would fit in just right.

I did not want to have to hem the bottom of my sleeves, so I used the fabric wisely by cutting my sleeves so that the bottom of my sleeve would be on the finished edge of the fabric.  That way you already have a beautiful finished sleeve.

Pin the side seams of the bodice together, right sides together, then sew.

Then you pin the skirt to the bodice, right sides together, then sew.

Sew your sleeves together, right sides together. Pin the sleeves to the bodice, right sides together, and sew- then all you need to do is hem the neck and the back of the neck and you are done!!!

 

The next dress I made was for my sons 1st birthday party- I grabbed a dress from my closet that I could easily use as a pattern.  And cut out my dress from that.  I wanted sleeves, so I cut out sleeves the same way as I did with the dress above.  I wanted a ruffle on this dress as well- so I had some really cute light weight fabric that would be perfect for the lace color.  For the ruffle, if you want it really ruffly than I always double the length of the skirt for the ruffle measurement.  Once everything was cut- I got busy and I went to town- and I finished this dress in about 45 minutes.  SUPER DUPER EASY!!!

 

 

The last piece that I made with the lace I bought is this fun cardigan-

I used the same kind of pattern as I did with the wraps- but this one I added sleeves to it and I added a lot of ruffle along the bottom of the wrap- so it turned into a cardigan style with a bustle.  As you can see, the sleeves are very long- the end of the sleeve is tight so the material bunches together.  I have long arms though too, so I make everything with LONG sleeves, if I put sleeves on 🙂

 

Thanks for reading my blog!!  And I hope you are feeling creative to sew with OUT a paper pattern!!

 

REVAMP…my wardrobe!?! Yes please!

REVAMP…my wardrobe!?! Yes please!

So… I am in the process of revamping my wardrobe.  As you know, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom- but what comes with that, for me… is a budget! And that budget may not include shopping like I may want…sooo I have to be creative and think of ways that I can change the clothes I already have in my wardrobe, so that I like it again!!

I would LOVE it if I actually wore ALL the clothes that I have in my closet, but plain and simple… I don’t.  So this is my challenge for myself and for you…I am going to eventually wear everything that I have in my closet.  I WILL wear because I want to. Not because I HAVE to.  I have a couple of shirts, jackets, dresses that are just a little too short, or a little too big, or it just doesn’t fit right, or I just don’t like it anymore.  For some articles of clothing it may just be a few tweaks here and there that can make an item worth wearing again- other pieces may be a little more difficult.

For the next few weeks, I am going to be posting my revamped wardrobe!  I hope you will stay tuned and be inspired to revamp your wardrobe!!

Here a few pieces that I tweaked and HAVE actually worn in the past few days- which I haven’t worn in MONTHS or more before the revamp- the sweater I think I purchased 8 years ago and hardly EVERY wear- the dress I bought while in college probably 11 years ago!!   Embarrassing that I still have them…

 

 

 

I will start with this super plain, gray sweater…  This gray sweater is too short… I personally don’t like short shirts, jackets, sweaters that accentuate my mid section- after two kids- my midsection isn’t my boasting area- if you know what I mean.  So, I needed to make this sweater longer- I had just gone thrifting the other day and picked up what I thought was a cute shirt- BUT when I got home and tried it on- it was hideous. So I took the ruffle off the goodwill shirt.  I started with cutting the ruffle off, baste stitched the ruffle, gathered it to fit the bottom of my sweater, pinned right side of ruffle to right side of sweater, sewed them together and voila! A much cuter sweater- I wore it to the gym the other day and I am glad I am getting wear out of it again 🙂

 

 

 

My super outdated dress is next!

 

Now on to the dress- the dress is a form fitting dress that I bought when I was in college- it is just not my style anymore and I hardly ever wear it.  But, I love the floral print of the dress.  So I decided to change the style into something that is more ME now.  I cut off the bottom part of the dress- I got the material that I wanted to use and measured it the length that I wanted it to be on me.  Baste stitch the top of the of the dress, gathered it to fit the dress, pinned right side of skirt to right side of dress, and sew.

 

 

After sewing on the skirt, I tried it on and I did NOT like it at all- it was accentuating my MID SECTION- something, as you know, I DONT LIKE!!

I had to remove the skirt with my HANDY DANDY seam ripper- that I have to use WAAAAY more than I would like…I then had to re-baste the skirt and then gather again!  Oh, the joys of sewing!!

I cut the floral dress shorter- so it is more of an A-line type of dress.  I wanted the back of the dress to be more ruffled than the front to make it a little more bustle like.  It is very subtle though- I would have liked it to be more noticeable. Oh well.  There is always next time.  I also wanted a slit on the skirt.  So, I kept that opening of the dress on the front of the dress instead of sewing the side seams together on the side of the dress.  I hemmed the slit- but left the bottom of the dress with raw edges.  After the skirt was sewn on to the dress, I decided I wanted the front of the dress to be shorter than the back.  I wanted a very subtle fish tail skirt.  I wore this dress today to church with my awesome cowboy boots and I got several compliments 🙂

I hope that you like the revamp!!

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!!

 

 

 

 

Spring Blouse Tutorial

Spring Blouse Tutorial

I absolutely LOVE this blouse I just created and I hope that you like it too and can make one similar- if you like 🙂

These are the materials that you will need:

scissors, measuring tape, at least 2 yards of fabric- depending on size of blouse, a pattern or a shirt that fits well that you can use as a pattern, pins, sewing machine

These are the fabrics that I wanted to work with today- thought it would be fun to make a new shirt.

 

I have a great shirt pattern that I use over and over again just for the body- pin the pattern on the fold of the fabric. Do this for the front and the back of the blouse. Once pinned, cut. You will end up with 2 pieces.

 

My grandma gave me some awesome linens just a little while ago- this bed skirt has really cute trimmings on it- perfect for this blouse.  I cut off the bottom of the bed skirt for the ruffle of the blouse and also used some for the sleeves as well as the neck.

An easy trick to cut fabric very quickly is to cut just about an inch and then you can rip through the rest of the fabric and you have a perfectly straight piece.

 

I like the sleeve pattern that I have too- this sleeve makes a nice gathered look at the top of the sleeve- and I like the length as well.  So pin the pattern to the fabric and cut.  You have two sleeves, so you need to cut two.

For the trim on the sleeves I use a BIG ruler and a FISKARS cutting board to make the trim perfectly straight. If you don’t have a cutting board, a BIG clear ruler or a very sharp rolling cutter- get one. It makes life a lot easier when cutting.

So now that you have cut all your pieces out- this is how they will look.  I also decided the yellow floral would look nice on the bottom of the blouse before the ruffle. So I cut about a 1 inch strip- the length of the bottom of the blouse. I wish I had of made it longer- so think about how you want your blouse to look before you cut.

 

Now it is time to pin- pinning right side to right side for the most part. I started with the bottom of the blouse.  I pinned the yellow floral fabric to the blue striped fabric.  Next I took the trim from the bed skirt and put it on my neck line- I like using finished edges- that way I don’t have to hem, or worry about my neckline not being PERFECT!  So I took the easy way out today!  The trim for the neckline was pinned wrong side to right side- and then folded over to the wrong side.

Neck I started my sleeves- baste around the top of the sleeve.  It is always best to make 2 basting stitches- it makes the gather more lovely. The thread I used makes it hard to see- sorry about that- it was supposed to show two stitches- one stitch at 5/8 inch and the other at 1/4 inch.  Once basted, pull the two top threads gently and push the fabric so it bunches.

For the trim on the sleeve- you will baste and gather so that it fits the bottom of the sleeve.  Then sew it on.

Next, sew the sleeve edges together- right sides together.

Baste stitch the ruffle- again making two stitching lines- one at 5/8 inch and one at 1/4 inch.

Sew the yellow fabric to the blue striped fabric.  Because I only cut 1 inch of the yellow, I am using a 1/4 inch hem- because I wanted more of the yellow fabric to show. Pin the side seams.  Sew the side seams and the neckline.

The neckline looks soo nice- I love just being able to sew a trim to the neck. Pin the shoulders together, right sides together. Sew the shoulder seams.

 

Pin the sleeve to the arm hole.  It is easiest for me to have the dress inside out- and the sleeve right side out.  Put the sleeve inside the dress toward the arm hole.  Put right sides to right sides and pin.  Matching notches and the seam of the arm hole to the seam of the sleeve.

The blouse is almost done- I almost stopped here- but I figured if I did not like the ruffle I can always remove it.

 

Next, pin the ruffle to the blouse- and sew.

 

Finished blouse! I LOVE IT- and I hope you get inspired to make your own!!