Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Pillowcase Dress

 Welcome to day #8 of my "14 days of Valentines" series! I have been having a lot of fun working on all of these lovey projects!  I bought the fabric for this dress back in December and it has been sitting and waiting for me to give it some attention. Well...my husband took himself, Emma and 3 of the 4 boys for haircuts last night. Emma didn't get a cut, just there for backup! Believe me, with my crazy boys, it is NEEDED!  After they left I sat down and got to work on this pillowcase dress, I wanted Emma to be able to wear it to church today and she did. Pardon the slightly blurry pictures, I had to snap quickly so we could be on time for 9:00 church!  My husband wasn't amused that I was taking blog pictures before church!






 All of the fabric is by Riley Blake, but they are all patterns from My Mind's Eye. I always get a thrill when my two loves come together. Now I need to get the paper so I can craft something up to match! LOL!  I was thrilled when I was pregnant with Emma and all of the fabric I used on her crib bedding and quilts was made into a paper line! I had so much fun crafting and sewing coordinating things!





 You can see the straps a little bit better here. You can also see Emma's heart hair that I have to do every Valentine's Day as well. She has been sporting heart hair all year, though, since she got a super cute heart outfit for back to school, so whenever she wears it I try and do something "heartish".







 I love how quickly a pillowcase dress works up. I was done before they got done with the haircuts!  I was so pleased with myself.  If you haven't made one before, they are so easy. You simply made a pillowcase but leave both ends open. Make a casing for the elastic, sew it in place and add the straps! So, {sew}, easy!





Blurry picture, but you can see the hem detail a little bit better here. I think this is probably the last time I will be making Emma a pillowcase dress and her days of heart hair are dwindling. Can I tell you how much my heart is breaking coming to this realization? She is growing up too fast and she is my only girl! Where did the time go? I wish I could go back in time and snuggle my curly haired, blue eyed baby some more...hold her longer, play more barbies and dollies.  The days are long but the years are short...said some wise person somewhere. It is one of my favorite quotes because it is soooo true!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Be My Valentine fabric banner

Welcome! I am doing a "14 days of Valentines" series on my two blogs this month. I will be posting things randomly on both blogs. Today is project #2! If you would like to see yesterday's project, you can see it here  Remember that Valentine's Day fabric I referred to in my last post. I mentioned I wanted to make a table runner last year and didn't get around to it. Well...hopefully I have enough left over for the table runner because I quickly whipped this up on Friday. We were having dinner guests and I felt my front door needed something more, so I got to work making this.  The funny part is that it looked better here than on my front door.




 I love making fabric banners almost as much as my paper ones.  I think when I have more time I will add a few more bells and whistles, but for my super quick project, I think it turned out cute.
 The first thing you will need to do is figure out how long and how big you would like your banner. I knew that I would be using it for the front door, so I estimated how many triangles I would need. I wanted it to stretch across but have some swag as well.  I cut rectangles 5 by 7 1/2 inches. Turn them right sides together for the next step (I didn't but it probably is better to do it). Place the rectangles on your cutting mat and find the center using the markings on the mat and cut your triangles. Sew them up, turn them out, and press them. I used double fold bias tape to adhere everything together on this banner. This is thin...I didn't have anything thicker, but I would recommend at least 1/2 inch-1 inch. You can pin everything in place ahead of time if that is how you like to do things, but I found it to be much easier to just open the bias tape as I went and add each triangle.  I put my needle in the down position and as I got close the the end of each triangle, I lifted the presser foot, opened the bias tape and added the next triangle. It worked well and I wasn't getting stuck with pins! I used a zig zag stitch to make sure it was secure.



Here is another fun fabric tip for all of you non sewers. I have this frame on my mantel and I switch out the fabric. I found the frame at Goodwill and had a painting on canvas inside. I knew I was only buying it for the frame, but the canvas worked well as a base to wrap the fabric around. You can switch out the fabric for the season.