5 Easy Valentine’s Day Treats

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With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my Pinterest feed is filled with sugar cookies, cards, and cute decor ideas! Today I’m sharing some favorites that I’ve seen – 5 Valentine’s Day treats that are easy to make, pretty, and, most importantly, yummy!

1. Candy Corn Cookies by Real Housemoms
2. Strawberries and Cream 5 Ingredient Cookies by Ella Claire
3. Valentine’s Day Candy Popcorn from A Helicopter Mom
4. Double Decker Cookies from Bake at 350
5. Valentine Bark from Lil’ Luna

Have a great weekend!

Mini Stocking Ornaments Free Pattern

DIY Mini Stocking Ornament

Why is everything mini so darn cute?! I’ll never turn down the chance to make a bite sized version of any of my favorite things, and at Christmas season, that means stockings of course! Today I’m sharing a tutorial and free pattern to make your own DIY Mini Stocking Ornaments, so read on to see what a fun and simple DIY Christmas sewing project these are! [Read more…]

DIY Mummy Costume For Kids

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I got away with making just one Halloween costume this year, this DIY Mummy Costume for Wyatt. Lola will be wearing the zebra costume that both Wyatt and Weston wore for a couple of years each as toddlers, and Weston will be wearing a superhero costume that Wyatt wore a few years ago. I found this blog post about the same costumes from the year that Wyatt and Weston wore them, and this photo:halloweenWhen I first looked at the photo I thought that Lola was Weston for a second. I have never been able to figure out who she looks like so it was fun to see a resemblance. And I’ll be wearing my go-to cavewoman costume for year number 4. Let me tell you, that costume has been well worth the hour it took to make! And I’m sure this year won’t be my last wearing it :).

So, on to this year… Wyatt went back and forth between a few ideas for his costume, but together we eventually decided on making him a DIY mummy costume. He can’t wear the costume without playing the part, I tell ya.IMG_4640edit

DIY Mummy Costume

I lucked out and found the white twill in the $1/yard section at Walmart. I was planning on heading to Jo-Ann to buy white muslin after our Walmart stop that day, so I was a happy camper. It worked great for all of the strips, and I ended up using all but a tiny bit of the three yards.

For the top I used a white long sleeve knit t-shirt, a couple of sizes too large for Wyatt since there wouldn’t be any room for stretch once the strips were sewn on. Before sewing the strips on, I cut up each side and sleeve seam so I could sew the strips with the shirt opened up and flat. I also cut a slit in the back neck to allow the shirt to fit over Wyatt’s head. When I added the strips, I left a couple extra long so they could tie the opening shut.IMG_4659editIMG_4658edit

For the bottoms, my first try was a major fail. For the base, I used a pair of thermal underwear that we already had, and ended up cutting them off of not one but both of my boys at different times. Funny now, not so funny at the time… I needed a lot more room in the pants, so for the second attempt I used this free pajama pants pattern (it’s a great one and I have plans to use it for real pajamas soon!), and sewed all the strips on before piecing the pants together. I used an off-white flannel that I’ve had in my stash for years, which felt great to use!IMG_4644edit

The pants fit perfectly that go-around, and have just enough room for movement while not being too baggy for a mummy.IMG_4635edit

I made the hat by basically starting with a base strip that fit around Wyatt’s head and then adding one or two more pieces at a time until it looked right. I’m still not sure that it looks 100% right, but it’s done :).IMG_4639edit

His shoes were made by hot gluing the fabric strips to a pair of $6 slip on Walmart shoes.IMG_4647edit

It only took about 2.5 seconds of Wyatt being outside in his costume yesterday before the neighbor girls had a mummy chasing them down the street, lol.IMG_4662edit

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve sewn anything for Wyatt, so I really enjoyed this DIY mummy costume project (after the first fail, that is). He’s so rough on his clothes now that I feel like it’s often not worth it to spend the time sewing him clothes that could be wrecked after a few uses. But I sure do love this 6 year old and love seeing how pleased he is with himself in his costume!IMG_4632edit

Easy Ruched Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

With Christmas right around the corner, does your Christmas tree skirt need an update?
With soft gathers…

And contrast bias tape trim…

This easy ruched tree skirt can be made in about an hour!

Ready to get started?

Materials:

1 3/4 yd 54″-60″ wide medium weight fabric – since the tree skirt will not be lined, make sure that the fabric is heavy enough to lie flat and keep it’s shape under the tree, but lightweight enough that it will still gather with elastic thread – I used a medium weight chambray cotton
3 packages double fold extra wide bias tape
elastic thread (I also give an option for without elastic thread)

Directions:

Fold your fabric in half and then half again to form a square.

Measure from the corner to the selvage. My fabric was 27″, but if you have more width, use it! Since we’ll be gathering the fabric in, the finished tree skirt will be smaller. Use that measurement to make marks in a curve shape all the way to the opposite corner.

 
Cut along marks.

Use a bowl to trace and cut a quarter-circle in the corner of your folded fabric.

Fold the fabric in half, and half again, forming a narrow triangle.

Press along folded edge to mark tree skirt into eight equal sections.

Using pins or a fabric marker (I used both because my disappearing ink pen started to fade on me), mark along pressed lines. You can ignore the factory fold marks from the fabric being on the bolt, and just mark the 8 equally spaced pressed lines.

Cut along one line from the outer edge of the circle to the middle.
Wind a bobbin by hand with elastic thread (wind it loosely), and stitch along 7 remaining marked lines. You’ll be using regular thread in the top still. If you don’t have elastic thread, you can also use a basting stitch and then hand-gather the fabric, but you may want to stitch over the gathers with a regular stitch to secure them in place afterwards.
Make 6 ties from bias tape (I made the ties out of fabric because I was short on bias tape), and sew onto wrong side of tree skirt opening, spaced equally apart on each side. Make sure to stay about 1″ away from the top and bottom to allow room for the bias tape trim.
Beginning at inner circle, sandwich bias tape around raw edge of fabric, with wider side of bias tape on the bottom. Stitch around all raw edges of tree skirt…
Tucking raw edges under and overlapping ends of bias tape when you reach the end of one.

At corners, backstitch, lift presser foot, and cut the thread so you can neatly miter the corner of the bias tape. Press ties away from tree skirt and topstitch in place.

  

Adjust gathers if needed and press each line of elastic thread stitching with steam to help the elastic shrink in and give your tree skirt even more ruching!

Tie your new tree skirt under your tree…
And have a Merry Christmas!

Caveman Costume Tutorial

DIY Caveman CostumeAren’t family Halloween costumes the best? I love to have a coordinating theme with my husband and kids, and today I’m sharing this DIY Caveman Costume tutorial so you can make them too! Caveman costumes are perfect for any age or gender, and is a fast and fun costume to make! [Read more…]