Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Meet & Greet Monday! Please Meet Lelanie...

Hi, everyone! I am Lelanie, one of the 3 "L"adies behind
To Sew With Love

I am really excited to be guest posting for Jennifer today. I hope you don't mind if you don't get your daily dose of Jennifer's craftiness since I'd invade her space for a while^^)

We love sharing our crafting and sewing adventures (and misadventures ^^). Just recently, we have shared tutorials such as these:

We also host giveaways sponsored by our lovely sponsors, a Crafty Saturday Link-up Party, features on our favorite Etsy shops, and handmade love post.

Do you, like me, hold on to scrap fabrics knowing that you'll make something out of it one day? Well, last week, I made these from 1 yard of Michael Miller fabric (pink) and 1/2 yard of japanese cotton fabric (black).

summer dress


très chic ruffly summer dress

After I've made these projects, I still had less than half-meter of the pink fabric and a little more than a a quarter of the black fabric. So, I have decided to make a shirred tunic for my princess.

So, for this tunic dress I used:

2 pcs. 18" x 9" black fabric for top band of tunic
2 pcs. 12" x 4.5" for shoulder bands
2 pcs. 18" x 16" pink fabric
elastic thread, elastic band
black and white sewing thread

Get one of your top band (black fabric) and fold it in half, wrong sides of fabric together, place it on top of your pink fabric as shown above (both fabrics right sides facing together). 

You can pin them together before sewing or just sew right away keeping edges aligned as you sew a straight stitch 1/4" away from the edge.

After that, do a zigzag stitch or serge. Whichever floats your boat ^^)

Topstitch. Do the same to the other black and pink fabric.

So, you'll have two of these.

Get one piece of your tunic and let's start shirring by sewing a straight stitch but set your stitch length either 3.0 or 3.5. You will need to wind elastic thread in your bobbin for this. 

When your reach one end of your straight stitch, while your needle is down, lift the presser foot and turn your fabric 90º.

Sew 2-3 stitches depending on how long you'd want your stitches apart.

Turn your fabric 90º and you can start sewing again, using your presser foot as guide.

When you're finished, you'll have something like this. Do the same to the other piece. I would have used black elactic thread but I had none on hand. If you'd like your fabric to be more gathered, iron it (the other side, not the side where your elastic thread is or else, it will stick to your iron) with steam. The gathers will become closer to each other - magic!

Get both tunic pieces, place them wrong sides together and sew a straight stitch 1/8" away from the edge.

Iron or press with your nail.

Fold your fabric, right sides together and sew a straight stitch 1/4" away from the edge.

You've just made a nice french hem! Do the same to the other side.

Hem your tunic using your desired style.

Now, let's make the straps. With your fabric right sides together sew a straight stitch on both longer sides.

Turn and topstitch.

Sew 2 columns of straight stitches so you'll have a casing where you could insert your elastic band.

Insert your elastic and sew close each end. 

Do the same to the other shoulder band.

With some small scrap fabric, I made two bows, one on top of another.

Attach your shoulder bands to your tunic and the bow on the center. Now call your princess so she could try it on!

she wouldn't even look at the camera, eyes glued at the tv watching tinkerbell the movie!

Now, you have a nice summer shirred tunic for your princess! 

I hope you liked this tutorial. And do check our blog for more tutorials and free patterns.

Thanks a lot, Jennifer, for having us here today. We really enjoyed it!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Something Fun & Fab!

This project is Easy, Quick, Fun & Inexpensive to make & Fab to wear!  I made these necklaces as gifts for two of Adriana's friends. I did get the idea for this from Jayna Rae with Rock N Regalia  when I saw a   giveaway she did during Spring Fling,. You can also find some of her stuff on Etsy.

Below you will find what I used & how I did it...

What you need:
~ Ribbon

How to:
*CUT the length of ribbon you would like for the necklace
* TWIST the ends of the ribbon & quickly pass over lighter flame to seal the ends
*SLIDE beads on ribbon
*TIE a knot on each side of the string of beads OR before & after each bead

How easy is that?!

you should get something that looks like this

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Meet & Greet Monday...Please Meet Rebecca

Please meet Rebecca !

Hi there! I'm Rebecca from My Girlish Whims and I'm so excited to be over here at My Mommy Can!!

I'm a 20 year old college girly girl who would rather be crafting then sitting in class any day. Over at my blog I love sharing my passion for beading, crafting, and general life as a girl!!

I may be a college girl but I secretly wish I could be married and having babies and be a cute little stay at home mom right now. I think this whole crafty blogging thing lets me feel like part of that club...even though I'm not yet!

Me and Boyfriend!!
My favorite craft is jewelry making. My etsy shop, Your Girlish Whims, is where I make handmade accessories to match all of your girlish whims! Here are some of the pretties in my shop:

I post a new craft tutorial every week on my blog. Here are some of my favorites: 

I made this headband from an old t-shirt I got after getting my wisdom teeth out. Who wants a t-shirt from their orthodontist?? Now it is much prettier.

My dorm room at college has super boring walls so I made this Paper Fan Banner  to add some color!

As mentioned, I love to make jewelry and made this black flower and bead necklace because flowers and ribbon are SO IN RIGHT NOW in necklaces. Well, at least I think they are.  I love wearing this one!

Finally, I tea-dyed some sheet music and made these paper roses out it.  Perfect for a music room or any room really - they have such a romantic look to them!

I would be so happy if you would stop by my blog and say hi! I'd love for you to link up to my new link party every Wednesday to show me your girlish whims! Or, just leave me a comment. I love meeting new bloggy friends! :)

Thanks so much for having me here Jennifer! Hope you and new little baby are doing well :)