Thursday, May 23, 2013

I do crafts!

It's been quite a while since I have attempted to do any more crafting.  The main reason being a rough pregnancy and other pressing matters.  I did work on decorating Zoe's room and the baby's room so that's something, right?  Well, now the baby is here and so is summer.  What that means is that I am spending a lot of time at home and needing something to do so I don't lose my ever loving mind. 

My wonderful mother-in-law gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas.  I was super excited to get it home and try it out.  Unfortunately I had no space to set it up and attempt some projects.  Now that school is out Zach has been spending more time at home and he cleared a space for me in the garage, set up a table, and set up my sewing machine.  What a good husband.  Late night feedings have meant that I have been perusing Pinterest A LOT and I have many projects that I'm just itching to try my hand out. 

The first use of my pretty sewing machine (which I love by the way) was to make the baby a headband.  I found the tutorial here.  I was drawn to the tutorial because I could use up more of my old t-shirt scraps from when I made these.  It was the perfect craft to try out my new machine.  I just made one so far but will soon be making some for the older daughter.

This little project just got me in the mood to do more so the next project on my mind was to try these cute little circle skirts, again for the baby.  I started with these because I had all the materials on hand and because it only uses a fat quarter of fabric.  I didn't want to risk messing up any more fabric than that.  The template can be printed off on a regular sheet of paper and the instructions were super easy to understand.  One thing quickly became evident though during this project: I can not sew a straight line, at all.  I'm hoping that more practice will help that.

I had some scraps left over from this skirt so I decided to make a hair clip.  After looking for a bit and still not finding a tutorial for one that met my fancy I decided to just do a rosette style, twisting and gluing on a scrap of felt.  Another thing I learned: I can't use hot glue without burning at least one appendage.

So, these three projects pair nicely together.  The little clip I made easily attaches to the head band but is also something that can be worn directly in the hair.  I'm pretty pleased with how they all turned out and will be making more of these in the near future (hopefully with straighter lines and no injuries).

My little model.

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