Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fleece Pillow

I still had more fleece remnants left and was looking for something to turn it into. I decided I would do a no-sew pillow. It's a throw pillow and is crazy easy to make. All I did was cut two same size squares of fabric. Then I cut the fabric about an inch in from each side, making a cut about every 1/2 inch or so. Then I tied the cuts in knots. I did this on each side. Once I got to the last three cuts, I left them untied so I could put the stuffing in. Once I got all the stuffing in I tied up the last three cuts. And wala I had a pillow. It is really soft and comfy too! :)

Pajama Pants

I bought a pajama pattern in my son's size awhile back. I have never sewn anything using a pattern before. It was pretty interesting to say the least. The pants pattern took me forever to even see how in the world it was going to turn into pants. Reading the pattern was much more complicated than I imagined it would be. It took me the longest time to figure out how to sew the crotch inseam. I seriously sewed and unstitched it four times. I worked on this part for probably an hour. Once I finally figured out how to do it, all I could think was I can't believe this is all I had to do this whole time! So my first attempt at pants took a lot longer than I expected it to but I did get them finished. They were a little baggy but I did make them a size up from what he's wearing now. He wore them to bed last night and they were still intact this morning so I will consider that a success! (The green ones)

We went to Hobby Lobby last night and in the remnant section they had a really cute fabric(the tan animal print) that just happened to be the exact amount I needed to make his pants. So I bought it and I made pants out of it tonight. This time I knew what I was doing and I had a complete pair of pants in about 30 minutes or so. I also made these a little smaller since the others were baggy. I think I understand the pattern reading a little better now so maybe I can start using them without getting upset!

Fleece Scarves

I bought a lot of fleece remnants a little while back. They were super cheap, I think I paid maybe $1.50 for each piece. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them. Today I decided I would turn them into scarves. I made two different types. They were both really easy to make and to complete both of them it took me about 30 minutes.

The one in the top picture I just cut 2 pieces that are about 4 inches wide across the length of the fabric which I think was about 60". Then I took those pieces and sewed the ends together so I had a super long piece of fleece. Then I sewed it down the middle bunching the fabric up as I went down. Some of the spots got skipped so I had to go back and sew the bunching down. Once I got the bunching figured out it was easy to do. It turned out ruffled and when I put it on, it twisted down the length of it which is really cute.

The one in the second picture is a fringe scarf. This one I cut two pieces of fabric that were the same length and width. Then I sewed the pieces together, straight down the middle. After I had the middle seam, I sewed another seem on each side of the middle seam. So then I had three seams running the length of the scarf. Then I took my scissors and cut down each side about every 1/2 inch. This made the fringe. This one looks really full and cute on. The fringe gives it a neat texture. In all this one took less than 10 minutes to make. It was so easy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Computer Chair Upgrade

I decided I would upgrade the poor, old computer chair we had sitting in the garage. It's been out there for over a year now. I still had some of the fabric left over from when I made the pillow mat so I used it. It was super easy to do this. All I needed was the chair, fabric, staple gun, and a little bit of hot glue. The cushion on the top part popped out completely. So I covered it in the fabric and used the staple gun to hold the fabric tightly in place. Then I took the hot glue gun and glued the cushion back into the plastic piece. I'd say this took less than 10 minutes. Then I went to work on the bottom cushion. Unlike the top, this piece isn't in a plastic piece. It did not come off the base. So I just took the fabric and stretched it over the cushion and used the staple gun to hold it in place. I also used a little bit of hot glue to glue down some of the fabric that was ruffling. And that was it. Now I have a totally made-over, dressed up chair. My husband complained I stole his chair but I just told him it's still his it's just pink now. :) I forgot to take a before picture but it was just a plain ole black computer chair.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lego Block Table

Before, During, and After:

So for the past 2 days I've been slowly putting together a Lego table for Gus. In all reality, it could have been finished in under an hour but it's hard to let paint and glue sit while a 2 year old is running around. So I ended up doing the painting and gluing while he was down for the night or napping. Tonight I finally got it completely done. It was finished enough that he got to play with it with his cousin and friends yesterday during Thanksgiving but tonight I got the "road" stripes put on it. It turned out really cute and he loves it. I think it is his new favorite thing. It was super easy to make.

All I did was: paint the top of the little table we already had with black chalkboard paint (which was leftover from painting his closet door and Janelle's wall, haha). After the paint was dry I took the Lego Duplo base plate and used liquid nail to attach it to the table. I sat a heavy paint can on it to push it down while it dried. Tonight, I took some white paint and painted the "road" stripes around the edge of the table so he can play with his cars on the road. My stripes got a little (well a lot) crooked but I don't think he will mind ;)

Here is the original post I got the idea from:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pillow Mat Project

So I got my sewing machine a little over a month ago. Before I bought it, I had never used one before. I have pretty much just thrown myself into it. So far I have managed to make things that look like they're supposed to. I made Halloween costumes for our family and people were able to tell what they were so I will consider that a success. I have encountered A LOT of trial and error, sewing is a lot harder than I expected. But I'm getting the hand of it slowly. (At least I think so.)

So lately I've been finding all these really neat ideas for Christmas gifts on Pinterest. I found a pillow mat and thought I could make one for my niece out of the fabric I had from a chair re-upholstery. (The company sent the wrong fabric three times!! Finally I decided to just keep it since they wanted me to have it so badly.) So I found the tutorial here.... Instead of a duvet cover, I used 3 yards of material but ended up cutting about a foot off the bottom. The instructions were easy to follow, however, I had a hard time working with hemming fabric that was 9 feet long. I got it to work with a few extra hands from Jimmy though. Overall, it took me about an hour and a half to complete, which is longer than most that I saw, but hey I'm learning. Overall, it turned out really cute. I don't have the four pillows for it yet so I just stuffed random ones in it to see how it'll look. Yes, there are actually four pillows in it. I folded one under to prop the head spot up. The different size pillows made it look crooked in the picture but it's really not. I'm pretty proud of it! I think the best part is the pillows can be taken out so you can wash the fabric.

I plan on making two more of these (one for my son and his friend) but I think I'll do it a little differently. I will definitely cut the fabric down into smaller pieces and then sew those together. Working with 9 feet of fabric was a major pain in the butt for me. I think this will make it much easier and faster next time!