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Halloween Eye Chart Pillow & Printable!! {plus file sizes to print it BIG!}

7 Sep
Chevron Halloween Eye Chart Pillow
You may know this about me —
I am a Halloween fanatic.
I get so excited when Fall hits!!!halloween eye chart printable chevron

I have loved seeing eye chart projects lately and I thought it would be so fun to make one for Halloween!! I made a Halloween Eye Chart Pillow for this spooky season, and then, just for fun I made a printable to share with YOU!
halloween eye chart pillow
{and.. scroll down to the end to get the FREE **Printable** Eye Chart Files!!}
To make the pillow, this is what I did: 

5 steps
  1. I created the eye chart in my Silhouette Studio program.
  2. I flipped the lettering so that it was backward.
  3. I printed out the lettering on Heat Transfer Paper.
  4. I ironed the lettering onto white canvas.
  5. I cut out the chevron material – 1 inch longer in width and length than the pillow form.
  6. I pinned the lettered fabric to the chevron front panel and used a zig zag stitch to sew the pillow together.
the printable halloween eye chart
Now I have a fun little pillow for this Spooky Season!!
And — I made a printable version to share with you!
All you need to do is click on the download button and you can print off a copy for your home.
And I included a little chevron just for fun!!  
You can choose between Orange or Grey.

Here’s the orange version:
Halloween Eye Chart (Orange) tatertotsandjello.comhttp://www.scribd.com/embeds/63514716/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-677ctilhaxlvaatko74
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And here’s the grey version:
Halloween Eye Chart (Grey) tatertotsandjello.comhttp://www.scribd.com/embeds/63514492/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-1h0ly3xto1b9dkjqn564
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PLUS, I have also included a way to print these off BIG!!
Here is a link to the .JPEG files — so you can send these down to Costco or similar and get them printed out in a BIG size!!

The one I printed fits PERFECTLY in an Ikea 19 3/4 x 15  1/2 frame (IKEA Ribba (200.783.33)). You can send the file down to Costco and they can print it up THE SAME DAY. It cost $6 to print!!!


Here’s the full collection of PDF printables, hosted on Scribd.
  Just click the download button to download the PDF. If you’re going to print these at Costco or some other photo processing shop, you might prefer to use the .JPG or .PNG files, linked below the Scribd files.

 Note that there are five (5!) versions. The first is a “fancy” version that includes all of the classic eye chart numbers and frippery.

The two 8.5 x 11 ones are above, and here’s the PDF version of the “fancy” one in 8.5 x 11. After that I’ve linked all the sizes in PDF, JPG and PNG.

Halloween Eye Chart 8.5×11 (Orange Fancy) tatertotsandjello.comhttp://www.scribd.com/embeds/64132723/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-vdv2d2vpuflpt7e1672
(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js”; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();

If you don’t want to use the scribd links above, you can download the PDF versions to print at home using these links:
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange PDF
8.5×11 Orange PDF
8.5×11 Gray PDF
(Bigger sizes won’t work for PDF)

 If you’re planning to print these at Costco or another photo printing place, I recommend you use these JPG files. Warning: they’re huge files, especially the ones for the large frames.
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange JPG
8.5×11 Orange JPG
8.5×11 Gray JPG
Big Frame Orange JPG
Big Frame Gray JPG

 And if the JPG files aren’t working for you, you can also use these PNG file links instead. Warning: they’re fairly large files, especially the ones for the large frames.
8.5×11 “Fancy” Orange PNG
8.5×11 Orange PNG
8.5×11 Gray PNG
Big Frame Orange PNG
Big Frame Gray PNG

+++++

***Coming up tomorrow — my Halloween Wreath {there might be some chevron and glitter involved, just sayin….}

PS — It’s
Autumn and time to think about Fall get-togethers, Tailgating and
Autumn revelry. Here are 19 of my favorite Fall Centerpieces that I am
spotlighting at The New Home Ec 🙂
 

Get your Fall party on!!

And be sure to check out Eighteen25’s Halloween Spooktacular – where I shared this project originally. It’s such a fun party!! 
xoxox


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Stenciled Pillows {tutorial} — New Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line!!

22 Aug
Last week I came home to a big box of craftiness!! 

 It was the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line. And let me tell you – this line has things that have never been available before!! 
For one thing, the colors of this line are beautiful — 160 colors to choose from, in all sorts of finishes: Glitter, Pearl, Satin and High Gloss!!

I love this idea — there are special applicator tops that convert paint bottles into tools!! So you can add your paint to the bottle and then screw on an applicator top and you are ready to stencil without having to keep dipping your roller in a paint tray. Not only is it convenient but it also saves on materials and clean up!!


And my favorite thing might be the revolutionary Spray Paint Kit that lets you turn any Martha Stewart paint color into a spray paint.

{What??? Yes, it’s true!!!} 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I am not going to be boxed into a project just based on the limited spray paint colors that are available at the hardware store. Now I have 160 colors of spray painting options for projects. This is genius!!

Plus, there are really cool mediums like Chalkboard, Gilding, Glow-in-the-Dark, Etching, Metal Primer and they work on all crafting surfaces including
wood, metal, glass, ceramic, Terra-cotta and fabric.  PLUS,  it’s
indoor/outdoor safe and  is dishwasher-safe when used on glass. And it’s non-toxic, so it’s safe to use around your kiddos. Amazing!! 

 Just think of the project possibilities – the sky’s the limit!! 

I was on vacation when my package arrived, so I only had one day to play with the products, but I am SO excited to try out all of the different products in this line.

And the stencils are FAB!!

I made a few different pillows for my new Kitchen Makeover.

Stenciled Pillows Tutorial:

 

  • Measure your pillow form and add 2 inch to the width and length of your pre-washed fabric.
 
  • Add Paint and Fabric Medium to Roller Container.

  • I found the trick was to roll the paint on and then use the smaller sponge to smooth the paint over the fabric. This smoothed the paint and made the surface even. 
  • Then, once the painted dried, I ironed the pillow fronts to “set” the paint. This makes the paint washable.
  •  The last thing I did was I sewed the pillows together. And guess what?? I made my first zippered pillows. So fun!! A tutorial on that coming up soon!! 
 

I also made two other pillows using Martha Stewart supplies. The first was I made over this star pillow. I used the Spray Paint Kit. It was incredible. It works just like regular spray paint!! It is a little pricey — so save your 40% off coupons 🙂 **I have a link to a coupon at the bottom of this post.


Then I used one of the special brushes to make lines on the pillow. I love that it looks hand done!

 

And the last pillow I made I added rows of ruffle fabric and stenciled the word “Family” with another of the Martha Stewart Stencils.

I had such a ball experimenting with this new Martha Stewart craft line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. The product is available at Michaels stores in the US and
Canada starting the last week of August. You will love all of the possibilities this new line will bring to your creative projects!!

**Here is a link to a 40% off Michael’s coupon

All opinions are 100% mine.
Full post disclosure here.
And, there are so many wonderful tutorials using this line coming up in the next two weeks from dozens of creative bloggers. I can’t wait to see all of the fun projects!! Be sure to check out the ones today from: 
Have a Wonderful Day!! 

And if you want more information, here’s a video from Martha demonstrating this line:
xoxo

PS — If you want to win some product from this new Martha Stewart Craft Paint line, some giveaways will be coming up. I’ll let you know about them. So stay tuned 🙂

10-Minute Refashion Makeover — from Tube Top Dress to Ruffly Skirt!! {tutorial}

5 Jul
header
It’s Summer and the weather has finally started to warm up in Utah, which I am THRILLED about!

I love Summer and my favorite thing to wear around in the Summertime is comfy cotton skirts and flip flops. I was shopping at Kohl’s a few weeks ago, and I saw some little tube dresses. I wasn’t sure if they were dresses or swimsuit coverups, but I loved the navy and white stripes and RUFFLES of one.

I know I can’t pull off a tube dress, so I wondered if I could turn it into a skirt! 

 And for $8 I thought – why not try!!

too short
I stopped at the fabric store and picked up a $2 roll of elastic, and 10 minutes later – I had a comfy, stylish new summer skirt. 
I am so pleased with it!!
before
Here’s what I did to transform the tube dress into a sassy summer skirt: 

wide elastic
  • I took the elastic and wrapped it around my waist and cut the elastic.
pin it
  • Then I folded the tube part of the dress over on top of itself and sewed it shut at the bottom. I left a 3 inch section open so I could thread the elastic through.
thread the elastic through
  • I threaded the elastic through the open part of the tube and brought both ends together through the 3 inch seam. Then I sewed the two pieces of elastic together with my sewing machine. Then I sewed the seam shut.
after
And that is it!! In 10 minutes you can go from a short, revealing tube dress to a more covered up skirt. And I really think the skirt is cuter and easier to wear while chasing kids around for the summer.
header

Here are a few other Summer Refashions:

Giant Flower Bag

$5 Anthro-Inspired Shirt Refashion

Nautical Ruffled Necklace

Anthro-Inspired Nautical Necklace

$4 Anthro-Inspired T-Shirt Refashion

20-Minute Sweater Refashion

Have a Fabulous Day! 

xoxoxo

PS –I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

Fast and Easy Pleated Ruffle Ottoman Slipcover {tutorial}!!

27 Jun
Fast and Easy Pleated Ottoman Slipcover!
Chevron Slipcover Tutorial

I recently ordered this pretty blue chevron material fabric.com. 
I love the color because it can go in almost any room in my house.
chevron ottoman and pillows
I bought this ottoman at a discount store about 15 years ago and for the past 5 years it’s been sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover. So I decided to give it a little facelift with my new fabric.
ottoman before
This was my first slipcover project, and I kind of made it up as I went along. 


Here’s what I did:

  • The first thing I did was I measure the top of the ottoman and added 1 inch to the width and the height.

  • Then I measured the width of the sides of the ottoman and left about 2 inches for the pleated ruffle.
  • I drew the picture on a piece of paper with the measurements. I am a visual person and this is the best way I could figure this project out.
  • Then I cut out the top of the ottoman and all four sides.
top and sides inside out
  • I sewed the sides of the ottoman onto the top of the ottoman cover.
sew on the top and sides of the slipcover
  • And then I sewed the sides up. I made the seam allowances as small as I could because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough room to fit the cover over the ottoman.
sew up the sides
  • Luckily the cover turned out to be the perfect size once it was sewn. 
 

  • Now I turned my attention to the pleated ruffle.

sew the ruffle
  • I measured the circumference of the ottoman and added 150% to the total. Then I measured 5 inches high and folded the material so that the ruffle was 2.5 inches high. I sewed the ruffle and then ironed it so it was flat.
pin in 6 sections
  • Now the next step is how you get the ruffles to be even. Take your huge circle of ruffle fabric and pin one section to one end of the ottoman cover. Then take the opposite side of the ruffle material and pin it to the opposite side of the ottoman cover. Do this on all four corners. Then do it again in between each section — so you have eight sections pinned.
     Now you have an even amount of material in between each section so when you make your pleats, all of the pleats and the number of pleats should be the same.  Now take the ruffle fabric and make 1 inch pleats every inch or so. And this part of the slipcover is tedious, but so worth it once you are done!
pin in 1 inch sections
  • Once the ruffle was pinned, I sewed it onto the inside of the slipcover.
pin in 1 inch pleats
 And then I was done!!

I just love my new slipcover. It totally transforms the look of the ottoman – totally updating it!!

chvron ottoman cover
And, just for fun – I made a couple of matching pillow covers.
They look so good in my living room. And, they would also fit in perfectly in my bedroom too!!
chevron ottoman

xoxox

PS — We made it home this morning. 22 hours on planes and in airports and we’re home sweet home!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Fast and Easy Pleated Ruffle Ottoman Slipcover {tutorial}!!

27 Jun
Fast and Easy Pleated Ottoman Slipcover!
Chevron Slipcover Tutorial

I recently ordered this pretty blue chevron material fabric.com. 
I love the color because it can go in almost any room in my house.
chevron ottoman and pillows
I bought this ottoman at a discount store about 15 years ago and for the past 5 years it’s been sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover. So I decided to give it a little facelift with my new fabric.
ottoman before
This was my first slipcover project, and I kind of made it up as I went along. 


Here’s what I did:

  • The first thing I did was I measure the top of the ottoman and added 1 inch to the width and the height.

  • Then I measured the width of the sides of the ottoman and left about 2 inches for the pleated ruffle.
  • I drew the picture on a piece of paper with the measurements. I am a visual person and this is the best way I could figure this project out.
  • Then I cut out the top of the ottoman and all four sides.
top and sides inside out
  • I sewed the sides of the ottoman onto the top of the ottoman cover.
sew on the top and sides of the slipcover
  • And then I sewed the sides up. I made the seam allowances as small as I could because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough room to fit the cover over the ottoman.
sew up the sides
  • Luckily the cover turned out to be the perfect size once it was sewn. 
 

  • Now I turned my attention to the pleated ruffle.

sew the ruffle
  • I measured the circumference of the ottoman and added 150% to the total. Then I measured 5 inches high and folded the material so that the ruffle was 2.5 inches high. I sewed the ruffle and then ironed it so it was flat.
pin in 6 sections
  • Now the next step is how you get the ruffles to be even. Take your huge circle of ruffle fabric and pin one section to one end of the ottoman cover. Then take the opposite side of the ruffle material and pin it to the opposite side of the ottoman cover. Do this on all four corners. Then do it again in between each section — so you have eight sections pinned.
     Now you have an even amount of material in between each section so when you make your pleats, all of the pleats and the number of pleats should be the same.  Now take the ruffle fabric and make 1 inch pleats every inch or so. And this part of the slipcover is tedious, but so worth it once you are done!
pin in 1 inch sections
  • Once the ruffle was pinned, I sewed it onto the inside of the slipcover.
pin in 1 inch pleats
 And then I was done!!

I just love my new slipcover. It totally transforms the look of the ottoman – totally updating it!!

chvron ottoman cover
And, just for fun – I made a couple of matching pillow covers.
They look so good in my living room. And, they would also fit in perfectly in my bedroom too!!
chevron ottoman

xoxox

PS — We made it home this morning. 22 hours on planes and in airports and we’re home sweet home!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Make a Summer Reading Tent/Teepee!! {tutorial}

17 Jun
summer reading teepee
Summer’s here, let the fun begin!!!
Although we plan to spend plenty of time at the pool and goofing around this Summer, I always try to emphasize reading and quiet time too.
ella and trixie in the reading teepee tent
So I decided to make a Reading Tent.
After thinking about it for a few days, the plan kind of evolved into more of a teepee than a tent, but I am really pleased with how it turned out.
hannah and ella reading in the teepee
Now, I have only been sewing for about a year, so this project was a little tricky and did involve a little swearing LOL. The seams turned out a little wonky, but overall I am so happy with the way it turned out. 
And more importantly, the kids love it. 
Even my 15-year-old wants to spend some time in the Reading Teepee!!
reading teepee header
Here’s a little rundown of what I did if you might want to make one for your house.
top view of the reading teepee

I considered buying wood for the teepee sides, but decided to go with PVC pipes. Not only are they cheaper, but with the joints you can buy, it’s like putting legos together.

And I was able to construct a base that will retain it’s shape and hold up better with rambunctious kids. With PVC pipes, you can make any shape you want. From a square tent, to a house, to a teepee!!

putting the frame together
When we got home we mapped out the area we wanted the tent to be. I decided that 6 feet in width and length was a good size. Jeff helped me with this part. He also has this really cool PVC pipe cutter tool which fascinated and scared me. It’s so dangerous looking!!
cool and scary PVC tool
Once we cut the pipes, we put the 8 foot poles in the t-joints and drilled holes in the tops of the poles. We secured the poles at the top with zipties, but you could use string too.
drill holes and zip tie
Now I started on the tricky part – making the cover. I picked up some tablecloths that were on clearance at Target. But as I was thinking about it later, you could totally use drop clothes, and not only would it be cheaper, but the seams wouldn’t show as much. 
The PVC pipes cost $17 and the tables clothes $21 = total cost of about $40
put the frame together
I measured one panel and cut that size out of my material. I added a couple of inches to each seam just in case. Then I held it up to the PVC panel and pinned it onto the panel. Make sure to pin the material BACKWARDS If you are using material that has a right or wrong side. You want your seams to face outwards.
clearance tablecloths
I did this with each of the panels and then I pinned them together while they were on the teepee frame. Use TONS of pins, you want to be able to see where to sew each of the seams and not get confused once you take the material off the teepee frame.
pin the panel on the frame
Once it was all pinned, I took the slipcover upstairs and sewed the whole thing together. Then I flipped it right side out and put it back on the frame.
sew the bottom
Now I hemmed the bottom of the slipcover. I left a couple of extra inches at the bottom, so it could be tucked under. I also sewed velcro ties every couple of feet on the slipcover. These velcro ties wrap around the PVC pipes at the bottom of the frame.
velcro ties
And I also cut a slit in the one side of the teepee for the entrance. I cut it about 4 feet high. Then I took the cover back up and sewed the bottom of the slipcover and also hemmed the front slit. To cover up the rough edges of the slit, I sewed ribbon over those edges, so when the tent flaps are folded back, the ribbon shows.
sew a ribbon on the edge

I also made a cushion for the bottom of the teepee with an old duvet and covered it with leftover material. The last thing I did was installed a chandelier that I had leftover from my oldest daughter’s room. I ziptied it to the top of the teepee poles, so the kids can have light if they are reading in the evening, or if they want to have a camp out in the teepee.

reading teepee tent at night with chandelier
reading teepee at night from above
I also made a Reading Bin where they can store the books they are reading. 
I printed out the “Read This” saying with my Silhouette machine.
the book bin summer reading
And I keep  a bowl of Smarties in the reading tent as a little treat.
Reading = makes you smart (ie)!!
smartie reading teepee prize
Happy Summer!!
hannah and trixie in the reading teepee
And just to clarify, the Reading Teepee will end up permanently in our basement, but the light is so bad down there, that I set it up outside to get some better pictures 🙂 
xoxo 
 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Make a Summer Reading Tent/Teepee!! {tutorial}

17 Jun
summer reading teepee
Summer’s here, let the fun begin!!!
Although we plan to spend plenty of time at the pool and goofing around this Summer, I always try to emphasize reading and quiet time too.
ella and trixie in the reading teepee tent
So I decided to make a Reading Tent.
After thinking about it for a few days, the plan kind of evolved into more of a teepee than a tent, but I am really pleased with how it turned out.
hannah and ella reading in the teepee
Now, I have only been sewing for about a year, so this project was a little tricky and did involve a little swearing LOL. The seams turned out a little wonky, but overall I am so happy with the way it turned out. 
And more importantly, the kids love it. 
Even my 15-year-old wants to spend some time in the Reading Teepee!!
reading teepee header
Here’s a little rundown of what I did if you might want to make one for your house.
top view of the reading teepee

I considered buying wood for the teepee sides, but decided to go with PVC pipes. Not only are they cheaper, but with the joints you can buy, it’s like putting legos together.

And I was able to construct a base that will retain it’s shape and hold up better with rambunctious kids. With PVC pipes, you can make any shape you want. From a square tent, to a house, to a teepee!!

putting the frame together
When we got home we mapped out the area we wanted the tent to be. I decided that 6 feet in width and length was a good size. Jeff helped me with this part. He also has this really cool PVC pipe cutter tool which fascinated and scared me. It’s so dangerous looking!!
cool and scary PVC tool
Once we cut the pipes, we put the 8 foot poles in the t-joints and drilled holes in the tops of the poles. We secured the poles at the top with zipties, but you could use string too.
drill holes and zip tie
Now I started on the tricky part – making the cover. I picked up some tablecloths that were on clearance at Target. But as I was thinking about it later, you could totally use drop clothes, and not only would it be cheaper, but the seams wouldn’t show as much. 
The PVC pipes cost $17 and the tables clothes $21 = total cost of about $40
put the frame together
I measured one panel and cut that size out of my material. I added a couple of inches to each seam just in case. Then I held it up to the PVC panel and pinned it onto the panel. Make sure to pin the material BACKWARDS If you are using material that has a right or wrong side. You want your seams to face outwards.
clearance tablecloths
I did this with each of the panels and then I pinned them together while they were on the teepee frame. Use TONS of pins, you want to be able to see where to sew each of the seams and not get confused once you take the material off the teepee frame.
pin the panel on the frame
Once it was all pinned, I took the slipcover upstairs and sewed the whole thing together. Then I flipped it right side out and put it back on the frame.
sew the bottom
Now I hemmed the bottom of the slipcover. I left a couple of extra inches at the bottom, so it could be tucked under. I also sewed velcro ties every couple of feet on the slipcover. These velcro ties wrap around the PVC pipes at the bottom of the frame.
velcro ties
And I also cut a slit in the one side of the teepee for the entrance. I cut it about 4 feet high. Then I took the cover back up and sewed the bottom of the slipcover and also hemmed the front slit. To cover up the rough edges of the slit, I sewed ribbon over those edges, so when the tent flaps are folded back, the ribbon shows.
sew a ribbon on the edge

I also made a cushion for the bottom of the teepee with an old duvet and covered it with leftover material. The last thing I did was installed a chandelier that I had leftover from my oldest daughter’s room. I ziptied it to the top of the teepee poles, so the kids can have light if they are reading in the evening, or if they want to have a camp out in the teepee.

reading teepee tent at night with chandelier
reading teepee at night from above
I also made a Reading Bin where they can store the books they are reading. 
I printed out the “Read This” saying with my Silhouette machine.
the book bin summer reading
And I keep  a bowl of Smarties in the reading tent as a little treat.
Reading = makes you smart (ie)!!
smartie reading teepee prize
Happy Summer!!
hannah and trixie in the reading teepee
And just to clarify, the Reading Teepee will end up permanently in our basement, but the light is so bad down there, that I set it up outside to get some better pictures 🙂 
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"Summer Social" Guest Project — The Surfer’s Poncho {tutorial}

15 Jun
Woohoo!!!
I can’t believe I’m here guesting for Jen on Tatertots & Jello! 
My name is Kyla and I’m visiting you from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe!

I feel like the kid from the Willy Wonka movie
who yells – “Look at me! I’m on TV!”
That’s seriously how awesome this is for me.
I adore Jen and hope to meet her in real ASAP!

I’ve lived all over the country.
Born in Las Vegas, jr. high and high school in Iowa,
a summer in Kentucky, college years in Utah and now I’m settled
in fabulous Orange County, California.
I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have two crazy munchkins.
I’m a second grade teacher, turned creative blogging enthusiast, and I tend to the
obsessive – just ask my husband 🙂
I have an Etsy shop, do day care full time, and love blogging on my crafty blog

Today I’m sharing a fun summer project that
I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.
 

I found the towels over a year ago at a Black Friday sale
and I just knew they’d come in handy one day.

It’s the Surfer’s Poncho –
or a new spin on the classic and much loved, hooded towel.

We have swimming lessons starting in a week
and one thing that drives me crazy is
the dragging of the towels across the parking lot or
the crying 2 year old because she can’t keep her towel
on and she’s “freezing”.
The insanity!!!!

So I was brainstorming with my husband about
the problem – he’s a good sounding board –
and he said, “You should make a surfer’s towel.”
And I was like, huh?
He explained that surfers cut holes in the top
of a towel so they have a makeshift changing room on the beach.
The towels don’t fall off – because they are poncho style.
So I changed the plans a little bit and this is what I came up with.

Surfer Poncho Tutorial:

What you’ll need: 
1 large towel 
1 hand towel 
thread 
sewing machine

 

  • STEP ONE:  Fold your hand towel in half.
    You can use the decorative edge or a finished edge of the
    towel to save you the time of having to “hem” the outside edge.
    Lay your pattern down and pin.
    I used a hood from a hooded towel we already had
    to make my pattern.

 

  • STEP TWO
    Cut your hood pieces out, cutting a little extra for seam allowance
    if you didn’t already allow for that in the sizing.
    I added extra, because the pattern was actually for my
    daughter’s towel and my son has a BIG-ger head 🙂

 

  • STEP THREE:
    Sew around the outside edge where the arrows outline.
    I sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance with a zig zag stitch
    and then went over the seam again with a straight stitch. 
  • STEP FOUR: 
    Fold your towel in half lengthwise to form the poncho.
    Then, find the center of the folded edge.
    You could measure and be exact, but I folded it in half again
    and marked with a pin. 
  • STEP FIVE: 
    Use the neck hole of a shirt and make a pattern
    piece for the neck opening.
    You can also estimate and eye it if you’re comfortable with that.

     

  • STEP SIX
    Open up your neck opening and pin down the front
    half of the ellipse.
    Then sew a 1/4″ seam around the pinned edge –
    again I did a zig zag and then a straight stitch. 

 

  • STEP SEVEN: 
    Find the center of the back part of the ellipse and mark with a pin.
    Then match the center of the hood to the center of the ellipse
    and pin the hood to the poncho right sides together. 

  • STEP EIGHT: 
    Sew the hood to the poncho with a 1/4″ seam.
    I did a zig zag and went back over with a straight stitch.
    Woohoo! Now you have a Surfer Poncho!
  • STEP NINE: 
    Time to add the pocket.
    I grabbed my son’s sweatshirt and took a pattern from the pocket.

     

  • STEP TEN: 
    Cut a little extra for seam allowances, then fold the edges
    under where the arrows are and sew down the raw edge
    so you have a finished edge.
  • STEP ELEVEN
    Position in the pocket where you’d like it to lay.
    Then, holding the top edge of the pocket in place,
    flip the pocket up toward the hood,
    so that with right sides are together now.
    Sew with a 1/4″ seam along the top seam –
    that looks like the bottom seam of the pocket right now. 
  • STEP TWELVE
    After you’ve sewn the top seam,
    flip it back down and sew the bottom portion down,
    leave the holes open for the pocket.
And there you have it – The Surfer’s Poncho!
 
And just in case you have a Surfette 🙂 
Thank you so much for having me, Jen!

I hope you’ll all come visit me at Funky PolkaDot Giraffe sometime.

Thanks Kyla!!! 
Those Surfer Hoodie Towels are just adorable!!
Kyla is one of my favorite bloggers and twitter friends!! 
It is incredible to me how much she gets done!! 
Here are some of my favorite Kyla ideas:
{And, if you don’t want to make one, Kyla sells them in her cute etsy shop}
{Check out her Rainbow Jello – so colorful and fun!}
{And Kyla makes the cutest Korker Hair Korkers – find out how to make them!}
Be sure to stop by Funky Polka Dot Giraffe – you will be glad you did!!
And, be sure to check back for more 
Summer Social Ideas
ALL Summer long!!
It’s going to be SO fun!!! 
xoxoxo