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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

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Guest Project — Make Stamped Initial Cuff Links!! {Father’s Day gift idea}

26 May


Hi, everyone! 

I’m Julie
from Less-Than-Perfect
Life of Bliss
& I’m happy to be here today to show you how to
make Dad some  
 

Stamped Initial Cuff Links for Father’s Day!
Even beginner crafters
can do this project in less than 20 minutes, & when you’re done, you’ll
have a great personalized gift that will really show Dad how much you love him!
You’ll need: 

  • a few scraps
    of light-colored fabric ( I chose beige linen), 
  • some bezel cuff links (found
    where jewelry making supplies are sold)
  • a small covered button kit
  • some mini
    alphabet stamps 
  • ink pad
  • some strong adhesive such as E-6000.

Start by cutting the
fabric in two small squares, approximately 1 inch X 1 inch each.
Next, stamp Dad’s
initials onto the fabric.
Follow the
instructions for making the covered button, being careful to keep the stamped
initial centered on the front of the button.
  Then use the point of a
pair of pliers or other tool to bend the shank of the button over & allow
the button to lie flat.
Now you’re ready to
attach the buttons to the cuff links! Using E-6000 or another strong adhesive,
carefully glue the buttons into the bezels of the cuff links.

That’s it! A
super-easy project that’s a lot of fun as well!

And Dad’s favorite part will be knowing that you made them especially
for him!
Wow – I love that idea Julie!! 
Thanks for the awesome Father’s Day idea and tutorial! 
Julie has a fabulous blog. I love featuring her ideas. 
Here are some of my favorites: 
{Check out Julie’s Silhouette Jewelry Tutorial!}
{She is also an amazing DIYer – check out this beautiful Apple Green TV Console Makeover}
{Her Chalk Paint Table takes my breath away}
{And Julie sews too! What a cute Little Girl’s Ruffle Skirt}
Be sure to head over to
Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss 
and follow along for great ideas!! 

xoxo

PS — I guest posting today with a project today at Positively Splendid
our  
Family Summer Bucket List!! 
Come say hi!!

Guest Project — Make Stamped Initial Cuff Links!! {Father’s Day gift idea}

26 May


Hi, everyone! 

I’m Julie
from Less-Than-Perfect
Life of Bliss
& I’m happy to be here today to show you how to
make Dad some  
 

Stamped Initial Cuff Links for Father’s Day!
Even beginner crafters
can do this project in less than 20 minutes, & when you’re done, you’ll
have a great personalized gift that will really show Dad how much you love him!
You’ll need: 

  • a few scraps
    of light-colored fabric ( I chose beige linen), 
  • some bezel cuff links (found
    where jewelry making supplies are sold)
  • a small covered button kit
  • some mini
    alphabet stamps 
  • ink pad
  • some strong adhesive such as E-6000.

Start by cutting the
fabric in two small squares, approximately 1 inch X 1 inch each.
Next, stamp Dad’s
initials onto the fabric.
Follow the
instructions for making the covered button, being careful to keep the stamped
initial centered on the front of the button.
  Then use the point of a
pair of pliers or other tool to bend the shank of the button over & allow
the button to lie flat.
Now you’re ready to
attach the buttons to the cuff links! Using E-6000 or another strong adhesive,
carefully glue the buttons into the bezels of the cuff links.

That’s it! A
super-easy project that’s a lot of fun as well!

And Dad’s favorite part will be knowing that you made them especially
for him!
Wow – I love that idea Julie!! 
Thanks for the awesome Father’s Day idea and tutorial! 
Julie has a fabulous blog. I love featuring her ideas. 
Here are some of my favorites: 
{Check out Julie’s Silhouette Jewelry Tutorial!}
{She is also an amazing DIYer – check out this beautiful Apple Green TV Console Makeover}
{Her Chalk Paint Table takes my breath away}
{And Julie sews too! What a cute Little Girl’s Ruffle Skirt}
Be sure to head over to
Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss 
and follow along for great ideas!! 

xoxo

PS — I guest posting today with a project today at Positively Splendid
our  
Family Summer Bucket List!! 
Come say hi!!

Guest Project — Make a Spring Subway Art CLOCK {with free printable}

5 Apr

Aloooooooha!
I’m Charlie, from Attempting Aloha and I’m visiting you today from the sunny island of Oahu! Wait!! Don’t leave because you’re jealous!! Can’t we still be friends? I promise not to brag about heading to the beach weekly or about doing yardwork and getting tanlines too much… 😉  Truly, I mostly just stay inside and work on our home renovations anyway (my hubs is in residency, so most of it gets done all by my lonesome). But if I find a contest for whitest legs on the island, I’m entering (only if food or cash is involved, of course)!
As Jen is the queen of all things subway art, I asked her if I could share one of my subway art clocks with you wonderful peeps. And she said Yes! And then I fainted. But I’m back. And here I am chilling with 11,000++++ of the coolest people on the planet. Can I say ALOOOOOHA and Mahalo to Jen for just being so dang wonderful?!
Back to business. Oh, but  here’s what I look like in case you’re the kind who likes to know who you’re dealing with:

And here’s my blog:


OK, so I’ve done a few clock make-overs during my 5 months of blogging (see my header…). And one was a subway art one for my daughter’s teacher as a Christmas gift. For that one I used a holiday clock I’d found at Walgreen’s for just over $3. They were a little more complicated since they’re wider than a standard 8.5″x11″ piece of paper, so I searched for a clock that would be easily accessible across the country and also had a face smaller than 8.5″.
Enter Wal-mart. Yes, folks, they truly do have everything. And chances are, there’s probably one near you or that ships to you.  So here’s the clock I chose:

Yep, he’s a pretty boring little fellah, but he was the size I needed, and the prize ($4) was awesome enough!  I chose black, so I could show you how easy it is to spray paint them, but it also comes in white and red, and spray paint comes in a huge range of colors!
Here we go!
Step 1)  Take your clock apart. You’ll need a small screwdriver to remove the 7 screws in the back. Then the frame comes off, and the glass comes out.

Step 2)  If you’re going to spray paint your frame, be sure to cover up the hands. I just used a paper towel and taped it down. I’m classy like that. 😉  I did one coat of spray primer and one coat of spray paint. Worked great! I also chose to use a black acrylic craft paint to paint the red second hand black. It felt a little high-school-gym-ish with the one red hand…

Step 3)  Later, when you slip the new clock face on, the little tail end of the second hand will be a problem if left as is, so I simply clipped mine right down with a pair of scissors!

Step 4)  Download and print the clock face. Sscroll to the bottom of this post for the actual downloads. This spring version is available in pink, blue, and green. Be sure your print options don’t say anything like, “fit to print margins” as that will shrink the clock face, and it won’t fit properly. It should fit just right. Then you’ll cut it out right along the outside black circle and then cut out the small black center circle as well. Then go to your kindergartener’s school supply stash and bust out the glue sticks!! Purple is preferred but optional. 😉 
Push all three hands together (Ehhh…that would be hands on the clock. Sorry if that was confusing for all of you out there with three actual hands…and might I add that you are the envy of every mother with more than two children…) and slip your new clock face over them. My pic was taken before I painted the red hand, but you get the picture, right?

Be sure to push out the bubbles like in that last pic.

Step 5) There are a couple tricks to putting your clock back together. First, I recommend putting a battery in, so you can make sure the clock hands are working properly. Tilt it up like it’s hanging on the wall and watch it go around at least a full minute. I had somehow bumped my hour hand loose, so when I tilted it up, it immediately flopped down to 6:00. It just took a little bit of tweaking. I just pushed down on that one hand and set it until it was firm on there.

Then put your glass back on, and you’re in business!

Here are the faces available to download for free! I’ve made them in green, pink, and blue. Simply click on the down arrow underneath the image to download in pdf format.
http://www.embedit.in/XmdAugL8WB.swf
http://www.embedit.in/DMO4Zp6aUm.swf
http://www.embedit.in/Yub9q6Yg5y.swf

Such a fun way to add personality to something so functional! And it took less than 15 minutes!  I think I’ll be making them for summer, 4th of July, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Stop by my blog if you’re looking for a quick way to change up your home for the seasons or holidays!  We love tourists any time of year. 😉
Aloha, and thanks again to Jen for letting me chill over here today!
Charlie

 Holy Moly, Charlie — I love that clock!! 

What a cute idea!! 
And thanks for the free printable so WE can make them too!!!
If you haven’t been over to Attempting Alohayou are missing out!
Here are some of my favorite projects she has done lately: 
{I love these pretty Pleated Drapes}
{This is such a great idea — she made Faux Grain Sack Chairs, stamped with places they’ve lived!!}
And so many other awesome tutorials.  
Attempting Aloha is one of my newest favorites!!


xoxo



 

Guest Project — Make a Spring Subway Art CLOCK {with free printable}

5 Apr

Aloooooooha!
I’m Charlie, from Attempting Aloha and I’m visiting you today from the sunny island of Oahu! Wait!! Don’t leave because you’re jealous!! Can’t we still be friends? I promise not to brag about heading to the beach weekly or about doing yardwork and getting tanlines too much… 😉  Truly, I mostly just stay inside and work on our home renovations anyway (my hubs is in residency, so most of it gets done all by my lonesome). But if I find a contest for whitest legs on the island, I’m entering (only if food or cash is involved, of course)!
As Jen is the queen of all things subway art, I asked her if I could share one of my subway art clocks with you wonderful peeps. And she said Yes! And then I fainted. But I’m back. And here I am chilling with 11,000++++ of the coolest people on the planet. Can I say ALOOOOOHA and Mahalo to Jen for just being so dang wonderful?!
Back to business. Oh, but  here’s what I look like in case you’re the kind who likes to know who you’re dealing with:

And here’s my blog:


OK, so I’ve done a few clock make-overs during my 5 months of blogging (see my header…). And one was a subway art one for my daughter’s teacher as a Christmas gift. For that one I used a holiday clock I’d found at Walgreen’s for just over $3. They were a little more complicated since they’re wider than a standard 8.5″x11″ piece of paper, so I searched for a clock that would be easily accessible across the country and also had a face smaller than 8.5″.
Enter Wal-mart. Yes, folks, they truly do have everything. And chances are, there’s probably one near you or that ships to you.  So here’s the clock I chose:

Yep, he’s a pretty boring little fellah, but he was the size I needed, and the prize ($4) was awesome enough!  I chose black, so I could show you how easy it is to spray paint them, but it also comes in white and red, and spray paint comes in a huge range of colors!
Here we go!
Step 1)  Take your clock apart. You’ll need a small screwdriver to remove the 7 screws in the back. Then the frame comes off, and the glass comes out.

Step 2)  If you’re going to spray paint your frame, be sure to cover up the hands. I just used a paper towel and taped it down. I’m classy like that. 😉  I did one coat of spray primer and one coat of spray paint. Worked great! I also chose to use a black acrylic craft paint to paint the red second hand black. It felt a little high-school-gym-ish with the one red hand…

Step 3)  Later, when you slip the new clock face on, the little tail end of the second hand will be a problem if left as is, so I simply clipped mine right down with a pair of scissors!

Step 4)  Download and print the clock face. Sscroll to the bottom of this post for the actual downloads. This spring version is available in pink, blue, and green. Be sure your print options don’t say anything like, “fit to print margins” as that will shrink the clock face, and it won’t fit properly. It should fit just right. Then you’ll cut it out right along the outside black circle and then cut out the small black center circle as well. Then go to your kindergartener’s school supply stash and bust out the glue sticks!! Purple is preferred but optional. 😉 
Push all three hands together (Ehhh…that would be hands on the clock. Sorry if that was confusing for all of you out there with three actual hands…and might I add that you are the envy of every mother with more than two children…) and slip your new clock face over them. My pic was taken before I painted the red hand, but you get the picture, right?

Be sure to push out the bubbles like in that last pic.

Step 5) There are a couple tricks to putting your clock back together. First, I recommend putting a battery in, so you can make sure the clock hands are working properly. Tilt it up like it’s hanging on the wall and watch it go around at least a full minute. I had somehow bumped my hour hand loose, so when I tilted it up, it immediately flopped down to 6:00. It just took a little bit of tweaking. I just pushed down on that one hand and set it until it was firm on there.

Then put your glass back on, and you’re in business!

Here are the faces available to download for free! I’ve made them in green, pink, and blue. Simply click on the down arrow underneath the image to download in pdf format.
http://www.embedit.in/XmdAugL8WB.swf
http://www.embedit.in/DMO4Zp6aUm.swf
http://www.embedit.in/Yub9q6Yg5y.swf

Such a fun way to add personality to something so functional! And it took less than 15 minutes!  I think I’ll be making them for summer, 4th of July, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Stop by my blog if you’re looking for a quick way to change up your home for the seasons or holidays!  We love tourists any time of year. 😉
Aloha, and thanks again to Jen for letting me chill over here today!
Charlie

 Holy Moly, Charlie — I love that clock!! 

What a cute idea!! 
And thanks for the free printable so WE can make them too!!!
If you haven’t been over to Attempting Alohayou are missing out!
Here are some of my favorite projects she has done lately: 
{I love these pretty Pleated Drapes}
{This is such a great idea — she made Faux Grain Sack Chairs, stamped with places they’ve lived!!}
And so many other awesome tutorials.  
Attempting Aloha is one of my newest favorites!!


xoxo



 

Guest Project — Make Miniature Dollhouse Drapes!

1 Apr
Greetings, TT&J readers!
I’m honored to be posting here on Jen’s great blog today!

My name is Rhonda, aka Mrs. Greene, which is also the name of my blog.
  I live in a wee little town in Michigan with my awesome husband and our two kitties, Merlin and Abracadabra.

I dabble in all kinds of craft disciplines, including making dollhouse miniatures. Today I am going to share with you how to make some very quick and convincingly realistic lace curtains to dress up your dollhouse windows!

You will need:
  • Lace yardage (old lace curtains or a tablecloth will work well and can be found cheaply at thrift stores)
  • Lace trim
  • Bamboo skewer
  • 4 pony beads
  • Straight pins
  • Needle & thread
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Start by cutting two curtain panels to fit your window. They should each measure about 2 inches longer than you want the finished curtains to hang and at least as wide as the width of the window.

Place the panels so that they overlap slightly along the sides and place the bamboo skewer across the top.

Fold the top edge of the lace over the skewer and pin it into place.

Cut a piece of lace trim the same width as the pair of panels.

Flip the panels over so that the pinned edge is facing down. Lay the lace trim across the top of the panels and pin it into place. Carefully hand-sew along the line of pins through all three layers of lace.

To make a mounting bracket for your curtain rod, stack and glue two pony beads together as shown, with one on its side resting in the hole of the other. Repeat with a second pair of beads.

Glue the ends of the curtain rod (with the curtain on it) into the bead brackets. Be careful to make sure both brackets are glued to the rod at the same angle and make sure that the rod is trimmed to slightly wider than the window before gluing.

To hang the curtains, glue the brackets to the dollhouse wall just above the window. If desired, tie back the curtains with short lengths of ribbon. Your window is now dressed and ready to compliment the rest of your tiny decor!
 Wow Rhonda – that is so cool! 
Whenever I think of dollhouses it reminds me of this Sesame Street segment:
I was obsessed with those teeny tiny spoons!! LOL. 
Rhonda has a really fun blog with cool projects like:
{And if you love dollhouses, Rhonda has great tutorials on making realistic model miniatures like this Cotton Candy Stand}
 Be sure to head over to Mrs. Greene for some great ideas and visit Rhonda over at Dollar Store Crafts where she helps out as well!
xoxo
PS — It’s Friday!! Time for some Crafty Inspiration. Come link up YOUR ideas at the Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight at 6 pm {MST}. It’s my favorite day of the week because I get to see YOUR ideas!!!
xoxo



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Guest Project — Make Embellished Sihouette Wall Art!!

20 Mar

Hello to all of you fabulously creative Tatertots & Jello readers out there!
I’m Sierra from Blue Robin Cottage and I am truly honored to share my Embellished Silhouette wall art tutorial with you! Thank you Jen for giving me this wonderful opportunity! 🙂
I’m a stay at home mother of one adorable daughter and wife to my wonderful rockstar hubby. I’m still fairly new to all of this crafting business but I have enjoyed creating my whole life. I started Blue Robin Cottage because I wanted other woman to be inspired and feel happy and excited about crafting the way that I do! 🙂
I was inspired to create this project when I realized that my poor daughter had no artwork in her room and I just couldn’t have that! So I decided to make my own! 
Here’s what you will need for this project:
*4 different fabric pieces (enough to fit whatever picture frame you are using- I found some that matched      my daughter’s room)
*Enough Pellon to cover the back of each of your fabric pieces (I used about 1 1/2 yards)
*Black card stock
*Embellishments (ribbons, trim, buttons…use what ever you have on hand)
*Small alphabet letter stamp set and black ink pad 
*Hot glue gun (a small tipped glue gun works perfectly for this project)
*Stencils of silhouettes or a Cricut and “A Child’s Year” cartridge
*Triangle template for mini bunting
First, cut out your stencils. If you don’t have a electronic cutting machine, you can print out template silhouettes on the computer, place them overtop your card stock and cut them out by hand. I printed out little girls doing seasonal activities using my “A Child’s Year” cartridge, to go along with my seasons of the year theme. 
Now, measure and cut out the Pellon and piece of fabric to fit the size of your frame (I used the glass in the frame as my template):
Now its time to iron on the Pellon to your fabric. Pellon is a great fabric stiffener. If you didn’t want to use Pellon, you could always glue your fabric to a piece of cardboard or cardstock. I just like to use it because it takes away that translucent look of the fabric.
Iron the Pellon to the fabric by sticking the shiny side of the Pellon facing the back of your piece of fabric. Iron overtop of the right side of the fabric by starting in the middle and ironing out making sure the fabric and Pellon have bonded well. 
Next, hot glue your silhouette onto your fabric piece:
Now its time for the fun part…embellishing your silhouette! This was my favorite part of the project because I could really get creative! 🙂
Think cute details. 🙂 I gave some of the silhouette girls earrings and headbands. Use whatever you have on hand.
To make your mini bunting for this project… make a triangle template using lightweight cardboard. Trace your template on top of your fabric piece and cut out enough triangles to spell out the name of the season:
Use your small stamps to stamp the letters on your bunting triangles:
Then, hot glue ribbon or string across the top of your lovely work of art. Hot glue the mini bunting triangles on top of your ribbon/string.
Here’s an example of the different types of mini bunting I did for each season:
And there you have it! Beautiful artwork that you made and can hang in your child’s room.
I know my daughter is pretty stoked about them. 
You can also make them a little more personal by putting your child’s name on the bunting. I think they would make great gifts don’t you? 🙂
Thanks again for having me! 🙂 
Happy crafting! 
XOXOXO
Absolutely darling!!
Thanks for the fun tutorial, Sierra!!
Be sure to check out Blue Robin Cottage for more cute ideas, like: 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5Q4J9U-fe_Y/TWqziXHbIUI/AAAAAAAACFs/DHozZtRhYEg/s1600/pillows.jpg
And so much more!! 
Be sure to head over to Blue Robin Cottage and say hello to Sierra!! 
xoxoxo

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