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

5 Jul
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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.
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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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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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Guest Project — Make a Zippered Pouch with coordinating fabric liner!!

21 Apr

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Happy Thursday!! 
We are still enjoying Spring Break at The Happiest Place on Earth, but in the meantime, I have a super talented guest who is sharing a beautiful tutorial today! 
I’d love to introduce you to Katy from Lil’ Alice.
Katy inherited a sewing machine from her beloved grandma Alice and taught herself how to sew. Now she has a beautiful shop and makes all sorts of awesome creations. 
And, today she is sharing her Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial with us!!

Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial
Supplies
~ 7 inch zipper
~ 2 – 2×3 pieces of material
~ 2 – 9×6 canvas/duck cloth weight material (outer layer)
~ 2 – 9×6 cotton material (lining)
~ thread
~ zipper foot

On the
duck cloth (outer layer), fold over the top ¼ inch and press.  Do this on both pieces & set aside.   
On the
2×3 pieces of material, fold and press the ends on the 2 inch side.  Then fold in half and press.

Take
your 7 inch zipper and pin the 2×3 pieces to the ends of the zipper &
sew on.  This tab adds a very nice
finished look to the bag.

Next,
take one piece of your lining and lay the zipper about ¼ inch from the top
& sew.

With
the 2nd piece of lining do the same thing and sew.

After
you have sewn on the lining, take 1 piece of the duck cloth (outer
layer).  Pin it and sew.


Lay
your layers of fabric so they are all on one side of the zipper, this will
prevent you from sewing all the layers together & having a mess on
your hands.

Take
the next piece of duck cloth & line it on the other side of the zipper
& sew.

Lay
the project on ironing board and press around the zipper so they are nice
and pressed.

 Unzip your zipper (very important step)!

 Fold matching fabrics together to sew the
pouch close.

Fold
the tabs up towards the duck cloth & pin. 

Pin
the edges together & sew. 

You
will sew a “u” starting with one side of the lining. 

Fold
the lining and press.

Turn
right side out & push the tabs on the zipper out.

Sew
the lining closed, tuck into place.

Give a
nice press when finished.
Add a
flower or embellishment for added fun!


 

Thanks Katy – your pouches are so cute!! 

And what a cute project to make as a Mother’s Day gift or a birthday gift!!
Katy also has a fun blog, also called Lil’ Alice where she shares giveaways, new products in her shop and other ideas: 
And, be sure to check out Lil’ Alice for beautiful items like her zippered pouches, as well as hair pins, diaper wipe wristlets, aprons, and more!!
 
And if you don’t have the time or skill to sew up a cute Mother’s Day gift this year, head over to Katy’s shop for something handmade and special for your mom or daughter!!
 PS — Come check out my Chevron Etched Glasses and Pitcher over at I Heart Naptime later today. And enter to win the etching cream so you can make YOUR own creations!!! And see the other fun Silhouette projects being shared. I love all of these ideas!! 

xoxo

Guest Project — Make a Zippered Pouch with coordinating fabric liner!!

21 Apr

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Happy Thursday!! 
We are still enjoying Spring Break at The Happiest Place on Earth, but in the meantime, I have a super talented guest who is sharing a beautiful tutorial today! 
I’d love to introduce you to Katy from Lil’ Alice.
Katy inherited a sewing machine from her beloved grandma Alice and taught herself how to sew. Now she has a beautiful shop and makes all sorts of awesome creations. 
And, today she is sharing her Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial with us!!

Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial
Supplies
~ 7 inch zipper
~ 2 – 2×3 pieces of material
~ 2 – 9×6 canvas/duck cloth weight material (outer layer)
~ 2 – 9×6 cotton material (lining)
~ thread
~ zipper foot

On the
duck cloth (outer layer), fold over the top ¼ inch and press.  Do this on both pieces & set aside.   
On the
2×3 pieces of material, fold and press the ends on the 2 inch side.  Then fold in half and press.

Take
your 7 inch zipper and pin the 2×3 pieces to the ends of the zipper &
sew on.  This tab adds a very nice
finished look to the bag.

Next,
take one piece of your lining and lay the zipper about ¼ inch from the top
& sew.

With
the 2nd piece of lining do the same thing and sew.

After
you have sewn on the lining, take 1 piece of the duck cloth (outer
layer).  Pin it and sew.


Lay
your layers of fabric so they are all on one side of the zipper, this will
prevent you from sewing all the layers together & having a mess on
your hands.

Take
the next piece of duck cloth & line it on the other side of the zipper
& sew.

Lay
the project on ironing board and press around the zipper so they are nice
and pressed.

 Unzip your zipper (very important step)!

 Fold matching fabrics together to sew the
pouch close.

Fold
the tabs up towards the duck cloth & pin. 

Pin
the edges together & sew. 

You
will sew a “u” starting with one side of the lining. 

Fold
the lining and press.

Turn
right side out & push the tabs on the zipper out.

Sew
the lining closed, tuck into place.

Give a
nice press when finished.
Add a
flower or embellishment for added fun!


 

Thanks Katy – your pouches are so cute!! 

And what a cute project to make as a Mother’s Day gift or a birthday gift!!
Katy also has a fun blog, also called Lil’ Alice where she shares giveaways, new products in her shop and other ideas: 
And, be sure to check out Lil’ Alice for beautiful items like her zippered pouches, as well as hair pins, diaper wipe wristlets, aprons, and more!!
 
And if you don’t have the time or skill to sew up a cute Mother’s Day gift this year, head over to Katy’s shop for something handmade and special for your mom or daughter!!
 PS — Come check out my Chevron Etched Glasses and Pitcher over at I Heart Naptime later today. And enter to win the etching cream so you can make YOUR own creations!!! And see the other fun Silhouette projects being shared. I love all of these ideas!! 

xoxo

Giveaway — Win a Giant Sewing Mat and an entry to win a Sewing Box {workspace that folds up} $1295 value!!

13 Apr
Update — giveaway closed. 

Winner was Mamakat50 #581

Check this out! 

The Original Scrapbox is hosting a huge giveaway to celebrate the creation of their newest product–The Sewing Box!
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There will be 11 preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for one Sewing Box! 
The
Sewing Box is available in Vanilla or Black BeadBoard. This incredible
new workspace folds up into a sleek box, hiding all of your sewing
projects. 
  • The perfect storage solution for all your sewing supplies.
  • The Sewing box is 39″ long x 22″ wide when closed.
  • It is 78″ long when fully opened. The table is 42″ long x 17″ wide
  • The unit is 47″ high
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Enter to win the preliminary giveaway:
You can win One Giant Cutting Mat (Retail $39.95)  and One entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Sewing Box in your choice of color.
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If you are selected as a preliminary winner of the Cutting Mat, you will then be entered into the grand prize drawing held on www.RachelleWrites.blogspot.com
on April 22, 2011.
On that date, a random drawing will select a
winner from all of the finalists to receive one Sewing Box (value
$1295.00).
*The contest is open to addresses in the contiguous United States only.
Giveaway open from April 13th to April 18th, 2011 at 11:59pm.

Giveaway Rules:
*You can only enter under one name
*
It is possible to win more than one preliminary prize, which means
it’s possible to be entered into the grand prize drawing more than
once.
*All winner’s addresses must be U.S. (48 contiguous state) addresses
*You must complete the required entry to be eligible to win

Here’s how to enter: Please
leave details in your comment of how you entered with required links. 
Visit all 11 blogs for extra entries into this fabulous giveaway!
*Required entry: You must visit The Original Scrapbox website and leave a comment here on my blog telling me your favorite item.

Extra Entries:

  • Tweet the contest with linkback in your comment.
  • Facebook the contest with linkback in your comment
  • Add the contest button(pictured above) to your sidebar with a link to this contest
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You can enter the preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the grand prize drawing at the following blogs:
ScrappinCricut.org
Shanty-2-chic.com
TurnedGypsy.blogspot.com
SewManyChallenges.com
Kathyand3Kids.blogspot.com
Infarrantlycreative.net
Tatertotsandjello.com
 Busy With The Cricky Spartansusscraper.blogspot.com
Thirtyhandmadedays.com
TheIdeaRoom.net
RachelleWrites.blogspot.com

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*Disclosure:
I received free product from The Original Scrapbox to host this
giveaway. All rules must be followed and correct United States address
given for prize to be awarded.
Good Luck!! 
How fun would it be to win that Sewing Box??
I want one!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!! 

xoxo
PS — I am working on FIVE tutorials this week before I go out of town. I can’t wait to show them to you 🙂 
And, I have something super exciting and dear to my heart in the works. Eeeek!


Guest Project — Turn a Purse into a Stylish Camera Bag!!!

18 Mar
Hello, fellow readers of Tater Tots and Jello!  This is Valerie, from The Crafter’s File Box.  
I am super excited to hijack Jen’s blog today and share with you my tutorial for making a regular purse go to fab camera bag!

I am sure you have all see the amazing camera bags that have been out there lately.  They look like a purse, so they are still feminine, but the insides are made to function like a camera bag. 
LOVE IT!
What I didn’t love was the price.  I would rather spend the $$ on equipment than a bag, so I created my own.
Here’s how you do it…

STEP ONE:  Find the right kind of bag.
Look for one that has a more rigid outside, like leather or coated nylon, which is what I am using here.  Then, look at the innards.  You want to find one that has a larger base, with SEAMS going down the middle and across the two ends.  Lastly, check to make sure you are comfortable with the strap.  You want to make sure you can wear it AND shoot with it on. 
STEP TWO:  Turn the bag inside out.
STEP THREE:  Open the seam along the middle with a seam ripper.
Stop about 1/2 inch before the ends.

STEP FOUR:  Make the bottom.

(Is it totally childish that I laughed a bit at typing “bottom”?)
Cut plastic needle point canvas to the dimensions of your bag’s bottom. (snicker)
STEP FIVE:  Cut headliner fabric to fit the canvas.
Headliner fabric is the fabric they use to uphoslter car ceilings.  I found mine at Jo-Anns.  You could substitute any foam or neoprene type fabric’s here.  If you would like to make your bag even more plush, you could double the headliner fabric here and wrap the canvas twice!

STEP SIX:  Wrap the fabric around the fabric and sew ends closed.
It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect.  This will be going inside the lining, so no one will ever see it!
STEP SEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6, but use the SIDES of the bag as your template.
You might have to sew the canvas together at places to make it long enough to wrap the whole bag.  I simply
overlapped it for about two bars and did a straight stitch down.

Your finished pieces should look something like this!
STEP EIGHT: Reinforce your bag.
This is where we give your regular bag more support so that it can cushion your camera in safety.
This is done in two parts, going through the hole you cut with the seam ripper at the bottom of your bag.
Take your long, side piece and “stuff” it through the bottom and put it into place at the sides.  It should look like this when done.

After the sides are in place, put the short, bottom piece in place at the bottom.

STEP NINE:  Pin the bottom closed with straight pins.
Try to follow the bags original seams and make sure the raw edges are folded over so it looks neat.
STEP TEN: Sew closed with a blanket stitch.
You can stop here if you don’t carry additional lenses, but for those of you who would like lens dividers… read on!
STEP ELEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6 , but this time measure the width of the bag.

You will want to add about 1/2 inch to your measurement on the sides, so you can sew a velcro strip on each side.
STEP TWELVE:  With a high adhesive glue, like E- 6000, apply glue to the mates of the velcro on the divider.

STEP TWELVE:  Apply the glued pieces to the sides of the bag where you want the divider.

…and it should look like this after you insert the divider!
Ahh.. safe and cozy lenses. 🙂  You can repeat as many times as you like to give yourself a custom made inside.  Also, you could cover the divider with a custom fabric to match the insides for a fun, high end look.  Just sew on the velcro AFTER sewing on the fabric.
And that, my friends is how you go….

Thanks for having me at Tatertots and  Jello, Jen!  Hope to see you all over at The Crafter’s File Box from time to time!
Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee the safety of your camera if you use the tutorial.  You assume all risks if you make your own camera bag using this tutorial. I can say that I have used my bag for over a year now, with no incidents whatsoever.  Use your best personal judgement and care when handling an sort of electronic equipment.  Whew! Had to get that out there! 🙂

Valerie — that is GENIUS!!! 



I love it!! Thank you so much such an awesome tutorial!!! 
If you don’t follow The Crafter’s Filebox, you are missing out!  

Valerie has great ideas on her blog!

Like:


{Royal Tea Towel tutorial guest post by the Magic Bean on The Crafter’s File Box}

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 {check out Valerie’s Amazing Kitchen Redo – love that colored beadboard}

And, Valerie has a beautiful and smart new business. She has come up with these beautiful camera strap covers that ZIP Zipcoverz.  Such a great idea!!

You will love the ideas at The Crafter’s File Box! 




xoxo



PS It’s Friday. You know what that means!!! It’s time to show off YOUR ideas. Come party with me at The Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight — it’s gonna be fun. The linky goes up at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to spotlight YOU! 




xoxo

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