Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cowboy booties!!!

A few weeks back the quilt guild had a retreat I was able to go to, and there I found some great deals from Blackberry Patch Quilt Shop. It is a great online shop, but since she lives nearby she came to the retreat! She had Curby Closet's cowboy booties pattern on sale, and they were so cute I couldn't pass it up! She also had some great Fat Quarters for 1.25, which is always worth checking out!!!

Pointy toed boots!!

Round toed boots!

I loved this patten! It was easy and fun! I made these 2 pairs for baby gifts, and hope to have time to make a few more soon! 
Speaking of shopping, I have found out that Fabric Designer Tanya Whelan  is coming out with her book in time for Christmas! I am so excited! I first discovered her patterns and fabrics in an issue of Quilts and More, where she had a ruffled skirt pattern for little girls. I made several for Evie and Rena when they were younger! I had to search down her fabric, which is manufactured by Free Spirit. 
Anyway, her book can be previewed on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble website.Sew What You Love looks amazing, she is giving us little peeks at projects on her blog. Check out the bag on the cover ...

I already told Kevin he is buying me the book for Christmas :) I think the bag on the cover will be my first project!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Doctor Who Halloween!

We are done with our Halloween costumes! Now, we have a rule in our house. We make our own costumes. We start planning for Halloween about the beginning of September. Why? Well, because that is how it was when I was growing up. My dad and I would start planning and sketching things out as soon as school started. We would start collecting materials and constructing by the end of September. Sometimes my sister and brother and I would just raid the closets and see what we could find. Other times, we would spend weeks working with glue, tape, cardboard and paint to make something different.

Another reason we make costumes is because when Evie was 2 she wanted to be Ariel. I started looking at costumes and decided to make her and baby Rena's mermaid costume because I thought it would be easy. It was. It was also lots of fun, and no one else had their costumes! On the other hand, I had a friend who spent $120 on a complete Disney Princess getup. Yup, $120 for a costume. Granted, it included the wig and shoes and jewels and a Disney store deluxe dress which her daughter played with until she outgrew it, but for me, that is a lot to drop on a kids costume! We have had years where we coordinated with friends for Halloween. At 3, Evie and her friend Lio were Japanese princesses. The year after the girls were Tinkerbell's friends with another set of sisters! It's just more fun to go in groups!

This year our idea for Halloween started with Evie, who wanted to be Amy Pond from Doctor Who. She talked her sister in wanting to be River Song, and it just went from there. As you know, I am the TARDIS, Vasi is The Doctor, and Kev is being Rory.

Kev's costume is all felt, and also cost only $12 to make! The girls clothes are from their closets and a few pieces from Goodwill. We found the wig at Joann Fabrics, all their Halloween stuff is currently 60% off.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Make a TARDIS costume

We are doing a Doctor Who themed Halloween! I finished my costume today, I am the TARDIS. It cost about $12 to make and about 2 hours!

Joann Fabrics had classic Felt on sale for $2.99 a yard for the 72 inch wide classic felt, so I bought it there.

1 and a quarter yards of blue
1/2 yard black
1/2 yard white fabric
elmer's glue
fabric paint white
fabric marker black
scrap of white fabric, cut about 6 wide by 7 high

I found a bucket hat pattern online here. But since I was making it out of felt, I cut out 2 side pieces in white and the top in black. I also cut strip and wrapped it on itself to make the top bit. Sew the sides together, then the top on, then handstitch the knob on top.

Cut a strip of black fabric about 5 by 22 for the Police Box sign. Use white fabric paint to write on.Set aside and let dry. Cut the black fabric into 6 windows 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Then cut a few 3/4 inch strips. cut to size and add a 4 strips spaced equally to the hat going up and down, then one around the hat about at the center. Glue.

for the body, I measured from my shoulder to my ankle, which was about 48 inches. I laid the blue fabric on the floor and pinned up the long side and the top. I found center on the top and left a generous opening for my head, then 5 inches down on the side I left an arm opening about 16 inches long. I had to cut a matching arm slit on the other side.Turn so the seems are on the inside and press up the corners.

From the white, cut windows 8.5 wide by 10.5 high. add black strips. Glue and let dry a bit. Then write the the Free for Public Use saying on the little white scrap of cotton. I used cotton because the fabric markers do not work on felt, and it was hard to paint letters that small! glue to one of the windows. Then lay everything out
glue in place! You're done!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

bowties2 and Baby Doctor Who!

I have become addicted to making bowties! They use so little fabric and sew up so fast, and look so cute! I don't have the other costumes done, but here is Vasi as The Doctor for Halloween (I made the fez too!)

Today I found a few scraps of Penn State and Steelers fabric, so I whipped up a few more!
Then I made a few more...

I think I need to stop, there are Halloween costumes to be made and a quilt that needs finished!

Happy Sewing!