2-minute Leg Warmers

2-Minute DIY Legwarmers

So, recently my 6-year old daughter has decided that she won’t wear pants. This usually isn’t a problem in South Texas, but lately it has been pretty chilly. While many of you may be thinking, “be a parent, and MAKE her put some pants on”, I will assure you that it isn’t that easy. She is overly sensitive to many seams and fabrics that the rest of us don’t notice. Rather than put her through the stress of MAKING her put on something that will only result in a full-blown meltdown, I have tried to come up with creative solutions. I think I’ve found a way around pants, for the most part:

Legwarmers.

Brilliant, right? Well, that depends who you ask, but for our purposes, I think legwarmers will do just fine. However, I am not going to pay crazy amounts of money for them. So, I searched around for an alternative and VOILA! here it is. The easiest, DIY legwarmers in 2 minutes…EVER.

 2-Minute DIY Legwarmers

All you need is an old sweater. Find something cute at Goodwill that looks like it is small enough to stay snug on little legs. Take a sharp pair of fabric scissors and chop the arms right off at the armpits. Fold the cut ends down a couple times. Done and Done.

Little legs stay warm. Nobody has any meltdowns. Mom doesn’t get crazy looks from complete strangers wondering why she didn’t dress her child for the weather. Everybody wins!

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DIY Teacher Lanyards

DIY Lanyards for Teachers!

DIY Teacher Lanyards

Most teachers (and many other professionals) are required to wear some type of identification during the day. While this is most definitely a good thing, the lanyards that are available are usually not very cute. So, I decided to make my own this year. Mind you, I have been thinking about making one since last year when a crafty teacher friend of mine came to school with her own hand-crafted, ADORABLE lanyard to hang her ID badge and keys, but it seemed complicated and I just didn’t “get around to it” (story of my life).

This year, I decided I decided to make them before the year started (brilliant, I know). They turned out to be so easy that I made one for each of the kid’s teacher for them to take as a gift on the first day of school, as well as a couple for myself!

DIY Lanyard Beginning Steps

I started with a 4-inch wide piece of fabric. My fabric was 42-inch long, it all depends how long you want your lanyard to be when it’s finished. For this one, I ended up sewing two pieces of denim together. After I had the fabric peiced together, I folded it in half and ironed a crease down the middle just to mark it. Then I opened it back up and folded each edge to the crease. I pressed each side to create two more creases (see picture above).

DIY Lanyard Folding and Sewing

Without unfolding the fabric this time, I folded it in half again. Then, I pinned the edges together and sewed around all of them. Now I just need to add the ring, and I’m done!

DIY Lanyard Assembly

I put the lanyard around my neck to make sure I had the right length, and that it was laying the right way. Slide on the clip, or D-ring. In this picture, you can see that I slid both ends through the loop, but it is a lot easier to offset the ends by about 2-inches so that you only slide one end through the loop, fold it under and sew it. It makes for much easier (and less bulky) sewing. I sewed a small box to secure the ring at the end of the lanyard and…

…that’s all there is to it!

DIY dress re-do with yo-yo's

Cute Summer Dress Re-Do for Little Girl

IMG_2720This adorable summer dress was so easy! It really was a project about learning how to do a couple different techniques that came together in a fun way.

I finished this summer dress re-do for my daughter a couple weeks ago, so while the kids are at bible school I thought I would get it posted. Unfortunately, I didn’t really take a lot of process pictures because I didn’t know there was going to be such a good end result. I don’t even have a picture of the dress I started with to show you! (Hindsight, right?)

Basically, I had a knit dress from Target that never really did fit me correctly, and I decided to sacrifice it in the name craft exploration. I have been playing around with gathering and ruching, so I thought this would make the perfect palatte and I was right.

The ruched part at the top of her dress was actually the empire waist of my old dress. I just cut of the top, wrapped it around her to find the right fit and sewed it up the back. Then, I finished the messy part at the top with some elastic thread to match the ruching.

Next, I played around with different gathering stitches to find something that would work for the straps. I started out with a 2 1/2-inch piece of fabric cut from the unused part of the dress that I then added gathering stitches to the edges of with elastic thread, but the straps ended up being too stretchy.

I did take pictures of the process of sewing the straps, unfortunately (again) these were the straps that DID NOT work! BUT…never fear because the process is the same. For the final set of straps, I just used a more narrow piece of fabric and more ruching. The most important step is to steam the whole thing when you are done sewing (before you attach it to the dress) so that the elastic really tightens up as much as possible.

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After I finished the dress, I decided that it needed some embellishments and I’ve always wanted to figure out how to make those adorable yo-yo’s. I remember my grandma always had a drawer full of those things waiting to be sewn into a pillow or a blanket. Now I realize that they are the perfect solution to using up all of those scraps of fabric that I’ve saved for a rainy day. If you want a great tutorial for making yo-yo’s, check out How to Sew Fabric Yo-Yo’s over at Zakka Life. I added some felt and buttons to mine before sewing them to the straps and around the bottom of the dress. I also recently learned how to do an blind stitch which came in really handy here.

I was really happy with how it all turned out. More importantly, my daughter loved it and couldn’t wait to wear it!