Thursday, December 29, 2011

Make a strap for a vest that is too big

When we bought my son a Christmas outfit, The shirt fit great but pants waist was too big and the the vest was too big. So I fixed it. 

 I took in his pant. See my tutorial on taking in pants here

 Then his vest was too big so I decided I would make a clip for the back.

You will need a clip. You can buy badge clips, like mine, or you can use another clip. Maybe one you already have around.

You will also need ribbon. My length is 7 inches 
Note: After completing my clips I would have liked it to be about 1 -2 inches shorter.

 Open your clip and place the ribbon inside.

Then, with a hot glue gun,  put some glue on the top and pull the ribbon and press it onto the glue. Do the other side the same way.

  You may need to glue the ribbon inside the mouth of the clip if it did not already glue itself while gluing the ribbon on top.

My clips are being reused so they have glue on them

Then your finished, just clip the clips on the vest and ta-da.

 All finished and you didn't even have to sew. Gotta love hot glue guns..

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Turn an Adult shirt into a toddler shirt

My son saw a shirt hanging in his daddy's closet and wanted it. Of course it did not fit my husband so I was given permission to make it fit my son. So here is how I did it.

I put a shirt that fit my son on top of  the big shirt to determine the width of the shirt.

I cut the sides off. I made it 1/4 inch bigger for the seam allowance.

I place the sleeve over the top and measured how long the sleeves needed to be.

I placed the shirt over the picture of the shirt then cut the shape out

Fold the shirt in  half so the sleeve holes would be the same size.

Remove the binding with a seam ripper, you will be using this piece later.

Cut the sleeves to the desired width, again leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Here are all your pieces.

Now it is time to sew. Place the "right" sides toward each other.

Remember, Sew the pieces together on a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Zig zag stitch all seams if you don't have a Surger.

Sew the sleeves together as shown.with "Right" sides together.

Sew the body of the shirt together, as shown. Again with right sides together.

Now it is time to attach the sleeves, Keep the body of the shirt inside out and turn your sleeve right side out

Slip the sleeve inside the shirt and have the one seam in the sleeve line up with the side seam in the shirt.

Once both sleeves are attached it will look like this, You are almost done.

Now it is time so the binding around the neck. Place the binding on, starting in the middle of the back.

Pin it on in a couple of spots and over lap about 1 and a half inches, then cut off the remaining binding.

Unfold the binding, from the middle back...

and press the "right" sides together.

Sew it  together I sewed on about a 1/2 seam. If you sew too much you can always take it out and try again, or if you are working with knit fabric it will strech a bit so if you are off a little just stretch the fabric.

open the seam and fold the binding back over the shirt. ( it should look like this, below)

Ta-Da!!! you have put on binding. If you have a double needle it would look more professional.

Here it is.

now to check the length.

I cut off just above Iron Mans boot.

I then surged the bottom, then folded over 1/2 inch.

Here is what it looks like finished, again a double needle would look more professional.

The shirt is still a little big but i wanted him to be able to have a little bit of grow room.

Well there it is. I hope this was helpful. Feel free to ask any questions.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Craft Fair Items

Come and see what we got
Saturday the 17th we will be at McGee park selling these pictured items and more.

Winter Ponchos for boys

He loves his

Full winter set

This poncho, Are the tassels so stinking adorable


Slippers, keep your kids toes warm for the winter

Little baby ponchos, use this item for you babies first pictures.

Some little girl purses
We will also have super cute hair bows being sold at our booth made by a good friend of mine, 
Afton Tucker

Monday, December 12, 2011

Family Photo Shoot with Karalea Photography

If you are looking for a great photographer located here in Farmington, I have the perfect person for you. photographybykaraleapayne She has children of her own so she know how to take great pictures quickly. 

My family recently did a photo shoot with her and here are some of our pictures.

How we got all kids smiling and happy in this picture, I will never know.

This picture oringinally had buggers and tears, BUT NOW NOW

This picture was a remake of our engagement pictures taken 6 years ago. 

I got my pictures quickly also received printing instructions and a recommendation for where to print. We highly recommend her. Thanks Karalea!!