Monday, September 16, 2013

Ruffled Baby Shoes

Recently I have plenty enough time to sew, I admit, thanks to Leia's having her babysitter back to our home.

While looking at scraps from my previous sewing project Tiered Baby Dress, I have the urge to do something about the medium chunk of leftover fabric that I definitely cannot use for more dresses. So, since I've been saving some baby shoes pattern from earlier and itching to try my luck with sewing shoes, I went for  a pair of matching shoes for the tiered dress.

I imagined that doing a tiny bit of ruffles for the shoes won't hurt me, after the previous nights of gathering and sewing three layers of fabric for the tiered dress.

Since the top fabric is rather delicate, I use felt for interfacing to stabilize it. For the inner soles, I use soft batting to pad them.

Now for the outer soles, I don't have any rubbery material with me, so I just had to squeeze some creative juices out of my brain.

Tadaaaa.. I came up with this idea to dot thick cotton fabric with clear glue (UHU glue--if you're Indonesian then you know this brand). It didn't work well. Blimey. The glue was too sticky and messy I couldn't arrange perfect dots on the fabric.

Then I try applique glue. It dots perfectly on the fabric surface without mess. So will it dry nicely? I decided to leave it overnight and went to sleep. Haha.

The next morning, I went back to check my dotted fabric. The dots dried up nicely, just like those soles of store-bought retail baby shoes.

* I danced my-gettin'-jiggy-wit-it and continue my work *

Ok, I need to admit that I kind of eyeballed the pattern size for Leia. I just cut the fabric pieces as big as possible, leaving me enough to adjust them along the way. So when it's time to try on the shoes, they were way too big.

I had to unpick and cut down the size twice for the shoes to finally fit in. It did no good to unpick fabric pieces too much, especially since they are small pieces. But oh well... I made it my note for the next project to really measure the pattern beforehand. I also made some mental notes to use stiffer interfacing for shoes, especially since the fabric is delicate.

Here it is! My first ever baby shoes sewing project.

They do look a bit like shoes, no?

Please say yes.

Leia doesn't seem too fond of the shoes, as she kicked them each time I tried to put them on her.
This is the best pic I can get of her putting on the shoes :(

Sunday, September 15, 2013

DIY Paper Gift Bag Tutorial

For tutorial in Bahasa Indonesia, please click here.

This is just one of my old time favorite craft activities. Wrapping gifts has been so so so much fun and easy with this pretty gift bag. If you ever wonder how to make it yourself, here's how.

What you need:
- Wrapping paper/ scrapbooking paper.. Any paper really ;)
- Double tape
- A pair of Scissor (and a pinking shears, but it's optional)
- Ribbon or decoration of your choice (here I use polypropylene ribbon)

Now let's do it.

First, cut up your paper to your preferred measurement.

With wrong side up, fold the edge of your paper's right side just a little along the width. One edge is enough. Make sure it fits the size of your double tape.

Then place your double tape along that small folding.

Now, stick the other edge's wrong side to the taped folding.

Press your paper neatly. You don't want any wonky surface.

Now that you have a neat rectangle, fold up the bottom. The size of your folded bottom here determines the capacity and size of your bag. If you need to accommodate bigger goodie to be stuffed inside your bag, then make a bigger fold. Mine here is around 2 inches. 

Then, open the bottom fold and press the sides like this below.

After that, fold the bottom flap just a little bit above the middle. Do the same thing with the opposite flap. Place a piece of double tape inside the overlapping part of the flaps, and press together.

Now you got your paper bag bottom. Fold both sides of your paper bag neatly to create a guideline. You will use this guideline to press the sides of your bag.

Open and straighten your bag. You're almost there. Just a simple finishing touch to make the sides look even.

 Carefully push and press sides of your bag inwards so they will create a neat look. See below pictures.

Got it? Good.

At this point your bag is pretty much done. I simply grab my pinking shears and create a zigzag trim to the top flap, but this part is yours to be creative about. Attach handles, create ribbon look, bunny ears, whatever you think is cute.

 Now as a bonus, here I have a tutorial of two styles of ribbon to decorate your paper bag. Let the pictures do the talking, shall we?

Ribbon Style 1

Ribbon Style 2

After you have your decoration attached, don't forget to place one piece of double tape on the wrong side of the top flap and another piece on the bottom layer of the flap to close secure your bag after you stuff in your goodie.

There, it's done and looking all pwetty! 

Addictive, yes? 
The good news is you always have an excuse to make a bunch of these for any upcoming occasion. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Girls Got Dresses

It's been a while since my last post. I have been busy doing several projects during ramadhan for a friend's 3 months old baby girl. Initially, I wanted to post them separately but then... oh well, laziness kicked in and here I am, posting a parade of baby dresses!

The first one is none other than the famous Junebug Dress by Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional. 

I have to admit I was pretty hooked by this project I couldn't resist making several pieces of the dress in different colors. It goes well with most types of fabric and patterns, and Jess has done a great job for making this tutorial, it's rather easy even for a confident beginner like me too.

Love love the results. I ended up adjusting the pattern for my 1 year old with a side zipper (forgot to take pic on this one) and with a simple back zipper for my friend's daughter (the red one, that is).

The second one is my first take on bubble dress. I've been studying some great tutorials on bubble dress and got pretty confident in making one. Since it is a dress for a 3 months old baby, I didn't bother on making the bubble skirt with an elastic thread.

But for my toddler girl, definitely a bubble dress with an elastic, lol.

 When the time is right, I guess I'm going to post a tutorial on this bubble dress. I made up the pattern and design, and quite love the result. Don't you? *wink*

The third and the most complicated so far is this three-tiered dress. My mother-in-law gave me a whole 2 yards of this beautiful soft pink cotton lawn fabric with eyelet details. She specifically asked me to make a tiered dress for Leia. 

So here it is.... After two solemn nights of cutting, hemming, gathering and sewing.. 
Finally I understand why tiered dresses are so expensive. They use up lots of fabrics, my dear!