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Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

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We are so happy to be a part of Skirting the Issue today with Simple Simon and Company. We adore these ladies and this mission to make skirts to donate to local Foster Care centers. If you are needing a fun sewing project look no further!

Today I am sharing a fun twist on the maxi skirt. A Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls! (I think the pocket makes it.) It’s a quick sew (about 30 mins) and easy enough for beginners.

Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

I got my cute fabric from Riley Blake. We are so happy to be on the Riley Blake Fabrics Design Team.  They have some amazing fabric and I was excited to sew with the knit for the first time.

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I followed a Brooke’s Tutorial for the Knit Maxi Skirt. But cropped the length, added a little more fullness and added in the pocket.

knit-skirt I think all little girls should have a pocket or a place for treasures.  My girls are always trying to put their lipgloss somewhere. This ended up being the perfect spot.

What You’ll Need to Sew a Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket

  • 1 yard jersey knit fabric–depending on the size you could make a couple skirts out of 1 yard. I made this as a 4T and I could have made at least 3 more out of the yard.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating Thread (I used white)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Pins (I used ball point pins specifically to use with knits)
  • Ball point sewing machine needle–this is also specific for sewing with knits

Pre-wash fabric and tumble dry on low.

Set your sewing machine to either a stretch stitch setting or a narrow zigzag to allow for stretch. The tension is set at 4. You could also use a “walking foot” to help guide the knit through easier. For this project I used my regular foot.

To determine size of skirt, take all your measurements beforehand.

Measure:

  • Waist
  • Length from waist to knee (or however long you want the skirt to be)

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I followed the directions to the Girl’s Knit Maxi.

Once you have your skirt sewn together you are ready for the pocket.  I wanted my pocket to be 4″ square.  I cut out a 4.5″ x 4.5″ piece of coordinating knit and gave each side a nice 1/2″ hem. I liked adding this fun detail of a thick boarder. Then I attached the pocket with a stitch on my machine, making sure to reinforce the tops.

I think it would be fun to add another side pocket, but my little one was too excited to even let me hem this skirt.  She wanted to wear it and loves the curl of the bottom.  She thinks it makes it twirl better.

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Please join us in Skirting the Issue! We’d love to see what skirts you can sew up.

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Pattern Jam

Pattern Jam

Hello all you creative friends out there! I’m so glad to have the opportunity to introduce myself and my new company to you! I design fabric for Riley Blake Designs, and have done so for about 6 years. I’ve produced over a dozen collections for them, and I really LOVE my job! I got started as a fabric designer when I walked into a local quilt shop near my home at a time in my life when I was asking myself questions like, “Who am I?” “What will I do with myself when my kids are in school?” Sound familiar? I think it’s pretty common to go through those existential moments in our lives. Well, when I walked into that quilt shop (Pine Needles in South Jordan, Utah), I had an epiphany! From the moment I browsed through the gorgeous fabric lined up in that shop I knew that I wanted to be a fabric designer. With lots of hard work and humble pie over the years, I’m finally getting a foothold in the industry! I have two new collections coming out this fall~ “Chatsworth” and “Zombie Love”. Here are a few pics:

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I have completely fallen in love with the quilt industry over the years~ I love the gorgeous fabric and beautiful quilts, the community of compassionate women who are quilters and I love to work from home so that I’m accessible to my 3 kids (who are growing up way too fast).

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My new company, PatternJam.com is really a meld of all the elements of what I love about the quilt industry. PatternJam.com is an online platform that enables users to make a great quilt pattern and audition designer fabric in that quilt pattern. If you’re not a quilter but like to sew~ don’t despair! We also have children’s clothing patterns, aprons, bags, etc. that you can customize with fabric. The bottom line is this: PatternJam.com provides the tools to preview what our projects will look like prior to getting started! No more angst over making a fabric choice that wasn’t quite right! making-shorts-on-Pattenjam

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I’m pretty excited about PatternJam.com, because I find it hard to visualize what fabric will look like in a quilt or a dress until it’s done. I hope that you’ll have fun designing and interacting with it, and I really hope that it helps you with your projects!

PatternJam.com (version 2) is on the verge of launching, and I have a sneak peek for you! Check out this quick little video to get a taste of how fun and simple it is to use…


I have an incentive for those of you who would like to be among the first users of PatternJam.com when it goes live in a few days: Sign up at PatternJam.com, and if you get 5 of your friends to sign up as well, I will send you a big ol’ bundle of gorgeous fabric to add to your stash! (Speaking of your stash…you will also be able to upload snapshots of fabric from your stash to use in PatternJam)!

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I always love to connect with creative women, so please find me: Facebook Instagram Pinterest! And don’t hesitate to contact me at emily.t@patternjam.com.

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Thank you so much to the Crafting Chicks for inviting me to share a little about myself and my new venture, PatternJam.com. These gals are really awesome!

We are so happy to have Emily stop by! She’s let us know that you can sign up for Pattern Jam using our LINK. Once you sign up you’ll be given your own link that you can share with friends and earn your own free fabric for each friend that signs up! Head on over and check it out!

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10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Summer is almost here!  Vacations, road trips, plane rides… always a good time!  To help your vacation go smoothly this year, we’re giving you 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids.  We’ve got printables, games, activities and so much more!

For more ideas, come over to our Road Trip Pinterest board.

10 tips for traveling with kids - printables, games, activities - this has it all!

Travel Activities for Kids

Pocket Sized Fishing Set from Doodlecraft

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Kids Size Travel Pillow with Carrying Case and Pocket from It’s Always Autumn

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Lego Travel Case from The Pleasantest Thing

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Ticket Time from Grays Harbor Deals

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Road Trip Travel Trays from Somewhat Simple

Road trips with kids - printables, games, activities - this has it all!

Traveling with kids - games, activities - this has it all!

Travel Printables for Kids

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt from Mom’s Minivan

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Road Trip Activity Pack from Playdough to Plato

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Read and Write on the Road Printable from Small Types

Road trips with kids - printables, games, activities - this has it all!

Slug Bug Printable from Prepared NOT Scared

Road trips with kids - printables, games, activities - this has it all!

License Plate I Spy from 3 Boys and a Dog

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Traveling with kids - printables, games, activities - this has it all!

Don’t forget these travel tips:

5 Carry-On Must Haves from The Crafting Chicks

5 Carry on Must Haves

10 Tips for Traveling on a Budget from Tastefully Frugal

10 tips for traveling on a budget

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Boy’s Superhero Bedroom

Ah!!! It feels good to be back! And a big thank you to The Crafting Chicks for having me here.

I’m Ali from Dream Crafter and I am SOOOOO excited to share my boy’s new room with you! When we first moved into our new home I was so hesitant to paint any walls or decide on any decor…because I’m wishy washy and can’t stick with anything. My boys really wanted a super hero room and if anybody knows me, they know that I LOATH character themed things. I don’t let me kids wear Mickey mouse or Disney paraphernalia. I don’t have anything against them. In fact, I love all those movies! Lets just say that its not my styyyyyyle.

Thats when I had to get creative with this room. I didn’t want anything permanent because knowing my boys they would want something different in 6 months and I also had to steer clear of the character room. So, without further adieu, I present my Boy’s Superhero Bedroom!

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I love how this whole room came together. Bit by bit I just pulled stuff from my house that was just laying around and I actually did the whole room for less than 40 bucks. Boom! Let me give you the tour…

First off, right behind their door when you walk in I hung all their superhero capes.

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I actually got this little star hook at a garage sale about 5 years ago. It was originally white with brown stain so it looked like country stars. When I realized I’m not a “country-style” kinda person I put it in my basement. When this project came up, I remembered the little star hooks and immediately went downstairs and dug it out of a box and painted it red.

Next, obviously, we have the polka-dot wall.

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When I told my husband I wanted to put polka dots all over my boys’ wall he just about had a heart attack. I think he was picturing some girly dots in his sons’ room but I had a different vision. He told me not to, but I knew once I put it up he would see my vision and admit that I was right…and he does like it! All I had to do was start and then he was convinced it would be manly enough. Muahahaha!

These dots are actually vinyl dots that I cut using my silhouette. I literally just drew a circle about an inch and a half diameter and then copied a million of them onto my design board. Then I just cut my black vinyl! This is perfect for renters or for mind-changers like me since its not permanent and easily removed.

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I started out by measuring them every 6 inches and trying to use a level to mark where they should go. And then they were crooked anyway. Its super hard to get them straight but after a while I just started eye-balling it and they turned out to be more even then when I was actually measuring. Go figure.

I love how it turned out plus it makes for the perfect superhero photography backdrop. :)

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Next is the curtains. I am not a huge fan of spending 40+ dollars on curtains. Its just fabric after all. So I got out two flat twin white sheets from my linen closet and purchased a flat navy blue one. Then I just cut a strip out of the blue one and sewed it onto the white ones. Then I just hung them using clips and a rod I already had. (Hint: hang your curtains high and wide to make your window look bigger!)

In the corner by the window I also made this mask holder:

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I actually made this a LONG time ago and I got the arrow and supplies from The Wood Connection. I did a post for them about a year or so ago and I was originally using this to hold my boys bow ties and ties (see that HERE). Turns out its much cuter for superheroes. I also made the masks in a different post which can be found HERE.

On the other side of the window I hung this sign that I made:

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The “Arise from the dust my sons, and be men” can actually be found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 1: 21. It has always been a special scripture to me and my husband and I find it especially fitting for this superhero room where I want my boys to learn what being a man really is: Rising above what the world tells you to be and being a Godly man. Ok. Enough about the meaning.

I made this board from an old sign I had (with different vinyl lettering). It used to be bright lime green. I peeled off the vinyl, painted it red and cut my own white vinyl with my silhouette.

The little chair is something that my husbands grandma made from him when he was little. The fabric is a little 90’s but its a sentimental piece. Plus who doesn’t love little recliners for kids?!

Next is the bunk beds.

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These were also something we already had. I got them from the Wood Connection furniture store a few years ago and stained them myself. Then my husband put them together. The bedding is from Ikea and that red plaid blanket was a D.I. find. Score!

Welp! Thats all for the tour today! If you want a little sneak peak of what the room looked like before, here is a little looksy…

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Pretty sad huh? And look how tiny that window looks!

To keep up on how the rest of my house transforms follow along at Dream Crafter or on my Instagram @dreamcrafter101.

-Ali

Boys super hero room

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Youth Infinity Scarf in 15 Minutes!

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I’m so excited to be sharing inspiration for Youth Infinity Scarves today using Riley Blake’s knit fabric!  We love Riley Blake Designs…the fabric & the people.  We love being a part of their design team.

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I could not wait to make something using their adorable striped knit material.  My little girls and nieces are loving fashion scarves right now…especially in this winter season.  I made the cutest infinity scarves.  I’m not lying when I say they literally took 15 minutes!  I can’t believe how adorable they turned out…these are my beautiful nieces modeling them!

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First, cut your material.  You will need two strips of knit fabric.  10 in x 56 inch (for a wider scarf) and 6 in x 56 in (for a thinner scarf-better for smaller girls).

Next, place the right sides together and pin along the edges.  You will now sew along both long edges making a 1/2 seam.

This is the next part…a little tricky but after doing one you will think it is so easy!  Start turning right side out…but stop when the ends of the tubes meet…this should make it so that the right sides are together.  Then for the trick, (to add a fun twist in the scarf) twist the inside tube part just a bit.

Now you can sew up the tube part using a 1/2 inch seam.  Leave about a 2 inch opening so you can pull the scarf right side out.  After you pull it right side out, sew up the 2 inch opening by hand or machine.

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My Tween niece loved the navy and pink thick stripe!  Little fashionista!

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The mini stripe is perfect for 5-10 year olds!  These scarves were a hit! sm aqua4

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Daisies on Denim

This post is sponsored by Michaels. All opinions are my own. daisies-on-denim-

I have a secret.  I love hand stitching.  I think that’s why I loved this Daisies on Denim project so much!

I haven’t hand stitched since my fun Tree Ornaments and don’t do it as often as I would like. So when I saw this fun denim canvas at Michaels, I snatched it right up so I could stitch away. I love using different textures for the background of my stitching.  It adds so much to the piece.

So here’s how you can make your own in minutes.

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You’ll need:

  • Denim canvas–available only in Michaels Stores.
  • needle and embroidery floss, the green is 701, and the pink/red is 891
  • Martha Stewart Craft Daisy Flower stickers, found at Michaels
  • You can also use a fabric marker or pencil. I don’t really use these, I just freehand it.

flowers-on-denim-canvas Start by adding your daisies where you want them.  Remember using an odd number is usually the best way to go.

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Start off with a back stitch for the stems of each flower.  They don’t have to be perfectly straight.  I like the whimsy of them being off slightly.

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You’ll be done with that pretty quickly.

Now I loved the way it looked without a saying. But just to be adventurous, I added “think happy,” across the top.

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I’m sure some of you will think it looks better with the text and others will like it without.  That’s what’s so fun about stitching. You can do what you like and make it your own.

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I love how the daisies just lift off the denim.

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It gives this project such dimension. I LOVE it!

Here are some other fun ideas on how to use denim from other Michaels Makers!


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Darling Zombie Apocalypse Throw Pillows

Zombie Apocalypse Pillows I’m so super excited to be posting this project today and i’m even more excited to talk about this awesome fabric from Riley Blake!!! Yes, it’s ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE fabric created by Emily Taylor Design for Riley Blake Designs, who would have thought!!!  When I first saw this fabric when their yearly catalogue came out a handful of months ago, I knew I had to get my hands on some.  I love it so much because it’s stylish and goes with my decor and it’s actually cute!  You can see below, how fun it is.  I also love this design because it’s Halloween-ish, but doesn’t look cheesy like most Halloween fabric.  SCORE.

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There are a million and one pillow tutorials out there so I will spare you those details.  I just wanted to share this fabric…isn’t it cute.  I love the quotes on this one.

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Here’s the simple pocket on the back of the pillow.  I purchased pillows on the clearance rack at Marshalls.  The long pillow was $13 and the square pillow was $5.  I took off the other pillow cover and used the down insert in the new pillow cover I created.

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I LOVE this one. All the zombies…so clever without being gross.

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Call me crazy, but they’re just so cute.

_MG_1286 I love these so much and my kids do as well!! There’s just something unconventional and amazing about it. What do you think??

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20 DIY Costume Ideas
Scallop Mary Janes

Scallop Mary Janes

Our team picked black and white for our theme in this month’s Cricut DesignSpace Star Challenge. The category is gear or fashion. Since I have a shoe obsessed 2 year old I put it all together and came up with these precious little Scalloped Mary Janes in black and white! You might remember my oohing and aawing over the Cricut’s ability to cut leather in my last challenge project, so of course I kept with the leather on this project.

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I designed a shoe pattern in Illustrator and imported the .svg into Cricut Design Space. It took a few revisions, but that’s okay cause I started out using paper for the mock-up. Thank goodness because I went through quite a few alterations.

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How sweet is this!

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To make things go smoother you’ll want to use a leather needle, and these clips are used for quilt binding-but worked awesome at keeping the leather layers together since pinning won’t work. And velcro to keep the strap secure.

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Once I thought I had the pattern were I wanted it, I loaded my leather and put the Cricut Explore to work.

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Ta-da! I can’t even imagine how tired my hand would be if I had used scissors. Not to mention those holes – they are perfect!

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My machine had no problem sewing through layers of leather, but to get the curve on the scallop I used the wheel and sewed by hand to make sure it was sewn smoothly.

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Once the top is sewn up, put right sides together and stitch around the edge. Trim close to the stitching and turn the shoe right side out.

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Graphic Painted Pillow

Yo! I’m Dena from Hearts & Sharts and today I’m sharing how easy it is to make a graphic painted pillow to match any room in your home.

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First, measure your pillow insert and cut two squares of fabric one inch larger than your pillow insert.

I use the 20″ x 20″ pillow inserts from Ikea, they’re a super deal at $3.99, but they’re actually 18″ x 18″. So, I cut my fabric 1″ larger than my pillow, two pieces of white canvas, both 19″ x 19″.

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Using your preferred width of painter’s tape, start with a diagonal line in any direction. Get crazy.

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Use a scrap piece of tape to keep the lines equidistant.

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Change directions a few times and mix it up until you get a pattern you like.

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I painted this pillow using leftover latex paint from a dresser in our bedroom that I recently finished. This is a foolproof way to get a pillow that matches your furniture perfectly. When using latex or enamel paint, it’s best to use canvas or duck fabric for your pillow cover. Thinner, quilt weight fabrics will absorb the paint and your lines may bleed. With the canvas, the paint will sit nicely on top of the fabric.

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Some people prefer to mix a fabric medium with their paint. I skip this step. I have gotten paint on enough t-shirts to know that it’s not coming off.

Using a foam brush, go over the exposed fabric with your paint.

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Once it’s dry, peel off the tape and heat set the paint with an iron. Put an old pillowcase in between the painted fabric and the iron to keep from getting paint all over your iron.

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Next, place your other fabric square on top of your painted fabric square. Make double-sure that it’s dry.

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Sew almost all the way around the square, leaving an opening for your pillow form. This can easily be done using a no-sew method, but I’m a putz with glue, so I always use my machine.

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Once you’ve sewn all the way around, clip your corners, minding the stitch, and turn the pillow cover right side out and insert your pillow.

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You can hand sew the pillow closed using an invisible ladder stitch, run it through your sewing machine using matching thread, or simply glue it closed if you’re going the no-sew route.

Boom! All done!

This graphic tape method also works well as a background for some quick wall art, or even on a tote bag. You can make several at once using the same paint color and different line pattern to create a living room full of graphic matching pillows.

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Easy peasy! Happy sewing!

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