Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway for SissyPrint

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was doing a giveaway swap with a friend...


It's time for the giveaway!!!!

I am so excited about this!!! SissyPrint is a blog run by 3 cousins that come up with SUPER cute printables. Everything they make is amazing!

My friend Kyrsten has come up with a super awesome prize for this giveaway.
One lucky Mommy by day... Crafter by night reader is going to get a custom family tree print. You can choose an 8x10 or an 11x14, you get to pick the colors that you would like your print to be in, and your family's name will be put on it. After it is all designed, Kyrsten will print it on 100lb paper and send it off for you to display in your home!  How awesome is this!?!?!?!





I absolutely LOVE this print! Kyrsten did such a great job with it!

To enter this giveaway- 
Head over to SISSYPRINT and check out all their cute prints, BECOME A FOLLOWER and then come back and leave a comment with your favorite print and email telling that you are a followers of SissyPrint. 
For an additional entry, you can become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and leave a separate comment. 

A winner will be picked at random next Thursday October 6 and announced on Facebook. Make sure you leave an email so I can contact you if you win. Feel free to "like" Mommy by day... Crafter by night on Facebook so you can stay posted on new tutorials, projects, and hear win winners are announced!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #6

It's time for another Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!!
Last week we had 114 links!!! We had some AWESOME links! You guys are amazing! I am always so impressed with the things you guys are making!!




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 So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
1. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and or like us on FB.
2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!





Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. Thanks!!!


Let's Party!!!!


P.S. Don't forget to head over to The Crafty Nest and vote for my Pleated Pom Pom Apron to win the contest!! Thanks:)



Monday, September 26, 2011

Rick-Rack-Ruffle Skirt + Tutorial


Fall has come around in my part of town, which means no more summer clothes for my kiddos. Usually I shop clearance racks after each season and build up my girls wardrobes a year in advance. Somehow I got behind and when the cooler weather started rolling in, I realized that my oldest daughters wardrobe was sorely lacking in the fall clothes department. So I headed out in search of finding all her fall clothes in ONE day. Once I got shopping I realized just how expensive clothes are when you don't buy them on sale or clearance! Holy Cow! So after searching, getting a few deals here and there, but finding no fall skirts or dresses within my tight wad budget, I decided that I would just make all of her skirts and dresses for church for this fall.
These days I have to say that making your own clothing isn't always cheaper than buying it in the stores, but making skirts are one thing that is almost always cheaper than buying pre made. When I can buy a yard of fabric with a coupon and use it for two skirts (one for each of my girls-one and two years old), making my own skirts is super cost effective! Plus skirts are the easiest thing in the book to make!!


Last week after my frustrating shopping trip, I headed to Joann's in search of the perfect fall fabric. I fell in love with this polka dot corduroy. It was on sale for under $8 per yard. I got a roll of rick-rack for $2 and then used some elastic that I already had. 

Supplies to make this skirt:
1 yard corduroy
rick-rack
thread
elastic

My daughter wears a 2T-3T so the measurements coordinate for that size.

Fabric to cut:
a 12x38 inch piece of fabric for the main part of the skirt
a 5x57 inch piece of fabric for the ruffle of the skirt
(you will need to piece together 2 pieces of fabric to get the 57 inch length)

***If you are making this skirt for another size- here are the ratios to calculate out the fabric sizes:
Measure the waist and multiply by 2 to get the length of fabric for the main piece. Then measure from waist to wherever you would like the skirt to end on the leg for the width. (remember when measuring that there will be a 2 inch ruffle on the bottom of the skirt that will be adding length, but you will also need enough fabric for the waistband casing depending on what size elastic you use.)***
For the ruffle, measure the waist and multiply by 3 for the length and then the width is 5 inches.

Step 1: Zig zag, surge, or clean finish the edges of fabric for the main part of the skirt. Lay aside. 
Now piece together the pieces for the ruffle by putting the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew along the edge to connect them. Then press the seams open.

Step 2: Fold the fabric in half (hot dog style) so that the rights sides are together and press flat with an iron. 
Step 3: Open the folded fabric and sandwich the rick-rack along the unfinished edge between the fabric and pin every few inches to hold in place.
Step 4: Sew along the edge, making sure the rick-rack is lined perfectly along the edge as you go.
Step 5: Turn the fabric right side out. You can use a chop stick or something similar to assist you if needed.
Step 6: Once the fabric tube is turned right side out, press flat.

Step 7: Now it is time to ruffle the fabric tube. To create a ruffle, set your stitch length to the biggest/longest length possible.  Now sew all along the top of the fold (the edge that doesn't have rick rack). Don't stitch back and forth when you start or finish the stitch. Now take one of the two strings on one side and start pulling it, gathering the fabric. Once you get your fabric evenly gathered, line it up along the bottom edge of the right side of the fabric for the main part of the skirt. Pin to hold in place.
Step 8: Sew along the edge to attach the ruffle to the skirt. After you are done sewing, press the seams so that both sides are facing toward the top of the skirt instead of laying flat. Next, making sure that the seams are still facing towards the top of the skirt, top stitch on the right side of the fabric. (this is just to make sure that the ruffle doesn't lay funky and also to give it a more finished look. Make sure that the seam allowance you use is the right size so that it is catching the fabric underneath and holding it in place.)
Step 9: After the ruffle is all sewn in place, fold the fabric so that the right sides are together and sew along side of the skirt. 

Step 10: Now it is time to create the casing for the elastic to go in. Start by folding the top edge of the skirt under 1/4 inch and press all the way around the top edge. Next measure your elastic. I used 1 1/2 inch elastic so I folded my fabric over 1 3/4 inch and press. (I like to sew along the top of the casing so that the elastic can't turn as easy- but if you don't want to do this step, don't include extra when folding.) 
Step 11:  Sew all the way around the top of the casing as close to the edge as possible. Then sew all the way around along the bottom edge but leave a 1 1/2 inch opening unstiched to stuff the elastic in.
Step 12: Feed your elastic into the casing. (I attach a safety pin to the end so I can feed it easier and I also mark the top side of the elastic on the other end with something so once I have fed it all the way around I am sure which side is up so I don't sew it twisted)
Step 13: Once it is fed all the way through, zip zag a couple times to close your elastic waistband. Then pull it all the way into the casing and stitch the 1 1/2 inch gap closed. 

And just like that, you are done! Easy!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Voting for the Do Something Crafty Challenge

I recently participated in a crafting challenge over at The Crafty Nest Blog called the Do Something Crafty Challenge. I along with 3 other talented craft bloggers got sent a mystery package of supplies to make something crafty with. Inside the package was a yard of fabric and a skein of yarn. I decided to make my oldest daughter an apron so she can cook with me. 


All four  projects have been revealed and the voting has now started... Head over and check out all the craftiness and vote for your favorite project! (there is a poll on the sidebar.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Do Something Crafty Challenge

About a month ago, Vanessa from The Crafty Nest asked me to join in on a challenge... It is called the  Do Something Crafty Challenge!!! I love a good challenge so I jumped at the chance. The deal was that I, along with 3 other craft bloggers, would get a package in the mail with some mystery supplies and we had to come up with something crafty to make out of it... When the package came, I was dying to figure out what my supplies were- Opening the package revealed {almost} a yard of fabric and a skein of pink yarn. What in the world was I going to make- especially with the yarn??? But I am someone who thinks on almost a one track mind {crafting} so I had the idea in no time. I decided to make a little apron for my daughter so she can help me cook. She LOVES it! Which means the world to me. That is one of the things I love most about crafting- being able to make things that my little girls love.


 Here is how I made it...

Step 1: Cut out a half circle. I actually used yarn and tied it to a pen, held the end of the yarn to the center of the paper and used the pen to trace a circle on the paper.
 Step 2: Pleat your fabric how you would like. I did 4 pleats- 2 on each side pleating toward the center. After you get the pleats how you want them to look, trim off the access fabric to square off the top.
 Step 3: Next, measure the curved edge of the skirt. Times that by 2 and cut a strip of fabric that is that length by 4 inches wide. Fold and press in half (hotdog style) and then I pleated it all the way along the bottom edge of the fabric (pinning as I went).
Step 4: Trace your pleated piece and cut out a piece of fabric to be on the back of the apron. Place right sides together and sew all the way along the curved edge. 
Step 5: To make the waistband, cut a piece of fabric that is 5 inches by whatever length you will need to go around the waist and tie. Fold and press the fabric in half (hotdog style). After it is pressed, open up and press the raw edges under 1/4 inch on each side, including the ends so that when you fold the fabric back over no raw edges will show. Lay the apron (centered) on the open edge of the waistband. Then I made 5 pom-poms using this tutorial. Line the pom-poms up evenly and then fold the top part of the waistband down and pin in place. Sew all the way along the edge of the waistband to secure it to the bottom of the apron.

Now you are all done and you have a Pleated Pom-Pom Apron for your little helper! 


So there ya have it... My Do Something Crafty Project. Mine is the last project to be "revealed" tomorrow on The Crafty Nest so head over and check out what everyone else made... Cast your votes and may the best crafter win... Just kidding! We are all winners and I feel lucky to be crafting along side with these 3 talented ladies!!! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #5


It's time for another Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!!
Last week we had 110 links!!! I was hoping we would hit 100 links this last week so you guys went above and beyond!! Thanks to everyone who linked up!!! I am so amazed at all of the things that you come up with!

Last week's top 3 viewed links were:






Other favorites:




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 So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Pom-Pom Skirt


I am a big fan of pom-poms... 


I have been eying these little loveys in Joanns for the past 4 months. Dreaming of how to use them. I finally decided to buy the mustard yellow ones on a whim and have had them sitting in my craft closet for a month now. I am just trying to come up with exactly what I want to make with them...

Last night my oldest daughter asked for a new skirt for church today. So I tucked her in bed with the promise of a new skirt waiting for her when she woke up....I scanned my stash of fabrics saved up for last minute projects such as this one, and decided that this would be the perfect time to use pom poms... So with coupon in hand I rushed to Joanns before they closed and came home with these white babies! 

To make this skirt I used the Simple Skirt Tutorial from MADE and then added the pom poms to the bottom edge to give it a little flare! It was super easy. I used one roll for the top layer and one roll for the bottom layer. Each roll is 4 ft. long. My daughter wears a 2T and I doubled her waist since I wanted a full skirt. So you might need more or less depending on the size you are making. Just take measurements before you go to the store. You can find these pom-poms in the ribbon section of Joanns- it's $3.99 per roll, but using coupons make it a little more reasonable. They also sell bigger and smaller pom-pom ribbon by the yard as well... I can't get enough!!


I love how it turned out, but most importantly my daughter LOVED it! The look on her face this morning was priceless. It was very evident that she felt pretty wearing this skirt too. 


What do you like to make with Pom-Poms?? :)

Linked up HERE.

Tied with a Bow Pouch + Tutorial

I shared with tutorial on UCreate last month and am just now getting around to posting it on my own blog... Hope you enjoy!! :)


It is super easy to make- especially if you have ever made a zipper pouch before! 
This pouch is roughly 7x9 inches so all the measurements work with this size but it can easily be adapted to work with any size pouch you are making!

To start you will need:
-One 7 inch zipper
-2 coordinating fabrics: 1 for the outside (Yellow) and one for the inside (Polka Dot)
-Medium weight fusible interfacing
-Thread

Step 1: Cut two pieces of the yellow fabric that measure 7 x 9 inches each, 2 pieces of the polka dot fabric that measure 7 x 9 inches each, and also cut two pieces of the interfacing that measure 7 x 9 inches each.
Step 2: Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric for each of your yellow pieces of fabric.
Step 3: Lay one of the yellow pieces of fabric right side up, lay the zipper right side down (facing the yellow fabric), and then lay the polka dot fabric right side down on top of the zipper. Once you have your fabric and zipper alined, sew along the top edge of the fabric/ zipper.
Step 4: Unfold fabric to uncover the zipper and do the same thing with the last piece of yellow and polka dot fabric.
When you turn the fabrics right side out it should look like this.
Yellow fabric and zipper facing right side up and the polka dot fabric underneath should be facing right side down.
Step 5: Next, cut out one piece of the yellow fabric that measures 10 x 11 inches, 2 pieces that measure 3 x 5 inches, and 2 pieces that measure 2 x 3 inches.
Step 6: Put the 2 pieces of fabric that are 3 x 5 inches right side together and sew almost all the way around but leave 2 inches unstitched so you can turn the fabric right side out. Make sure you stay stitch back and forth a couple times where you leave off to the unstitched part.
Step 7: Turn the fabric right side out, iron flat, the tuck the unstitched edges back inside the hole, and then sew along the bottom of the edge to close.
Step 8: Take the 10 x 11 inch fabric and fold it in half lengthwise so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other and sew along the edge to create a tube.
Step 9: Turn the tube right side out and iron flat.
Step 10: Take both of the 2 x 3 inch pieces of fabric and iron 1/8th seam on both sides of the fabric for both pieces.
Step 11: Line the fabric up so that the wrong sides of each fabric are facing each other and the ironed seams are on the inside.
Step 12: Sew along each side of the fabric.
Step 13: Fold the fabric in half horizontally, sew along the unfinished edge, and then turn the fabric so the seam is on the inside of the ring.
Step 14: Thread your long and short rectangles through the ring to create your bow. Depending on how thick or thin your fabric is this step may be tricky... Stick with it though- you are almost done!
Step 15: Line your bow up on the outside of one side of the pouch- Only pin and sew it to the yellow fabric- tuck the polka dot fabric underneath the other side for this step.
Step 16: Sew along the edge of the pouch to attach the bow in place. I have found that if you pin the corners of the bow in place where they need to line up but leave the center part unpinned you can pull the fabric to the right as you are sewing to make sure it is laying correctly without any puckers.
Do this for both sides of the pouch.
Step 17: Trim the fabric so there is no excess on both sides.
Step 18: Unzip the zipper halfway... This is the MOST important step because your zipper needs to be open half way so that you can turn your pouch right side out. (this will make more sense after you complete the next few steps.)
Step 20: Pin both of the yellow pieces of fabric right side together and sew all the way around the edge.
Step 21: Pin both of the polka dot fabrics right side together and sew almost all the way around the edges. You need to leave a 3-4 inch opening in the very bottom so that you can turn your pouch right side out. Make sure that you stay stitch really well so that your seams stay together when you are turning the fabric right side out.
Step 22: Turn your bag right side out. Then tuck the unfinished edges of the polka dot fabric inside.
Step 23: Sew along the bottom of the tucked in unfinished edges to finish it up.
Step 24: Push the polka dot liner into the bag and get everything all lined up- iron out any wrinkles to finish up and you are done!

Now you have your very own "Tied with a Bow" pouch to give as a gift, or keep for yourself! ;)