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Last week I made this t-shirt for Mike, and I thought it needed a little something extra.  We have been having lots of rainstorms that have been a bit out of character for the area that I live in, which got me dreaming of all things Autumn…hot tea, crisp leaves under my feet, sweaters for every occasion, and pumpkins!  I used those storms as my inspiration for the detail for the shirt.  To make the clouds and raindrops, I used the back side of the fabric that I used for the shirt…it is a little bit darker, and has a different texture.  The effect is pretty subtle, so it doesn’t look too much like a child’s shirt.

I put together some instructions and a pattern so you can make one too!  If you are making this for an adult, you can use the pattern as is, but if you are making this for a child, you may need to shrink the size of the pattern to fit on a smaller shirt.

Here are the Stormy T-Shirt Instructions.  Enjoy!


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After making two dresses last week, I was in the mood for something a little easier to kick the week off.  I made this headband out of cream colored scrap fabric.  I love the headband because it goes with almost every article of clothing I have crafted so far!  Its definately bigger than anything I have worn on my head before, but hopefully I can pull it off alright.  The edges were left unfinished so that it will slowly fray and give it a hand-crafted look.Here is the Flower Headband Instructions and Pattern.  Enjoy!!

To all you mothers, I hope you had a truly wonderful Mother’s Day…you deserve to be celebrated!

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This week is Spring Top Week over at Made by Rae.  This week she is posting images of her Spring top creations, as well as those of other people who are participating.  She is also hosting a Flickr group where you can see all the submissions and share your comments.  She also posted a free shirt tutorial!  Very cute, and very versatile!

Here is my shirt for Spring Top Week!  I have a tank top at home that I really love.  It is really comfy, but still looks nice.  The problem is that I only have one, so I can’t really wear it more than once a week.  To solve this problem, I decided to put together another one, using the tank as my pattern.

To remake your favorite shirt:

Start with your favorite tank.  Fold the front in half, down the middle.  Fold your chosen fabric down the middle (make sure to pay attention to the direction of the knit).  Align the center fold of the shirt along the center fold of the fabric. 

Outline the shirt, marking 1/4 inch away from the edge where the side seams and the shoulder seams are, and marking 1/2 inch away from the arm hole edge and the neckline are.  Fold the back of the shirt down the middle and repeat.

Align the front and back pieces of shirt fabric, right sides facing.  Stitch the shirt together along the two sides and at the shoulders at 1/4 inch.  Finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch.

Fold the neckline, arm holes, and bottom hem over twice, each fold at 1/4 inch.  Sew using a running stitch.

Attach the neckline, if desired.

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While I was going through my fabrics this weekend, looking for a project I could do, I realized that I still have a ton of scraps left even after the other various scrap projects I have done (here, here, and here).  I had enough scraps still to make an updated tote.  I block printed the front of the bag (for instructions, check out the Baby blanket post), and used my handmade binding (for instructions, go here).  This is a great all-purpose tote, good for taking home some groceries, or carrying books back to the library.

What you will need

  • 1/2 yard natural colored canvas
  • 1/2 yard ecru colored linen
  • 1/2 yard lining material of your choice (for this I used four different fabrics, and cut a panel out of each one)
  • 2 yards 1″ thick strap material
  • 39″ binding
  • Matching thread

Wash, dry and iron the fabric.  Cut the following panels out of canvas and lining: two 15″x12.5″, two 15″x 4.5″, one 12″x4.5″.  Cut the following panels out of linen: two 13″x12.5″, two 13″x4.5″, one 12.5″x4.5″.  Fray one 12.5″ edge of the two 13″x12.5″ linen panels to 1/4″.  Do the same along one 4.5″ edge of the two 13″x4.5″ linen panels.

Align the fabric by placing each piece of canvas right side up, then placing the linen, right side up, with the frayed edges at the top.  The 15″x12.5″ pieces of canvas with have the 13″x12.5″ pieces of linen on them, with the bottom 12.5″ sides aligned.  The 15″x4.5″ canvas panels will have the 13″x4.5″ linen panels on top of them, with the 4.5″ bottoms aligned.  The canvas and linen 12.5″x4.5″ pieces will be aligned as normal.

Sew the canvas and linen panels together along the inside edge of the fray.

Pin the panels together, inside out to form a bag shape.

Sew along these edges at 1/4″.  Turn right side out.

Pin the corresponding liner panels to each other, inside out to form a bag shape.  Sew along these edges at 1/4″.

Place the liner inside the bag, and align along all the sides.  Sew binding tape around the top of the bag. 

Cut the two yards of strap in half.  Sew the edges with a zigzag stitch to prevent it from unraveling.  Pin each end of each strap to the inside of the bag, 1.5″ away from the edge seams.  Allow 3″ of each end of each strap to hang inside the bag.  Sew the straps on, along the same lines where the binding is sewn, and where the frayed fabric is sewn.

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The baby shower was yesterday, and the baby blanket was a success!!  After printing the trials for the blanket, I had some trouble with disappearing ink, but I quickly found some better ink at a specialty art store which turned out perfectly.

What you will need:

  • 1 yard ecru linen for front
  • 1 yard cream soft cotton fabric of your choice
  • 1 yard white cotton flannel for the batting
  • 4 1/2 yards bias tape in cream, 1″ wide
  • embroidery floss in cream
  • cream thread
  • textile ink (I used white with a couple drops of brown added)
  • 1/8″ thick craft foam with a sticky back
  • 3 pieces of plastic or acrylic for mounting the stamp
  • printout of pattern for the stamps (stamp-pattern)
  • craft knife and or scissors
  • cardboard for cutting out the stamp on
  • needle
  • small paint roller
  • ruler

Wash, dry and iron the fabrics.  Using a ruler, measure the fabrics to 42″x32″. 

Place each stamp printout on the craft foam.  Using the needle, poke small holes around the patterns.  Cut the patterns out using the craft knife and scissors.  Place the pattern under the mounting plastic and align it how you want it to fit.  Using this as a guide, place the foam stamp onto the plastic, sticky side down.

Using some scraps, print some trials of the stamps to determine how much paint and pressure to use.  Apply stamps to the linen.  I positioned the giraffe and elephant facing each other about 6″-7″ up from the bottom, and 6″-7″ from the side.  The vine is a repeating pattern.  I started it at the very bottom of the fabric, and repeated all the way up, about 6″-7″ from the side.  Allow the ink to dry for 24 hours.  After it has dried, iron the print to set it.  For more detailed instructions on how to print, check out Printing By Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens, by Lena Corwin.  I found this book to be extremely helpful!

Align the fabric, starting with the soft cotton, wrong side facing up.  Then place the flannel on top of that, right side facing up, then the printed linen, right side facing up.  Pin the three layers together, starting in the center and working your way out.

With a sewing machine, using a running stitch, attach the bias tape.  Fold the corners in as you go, making a diagonal fold (see image below).

Lay the blanket out on the floor and lightly mark the exact middle using a ruler and pencil.  Mark the point halfway between the center of the blanket and the top and the bottom.  Measure the distance between the center mark and one of the other marks.  Using this measurement, mark the distance between the center and the two sides.  Mark the distance half way between these new marks and the top and bottom of the blanket.

At the diagonal of each of these, draw another mark.  The result will look like this:

At each of these marks, tie embroidery floss, making sure it goes through all three layers.  To tie, first tie in a single knot, then tie again, looping the the floss through twice.  Cut ends to 1/4″.

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