Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Banner

 A few of my friends got together to make these awesome birthday banners this past week. They are incredibly easy but tons of fun!

Here's how you do it. Open you text edit program (MS Word, or OpenOffice) and type the letters you'll need: HAPYBIRTD. Change the font size to 400, the paper to landscape and the font type to Ariel bold. Print it off and cut them out.
Then you just pin the paper letters to felt (any kind will work) and cut two for each letter. I used a blanket stitch to attach my felt letters together. Check out this video on how to do a blanket stitch. You'll go most of the way around the letter, leaving about and inch and a half open to stuff.

Next you stuff your letters with fiberfill. Some letters require that you stuff as you go because it is hard to get back to a certain spot to stuff. 

Finally you attach your letters to string, yarn or twine. I used a neutral colored yarn. Make sure you tie little knots on either end of your letters, once they are in the position you want, so they don't slip around and end up stuck in the middle.

I wanted to do a gender neutral, primary colored banner that hopefully could be used for any birthday no matter the theme. You could definitely do a monochromatic banner or one with fewer colors if you want.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'm In!

Shabby Apple announced their 15 finalists for the Dare to Design dress competition.  I'm so excited to have made it to the next round!  This is such a big deal to me.  I think I may still be in shock.  You can see all 15 of the finalists here and go here to vote. Mine is #11, I'd love to have your vote!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

This is my dress design for Shabby Apple dresses /Dare to Design/ competition. I first heard about the competition last year, but I didn't feel comfortable enough with my sewing skills to enter the competition. I know I could have entered with a sketch, but I wanted a beautiful showcase piece I could wear, not one I could only look at.

A year later, I have honed my sewing skills and tried several patterns and dresses to see what works best on my body. I finally have a dress I am THRILLED to share.
Inspiration: I adore the French film Amelie. The whimsical, do-good feel of the movie brings a smile to my face each time I watch it. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who finds great pleasure in simple things, such as skipping stones and running her hands through sacked grains, and in bringing happiness to others. I think that this dress conveys the sense of whimsy from the film and that the dress, like Amelie herself, is infectiously happy.

Description: The dress is made of a thin red and white striped cotton shirting top with a navy center stripe and a navy skirt. It has a round neck, petite cap sleeves, a side zipper, and three bold buttons down the front. The bright red 1/2-inch edging around the neck and waist give definition to the most flattering parts of the body. The bodice is tailored in the front and back to give the perfect shape. The high waist pencil skirt is the perfect length for lady-like activities like chasing kids, going out to lunch with friends, and sitting down at an afternoon garden party.
Color Options: I love the nautical / French feel of this color palette. It is fresh, comfortable, and always looks crisp. This dress would look fantastic in a variety of other colors palettes as well. A charcoal gray skirt and canary yellow top with white edging, for example. Or perhaps a robin egg blue skirt and white top with tan edging, similar to the colors in the Greg Hatton room pictured below.

I am so excited to have this dress in my closet. I wore it to church today and received several compliments. Not one person asked if I made it myself. That is a huge success for me.


I made this with the intent of giving it as a baby shower gift. I made size medium which should fit a 6-12 month old. Here is my son wearing it. He will be 2 on Wednesday. I think the sizing might be off but I think he is awfully cute. Too bad we're going in to winter because it is so darn cute.

I want to applique something on the front. A crap perhaps? We'll see.


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