Crafty Kitchen: Oreo Spiders

I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with Halloween related goodies like our Owl S’mores and now these spiders! These are an easy treat to make. For ingredients you’ll…

Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make…

Free Pattern Features: Halloween Pillows

Looking for ways to add some Halloween fun to your decor? On Craft Buds we’ve featured Halloween printables, fabric pumpkins, and owl smores. Lots of other crafty sites have been…

Jack-o’-Lantern Shirt Stencils

Looking to add some Halloween fun to your family’s wardrobe? Here’s a shirt idea for either you or your kids to make. It would also be a fun project for…

Fresh Picks for Friday, 3.25.11

Here are this week’s inspirations! If you’d like us to consider your project for Fresh Picks, fill out the submission form here.

Life of the Party: Check out this vintage superhero birthday party at Kara’s Party Ideas, courtesy of Maureen & Adria at Anders Ruff!

Perpetual Calendar

Day by Day: A bright and funky perpetual calendar tutorial at Sandy’s Space!

Fleece Flower Petal Pillows
In Full Bloom: Cute and inexpensive home decor! Fleece flower petal pillows tutorial at Come Together Kids
 

Blitz ‘Em: Timothy Adam at Handmadeology is offering a free 5-day e-course called Social Media Blitz, aimed at crafters who sell their handmade items online. Check it out!

Giveaways Roundup
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with 15 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.

Upcycle: Hoodie into Cowl Neck Pullover


We have a lot of hooded sweatshirts at this house and I’ve always wondered if I could convert them into something else. There’s a boy’s shirt contest going on over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar so I decided to give it a shot. Here’s a great way to transform those hooded sweatshirts into a cowl neck pullover!

Start out with a sweatshirt that fits your child (or you!) comfortably with a little extra room because you’ll be loosing just a little bit of the width. Make sure the hood fits comfortably over their head. My son normally wears 24 month sized clothes but I used a 2T for this project. *If you are using a different style shirt check out the tips at the bottom of the post.

First you’ll cut out the zipper. It’s easiest to do this from the inside of the sweatshirt and to cut as close to the zipper as you can.




Next cut off the hood and cut off the seam that connected the hood to the rest of the shirt. You may need to use a seam ripper to remove and bits still stuck to the sides.




Your cut up shirt will now look like this:



At this stage you’ll want to remove any embellishments like the basketball patch on my sweatshirt above. Next lay the hood flat. If it is unlined like most hoodies you’ll cut it twice the final desired so you can fold it in half. Add an additional 1/4″ to that measurement for your seam allowance. I cut a strip 4 3/4″ for my son’s 2T size shirt.


 

Now you’re ready to start sewing! Fold the sweatshirt inside out and pin the seam together. I cut the pockets so they would be 1/2″ away from the edge of the shirt. Next, sew along the edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Start at the bottom so if the shirt shifts at all, at least that part will match up correctly!




Lay the sweatshirt out and press the seams open. Pin the seams down and sew 1/4″ on each side of the seam. When you do this, fold the edges down over the sides of the pockets so when you stitch it up you’ll close the pockets that you cut open when you removed the zipper.




Turn the sweatshirt right side out and pin the center of the neck strip (the piece cut from the hood) to the center of the neck on the back of the shirt. The right side of the hood should be facing out with the seam at the bottom.




Continue to pin around the curve of the neck.




Turn the shirt over and pin down the neck strip leaving a gap slightly larger than the folded width of the neck piece. My neck strip folded in half minus the seam allowance is 2 1/4″ so the gap I left is 2 1/2″. Sew the neck strip down all the way around the shirt. Do not stitch down the 1/4″ at the edge where the Xs are marked below.


Next cut out the V of material between the neck strip. Cut along the edge of the neck strip on both sides and cut across where your stitches stop (1/4″ before the edge of the neck strip). Click on the image below (or any image in the post) for a larger view. The smaller image is the same as the larger one so you can see how mine looked.




Fold the neck strip over so it resembles a dress shirt collar. Pin down the edges.




Sew the neck down all the way around as close to the edge as you can. Also, sew the front edge of the neck shut.




For the final step, turn the shirt inside out and line up the two edges of the collar with the opening. Pin it in place and stitch shut.




Turn right side out and the shirt is complete! You could easily add some extra character with piping around the neck or with contrast stitching.




*Tips for other shirt styles: If you’re starting out with a lined hood you won’t have to fold the neck strip in half like the example above. Below, using a 2T shirt, I cut the neck strip 2 3/4″ for a final neck of 2 1/2″ with 1/4″ seam allowance.




With this style of pockets I was able to do just a single seam down the center and that closed the pockets back up. Because the graphic was misshapen after the cutting and sewing I just cut a patch from the extra hood material to cover it up. That also covered up the top of the pockets that became slightly mismatched after sewing! 




Easy Drawstring Tote



I made this tote to match the number bean bags from this post. They’re just so cute together I can’t resist posting a photo here of the whole set!

 

I wanted to do a separate post for the tote since it’s such a versatile thing to make and it was really fast to whip up. Plus it’s easy enough you could even make them to use as gift bags!

 

To make your own, first cut two rectangles, one for the front and one for the back. You’ll be folding this in half later so take that into account when you decide on a size. For the bean bag tote I used a 23″ x 13″ rectangle. Put right sides together and stitch all the way around but leave a 3″ opening.

 



Turn right side out. Next, use an iron to crease the edges of the opening so that the raw edges are inside. Then fold the top over 1 1/4″ and iron that down. Put a drawstring inside the opening then pin down the edge. Stitch along the edge with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

 



Fold in half so you’re seeing the side that you want to be the inside. Stitch around the bottom and the open side, stopping 2″ before the top.

 



Attach the drawstring toggle.




Turn right side out.

 

Ready to fill with goodies!

Great Kid’s Gift: Number Bean Bags Tutorial!

My friend’s son turned two yesterday and I wanted to make him something that a little boy (or girl) could enjoy playing with. I’ve seen variations of counting bean bags on different blogs and decided to come up with my own version. This set has nine beanbags plus a matching drawstring tote bag. You can find the matching tote bag here!

To make these, you’ll want to download my pattern (free!) that includes the numbers and square for the beanbags. I didn’t use a number zero but my husband was concerned that someone might want it so it’s included in the pattern. First, print out the pattern and cut out all the paper numbers and 9 fabric squares for the beanbag fronts and 9 fabric squares for the backs. I did brown for the front and different colors and patterns for the numbers and backs.

Next, cut out nine fabric rectangles a little larger than your numbers. Iron those to a strip of fusible web. On the back, trace each number backwards then cut out each number.

 

Peel the backing off the fusible web and iron the numbers to the centers of your beanbag fronts. If you want more details on making the number appliques you can see my post on appliques here.

 

Then I did a loose zig zag stitch with my sewing machine around each number. The curves got tricky and so I had to turn the hand wheel for some parts and stitch very slowly. Next put right sides together of your beanbag fronts and backs and stitch them up leaving a 2″ opening at the bottom. When you are done stitching, turn them right side out.

 

Then we took a break while my son played with them :).

Okay, break is over and back to work! I tried to fill these with a funnel but my funnel opening was too small so I used a rolled up paper plate to fill each bag with black beans. I filled each bag until it was 3/4 full and used a pound and a half total for all nine bags.

 

Next I sewed the openings up using a slipstitch. A slipstitch is a (mostly) hidden seam. Do do this you’ll first fold the raw edges inside. Then knot your thread and starting at one end of the opening you’ll alternate between the inside folds of the fabric stitching about 1/16″ inch of fabric on each side then pull tightly.

Beanbags are now finished and ready to be played with!

 

And like I mentioned earlier, you can also make a matching drawstring tote to keep them in.

 



*Additional Edit/Note*: The link to the stencil pattern will take you to Google Docs. If you are having problems getting it to print properly, use your mouse to click on File (left side of screen), then choose “download original.” Open the downloaded document and try printing again.

Fresh Picks for Thursday, 3.17.11

Here are this week’s inspirations! If you’d like us to consider your project for Fresh Picks, fill out the submission form here.

Tokyo Subway quilt

Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! is raffling off this beautiful Tokyo Subway quilt to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, make a donation to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami fund by Wednesday, March 23 and let her know.

Kirsten’s Lucky Charms notebook at The Crafting Chicks, with tutorial

Despicable Me games, attire and minion birthday decor at Obsessively Stitching

Meg’s quilted pan handle at Monkey Beans

 

Giveaways Roundup

If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with 22 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.

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