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Sew a Dog Bed

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

For as long as we have owned dogs (almost as long as we have been married) Josh has been saying, our poor dogs need a dog bed, want to sew one?  And for some reason I kept putting this project off.  I tend to do that with projects that need to be sewed (like curtains).

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Over the summer Emmie asked me if I’d like to sew with some of her new fabric line Geo Pop Canvas 2, and I have a couple projects to share with you.  First, here’s the prettiest little dog bed.  I used a tutorial by Brett Bara as the basis for this dog bed, but made a handful of changes.

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I love the idea of reusing things, so I had been saving our old pillows to use as stuffing for a project.  I based this dog bed off of pillow measurements so I could just stuff four old pillows in this thing!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick rundown of the materials I used and the dimensions to cut them.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 20 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 20 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut a leather belt in half for the handle

The six inch tall pieces are your sides, the 32 x 20 is your top and bottom.  I added some blue trim when sewing it all together and stitched down half a leather belt as the handle!  I left a pretty large opening on one of the 20 inch sides and stuffed four pillows into the dog bed, giving it lots of cushion!  Last, I hand stitched the opening closed.

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Taking pictures was pretty funny.  Our dog, Fern, did not want to sit still or pose for photos.  The kids were a huge help and had so much fun trying to wrangle the dog into a picture!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

 

Wax Fabric Tutorial

In my last post I mentioned I had a whole lot more to say about waxing fabric, so here we are today with a little tutorial on how to make your own waxed fabric.  I looked around and found a little bit of information, which gave me a great starting point.

Here are the supplies you need:

  • beeswax (I grabbed mine here)
  • paraffin wax (I found it in the grocery store next to the canning supplies)
  • double boiler
  • paper cup
  • heat gun or blow dryer

 

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I started with equal parts paraffin wax and beeswax (and just for reference, I used 3 oz. of each).  I placed these two waxes into a double boiler (in my case, a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water) and slowly melted the two waxes together.  Give it a stir.

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Grab an empty paper cup.

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Pour your wax mixture into the cup and let it dry.  (You can see my wax cracked while it was drying which was no big deal at all.)

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Peel away the top layer of the cup which will then give you some wax to work with.

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This next step, I tried a few tools.  I tried a blow dryer, the outside sunshine and my embossing heat gun.  Both the blow dryer and the heat gun worked great (sadly the sun wasn’t hot enough, which is crazy because it is summer in Florida right now).  Use your heating tool and warm up the fabric by passing your heating tool over it a couple times.  Now warm up your wax, until it is glistening on top.  Once your wax is shiny, rub it on the fabric.  Here are a few waxing tips for you:

  • Try your best to apply an even coat.
  • Work in small areas of your fabric.
  • This tip I found at Radiant Home Studio, but when you are applying the wax, one direction will cause the fabric to wrinkle.  Apply the wax in the direction that is easiest.

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Once you have your fabric waxed, run the heat gun (or blow dryer) over it again to let the wax soak into the fabric.  This step is fun, because the wax literally seeps into the fabric.  You can go back over your fabric a second (or third) time if you would like.  I found that I had a hard time getting a very even coat, and tried fixing my unevenness with my second and third coat.  My fabric ended up a bit splotchy, but I love the worn look it gives the fabric.

Wax Fabric Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Sewing with waxed fabric, I did most of my sewing before waxing the bag.  I didn’t want to gunk up my sewing machine.  That’s it!  Enjoy your water resistant fabric!

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Striped Dress Tutorial

I know I’m not much of a pattern girl (patterns printed on fabric) when I’m sewing for myself, but stripes, they are a different story.  They send my heart aflutter.  I love their clean lines and simplicity.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have a super simple summer dress tutorial for you, sewn out of the softest rayon knit fabric, in none other than stripes.  In fact, Melissa has been rounding up summer dress tutorials all month long, leaving you with 30 + dresses to inspire you to pull out your sewing machine and make something great this summer!

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Ready for the easy instructions!  Here we go:

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

1.  Grab your favorite tank top and trace around it on your fabric, adding 3/8 inch for seam allowance.  Add length to make it a dress, and about 1 inch at your hips to give your hips some room!  Do the same for the back.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes, place your tank top underarm at the same stripe for the front and back.

2.  With right sides together, sew the front and back side seams.  Sew the shoulder seams as well.  Use either your serger or a knit stitch on your sewing machine.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes while sewing, pin, pin, and pin some more!  Without pins, your fabric wants to move a little, and nothing is worse than stripes that are just barely off!

3.  Finish off your neck and armhole openings.  I used a knit binding method following this tutorial here!

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

That’s it.  I left my dress hem unfinished, knowing I liked the casual look, but you could easily fold up the bottom hem one inch and stitch in place.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  Melissa has a great giveaway here full of goodies!

Tutorial :: Chicken Zipper Pouch

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have Easter on the brain, and little Easter animals on the brain, so I thought I’d share a cute chicken zipper pouch tutorial (and a bunny zipper pouch today over at Imagine Gnats)!  But first I have a little chicken story for you!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

We have lived in the same little town for about nine years now.  When we first moved in, we called the town to see if chickens were allowed, they weren’t.  We’re rule followers, so no chickens for us and our backyard!  Well, we called again a few weeks ago, and the rules have changed!  We are now allowed to have chickens!  So we are on the hunt for the perfect chicks and ready to build a coop in our yard!  Well, as perfect timing has it, our friend needed a chick babysitter for a couple of weeks, so we h ave a little trial run with six fluffy little chicks in our house!  We are enamored, and know we will be a little heartbroken when these chicks are ready to leave our house and live on the farm.  But we also will be ready and prepared for little fluffy chicks of our own!

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Okay, enough chicken stories.  I’m guessing you want to hear more about the tutorial.  It is super simple and only requires a few materials.  Grab a few scraps of fabric, a zipper, and print out the beak and comb template here.
1.  Select your outside and lining fabric and cut four 6 x 8 inch rectangles, two from your outside fabric (gray in my picture) and two in your lining fabric (yellow in my picture). Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift 2.  On your outside fabric pieces, sew wings by just sewing a wing shape.  You can use a matching thread or contrasting thread, depending on what look you are going for.3.  Print out the beak and comb template and cut out three beaks and three combs, two in your outside fabric, and one in craft felt or quilt batting per beak and comb.

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4.  Let’s start with the beak.  Layer your beak with the two outside fabrics right sides together and then your craft felt (or batting) on top.  Sew around the two curved edges using 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom straight edge open.  Flip the beak right side out and iron.  Repeat the same steps for the comb.

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

5.  Line your comb on one long side of one outside fabric piece, one inch in from the side.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.  Line your beak on the shorter side of your outside fabric two inches down from the top.  Baste in place using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

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6.  Now you are ready to sew on your zipper.  With your comb facing up, place your zipper on top of the comb, teeth facing down, lining the end of the zipper up with the edge of your rectangle.  Now place your lining fabric on top of your zipper, lining up your edges and pin in place.  Sew your zipper with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  To help you sew the zipper, it is helpful to put your needle in the down position, and move the zipper pull when you get close to it while sewing.  Flip your fabric right side out and iron.  Top stitch.

7.  Draw your chicken eyes with a sharpie on the both outside fabric pieces.  Repeat the zipper sewing steps with your remaining rectangles (the outside piece you just drew the face on, and the other lining piece) from step five above, moving the bunny ears out of the way!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

8.  Now that your zipper is installed on both sides, open it halfway, and line up your outside fabrics, right sides facing, and lining fabrics, right sides facing.  Sew around the perimeter of your pouch, using 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening in the bottom of the lining fabric.  Make sure your beak is facing to the middle of the bag while you are sewing the perimeter.

9.  Pull your bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Maneuver the lining so it is inside the zipper pouch.  Now hand stitch that opening closed and your bunny zipper pouch is done!

Chicken Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Make sure to check out the bunny zipper pouch tutorial on Imagine Gnats.  Okay, I’m off to go admire these cute little fluffy house guests we have staying with us!

Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

 

 

Tutorial :: Clothespin Fish and Shark

Clothespin Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

This past weekend we needed to come up with a craft that my kids could teach younger elementary kids how to do.  Being the fish loving water family that we are, I looked for a fishy craft and stumbled upon these cute clothespin animals.  But there were no printables to go along with the cute pics that I had found.

Clothespin Fish and Shark Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Well, I set to work in illustrator and made a few printables so you could easily make this craft too.  Here they are:

Shark Printable

Fish Printable

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But you know, when we were ready to cut out the 100 fish and shark for the craft, my friend said, I have a cricut, can you just put these files into a .png file for my cricut to speedily cut them out for you?  Um, yes please.  So if you are lucky enough to have a cricut, here are the .png files for you!

Shark .png

Fish .png
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And here are the easy steps for the craft.

  • Download your files and print your fish and sharks.
  • Color in your creatures and cut out along the outside black line.
  • Now cut your fish and shark in half.  Start at the tail, and cut right down the middle to the mouth.  If you are doing the fish, cut your straight line almost to the eye and then give it a curve for a smile.
  • Glue each half to the top and bottom of the clothespin.  We found glue dots to be the easiest way to attach!

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Have fun with your fishy creatures!

Clothespin Fish Printable :: Dandelion Drift

Fruit Gushers Valentines Printable

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

The other week we ran in to WalMart and found a bunch of fruit gushers marked down to 10 cents a box.  The kids looked at me, I looked at them, and we both said, Valentines!  Nothing like last minute, but I sat down last night and made some cute little printables, after getting some advise from the kids on what they should say.  It was fun coming up with little puns for valentines day, and I loved seeing Sweet Pea and Bubba’s creativity flowing!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

Just in case you are last minute like me, I thought I’d share them here with you!

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I have them in two different sizes, you know, just because lots of options are lots of fun!

Click here to download the small printables.

Click here to download the large printables.

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And then just print them out, cut them up, and attach them to your fruit gushers!

Fruit Gushers Valentintes :: Dandelion Drift

I hope your valentines day is gushing with love!

 

Tutorial :: Perfect Striped Raglan

Hey all!  Today I’m over at Mae and K talking about villain costumes…ooh Halloween is coming!

Tutorial :: Perfect Striped Raglan :: Dandelion Drift

I wanted to sew something that Sweet Pea needed and would wear again, enter this raglan dress.  She loves anything made out of knit fabric, and dresses are reached for every Sunday!  You’ll have to hop on over to Maegan and Karen’s blog to see how I styled this up for a costume, but I love that it is every day wear also!

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When I went to sew this raglan dress, I wanted my stripes to match up perfectly.  I always wondered how I could do this, and it turns out it’s actually pretty easy.  Just three little steps.

Tutorial :: Perfect Striped Raglan :: Dandelion Drift

  1.   First take your sewing pattern and cut out the front piece of your striped fabric. Now transfer those stripe marks onto your actual pattern piece, just by putting a little line at the top of each stripe.
  2.   Next, grab your back pattern piece, and line it up with your front pattern piece along the side seam, matching the underarm.  Transfer the stripe marks to your back piece and then cut out your fabric.
  3.   Last, grab your sleeve pattern pieces, lay them next to the front pattern piece, and transfer the stripes where you would like them to match up.  Start with the front seam, and then the side seam.  And that’s it!  Cut out your sleeve fabric.

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The way I was matching my stripes before was a lot less accurate!  This has worked perfectly each time, and really works well for any pattern.  I don’t know why I hadn’t been making marks for my striped fabric on my pattern before!

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My one tip for you to get your stripes to match while you are sewing…use lots of pins.  I am normally not a pinner.  I’m lazy and like to get the job done quickly.  But with stripes, pins are needed.  Pin each and every stripe to get them to match up perfectly.  Don’t take that pin out of your fabric until the sewing machine needle is just about to hit it…after all of your accurate cutting, you don’t want your fabric to shift around on you and lose your perfect stripes.

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Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

How has back to school been for everyone?  As a homeschooling mom, I was not looking forward to back to school.  I enjoy the schedule free days of summer, but it has been great for our little family.  Sweet Pea and Bubba have done really well going back to school, ahem, in our dining room.  We have eased back into it, I think mostly for my sake.  It’s hard to get back into a routine, but it has been good!

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

A few weeks ago I ordered this great knit fabric from Rachael.  (It’s no longer available in the Imagine Gnats shop, but here‘s a link to the fabric on the Art Gallery site.)   I have to admit that I purchased these cute little girls on bikes to make a shirt for Sweet Pea, but was so smitten with the fabric when it arrived that I put it in the pile of fabric to sew for myself.  Let me gush for a minute about Art Gallery Knits.  They are so soft, the perfect weight, and just all around good quality knits.

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

This skirt is just a simple inverted box pleated skirt with a knit waistband.  It was really easy to make and I love how it turned out!  Want to learn how to make one for yourself?  I made a little tutorial for you so you could sew along!

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

You just need two easy measurements that are illustrated below for you.  Once you have these numbers written down, grab 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric and we’re ready to start cutting and sewing!

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

When you are cutting out your skirt, the stretch (or the stretchiest direction) should go across your body, so across the long sections of your skirt!

The cut list requires a little math, but nothing scary.  And we are cutting two waistband pieces and two skirt pieces (one for the front and the back).

For your waistband fabric, take 1/2 W and subtract 1 inch.  We’ll cut this number by 6 inches.  My W is 28, so 1/2 is 14 inches, minus one is 13 inches.  I cut two waistband pieces 13 in. by 6 in.

Your skirt fabric, we’ll use 1/2 W again, but now we’ll add 16 inches.  And we’ll cut that number by L plus 1.  So 1/2 W for me is 14, plus 16 equals 30 inches.  My L measured 16, so L plus 1 is 17.  I cut two skirt pieces 30 in. by 17 in.  Don’t forget the stretch of the fabric should go along the long numbers!

Pleated Knit Skirt Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

The math was the hardest part of this tutorial.  Now that you have that done, we are ready to sew!

  1. Put your waistband pieces right sides together and sew along the two short ends.  Set this piece aside for now.
  2. With your two skirt pieces, right sides facing up, we are going to measure out our pleats.  Measure in 3 inches in from the side seam and place a pin.  Now measure every two inches and place a pin.  You should have a pin placed at 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 inches.  Do this from the left and right sides of both skirt pieces.
  3. Now we’ll make our inverted box pleats.  In the illustration above, there are four pins that are black.  Have the pin to the right and the pin to the left of these black pins meet in the middle (where the black pin is).  Pin the pleats in place.  Once you are happy with the pleat placement, baste the top edge.
  4. Lay your two skirt pieces, right sides together and sew along the shorter sides.
  5. Fold your waistband piece in half, long ways.  With your skirt right side out, place the waistband over the skirt.  Align the top edge and stitch in place.  Fold your waistband up, top stitch if you would like, hem your skirt and you are done!

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Juba Shorts

Happy Monday morning guys!  Did you all have a good long weekend?  We have been busy, busy, busy!  Summer fun kind of busy though!  Today I’m over at Imagine Gnats with Rachael’s newest pattern, the Juba Shorts.  I have a fun tutorial for you on how to add these pockets with a little trim!

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Josh says my fabric is a little crazy on these shorts, but I love them!  Vintage fabric, vintage trim, what’s not to love!  Come take a look!