Friday, September 27, 2013

Simple Fabric Pumpkins {tutorial}

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I was wanting to add some new items to my fall d├ęcor this year and really liked the idea of some fabric pumpkins. Most of the ideas I found through Pinterest involved a lot of cutting and sewing, but then I found THIS tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Hers was by far the easiest way to make some adorable pumpkins. I used my sewing machine instead of hand stitching, and decided to switch up how I finished mine off, so I thought I’d do a tutorial as well in case you, like me, would rather not go out in some crazy rain to find sticks to use as stems.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I pretty much made a pumpkin patch’s worth because I planned on using three to decorate the registration table at a mom’s group I’m a part of. But then I liked the way this looked across my buffet that I made a few more.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I love the combo of jute, raffia, fabric and burlap. My materials for a patch’s worth were: 1/2 yard burlap, 1/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics, 1 roll of jute, 1 package of green raffia, 1 roll of green florist’s wire, batting and plastic grocery bags.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I cut sevearl different sizes of fabric—the ratio of width to height determines the shape of your pumpkin (a more square piece makes a taller pumpkin, a wider rectangle makes a shorter/squatier pumpkin). As you can see, I didn’t bother ironing my material first and it didn’t matter at all.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
(don’t you love my chipped polish?)

1. Folding fabric in half with short ends and right sides together, sew the side opposite the folded side.
2. Still wrong side out, sew a gathering stitch around one open edge of the tube (see picture below if you aren’t familiar with a gathering stitch).
3. Pull your thread tight until your opening is closed and tie off the threads.
4. Turn your material right side out and the gathered closing will be the base of your pumpkin.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

For a gathering stitch, set your tension to the highest and stitch length to the longest setting and sew. Be sure and leave lots of extra thread when you clip it so you have enough to hold onto.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

The gathering stitch doesn’t work well on the burlap because it’s a much thicker material. Instead, I clipped one of the burlap strings close to the seam and pulled it tight.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

5. Sew a gathering stitch around the remaining opening but don’t pull your threads tight yet.
6. Fill your pumpkin with batting. For my larger pumpkins, I followed Jamie’s advice and used plastic grocery bags as filler, wrapping them in batting.
7. Pull the treads tight. On some of the pumpkins the thread broke or it didn’t completely close the opening, so on those I wrapped the remaining thread around the gathered material and tied it off.
8. On the ones that it did close perfectly I just tied the threads off and it looked really nice.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

9. Use the jute to wrap around the pumpkin as though you’re tying ribbon around a gift. Section it in half, quarters and then eighths, pulling tight so the sections are well defined.
10. Tie off the jute.
11. To make a raffia stem take a handful of it and then fold it in half.
12. Slide the fold under the jute knot and the slip the ends through it for a knot.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
13. Tying it this way means the raffia will stick up, more stem like.
14. Trim the stem to your desired length.
15. Wrap some florist’s wire around a stick or something round to make curly vines.
16. Tie the jute ends around the middle of the wire. You can just tie it in a knot or do a bow.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

And then you have some super cute pumpkins! This was a great, simple project that adds a lot of fall pop to my home.

Go HERE for past fall-related projects and decorations.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Simple Fall Wreath

Simple Fall Wreath @ Made it on Monday

Sadly, this year I had to retire my fall bookpage wreath (I LOVE that thing, but last year’s wind just did it in). But the plus side was having an excuse to make a new fall wreath.

Simple Fall Wreath @ Made it on Monday

This one was MUCH simpler and only took a few minutes to put together. I bought all of my supplies at Joann’s—a grapevine wreath, a stem of fall flowers and 2 packs of garland. Then it was just a matter of pulling the flowers off the stem, hot gluing them on, adding a few leaves at the ends, and wrapping the rest of the wreath with the two garlands.

Simple Fall Wreath @ Made it on Monday

It’s fall-y, cheery and brightens up my door! Makes me excited to add more fall touches to the rest of my patio and house.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

DIY Spiderman Backpack

Almost exactly two years ago I added a felt Elmo face to a nice, yet boring, quality backpack (see original post HERE).
 
Add an applique to a basic backpack to make it fun for your kids!
 
He has loved that backpack. We’ve used it well, carried it all sorts of things in it, taken it to 4 different states and even let it sit for a while thanks to an unnoticed leaky sippy cup of milk. But with all our shopping for the start of preschool, he began eyeing the super-cool-big-boy-backpacks in stores.
 
Add an applique to a basic backpack to make it fun for your kids!
 
Knowing we still had a perfectly good backpack at home that would perfectly do the job of carrying spare clothes to and from preschool, we swung by Joann’s and picked up a Spiderman applique for less than $3 thanks to a coupon. I pulled Elmo off (and saved it for his baby book) and ironed/hot glued Spiderman on instead.
 
Add an applique to a basic backpack to make it fun for your kids!
 
He LOVES his “new” Spiderman backpack!
 
Add an applique to a basic backpack to make it fun for your kids!
 
Then and now… so sad, yet fun, to see how much he’s growing up!
 
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to School Top for Momma


Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday

My favorite little three year old started preschool today. I wasn’t emotional dropping him off, instead it was a lot of fun—he is SO ready, and I am SO ready too.

Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday

We had a great time going shopping for supplies and a first day of school outfit. And picking out something cute for him made me want something cute for me too. Anyone else miss the school clothes shopping now that you’re all grown up and not going to school anymore?

Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday

So I finally got out some fabric, dusted off my sewing machine and serger and not only started but finished and photographed a sewing project! I would love to have done a complete photo tutorial for you, but this top may have changed directions about 3 or 4 times in process, a little 11 month old may have been a little less than agreeable to Mommy sewing, and finally I just needed to get this thing completed.

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I used my FAVORITE shell pattern—I seriously go to this one any time I need to make a top easily without wanting to deal with self-drafting. I don’t really follow the pattern—just use it for a sizing and cutting guide. I also used it for THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS top. My fabric was bought at Joann’s a very long time ago, cut out for a project that failed, recut for another project that failed, and then cut for this one. I didn’t have enough material for the full width of the front (even without the gathering the pattern would call for), so I did a little improvising. Which didn’t work. So I improvised again.

Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday

Rather than cutting the front piece with the fold in the middle, I cut out two pieces that, together, came up a few inches not wide enough for me. I then took a long strip of the material (about 1.5x as long as the top) and gathered the fabric. That piece was then sewn to the middle edges of the front pieces.

Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday

The top was then sewn together at the shoulders and sides (with a back seam and buttoned opening at the top so it fits over my head), and the hem, neck and arm holes finished. Because this is a silky fabric that frays a TON, I serged all my seams after sewing them as well as the raw edges of the neck, hem and arm holes before sewing them.

Back to School Top for Momma @ made it on monday
Cardigan: The Chic Orchid | Jeans: Maurices | Shoes: Target

I’m glad I took the time to finish everything so nicely (confession: if I know a top is only going to be worn under something, I might skip corners on the arm holes), because I can wear it by itself, or pair it with a fun cardigan. I felt like a cute mom taking my little guy to preschool today, which was a lot of fun.

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