DIY Nursery Art

Hey there! I have something a little different to share today :) While I mostly share sewing tutorials here (this is called Lainey Bug’s CLOSET after all) I enjoy all things crafty, especially if it involves painting! Last week I worked on some DIY Nursery Art for my adorable niece’s baptism gift :)

DIY Nursert Art by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

My younger sister, Sarah, had her first baby last fall and asked me if I could make her a sign with her favorite song on it. She even had the paints for me to use! I have painted many signs before and was super excited to make one for my little sweetheart’s room, but I never found a piece of wood the right size to use :( Last weekend I had an epiphany. Just use an art canvas!!! I love that I was still even able to get the distressed look I wanted.

This project was so quick and easy I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to finally do it! Plus, anyone can make it, it’s SO easy!!

I bought 2 of these 16×20″ canvas’ at Hobby Lobby for $7.00 minus a 40% off coupon. Not bad!

DIY Nursery Art

My sister had samples of the paint they had used in their nursery for me to use which was great. You can use the little sample jars they sell at Home Depot tinted in whatever color you want or if you want to just get it all at one store you can use some acrylic paints from Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to get more of a distressed look so I dry brushed the paint on. To do that I lightly dipped a paint brush in my paint then wiped off the excess before lightly brushing it onto the canvas in a sweeping motion. The less paint you use the better because you can always keep layering it on until you like the look.

DIY Nursery Art

For the letters I got on my computer and found a font I liked, I decided to go with Chalkboard. (a great site to download lots of free fonts is DaFont.com) I experimented with different sizes and ended up with this…

DIY Nursery Art

At this point I was freaking out with excitement and texting my husband pictures :) Next I cut out all of the letters and just traced around them lightly with a pencil.

DIY Nursery Art

Then I grabbed some of my little paint brushes I’ve accumulated over the years from Hobby Lobby and just painted inside the lines. Actually I guess I painted over the lines. I tried to go over all of the pencil lines but any pencil still showing actually just erased right off!

DIY Nursery Art

The colors are so absolutely gorgeous together, my brother in law painted the whole nursery striped with them! You can see a little bit of the stripes in the background :)

DIY Nursery Art by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

We didn’t have time to get the canvas hanging on the wall for the picture seeing as it was baptism day and we were only visiting for the day. They live 2 1/2 hours away from me :( But in the most gorgeous and friendly area of Michigan :) I hope to make my niece some more art for her walls in the future with her name, she has a pretty special name….

DIY Nursery ArtMe and my niece, Heidi :) Any guesses who she’s named after? ;)

 

 

I hope you have a great day!!

Heidi

 

BFF Applique Shirts

Good morning everyone! And what a glorious morning it is here in Illinois! The promise of a 77 degree day tomorrow has me absolutely giddy!! It will be in the 30′s again next week, but boy oh boy have we needed this in order to lift our spirits around these parts.

Today I want to share with you shirts that I appliqued for a friend. It’s really such a fun and easy project that has endless possibilities. Just pick up a t shirt from Wal Mart or Target or somewhere and then grab some coordinating fabric(s) from Joann’s. Oops, I didn’t include in the picture the interfacing you’ll need. We’ll talk about that later ;)

BFF Applique Shirts

My friend, Heidi’s, daughter decided she wanted some BFF shirts with peace signs. Oh my goodness, I knew immediately I was going to have to either make one for my own daughter soon after or do this project in secret!! Lainey is obsessed with peace signs.

I started by making a peace sign on a piece of paper as my template. I found 2 bowls in my cupboard that were about the size I was looking for. First I traced around the bigger bowl.

BFF Applique Shirts

Then I placed the smaller bowl inside that circle and traced around that.

BFF Applique Shirts

Then I used my ruler to make the middle lines.

BFF Applique Shirts

After cutting it out I traced it onto the back of my fabric. Then I printed out a B and an F on my computer and traced those onto the back of the fabric also.

BFF Applique Shirts

Make sure that if you’re doing letters you trace the letters backwards since this is on the back of the fabric. When you turn over the fabric after cutting them out they will be the right way :) But first, before cutting them out, we will iron on some interfacing.

Not familiar with interfacing? It is an inner layer for fabric that in most cases you iron on. I will do a post about it next week in more detail :)

For appliqueing you want to use a thin interfacing that has a paper backing. If you go to your local Joann’s or fabric store they will help you find the right one, and they’re very reasonably priced!

Cut out a piece of interfacing a little smaller than your piece of fabric and iron it onto the back of your fabric that has all the letters drawn on it. (your interfacing will also come with instructions)

BFF Applique Shirts

You can’t tell but there is a thin piece of paper on that interfacing. It’s so thin that I can see through it to see the B’s and F’s I drew on the fabric. So using that tracing I then cut the letters out. I did the same for the peace signs. When you have everything cut out you can then peel the paper backing off and place it on your shirt to decide where exactly you like it.

BFF Applique Shirts

Once you like the placement just iron it onto the shirt. Now it is stuck to your shirt fairly well and you might think about stopping there and calling it good enough. But with wear and washings it will start to peel off all around the edges and not look so nice. So instead we are going to finish all of the edges with a zig zag stitch.

Practice on a piece of scrap fabric to find the right size zig zag for you. For these shirts I set my machine’s width to 3 and the length to 1. Then just stitch along every edge of your design.

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When you’re done just give it one more quick ironing and you’re all set and ready to wear!

BFF Applique Shirts by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

The possibilities of what you can do on just a simple shirt from Target are endless. You can even layer different fabrics on top of each other to make things. They’re great for birthdays for boys or girls!!

 

I hope you have a great day!!

Heidi

How to Make a Ruffle

Good morning :) I hope your week is going well and your Spring for that matter!! We’re on Spring break around these parts this week but I’m not feeling very springy. The weather warmed up and Sunday was the most gorgeous day, at least that’s what my family told me….I was in bed with the stomach flu.

I can’t complain much, I’m very thankful it only lasted about 12 hours and the rest of my family stayed healthy :) But it’s been slow going for me this week trying to get back into the swing of things. My house is an absolute mess, we’re officially out of clean clothes and dishes, so needless to say the sewing machine has not been in use.

But I didn’t want to just disappear so I thought I’d quick share a little tutorial on something that I do in almost every project lately; The Ruffle.

I love ruffles. And not just for little girls either! I love ruffles on my own clothes too. I’m also a sucker for polka dots and bows. Now I realize you’re picturing me walking around in some hideous polka-dotted shirt covered in ruffles in bows, but let me assure you that all of these elements can be done in a very tasteful way. Separately of course ;)

So since I use them in so many of my projects here’s a well explained, well photographed tutorial of how to make a ruffle!

How to Make a Ruffle by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

To get started you need a long piece of fabric.

Hot to Make a RuffleIf I was using a knit (like I do with these ruffled shorties) I would just use the fabric as is because it won’t fray and I wanted unfinished edges. But since this woven cotton will certainly fray, fold it in half “hotdog style” and press with an iron.

How to Make a RuffleSew in a straight line along the unfinished edges (not the folded edge) using your longest stitch length. Do not back stitch at the beginning or end.

How to Make a RuffleI used bright pink thread in my needle and purple thread in my bobbin to be able to show you the front and back. If it’s your first time making a ruffle you might want to try doing it this way on a piece of scrap fabric just to get the hang of it :)

How to Make a RuffleHow to Make a RuffleNow take one of the threads hanging off the side of the fabric (I grabbed the pink thread) and pull on it until your fabric starts to ruffle a bit.

How to Make a RuffleHow to Make a RuffleOnce you have a little ruffle started like that you just hold your thread (the pink one) tight and slide the fabric over to the right.

How to Make a Ruffle by Lainey Bug's CLOSETThen pull on your pink thread again until the end of the fabric is ruffled some more and slide the ruffled fabric over to the right again. Keep doing this until the whole thing is ruffled! If you tried pulling on the purple thread after your ruffle was already started it will not bunch and not create more ruffling. This is why it’s helpful to use 2 different color threads while learning :)

How to MAke a Ruffle by Lainey Bug's CLOSETThat’s all there is to it! To attach a ruffle like this one to a project you can check out my Ruffled Boxer Shorts post.

Ruffle Boxer Shorts by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

Or to see how you can attach a ruffle that has raw edges check out my Ruffle Shorties post.

Ruffled Shorties (a Matilda Jane knockoff) by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this Spring brings you good health, great weather, and lots of ruffles!! ;)

Heidi

Ruffled Shorties

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Have you ever been to a Matilda Jane trunk show? I was invited to one last summer and had a great time. Friends, food, cute clothes? Count me in!! But while I was looking at the clothes I kept thinking to myself, “I could probably make this….”  It’s not that the clothes they sell aren’t totally amazing, it’s just that as I looked at them and saw the large price tag I knew I could do it myself for some big savings.

I went ahead and bought an adorable halter top tank for Lainey to be supportive of my friend’s party and Lainey and I both have just adored this shirt for the past year. She wore it with leggings last summer, then with a long sleeve shirt under it all winter, and now she’ll be wearing it with the knock off Ruffled Shorties I just made for her this coming summer!!

Ruffled Shorties (a Matilda Jane knockoff)

The amazing thing about Matilda Jane clothing is the way they use unexpected fabrics together. Not only can I not find such cute patterns for a decent price but I also just don’t have the eye for coordinating in a way that almost clashes like they do. But for this tank I knew that they paired it with red polka dotted ruffled shorties just like the tiny piece of fabric on the chest with the flower buttons on it.

Ruffled ShortiesSo when I saw red polka dot jersey fabric at GirlCharlee.com I decided to take my chances that the red would match with her Matilda Jane tank, and thank goodness, it did!!

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bugs CLOSET

The fabric wasn’t as stretchy as I had hoped it would be though which disappointed me a bit, but it still worked fine in the end for her shorts :)

Making these shorts was super quick and easy. Just two pieces of fabric for the shorts, an elastic waist, and 2 ruffles with raw edges! I used a pair of Lainey’s leggings as a guide, but because her leggings were stretchy and this material wasn’t I cut the shorts a couple of inches bigger than the leggings. I turned her leggings inside out and folded them as you can see in the pic below, then I laid them on the folded fabric.

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bugs CLOSETI did this twice so I had two pieces like this:

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bugs CLOSET(I made these WAY too long so that I could decided how long/short I wanted them once they were on her!)

Unfold those two pieces and place them on top of each other “right” sides together. Sew the 2 curved edges together using a double needle so that your seam will have some stretch to it. (here’s a link to how I use a double needle)

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

Now sew along the inside of the legs. Just go up one leg and down the other with one continuous seam with your double needle. (sorry I apparently didn’t get a picture of this step so here’s a pic of the finished shorts inside out for a visual for you!)

Ruffled Shorties

Next make a casing for your elastic waist. Fold and press down the top of the waist a quarter of an inch and then again 1 inch. Sew all the way around the waist leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic, once you’ve inserted your elastic sew that opening closed. I’ve taken pictures of this process in my last three tutorials so I didn’t this time! I’ll write a post later this week specifically on how to do this so that I can just link to it from now on! :)

Now try the shorts on and decide how short you want them. I made a mark where I wanted them and then measured a half an inch down from there and cut. Then I hemmed by folding and pressing up a quarter of an inch and then again a quarter of an inch and sewing.

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bugs CLOSETTo make the ruffles I measured around the leg opening which was 13 inches and then doubled that number. So I cut a strip of fabric 26 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.

DSC_1090I sewed a running stitch along the edge and then pulled one of the threads to make it into a ruffle. (Click here for a tutorial on How to Make a Ruffle) Then I pinned it to the bottom of the leg of the shorts right over the stitch I had made when hemming them.

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bugs CLOSETThen I just sewed the ruffle onto the shorts overlapping the ruffle at the end!

I had planned on adding another ruffle above it but Lainey’s tank top is so long that it would cover it anyways so I just stopped here. These shorts are super comfortable and so stinkin’ cute I hope to make another pair sometime.

Ruffled Shorties by Lainey Bug's CLOSET-a Matilda Jane KnockoffYou see what I mean about the unexpected fabrics together?? SOO cute. My Pinterest board is full of their stuff as inspiration, now I just have to find fun fabrics that don’t go together but look cute together anyways ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi

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Fabric Necklace

If you follow me on Pinterest you might notice that I’m constantly pinning nice (and somewhat expensive!) clothes for my kids. Let me assure you, I have no intention of running to Nordstrom and going on a shopping spree ;) I’ve been using nice brands like Mini Boden and Matilda Jane and Crew Cuts as inspiration for my sewing projects! I’m no fashion designer and I certainly don’t claim to be, so I need help coming up with fun things to sew. And I’ve found some great sites that get me feeling very inspired :)

Fabric Necklace Tutorial by Lainey Bug's Closet

Today’s Fabric Necklace is inspired by none other than Mini Boden! As soon as I saw theirs I knew I could make one super similar on the cheap. Sure enough the supplies I needed only cost me $4 and I have enough left over to make another one! Yay :)

Fabric Necklace with TutorialIgnore the purple fabric, I ended up grabbing some coral instead ;)

You can use any old t shirt or material you have on hand. The beads I used just happened to be on sale which is why I bought them, but any little ball you can find will work, marbles or whatever Hobby Lobby has on sale that week!! The flowers I bought for an embellishment but you don’t need to embellish it, or you could make your own little flower!!

Start by cutting a piece of fabric and sewing it into a tube. My wooden beads were a bit large so I cut a long piece of 3 inch wide fabric. Here it is after I’ve sewn it.

Fabric Necklace with TutorialNext attach a safety pin to one end and turn the pin inside the tube, working it all the way through, turning the whole tube right side out.

Fabric Necklace with Tutorial

Fabric Necklace TutorialNext slide a bead into the dead center of your fabric tube and tie a tight knot on either side of it.

Fabric Necklace with TutorialSlide another bead on each side of that one tying knots after those. Once you have 5 beads on choose which side you’d like your flower. My flower had a piece of fabric on the back that I could slide the fabric through like this:

Fabric Necklace with TutorialOnce I had the flower on I put one more bead on either side so I had 7 beads in the end.

Fabric Necklace with TutorialI then took the jewelry metal circle thingies that I bought and folded the ends of the fabric through them and hand sewed them in place.

Fabric Necklace with TutorialThen I cut 2 pieces of ribbon and hand sewed 1 end of each piece onto those circle thingies :)

Fabric Necklace with TutorialAnd that was it! Quick, fun, easy, and sooooo cute! Lainey will be wearing hers to school immediately. I finally made her something that she can wear in our 30 degree “Spring” weather ;)

Fabric Necklace Tutorial by Lainey Bug's CLOSET

There’s lots of fun ways to change this up, you could use smaller beads, a big bead in the middle and then smaller and smaller going up, interchangeable embellishments that just clip on….I could keep going and going! I’ll definitely be making more of these for this summer!

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Have a great weekend!!!

Heidi

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Ruffle Boxer Shorts

Hi all! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine working on sewing projects and photography and photo editing. I have these moments of stress where I feel like, How am I going to keep coming up with things to sew to share??? But I’m just taking deep breaths and taking it day by day :) I’m hoping to make something for my son this week and maybe some accessories for Lainey. For now my goal is going to be sharing 2 projects a week, so I hope that’s enough to keep you all coming back ;)

 

A few weeks ago I bought a men’s button up shirt at the thrift store planning on making it into a dress, but once I got it home I had a new idea for it…

Ruffle Boxer Shorts

I had seen the cutest little ruffled boxer shorts on Pinterest over and over but with no tutorial so I decided to make some myself and get a tutorial out there!!

I started with this men’s XL button up. It’s a very floral men’s shirt!! lol

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

I used a pair of Lainey’s comfy shorts to get my basic pattern.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsI cut 2 pieces with the flowers facing up like this, and then I took one of those pieces and turned it over and cut two pieces like that.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsThis way you’ll end up with 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsPut 1 front piece on 1 back piece “right” sides together, do the same with the other 2 pieces. Then sew along the curved (crotch) edge up to the waist. Crotch is such a gross word!! hahaha, sorry I couldn’t think of a different word to use. Finish all of your edges on these shorts with a zig zag stitch because fabric like this will fray over time and in the wash. (ignore that mine isn’t zig zagged, I waited until the very end to do them all)

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

After that I drew a curved line on the outside corner with a pencil. I totally just eyeballed it and then used the piece I just cut off as a stencil on the other side to make sure they matched.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts Open up these pieces and put them on top of each other “right” sides together. Sew up the outside edges and along the inside leg seam. Make sure to zig zag finish the edge again.

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Next make a casing for an elastic waist by folding down the waist a quarter of an inch and pressing, then folding down another inch and pressing. (I used 3/4 inch elastic, if you’re using wider or narrower elastic you will want to make your casing smaller or bigger accordingly) Sew around the bottom of the casing leaving an inch open for inserting the elastic. After inserting the elastic sew that opening closed.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

All that’s left now is the ruffles!! Cut 2 long pieces of coordinating fabric an inch wide and 1 1/2 times the length of your leg opening. My leg opening was 14 inches around so I cut my fabric 21 inches long.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

That blue fabric is actually from a bed sheet that I bought to make curtains for my son’s room! When I noticed how well it coordinated with my men’s shirt it’s what made me want to make boxers instead!

Fold the long pieces in half “hotdog” style and press. Sew a running stitch along the top (the side that isn’t the fold). Don’t secure the threads on either end by tying them or back-stitching. This way you can pull on the bottom thread and turn this long piece into a ruffle. (Click here to see a detailed post on How to Make a Ruffle)

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Once you’ve turned them both into ruffles attach them to the bottom of the shorts. Start by folding over the edge and pinning, then adjust your ruffle as you pin to make sure you can make it all the way around the leg opening.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Just follow along the curve of the leg and fold a little at the top if you need to.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

When you get all the way around fold over the edge again and overlap just a bit. Then cut off any extra ruffle you have left.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Now sew right along that stitch line on the ruffle all the way around the leg opening. Sew together where the beginning and and of the ruffle meet with a few stitches.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Zig zag around that whole edge to prevent fraying.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Now just press the ruffle down and top stitch around the edge of where the ruffle meets the shorts!

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

I love that step. It looks so pretty!! Lainey loves her boxer shorts and says they’re perfect for playing soccer :) Honestly, they may basically be pj shorts but I think they’re definitely cute enough for a day of play!

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Repurpose Last Year’s Clothes (and a winner!)

Good morning!! The giveaway for the fabric and extras needed to make the Playtime Pocket Dress has ended and we have a winner! Random.org randomly chose comment number 10 which was Jenny! I’ll be sending you an email today!! :)

Last week I was going through Lainey’s closet and taking out things that I knew wouldn’t fit her this Spring. One of the things I came across was this H&M dress from last year. It was inexpensive and served it’s purpose last summer but instead of tossing it or donating it or getting $1 for it at a resale I decided to repurpose it into something she could wear again!!

Repurpose last year's clothes

Making this dress into a skirt was super simple and took me all of 10 minutes to do. I started by putting the dress on her (without putting her arms in) and deciding how long to make it. I then laid out the dress and drew a straight line across where I wanted to cut. (I cut above the ruler)

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Then I folded down the top about an inch (because I was using 3/4 inch elastic, you would fold down bigger or smaller depending on what width elastic you have) and pinned.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Once I had pinned all the way around I sewed almost all the way around. You want to make sure to leave about an inch or two open for you to slide in the elastic. Take your elastic and measure around your daughter deciding how long you need it. Then pin a safety pin to the end of your elastic and slide it into the opening and work it all the way around the skirt.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Once you have it all the way through sew the two ends of the elastic together like this.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Then just sew that opening you left for the elastic closed and you’re done!! Now to be honest I should have cut the dress much higher up and made that elastic casing nicer by folding down the fabric twice before sewing so I wouldn’t have a raw edge. But I wasn’t going for professional here, just quick and easy. Plus I wanted to save enough of this piece to possibly do something fun with it later! ;)

Repurpose last year's clothes

Lainey lost another tooth since her last photo shoot. I love her toothless smile :)

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Sewing With a Double Needle

In my Playtime Pocket Dress tutorial I used a double needle when finishing the neckline and hemming the sleeves and bottom. Using a double needle can definitely really help your sewing project to look professional. Look down at the shirt you’re wearing right now and you’ll probably see a double stitch. The double stitch on your shirt was probably done by a serger, a machine that I don’t own. But by using a double needle I can still get the fancy look of your store bought shirt!

You can buy a double needle at Joann’s or any specialty sewing shop. Mine only cost a couple of dollars. Just make sure that the needles are close enough together to fit in the opening on you presser foot. Mine is a 3 mm.

Sewing with a double needle

Now the usual way to sew with a double needle is to buy 2 spools of thread in the same color and have an extra spool holder. But I’m here to show you that you don’t need all that! This is how I sew with my double needle:

Sewing with a double needle

I buy one spool of thread and fill 2 bobbins.

Sewing with a double needle

Then I use my bobbin filler post or whatever you call that instead of using an extra spool holder. Now my machine DOES have a place for the extra spool holder to go which is nice, but it didn’t come with anything to put in there. I tried buying one at a specialty sewing shop and wasn’t able to find one that fit. I could contact Singer and order one, but I was in too much of a hurry for that so I just tried it my way and sure enough! It works great! So if your machine doesn’t have a place for an extra spool holder or you’re impatient like me give this way a try. Just make sure not to lock the bobbin in place. Make sure that it can spin freely when you pull on the thread.

Sewing with a double needle

Then go ahead and thread your machine like usual using both pieces of thread instead of just one. And stop when you get to here:

Sewing with a double needle

I found this is a good place to stop and make sure your threads are not twisted at all. I first separate the threads…

Sewing with a double needle

Then take the thread on the left and thread the left side needle, take the thread on the right and thread the right side needle.

Sewing with a double needle

Then just pull up the bobbin thread like normal and go ahead and start sewing! If one of the needles is skipping stitches or something else funky is going on just re-thread the machine being careful to not twist the thread and give it another try :)

This is what the top of what you’re sewing will look like:

Sewing with a double needle

And this is what the bottom will look like:

Sewing with a double needle

The back looks like a zig zag and if sewn on a stretchy knit it gives the stitches a little bit of a stretch as well. Just be conscious of the fact that when sewing a hem with a double needle you want to make sure that the RIGHT side of your project is facing UP so that the nice looking double stitch is what shows and not the zig zag. :) So there you have it! Next time you hem something give the double needle a try, it takes a few more moments to change the needle and thread up an extra bobbin but it’s worth it!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Heidi

Playtime Pocket Dress

It’s time to share how I made the dress that is currently a part of my giveaway! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED) The inspiration for the dress was a Mini Boden dress found at Nordstrom. I like to surf the web for cute clothes that I think I can figure out how to make myself. I mention in my “about” page that I don’t use patterns, the truth is that part of the fun of sewing for me is figuring out how to construct the item I’m making. This dress’ construction was simple so I thought it was a good 1st project for this new blog!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

To get started on a new sewing project I always start with a piece of clothing that my kids already own and fits nicely. For this dress I grabbed a dress my daughter already owned that even had a bit of a boat neck, perfect!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Turn the dress inside out and fold it in half with the front of the dress on top. Place the fold of the dress on the edge of the paper. Trace around the dress without including the sleeves. Then fold the dress with the back of it on top and trace around it again. Cut out the pieces that you just drew and you should have a pattern to get started with!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Cloest

Now the dress that I’m using to make my pattern has shoulder seams that go right across the top of the shoulder. But the dress I want to make has seams that go in front of the shoulder so that you can add decorative buttons. So take your front piece and measure down about an inch and a half or two inches and cut.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Then flip over your back piece and tape that little extra piece onto the shoulder.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

See what we did there? Now the back of the dress will come over the shoulder and the seam will be in front where we can see it :) Now we’re ready to cut out our fabric. When I make my patterns I don’t include a seam allowance. I just prefer to eyeball an allowance as I cut the fabric. This can be dangerous though, because if you’re not paying attention you might start cutting right next to your pattern. So do it how you feel more comfortable, if you’d rather you can trace around the piece of clothing while making your pattern and then draw a half an inch around that before cutting it out.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Fold over your fabric and place your pattern edge on the fold. When using a striped fabric be sure that your stripes are perfectly straight! If you’re not careful when cutting out the fabric you could have a very wonky looking dress on your hands in the end ;) I take some heavy ice cream dishes and put them on top of my pattern and around it to keep the fabric or pattern from moving as I cut.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

So there’s my back piece with about a half an inch seam allowance and at least two inches for the hem on the bottom. I wanted to have lots of room there so that I could decide once the dress was on my daughter exactly what length to make it.

Now put your front piece of fabric on top of your back piece with “right” sides facing together. Line up the armpit holes. Take your shoulder pieces and pin them together.

Playtiome Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Sew them together then press the seams open. Now sew across on either side of that seam. This is just for decoration. Oh my, please excuse how crooked that bottom line is!! Sometimes the simplest step is the one I screw up ;)

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Grab your dress/shirt that you’re using to make your pattern and lay out the sleeves onto a piece of paper. Trace around them and cut it out.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Cut the sleeves out of the fabric on the fold again. You should have 2 pieces that look something like this.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Now place the dress with wrong sides together on a flat surface. We need to find the exact top of the shoulder to add the sleeves but since the seam is off center we can’t use it as our guide. Line up the front piece and back piece by the armpit holes again. Then place a pin at the very top of each shoulder. (please excuse that there is no decorative stitch on the front of the seams here, I didn’t actually think of doing that til a bit later in the process!)

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Once you’ve marked with a pin the center of each shoulder lay the dress flat with the “right” side up. Take one of your sleeves and lay it face DOWN on top of the dress matching up the centers.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Start pinning the sleeve to the arm hole of the dress. This seems strange because they are curving in different directions but with a little maneuvering it works! 

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey's Bug's Closet

Sew these two pieces together with a smaller seam allowance, about a quarter of an inch is best. Then press and repeat on the other side. Please ignore that my sleeves are quite a bit longer than the armpit opening! I get so nervous to cut something too little that I always cut things too big and then trim as needed :) When you’re done attaching both sleeves and pressing it you should have a dress this just needs to be sewn together down the arms and sides!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Now you can choose to hem the sleeves at this point or to wait until after you’ve sewn the sleeves together. I chose to hem first because fitting a little sleeve around the bottom of my sewing machine is difficult. Just try the dress on your little one and decide how short you’d like the sleeves, or eyeball it if your little one lives in France like some of those who entered the giveaway! ;) Then turn the whole thing inside out and sew up one sleeve and down the side and then up the other sleeve and down that side. When you’re pinning before sewing it make sure to try to line up the stripes as best as they will line up!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Lol, those black marks are where you should sew the dress together. I haven’t mastered the paint brush in my photo editing software ;) Next we’ll attach an invisible bias neckline. Truth be told, this was my very first time doing this!! I followed this great tutorial from Made by Rae that she just happened to post on the exact day that I was making this dress. I was nervous to be trying this for the first time ever on my “coming out” dress for my blog ;) But it worked great and I was so happy with the professional looking results.

Start by measuring around the dress’ neckline. Then cut out a piece of fabric about 2 inches shorter than that making sure that you cut out a piece that stretches side to side instead of up and down. Some fabrics stretch both ways, but not this one. I decided I wanted a wider neckline so I cut mine 2 inches wide. Then sew the ends together and press the seam open.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Next pin that circular piece onto the neckline, right sides together. Since the circular piece is shorter than the overall length of your neckline just pin it in four places evenly around. Sew it on stretching the circular piece just a bit as you go using a quarter of an inch seam.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Once sewn on press it inward so that the whole thing is now on the inside of the dress with the wrong sides together. Then fold over the inside raw edge and sew it together. Sorry I didn’t take enough pictures of this process but please check out Rae’s tutorial for a better demonstration!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

I sewed my neckline with a double needle which gives it a very professional look. Of course, sewing evenly around really helps too, but I’ll get there at some point ;) I’ll be posting on how to use a double needle early next week so stay tuned! When your neckline is done just sew 2 cute little buttons on one of the shoulders!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

We’re almost done!! All that’s left is to hem the bottom and add the pockets. I hemmed by folding up the bottom one inch and then folding up another inch and sewing with a double needle. I liked the look of a large hem for this dress. After hemming it I made the pockets by cutting out 2 squares. I just eyeballed about how big I wanted them to be.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Notice that I cut them both out so that their stripes matched perfectly. Then I folded down the top of each pocket a quarter of an inch and pressed and sewed. Then I sewed on a ribbon across the top of each pocket with coordinating purple thread and added a button with gray thread.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Once you’ve finished getting the pockets ready turn them over and iron the 3 unfinished sides folded over about a quarter of an inch. Then clip away excess fabric at the bottom corners.

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

Place your pockets on the front of your dress wherever you think they look nice making sure to line up the stripes! Pin it on and sew close to the edge around the 3 edges!

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

You’re done! I know it’s not the fastest dress you’ll ever make, but really the construction is simple with just a few added decorative elements :)

Playtime Pocket Dress by Lainey Bug's Closet

It took me 2 afternoons to finish and that’s with taking pictures of each step, so go for it!! And if you decide to make one make sure to share it on my flickr page so I can see it too!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Heidi

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Lainey Bug’s Closet Giveaway!!

Hi I’m Heidi :) Welcome to Lainey Bug’s Closet!!! I am so excited to be launching my new site today, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start than with a Giveaway!!

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I made this dress for my daughter based on a picture of a Mini Boden dress I saw online. I absolutely love how it turned out and I’m going to give away all the fabric (1 yard), thread, ribbon and buttons you’ll need to make it yourself!! The fabric is a thick jersey in a dark and light gray stripe that I bought from Joann’s and the ribbon and buttons are a dark purple that look great with the gray.

I made the dress with short sleeves because I’m ignoring the 2 feet of snow still on the ground and getting ready for Spring anyways ;) I’ll be posting a tutorial on making the dress in a few days so that whether you win the giveaway or not you’ll be able to make one for your daughter, niece, friend’s daughter (or whoever you want!) too!!

The dress is super comfy and easily pulled on or off.

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Lainey loves the pockets :)

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This dress is a size 6x and 1 yard of fabric was more than enough. If you have an older someone to make it for you could also make it into a long t-shirt that would look great with shorts or leggings!

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To enter to win just leave a comment telling me who you’d like to make this dress for, or if you just would love to use the fabric for something else entirely! For extra entries you can follow me on Facebook and/or Pinterest and leave a comment(s) telling me you’ve done so! (to follow me look at the top right hand of the blog and click on the pink boxes with a P and F)

The giveaway starts 3/05/14 and will close at midnight 3/11/14. A winner will be picked using random.org and will be posted here as well as notified by email. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi

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