Posts tagged ‘easy sewing project’

March 28, 2012

prairie skirt

A cute doll clothes project putting left-over fabrics to work.  One young crafters & seamstresses can handle as well.

  • select 3 fabrics
  • cut one 17″ x 4 1/2, one 22″ x 4″, one 25″ x 4″ (adjust lengths depending on doll size or desired skirt fullness)

  • on top-tier skirt piece, make a tunnel for a 1/2″ elastic waistband
  • sew gathering stitch on upper edges of pieces 2 & 3

  • sew piece 2 to 1, then piece 3 to 2

  • thread 10″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic through tunnel – sew in place on each side
  • check length of skirt & finish bottom edge with zig-zag hem (ignore the fact that this step was done earlier in shown pics…hindsight is 20/20!)
  • sew length of skirt together – right sides together!
  • add ribbon or button

To make coordinating headband:

  • cut one 2″ wide x 12″ long piece of each fabric
  • stack & sew them all together on one end
  • braid fabrics – measure against doll’s head to know when to stop
  • sew braided end together
  • attach small piece of elastic
  • cut 3″ x 4″ piece of one fabric, sew long side together to make tube – slip onto head band
  • sew remaining elastic end on other side of braid
  • slide tube over elastic & sew into place on each end, tucking in ends to finish edges
January 4, 2012

ribbon runner

A $15 table runner using thrift store fabric finds & 50% off Hobby Lobby ribbon:

A charcoal grey background makes the ribbon colors pop, & the variety of sparkle, ric-rac, ribbon combos create interest.  Supplies:

  • fabric for 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2 foot long finished runner
  • eleven different, coordinating ribbons
  • 1/2″ wide iron-on adhesive
  • pins

The fabric was pieced together to make the length.  Seams were hidden by ribbon on the top surface.

 

  1. cut ribbon into 15 1/2″ strips & figure out placement
  2. use iron-on adhesive to secure placement, top-stitch
  3. once the top & back are finished, sew right sides together on both long sides & one end
  4. turn right side out, tuck ends inside & top-stitch all around

The best part, besides the completed project, is picking out the ribbon!  Have fun!

 

“Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, & anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

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