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I made an Eiffel Tower purse for Elsa. She wanted a purse to take to church and she specifically wanted it to have an elastic closure with a button on the top. Since she loves anything to do with the Eiffel Tower right now, I thought she would be thrilled to have a purse with that on it.

Eiffel Tower Purse

Supplies:

drop cloth fabric (you could use cotton duck)

Eiffel Tower fabric (optional; you could line it with anything)

Eiffel Tower image

Citra Solv

shank button

hair elastic

thread

Tools:

scissors
sewing machine
ruler
kitchen spoon
paintbrush
laser printer
tape
iron and ironing board




The purse is a simple lined tote. I made my own size. You can follow this tutorial for instructions on how to make a lined tote. I added an inside pocket to mine so that she can put some lip balm there.

Time:

The total time for purse was about 2 hours.

Cost:

$ 2.75.

If you don't already have Citra Solv on hand, that will put you out a bit, but you only use a couple of tablespoons per transfer. I had been wanting to do some Citra Solv transfers for a while and I finally was able to use my Amazon credit to purchase some just for this reason.

I chose to use this particular image transfer method because I have a laser printer. There are a myriad of other transfer methods. Citra Solv transfers are a faded looking transfer. You print the image (in reverse if necessary), tape the paper print side down to your fabric so it doesn't move, brush some Citra Solv over the image, and then burnish it with the back of a spoon to transfer the ink to the fabric.

I purchased the Eiffel Tower fabric last year on sale with an additional 15% off coupon on Black Friday from Fabric.com. They have a lot of different Eiffel Tower fabrics if you do a search there.

The button was a vintage button from my button jar.

The hair elastic was from the Dollar Tree. I used one without a metal clamp; those are 30 for $1. They also have ones with metal clamps that are 100 for $1.

The drop cloth came from Lowe's.


 
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I completely scrapped my sewing plans for day twelve to make a houndstooth dress. I saw one online that morning and I remembered my mother-in-law gave me one of her dresses to make over several years ago. It's a heavy-weight mini-houndstooth fabric.

I have never completed a dress in a day before, but I was making a pretty uncomplicated dress, so I thought I would go for it. Plus, I planned on using the intact hem to cut my sewing time.

It turned out the hem  on my mother-in-law's dress was not sewn straight, so I ended up cutting the fabric to straighten it, using the houndstooth pattern as a guide, and hemming the dress.

I made sure to match the pattern on the front and back skirt and bodice pieces. It really makes the finished dress look better when your lines line up.

I worked on this dress during naptime, after naptime while the oldest were at the archery range, Ivory was taking a long nap, and Wren and Elsa watched a movie. Then I worked on it some more after they were in bed.

Technically, it's not completely done, because I discovered I didn't have any black buttons to go with it. I'll be ordering some on Black Friday from Wawak.



Houndstooth Dress

Supplies:

fabric

thread

buttons

dress pattern (I used one I already had that came free in a sewing magazine years ago).


Tools:

scissors
sewing machine

Time:

This dress took me about 6 hours.

Cost:

$0 so far, since I repurposed it from a hand-me-down. The buttons will be $0.43, so the total cost of the dress is $0.43.

I'm considering making a red belt to go with it from material from my grandmother and some D-rings that I cut off another item, so that wouldn't add any cost to the dress if I do that.

 
 
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A Gift a Day: Day Eleven: Cotton Slips

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For the eleventh day of A Gift a Day, I made three cotton slips.

I used a dress pattern with a button back. I used the bodice and skirt pieces only, and since there was no hem allowance needed, I cut the skirt shorter.

The skirts were just straight rectangles. I cut all the way across the width of the fabric for the front and back of the skirt, making it about 21" wide for the front and back pieces (the muslin shrinks after washing, so this was the actual size of the washed fabric when I cut). This makes for a not real full slip, and it doesn't use a lot of fabric this way.

I cut away the seam allowance around the neck and armholes from the bodice pieces.


I then sewed a scalloped edge around the armholes, 3/8" from the edge. I trimmed the fabric off around the scallops with a pair of sharp scissors.

I sewed the neck scallop after I had constructed the slip.

I also sewed the hem scallop after the slip was constructed.


For one of the slips, I sewed  pin tucks and a machine featherstitch above the hem.

Cotton slip

Supplies:

muslin

thread

buttons

dress pattern

Tools:

scissors
sewing machine
needle

Time:

The total time for one slip is 2 hours.

Cost:

$ 1.23 per slip.

I bought the cotton muslin 50% off several years ago. I bought the entire bolt. This made it $1.50 a yard at the time (it is most likely a bit more now as cotton prices rose significantly a few years back). The slips took around 3/4 of a yard each. A larger slip could be a yard to a yard and a quarter.



I used vintage buttons from my button jar for all three slips.

The scallops take a fair amount of thread. You can read here about how I buy thread.

These could be constructed with hand-embroidery, lace edging, or an eyelet skirt for a fancier slip. You could also buy poly/cotton broadcloth to make these for just a little bit more, and they won't wrinkle. Old sheets can also be made into slips.

To use less thread, a narrow hem could be made instead of the scallops.


 
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A Gift a Day 2013: Day Ten: Flannel Pajamas

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For the tenth day of A Gift a Day, I made pajamas for Ivory.

The pattern goes from sizes 2-6. I made some adjustments to make these smaller for Ivory, who is 1 1/2.

I'd like to make some more like these for Wren and Elsa, and I hope to make some for Cyrus and Ezrom as well.

I've had this pattern for several years and I've used it many times. I traced under the pattern so that I could use it for several sizes.

I went ahead and gave the blue floral pair to Ivory today, since she needs pajamas now. She loved them! I will keep the toile ones for Christmas.


Flannel Pajamas

Supplies:

cotton flannel

thread

pattern (I used Butterick B5586, which comes in sizes 2-6 and 7-10. For a larger size, you can use B6837, which comes in adult sizes XS-M and L-XL)

elastic for waistband

interfacing

buttons

Tools:

scissors
sewing machine

Time:

The total time for one pair of pajamas was about 4 hours.

Cost:

$.40 for the blue ones and $3.40 for the toile ones.

The blue floral flannel was given to me from someone who was thinning down her fabric stash.

I purchased a large reel of elastic for $2 at a garage sale a few years ago; I am still using it. You can buy elastic like that from Wawak, as well as buttons and thread in bulk.

The brown children's toile came from Joann's fabrics last year. I bought it for 50% off.

I purchased the bolt of interfacing on sale several years ago on Black Friday at Joann's (50% off sale plus another 10% off the total order coupon including sales).

The buttons for both pairs of pajamas came from my button jars (they were from other outfits at one point).

I've had the pattern for several years. I bought it on sale for $1. Butterick Patterns will be $1 again for one day only at Joann's on Saturday, November 23rd. I am hoping to pick up the two larger sizes  then to have one for the boys and one to make my own pajamas.

 
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For the ninth day of A Gift a Day, I made bookmarks for my boys. The London bookmarks are from my website, and the medieval bookmarks are some new ones that I made, that are available here.

If you have a color printer, the London bookmarks will print in color.

I decided to do something a little different with these bookmarks. I added some charms to some of them. For others, I used a celestial-themed ribbon.


Bookmarks

cardstock

embroidery thread for tassels (1 skein for each bookmark) or ribbon

clear shelf paper (you can get this at Walmart in the kitchen section. Joann's also has it 25% today through November 27th)


Free Printable and tutorial from my website

charms

6 mm jump rings


Tools:

scissors

paper cutter (you can use scissors instead)

ruler

printer



Time:

The total time for four bookmarks is around 30 minutes.

Today I made twelve bookmarks.

 
Cost: $0.43 per bookmark, or $1.72, if you are buying supplies. The charms were $0.42 each, so this doubles the cost of those with charms to $0.86 per bookmark with a charm.

The only thing I purchased this year was the charms. Everything else I already had on hand.

 
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For the eighth day of A Gift a Day, I made an embroidered pillow for Elsa.

I printed out her name in a font that I liked. If you are looking for some new fonts, check out dafont.com for free fonts that you can download to your computer. I printed her name really large, at size 200.

I cut two pieces of muslin 13" square to make the pillow.

I cut a piece of linen/cotton blend fabric 13" square for the front of the pillow. I cut two pieces for the back of the pillow, 13" wide and different lengths the make them overlap across the back. Check out this tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover.

I lined up the piece of paper with Elsa's name on it under the front piece of the pillow cover and traced it with a washable Mark-B-Gone pen. I then embroidered her name using two strands of embroidery thread. The entire name is embroidered in stem stitch.

When I was done embroidering it, I rinsed the marker from the fabric with water to make it disappear.

If you're new to hand-embroidery, check out some stitch tutorials I've put together on my Embroidery board on Pinterest.

Embroidered Pillow

Supplies:

1/4 yard fabric for pillow (I used cotton muslin)

1/3 yard fabric for cover (I used a linen/cotton blend)

thread

embroidery thread (one or two skeins, depending on the length of the name)

batting for the pillow

Tools:


scissors
sewing machine
ruler
printer
embroidery hoop

Mark-B-Gone washable pen (these are cheapest at Walmart, but you can also find them at Joann's; look for a sale on the notions wall. However, Walmart's regular price is less than a 50% off sale at Joann's)



 

Time:

The total time for one pillow is about 30 minutes if you don't embroider it. I spent several hours doing the embroidery work at night before I constructed anything.

Cost:

$3.33

I reused batting from a project I made as a child. I purchased the fabric on sale years ago; the muslin was on sale for $2 a yard and the linen/cotton blend was $7 a yard on sale.

You can use any fabric, however, to make these. You could use an old top sheet to make the pillow and the cover. As long as the cover fabric is thin, you should be able to see the letters to trace through it.

You can cut the batting from an old, worn pillow to make this pillow.  If you do these two things the only thing you'll need to purchase is the embroidery thread.
 
 
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