Sunday, September 28, 2014

Balloon GLOW!

Linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter tonight.

Last weekend we went to the balloon glow here in our neck of the woods.  It is awesome!  They blow the hot air balloons up in three baseball diamonds and they do it right among all the people.

the set up

The Shark Balloon

Running with their balloons

Kids being kids

Getting them to sit finally!

the other field

My kids loved it!  At one point a man called Matthew over to the back side of the balloon as it was being inflated.  He wanted to show Matthew what it looked like on the inside and Matthew climbed right into the balloon.  It was the best hot air balloon festival I have ever been to.

This is my favorite picture of the day

Momma and her girl

baby boy was a trooper the whole night!  But was tired and hungry by the time we got home.

Aren't these awesome!?

This was the point where Matthew just climbed right into the balloon.

I love these too.  They really show you the scale of these balloons.


The heat was intense even from 10 or more feet away.  I can't imagine what it would feel like from in the basket.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Balloon Glue

Did an extensive three part project today! This morning we colored some tissue paper with washable markers.

Then we transformed them by hanging them out in the yard and spraying them with a gentle sprayer. When they dried we cut them up and glued them onto balloons.

I gave them a bowl full of different size papers, a bowl of watered down glue and a paint brush. I also gave them a balloon blown up and a toilet paper roll.

First they painted their balloons with their paintbrushes and stuck the paper on it. Matty tried painting his paper on the table and then sticking it on the balloon. And finally they both resorted to dunking the paper in the glue water and sticking them on with their fingers.

The paper towel tubes didn't hold the glue paper very well as our glue was too watered down. But the balloons seem to be drying up nicely!

Didn't get a single action shot as this was a tired mom sort of day and I ended up helping the little one with her balloon! I held while she stuck it full of paper!

What have you created this week?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stroller Remake

I recently remade Emma's doll stroller seat because it was torn and resewn in several different places.  The kids had sat in it so many times that the handle attachments were in constant need of repair and the seat bottom was torn on one side.  My kids eventually took the seat off completely and just used the frame to sit on.  It is supposed to be for dolls but forget telling them not to sit in it.

I decided to rework it using some heavy canvas Hawaiian print that I had and went in search of some tips.  Then I found this TUTORIAL at Delia Creates.  I loved it!  Her pictures are awesome and her tutorial is easy to follow.  I ended up ripping mine out like three times because I attached the back to the bottom backwards and then wondering why it wouldn't slip over the stroller poles.  Duh so I headed back over to look at how she did it and duh... I did it Backwards.  Helps to remember what it looks like before you disassemble the whole thing.

I didn't do a tutorial of this, well, because I was making it up as I went and because Delia Creates already has one.  So, I didn't take a ton of pictures and just was happy that in the end it worked.  Literally I really did spend three separate occasions ripping it out.

Bagh.... I used a blue Hawaiian print canvas and the original pink binding that it came with.  I liked the contrast.  I also didn't paint my frame, well, because I only had bronze spray paint on hand and didn't think that would work!  So here you have it.


Original seat with pink and purple zigzags and shredded up seat bottom.


New sturdy fabric with reused pink binding and buckles from the original.

Curious kitten sniffing the new creation.

complete with dolly!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Toddler Wrap Around Skirt - Tutorial

Another tutorial today of a toddler wrap around skirt. It has a rick-rack bottom hem and three buttons down the front
Step One: cut your fabric approximately 9 inches tall and 25 inches long.  I ended up piecing two together with the pieced seam in the back.  I used a brown/greenish corduroy (left over scraps from my son's TOOL BELT).  I did all of my stitching in light pink thread and had decorative button hole covers and buttons in light pink to go with.

Step Two:  Iron top and bottom a quarter inch down and then roll again and iron loose end under. Pin in place.
Top and bottom seams ironed and pinned. 1/4 plus a 1/4 turn to hide loose ends inside.
 Step Three: Turn your pinned skirt over and pin rickrack about a 1/4 from bottom of skirt.  You will sew this on which will attach it and also lock down your hemline at the same time.
Pinning the rickrack.
 Step Four: Sew the rickrack right down the center very slowly for precision sake!  This will hem your bottom and decorate at the same time.

Finished sewing my bottom hem.  See the stitches right down the middle.
 Step Five: Turn your skirt around and sew a 1/4 from top waistline.
 Step Six: Sew another line parallel to your quarter inch line for sturdiness sake and prettiness.

These were the buttons with their awesome holes I cut off of an old shirt that was getting worn out.

20 minutes of ripping and I had the holes off of the shirt fabric.
 Step Seven: Sew your button holes on where you want them.  If you don't have some decorative ones to put on you can just sew button holes directly in your skirt fabric according to your machine instructions.
Figuring out where I wanted them

All three button holes sewn on, ripped open and ready for buttons.
 Step Eight: Line up your skirt with enough room for a little one to fit inside and then mark where you want your buttons.
If your button holes are open you can mark right through to the other side for the buttons. 

marking my buttons
 Step Nine: Sew on your buttons according to your machine directions or by hand.
 Step 10: Revel in a 30 minute project that was easy peasy and cutie patootie on a sweet girl.

With a cute pink shirt

This was a twirl photobombed by a dog!

More twirling.
The only amendment I would make to this is that the back top might need darts if your little one has a skinny little waist.  We made this for a friend so we are going to leave it in hopes that it will fit her.  If not I know that her grandma can stick a few removable darts in it temporarily so it isn't too loose.  You want the top button on snugly and the two bottom buttons are mostly show, not for holding up sake.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kids Tool-Belt Tutorial

Another Tutorial today on how to make your own tool belt.

I used corduroy because it was a scrap piece that I had on hand but you could use any heavy duty material.

Dimensions for your belt are one piece approximately 6 in x 26 in.  My son's waist is only like 20 but you don't want it super tight, the first button I put at 21 in.  I put three buttons in at 21, 23 and 25 inches for some room to grow.

You need two pocket pieces at approximately 5 x 6 in. (as you can see in my picture mine are not quite 5 inches wide, again I was working with some scrap and used what I had but 5 would definitely allow enough room for a little hand.)

Two pieces which will be the hammer loops I made mine 2 x 5 in approximately.  The length was perfect but turning a piece of corduroy right side out was extremely difficult and time consuming.  I would suggest making your loop pieces 3 inches wide which would allow for easier turning.

 Step 1: Fold your loop pieces in half length wise and sew along open edge and one open side.
 Step 2: Fold down the top 1/4 in of your front and back pocket pieces and top stitch to hold it in place.
 Step 3: Fold your long belt piece in half length wise with right sides together.  Sew one open edge and along the long open top but do not sew other open end.  You will want to turn this right side out and need the edge open.
Belt piece with right edge and top of strap sewn

still inside out at this point.
 Step 4: Flip belt right side out through opening at one side and top stitch around entire edge 1/4 in.  I used a zigzag for some stability and looks. At the open end turn under 1/4 and top stitch that opening down.
belt piece top-stitched.

belt piece
 Step 5: On pocket with top sides matched up and right sides together sew around the two sides and bottom of pocket so you can turn it right side out.
This is the pocket with the opening to the left and the bottom on the right.
 Step 6: Turn your pocket right side out and pin the back of the top of the pocket to the tie where you want it.  I didn't put this pocket right in the center of the tie I put the left side of the pocket about 9 inches from the left side of the tie end.  Then top stitch the back only of the pocket to the tie piece.
Top stitch the top BACK ONLY of the pocket to the tie.
 Step 7: Once the back of the pocket is secured in place put front of the pocket back down and reinforce stitch the two sides through all layers of pocket and tie about an inch down.
I zigzaged my side reinforcements but that top stitching that you see is just on the top of the pocket it doesn't go all the way through.

After your back and sides are secure but your front is loose you should be able to put your hand in and it should be pretty sturdy.
 Step 8: Next put the loops on by securing them with zigzag stitches.  I secured mine from the inside of the loop so the stitching wasn't visible but it is tricky if using a machine.  You can always hand stitch these on.
pocket and loop secured

loop and pocket from the front

 Step 8: Add second loop in same fashion.
pocket and both loops from front

starting to look like a belt
 Step 9: Follow the instructions on your sewing machine to make a button hole.  Rip it open.
 Step 10: Sew on your buttons according to your machine's directions.  Or you can sew them by hand.  I chose to do three at 21", 23" and 25" for room to grow and if he wears it with bulkier clothes.
As you can see I needed to follow the directions in my manual as it has been awhile since I've sewn a button!

Starting to look like a belt and ready to be stuffed with tools!

Here it is the finished product with a classy picture in front of the door!

And a blurry one!

Just call me Matt the Builder, can we fix it, yes we can.

Checkin' out his cool belt

Classy wave!
If you use my tutorial and pattern to make a belt of your own please be sure to leave your link in the comments.  I'd love to see your tool belt creations!