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No Sew Toddler Tutu and American Girl Doll Tutu
January 25, 2010, 2:23 am
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My sister needed to make some tutus for her twin nieces so we made these easy no tie versions.  They were very quick and we ended up making three in a few hours, plus a tutu for my niece’s American Girl Doll.  Our tutus will fit a 1-3 year old.

What  you will need:

2 rolls of 25 yard tulle

1/2 inch wide elastic (the length depends on your child’s waist, we used 20 inches)

sewing needle and thread

1.  Cut 1/2 inch wide elastic to fit your child’s waist.  We cut our elastic 20 inches.

2. Overlap the ends of the elastic one inch on each end so that the elastic will form an 18 inch round waistband.  At first we sewed the overlapped ends using a sewing machine, but found that a bit hard since our thread kept bunching.  We ended up hand sewing the elastic to secure the ends.  The hand sewing was actually easier and just as quick.

3.  We used 2 spools of 25 yard tulle from Joann’s for each tutu.  Cut 20 inch long strips from each spool.   This length will fall a little below a toddler’s knee.

4. Take one strip of tulle at a time, fold the strip over the elastic so that it is even on each side hanging over,  and knot it onto the waistband.  We liked the regular kind of knot best (the kind like the beginning of tying your shoe, but doubled).  Make sure to move the knot to the bottom of waistband.  Continue with the other strips of tulle, going around the wasitband.  We alternated pink and white. There should be two layers of tulle hanging down from one strip.

The tutu I made had over 65 strips and it was a little too full.  My sister’s tutu had around 50 and we really liked the look of that one best.  It is easy to add more or take some off so just hold the tutu up every now and then to see if it is to your liking.  That is it!  You can add a bow to the front or whatever embellishments you want.

*To make the American Girl Doll Tutu just measure your dolls waist and cut your elastic to that size. Overlap the waistband a bit (we weren’t exact on this part, but it was around 1/2 inch) and sew in place.  Cut your tulle strips to 10 inches and then knot around the waistband like above.


Produce Labels
January 9, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Food

Fruit Labels: 

begin number 4 = conventional grown

begin number 8 = genetically engineered

begin with number 9 = organic

Felt Cookie Cutout Set
January 2, 2010, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Kids, Sewing

I have seen these little cookie sets all over the internet but without clear instructions.  Here is how I made my sets:

What you need: cream colored felt (I bought 1/2 yard for 3 sets), a cookie cutter shape of your choosing, other colors of felt depending on how you decorate ( I used some from my stash), cream colored embroidery floss, seed beads if you want sprinkles and a beading needle if you go this route, a regular sewing needle, something to trace such as a washable sewing marker, stuffing, and pins.

1. Cut out 2 rectangles of felt for the size you want your “cookie dough” to be.  You can also just purchase a few cream colored rectangles from the arts and crafts section at a craft store. You will need 3 if you buy them this way.

2. Randomly trace your cookie cutter shape four times on one of the rectangles of felt.  

3.  The hardest part for me was cutting out the shapes since you will need to use the cutout.  So I took an Exacto blade and sliced a little slit  along a side and then was able to fit my scissors in and cut around the shape following the line. Repeat for all 4 shapes. 

4. Lay the felt with the cutout shapes on top of the second piece of felt so that the sides match up and trace the cutouts down onto the felt below.  I pinned the two felt rectangles together so that they matched up perfectly and didn’t shift. Cut out those shapes the same way as above, but remove the top piece before cutting. 

5.  After all of the “cookies” have been cutout of the two felts, pin them together again so that the cookie cutout holes match up.  Then use a blanket stitch using 2 or 3 strands of embroidery floss  around the edges of each cookie cutout window.  When you get back to where you started the blanket stitch tie a knot and then weave in each of the ends up the sides of shapes.  I had cut the threads short on one of my cookie windows and it looks like it may come undone since the floss is a bit slick.  At this point you can cut around your rectangular shape to make it look like rolled dough and then sew around the edges.  I just used my sewing machine and did a plain straight stitch. 

6.  Take your cutout cookie shapes and blanket stitch those as well.  These shapes can then be placed back into the spots on the dough to fill in the empty spaces. 

7. Now take your extra cream colored felt that you have from either the half yard or the third piece that you bought from the craft store and trace 8 more cookie cutter shapes. You can embellish one side of 4 of the shapes any way you like. On some of mine I cut out smaller hearts for the frosting and stitched it on by hand using floss or cut out brown circles of felt and stitched those on for chocolate chips.  For the one with sprinkles, I cut out a smaller heart shape and stitched it on and then used my beading needle to sew on some seed beads for sprinkles.  

8. After you embellish 4 cookie cutouts, pin them to a back side cookie cutout using the remaining 4 shapes.  Blanket stitch these cookies together too. Before getting to the end, stuff some filling into the cookie to your liking and then close it up to the end.  Tie up the ends and weave them into the cookie.  

Now you are done and your child can pretend to roll out the dough and cut the dough using the cookie cutter.  My kids like to make little ovens with the pillows on the couch and then out of the oven comes the puffed up baked cookie. 

New Year’s Eve Food 2009
January 2, 2010, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Holidays, New Year's, Winter

1. Whole Foods Cheeseball and Carr’s crackers- we did a taste test between Carr’s crackers and the Whole Foods brand and Wolfgang could tell the difference but I couldn’t.  The kids liked the Whole Foods “Ritz” crackers and everyone liked the cheeseball.

2. Organic Motzarella sticks- the only one who didn’t like them was the little one. Too stringy maybe.

3.  Chocolate Fondue with Rice Krispi Treats, strawberries, bananas, large marshmallows, apple chunks, Back to Nature Graham Cracker sticks- we all liked the idea of this and the dippers. I used a chocolate recipe from Cooking Light and didn’t really like the taste.  Also, I froze the Rice Krispi Treats from our gingerbread house night on Christmas Eve and they were defrosted in an hour or less on the counter and still tasted fresh and great.  

4.  Tortilla chips with Blue Moose Salsa- we all liked this.

5.  Special apple juice and the reindeer root beer- the kids loved the apple juice, but not the root beer. 

6. Hershey’s Hugs

The kids had fun with their poppers, hats and blowers too.

Preschool Apron
January 2, 2010, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Kids, Sewing

Dramatic play is one area that I need to work on with my preschooler.  I found this great apron pattern from Sew Liberated.  The apron was very easy to sew and fits perfectly.  The only thing I might change next time is to make the velcro closure a little bit larger.  Also, The pattern says to buy 1/2 yard of fabric and that is assuming that the designs on the fabric can go any which way.  So if your fabric needs to go in a certain direction be sure to make the pattern cutout first and take it with you so that you can lay it out and see how much fabric you will need. I would highly recommend this independent child friendly apron though and plan to make more.