Roo's Casa

Rice Bags for Secret Santa
December 19, 2011, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Sewing

My Secret Santa put out an S.O.S. call for some rice bags the other day. They were easy enough to make so these are checked off the list.



1. Sew on all four sides of some fabric leaving a small hole on one of the sides.

2.  Using a funnel, pour in some regular white rice.


3.  Sew up the hole.

4. Heat in the microwave when ready to use.  I usually do at least one minute, but it depends on how hot you like it.



Owl Napkin
December 8, 2011, 12:56 am
Filed under: Crafts, Sewing

Craft Jr. had a cute craft to make owl towels.  I really wanted to make them, but couldn’t find tea towels.  At least I couldn’t find ones that I liked.  I decided to use the owl design to make a napkin for my owl lover.  I ripped some white muslin to size and then attached the owl using the method on Craft Jr.’s tutorial.   I still really want to make the towels since they are cuter than the napkin.

Pajama Pants Without a Pattern
November 19, 2011, 1:10 am
Filed under: Sewing

My kids picked out some fabric last weekend and we weren’t sure what to do with it.  I thought it might be enough to make pajama pants, but it wasn’t.  The pattern said that we just needed a yard which is what we had, but it didn’t fit.  So here is how we got it to work.


1.  Fold your fabric in towards the center.

2. Lay a pair of pants folded in half on one of the sides and trace around it.  I tried to trace a little bit larger for the seam and also left some room at the top for the waist band.  Once your trace and cut this side, flip it over and trace onto the other half.  (In the picture above, I placed the pants lower to the bottom since these particular pants were for a shorter 4-year-old.  We had plenty of room to hem.)

3.  Open up the legs that you traced and place right sides together.  Sew just from the top and down through the curve, but stop there.

4.  Take your sewn pieces and open them the other way so that they lay like real pants.  Pin from the bottom of the pants all the way around to the other side and sew.  It kind of looks like a big “v”.  You are basically sewing the inner part of the pants.

5.  Fold over the top waist band and pin in place.  Sew the waist leaving a hole to insert elastic.  I had to make our waist band pretty small since we didn’t have enough fabric.  Measure your child’s waist and cut the elastic.  Using a safety pin, pass the elastic through the waist band.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew up the hole to finish the waist band.

6.  Fold the bottom fabric of the pants legs up and sew in place according to your child’s height.



Placemat Pillows
November 18, 2011, 1:10 am
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Sewing

There are so many cute and festive placemats out there.  I found this green one at Target and made it into a pillow.








1.  Use a seam ripper to open up a small space on the placemat. I opened up the bottom so that it wasn’t as noticeable when finished.








2.  Stuff the placemat with stuffing and then secure the hole shut with pins.  I sewed mine shut using the sewing machine.  That is it. You are done!


Pillow Cases for Cheap
October 25, 2011, 2:38 am
Filed under: House Stuff, Sewing

We were in desperate need of pillow cases.  I bought a set of full sheets on sale that came with two pillow cases.  Then I took the top flat sheet and made 5 pillow cases from that.  I used the measurements from the pillow cases we had to make the new ones, adding a half-inch seam allowance.  The last pillow case is much more narrow than the others, but we do have feather pillows that would work with that.  I ended up saving the bottom fitted sheet for one of my kids’ bed since they could always use an extra sheet.

*The measurements I used were 20.25 inches x 32 inches.  This with a half inch seam allowance make pillow cases that were 19.25×31 inches finished.  When the pillow case ended up being on the fold, I just left the fold in place and took off a half inch so that I didn’t have to sew that third side.  Also, depending on how you do your cuts, there might be two cases that don’t have a finished edge, so add more length to do a small seam at the top.  With most of my cases there was a finished edge already in place to use.

Owl Tooth Pillow
October 24, 2011, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Sewing, Traditions


My son was in need of a tooth fairy pillow and so I made him this owl.  I adapted the pattern by adding the pocket to the back and then a hanger so that he could hang it from his door knob.  The tutorial is from Bugs and Fishes.  I think he loves it!

Black Apple Doll Tutu
June 6, 2011, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Gifts, Sewing

I finally got around to making a tutu for my niece’s Black Apple Doll. Here is how I made it:

1.  Using elastic, measure around your doll’s waist and cut.

2. Sew the ends of the elastic together by overlapping a little bit.

3.  Cut about 1 inch wide strips of tulle.  Mine weren’t perfect at all, but the imperfections are hidden in the fullness of the tutu.  Once the strips are cut I cut the strips into fourths so that they were shorter.

4.  Knot each strip to the elastic circle.  Go around the whole circle until the desired fullness is reached.

5.  Trim the tutu at the bottom so that the layers are all the same length.

6. Slide the tutu onto your doll.