Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ruffle Butt Onesie

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 There’s nothing cuter than a baby with ruffles on their bottom! I made this for my niece. The front has a painted flower on it, in the same color as the ruffles on the butt. I painted the flower on using the freezer paper technique described in my previous post.

This project is super easy, and you definitely don’t have to add anything besides the ruffles since they are cute enough on their own. I just added the flower on the front since it was a plain white onesie.

I bought this ruffle ribbon at Hobby Lobby. You can find it in the ribbon section, but it’s with the specialty ribbon that you can buy by the yard. I just bought enough to fit across the onesie three times and then about 5 inches extra to be safe.

To start you need 3 pieces of fabric that are same width as the onesie, with about an inch or so extra so that you can fold under the sides when you sew it on. I sewed each “tier” on one at a time, starting with the bottom, since they kind of overlap each other. Pin the bottom strip on first and fold under the left and right edges so that you get a clean edges. I just match the sides of the ribbon up with the seam on the side of the onesie. Once you have that pinned, just sew all the way across your ribbon with matching thread to secure it on.  Make sure you are only sewing across the back of the onesie and not the front and the back or else you will be sewing  your onesie closed. Repeat with the second layer, which you put above the one you just did. Sew on one more strip of ruffle ribbon and you are good to go!

DIY Baby Girl Onesie Dress

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Okay folks, this is going to be a long post. I wish I had some pictures of the process, but unfortunately I didn’t take any when I made these a while back.

First thing you will need to do is aquire some onesies. They can be ones you already have, you can buy them in packs of 4 from Walmart for cheap, or you can buy some better quality ones from Hobby Lobby (which come in wider array of colors and prints). Once you have your onesie purchased, you will need some fabric (amount will depend on size of onesie) and you will need ribbon that is an inch and a half thick (enough to wrap around completely around the onesie with a little extra).

Now you are not cutting the bottom of the onesie off, you are simply sewing this “skirt” onto the onesie. Sew your rectangle into a closed tube. It should look like a cylinder with the print on the inside (kind of like rolling a sheet of paper into a long tube). Next you want to fold the tube up over itself so that the print of the fabric is now on the inside of the tube and the outside. The tube should now be half the length it was. The bottom of your double sided tube should be the folded side, and the top should be open with two layers of fabric. You can cut this top edge of the skirt to change how long the skirt will be on the onesie. I usually make it long enough to go about an inch or two past where the onesie ends.

The next thing you want to do is pin your skirt all the way around the onesie. This is why the circumference of your skirt didnt really matter because you can pleat it around the skirt so it fits exactly. Just make little folds in the fabric as you go and try to make them even all the way around. Once the skirt is pinned on, sew  around the circumference of the skirt to secure it to the onesie. Make sure you are not sewing straight across with the onesie folded, or you will be sewing your onesie closed.

Once this is done, youll want to add some ribbon to hide the cut edges at the top of the fabric skirt. Start in the back with one end of the ribbon and sew your way around the skirt, ending in the back where you started. Once you sew all the way back to your starting point of the ribbon, just fold the end of the ribbon under to get a clean line (that way the ribbon won’t run). You obviously don’t want to sew right in the middle of your ribbon, so I sew two lines, one at the top of the ribbon and one at the bottom. This hides all of the skirt stitching securely inside, and underneath, the ribbon.

You can emblish the side with a bow or fabric/ribbon flower! The possibilities are endless. I made one of these onesie dresses for my niece to wear to church. I even used fabric paint to add a little faux peal necklace onto the top of the onesie.

Rope Vase

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 Okay guys, this project is super easy and cheap! First things first, you’ll need a vase, or a couple. I’d pick anything that has a unique shape. Most people always have old vases around their house, but since I didn’t, I picked one up from Goodwill. It was 50 cents! If you don’t already have rope or colorful thick string in your craft box you can get some at Walmart (if you don’t have a craft box, it’s something every crafter needs, so get one!!). I had some leftover thick hemp rope from making bracelets, so I just used it. An entire roll of the hemp was only $5 and I used about half of it, so it only cost me about $2.50! Thicker rope/string will work much better than the thin stuff.

Once you have your vase and rope, it’s time to wrap the rope around the vase. You can start at the bottom or top of the vase, it really doesn’t matter. Secure the beginning of the rope with a hot glue gun, or other adhesive. I kind of hid the beginning of the rope inside the neck of the vase to make it less visible. Once you have the beginning secure, just work your way down (or up) the vase. Secure the rope every now and then with some hot glue so the rope doesnt slip too much on the vase. More hot glue will be needed on surfaces that aren’t straight up and down. The rope tends to slip more on curved surfaces (like at the bottom of the vase to the left). Once the entire vase is covered, secure the end of the rope with more glue and you’re good to go!

I recommend wrapping two or three vases in the same rope and grouping them together when decorating. Interesting shapes and varying sizes will add visual interest. You can even put sprigs of plants or twigs in them if you want! Wrapping the vases in seasonal colors would also be great for holiday decorations!

Tuxedo T-Shirt Onesie

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 This project is extremely easy, and not to mention, cheap! Just pick up a black baby onesie from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby (about $4). If you dont already have red and white acrylic or fabric paint, you can also buy this in the same location.  A small bottle is around $2. The next step is fairly simple. Wash and dry the onesie according to the directions on the tag. Then, just paint on this tuxedo design! You can choose to include or not include the pockets.

Let the paint dry, and next thing you know you’ll have the snazziest looking baby boy in town! Not to mention it’s always good for a laugh or two!

DIY Glass Etching

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Alright crafters, I classify this as a fairly complex craft. It takes some practice to get the hang of and includes sharp tools. However, I think people still appreciate hand made personalized gifts, even if they aren’t perfect, so give it a shot! This project could be slightly more expensive because of the etching cream you will need to purchase (at my go-to favorite craft store Hobby Lobby, but Michael’s will also carry it). The etching cream is usually around the soap making section. It comes in two sizes, I suggest buying the smaller size unless you plan on making a lot more glasses in the future (it’s about $8, but the bottle goes a long way).

So once you have purchased your glass etching cream, you’ll need some glasses. If you have some old glasses that you want to use that would be fine, but I just purchase my wine glasses from the $1 store. You could also try a thrift store, but they would most likely be about the same price, and the ones from the $1 store are new/clean! You will also need painter’s tape, which I always have around the house, and a box cutter or exacto knife.

First thing you want to do is make sure you glass surface is clean and dry. This will help the painter’s tape stick better to the glass. Next cover a large portion of the glass with painters tape, and make sure the tape is lying flat on the glass with no wrinkles or bubbles (this might be hard to achieve on wine glasses that are really curved, but do the best you can). This is an important step because any bubbles under the tape will allwo the etching cream to run under the tape, messing up the design. Once your tape is on, draw on your design or trace a printed design that you print off. The next step is to use your cutting tool to cut out the portion of the design that you want to be etched onto the glass. So if I was doing the letter “J” on a glass, I would draw on and cut out just the letter. This would leave an area of exposed glass in the shape of a “J” where you will paint on the etching cream. Once you have your design cut out, take a paint brush and paint the etching cream onto the area you cut out. Make sure you put on an even, thick coat. There are directions on the bottle as to how long you should leave the cream on for. Once the cream has had time to etch the glass, just wash the etching cream off really fast and pull the painters tape off.  Wash it thoroughly once the tape is removed to make sure all the etching cream is off. I recommend doing this in a mud room sink or tub so you don’t etch any surfaces in your house.

Good luck and remember practice makes perfect, so practice, practice, practice!

Button Letter Art

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I made this piece of art for my apartment a while ago. It was really simple to make and super inexpensive. I got a frame from Goodwill (complete with tacky flower picture, glass front, and cardboard back). I think it was about $2, but price varies depending on the size of the frame. You will need a glue gun for this project, or some sort of adhesive. I lined the cardboard back with a piece of burlap fabric I had leftover from another project. You could glue on any fabric you desire or even use scrapbook paper!

Next, find some buttons! If you can’t find any lying around your house or from your mom, try a thrift store. Often times they will have bags of old unique buttons. If you still cant find any for cheap or for free, you can always buy some from a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. The last step is to lay out your buttons to form your letter. It is smart to do this before you glue them down. Using different sizes of buttons makes it easier to make a uniform letter shape. Doing a script or cursive letter would also look cute! You can also do whole words. Finally, just glue down your buttons. Let your imagination go wild and happy crafting!