Adventures In Sewing

I recently got a bug up my butt with the intense need to do something different. I love crochet, but after the holidays, it just fell off my radar. I needed to do something different, something new. So, I started watching random YouTube crafting tutorials. I figured, maybe something quick and easy would strike my fancy. And then, I found Annika’s channel. I am absolutely in love wither YouTube channel, and with her voice. I spent hours and hours watching sewing tutorials, knowing that I could pretty much never do any of the stuff, but hey, it gave me something to watch and dream about.

So, one day while my husband and older girl were off getting tattooed, I decided to brave the rainstorm and take my younger girl to JoAnn Fabric. I sort of just set her 11 year old self free and told her to pick out what she liked. Approximately 100-150 yards of fabric later, we were ready to get home. So, I spent a few more hours studying some tutorials (as it had been approximately 10 years since I had done any real sewing), and decided, hey! This half circle skirt doesn’t look so hard!

Yea…it didn’t look hard at all. So, I got to cutting out material. I even had enough to make 4 skirts! Yay! Matchy-matchy for myself, my two girls, and my 5 (almost 6!!) year old niece!

So, armed with super adorable Valentine’s fabric and Youtube knowledge, I started sewing…



The front actually didn’t turn out too shabby. Especially considering I was too lazy to iron the fabric first, AND I totally forgot to wash it before I cut it. :-: But yea, the waist band was super cute, as long as you don’t look too closely at the stitching to see how uneven it is…


The back though…apparently, zippers are harder than I imagined. The stitching is uneven and terrible…but hey, it functioned and fit. Well, this one fit.


Funny story…I messed up the direction of the pattern and the stretch went up and down instead of side to side…this is due to that whole not washing it first thing…oooops…Oh! And!! I totally had no idea how to determine zipper size. I was trying to be cute, so I was like, cool! 4inch zippers for the cute little girls and a 6inch zipper for me! Yay! Yea…my skirt wouldn’t even come over my thighs…but, it did fit my 19 year old no problem. Which is good, because her skirt wouldn’t go over her hips…but, it is only slightly too big for her little sister…so I guess she has two skirts now. lol. Luckily, both the niece and my 11 year old fit into their skirts just fine. They even all wore them on Valentine’s Day! Look how cute!!!

But, the kids looked cute, they liked the skirt…and my next sewing project does not involve zippers…although my friend told me a cool trick to determine zipper length for a circle skirt!

(Hip size – Waist size) / 2 = zipper length needed!

So, for me…

(38in – 25in) / 2 = 6.5in, so really, a 7in zipper for me. 🙂



Valentine’s Day Fun

So, while this is a little past Valentine’s Day, it is still a great, fun, awesome project to keep your kid busy. I was rooting around, looking for something to do for my daughter’s school (and my coworkers, and Chris’ coworkers!) for Valentine’s Day. There are so many projects out there. Pinterest is an absolute lifesaver, actually, when it comes to arts and crafts projects.

My one big problem, was that all of these Valentine’s Day projects involved paint, or glitter, or were SO young and juvenile. My daughter is 9. She needed something cute, but that took a little bit of skill and hard work.

Then, Stacey from Puppet Pie, came to the rescue. Her Cannibal Heart Valentines Puppet Tutorial was a lifesaver. Seriously. This project is so, so, so easy, quick, and cheap! My daughter and I made approximately 100 of these little puppets. I think supplies cost us about $30, and that is just because we over-estimated and bought too much of everything…and had to buy scissors, because I only have fabric and meat scissors…because someone broke the household scissors…so, now my daughter has craft scissors, and so do I! Anyway….

We spent about 4 hours on Sunday making these, all while watching The Wonder Years on marathon. We were worried the glue wouldn’t hold, it didn’t seem to be…but once everything totally dried, it worked like a charm. And, everyone ADORED these puppets. Seriously, people at work were so happy and excited, and I am pretty sure that Chris gained a few girlfriends from them.

Please ignore the solarcane on the table…my genius better half spent the entire day before out in the garden and yard…and didn’t believe me when I said he probably needed sunblock…so yea…ignore the general disaster that the house is…I live in very well organized chaos. Instead, focus on how bloody adorable these puppets are!

Valentine's Day

Valentine Puppets

Puppet Pie Tutorial

Heart Puppets

Cannibal Hearts