Apr 30, 2011

FORE Tee Knock Off Tutorial

Hello Friends! Sorry for the posting absence for a couple of days. We are visiting family and having tons of fun. We came out for a golf memorial for my late grandfather, so I thought it would be only too fitting to reshare this tutorial with you.

I have one more Project Leaving on a Jet Plane post for you. I will share it right before we go home. Fingers crossed this plane trip is less eventful and agonizing...will share my tale after I am home.

BUT, today I am sharing a no-sew-done-in-a-day super cute tee.

Golf Tee to be exact...hahaha, pun intended.

My inspiration came from this golf club tee made from the AH-mazing Little Man clothing company Axel and Hudson.
Love it, right???

I knew I just had to make one for my Littlest Little Man.

I found this pair of perfectly golfer plaid shorts at the BEST store on the planet.
From this pair of shorts I picked the colors of my tee.

You will need-

1 solid t-shirt
2 coordinating colors of paint
Here is a secret I have for you...you can use the fabulously cheaper acrylic paint found in your craft store instead of the pricier fabric paint. It covers just as well and washes just as well without fading. It is initially a little stiffer, but that goes away with washing. Your color possibilities are much more varied with acrylic paint.

freezer paper or vinyl scraps if you have a Silhouette 
golf club image this is the one I downloaded

First you will need to make your stencil. This is the most time consuming part. It consists of either tracing your image on freezer paper like used HERE Or you can cut out your stencils with a silhouette using vinyl as the stencil.

The amount of clubs on your shirt will depend on how big the tee is and how big you make your club stencil. I cut out 3 full sized club stencils and 3 partial. I laid them out accordingly. You should have at least 4 club heads, this is where you will spell out FORE with letters out of which ever material you are using for your stencil.

Whew, the stencil is on. Trust me that is the hardest part. Downhill from here on out.

Before painting place a piece of cardboard on the inside of the shirt. This will prevent bleeding through.

Grab your paint.

You will use one paint color for all but one of the clubs. I choose this navyisy blue.

Paint all but one club. When painting, make sure to use a light hand. As you go, make sure that your stencil is not coming up. Repeat coats for darker coverage. I used about three coats.

I used white as my single club color.

Apply that paint. If you are using white, it will take 1-2 more coats.

After drying for a few hours (you can accelerate the drying process by using a hair dryer on cool), carefully remove all of your stencils, including the letters.

All done. Easy Peasy!

Now you just need to pair it with a golferiffic pair of shorts.

Dress up your miniature golfer. He will immediately want to hit the greens..
 get his game face on...
 and even when he gets a bogie or two or three...
 he will remember how great he looks and play through to the next hole happily.

So cute. Ironically I forgot to pack this shirt for our golf event. Oh, well. Still super cute for everyday wear.

Apr 27, 2011

Project: Leaving on a Jet Plane

I have decided that I am going to start doing "project" series here and there. Sometimes there will be lots of posts and sometimes just a few. They will be inspired by a different themes and tasks that I experience. They will be projects that I think will be helpful to others.

My first PROJECT series comes from the fact that I had to prepare for a cross country flight with my three Little  Men ALL by myself. I am sure many of you do this often, however I do not enjoy torture so I do not. I wanted to come up with a couple of things that would make the trip easier/more fun/less insane.

So over the next few days it is PROJECT: Leaving on a Jet Plane.

My first project was a simple backpack for each boy. Luckily my fabulous friend had already made two of my boys bags for past birthdays. So all I had to do was make 1. Woohoo.

Simple Drawstring Backpack

The pattern is from Martha Stewart. It is super basic and pretty easy to follow.

I changed the bag a little.

First I added interior pockets. That way crayons won't get lost in the bottom of the bag.

 ...and little friends have a snug place to rest.

In the original pattern it says to use a continuous piece of fabric for the outside and inside. I didn't have fabric that length, so I halved the length, cut two pieces for inside and outside. Then I sewed them together together at the bottom edge to make the outside and inside.

For the pockets I cut 2 strips measuring 5x14. I pressed the top down 1/2".

Sewed along the top.

Then I pinned my strips to the inside lining. In one strip I marked places to sew the crayons holders. They were 1" apart. In the other strip I marked equally to make 4 pockets.

Sew the pocket strip across the bottom and then stitch in the pocket markers.

Then I followed the assembly instructions of the original pattern. The only other variation I made was to use strips of a t-shirt 1' wide, sewn in half, instead of the cording.

The bag came together super fast, it would have been even faster without the pocket, but I seriously heart the pocket so I am okay it took more time.

Now all you have to do is pack each little backpack up with all the essentials for your little travelers.

I just know that this will help my Little Men...yes I am wishing and praying.

Apr 25, 2011

Flower Garden Gathered Skirt Tutorial

Here is the skirt tutorial I did last week for Creation Corner.
It is skirt wearing weather out here...yippee.

Oh AND this skirt is totally doable in any size...I just made up some tiny girl skirts, 
I will show those off a little later.

You will need:

1 1/2- 2 yards of fabric
3/8" elastic cut to your measurements (do this buy gently pulling your elastic around your waist, stretching it so that it comfortably and snuggly sits at your waist)
coordinating thread

1. Measure your waist, or where you want your skirt to hit.

2. Cut two rectangles of fabric, each measuring the width of your waist plus 1", and how long you want your skirt plus 4 1/2".

3. Cut two strips measuring 4" by 44" (this gave me a long tie in the front)

4. Sew the two rectangles together, right sides facing with a 1/" seam allowance. Making a giant tube. Press seams.

5. For the hem of the skirt, press the fabric up 1/2" all the way around the bottom of your skirt.

6. Fold up another 1/2" and press all the way around the skirt.

 7. Turn right side out and sew your hem in place, about 1/2" from the edge. Press.

8. For the top hem, start by folding and pressing in 1/2" all the way around the top.

9. Next, fold over again, but this time 2". Press as you go all the way around the skirt again.

10. Sew hem in place first about 2" from the top edge making your stitches are securing the hem. Leave an opening in your stitching between the start and finish. This will be where you insert your elastic. Sew another line of stitching 1 1/2 inches from the first line of stitching. This will be the casing for your elastic. There is no need to leave a hole in the stitching for the top stitching.

11. Take your precut elastic and pin a safety pin in one end. While holding on to the other end, feed the elastic through the casing .

12. When you are all done, pinch the ends of the elastic together and remove the safety pin.

13. While holding the elastic together, feed the ends through the machine and secure with a zigzag stitch.

14. Bunch and gather your skirt evenly.

15. For the waistband, iron strips in half.

16. Stitch along one of the short edges and all the way up the long open edge. Repeat with the other strip.

17. Turn out both strips. Press.

 18. Sew the two strips together at the ends where you turned them out (aka the open ends). This will make a long belt type piece.

19. Pick the back of your skirt. Locate the middle and pin the center of the belt you just sewed to the cent of the back. Sew a single line from the top of the band to the bottom attaching it to the back, kind of like a permanent belt loop.

Pulling the belt somewhat tight, pin the belt in place along each side seam. Sew in place,again like a stitched belt loop.


Now you just need to put on your lovely Springy skirt, tie a marvelous bow in the front and put on a pair of sandals...unless you are me and are in the middle of Spring downpours, then pair it up with a pair of boots and a jean jacket.

Thanks for stopping by!

Yellow, Gray, Easter and WINNER

We had ourselves a lovely Easter Sunday

We were lucky to have our family of all boys joined by this family of all girls. I knew their Momma was a good friend when she dressed all her girls to coordinate with my Little Men.  They were a gloriously cute array of gray and yellow.

They were also pretty cooperative for our little photo shoot especially considering we had 3 hours of church and this is right at the end before we had even fed them.

So yes, considering everything, this was a pretty successful photo shoot.

A little escaper here...

wrangling him back in...

a patient side joke from the olders here...

cute little smiles there...

finally letting them just be silly...

my Little Men by themselves...

Little Men wrestle hugs...

Litttlest Little Man oh-so-cute

The best picture I could get of my Little Men, still pretty cute.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday full of family and friends.

Now how about that winner? You know the one who wins the $50 gift card to Tea Collection Clothing.

Okay so the lucky winner is

#87 Splinter and Wedge, Inc, who said

The La Pelica Tee would be awesome for my little guy...

Congrats! Leave me a comment or email me by Friday, April 29th. I will pick another winner if I haven't heard from you by then.


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