Saturday, 1 November 2014

20 Animal DIYs

So while pretty much all my kids are obsessed with is Star Wars and Batman (I don't know if I should claim responsibility for this...) I thought it would be neat to make them some things that aren't licensed characters! I collected over XX fun DIYs and tutorials that might inspire you too!

If you know of any or have something, leave the link in the comments!

I'm so in love with all the little teddy bear ones. Bears aren't on my favourite animals list, but seeing all their sweet little faces and the places to pop ears and eye and noses are too irresistable!

Bear Face Hoodie tutorial, Bear Butt Shorts tutorial, Panda Raglan tutorial 
These ideas can be used to spruce up or hide stains on existing shirts, and there's some really cool techniques to be learned! I love that spider one so much but the idea of using pencil erasers as a stamp for the elephant is really neat!

Spider appliqué template, elephant stamping tutorial, dinosaur bleaching tutorial
It doesn't have to be all shirts and butts, nope you can accesorise with these cute hats and scarf! The scarf opens up so many possibilities and I'm way too in love with the shark attack hat!

Bat baby hat tutorial, Fox Scarf pattern, Shark Attack hat tutorial
Self-confessed crazy cat lady here, I've had that cat pocket pinned since I first got a Pinterest I swear.
Kitten bag tutorial, Cat pocket tutorial, 10 minute cat shirt tutorial
Some more cute bear shirts! There's a tonne of different stencils in that first link, but the other two shirts also have stencils!
Freezer Paper Stencils, Bear shirt tutorial, teddy bear shirt tutorial
Pretty sure I'm going to make myself one of each of the below! 

black bear sweatshirt tutorial, shark shirt (not a tutorial but a cute idea!), kawaii kitty shirt tutorial

I am a huge sucker for ear on things, maybe I should make that into a series? Ears on Things. haha.
adding bear ears to a hood tutorial, butterfly skirt tutorial, adding bat/cat ears to a hood tutorial

Make sure if you use any of these ideas or tutorials you credit the bloggers and also leave them a comment on their blogs! Getting comments really does mean so much to us!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sew Geeky Episode 7: Darth Hipster

Hey guys! Have you been checking out Sew Geeky Weeky? We're actually extending it until the end of the month so that we and our lovely League of Ladies aren't scrambling to get things done. Being Chill is numero uno with our Sew Geeky game!

This month I knew I wanted to do Star Wars, but I didn't want to do costumes (although I'm sure by this time next year my children will be able to dress up as any character from Star Wars that they could ever want to be!) and I knew I wanted to do a style mash-up. I would have loved to have done a post-apoclaptic Batfam but with post-apocalyptic stuff it's all in the details and I knew I wouldn't have enough time. Hopefully in the future!

So one thing led to another and I came up with Hipster Star Wars. I have a slew of characters planned, but Darth Hipster was the quickest and easiest for me to get started on! I sewed up my leggings pattern for her in the biggest size, but it's getting to the point that she is very nearly completely in size 2 everything so it's time to draft up a few more sizes! A few weeks ago I made myself some black pvc leggings, using my pattern, completely forgetting that my pattern has no seam allowances added. They're were crazy skin tight, because pvc doesn't stretch as much as normal lycra so whatever ease I may have had was now super negative because of the lack of seam allowance! I squeezed myself into them, and they looked like I'd spraypainted my legs ahah! So I tossed them to the side, totally annoyed at myself for wasting so much awesome fabric.

But THEN! I was able to reused them for Eddie's Darth Vader leggings! I was worried they might look a little trashy on her, and while being trashy is a fun look for adults, it's so not appropriate for my little wildling. Fortunately I think she looks AWESOME.

Her shirt is a little raglan tee pattern I drafted up for her, I've been using it a lot in various things that haven't seen the light of this blog yet. The sleeves, neck and hem band and the back of the tee are all just black jersey, the front being white so that you can see the graphic!

It says, "Being a Jedi is so 5 years ago" because, you  know, Darth Vader became Sith! I used the Lesley Riley TAP for the transfer which I used to RAVE about but I don't know.. I'm really unimpressed these days. I wasn't going for a vintage feel and I ironed it for AGES, on a table so that's like the hardest surface ever, and it still didn't full transfer from the polymer clay paper onto the shirt. I'm going to start trying to find a different transfer paper I think, if anyone has any reviews or recommendations for something better let me know! I normally only use transfer paper for images, or for things that have lots of words that I do NOT want to freezer paper stencil, but ugh next time I'm just going to go with the stencil because this really irritated me!

Overall I really do love how wearable her outfit is. She is so in love with Darth Vader right now it's sooo cute, so when she saw the shirt she squealed and got so excited! I told her that her leggings are Darth Vader pants and it was all over after that, it was dificult to get her to hold off putting her new outfit on right away! I've learned my lesson, do NOT let your babies wear handmade goodness BEFORE you take photos!

We got the Darth Vader doll just yesterday, as a companion for our Commander Cody one. When we first saw them, Eddie was the same height as them and just had the biggest crush on Commander Cody but when she saw Vader yesterday? Yeh she's an Anakin lover like her mum! She got all heart eyes at him snaked her little arms around his shoulders and cuddled him for ages. Darth Vader's her main man!


Here's some templates you can use! The first on is for a stencil, so like freezer paper, the other one is reversed so great for iron-on transfers. If you click on them they'll get bigger! I'd love to see your stuff if you use these!

Believe it or not there weren't any bloopers, Eddie just rocked this so hard. I'm so proud of her, growing up to be a real good Blogger's Child ahha. I will leave you this, where she was trying to force choke herself....

Head over to the Sew Geeky blog at the end of the month for the full round up or check out our facebook page as our epic League of Ladies roll out their awesomeness! Stay tuned for some more Hipster Star Wars coming your way!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Free Pattern: Skeleton Pants

Hey guys! Remember this outfit I made Edison last year for Pattern Anthology? Well I gave you a tutorial for painting some skeleton shoes like Vincent's, and today... today I am giving you a free pdf pattern for you to download so you can make your own skeleton pants for your little one!

The Skeleton Pants feature a flat front with an elasticated back for easy sewing and easy wearing! They have a stencilled front (you could also do the back if you like!) and will suit both the boys and the girls!

 You don't just have to make BLACK skeleton pants either. Oh no, those are a true classic and everyone should own a pair (I do! And so does Vincent!), but you can also switch it up and use a different colour pants. OR. Patterned fabric. I used a granny floral for this pair for Edison, although the fabric is thin it still works!

The back has enough room for nappy butt!

It's in size 12-18months only, and it is free, forever! It's only been tested by me, so if you have any problems let me know, okay?

Edison's flower circlet was custom made for her by my sister Betty. If you would like one, flick me an email and I can get her to contact you!

(just right click anywhere on the tutorial and you will be able to select the PRINT option)

Please do not redistrubite this pattern & tutorial as your own, that's kinda lame, instead you can pin & bookmark anything on this post!

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Amelie Cape: Harley Quinn Inspired

I don't know how I stumbled upon the Amelia & Atticus blog, but it was awesome and I was happy and right away I knew I wanted Thouraya as part of our Sew Geeky fun when I saw her Wonder Woman capelets. It was pretty much a love at first site thing! Awesomely enough Thouraya was on board for some Sew Geeky goodness and came to the party with these Soot Sprite & Princess Mononoke dresses!

Now I am super honoured to repay the favour, but I'm not sure how much of a favour it is because this cape is the BOMB. Such a sweet little pattern, easy to sew up and doesn't really use that much fabric at all!

Of course because I'm in geek mode with the Geek Spectacular coming up, I knew I was going to do something superhero-ish. I contemplated a Robin inspired cape, black on the outside, yellow on the inside, but my lack of yellow fabric is becoming crippling to me! (Better get that fixed) Harley was the next choice, and a very easy one to do. Instead of having the main cape on the fold, I sewed a red and a black section together. The lining is one piece like the pattern.

The hood was also sewn like the pattern, except one red and one black was used for the main outer hood. The Amelie Cape pattern gives you several options! A hood, a collar, and also optional ways of fastening it, ie a button or a tie. I chose to use both the collar AND the hood, sandwiching the sweet collar between the cape and the hood and then sewing it as instructed.

It's fastened with a loop and a big black button. The lining for the cape is some black & red checked drill from Spotlight that has been haunting my stash for a very long time. I have made SO MANY things from this when I was first sewing, it was like my most favourite fabric ever. Partly punk, partly ska? I loved it. Now it just makes me laugh a little because it's just checks really. Perfect for a Harley Quinn inspired piece though!

This pattern comes in two sizes, 1-3years and 2-6 years. I sewed up the 1-3 years size for Eddie, and it's just so, SO cute. This is going to last her a really long time, because even when her head outgrows the hood it will be a super cute little capelet even as she grows!


She got distracted halfway through taking photos to go hang with her boyfriend Percy

You can buy the Amelie Cape right here on Etsy! It's a super simple pattern to cut and sew up, I made this one in an evening! Check out the other girls who've made really adorable capelets on the Amelie & Atticus blog here (especially check out this post for my girl Rae Gun's cool Bat Girl cape which totally works with this Harley one!)

Guys check out that artwork. Thouraya did THAT. It's on the cover of the pattern and it's uh-mazing!

Oh an this little session was sooo full of le derp! Here are my favourites:

Her shirt is a hand me down, her leggings are resized Burned Velvet legs from Black Milk Clothing 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Kids Clothes Week Contributor!

Hey guys! I'm a contributor this season for Kids Clothes Week! This is a HUGE honour because I've been a mega fan of this sewing series since I started blogging (way back in 2009!). Anyway, this season's theme is STORYBOOK which is pretty amazing and there is A LOT of cool ideas and inspiration to get you thinking if you'd like to sew to the theme (remember that it's optional!) over on the KCW blog.

While you're there, check out my post on how turn a book into fabric: IE use the colour palette from a book and be inspired from that! I've chosen four of our favourite books to get you started on how to get inspired. Please check it out and leave me a comment if you like it!

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