Monday, 30 August 2010

Celebabies Style - Kingston's Patch Jeans Tutorial

Inspired by little Kingston Rossdale, you know he's my favourite celebaby, I made the little Monster a pair of jeans. [it's killing me editing his name out of all these posts! It's such a cool name! BOOO PHOTO STEALERS BOOO]

Ok, well I didn't MAKE them from scratch, I reconstructed a pair he had. The Little Monster has a few pairs of jeans as hand-me-downs, and they. Well. They are just a bit daggy! They remind me of the jeans my dad wears. Stonewash. Not quite classed as baggy jeans, but not well fitting jeans either. And the cuffs always have to be rolled up. I have nothing against rolling up cuffs, I think it's kinda cool, but the colour and the shape of them just makes me only put the Little Monster in them when it's time to get dirty outside or when he has no other pants to wear.

As soon as I saw these jeans on Kingston I knew what I wanted to do with the Monster's jeans. I think I still need to take the Monster's in at the top, because it's got a horrible shape.

You ready for a little tutorial? I bet you are :)
This one is super simple

First grab a pair of jeans that fit your baby well. I got these for $10 from Big W and I am in love. They are the perfect colour and skinny enough for the Monster to be comfortable in them, and trendy.

Get distracted by a cute little monster, Hey I poke outta my head.

Get a pair of jeans you're not really in love with.

Gather your materials. I'm not going to be doing multi-coloured patches like Kingston's, just different denims. I collected all the denim I had in my studio :) Old pairs of jeans, denim jackets, whatever you got. I also got some fabric I wanted to use as odd patches.

You'll also need your favourite pair of scissors :) Ooh Shiny. And a GRATER, or any other way you would like to distress some of the patches. Some ways are attacking it with a fork. Or spraying it with bleach ((and letting it dry)) or any other way you can think of.

Get the jeans you are reconstructing and cut them up the inner seam.

Cut out a heap of litlte patches from your denims. Any sizes you want, they don't even have to be rectangular. For ease of sewing I kept mine rectangles :) Find interestign bits in the denim. Rip the butt pockets off an old pair of jeans and you have an interesting two-tone effect. Cut pieces out so the sideseam runs down the middle - or even off centre. Flip bits of Denim back to front for a different shade.

Distress some pieces. I cut a snip in the centre of one of the patches.

Fold it in half and scrunch it a little. Grate it!

I took a photo of the wrong side. The best side of the grater is this side. If you rub it very hard, it distresses it really well!

Little Monster saw me doing it, then wanted to climb on my lap. He grabbed the grater and the denim straight away and started distressing it himself ((very lightly, but I was amazed!)). Such an intelligent little creature!

I only distressed one piece, but you can do as many as you like!

Open up one of the jeans legs.

Position the patches as you like. I put about half of them on this side, so I had plenty for the other side.

Under the distressed piece, I put a rectangle of cool fabric ((love this series!)). Make the rectangle of fabric about the same size as the denim, because you don't want it not getting stitched to the jeans if it is too small.

Pin that junk down! Don't be scroogey with your pinning. You'll want to pin each corner of each patch AT LEAST so that they don't move around. Check out the pics for an idea. Ditto on the other side

Choose a thread that is denim friendly. I used this light blue thread that was actually a really good choice. On most pieces of the denim it was practically invisible and I was unsure if I had sewn that piece or not!

Stitch around your patches. I started going around the entire outside of it, like it was one big patch.

Then stitch all the inbetween areas, making sure that each patch is well and truly attached! Finished that leg? Now onto the other.

Lay the jeans you love on top of the jeans you are in the process of becoming an object to love.

Cut off the excess baggage. Don't forget to leave yourself a seam allowance! If there's not much of a gap, make sure you cut off the seam bit ((remember when you cut the jeans along the seam, there'd be bits of that seam and it's allowance on one of the sides of that bit you cut))((If that makes no sense, let me know! I will draw on the picture to show what I mean)). Flip your jeans inside out

Stitch. Overlock. OR Zigzag if you don't have an overlocker.

Put them on your little model!


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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Guest Blogger:: Addie Marie + her Scrap Tank Tutorial

Another guest post! This time we had another amazing crafty girl to our ranks - say hello to Addie Marie! You can buy her awesome threads here at her etsy shop!

Well hi, guys! I'm Addie, from Addie Marie, a design portfolio/personal style blog. I live way up in Northern Minnesota (& by north, I mean, Canadian border), though I'm soon to move to Wisconsin for school (for Apparel Design & Development, woo!). I grew up homeschooled at my parents' resort, & as we live about 50 miles from town, winters get very long & self-entertainment is a must. So, I started sewing, fell in love, & am choosing to make a career out of it. & so that's pretty much that!

Max asked me to put together a tutorial for a guest post, & I couldn't have been happier to oblige. I love this chick & her darling family--& obviously you do too, since you're here right now! So here I've put together a video on how to make a scrap-embellished tank top from start to finish. The technique is pretty simple & can be used on ready-to-wear clothing as well. Everything you need to know is in the video... so have fun!



Sunday, 8 August 2010

Guest Blogger:: THERA JOYCE + a comic hairclip!

Just been chatting to our favourite Crafty Pirate ((I know she's your favourite too, I see links to her projects and blog frequently on my Google reader! Don't think I'm not watching you!))We've got a massive joint adventure in store for you this week! Can't wait to announce it!

Hi Friends! It's Thera from Crafty Pirate, and I'm here to share this awesome new tutorial I wrote. I created this tutorial based around the idea that I didn't need to go out and purchase supplies, I just had these things laying around. I mean, you may not have comics in your house but you could have a magazine or old book you could use. These super cute hair clips are really easy to make. Show off your rock 'n' roll style with a homemade accessory. The best part is, you're recycling! Oh, and you can make these into magnets for your fridge or brooches.

You will need:

Sour Cream Lid (or any plastic container lid)
Barrette Backing (or pin backing or magnet)
Comic Book
Heart Template
Fabric Scissors
Paper Scissors
Paint Brush
Mod Podge
Tacky Glue
Hot Glue Gun

With the inside of the plastic lid facing up, place the heart template on the plastic lid and trace around it with a sharpie or pencil. My heart template is about 3 inches by 2 inches. You can find some heart templates here. Simply trace the heart onto some poster board and cut it out. Voila! Now you have a heart template.

Cut the heart out.

Now flip through the comic book and find an image you'd like to use. Lay the heart template over the image and trace around it.

Cut the image out.

Add a small amount of tacky glue to the plastic heart. Make sure you add glue to the non-printed side of the heart. You don't want the print on the plastic lid to show through when you glue the comic image to the plastic heart.

Lining up all edges, glue the comic image to the plastic heart.

With a hot glue gun, glue the lace to the outside edge of the back side of the plastic heart.

With a paint brush, paint a small amount of Mod Podge over the comic image. Make sure you don't get Mod Podge on the lace.

While the Mod Podge is drying, lay the heart template on top of the felt and trace around the template. Cut the felt heart out.

Stitch the barrette backing to the felt heart. Alternatively: hot glue a magnet to the felt heart to make a magnet for your fridge, or stitch a pin backing the the felt heart to make a brooch.

Once the Mod Podge has dried, use the hot glue gun to glue the felt heart to the back of the plastic heart. This step finishes off the hair clip nicely, covering the edges of the lace and lid print.

Now you can make a whole army of comic strip hair clips!

Get crafty with it: use any magazine clipping you'd like or add glitter glue for some sparkle. Make them into magnets for your fridge, or make some Super Hero brooches. The possibilities are endless, just like I like it!

I know, I know, I gasped too when she cut up that comic book! I'm going to print a pic off the internet instead!