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Upcycled Dress! Design your own clothes!



So I’m really interested in making my own clothes and have made a few skirts and tank tops but want to make things that are fancier. My mom said it might be fun to make some new clothes using old clothes. It’s called upcycling! We had so much fun with every part of this project and I’m making tons of stuff so I’ll definitely be posting more projects using this technique soon.

So for this dress we used a women’s size medium tank top. We went to the thrift store and bought a bunch of shirts and tank tops that I liked. My mom’s advice in picking out a good shirt to do this with is that the neck line shouldn’t be too low cut or it will be much harder to modify. Basically no V neck shirts and boat neck shirts should  be discouraged in your first attempt. Just find something you like (even a basic t-shirt is awesome) the fabric of. I liked this one because of the buttons on the front.

Here’s what it looked like when we started.

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The first step was to try it on. My mom helped me to pin the straps temporarily just to make them a little shorter and then pull the sides in and pin them close to my body right under the arms. If you don’t have someone to help you with this you can always take a dress or shirt that fits you really well and lay it flat on top of your project shirt and then use it as a template to pin the sides how you want the new shape to be.

pinned straps and sides

pinned straps and sides

pinned straps

pinned straps

Then I took off the dress and layed it flat on my cutting board. I took my seam ripper which is a little sharp tool that you can use to take the stitches out of clothes. It’s a lifesaver for a project like this. I opened up the seam where the straps were just on the front of the dress and took them off. (you may not have to do this if your shirt doesn’t have straps or if the straps aren’t so far off to the edge of your body)

strap removed with seam ripper

strap removed with seam ripper

Now it’s time to cut the sides of your shirt. We started on the outside of the pin and just gently cut down at an angle so that it eventually met up with the edge of the “skirt”

Hopefully this picture will help you to see what we mean.

dress layed out ready to cut.

dress layed out ready to cut

dress cut from the top down the side.

dress cut from the top down the side.

Now we folded the dress in half and cut the other side to match.

folded over

folded over

cut to match

cut to match

Now it’s time to sew! Turn the shirt inside out and match up the front and back along the new cut lines.

Sew down the sides.

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Now try on the dress and pin the straps on where you would like them. We decided to crisscross the straps in the back on ours. It looks really cool. Once you have your straps on stitch them very carefully back onto the top.

You’re done!

Try it on and enjoy your work. It was SO easy and it’s a great way to make your own clothes without having to start from scratch! This dress cost us $2.00 and I love it!

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Now it’s your turn! Make something and send us a picture. We want to see your creations!

Here’s one my mom made me out of a women’s size large tank top. She didn’t have to take any straps off this one she just pinned it under my arms and sewed the sides. It took her about 10 minutes.

before- tank top

before- tank top

after- tank top dress!

after- tank top dress!

I love it!

I love it!


Valentines Cards- who do you love?



My cousin Demi is visiting from Florida and she loves doing crafts as much as I do. We decided since Valentines Day is on Friday that we’d make cards for our family.

We used little fabric scraps, plain white cards, and pellon fusible webbing to make fabric stickers for our cards. It was super easy and REALLY fun.

The first step is to iron some Pellon onto your scrap of fabric.


Then you want to draw a design or you could just free cut a design in your fabric.

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Place it on your card and iron it down.


That’s it!!

You could stitch on top of the design with your sewing machine but we just left them the way they were. We did add some stickers to a few of the cards and that looked good too.

We made a ton of these for our grandparents, each other, and all our friends.


No Sew Rag Dolls! Perfect easy craft for a snowy day!


So this morning my mom told me that there is a huge snowstorm that’s covering most of the middle and eastern united states. We live in Los Angeles so we never get snow except for in the mountains, but I dream of living in a snowy place someday. Mom told me that kids in states where it snows get “snow days” on days like these. You’re so LUCKY!

We thought we might give you a little craft that you can do with just scrap fabric around the house since you may be stuck inside for a while. Make a few of these after you warm up from making your snowman or sledding!

Enjoy and stay warm!


(mom apologizes for the sound quality. she accidentally covered up the microphone for a few seconds a couple times! oops!)

Valentines Placemats- quilt as you go!



So today’s post is really exciting because I want to teach you a technique called “quilt as you go.” In our example we made a placemat but you could use this technique to make a table runner or a baby blanket, really whatever you want. It’s super easy and really fun.  We also did the binding (the finishing edge around the placemat) with a fun and easy technique so with these little tips you can make TONS of stuff!

The materials you need for this project are

fabric for the back of the placemat 10.5 inches by 17.5 inches

strips of fabric for the top cut 10 inches long by various widths. (we bought 6 different fabrics for the top and bought 1/4 yard of each and were able to make 6 placemats)

batting to place in-between – 10 inches by 17 inches

Let’s get started!

First cut your back fabric 10.5 inches by 17.5 inches


Then lay your batting on top with the right side (colored side) down on the table. There should be a 1 inch border all around the batting.


Now you get to have some fun and be creative!

Chose a strip to start with and place it at the edge of the batting and pin all three layers together.

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Sew the first strip on (sewing all three layers together) 1/4 inch in from the edge.


Now take your second strip and lay it down right sides together on the left edge of the first strip and pin.


Sew down the edge 1/4 inch (sewing through all layers) and then press open.

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Continue the same way sewing on your strips until you get all the way across to the end of the batting.

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Once you have your strips on it’s time to finish the edge.

This is a super simple way to bind your placemat. You will need a grownups help for this because you need the iron. Iron the raw edge of your back fabric up 1/4 inch and then fold it over and iron it again. (it will now be coming over the edge of the placemat)

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Once you have the edges ironed you need to stitch them down. Start in the middle of one of the sides of the placemat and stitch down your binding next to the edge. When you get close to the corner stop and get ready to make the turn. You want a nice mitered edge (which means it looks like a diamond) so you take the fabric, pull it to the side into a triangle and fold it up. Then fold over the right edge and fold up the bottom edge.

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now you can finish stitching down to the end and very carefully turn the corner.

Do the same thing on all four corners and you’re done!!!


You can use these techniques for all kinds of things. Make something and send me a picture for our creation gallery!

Hawaiian Inspired Applique Pillow



So recently I took a trip to Hawaii to visit my grandparents. They live on the island of Oahu. On our trip we decided to learn as much as we could about Hawaiian Quilts. They are just amazing. A traditional Hawaiian quilt is made using a technique called appliqué.

Applique is when you sew one piece of fabric onto a larger piece of fabric. Almost like putting a sticker on a piece of paper. It’s a fabric sticker!

The designs of traditional Hawaiian quilts are usually symmetrical (the same on both sides) and are inspired by nature or the animals of the area.

Check out some beautiful examples of Hawaiian Quilts here.

So my mom and I bought some patterns and want to make a Hawaiian quilt but that’s going to take a while so we decided that it would be fun to try and make a simplified version of a Hawaiian appliqué and make a pillow.

It was pretty easy and SO much fun.

Try it out!

The supplies you need for this project are…

background fabric (we used white)- you decide how big your pillow will be.

fabric for applique. a piece about the size of a piece of paper is enough.

fusible appliqué paper- use lightweight paper. (basically this is two sized sticky stuff that you iron onto your fabric to make it stick together. – fabric stickers!)

1 sheet of paper and scissors

stuffing for your pillow


here’s a separate picture of the fusible fleece/webbing we used.


First thing we need to do is to make the pattern for our design.

Take a piece of printer paper and fold one edge up to the other side. (we’re trying to make a square piece of paper instead of a rectangular one)

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once  you have that done then cut off the little rectangular extra bit.

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take your big triangle and fold it in half to make a smaller one.


now take a pencil and draw curvy line (anything is fine but the simpler the better for this project) from one corner to the next.

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make sure you’re drawing on the long side (the open side) not the folded sides.IMG_8824

now cut on your line, open it up and see your design! We made 100 of these it was SO fun.

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Okay now we get out our fusible webbing paper and make sure you have a big enough piece.


read the directions on the package on ours you peel off one side of the paper, lay it down on the wrong side of the fabric and then iron it on.

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now cut out your fabric to the same size of your paper and fold it just like you did the paper in the beginning. Use the pattern you made (folded up) to trace onto your fabric paper and then cut on the line.


It should look like this.


Alright then, cut your pillow fabric to the size you want and make sure it’s big enough for your design to be placed on it. Cut two pieces! You need a front and back. We made ours a little bit of a rectangle.


Once you have your pillow pieces cut out you’re going to iron on the appliqué piece. Peel off the other paper and place it on your fabric (right side), iron it on and take a look!

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Now we get to sew! You could just leave your appliqué on the pillow just like it is but it will probably start to peel off with time and use. The best thing to do is to stitch it down.

I used a really small zig zag stitch and went really slowly to stitch it on. This is where the design can make things hard. If you have a design that has too many turns in it it will take a while to sew it on.

Take your time with this and use your presser foot to help you with the corners!


Once you have it stitched on you’re ready to sew up your pillow!

Place the right sides of the fabric together (your design will be on the inside!) and stitch around leaving a space for stuffing open. We always use a 1/4 inch seam allowance (which is the width of your presser foot) to make things easy. Ohh and make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end so your stitches don’t come out.

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Once you get it sewn flip in inside out. Time to stuff it!

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Stuff it pretty tight, no one likes a lumpy pillow! I use my fingers to press the stuffing into the corners.

Once you have it all stuffed you need to stitch it up by hand. Take breaks if you need to, this can take a little time.


Now admire your work! Here’s my sister and I holding it up. She wanted to show you her watch.


Hope you enjoy! Make a bunch!