Monday, May 23, 2011

"Stained" Glass Tutorial

So this is one of those things that kids can do or you can do, and the results will vary accordingly....might be a good teacher/bus driver end of the year gift, or you could make some to add a little extra to a graduation gift!

You'll need small bits of colored tissue paper, a glass vessel of some sort (vase, bowl, candleholder, glass ect) and glue/modpodge and a small paintbrush!

 put a small bit of glue in a dish and add some water and mix with your paintbrush, I eyeball it at a bout a one to one ratio
If you use mod podge you can add a bit of water or just use as is

The consistency should be kind of runny but not so much that it runs when you paint your glass object with in sections and start applying your glue "glaze" to you glass item

You can either do like I did and just use strips/shapes that are smaller that your glass and over lap the lip of your glass, or you could also put the straight edges of your paper about a 1/4 inch below the rim of your glass like is shown in the other example down below on the bowl at the end of the tutorial

 Start laying tissue pieces and then layer another layer of your "glaze" and then keep alternating.  You could let one layer dry before adding another, or not....I don't get much time to "wait" around so I just kept layering till I like the look of it

 work your way around the glass and fold the pieces that go beyond under and over your piece...the top ones will get gently torn after you're all done

Here's the example I was talking about at the beginning where I started the tissue paper about a 1/4 inch below the rim of the bowl. 

You really can get into this as much as you want, even going as far as to do a landscape/picture type deal...someday when I have more "free" time I will play around with it
 When your glass is completely covered how you like, find something to rest it on while it dries

When it's dry, if you overlapped the rim of your glass, gently put a bit of your glaze on your finger and smooth down the edges after you have cut/torn the excess off....using an exacto knife would be good then you don't worry about haphazardly making the tissue pull in the wrong spot
 Put a tealight in it and your ready to roll...well if you did a candle holder that is

If you just use the glue mix as your glaze you could modpodge over the whole thing if you want to make a more finished exterior, or perhaps a coat of varnish would be easy enough.... although I just used the glue and water on the bowl with the squares and it's been my "junk" bowl for at least 4 years and has held up pretty well!

Hope you have fun trying this out, and if you get pics of your finished project, leave me a link so I can come see what your spin on it was!

Lastly, would anyone be interested in a tutorial for this sort of skirt I made for my girlie?  I know there are a lot of similar tutorials but if there is interest I will throw one together, just let me know!  It's got a flat front waistband and an elastic gathered back waistband and strips of fabric...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sharing Rainy Day Fun

We've had a rainy day streak in our neck of the woods, but I just found this blog/tutorial and thought I'd share!

Hop over Here to see how it's done!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Upcycled Toddler Dress How To

So, finally I've got a new tutorial for you, although I realized after I was done and going through the pics that some were too blurry and not worth including so hopefully I can explain those steps without the pics.  This is my first time doing something like this and having it turn out, and I apologize up front as I kind of fly by the seat of my pants when sewing and such and mostly don't pin or iron like I'm "supposed" to.... so if you like to pin and such you are more than welcome to, hopefully I don't drive you too nuts.  So here we go.  
I found this womens XL knit shirt at the thrift store and bought it for 2 dollars... I knew I could do something with it for our 4 year old that loves Mickey, she says "he's my favorite guy"

 Lay your shirt on a flat surface and match up the bottom hems as best as you can and smooth out the wrinkles in the shirt

match up the sides and top seams

Grab a tank top that fits your girlie and fold it in half and lay it on top of the way too big shirt

Cut out around the shirt leaving a bit extra to allow for seam allowances

 This is your new shirt now looking more like a dress....

turn it inside out and smooth and match hems again... and this would be one of those times where if you'd like you can pin the side seams in place ahem

Sew the side seams together with the right sides of the shirt touching

This is the setting on my machine for almost the widest zig zag stitch it will sew.... It's good to use a zig zag on knits so it will stretch a bit if you tug on the fabric, if you use a straight stitch it won't stretch at the seams and may lay funny
 Here's where there's a gap.... after the sides are done I decided I wanted to do a ruffle for the bottom hem.  I found some light weight cotton fabric and decided how wide I wanted the ruffle and cut the length roughly 2 times the length of the bottom of my dress.  Next time I will double the width as well and fold it in half so if you see under the ruffle it will be the same print instead of white underneath... I had to cut 2 pieces for my length, one for the front and one for the back, which was great cause since I don't pin I could just line the side seams up which I will show you later.....

So here's where I hemmed the bottom edge of my "ruffle"... either fold and press and fold again about 1/4 inch to encase all your raw edges, use pinking shears or forgo the hemming by doubling the width and folding in half which is what I will do next time.... 

I then lined up the other side seam of the ruffle and sewed it and now I have a loop of fabric
 At the top edge (not hemmed) sew the widest zig zag that your machine has but do not backstitch at the start and end and make sure you leave your thread tails pretty long.... we're doing a basting stitch to make the ruffle, and I'm sure there are videos and such on youtube or tutorials if you google it if this doesn't make sense... let me know if you need help and I will try to find a good one

once you have run the zig zag around the whole top of the ruffle, find one of the ends to hold on too and gently pull on it to ruffle the fabric.  I've found this works best (i.e. doesn't break the thread) if you use decent thread, or do at least 2 rows of zig zag stitch.  once you have the ruffle looking very ruffley start eyeballing it against the bottom hem of your shirt...

Once it looks close to the same length as the bottom of your shirt match the side seams up (and pin if you'd like) with the right side of the shirt and ruffle touching.

Space out the ruffles a bit so you don't have "clumps" and so they are spread out across the whole length of the bottom pretty evenly.... you could pin every couple of inches here as well....

since this is the bottom hem and I don't need to worry about the stretch factor I used a straight stitch and sewed right above the zig zag on the ruffle so you wouldn't see it... plus in order for the ruffle to stay you need to use a straight stitch so they don't all move to one spot

and I guess I assumed this but every time (except the gathering/basting stitch) you need to backstitch a couple of times to "lock" your stitches in place at the beginning and end of every "line" of sewing you do so your seams don't unravel... just wanted to clarify...

turned right side out

you could just leave it as is now or turn under and zig zag around the arm holes

but for some reason I felt compelled to add a bit of ruffle to the arm holes as well
 I cut out some pieces about 2 or 3 inches longer than the arm holes
 you need 2 pieces... and next time I will double the width and fold again so you only see the cute dots, not the funky underside of the fabric...

This time though I hemmed the edge, although if you do it this way either use pinking shears or press and fold and repeat with 1/4 inch seam to hid the raw edge...

here they are

hem the short ends together

and again I'm missing the step where you baste again... I did the whole unhemmed edge but next time I will just do the top part of the sleeve, then pull one string again to make the ruffle and eyeball it against your armhole in the shirt

match up your center under arm seam... and pin if you'd like with the right sides together

Using a straight stitch sew above your basting stitch again

Turn right side out and show your girlie

She wasn't too enthusiastic about modeling because she was trying to watch Dora, but she was thrilled with it and so excited... she's determined to wear it to school tomorrow as well.

The neckhole was a bit big so I ended up making a pin tuck in the back and sewing a ribbon to tie in a bow in the back... I think I will need to do on in the front as well so it doesn't dip so far down, but I will off center it to her right.  Here you can see why next time I will double the width of the ruffles so you don't see that icky white underside at all...

Here it is when I finally managed to get it off of her after she went for a bath...I think I will be making more of these for my other girlies, as it turned out fabulously and it will last for a while because it's knit so it will turn into a shirt when it's too short for a dress.  Try it out and leave me a link so I can come see please... and leave me some feedback as to what you think about this tutorial, was it easy to follow and clear enough?

I did get something else to do a tutorial with at the thrift store as well, just have to find the time to do it and take pics...this time it's something for your home, and more of a crafty thing, no sewing involved!