Month: September 2018

Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

I have been designing some fun Renaissance costumes with leather trim for Halloween, it’s easy to complete this project with your Cricut!

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These projects are really fun to sew. We love Renaissance costumes and my son and I have always wanted to have a matching set! I made these frocks with a little help from my Cricut Maker. The costumes are made from the Simplicity Patterns line of historical costumes. The sewing isn’t enormously difficult, but the details do take a bit of time to execute. Read on!

The Cricut Maker can cut all kinds of things, but I am excited to try cutting leather with it. Using Geniune Leather calls for a different blade a few special modifications to the cutting machine. This video shows the basics of what to do.

Costume Details & Directions:

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Men’s Costume Supplies:

  • 2 pieces black genuine leather
  • Cricut Maker
  • Deep cut blade
  • Strong grip mat
  • 27 Silver 5/8” grommets
  • 18 nickel 5/16” rivets
  • Rubber mallet
  • Hard surface to work on
  • Scissors
  • Faux leather cording for lacing

Directions for men’s costume:

1. Sew the jerkin according to Simplicity #s4059 pattern directions.
3. Attach grommets to center point of the hexagon shape pieces using the premade holes using a rubber mallot.
4. Attach leather hexagons to hem of the jerkin with rivets. Poke a hole thru the leather and fabric with a large nail, then insert the rivet. Secure by pounding with rubber mallot on a hard surface.
5. Mark placement of holes on center front for lacings with the leather placket. Cut holes with a scissors, insert grommets and attach  thru the leather with a rubber mallet.
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Women’s Costume Supplies:

  • Cricut Carmel genuine leather
  • Nickel colored 5/8” grommets
  • Nickel leather rivets (kit comes with tools for applying)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Chalk pencil
  • Faux leather lacing
  • Rubber mallet

Directions for women’s costume:

2. Clean up any messy leather cuts with a sharp knife.
3. Baste leather in place with spray adhesive. Check fit and placement of appliqué before proceeding.
4. Mark placement of grommets and rivets with chalk.
5. Cut small holes for grommets with a sharp scissors, place leather appliqué in place, then hammer in grommets with rubber mallet. Use a hard surface to hammer on such as a cement floor or hard tile for best results.
6. Repeat above steps for rivets, marking placement with chalk. Use a leather punch to make holes in appliqué and fabric where needed (comes with the rivet kit). Install the rivets and hammer in place with the mallet.
7. Place leather appliqué over center back seam. Mark placement, spray appliqué with adhesive and attach. Make holes with leather punch at critical parts of the design to hold it in place. Install rivets into holes, hammer in place.

Women’s wristlet:

For the wristlet, cut the leather according to the design space directions. Mark placement of rivets ( I used every 1”), then attach. Cut holes for grommets closure, attach grommets and tie closed with faux lacing.
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Tips for working with genuine leather:

1. Use a strong grip mat with leather face down. Tape the edges of with masking tape to be sure it won’t the leather to the mat to avoid shift when cutting.
2. Use the deep cut blade.
3. Select genuine leather when choosing material type.
4. The Cricut Maker will ask if you are finished cutting, check your cuts, if it’s not cut completely cut you can cut it again. There were a couple parts that I had to cut trim with a knife afterwards because it didn’t cut all the way thru the material.
5. Use grommets with “teeth” for the best adhesion. I bought some generic ones that didn’t work at all because they couldn’t grip the fabric and leather. Stick with the name brand to save some frustration.
6. The Maker can cut the small rivet holes too. I realized this too late and used a nail to make them, but the Cricut would do a better job of it. I will update the design so you can have it done right.
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Since the sewing construction details of this project are rather involved, I will cover that in a separate post. Keep an eye out for that post which will be coming soon!
This has been a fun project, we are ready for Halloween or the Renaissance Fair! Our son Ted has always wanted a costume like this, he is very excited to wear it!
Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!
This post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own.
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Here are a few other projects I’ve made using my Cricut:
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How to Make a Quilted Potholder from Scraps

How to Make a Quilted Potholder from Scraps

You can make good use of your fabric scraps when you re-purpose them into something new. Here’s how to make a quilted fabric potholder with your quilting leftovers.

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Quilted Potholders are easy to make from your fabric scraps!

 

 

I’ve been trying to re-use and up-cycle more of my fabric scraps for projects. I used to throw them away, but fabric is sooo expensive. Recently, I learned that fabric doesn’t decompose in the landfill and fabric waste is a growing global problem. Rest assured, I no longer want to waste anything that can be sewn into something useful! These adorable potholders are made from my most recent quilt project leftovers. You can learn about how I made the quilt blocks that I used here. It doesn’t matter what fabric scraps you use, pretty much any fabric will do for this project. Here are some recycling ideas:

Recycled Fabric Sources

left over quilting cotton

old t-shirts

men’s dress shirts

worn out jeans

kids shirts

old table cloths

thrifted fabrics or clothes with pretty patterns

flannel sheets or pillowcases

Worn out blankets

quilt batting pieces or leftover fiberfill stuffing from craft projects

There are lots of options for fabrics! I like to use a couple of left over quilt blocks and some quilting cotton scraps for this project. You will need fabric and batting about 9″ square. In addition, if your pieces are smaller, simply stitch them together until you have a 9″ square. This is a great way to learn to sew or quilt!

Woven pieces of fabric can be single needled stitched together until you have a large enough piece. You can even sew small pieces of quilt batting together with a zig-zag stitch (overlapping the pieces) to get a 9″ squares needed for this project.

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Leftover cotton quilting scraps

Potholder Supplies Needed:

•Two 9″ fabric squares for front and back of potholder (any fabric or pattern)

•10″ square of quilt batting

•Strip of binding fabric, 2 1/2″ by 44″ (can be pieces of other fabrics sewn together)

•Straight pins, safety pins

•fabric basting adhesive (optional)

•Sewing Machine, free motion quilting foot (optional)

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Sew fabric loops at the end for easy hanging.

Potholder Sewing Directions:

1. Layer backing fabric, quilt batting or a thin layer of fiberfill stuffing, and top fabrics together. You can use a spray basting adhesive to hold them in place or use a few safety pins to secure.

2. Using a free motion quilt foot, quilt as desired in a random pattern. You can quilt with straight rows stitches every few inches across the fabrics if you do not have a free motion foot. The quilting holds all of the layers together and makes the pot holder more durable.

3. Trim edges even.

4. Fold binding in half lengthwise, apply to front of potholder matching raw edges, folding the binding at corners to fit. Finally, pin in place with straight pins. Stitch around all sides with a 3.0 single needle stitch, leaving a 3″ tail of binding at the last corner.

5. Trim seams to 1/4″. Turn folded binding edge to back side of potholder, pin fold over first seam. Fold under excess fabric at corner to get a “almost” mitered fit. Top stitch 1/8″ away from inside edge, sewing all the way to the end of the fabric loop piece (encasing raw edges).

6. Finally, to make the hanging loop, fold back extra fabric and secure with 3-4 back and forth stitches.

Need help? Watch this video tutorial!

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Here are some more fun relevant recycled projects:

Mens Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

 

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Flock of Flamingo T-Shirts with Cricut

Flock of Flamingo T-Shirts with Cricut

These cute t-shirts are easy to make with your Cricut Maker. They are just the thing to go with a light sweater and a pair of your favorite handmade jeans!

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The Cricut Flamingo T-Shirt Collection

T-Shirts made with the Cricut Maker

My Cricut has been getting quite a work out lately! These shirts are hot off the Easy Press and very simple to make. I’ve been designing t-shirts for Cricut on the side and I love how simple they are, they always turn out great! The Cricut HTV vinyl is a great product that is fun to use for just about any t-shirt design. I used purchased T-shirts for this collection, rather than sewing from scratch to speed up the process. You can still be creative and not have to sew all the time! (These projects are great to give yourself a break!)

The designs were easy to make with existing fonts and images in the Cricut Design Space. I like to start with a t-shirt template, then add the images. In this case I wanted Flamingos, so I searched for them in Design Space and had lots of designs to choose from. They have thousands of images available to you! After I chose my image, then I added text to go with it. Usually I use one or two fonts before choosing one that I like the best, in most cases I prefer fonts that are easy to read. The majority of my graphic designs have both a print font and a cursive one which gives the design more interest. Sometimes there will be a design all ready made (such as the “I don’t give a flock design”), then you just have to choose your colors for the vinyl. I like simplicity in my design, so I only use 2 colors of vinyl in each shirt to keep it simple. Occasionally the design has to be made larger, which is easy to do in design space with the click of your mouse.

Here’s what you will need to put together your own Flamingo T-shirt collection:

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This t-shirt uses Pink glitter vinyl and an Aquamarine printed vinyl.

This post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosure page.

Flock of Flamingo T-Shirt Supplies

•White or Grey T-shirt, I used XL T-shirt from Walmart

•Pink Glitter Lipstick HTV Vinyl and Aquamarine from the Patterned Iron on Sampler HTV Vinyl collection (order through my affiliate link here)

•Cricut Weeding tools

•Cricut Cutting Mat, cutting blade

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This design is great for adult or youth size t-shirts.

General Directions:

1. You can access this design on my Cricut page here. Download the design to your design space page.

2. Place your first color vinyl on the cutting mat according to the Cricut cutting directions. Be sure to use a roller (brayer) to adhere the vinyl to the mat securely before cutting. Place your vinyl with the shiny side DOWN on the mat.

3. Cut with the Cricut Maker, then weed out (remove the extra vinyl) from the outside area around the design.

4. Cut the remaining vinyl piece while you are weeding out the first one.

5. Cut apart the pieces and place them with the sticky side of the plastic down on the shirt. You can move them around a bit until they are centered from the top (I use 2-3 finger widths from the bottom of the neck as a guide). Be sure the design is also centered from left to right on the shirt (use the underarm seam as a visual guide for this).

6. After the design is in place, cover it with a press cloth or Cricut heat proof mat. Press with your Easy Press set to 320 degrees for 30 seconds. You can also use an iron on the hottest setting if you don’t have an easy press (be sure to iron all parts of the design equally).

7. Turn the shirt over, press again on the back for an additional 20 seconds. Turn shirt to the front, peel off the plastic vinyl backing while it’s still warm (you can tell if your vinyl isn’t set completely it will peel off with the backing. You may need to re-press if it’s not completely adhered to the shirt.)

 

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I am keeping these little children’s shirts for my future grandchildren!

Putting the vinyl on the shirts is more or less the same for each design. The Cricut Maker will tell you which colors to use for each step, just follow the general directions above.

I have already done all the design work, so all you have to do is press “Make It”.

How fun is that??

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Pair your t-shirt with your favorite jeans, a cute hat and fun earings!

It’s so much fun to whip up a new shirt to go with your favorite me-made jeans! More on the jeans later!

 

 

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This adorable design is perfect for toddler sizes.

For this children’s design, I used a 4-5T white shirt that I purchased from Walmart.

Vinyl colors in this shirt are Iron On Light Vinyl in Blush Pink and the Aquamarine from the Patterned Iron on Sampler. You can order them through my affiliate link here.

Your little ones will love wearing their flamingo shirts!

Download this design here!

 

This T-shirt is also an XL adult size, but you can use any adult sized shirt for this project.

The vinyl colors here are the same as above, Iron On Light Vinyl in Blush Pink and the Aquamarine Patterned Iron on Sampler. You can order them through my affiliate link here.

Download this design here for your Cricut Maker!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

Click on the links below for some other great Cricut project ideas:

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut- Part 3

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

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Vintage Blouse Tutorial with Tulip Sleeves

Vintage Blouse Tutorial with Tulip Sleeves

This blouse is my go to vintage pattern! Easy to sew and fits great, from Gertie’s Butterick collection.

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This vintage style blouse is an easy sew!

This post is sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics, I was compensated in some way to make this post. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page.

Vintage Blouse with Tulip Sleeves

I’ve been sewing vintage style lately, and I can’t say enough about how well this blouse turned out. This easy to make style is Butterick #b6217 from the Gertie pattern collection. It’s made with quilting cotton by Michael Miller Fabrics who sponsored this post. This lovely polkadot print is called Noir from Gertie’s new fabric collection.

The Butterick pattern is great, it has several options for sleeves, no sleeves, plus optional gathered details. It is generously sized and I love the simplicity of this style. I hacked the pattern a bit and added a solid color back to create a more slenderizing silhouette.

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The tulip sleeves make this style unique.

Sewing Supplies Needed:

•Butterick pattern #b6217

• 2-3 yards of 45″ wide cotton fabric

•3/4 yard of black fabric, mine was a poly blend crepe

• 1/2 yard light fusible interfacing

•8 buttons, 1/2″ size

•Matching thread

 

 

Alterations and Fit Adjustments

This Butterick pattern doesn’t need a lot of fitting adjustments. The blouse has several long bodice darts and one bust dart, which is easy to let out or take in as needed for fit. I added some to width to the bodice, and I really didn’t need it. I should have made a muslin first, but I tend to just jump right into my projects head first. My only fit issue is around the neckline, I could have taken some of the fullness out, it gaps just a bit as you can see in the above photo. I am not sure if this is due to my neck interfacing being too stiff, but it seems like it’s over all a little too big. Recently, I have decided that I also have sloping shoulders, which could also be attributing to my neckline problem. Bodice length was also adjusted 2″ to compensate for my long torso. I will make more adjustments to this pattern the next time I sew this style.

 

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I found this knife pleated skirt in a thrift store, it’s a great piece to go with this vintage blouse.

 

The best part of this blouse is the tulip sleeves, such a pretty detail that makes any large arm look more slender and graceful. The sleeves are easy to sew with a narrow rolled hem at the bottom. The dark colored back gives me more of a shape, as the dark color automatically looks smaller than the front.

Thanks to Michael Miller for sponsoring this post!

 

Gertie Inspired Vintage Party Dress

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Re-cyled Jean Denim Vest

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

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Gertie Inspired Vintage Party Dress

Gertie Inspired Vintage Party Dress

I’ve had this Gertie inspired vintage style party dress one under wraps for a while, I am so excited to be able to show it to you! This is a classic silhouette you can wear for any occasion!

 

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This vintage style dress is made with cotton fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics.

Vintage Style Party Dress

I love vintage style patterns, and have a number of them in my pattern collection. This vintage party dress is made from Butterick #b6590, from Gertie’s Charming pattern collection. The pattern has dresses in two styles a straight skirt, and a full skirt. I had a hard time deciding between the two because I loved them both so much! I finally, went with the straight skirt to see how I would like the slimmer silhouette. It is a rather generous fit, but I love that it seems proportioned for “real size” women like myself. The sewing is pretty basic, there is a lapped zipper application and a rather unique front neckline. It’s not as complicated as you would think, and is easy to sew. I really like the tab with the rhinestone button, simple styles like this can work great for day or night occasions. In fact, I like it so much I have decided to make the full skirt version for the upcoming holiday season. Stay tuned!

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The floral fabric is from Michael Miller Fabrics, also part of the Gertie collection that they recently released. I can’t say enough about this fabric collection! The colors are so vibrant, you would never know it’s a cotton quilting print. Full of pinks and reds, the black back ground really makes the colors pop! It really looks great in this beautiful garden setting! Shout out to my photographer Alyssa Eidsness Photography who did a great job with this photo shoot!

This post is sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. Any opinions given are completely my own.

Vintage Style Party Dress Pattern Review

For the straight version of this dress, you will need 3 yards of 45″ wide material. If you decide to make the version with the full skirt it will take about 5 yards. The larger skirt is very full! The straight skirt worked great with this cotton quilting fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics because of the narrow 45″ width. If I had gone with the full skirt I would have definitely needed more fabric. The cotton is such a nice quality, refreshing to sew because it’s so well made. At first, I had planned to make a little polka dot jacket to go over the dress, but decided against it in the long run. The floral fabric is too pretty to cover up, and the front neckline just doesn’t lend it’s self to being worn with a jacket. The good news is that the polka dot will be a separate project (also a Gertie print and pattern), coming soon!

The 1950’s style pattern was very simple for this dress, even the unique front facing was not hard to put together. Cutting the facing was interesting, there is a left front and a right front facing (completely different shapes) so be careful when you cut them out as they are cut from a single layer of fabric and the print has to be right side up in order for it to work accurately. I adore the rhinestone button detail and found the perfect style button at Hobby Lobby.

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I love the dolman sleeves on this dress!

Alterations and Pattern Adjustments

There were a few adjustments that I made to the pattern, but I could have done without them. The pattern is well sized and runs rather generous. I added a bit of fabric extra fabric to the bust and waist since these are my problem fit areas, which could have been eliminated. For this summer wardrobe version I decided not to take the side seams in, as I prefer a looser fit for hot summer days. When I make the next dress for the holidays, I will make it more fitted and plan to wear some proper shape wear underneath. I don’t care to wear Spanks when it’s hot and humid outside! Since I am long in the torso, the only other alteration I did was lengthening the bodice and waist yoke. This adjustment worked well and it hits my waist exactly where it should, it is very comfortable around the middle for this reason.

The back of the dress has a 22″ lapped zipper that extends all the way down to the high hip area. The zipper was not hard to install, but I always baste my zippers in place to be sure they stay put as I stitch them. I  used a regular zipper for this dress since the large print hides the zipper so well you don’t even know it’s there. Had I used a solid or smaller print, I may have used an invisible zipper and stitched it by hand instead.

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The neckline has a v-neck with an unusual tab closure and decorative button.

The local vintage corner garden was the perfect place to photograph this dress. Thank you Alyssa Eidness Photography! This is the first time I have ever hired a photographer for my business. For years I have taken all my own photographs for all of my projects. I am finding that sometimes it’s very difficult to get a good shot of myself wearing some thing new with only the aid of the self timer. It’s practically impossible to capture specific details when I am wearing the garment. My family isn’t around much to help me out, and It’s not something I would do every day, but I will definitely use a photographer again in the future for these really special posts. I am glad I did, I think Alyssa really captured the essence of this dress and I love how it all came together in the photos.

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Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for sponsoring!

 

For more inspiration, try some of these other posts:

Mens Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

How to Restyle a Boring Denim Jacket

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

 

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