DIY T-shirt skirt for girls

So, I saw this super cute pin on Pinterest the other day..I know, I know big shock! Well take a look it is ADORABLE, especially if you have little girls in your world.. I just loved the idea of reusing another t-shirt and with the t-shirt scarfs being such a hit I thought hmmm t-shirt skirts could be just as big.. The one in the pin says LOVE and was suggested for Valentines Day, well I wanted a skirt for my Miss E that she can wear any day all year round. Not that the one in the pin couldn’t be I just did a different play on it.. So lets gets started, I’d say start to finish without my many breaks in between it took me all of 30mins to make.

Supplies I used a mans sized med tshirt, rotary cutter and scissors, felt scraps, needle and thread, elastic and sewing machine..

Step 1 Measure elastic on the your girl..

Love that lil budha belly

Step 2.. cut your t-shirt to the length you want the skirt to fall on your girl, remember to allow about an inch for the casing..

cut straight across

Step 3.. draw out your letters in chalk on the felt for cutting, you could always free hand cut this part..

E.L.I.Y.A. chalked

Step 4..lay out the letters on the bottom of your t-shirt next to the hem line..I doubled my thread to sew on the letters but wish I had, had embroidery thread but it gives them same effect..No need to be perfect with your straight stitch its for a little bit it is suppose to look fun!

Straight stitch

My L is sick and didn’t want to be to far away from his Mama so he was my helper for this project, so I thought we’d pause for cuteness!

My Helpers

Step 5.. Time for the casing.. I didn’t take any pics of me doing the casing since its pretty easy.. I turned the shirt inside out and folded it down about an inch and then sewed a zig zag stitch all the way around leaving a bit of an opening to feed my elastic thru..man I hate feeding elastic it is such a royal pain..Remember t-shirts don’t unravel so I just did 1 turn down for the casing.. Here is an easy Tutorial if you need one.. Once the elastic is fed tru the casing overlap it a bit and sew together and then close up your opening..FLIP skirt right side out and…….

A new t-shirt skirt for Miss E

TaaDaa!! A new skirt for your the lil ones in your world..So many possibilities!

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Easy Peasy DIY

Here is a quick and simple super cute easy peasy DIY for you..A braided headband, you could use any materials you have laying around the house.. I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought hmm looks easy enough and I have those things, lets do this..

So step 1..supplies, ribbon, leather cord, ball chain, needle, thread and hair elastic

Supplies

Step 2, cut your ribbon, cord and leather about 2.5 ft long, gather together at the end and sew onto the elastic to secure them together..as you can see I didn’t try and sew it “pretty” just securely you’ll never see it when you’re wearing it

Sew to secure

Step 3..Start braiding, I kept checking length along my own head like a head band till I got the desired length I needed..

A Foot makes a great anchor

Step 4..once you get to your desired length, sew and secure the other end opposite the first end you sewed on to the hair elastic, so you end up with a shape like this

All Done

Step 5, try out your new head band and wear it proudly…

one of a kind headband

I’d love to see if any of you make one and your thoughts…Enjoy!

Melted Crayons..Right Up My Alley

So if any of you are like me you have crayons EVERYWHERE..With 4 kiddos running around this place I find crayons in every room, drawer, even the dryer at times, ugh! As a kid my mom would melt our crayons down in muffin tins to make those cool crayons that would color all sorts of different shades when you colored with them.I always thought that was such a genius idea an I’ve even done that with our broken ones at times. Well when I saw the pins all over Pinterest with melted crayon art I had to jump on making this.

Here is my take on just one of the many Melted Crayon Art like this one on Pinterest..

http://homemadeserenity.blogspot.com/2011/

So to start off I just have a blank 3 for $8 standard canvas from Wally World, I believe it’s a 16×20..(note will do smaller for the next go at this)

Step 1 I decided I wanted more that just melted crayons..I thought why not add a design under the crayons with tape that I can pull off when done melting the crayons for a picture…(note I used scotch tape, next time will use masking or even duck tape)

Tape Owl

Step 2, find all these broken crayons, crayon boxes etc, & an x-acto knife to slice the paper off the crayons for easy peeling…

crayons

Step 3…Time to line up crayons on the bottom of the canvas in the pattern you like..I wish I had done a smaller canvas so that way I could have lined the crayons touching each other instead of the spacing like it is… I used all the broken crayons here an I used an epoxy I have for jewelry making to stick these lil puppies into place…

lined up for melting

Step 4 grab your hair dryer and get ready to melt these colorful pieces of little wax..I held the canvas to get the right drip I was trying to go for..It was a but of a learning process of which crayons heated up first and started melting quicker that others, just play with it..

dryer

let the melting begin

Step 5..PAUSE for the cuteness you see across from you devouring his soup while Mama plays with her crayons..

cuteness

Step 6…Line up your crayons on top of the canvas now, I left these whole crayons as I liked the idea of seeing some of the paper left on the crayons and for hopes of longer drips of melted beautifulness..I also only positioned them in the middle of the canvas since I wanted to try drawing on the canvas and melting it to see if it would add a watercolored type effect..which I can note it did..proceed to melt..

top crayons

moon & stars

Step 7.. start peeling that tape off, the x-acto knife comes in handy again here to get under some of the wax..again I really think masking or even duck tape would have come off a lot easier..

all melted

Step 8.. all done!! Marvel at the idea of what else could become a possibility of melted crayons.. oh man all the possibilities..

Melted Owl

In the end I like the out come, but what I like even more than the out come is my 9 year old asking if he can make these for gifts for Christmas presents or if I would come into his class and make them with fellow classmates! That right there made this project well WORTH it!!

T-Shirt Scarf 5 minutes TOPS…..

Okay, here is my first “Want to Make” from Pinterest. I have looked at this idea over and over and thought hmmm can it really be that easy…Answer YES! It took me a bit longer because I decided to hand dye and add a flower to it.. But here goes!

http://www.ettestudios.com/2011/03/diy-recycled-tshirt-scarf-roundup.html

T-shirt scarf and flower

There is my sweet E with her finished product! She helped take photos of the process and even helped in the making!

Step 1 any old t-shirt or one from Wally for $2 like we had plain old white for our dying pleasure..Cut off bottom hem and discard..

Step 2 cut 1 inch strips up to seam of arms…

Cutting Strips

Step 3, the fun part align all your strips into one big circle..AND PULL!!!

Strips ready to be aligned and Stretched!

Pull Sweet E

Step 4..now I decided to dye ours..BUT if you have a color you like no need to do this step..I dyed ours with Wilton cake colors because that is all the dye I had on hand..little bit of water and a tub laid strip in for an ombre effect

Dying to meet you...

Step 5..dry, or continue from step 3…Align all your loops together into 1 big circle and get ready to add embellishments..

Step 6. I took one of the loops that seemed a bit bigger than the rest and cut to make a long strand, grabbed the bottom of the loops and started lassoing that baby together.. I tucked the ends into the loops to hide them.. I took another loop and cut it into 3 long stands..

Step 7…I proceeded to braid…

braid

Step 8..I did bust out the machine for a mater of 2 secs to secure the ends and cut off the knot but HONESTLY no need if you don’t have a machine, made one for my Mom today to prove it takes 5 minutes with no dying and just tucked the ends…

2 sec stitch

So to add braid follow step 6 AND WaaaLaaaa a new scarf in 5 minutes minus the dying!! I’ll add the flower tutorial hopefully tomorrow when this kitten stops trying to swat every letter on the screen as I type…

T-Shirt Scarf

5 minutes to DONE

wearing it long..