Printable: Placemat Coloring Page

Placemat Coloring Page

I used this coloring page during my daughter’s party this past Saturday. I set places for all the girls and provided crayons for them to decorate their own page, then explained how to set the table and had them practice on their very own placemat. It was a hit!

Another use would be to have your child color and then laminate it. That way you can pull it out at dinner time and have him/her set the table as part of his/her chores.

Yet another use would be to carry copies with you and crayons to pull out when you eat out. Some of the printed activities at restaurants are not toddler friendly, and this would be a fun thing for your toddler/preeschooler to do while you wait for your food.

How would you use it?

Making it on Monday, 01/28/2013

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This is what I dream to have finished at least started by the end of the week:

– I promised my SIL that I would line the sleeves of the top on the picture.

– With the pretty Sarah Jane print I am hoping to make a car seat blanket using this tutorial

– I am working on a tutorial for making baby mittens.

– I have a printable I have to upload (for little kids. It was a hit with mine).

What’s on your craft queue?

Repost: Peekaboo Ruffles Tutorial

Since Valentine’s Day is coming and some of you are probably thinking of making valentine’s outfits, I thought I would bring back this post from my old blog about how to add a tulle ruffle to your lining.

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I know I have been talking about these dresses for weeks, but I thought I would share how I made the ruffled lining in case anybody would like to try it this way. It was super easy! And I’ll definitely try this again in the future.

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1. Cut your tulle in a long strip, fold it in half lengthwise, and run a gathering stitch through it– it ruffles right away. (Cut two strips. Ruffle each one).

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2. Attach ruffled tulle to the lining, as shown on the picture, matching lining hem to the stitched end of your tulle.

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3. Fold over toward the wrong side of your lining, and run a zigzag stitch to secure in place.

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4. Using your zigzag stitch as a guide, attach the second ruffle on the right side of your lining.

I hope this serves as inspiration 🙂

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Oliver + S Explorer Vest

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Back at the beginning of last fall I made a present for a friend who was turning five. He is a super cute boy who loves to dress well and to dress-up, so Oliver + S’ Explorer Vest seemed to be a perfect match. The project comes from Liesl Gibson’s Little Things to Sew , and it was a great project to work on: challenging enough for me to keep things interesting without it being overwhelming.

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The pattern has an option for pockets with or without bellows. I thought the bellows looked more explorer-like, so I went with those, but it was hard for me to figure out exactly how to make them!

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Still, I prevailed! And the vest did look adorable. Once I had that part figured out, the rest of the vest came together pretty quickly.

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The fabric is a canvas weight from Jo-Ann. To add interest, I added topstitching in contrasting brown. I need more practice, as you can see 😉

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I also used contrasting bias tape to finish the armholes.

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My least favorite part was the argyle pattern I used as lining. I loved the color palette, and it was the most boyish fabric I could find at the moment, but I am not convinced it was the right fit for this pattern. Despite that, I was pleased with how it turned out, and our friend was happy with it too.

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Here are a couple of shots of how we wrapped it. We rolled it up and covered it in tissue paper, like a candy roll. Then I drew a picture of the birthday boy for my daughter to color, and voilà!

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It was a fun present to work on, and a fun pattern. If anybody needs any guidance on working with the bellows pocket, I took step-by-step shots while I was sewing and I could put them together in a post.

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A belated Kid’s Clothes Week Post

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This outfit did not get finished by the end of last kcwc. It’s still not finished, but I thought I would post it because my daughter has worn it just as is. There is something magical and empowering about your child loving what you make for her, and that is one of the reasons why I sew!

The pattern for “my yellow shirt” is the awesome Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae. I have to say this is a fantastic pattern. With three or four pieces to cut, you have yourself a shirt in no time! I had planned to embellish this one a bit, but my child got to it first. I think this one’s a winner!

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The pants are Oliver + S’s After-school pants. Here is my original post on the project. I absolutely loved sewing these, and will sew them again soon. These two projects were very satisfying. Thanks, Rae, and Liesl, for such fabulous patterns!

Mid-week’s fun links

These are some of the web sites I have been looking through this week (or: these are the windows open on my Safari right now):

Baby cardigan tutorials from Delia Creates . I have to try this soon.

Gluten-free breakfast cookies from Simply Gluten-free. I just received my shipment of dried fruit, only to realize I am out of bananas and can’t make this for breakfast. Oh well!

Baby-led weaning at Simple Bites . I never followed this approach before, but it sounds interesting.

Stitch Savvy blog hop . I really want this book, it looks amazing!

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Finally, my daughter is learning how to read. This is her first book, ever, that she just finished reading on Monday. I am so proud of her and all the effort she has put into this new adventure! I can’t believe that my baby is almost 5 and reading! Mothering is, sometimes, such hard, challenging work, but it is so worth all the effort:

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. The grand and the simple, they are equally wonderful.”

“As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.”
(Marjorie Hinckley)

Hope you are having a good week!

Tuesday Tutorial: Line your envelopes

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A special detail that always looks amazing and can make a homemade card look that much more gorgeous is lining the envelope. It is a great chance to play with color, contrast, and print to enhance your creation.

This is how I do it:

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Trace the top of your envelope onto your desired lining paper, making sure you make it long enough that the white of the envelope underneath will not show when it lays flat.

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Now lay your lining on top, cut off the two strips where the self-adhesive glue is supposed to go, insert your lining, and fold. Make sure you get a clean, crisp line.

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Time to glue your lining! A good tip here is to only apply glue to the “triangle” part. The bottom of the piece will lay flat, anyway, and if you try to glue that part in, too, you risk creating air bubbles that will not look good (ask me how I know!)

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Ta-da! A beautifully-lined envelope. I made these as invitations for my daughter’s birthday party. I did not have time to make my own envelopes this time, and the plain white ones from the stores looked so sad… Enter a lovely plaid paper! I chose plaid to complement the look of Barbie’s dress (Princess Charm School’s Blair wears uniforms and dresses with plaid all through the show), and made some yellow, some hot pink to go with the image I used. They turned out great! Do you like to line your envelopes?

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