Silhouette Tutorial: 4th of July Popsicle Onesie

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Have you heard of LuLaRoe? I was introduced to their crazy-comfortable leggings a few months ago, and quickly became obsessed. Then a few weeks ago they released a limited edition 4th of July line, which included dresses in this to-die-for popsicle print:

LuLaRoe Popsicle Pattern

Had. To. Have.

It’s a direct sales company, so you buy through consultants on Facebook and Instagram. Or if you’re lucky enough to live near someone who sells it, there are home parties as well. I’m not a consultant or anything, I’m just someone who’s bought probably way too much from them in the last 90 days.

Anyway, back to the popsicles. The dresses started popping up last week, and were selling literally within seconds of being posted. Thanks to the help of some quick-fingered friends, I was able to snag matching ones for Allie and Me. VICTORY.

Mommy and Me LuLaRoe Popsicle Dresses

But now poor Theo was left out. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to find him a coordinating onesie, but bomb pops are a surprisingly rare motif in baby clothes. My googling efforts revealed only a handful of expensive options. Silhouette to the rescue!

I found this cut file in about 3 seconds. At first I figured I’d cut it from fabric and appliqué it onto a onesie, but then I decided stenciling it with fabric paint would be way easier. I’m lazy.

So to make this, you need the Silhouette Stencil Vinyl, some fabric paint, a few paint brushes, and a white onesie or shirt.

You also need to make a few modifications to the cut file, so let’s start there.

When you open the cut file from your library, it will look like this:

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial 1

For the shirt I painted the top red portion, the bottom blue portion, and the tan popsicle stick, but left the middle white portion unpainted. So I want the stencil to reveal the top, bottom, and stick, like this:

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

So here’s how I got there.

First I had to ungroup the shapes. Click on any cut line to highlight the entire area, then click the “Ungroup Selected Shape” icon, second from the left in the row at the bottom of your screen. Light gray lines should show up around each individual shape.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Now for the tricky part. We’re going to use the shape second from the left to build our final cut file, but will take selected lines from each of the other shapes and move them around. So first we need to get rid of the unnecessary cut lines. When you select the Eraser Tool, you’ll notice there are 2 options: Solid and Outline. For this, make sure outline is selected. You can see below that I erased most of the far left shape, leaving just the popsicle stick and a little bit above it.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Zoom in really close to delete the last little bit, making sure not to cut the popsicle stick short or leave any scraps at the top.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Now move the popsicle stick over to the master shape. You’ll also notice here that I deleted all the accent pieces on the right. You don’t need those.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Zoom in really close again to make sure the lines just touch without overlap or gaps.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Next work on the 2/3 popsicle shape, and delete everything but the bottom line.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Take that line and add it to your main popsicle shape.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Now do the same thing with the 1/3 shape,

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial  Now we’re almost there, but remember we don’t actually want to cut out the middle section, because that area’s not being painted. So erase the lines on either side of that section.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Ta Da! Now, this shape is made up of a whole bunch of unconnected cut lines, so highlight everything and hit the “Group Selected Shapes” icon on the bottom far left so you can move and size everything together.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

For Theo’s onesie I wanted the popsicle to be about 6 inches long, but you can make this as large as you want to fit the shirt you’re making.

Silhouette Cameo Popsicle Stencil Tutorial

Load a piece of stencil vinyl onto  your cutting mat, set your cut settings to “Stencil Material (Silhouette Brand)” and cut!

Silhouette Cutting Stencil Vinyl

And now for the fun part!

The Silhouette stencil material is just sticky backed vinyl, so it’s pretty idiot proof. Since this shape is so simple, the transfer tape isn’t really necessary. All you have to do is peel and stick it onto your shirt. Save the little cutouts of the popsicle stick and the bottom (blue) portion, though.

Silhouette Fabric Stencil

I got a little excited and started painting before I took a picture of how I’d positioned the stencil. So ignore the red for now and look at how I placed the stencil on the shirt. I didn’t leave quite enough room to the right of the cut to feel comfortable. That is something to keep in mind when you’re making stencils. I’m used to trying to minimize the amount of paper or fabric that I cut, so I position my shapes really close to the edge of the cutting pad. With stencils you want to leave a generous amount of space on all sides. Oops. To fix it I just added a square of transfer tape to protect the shirt from stray brush strokes.

Anyway, before you place the stencil, put some paper inside the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through, then make sure the fabric is nice and straight and flat on your table. Gently set the stencil down on top of it, and when  you’re happy with the placement press it down firmly so that it sticks everywhere, especially at the edges. With knit fabric, it’s easy to end up with a crooked or warped design if you’re not careful here.

Tulip Fabric Paint

To paint, I used these Tulip fabric paints and a stiff round paint brush.

Fabric Stenciling with Silhouette

Dip the brush in the paint, and then dab most of it off, then apply the paint in little circular strokes to get even coverage. You don’t want to glob paint onto the fabric.

Stenciling with Silhouette Stencil Vinyl

Before I painted the blue portion, I took the popsicle stick cutout and stuck it inside the stencil, so that little line between the bottom and the stick would be covered (you can see it in the picture above if you look closely).

Masking Stencils with Silhouette Stencil Vinyl

Then when I was done with the blue, I removed the popsicle stick cutout and put the bottom cutout right over the area I’d just painted (the coat of paint should be thin enough that you really don’t have to wait for it to dry between these steps).

Mixing Fabric Paint for Stenciling

The brown paint I had was a little dark for my liking, so I tried adding some white to lighten it. When that was still too dark, I started over, this time pouring the white paint first, then adding just a tiny drop of the brown.

Popsicle Stencil with Silhouette Cameo

As soon as I finished all three sections I peeled the stencil away, and voila!

Finished Stenciled Popsicle Onesie

To be honest, I’d planned to add an outline and some detail with a black fabric pen, but I ended up really liking the way it turned out without it. And look how cute it looks on my kid!

Stenciled Popsicle Onesie

Baby Bomb Pop Onesie

Coordinating 4th of July Outfits - LuLaRoe and DIY

Now to talk my husband into letting me make one in his size…

 

Wubbanub Refurb: How to Replace the Pacifier

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Baby with Altered Wubbanub
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Ever since Allie was about 6 weeks old, I have sworn by the Wubbanub pacifier. I believe it is one of the greatest inventions of our time. The little plush toy provides just enough weight that the pacifier doesn’t go flying when baby spits it out, and it makes it easier for little ones to put it back in their mouths themselves. They’re also really cute, and babies instinctively kindof snuggle with them. Look how cute Allie was with her Monkey!

Baby with Monkey Wubbanub

Once I got Allie her Wubbanub, she never used another pacifier.

Unfortunately, ever since Theo was about 6 days old, he has refused every pacifier I’ve given him except for the Mam. This has been a big problem for me, because Wubbies are only made with Soothies attached, and Mams are much smaller and easier to lose.

We started out with 4 of them, but for the last several weeks had been down to the last one. I swear, nothing has caused me more stress than keeping track of that damn paci. My husband lost his wallet while we were on vacation a few weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure I was less upset about that than I’ve been the times I can’t find the Mam.

Finally, yesterday, the unthinkable happened. I have no idea where we were when he spit it out, but we had to make an emergency trip to CVS before I could even think about handling bedtime. I returned home, armed with a pack of 3 brand new pacifiers, and resolved to solve this problem once and for all.

This took all of 15 minutes, using materials I already had in the house: needle, thread, ribbon, and a seam ripper. (Fun fact: while I was going through my ribbon bag looking for something that matched, I found one of the missing pacis. Where was that 3 hours earlier?)

How to Change the Pacifier on a Wubbanub

With a seam ripper I removed the soothie pacifier from the Wubbanub duck’s mouth.  This was seriously the hardest part of the process. They’re sewn together pretty tight, and I didn’t want to rip the fabric.

Taking Pacifier off Wubbanub

What ended up working was kindof folding the pacifier right where they’re sewn together, and working my seam ripper in between the rubber and the fabric.

Removing Pacifier from Wubbanub

The Soothie is trash now. I felt like the way the handle part was perforated made it a choking hazard.

New Pacifier on Wubbanub

Next I took the pacifier I wanted to attach, and looped 2 scraps of 1/4 ribbon through the bottom holes. (Depending on your baby’s preferred brand, you may only need one piece of ribbon. You just need to make sure the stuffed animal hangs down from the middle of the pacifier, not from the corner.)

Replacing the Pacifier on a Wubbanub

I sewed the loops together about 3/4 of an inch down, just to make them easier to keep in place when I sewed them to the duck. I also trimmed the ribbon close to where it was sewn together.

Changing Pacifier on Wubbanub

Finally, I stuffed the ends of my 2 loops in the ducks bill, the same way the soothie had been attached, and hand sewed it shut.

Wubbanub with Pacifier Replaced Duck Wubbanub with Mam Pacifier Wubbanub with Mam Pacifier

Like I said, the whole process took about 15 minutes. I should have done this months ago! On a typical day I’d say I have to go hunting for the pacifier at least 3-4 times. Today I haven’t had to search once, and Theo loves it too!

Wubbanub Hack

Baby with Altered Wubbanub

It’s Finally Happening: Renovating our 1920s Craftsman

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Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of my adult life. It’s been almost 2 years in the making, and I’ll be honest, there were (many) times I thought it would never come. But we’re here, and it’s happening and OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED.

“It” is the demolition of our house. You may remember that we bought a little place right before Allie was born. Looking back at that old blog post, the house almost looks kindof cute. It’s not. It never was. From day one, we planned to live in it for a couple of years while we decided exactly what we wanted, and then add some space and update it into our dream house.

1920s Craftsman Renovation

For the first year, my husband and I talked almost every day about what we’d do when we renovated. Sometimes it was a quick mention, like “It will be so nice when we have a fully functioning water heater,” or “I can’t wait until we have a house that’s actually insulated.” Because this place was not. At all.

Exterior Wall, No Insulation

Other days we’d go into full fantasy mode and plan out the layout of our kitchen, or shop online for flooring. I filled a few Pinterest boards with ideas and plans.

Finally we decided it was time to get down to business and hire and architect. We went with Sinnott and Company, and could not be more pleased. The design phase took us another year, which is probably a little (okay, a lot) longer than most people take. Sam was so patient with us, though. We changed our mind on scope probably 87 times, going from “let’s just do a small addition with a bathroom and update the kitchen,” all the way to “gut the place and change everything.”

After countless revisions, we finally finished the plans around this time last year. We found out little Theo was on his way at right about the same time. Foolish optimists that we were, we expected to get started last fall. The city quickly disabused us of that notion. Due to the size of our project, the design review and hearing process ended up taking us a little over 6 months. We finished just after Thanksgiving. By that point, the Holidays were upon us, and I was enormously pregnant, so we didn’t go to bid until the January. And then we needed to get a loan.

Anyone who’s ever bought a home is no doubt aware of the paperwork, and delays, and general jumping through hoops involved in closing a mortgage. I don’t even want to talk about the appraisal fiasco. But all that’s over now. The loan closed on Friday, and the construction crew moved in today. They even let me take the first swing with the sledgehammer.

Demolition Begins

The next 12 or so months will surely be fraught with more complications and delays, and every annoyance imaginable on the spectrum from minor to severe. But it’s also going to be exciting, and fun, and crazy, and did I mention exciting, to watch this junk heap transform into the perfect house for our little family. And I plan to document every minute. Here we go!

#EverydayCrafting

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Copic Marker Cherry Blossom
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So you know that back in March I participated in the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge. I made a real effort to color something every day, even if it was only for a few minutes, and I only missed about 3 days out of the 3o, and I was pretty pleased with some of my work. Like this cherry blossom tree.

Copic Marker Cherry Blossom

Since the challenge, I’ve made it a goal to do a little bit of crafting every day. It’s crazy how sometimes you need to force yourself to do something you love, but since having kids I’ve found that when I’m not feeding or reading or driving or doing puzzles or cleaning or kissing booboos or burping or changing or rocking or bathing, all I want to do is SIT STILL. Maybe drink a Diet Coke, or watch a TV show.

So I’m trying to consciously use that time for crafting. The end goal of course, is for more crafting to translate to more blogging, but for now I’m taking baby steps. I’m using the hashtag #everydaycrafting on Instagram to document what I do. So far it’s mostly coloring, and it certainly hasn’t been happening everyday. But keep an eye on it for fun stuff coming soon, and maybe join me in using it when you find a little time to create.

Allie’s Thank You Notes

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Allie turned 3 at the end of January. I’ve chosen to ignore just how fast the last 3 years have gone by, and instead focus on how much fun it is to have a daughter who’s starting to show an interest in arts and crafts. She loves to color, and lately has been telling me, “Mommy, I need your square ink pads.” The kid loves Distress Inks. She has great taste in craft supplies.

After her birthday party, I wanted her to take an active role in sending her thank you notes. But since she can’t write, I decided the best way to do that would be to make them together.

This is a great project for using up scraps, but I have so much paper (seriously, so much paper), that I just grabbed a 6×6 stack and let her go to town.

We worked with Dear Lizzy’s Day Dreamer line from American Crafts. I handed her the book and told her to pick out her favorite pages, then I cut them each to various sizes to make a very basic card front. I also let her pick colors from my Bazzill stash to mat each background.

Once everything was cut I laid everything out and told her to pick one piece from each pile to make each card. We ended up with some interesting combinations.

Toddler Cards | Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer

To really personalize each card, I cut a sheet of white card stock to 2×3 inches and let her decorate them however she liked with stickers, markers and stamps.

Toddler Cards

This part of the process was hilarious to watch. Instead of working on each card individually, Allie would pick a marker or a stamp or a sheet of stickers and use the same one to decorate several cards. Then she’d move on, sometimes starting new cards, and sometimes improving the ones she’d already worked on.

Toddler Card decorations

When the artist finally decided her masterpieces were complete, we used pop dots to add them to the fronts of each card.

Personalized Toddler Card

The results were nothing short of ridiculous, and perfect.

Toddler Thank You Notes

As far as crafting with toddlers goes, I found this to be a pretty simple project. The design was easy to mass produce and she got to participate through the whole process. I even let her use my rotary cutter and ATG (under close supervision), and she was very proud of her work.

Of course it still took me over a month to get them all mailed. Baby steps.

The Elsa Dress

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Home Made Elsa Dress
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Yes, I know Halloween was almost 6 months ago, but I can’t not write about this particular project. And I’ve been a little busy since then, what with having a baby and all.

Like pretty much every child (and many adults) I’ve encountered in the last year, Allie is obsessed with Frozen. So when I saw the pattern for Anna and Elsa’s dresses in Joann’s late last summer, I couldn’t not buy it.

You may remember that the WHOLE reason I bought my sewing machine was because I wanted to sew my children’s Halloween costumes. Now that it was Allie’s 3rd Halloween, and I’d become fairly confident with my sewing abilities, I figured it was Time. Still, this was my first experience with garment sewing, and I was pretty nervous about how it would turn out. Needless to say, this project was a learning experience.

Naturally I waited until under 2 weeks before Halloween to get started. I selected a light blue sateen fabric for the main dress, and a lovely shimmery mesh to layer over it for the bodice. For the overdress I went with an ice blue organza. I loved the colors and the way the fabrics went with each other, but in hindsight I wish I’d chosen something with a little more drape for the overdress, and something a little easier to work with for the bodice.

Elsa Dress Cutting the Bodice

I traced the pattern for the smallest toddler size, which was 3. The bodice seemed short to me, so I added an extra inch to each piece when I traced them. I’m glad I did; if anything I think I could have made them a little longer. I also decided to add a little more of a train to the overdress than what was drawn.

Elsa Dress Bodice Pattern Pieces

 

I constructed the bodice in 2 layers: the sateen and the shimmery mesh. On my first attempt, I cut each fabric to the pattern then started basting them together. This caused the fabric to warp more than I wanted. So after some trial and error I found it was easiest to cut the under-fabric to the pattern, and just lay squares of mesh over it until it was all sewn together.

Elsa Dress Bodice

And when I finally got the bodice together, it was enormous. The pattern said it should measure 22 inches around. For a 3 year old. I didn’t really think about it until I tried it on her, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t hit a 22 inch waist line until I was in high school.

Too Big

The top was also wide at the top and narrow at the waist. To accommodate a bust, I guess?? I don’t know about you, but every toddler I know is basically the opposite of that shape. So I took in each seam at least an inch, and then I took a couple of them in even more before I ended up with something that sorta-kinda fit my kid.

The skirt was much easier, and even the cape was pretty simple to put together. I’d decided to use this project as an opportunity to get over my fear of my serger, which was much easier to use than I’d expected it to be.

Elsa Dress Finished Seams

 

This turned out to be a very good thing, because the lining was a complete fail. It was already October 28th by the time I was ready to start working on the lining, so I was already short on time. And since I’d taken the top in so much I really couldn’t rely on the pattern to cut the lining pieces. I finally constructed a close enough approximation to the top of the dress after several hours of work. Then I had to attach both the yoke and the lining to the bodice, and discovered that sweetheart necklines are no joke. After about 4 attempts I still could not get it even, the fabric was starting to fray, and I was dangerously close to giving up entirely. I finally ended up cutting the thing flat (and still not lining it) to get it to work.

Elsa Dress Attaching Sleeves

My next (and final) challenge was the sleeves. Since I’d taken the bodice in so much, the arm holes weren’t anything like the pattern. It took lots of pinning and trimming, and forcing Allie to try the dress on about 6 times in one evening, before I got it all together.

But against all odds, I finished this thing at 10pm on October 30th, and Allie looked adorable if I do say so myself.

Allie in her Elsa Dress

She barely stood still in it long enough for me to get a picture. She loved running and letting the train fly behind her.

Home Made Elsa DressIt was a learning experience, and definitely worth the trouble to see how happy she was with it. She still asks to wear it daily.