Bobbie Socks and Bows (Crafting for a Cause)

I recently asked Shannon Hoffman of Three Angels Children’s Relief what would be some good items to send to the little girl that we sponsor at the TAH school. Do you know what the most coveted items are among the young girls there?

What simple items….and yet they can make one child so happy and feel good about themselves at school. I immediately whipped up some frilly socks and bows for Laurina’s care package…but immediately thought of all the children I wasn’t sponsoring: would they get a care package? did their sponsors know they dream of lace-covered white socks and frilly white bows? what if only Laurina receives them….the others won’t understand.

So I kept coming back to this idea:

A big back-to-school surprise for the children at Three Angels Children’s Relief……handmade items by crafters who love to give back!

 

 

If you are crafty, you can make the items….and if you aren’t so crafty we would love ready-made items as well!

Even just a pair of socks and a roll of white ribbon would help! Any style bow or sock is appreciated and welcome!

 

 

 

Just a few details:

:: Please email me or comment on this post if you think you can help so that we know to expect your package of socks and bows!

:: Make sure to include your business card and/or contact info so that we can include you in our final list of participants!

:: Mail items by August 15th to:

Lil Blue Boo (Bobbie Socks and Bows)
P.O. Box 1375
Palm Desert, CA 92261

 

 

 

The last donation drive for Three Angels we did was on Facebook……for fabric. The school recently acquired some new sewing machines for sewing classes.

So many of you sent in fabric from your stash for the sewing classes at the school…..we were able to send a HUGE box of pattern, notions, fabric etc for the girls to work with. Here are some photos that Shannon sent of some items they’ve made!

 

 

 

 

 

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A quick tutorial on adding trim to socks!

 

1. Start with lace and bobbie socks.
2. Turn your sock inside out and place the trim on the sock to start sewing. Stretch the sock as you sew the trim on….otherwise it will be too tight to put on!
3. Keep sewing past your starting point to add a second layer. Make sure to backstitch as you finish to keep the stitches from unraveling.
4. Turn the sock right side out and fold the top down. Easy and finished!

 

Thank you so much for considering this cause!  I’m so excited to help these kids get ready for the new school year.  Such small items can make such a huge difference! Three Angel’s Children Relief is trying to raise money right now to expand their school as well. The need all the help they can get! Please visit their site and consider helping further if you can. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patriotic Desserts

Are you ready for the 4th yet? Here are some dessert ideas we just love!

Patriotic dessert ideas and recipes (4th of July) via lilblueboo.com

 

1. Fourth of July Flag Cake from Glorious Treats

2. Brownie Bars from Munchkin Munchies

3. Decorated Ice Cream Cones from All You.

4. All American Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Grin & Bake It.

5. Red, White & Blue Ice Pops from My Recipes.

6. Red & Blue Velvet Cake Pops from Taste and Tell.

7. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

 

 

 

A Ruffle Sundress (A Tutorial)

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love this dress from Free People. I made a simplified version of it using some soft beige cotton lycra knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The dress pieces were so large it was hard to get a good photo of them so I’ve drawn several diagrams instead:

Step 1: First, I cut 2 large rectangles of knit fabric….

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and then cut out the dotted lines to form the shape as shown below (the measurements are how I made mine):

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com


Step 2: I cut 2 pieces for the bottom ruffle….you may need to sew multiple pieces together so it is long enough to attach to the entire bottom section of the dress once ruffled:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: With the right sides of the main dress pieces places together, I sewed the seams shown below closed:


Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: I turned the dress right side out again and used a coverstitch to hem the top of the dress. You can also use a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch as long as you stretch the knit as you so as to not “pop” any stitches when you put the dress on.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: To gather the knit ruffle, I added elastic thread to my bobbin (regular thread on top) to my regular sewing machine…..the elastic thread gathers the knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: I attached the ruffles to the bottom of the dress by stitching along the gathering stitch:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 7: To make the straps I cut three 3/4″ strips of fabric for each one…..

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and braided them together:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A straight stitch keeps both ends of the braid secure:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: I tried the dress on to get the placement of the straps perfect and pinned them in place in the front.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A few stitches to keep the strap in place:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I attached the back straps and voila! A finished sundress! (or maternity dress?)

I’ll post more as I make them….my next one needs to be a tad shorter I think:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Lil Boo Two

Another glimmer of light in the wake of my Father’s passing.

It’s still really early on, but since Boo has told everyone she knows, I wanted to share the exciting news too…..so you hear it from me first:

 

I guess this means some baby-related and maternity tutorials in the near future :)

 

P.S. My beautiful niece Courtney was born last night too!

Silhouette Project Ideas

Just a few Silhouette projects that I love (click images to visit):

 

 

Rocket Ship Applique (Free Download)

DIY rocket ship applique free download via lilblueboo.com

A rocket ship applique! Click the image below for the free PDF template so you can make your own. You don’t even need a sewing machine…..use knit fabric so it doesn’t fray and hand stitch the edges with DMC thread.

 


DIY rocket ship applique free download temlate via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s so hard to find good quality boy t-shirts without pockets….so I usually just end up taking the pockets off with my seam ripper:

 

 

Applique basics: apply adhesive web to the back of the fabric, cut out the pieces and adhere with an iron:

 

 

Hand stitch with a simple running stitch:

 

 

A finished rocket ship!

 

DIY rocket ship applique free download via lilblueboo.com

 

You can find more detailed applique instructions in these two tutorials:

 

The Square Top (A Tutorial)

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Super easy summer top…..made from a simple square piece of knit fabric. This top definitely has its roots in my mathematics background. I kept trying to visualize how to make it work with minimal sewing and finally one day it just clicked.  So here it is…..the Square Top. It’s a perfect project for a beginner!

Step 1: I cut a 30″ x 30″ square piece of knit fabric for Boo’s size (a solid 4T)…..I got that measurement by measuring from her shoulders to below her hip (15″). I folded it in half on the table and marked the center:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: I marked two 2.5″ semi circles on the fold about 3.5″ to the left and right of my center point for the arm holes (the 3.5″ measurement because I want the front and back piece to be about 7″ wide to cover her chest):

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: I carefully cut out the semicircles:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: I cut the fold connecting the 2 circles…..creating the front and back edges of the top.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: I cut 3″ strips of fabric for the trim.  Two pieces 32″ long for the ties and 2 pieces long enough to trim the front and back edges (about 8″ each):

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: My least favorite thing to do is make bias tape….so I cheated a little here. I folded the trim pieces in half and sew the edges shut….

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…….very close to the edge:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: I ironed the pieces flat so the sewn edge is in the center where the fold will be:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 8: I folded the front trim around the top edge of the top and stitched carefully so the needle caught both sides:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The trim was slightly longer than the top edge so I just trimmed off the edges. Same process for the back top edge.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: I started at the center of the arm holes and pinned the center of the longer trim in place…..and pinned along the rest of the exposed arm hole edge.

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 10: Starting at one end of the folded trim, I sewed the trim shut and all the way around to attach it to the arm hole and back up the other end. I did this for both sides/arms.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 10: Lastly I trimmed the ties at an angle to make them look neater:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Updated: A few closeups of the finished top and straps:


How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Quick, easy, comfy and stylish.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fun and billowy.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Long enough to be just a tunic with leggings.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Boo Style

 

Mismatched Crocs = Awesome


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A Boo’s Eye View: San Francisco

On a trip to San Francisco last weekend I gave Boo her own camera. It’s just an old point and shoot and I tied a cord to it so it could hang around her neck for easy access.

It’s funny how different people react when a 4 year old is trying to take their photo. Boo connected so well with all the street performers. She would politely ask if she could take their photo and they would gladly oblige. She loved giving them a token of appreciation in the form of a few coins. We loved this man below playing the drums…..so happy and full of energy……we could have listened to him for hours:

 

Boo was definitely in this musician’s personal space….but he didn’t mind:

 

Pigeons at Union Square….Boo would shoo them and then snap a photo:

 

At the Embarcadero, Boo took this photo of her daddy, “Mimi” and Papa in conversation. I love the slight “left” photo tilt she uses:

 

Pretty things for sale:

 

Boo was so sad that her name wasn’t on any of these bracelets….but I guess she wanted to create a memory:

 

I’ve never seen so many crocheted hats in my life around San Francisco…..Boo wanted to take photos of all of them:

 

I love that Boo finds beauty in simple things…..like strawberries…..

 

…..or fish. She made us go back for this photo…..she said she was waiting for “that fish”:

 

I love that she can be so clearly moved at hard truths….worried that this homeless man would get burned as he slept in the sun:

 

 

And finally, a photo of Mommy and Daddy…..directed by Boo:

 

 

Try giving your kid the opportunity to document your next trip in photos!

Monster Hand Tattoos (A Tutorial)

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Just spent the last few days in San Francisco and can’t wait to share our trip. We got back late yesterday afternoon and finished up this fun little project using Silhouette’s temporary tattoo paper:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I drew these little “monster” parts at Boo’s direction and sized them for the hand and fingers (click below to download the graphics). They can be mixed and matched to create a variety of monster characters:

 

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

I printed them out onto the tattoo paper using my regular ink jet printer:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

The second step is applying the adhesive paper to the back of the freshly printed tattoos…..

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

….and using a bone folder or a similar tool to burnish/smooth it onto the paper:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use the Silhouette software to cut out your tattoos, but these were so simple (and I was only making one copy) I just used scissors to cut them out:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

The tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo….by applying a damp cloth to the paper backing:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

The paper backing will slide off and reveal the tattoo:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished monster tattoo! Although this one kind of resembles a prehistoric bird, right?

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

Diesel was kind of unsure about it:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

Boo chose a tentacled monster yesterday:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

And a snaggle tooth dragon today:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

A fun way to make tattoo hand puppets!

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