Industrial Fabric Rotary Cutters

The 411 on Industrial Fabric Cutters via lilblueboo.com

I got a ton of questions about the electronic fabric cutter featured in the Evolution of a Dress video yesterday….I figured it would be easier just to write a post about it! So here’s the 411….

I love the small rotary industrial cutters. They are easy to use and pretty darn quiet.  They can cut through about an inch of stacked fabric. You can purchase the smaller industrial cutter that I have for under $100 here. I own several different brands including the Yamata.

The 411 on Industrial Fabric Cutters 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

I love that it is self sharpening….just push the button and the little grinder sharpens your blade. Just be careful of the sparks around fabric!

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Instagram Sachets and Beanbags (A Tutorial)

Instagram Sachets and Beanbags DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Need a project for all those Instagram photos? I made these little sachets for a gift for Mr. LBB. They are filled with cedar shavings to put in his closet and drawers….or he can just prop them up on his dresser. I made one for my mother as well and filled it with scented potpourri. I want to make a few more filled with beans/barley as baby gifts! Father’s day is coming up……they would make great little gifts for the special dad in your life!

 

First, I emailed a few photos to myself from my Instagram feed. (Come find me on Instagram!  @lilblueboo) Then I printed them out 4.5″ x 4.5″ in size onto transfer paper.  There are various types of transfer paper: use a light version for white and light colored fabrics and opaque transfer paper for dark colored fabrics.

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Evolution of a Dress (A Digital Short)

Time Lapse video of a dress being made from start to finish via lilblueboo.com

A Lil Blue Boo dress from start to finish:

Visit the 411 on industrial cutters here!

Check out more Lil Blue Boo videos:

The Mona Lisa in Buttons

Frida Kahlo in Buttons

Rite of Passage

 

The Racerback Tunic/Dress ePattern

A brand new knit sewing pattern just in time for the warmer months: the Racerback Tunic/Dress!

Some reviews from our testers!

There is only one person I’d ever imagine testing a pattern for at 10 PM at night. LBB patterns rock and they’re always a quick and easy sew! – Chrystyna J.

This pattern is simple, fast, and absolutely adorable. An instant favorite. – Megan H.

In true LBB fashion….this pattern is simple and precious! Pure AWESOMESAUCE! – Melanie B.

 

Photo credit Katherine Ewald of Bebe Gear

 

Photo credit Katherine Ewald of Bebe Gear

 

The Racerback Tunic/Dress ePattern & tutorial includes:
: 11 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
: 10 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes 12-18M, 18-24M, 2T/3T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, and 9/10

The pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper and there are guides for attaching them together.

 

Click here to purchase the new Lil Blue Boo Racerback pattern!

 

Happy Sewing! I hope to add a tween/adult sized version of this pattern soon!

A T-Shirt Quilt (A Tutorial)

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I made my first memory quilt…out of Boo’s old dresses! I’m sure there are many of you out there that are quilting experts, and that there are certain ways of doing things the “quilting” way….but I wanted to take a fresh look at quilting and make it up as I went along.  I love that each square tells a story! Boo can point to each square and remember a special outfit she had and a memory associated with it!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.comm

 

I love the way the quilt turned out. It’s sturdy, double sided, and full of memories….it’s upcycled/recycled!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of actually t-shirts I took Boo’s dresses from the last few years…..all the ones that I’ve made for her. Most are pretty worn out and had some stains on them…..so they couldn’t have been sold or donated.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

Each dress has special memories and instead of putting the all into storage I decided to cut them all up and make them into a big quilt that she can enjoy for years to come.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

First I made a square template: 10″ x 10″

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

I used a rotary cutter to cut out as many squares from each dress as I could:

HowHow to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s my big stack of completed squares:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo helped me to place all the squares in a pattern. It’s double sided so we had 7 squares by 7 squares for each side of the quilt. I then stacked them up in order so I could keep them straight.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

 

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of interfacing, I used spray starch to coat each square and I ironed out each piece. Then I rechecked my square template and trimmed any wonky edges so that each square was perfect.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

I began to sew each square together in rows. 7 squares made up each row.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

After each row was finished I ironed the seams flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

Here are all my rows finished:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 13 via lilblueboo.com

I laid out all the rows again just to double check my design.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 14 via lilblueboo.com

Then I began to sew all the rows together.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 15 via lilblueboo.com

After both sides of the quilt were completely assembled I ironed all the seams flat again. I used spray starch to make sure they stayed nice and flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 16 via lilblueboo.com

I laid one side of the quilt face down on a large table and then laid a large piece of batting on top of it. I used an iron to press the batting completely flat and smooth.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 17 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the batting and used a spray adhesive (made especially for quilting and basting)  to coat the top of the batting. Then I carefully rolled the batting back into place making sure to smooth it into place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 18 via lilblueboo.com

Then I rolled back the other side of the batting and repeated the adhesive spray.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 19 via lilblueboo.com

I finally laid the top of the quilt into place on top of the batting. Starting at the center of the quilt I carefully lined up the squares and seams to the other side of the quilt and used safety pins to pin it in place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 20 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the quilt top and sprayed enough adhesive to cover the area of one row of quilting squares.  Then I carefully rolled one row of the squares back in place and used safety pins to secure just that row in place by matching up the seams (mostly where each section of 4 squares meet together).

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 21 via lilblueboo.com

I slowly repeated this process for every row in the quilt until I reach the edges. Then I repeated for the other side of the quilt. By the end, my entire quilt was pin together with all the seams matching from front to back. If any of the squares look a little wonky or tilted I used a little bit of tugging back and forth to smooth out the entire quilt.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 22 via lilblueboo.com

I used embroidery thread to make little ties at each intersection of squares. This holds the entire quilt together and secures the pieces in place. On the entire quilt was secured I removed the safety pins.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 23 via lilblueboo.com

I made a little template to round out the corners of the quilt:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 24 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of binding the quilt, to keep with the exposed seams used in the dresses, I just used my serger to add color thread all the way around. You can add bias tape around the edges if you don’t have a serger.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 25 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s Diesel enjoying the blanket this morning out in the yard!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 26 via lilblueboo.com

I added a few extra appliques from t-shirts that weren’t able to be added as a square…..it made the quilt a little more interesting.  A t-shirt quilt (or dress quilt!) is a great way to preserve memories so that they’ll be enjoyed every day!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 27 via lilblueboo.com

 

Play Food: Tea Box and Tea Bags

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Boo loves to have her own toy version of things we do in the kitchen for her playroom……and recently making tea came up.  So today we made some tea bags and a cute little box to store them in. Super simple project!

First, I cut out 2 pieces of white felt, 2 pieces of purple felt and 1 pieces of ribbon for each tea bag:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Next, I sew three sides of the tea bag leaving the top open:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I filled the tea bags with wild rice so that it actually resembled tea in color:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

As I sewed the the top of each bag shut, I slipped one end of the piece of ribbon inside:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I sewed the top part of the bag together and inserted the other end of the ribbon inside:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Finished tea bags!

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I found this cute little wood box at Micheal’s for $1.00:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I made a vinyl shelf paper stencil using my Silhouette Machine to say “TEA” and masked out the areas I didn’t want to paint. A little fan of the spray paint over the stencil is all I needed:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

The finished set. I love toys that have their own storage container:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Time for tea!

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

 

Check out the entire Project Playroom series by clicking the image below!
Project Playroom and Play Food Series via lilblueboo.com

The Dishtowel Skirt (A Tutorial)

The Dishtowel Skirt (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

This cute little skirt was made from dishtowels!

 

The Dishtowel Skirt 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Inexpensive, easy to sew, already hemmed and festive:

 

The Dishtowel Skirt 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Holidays always bring the cutest little linens. I picked up these two Easter-themed dishtowels from Target and made them into a skirt for Boo:

 

The Dishtowel Skirt 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Here’s how to make your own! Dishtowels are perfectly sized for a girl’s skirt up to about a size 6.

Step 1 & 2: Lay out your dishtowels and cut them in half.
Step 3: Cut off the side seams, but leave the bottom seams.
Step 4: I used the towel with the bunny as a patchwork panel so I trimmed the sides.

The Dishtowel Skirt 4 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Step 5 & 6: Sew together your panels to create 2 large panels.
Step 7 & 8: Once you have two larger completed panels, place them on top of each other and sew the side seams together.

The Dishtowel Skirt 5 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Step 9 & 10: Turn your skirt inside out and fold the top edge over about 1.5″ to form a casing for elastic. Finish the raw edge.
Step 11 & 12: Stitch your casing closed leaving about an inch opening to insert the elastic into. Thread the elastic through, sew the elastic shut and close the casing.

The Dishtowel Skirt 6 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

I added some pretty crocheted trim at the bottom of the skirt for some extra detail:

The Dishtowel Skirt 7 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Dainty and pretty!

The Dishtowel Skirt 8 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The finished skirt:

The Dishtowel Skirt 9 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

To make a matching tank, I made a little pom-pom from crocheted trim……

The Dishtowel Skirt 10 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

…..and sewed it to a plain camisole:

The Dishtowel Skirt 11 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

An Easter-themed outfit!  A quick sew and great for a beginner project.

The Dishtowel Skirt 12 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

My sister Perry is here visiting this week! We had fun today hiding eggs in the yard to practice for some upcoming Easter hunts:

The Dishtowel Skirt 13 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

A Sock Bunny (A Tutorial)

How to make a sock bunny. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Move over sock monkey! These little sock bunnies are so easy and cute!  All you need is some nice knee high socks and some simple sewing supplies. I sewed mine on a machine but they can be easily hand stitched too!

 

Sock Bunnies! DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

So cute as a gift or to stuff an Easter basket!

 

Knee High Sock Bunnies! DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Boo will be so excited to see these in her basket:

 

Easy Knee High Sock Bunnies! DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

If you are making them for a child under the age of 3, just stitch eyes on instead of using buttons so that there won’t be a choking hazard.

 

Basket o' Sock Bunnies! DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I bought these cute knee high socks at Target for $2.50 a piece. They have a large selection of bright vibrant colors.

 

Sock Bunnies start with socks.  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 1: Cut the foot of one of the socks right down the middle, but don’t cut all the way to the heel. The heel will become the face of the bunny and you want to leave about an inch before the face:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 1. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Cut the other side of the sock down the middle as shown. These will be the legs of the bunny.

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 2. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: Cut the foot off the second sock:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 3. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: Cut the foot of the second sock down the middle. These will become the arms of the bunny:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 4. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: Back to the first sock, hand stitch or use a machine to sew the ears shut:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 5. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 6: Sew the bottom of the feet and insides of the bunny legs as shown…..leaving a 2 inch hole to insert stuffing into:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 6. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: Sew the arms shut on one side….but not the ends. Turn the arms right side out.

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 7. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: Fill the body of the bunny and the arms with stuffing. Sew shut the bottom of the bunny:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 8. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 9: Here is what the bunny should look like right now before sewing the arms on:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 9. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 10: Carefully tuck in the raw ends of each arm and hand stitch it to the sides of the bunny:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 10. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 11: A finished bunny before the face is added!

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 11. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 12: Stitch buttons on for the eyes:

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 12. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 13: Stitch a nose:

 

 

How to make a sock bunny - Step 13. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

So many options for the face….and so many expressions you can make!

 

How to make a sock bunny - Finished Face. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Soft and snuggly!

 

How to make sock animals. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I love how quirky they look….and that the sewing is minimal thanks to the knee high socks!

 

How to make sock animals - Basket. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I want to keep them for myself!

 

Easter Bunny from socks.  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

Make a Custom Rhinestone Image (A Tutorial and Free Silhouette Download)

Note: This is a sponsored post by Silhouette America.


How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So….I’ve been meaning to try out the Silhouette for rhinestones….and I finally got around to it.  I used the Silhouette Rhinestone Starter Kit……it comes with everything you need but I’d order extra rhinestones…..I just barely made it with the packs included. It also comes with some simple template downloads…..BUT, I’m picky and I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for in the store…..and wanted to make my own template.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Below is an animation on how I made my own template for the Silhouette to cut. You can use any font or image to make a template using this method as long as it’s not TOO detailed.
1. I started out with the letter “T” that used the size rhinestone hole I needed and deleted everything but a straight line of rhinestone circles.
2. I copied and pasted that line several times, then copied and pasted the new larger lines several times……until I ended up with a large square of rhinestone circles.
3. I found a font I liked for the number “5” and sized it over the rhinestone circle block…..and started deleting the holes that fell outside of my image.
4. I deleted the number “5” and deleted any other holes that looked out of place……and the image was ready to cut!

Note: MAKE sure not to resize any holes! The holes are specific to the size rhinestones you are using!

 

Once the image was ready, send it to the Silhouette machine to cut the holes into the rhinestone template material:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Next peel off the template material.

A VERY HELPFUL NOTE: if the holes don’t come out when you pull the template material off, turn over the backing you just peeled it off from and stick the template material to it. Then carefully peel it off again. The holes stick better to the revers side!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Stick the template material to the backing board that comes in the rhinestone starter kit:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Put the template into a box to contain your rhinestones…..and pour your rhinestones on top:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using the paintbrush that comes in the kit, gently brush the rhinestones in a CIRCULAR motion until all or at least most of the holes are filled:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fill in any missing rhinestones. The Silhouette Pick Me Up tool is the bomb….seriously. I’ll never use tweezers again. It has this thick goo material that picks up each rhinestone and includes a little tool to quickly remove the rhinestone or anything else you pick up. Whoever invented this thing….genius.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Pick Me Up tool in action:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once all your rhinestones are in place and you’ve removed any excess…..place the clear transfer tape on top of the design and press to adhere all the rhinestones:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Carefully remove the transfer tape and the rhinestones will come off the template:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Rhinestones ready to be ironed on!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Place the rhinestones down onto the object you wish to transfer them to. Cover the image with a thin cloth and press down on top with a heated iron for about a minute on the WOOL setting. Peel off the transfer tape once all the rhinestones are adhered:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished rhinestone project!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Perfect, custom bling!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To save you some time I’ve uploaded my grid (it’s a Silhouette studio file) and the #5 I used for Boo’s shirt. Just click the image below to download the zip file and open it using your Silhouette software.  The holes are sized for 10ss rhinestones!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to see other Silhouette projects and tutorials I’ve done!

 

 

Project Playroom: The Market Awning

I’ll call this series of posts Project Playroom because it is a work in progress. Lots of little projects leading up to one big reveal. I just have to pace myself and work on things as I feel up to it! We took the old LBB office and cleared it all out into a much bigger office. It was going to be the nursery but those plans are on hold for a bit until I am cancer-free and we figure out how we want to add to our family. So NOW it’s my new “writing room” and Boo’s new playroom….we needed a room JUST for that almost-four-foot-tall Barbie dream house she got for Christmas.

Boo loves her kitchen and she’s always wanted a market/grocery store to go along with it…..so I thought I’d devote one small corner to just that. Mr. LBB found this old awning that someone had tossed out:

 

 

I took off the existing awning to reveal the frame and Mr. LBB got out the power tools to make it a tad smaller. He’s always so great when I ask him to do little projects….you know I love my power tools, but I’m not feeling quite as strong as I used to so I don’t trust myself with the saws right now….I’d like to keep all my fingers and limbs if I can:

 

I used my seam ripper to take apart the existing awning cover. This is the easiest way to make a new pattern! Just take apart something old, trace it onto new fabric, and then put it back together the same way! That’s how even the biggest of companies do it!

 

I  bought some bright yellow canvas, bias tape, and thread at Joann’s. Hey, did you know Joann’s has an app now that you can load your 40% and 50% off coupons right at the register?  LOVE that.

 

 

I traced all my awning pieces onto the new canvas:

 

I sewed the pieces together and tested the fit of the awning on the frame. Looks good!

 

I made a little template so that I could cut the bottom into a scalloped edge:

 

 

I stitched white bias tape all around the raw scalloped edges:

 

The finished edges!

 

 

I used a simple freezer paper stencil to add the word “MARKET” to the front. The letters could be cut out by hand but my Silhouette machine cut them out in under a minute. You can see more about freezer paper stenciling here in my beanbag tutorial.

 

I used a sponge to dab white fabric paint onto my letters:

 

While the letters were still slightly damp, I carefully peeled off my freezer paper stencil and touched up the letters with a small paint brush:

 

Mr. LBB hung the market awning up in the playroom. Now I’ve got to create the actual market and stock it with lots of goodies!

 

I just ordered this antique milk scale off of Ebay the other day to hang in her market!  Isn’t it cool? It will be the perfect addition.

 

 

Click here to check out Project Playroom for all of our related projects!


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