Isn’t this cute? A miniature clothing rack for Boo’s doll clothing. I made it for her birthday party knowing that it would also be used afterwards!
The top part serves as a clothing rack and the bottom hold shoes and accessories:
I can’t believe Boo is six years old!!! First off, I want to put a disclaimer on this post to admit that this party is just a little over the top. I’m not really a party planner…..I don’t entertain a lot…..so Boo’s yearly birthday party is something I really love putting energy into. Boo knows that while the party is centered around her…..it’s also about bringing our friends together, entertaining them and sending them home with some fun handmade swag. She also knows that I reserve the right at any time to decide not to throw a party, serve $5 pizza and stick a candle in it! I love coming up with cute ideas and sharing them with you…..and there are many ways to make a wonderful fun party with only a few elements from this post!
Boo wanted an American Girl themed party (shocker) so we talked about doing something interactive with lots of activities that her friends of all ages would enjoy and came up with the Beauty Salon theme….complete with American Girl-sized doll salon. I always borrow, recycle and improvise for parties and all of that will come in the “behind the scenes” post to follow this one. I will say one thing about this party…..the doll salon was a TOTAL hit. I was actually surprised…..but the girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair. It was totally adorable and definitely something I’ll put together more often for playdates!
So here we go! I had a vision of what I wanted in my head for the graphics and Stephanie Corfee brought it all to life with her graphic design! It turned out so amazingly cute that I convinced her to offer it to everyone as a printable in the shop complete with extra graphics to make it fully “do-it-yourself” customizable.
Just a note: we called it a “DOLL” salon party…..and invited Boo’s friends to bring any favorite doll for the salon…..because not everyone has an American Girl (Boo’s only had one for 2 months). A few friends brought extra American Girl dolls too for those girls that didn’t have one.
Oh my….the day before the party the wind in the desert was over 30 miles an hour! I couldn’t set anything up until the morning of the party!
I added a little flair to a pair of Boo’s black skinny jeans recently…..by adding metal studs down the sides and onto the back pockets. Here are the basic supplies needed to add them to your own jeans or leggings:
I rounded up a few of my favorite tutorials from that past that are fun for fall clothing! Remember any of these? [Read more…]
Ever wanted to try batik? Batik is a method of dyeing fabrics typically using a wax-resist to create patterns and designs. Here’s an easy way to get the same effect but without the hot wax. I’ve seen people use washable glue for easy batik, but the cold wax resulted in a much better effect for me: it dries quickly, provides a waterproof resist, and also washes out really easily. Instead of adding color using dye, in this tutorial I remove color by using bleach. [Read more…]
This is one of the most popular designs we make and sell at Lil Blue Boo….and now it’s available in a pattern so you can make your own!
Two skirts in one:
I love what my friend Katherine did for her daughter’s birthday party recently! She used the free download by Stephanie Corfee to have a tank top coloring station. All the girls made their own designs.
(Stephanie also made an image for the boys too (or girls that are fans of sharks).)
Her daughter in the photo above is wearing a purple Cascading Ruffle Skirt too…..you can get the free download for the skirt here.
Kick off school vacation with a summery coloring page to pass the kids’ now-lazy days. This doodle prints perfectly on a plain letter sized piece of paper. OR, print the mirror image onto soft inkjet transfer paper like this. Then iron it onto a white or light colored tee and let your little one color it in with fabric markers. They will be so proud of their wearable masterpiece! It would also be a great project for a summer birthday or pool party!
Boo tested out the new doodle print recently:
This cute little skirt was made from dishtowels!
Inexpensive, easy to sew, already hemmed and festive:
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:
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.
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.
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.
I added some pretty crocheted trim at the bottom of the skirt for some extra detail:
Dainty and pretty!
The finished skirt:
To make a matching tank, I made a little pom-pom from crocheted trim……
…..and sewed it to a plain camisole:
An Easter-themed outfit! A quick sew and great for a beginner project.
My sister Perry is here visiting this week! We had fun today hiding eggs in the yard to practice for some upcoming Easter hunts: