Tie Dyeing with Bleach

Tie Dye Clothing with Bleach via lilblueboo.com

More projects where we remove color!  Tie-dying can be super messy with all the powder and mixing. The same technique can be achieved by removing color instead of adding color.  Here are some leggings I made my daughter that were a dark teal and I made them match the top with a sun-washed look by tying and adding bleach:

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DIY Glitter TOMS

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I recently refurbished my TOMS with spraypaint…..and now it was time to redo Boo’s pair. They had a few holes in the toes: CONTINUE READING

DIY Nautical Inspired Altered Tote (A Tutorial)

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.

Other materials:
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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T-Shirt Coloring Party

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.

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Painting TOMS (A Tutorial)

DIY spray painted TOMS via lilblueboo.com

 

My TOMS were looking a little dingy so I decided to spruce them up with a little spray paint!

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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.

 

 

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Hand Painted Ribbon and Recycled Wrapping (A Tutorial)

Hand Painted Ribbon and Recycled Wrapping via lilblueboo.com

 

I’m starting to wrap some gifts for the holidays and I used some pretty hand painted ribbon that Boo and I made a few weeks back:

 

Hand Painted Ribbon and Recycled Wrapping via lilblueboo.com

 

To paint the ribbon I used Setacolor transparent fabric paints (I have a started set from Dharma Trading, same set I used in the Grouchy Ladybug applique). The paints are very thin but rich in color. They are also very soft to the touch when dry. You can use a little bit of fixer if you would like to skip the ironing step…but I like ironing the ribbon nice and flat after it’s been painted.

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Hand Stamped Leggings (A Tutorial)

 

These hand stamped leggings are so easy to make and a great gift idea for the holidays. I made this pair for Boo using a lightning bolt shaped stamp. (Click here to see how to make the stamp)

 

 

Here are the products I used:
$5 leggings from Target
Jacquard Fabric Paint (it’s the perfect consistency to go through the paint roller)

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Hey you…..wanna fight? (Handpainted Applique Tutorial)

I’m so excited to be a part of No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread this month!

Earlier this year in the first series of Once Upon a Thread I made a dress inspired by The Giving Tree….it was one of my favorite books growing up. This time around I let Boo pick the book and she chose The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carl.

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A Party Dress (A Tutorial)

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I love this fun, sassy dress style! I made this cute circus style party dress for Lisa’s daughter Elle’s recent birthday:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I made a similar dress for Boo last Valentine’s day (click to see the photo shoot for the V-Graffiti dress):

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

The “built in” petticoat gives the bottom of the dress lots of twirl and volume. I used fabric spray paint and fabric markers to do all the graffiti:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

 

I used my Twirl Skirt pattern but went up a few sizes since I wasn’t using stretchy material:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I cut an identical skirt out of a contrasting material but made it an inch longer for the petticoat layer:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I cut long strips 5″ wide and connected them together so it was about 8 or 9 feet long…..over twice the length of the bottom of the skirt. I folded the strip in half and sewed the top closed. Then I pulled the bobbin thread to gather the entire length:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

I placed the ruffle as shown on the right side of the petticoat layer and then I sewed the ruffle to the bottom:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

To create the cinching in the top layer of the dress bottom I used a ruler to mark 2 places on the seams……one 6″ above the hem and the other 4″ above the hem:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

Then I used thread to sew through both my markings……

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

……and I tied the thread in knot underneath gathering the fabric into a bunch. I repeated this in several places around the skirt bottom.

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

For the top of the dress I cut about 1.5″ inches off the bottom of a tank top and added a scanned image of a vintage playing card (the same images used on the favor bags). The image was printed onto Dharma Trading’s Super Soft Transfer Paper and ironed on. I sewed the skirt bottom to the tank.

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

To embellish the skirt further I sewed polka dot ribbon and crochet trim on top of the gathered areas:

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

The finished dress!

 

How to make a party dress using a tank top or t-shirt via lilblueboo.com

 

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Circus party ideas and printables via lilblueboo.com

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