Turn Children’s Artwork into Gifts

 

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Turn Children's Artwork into meaningful handmade gifts with these ideas via lilblueboo.com #gifts #diy #tutorial

Looking for some special gift ideas for the holidays?  I’ve come up with a few ways to turn your child’s artwork into amazing gifts this year.  Boo has a new “how to draw cats” book that she’s so excited about. I asked her to draw me a cat that we could make into some handmade gifts:

Gifts from kid artwork via lilblueboo.com

So impressed by her cute little cat:

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Here’s what we made with that one simple drawing:

1. Printed Paper

screen print paper bags and paper via lilblueboo.com

 

2. Printed Pillow

turn kids artwork into stuffies and stuffed animals via lilblueboo.com

3. A Rustic Piece of Artwork

preserve children's artwork making meaningful gifts via lilblueboo.com

4. T-shirts with Matching Packaging

how to make your own t-shirts and print your own boxes via lilblueboo.com

Materials Needed: (click for source info)
Adhesive Shelf Paper or Contact Paper
Double Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Razor blade or Exacto Knife
Speedball Screen (reusable)
Screen Printing Ink for Fabric and Paper
Small Squeegee or use an old credit card

Things to Print:
T-shirt
Wood Cradled Panel Canvas
(use Minwax Driftwood Stain to make rustic)
Kraft Paper

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The Sienna Dress 2.0 Pattern

The Lil Blue Boo Sienna Dress 2.0 PDF Sewing Pattern and Tutorial is here via lilblueboo.com

Introducing….The Sienna Dress 2.0 ePattern! This is a staple of the Lil Blue Boo clothing line! A versatile year-round dress great for layering or wearing alone. This pattern is great for recycling old t-shirts and making themed dresses. Make sure to check out all the a la carte “add on” options as they are added in the shop to customize your dress into different styles!

What makes this dress different from the original Sienna Dress? Besides a wider range of sizes, The Sienna Dress 2.0 is an improved pattern with a better neck and skirt option. It also shows you how to add trim to the short sleeves. The Sienna Dress 2.0 is divided into two patterns, one for sizes 6M to 4T and one for sizes 5 to 14 Years.

 

The Sienna Dress 2.0 PDF Sewing Pattern and Tutorial Sizes 6M to 4T via lilblueboo.com

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DIY Subway Art Pillows

Subway Art Pillows: DIY Subway Sign inspired pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve been doing some redecorating recently.  I’m taking photos as I go so I can share the before and after with you.  I’m going from beige/beige/beige to grey/white/black…..crazy right? Ha.  My friend Paul came over to give me some ideas and his first suggestion was to carry over the subway art sign I made a few years ago.  Here’s the sign in our breakfast area:

DIY Subway Art Canvas via lilblueboo.com

 

When I first made this I was inspired by the black and white vintage subway signs from Restoration Hardware (original tutorial here):

Make Your Own Subway Art via lilblueboo.com

 

I loved Paul’s idea of taking it to a pillow as a similar accent.  I picked a few street names that were important to Mr. LBB and I and here’s the result:

Make Your Own Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

Diesel uses them as a ramp to get up to his perch:

how to make subway art pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I found a pillow cover with a nice thick upholstery fabric from Ikea….and added the white canvas letters.  They are just slightly frayed on the edges giving kind of a vintage feel:

subway art pillow tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

You could use freezer paper to paint your letters onto a pillow or cut out fabric letters to make your own.  I have a Silhouette machine so it was so much easier to use that to design and cut out the letters….but cutting by hand would work too.  First, I ironed fabric interfacing/fusible web to the back of my white canvas. Any fusible web should work….but if you are using the Silhouette make sure to use the kind that has the shiny clear look to it so it sticks to your cutting mat well:

 

Designing my pillow on the Silhouette machine software (see fonts at the bottom of this post!):

The cutting machine:

 

My canvas was so thick the machine didn’t cut all the way through in places but it was easy to trim:

Silhouette Fabric project via lilblueboo.com

If you don’t have a cutting machine just trace your letters onto the fabric with a disappearing fabric marker and cut them out:

Here my letters are placed onto the pillow cover:

I ironed the letters to adhere them into place (the fusible web on the back is what does this):

Then I carefully stitched each letter with a straight stitch:

 

It’s easiest to sew the letters all at once and then trim the thread in between as the last step:

 

Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

Material & Sources:

Ikea Karlstad pillows in Dark Gray

Silhouette Cutting Machine

Fusible Web

White Cotton Canvas by the Yard


 

 

Looking for vintage subway fonts?  Here’s a list of a few I love!  Links are at the bottom of the image:

 

Subway Art Sign Fonts via lilblueboo.com (links in post) #fonts #subwayart #diy #tutorial #typography

 

amble / underground nf / helvetica / franchise / lane – narrow / copperplate / bebas neue

Summer Sewing Patterns

20 awesome sewing pattern ideas for summer via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s that time when we start thinking about our summer sewing projects! We have rounded up 20 PDF Sewing patterns perfect for summer.

 

 

Simple Round Situpons (Sit-Upons) from Vinyl Tablecloth

How to Make Simple Situpons (sit-upons) using vinyl table cloths (for girls scouts) via lilblueboo.com #girlscouts #diy

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How to Make a Doll Sized Salon Cape

How to make a salon cape for an American Girl doll or 18" doll via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

This morning was Boo’s 6th birthday party!  Before I do the big reveal, I’ll be posting about a few of the things I made for the party. Here’s the first…..salon capes to fit American Girl or other similar sized 18″ dolls! We have two of the 18″ doll salon chairs….and borrowed one from a friend…..so I made three salon cutting capes to accompany them.

To make your own, you’ll need the following for each cape:

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Cyanotype Blueprints

How to sun print on fabric (cyanotype) via lilblueboo.com

When Boo and I were making our pinhole camera I wanted to teach her how 35mm film worked.  I gave her this pack of cyanotype fabric and let her decide what to use from around the house to make her prints. Cyanotype is what they used to reproduce blueprints and diagrams a hundred years ago or more……those pretty architectural type drawings you wish you’d find in a thrift store one day (or at least I’m always looking for them!)? Cyanotype is basically a photographic printing process that results in a blue or “cyan” print.

Blueprints on Fabric via lilblueboo.com

 

I gave Boo a clipboard to lay the fabric on as she took each piece one at a time out of the “light proof” bag (it took a few reminders that she had to make sure to close it back up carefully):

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A Valentine’s Printable

A Valentine's Printable Pillow by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

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How To Make Velcro Ribbon Belts

How to make ribbon velcro belts via lilblueboo.comThese little belts are easy to make and great for kids because of the velcro closure.  Each belt costs about $2.00 in supplies.

I started with 1″ webbing:

DIY webbing belts via lilblueboo.com

 

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14 DIY Tutorials for Doll Accessories

 

14 diy tutorials for doll accessories (crib, purse, bedding, backpack and more) via lilblueboo.com

Here are some last minute DIY gift ideas for you doll loving little one…

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:

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