Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade gift ideas for kids and adults from lilblueboo.comPhoto by Olivia’s Ultimate.

Still searching for a handmade gift idea to give this holiday season? We have rounded up some Lil Blue Boo tutorials and free downloads along with several awesome products from our digital contributors that would make great gifts for kids and adults!

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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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A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download)

A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these shopping cart covers…..and they also double as high chair covers! I never left home without mine when Boo was still riding in the front section of the cart. I just made one for my niece. You can download my free PDF pattern below…..it prints out onto twelve 8.5″ x 11 pages and you just have to tape them together at the guide points. It’s a large file so you’ll have to unzip it once downloaded.

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Cascading Ruffle Skirt (A Tutorial and Free Download)

Cascading Ruffle Skirt Tutorial and Free Pattern Download via lilblueboo.com

Boo has a skirt similar to this made of chiffon and I wanted to recreate the cascading ruffle effect using lightweight t-shirt material for some fun fall skirts! So sassy!

 

Cascading Ruffle Skirt Tutorial and Free Pattern Download via lilblueboo.com

 

I gave her some party streamers to play with in the yard last night so I could snap a few photos.

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Apron Skirts (A Tutorial and Download)

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m attacking my fabric stash….and making apron skirts! I have so many novelty prints that look fun mismatched:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here are just a few combinations I’ve made recently:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are the basic measurements I use for skirts (click image to download a PDF version):

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make your skirt the directions are pretty straight forward:

Step 1: Cut 2 main skirt pieces and 2 waistband pieces using the measurements in the chart.
Step 2: Cut one apron piece using the measurements in the chart.
Step 3: Place your two waistband pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 4: Place your two main skirt pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5 & 6: Take your apron piece and fold one side 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Press with an iron. Repeat for the opposite side and bottom of apron piece.
Step 7 & 8: Stitch the sides and bottom of the apron with a 3/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: Turn your main skirt piece right side out and place the apron piece on top so that it is centered in the middle.
Step 10: Place the main skirt piece up inside the waistband piece so that the right sides are together (your waistband piece will actually be upside down).
Step 11: Stitch all the way around the top of the waistband piece attaching all three pieces (main skirt piece, apron and waistband piece. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 12: Flip the waistband piece back up and iron the seam flat (so that the inside of the seam is pointed upward onto the waistband).

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 13 & 14: Fold the hem of your skirt up a 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold the hem over 1″ and press with an iron.
Step 15: Fold your waistband down 1/2″ and press with an iron.
Step 16: Fold your waistband down enough to accommodate the elastic width (allow about and 1/4″ on each side). Press with an iron.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 17 & 18: Stitch the bottom fold of the waistband with a 1/8″ seam all the way around but leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic through.
Step 19: Top stitch the seam connecting the waistband and the main skirt piece.
Step 20: Stitch all the way around the hem of the skirt using a 1/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 25 & 26: Using a safety pin, insert the elastic up into the 1″ gap in the waistband and work it all the way around until it comes out the other side.
Step 27: Stitch the elastic closed.
Step 28: Stitch the 1″ gap closed.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished apron skirt! You can also leave the apron off for an easy basic skirt.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com
I love the contrast of these fun Japanese fabrics:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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The Reversible Bubble Hoodie PDF Pattern!

(make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post)

Introducing the newest Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern: The Reversible Bubble Layering Hoodie! The pattern is available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop now but you can enter to win one of 4 copies being given away this weekend below.

It’s an Intermediate level pattern but is a very quick sew.  Sizes 6 months to 12 years. The best part is the layering possibilities and that it is fully reversible:

 

 

Fun for warmer weather as a swimsuit coverup or an extra layer…..

 

 

….and versatile enough for cooler weather as a jumper layered over short sleeves, long sleeves, leggings and boots!

 


 

 

 

The Giveaway is now closed. The winners are:

From the blog comments: #6 Heidi and #66 Jennifer Dingman

From FaceBook comments: Delene Potgieter and Rachel Hatch

Please email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize!

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We will be giving away 4 copies of the pattern away! 2 on Facebook and 2 on the blog.

To enter on Facebook just comment on the link to this post and leave a comment here to enter on the blog!  Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!

 

A special thanks to Katherine of Bebe Gear for the model photos!

 

 

Quotes on the photos in the post taken from poems by:

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Robert Frost
Evaleen Stein
Elaine Goodale
Will Carleton
Robert Louis Stevenson