A Wine Cork Sculpture (A Tutorial)

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

You can breathe a sigh of relief now….my tutorial on how to make a huge wine cork sculpture using just newspaper and wire hangers is finally here. I had to take it easy this weekend so Boo and I set up camp in front of the TV with the coffee table covered in corks and supplies. I let Boo pick the project and of course she chose the TALLEST of all land animals: a giraffe.  A snail or bird would have been much easier to tackle!

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been collecting wine corks from friends and family this year with this project in mind.

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

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July Tutorial Roundup

 

 

 

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DIY Lace Trim Shorts (A Tutorial)

How to add lace to shorts DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw these white lace shorts on Honestly WTF and loved them so much but wanted to make more of an everyday pair. To make mine I took a pair of white jean shorts I bought for our beach trip ($19 from Target) and some plain white crochet lace trim:

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Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

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Lettered Beanbags

Remember these? Click below…..we’ve updated the tutorial!

Monogrammed Canvas Totes (A Tutorial)

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I bought the large totes at Marshall’s.  You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers.  I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!

 

The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside.  It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Once the paint has dried thoroughly.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual  screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Place the paper onto the bag:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

A few of the finished bags!  They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:

 

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Just beachy :)

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 

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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Doodle Photo Overlays: Summertime Set (Free Download)

Because sometimes a photo could use a little something extra…..

Doodle Photo Summer Overlays Free Download Set via lilblueboo.com

……I’ve saved some of my recent “doodles” as .PSD files that you can use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

 

Doodle Photo Summer Overlays Free Download Set via lilblueboo.com

 

All you have to do is download the file, open, copy and paste the overlay onto your photo.

Doodle Photo Summer Overlays Free Download Set via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve been so inspired by Katrina over at Pugly Pixel and I’m slowly learning how to incorporate more of my artwork, journals and doodling into my digital Lil Blue Boo world. I’m excited to see where this new interest will take me.

 

Doodle Photo Summer Overlays Free Download Set via lilblueboo.com

Click below to download my full summertime doodle set. I’ve saved each graphic as a separate white and black version but if you have Photoshop skills you can easily change the color by clicking “colorize” and adjust the hue and saturation. Play with the opacity too…..just a hint of a graphic across a photo can be a great addition!

 

Doodle Photo Summer Overlays Free Download Set via lilblueboo.com

Feel free to use the graphics for whatever you like….just please don’t use them for any type of digital download, free or otherwise. Thank you!

Stay tuned!

DIY iPad Cover from Composition Notebook (A Tutorial)

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

We recently bought a new iPad 2 for work and I was floored at the prices of covers…..I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much. My husband’s friend Walker jokes that his composition notebook is his “low-tech iPad” because it is exactly the same size…..so it gave me an idea. I would make a cover for our new iPad out of one of the old composition notebooks I had sitting around. Turns out it was pretty easy using the box my iPad came in, some hair elastics and a notebook with the pages removed.

Here is how I made an easy, inexpensive iPad cover:

Photo 1 & 2: I took a razor blade and cut out the pages…..this composition book was on its last leg so they basically fell out.
Photo 3 & 4: I removed the plastic insert from the box that the iPad came in and marked the height of the notebook for reference on the side.

 

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover Step 1 through 4 DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Photo 5: I continued my height measurement all the way around the insert.
Photo 6 & 7: Using a razor blade I carefully cut out the top of the plastic insert.
Photo 8: I cut off one side of the remaining plastic.

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover Step 5 through 8 DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Photo 9: I cut out the 2 corners on the plastic.
Photo 10: I scored the outside of the three edges using the height measurement that was marked (make sure not to cut all the way through).
Photo 11: I carefully turned the edges under at the scored line and trimmed the pieces so they wouldn’t overlap.
Photo 12: I place the plastic piece on the edge of the notebook and to make it fit perfectly I had to carefully rework one of the edges to the curve was a little bigger. (Note: the plastic is the exact size of the iPad so you have to make it about 5mm bigger this way so that it sits around the iPad edge).

 

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover Step 9 through 12 DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Photo 13, 14, 15 & 16: I took 2 black elastic hair bands and sewed each onto one corner at two points using needle and thread. Make sure to sew through the elastic to keep the band in place and you’ll have to stretch the band enough so it is pretty taught over the edge as shown in photo 16.

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover Step 13 through 16 DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Photo 17: I cut off the excess hair band once it was attached securely.
Photo 18 & 19: Using a black elastic headband I sewed one end near the inside of the spine and the other end opposite to it (you’ll have to stretch it tightly so it will keep the iPad in place when you insert it).
Photo 20: Lastly, I cut off the excess band.

 

 

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover Step 17 through 20 DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

An iPad cover for $2.99.  Can’t beat that.

 

Turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

How to turn a composition notebook into an iPad cover. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A Stuffed Frog Prince (A Tutorial and Download)

 

A Stuffed Frog Prince Free Pattern and Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m slowly updating some older Lil Blue Boo patterns to make them easier to download. This is an updated version of the Stuffed Frog Prince Toy Pattern with both the frog toy/beanbag and frog prince crown pattern combined into one PDF. The very first frog I made was a VERY OBESE frog….but we still have him and he makes a great doorstop.

So many options….here’s just a few:

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