Rocket Ship Applique (Free Download)

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A rocket ship applique! Click the image below for the free PDF template so you can make your own. You don’t even need a sewing machine…..use knit fabric so it doesn’t fray and hand stitch the edges with DMC thread.

 


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It’s so hard to find good quality boy t-shirts without pockets….so I usually just end up taking the pockets off with my seam ripper:

 

 

Applique basics: apply adhesive web to the back of the fabric, cut out the pieces and adhere with an iron:

 

 

Hand stitch with a simple running stitch:

 

 

A finished rocket ship!

 

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You can find more detailed applique instructions in these two tutorials:

 

The Square Top (A Tutorial)

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Super easy summer top…..made from a simple square piece of knit fabric. This top definitely has its roots in my mathematics background. I kept trying to visualize how to make it work with minimal sewing and finally one day it just clicked.  So here it is…..the Square Top. It’s a perfect project for a beginner!

Step 1: I cut a 30″ x 30″ square piece of knit fabric for Boo’s size (a solid 4T)…..I got that measurement by measuring from her shoulders to below her hip (15″). I folded it in half on the table and marked the center:

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Step 2: I marked two 2.5″ semi circles on the fold about 3.5″ to the left and right of my center point for the arm holes (the 3.5″ measurement because I want the front and back piece to be about 7″ wide to cover her chest):

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: I carefully cut out the semicircles:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: I cut the fold connecting the 2 circles…..creating the front and back edges of the top.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: I cut 3″ strips of fabric for the trim.  Two pieces 32″ long for the ties and 2 pieces long enough to trim the front and back edges (about 8″ each):

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: My least favorite thing to do is make bias tape….so I cheated a little here. I folded the trim pieces in half and sew the edges shut….

 

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…….very close to the edge:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: I ironed the pieces flat so the sewn edge is in the center where the fold will be:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 8: I folded the front trim around the top edge of the top and stitched carefully so the needle caught both sides:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The trim was slightly longer than the top edge so I just trimmed off the edges. Same process for the back top edge.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: I started at the center of the arm holes and pinned the center of the longer trim in place…..and pinned along the rest of the exposed arm hole edge.

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Step 10: Starting at one end of the folded trim, I sewed the trim shut and all the way around to attach it to the arm hole and back up the other end. I did this for both sides/arms.

 

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Step 10: Lastly I trimmed the ties at an angle to make them look neater:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Updated: A few closeups of the finished top and straps:


How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Quick, easy, comfy and stylish.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fun and billowy.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Long enough to be just a tunic with leggings.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A Boo’s Eye View: San Francisco

On a trip to San Francisco last weekend I gave Boo her own camera. It’s just an old point and shoot and I tied a cord to it so it could hang around her neck for easy access.

It’s funny how different people react when a 4 year old is trying to take their photo. Boo connected so well with all the street performers. She would politely ask if she could take their photo and they would gladly oblige. She loved giving them a token of appreciation in the form of a few coins. We loved this man below playing the drums…..so happy and full of energy……we could have listened to him for hours:

 

Boo was definitely in this musician’s personal space….but he didn’t mind:

 

Pigeons at Union Square….Boo would shoo them and then snap a photo:

 

At the Embarcadero, Boo took this photo of her daddy, “Mimi” and Papa in conversation. I love the slight “left” photo tilt she uses:

 

Pretty things for sale:

 

Boo was so sad that her name wasn’t on any of these bracelets….but I guess she wanted to create a memory:

 

I’ve never seen so many crocheted hats in my life around San Francisco…..Boo wanted to take photos of all of them:

 

I love that Boo finds beauty in simple things…..like strawberries…..

 

…..or fish. She made us go back for this photo…..she said she was waiting for “that fish”:

 

I love that she can be so clearly moved at hard truths….worried that this homeless man would get burned as he slept in the sun:

 

 

And finally, a photo of Mommy and Daddy…..directed by Boo:

 

 

Try giving your kid the opportunity to document your next trip in photos!

Monster Hand Tattoos (A Tutorial)

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Just spent the last few days in San Francisco and can’t wait to share our trip. We got back late yesterday afternoon and finished up this fun little project using Silhouette’s temporary tattoo paper:

 

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I drew these little “monster” parts at Boo’s direction and sized them for the hand and fingers (click below to download the graphics). They can be mixed and matched to create a variety of monster characters:

 

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

I printed them out onto the tattoo paper using my regular ink jet printer:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

The second step is applying the adhesive paper to the back of the freshly printed tattoos…..

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….and using a bone folder or a similar tool to burnish/smooth it onto the paper:

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You can use the Silhouette software to cut out your tattoos, but these were so simple (and I was only making one copy) I just used scissors to cut them out:

 

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The tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo….by applying a damp cloth to the paper backing:

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The paper backing will slide off and reveal the tattoo:

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A finished monster tattoo! Although this one kind of resembles a prehistoric bird, right?

 

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Diesel was kind of unsure about it:

 

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Boo chose a tentacled monster yesterday:

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And a snaggle tooth dragon today:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

A fun way to make tattoo hand puppets!

A Personalized Stamp (A Tutorial)

Boo loves writing letters to family and friends. She needed a stamp for all those “hand delivered” love notes. I carved her a personalized “postage” stamp:

 

For this simple stamp I used a Speedy Cut block and a Speedball linoleum cutting tool:

 

I cut the Speedy-Cut block in half:

 

I sketched a simple postage stamp shape and added in Boo’s initials. Make sure to draw your image in reverse!

 

 

I used the tool to slowly start carving out my image:

 

 

Finished carving:

 

 

I tested my stamp to make sure there weren’t any areas that needed more carving:

 

Now Boo can add her “postage” stamp to all her letters and they look so much more official!

 

Want to see more? Visit this introduction to block printing I did last year….it includes a free Dala Horse graphic download:

 

Boo Style

Boo and Li’l Sally (Boo’s adored 10″ Apple Tree House Doll) got a surprise package in the mail from Aunt Perry today with matching 4th of July goodies! Love that Perfectly Perrywinkle makes matching hair accessories for girls and their dolls. Li’l Sally is STILL wearing her Easter dress from The Melamoose Co….it’s too adorable to limit to one day a year.

Girl and Doll Hair Accessories: Perfectly Perrywinkle
Doll: Apple Tree House
Doll Outfit: The Melamoose Co.