Just a few Silhouette projects that I love (click images to visit):
Just a few Silhouette projects that I love (click images to visit):
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.
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!
You can find more detailed applique instructions in these two tutorials:
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:
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):
Step 3: I carefully cut out the semicircles:
Step 4: I cut the fold connecting the 2 circles…..creating the front and back edges of the top.
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):
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….
…….very close to the edge:
Step 7: I ironed the pieces flat so the sewn edge is in the center where the fold will be:
Step 8: I folded the front trim around the top edge of the top and stitched carefully so the needle caught both sides:
The trim was slightly longer than the top edge so I just trimmed off the edges. Same process for the back top edge.
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.
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.
Step 10: Lastly I trimmed the ties at an angle to make them look neater:
Updated: A few closeups of the finished top and straps:
Quick, easy, comfy and stylish.
Fun and billowy.
Long enough to be just a tunic with leggings.
Mismatched Crocs = Awesome
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:
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:
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:
I printed them out onto the tattoo paper using my regular ink jet printer:
The second step is applying the adhesive paper to the back of the freshly printed tattoos…..
….and using a bone folder or a similar tool to burnish/smooth it onto the paper:
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:
The tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo….by applying a damp cloth to the paper backing:
The paper backing will slide off and reveal the tattoo:
A finished monster tattoo! Although this one kind of resembles a prehistoric bird, right?
Diesel was kind of unsure about it:
Boo chose a tentacled monster yesterday:
And a snaggle tooth dragon today:
A fun way to make tattoo hand puppets!
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:
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:
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:
Since bringing out my dad’s old film Nikon last weekend I’ve been thinking about making Boo a new camera shirt.
Here’s what I came up with! You can click the image below to download the PDF template to make one for yourself if you like:
I printed off my template:
I ironed Pellon Wunder Under to the backside of several different fabrics…..
…….and cut out my pieces:
The pieces are numbered on the template…..that is the order that I placed them on a shirt. Then I fused the Wonder-Under to the shirt by ironing it:
I used a zig zag stitch on every exposed raw edge of the applique:
A finished vintage camera tee!
Here’s another post with a more complete tutorial on applique:
A few new patterns on the horizon! The first of which is the Lil Blue Boo Perfect Short ePattern! It is now available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop!
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This total cost of this project was approximately $10…..not counting trinkets and paint I had on hand already. An inexpensive and endless possibility project for a large range of ages. We purchased the mini birdhouses from Michael’s craft store for $1 each!
Update: The little fairies are from Disney. There are several different sets you can get from Amazon, Target, Toys R Us or Disney.
Boo and I had so much fun this weekend turning these inexpensive mini birdhouses……
….into a realistic neighborhood for her tiny fairy dolls:
I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest of details like a “welcome” sign:
Vintage stamp bunting:
A clock made from old watch parts and a tiny twig ladder:
The first step was to cut open the birdhouse holes to make larger doors. I marked the opening with a pencil first:
I used a small electric saw but you could also use a hand saw. Don’t have a saw? This wood is so lightweight you could cut through it with a serrated knife as well with a little more work……or just ask a neighbor!
I carefully cut out my door opening:
…..and the bottom of the door opening will pop right out:
Use a file or sand paper to smooth the edges:
The new houses:
I spray painted the houses different colors:
For the mushroom house, I painted the base color of off white first and then cut small circles out of adhesive shelf paper to block a coat of red spray paint:
I had some small watch parts on hand from Silver Crow Creations and I used them to make a realistic clock:
Tiny letter stamps and part of a popsicle stick…..
Note: Micheal’s also has a ton of these tiny letter stamps in the dollar bin section! ($1 for 26 stamps….in many fonts!)
…..made a perfect sign for Tinkerbell’s new house:
Boo helped me glue some silk plant leaves to the roof of one of the buildings:
I used a hot glue gun to add some bark to another roof:
Copper adhesive tape (from the craft store) was added as an accent:
……as well as some copper hinges (from the scrapbook section of the craft store):
Some small twigs and a some hemp twine made perfect ladder:
Boo painted some small wooden pots (from the wood hobby section of the craft store):
…..and we filled them with silk flowers. I filled the bottom with hot glue to keep the flowers in place:
A few vintage stamps and an airmail envelope……
…..made some mini bunting:
Mr. LBB helped out by spray painting a plastic tub dark brown……
……and filling it with dirt, bark and plants. Our friends Walker and Amy sent us a beautiful pot of these mixed houseplants for my father’s memorial…..and they were the perfect little forest setting:
The fun part is you can add to it all summer long! Use an existing garden to make a huge fairy village. Michael’s has a bunch of intricate birdhouses of the same scale in their clearance section right now….pirate ships, temples etc. It would be a great project for so many different ages. You could tailor it to a boys liking too for lego people!
Tinkerbell in her new house:
Fawn in the town square:
Silvermist at the clock tower:
Hours of entertainment:
I love miniature. I could go on forever. Try to visualize what you would reuse around the house if you were “fairy” sized:
Make a mini pond with a jar lid.
Paint mini wood plates and milk bottles.
Add in thimbles for buckets and trash cans.
Pennies or broken tile bits for stepping stones.
A small stamp for artwork or a poster.
Popsicle sticks and toothpicks for signs.
Wine corks cut in half for stools.
Small beads and trinkets hung from plants for wind chimes.