Christmas Dresses

I’ve been sewing up a few Christmas dresses for my Lil Blue Boo etsy shop. I tend to sew mostly 3T/4T for one reason…..sometimes I secretly hope they don’t sell so Sienna can wear them for the Christmas holiday (don’t tell my husband)! I think the “I’m not short I’m elf size” is the cutest t-shirt find ever…..it was an adult size but much cuter for kiddos! If you are looking for other dress sizes make sure to let me know!

Christmas Dresses via lilblueboo.com
Christmas Dresses Grinch via lilblueboo.com
Christmas Dresses elf via lilblueboo.com
Christmas Dresses joy via lilblueboo.com
Christmas Dresses woodstock via lilblueboo.com
Not much else to share right now….I’m working on a few projects and tutorials for next week so stay tuned! Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Christmas Dresses Boo Grinch via lilblueboo.com

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

These are the little wallet/clutches I made for the SYTYC Contest for the theme “Green.” I was going to wait until after Thanksgiving to post the tutorial, but I had so many requests that I thought I’d do it early. Maybe you want to stay in on Black Friday and make some handmade presents for Christmas instead of shopping!

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
I made the wallets using leftover ribbon scraps that are too small to use for anything else (except maybe for a scrap ribbon camera strap or a scrap ribbon belt) and a basic applique technique.

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
The wallets have a clear vinyl ID/photo wallet and three pockets for cash and credit cards.

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com
They are so interesting when folded out!

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com
I made one of the wallets for Sienna’s teacher and one for Sienna (with the little princess button/ribbon flower on the front). She keeps her little pet shop puppies in it now….she doesn’t have any money….not even sure if she knows what money is yet.

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Scrap ribbon
Wonder Under or fusible web (I used the kind without backing)
Muslin fabric for the base of the outside
Fabric for the inside lining
Magnetic clasp
Optional: clear vinyl PVC (for the ID pocket)

Note: All the dimensions in this tutorial are for the wallet size. You will have to adjust them for the clutch size.

Step 1: Cut a 5″ x 11″ piece of muslin and a 5″ x 11″ piece of Wonder Under.

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Place the Wonder Under on top of the muslin and begin layering your scrap ribbon pieces on top until the Wonder Under is completely covered. Try to overlap all ends of the ribbon with other pieces of ribbon. As you get sections completed, place a piece of parchment paper over the ribbons (use parchment paper if there is printed design on the ribbons) and apply heat with an iron to fuse the Wonder Under. You may need to cut several small pieces of the Wonder Under and place it under pieces of ribbon that do not come into contact with the fusible web.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Once all of your ribbon has been fused to the muslin, trim off the excess around edges….

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
……so you end up with a nice 5″ x 11″ piece.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 3a via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Carefully sew all your exposed ribbon edges to the muslin….this doesn’t have to be exact. There were areas where I just sewed directly across the piece instead of following a ribbon edge….it just depends on the look you want.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Cut your 5″ x 11″ piece into 3 smaller pieces: one measuring 3″ x 5″ and two measuring 4″ x 5″…..

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
….and sew around the edges of each piece to keep all the ribbon secured.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 5a via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Cut fabric pieces for your inside lining: one measuring 3″ x 5″ and two measuring 4″ x 5″. You will also need to cut a 3″ x 5″ piece of fabric or clear PVC vinyl for the inside pocket.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com


Step 7
Creating your ID pocket piece: Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half over the 3″ x 5″ PVC piece. Sew along the ribbon edge.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Take one of your 3″ x 5″ ribbon quilt pieces and add one side of your magnetic clasp.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 7a via lilblueboo.com
Sandwich your ribbon quilt piece with the magnetic clasp and a 3″ x 5″ piece of lining wrong sides together. Add your PVC piece on top of the two and sew the bottom edge.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 7b via lilblueboo.com
Step 8 Creating your middle pocket piece: Cut three pieces of fabric 4″ x 2″ and then cut a slight slant to each as shown below.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half over the slanted edge of each piece (the same as you did with the PVC pocket. Sew along the ribbon edges. Place your top pocket in position first and sew along the bottom.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 8a via lilblueboo.com
Then sew your middle on and then the bottom pocket on as well.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 8b via lilblueboo.com
Step 9
Creating the top piece: Take your 3″ x 5″ piece of ribbon quilt and a 3″ x 5″ piece of lining and place them wrong sides together. Make sure to add your magnetic clasp first to the lining side. Sew around the edges to secure the two pieces together.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 9 via lilblueboo.com
Step 10: Lay out your three pieces as shown….

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 10 via lilblueboo.com
…..and find a piece of ribbon wide enough to cover where the pieces will connect but leaving a 1/4″ gap in between.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 10a via lilblueboo.com
Step 11:
Fold your ribbon over the gap….

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 11 via lilblueboo.com
…..I used seam tape to secure (or you can use small pieces of Wonder Under)…..

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 11a via lilblueboo.com
…..and sew both up both sides of the ribbon…..connecting the two pieces of the wallet.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 11b via lilblueboo.com
Step 12: Repeat to connec the last two piece of the wallet. Use bias tape or ribbon to cover the outside edges of the wallet…..

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 12 via lilblueboo.com
…..and now all seams should be covered!

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 12a via lilblueboo.com
Now you can add embellishments to the front of the wallet if you like. For the brown/green wallet I added little flowers made from scrap ribbons, a plain button decorated with thread, a small ribbon “fan” covered with a gold/pearl button, and a ribbon badge with a matching fabric covered button.

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 12b via lilblueboo.com

Optional: Add a personalized label

I added the little ribbon label inside that reads “Handmade especially for Mrs. Patty. Much love, Sienna” to make the wallet a little more special.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 12c via lilblueboo.com
I printed the label on iron on transfer paper, adhere it to a scrap ribbon, and sewed it onto the lining before sewing the piece together in step 9.

 

 

Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch Tutorial step 12d via lilblueboo.com

Lil Mr. Roboto

Lil Miss Roboto needed a boyfriend….so here he is….with interchangeable ties and bowties. There is a slight robot obsession in our household right now. Last night I think the three of us danced to SNL’s “what up with that” skit a few too many times…Sienna picks out the robot dance immediately. (If you haven’t seen the SNL skit click here…..I’m dying …..I can’t stop singing the song…..hiphop…..flipflop…..robocop…..lollipop……)

Lil Mr. Roboto via lilblueboo.com
This would be really cute for a boy…..but I’m a tomboy at heart so I wanted it on a dress.

Lil Mr. Roboto 2 via lilblueboo.com
I made one for my etsy shop too.

Lil Mr. Roboto 3 via lilblueboo.com

So You Think You’re Crafty? Week 4

I made it through to the 4th week! Yikes….it is getting more competitive now! There are a lot of skirts this week! This week’s challenge is “turkey.” 7 crafters and 7 challenges remaining! Please go over and vote on your favorite “turkey” craft….can you guess which submission is mine?

So You Think You're Crafty? Week 4 via lilblueboo.com

Last week I made the Ribbon Scrap Wallet. Did you guess right? Congratulations to Dana for winning last week!

"Dress Me" Roboto

Here is my new little robot design that I am using on some dresses and skirts for my shop….she is a girl version of the boy robot I made the other day. I made this little knit dress today with an applique version and added interchangeable bows for the robot’s hair. They snap on and off so that the wearer can pick which one she wants “lil miss roboto” to wear! Sienna has so many clothes already I’ve listed it in my etsy shop. Stay tuned over the next week for some different versions and sizes!

"Dress Me" Roboto via lilblueboo.com

Lil Blue Eyes

One portrait down…two more to go. I just finished this one a few days ago.

Lil Blue Eyes via lilblueboo.com
This little girl has the most crazy beautiful blue eyes and I really wanted them to be the focus of the painting.

Lil Blue Eyes 2 via lilblueboo.com
Every portrait I do takes a few weeks. I paint a different layer every day (sometimes twice a day depending on the time I have) and then sand each layer down slightly. I scratch away paint, I do some glazing, I layer on some ephemera….and then I sand it all down and restart the process. The result is a very textured, weathered, interesting portrait. I never know what they will look like until I am finished….i.e. I don’t have a plan when I start.

Lil Blue Eyes 3 via lilblueboo.com
This girl’s family has recently moved to Philly for 2 years while her dad goes to business school so I included a Liberty Bell to signify that time in her life.

Lil Blue Eyes 4 via lilblueboo.com
A closeup of some of the texture and distressing:

Lil Blue Eyes 5 via lilblueboo.com
Some old transportation tickets wrapped around the side (this painting was on a 2.5″ gallery canvas):

Lil Blue Eyes 6 via lilblueboo.com
Scratching away of the paint and some layers peeking through:

Lil Blue Eyes 7 via lilblueboo.com
Some stamps and old papers:

Lil Blue Eyes 8 via lilblueboo.com
My little portrait business is always the busiest around the holidays. I have a few more to finish and ship before Christmas. If anyone needs me I’ll be up late at night in the painting studio for the next month! You can see more of my work on my painting website if interested.

Teeny Tiny Shrinky Dink "Leaves" Necklace

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

This was my submission to the SYTYC contest for the theme “leaves.” Here is the tutorial in case you are interested! Thanks all of you who voted!

Everything is cuter when it is miniature. This “leaves” necklace is made from a bracelet “end clasp” and teeny tiny shrinky dink shapes. Each tiny leaf has been carefully cut out, hand painted, and then shrunken to its small size. Here they are on my little child manny:

 

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
I hand-carved the little leaf veins, added jump rings and attached them all to a “charm ring” made from one end of a bracelet clasp that you can find at any craft store. Each leaf charm is less than 1/2” long.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: Draw your leaf shapes onto the “rough” side of the Shrinky Dink paper using a light colored pencil.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Score the shapes with an craft knife first…..

How to make a necklace with How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
….and then carefully cut them out using detail scissors.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 2 cut out via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Paint the top of the leaf shapes with a sheer coat of metallic acrylic paint and then trace the exterior edges and leaf veins with a slightly thicker coat of paint.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 3a via lilblueboo.com
Here are the colors I used….I prefer Golden’s Fluid Acrylics because they are thin, translucent and great for glazing.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step colors via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Punch a small 1/8″ hole into the top of each leaf.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 4a via lilblueboo.com
Step 5 : For each leaf, glue a metal brad or nail to a thin piece of cardboard as shown below….

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
…and place one leaf on each brad/nail. The nail will keep your hole punch from closing and will allow the shrinky dink to stay flat.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 5a via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place the cardboard on to a baking sheet and into the oven. The pieces will curl up and shrink around each brad/nail….and when they flatten back out you know that they are finished! Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Remove the nails from the leaves. The leaves will have tightened around each one so you might have to twist the nails in order to remove. The paint will thicken and you will need to lightly sand some of it off.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: Use a craft knife to texture the edges and leaf veins. You might want to apply another sheer layer of metallic paint so that it can seep into the carvings. Spray or paint your leaves with a clear gloss acrylic sealer.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
Attach a small jump ring to each leaf and attach to a bracelet “end clasp” (the kind shaped like a ring). String onto your necklace! Now you can make earrings or a charm bracelet to match!

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial finished via lilblueboo.com

Green Robot

Free DIY Robot Stencil Template Download via lilblueboo.com
I used my new little robot to make a set of pajamas for my nephew who turns 3 this weekend. The robot is a freezer paper stencil onto a white t-shirt and I made the pajama pants from some green robot print fabric.
Free DIY Robot Stencil Template Download 2 via lilblueboo.com
I printed the robot directly onto freezer paper, cut out the image and used fabric paint (Jacquard is of course my favorite) to fill in the image. (Read this tutorial for more info on freezer paper stenciling, and fabric paint.) The greens don’t match exactly….but I didn’t have the right blue paint to mix with the yellow!
Free DIY Robot Stencil Template Download 3 via lilblueboo.com
I’m definitely going to use him again soon! Here is my template if you want to make your own. Click to download the PDF:
Robot template and freezer paper stencil tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This robot template is for personal and home use only. Please email me at ashley (at) lilblueboo.com for more information. Thank you for respecting my copyright!
If you are making more than one print try this easy contact paper screen printing tutorial!

 

Pink Damask (Updated)

Hot off the easel….a finished this nursery painting for my little niece who is due at the end of January. Her name is Sawyer Rose…..love the name! Her bedding is made from Michael Miller’s pink and brown damask mixed with pink dot chenille and the furniture is dark mahogany.

Pink Damask (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
Silver stitching, painted metal pieces, lots of rhinestones…..

Pink Damask (Updated) 2 via lilblueboo.com
Updated: I’ve had a few questions about the stitching….DO NOT put hardboard under your sewing machine! 1/8″ hardboard is just that: hard. For the stitching in my paintings I take a teeny tiny itsy bitsy drill bit that just barely fits into the drill and I drill each and every tiny little hole and then it is stitched by hand!

Eminent Domain for Puppies?!

I had to share because I just think this photo is hilarious. Last year I bought this great little Advent calendar and I was so excited this weekend to start filling it up with little notes and goodies…..BUT Sienna confiscated it this weekend……as her new “Puppy Hotel”:

Eminent Domain for Puppies?! via lilblueboo.com
We put up our Christmas decorations this weekend. I have to confess though: I’m NOT a “holiday” person. I can’t stand putting things out that will have to be put away a few weeks later. I’m getting better now that I have a daughter…..I never even used to put up a Christmas tree until “Boo” was born (I know….Bah Humbug).

Eminent Domain for Puppies?! 2 via lilblueboo.com
So why did I decorate so early? I want to maximize the “days per year” that the decorations can be used….because I also can’t stand for decorations to be up longer than a day or two AFTER a holiday. Don’t worry, I’m not a complete “scrooge”…..I’m just not “used” to the big holidays. I rarely got Christmas presents growing up….my family always took a ski trip instead. We spent every day skiing, every night playing board games and cooking dinner together and would find a local church to celebrate Jesus’s birthday. As soon as Sienna is old enough to keep up with all of us on the ski slope we’ll continue the tradition!

Eminent Domain for Puppies?! 3 via lilblueboo.com
The holiday thing is growing on me….the decorations DO make the house look warm and festive!

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