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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Fabric Covered Buttons (A Tutorial)

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love fabric covered buttons. There are so many unique uses for them as you’ll see in our project roundup at the bottom of this tutorial.

To make the buttons you’ll need a metal button kit which comes in many sizes and can be found in most sewing stores:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Optional Step: Personally, I like to paint my buttons with an acid free primer first so that the metal doesn’t reflect light from under the fabric once they are made:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 1: Cut a fabric circle slightly bigger than the button you are making:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Carefully push the fabric around the edges of the button and under the metal prongs that will keep the fabric in place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use a point from a seam ripper to carefully grab stubborn, small areas and force them under the prongs:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Continue until all the fabric has been pushed under the prongs.

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the metal backing onto the back of the button……

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a spool of thread to push it down into place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished button!  I love using novelty fabric such as the folk art print below:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just a few button crafts we found around the web!

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com1. Button Hair Clips from Better Homes & Garden

2. Button Wreath from CountryHome

3. Fabric Button Earrings from Sada Lewis

4. Fabric Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

5. Fabric Button Brooches from Sania Pell

6. Button Necklace from FiskarsCrafts

7. Pointed Flower Tutorial from Creation Corner

8. Covered Button Ties from Martha Stewart

9. Covered Button Blossoms from Martha Stewart

10. Covered Button Bookmarks from My Three Sons

 

 

 

 

This post is part of a new ongoing series:

Sewing Basics with lilblueboo.com

 

 

Vinyl Tablecloth Roll-up Diaper Changer (A Tutorial and Download)

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make.  I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts.  I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

A diaper changer pad in action:

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.

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A Tabletop Ironing Board (A Tutorial)

A tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I have multiple work areas for projects and I’ve decided I need an ironing board for each one for convenience. This small tabletop ironing board is perfect for my cutting table and other work tables because I can move it around easily and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It took me about an hour to make but it will save me about 30 minutes every day not having to move from work table to ironing board anymore. I made it using an old wood shelf, felt, fabric and a staple gun:

 

Supplies for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 1: I covered the shelf with a layer of felt first:

 

Process for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Starting on one side I used the staple gun to attach the felt and then moved to the opposite side and worked my way around to the corners last.

 

Process II for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: I trimmed the excess felt and then covered the felt layer with the layer of fabric….

 

Process III for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…….and stapled opposite edges ending with the corners.

 

Process 4 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: This is optional, but I applied a smooth paper backing to the bottom of the board….it helps the board to slide across surfaces easier when I am reaching for it. To adhere the paper you’ll need spray adhesive…..

Process 5 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and apply it to the back of the board:

 

Process 6 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I sprayed brown contractors paper with a layer of adhesive as well….then placed it on to the back of the board. These two layers will increase the adhesion (just like rubber cement works).

Process 7 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a razor blade to carefully trim the edges of the paper (be careful not to cut your fabric):

 

Process 8 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A smooth backing to the board….nothing to snag on fabric:

Process 9 for a tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finished tabletop ironing board that can be made in almost any size! Note: if you plan on doing lots of industrial-type ironing you might want to invest in ironing board cover fabric that can withstand excessive heat. It can be found at most large fabric stores.

 

Final Process Tabletop ironing board diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

A Ruffle Sundress (A Tutorial)

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love this dress from Free People. I made a simplified version of it using some soft beige cotton lycra knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The dress pieces were so large it was hard to get a good photo of them so I’ve drawn several diagrams instead:

Step 1: First, I cut 2 large rectangles of knit fabric….

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and then cut out the dotted lines to form the shape as shown below (the measurements are how I made mine):

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com


Step 2: I cut 2 pieces for the bottom ruffle….you may need to sew multiple pieces together so it is long enough to attach to the entire bottom section of the dress once ruffled:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: With the right sides of the main dress pieces places together, I sewed the seams shown below closed:


Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: I turned the dress right side out again and used a coverstitch to hem the top of the dress. You can also use a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch as long as you stretch the knit as you so as to not “pop” any stitches when you put the dress on.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: To gather the knit ruffle, I added elastic thread to my bobbin (regular thread on top) to my regular sewing machine…..the elastic thread gathers the knit:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: I attached the ruffles to the bottom of the dress by stitching along the gathering stitch:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 7: To make the straps I cut three 3/4″ strips of fabric for each one…..

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and braided them together:

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A straight stitch keeps both ends of the braid secure:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: I tried the dress on to get the placement of the straps perfect and pinned them in place in the front.

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A few stitches to keep the strap in place:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I attached the back straps and voila! A finished sundress! (or maternity dress?)

I’ll post more as I make them….my next one needs to be a tad shorter I think:

 

Make a free people inspired ruffle sundress. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Square Top (A Tutorial)

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

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:

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

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….

 

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

…….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.

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

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.

 

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

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 Patchwork Tent (A Tutorial)

A Patchwork Tent (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

For this tent I knew I wanted a quilted patchwork look, but I just don’t have the patience to make a perfect patchwork pattern. Instead, I started with large pieces fabric to make the sewing and measuring part easy and then cut them down into smaller strips after they were sewn together. The wooden A-frame part of the tent was made in a similar fashion to the one from Cakies, so instead of reinventing the wheel you can click here for full frame tutorial.

 

A Patchwork Tent 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

To make the outside patchwork for this tent I used various fabrics including many vintage items that were from my mother’s fabric stash. First, I cut most of the fabric into large pieces making sure the widths were the same…approximately 16″.  The length measurements varied randomly from 6″ to 25″.

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The Ruffle Bustle Skirt

I’m a guest over at Grosgrain today for Free Pattern Month Day 14! Make sure to visit to see all the great patterns…..there’s a new free pattern every single day this month! Look at all these goodies so far (click to image to visit Grosgrain):

 

My contribution is the Ruffle Bustle Skirt (you might remember this design from WAY back….. SYTYC Contest November 2009. This is a fun, flirty knit skirt with a yoga style “fold over”  waistband. The ruffled bustle is perfect for using up those small knit scraps you might have laying around.

 

 

Download the complete PDF pattern and tutorial by clicking the cover below:

The Lil Blue Boo Pieced Tunic PDF Pattern

Now available! The Lil Blue Boo Pieced Tunic ePattern! This is one of my favorite “go to” tops and I finally found the time to put it into digital format so you can make your own!

The Pieced Tunic pattern & tutorial includes:
: 15 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
: 9 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes XS, S, M, L and XL

The top first debuted in Desert Magazine (click image to see article)…and it’s become my basic summer wardrobe:

I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

The Toddler Tie (Free Pattern Download)

I finally managed to get my Toddler Tie pattern I made for Boo’s “Annie Hall” look during Project Run and Play into digital format! It’s available through my Facebook Downloads for a limited time! Just click the image below to download the 10 page PDF pattern and tutorial. There are options for an easy elastic option and a regular necktie option!

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