Showing posts with label homemade*gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homemade*gifts. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

About time.

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Ok, ok.  As promised, I'm done with the DIY gift posts now.  It dragged on and on, but I hope you stuck with it and got some AWESOME ideas for the now approaching all too quickly holiday season.  (yikes)

If you need a quick reference back to all things Gift it. 2014, here's your wrap up!

2. Stud Earring Holder - Young and Crafty Sisters
3. 5 Grandparent Gift Ideas - Hi! It's Jilly!
4. Fat Quarter Doll Quilt Tutorial - Simple Simon and Company
5. Birthday Sack Lunch - A Girl and a Glue Gun
6. 8 Gifts for Gadget Lovers - Melly Sews

10 Must-Make Gifts For Mother's Day, 
10 Fabulous Gifts For Father's Day, 
5 Fantastic Gifts for Grandma, 
5 Super Fun Gifts For Grandpa
25 A+ Gifts for Teacher, 
25 Highschool Graduation Gifts, 
25 Friendly New Neighbor Gifts, 
25 Lovely Housewarming Gifts
10 Valentine's Gifts (for anyone and everyone), 
10 Wedding Gifts (they'll love to use), 
10 Anniversary Gifts (for those you love)

There you have it!  Gift it. 2014!  That's exactly 362 gift ideas for you to make for every kind of occasion you could imagine! Also, don't forget that most of these come with free printable gift tags, etc., just click on the post and scroll to the end. Now get cracking!  We've got gifts to make!

If you don't know what this series was all about, read the explanation here.

Also, you can see even more ideas:

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's My Favoritist Round-Up

I know I keep saying I don't want to drag this series out... and then I keep stringing you along.  But you'll be glad I did when you see what I've got in store for you today!

I just couldn't bypass my favorite round up theme - baby gifts!  I don't know why I love gathering ideas for this one - probably because everything is cuter in miniature (I mean, that's a proven fact.)

The first year, I rounded up 101 ideas and last year I did 102.  So it made sense to go for 103 this year - but I just couldn't stop!  Seriously.  So I settled on 113 (still has a 3 in the ones place, see?) and this is being very selective.  There's so many awesome ideas out there!  I've rearranged my pinboards a bit and now have a "baby gifts" board (my "gifts for all occasions board" was getting out of control) where you'll find even more (yes, that's right, EVEN MORE) baby gift ideas to make.  These are just my top picks this year for blankies, clothes, accessories, toys, necessities and more!  PLUS, there're bonus cute packaging ideas down at the bottom! (seriously.  So cute.)

Soooo, just this one more gift post and then I'm done.  I swear.

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1. Basic Baby Quilt - 30 Handmade Days
2. Warm and Cozy Ribbon Blanket - Victoria Brikho
3. Rag Quilt - Poofy Cheeks
4. Baby Sleeping Bag - Burda Style
5. Little Sheep Baby Blanket - Two Sisters Crafting
6. Reversible Flannel Baby Blankets - Stay At Home Artist
7. Boy-Themed Knit Receiving Blankets - Make It and Love It
8. Rainbow Baby Quilt - Stitched By Crystal for So You Think You're Crafty
9. Hand Stamped Swaddle Blanket - Live it. Love it. Blog it.
10. Easy Swaddle Blanket - A Joyful Riot
11. Crocheted Bobble Blanket - All Things Bright and Beautiful
12. DIY Stamped Baby Blanket - Hello Copeland
13. Ric Rac Receiving Blanket - Fort Worth Fabric Studio
14. Easy Car Seat Swaddle Blanket - U Create Crafts for Riley Blake
15. Ombre Baby Blanket - Kaley Ann
16. Easy Baby Blanket - Sew Fearless
17. Football Blanket - Thriving Home
18. US Map Baby Quilt - Sewn Studio
19. Circle Quilt - Jaybird Quilts

20.  DIY Moon and Stars Outfit - Small and Friendly
21. 3D Tie Onesie - A Day in My Life
22. Knit Baby Cardi - True Bias
24. Suspender Shorts - Crafting Zuzzy
25. Homegrown Onesie (and other cute DIY onesie ideas!) - The Thinking Closet
26. Baby Sophisticate - Ravelry
27. Bow Tie and Suspender Onesie - Make It and Love It
28. Sweater Pants - Red and Honey
30. Hand-Stamped Hipster-Style Onesie - And Then We Saved
31. Sweet Baby Sleep Bag - Sew Fishsticks

32. Tiered Jacket - Ravelry
33. Ruffled Onesie Dress - Jedi Craft Girl
34. Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt - Make It and Love It
35. Ruffle Diaper Covers - See Kate Sew
36. Baby Kimono - Habitual
37. Baby Ringer Onesie - Shwin & Shwin
38. Baby Gown - U Create Crafts
39. Beribboned Onesie - Major Hoff Takes a Wife
40. DIY Baby Skirt - Bulldogs and Babies
41. Baby Leggings Free Pattern - Go To Sew
42. Baby Bubble Skirt - Delia Creates
43. Simple Baby Jumper - ikatbag

44. Woodland Animal Hats - Moth and Sparrow
45. Leaf Garland Headband - Casa de Lewis
46. Baby Mary Janes - Varrohaz (I don't know what language this is... sorry)
47. Baby Bow Tie From Men's Tie - Erin Duggin Photography
48. Cloth Baby Shoe - thatssewnina
49. Pom Pom Headband - Kelli Murray
50. Baby Moccasins - tuts +
51. Crocheted Aviator Hat - Repeat Crafter Me
52. Flannel Baby Mittens - Made To Be A Momma
53. Baby Sunbonnet - The Purl Bee
54. Baby Oxfords - Shwin and Shwin
55.  Baby Shoe Tutorial - Yay! I Made It.
56. Tom's Inspired Baby Shoes - Homemade Toast
57. Pleated Headbands - Craftiness Is Not Optional
58. Chubby Bow Tie - A Lemon Squeezy Home
59. Baby Necktie - The DIY Mommy
60. Here Comes The Sunhat - Shwin and Shwin

61. Monogram Taggie Toy - 12 Crafts Til Christmas
62. Wooden Crate Wagon - woonideeen (it's in Dutch, sorry)
63. Stuffed Snail - Cook, Clean, Craft
64. Felt Shapes Book - Plain Vanilla Mom
65. Doll Softie - Seventy Piggies
66. Homemade Softball - Apple Green Cottage
67. Soft Lion Rattle - Things For Boys
68. Goldfish Teether - One Dog Woof
69. Camera Softie - Babybirds (in German)
70. Rainbow Ring Stacker - Rust and Sunshine
71. Little Seahorse Rattle - Hobbycraft
72. Little Hands Photo Book - Haberdashery Fun
73. Hedgehog Taggie - While Wearing Heels
74. Tactile Taggie Rattles - Curious Kangaroos
75. Tactile Taggie Toy Horse - Things We Do
76. Baby Scooter Rocking Toy - Killer B. Designs
77. Waldorf Style Rainbow Babies - Tayastepina (in Russian)
78. Whale Softie - Craftiness is Not Optional for I Heart Naptime
79. Baby Butterfly - Sew Mama Sew
80. Crochet Baby Noisemaker - Next To Nicx
81. Crocheted Hedgehog Taggie Toy - One Dog Woof

82. Rain Cloud Mobile - Black and White and Loved All Over
83. Little Fish Mobile - While Wearing Heels
84. Map Quote Nursery Art - Snappy Casual
85. Ribbon Curtain - Good Housekeeping
86. Faux Animal Head Trophies - Country Chic Cottage
87. Heart Mobile - Sweet Rose Studio
88. Monogram Mobile - Danica G.
89. Constellation Lightbox - Handmade Charlotte
90. Felted Hot Air Balloons - Le Petit Moon
91. Chipboard Nursery Wall Art (and 3D Star Branch) - Casa de Lewis
92. Name Collage - Honey & Fritz

93. Pacifier Clips - Make It and Love It
94. Monster Bibs - Stubbornly Crafty
95. DIY Babynest - Victoria Brikho
96. Monster Hooded Towels - Crazy Little Projects
97. Bandana Bib - How Does She
98. Baby Washcloths - 2 Little Hooligans
99. Baby Hammock - Life On The Roof
100. Snap-On Cup or Bottle Holder - Sew Can Do
101. Changing Pad Carry-All - Craftaholics Anonymous
103. Catch-All Laminated Bib - Make It and Love It
104. Mustache Pacifier - Practically Functional

105. The Pea Pod Hip Carrier - Sew Mama Sew
106. Baby Cleaning Station - Modern Parents Messy Kids
108. Big Siblings Kit - Ducks in a Row
110. Tired Mom Gift - I Rock So What
111. Jersey Baby Wrap - A Load of Craft
112. New Mommy Gift Basket - Healthy Happy Home
113. Sleeping Baby Sign (and free printable) - House Mix

1. Cupcake Onesies - Club Chica Circle
2. Freshly Hatched Socks - Best Baby Clothes Blog
3. Washcloth Lollipops - Create Studio
4. Diaper Babies - Phar Ma

Ok, people.  Have more babies so I can make this stuff!

*Be sure to check below for all the fun parties I link to!*

Monday, October 6, 2014

A "SUPER" kind of gift.

Well, I don't want to draw this gift it series into ANOTHER month - since it was supposed to be finished in August, you know.  BUT, I did want to share just one more "super" cool gift I worked on in collaboration with a friend of mine.


So, last year my friend Kim contacted me by email and asked if I'd be willing to help with a project.  Her partner was turning 30 and she wanted to throw him the biggest, awesomest birthday party around.  After considering her options, it was clear she needed to combine his two greatest loves: free diving and Batman.

(I should probably mention that at the time they lived in the Cayman Islands (is that cool or what?) so diving was not an uncommon hobby.)  

Her plan was to invite his buddies for a birthday free dive in the coolest setting ever - but not just ANY birthday free dive.  NO.  A SUPERHERO free dive!  She wanted to present each participant with a rashguard made to look like their favorite superhero, then capture the whole dive with some underwater photos.

She asked me to design and create the rashguards.  Naturally, I said yes - because it seemed like the coolest idea ever and also, I'd never created superhero rashguards (has anyone?  I mean, that's not like a common request, is it??) so it was an intriguing challenge.

And thus began my superhero rashguard extravaganza.  Kim polled the guys for their favorite heroes, then purchased rashguards in appropriate colors and had them shipped to me.  This was a whole lot better than me trying to find rashguards since I know nothing about them or about diving in general.
My job was to figure out the best way to get the superhero logos on the rashguards.  I considered I few different options - hand-sewing something like felt that wouldn't fray, iron-on transfer, and freezer paper stencil were contenders.  In the end, I decided to make appliqués out of nylon knit and spandex since that's what the rashguards were made out of.  I was afraid that the other options would not handle stretching well and could quite possibly fall apart under water.  Plus I wanted them to look really professional, and while freezer paper stencil would have looked nice under normal conditions, I thought the logos would warp when the rashguards were stretched out while wearing.  
Oh, yeah, I also needed to make some capes, and I knew the knit nylon would be best for underwater capes.  I didn't have to make any of the masks, since they'd be wearing diving masks.

I bought red, white, yellow and black nylon knit with spandex in it - found in the dance/swimwear section at JoAnnes.  I also purchased heavy duty heat n' bond.
My general steps were as follows:
I found the appropriate superhero logo online and resized it how I needed to.  I printed it off on cardstock for a pattern.  
I cut the logos out, then laid them on the knit fabric I'd bought and drew around with a marker.
I cut squares around the logo, then ironed the square of fabric to a square of heat n' bond.
I cut the logo and heat n' bond layers out simultaneously since they were already ironed together.  It made cutting the knit fabric so much easier since the heat n' bond was sturdy and kept the fabric from stretching while I cut.
Once they were all cut, I used my iron on a medium setting with no steam to iron the different pieces onto the rashguards.  For some I had to stack the different pieces onto each other.
I used a stretch stitch with a walking foot to machine sew each piece down onto the rashguards.  (I didn't bother with zigzag stitching the appliqués because they're knit, so they won't fray.)  Fortunately there were no unfortunate "sewing the front to the back" moments - which I often do when adding something to a pre-made garment.  Phew!
I created the capes with the knit fabric and sewed a gathering stitch across the top to make them bunchy.  I added velcro pieces to the sides and the middle, then also to the rashguard at the back of the shoulders and right under the neck - wrong side of the cape, right side of the rashguard.  This way, the divers could easily detach the capes if they needed to.
I did this with much less bulky capes in red for Superman and black for Batman.  I just cut the capes narrower and more triangular.  

Some costumes were easier than others... here's what I did for each superhero:

cut - a yellow oval, a black oval with the bat symbol cut out of the middle
iron - First I ironed the yellow oval over the rashguard brand in the center of the chest.  Then I ironed the black oval/bat shape over the yellow one.
sew - all around the outside edge of the black oval and all around the inside edge of the bat shape (which also sewed down the yellow oval since they were stacked.)
create cape - cut a long trapezoidal shape that was 1 and 1/2 the width of the rashguard from should to shoulder and approximately down to my mid-calf.  Cut the bat wing points at the bottom of the cape.  Gathered the top edge.  Folded above the gather and sewed it down.  Attached 4 squares of black velcro to the underside of the cape and the outside of the rashguard (at the shoulders and neck areas).

cut - a yellow diamond-y shape, a red diamond-y shape with the block letter "s" cut into the middle
iron - I first ironed the yellow piece down, then the red piece with the "s" on top of it.
sew - I sewed all around the outer edge of the red piece, then on all the inside red edges as well.  There were some small areas that needed to be sewn, I just made sure that any red edge was zig-zagged down.
create cape - cut a long trapezoidal shape that was slightly shorter than the Batman cape and just as wide.  Gathered the top edge, then folded above that and sewed the raw edge down.  Added 4 velcro squares to the cape and rashguard - the same as the Batman cape.

cut - Two large white circles, 4 medium white circles, one long skinny yellow rectangle that was the width of the rashguard about 4 inches from the hem.  Three small rounded rectangles (each slightly smaller than the last) plus a circle and a "T" all out of yellow.  This is the Thor symbol for the belt.
iron - the two large circles across from each other at the top of the chest, then two medium circles about an inch lower, then the "belt" (or skinny rectangle) across the shirt at belly button height (or so) and then the last two medium circles below that.  Iron the 3 rounded rectangles touching each other, biggest to smallest vertically in the middle of the belt.  Then the circle on top, centered, and the T on top of that, centered.
sew - around each circle and the outside of the rectangle.  Sew around every edge of the smaller belt pieces as well.
create cape - Thor's cape is huge and billowy in pictures, so I made his longer than the other two, more rectangular than trapezoid, and about 2 and 1/2 times the width of the rashguard.  Gather it at the top, then sew down the raw edge to the inside of the cape.  Then I attached the velcro differently, to create the puffiness of Thor's cape at the top.  I sewed the velcro to the OUTSIDE of the cape (the right side that you can see when worn) in 4 spots.  Then, the cape is is kind of rolled under at the top to attach to the velcro pieces on the rashguard.

Green Lantern: 
cut - A white circle with the green lantern shape cut into the middle, a smaller white circle to fit in the very center.
iron - the large circle first, right in the middle of the shirt.  Then iron the small circle in the center.
sew - around ALL white edges.  The big circle, the middle circle, the inside weird shape, ALL.  

cut - A large black spider shape
iron - a large black spider shape
sew - all around the outside edge of the spider (and the billion skinny legs...)

cut - 8 long skinny black diamonds, 2 of which were slightly bigger and 2 of which were slightly smaller
iron - Fit the smaller diamonds with the middles right at the shoulders and the points going down the front and back.  Iron the medium diamonds across from each other just under the armpits with the middle at the side seam, the largest diamonds across from each other about 3 inches lower with the middle at the side seam, and the other medium diamonds about 3 inches under THAT with the middle at the side seam.
sew - around each diamond.

Lion-O from Thundercats (and you better know what that is because it's pretty much the single greatest cartoon of my childhood.  Seriously.):
cut - one white circle, one red circle slightly smaller, one black thundercat roaring cat symbol thingy.
iron - the white circle in the middle of the upper chest, then the red on top of that - centered, than the black cat symbol coming from the right side of the circle.
sew - AROUND EVERY EDGE.  around the white circle, the red circle, the black cat - everything.
(I didn't want to cut the belly off of rashguard to resemble the real lion-o costume, and I was back and forth about making the logo appear down on a "belt" around the waist of the shirt or just putting it up on the chest like the others.  In the end I put it on the chest because I wanted it to look more unified with the other rashguards.)

fortunately does not wear a shirt or have a logo, so I was spared!

Like I said, this was kind of a long process, but I actually had fun figuring it all out and making it work.  

Kim hired a professional photographer for the occasion and had these awesome underwater photos taken.  ALL of the water photos and ones with the actual heroes were taken by Heather Holt. There are lots more photos of the superhero dive here. You can find Heather Holt Photography here.  She does all kinds of photography, not just underwater:  family photos, weddings, kids, etc. and her stuff is gorgeous so check her out!
(These are copyrighted photos, so please don't steal them, mmmkay?)  

I really love how the capes look underwater and I think it's particularly cool that it looks like the flying superheroes ARE flying as they glide through the water.

The name of the shipwreck they were on is the USS Kittiwake.  

It's just off Grand Cayman's Seven Mile beach and is only a 5 minute boat ride from shore, which makes it popular with divers.  Plus look how clear that water is!  

Here is the birthday boy, AKA Batman, in his underwater, saving the universe glory.  

They had some fairly epic battles.  Unfortunately, I don't know who won.  Perhaps it was a stalemate - they are ALL superheroes, after all.  It would be a pretty even match.

Kim told me the guys had a great time and all saved their rashguards to wear on later dives as well.  I'd call it a successful gift!

It would be pretty easy to alter this idea to fit t-shirts for Halloween costumes!  Otherwise, think ahead to summer and make your kids some hero rashguards to wear to the beach!  My son would love the Batman one.  I may have to get on that.

OR, even better... go to the Cayman islands RIGHT NOW.  It's been cold enough here lately that I am DREADING winter.  So a trip to tropical isles sounds pretty perfect!

*Be sure to check below for all the fun parties I link to!*
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