Thursday, July 28, 2011

Little Man Tie Tutorial!!!

Love Love this! I bought a couple of these from a thrift store, They are so gosh darn cute. I have so much scrap fabric I can't wait to make a few of these for little man.

Little Man Tie Tutorial (shared from Very Homemade Blog)

You Will have to go to her site for the tie patterns in the size. Plus tell her what an awesome tutorial she did!!

Okay, so here's a tutorial on how to make a fabulous tie for your little man. So if you have 30 minutes and some basic sewing skills, this project is for you. Oh, and please...if something doesn't make sense to you, let me know and I'll try and clarify! (OH, and Click on the photos to see the image bigger and a few additional notes I made.)

First, download the pattern. (If you try and print direct from adobe it will print just a corner of the pattern. Also, be sure that view on one page is selected.)

So if you are making a tie for a newborn, download patterns A and B for newborn.

If you are making a tie for size 2-5 T download patterns A, B for 2-5T, and C

Print them out and tape together. If you are making one for any sizes in between just add extra inches to the skinny end of the newborn tie. I know, I know.. I'm not being very precise.. but you have to remember I'm simply not an expert pattern maker. : ) You can also customize this pattern by making it an oh-so-chic skinny tie or an oh-so-fun wide tie if you want by simply narrowing or widening the pattern.


B Newborn

B for 2-5 T

C for 2-5 T

*** Always check to see that the 1 inch by 1 inch square is just that. If it doesn't you can always try enlarging/shrinking. Or you could just get the basic shape (from the photo below) and draw it out yourself.****

Then.. gather your supplies..

You will need

1/4 yard of studly-print fabric (prewashed). I used cotton. I'll call this the main fabric from here on.

1/4 yard of lining fabric (prewashed). I used cotton.

OPTIONAL: 1/4 yard of light weight Iron on interfacing (Some people said the interfacing made their tie too thick, I personally have had no problems with the Pellon brand light weight interfacing. But if you want to skip this part, by all means save yourself the time and money!)

3 1/2 - 4 inches of sewable velcro


thread to match


large safety pin (this will make your life much easier!)

Iron, ironing board

and don't forget a sewing machine!

Ready. Let's go.

1. First, cut out your paper pattern pieces (A, B, and C)and tape together. Pin and cut or trace and cut the tie pattern from the interfacing.

2. Pin pattern onto your main fabric and cut across the grain. Do the same for your lining fabric. Optional: Iron on the interfacing onto your now cut main fabric (not the lining) according to product directions .

3. From your main fabric, cut a 2 1/2 inch by 17 inch rectangle for the neck band. (We'll use this later)

4. With right sides together, sew only the two v shaped corners at each end of the tie using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip corners.

5. Flip tie so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. Make sure the two end points are nice and pointy! Iron.

6. Fold your tie lengthwise with the lining fabric facing out. Line up all four layers of fabric. You can pin them together if you want. (I'm a bit lazy and skip that part!)

7. Sew along the length of the tie. You will probably need more than a 1/4 seam allowance here.. just make sure to get all four layers!

8. Iron the seam open.

9. Turn your tie right side out. Iron again. You're almost done sewing! Yeah!

10. Take the neck strap piece you cut earlier (2 1/2 inch by 17 inch rectangle) and fold in half length-wise (you know the drill, right sides together). Sew down the length of the fabric.

11. Turn the neck piece right side out. Here is where the safety pin comes in handy. Safety-pin one side of the fabric and then insert the safety pin through the fabric casing. Push the pin through to the other end pulling the fabric as you go. (Clear as mud, yeah?!?). Iron with the seam at the bottom (don't center the seam here.)

12. Now you will will simply tuck in the two ends of fabric into the casing of the neck piece. (I suggest folding a good 1/2- 1 inch into the casing.)

13. Pin the rough side of the velcro at one end of the neck piece. Flip the neck piece over and pin the soft side of the velcro at the opposite end of the neck piece (Make sure you have one piece of velcro pinned to the front and one pinned to the back.)

14. Sew along the velcro pieces as shown below.

That good old neck strap should look like this:

Horray! You're done sewing.. Now for the tricky part. Tying the tie.

Place the two pieces as shown below. The neck piece should be above the tie. The wide part of the tie should be to your right.

Wide part of the tie goes up and behind the neck piece like so...

Now bring it down and in front of the neck piece.

Tighten. Note where the knot will be. Now is when you should check the length of the tie and adjust accordingly.

Take the narrow part of the tie and bring it up and behind the neck piece.

Now bring it down and in front of the neck piece (Thank goodness for photos!)

Tighten. You will want to pull the tie down and the neck pieces out to tighten everything up. (This takes a little practice.. but you can do it!)

This is what the back of the knot should look like. I often (but some times I'm just lazy!) will tack the back together. Just hand sew a few stitches on the bottom of the knot to keep it in place.

Now find your own little stud and try it on!

Okay, so all I ask is if you use the pattern, let me know what I should change/clarify on this tutorial. And one additional favor, show me your handsome creations!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A few Back to school deals and codes

I get codes for product sales during the week and I know with so much to buy before school starts, the costs add up quick. Especially if you have more than one child to buy for. Here are a few codes that I hope help you out!

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Hope you can enjoy the savings!!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    New found obsession

    Ok so I only have 1 little set, but who couldn't be obsessed with these adorable patterns, and the memories that come with so many of them.

    This pattern is the one I got, in 2 little dishes with lids.

    I want these sets desperately:
    We are trying to get away from plastic storage containers for food, and go back to the older options like glass that is known to be safer, better looking, and you can cook, and heat things up in them without worry of melting it. You can heat up these containers in your oven or on the stovetop, the microwave too.

    I also love the little bird pattern in this one.

    These patterns are SO cute:

    I remember my mom had sets like these:

    How could you not fall in love with these?

    The nesting bowls, some of which have lids if you are lucky enough to find them. I got lucky and my grandmother still had her full set.

    What's your newest obsession? Do you have some old pyrex dishes? What patterns bring you the most memories? I remember the white ones with little blue flowers on it.

    My favorite cup


    So I have had a few of these style cups now since November. I got my first one at Hobby Lobby for $3 and it was plain and clear. Then I couldn't find anymore plain ones for decent price. I knew it would be a perfect way for me to keep hydrated while nursing with the baby. I like that it has a lid and a straw that won't just fall out and if tipped over won't spill out. Not sure exactly why that is, as I am not a physicist since there is still a little area that the liquid could seep out of between the straw and its opening. But since I knew I already LOVED it, I didn't expect that my husband would love it as much as he does. He already was swiping it for himself and using it. So while we were at the beach I found a cheap one that said Myrtle Beach so we could both have one. Well, that didn't happen either. Hubby has one on his tractor and one he takes to work and I still have NONE. LOL

    This was apparently a Big hit, its not often hubby gets attached to a cup. My 4yo daughter loves it too and I don't have to contain her to just the kitchen to drink when she uses it. There are no spills, even safe for the car.

    We got lucky out shopping Sunday and while wandering into World Market, they had a sale on these cups. Plain, no design, and several colors. We got red, blue, clear, and orange. They also had green. They were BOGO Free!!! which made them $3 each. AND I didn't even know you could buy extra straws but you can, and we grabbed a bag of 6 for $3.50. We definitely needed one since we lost one to a tractor accident lol. These are great for us as a family and now we all have one to use. We will probably continue to buy a few of these to keep on hand. I fill mine up before heading out to work and keep refilling it through out the day. The many color options makes it easy to know who's cup it is too!
    They are acrylic so do not break. And you can use vinyl cut outs from your Cricut or Silhouette to personalize and decorate your own!

    Ok sorry, just had to add- if you are a Glee follower, anyone else remember the National original song Britney did about her cup? lol

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    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Our Summer So far:
    ~pictures at Rock Springs Campground
     ~We went to the beach
    ~some great cousin time at the beach
    ~my mermaid enjoyed posing in her dance costume lol
    ~ some great photo ops at the beach. I just love the trees and those pinecones.
    ~some simple projects around the house
    ~more pics of my kids
    I can't wait to have some time to play with PS to see what I can do with some of these pictures. I see the tree and pinecone ones being framed in either one of those old pane windows I found, or in a black or white frame in my living room.

    My fireplace before ^

    Fireplace After, well except for my blue peacock which currently is beside the scale to balance out the birds. I Love it so much better.
    My Kids! aren't they just precious!

    Thanks for letting me share some gratuitous pictures. Enjoy your summer!

    Things I love!

    I haven't been feeling so well lately and so am slightly unmotivated to finish a few projects I have been working on or starting anything new. Besides I really need to clean the house and get ready for company coming in for baby boy's Baptism and cookout this weekend. So I can't leave you guys without at least sharing some neat ideas I have found on blog world that I can't wait to try. What are things that you have found and can't wait to try or share?

    I Love this romper from a t-shirt shared on Sugar Bee Crafts


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