Krazy for Kat: 3 Panel Dress Tutorial

3 Panel Dress Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

It seems like this is a week for surprises and today our lucky contestant is Kat from Sew Chibi. Kat just had a baby the cute Akira and a bunch of us have gotten together for a virtual baby shower!

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Rachael of Imagine Gnats encouraged those of us participating to sew something up for baby Akira in Kat’s signature style.

How to make an asymmetrical baby dress - Rae Gun RamblingsIf you aren’t familiar with Sew Chibi, let me tell you what I LOVE about Kat’s style. First off she’s pure geek in a great way. She’s always sewing up fun quirky geek cultured inspired wearables, think anime, my little pony, Totoro, and more. Also she’s uses color so wonderfully. when I think of Kat I think bright colors. And finally she’s great with brave pattern pairings.

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So I made what I’m calling a 3 panel dress to send off to Akira and Kat along with a pair of coordinating ruffle diaper covers like I sell in my shop. I made the dress kind of tunic length to show of the bottoms a little more.

Quick and easy way to make an asymmetrica 3 panel dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I find it just as easy to make the asymmetrical 3 panels by cutting out a front dress piece of your favorite basic A-line dress pattern of both front fabrics. Then I just cut off center and match up the two different fabrics. Then before following the normal pattern instructions I sew the two pieces together.

With this method you can make two dresses that are mirror images. If you want to be more conservative with your fabric you could make a pattern for three different pieces by tracing your front pattern piece and cutting it (instead of the fabric) and then cutting your fabric to the proper size. But I am incapable of making just one of something ;)

Sew Chibi Baby Shower and Dress Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

So I hope you like this funky, colorful, pattern mix up baby outfit. And if you haven’t visited Sew Chibi before make sure to hop on over and check out her awesomeness. Also you can see plenty of cute pictures of baby Akira on Kat’s Instagram account.

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Cutest Raccoon Coveralls Pattern Review

Raccoon Coveralls Sewing Pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cute boy clothing is hard to find and some of the patterns and fabric options out there aren’t too much better so I’m extra excited to share the cutest raccoon coveralls that I made from Sew Like My Mom’s Kudzu Coverall pattern as a part of a sneaky surprise pattern tour.

 Super cute DIY overalls with raccoon faces - Rae Gun Ramblings

My  cute friend Melissa is the mind behind Sew Like My Mom blog and pattern shop and a few of us sewing bloggers decided to get together for a fun pattern tour because as you can see her patterns are awesome.

Raccoon Coveralls - Rae Gun Ramblings

These coveralls come with the option for a raccoon or owl applique or you can make them plain. It came together so quickly and I think they turned out super sharp looking. I’m excited to make some more plain one’s for Teddy.

 Raccoon Overalls sewing pattern for babies and kids - Rae Gun Ramblings

Melissa has an awesome tutorial for doing appliques but I just did a my simple heat bond top stitch method to make my own fabric iron-ons that I’ve shared before.

 Handmade raccoon baby overalls - Rae GUn Ramblings

I made the smallest size (0-3 months) and a 3T for a little friend. For Teddy’s I did the snap option at the crotch and for the larger size I just sewed up the legs. Teddy is just moving out of newborn sizes (so sad I know!) and the 0-3 wasn’t giant on him but I can tell that it will last for a little bit still.

 Super adorable diy raccoon jumper - Rae GUn Ramblings

If you’re looking to make your own baby or kiddo overalls definitely check out this pattern it’s a keeper. I know I’ll be making many more for my little guy.

Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern TourDon’t forget to check out what the other bloggers that are joining in on this flash tour sewed up!

Sew a Straight Line
Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
Melly Sews

Adorable raccoon coveralls sewing pattern - Rae GUn Ramblings

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Block Party: Easter Fun Projects Features

Block Party! Link up to one and be seen on all five great blogs!
Block Party! Link up to any one of these great blogs and be seen on all 5! Every Monday.
We’ve joined forces to bring you one big block party!
You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites!
This week’s party is hosted by Beth from Hungry Happenings

Thanks for joining us all this week.

It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, and it’s hard to believe Easter is next weekend.

I’ve been busy making all sorts of Easter edible crafts

including Polka Dot Candy Eggs and Cocoa Krispies Easter Bunny Treats

and I’m so excited to see what you have been creating for your own blogs this week

- Beth

Tutorial: How to Carve Chicken or Turkey

How to Carve a Chicken or Turkey quickly and efficiently. This is the best guide to getting the most out of a rotisserie chicken or Thanksgiving turkey at Rae Gun Ramblings

It happens a couple times a year. We’re at some family function and I see out of the corner of my eye someone hacking away at a turkey or chicken. I know it’s silly but it drives me nuts when some one carves up a bird haphazardly. Well I guess it’s not totally silly, there are some reasons it makes me crazy. First off they usually end up taking forever because there is no rhyme or reason. Then there is the matter of so much wasted meat left on the bone to be either tossed or painstakingly pulled off by hand. And finally it looks like garbage. Someone took the time to lovingly roast a fine turkey all day (or pick up a juicy rotisserie chicken form costco ;) ) and it’s been butchered to smitherines. So today I want to share my quick and easy way to beautifully carve chicken and turkey.

Step by step instructions and tips for easy poultry carving. No more hacked chicken or turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

Quick and Easy Guide to Chicken and Turkey Carving

  1. If your bird’s legs are tied or attached start by severing that attachment so the drumsticks are free.
  2. Next slice on the inside edge of the thigh when you get to the bone join slide the tip of the knife in to pop the joint to detach the leg quarter (thigh and drumstick) in one pretty piece.
  3. Next slide your knife on one side of the bone between the breast trying to keep it as close to the bone as possible. Slide it under the breast to detach in one solid piece.
  4. If you want the breast sliced place it cut side down (skin up) and hold in place while slicing. Then slide your knife under all the sliced pieces to place so the pieces remain lined up.
  5. Next pull the chicken wings away from the body and slide your knife to cut the attaching skin and pop the joint.
  6. Use your finger to pull off any remaining meat if desired.

Great tips on how to carve poultry for speed and an attractive layout - Rae Gun Ramblings

You can serve up the chicken or turkey on a platter if your feeding enough people or eat in in portions. I love buying the rotisserie chickens from Costco they are such a great deal for tons of meat. Usually the first day I serve up the leg quarters and serve it with cous cous or Cauliflower mash and Lemon Wilted Spinach. Then I use one breast for each another two meals for example in my Artichoke Chicken Alfredo or my Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup and then the pulled little pieces for another one for another meal like in a Quiche, Buffalo Mac and Cheese or a basic quesadilla. But really you can use prepped chicken in so many different recipes I’m sure you have your own favorites.

Easy step by step instructions on how to proerly cut a chicken or turkey so it looks nice but also to get the most meat out the fastest you can. via Rae Gun Ramblings

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100$ Etsy Gift Card and Frame Giveaway

I’m exited to join forces with 9 other bloggers to bring you a great Etsy giveaway. You can win a 20×22 inch gold leaf frame (picture opening of 8×10) from 302 Wood Works PLUS a $100 etsy gift card. You can buy more frames with it, or the possibilities are ENDLESS with what you can do with your gift card.  Also be sure to check out all the other fabulous frames that 302 Wood Works has to offer and visit the other bloggers by clicking on their cute faces in the image above!

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Enter to win on the rafflecopter form above. The giveaway will run from April 7-13 2014 and is open to US residents. The winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

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Block Party: DIY Bunnies and Carrots Features

Darling and delicious bunny and carrot projects just in time for Easter and Spring - Rae Gun RamblingsWelcome to this week’s Block Party! For the features, today I’m excited to share some awesome DIY bunnies and carrots projects to get us in the mood for Spring.

Bunny Snack | Duct Tape Bunny Art | Sunshine  Carrot Soup | Yarn CarrotsStuffed Carrots |Bunny Money | Bunny Banner | Bunny Iron Ons |Felted Bunnies |Chocolate Bunnies |Carrot Treat Bag | Peep PillowBallerina Peeps | Bunny Buns

Block Party! Link up to one and be seen on all five great blogs!

Block Party! Link up to any one of these great blogs and be seen on all 5! Every Monday.

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hosted by: Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings| Keeping It Simple | Hungry Happenings | Pieces by Polly

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Welcome to the party! Hi friends, it’s Marissa here as today’s host! ere are a few of my recent posts that I’d love you to check out when you get the chance:


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Crazy Yummy Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

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It took me 3 times making this Cheesecake Brownies Recipe to get the final pictures for this blog post. The problem is that I freaking LOVE these brownies. I mean they are so stinking good that I would make them up fully intending to snap some pictures so that I could share the yumminess with you but alas I kept gobbling them up myself before I could take decent pictures.

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t be deterred by the steps and different parts. It looks like an involved recipe but it honestly doesn’t take much more effort that putting together a boxed mix and it’s SO much yummier. Just try it one time and decide for yourself.

Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Cheesecake swirled brownies yes please. Easy and yummy recipe - Rae Gun Ramblingss

Brownie Base

  • 1/2 C salted butter,
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 C flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate. An easy way to do this is by using a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water double boiler style.
  3. Once melted remove from heat and whisk in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in flour until well combined.
  5. Pour into an 8 or 9 inch baking pan.

Delicious Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cheesecake Mixture

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Whisk cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan on top of the brownie mixture.
  3. Marble by swirling with a knife.
  4. Top with mini chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until center is set.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

My go to recipe for brownies. So good and easy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Not that you’ll need to but if you want to you can freeze and they reheat wonderfully. I pre-proportioned and froze my last batch and when I feel like a little chocolate fix I’ll zap one for 30 second and I have a super yummy treat without the temptation of an entire pan of brownies.

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How to Make Baby Clothes from Dad’s Shirt

Take a grown up shirt and turn it into a fun outfit for baby. How to at Rae Gun Ramblings

So I just read an article all about getting your baby to love music. It suggested helping your baby find his or her favorite artist. So after some trial and error we think we’ve hit on something. This guy can’t get enough of Michael Bolton. And well sometimes you just have to indulge your one month old’s musical obsessions. So I present you a Michael Bolton Tour baby gown for Teddy. Ummm yeah just kidding April Fools. Teddy does not listen to Michael Bolton.

UPCYCLED baby outfit tutorial Rae Gun Ramblings

This is actually my April Fools Day joke for my hubby. Remember his gross Michael Bolton shirt that I instagramed a while back? Well after he saw the picture he said “you’re right that shirt is kinda gross” and decided to get rid of it. So yup I saved it and upcycled it into a baby gown.

How to upcycle dad's shirt into clothes for baby at Rae Gun Ramblings

I know baby it’s gross! Only the joke back fired. The husband thought it was weird, not gross, and it ended up being me who was cringing the whole time I had to look at my sweet baby with that grossness on his chest. Oh well.

UPCYCLED baby outfit instructions at Rae Gun Ramblings

But I thought that if it was not such a gross shirt like maybe say a band or sports team or other fun shirt of Dad’s it would make a really daring upcycling project. So to do that find a pattern you like. I used Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop‘s Baby Gown Pattern but I have made almost everything in her Lullaby Line and I like it all!. All you need to do is cut up one side of the shirt and across the shoulder to open up the shirt. This will give you the max fabric surface area to work with. Next lay your pattern out making sure to center any key elements you want to stand out. Four me I had Mr. Bolton’s face on the center fold.

Turn an ordinary T-Shirt into a gown for baby - Rae GUn Ramblings

Depending on how big your original garment is you might need to cut the back piece in pieces but that is not a problem. I cut the back piece in two (instead of on a fold) I just left a little extra room for a seam allowance and sewed the back up as the first step of assembling the outfit. I had to do something similar with one of the sleeves I cut it out of the sleeve/shoulder area so there is a seam across the sleeve but I think that just adds character. So be creative and remember you can always use other fabric to supplement. Like contrasting sleeves could be fun!

How to upcycle an adult shirt into clothing for an infant - Rae Gun Ramblings

And I repeat, Teddy does not like Michael Bolton. Well I take it back Teddy has not heard Michael Bolton. I guess I better check before I make such crazy claims!

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Block Party: Easy Gift Ideas Features


It’s time again to party with us! Hope you all had a productive week and are ready to show us all of your cute, yummy and terrific things you’ve been working on. Remember, you link up to any one of our blogs and you’ll be seen on all five! And just who are these lovely hosts?

Block Party Link Party

Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping it Simple Crafts | Hungry Happenings | Pieces By Polly

This week it’s my turn to host!


I have been working hard with my husband remodeling a room in my house to be my perfect craft space, and all I want to do now is make things…and more importantly gift things! I don’t know if I like anything more than giving someone something that I have made myself…and I don’t know if there is anything better than receiving a surprise little gift just because from someone you love. Little unexpected happinesses!

That’s why this week I am featuring some great gift ideas from the hosts and from YOU, things that were linked up last week. These are all fairly easy and would be great to make and keep on hand for birthdays, new moms, new neighbors, weddings, or just because!

15 Easy Gift Ideas

15 Easy DIY Gift Ideas

  1. Mason Jar Cookies
  2. Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Truffles
  3. Fabric Rose Pendant
  4. Burp Cloths
  5. Personalized Wall Hanging
  6. Zip It Purses
  7. Spring Tulip Cake Pops
  8. Chill Pills
  9. Exploding Box
  10. Treat Jar
  11. Washi Tape Berry Boxes
  12. DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bar
  13. Cucumber Mint Body Scrub
  14. Welcome to the Neighborhood Gift
  15. Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

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What the Week: Zombie Mommy

puro peru fantastic Peruvian food in Sandy UT - Rae Gun Ramblings

Well my menu was totally off last week but no worries right? I forgot that some family friends were going to be in town so we ate most of our meals with them and my family and then Teddy got SUPER HARD, so the moms brought us dinner.

Also that deliciousness above is a huge seafood platter from one of my favorite new restaurants Puro Pero in Sandy, UT. It’s absolutely scrumptious Peruvian food. Great prices and HUGE portions.  Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

What’s for Dinner?

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Friday Mac and Cheese with Corned Beef Veggies: Carrots, Spinach, PeasFish: Tilapia
Saturday Tacos and Homemade Refried Beans
Sunday Stuffed Shells
Tuesday Eat Out
Wednesday Coconut Curry Lentil Soup and Naan
Thursday Lemon Cream Tilapia and Peas
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What’s the World ?
  • Have you heard of The Daily Sew? It’s a great resource for sewing tutorials, patterns and just chatting with other sewing lovers!
  • We caught the Divergent movie. The baby was great and nursed/slept through the whole thing. My verdict? Shailene actually made a great Tris. As attractive as Theo is I still couldn’t buy him as Four. And as a whole the movie was good but I wouldn’t say great. There were some annoying changes and after school special type of moments but it was still fun, we still got to see one of my favorite books come to life. It’s no where near as good as the Harry Potter movies or The Hunger Games but definitely better than The Mortal Instruments movie.
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What’s With Us?
  • It’s been a pretty rough week. The baby has had a super hard time settling so he hasn’t slept much. And yes I know newborns can be fussy but they also need more than 2.5 hours of sleep a day. He’s not hysterical for more than a few minutes at a time and he seems happy and full after eating it’s just he doesn’t fall asleep like he was sigh. Some friends suggested gas drops so I’m gonna give that a go. But even though I expected a new baby to be hard I just have to say as much as I love him some times (especially this week) it’s been SUPER hard. But we are blessed to have both families close and more than willing to help.

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