DIY Elsa and Anna Sister Shirts with Cricut

I'm pretty obsessed with these DIY Frozen Elsa and Anna sister shirts. No surprise since it's the perfect wearable costume. DIY Frozen Sister Elsa and Anna shirt tutorial My sister gave the girls a trip to Disneyland for Christmas and the one thing she wanted for their trip were Elsa and Anna shirts. Sure I could have just grabbed some blank shirts and vinyl-ized them but I can't resist a good costume-y project so I tried to make versions of shirts that had elements of the characters' outfits.

Frozen Elsa and Anna Shirt Tutorials

I was so giddy about how these turned out plus I love how they can wear these to school. Their trip was back in February  but I've got both of the girls wearing these multiple times since and you know there isn't a better compliment you can give someone who makes you clothes than wearing them alot :).

What You Need

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What to do
  1. Sew the shirts according to the pattern directions. I opted for hemming the Anna sleeve and bottom hems with the my favorite method instead of the bands but that's a personal preference and doesn't really change the look.
  2. For Elsa when adding the sleeve band instead of folding the band piece in half and sewing, fold it in half, cut it and then fold in half to find the center (for the finger loop) cut it at an angle. Cut a small piece of elastic and pin it between the two layers of the cuff. Then resew the angled side. Sew the short edges together and now you can add the cuff like normal.
  3. Use the free design and cut out vinyl with the Cricut. And iron onto the shirts.If you don't already know how to use iron-on vinyl see this post.
  4. For Anna, use gold thread and sew a decorative stitch across the sleeve seams.
  5. For Elsa hand sew the sequins along the top.

I'm her anna shirt tutorial

You don't have to do the detailing if you don't have fun stitches on your sewing machine but I absolutely adore how it turned out with the gold metallic thread.

Frozen Elsa Shirt Tutorial

This was one of my first times sewing sequins and it was pretty easy I just kind of took stitches and tied knots every 3-4 pieces since if one stitch pops I don't want ALL the pieces falling off.

DIY Elsa and Anna Frozen shirts

I just love how these are regular shirts but how the hood totally is a nod to Anna's cape and the sequins is like all of Elsa's sparkles!

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How to Sew a Dress Video Tutorial

I sewed this dress in about 2 hours. It's true and I'm going to show you how I did it. DIY tutorial for how to sew a dress When I first saw this amazing By the Sea fabric from Riley Blake I was all swoon. I have a thing for waves and marine life fabrics but most that I've found are overly cutesy. I just adored these prints and knew I needed to make a new dress. I used the Sea Main Blue fabric and the Navy Arrow Fabric

How to sew a dress great sewing tutorial

I sewed it live on Facebook in two 1 hour sessions plus a little 15 minute finish I didn't record and the time it took for me to cut the fabric out. Not too shabby right? For now you can watch the replays in their entirety (you can skip around) but I'll be editing them down so that they are not real time and easy to quickly see the steps. Part 1 (click here if the video doesn't load it's finicky)
Part 2 (click here if the video doesn't load it's finicky)
Feel free to pin this post so you can come back once it's updated. I had hopes of doing this before but being sick most of last week threw a wrench into things.

make a flexible dress from woven fabric

Just like when you're cooking when you know the basic steps and order to sewing you can pretty much wing anything. For dress making (with lined bodice) the order usually goes like this:
  1. Any details on the bodice. For this one sewing that contrasts panel would be where I'd start. and then the darts.
  2. Sew the shoulders together. With right sides together sew the front pieces to the back at the shoulders.
  3. Repeat with lining fabric.
  4. Pin bodice piece to bodice lining piece and sew around the neck.
  5. Sew the bodice piece to the lining piece along the armhole.
  6. Turn right side out by reaching through the front bodice piece through the shoulder seam and grabbing the back bodice piece. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Open up the fabric and pin the right sides of the fabric together and the lining together to sew down the side seam (if you are doing an elastic back like I did I wait to do this step since it's easy to have the fabric flat).
  8. Sew the back together by matching up the right sides of the fabric together and the right sides of the lining to each other. (See my elastic back tutorial if you want to add that feature and then do step 7).
  9. Sew the skirt by sewing the side seams of the skirt.
  10. Finish the top and bottom edges on a serger.
  11. Gather the skirt. This is hands down my favorite technique for gathering skirts.
  12. Pin the bodice to the skirt with right sides together. Stat by matching up side seams and then the center front and center back of the skirt and bodice.
  13. Sew together. Finish with a serger or zig zag stitch.
  14. Hem the skirt.
  15. Make a sash if desired. See this sash tutorial if you don't already know how to do that.

DIY beside the sea dress tutorial

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12 Must Make DIY Pouch Tutorials and Block Party

One of my favorite things to sew are pouches here are 12 Must Make DIY Pouch Tutorials.

Lots of awesome DIY pouch tutorials great sewing projects

Lined Zippered Pouch | Scrappy Quilted Bag | Running Phone Pouch Iphone Pouch | Embroidered Zipper Pouch | Color Me Snack Bags Cork Zip Pouch | Simple Clutch | Circular Pouch Dish Towel Bags | Fabric Heart Treat Bags | Reusable Snack Pouch I love how versatile pouches are. These DIY pouch tutorials are and easy to make a great use of scraps. And best of all I don't think anyone can have too many pouches! Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I hope your 2017 has been off to a great start. Here are a few of my favorite posts since last time I was host.

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These DIY Disney Ears are my new favorite thing to make they are super easy and super cute. You've got to see all the different ones too!

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DIY Scrappy St. Patrick’s Day Pillowcases

These DIY Scrappy St. Patrick's Day Pillowcases are so quick and easy and they make for a super fun festive addition to your green decor.

quick st. patrick's day pillowcase sewing tutorial

Pillowcases are by far my favorite holiday decor. They are so easy but really do change the look of a whole room. These St. Patrick's day ones are extra awesome because they are a fun scrap busting project.

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Scrappy Charm Pillowcase

This little green pillowcase is a St. Patrick's Day version of my Love Valentine's Day pillow case I made years ago. I've been meaning to make one forever and I'm so glad I finally did! For the written directions and supply list see the Love Pillow tutorial or watch the video below.  
 

Shamrock and Four Leaf Clover Pillowcase Tutorial

Watch the full instructions in the video above. For a basic pillow case tutorial and how to change the dimensions to fit other sized pillow forms see my envelope pillowcase tutorial.

  1. Iron the heat and bond to your scraps of fabric.
  2. Place your fabric bound to the heat and bond on the cutting mat paper side down. And cut on the Cricut Explore with the card stock setting.
  3. Remove paper backing and arrange on front side of main pillow fabric and iron in place.
  4. Top stitch around each clover.
  5. Cut "lucky" or other phrase out of gold vinyl and iron in place. See this post for more info on using heat transfer vinyl.
  6. Fold the back pieces of the pillow over and pin into place. It should form a square the size of your pillow form (for me 18").
  7. Sew along each side to seal the pillow case. Serge to finish if desired.
  8. Turn right side out and stuff with pillow form.

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How to Sew a Raglan Shirt Tutorial

Whether you're a baby or adult my favorite shirt style is the baseball tee. Today I'm going to show you how to sew a raglan shirt.

How to sew a raglan shirt tutorial and patterns

The way these shirts come together are the exact same whatever size you're making and not only that but I am sharing my absolute favorite patterns for these shirts. Because even though there are plenty of patterns out there in the world these are the ones that I have found fit the best. A DIY pacifier clip that baby can't pull off. Step by step instructions for 15 minute tutorialBest Raglan Shirt Patterns I'll be sewing one of these live on Facebook later today (2/21 at 1pm EST) and then I'll edit the video down so we have a nice step by step video that you can see. But if you want to see it in real time and be able to ask questions or just hang out I'd love you to tune in! how to sew a raglan shirt sewing tutorial for baby through adult sizes What to Do
  1. Cut out fabric
  2. With right sides together sew/serge (I'll say sew from now on but I usually use a serger. If you sew it you need to use a stretch stitch.) the front bodice piece to one of the sleeve pieces matching the front side of the sleeve to the bodice piece. Repeat for the other side.
  3. With right sides together sew the back side of the sleeve pieces to the back bodice piece.
  4. With right sides together sew down the sleeve and side seam. It should now look like a shirt.
  5. Sew the short ends of the neck binding right sides together to make a tube. Iron in half.
  6. Mark the center front and back of the neck hold of the shirt as well as the binding. Pin together and sew together stretching the binding to fit as you go.
  7. Finish the sleeves and hem. Depending on your pattern you could do this with a band similar with how you did it the neck binding in steps 5 and 6 or you can just fold the edges under and Babies through 12 year olds Unisex.
  8. If you want you can top stitch around the collar and bands.

my favorite raglan shirt pattern

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Reversible Kids Book Bag Tutorial and Bookroo Review

sponsored-affiliate-disclosure No more juggling awkward sized kid books with this easy kids book bag tutorial and learn about my newest book mail favorite, Bookroo.

children's book bag tutorial with free pattern. Big enough tote for picture books. Easy sewing project.

We're book fanatics in my house. It's not just me and all my YA Lit either. My kiddo has just as many books as I do, maybe more. We have books shelves (or at least designated spots for books) in every single room.

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I don't think I need to convince you guys about how valuable it is to read to our little ones but here are a few of my favorites perks. From problem solving to random facts about the world, to the beginnings of reading, when we read to our kids they learn. There is a special bonding that happens when you read together. There is almost always cuddling just since it's the natural position to sharing a book and the reading time is focused in a way that little other activities are in our hyper connected world. And with the mesh of those two reading somehow opens up amazing conversations. Books and kids are just a good mix.

Read to me please. Toddler sized library book bag and bookroo subscription review. Fun gift idea.

We love our time at the library and sometimes bring home books but when the kids are so little and let's face it germy I honestly prefer to own our own. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with Bookroo a monthly book subscription. Every month we will be getting some happy book mail. I know that I love my Owlcrate so I'm crazy excited that Teddy will have his own bookish box! I think this would make just the perfect gift for just about any kid. More info and how to get 20% off a Bookroo subscription below.

Unique Gift Idea for Toddlers and Older Children. Great birthday present or Christmas gift.

Have you ever noticed that picture books can be so large and not fit in your standard book bag? Umm yeah. So I thought it would be fun to make a book bag specifically to tote Teddy's reads in. My design is nice and wide, perfect for lugging those over-sized books around plus I've got a little slot for your library card. Fun right?

reversible toddler book bag sewing tutorial and free pattern

What You Need
  • 1/2 Yard Outer Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional)
  • Reading Design (optional, just right click and save from this post)

 
What to do
  1. Cut Outer into two pieces each 16 inches wide x 17 tall. Make sure your fabric faces the right direction if it's a directional print.
  2. Repeat with the Inner Fabric.
  3. Cut two strips fabric 6 inches wide by 17 tall. If you're using quilting cottons that are 44 inches wide this should be the remaining fabric after you cut the outer and inner pieces. This can be out of either fabric this will be your strap fabric.
  4. With right sides together sew the sides and bottom edges of the outer fabric together. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  5. Turn the outer fabric right sides out.
  6. Sew the card holder on sewing down the sides and bottom edge. To keep the vinyl from sticking to the pressor foot place a piece of wrapping tissue paper in between the vinyl and the foot while you sew. When you are done just pull it off.
  7. Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric and iron down the top edge of both 1 inch. Set aside.
  8. Sew the two pieces of the strap together along the short edge making sure that your pattern will face the right direction when the strap is attached.
  9. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and sew down. Turn right sides out and iron.
  10. Tuck the ends into the side seams of the bag and sew all around the top edge making sure to catch the lining, outer fabric and the strap.
  11. If you want to add some vinyl do that now. See this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you've never tried that before.

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

So so cute right!?

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And if you're curious about Bookroo they are letting me offer 20% for you to try it out! They have a board book and picture book option and so far I'm super impressed. Like I said we have A LOT of books and we don't have the ones from this month's box!

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Bookroo is all about finding the hidden gems to include in their boxes so there's less chance you'll have them already. They have a panel of 12 families (with a total of 22 kids) that rate the books for all kinds of things including re-readability. It's no wonder they find such fun titles! I'm so excited for Teddy to open the box every month. They are giving me a special deal to share, 20% off their 1 month or 3 months subscriptions!

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Do you have any favorite kiddo books? Or maybe a book that has received a lot of reading time in your home? I'd love you to tell me about it in the comments!

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

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DIY Disney Ears Crafting Tutorial

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Know anyone heading to Disney any time soon? Well get them ready in style with these darling DIY Disney Ears. SO easy and cute for Disneyland vacations. DIY Disney Ears Tutorial R2D2 Star Wards Princesses. If you're not the crafty type I have linked a bunch of places where you can go ahead and get the ears already made but guys this is really an super duper easy crafting project that even the uncrafty can do!   I made a bunch of them live on Facebook. I'll be editing it down to put here but for now you can catch the replay here. What You Need
  • Printable Mouse Ears Template
  • Headband
  • Cardboard
  • Batting (or fluffed up cotton balls)
  • Fabric for Ears
  • Fabric or Ribbon for bows
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments depending on your character (ex. feathers, jewels, fork, scrapbook paper)
What to Do
  1. Print out free Disney Ears Template. Cut out 2 insert circles out of cardboard.
  2. Lay next to your headband and cut out any of the circle that goes BELOW the headband. Mark left and right.
  3. Cut 4 fabric circles (from template) out of the fabric. These should be two sets of mirror images.
  4. With right sides together sew or glue two pieces of ear fabric together leaving an opening big enough to insert the cardboard.
  5. Insert cardboard.
  6. Stuff with batting or fluffed up cotton balls.
  7. Glue or sew the bottom edge closed folding under to tuck in any raw edges. Repeat for the other ear.
  8. Add any ear embellishments
  9. Sew or tie bow.
  10. Glue ears and bow to the headband.

How to make DIY Disney ears. Star Wars Mouse Ears, Princesses, Villains and more.

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Adorable R2D2 Mickey Mouse Ears. Star Wars

Love Star Wars? So do my nieces. I'll be making T some cute R2D2 Mouse Ears!

chewbacca ears so so cute fun star wars mickey mouse ears

Oh and these Chewbacca ears I might have to make them for my sister since we found out grown ups can't wear costumes to Disneyland so she can't wear the Ariel Dress I made her.

maleficient ears great for disneyland trips

Speaking of my sister she requested some Maleficent ears. I think I'll do something like these fun ones above but maybe add in feathers! Help me decide during the live video.

Ariel Little Mermaid Mouse Ears Headband I wanna be where the people are (Disneyland).... But really how stinking cute are these Little Mermaid Ariel Mouse Ears?

cinderella ears adorable mouse hear headband for Disney vacations

My other niece requested Cinderella ears for her Mouse ears headband. I have a feeling that Teddy is going to be super jealous!

Monster's Inc. Sulley Ears love these for Disneyland and Disneyworld

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DIY Disney Ears super cute and easy for Disneyland trips

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DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren't pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

Adorable Elf Dolls tutorial with free patterns

I apologize for the super long video. I've been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn't have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!
Speaking of FB live if you don't already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST. Supplies The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.
  • The password is in every newsletter so if you're already a subscriber check your last newsletter near the bottom the go to this page to access the patterns.
  • Or if you're not already a subscriber sign up right here and when you confirm your email it should give you a welcome page with the password for my downloads page.
What to Do
  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn't have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I'm not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances
Boy Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

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Girl Elf Doll Costume
  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you're good to go.

Sew the cutest elf dolls and shoe jingle bells

How to Make a Dress Sash Tutorial

How to make sashes and handkerchief scarves. Sewing Tutorials

Hey all, today I'm over at Riley Blake Designs sharing how to make quick and easy dress sashes as well as these 10 minute handkerchief scarves. The are both such fun accessories perfect for adding a little pop of color and splash of interest. Head over there to learn more about the dresses I made too!  

Loads of AWESOME Scarf Tutorials

There's just something great about a super cozy scarf.

DIY Scarf tutorials for the whole family. Lots free sewing patterns for cowls, scars and other neck warmers.

Here are a bunch of great scarf tutorials. From cowls to hooded scarves, handkerchief scarves for babies to infinity scarves for adults there's something for everyone in the family. The best part is that scarves are super fast projects so all of these come together crazy fast and are perfect for those new to sewing! As I add more scarves to my blog this post will automatically update so feel free to pin it and come back to see what is new. When you hover over the image you will be able to see the title of each post or just click the image to be taken to the scarf tutorial!
I'll be adding some of my favorite scarf tutorials from my friends and other creative folk too so make sure you save this and check back in for updates.