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.

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Books to Read in a Garden (or in a Garden Skirt)

I think I was born in the wrong era. I would love so much for my days to be filled with reading in a beautiful flower garden.

books to read in a garden or in a cute garden skirt

Instead I’m go go go with a bazillion things always fighting for my time and attention. And as much as I’d love to don a stuffy dress and lounge in the sun with my current read, a stretchy Cents of Style Floral Skirt is a little more realistic for me. The print is so vibrant it’s almost as good as sitting right in a rose garden, almost.

cute comfy knit floral pencil skirt great for momlife

I thought it would be fun to pretend that I did have that garden reading life and share a bunch of books to read in a garden (or in a garden skirt) as the case might be! I’ve read a lot of great books recently and any of these would be perfect for a little garden escape. There’s a little bit of everything here.

Cute floral skirt and great reading list

Click on the book titles to read the official description of of each!

  • A Study in Charlotte – YA Detective – You guys this follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. The college aged counter parts are hilarious, Charlotte has the same vices as her ancestors and the detective tale pulled me right in and was so entertaining. The second book just came out and I can’t wait to read it although the first book totally stands on it’s own. I hope there are many many of these.
  • Flawed – YA Dystopian – I LOVED this book. It took me back to the good old dystopian days with a feel of Delirium and Divergent (but without those awful endings). In this world you have to be perfect. If you make a lapse in moral judgement you’re branded (yup with an iron branded) and labeled as flawed and you are subjected to different rules. That means there is no learning from mistakes, at least not publicly. Just read this it was GOOOD.
  • Frost Like Night (book 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series) – Fantasy – If you want to get wrapped up in a completely different world I adored Frost Like Night, the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I did love the whole trilogy which takes place in a world that is divided up into seasons each season is a different realm. There is a crazy amount of action and fighting and magic tied into the different seasons.
  • The Problem With Forever – Contemporary – Confession I’m not quite done with this but it has already grabbed me so hard I didn’t want to leave it off. Mallory hasn’t seen Rider in years despite growing up together on the same bad side of the foster system. It’s been 4 years since that awful night and so many things have changed. This has everything a teen book should, cute boys, great drama, mean girls, parental issues, awesome friends, and some real conflict. I can’t wait to finish it.
  • The Diabolical – YA Sci-Fi – Nemesis was created to be a protector and now she finds herself having to pose as her charge in order to save her life. While undercover though nemesis finds herself in the middle of a twisted political scheme. This was a great dose of Sci-fi, great villains, and relationships. There’s something about it that reminds me of Levana and the Lunars from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles while being totally different and it’s own story.
  • Anne of Green Gables  – Can you believe I haven’t read this before? I was totally smitten this is a PERFECT book to escape into for a light entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous. Full of spunk and character Anne isn’t your typical girl but she tries her best to be good. Love her silly conundrums and sweet heart.
  • The Serpent King – YA Contemporary – While this book isn’t all rainbows and sunbeams there’s something about it that really grabbed me. The story follows a group of small town friends with some heavy struggles. Things from not fitting in to living in the shadow of some pretty awful parents the kids are great friends.
  • The Chemist – Ex- Spy Story – This is way more The Host Stephanie Meyer that Twilight Stephanie Meyer and it was good. It was full of adventure with some really fun characters who find themselves running from their former employers. It’s full of fantastic actions, great characters and even some great romance. Plus it’s a solid standalone so perfect for a weekend binge reading session or to take along on a trip!
  • A Torch Against the Night (book # 3 of Ember in the Ashes) – Dystopian/Light Fantasy – Fans of Hunger Games you’ll love this finished series. Obviously start with book one, but these books have been my favorites that I have read over the last year. Such an interesting unique story about kids trained to become ruthless militia tied in with some crazy fantasy and lots of intense action. The characters are amazing and the story is so fun I loved these.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

This weekend Cents of Style has a ton of gorgeous and comfy floral skirts like this one on sale. They are all so pretty Just use the code is FLORALSTORY and it will make each skirt $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 2/17 through 2/19. I love this navy one the fabric is so pretty and comfy and the rose print on it is absolutely stunning in person. And then you too can pretend you’re reading in a beautiful flower garden instead of in between stolen moments of the daily grind!

 

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DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells Tutorial

I’d love to put a little Christmas spirit in your step, quite literally. I made these adorable DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells and I’m giddy about how they turned out.

Love this simple Christmas craft. DIY holly shoe bells tutorial and free pattern

Today I’m joining in on I Heart Naptime‘s annual Crazy Christmas Event. Every year Jamielyn invites loads of talented bloggers to share tons of awesome crafts, recipes, and printables perfect for Christmas. Hop over to see how I made these fun Holly Shoe Bells. P.S. I made the pattern in 3 sizes baby, kiddo and teen/adult.

 

UPDATED: The following tutorial originally appeared on I Heart Naptime on 11/29/2016

I love the festive little jingle the little holly adds to every step. But more than that I love how quick and easy this little craft comes together.

Such a fun way to dress up our shoes for Christmas. Easy jingle bell holly shoe accessories. Full tutorial and free pattern.

This is easy enough that even elementary school kids who can do basic hand sewing could make their own if you help them cut out the leaves.

Christmas shoe craft. Cute jingle bell holly accessories.

What You Need

How to make Christmas holly shoes that jingle. Easy craft tutorial

What to Do

  1. Cut 2 holly leaves out for each shoe you want to dress up. There are three sizes on the pattern so they can work for baby shoes, kids, and teens/ adults.
  2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and then fold that in half to find the middle.
  3. Sandwich the middle of the pipe cleaner between the points of two leaves. Take a couple stitched to sew the pipe cleaner to the leaves.
  4. Thread one bell onto your needle and stitch in place. Repeat for the rest of bells.
  5. Take a couple extra stitches to secure the sewing in place before knotting. This will help prevent the stitch from pulling through if the bells get man handled.
  6. Secure the bling to the shoe by threading one side through a shoelace hole and twisting. Alternatively you can simply slide the pipe cleaner under the shoelace and twist to fasten it in place.

Easy to remove Christmas jingle bell bling. Holly shoe tutorial.

I think these turned out so stinking cute. My 2 1/2 year old little boy got SO excited when I put one on his shoe he LOVED dancing and spinning around.

How cute turn regular shoes into jingle bell holly shoes for Christmas. Full tutorial and free pattern.

And as adorable as I think it is I love that when we went to watch his cousin’s gymnastic competition I could quickly and easily remove the holly so we wouldn’t be disruptive.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Recipes and Crafts

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I’ve joined up with a bunch of friends to share some great new DIY projects perfect for celebrating the new Fantastic Beasts movie see the links to all of them at the end of this post. My contribution was this fun Fantastic Beasts inspired Square Skirt and my I Want to Be a Wizard Scarf, inspired by the No-Maj (muggle) Jacob at the end of the trailer.SO fun Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them DIY Crafts and Recipe ideas including full scarf and skirt sewing tutorials. Harry Potter.

Both of my projects are insanely easy, actually just one small bit of sewing for each.

I Want to Be a Wizard Infinity Scarf Tutorial


See the full video tutorial above or for a written version see these two posts: how to make a knit infinity scarf and how to use iron-on vinyl.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Skirt Tutorial

Fantastic beasts and where to find them inspired skirt. Quick sewing tutorial. Harry Potter love!!!

I had hopes of making a video tutorial for this too but my computer was being wonky so I will have to add that later. Check out my Square skirt tutorial for step by step instructions and pictures of how to make a basic square skirt. After that all I did was cut out different creatures in Cricut design space out of Iron-on vinyl and I ironed it onto the bottom edge of my skirt. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl check out my step by step how to use heat transfer vinyl tutorial or just watch the scarf video above!

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One Hour Tee FREE Pattern

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I’ve been living in these one hour tees lately. They are so easy to sew and I’m happy to say I’ve got a FREE pattern and tutorial for it to share!

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I sewed up some a few Sew Our Stash-es ago and I got such a great response that I decided I wanted to share the pattern. Now keep in mind that I really don’t know what I’m doing. This is a homemade amateur pattern. And even though I put a good amount of time into it it’s still free to my email subscribers so just be warned maybe try it out on some cheap fabric you don’t love first. It’s one size which should work for anyone who wears a medium or large. I based the design off of one of my favorite ready to wear shirts that’s a size medium but now a days I wear larges too. So it works for both as long as you use a fabric with some decent stretch.

DIY shirt. Free women's sewing pattern and tutorial

For mine here I used this gorgeous Feathers Navy fabric designed by my friends from Simple Simon and Co. for Riley Blake Designs. I LOOOVEEE this fabric the design is so easy to wear and if you’ve never used RBD knits you’re missing out. It’s the perfect weight and stretchiness for clothing! Make sure you check out the rest of the By Popular Demand fabric line it’s really gorgeous I mean who can resists arrows and triangles? I want some of all of it!

FREE one hour tee sewing pattern for woman's shirt

What You Need

These are my favorite shirts love this quick and easy free women's shirt sewing pattern

What to Do

  1. Print out the pattern and tape the pattern pieces together by matching the top edge of the paper to the line on the paper above as pictured above. Cut your fabric out.
  2. Place the front piece on the back piece with right sides together matching up the shoulders and serge or sew with a stretch stitch the shoulders with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  3. Serge or sew the side seams.
  4. Iron the neck like and sleeve edges under 1/2 inches. Pin if necessary.
  5. Iron the hem of the shirt under 1 1/2 inches. Pin if necessary.
  6. Hem the sleeves and the shirt hem using a twin needle and woolly nylon. If you’ve never done this see my step by step how to hem knits tutorial.

Make a shirt in less than an hour with this free sewing pattern. Women's shirt tutorial.

I love these shirts. This is my third now (see the others) and I wear them all the time. When the weather is warm they are great on their own. Now that the weather has cooled they are perfect under a cardigan.

It really is a very versatile silhouette and can give you a totally different look depending on what fabric you use! I think I’m going to try to make a version out of a fancy sequined knit next!

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15 Minute Fabric Turkey Headband Tutorial

Some times you need a goofy little festive project. This quick fabric turkey headband is the perfect quirky little project for Thanksgiving.

DIY turkey headband tutorial. Great sewing free pattern perfect for Thanksgiving

It’s a darling little accessory that can make even a solid colored shirt look festive! It’s so easy and a great little scrap busting project based off of my Scrappy Rosette Headband tutorial.

15 minute Fabric turkey headband free sewing pattern and tutorial cute Thanksgiving craft.

What You Need

  • Fabric scraps
    • Main Fabric
    • Tail Feather Fabric
    • Turkey Body Fabric
  • Cutting Template (download for free here)
  • Red Rick Rack scrap
  • Small Yellow fabric scrap for beak (knit or felt works great)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Tacky Glue


What to Do

  1. Cut the fabric headband piece according to the template.
  2. Sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  3. Cut out tail feather pieces using the left template.
  4. Arrange feathers and sew onto headband.
  5. Twist body fabric into a rosette. Sew down in spiral.
  6. Glue on eyes, waddle and nose.
  7. Tie on and wear with pride!

Thanksgiving headband. Easy turkey sewing tutorial

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Thankful Grateful Blessed

It surprises me how even though I was super open about it, one of my biggest and longest struggles is so easily forgotten. I mean I get it. It was MY life not his or hers and they have plenty of things on their mind now. But even some of my closest friends who walked it and hugged me as I cried have said things like “oh yeah I forgot” when it’s come up lately.

Great reminder not to forget the journey. Thankful shirt

Thankful.Grateful.Blessed. from Cents of Style

If you forgot or if you just weren’t around back then I’m talking about getting/having Teddy my little boy. It was a journey. It started with a miscarriage and then years of living life in two week cycles of trying and being heartbroken that we weren’t pregnant. It was lots of doctors visits. Being poked and prodded and what can only be described as being bone weary. If you’ve dealt with infertility you know what I mean. It is exhausting. I have NOT forgotten.

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But we know how the story ends with a sassy little boy who gets assaulted with hundreds of kisses a day. Who still doesn’t really sleep but who couldn’t make me feel any more Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed. The hidden (or in my case ‘forgotten’) struggle is something that’s been really on my mind lately. Whether it’s infertility like in my case or some other struggle I’ve really been thinking about how we just don’t know the whole story. I feel like with social media and memes and the endless judgey news stories it’s become the norm to take for granted the different paths we’ve all traveled and where many of us have come from.

Thankful Grateful Blessed. Love this shirt

I see images of seemingly “perfect” family moments on Instagram or wherever and it’s hard on those days that you’re flailing to keep your head above water or those of you who were like me a few years ago just wanted a baby of my own not to compare and be jealous. And this is not one of those “people should show us the bad” posts because guys I LIKE TO SEE THE GOOD. I mean I don’t mind honesty and a peek at the bad but I like to focus on what’s going right and what we can celebrate because I believe even when things are the worst and the lowest there is always something to be thankful and grateful for.

Reminder to be grateful and that you don't always know someone's path.

So happy Teddy has his cousins!

I am in a phase of life that is every easy for me to FEEL Thankful and Grateful and Blessed. That hard journey is still very fresh on my mind. It’s there every time someone asks if we’re going to have another baby (which they do ALL.THE.TIME). It’s there like a relative to PTSD telling me I don’t think I could ever go through the “trying” again regardless of whether I could handle the lack of sleep starting all over with a newborn. I know this is totally rambly but I just hope when you see me share my happy moments with my little guy that you know that I KNOW how crazy blessed I am and I seriously appreciate it so much. Even when I’m whining about him endlessly trying to pick my moles or not sleeping, I love him so crazy much.

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And if you’re not in a phase of life where you FEEL it all the time I hope you can reason it with your brain. I remember some nights laying down and having to reminding myself to be thankful for the family I did have, my nieces, a warm bed, a warm shower, that I made enough money that I could order soda with dinner or buy popcorn at the movies. That lots of people didn’t have those things that I took for granted. That I didn’t always have all of those things. That’s part of what really drew me into this shirt from Cents of Style I feel like it really captured this niggling in the back of my head and heart. This crazy appreciation for where I have been and where I am now.

Love this Thanksgiving shirt. Such cute style idea and festive for the holiday.

If you are feeling the same or if you feel like you need a concrete reminder that even though you might not feel it right now that you know you are still blessed and have things to be grateful and thankful for it’s a good day to shop at Cents of Style. Today for their Fashion Friday they are giving away one of these cute shirts for FREE with every order of $25 or more.

I thought it would be fun to share what YOU are thankful for. I honestly would love you to leave a comment with your own story so I can read it.

Read Like Rory Shirt and Bag and More Gilmore Girls Crafts and Recipes

I’ve been wearing this Read Like Rory shirt watching Gilmore Girls reruns and I serious CANNOT wait for the new episodes. I know I’m not the only one.

Celebrate Gilmore girls with lots of cute craft tutorials and reicpes including this Read Like Rory shirt and book bag

Are you just as excited as I am? I’ve joined up with a bunch of my Gilmore Girls loving friends to share lots of great Gilmore Girls crafts, recipes and other fun ideas to get in on the excitement.

Love this Gilmore Girls shirt and great sewing pattern for slouchy sweatshirt. Read Like Rory tutorial

I made this a shirt and Read Like Rory bag and I couldn’t love them any more. I’m giving away the bag (see below to enter) but if you want to make you it’s SUPER easy.

How to make a Read Like Rory Gilmore bag. Great craft tutorials and recipes all inspired by the Gilmore Girls

What You Need

What to Do

I made both the shirt and the bag live on facebook and I had planned to edit that video down (cut out the chatter and all) to post here BUT something weird happened so it won’t download the audio ugh. So I can’t edit it. I know that this is super long but you can skip around to see the parts you are interested it. I’ll keep working on it but at least it’s here. The tutorial part starts around the 14 minute mark.

I sewed my shirt using using my favorite Lane Raglan pattern plus a few tweaks to make it a more wide neck giving it the relaxed slouchy look. You can see all the details of how to do that in my Slouchy Sweatshirt post. You can easily just use a blank tee but if you sew at all I HIGHLY recommend this pattern.

  1. Download the Read Like Rory design. Trace it in Cricut Design Studio. I recommend tracing it in sections so you have three separate words. Or the Read and Rory are just in courier new which is on most computers so you probably only need the like.
  2. Size your words. I liked to start by positioning them how they will be on the shirt or bag then I “attach” them and change the size (I did 7.5 inches wide). Then I detach them.
  3. Next change the color of the like (since that will be cut out of a different material).
  4. Send it to cut. If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl you might find my how to use Iron-on vinyl tutorial helpful. Make sure to mirror image the design. Note how big you need your vinyl and cut to the appropriate size. Place the vinyl on the cutting mat vinyl side up plastic side down and cut on the iron-on setting for regular heat transfer vinyl.
  5. If the program doesn’t mirror image the second color just cancel the cut and reenter and click on the second word. You can see what I mean in the video above. Make sure to mirror image it. If you are using glitter vinyl I have found the middle card stock setting works great for that.
  6. Weed the design so you remove all the excess vinyl.
  7. Press your shirt or bag to remove excess moisture.
  8. And then press with an iron or heat press until it is stuck to the shirt or bag. Wait at least 24 hours before washing.

Read Like Rory Shirt and Book Bag Tutorial plus other Gilmore Girls inspired crafts and recipes

So easy and so cute right and remember I’m giving the bag away. You can enter through the widget at the very bottom of this post!

So awesome Read Like Rory book bag and other awesome Gilmore Girls recipes and craft tutorials

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Get ready for for Halloween with 14 adorable DIY Halloween Costumes.
Adorable DIY Halloween costumes tutorials

Little House on the Prairie CostumeRacoon Mask and Costume | Minecraft Trunk-or-TreatWhere’s Waldo Family Costume | Last Minute Ninja Costumes |  Easy DIY Star Wars Family Costumes | Bird CostumeDIY My Little Pony Fluttershy Equestria Costume | Easy Hawkeye Costume | Bob Ross Tree and Squirrel Costume  |  Baby Kristoff Costume (Frozen)Sharknado Costume | Lego Man Costume | DIY Olaf Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, so we’ve got some fun Halloween costume inspiration for you.  If your kids are anything like mine, Halloween costume plans is just about all they can talk or think about…and changing those plans.