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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Read like Rory shirt and bag tutorial. Plus other Gilmore girls party ideas, crafts, and recipes

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10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos Tutorial


Looking for a quick Halloween flair? These 10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos are perfect!

10 minute DIY Halloween hair bands and hair clips

I had fun making some cute DIY Boo Headbands and Boo Hair Clips. All three are made in the same basic way using the same Boo design just with a few small tweaks of material.

3 cute and easy DIY hair accessories tutorials for Halloween

Glitter Boo Hair Clips

  • Bobby Pins
  • Felt
  • Iron-On Glitter Vinyl
  • Ironing fabric

How to make DIY felt hair clips. Easy tutorial to adapt for any occassion

  1. Size the Boo design to 3 inches wide in Cricut Design Studio and cut the Boo out of Iron-on glitter vinyl making sure to mirror image the design. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Through a thin piece of fabric Iron the glitter design onto the felt. Pull away the carrier plastic. Iron again through the fabric.
  3. Cut around the glitter design.
  4. Cut a small piece of felt and slide in between the bobby pin.
  5. Apply hot glue to the straight side of the bobby pin and glue the pin and felt to the cut out boo piece and you’re good to go!

How to make Hair Boos. Adorable diy hair accessories tutorial for Halloween

Felt Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Iron-on Vinyl
  • Felt
  • Ironing fabric

How to make easy head bands perfect for any occasion. Fun craft tutorial

  1. Size Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut out of Black Iron-on vinyl. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Cut a piece of felt so that it fits under the Boo.
  3. Set the Boo aside and sew the felt onto the head band down the middle of the felt.
  4. With a ironing fabric over the Boo design iron it onto the felt.
  5. Pull away the carrier plastic and re-iron through the fabric.
  6. Cut around the design and you’re good to go!

Faux leather design head bands tutorial. Easy customizable 10 minute tutorial

Leather Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Pebbled Faux Leather
  • Matching thread
  1. Size the Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut the Faux Leather.
  2. Using tiny stitches sew the Boo onto the head band and you’re good to go!

I used this Leather Paper from Cricut that looks like leather but acts like paper. It’s flexible but it cuts just as easily as card stock. It was my first time play with it and now my mind is spinning with ideas it’s SO cool.

3 cute hair accessory tutorials that can be tweaked for any occasion not just Halloween. 10 minute craft tutorials

I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!


DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink

DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton

Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thirfty Ideas

Halloween Skull Leggings from 7Alive

Fall No Sew Buffalo Check Pillow from Lydi Out Loud

Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal

Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay

DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps

Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove

Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters

Something Wicked This Way Comes Banner from Albion Gould

Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain

Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic

DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama

BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings

DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray

Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon

Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family

Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps

Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge

DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates

Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother

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DIY Pirate Dolls Tutorial with Free Pattern

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I made the cutest giant dolls this weekend for Teddy and I couldn’t resist but make pirate costumes for them. Today I’m sharing my free pattern!

23 inch DIY giant dolls for boys and girls with free pirate costumes sewing patterns

Have you guys seen the Doll Fabric that See Kate Sew has out with Riley Blake Designs? It’s freakishly adorable. It’s a panel fabric which means that all the pieces are printed onto the fabric with cutting lines and instructions. I’m super in love with the fabric. Watch the replay of my Facebook LIVE of me sewing up the boy doll below.

Go here to buy the DOLL FABRIC PANEL

Today I’m hanging out over at the Riley Blake Designs blog sharing the tutorial for how to make both the girl and boy pirate costumes as well as a little coordinating eye patch for your own little pirate (pirate costume available here).

Pirate Costume Pattern

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.

Adorable pirate costumes for dolls and eye patch tutorial. Free costume sewing pattern

UPDATED with full tutorial below

Darling DIY pirate dolls for boys and girls


How to make pirate costumes. Sewing tutorial and doll pattern

What to Do

  • 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

How to make a boy pirate doll with free pirate costume sewing pattern

Boy Pirate 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 red ribbon for the sash.
  9. Take the eye patch band and form a circle overlapping the edges by 1/2 inch.
  10. Pin the eye patch over the overlapping edges  and sew in place forming a small box (so that you catch the all edges of the band that touch the eye patch. Now your eye patch is done.

DIY girl pirate. Free sewing pattern for pirate costume

Girl Pirate 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 black 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. Tie a double knot of ric rac to make your dolls necklace (alternatively you can sew it into a circle).
  6. Make an eye patch using steps 9-10 of the Boy Costume instructions above.

Child Sized Eye Patch

  1. Use the same size eye patch as for the dolls.
  2. Measure your child’s head and subtract 2 inches for the band piece. Use the same width as for the dolls.
  3. Assemble the eye patch just like the doll eye patches (steps 9-10).

SO cute giant dolls for boys and girls and free sewing pattern for pirate costumes.

Teddy, my 2 year old, and I are totally smitten with these dolls. Like I’m already planning on getting more of this fabric and making other fun outfits for them smitten! They are just too cute.

DIY giant pirate dolls. Great sewing project would make a fun gift.

This tutorial originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs blog.


60 Minute No-Fuss Apron Skirt Tutorial

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I’ve always loved the way those wrap apron skirts look. But I hate wrap skirts, I’m just too worried they’re going to come undone. I have seen people add a zipper to the back or side but I hate committing to a size in a way that zippers require.

How to make an apron skirt without a zipper. Sewing tutorial 60 minutes with full step by step video instructions.

This skirt has the look of an apron skirt but slips on (and stays on) without a zipper and still has a flexible fit. You could say it’s my new fav.

60 minute DIY gathered skirt tutorial with step by step video instructions. Great sewing project.

What You Need

This can be easily adjusted to a kids size by decreasing the width (I’d use I length of 44″ for kids under 8 and over 8 I’d just do a very full skirt and do the same width) and changing the length.

  • Skirt Fabric 2 pieces 44 X length of desired skirt plus 3 (for me this was 27 inches) I used Bittersweet Main Orange
  • Band Fabric 1/2 yard I used Bittersweet Floral Green
  • Elastic enough to stretch across your back (for me this was 10 inches)

Watch the video tutorial for step by step instructions and footage of each step. Or see the written instructions below.

60 minute big bow skirt tutorial. Easy sewing project.

What to Do

  1. Make the sash. Start by cutting or tearing your fabric into 3 pieces each 6×44 inches long. Then cut one of those pieces down to the the length of the distance of the front of your waist (basically from one side to the other for me this is 17 inches).
  2. Next sew your your short edges of one of your long pieces to the short edge of your middle piece right sides together.
  3. Repeat with the other short edge of the middle piece and the other piece of fabric right sides together. Now you should have a long strip of fabric.
  4. Next fold the sash in half right sides together. Sew down an angle at the short edge and then down the length of the fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the other short edge open for easy turning.
  5. Turn your sash right side out. I like using a loop turner for this.
  6. Iron your sash making sure to tuck the open end in at an angle.
  7. Sew across the end to close the hole up. Set your sash piece aside.
  8. Sew your your skirt by sewing the side edges of the skirt pieces with right sides together.
  9. Finish the top and bottom edges of the skirt with a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears.
  10. Gather the top edge of the skirt. For a slower treatment of how to gather see my awesome cheater gathering trick.
  11. Pin your elastic to the back edge of your skirt gather your skirt to the elastic. Sew the elastic onto the skirt while stretching the elastic (this is easier to understand when watching the video).
  12. Attach the band to the skirt.

How to sew a sash onto a skirt for a big bow. Great sewing tutorial for 60 minute gathered skirt.

I love that this skirt looks like a dress but that you can change the top for a completely different look or change up the type of sleeves for different occasions or weather!

How to make a gathered skirt with bow sash. Sewing tutorial with full video instructions

I also think it’s fun to sometimes wear the bow in the front and other times wear the bow in the back!

Reversible big bow skirt tutorial. Step by step video with sewing instructions. How to sew a skirt in 60 minute

See more great project made using Sue Daley’s gorgeous Bittersweet Fabric line for Riley Blake Designs.

20 Minute Clear Vinyl Wet Bag Tutorial

We’ve been squeezing out every last ounce of Summer here and my DIY wet bags have been so awesome while as we hit up the pools and water parks. But I have a feeling like I’ll be making for for other purposes.

How to sew clear vinyl wet bags. Free pattern for clutch size and pool bag size. Great sewing tutorial.

I made a clear vinyl wet back that attaches to my Ultimate Pool Bag last year and I loved it so much I wanted more. I wanted another large sized one and a smaller clutch style one that would serve as more of a splash bag.

Summer Sewing Series

I’m so excited to be sharing this as a part of Polka Dot Chair‘s great Summer Sewing Series!

Love this make wet bags out of clear vinyl. Large ones for pool stuff and small ones for splash clutches. Great 20 Minute sewing tutorial.

I’ve got sizing for both but you could easily tweek my pattern to make whatever size suits you. They would be awesome for pencil cases or craft kit holders. Really any time you’d love to quickly be able to see in your bag or want a little protection from dampness.

How to Make a Vinyl Wet Bag

They come together so fast with very inexpensive supplies it’s hard not to want to make a gazillion. Watch how easy it is to make your own clear vinyl wet bag.

Love this make wet bags out of clear vinyl. Large ones for pool stuff and small ones for splash clutches. Great 20 Minute sewing tutorial.

What You Need


Clutch Size

  • 10×13 Clear vinyl
  • 1 yard bias tape

Wet Bag 

  • 15-18X60 Clear Vinyl
  • 1.5-2 yard Bias Tape (depending if you want to do the bottom strip)

What to Do

  1. Fold your vinyl in half to form your bag shape make one edge about 1/2-1 inch below the other edge.
  2. Trim the bias tape to a little more than the width of the top edge of your bag. If doing the bottom edge you will need two pieces this long. With the remainder you should have close to what you need to line the top edge and fold it over for a wrist loop trim it down if you want it smaller.
  3. It is easier to do both top edges first (on the clutch video I don’t do this). Start by tucking the edge under of your bias tape to hide the raw edge then sandwiching the vinyl in between the folds of the vinyl. On one edge you will finish by tucking the edge under and clipping. On the other you will have a long tail.
  4. Zig zag stitch the bias tape in place making sure to catch the vinyl in between. On the side with the tail once you get to the end of the vinyl just straight stitch the bias tape together along the bottom Edge.
  5. Next fold the tail over to form your wrist loop. Tuck the raw edge under and sew into place with an X or a few rows of back stitches.
  6. Fold your bag so that the edge with the wrist loop is 1/2-1 inch above the other top edge.
  7. If you are adding bias tape at the bottom edge you can cut it to make it lay more flat. Skip to step 8 if you are just using the folded edge. Attach the bias tape to the bottom edge just like you did to the top edge.
  8. Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions if you’re not sure how to do that.
  9. Next clip the sides in place.
  10. Fold the wrist loop edge over the other top edge and clip in place
  11. Sew the sides about 1/4 seam allowance and making sure to back stitch at both ends. At the top you should have both bias edges on top of each other.
  12. Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions of how to do that.

Made these wet bags and not sure how I lived without them. Great 20 minute sewing project perfect for taking to the pool

And you’re good to go! I like the large one for shoving all the wet stuff in as we’re leaving the pool. You know swimsuits, goggles, aqua socks, toys. All of that. And the little one is awesome for keeping my phone accessible but protected from splashes or drippy kids hanging around.

Free sewing pattern for pool wet bags. Clutch size for phone splash protection and large pool tote for everything else.

It’s obviously not going to do anything for crazy amounts of splashing but off to the side how I have it it’s just what I need. I might have to make some more of the small sized ones for toiletry bags or just to have see-through cases I can throw in my bags for on the go.

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DIY Harry Potter Hooded Towels Tutorial

I have wanted to make Harry Potter hooded towels for years. I loved the idea of something like a Quidditch robe towel.

SO awesome Harry Potter Hooded Towels. Full DIY sewing tutorial

And I’m excited to say I finally did it and they turned out awesome. So here is a tutorial. They are a bit labor intensive so if you’re not up to making your own they are available here already made in my shop.

We need these Harry Potter hooded towels to take on vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

As with all the tutorials on my blog this is provide for person, non-commercial use only. I’m more than happy for you to make these for friends though!

Dying of cuteness. We need these quidditch robes Harry Potter hooded towels! Great sewing tutorial and where to purchase.

Watch the Step by Step Video Tutorial

What You Need

  • 1 Bath Towel
  • 1 Hand Towel
  • Iron-on Vinyl in black and yellow
  • Cutting Machine
  • 4″X44″ Fabric for Scarf (I used Riley Blake Chevrons)

What to Do

  1. Pre-wash your towels and scarf fabric.
  2. Cut out black glasses, a yellow lightening bolt scar, and yellow snitch. I used my Cricut Explore to do this. With the included program you can use any image to make a cutting design. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can also just trace your design off of your computer screen or print of your design and cut it out like a stencil.
  3. Iron your towels to remove moisture.
  4. Iron your vinyl onto your towels. See my how to use iron-on vinyl post if you have never used it before.
  5. For the hood fold one long edge over about 1 inch and place your glasses above the folded edge and the the scar above that. Unfold your towel before yo press it. I did this on my heat press with a piece of cardboard underneath but if you use a home iron I recommend doing it on the floor so you have better leverage.
  6. Iron your snitch onto your towel edge.
  7. Fold the long edge on the vinyl side up 1 inch and sew into place. The edge of the towel should be right below the glasses.
  8. Fold in half and cut down to the right depth of the hood. For mine own I had to remove 4 inches. For my kiddo’s I removed 4 inches from the depth (opposite edge of the glasses) and then 3 inches from the bottom edge/height (where the neck line would be). I have found that not all hand towels are created equally so you might want to compare the hood of a sweatshirt with your towel to get a good size.
  9. Serge or sew and finish with a zig zag stitch the back edge of your hand towel to form the hood.
  10. Iron the long edges of your scarf under 1/4 inch.
  11. Find the middle of the top edge of your towel and mark with a pin.
  12. Pin the hood to the body towel with the scarf on top. You want the straight side of the hold lined on top of the the body towel and then place the scarf on top of that. I like my scarf to start at the side opposite of the snitch so when it is is on the scarf is uneven and has a “wrapped around the neck” feel to it. Remember to tuck the short edges of the scarf under when you’re pinning.
  13. Sew around all the edges of the scarf making sure to catch all layers (scarf, body towel, hood towel).
  14. And now you’re done!

Harry Potter hooded towels for the whole family. DIY or buy

We took them to the pool yesterday and had a blast. It made me so happy to dry off in these Harry Potter towels!

How to make Harry Potter towels. Too cute!

I did wash and dry them and they held up awesomely. The vinyl got a bit wrinkly but you can just iron from the back to flatten it back out if you are worried about that.

Mommy and me Harry Potter towels. Great DIY sewing tutorial or a place to just buy them already made.

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How to Make a Harry Potter Wand Tutorial

We’re wand obsessed in my house so it was about time that I made some myself. I’m so excited to share how to make a Harry Potter wand with just a few household supplies!

I've tried a lot of wand tutorials and this is the easiest and fastest and they turn out great. Fun Harry Potter party or costume idea.

This is a super fun craft that’s totally appropriate to do with the kids. Not only am I sharing it as a part of my awesome Happy Harry Potter series because you know Harry Potter and magic wands, but I’m also joining forces with Craft Lightning’s Scout Projects this month! Thanks to the hosts, Me and My Inklings, The Country Chic Cottage, and 30 Minute Crafts for having me! Oh and if you love Harry Potter make sure to scroll to the bottom of this posts to enter the awesome HHP giveaways.

While you can certainly finish this project in 15 minutes with time to spare it’s a nice one because it can easily be drawn out if you want to occupy the kids for a little longer. So let’s get to it!

What You Need

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chopsticks
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Mod Podge or Clear Spray Paint (optional)

It really is SO easy. You apply hot glue to the fatter end of the chopstick in whatever patterns you like to form the handle and after that dries you paint it. I prefer acrylic paint but you can use spray paint too although I did have trouble with one of the cans of spray paint I tried never setting up. After your paint is dried you can top it with a layer of mod podge or clear spray paint.

Hands down the best Harry Potter wand tutorial. Way better than the others I've tried. Fun kid activity or party idea.

It makes a super cute give idea or photo prop. The kids LOVE casting spells with their DIY wizard wants! And while I did in fact buy the fancy interactive wands from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when we went last year, and I believe they were worth every single penny. I prefer the kids using these cheapo wands to play around with!

How fun quick and easy DIY Harry Potter wands tutorial

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Sew Our Stash Summer Tops

You guys, I sewed myself THREE new tops this month!!! Two I totally love and the other I’m trying to decide.

DIY knit top. This is my favorite shirt.

So this is one of the ones I love. I actually made it earlier today. I have a favorite shirt and I drafted the pattern based off of it and I am in love. I plan on making at least 10 more. Also ignore my crazy squinty eyes and wild hair the weather was nutso but when you sew your Sew Our Stash items the last day you need to write up your post you get what you get haha.

Sew Our Stash monthly selfish sewing challenge.

It came together so quickly and it’s one of those easy to wear styles that I need so badly in this stage of my mommy hood.

Sorbetto Top Sewing Pattern

The top I’m unsure about you may have already seen. I used some SUPER gorgeous Riley Blake fabric from their Desert Bloom line. I had originally planned on making a dress with the fabric but decided I needed more tops. I just don’t love how this turned out. I think it’s frumpy and not flattering. I took TONS of pictures in this shirt and there were only 3 where I didn’t think I looked really blah. I still really love the fabric so I feel like I wasted it you know. I think part of the problem was this style probably needed a lighter weight fabric but also the cut doesn’t seem to work for me. I don’t think the lines hit the right places to be flattering on me. Also I think it’s too big despite taking it in. I don’t know what do you guys think? You can see a couple more pictures here.

handmade wardrobe perfect tee

And the final top is another version of the first this time with the Idle Wilde print on the front and solid black on the back. I’m not sure if you’ve ever sewn with Riley Blake knits but they are dreamy. I have a few skirts (with big white sections) and I can wear bright neon undies under these tight pencil skirts and they don’t show through but they are still super soft and have a great drape.

Two fabrics for a fun DIY knit shirt

So that’s what I made for Sew Our Stash this month. I’m quite proud. I’m super anxious to make more of those tees! Make sure you check out what Bev from Flamingo Toes made this month for herself! And keep tagging those pictures  #sewourstash

Vinyl Bottom Market Bag Tutorial

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I have to say I’m totally smitten with this vinyl bottom market back and you will be too! I’m sharing an easy DIY tutorial and free pattern so we can all have new awesome totes.

My new favorite diy bag. Great free sewing pattern and easy tote bag tutorial

I fell in love with the Greatest Adventure line when I first saw it and I think it makes just the perfect every day tote for this boy mama. The problem though was that this didn’t come in a laminate and it was very important to me that the bottom of my wipeable and water resistant.

Love this bag. great sewing tutorial with free market tote bag pattern

I put it down on the floor all over and it just grosses me out to do that with regular fabric. So what I did instead was cover it in a layer of vinyl and it worked like a charm!

What You Need

Free pattern and tutorial for awesome diy vinyl bottom bag. Great sewing tutorial

What to Do

  1. Sew the bottom of the main fabric together to make the bottom edge of the bag. If your fabric is directional pay attention to that.
  2. Do the same for the pocket fabric
  3. Serge (or zig zag) the top edges of both the main fabrics and the pocket fabrics.
  4. Iron the top edges of the pocket piece under 1 inch.
  5. Lay the clear vinyl over the right side of the pocket piece. Fold over the top edges and clip into place. I made a video about how to do this and how to sew with vinyl (the next step) you can watch it on guest post on the Riley Blake Designs blog!
  6. Sew across the one of the top edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance making sure to catch all four layers (folded fabric and folded vinyl)
  7. Repeat on the other top edge.
  8. Lay the now vinyl covered pocket over the open a main fabric and pin at the bottom seam.
  9. On one side find the center and sew a line down the center of the pocket piece attaching it to the main fabric. This will create two smaller pockets on one side of the bag.
  10. Next make the straps. Iron each strap piece right sides together lengthwise and then sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  11. Turn right side out (I love using my loop turner for this, see about my loop turner love here). And then tuck the ends in and iron.
  12. Measure 4 inches in from the edge of the pocket and pin the strap to the main fabric about an inch below the pocket. Measure 3 inches up from the top of the pocket and place another pin.
  13. Pin the other side of the strap 4 inches in from the other edge.
  14. Repeat for the other side of the bag.
  15. Sew the straps on forming an X box at each end to reinforce the stitches. Sew along the sides from the bottom of the strap up to where you marked 3 inches above the pocket finishing in another X box.
  16. Serge both sides of the the bag fabric so that you finish the edges and attach the pocket to the main fabric. It should still be opened up at this point with the bottom seam in the middle.
  17. Next Iron the top edges under 3 inches.
  18. Sew a line across the top edges at the bottom edge of the fold (about 2.75 inches down from the fold).
  19. Sew another line 1/2 inch above that.
  20. Repeat on the other side of the bag.
  21. Next with wrong sides together fold the bag in half so the bottom seem is at the bottom. Tuck the side edges of the bag under to hid the serging and clip together.
  22. With a piece of tissue paper under the vinyl sew from the bottom of the casing to the bottom edge of the bag. Repeat on the other side.
  23. Peel off any remaining tissue paper.
  24. Thread one piece of ribbon in from the right side looping back in from the other side and then knot. Repeat with the other ribbon but starting at the left side.
  25. Now add snaps onto the large pocket side. Position the snaps right in front of the straps so that you attach them to the thicker part of the bag.

So many great details in this free sewing pattern. Vinyl bottom bag tutorial

It’s really a pretty easy bag to put together I just did it in a couple hours. Today was my first day using it and I have to say I seriously love it. I might have to make another for when I head out with out the little guy.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails Tutorial

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When I saw the gorgeous imagery in the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie I knew I just had to do nails inspired by the film. The colors are so vivid and brilliant and I can’t pass  up a good bookish (albeit film interpreted) nail opportunity.

Obsessed with these great Alice through the looking glass inspired nails. Fabulous nail stamping art tutorial and detailed supply list and instructions.

I did this manicure using my FAVORITE nail stamping technique. I originally shared this as a part of a live Facebook event. It was fun and I went in without any ideas and people hung out and helped me pick and decide what exactly to do!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails. Great step by step instructions to how to do awesome nail stamping at home.

But here is the edited video with just what you need to replicate these Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails yourself.

Alice Nail Supply List

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Tutorial

  1. Apply a base coat.
  2. Apply the solid color coats.
  3. Apply a few brushes of teal to the white nails.
  4. Stamp your gold stripes onto your green nails.
    1. Clean your stamping plate with acetone.
    2. Apply a thin layer of stamping nail polish to your stamping plate.
    3. Scrap the excess paint off with a scrapper or old gift card.
    4. Roll the stamper across the stamping plate to life the remaining nail polish.
    5. Roll the stamper across your nail to transfer the nail polish to your nail.
    6. See here for a more in depth treatment of how to do nail stamping.
  5. Stamp the scroll design on to your maroon and purple nails with gold.
  6. Stamp the clocks and gears on white black onto the White and teal nails.
  7. Use a STAMPING FRIENDLY clear top coat.
  8. Use a clean up brush and acetone to tidy up your nails and use tape to remove the paint from your skin. This can be done as you go as well.
  9. Optional finish with another layer of top coat.

Amazing Alice through the looking glass inspired nail art. Full tutorial and instructions.

I think they turned out super cute. They are actually my favorite nails I’ve done in a while!

Must see these amazing Alice Through the Looking Glass nails. Simple step by step tutorial and full supply list great nail stamping art.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Printable Quotes by Hey, Let’s Make Stuff


The Mad Hatter: Whiskey Jalapeño Strawberry Cocktail by Merlot Mommy


Electric Blue Butterfly Cocktail/Mocktail by Happiness is Homemade


DIY Tea Cups by Persia Lou


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