Guest Posting at LMLD: Apricot Hand Pies

apricot hand pies (with vegan option) by Rae Gun Ramblings

Hi all today I’m hanging over at Like Mother Like Daughter while Aimee is taking some time to get to know her new little boy! I hope you stop by and check out my super easy recipe for quick apricot hand pies. Click over to see the yummy inside pictures ;)

If you’re visiting from LMLD welcome it’s great to have you! I hope you take some time to wander around. If you need a place to start you can find some of my most popular posts hanging out in the side bar to the right. And if you want to jump straight to the edibles here’s all my recipes including my new favorite cheesecake brownie recipe, oh it’s soo good.

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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.

Ruffle Diaper Covers - Rae Gun Ramblings

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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Straight Lines and Angles Series and Giveaway

Simple Sewing details - Rae Gun Ramblings

I am so excited to be joining Jess from If Only They Would Nap for her awesome series Straight Lines and Angles all about geometric sewing. There have already been so many great posts make sure to hop over and check out all the other bloggers’ creations.

Straight Lines and Angles

Since so many boy friendly fabrics are stripes I decided to go stripe crazy for this little one piece for Teddy. Not only did I mix stripe fabric but I also did some lines of top stitching on the red sleeve. I saw this on an outfit at a fancy smancy baby boutique and I’ve been wanting to try it myself.

Quilted sleeve tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

I think the little rows of straight lines are a sweet detail that can be added to a basic sihouette to make it just a little more interesting when you don’t have busy fabric you are working with.

How to make quilted sleeves - Rae Gun RamblingsIt’s so simple if you want to do it yourself all you need is a ruler or straight edge and a fabric marker. Mark out your lines and then sew along them. Remove the fabric marker (according to the directions of your particular marker, usually with marker). You’ll want to do the the top stitching before you sew the garment together in most instances. just look at your piece and where you want the detail and decide what would make sense for your project.

strait lines series - Rae Gun Ramblings

This my friends is Teddy’s first for the blog “photo shoot” for the blog and I have to day he was definitely a trooper. Before I put the outfit on I warned him that he’d have a lot more of this in his future ;)

Top stitched sleeves - Rae Gun Ramblings

Also don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers who are a part of this fun series have made and will be making and enter to win an awesome prize pack of patterns.

Straight Lines and Angles Bloggers

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Huge Baby Giveaway and A Recipe

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I just wanted to let you guys know about a few things I’m participating in that are happening this week. First off I’m joining the awesome ladies over at I Candy Handmade for a fabulous DIY Babies series. I’ll be guest posting later in the series but I’m giving away a 30$ gift card for my shop as a part of their humungo baby giveaway. Make sure to swing by to enter all of this awesomeness. And while you’re there make sure you check out all the fantastic DIY baby posts!

Delicious Summer Dip that won't kill your diet at Rae Gun Ramblings

Second I shared a yummy healthy dip recipe over at Whatever Dee Dee Wants this Wednesday as a part of her Recipe Round Up series. So hop over and get the recipe for this yummy Cowboy Caviar. and see other awesome recipes.

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Faux Pocket Tutorial, Great Baby Patterns and Giveaway

Fabulous baby sewing patterns and faux pocket tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve whined before about how frustrated I am with boy clothes so when I was given the opportunity to try out the new Lullaby Line from Peek-a-boo Patterns I jumped on the chance. I’ve made a couple things for Toasty so far but to be honest I didn’t love them. But, after trying out these patterns I actually got excited.

Cute clothes for baby boys - Rae Gun Ramblings

It might sound weird but being someone who has spent so many years sewing cute clothes (mostly for girls) and only really having girls in my family, it’s been a little rough for me that Toasty is a boy. Yes I am so excited for him, that’s not it at all but in my head part of being a mom was going to be sewing for my babe and I just didn’t know how/what to sew for a boy plus it took so much to get this little guy I’ve more or less assumed he’ll be our only kiddo.

All that is to say that I’m very grateful for being able to make up these outfits because it allowed something to really click in me and get me excited about my little boy and being his mom in a way that I had just assumed I wouldn’t be. Kinda cheesy but we can blame it on the hormones.

Stylish baby clothes that are boy friendly - Rae Gun Ramblings

The Lullaby Line is made up of a bunch of great basics for babies I tried out the patterns for the body suit, hat, and mittens but I’m super excited to give all the others a go. Since the little guy isn’t here yet I don’t have much to say about sizing although Amy has great tips and suggestions for picking the right size in the instructions. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these came together. The directions are super clear and easy to follow (which I’ve come to expect from her patterns). But more than that these are FAST.

Darling boy friends baby clothes and faux pocket tutorial at Rae Gun RamblingsI can definitely make these much faster than it would take me to get into the car drive to the store buy an outfit and drive home. Plus I rarely find anything I like in the stores anyways!

Pretty much all pictures of me as an infant I had little baby mittens on, apparently I was a big scratcher and I’ve heard what a nightmare trimming baby nails can be. These little gloves come together so fast I’ve got a bag of scrap knits that will becoming mittens soon! But I think the hat is my favorite. It’s just so cute I can’t wait to put it on his wee head. The pattern actually comes with two other variations so I’m excited to try those out too.

How to add a simple faux pocket to anthing - Rae Gun Ramblings

I didn’t make any changes just added a tiny fake pocket that was so easy. If you want to make your own you’ll just need to cut out a rectangle and then trim one side to a point. Then you fold over and iron down the point plus a little of the edge. Pin the faux pocket on your finished garment and top stitch all around. You could stabilize it with some interfacing but I didn’t have any lightweight stuff and I didn’t want to take away from the coziness of the outfit.

Fabulous sewing patterns for baby and faux pocket tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you’re curious I found the awesome black and white print at Girl Charlee and used some green Sew Classic fabric from JoAnn Fabrics as the binding and contrasts.

Make sure to check out how other sewing bloggers are spinning these cute patterns at Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Blog and on all of the blogs listed below.

In honor of the pattern tour Peek-a-boo Patterns is giving away three 50$ gift certificates to the shop! I’ve blogged about a few of their patterns before and loved them all, really I don’t think you can go wrong the patterns are top notch and extremely well written. Enter the giveaway or stop by the shop to check out the selection if you just can’t wait!
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Pinterest Love and Pinners Party!

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Sometimes I’m completely blown away by how fast Pinterest popped up and ingrained itself in our lives. Remember when you visited blog after blog and saved pictures but didn’t remember to save where they were from? Or you’d search google desperately for ideas for that party? I personally love how I can have such organized bookmarks with Pinterest.

 Great collection of appetizers and party food

For example as we approach Super Bowl Sunday, I really don’t care about the game but I do care about having yummy party food. So I love that I can go to my Food: Appetizer, Dips and Other Party Food board and easily find all kinds of new recipes I’ve been saving up to try. And I’m not going to lie apps are probably my favorite type of food ever so I definitely peek at that board more than just for the Super Bowl :)

 Crafts, Food, and bookish inspiration

I have over 100 boards that range from ideas for each holiday every kind of craft, many fandoms (even ones I haven’t gotten into yet haha), and of course food! I was excited when I was given the chance to pick a feature for Pinterest Feature Friday that Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday, Bev from Flamingos Toes, and Michele from The Scrap Shoppe Blog host every week. Hop on over to see who I featured and her awesome boards.

Also you can sign up to be on the Pinterest Master List too and have a chance to be featured yourself! I hope you’ll follow me on Pinterest if you haven’t already. And happy pinning.

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How to Make Unique Paper Dolls

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I’m excited to have Carla Sonheim here today sharing how to make unique paper dolls. She is an illustrator and online art instructor known for using clever exercises and techniques to help students of all levels adopt a playful approach to creating art. She is the author of “Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun” and “The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone.”

For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists. She made this Paper Doll tutorial in anticipation of her next online class, “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale,” which begins January 20, 2014 and looks awesome! If you have any interest in illustration or know anyone that does definitely pass the info along. You can find out more about Carla and her art and classes at Carla’s Blog .  Here’s Carla!

Here is a quick and fun way to make original paper dolls… a perfect thing to do with your kids or to nurture the kid inside you… because we’re never too old to play with paper dolls! Have fun!

STEP BY STEP

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1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need a small watercolor set, a #12 round paintbrush (or similar), a piece of 8″x10″ hot press watercolor paper 140# (or similar), a pencil, an eraser (I like kneaded rubber erasers), and some scissors.

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2. Lightly sketch in an outline of your doll with your pencil. Keep your doll shape simple and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!). Erase as necessary.

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3. Using lots of water, mix up a “skin” color, and paint the face, arms and feet. (Note: I like to keep the arms close to the body, so that when she’s cut out, her arms are secured.) Optional step: When face part has had a chance to dry a bit, “dot” some red watercolor into the cheek area quickly.

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4. If you would like a darker-skinned doll, repeat step 3 after the first layer is completely dry.

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5. When face area is dry, add hair and let dry completely. Darken your pencil lines and add facial features. Optional: Spray with fixative.

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6. Cut out your paper doll, and…

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7. Play!

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© 2013 Carla Sonheim (www.carlasonheim.com)

BIOCarla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and online art instructor known for using innovative techniques to help students of all levels embrace a playful approach to creating art. She is also the author of the “Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun.” Carla’s paintings have been showcased in many galleries nationwide, as well as private and corporate collections. For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists.

More Free Tutorials: http://www.carlasonheim.com/tutorials/

Next Online Art Class: 2014: Year of the Fairy Tale

Link to Carla’s Online Classes: http://www.carlasonheim.com/store/

Monogram Glitter Ornament Tutorial

Monogram Glitter Ornament Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings

Today I have a quick and easy monogram glitter ornament tutorial. It’s perfect for gift giving and totally customizable. Last week I shared an easy stencil technique for a glitter ornament and this is just another way that you can get a cute design out of glitter.

Monogram Glitter Ornament Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings

To make your own you will need the following:
  • 2×3 Wood Pieces (I found these at the craft store in small packages)
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Ribbon

Monogram Glitter Ornament Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

  1. Begin by drilling a hole in your wood piece. If you’re not comfortable using a drill feel free to just glue your ribbon on at the end to allow it to hang.
  2. Next paint your wood piece making sure to cover the edges. After the paint dries apply a single coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.
  3. Paint a thin even layer of Mod Podge onto a scrap surface and place your stamp on it like it is an ink pad and then stamp your wood piece with the Mod Podge.
  4. If you don’t like how it stamped you can quickly rinse it off and start again.
  5. Next sprinkle generously with gold. Allow to set for at least an hour.  Tap off the excess glitter and if necessary you might want to take a dry brush to clear the rest of the glitter.
  6. String a ribbon through the hole tie a knot then form a loop and tie a bow to allow it to hang. Hang on your tree or give it as as gift.

This was originally posted on Lines Across as a part of Rachel’s awesome handmade ornament series.

Monogram Glitter Ornament Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings

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Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial & 12 Days of Handmade Gifts

Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial quick and easy gift idea perfect for using up scraps - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today I’m sharing my quick and easy Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial. This is a  great project for using up scraps. I have made simple rosette headbands and hair clips before but it wasn’t until I saw some darling rosette necklaces at a boutique that I thought to put them on a pendant.

Great project for using up scraps. Easy and fast fabric rosette pendant tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

To make a rosette pendant you just need one strip of fabric about 2 inches wide by 10-15 inches long depending on how big of a pendant you want and how think your fabric is. You’ll also need a glue gun and and pendant bail.

  1. Start off by folding your piece of fabric lengthwise with the right sides facing out. Then roll the end a few times to form the center of the rosette. Apply glue to help it keep it’s shape
  2. Next start folding or twisting the fabric as you wrap it around on itself stopping to glue every once in a while so that it stays secure. You will get a different look depending on if you fold or twist. I think both are pretty it is all a matter of preference and you might find that you like different techniques for different fabrics.
  3. Once your rosette is to your liking cut your fabric so that there is just enough left when opened up to cover the back of the rosette. Glue that down. Trim any excess that might show from the front.
  4. Add some glue to your pendant bail then string it on a chain and you are good to go.

Rosette Pendant Tutorial would make cute girlfriend gifts - Rae Gun Ramblings

This was originally shared at Sew Caroline as a part of her awesome 12 Days of Handmade Gifts series.

Handmade Gifts

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Free Kid’s Apron Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

 10 minute apron tutorial with free pattern - Rae GUn Ramblings

I am so excited to be joining Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for her Holiday Sewing Blog Tour. We do a lot of cooking in my family especially around the holidays. I wanted to make my nieces some holiday aprons but then I decided that the project was SO simple that I wanted to teach them how to make their own aprons.

Holiday Sewing Blog Tour

I’ve hinted about it before but I’ve been teaching them how to sew and it’s been awesome! I’ll do a whole post about what has worked but all of that is to say that this project is easy enough for a 5 and 6 year old who barely can handle a machine. If you are comfortable with a sewing machine I think you could make this in 10 minutes. If you’re super cautious and not yet comfortable with a sewing machine I still think you can do this in 30 minutes!

Quick and easy kid apron tutoria10 minute apron tutorial with free pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

10 Minute Kid Apron Tutorial

Free child's apron pattern and step by step instructions at Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Main apron fabric 17 X 11 inches A fat quarter should work unless it is a directional print.
  • Strap fabric 5 X 44 (or longer) inches
  • Pocket 5.25 X 5.25 inches (give or take)
  • Apron Pattern (get it here)
  1. Cut all apron pieces. My main apron pattern piece is mostly an 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a curve at the bottom and then cut on the fold. You can make your own with that same idea or get my child sized apron pattern.
  2. Start by ironing the edges of your pocket piece down about 1/2 inch on all sides.
  3. Sew along one edge with a 1/4 seam allowance. This will be the top edge of your pocket.
  4. With right sides together iron you strap piece in have lengthwise.
  5. With a 3/8 seam allowance sew down the long edge of the folded strap along the raw edge.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron.
  7. Next serge or zig zag around the edges of the main apron fabric.
  8. Fold under, pin, and sew down the sides and around the bottom. For a prettier finish fold twice. We only did one fold and they are fine.
  9. Pin the pocket to the front of your apron how ever you would like and sew down the three edges leaving the top edge open.
  10. Next pin the waist band to the apron main piece overlapping about 1 inch.
  11. Sew to attach the waist band to the apron main piece. We used fun decorative stitches.
  12. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close.
  13. Tie on and bake something awesome!

 Free kid's apron pattern great for beginners - Rae Gun Ramblings

The girls were so proud when they finished their aprons. They aren’t perfect but they are getting more confident and it’s so so fun to see them create things for themselves!

I plan on doing a whole post about teaching kids to sew but I think the most important thing is to use a machine with speed control with decent slow setting. I used both this brother and my Emerald Viking and the Viking is a much stronger and faster machine which was a little harder for the girls to start on. Let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns and I’ll try to answer address them.

And don’t get the impression that this is just a  kid project I’ve made these aprons myself and I think they would make darling gifts!

Holiday Sewing

Check out more from this cool Holiday Sewing series and check out the awesome serger giveaway that Jamie has going on as a part of this.

Christmas Aprons

Here’s a peek of what’s in store. Yesterday Jamie kicked things off with an Easy Holiday T-Shirt Dress and tomorrow The Stitching Scientist will be sharing a Baby Christmas Dress with a Free Pattern.

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