Just Call Them Anastasia and Drizella, Bumblebee Pattern Tour and Giveaway

How to make a corset bodice on a girl's princess dress at Rae Gun Ramblings

When I first saw Sewing Mamma RaeAnna‘s Bumblebee Dress pattern it just screamed princess dress. I know I know I have a princess dress making addiction. But I’ve never made one in this style. So I knew when she invited me to be a part of her pattern tour I would do a very princess-y version.

 Anastasia and Drizella dresses at Rae Gun Ramblings #cinderella #costume

The nieces LOOOOVE them. All weekend they were around like freaking Cinderella’s step sisters – Anastasia and Drizella.

 Great easy princess dresses at Rae Gun Ramblings

In fact I showed up to church and they were wearing them. I didn’t really think they were church dresses when I made them but I guess my mom and sister thought otherwise haha. I just kind of sighed when we went up to communion and they were carefully holding their skirts. Oh dear.

 pseudo corset princess dress tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

I pretty much stuck to the pattern but before I sewed the bodice up I added some ribbon in a crisscross pattern to give a little corset feel. It was so easy and you could do it to lots of different types of dresses. I am usually not one for pinning but I think in this case measuring and pinning are a must. But besides that it’s all about laying it out and sewing the ribbon down before you attach any other pieces. I did sew a straight stitch down both sides of the ribbon.And I also increased the skirt length.

 Simple princess dresses and easy pseudo corset tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

I had to include these pictures because as you know my love of YA fantasy makes me love a good kick-butt princess heroine so when the girls started practicing karate in their dresses it warmed my geeky heart.

As far as the pattern goes the sizing was right on and it came together super easily. It looks kinda fancy but this was not complicated at all and the directions were easy to understand the first time around. It comes with the sleeve option like I did and a sleeveless option. I definitely suggestion picking it up especially while it’s on sale this week for only $5.

bumblebee dress pattern - Rae GUn Ramblingsfrom Once Upon a Sewing Machinefrom Sew Veryfrom Welcome to the Mouse House

It’s funny because when I saw the pattern my mind couldn’t see anything except a princess dress but after seeing all the different versions being shared on this blog tour I’m blown away by the versatility of the pattern. Here are some of my favorites that have been shared so far. See even more over at RaeAnna’s I think it would make a super sweet Christmas Pajama nightgown or top paired with some pajama pants.

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You can buy the pattern at the discounted rate of $5 right now through the end of the blog tour (Nov. 18, 2013).

Also RaeAnna is giving away 3 copies of the pattern and a bunch of other goodies to help you sew up your own. If you want a chance to win enter below on the rafflecopter.
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Turkey Napkin Rings and Turkey Hair Clips Tutorial

The following post is part of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores Celebrate the Season campaign. I received compensation for this post but all opinions are 100% my own and I’m excited to share! #turkeytablescapes

Turkey napkin rings that also double as festive hair clips. Quick easy tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapesWe usually have Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws and my side of the family comes too they all like each other so it works out really well. But this year there’s some construction going on so I think the plan is to have it at my house which I’m totally excited for. Besides in college I’ve never done Thanksgiving so I’ve been trying to think of some little details to make it special.

Turkey Hair Clip and Napkin Ring Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapesWhen I first thought of these Turkey napkin rings that also double as turkey hair clips I was thinking it would just be for the kids table but after both my sister and mom told me they wanted their own I think I just might have to do them for all the place settings. Luckily this project is SO quick, inexpensive, and easy that’s no problem at all.

Super easy no-sew turkey napkin rings that double as festive hair clips. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapesYou can find all the supplies at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores and if you’re like me  you might actually have a lot of the supplies on hand. With the use of my trusty glue gun this project took me only about 10 minutes.

Step by step instructions for how to make festive turkey napkin rings and turkey hair clips at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapes

What You Need

  • Brown Felt – 1 sheet should make 4 napkin rings/hair clips or get the by the yard kind
  • Ribbon of different colors and sizes – I used 7 pieces that were about 4 inches long each
  • Small piece of red rick rack
  • Flip Clip
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hot glue gun and glue

What to Do

  1. Cut your napkin ring pieces. One piece 5 x 2 inches and another piece 1 x 2 inches.
  2. Draw a line of glue along both short ends of the the small piece and stick to the middle of the long piece.
  3. Then draw a line of glue along one of the short ends of the long piece and attach it to the other end to form a ring. make sure that your small piece is on the outside of the ring this is how you will attach the turkey clip.
  4. Cut out a turkey body piece and a second round piece slightly smaller than the bottom circle of the turkey.
  5. Fold your ribbons in half with the right sides out and glue the ends to form the feathers.
  6. Draw a half circle of glue on the back (round) piece of felt and attach the “feathers” add more glue as needed. I had to do a couple layers.
  7. Then add glue to the bottom round part of the front felt piece and place over the ribbons.
  8. Run your piece of rick rack over a flame to seal the edges and then glue on the eyes and rick rack. What’s that gobbly thing called again?
  9. Finally add some glue to the top of the the hair clip and attach to the back of the turkey.

Use scraps to make a super cute Turkey ribbon hair clip. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapes

Find a cute head and clip it on for a fun playful ‘do. Or if you are making it for the men-folk or mini men-folk you can use a pinback instead of a flip clip and it can be a cute turkey pin.

Cute Thanksgiving turkey napkin rings that double as hair clips. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapes

To use it as a napkin ring simply slide the clip through the opening formed by the little piece of felt on the napkin ring and you’re good to go. Not only do you have a festive decoration but your guest have something to take home.

Make your own simple ribbon turkey hair clip tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #turkeytablescapes

For more festive craft ideas be sure to check out the Jo-Ann craft catalog and all the great inspiration at the Celebrate the Seasons website. For extra savings be sure to print out this coupon for 50% off a regular priced item!

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No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

The following post is apart of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores Celebrate the Season campaign. I received compensation for this post but all opinions are 100% my own and I’m excited to share! #spookyspaces

Super cute and easy no sew halloween treat bags tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #diy #halloween #craft

To say that I’m busy would be an understatement. This time of year is flat out crazy for me. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen a peek into my craziness. But I wanted to do a fun Halloween craft since usually I just have to watch everyone else part take in the festivities. Little did I know that the nieces would go gaga over this project.

Easy no sew goodie bags for Halloween - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #tutorial #diy

When I showed up with these simple goodie bags and special Halloween Skirts they were so smitten. My favorite part though is that they took just a few minutes to make and can be put together from really basic and inexpensive craft supplies that you can find at your favorite Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

No sew halloween treat bag tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #felt #craft

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

  • felt
  • googly eyes
  • glue (I used my glue gun)

how to make a quick no sew Halloween goodie bag - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #felt #craft

  1. Start by drawing your images. I made really basic shapes on scrap paper and then traced it onto the felt with a fabric marker. And the ghost was so basic that I just free handed that with scissors.
  2. Glue on the eyes and the face pieces.
  3. You want to cut strips of fabric that will be the body of the treat bag. Mine were 3 inches by 25 inches but you’ll want to base it on the size of your design pieces. It should be long enough to extend as a handle when positioned with your design pieces. Then overlap and glue the ends of each piece together to form a circle.
  4. Then with glue draw a U shape on the WRONG/inside side of your front design piece. Curve the strap circle so that it aligns with the glue and attaches. I like to use hot glue because it’s quick drying and strong.
  5. Now draw a line of glue on the edge of the strap piece just enough to attach the back piece. Attach the back piece.
  6. If you want a slimmer handle like I did fold it in have and with an angled cut slice off a little of the handle making sure not to cut the front or back piece.
  7. Fill with treats and hand to your favorite spooky friend!

Cute and easy no sew Halloween goodie bags - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #craft #diy #halloween

I can see them being really fun to put all kinds of treats, candy like we did, caramel apples, or even cupcakes. And really I was not joking when I said that the girls loved these bags!

Darling Halloween themed goodies bags full tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings #spookyspaces #craft #halloween

 If you’re looking for costume tips don’t forget to check out my super gigantic list of tips, tricks, and inspiration for making awesome Halloween costumes without losing your mind!

And learn how to make your own easy Halloween skirts!

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Very Shannon Sally Dress and Giveaway

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You know my love for Very Shannon‘s Sweetheart Dress Pattern, I originally shared about it here and used it as the base for my Fancy Nancy Dress. So I was super excited when I learned that Shannon was releasing a second girls pattern, the Sally Dress.

Super cute kid's sewing pattern from Very Shannon - Rae Gun Ramblings

T requested sleeves and L wanted sleeveless (the pattern actually has a shorter sleeve option too) but the big hit were the pockets. The girls absolutely ADORED the giant pockets when I took the dresses over to them. My sister has a crazy huge garden and the nieces found the pockets perfect for tomato harvesting!

Very Shannon Sally Dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love the square neckline, it is so sweet and makes it super easy for kiddos to put the dresses on themselves. I would note that the sizing is generous on the larger sizes which it clearly states on the pattern. I went down a size for both girls but I think next time I’d go down another size for a more perfect fit. If you go off of the finished measurement you should be good but I was a bit nervous doing 2 sizes down from the Sweetheart pattern but at least now these will last for a couple years.

sally dress pattern tour on luvinthemommyhood.com

Make sure to stop by Luv in the Mommyhood and the other blogs on the blog tour to see all the other fun versions of the dress. And if you want to make your own you can find the Sally dress pattern in Shannon’s shop or enter win a copy using the rafflecopter widget below.

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Bug Skirt Tutorial Keep Kids Creative with Cricut & Ubooly

Easy bug skirt tutorial great for beginners. Sized for both kid and stuffed animal - Rae Gun Ramblings

When I showed up with this bug skirt complete with a bug skirt for the little Ubooly interactive toy the nieces were in love. It’s probably shameful of me for never thinking of making their toys and dolls clothes before but they absolutely loved the idea of the coordinating garment. This skirt came together so quickly and easily that once they started to fight over who was going to wear it (I know I should know better than to make just one of something) I told them that they could make their own. Yup I’ve started to teach them how to sew and these simple skirts are great beginner projects. But before we get to that here’s a fun bug skirt tutorial thanks for the supplies and challenge Cricut and Ubooly!

Bug Skirt Tutorial Kid Size

Bug Skirt Tutorial great beginner sewing project - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You’ll Need

  • Main skirt fabric (red) mine was 44″x 10″ (T is 6.5 and L is turning 5 this month)
  • Band fabric 8 pieces 5″ x 6″ (I did 2 of each color)
  • Cricut Iron-on Vinyl
  • Cricut Cutting Machine (my images are from the Garden Soup and the Live Simply cartridges in Cricut Craft room)
  • Elastic for waist (I used 20″ of 1/2″ elastic)

What to Do

  1. Sew the band pieces together along the 5″ sides making a long strip.
  2. Sew the strip to the bottom edge of the main skirt fabric.
  3. Sew up the sides.
  4. Finish the hem and make a casing for the elastic at the top of the skirt.
  5. Cut images out of vinyl the bugs were about 2 inches tall for the kid sized skirt. Remember if your image is directional to do the mirror image before you cut. Place the vinyl plastic side DOWN on the cutting mat and use the vinyl or kiss cut setting. Weed images and cut apart.
  6. Arrange vinyl with the plastic side up on the band and hold iron for 5-10 seconds on each image repeating as necessary until fully attached. Repeat for all images.
  7. Pull off the protective plastic covering. Lay a piece of fabric on top of each image and press through the fabric one more time.
  8. String the elastic in the casing and sew shut and you’re good to go.

Bug Skirt Tutorial Ubooly-012s

Ubooly Toy Skirt Tutorial

Bug Skirt Tutorial for the Ubooly Interactive Toy - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • 4 Skirt panel pieces each 4″x7″
  • Cricut Iron-on Vinyl
  • Cricut Cutting Machine (my images are from the Garden Soup and the Live Simply cartridges)
  • Elastic (I used 13″ of 1/4 inch elastic for the Ubooly)

What to Do

  1. Sew panels together along the 4″ sides to form a tube.
  2. Hem the bottom and make a top casing.
  3. Cut images out on the Cricut (the bugs were about 1 inch tall for the mini skirt). Weed and cut apart.
  4. Iron the vinyl on to the skirt as described above.
  5. String and sew in the elastic waist band and you’re good to go.

Use the Cricut to make a cute bug skirt for the Ubooly interactive toy - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m excited to have the girls make their own skirts. I love how the Cricut Craft room has so many images so we can use the same basic easy technique but with different fabrics and images they can have very different looking skirts that are totally personalized. Who want’s to bet that T makes herself a super hero one and the L goes for something princess-y?

bug skirt tutorial for the kid and the creature - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how Summery this turned out. I may have to ahem make myself one. Do you think it would work on an adult?

Cute and easy bug skirt tutorial for girls and stuffed animals - Rae Gun Ramblings

Princess Festival and The Story of a Dress

utah princess festiva - rae gun ramblings

Once upon a time there were two princesses. They got a fancy invitation to a grand Princess Festival from their friend Princess S of the land of Housewife Eclectic. The two little princesses were so excited. Little Princess L said she’d wear her sparkle gown that she got for her last birthday but poor Princess T had outgrown all her fancy dresses so they commissioned the castle tailor to make something up for the special event. Like all fancy occasions there were only a few days warning and the tailor was already booked with work.

So the day before the Princess Festival the tailor set to work on Princess T’s Sleeping Beauty dress. She fought with the fabric. She worked late into the night and when she went to fit the skirt to the top the skirt was too small. So she cut off some of the skirt only to find that she no longer had enough fabric for the fancy waist band for the skirt. Alas she decided only to put the band in the front. Tired both literally and of the task, the royal tailor threw the collar together by stabilization some fabric with heat bond and hand tacked it to the dress.

Sleeping Beauty Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

She was so nervous about Princess T trying it on but when she did the little princess loved it and the tailor thought it turned out a lot better than she expected considering all the mistakes and late night redos. So together they traveled to the land of Thanksgiving Point to meet with their friends Princess S of Housewife Eclectic and the Princesses A and S of Utah Sweet Savings.

princess festival - Rae Gun Ramblings

There was much giggling and twirling and meeting other lovely princesses. Practically every princess imaginable was in attendance from Cinderella to the Princess and the Pea to new princesses.

Captain Hook and Peter Pan - Rae Gun Ramblings

There were also some fine gentlemen including the charming Captain Hook who won their hearts. Girls always fall for the bad boys. Not to be forgotten was the spunky Peter Pan who danced with each girl through the night, and by night I mean day, and by dance I mean swung the girls from rock to rock over and over and over again.

Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter - Rae Gun Ramblings

The princesses followed a maze to tea with the Mad Hatter, Alice and more. They made some crafts and colored.

Thanksgiving Point Princess Festival - Rae GUn Ramblings

There were quest of all sorts including dragon hunting where songs were learned and adventure was had as well as some entertaining theater.

princess festival and handmade costumes - Rae Gun Ramblings

After meeting so many fancy people the princesses indulged in fine delicacies of Snow Cones and listened to Princess Kadesia read a story.

princess festival carriage ride - Rae Gun Ramblings

Finally the princesses finished the festival with a horse drawn carriage ride looking forward to more fun next year. And the Castle tailor finally got some sleep. The End.

Peek-a-Boo Pattern Summer Tour: Mustache Shirt Bubble Shorts

mustache shirt bubble shorts pattern review - rae gun ramblings

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it but I’m not much of a pattern user mostly because the big box patterns usually fit terribly but recently I’ve discovered indie patterns and my eyes have totally been open. Interesting designs, great fit, it’s a whole new world. So I’m crazy excited to be a part of Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Summer tour. The shop is full of great well fitting kiddo clothes. They just had big revamp and to celebrate they are doing a huge giveaway. See the bottom of this post for details on how to enter.

Molly Schoolgirl Blouse Pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

I was lucky enough to review two great Peek-a-Boo patterns and I loved them both. For the top I used the Molly Schoolgirl Blouse pattern mixed with some of Riley Blake’s awesome mustache fabric.

mustache shirt bubble shorts patterns - rae gun ramblings

The only little switch I did was to use rick rack instead of pipping and I think that made for a sweet little change. After measuring L I picked the size that correlated to her measurement which had me making her top and bottom a different size but they both fit great! Seriously I love a pattern that tells you what size to pick and it’s actually right. And I love the mustache shirt bubble shorts combo.

Best bubble short pattern ever - rae gun ramblings

I also got to test the Bubble Shorts Pattern which may very well be may new favorite pattern. The directions were so clear and I am just giddy at had stinking cute this turned out. I used another Riley Blake fabric for these.

Great kid patterns Peek-a-boo Pattern shop - rae gun ramblings

What’s even better is that L totally love them. The day after I gave them to her she showed up wearing them again apparently having picked out her own outfit, score! So if you want one of 3 a chances to win a prize pack of 10 patterns from Peek-a-Boo see the rafflecopter below.

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Holey Whale Dresses AKA Opps I Never Shared the Easter Pics

I just realized I never shared the pictures of the naughty nieces in their Easter dresses that I made them. Remember those Sweetheart dresses that I made? Well the moment I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to do kind of a spin on that.

I really love how the whale cut out turned out. It was so fun watching the girls chase around for eggs in them.

I just used the same Sweetheart dress pattern but instead of using the heart shape I traced one of the whales on the fabric. I washi taped some fabric to a window and then put a piece of paper over that to make it easier to trace. This ended up being smaller than I wanted the hey hole to be so I just drew a margin around to try to increase the size.

You can make virtually any shape by doing the same thing. Keep in mind that the more simple the shape the easier it will be. Also don’t forget to snip around all the curves and points. I had to do a lot more clipping for the whale than I did for the heart. I’m not going to go into how to do all the keyhole stuff because it’s a bit complicated and Shannon does such a good job explaining I don’t think I could do it justice. Even if you don’t plan on doing the dresses the pattern is totally worth it to learn this technique.

I also added flutter eyelet sleeves and I really like how it turned out. I took a couple pieces of gathered eyelet and put it between the two layers of the fabric before I top stitched the edge to close up the arm hole. I had purchased cute yellow buttons to put down the front but once I had them sewn on I just didn’t like how it looked so I snipped them off.

Oh and aren’t the baskets that my sister made fantastic? All she did was tie tulle around the edge of the baskets.

I can’t believe how big they are getting. Even from last Easter they just seem so much older.

And one of all the girls :)

Mermaid Party and Oyster Cookie Tutorial

We celebrated my eldest niece T’s 6th birthday this past weekend with a mermaid party. My mom, sister and I divided and conquered. We had so many fun decorations, delicious (and adorable) food, games and of course a mermaid outfit (more pics and tutorial to come). On the menu were shells and cheese, pigs in a blanket which for the day we called pigs in shells, fruit galore, veggies and hummus, sushi, vegan cupcakes, and an awesome mermaid cake which my mom made (yes that is fruit roll up wrapped around the barbie).

I spent WAY TOO LONG making cookie pops that doubled as decor. The weird ones were supposed be sand castles (they tasted yummy). And I also did some fun mermaids and seagulls which I thought turned out pretty cute.

One of my mom’s contributions were these super awesome and easy oyster cookies. We got the idea from Rook 17 who, by the way has so many amazing creations.

All you do is buy pre-made madeleines (we found ours at Costco) cut off a little of the cookie’s center (where the “pearl” will go) and then “glue” the pearl (we used candy coated chocolate balls) with royal icing to one shell and then with more royal icing glue on a top shell. After they dry completely run another bit of royal icing along the front edge of each shell and top with sprinkles. Easy and so cute.

My sister and I went crazy decorating. She did a fun streamer wall and I did “seaweed” from each of the lights. The nieces and I cut seahorses and starfish out on my Cricut and then we hung them all over. The girls were in charge of putting shells everywhere. So inexpensive and easy but it really made the house look festive.

My husband drew a mermaid for pin the tail on the mermaid and we had the kids each color in their tails and before dizzying them up. We also had a little felt squid making craft in which I totally lugged my sewing machine downstairs and sewed them while they waited (seriously so much easier and cleaner than trying to glue them!). We did presents (at one point T opened socks and yelled an exclamation of joy, haha what a goofy kid). And of course a lot of good old fashion hanging out.

It was a lot of work but I loved it. I think it was my favorite kiddo party we’ve had so far. And as a bonus the kids are all old enough that they don’t need full attention so we just let them go crazy in the play room. And they did go crazy it was like a screaming crazy wild zone in there. But it was so so much fun!

I’m pretty proud of T’s little mermaid outfit. I can’t wait to share more pics and a tutorial for that soon.

Tutorial: Super Fast Heart Ponytail

Remember a few weeks again when I shared the awesome Rainbow Dress that little T designed? Well that day my sister put T’s hair in the cutest heart ponytail and when she said it was super easy I decided to do a wee video tutorial for you all. It’s super short and easy.

Hope you like it :)

I’d love to know if you try it! Comment hear share a pic on the raegun facebook page or tag me at @raegunramblings and #raegunramblings on Twitter and/or Instagram!
The video makes this adorable heart ponytail so easy and doable. Great hair tutorial.