Easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial

Do you know a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan? Well today I’m sharing a super easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial.

Cute and easy DIY teenage mutant ninja turtle icon shirt tutorial

I went to a cute little (ninja turtle obsessed) boys birthday party and knew that he need his own one of a kind TMNT shirt. You see he’s a HUGE fan of Leonardo.

my favorite raglan shirt pattern

I also happened to decide he needed this just a few hours before his party. AND I sewed the actual shirt part. SO when I see this is a fast and easy project that’s what I mean. You totally DON’T have to sew a shirt but honestly it was faster for me to make one instead of drive somewhere hoping to find a plain shirt in a color that would work. I used Peek-a-boo pattern shop’s Happy Feet shirt pattern and some fabric from Joann

Fast and easy DIY teenage mutant ninja turtle tutorial. Cute gift idea for TMNT fans.

What You Need

How to make a teenage mutant ninja turtle shirt. Great DIY tutorial.

What to Do

  1. Search for Pizza, Turtle, and Mask in Cricut Design Space (the free program that comes with the Cricut Explore) and you’ll be able to find the images I used. You can see the original images on the bottom row and then the ones in yellow are how I made it look right before I cut them out.
    1. For the Pizza I made all the layers one layer so it would cut it all out of one color.
    2. For the Turtle I hid everything except for the shell layers.  Then I made the outside rim the same layer as the rest of the shell.
    3. For the Mask all I needed to do was resize it.
  2. Measure the width you want them to take up on your shirt and position and size them them accordingly. Then select all and “attach” them.
  3. Cut out using your cutting machine (for more on this step see my long How to Use Heat Transfer Vinyl article)
  4. Peel off the negative space.
  5. Position it on your shirt.
  6. Iron it on.

how to make a TMNT shirt. Cute icon DIY teenage mutant ninja turtles tutorial

Fun right!? And also be sure to check out these other great TMNT ideas!

These Easy Pizza Sliders are so simple to make and are sure to be a family favorite! Layers of sauce, mozzarella, bacon, and pepperoni are baked in soft dinner rolls coated in butter, herbs, and parmesan!

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DIY TMNT Nunchucks

I to make a quick and easy DIY icon teenage mutant ninja turtle shirt. Love this TMNT top tutorial


20 Minute Child Sized Apron Tutorial + FREE Pattern

Ready for a speedy beginner friendly sewing project? Awesome because today I’m sharing a FREE apron pattern that’s perfect for learning, teaching or just when you need a cute and super fast gift.

The kid and I made one of these child sized aprons this weekend. Great sewing tutorial for beginners yay for free patterns.

My nieces made a version of these aprons when they were just 5 and 6 so I’m telling you, YOU CAN DO THIS! I’ve been having fun teaching the girls (now 7 and 8) and their friends to sew and one of our most recent projects were these easy aprons. Apron easy enough for a 5 year old to make. Free sewing pattern and tutorialIf you are comfortable sewing you could EASILY make on in 10 minutes. It really is just a few lines of stitching. If you’re a newbie you could still probably pull this off in 30 minutes and that’s with you going pretty slowly and rereading the directions a lot!

One of my favorite gifts for girls. And great fast tutorial for sewing beginners. Kid sized apron with free pattern

The girls did it in about 45 minutes and that was with me slowly explaining everything as a group, checking each of the aprons at every step, and sharing machines.

Super fast and easy kid sized apron pattern and sewing tutorial

  • 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 (optional and it’s fun to do different sizes)
  • Apron Pattern (download here)
  • Iron-on Vinyl for initial (optional)
  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 Free Kid’s Apron Pattern just click on the image or link and then save to your computer.
  2. If making with a pocket begin 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  to form a long tube.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron. I use a loop turner (If you have never used one here’s a video of how they work, they are magical!)
  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.
  12. If you want to add some iron-on vinyl now is the time to do that. If you’re like iron-on what? it’s one of my favorite craft supplies and you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.
  13. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close. If you used the end of the fabric from one selvege edge to the other then you can skip this step I didn’t have the girls do this.
  14. Tie on and bake something awesome!

Perfect for teaching kids to sew! Great fast and easy child sized apron pattern and tutorial. Perfect for sewing beginners.

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Harry Potter Quidditch Jersey Tutorial

Did you hear? They announced the opening date of the new Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood! Epp I’m so so excited. I think that requires a Harry Potter post to celebrate!

Love this. Easy DIY Harry Potter Quidditch jersey. fast sewing tutorial

But really I think it’s been way too long since I’ve had a Harry Potter post. I’ve been going through withdrawal since my trip to Universal Orlando this Summer (did you catch my HUGE Wizarding World photo tour). Today I am sharing a SUPER EASY Harry Potter quidditch jersey tutorial. See the golden snitch tutorial here.

Love this! Adorable Harry Potter couple costume (works for pregnant costume too). Golden Snitch and quidditch player costume tutorial

A few years back (when I was pregnant with Teddy) I made Daniel and I Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes. As always it was SUPER last minute since I was so busy making all the orders (many of them Hogwart’s Student Costumes) for my shop. So I threw together my Snitch costume and with the hour I had left made Daniel a crazy easy jersey to be my quidditch playing partner.fast and easy harry potter costume. DIY quidditch robe tutorial

Trust me you if you have basic sewing skills you can totally make this. I’d say this is an advanced beginner level project (not hard enough to count as intermediet but you need to be comfortable using the sewing machine).

Make a Harry Potter costume in 1 hour. Easy DIY quidditch robes jersey tutorial

What You Need

  • Loose fitting shirt for your pattern
  • Large paper for tracing your pattern (kid drawing paper or even tissue paper works well)
  • Knit Fabric (maroon and goldenrod unless you want to do one of the other Hogwarts Houses) make your pattern first and then you can see how much you need
  • Iron-on Vinyl and a cutting machine (like a Cricut Explore)

What To Do

Start by making your pattern:

  1. I used one of Daniel’s T-shirts (men’s Large from Old Navy) and the jersey works great for him and for me. After all it’s a loose vest thing it doesn’t have to fit perfectly. Fold it in half. Trace the basic shape of the bodice (not including the sleeves.
  2. Instead of doing a curve for the neck I just angled the line down from the shoulder.
  3. Cut out your pattern 1/2 inch outside your tracing line so that you have a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  4. Now cut out your main color fabric (maroon).

Sew your jersey together:

  1. With a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew your shoulder seams together.
  2. Then sew down your side seams. I used a serger but you can just sew it on a sewing machine. Since you’re using a knit you don’t have to worry about finishing your seams.

Next cut out your accent fabric (goldenrod):

  1. You want 5 inch strips the width of the fabric for the front band and 2 inch strips for the armhole bands.
  2. Lay it along the front edge of your jersey you just sewed.
  3. You might need to sew two strips together to make it long enough if so do that. Cut a length the right side for the front.
  4. Next lay it around the armhole and cut to the right size. Make a tube for each armhole by sewing the short ends together. Repeat for the other side.
  5. Iron each piece in half and then sew (or serge) to the jersey.
  6. You should now have the basic jersey made. All that is left is decorating it.

Make your iron-ons:

  1. If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl it’s one of my FAVORITE craft supplies you can learn more with my How to use Iron-on Vinyl post but for now I’ll just assume you know how to use it.
  2. I just searched for an emblem I liked and then typed out what I wanted it to say on the back, cut it out of my vinyl and then ironed it on.

1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Great Harry Potter costume idea

It really was just as easy as that. And I was left with a darling jersey that has been worn for Halloween, races, and even traveled to Universal Orlando with us earlier this year. I wore it then :)

So fun to wear to the wizarding ward. great diy harry potter quidditch robes in just 1 hour. easy sewing tutorial

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And the Harry Potter fun doesn’t end there. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of Potter loving blogger friends to share even more projects check out these scrumptious Harry Potter inspired recipes and creative DIY’s below!

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Harry Potter DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Kid’s Fun Review

DIY 1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Easy Harry Potter costume tutorial

Want more HARRY POTTER? See TONS of Harry Potter projects, recipes, party ideas, book read-a-likes and more just click here!

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20 Minute Personalized Reusable Gift Bag

Super fast DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial

What kid doesn’t love their name on something. And even more so when it’s an uncommon name like my buddy Atticus. This past weekend I was at my little buddy’s house and saw this bag, this one I gave to him a few years ago being loving used to house a heck of a lot of plastic animals and I realized that I had never shared the easy DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial with YOU guys!

This bag tutorial is so easy. Great beginner sewing project and how to add cute personalizations

So today I’m excited to show you an easy way to make reusable gift bags. This simple bag tutorial is easy enough that it’s a great beginner sewing project perfect for teaching kids to sew (or anyone who might be new to sewing). All you need to do is sew 4 straight lines for the basic bag! Step by step instructions to making a quick and easy diy personalized gift bag. Great tutorial

What you need

What to Do

  1. Start by deciding how big you want your bag. You’ll want to double the length and add 3 inches for the length measurement. For the width measurement just add 3 inches to the finished width measurement.
  2. For the ribbon you want two pieces of ribbon that are 1.5x the width of what you want your finished bag to be.
  3. Start by ironing both short edges of your fabric under 1 inch. Also iron the long edges under 1/2 inch.
  4. Sew down the short edges with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
  5. Fold the fabric in half so the folds are on the inside and the sewn short edges are aligned. Starting at the sewing line you made in step 3 sew down the edge of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam allowance catching both pieces of fabric.
  6. Now you should have a basic bag shape. Cut your iron-on vinyl out with a cutting machine (or if you’re super brave use an exacto knife). If you have never used iron-on vinyl it’s super awesome stuff and easy to use to learn more about it with tons of step by step pictures check out my iron-on vinyl tutorial. But the basic gist is that you make a mirror image that you want to cut, use a cutting machine and cut the vinyl out vinyl side up (plastic side down). Pull away any of the negative space of the design, lay the vinyl onto your bag and iron through the plastic and finally pull the plastic away. And don’t worry, if it went too fast or you can’t picture it just check out my long how to use vinyl post.
  7. Next seal the ends of the ribbon by running them across a flame.
  8. Thread the ribbon through one end and loop it back through the other. Knot the ends together. Repeat going the other direction and you should have a bag where you can pull the straps to cinch it closed.

Fun gift idea. Personalized gift bag. QUick and easy diy tutorial

These are awesome since you can make them into any size. You can use it to pack up a personalized little IKEA car like I did or something much bigger. They can be a gift all on their own or you can place other gifts inside to use it as a great double duty or reusable gift bag.

double duty gift bag. easy tutorial

I am strongly considering making a bunch up for Teddy and the nieces to use during Christmas!

how to make a fast personalized gift bag. easy sewing tutorial

I shared this post originally on 12/2/2014 at Design Dazzle as a part of her awesome Christmas series!

Mellark Bakery Printable and Mrs. Mellark’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Great Hunger Games Mellark Bakery Printable/design perfect for using in craft projects and parties - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m so excited to share a few awesome Hunger Games projects that I made from Heidi of Digknity‘s Mellark Bakery design. I love the design so so much, it’s so perfect. And luckily for you she has graciously allowed me to share it here so you can make your own awesome creations (see below for more details). I made Teddy a little onesie with the design on it which you might remember from my baby book round up post a few weeks back, I definitely will be making myself one soon!

Mellark Bakery printable and Mrs. Mellark's banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Recipe

You could also use the design to make treat tags like I did for my Chocolate Chip Banana bread. I tried to print it directly on my cute treat bags but my printer wasn’t cooperating. If I had time I would have run out to get some clear shipping labels. I have dreams of printing some paper to wrap around fresh loaves of homemade bread, wouldn’t that be fun.

Delicious and easy Chocolate Chip Banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mrs. Mellark’s Banana Bread Recipe

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 60 minutes.

Free Hunger Games printable. Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how versatile the design is. You could print it up as is, throw it in a frame and give it to your favorite Hunger Game fan. Or if you are like me and can’t leave any plain tote back or tee shirt unembellished you can use it as a stencil for freezer paper stenciling or if you have a cutting machine as a design for iron-on vinyl.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

The apron I made came together SUPER fast. I bought one of those premade blank ones from the craft store and then I just cut some iron-on vinyl out on my Cricut and slapped it on. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl I’m kind of an addict and I have a post all about how to use iron-on vinyl. Really it’s great stuff!

 FREE Hunger Games printable and design for crafts (for personal non-commercial use only) Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

Click here to download the full resolution version. Please note the design is intended for personal (non-commercial use only). Also please do not repost it anywhere.

Mellark Bakery stencil/printable and great Hunger Game craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m giving this apron away as a part of the giveaway. It has a little discoloration on it but I like to imagine that that’s just the wear and tear of long hard hours in the bakery (but really it’s brand new). Also don’t forget to go check out the rest of Heidi’s awesome designs in her Etsy Shop!

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Baby Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial + Over 80 Costume Tutorials

Frozen Anna and Kristoff Costumes Tutorial - Rae Fun Ramblings

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my Frozen Anna and Kristoff! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea! Along with my Frozen Anna Dress Tutorial, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!   101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

After the fun of Teddy’s Baby Harry Potter Photoshoot Debra from Joyous Moments Photography and Housewife Eclectic and I cannot stop taking pictures of our babies dressed up. This month I present you Baby Anna and Kristoff from of course Frozen staring Teddy as Kristoff and Hailey as Anna.

Baby Anna and Kristoff from Frozen - Rae Gun Ramblings

I know we’re kinda crazy but I know a lot of you guys are too because when Debra put a teaser picture up from photo day people went crazy. So not only do you get silly cute pictures but I’m also sharing how you can make your own Anna costume! You can use this tutorial to make a baby version like I did or and older child the only difference more fabric! And don’t fret, I will be sharing how to make your own Kristoff costume next week so you too can have the pair!

Frozen Anna Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Frozen Baby Anna Costume Tutorial

What You Need

 Anna Frozen Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

What To Do

  1. Make yourself a bodice pattern by tracing around a loose fitting shirt. Make sure to add a cup inches at the shoulders (baby size I added 2 inches you’ll want more for larger sizes since this will determine how gathered it is. Make the sweetheart pattern piece by drawing a curve on your bodice piece so it’s the write shape.
  2. Cut out your pattern pieces for the top on the fold. You want 2 pieces (one will be the front the other will be the back). For the black also cutting on the fold you need two pieces. The skirt piece is just a big triangle. You’ll want it the length of your desired skirt plus 1-2 inches for seam allowances and hemming by 44 inches for a baby (for an elementary kid I’d do 44 or if you want it really full do 88 inches). Cut the skirt piece so that you have a front and back
  3. Sew the black pieces together along the top and bottom leaving the short edges open. Snip to the sewing line and turn right side out. Iron.
  4. Sew the bodice pieces right sides together at the shoulders.
  5. Finish the neck and sleeve edges. I did this with a rolled hem on my serger you can also just do a narrow hem.
  6. Next sew in 1/8 inch elastic around the neck and the arms. Cut your elastic to what wide you want your neck (or arm holes) then zig zag the elastic in place about 1/2 an inch from the edge using a zig zag stitch and stretching the elastic as you go.
  7. Gather the top edge of the skirt.
  8. Pin the skirt and bodice right sides together and sew.
  9. Next pin the black piece in place and lay the gold rick rack on and sew the gold rick rack on. This will attach the rick rack while also attaching the black piece.
  10. Make your “applique” embellishments out of iron on vinyl. I just cut one design of pink and one of green on my Cricut and substituted the parts I wanted of the right color. And iron into place. If you’re new to iron-on vinyl it’s my favorite and here’s a great how to post about it.
  11. With right sides together sew down the underarm and side seams.
  12. Hem the skirt.
  13. If your waist is big enough you should be able to slip this over the your Anna’s head. So if you want make a point to make sure it’s big enough. If you want a more fitted look you can cut down the center back of the dress (I know it’s scary) and insert a zipper. This is what I did. You’ll want to cut from the neck line to a few inches into the skirt.

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Awww aren’t they the cutest ever!!!? Don’t forget to check back in next week for the Kristoff tutorial. I’m hoping Debra and I can keep up the fun. We already know what we’re going to do for November, I can’t wait to share it with you!

DIY Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume 2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume 3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume 4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie 5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids 6. A Bee and Her Keeper 7. No Sew Magician Costume 8. Flint Lockwood Costume 9. Pinocchio 10. Marty McFly 11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume 12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume 13. Homemade Toothless Costume 14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option) 15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume 16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes 17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth 18. Family Monsters University Costumes 19. Scooby Doo family costumes 20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume 22. Easy Tin Man Costume 23. No Sew Bee Costume 24. Planet Halloween Costumes 25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume 26. DIY Instagram Board 27. Elsa crown 28. Dog Collar Ruffles 29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume 30. DIY Lego Movie Costume 31. Weeping Angel Costume 32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper 33. Easy Pirate Costume 34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl 35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume 36. DIY Cat Costume 37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes 38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!) 39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume 40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes 101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume 42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume 43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume 44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes 45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask 46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume 47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume 48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume 49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes 50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition 51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume 52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume 53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume 54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume 55. DIY Baymax Costume 56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume 57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume 58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes 59. Instagram Halloween Costume 60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume 88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com 61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie 62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume 63. Viking Family Costumes 64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child 65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket 66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head 67. DIY Harry Potter Costume 68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes 69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume 70. DIY Skunk Mask 71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY 72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial 73. Candy Corn Costume 74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume 75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume 76. DIY Robot Costume 77. Wonder Woman Costume 78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume 79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume 80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume 81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel 82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes 83. Snow White Costume 84. Peacock Princess Costume 85. Scarecrow Costume 86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume 87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume 88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid 89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest! Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

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15 Minute Mummy Pillow Case Tutorial

Cute Potterbarn Mummy Pillow Knock off - Rae Gun Ramblings

Do you decorate for Halloween? It’s my absolute favorite holiday. Usually all my sewing energy is thrown into Halloween costumes but I thought it would be fun to make a few festive pillow cases. These are so easy to make since they are based on of my easy 10 minute pillow case tutorial. I love a good quickie project and both the Monster Pillow and Mummy Pillow are super easy, inexpensive, and quick to make.

15 minute Mummy and Monster pillow case tutorials - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need for the Mummy Pillow Case

  • 1 Yard Off White Woven (not knit) Fabric
  • 1 small scrap of Iron-on Vinyl (or you can use black felt and a glue gun)

How to make an easy Mummy pillow case for halloween - Rae Gun Ramblings

What to do

I’ll be giving measurements to make a pillowcase to fit a 16-17 inch square pillow but you can easily adjust the measurements to fit a different size. To see how to figure out how much fabric you need or to make a very basic pillowcase see my quick envelop pillowcase tutorial.

  1. Cut your fabric to 17 inches by 38 inches. Fold in thirds so that you have a 17X17 square and then flaps that overlap. If you can’t picture this see this post. Iron the folds to give you a guide when placing your strips of fabric.
  2. Finish both short edges of fabric by folding under and making a narrow hem.
  3. Next tear a few strips of fabric by snipping the edge and then tearing. Woven fabric will tear on grain, that is straight along the line of fabric. I use about 3 strips and each one was about 4 x 44 inches.
  4. Cut and lay the strips across the middle square portion of the large fabric and pin into place.
  5. Fold the flaps over and pin enclosing the scraps.
  6. Sew down the edges catching all the layers of fabric.
  7. Turn right side out.
  8. Cut eyes out of the black vinyl and iron on. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl it’s one of my favorite craft supplies and I have post all about how to use iron-on vinyl you can check out. If you don’t want to buy black vinyl you can just cut eyes out of black felt and use a hot glue gun to glue them on.

Monster Pillow Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Stuff your pillow in and you’re good to go! I am also sharing how to make this cute Monster Pillow Case Tutorial over at See Vanessa Craft  today as a part of her 30 Crafty Days of Halloween series.

30 crafty days of hallowen


Hop over and make sure you check out all the other awesome projects what you are there!

Mummy pillow case just 15 minutes and 1 yard of fabric tutorial from  Rae Gun Ramblings

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Hogwarts Class of Baby Onesie Tutorial

Fun Harry Potter inspired onesie. Class of '32 at Rae Gun Ramblings

I kind of want to dress Teddy in Harry Potter stuff every day. I’m only kind of kidding. Seriously after our baby Harry Potter photoshoot I’ve been obsessed. Hence this Hogwarts Class of Baby Onesie Tutorial I have for you today.

Are you shocked and surprised it’s a vinyl project. If you don’t know how to use iron-vinyl it’s one of my all time favorite craft products. It’s super easy to use to customize clothing fabric and so much more. Checkout this how to use iron-on vinyl post for a very detailed picture-ful treatment of the technique.

How to make your own Hogwarts Class of '32 (or other year) onesie. Tutorial at Rae GUn Ramblings

You can make your own vinyl or I’m selling the Hogwarts class of precut vinyl in my shop here. To make your own the easiest way is to design it using a cutting machine like the Cricut Explore. When you go to cut make sure you are cutting the mirror image (or else everything will be backwards) and that you’re cutting with the vinyl side up (and plastic side down).

Once you have your vinyl cut out and weeded (that is you pulled away all the negative space), lay the vinyl down on your onesie and iron. You want to iron by pressing and holding as opposed to rubbing the iron back and forth.

Geeky Harry Potter onesie. Class of '32 Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s best to use vinyl on clothing that won’t stretch much since the vinyl isn’t going to stretch with the garment. Once the vinyl is ironed onto the shirt pull away the plastic that it comes on. Lay a piece of scrap fabric or just flip the onesie over so the back of the shirt is up and iron again just to make sure the seal is good and firm.

Baby Hogwarts Onesie - Rae Gun Ramblings

Put on your favorite baby and celebrate your good parenting decisions. Don’t feel like making your own? I’m selling the Hogwarts Class of oneises in my shop.

Fun Harry Potter inspired onesie. Class of '32 at Rae Gun Ramblings

Have you been following the Happy Harry Potter series? See what you might have missed there have been tons of amazing tutorials, recipes, and giveaways!

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The Fault In Our Stars Shirt Tutorial and Book and Iron-On Giveaway

 How to make your own sassy The Fault In Our Stars Shirt (or book bag) - Rae Gun Ramblings

Are you as excited about the The Fault In Our Stars movie? Eeep it comes out this weekend. If you haven’t read the book by John Green yet I highly highly recommend it. It’s one of the best books I read this year. Even though it has been on my to read list for a very very long time I knew that it was a tear-jerker and I was nervous to pick it up. BUT let me just say I totally regret not reading it sooner because while yest it is a book about kids with cancer it’s a wonderful, funny, sassy, uplifting, fantastic read. I love it so much I’m giving away a copy of the book see the rafflecopter below!

 The Fault In Our Stars Giveaway

I’m not going to lie you’ll probably cry, it’s still got cancer as a main focus after all. But, the characters are ah-mazing and funny and loveable. The story is fun and fresh. And it’s not this heavy or a downer at all. Quite the opposite actually.

The Fault In Our Stars Shirt - Rae Gun Ramblings

In the book the kids go to a cancer support group that meets in a church and there is a joke that they meet in the “Literal Heart of Jesus” based on the shape of the building. My sister got advance tickets to the movie (that lucky girl) and she requested the quote on a shirt. And since I’m an iron-on vinyl addict I couldn’t say no.

She is already planning on watching it again and this from a girl who was SUPER critical of the casting choices and a super huge fan of the book so I think that means she liked it ;)

 Step by step instructions for how to make a The Fault in Our Stars Iron On. Put it on a shirt or bag. from Rae Gun Ramblings

  1. To make your own you just need to cut out two clouds and a few words. I did mine in Cricut Craft Room and it was really fast. Make sure that you mirror image the words since you’re cutting on vinyl. Here’s my big old tips and tricks for using heat transfer vinyl if you’ve never done so. You could do a different quote or just write “The Fault In Our Stars” like the book cover if you prefer!
  2. First lay down the white cloud.
  3. Then pull away the plastic covering and lay down the black. Replace the plastic so you’re not ironing directly on the white cloud. Or you can lay down a piece of fabric as a barrier between the iron and the vinyl.
  4. Then lay the words making sure to pay attention to the plastic covering. I had to do the word Jesus last since the plastic from the other words got in the way.

Win a copy of The Fault in Our Stars and an Iron On from Rae Gun Ramblings

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don’t have your own Cricut or just rather I make your stencil for you then you are in luck. I’m giving away a stencil (your choice of the phrase “The Literal Heart of Jesus” or “The Fault In Our Stars”) and a copy of  The Fault In Our Stars book!  That way you can put it on  a shirt in your size or a book bag or whatever you want fun right? Just enter with the rafflecopter above.

 Make a The Fault In Our Stars Iron On to put on a Tshirt or bag. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

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15 Minute Reversible Book Bag Tutorial

 Fast bag tutorial perfect for beginning sewers at Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m a firm believer that a girl can never have too many bags. If you’re looking for an easy sewing project or quick gift idea a personalized bag is a great option. I have been known to gift handmade bags for more than one Mother’s Day and birthdays.

15 minute book bag tutorial. Great girlfriend gift or project from new sewers at Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s so easy to pick fabrics that you think your recipient would like, add some iron-on vinyl to make it something you couldn’t ever find it in a store, or fill it with goodies that she’ll happily dive into.

How to make a reversible book bag in 15 minutes at Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • 1/2 Yard Outside Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inside Fabric
  • Iron-on Vinyl (optional)

Step by step instructions for a quick and easy reversible shoulder tote bag at Rae Gun RamblingsWhat to Do

  1. Cut your fabric. For the bag pieces you want your fabric to be 15×32 inches (so one out of both the outside fabric and the inside fabric. For the strap piece you want it 5x 42 (or whatever the width of the fabric is). You can do the strap shorter or longer depending on your preference and fabric.
  2. Fold the bag pieces in half length-wise so that the right sides are together and sew down both side edges.
  3. Then turn the outside fabric right side out.
  4. Tuck the lining fabric into the outside fabric.
  5. Fold the edge of both pieces under 1 inch and iron.
  6. Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew down the long edge. Turn right side out and iron.
  7. Tuck the ends of the strap between the folded edges of the bag pieces at the side seams and pin.
  8. Sew around the top (folded edge) of the bag catching the straps. Do a second row of stitches to reinforce the hold on the strap. And you’re good to go!

Learn to sew a book bag in 15 minutes at Rae Gun Ramblings

This pattern is easy to customize. You can add a fun phrase or image out of iron-on vinyl or change up the dimensions to get a whole variety of bags. I cut the “booknerd” piece out on my Cricut mini machine. If you’ve never used heat-transfer vinyl it’s super fun and I have a whole iron-on vinyl tips and tricks post you can check out!

Quick and easy book bag tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

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