Sunday, December 16, 2012

DIY Sew: Round Table Cloth to Christmas Tree Skirt

With Christmas right around the corner, I've been keeping my eyes open for possible holiday DIYs.  After I made the Christmas stockings out of a tablecloth, I thought it would be really cute to have a matching tree skirt.  As luck would have it, I found the exact same pattern, but this one was round (60 inches), which made this project extremely easy.
1 60'' round table cloth
tape measure
sewing machine and thread
First with wrong side up, measure 30 inches in from the bottom and 30 inches in from right and mark

Then, using your tape measure, measure 18 1/2 inches around from the center, mark. Use your tape measure like a protractor marking about 8 times forming a circle, then take a washable marker and connect the dots

Cut all the way around the circle, and then make a cut from the center mark to the edge of the circle

Now all you have left is to hem; to do this start with the slit, fold fabric over 1/4 inch and iron, then fold over 1/2 inch and pin, do this to both sides of the slit


Now, repeat the process for the outside of the circle; fold over 1/4 inch iron, fold over 1/2 inch more and pin


Place under and around the Christmas tree, and you're done!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY Sew: Table Cloth Christmas Stockings

Last week, I created a christmas skirt from a holiday table cloth I picked up at Marshalls, this week I decided to take the remaining material and try my hand at homemade christmas stockings!
Here's what you'll need:
Holiday table cloth (or holiday fabric)
sewing machine and thread
paper bag
Step 1: cut out one side of a paper bag and free hand draw a stocking.  Use scissors to cut out the pattern
Step 2: Fold your fabric with right sides together, place your pattern over the fabric and trace
Step 3: Cut
Step 4: repeat Step 2 tracing the pattern in the opposite direction and cut (you should now have 4 pieces of cut fabric)

Step 5: sew the top and bottom pieces together at the top of the stocking; do the same for the bottom
Step 6: Place the two pieces of stocking together, pin, and sew all the way around leaving three inches open
Step 7: using the three inches you left unsewed, turn the stocking right side out


Step 8: Sew the existing three open inches of fabric together

Step 9: Now, stuff the top part of the stocking into the bottom part

Step 10: Take a 1 inch by 6 inch piece of scrap fabric and fold it over, then pin it into the inside of the stocking, and sew it into the back stocking seam
... and that's it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY Sew: Tablecloth to Skirt w/ Exposed Zipper


I was in marshalls the other day and came across this tablecloth for $9.99; I immediately grabbed it, as I was in the market for some holiday fabric to make christmas stockings.  Once home I was playing around with the fabric and wrapped it around my waist.  I quickly realized that this fabric was going to have a second use and that would be for my new holiday skirt.

So, what does one need for a christmas skirt?
1 yard of Fabric
sewing machine (zipper foot needed)
seam ripper

Step 1: Set out your fabric with right sides together

Step 2: Trace a skirt that fits you well, be sure to leave a little room for seam allowance

Step 3: Cut

Step 4: Fold fabric in half lengthwise to ensure the skirt was cut evenly (cut off excess if needed)

Step 5: create darts to the back piece of fabric only; to do this measure the waist band, and cut the measurement in half, measure this out and mark (this should be the exact middle); next measure 2 1/2" from the center on each side and mark, from here measure another 1" and mark; next in the middle of your inch mark and measure down 5 1/2" down, mark; connect the dots.
For a better visual you can refer to the darts on my pencil skirt tutorial here.

Step 6: pin both darts and sew using a straight stitch

 Your darts should look something like the below

Step 7: Now, with good sides of the fabric touching, pin up both sides of the skirt and sew. Note: before sewing decide which side you want to install the zipper to.  On the side of the skirt where the zipper will lay sew using a long stitch (you'll eventually use the seam ripper to take this out so the zipper can zip)

Step 8: Installing the zipper; for this I wanted the skirt to be a little funky so I decided to install the zipper on the outside of the skirt.  To do this turn the skirt right side out, unzip the zipper and pin one side to the right side of the seam

Step 9: Using your zipper foot on your machine sew the zipper to the skirt

Repeat steps 8 and 9 for the other side of the zipper

Step 10: Using the seam ripper, rip out the seam under the installed zipper; you should now be able to zip the two pieces of fabric apart

Step 11: Hem: Turn the skirt inside out; fold up the bottom of the skirt a 1/4 an inch and iron; from there fold up another 1/2  inch and pin all the way around, sew

and... you're ready to hit the town for some holiday parties!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Exposed Zippers

I'm loving this funky new trend of Exposed Zippers on clothing.  Certainly looks like an easy, inexpensive DIY, stay tuned for a tutorial early next week!

Cynthia Vincent $198

Alexander Wang $595

Remeo and Juliet Couture $45 (cute way to enhance a boring shirt!)

Serfontaine Jeans $196

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Crochet: Ski Cowl

It's that time of year again! There's a chill in the air and the snow is starting to fall, that can only mean one thing, it's almost time for ski season!

Last year, bored on a road trip I crocheted an extremely ugly yet soft ski cowl, and, I must say it served its purpose on the ski slopes.  This year, I decided I wanted to recreate the cowl in a more pleasing way, and since I had so much free time thanks to hurricane sandy stealing my power for a week, the project was a success.

Here's what I did:
Make a slipknot

chain 60

Attach the last chain to the first chain using the slip stitch

chain 2, *double crochet all the way around, slip stitch, chain 2*
repeat from ** 22 times, or until you reach your desired length

Fasten off

Simple simple project, and comes together in a few short hours (so easy decided to make a few!).