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Two more knot dresses!

I finished both my knot dresses today. I am a little obsessed with making them now. They take time but are so cute and I have SO much fabric I might go a little crazy with them. I hope to find the time to make some for my etsy shop. So we'll see. See my first post for where I got the pattern.

This dress uses three fabrics I got as remnants at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby. I love the brown and blue combo and mix of patterns.
This dress is made from thrift store fabric. I think I got 5 yds for $5 so I have a lot to use! Lined in gray flannel. Very cute, but needed something so I made a flower pin for some detail.
Flower pin was made with scrap fabric, using longest straight stitch on machine, pulled and ruffled, hand sewn with both fabrics and button to pull it all together. Couldn't stop there.....
Made a flower clip for my girl. Will look so cute-have to try to get her to put the whole thing on....not too easy!
-ellen

Knit Scarf

I made this beautiful knit scarf from ashley's tutorial on Make It and Love It. I actually made 4 of these gorgeous scarves from camel colored knit fabric I got recently at a local thrift store. The tutorial is very easy and I love how they turned out! I'll keep one and the rest will be presents for friends. My scarf will come in handy with our nearly 4 feet of snow. Gotta love the mountains of Colorado! Try one....so fun!


-ellen


TUTORIAL: Hanging Heart

This tutorial is to make a very sweet hanging heart. Perfect to decorate your little one's door (or dresser, closet, hook) for Valentine's Day or any day of the year!
It's a GREAT way to use up all those fabric scraps too! I have hanging hearts in my etsy shop but without the felt and button detail. To begin, pick a fabric and trace a heart shape onto the back. My heart is around 5" x 5". Cut out two hearts.

I added two small felt hearts as detail. I also think an initial or a small pocket for a chocolate treat or sweet note would be cute. I zigzagged the hearts onto the front heart.


I also decided to sew on a button for more detail. Pick a coordinating ribbon (mine is 8" long) and pin on the front heart, pointing to the center. You will sandwich the ribbon when you lay the back heart piece onto, right sides of heart touching.


I straight stitched around the heart, leaving an opening for turning on the side.


Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill (stuff very full). Then hand stitch using a ladder stitch or blind stitch (I think this is the name, just learned it this week from a blog, but can't remember the source-SORRY!)

You're done! Enjoy......


-ellen

I'm doing it!

After reading SO many amazing and inspiring craft blogs over the last year I have finally dove in and started my blog. I have so much to learn! I really don't know about this computer stuff, but I have projects I want to share so it will be a long journey and a wonderful learning process. So I hope you come with me on this journey and enjoy crafting like I do. I am loving all the refashioning ideas on the blogs I'm reading. With my environmental science background, I love to recycle and reuse, so this is where I am trying new projects.
A few recent projects I've completed are my very first dress for my daughter. It's a knot dress with a pattern from Lori Lynn Designs. I loved making it and am in the process of making two more. I have lots of fabric from thrift stores, huge women's dresses, and fabric I want to recycle so i hope to experiment with lots of dresses! This dress is made with gorgeous batik fabric that I bought at a garage sale or thrift store and I love it. It was a wonderful easy pattern to follow (after I figured out how to make buttonholes again on my machine, lost the manual so thankfully it came back to me)
My beautiful girl. She'll be wearing this a lot this spring/summer, after our Colorado winter is over!

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