Craft Tutorials

Easy DIY Coaster Tutorial

I recently made some coasters for Christmas gifts and they were such a hit!  Many have asked how to make them and they are SO simple that I thought I would throw together a quick tutorial for you all!

You will need the following supplies:

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-Hot Glue Gun or Permanent Glue of Choice (Such as Tacky Glue, E6000, etc)

-Scrapbook Paper

-Felt

-Mod Podge & Foam Brush for Application

-Acrylic Water Resistant Sealant Spray (such as this one)

-Blank Ceramic Tiles (I like the 4×4 size such as these)

First, you will cut your scrapbook paper the correct size for your tiles being sure you have a tiny edge of tile peeking out evenly on all sides.  If your paper fully covers the top of the tile without that edge the paper will not adhere nicely around the edges.  I cut my paper to a 4×4 square size and made 6 coasters at a time.  I also like to mix and match my paper prints instead of using all one matching print!  Once your paper is cut you will spread a thin even layer of Mod Podge onto the surface of the tile.  Carefully smooth your scrapbook square on top of the Mod Podge layer (working from the middle out to the edges) being sure you do not have any air bubbles.  Once you are happy with the placement of your paper you will spread another thin even layer of Mod Podge on top.  Be sure to go all the way to the edge and clean any drips that go over the sides before it dries.  After that layer dries fully you will apply 1-2 more coats being sure they are thin even layers. 

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Next, after your Mod Podge is finished you will seal the coasters!  Be sure you are in a WELL ventilated area ( I like to do this step outdoors).  Spray the tops of each coaster being sure to use a thin even coating and apply 2-3 total coats being sure to let it fully dry between layers.  It is SUPER important not to skip the water resistant sealant or your cups will stick to the coasters (ask me how I know….).  

After the sealant dries you are almost finished!  The final step is to put backing onto the tiles so they don’t scratch up your furniture.  I have used both thin cork and felt for this step and highly prefer the felt.  You will cut your felt to size like you did with your scrapbook paper.  I cut my felt into 4×4 squares and then glued it onto the back of the tile.  You can use your glue of choice and I have found that Tacky Glue has given the best results for my coasters but have also used hot glue.  Now, go make all the coasters and have fun with it!

~Amanda~

 

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Sewing for Halloween: Handmade Family Costumes Featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I am on the blog today to bring you handmade Halloween costume inspiration.  My family does themed costumes every year and we chose characters from Mario Brothers this year after playing Mario Party together on repeat all year.  I am so excited to share these makes with you all!

I used all Raspberry Creek Fabrics for our themed family costumes this year!  I focused on using only solid fabrics in a mix of the Cotton Lycra and French Terry bases.   I used Kelly Green, Mint, Bright Bubblegum Pink, Bright Fuchsia Pink, Eggplant Purple, White and Red in the Cotton Lycra base.  These are all a 10 oz weight with 4 way stretch which is a really nice weight without being too warm or too light.  I used Black and New Navy in the French Terry base.  These are both a medium weight (11-12 oz) fabric with 4 way stretch.

 These characters were SO FUN to create and I loved seeing all the pieces come to life.  We chose Princess Peach, Rosalina, Yoshi, Luigi, Mario and Waluigi as our characters.  First, my youngest is a princess obsessed little one and wanted Princess Peach (of course!) as her costume.  I used the Bright Fuchsia Pink and Bright Bubblegum Pink for her costume. I used all pattern pieces from Simple Life Patterns and also blogged about this make here. So, head over to that SLPCO post to read all about how to create this princess themed look.

Next, my eight-year-old chose Rosalina as her favorite character.  The mint was the perfect color match for her inspiration, and we paired it with the white for her shawl.  This was such a fun costume to create as well, I mashed together a few patterns to create this look! First, I used the bodice from the Hibiscus Pattern from Petite Stitchery paired with the FREE bell sleeve add on. For the skirt, I used the maxi length Hampton from Simple Life Patterns. The front piece is cut mirrored (instead of on the fold) putting the “high low” side into the middle front seam and I added length to the back piece to give it more of a train look. For her shawl I used the over skirt pattern piece from the Diana pattern and modified it slightly to fit her shoulders and then pin closed. For both Rosalina and Peach’s crowns I used a crown template (Design ID 53108 in the Silhouette Store) cut on freezer paper with my Silhouette.

My son was the most challenging costume creatively as he selected Yoshi!  This one took me the longest time to decide on patterns and how to create his saddle/tail combo for his back.  I love the Kelly Green on his (paired with white and red) and love how versatile it is.  He can wear the joggers after Halloween for pajama pants and can even wear the hoodie on cooler days as well since the saddle/tail combo are removeable.  For his joggers I used the Baby Bear Joggers from Patterns for Pirates (with no alterations/modifications). For his top I used the MEGAMax Raglan from Max and Meena Patterns. I LOVE that this pattern includes alllllll the extra details (like the dino spikes featured here and all kinds of other creatures). For his saddle and tail I used the tail pieces from the MEGAMax Raglan but just hand drew ovals for the saddle and used fabric glue to attach the red to the white. Once the pieces were sewn and glued, I attached the tail to the saddle with snaps and added elastic straps. I wanted the tail to “stand up” like Yoshi so my husband had the genius idea to use a metal hanger bent to hold the tail up while the other half of the hanger is supported behind the saddle. Now the entire saddle/tail piece is easily removable with elastic straps!

My oldest loves the color green so Luigi was her first pick.  For her costume I wanted to create pieces that were perfect for everyday wear as well because sadly she is too old for the dress up phase now.  She is obsessed with overalls so this pair in French Terry will get weekly use for sure. I used the Zoey & Zeke Overall pattern from Made for Mermaids and paired them with an Arlo Top with crewneck option from Petite Stitchery. For her hat I used the Christopher Newsboy Cap from Create Kids Couture. Since this pattern is drafted for woven fabrics, I interfaced the knit outer pieces and used felt for the lining. I was nervous the hat would not fit well with using a knit fabric but they turned out perfect and hold their shape really well.

Finally, my husband and myself went with Mario and Waluigi for our costume choices!  I love that both of my pieces are completely versatile for everyday wear just like my daughter’s and will get tons of use in my closet. I also used the Zoey & Zeke Overalls from Made for Mermaids but paired mine with a Favorite Tee from Patterns for Pirates.  My husband can be *ahem* picky about his clothing and I was having a really hard time finding a knit pants pattern for him that wasn’t a jogger style. I finally found and decided on the Fit Pants from Mamma Can Do It. I am so happy I stumbled across this pattern as it is loaded with options for my hubby! I used the classic width and added length for his 6’3″ height. They turned out to be a perfect fit! Since I knew that he would not wear overalls on a regular basis I added a bib and strap to these pants after they were constructed. I simply measured how wide and tall I needed the bib to be while wearing the pants and attached them to the waistband. This way I can easily rip out the stitches after Halloween and he will have a super comfy pair of pants! I paired his overalls with the Straight Fit Basic Tee from Ellie and Mac. I used the same Newsboy Cap pattern for both of our hats and constructed them in the same method as the Luigi hat. We did have a mustache wardrobe malfunction so we just rolled with it anyway!

Finally, we couldn’t leave our sweet pup out of this costume fun! I used the same hat pattern linked above in the newborn size and used all felt for his hat. I added a little stuffing between the layers and straps to hold the hat on his head. He was not thrilled about his adorable Toad hat but we did manage to snap a cute pic anyway! Maybe he will even let us dress him up one more time for a family photo.

I loved being able to feature solid knit fabrics over on the Raspberry Creek Blog today and  I hope you are inspired by these Halloween looks and can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Don’t forget to share in the Facebook group as well😊 

*This post was sponsored and does include some affiliate links but all opinions and views are my own*

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Sewing for Fall with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I am so excited to be on the promo team for Raspberry Creek Fabrics this quarter! For my first post I am on the blog bringing you Fall inspiration for sewing with rib knit.

I love all the CLUB fabrics I have purchased from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (especially the French Terry!) and was so excited to see new bases available for CLUB prints.  Rib knit is quickly becoming one of my favorite bases to work with so I knew I had to try RCF CLUB rib. For those unfamiliar with RCF, CLUB fabrics are the in house exclusively printed designs that are released seasonally.

I have been swooning over the Teal Watercolor Floral print in the Forever Collection and it has the perfect coloring for Fall sewing.  This fabric is available in both the rib knit I used and in the double brushed poly base.  Both of these fabric bases are a 9 oz weight and have 4 way stretch.  I find the rib knit to be more breathable and a little lighter for clothing than the double brushed poly base.

I wanted to sew up two completely different looks with this fabric to show just how versatile it is!  First, I sewed an Aaronica Romper from Made for Mermaids for my oldest daughter.  This pattern offers so many options including shorts, capri, pants and skirt as well as multiple sleeve lengths. The pants option make it perfect for transitioning to Fall but the short sleeves and back cut-out keep her cool enough in the waning summer heat as well. It is always a little tricky to sew for her since she’s so tall (same height as me now!) but so thin. I graded this pattern into a size 10 chest, size 8 waist and hips and a size 14 length. It was easier to grade than I expected but I did need to adjust the back elastic to be smaller for her. Once I adjusted the back elastic the romper fit her perfectly and is just so flattering on her!

Next, I sewed a leotard for my youngest daughter.  I chose the elbow length sleeves to make this a staple piece this Fall with knee socks and boots or a pair of skinny jeans.  I used the Juliet pattern from Petite Stitchery for her leotard. She is so petite at 3.5 years old that she is just now fitting into the 2T size on PSCO patterns! I did not need to do any grading for her leotard and can’t wait to layer it this Fall and Winter. Since this fabric would be a bit warm lined I opted for the leg and neck bands instead of fully lining it.

I loved being able to feature rib knits over on the Raspberry Creek Blog today and  I hope you are inspired by these looks and can’t wait to see what you sew up with CLUB rib knits!  Don’t forget to share in the Facebook group as well😊 

*This post was sponsored and does include some affiliate links but all opinions and views are my own*

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Eden Dolman and Ivy Lounge Pants

Petite Stitchery just released four new patterns in their lounge collection and they are so comfy!  I was able to test two of these in kids sizing and can’t wait to share all the details with you!  The Eden Dolman and Ivy Lounge Pants are available in kids, baby and women’s sizing. 

Let’s talk about all the options on the Eden Dolman first.  This top is the ultimate in comfy and casual without feeling like pajamas.    You can choose from tunic, top or crop length with simple v-neck, faux button down v-neck or crossover tied bodice.   Sleeve choices include short, long or bishop and an optional pocket as well.  The kids size range is huge ranging from 2T up to 17 and is drafted for knit fabrics with recommendations of rib, waffle or sweater for the best fit.

Next, let’s go over the Ivy Lounge Pants options.  This pattern has the same extensive sizing included above and is also drafted for knit fabrics.  There are optional pockets and lace-up front along with a variety of waistbands including elastic, yoga, or drawstring.  The women’s pattern also includes low or high rise options.  These are a relaxed fit casual pant perfect for lounging!

My oldest has hit yet another growth spurt and needed new clothes that fit.  She lucked out and got the ultimate in comfy attire with these.  First, I sewed up a pair of Ivy Lounge Pants in French Terry that I have had in my stash forever from Knitpop.  I used the elastic waistband and pockets on this pair.  Her measurements put her into a size 8 width and size 13 length and I had no problems mashing these sizes together for a perfect fit for her.  I paired these pants with a bishop sleeve top length simple v-neck Eden Dolman in waffle knit. This top has NO HEMMING as it is banded on the hem and sleeves so it is super fast and easy to make.  I used the same size grading on her top with no issues at all.  The top also pairs great with high waisted jeans so I included photos of both to show the versatility!

For the next pair of pants I wanted a pair that she could use for everyday wear instead of just pajama or lounge wear.  This pair is also an elastic waistband with pockets but in a mystery knit that has texture similar to a Liverpool.  I paired it with a ribbed sweater knit (also from Knitpop) this time in a regular long sleeve with simple v-neck and tunic length. 

I am always impressed with PSCO patterns from the fit to options and these patterns are no exception.  I will be sewing both Ivy and Eden up for myself next week and can’t wait to share them with you.  Grab all the new patterns on sale for a limited time now and check for bundle discounts on the website as well!   

I’d love to see what you create:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THESE PATTERNS AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**