Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Dresses

I was given some sweet, ruffly yellow fabric about a month ago. Even though it came in the form of curtains, I knew that I wanted to use it to make Easter dresses for my girls. I started with Audrey's dress. Formal, fancy dresses are fun, but I kind of wanted to go a bit more casual.

Ruffly Flowery Cuteness!

I don't have pictures of the process, but here's what I did: I cut the fabric into a large rectangle, sewed it into a tube to make the skirt, and gathered the top. Then I sewed the skirt to one of Audrey's old shirts. There were stains on the bottom, which I cut off, and there were stains on the collar and the sleeves, which I covered with rolled fabric flowers and cuffs.

Of course, no Easter dress is complete without some sort of head gear, such as a special hat or hair clip. I chose to make a headband. For the band, I sewed a small tube out of some of the fabric I cut off of the bottom of the shirt, then put in elastic. Then I used a long strip of the yellow ruffly fabric to make a great big flower. It's the biggest rolled fabric flower I've ever made, and I love how it looks on the headband!

I made Zaylee's dress pretty similar to Audrey's dress. I sewed a gathered tube of the yellow curtain fabric to an old t-shirt, pretty basic. Then I added a wide strip of floral fabric as a sash, since the dress turned out too big around and made it look like Zaylee was swimming in it. With the sash tied, the dress looked much nicer. Then I had to cover where the t-shirt pocket used to be. I made several fabric yo-yo's and sewed them over the pocket, then added some pretty flower buttons. Zaylee's hair accessory is fabric flower hair clip with a jewel-look button.

Fabric yo-yo's to cover the old pocket

Simple flower clip

Here are my two girls together, with their sweet Easter dresses.

It's so fun to be able to sew up special outfits for my kids. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Decor

I've added to my mantle decorations. First, I made this adorable Peeps bunting. I used this tutorial and pattern from The Sweetest Occasion to make fun blue Peeps bunnies, then hot glued them to some lace ribbon. Now it looks so fun hanging from my mantle.

I liked the way the mantle looked in the above picture, and the kids were excited too, but I still felt it needed a bit more. So, in addition to the Peeps bunting and the Spring Wreath, I also clipped some rolled fabric flowers to my jug of branches, and wrapped lace around my potted plant.

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Wreath

I'm joining the ranks of craft bloggers making spring wreaths. This is a simple wreath, but makes a pretty addition to my mantle.

I cut a wreath shape out of cardboard, then wrapped it in burlap strips. Then I glued on a small variety of fabric flowers, as well as a gem-look button and a butterfly button. Quick and easy!

Now, what other lovely spring decor can I add to brighten up my mantle? It could still use some dressing up.

Maybe a bunting? A few little pictures, some fabric eggs or flowers? Ooh, I love imagining the possibilities.