“Elsa” Dress-Up Apron

IMG_0130I had such fun making the “Belle” Dress-Up Apron that I just couldn’t stop there!  My daughter has recently started watching Frozen.  I think we have watched it at least once a day for the past week.  She hasn’t learned to sing yet, but I’m sure she’ll be singing the songs once she does!

I’m excited with how the “Elsa” Dress-Up Apron turned out.  Here’s how I made it.

 

Materials:

– 1 m teal fabric

– 0.2 m sparkly fabric for the bodice (I found some tulle with sequins on it in the bridal section of the fabric store)

– 1 m tulle

– 15 inches of elastic (1 inch)

– snowflake embellishments (optional, but pretty cute)

– hook and loop closure

Instructions:

1. The first step is to cut out all the pieces.

Out of the teal fabric cut…

  • Strap: 4 x 22 inches
  • Bodice: 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cut 2; you’ll only need 1 if you are using an opaque fabric for the front of the bodice)
  • Waist Band: 3 x 27 inches (cut 2)
  • Skirt: 16 x 38 (cut 2)

Out of the sparkly fabric cut…

  • Bodice: 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cut 1)

2. When I bought the tulle it was already doubled (as many fabrics are when on the spools).  Keeping it folded, trim the edges so that they were nice and straight.  Sew gathering stitches along the folded edge of the tulle and gather to about 12 inches.IMG_0101

3. Take the strap piece.  Fold in half and press.  Fold and press each edge up by 1/2 in.  Position the tulle in the middle of the strap so that it is overlapping the folded edge.  Fold the strap in half and pin everything in place.

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4. Top stitch along both edges about 1/4 in from the edge, securing the tulle in place.  Your strap should now look something like the picture.IMG_0107

5. Using a safety pin, insert the elastic into the strap.  Line up the ends of the elastic with the ends of the strap and pin or baste in place.  The elastic is shorter than the fabric which will allow it to stretch over your little one’s head.

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6. If your sparkly fabric is transparent, as mine was, sew it on top of one of the teal bodice pieces.

7. Pin the strap to the right side of the bodice front about 1/2 in from the side edges.  There will be 1/2 inch of the strap going over the top edge.  Baste in place.  Note the position of the tulle!IMG_0112

8. Place the back of the bodice on top, sandwiching the strap in the middle.  Pin in place then sew around the sides and top using a 1/2 in seam allowance.  Your bodice should now look something like the picture.

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9. Take one of the skirt pieces and attach your snowflake embellishments.  Mine were iron on, but now that I’ve watched my daughter play in her new “dress” I think I’m going to need to sew them on.IMG_0117

10. Place the second skirt piece over top, sew around the sides and bottom edge using a 1/2 in seam allowance, and turn.  Sew gathering stitches along the top of the skirt and gather to 27 inches.IMG_0119

11. Taking both waistband pieces, fold and press under all the edges 1/2 inch.IMG_0121

12.  Unfold the edge of one waistband piece and pin to the skirt, right sides together as shown in the picture.  Sew in place.IMG_0124

13. Pin the bodice, right sides together, in the centre of the waistband piece and sew in place.IMG_0125

14. Place the second waistband piece, edges folded under, so that it covers all the seams and raw edges.  Top stitch in place 1/4 inch from the edges.IMG_0127

15. Cut the hook and loop closures and sew on to the waistband.  I sewed the “hook” part so that it would be on the top of the skirt when wrapped around my daughter’s waist, that way it would be less likely to catch on the tulle.IMG_0128

16. Admire your completed project and watch your little one enjoy her new “dress”!IMG_0130

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“Belle” Dress Up Apron

IMG_0066Part of our morning routine involves putting on a movie for my daughter to watch.  E has been enjoying watching lots of Disney movies and one of her current favourites is “Beauty and the Beast”.  She also loves to dress up so I figured it was time to try my hand at making a “Belle” dress-up apron like I’d seen on Pinterest.

After looking at several patterns and pictures, I decided how I was going to proceed.  I got most of my measurements and inspiration from this site, but then made some modifications which I’ll share in this post.  One of the things I modified was the neck strap.  With a newborn at home now, I wanted to make sure that my daughter would be able to put on and take of the “dress” with as little help from me as possible.  The neck strap stretches over her head instead of having it tie in the back.  I ended up having to go back and shorten the elastic to make the neck strap a better size, so the pictures show a longer neck strap than you’ll get if you follow the instructions.

Materials:

– dark yellow fabric

– light yellow fabric

– elastic (in two widths – 1 inch and 1/4 inch)

– hook and loop closure

Instructions:

1. The first step is to cut out all the pieces.

Out of the dark yellow fabric cut…

  • Strap: 4 x 22 inches
  • Bodice: 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cut 2)
  • Waist Band: 3 x 28 inches (cut 2)
  • Skirt: 16 x 38 (cut 2)

Out of the light yellow fabric cut…

  • Skirt Overlay: 12 x 42 inches

IMG_52352. Fold the neck strap in half, right sides together, and sew along the long side using a 1/2 in seam allowance.  Turn inside out, press, and top stitch along both long sides about 1/4 in from the edge.

 

 

 

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3. Cut a 15 inch piece of 1 inch width elastic.  Insert it into the strap.

 

 

 

 

IMG_52404. Line up the ends of the elastic with the ends of the strap and pin or baste in place.  The elastic is shorter than the fabric which will allow it to stretch over your little one’s head.

 

 

 

IMG_52415. Pin the strap to the right side of the bodice front about 1/2 in from the side edges.  There will be 1/2 inch of the strap going over the top edge.  Baste in place.

 

 

 

IMG_52426. Place the back of the bodice on top, sandwiching the strap in the middle.  Pin in place then sew around the sides and top using a 1/2 in seam allowance.

 

 

 

IMG_52437. Turn inside out and press.

8. Take one waistband piece and fold under all four edges 1/2 inch and press.  Repeat with the second waistband piece.

 

 

 

IMG_52459. Sew gathering stitches along the top edge of each dark yellow skirt piece and gather to 27 inches.  Set aside.

10. Take the skirt overlay piece and hem the bottom: press the bottom edge 1/4 in under, then fold over again, press, and sew the hem.

 

 

IMG_524611. Mark on the wrong side of the skirt overlay, every 7 inches along the bottom as well as at the top, approximately 1 inch from the top edge.  Cut five lengths of the 1/4 inch elastic to 7 1/2 inches.  Pin the elastic at the marks you just made.  (The hemmed bottom of the skirt is at the top of the picture.)

 

 

IMG_524812. Sew along the elastic, stretching it so it lays flat against the fabric.  Once sewn, because the elastic is shorter it will create the gathers.

 

 

 

 

IMG_525013. Sew gathering stitches along the top edge of the skirt overlay and gather to 27 inches.

 

 

 

 

IMG_525114. Place the overlay on top of the skirt front.  Baste along the sides and gathered edge.

 

 

 

 

IMG_525215. Place the back of the skirt over the front piece, right sides together, and sew along the bottom and sides.  Turn inside out and baste gathered edges together.

 

 

 

IMG_525316. Unfold the long edge of one waistband piece and pin along the gathered edge of the skirt front.  Sew in place.

 

 

 

 

IMG_525417. Unfold the other edge of the same waistband piece and pin the bodice in the center.  Sew in place.

18. Turn the apron over so the front of the apron is facing away from you and pin the second waistband piece so that it is lined up with the first piece, covering all the raw edges.  Top stitch along all four sides.

 

IMG_525619. Cut a 7 inch length of the “hook” part of the hook and loop closure and a 4 inch length of the “loop” part.  Sew onto the waistband as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

IMG_525820. Watch your toddler enjoy her new “dress”!

 

Now to wait for another sale at the fabric store so I can make Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty aprons…and maybe some other princesses too! 🙂

 

 

 

 

THIS PATTERN IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS PATTERN, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Quiet Book Cover

Now that the tutorials for the pages in the Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book have been posted, it is time for the finishing touches – sewing the pages together and creating the cover.

First, sewing the pages together.  When I created the quiet book, I completed all the pages and then sewed them together.  That means that each of the pages had about 1/2 inch on three sides that “disappeared” when sewn to the next page.  The fourth side is used for binding the book together.

I only have a few pictures of putting the pages together, so hopefully my instructions will be clear enough.  If not, comment below and I’ll try to clear things up!  🙂

IMG_40411. For the first (and last – which is what I’m showing in the pictures) page in the book, take a plain piece of felt, cut to 10 x 8 1/2 inches.  Place it over the “right” side of the quiet book page (the side with all the details).  Pin on the three outer edges.

IMG_4042If you were to flip it over, you’ll see the back of the quiet book page.

Sew around the three edges, using a 1/2 in seam allowance.  Trim the sewn corners and turn inside out.

IMG_40452. Fold the open edges under about 1/2 in and top stitch around all four edges.

IMG_40463. Sew a straight line about 1 1/2 in from the side that doesn’t contain the page details.

4. Create small button holes 2 inches from the top and bottom.

 

And now for the cover…

Materials:

– five pieces of felt (I used two pieces of sparkly felt and three pieces of plain pink felt)

– snap

– ribbon

IMG_40501. Cut both pieces of sparkly felt so that they are 10 1/2 x 9 inches.  Cut one of the plain pink felt pieces to 4 1/2 x 9 inches.  Pin and sew this to the sparkly felt as shown in the picture.  Cut another piece of plain pink felt to 4 1/2 x 9 inches and sew to the other two full pieces of pink felt.

 

 

 

IMG_40582. Cut some sparkly felt to 9 x 2 inches and fold in half.  Fold over the edges of one side as shown in the picture.  Sew along the edge.  Turn inside out.

IMG_4061Top stitch around the edges.

 

 

IMG_40633. Place the inside of the cover so the “right” side is facing you.  Pin the strap in place.  You can see it sticking out in the picture.  Place the outside of the cover on top so the “wrong” side is facing you.  The “right” sides will be together.

IMG_4064Sew along the top, bottom, and side with the strap.  Trim the corners and turn inside out.

 

 

4. Fold the open edges under 1/2 in and top stitch around the entire cover about 1/4 in from the edge.

IMG_40735. Create four button holes from the top and bottom edges so that they are the same distance from each other as the quiet book pages.

 

 

 

 

IMG_40766. Cut a piece of ribbon and thread it through the cover and page button holes.  Tie the ribbon with a double knot and then a bow.

 

 

 

IMG_42427. Attach the snap to the cover and strap.

Enjoy your completed book!

THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE QUIET BOOK PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Sleeping Beauty Pages

Thank you so much for your patience waiting for the rest of the tutorials for my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book.  Today I’m going to share how to complete the Sleeping Beauty Search and Find Pages.

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Don’t forget to check out my completed Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book!

NOTE: When I created the quiet book, I completed all the pages and then sewed them together.  That means that each of the pages has about 1/2 inch on three sides that will “disappear” when sewn to the next page.  The fourth side will be used for binding the book together.  You can see the finished book here.  The instructions for the binding will be in a future post.

THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE QUIET BOOK PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

– felt (light blue, dark blue, green, dark brown, light brown, beige, gold, red)

– fabric paint (brown, green)

– glue

– Shrinky Dink Plastic

– Search and Find Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim both background light blue felt so it is 10 inches by 8 1/2 inches (this will be the standard size for all the pages in this quiet book).

IMG_37952. First the right hand page.  Cut out the various pieces for the landscape and sew in place as shown.  I started at the bottom and worked my way up.  It meant switching thread in the sewing machine each time, but it also meant that everything would fit together.

 

 

 

IMG_37993. Cut the hole out of the tree and sew the tree in place.  From the dark brown felt, cut two dark brown ovals the same size as the hole in the tree.  Glue one in the hole (only glue around the edges otherwise sewing on the owl is a lot more work) and the second one, sew along the top to make a flap.

 

 

IMG_38564. The left hand page is a bit more time consuming.  Cut out the pieces and sew in place as shown in the picture.  Sew the bush only along the bottom edge to create a flap that opens downwards.  Sew the roof along the top to create the flap.

 

 

 

IMG_38605. I found pictures using a Google search for the couple dancing, the owl, and the fairies.  It took a bit of trial and error to get things to the size I wanted, so be patient with this step.  I traced the images onto the Shrinky Dink plastic and then coloured with permanent markers.  Once they were shrunk, I put a layer of clear nail polish over top to keep the colour from being worn off.  Don’t forget to make holes in your shapes before you shrink them so that you can sew them onto the page!  Sew in place.

IMG_38626. Using the fabric paint, paint on the details as shown in the pictures.  Let dry and the pages are complete!