Snow White Towel Cover-Up

I will admit that I’m a little obsessed with all things Disney. Especially when it comes to Disney Princesses! I’m super excited to be taking my 2 year old daughter to Disneyland soon, along with my mom who hasn’t been there in almost twenty years! (Yes, I’m leaving baby C with Daddy!)

When I started this blog, I had no idea what I would end up writing about. I had originally thought that it would have been more “mom” stuff, but after discovering how much fun I am having sewing, it has turned out to be more of a crafting and sewing blog. Hopefully anyone who has taken the time to visit my blog has been enjoying the tutorials I’ve shared.

Today I don’t have a tutorial, but I wanted to share something I made using someone else’s pattern. 

My daughter, E, loves Snow White and so I decided to make her a towel cover-up that looked like her dress. I found the pattern for the peasant dress on this blog, and then made a few changes.

  
1. I split the main part of the dress into two pieces to make a bodice and skirt. I constructed the pattern on paper using her instructions and then cut in the appropriate place to make the bodice and skirt pieces. I then sewed them together to make one piece again. I also sewed a piece of ribbon down the front of the bodice.

2. I added red to the sleeves. I cut six tear drop pieces out of red towel and the attached them to the sleeves using a satin stitch.

3. To give the dress a bit more shape, I added some elastic to the inside of the dress where the blue and yellow met.

We haven’t needed to use a towel cover-up since I’ve made the dress, but E loves wearing it around the house! Here she is admiring herself in front of the mirror the first time she tried it on! Don’t mind the messy room. ūüėČ 

  

“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

“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! ūüôā

 

 

 

 

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.

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Marble Maze and I-Spy

The Little Mermaid – one of the first movies I remember seeing in the movie theatre. Today I’ll be sharing the tutorial for making The Little Mermaid inspired 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 ‚Äúdisappear‚ÄĚ 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 (turquoise, purple, green)

– marble

– ribbon

– clear vinyl (rather than buying vinyl at the fabric store I used the packaging from an item I bought at the Dollar store)

– Shrinky Dink plastic

– permanent markers

– clear nail polish

– seed beads (at least that’s what I think they are called)

Instructions for Marble Maze page:

1. Trim the background turquoise  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).

2. Cut a second turquoise felt so that it is 7 1/4 in by 7 in.
IMG_40193. Sew the square on top of the background felt about 3/4 in from the left hand edge of the background felt.  Once you have three of the sides sewn in place, put the marble underneath and sew the fourth edge in place.

 

 

 

IMG_40224. Moving the marble as needed, sew the maze lines as shown.  Each section is about 3 1/2 in wide

 

 

 

 

 

5. Create your figures for added interest.  I found some images through a Google search and printed them in the size I needed based on how much the Shrinky Dink plastic would shrink.  Once I had the images sized, I traced them onto the Shrinky Dink plastic, coloured them with permanent markers, punched the holes for sewing, and heated them in the oven.  Once they were out of the oven and cooled, I painted them with the clear nail polish.  (I found that some colours, like red, tended to run even though they were permanent markers.  To avoid that, let the nail polish drop onto the image instead of painting the polish.  Hopefully that makes sense.)

IMG_40236. Once the polish is dry, sew the images in place and the pages is completed!

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions for I-Spy Page

IMG_39231. First create your images. ¬†You could either find stuff to put in or create them yourself. ¬†I decided that I wanted to do an “Under the Sea” theme and found images through a Google search. ¬†I think traced the images onto Shrinky Dink plastic. ¬†Once I had traced the image on one side, I flipped it over and went over the same lines, making the image double sided. ¬†I then coloured the images using permanent marker, trimmed the images, and put them in the oven. ¬†Once shrunk and cooled, I coated them with clear nail polish, letting the first side dry before repeating on the opposite side.

IMG_40122. Take a picture of the items. ¬†I printed the picture then bordered it with purple felt. ¬†This was just free hand so I don’t have a pattern for it. ¬†The back is solid purple; the front is vinyl bordered with purple felt.

IMG_4013Sew the pieces together on three sides, remembering to put the ribbon in place.

IMG_4014Insert the picture and sew up the fourth side.

 

 

 

 

3. Trim the background turquoise  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).

4. Cut the purple felt so that it is 6 1/2 in by 7 in.  Then cut out the centre so that the edge is 1/2 in thick on each side.

5. Cut the vinyl so that it is 6 in by 6 3/4 in.

IMG_39686. Pin (place the pins parallel to the edge of the vinyl instead of perpendicular so you only make holes in it where it would be sewn anyways) and sew the vinyl in place on three sides Р1 3/8 in from the right side of the background felt, 1 in from the bottom of the background felt, and 3 in from the left side of the background felt.  It will be puffy in the middle since you will need room to put in the beads.  Pour in the seed beads and images and sew the top in place 1 in from the top.

 

IMG_39697. Sew the purple border in place over top of the vinyl. ¬†I sewed along the outside edge and then the inside edge of the border. ¬†This got a little tricky at times because all the beads and images were inside, but just be patient and you’ll get it.

 

 

 

IMG_40158. Sew the opposite end of the ribbon attached to the card in place as shown.

 

 

 

 

IMG_40169. Cut out your seaweed from the green felt and tack in place using green thread.  And the page is completed!

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Snow White Pages FREE Pattern and Tutorial

It has been WAY too long since I’ve posted a tutorial for my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book. ¬†Today I’m going to show two pages at once since they aren’t too complicated. ¬†So here are the patterns and instructions for the Snow White pages of the book.

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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 gray, dark gray, gold, brown, sparkly white, red)

– beads (15 in total for the counting part; small ones for the trolley)

– ribbon

– fabric paint (brown, silver)

– glue

– buttons (2 for the wheels on the trolley)

– non-breakable mirror (I got mine from a baby toy that I found at Value Village; any shape will work)

–¬†Counting Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. I’ll first show the mirror page. ¬†Trim the background light gray 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_37442. To make the mirror frame, I traced the mirror onto a piece of paper.  Then I drew a line on the inside of the circle so that it would overlap with the mirror when cut out of felt.  I made the frame about 1/2 inch thick.  Draw a crown on paper for your pattern as well.  Cut out the pieces from the felt.

 

 

IMG_37453. Glue the mirror onto the felt, slightly to the left so that it will be in the centre of the finished page.

 

 

 

 

IMG_37464. Glue the gold frame over top of the mirror.  I placed glue so that it would stick to the background as well as the mirror.

 

 

 

 

IMG_37475. Glue on the red crown at the top of the mirror.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_37796. Finally, paint on the pattern with the brown fabric paint. ¬†If you look closely you’ll notice that I did more loops on one side than the other, but I don’t think my daughter has noticed. ¬†And the page is done!

 

 

 

7. Sadly, I have lost the pictures for the steps for the counting page due to keyboard smashing by my daughter. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†(Check out this post to read the details). ¬†However, I will still write down the steps and the pattern is given above.

Trim the background light gray 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).

8. Cut the “Cave” out of dark gray and position on the right side of the background felt. ¬†Don’t sew it down yet.

9. Cut five ribbon pieces and pin in place, under the dark gray cave.  Move the cave piece out of the way and sew the ribbon on one side.  String the beads on the ribbons as shown in the finished page.

10. Pull the ribbon tight, pin in place, and sew the opposite end. ¬†If you find that the ribbons are droopy, simply pull it a little tighter and resew. ¬†Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

11. Reposition the cave piece and sew in place.  Using the sliver fabric paint, write the numbers as shown.

12. Cut the “Pile of Jewels” from sparkly white and sew in place on the bottom right-hand corner.

13. Cut out the “Trolley” and sew in place as shown. ¬†Using brown fabric paint, paint on the details of the trolley.

14. Sew on small beads, “filling” the trolley with jewels.

15. Sew on the buttons to make the wheels of the trolley.  And you are done!

 

I hope you have fun making these pages. ¬†I’d love to hear how yours turned out!

Binding instructions will be in a future post!

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Tangled Satchel Page

 

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This page was inspired by a quiet book page I found through Pinterest.  I think it is a great addition to my 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 MAKE THESE PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

– felt (light purple, dark purple, dark brown, black, dark gray, gold, sparkly white)

– ribbon

– thread

– cardboard

– glue

– fabric paint or glitter glue (optional)

–¬†Satchel Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background light purple 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_34112. Cut out the pan felt pieces.  There should be two black pans and one dark gray circle.  Glue the circle on one of the pans as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3423Turn the pan over and glue a 9 inch piece of ribbon to the back of the handle.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3425Cut out the cardboard piece using the same pattern, but then trim it so that it is slightly smaller than the felt.  Glue it to the back of the pan.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3428Glue the second black pan felt over top of the cardboard.  Let it dry completely.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34153. Cut out the sun scarf pieces.  There should be two dark purple rectangles and one gold sun.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3429Repeat the steps above to add the ribbon and cardboard to the sun scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34144. Cut out the pieces for the crown.  There should be two gold pieces, two small jewels, and one large jewel.  Glue the pieces together as shown, repeating the steps above to add the cardboard and ribbon.  I just added cardboard to the gold section as the sparkly white jewels were cut from a stiffened piece of felt.

Optional: add some extra bling using a glitter glue or fabric paint.

 

IMG_34445. Cut out the satchel pieces.  Pin the large satchel piece to the page.  It should be closer to one side than the other as one side will be used for binding the book.  In the picture the pins on the bottom are marking where it will fold.  Pin the satchel contents in place as shown in the picture.

 

 

IMG_3445Fold the satchel closed and pin in place.  Sew around all four sides, close to the edge of the satchel.  Move the satchel contents when necessary.

 

 

 

Pin the satchel flap and sew in place on the top edge only. ¬†Carefully stuff the contents into the pouch and the page is complete! ¬†ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. ¬†I’d love to hear how your page turned out!

The binding instructions will be coming in a future post!

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Cinderella Clock Page Pattern and Tutorial

This was one of the first pages that I completed for my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book. ¬†I figured I’d start with something relatively simple to build up my confidence. ¬†Haha!

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 (navy blue, light gray, dark gray, white)

– button

– fabric paint

– thread

– glue

–¬†Clock Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background navy 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_34062. Cut out the clock face.  Using fabric paint, write the numbers 1 through 12 as seen on a clock face.  (Note: you can also do this step later if you want to attach the clock center by sewing instead of gluing.)

 

 

 

IMG_34163. Sewing the clock bottom to the background page: Sew a line 3/8 of an inch on the bottom side of the shape and close to the edge for the other three sides as seen in the picture.  The piece should be closer to one side of the page as the other side will be used for the binding of the book.

 

 

 

IMG_34184. Sew on the clock back and then the clock top piece.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34205. Once the fabric paint is dry, glue the clock face to the clock back.  (If you decided to sew the clock face on instead of glue, sew it in place then use the fabric paint to write the numbers.)

 

 

 

 

IMG_34216. Prep the clock hands. ¬†Each clock hand requires a button hole. ¬†Check your sewing machine’s instruction manual for how to sew a button hole. ¬†Since I’m not a pro at making button holes, I decided to make the hole first and then cut out the hands. ¬†You can see from the picture that it took me a few tries to get it right! ¬†Haha!

 

 

IMG_34387. Sew on the button in the center of the clock face and loop the clock arms over it. ¬†And you’re done!

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Beauty and the Beast Castle Tutorial

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Tale as old as time…Song as old as rhyme…Beauty and the Beast. ¬†I love this movie! ¬†It’s a lovely story and I think that the Beauty and the Beast pages are the ones that I’m the most proud of so even though they aren’t the first pages in the completed book I’m sharing them first. ¬†ūüôā

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. ¬†Don’t forget to take a look at the complete¬†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 (dark blue, dark gray, light gray, gold, red)
  • Zipper (about 4 inches)
  • Fabric Paint (I used brown and silver)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cellophane
  • Castle Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background dark 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_36022. Cut out the Ballroom and Rug pieces. ¬†Sew them onto the background felt. ¬†I sewed the ballroom only around the outside edges and then glued the inside “walls”, but they aren’t staying stuck so I’d recommend that you sew around the windows too. ¬†I glued the rug in place, but again, would sew it in place if I were to make this page again. ¬†Once they are sewn in place, use fabric paint to draw the corners of the walls and the pattern on the rug. ¬†Let dry completely! ¬†NOTE: I ACCIDENTALLY PUT EVERYTHING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE INSTEAD OF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE! ¬†THIS ONLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IF YOU WANT THE CASTLE PAGE TO BE ON THE LEFT SIDE.

IMG_35973. Cut out the door pieces: two felt and one cellophane for each door.  The cellophane will need to be trimmed in order to fit properly.

 

 

 

 

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Sandwich the cellophane in between the two felt pieces and sew along the straight edges.

Repeat with the other door.

 

 

 

 

IMG_36004. Pin and sew the zipper to the long straight edges of the doors.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_36035. Place the “closed” doors over the ballroom and pin in place. ¬†Place the castle piece over the doors so that it is overlapping the curved edges of the doors. ¬†Sew in place. ¬†I sewed along the doors and then up the sides and on the bottom. ¬†I glued the top in place, but it could easily be sew instead. ¬†HINT: use lots of pins to hold everything in place. ¬†And if it ends up a little crooked like mine did, remind yourself that it is for a child and she won’t mind too much. ¬†ūüôā

 

IMG_36076. Sew the Towers to the sides of the castle.  They will overlap a little bit.  I sewed around all four edges.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_36087. Glue or sew the roof pieces and window pieces in place.

 

 

 

 

 

8. To make the Beauty and the Beast character piece, I found a colouring page through a Google search and printed it out. ¬†I then traced it onto Shrinky Dink plastic and coloured it. ¬†It was a great excuse to buy that pack of permanent markers I was eyeing. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Following the Shrinky Dink instructions I sized the picture so that it would be the correct size once shrunk. ¬†I punched three holes before shrinking it so that I could sew it in place. ¬†I also painted a layer of clear top coat nail polish over it so that the colours wouldn’t scratch off. ¬†(The trick with the nail polish is to let it drip on so that there is a thick layer instead of painting it on, otherwise the ink might smear.) ¬†Sew in place and you are done!

The bottom of the page will be part of the seam allowance for completing the book so it will not show. ¬†(Take a look at the finished page at the top of this post again). ¬†I will be sharing the instructions for completing the book in a future post. ¬†If you don’t want to complete the book as I did then simply trim that seam allowance part off. ¬†I hope that makes sense!

I’d love to hear how your Castle page turns out! ¬†Happy Crafting!

 

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book

I am SO excited with how my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book turned out!  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too!

I did a fair amount of searching for patterns on Pinterest, and I got a couple ideas for pages, but most of these pages are my own design (although not necessarily my own artwork). ¬†ūüôā

I’ll be posting the patterns for most of these pages over the next few weeks so keep checking back. ¬†In the meantime, here is a closer look at each of the pages.

The first page is “Cinderella”. ¬†There is a magnet inside the dress and under the doll. ¬†The idea is to dress Cinderella for the ball.

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Cinderella – “Dress” Cinderella (left); Clock (right)

Second princess page is “Sleeping Beauty”. ¬†This is my daughter’s favourite page at the moment. ¬†It is a search and find page. ¬†The characters are made from Shrinky Dink plastic.

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Sleeping Beauty Search and Find

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“Snow White” is next. ¬†The Magic Mirror (made from a mirror I found from a used toy). ¬†The right page is the Dwarves’ mine.

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Snow White – Mirror (left); Counting Mine (right)

I’m very proud of the “Beauty and the Beast” pages. ¬†The castle doors have cellophane in them to make them crinkle when touched. ¬†Belle and the Beast are made from Shrinky Dink plastic. ¬†The right page has the magic rose. ¬†The petals “fall” off.

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Beauty and the Beast

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“The Little Mermaid” ¬†These pages used many pictures I found on the internet printed and coloured on Shrinky Dink plastic. ¬†On the left is a marble maze and on the right is an I Spy page.

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The Little Mermaid – Marble Maze (left); I Spy (right)

“Tangled” is next. ¬†These two pages were inspired by ones I found on Pinterest. ¬†I will be sharing the links to the pages in my tutorials along with my instructions for how I completed the pages.

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Tangled – Satchel (left); Hair (right) – These were inspired by pages I found through Pinterest. Links will be provided in the tutorials.

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The final pages are “Frozen”. ¬†Match the Snowflakes and Build a Snowman. ¬†The Elsa doll is not my original creation so I can’t share that part, but I will share the pattern and instructions for the other parts. ¬†Olaf was made using a pattern I found free online and I’ll include a link in that post as well.

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Frozen – Match the Snowflakes (left); Build a Snowman (right)

IMG_4107IMG_4109There you have it! ¬†It was a lot of work, but I’m super happy with how it turned out and my daughter (who will be one on June 3rd) LOVES it!

Please note that some of these pages involved the use of pictures I found on the internet through Google searches. ¬†I do not claim those pictures as my own. ¬†Also, the Cinderella doll and Elsa doll were created based on someone else’s pattern so I can’t share those either. ¬†However, I will be sharing the pattern pieces and assembly instructions for the rest of the pages! ¬†ūüôā

I’ll also be sharing how to make the cover and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Creating!

Smock Bib: FREE Pattern and Tutorial

It’s sewing time! ¬†I’m excited to share with you my first ever FREE pattern and tutorial for a baby smock bib. ¬†ūüôā

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I don’t know about your kids, but my baby is certainly a messy eater! ¬†She likes to feed herself and usually ends up with food everywhere. ¬†Even when we try to feed her it gets a little messy. ¬†Easter dinner ended up all over her face, hands, hair, ears. ¬†Fortunately she was wearing her smock so her clothes were at least unstained. ¬†ūüôā

When we first introduced E to solid food, we quickly figured out that the regular bibs weren’t going to work. ¬†So I went out and found a smock that I hoped would do the trick. ¬†It was made out of vinyl or something that seemed like a great idea, but really didn’t come clean and it wasn’t too long before holes were starting to form. ¬†I took it apart and used the pieces as a rough template for a cloth version. ¬†The original smock was for 18 M. ¬†I decided to make it about the same size, but since my daughter is only 10 1/2 months, we just roll up the arms to make them a bit shorter for now.

The front of the smock is made up of denim from three pairs of my old blue jeans (might as well use them for something!). ¬†Denim is a fantastic choice for a bib since it doesn’t stain easily. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I’ve used various types of fabric for the back and sleeves so you can probably use whatever you have on hand. ¬†In this tutorial I’m using flannelette, but I’ve also used broadcloth and even a cut up cotton t-shirt. ¬†As long as it’s washable, I don’t see why you couldn’t use it.

I was at FabricLand and found this super cute fabric with the pea pods. ¬†Ok, maybe white isn’t the BEST choice for a bib, but it was so cute I just couldn’t resist. ¬†ūüôā

But enough chatter…on to the tutorial.

Materials:

– fabric for sleeves and smock back (can be the same, as in this tutorial, or different)

– denim for the smock front (I used my old blue jeans)

– double fold bias tape (around 2 1/2 yards or meters)

– coordinating thread

–¬†hook and loop closure

Smock Pattern and tape

Instructions:

1. Print, cut out, and tape the pattern pieces together.

There are 3 pieces for the sleeve and 2 pieces for the front.  Overlap the pieces so that the shapes are complete.

You will need to create the reflection of the front so that you have a full shape. ¬†I just have half in the pattern so that it was easier to share. ¬†Here’s what your pieces should look like. ¬†(Ignore the “Fold” written in pencil)

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2. Cut out your fabric.

IMG_3659Fold your fabric with wrong sides together and cut out the sleeves.

Cut the smock back using just one layer of fabric, either of the same fabric or a coordinating fabric.

 

 

 

3. Create the denim smock front.

IMG_3661This is where you can get creative. ¬†Because I used my blue jeans the front will not be in just one piece. ¬†Here’s what I did. ¬†I took the pattern for the smock front and divided it into three sections. ¬†I just did vertical lines for this tutorial, but the sections can also be cut on an angle.

 

 

 
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Pin each section onto the denim and cut out. ¬†Here’s the important part: make sure to add about 1/2 inch extra on the “cut” side. ¬†This is so that you can sew the pieces together, creating the front of the smock.

 

 

Here are my pieces all cut.

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TIMG_3667ake the bottom and middle pieces and pin with right sides together.  Repeat with the top and middle pieces.

 

 

 

 

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Sew each pinned section using a 1/2 in seam.  Trim the seams and iron open.  Put aside for now.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Prepare the sleeves.

IMG_3692Pin and sew the bias tape onto the straight edge of the sleeve. ¬†If this is your first time using bias tape, there are lots of great tutorials online. ¬†Basically here’s how you do it. ¬†When folded the bias tape is slightly longer on one side than the other. ¬†Taking the shorter side, unfold it and pin, right sides together, to the sleeve as shown in the picture. ¬†Sew along the fold.

 

 

IMG_3693Next, remove the pins and fold the bias tape over the edge. ¬†With the right side up, since that’s the side that is going to be visible, sew along the inner edge (basically where you were first sewed the bias tape to the sleeve).

 

 

 

IMG_3694Once the bias tape is sewn on, fold the sleeve as shown in the picture.  Sew using a 1/2 in seam.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3695Trim the excess material.  I did a zigzag stitch which will hopefully prevent too much fraying from happening when it is washed.

 

 

 

 

5. Attach the sleeves to the front of the smock.

IMG_3691Take the denim front and fabric back of the smock and pin, wrong sides together. ¬†If you are feeling ambitious, baste them together, leaving the openings for the sleeves. ¬†Basting would help eliminate blood stains from pin pricks! ¬†ūüôā

 

 

 

IMG_3696Fold down the openings for the sleeve about 1/2 in as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3698Pin the sleeve (the non-sewn straight edge) in between the two layers. ¬†Make sure you have the correct sleeve on the correct side! ¬†The rounded part goes in the back of the bib, around the baby’s neck. ¬†Sew in place. ¬†I sewed fairly close to the edge of the denim. ¬†You just want to make sure that all the layers are sewn together.

 

 

6. Add bias tape to finish the edges.

IMG_3701Here’s the most dangerous part of the project…there are a lot of pins! ¬†Pin and sew the bias tape around all the unfinished edges. ¬†It does get a little tricky, so have patience during this step.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3707You’re almost done! ¬†And hopefully you’ll have a bit more luck than I did. ¬†My sewing machine needle was on it’s last legs and seemed to hit every other pin until it finally broke! ¬†I replaced the needle and finished the project.

 

 

 

 

7. Attach the hook and loop closure.

It doesn’t really matter which side overlaps, but I would suggest that you put the “hook” part on the side that will be on the top. ¬†Reason for this…it won’t get stuck in hair! ¬†Ouch!

IMG_3708Cut about an inch of the “hook” part and sew in place. ¬†You can either do the same size for the “loop” or make it slightly bigger, which allows for a bit more size variation.

 

 

 

IMG_3710And you’re done! ¬†Congratulations! ¬†I’d love to hear how yours turned out!