fall fairy skirt + scarf tutorials

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sometimes it's thanksgiving & a few days before, we hold a sewing workshop. maybe a mama comes over, having been at the e.r. the night before, & gets my whole family totally sick.  sometimes.  and so, sometimes everyone gets better, 'cept me & the wee, & we send them all off for a holiday at grandma's.  and we spend a blissful/brutal 2 1/2 days clearing out rooms, puddling around, & making stuff, in between episodes of sick stuff.  sometimes.  and we all live happily ever after.  

 

this post is dedicated to my sweetheart, who i am so very grateful for.

 

These projects can be done by any 10 year-old who knows their way around a sewing machine, in under an hour, for FREE.  Yup.  Free.  You just have to have some elastic thread on hand, & be willing to cut up your clothes.  If not, you can pick up sweaters, tweed pants & pretty dresses at any thrift store for under $5 each.  The fairy skirt doesn't require a machine. 

 

Fairy skirt tutorial

 

Autumn Fairy Skirt Tutorial

 

Gather:

 

1 dress or shirt in Fall colors, fabric shears, elastic thread, embroidery needle, safety pin

 

Do:

 

1.) Cut off the bottom 12"-15" of a dress or shirt.  Linen, cotton, jersey, double gauze.  It all works here.

 

2.) Take that tube & flip it's hem upside-down, so that it's on top.  Notice that you'll use the hem as a "casing" for elastic thread.

 

3.) Cut out a bunch of free-form oak leaves in different sizes, making sure to leave at least 1" of hem-casing at the top of each leaf.

 

4.) Double thread the elastic through an embroidery needle.  Knot the ends around a safety pin to prevent the elastic from slipping through.  Thread together your oak leaves, squishing them together as you go.  For a larger child or more interesting skirt, use different fabrics.  The one above uses a woven-cotton dress, it's lining, & 2 leaves from a thin corduroy dress.  

 

5.) Fit to child by wrapping the strung leaves around waist.  Make sure there's both enough leaves to get that ruched top & enough "give" to pull off & on.  Remove safety pin & knot elastic ends closed.  Trim of extra elastic & pull knot through casing to hide.  Don't wash! 

 

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Scarftutorial

 

Tweeds + Stripes Scarf

 

Gather:

 

1 wool or cotton sweater (felting not required), 1 pair tweed pants, fabric shears, sewing machine

 

Do:

 

1.) Cut out a 7"-wide tube from the body of sweater.  Set aside bottom ribbing & rest of sweater for another project.  Cut across the width of tube on one side, so that it becomes a long strip.

 

2.) Cut out a 7"-wide, leg-long strip from the pants.  

 

3.) Lay out tweed strip, right-side up.  Lay sweater strip over it, right-side down.  Trim both to match lengths.  

 

4.) Starting at one end, sew together around outside, using a straight-stitch & 1/4" seam allowance.  Sweater may stretch a bit, so just sew other end where the two fabrics meet & trim afterwards.   Leave starting end open.  Turn right-side-out.

 

5.) Tuck in end.  Stitch around edge of entire scarf.  It will look cleaner if you sew with the tweed-side up.  There you go...Cozy!

 

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my lil' friend enzo flossing his winter gear