Monday, October 26, 2015

Butterfly Wings - Tutorial

 My little sweetie has been saying since last year that she wants to be a butterfly for Halloween. She sure stuck to that idea and so we got to work on making her costume/dress-up dreams come true. 
We wanted to make something that she could wear for trick-or-treating, but then keep in her dress-up closet for more fun afterwards. 
We went on a fun little date to the fabric store and picked out her favorite colors. This was such a fun little project where we got to spend some time together planning out the outfit and details of the
wings. Sophie sure felt special getting the attention from mommy. 
As part of the costume, we got a pink shirt and pink pants to make the caterpillar part of the butterfly. We also made a little flower crown since butterflies love flowers. But making an antenna headband would be cute too. 
Butterfly Wings Tutorial
What You'll Need...
About 1.5 yards cotton fabric for wings base. {May need more or less}
1/4 yards of 3-4 colors of fabric to use to decorate wings
Sewing Machine
Step 1: First, you will need to measure out how long your child's wing span is... pointer finger to pointer finger. Cut that number in 1/2. Make sure you have enough fabric to make wings that long. Take your main fabric that will serve as the base of the wings and cut it in half. Double up the fabric and fold it in half. Sketch out one side of a wing that ends at the folded edge. {Refer to picture!} Once you get a shape you like, cut it out. You should now have 2 sets of wings in the same shape. One set will serve at the front of the wings that you will decorate. The other will serve as the back. Line up your wing panels and set on a flat surface. 
Step 2: Take your colored 1/4 yards of fabric and apply your iron on adhesive to the back side of each. Be sure to follow the directions given with the adhesive! Now comes the hard/creative part. Sketch several shapes to decorate your wings in each of the colors you are using. Trace and cut out a mirrored version of each shape. This part can take some trial, error and tweaking. You may draw out a shape and later need to trim it down to make it fit on the wings just right etc. 
Step 3: As you are cutting out your shapes place them on the front panel set of wings and play around with the design you want to set up. Like I said, this is where you get to bring in your own unique design and let your creativity shine. Once you have all of your fabric shapes set exactly where you want them, iron them on!
Step 4: Now sew around each fabric shape with a zig-zag stitch and in a matching color thread. 
Step 5: Measure out on your child where you want the  straps to go. You need 2 straps to go around the arms. Measure out on your child the length of the elastic strap. Take your elastic straps and pin them down where you want them. Sew them on. 
You also need 2 straps for each arm {total of 4}. Again, measure out the elastic on your child's arms. One strap should go around the triceps, and the other around the forearm just before the wrist. I took it a step further, because I ended up making my wings a tad too big, and I added a loop for the pointer finger. This little detail ended up being awesome! I would recommend it, although it's not necessary.  
Step 6: Once all your straps are in place, and you have no other sewing details to take care of, place your front panel and your back panel with the right sides in. Line the wings up just right and pin them down. Make sure the straps are tucked in well so they don't get sewn over.  Sew the wings together, but leave a 3-4 inch opening on one side. Flip the wings right sides out through the opening you left. Now iron your wings out to make it look nicely pressed. Finish off the wings by sewing around the edge, making sure to sew that little opening closed. 
{Click on the image to download and print!}
I think this cute little butterfly is all ready to go and get some candy! 

Heavy Weight Iron-On Fusible Interfacing-20W x 1yd Dritz� Air Soluble Marking Pen-PinkSilky Elastic Black

Monday, October 19, 2015

Baby Bump Alert!!!

There sure have been a lot of changes in the Sanford household! 
Things have been so crazy between moving, traveling, getting unpacked, starting school, family events, feeling sick etc. Some of you may have heard already or noticed all on your own... I'm so sorry to take so long to fill you all in with our special news. 
Baby #3 is well on their way and we couldn't be more thrilled!
 I'm 26 weeks and due January 26th. Time is flying by! Being more than half way through, and with the holidays around the corner, this baby will be joining us in no time! 
 Do you want to know what we are having? Will we be going with Pink hues, or blue? Okay, I'll tell you...
We're going with blue... It's a BOY! Woohoo! 
We are excited for another little buddy! 
Now, if only boy names weren't so hard for us to narrow down! 
Sophie and Brandon have been so sweet and so cute with the baby already. Always talking to and rubbing my belly. This baby is so lucky to have them! PJ, {a.k.a. daddy} is 1 man closer to his golf foursome... so he's of course stoked. 
Just a quick plug... This t-shirt dress from Color Me Apparel is amazing! It's super flattering, comfy, and dresses up or down. Best of all, it's not maternity. So It will stay in my closet for a long time! 
Yay for little boys! And yay for baby #3! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

S'mores Monsters: How-To!

It's my most favorite time of year! October through December are just so fun filled and always get my creative juices flowing and my wheels turning with festive ideas. From the spooky, to the thanking, and on to the giving. The end of the year is just on a roll! Not to mention the beautiful fall atmosphere and colors. 
My kids and I spent the afternoon playing with chocolate and marshmallows and came up with some scary and some silly monsters for us to devour after dinner. Okay we might have snuck a few bites while we were creating too, {as evidenced by Brandon's licorice face}, but isn't that part of the fun?!!
 What You'll Need...
Graham Crackers, & any other flat cookie you would like to use. 
{We used some waffle cookies and oreos.}
 Hershey's Chocolate Bars, and any other flat chocolate you would like to try out. 
{We used some Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate.}
Regular & Mini Marshmallows
Regular & Mini Chocolate Chips
Kitchen Shears
Any other food/candy you would like to use to add detail. 
{We used slivered almonds and licorice.}
Step 1: Preheat the broiler. Set out all of your materials, candy and crackers etc. for easy access. 
Step 2: Help your kids pick out a cracker or cookie and get a place a piece of chocolate slightly smaller in size to the cracker being used. 
Step 3: The fun part! Get creative by adding eyes, a mouth, fangs, a tongue. To make the eyes you cut a big marshmallow in half and then stick it on the chocolate sticky side down. Then with a toothpick, pick a hole in the marshmallow, wiggle it around to enlarge it. Stick a chocolate chip inside the hole pointy side down. You can also use the mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to make smaller eyes. 
Step 4: Make Some teeth! Cut up the mini marshmallows in half and place sticky side down. Try cutting them slanted and into triangles to get pointy teeth, or just in half to get buck teeth. You can also grab some of your extra foods, like slivered almonds or licorice, to make fangs, a tongue, eyebrows, ears, a nose, or hair.
Step 5: Place your monsters on a baking sheet as you create them. When they are all set to go, place them in the oven until they turn golden, about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on them! It does not take long. I got a tad distracted and left mine in for 10 too long and they browned more than I would have liked for pictures. However, I like my s'mores nice and toasty; so my tastebuds and tummy were not upset about that! Let them cool for a few minutes before eating bc they will be a quite melty and hot. 
Be sure to take a few pictures of your monsters as proof they existed before your little monsters gobble them all up! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Circus Party Theme: Party Supplies

How cute would it be to throw a Circus themed Party. Especially if your little one loves animals! 
Here is a fun invitation that is new to the Hooray Shop
Be sure to check out this invitation and all of the other fun prints in the shop

Here are some other super cute party supplies to go with this party theme. 

Red Striped Flag Banner, 12 Ft.Striped Popcorn Boxes by Celebrate It, 3.78x1.57x5.4 in in Red

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