Saturday, October 27, 2012

Patchwork Button Belt Tutorial

The other day my oldest daughter was playing with her siblings and everytime she bent down to pick up a toy her pants would go so low that she had a BAD plumbers crack. The only solution was a belt and of course I didn't have a belt buckle on hand, so this is what I came up with.

It ended up taking about 20mins from picking out the fabrics, to the finishing touches. Little lady loves her new belt and it keeps her pants up :).

It's made from 6 different fabrics that I had in my scap pile including the lining fabric. You could really adapt this to any style, and color scheme that you'd like. 

The best way to get an idea of how long your belt needs to be is to measure the hips of the person you're making it for and add a few inches for growth. Then measure the beltloops on their pants to make sure your belt will fit through and won't be too wide.

Once you have your fabrics, arrange them in an order you like and sew your pieces together(remember to put all of them right sides together, I almost had an oopsy because I wasn't paying close attention to that). 

This is what the lining of my belt looks like. To get the lining and the outside to both look nice I put my front and back together and stitched around both short sides and one long side of the belt, leaving one long side open. On the open side I ironed 1/4in into the belt and topstitched that closed. 

Now just iron flat, attach your button and add your button holes and you have a belt just like my daughters!

 
   I just thought I'd add a few really cute pictures. Random, I know, but they make me smile :).

~Allison~

Or so she says

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Fun

Over the last few weeks we've been crazy busy. I think my husband's family has the most birthdays in October than any other month. 

Even with all the madness of birthdays, colds, and the usual level of chaos, we managed to take some time out last weekend to visit a pumpkin patch with the little ones(our oldest was at home sick).


They had the sweetest little stands and spots to take pictures and baby A was all over everything lol.




Our little Z-man was asleep for the first part of our excursion,  but he woke up in time to get a short photoshoot in himself. 


Love this face!
My husband wanted to get good group photos, but unfotunately there wasn't a very big crowd and there wasn't anyone to take the picture, so I was excluded(oh well). 
She was sitting in a pumpkin house!
She's a ham.
There were so many neat things there and we had a nice time just spending some calm time together.
I got in one picture! lol


Has anyone else been doing a lot of fun fall activities with your family?

~Allison~

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dropping the Ball & Tutorial

Well hello out there in Blogland....I didn't die and I haven't ran away to join the circus either. The only excuse I have is that I've been dropping the ball lately. In all aspects of my life it seems, except keeping my kids clean and fed of course, and I seem to be coming out of whatever fog I was lost in. That being said, below I have provided my long ago promised tutorial for my daughter's baptism dress.


I just made a simple dress with some pre-made panties embellished with ruffles on the rear. If you'd like to see how I did it keep reading.