October 30, 2014

Milk jug skeleton

There are a lot of milk jug skeletons rattling around the internet for Halloween. This one is mine.

Some tutorials recommended saving eight milk jugs for this project, I think I could have gotten by with six.

One for your skeleton's head, one for the rib cage. Turn one upside down for the hip bone. Two handles make the shoulders, two jug necks form the waist, and the arm and leg bones are all cut out of jug corners. Secure neck and waist with hot glue, use fishing line everywhere else.

Hang up somewhere where the wind won't cause too much clattering -- or do, if that's what you're into.

I do think he would benefit from the addition of a bow tie and a heart.

October 27, 2014

Halloween Peach

Rockford Peach costume for the little. Home-drafted pattern in Kona cotton Iced Peach. Patches purchased from Etsy.

Freezer paper stenciled numbers and velcro belt.

Rabbit Skins ball cap and home-drafted red shorts.

April 8, 2014

One more, in lilac

Oliver + S Family Reunion dress in Kaffe Fassett shot cotton. 2T, cut-out buttons.

Button close-up. I love pintucks. 

March 28, 2014

Easter dress for the little

Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Heather Ross Briar Rose Strawberry cotton. 2T, lined with cotton voile, cut-out buttons.

Favorite button close-up.

Geranium in Good Folks

Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks cotton. 18-24 months, vintage red plastic buttons.

Simplicity 3807

Vintage Simplicity 3807 pinafore and bloomers in white swiss dot cotton, vintage pearl buttons. Elastic thread to gather the bloomers.

March 5, 2014

How to: Plasti Dip Sewing Pattern Weights

I've been looking for pattern weights for quite awhile, but I found the ready-made options to be either too expensive or not what I had in mind. I wanted something like old-school Wonder Weights -- rubber-coated metal and hefty.

These are easy to make and each weight should cost less than $2. My washers were 40 cents apiece and my can of Plasti Dip was $5 and change. The tube of glue, as you can see by the pliers-worn cap, was already on hand.

Parts List:
  • One can spray Plasti Dip (comes in several colors)
  • E-6000 or other strong glue
  • The largest washers you can find at your local hardware store
Optional, but helpful:
  • Milk bottle caps

Glue your washers together. I used stacks of three. Two is probably sufficient, but I wanted the extra heft. Don't go crazy or the glue will squish out of the sides.

Milk bottle caps (or similar) will make it easier to spray your weights. This is something you will want to do outdoors on a piece of cardboard or newsprint.

Follow the application directions on the Plasti Dip can (30 minutes in between coats.)

And you're done. Rubberized pattern weights for less than $2 a piece. Quicker, easier and less destructive than pins.