Monday, November 9, 2015

The Elf Craze Is Taking Over The Older Generation

I have been making Elf costumes for a couple of  years now, and realizing more and more that the older generation is becoming obsessed with the little Christmas Elf.  While taking custom orders for Elf clothing, I have seen such an abundance of silly requests  for adults to surprise or play jokes on their college students, teenagers, or spouses.

This is Peek-A-Boo.  She came about when a mother was expecting her college children to come home last year for Christmas holiday.  She asked me to make some movable bunny ears and some pink pj's.  The mother wanted to place the bunny in a few hiding places to surprise her children and bring on the laughter.

The movable ears had to be made to fit over the original Elf hat which is glued onto the head.

 All-in-all, this is what I came up with for the strange little bunny suit.

I decided to add a nightcap to the outfit when another asked "please make a nightcap for the Night before Christmas story".

Now I offer many colors of bunny ears and mittens, of which this royal blue set was ordered for a special 4th of July Elf  siting.

Don't let the Elf into your heart!  I'm not kidding, it will smother you with love, laughter, and cuteness.  Many more stories to come.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What Happens When You Put A Seattle Seahawk Fan Together With A Green Bay Packer Fan?

Last year I had a really different order come through for Christmas, A Seattle Seahawk Christmas stocking and a Green Bay Packer Christmas stocking.  This is what came of that:

The Seattle Seahawk Christmas stocking fell in love with the GB Packer stocking.

The Green Bay Packer Christmas stocking fell in love with the Seattle Seahawk Christmas stocking.

They  just had a baby 
Christmas stocking. 
I am so happy for them!!

Next time you start yelling obscenities at the other team, you had better watch out, you may fall in love with one of them!

Happy Holidays :)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Saving Money during the Holidays with I'm In Coupons

Sponsored: Yes, Holidays.  The Holidays are approaching.  It’s hard to think that the last few weeks of the year are going to be devoted to cooking, hosting get-togethers and getting presents together for the little ones.  Handcrafted greatness, like you can find on my Etsy store are great ways to personalize things for these gatherings, but what happens to the stuff you need to get in-between? Saving money is a top priority and I have found that coupons from have your favorite merchants with high savings.
Let’s talk ideas for Thanksgiving: Setting your dinner table to accommodate loved ones can be a challenge.  You can have some great handcrafted place settings and accent the table with some vases and some bright autumn flowers to make it pop.  I’m In Coupons has a coupon to Pier 1 to help you find vases to really accentuate your Thanksgiving table.  Check it out here and bring your table to the next level:
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So now that we have your table set, your house smelling delightful and the fixin’s figured out, it’s time to talk about what you’re going to wear to greet your guests.  It’s important to be comfortable and feeling good. Kohl’s offers affordable clothing from many of your favorite designers. Get off up to 20% off on your favorite items.  You can even walk out of there with some presents to get ahead on your holiday gift shopping.
I’m In Coupons is a one stop shop for money savings coupons that are sure to get you the maximum savings when you have to do a lot of shopping.

Disclosure: The preceding is a sponsored blog post. Flavors of my Rainbow Blog was  financially compensated for the post.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

How to Make "Buddy The Elf" Shoes For Halloween or Christmas Costumes

My custom orders for Halloween this year included "Buddy the Elf" for Toddler 2 and Boys sizes 8 and 10. While thinking about the Elf shoes to go along with this costume, I decided that they had to be made with faux leather (so that I could sew through the leather on my machine) and they had to be able to fit around the shoes of the person wearing them.

This is how I came up with the Elf shoe:

Take a couple of pieces of scrap paper, tape together, lay shoe on top, and with a ruler, mark a straight line under neath.  Then draw a 1/2" line below for the seam allowance.

Pull the paper to the center of the toe and make a mark on the paper.  Then add another line 1/2" beyond the center toe line for seam allowance.

Do the same with the heel of the shoe, to get the center of the shoe mark.

Outline the shape of the toe and shoe that you want it to look like.

Mark around the toe with a pencil and round it off a little.

I used tape instead of pins to place the pattern onto the leather.  Double the leather, cutting 2 pieces for each shoe, and one toe piece for each shoe.

Put outside pieces together and sew a 1/2" seam around the toe area.  Cut out small notches without cutting into the seam.

Turn inside out and poke the toe thru as best you can.  Then take the toe piece and fold inhalf to get the center mark, mark with a pin, and match that with the seam bottom for the toe.

I started stitching at the center mark and sewed one side then the other.

Turn it inside out and it looks like this without the shoe.

Now take the top of the shoe and turn down 1/2" toward the inside and top stitch.  

Cut 3 pieces of sew-on velcro to about 2".  Sew 3 pieces of the rough piece to the inside edge of the shoe, then figure out where you want them to attach, and sew the soft piece to the outside of the other edge.  

Do the same with the other shoe, but reverse the method so that one shoe attaches left and the other shoe attaches right.

These are so perfect, and fit to what ever shoe you need to wear.

These are the costumes:

One happy customer response:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Childrens DIY Halloween Candy Bag

While taking care of my grandson last week, he decided to check out all of the Halloween fabric I had in my fabric closet.  He picked out 3 different pieces to use to make this big candy bag.  Please don't tell his father that I am letting him sew!

These are the steps he took to complete this bag.

1.  Cut 4 big square pieces (he did his 24"x18" pretty big).  2 for the front and back, and 2 for the lining.

2.  Decide how you want the front to look.  Grandson decided he wanted a spooky face, so we downloaded a picture off the Internet and cut some vinyl on my Silhouette cutter.

He weeded all of the pieces out from the center, while little sneaky girl watched as she bit into his Halloween cookie.

After he had the scary face ready,  he put a piece of orange vinyl down as the back ground and ironed onto the center of the front piece. 

Then he layed the face onto the orange vinyl and ironed it on.

Peeled the top off and wow!  He had his design all made.

3.  Lay the front and back pieces inside out toward each other, then do the same with the lining pieces.

3.   Put outside pieces and lining on top of each other.

4.  Pin and sew around 3 sides, leaving one side unpinned to be the top of the bag.  

5.  Turn the bag inside out from the 2 front pieces.


This is what it will look like.

6. Now, if you want to give the bottom of the bag a shape instead of looking like a pillow case, then turn the lining side out.

Take the side seam and open at the bottom to make a point.  Mark a pencil line 2 inches up from the bottom point.

Sew across the pencil line.

Now, turn the bag back to the outside, and you have a box bottom.

 7.  Finish off the top raw edge.  The easiest way is to use seam binding and pin all along the edge, then sew.   

8.  He is using webbing strap for the handles, so he pins them in place first to make sure they will be in the best place to carry the bag.

Then he top stitches along the sides of the strap to secure.

I made my very own bag.

Now I'm ready to go trick-or-treating.