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A little more color!! Yes please!

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Well, decided to finally get the seat covers for my kitchen chairs a little makeover! So I traded my dandy Singer for a friend’s father’s staple gun (say that 10 times fast eh). It was supposed to be a quick project– in my head I was determined to get it done in less than an hour! NO SIR!

There was really only one minor snag in the process, however, this snag caused about a half hour or more set back! You see, these chairs have been recovered multiple times before.  Each time leaving the cover from before attached and working over it. Also, in addition to the 3 layers of fabric I had to remove, each layer had double the staples! At one point I counted 23 large staples on one cover (2nd layer in). Woahhhhhhh!! I jabbed my hand a few times taking these little metal pieces out! But I did it!! The results were well worth it! I love the colors and how it really pops on the white chair bases!

The New

The New

The Old

The Old

Done Now off to repaint the chair frame itself.

Done Now off to repaint the chair frame itself.

The Oldest (original chair cushion)

The Oldest (original chair cushion)

Well that is it for the chair makeover for now! Hope everyone’s projects are going great!!

Stay Silly

Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration time

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Hey guys, 

Sorry again for the lack of inactivity, we have been pretty busy here in this home. Getting ready to move into our first little house! Hoping the winter is great there, as we could potentially buy in spring or summer and become official home owners! Hellllloooo Pinterest! Hahaha. Another deal breaker was a little room just off our bedroom will make a perfect sewing area!! Finally I can say goodbye to my kitchen table for sewing! The boyfriend will not have to growl at the fact that my serger or machine and fabric is all over the place!! Excitteddd! So with all that going on, I am sad to say that my internet may not be available to possibly September or October, so my posts (as slack as they are now) may become even less– but no worries, I will definitely be more organized and better able to document projects to come back with 🙂 

Alrighty– so wanted to do my inspiration post up first. So here we go

Today’s first stop is at Blue Susan Makes —http://bluesusanmakes.blogspot.ca/

Lots of fun and a great place to stop in for a cup of tea and a drool bib– seriously though, great content. She has a post in June on a little superhero party– it was amazing and looks like the kids had a great time training!! This is a great one to save if you have little boys! 

Next visit was with We Lived Happily Ever After http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/02/despicable-me-stuffed-minion-tutorial.html  

I loved this tutorial it was cute and straight forward! Sad to say however, I also bookmarked this one for myself lol. I loved this movie so much that I had to go to get a Happy Meal just for the toys! Shhhhhh we will keep that between us!  And the Recipes! Woahhhhhh Yum. Tried the Royal Icing — never going back– this one is truly a keeper. Beautiful blog 🙂

The last one I checked out today and am still caught up in reading is Claire from Fellow Fellow @ http://fellowfellow.com/   It just makes you warm and fuzzy looking at her DIY menu http://fellowfellow.com/category/diy/  WOW. All I can say is WOW

 

Hope you get to take some time to check out these lovely sites! I guarantee, not a second will have been wasted! 

Take Care and remember to stay Silly

Chels

Hmmm . . . Harem pants!! I think so!

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Hi, it’s been a busy start to the summer weather for sure in this home. I have also been working my sewing machine into a frenzy. I have definitely been making up for a lack of handmade things for the boys!! Loving every minute of it, as well as how things have been working out start to finish. Which we all know won’t always be, so feeling pretty blessed for the streak that I am on!!

So on with the content right? Sure, I would hate to get stuck listening to me babble on too haha.

Well I have been looking for a practical pattern for Hammer pants for a toddler. I didn’t want the Hammer Pants exact as I wanted to keep the legs as skinny as possible to avoid more than the necessary tumbles. So I get notifications from Craft Gossip and BAMMM there is was in my newsfeed on FB. Woo hoo right? Yuupeerss!  Check out her pattern here: http://www.suburbia-soup.com/2013/05/harem-sareoul-mc-hammer-you-call-it_22.html    Happy Sewing 😉

Myles hammer time

This was his idea of showing the back of his pants haha!

This was his idea of showing the back of his pants haha!

Enjoying his freezie!

Enjoying his freezie!

 

Well off again to enjoy another beautiful day with my boys and also have to get a little sundress done for our neighbor’s little girl!! Exciting! Check in a couple of days ofcourse!

Stay Silly

Chels

 

Baby Short Sleep Pants

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Handsome H needed some cooler pants for bedtime as its starting to get warm even through the nights in this home. The last week I have had to strip him down to a creeper for bed as even his poor little footsies are like furnaces. Poor fella gets it from his daddy and brother, while I always find my feet and arms get chilly at night when I am not moving about. So I thought today would be a great day to fix this issue. I had two cute fat quarters I bought about 6 or 7 months ago to do a pair of lounge pants for him, and felt guilty when I found them in my stash still untouched 😦 Well time to rectify the wrong right? Ofcourse!!

Handsome H and his handsome short sleep pants!

Handsome H and his handsome short sleep pants!

Ok, so I am sure you are wondering why the two different prints for the legs– haha I cannot help but give in to the urge when I want to do both, but do not want to pick one first, so I decided to do both in the first pair! You see, I am that person who will mix two types of  cereals for breakfast when I get anxious with the decision to choose.  It goes further than cereal to be honest, but it is probably the smallest example to share haha!

So on with the pants . . .  these were simple and took less than an hour to do, even with distracting tasks such as fetching snacks, building a puzzle, and entertaining the above 9 month old. Here is a brief run down of how this little pair were whipped up.

All that was needed:

  • 2 Fat quarters for pant legs
  • same amount for lining if you wanted to line them
  • elastic for waistband
  • pants for reference (same size you are making or 1size down or above is easier to adjust)
  • sewing supplies (machine, scissors, thread, pins)

Choose your pants for tracing–

I loved this pants for him as I did his brother, but they just are too warm for this season :(

I loved these pants for him as I did his brother, but they just are too warm for this season.

Then trace the panel onto the reverse side of your fat quarters. I did this with the fat quarters folded so I would have a nice fold for the panel. Repeat for the second panel- make sure you get a right and left side though 🙂

Here is what I ended up with !

Here is what I ended up with !

Looking pretty simple still right? Please tell me if anything needs correcting! This is a first attempt for me. I shortened the leg length for my pair here and made them a bit wider to help keep him cool enough for night! To do this all I did was add an extra 3/4″ to the bottom of the leg where it began to taper.

Next we are going match our two panels right sides together and line up the center seam (waistband and bum portion right to the center point- we will pin the edges and sew ONLY the center seam. Don’t sew down the pant legs yet!

Mark center seam to leg seam! This way you know where you need to stop before stitching the Leg Seam!

Mark center seam to leg seam! This way you know where you need to stop before stitching the Leg Seam!

Pinning the Center Seams!

Pinning the Center Seams!

Don't forget to trim your seam to 1/4" apprx. and press open!

Don’t forget to trim your seam to 1/4″ apprx. and press open!

Now that your center seams are stitched and pressed, we can now get to the leg seam– simple, I promise! Alright so here we are–

We are going to stitch from the bottom of one leg to the other!

We are going to stitch from the bottom of one leg to the other!

Basically we are stitching the little “V”! So we get this . . .

Leg seam stitched and ready to press open

Leg seam stitched and ready to press open

Lets get that seam pressed open and move on to our waistband! So this part depends of what we are using for elastic. I used 1/2″ elastic so I made a 1/2″ casing apprx. I did a lot of by eye measuring– it turned out fine this time, but I really need to get out of that habit!  So to do this– simply while your pants are still inside out, fold over the top desired amount for casing–pin in place and stitch closed, leaving a small space to insert elastic!

Fold over to make casing! I also pressed the casing before stitching.

Fold over to make casing! I also pressed the casing before stitching.

After casing is stitched, insert your elastic and close space left open on casing. Here is a really helpful tut for inserting the elastic in any waistband project– http://sewingnovice.com/2011/08/02/elastic-waistband-tutorial/

Alright so after this waistband business, we are moving on to the hem on the bottom of the legs:

I folded the legt bottoms in 1/2" as I wanted short pants, pressed the hem and turned the pants right side out!

I folded the legt bottoms in 1/2″ as I wanted short pants, pressed the hem and turned the pants right side out! And topstitched around the pant legs! 

If you are making regular pant legs I would suggest doing 1/4″ hem– up to you 🙂 You are the artist of your work! Some people like a taller hem 🙂 You can also do a contrasting color thread, fun stitch style or even add ribbon or ric rac!!

My Simple Hem

My Simple Hem

Now you have your little pants!

Ready to try on!

Ready to try on!

Hard to catch him still! 9 months with a big ol belly :)

Hard to catch him still! 9 months with a big ol belly 🙂

These were very simple, I hope my little tutorial and photos help a bit if you wanted to try them yourself! I am sure there are other similar tutorials online. I did another pair from a t-shirt a while ago as well, and the steps were quite similar! Although I think these turned out much better due to the fact that I have been sewing a bit longer now!

These pants could also easily have some fun adaptations. Would be easy to add some pockets. Lining would be great too for warmer pants, I would use fleece for winter pants 🙂 You could really take this to all sorts of hights with extra notions and embellishments!! I would love to see pictures of your little pants! There are so many options in fabric for little pants– it could really become an addiction!

Well I hope that you can make sense of my directions. Haha sorry I must laugh out loud a little– I have a poor sense of direction. Thanks for stopping by Chellybean Crafting. Stay Silly

Chels

 

 

 

 

Another afternoon of sewing !

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Hey again,

Hope everyone is having a great day today, and if you are working on a project, I hope you are having a great time piecing it together 🙂

Today I decided that I was tired of carrying my phone in my pocket  or throwing it loose in my purse. It is still in great shape as of right now, but I am nervous that the next time it may not always get away scratch free! So this is the quick solution and stash buster that I quickly got done up! I looked online and found a few patterns (mostly sized for Apple phones) that had to be purchased. Well I recently just bought a few pattern and knew that Jay would shake his head if I were to buy one for something so small and could probably sit and figure out myself!  So I started cutting and measuring by eye and here is what I had come up with!

Fabric used!  Plain with some small polkadots!

Fabric used! Plain with some small polkadots!

Two matching pieces right sides together and interfacing on top!

Two matching pieces right sides together and interfacing on top!

Two Pieces before stitched!

Two Pieces before stitched!

Ready for a 2nd pressing than pin and stitch together!

Ready for a 2nd pressing than pin and stitch together!

Finished! Simple, not fancy- pretty well made just made for me haha

Finished! Simple, not fancy- pretty well made just made for me haha

On a funny side note, I noticed how I have become much closer friends with my iron and interfacing!  See, I admit when I first started sewing, I preferred quick  projects that used little supplies and took as little time as possible! Now I enjoy taking on bigger projects, or ensuring that my smaller projects turn out much nicer than they used too! Interfacing really does help to make a project look nicely done, even if it is just a little phone case. Pressing your pieces will help them from bulking up and also give a nice clean finished look! These two small steps will also help make stitching in a straight line much easier! The interfacing adds enough weight so your outer and lining material isn’t slipping as much! Pinning also has become a much easier habit! Lots of neat little tricks to make any project just a little easier and helps set you up for success!!

Well thank you for stopping in again or perhaps even for your first time!  I must admit I am finding it much easier to do my blogging now!  Even if it is just to have a virtual space to document my own journey in making silly little items!  I used to cringe after re-reading my posts! Now, since I have visited ‘The Thinking Closet’ and read a really well written advice piece by Lauren on blogging tips, I am still working on changing a few bad habits (obviously not being less wordy yet haha sorry guys). It’s been much easier– drafting is becoming a very familiar territory!

Anywho, our lives must go on, so I bid you farewell for now! If you have any tips for beginner sewers ie: trial and errors or new habits you have incorporated I would love to hear in the comments!

Stay Silly my friends

Chels

Well we are into May now!!

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Hey guys, I know I have not updated, but it has been nice Weather here on PEI and Mr. M and Handsome H just need to have some outdoor adventures! Also had some machine issues but since then was able to take it apart and actually fix the issue myself, I am not sure what exactly I did, but just turned a couple little things. It wasn’t dirty or dusty so I put it back together (the puzzle that itself was) and bamm she ran again without eating into my material!! I love when things fall together like that, although it does not seem to work like that often 🙂 Well I busied myself with getting some more flannel gift sets together, this time in a more boy friendly print. Also I got a little craft inspiration from http://apronhistory.blogspot.ca/2012/03/project-dish-soap-bottle-apron.html and tried my hand at aprons for my soap bottle, love it! I call here Silly Suds! Got a couple projects I want to get finished up this weekend and lots on my want to try coming up soon, my goal is to get enough silly practical items to take to the Farmer’s Market in June 🙂 Time is really hard to compete with, but will try!! ImageImage

Busy few days

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These are just about done, I am waiting for a set of snaps I ordered to finish the closings :)

These are just about done, I am waiting for a set of snaps I ordered to finish the closings 🙂

These are actually kind of fun to make, I am trying to make the detail finishes all different and different in variety :)

These are actually kind of fun to make, I am trying to make the detail finishes all different and different in variety 🙂

Hey again, well I went off my streak of posting everyday 😦 I have been trying to pick at my projects while the boys sleep or here and there when the HE is actually off for a day here or there. So I have a couple updates on the Nappy wallets and Diaper Holders 🙂 That is they are coming along haha! Its kind of cool to watch how they went from long rectangles of fabric to actual items that can be practical 🙂 Well I am off now to see what trouble I can get into with the kids and then when the He gets back from his ball practice, finish up on these projects so that I can start on some cute little Chef Hats: I found a really great tutorial here at: http://curlypops.blogspot.ca/2009/08/tutorial-how-to-make-chefs-hat-for-your.html . She has a great amount of pictures to help guide the tut, so please check it out as they make for the cutest toddler and up gifts 🙂

Thanks for popping by, I will make sure to update the gallery here with all the finished items from todays work 🙂