Melted Crayon Art

Have you seen all the melted crayon art on pinterest? I have fallen in love with all the variations people have come up with, and was inspired this week to create my own!

What do you think?! I used a couple different methods to create this. To create your own, you will need a canvas, lots of crayons, tape, cardboard, a hot glue gun, and a hair dryer (I used my embossing heat tool, but a hair dryer will work just as well)

I started by pulling out all the green crayons (I ended up buying 7 of the 64-crayon boxes, which gave me a good mix of greens, and plenty of choices to get the exact mix I wanted) and then I added a few of the different browns and golds. Since I didn’t want the crayons in the final product, I found a cardboard pizza box, cut it to fit above the canvas, and taped it down. I also didn’t want the crayons to melt all the way to the edges, so I put a tape border around the canvas.

I then arranged the crayons in the order I wanted them in and used the hot glue gun to attach them to the cardboard. **TIPS- put down small strips of glue at a time, so it doesn’t harden before you try to attach the crayons. I ended up putting one strip of glue on the edge of the canvas, and one strip of glue on the cardboard, which was plenty to hold the crayons secure.

Once all the crayons were attached, I took everything outside, along with some paper bags to put around it in case of crayon splatter.

I then grabbed my handy-dandy embossing heat tool (it’s essentially the same thing as a hair dryer, except the end where the hot air comes out is smaller and a little more controlled, a hair dryer would work just as well, just be ready for more splatter from the crayons) and got to work melting those crayons! **TIPS- start at the tips of the crayons, and hold the hair dryer straight towards the crayons. I went a little below the crayons with the heat tool to mix up the colors there a little bit, but don’t follow the crayons all the way down, or tilt the hair dryer downwards, they will drip down on their own.

Once I was happy with the results, I removed the crayons and the tape, and flipped it right side up.

One of the other methods I came across on how to make crayon art was by putting the crayons through your hot glue gun. I figured this would be the perfect method to create the flowers! Unfortunately the crayons were barely too big to push through the part that pushes the glue stick through on my glue gun, so I pushed them through as best I could. Afterwards, with a little more research, I discovered that with the mini glue guns, you should remove the thing that pushes the glue through. I feel this would also work a lot better with a larger glue gun. If you try this method, be prepared to have crayons coloring your glue for a while, or purchase a second glue gun that will only be used for melting crayons. Keep in mind that it will take a few seconds for the crayon to melt, but once it does, it will splatter out of the glue gun if you’re not careful. You can see some of the splatter I had with the pink and purple in the final pic, especially underneath the flower on the right.

Overall, I am VERY happy with my results, and will definitely be making some more melted crayon art soon! After all, I do have 7 boxes of crayons still, and the only color they’re missing is green. Let me know how your crayon art turns out, or any tips/advice/techniques that you might have! (I am also taking suggestions on other ways to use crayons)

Tutu Circle Skirt Tutorial!

My brother-in-law and his wife just found out they are having a baby girl!! Even more reason to make all the cute little girlie things I LOVE making so much!

With all the tulle I acquired thanks to my Princess Party, I decided this week to try making this super cute tutu that I’ve been DYING to make! And I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Isn’t she just the cutest girl you’ve ever seen?!

Anyways, I got the idea for this tutu from this tutorial on how to make a circle skirt. Essentially, the bottom solid fabric is the circle skirt, and then I added a bunch of tulle on top of it! Here is how I made it!

The amount of fabric and tulle will vary, depending on the size of the skirt, and how full you want it.  For Maddy’s, I used approximately 1 yard of cotton fabric, 3 yards of tulle, and 2/3 yard elastic. If you want a fuller skirt, get a couple extra yards of tulle.

Since Dana has such a WONDERFUL tutorial on how to cut the fabric, with lots of great detail and pictures, and you will be using the same steps to start this skirt, head over to her circle skirt tutorial. DO NOT SEW ANYTHING YET!! Make sure you come back over here once your fabric is cut (bring the template you make as well, and do not cut the tulle yet. You will be cutting the tulle slightly differently).

This is what you should have now:

1. Prepare the tulle in the same way, by folding it in 4ths and placing the template on top. Make sure the tulle is folded over just enough so the template fits.

2. Now grab something with a straight edge that runs the length of your tulle. Place this at the edge of your template and cut straight along the line. Repeat on the other side. Don’t worry too much if your lines aren’t perfectly straight, or your tulle doesn’t perfectly line up. Once the skirt is assembled, no one will notice anyways.

3. Cut along the inside curve of the template.

Repeat 3 more times. (Or more if you want a fuller skirt, or less if you run out of tulle. The fun thing about this skirt is you don’t need to be exact, you can have a little fun with it! For Maddy’s skirt I used 4 pieces of tulle, you can adjust the amount you use to fit your needs.)

4. This is where having a serger comes in handy. If you have a serger, use it around all the outside edges on all your tulle pieces, and your fabric piece. This is the first time I’ve used my serger, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how well it turned out!! If you do not have a serger, I would suggest at least adding a hem to the bottom of your fabric piece. You could try using a zig-zag stitch, or your machine might have another stitch to use for a hem. I think having the thread along the edge of the tulle gives it a nice contrast, but you should be fine without it, since tulle does not fray like a cotton fabric would. Have fun with it. Experiment a little bit. If you don’t know how something will look, try it on a scrap of fabric first to see if you like it.

5. Now you want to line up all your pieces. Start with your fabric piece. Add each tulle piece one at a time, lining the inside circles up, and making sure you like the way the bottoms line up. Adjust each layer until you get a look you like. Once everything is where you want it to be, or you give up and accept it the way it is (I tend to fall in the second category, don’t worry it will still look cute even if that one layer isn’t in the exact spot you think it should be), pin everything in place as best you can.

6. Here is another part where a serger comes in super handy. If you have a serger, serge around the inner circle, ensuring you go through every layer. If you don’t have a serger, baste the circle (to baste, use a straight stitch on the longest stitch length) and then hem it as best you can. Bias tape would make this easier if you have some (you can also make your own), although if you are using the wider elastic, like in Dana’s circle skirt, you probably won’t want to use the bias tape.

7. Grab your elastic. Fold the elastic in half and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. You can serge the edges if you want, but make sure you serge each side separately. Then sew each edge down. (I used a zig-zag stitch for mine, if you serge your edges use a straight stitch. I would recommend the later if you are using the wider elastic as a waistband. If you have thinner elastic and are sewing it inside the skirt, the method you use is not as important as the elastic will be hidden).

If the wearer of the skirt is available, try the elastic on around their waist before you go any further. After I had Maddy try her finished skirt on, I realized that it was slightly large in the waist as her skirt kept falling to her knees. To save yourself from having to tear the elastic out and sew it back in again, this would be the best spot to make sure the elastic is the right size!

If you are using the wider elastic, head back over to Dana’s circle skirt for instructions on sewing the elastic in. For thinner elastic, keep reading.

8. Pin the elastic to the inside of the skirt, only on the fabric layer. Keep the tulle out of your way best as possible. Start by deciding which way you want your skirt to face. Find the middle of the back ,and pin the elastic to the skirt, staying close to the edge of fabric, but not going over it.

Find the middle of the front of the skirt and pin the elastic here as well.

Pin on both sides of the skirt. Keep adding pins, cutting areas in half each time, until you’re happy with the amount of pins used. (Use however many you are comfortable with, some people like a lot of pins, some people only want a few. Do what works best for you)

9. Sew the elastic in place. (I like to do a seam at the top and bottom of the elastic to make sure it stays put.) You will want to pull on the elastic, making it the same length as the fabric as you go. Use both hands, one on each side of the machine to help guide everything through, and move from pin to pin. If you try stretching too much elastic at once, it becomes more difficult. Also make sure you are not sewing through the tulle. After I finished my first skirt, I ended up tearing out seams for almost an hour because silly me sewed the tulle all the way around!

10. If you have your own labels, add a label under your elastic. Otherwise you are done!

I have many ideas of how to add on to this. One day I’ll post about them. If you have any ideas about ways to make this tutu skirt even cuter, or if you make it just like this, let me know on facebook or in the comment section below! I would love to see how yours turned out! (and while you’re at my facebook page, don’t forget to hit the “like” button!

Princess Party

Hello, my name is Jennie, and I’m addicted to pinterest. If you haven’t checked out pinterest yet, you seriously need to! If you are already on pinterest, check out my boards!

Not too long ago as I was browsing pinterest I came across this really awesome castle cake. As soon as I saw it, I knew I HAD to make it. I know several little girls here who would LOVE to have a castle cake for their birthday, but of course, they had all recently had birthdays. Since I didn’t want to wait nearly a year to make this really cool cake, I did what any reasonable person would do, and created a need for it! So this past Sunday, I threw a princess party for all the wonderful ladies here and we had a wonderful time!

I made pb&j sandwiches, macaroni salad, a vegetable tray, pink paradise punch, and of course…

my castle cake! It didn’t come out exactly how I wanted it to, for one thing I ran out of fondant when I only had one more tower to cover, so it got covered with royal icing instead, and then I realized I should have decorated the towers BEFORE I put them on the cake. It still turned out really cute though, and I was super proud of myself since this is the first 2 tier cake I’ve ever done!

Since I had the princess theme I wanted everyone to be able to wear a tutu. My whole goal was to make them in a way that I can still re-use the tulle for several upcoming projects I want to do. You can make a no-sew tutu pretty easily though and they are really cute with endless possibilities. (yes, I said NO-SEW!) Treasures for Tots has a wonderful tutorial on how to make them, and she even has a quick and easy way to cut the tulle!!

This is Maddy. She is my guinea pig for basically anything I sew for little girls. Super cute. She wanted to wear her mom’s tutu, but it was too long so we made it a cape. This is her showing us how to be SUPER Maddy!

And here she is modeling the crown she made, since no princess is complete without a crown.

Everyone had a wonderful time, and I’m already looking for the next cake to make! For now though, I’m going to start working on this really cute idea that I have for a sewn tutu, and if everything goes as planned, I will have a tutorial for it posted for you next week!

I finally made it to the sewing club!!

I have about a million great ideas of projects to share with you, and of course I had the week from hell. Thanks to being sick and helping my hubby pack up for his training exercise, I got absolutely nothing that I had originally planned for the week done. So instead of sharing with you about the dress I’m making for a black and white party coming up at the end of the month, or any of the dozens of wonderful things I’m planning for a princess party I’m hosting next weekend, I’m going to share about the wonderful group of ladies I met this morning! (Don’t worry though, I’ll be talking about the dress and princess party in future posts) I’ve known about the sewing club on base for a little over a month now, and I’ve been planning on attending for a while. Of course, the only meeting before today that didn’t coincide with other plans or me being sick was cancelled due to snow (a whopping 1/2 inch of snow closed down the base, along with pretty much the entire town). I was super excited when I realized that I could actually go this time! They had started making casserole carriers at the last meeting, and most were finishing theirs up today, so I found some fabric to start my own with! We had a fabulous time talking and sewing, and I even learned something new!

If you would like to make your own casserole carrier, here is the tutorial we used, from 2 little hooligans.

Here is my awesome casserole carrier, almost got it finished I just need to add the straps!

Now, if you’re anything like me, you probably absolutely loathe sewing anything by hand. It’s time-consuming and I can NEVER get it to look nice. Apparently that’s because I never knew the “right” way to do it! It still takes longer than using the machine would, but with the stitch I learned today it is super easy to sew it shut, without any stitching showing! So now, armed with the knowledge of this wonderful new stitch, I can close all my pillows, quilts, casserole covers, etc. neatly!

Here’s how:

1. Use your sewing machine to sew the fabric, right sides together, leaving enough room between the start and end to flip the fabric right side out

2. Flip the fabric right side out, tuck the seam allowance from the hole in, and iron flat. By ironing this flat, you will have a nice straight line to use as your guide as you hand sew the hole closed.

3. Grab a needle and thread. Thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end, with both ends of the thread together.

4. Starting as close to the machine stitching as possible, pull the thread through the back fabric, starting from the fabric on the inside, and coming out on the creased line. You want to start on the inside so your knot doesn’t show in the finished product.

5. Directly across from where the thread came out on the back fabric, push the needle down along the crease on the front fabric, and coming back up along the same crease, moving in the direction you are sewing. Continue this step until the hole is closed, switching the side the needle goes down every time (your next stitch will be in the back fabric again).

6. When you are ready to tie off the thread, make a loop with the thread and put the needle through the center to create a knot. Try to get the knot as close to the fabric as possible. Tie another knot directly on top of the first knot.

7. Push the needle into the fabric close to the knot you just tied. (Do not worry about where the needle comes out, as long as you’re only going through one layer of the fabric)

8. Cut the thread close to the fabric, and you’re done!

What I somehow never realized before today: By hand sewing this way, all the long stitches end up on the inside of the fabric, so you don’t see the stitching! And by pushing the needle back through at the end after tying your knot, your thread ends all stay on the inside of the fabric.

Hopefully this is easy enough to follow. This is the first tutorial I’ve ever written up, and I wasn’t able to get as many good descriptive photos as I wanted. It’s amazing how hard it is to take pictures while you’re trying to sew. Fortunately my friend Katy lives right down the road! So, kudos to Katy for helping me take pictures, kudos to Mariah for teaching me how to hand sew a hole shut, and kudos to the wonderful laddies of the sewing club for a fun-filled day!

This coming weekend is my princess party, so look forward to hearing about that and my addiction to pinterest when I post next week!