I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was perfect! I love spending time at home with my family.
Starting this week, I am working on making Christmas presents for my children. We have a tradition that every Christmas eve, the children get to open one present from the family. That present is always some form of sleepwear. That way the children have nice new pajamas on for all the photos that are taken Christmas morning. My children love their pajamas that I have made each year. Each year I try to do something different for each child, and this year is no exception.
This post is about what I made for Tristan. Tristan is my wonderful 4.5 month old baby who is very wiggly at nights. He does not like to stay under any blankets. To help him keep warm on this cold winter nights, I want to sew him a sleeper sack like I have had for my Girls.
Archive for November, 2010
It has been a beautiful November for us! I love the Fall.
This week I did not do any repurposing. I actually made some new items from fabric that I purchased from the store. I do have more repurposing to come, but I did not have anything that I could use to make pajama bottoms for Cameron and a new Sunday Dress for Leatha.
My children love to go to the store with me and pick out their fabric for me to sew their new items. Leatha enjoyed watching me sew so much, that last year for Christmas we purchased her, a sewing machine on Black Friday. The sale was fantastic! If you have a child or teenager, that you would like to get a sewing machine for, check out the Black Friday sales. Get a great deal!
Now Leatha has her own sewing machine, so I do not have to share mine. Leatha used to take all of my scraps and sew them into stuffed animal clothing, doll clothing and aprons for her brother and sister. Now she can take my scraps and sew what she wants, when she wants. She has even made a few layer ruffle dresses for school. I am glad that she enjoys sewing as much as I do.
Yesterday we talked about how to start making a Roman Shade. We talked about sizes and then sewing on the Roman shade Tape with rings on the back of the shade. Today we continue:
The top of the shade is then wrapped around the 1×2 header board (that is the length of the window) until the shade was the length that I desired.
There are several ways to mount a Roman shade. One recommended way to get length industrial Velcro that is the size of the window, and place it on the shade and the window where you want the shade placed. This way you can take the shade down when needed.
Another way to hang the shade is to get Curtain or Shade Brackets from the store that will hold your header board.
I decided to just attach the shade with wood screws through the header board directly into the window casing. I did this because my children have pulled the other curtains and blinds off the wall and broken them. I wanted something that would stay up longer. I decided I could spot clean or steam clean any mess I needed to. I also picked darker colors so they would look nicer longer.
I placed the Shade just inside each window, until the header board was flush with the wall and screwed it into the casing. I screwed it directly through the wrapped fabric of the shade. You have to be careful with that or the screw will catch the fabric and twist funny. If this happens, just unscrew, reset the fabric and screw in the screws again. The shade is now hanging in the window and awaiting stringing.
I hope that you are having a great FALL!! I love this season! Well the weather here has been snowy, rainy and cold. When the weather turns colder, I like to make sure that my windows are covered. This year I decided to add Roman shades to my children’s windows. The thick fabric that I decided to use will help keep the cold air out, as well as sunlight and will provide some privacy when my children need it.
First thing I did was measure my children’s windows. Lucky for me they were both the same size. I then went and picked out some heavy cotton fabric that my children would enjoy. For the little kid’s room I picked out a blue back ground with bright orange circles. It is a fun pattern. For my oldest daughter, she already had white muslin curtains with a purple sheer fabric covering them, so I wanted something that would go with what she already had. So I chose a medium gray with tons of white flowers all over it. The end result is wonderful in her room.
What a Wonderful and busy Halloween season. My family and I had tons of fun this year. We hope that you also had a wonderful season! We had a great time decorating and trying new things this year. We loved the family activities that helped to decorate for Halloween.
But Halloween is over and the decorations are being but away. So it is time to get ready for the next season. No, it is not Thanksgiving yet! It is the great season of FOOTBALL. Football is what my family does from now until we set up for Christmas. Now, I am not the hugest football fan, however my family is full of huge fans. I love to support what they love. My idea of watching football, involves watching the first 5 minutes of the game, then leaving the room to go work on any craft, then I return at the end to see who won. I leave the family to enjoy the sport. I do however love watching a football game in person. I enjoy the game more. For family nights this year we are going to try and attend some games from the local high school or even some University games.
To support Cameron’s love of football, he wanted a new Broncos shirt. But he wanted my old Bronco shirt that I made for me years ago, but worn seldom. The shirt was in great condition, so again I am repurposing one of my shirts into a shift for one of my children. You will notice that even with a button up shirt, it is the same guidelines to repurpose the shirt into a smaller size as with the other shirts that I have done.