More Zippered Change Purses

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

Zippered Change Purses

Remember the change purse I made for our friend’s graduation? Well, I thought they would make great teacher gifts, too, so I quickly whipped more of these up to give away, yesterday!

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I adore this fabric. It is all colorful and happy. We all need more happy, don’t you think?

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I am also thrilled that I had enough of this pigeon fabric to make another wallet. That bird makes me giggle.

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

If you are looking for Noodlehead’s FREE pattern, click here.

 I cannot believe this school year is over. I think we are all more than ready for Summer.

What have YOU made for teacher gifts this year?

 

Making a tablecloth for a patio table with an umbrella

I made another Instructable! This time it shows how to make a tablecloth with a hole in the center for an outdoor umbrella to go through.

DIY tablecloth with a hole for an umbrella Tutorial

We have this beat up old plastic table that really doesn’t come clean anymore, so I needed a cover for it that would allow us to still use the umbrella.This is a super quick and easy project. It actually took longer to write the tutorial than it did to make it (and I even made the tablecloth from an old bedsheet).

Head over and make a tablecloth or two.

30 Days of Sundresses: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of 30 Days of Sundresses this year! This series has been going on since 2012 and it has always included such talented sewists. Tons of free patterns and tutorials, just for you! I am honored to share my fabric splatter paint tutorial with you today.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

First, gather up your supplies:

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

acrylic paints (however many colors you would like to use)

empty spray bottles

white sheet/ or fabric

water

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

To prepare the paint, you squirt some of the acrylic paint into the spray bottle. I did about a tablespoon. Then add about a cup of water to that. Shake to mix.Test it on scrap fabric. The more you dilute it, the better.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Hang your sheet up somewhere you don’t mind getting painty. Add one child/person who would love to get messy (wearing clothes you don’t care about getting messy). Spray!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

My daughter went a little heavy in parts, which made the fabric stiff. If you can, limit how much spraying goes on. Letting the white shine through is a good thing. I also had her do a second piece, and I watered down the paint even more, which helps too (not shown).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Plan on getting covered in paint (which, according to her, is the best part!).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

After it completely dries, throw the whole sheet in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set your paint. If you need to soften it up a bit, you can then machine wash it with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then dry again.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Sew up one of your favorite sundress patterns using your new fabric! For the bottom of this dress, I used the very watered down painted sheet. I like how it looks like the top is running.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Now your girl can sport fabric designs she actually made!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by! If you decide to give this a try, please show me what you make!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

If you haven’t been, yet, head over to Melly Sews to check out some of the other tutorials.

Where you can find my tutorial today: Hemming a Circle Skirt

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You can find me today over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my tutorial for hemming a circle skirt! I have it down, now, and actually enjoy hemming them!

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Plus it gave me an excuse to make another one of these. I used the Amaryllis Dress (affiliate link) by Blank Slate Patterns (like the one I made here).

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I love this pattern so much. And that fabric? I found it on clearance, for $5/yard! This pattern takes a surprising amount of fabric, so getting it at that price was so helpful. circlepreview4m

If you would like to learn how to hem a circle skirt (or curved hem), hop on over to Sew Mama Sew!

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 Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be reminding myself what day it is all day today. Ha!

 

Adults making friendship bracelets

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Making Friendship Bracelets Tutorial

Today I am teaching a class for adults on making friendship bracelets. I used to adore making these as a teen, and I still do. It is a great meditative exercise.

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I truly love the simplicity of taking string, and knotting it to make something pretty.

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I am teaching the class how to make three different kinds of bracelets.

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This one is a fishtail braid, which is new to me, but so pretty.

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I have been making this kind, forever.

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Years ago, in my early 20’s, a friend of mine came over to my house, we watched The Doors movie (which you can get with my affiliate link, if you like that sort of thing), and she wrapped my hair using the same method as I used for this bracelet, pictured above. It took the entire length of the movie, because I had such long hair back then, but it was so worth it. I kept it in for about a month.

I created a tutorial over at Instructables for only one of the designs, so you can make one of these for yourself!

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye recipes

Cutting it close again this year, we just dyed our eggs yesterday, and I thought I would share the recipes and methods we used, as they have evolved slightly over the years. I am so glad that today I can share my free printable Natural Egg Dye recipes, with you.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Brace yourself for a long informational post.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes

We tried something new this year. Onion Skin dyeing with imprinting plant material.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

We gathered up a bunch of pretty leaves and flowers in our yard.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I placed the flowers and leaves around the uncooked egg, and covered it with a piece of old tights and knotted the end.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Place onion skins along with the wrapped eggs in a pot and cover with water. I added 1 TBSP of vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for 20 minutes.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Remove from stove, carefully pour out water, and run cold water over eggs. When cool, snip the tights off.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Please excuse my daughter’s dirty fingernails and fake arm tattoo.

 What we didn’t realize is that the pattern on the tights would make an imprint too! We both liked it even better than the imprint left by the flowers and leaves.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Next we made a Turmeric dye (and we even dipped the imprinted ones in it too).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

This one is the easiest out of all three and produces such lovely yellow eggs! First boil your eggs. Cool and place aside.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

In a pot, boil 4 cups of water, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt. When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat (or else it will boil over- believe me) and add 4-6 TBSP of turmeric and stir to dissolve. When it is cool, place your eggs in. We placed ours in the fridge for a few hours to set. Be careful with this one since it stains everything it touches! Take out and dry eggs in egg carton (if you have it) and place whole thing on towel so it doesn’t stain your counter or table.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Last, we did my personal favorite, and the smelliest one of all. Red cabbage!

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Boil eggs and cool. Place aside. Take a whole head of red cabbage and chop it up roughly. Place in large pot with 4 cups of water (or enough to cover), 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to simmer, and cover for 30 minutes. At this point you may want to open some windows or air out your home because it will smell like boiled cabbage (unless you like that sort of thing, and in that case, enjoy!).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid. Once cooled, place your boiled eggs in and put in the fridge for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

The two dark eggs were brown eggs that we dipped in blue.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Admire your incredibly beautiful eggs.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

All three recipes are on this handy dandy printable so you can dye eggs without your electronic device.

Onion Skin, Turmeric, Red Cabbage Egg Dyes

Ingredients

    For Onion Skin:
  • Flowers, leaves, or anything you want to imprint
  • Old tights/ stockings (if you use one with a pattern, there is no need for anything else to imprint)
  • Onion skins (the more the merrier)
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • Water to cover
  • Pot to boil in
  • Eggs
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  • For Turmeric:
  • 4-6 TBSP Tumeric, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs
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  • For Cabbage:
  • Whole head chopped red cabbage, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs

Instructions

    For Onion Skins with imprint:
  1. Place leaves or flowers on top of your uncooked egg then wrap with a piece of stocking
  2. Tie a knot in the end
  3. Fill a pot with onion skins and the uncooked egg bundles
  4. Cover it with water and add TBSP of vinegar
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce to simmer and cover for 20 minutes
  7. Remove from heat, and run under cold water until eggs are cooled
  8. Cut open on a towel (or surface you can get dirty)
  9. Let dry
  10. For Turmeric:
  11. Hard boil eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  12. Boil 1 TBSP salt and 1 TBSP white vinegar together
  13. Remove from heat and stir in Turmeric.
  14. Allow to cool, then add your eggs
  15. Place in fridge to dye for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.
  16. Take out and dry eggs
  17. For Red Cabbage:
  18. Hard boil Eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  19. Boil chopped cabbage, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt.
  20. Reduce to simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
  21. Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid
  22. Once cooled, add your eggs to dye
  23. Place in fridge and leave for a few hours, or until desired color is achieved.
  24. Take out eggs and dry
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Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I love that we use all natural ingredients. I feel better about my kids handling them, and even eating them. Please let me know if you use my recipes! I would love to see how yours turn out.

Happy Egg Dyeing!

The Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie tutorial

My brother-in-law and his partner just added this sweet little guy to their family.

Meet Mr. Peabody

Mr. Peabody the pug

When I saw his photo, I thought he needed a bow tie. AmIright?

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

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Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

I thought I would whip up a few of these simple velcro bow ties for that cutie pug. I made them very adjustable and three different sizes since he is still growing.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Here’s how I did it.

Cut 3 strips.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

First, sew that long piece into a strap. You iron it like you are making bias tape. Before you begin, iron the short sides in to about 1/4″. Fold in half long ways, then fold the sides in to meet the middle, and then together again, forming a strip.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Next, sew down both sides securing it in place.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

You can sew on the velcro now, or wait until later. Put aside. Pick up the bow tie main piece.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Fold so the long edges meet and sew into a tube. Turn right sides out, centering the seam and press.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Fold the short raw sides together and sew. Turn so the raw edges are on the inside. Place aside.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Sew the tiny center one into a tube (long sides together) and turn right sides out. Join the short raw ends together and sew into a ring, just like you did with the main bow tie piece.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Now slip the small ring onto the strap. Squeeze bow tie piece through the ring. Tack in place with zigzag stitch or bartack.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Easy peasy.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Disclaimer: If you do make one for a dog, make sure you watch that they don’t get it caught on anything. This is just for fun photos, not to be used in place of an actual collar.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

This tutorial would work for people bow ties too.

I hope they take some fun photos of Mr. Peabody in his very smart bow ties!

Paper Feather Tutorial

I was perusing pinterest the other day, and came across a photo of paper feathers. When I followed the link, it was a dead end. So I decided to whip my own up, and while I was at it, make a paper feather tutorial for you too!

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Paper Feather Tutorial

As always, let’s gather the materials. You don’t need very many for this.

  • pair of scissors
  • 2 old book pages (I keep some for crafting purposes) or other paper you would like to use
  • glue
  • pipe cleaner/chenille stem

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First, rip off a small strip of paper. This is to cover the stem. I brushed glue on the bottom of the pipe cleaner, but you could just squeeze some on too.

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Twist the paper on tightly. If it doesn’t reach all the way down, you could add a piece of paper, or just snip that end off.

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Lay your pipe cleaner on one paper, lining up the part you just covered with the edge of the paper. Spread glue all over the paper, and the pipe cleaner.

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Place the other piece of paper on top and press down, smoothing out any bubbles.

paper feather tutorial

I pinched the pipe cleaner, and then ran my finger down each side, making sure the paper was tight around it. Don’t worry about any pipe cleaner sticking out the top. You will trim it later.

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Let it dry.

paper feather tutorial

Once it is dry, you can draw the shape of a feather on, or just wing it (ha. get it? WIng it!).

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Cut it out.

paper feather tutorial

Take your scissors and make small angled cuts down to the stem. Repeat for other side.

paper feather tutorial

I then went over it again, at slightly a different angle, catching some of the pieces.

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That is it! Becuase the pipe cleaner is in there, you can bend them any way you want.

paper feather tutorial

Or keep them straight.

paper feather tutorial

I think they look great in a vase, but would also be perfect for hats and recycled apparel.

paper feather tutorial

What would you use these for?

Bringing Home the Novelista

Today I am bring home my tutorial, for you, on how to line the fabulous Novelista, in fleece. I have to say this is one of my most worn shirts. It is super cozy warm and I never want to take it off. If you choose to make one, you now have fair warning!

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece. So cozy and warm!

First, grab a copy of the Novelista. Go ahead, *whistles* I’ll wait.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Since I have lined the entire shirt, including sleeves, you need the same amount of fabric for the lining as the outer fabric. I used flannel for the outside, and fleece for the liner. It makes for one cozy shirt, let me tell you.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

BTW: my youngest took these photos, and the majority of them came out like this one above. It looks like I may fall of the earth at any moment.

OK. Now to adjust the cut list.

The pieces that were affected were these:

yoke: 1 outer, 1 fleece

collar band: 1 outer, 1 fleece

front: 2 outer, 2 fleece

sleeves: 2 outer, 2 fleece (I waited to cut the outer and lining placket line together- see below)

side front: 2 outer, 2 fleece

side back: 2 outer, 2 fleece

back: 1 outer, 1 fleece

cut out all other pattern pieces as directed.

Just a little heads up- I will refer, in my instructions, to WS (wrong sides) and RS (right sides), often. A lot of this shirt is sewn with the outer and lining WS together, as if they were one piece of fabric. You’ll catch on.

Now I am going to take you through my changes, step by step.

Follow step 1 as written. When you get to Step 2, make sure you place the liner on the outer WS together.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

This is what step 2 should look like. Do Step 3.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

In Step 4, I also chose to add a little strip of bias tape to the front placket, to break up that plaid. Totally optional.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

In Step 5, I sewed the outer front and outer side front together. Make sure the lining piece is out of the way.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Then did the same for the lining front and lining side front. Repeat for the other side of the shirt. When you are done, it will look like this.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Take a moment to admire your expert pattern matching.

I chose not to sewn on a pocket. If you do, just follow the directions as written.

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Next up is the Shirttail Back.

Step 1, I made sure to only make the pleat on the outer fabric. The lining is already bulky enough, so I trimmed it to be the same size as the newly pleated back piece. Make sure you have WS together when you do this.

Step 2: I did not photograph any of this, but repeat how you did the front pieces, only this time with the back. Sew outer back to outer side backs, and lining back to lining side backs.

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Yoke

Treat your back pieces as one (lay lining on outer WS together) and follow steps 1 through 4 as written.

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Long Sleeves

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Step 1: Lay both lining and outer sleeves WS together, and cut along the placket line.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

I chose to use bias tape for my sleeve placket, but if you are making yours, follow step 2 as written.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

After Steps 3, 4 and 5, you should have this.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

I also chose to skip steps 6-10, because my sleeves are a little too bulky to roll up. If you choose to, follow as written. Do not move on to Step 11!

I had to put mine together a little differently at this point. You are going to be sewing your sleeves up before inserting into the shirt. So take the outer and fold RS together, and fold the lining RS together and pin in place. Sew each side.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Now comes the fun part. Turn the lining right side out, and pull the outer sleeve through it. Then turn the whole thing right side out.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

You should have something that resembles a very neatly lined sleeve! Repeat for other sleeve. Then put them aside.

Pick up your shirt body. We need to sew up those sides.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Turn your shirt with the lining facing out.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Fold back the lining sides, and grab the outer fabric sides (should be RS together).

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

I like to pin (or clip) together. Then sew. Repeat for other side.

To sew the lining sides together, you will have to do some fabric gymnastics like you did in the yokes steps (see yoke section in pattern). Make sure the lining sides are RS together and pin, then sew (be sure that the outer shirt is out of the way when sewing).

Now it is time to insert the sleeves into the shirt.

I basted the sleeve holes as well as basted the armholes on the shirt, just to keep everything in place.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Insert the sleeves into the shirt RS together. Be sure to line up the side seam lines. Sew around the perimeter. I used my pinking shears to finish the seam. Use whatever method works for you. These are the only exposed or raw seams in the whole shirt! Repeat for other sleeve.

Follow the directions for sewing on the collar and the cuffs, as written.

To hem the bottom, I had to get creative, so it wouldn’t be too bulky.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Fold the outer fabric in and the lining fabric in. Take it slow and do a little at a time. I clipped in place.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Top stitch (sew on all those buttons and buttonholes) and you are done!

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Just a little note: I reduced my seam allowances (SA) by half so I would have a little more wiggle room, and to allow for the bulk, but this was totally unnecessary! When I make my next one, I will just follow the regular SA for a more fitted shirt.

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

Tutorial on how to line the Novelista shirt in fleece by Falafel and the Bee

As with all of Blank Slate Patterns, this one helps you produce such a high quality product.

I cannot wait to make more!