Wednesday, 24 April 2013

DIY Fabric-Covered Boxes

DIY Fabric-Covered Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

Since I started being 'crafty' a couple of years ago, I have started to accumulate supplies, and I was trying to figure out what to do with them. So after seeing some inspiration on the web (of course), I decided to separate them into boxes and cover them with fabric. 

I used cardboard shoe boxes and diaper boxes, and simply glued the fabric on. I didn't measure them out exactly... I held the box next to the fabric and cut one long piece that would cover the lid and backside. Then I cut another piece that would cover the remaining side, front and other side of the box. 

I tried using Mod Podge, but I actually had better results when I used simple white craft glue. Just squeeze some on, spread it around with a little sponge or brush, and put on the fabric, smoothing it flat and trimming ends. Let dry!

DIY Fabric-Covered Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

The black and white fabric is from IKEA. The magenta is a thick silk I had left over from a sewing project, and the purple fabric is from an old dress I had saved. It was one of the those dresses I found at a stand in an outdoor market, selling things from India made of recycled saris. I find it very hard to resist Indian fabrics. They're so gorgeous. Unfortunately, this one was a bit thin for this project and the glue kind of shows through. But I love the colours together.  

I finished the project off by making tags indicating the contents of the boxes out of black cardstock paper and a white felt marker (all available at a craft store). I used a hole puncher to punch a hole in the tags and tie on a ribbon, and then used washi tape to tape the ribbon to the box. That way, I don't have to look to remember what is inside, and I can change the label easily.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress by Cicely Ingleside

Among the things I love are:
1) eyelet lace
2) bright colours.

So when I saw these beautiful colours of oversized eyelet lace (Oversized eyelet lace!  Even better!), I couldn't resist. I also bought some bright yellow, which will get made into something for my daughter .... or maybe for me! And I resisted buying the green, but it was a challenge.

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress by Cicely Ingleside

But I loved the way the pink and blue looked together so I thought I would make my daughter a dress. She currently has a lovely fancy dress my mother-in-law made her, and she rarely has much occasion to wear fancy stuff, so I thought I would make her something she could wear more regularly in the summer. This eyelet fabric is cotton and washable, and I lined it with matching cottons underneath.

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress by Cicely Ingleside
The back with button at the top
I used the Lizzy Dress Pattern by Shwin Designs. Unfortunately, I made it a size too big, as you can see in the pictures!  She's growing so fast I didn't want it to be too small, but I overestimated!

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress by Cicely Ingleside

I've taken it in a bit more since I took these pics - but it will probably still fit next year!

Colour-Blocked Eyelet Lace Dress by Cicely Ingleside

Here she is doing some pretend ballet moves for the camera. 
I'm kind of tempted to make myself a version of this dress!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hello Kitty Blouse

Hello Kitty Blouse by Cicely Ingleside

 I found this super-cute fabric at the fabric store with Hello Kitty on it. I like Hello Kitty because she is: 1) a cat, and 2) is cute. I think this is appropriate for a 3 year old - which is different than so many other characters targeted towards young girls. I remember going to Toys R Us to try and find something for my daughter's 2nd birthday, and I had a really hard time finding something that didn't have a Barbie-type figure or skimpy clothes. I wanted to get her something that reflected what she looked like at 2 years old - and that was almost impossible - aside from actual baby-type dolls. At the time, I settled on Tinkerbell - but frankly, she wears pretty skimpy clothes too.  Since then, though, I have bought a lot of Hello Kitty, and I think she is very cute. My daughter likes her too.

Hello Kitty Blouse by Cicely Ingleside

I originally thought this fabric would make a cute skirt for my daughter, but she needs tops, and she doesn't actually wear skirts that much. And she thinks that tights are the same as pants, so sometimes when she wears skirts, she tries to take them off and just walk around in tights - which is fine at home, but she wanted to do that in a restaurant last week!  So making her a new top it was!

Hello Kitty Blouse by Cicely Ingleside
Front of the shirt

I purchased and downloaded the Ruffle Top pattern by Elegance and Elephants. I chose the Tunic option, and the only change I made was that instead of a back tie, I sewed the ribbon across the back and had it tie at the front. 

I have never used bias tape before (used for the black bits around the neck and arms), but I always love the finished look it gives, so I tried it out. It took me ages because I kept sewing it on wrong - but when I finally got it, it was worth it, and I think it will be much easier next time.

Hello Kitty Blouse by Cicely Ingleside
Back of the shirt

I totally love downloadable patterns by other bloggers. I have tried a few from a number of different bloggers and have had a way better experience with them than with stuff I bought at the sewing store by major companies. They always come with full instructions, and lots of pictures, and you can even easily email the blogger with questions. And you can reprint the pattern in a larger size when your child grows. Just had to add that in!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Little Red Riding Hood Skirt

Little Red Riding Hood Skirt by Cicely Ingleside

Hi there!  Here's some more sewing I did for my 3 year old daughter. I did this a few weeks ago, but she refuses to model for me, so I was waiting to post it until I got some shots. Anyway, this is a super-cute little skirt - I love the pattern and the fabric.

I found this Little Red Riding Hood fabric on Etsy - lots of different sellers carry it if you're looking for it. It's a lovely linen, with a cute little pattern on it. I didn't use much of the fabric in making this skirt, so now I have to decide what else I will make with the remainder. I think the linen would make a great summer dress for her too. 

Little Red Riding Hood Skirt by Cicely Ingleside
She posed for a millisecond! Then made me take pictures of her stuffed animals alone.

The red eyelet lace ruffles were leftovers from a purchase at the local fabric store. (I made myself a fabric bracelet with the other parts of it at one point.) Then I found these buttons which are a perfect match (even if I might have placed them a but unevenly). 

I used the Vivienne skirt pattern by Violette Fields Threads - do they ever have lovely kids patterns! It was a fast and fun sew.

Little Red Riding Hood Skirt by Cicely Ingleside
Refusing to pose!
Seriously, if you were this cute, wouldn't you be willing to pose?! Not that you can tell how cute she is, but trust me.
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