Introducing the new {and improved!} Sweet Benanna & Sam

30 May

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday I took the leap and moved my blog over to wordpress.org. This means I will be able to do a lot more with my website, which is great for my readers too.  The bad part is, the transition did not go so smoothly!  None of my subscriptions were able to be moved over, which means that when I add new posts to my new site, they will not be delivered to your inbox.  I am asking {pretty please!} to just take a moment and visit the new site: Sweet Benanna & Sam and update your e-mail subscription.

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Consequently none of my old links work as well, so all of those wonderful projects that have been “pinned” to Pinterest in the past are now being directed to a “page not found”.  To say this makes me sad is an understatement.  I worked so hard to increase my blog traffic over these past nine months and now all of that is gone.  I feel very defeated!    I guess I just have to move on from here and hopefully build back up to where I was before (and higher!)

Thank you so much for your support!

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{easy as pie} Six Layer Tulle Skirt

28 May

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Today I would like to share with you this simple to make full length tulle skirt.  I can easily get one made in the span of one nap time (under two hours) which is a bonus!  These skirts are a great base for other costumes. They give an added pouf underneath princess or fairy dresses.  Or for little girls who just love to put on the glam they could just be worn on their own (with leggings or tights underneath)  As you can see, my daughter very much enjoyed walking around in this snazzy skirt.  This skirt was made in size 2, but the instructions are very adaptable to any size (just add more width and length to the fabric for larger sizes).  The supplies below are also for size 2.

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1/4 yard satin fabric for the base

2 1/2 yards of tulle

19″ of 1/2″ elastic

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We are going to construct the top or base part of the skirt first.  Take your satin fabric and cut a rectangle that measures 10″ x 36″.   Fold this rectangle in half lengthwise with the right sides facing out.  The long raw edges should be at the bottom.  From the top folded edge of your fabric, measure down 1″ on one of the short sides.  Mark this with a pin.  Measure down 1″ more from this pin and mark this spot with a second pin.

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Unfold the fabric and this time fold it in half width wise, right sides together.  Your short edges should now be matched up, and the wrong sides of the fabric facing out.  Pin these two edges together.  You are going to sew them together with a 1/2″ seam BUT DO NOT sew in between the two pins that you put in during the previous step.  So you will: Start from one edge, sew until you get to the first marking pin, stop (remember to back stitch at the beginning and end) and then start sewing again after the second marking needle until you get to the other edge. (See picture below; sew along the dotted lines)

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Your skirt base should now be circular.  Fold it in half so that the right sides are facing out and the raw edges meet up.  There should be a little hole along the seam, make sure this hole is facing outwards; it should be 1″ from the top of your skirt base.  This hole is where you will insert the elastic later, so we need to make a casing for the elastic.  Starting at the top of the hole, sew all the way around the skirt base.  See the dotted lines in the following picture.

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Next we need to start at the bottom of the hole and sew all the way around to complete the casing.

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The skirt base is all done, see, I told you it was easy!  Now lets work on the tulle.  For my skirt I cut six long strips of tulle.  They measured 13″ x 60″, you can sew more than one piece together to get to the 60″ if you need to.  After you have cut/assembled all six of your strips, take one and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together.  Sew the edges together with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Repeat this step with the five remaining strips.  Take three of your tulle skirt pieces and (keeping them turned inside out) put one inside of the other.  Line up the top edges of all three layers (this can be a little fussy!) and pin them together all around the top.  Sew a gathering stitch along the top pinned edge.  Make sure that the gathered edge is now the same width around as your skirt base.  If not, pull the threads to tighten or loosen it accordingly.pic5

Grab your skirt base.  Pin the gathered edge of your tulle skirt along the outer raw edge of your skirt base (the outer edge is the side that DOES NOT have the hole for the casing)  You are pinning these right sides together, so your tulle skirt should still be inside out, and your skirt base should be right side out.  Stitch them together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Sew with the tulle facing up.

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Gather the three remaining tulle skirt layers and put them one inside of the other; sew together with a gathering stitch just like you did before.  Open up the bottom of your skirt base and push the attached tulle backwards, away from the inner raw edge that has nothing attached to it.  Make sure the skirt base is still facing right side out.  This is kind of tricky to explain, hopefully this picture will demonstrate what you need to do.  You are going to pin the gathered edge of your second layer of tulle to this inner raw edge of the skirt base.  Again, right sides together: the skirt will be inside out.

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Are you with me?  Hopefully that all made sense…we are almost finished!  Sew the second layer of tulle to the skirt base, just like you did with the first layer.  Next flip your skirt so that it’s right side out.  Press your seams all the way around where the skirt base connects with the tulle.  While you are doing this, tug gently on the tulle so that the seam is pushed up inside of the skirt base.  Line up the two bottom edges of the skirt base, stitch all the way around the bottom edge to connect the two pieces together.  This part can get a bit tricky, just keep your tulle pulled downwards so that your seam stays up inside the skirt base and so that you don’t catch any of the tulle in your stitching.

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All you need to do now is insert your elastic (I used 19″, the width of my daughter’s waist)  Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the casing.  Stitch the elastic together at the opening and then hand-stitch the opening shut. Voila!  A pretty skirt for dress up time! **My daughter is pretty tall, this skirt should come down to the ankles, any longer and it will just be tripped over.  The great thing about tulle is that it does not fray – you can trim your skirt to any length after it is finished.**

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Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I would love to hear your comments on this post!

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Today I am officially a Course Instructor for Riley Blake Designs!

27 May

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

Today is a day that I have been anticipating for months!  My first tutorial is being published on Riley Blake Design’s Cutting Corner’s College.  I am now officially a Course Instructor, to say that I am excited is an understatement!

And just what did I prepare for Cutting Corner’s College, well you will have to visit them to find out.

If you have made your way  over to Sweet Benanna & Sam from my tutorial, hello and welcome!  If you enjoyed my post on Cutting Corner’s College, you may like a few of these ones as well:

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titleimageThose are a few of my sewing tutorials, you can also visit my Sewing Tutorials page for more.

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Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff

24 May

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Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff will not be happening this week, sorry for any inconvenience!  I am in the middle of transferring my blog to WordPress.org  – but this means that next week my link party will be back, and better than ever!

I thought I would still share a couple of my favorite links from last week though – I have also pinned them to my Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff board and I will share them with Facebook fans!

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Command Center from Kaminski’s Creations: This post shows how to turn a “bunch of junk from goodwill” into a smart and organized “command centre”.

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Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie from Busy Mom’s Helper: Oh my this looks heavenly!  If I hadn’t just started a diet today I would be running to the store for ingredients.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today, please come back next week to a {hopefully!} improved link party!

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Dress Up Time D.I.Y ~ Cinderella Peasant Dress

21 May

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Today I am going to share this simple Cinderella Peasant Dress costume {size 2T} with you.  I think little chores are much more fun when you are dressed like Cinderella!  Peasant dresses are very easy sewing projects, in fact I think that one of my very first sewing projects was a peasant dress.  When I first learned how to make one, I followed a great tutorial from Pretty Prudent.  This Cinderella dress is just a slight variation from this peasant dress.  Since most of the steps are the same, except for the skirt, I don’t want to re-write someone else’s tutorial.  Instead I will have you read their tutorial and tell you what I did differently.

Here are the supplies that you will need, for the dress only.  I will tell you about the apron after the dress is out of the way!

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~Fabric: You will need three different colors, but it’s all plain cotton.  I found mine in the bargain bin, it does not have to be expensive!  Sleeves: Light/Sky Blue 1/4 yard, Bodice: Dark/Chocolate Brown 1/4 yard, Skirt: Light/Coffee Brown 1/2 yard.

~35″ of 1/4″ elastic.

~Thread and basic sewing supplies

Below are the measurements for the dress.  You will cut two of the bodice pieces on the fold.  Cut along the red lines to create an armhole (a basic J shape, 6″ down) and a sloping neckline.

You will also need to cut two of the skirt pieces, and two of the sleeves (on the fold).

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Cut out all of your pattern pieces above.  You are going to make the bodice by following the instructions here: Long Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial.  Start from Step 2: Cut Out Neckline and Armhole.  To be clear, while you are following the peasant dress tutorial, you will be using the two bodice pieces and the two sleeve pieces to create the bodice.  You will not be doing anything with the skirt until you come back to this page.

DO NOT:  Hem the bottom of the dress (bodice) or insert elastic into the sleeves.

Creating The Skirt

You should now have your bodice made, with the finished sleeves attached.  The bodice should have a raw edge along the bottom.  Are we on the same step? Good, let’s create the skirt and finish the dress.  Take your two rectangular skirt pieces and sew them right sides together down both of the shorter sides with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the seam.  Press your seams flat.  Fold the bottom of your skirt over 1/4″ to the wrong side and press with your iron.  Fold it over again and press; hem the bottom of your skirt.  Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your skirt and make sure it is the same width around as the bottom of your bodice.

Attach Skirt to the Bodice

Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.  The easiest way is to have your bodice turned right side out, and your skirt inside out.  Place your bodice upside down into the top of the skirt and pin around the top.  It is a good idea to tuck the sleeves out of the way so that they don’t get in the way of your sewing.  Sew the bodice and skirt together using a 3/4″ seam allowance.  Use a zig-zag stitch to finish off the edge of the seam.

Press the seam upwards (towards the bodice) with your iron.  Now you are going to stitch along the top of the seam, all the way around, to create an elastic casing (make sure you are using thread that matches the chocolate brown bodice).  Leave 2″ open so that you can insert your elastic.  Take 20″ of 1/4″ elastic and attach it to a safety pin.  Thread it through the casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and then sew the opening shut.

And that’s all!  I left the elastic out of the sleeves because I noticed that Cinderella’s sleeves are loose, but of course you could make yours any way you wish.

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I also made an apron with an applique to go along with the dress.  It was very time consuming, and it was my first attempt at creating something like this, but here is a quick look at how I did it.

First I found a clip-art picture online of one of the bird characters from Cinderella, here is what my applique was supposed to look like:

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I have to say that my little bird didn’t turn out quite so happy looking, rather a little worried looking!

Supplies used: various scraps of fabric, heat n bond, black thread, basic sewing supplies.

I printed the bird and cut it out around the outer edges.  I pinned it to some blue fabric that already had some heat n bond applied to the back of it.  I cut the bird shape out of the blue fabric (leave the back of the heat n  bond on, do not peel it off yet)

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Next I cut out pieces of the bird that were not blue (ie the hat, vest, beak, etc…) and pinned them to coordinating colors of fabric – these pieces of fabric also had heat n bond applied to the back.  I cut out each little piece of the bird and applied them to my blue main bird piece, like a puzzle.  Peeling off the back of the heat n bond I pressed each piece into place with my iron.  Here is the little bird coming together: pic5 pic6

After all of the pieces were in place I peeled off the backing on my main (blue) bird piece and positioned it where I wanted on the apron skirt.  Then, using black thread, I stitched all of the features and outlines onto the bird.  I used a zig-zag stitch, setting the length at almost zero.  The width of the stitch varied, as you can see that some of the lines on the bird are thicker than others – for example the black parts of the eyes are also done using a wide zig-zag stitch.

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apronIt can be pretty tricky to get the facial details just right, as I mentioned before, my bird seems to look a bit worried and the original picture the bird looked happy!  As for the Cinder-Calleigh lettering, I don’t have a fancy embroidery sewing machine so this is just done freehand, again with a zig-zag stitch on a very short stitch length setting.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!

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Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #13

17 May

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Yay for Friday, and for all of you who are Canadians, yay for a long weekend!!  I am back from vacation, well rested.  If you haven’t been, I strongly recommend visiting Los Cabos – it is an amazing holiday destination!  Thanks to those of you who linked up your wonderful projects last week while I was away.   I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thanks for linking up!

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Here are my favorite links from last week:

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Super Addictive Brownies from Busy Mom’s Helper- Wow these look incredible!  A brownie base with gooey marshmallow middle, topped with a cocoa frosting – mmm thanks for the recipe!

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Photo Charm Necklace Title 2+www.vmg206.comPhoto Charm Necklace from VMG206 – Megan shared this very easy photo necklace tutorial.  It looks beautiful and makes a great gift!

Now let’s party!  And if you feel so inclined to grab a button, please be my guest.

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Preschool Learning ~ Letter S Practice {free printable worksheet}

15 May

If you missed it last week – Wednesday is now Letter Worksheet day on Sweet Benanna & Sam.    This week we are working on the letter S.  Click on the picture AT THE BOTTOM of this post to be directed to the free printable.  You can also find links to previous worksheets at the bottom of this post.

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Here is how we use our worksheet: First we talk about the letter, which one it is, what it sounds like, whether it’s a vowel or a consonant.  There are four pictures at the bottom, but only three of them start with the proper letter.  He has to figure out which one does not start with the correct letter, and then he crosses it off.  He colors the remaining three pictures (coloring practice) and then cuts them out (cutting practice).  Next he glues the pictures into each of the three boxes provided.  Then he likes to color the letter as well.  Next he practices writing the letter in the space at the top of the page.  The space provided at the top for writing helps to give him an idea of how big to print the letter – Preschoolers typically print in GIANT size.   He usually likes to print his name too.  So there are several different learning applications involved in this worksheet.

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Here are the links to the other letters that we have been working on:

Letter T Worksheet

Letter R Worksheet

Letter V Worksheet

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!

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