Twirl Away 1 Hour Skirt {sewing tutorial}

Oh, I am so happy to have you here today as I get to share a fun skirt with you today as part of Simple Simon and Company’s Skirting the Issue event.

I have a little confession to make. I adore this event so much each year. I love to give back. I love to support and encourage girls in their education.

I also have not found myself so busy in all of the years that I have been a mother. I am moving, having to rip apart and put together our new house, I’ve had an influx of work, and I had a family reunion to get my family packed for this week. In short, my life has been crazy. The other day, I knew I had this post coming up and so I sat down and gave myself just a bit to finish everything. I had an idea of what I wanted and went for it. AND GUESS WHAT?! You guys, I had the skirt cut, sewn, and finished in about 45 minutes (it took me a little bit to figure out the waistband). In less than an hour, I had the skirt done. So I just wanted to let you know that YOU CAN DO IT. If you want to participate in this awesome event which will provide skirts to girls in foster care, then know that you can set aside an hour and get SO much done!

So here we go. Here is my girl in her Twirl Away skirt:

Because I made this not from a pattern, I just wanted to tell you what I did. Sorry..I sew like this so much, I need to get better at using a pattern! :)

I used a yard of fabric and cut it into 3 pieces:

I measured my daughters waist and doubled it. I measured her waist to her knee. That made the first piece.

Next, I took her waist measurement and cut a piece of fabric 6′ x her waist measurement + 3″.

I took a piece of fabric 5″x48″ and cut it in half.

Sew the skirt portion’s right sides together. Finish the bottom by folding it 1/4″ up, then fold again and sew. Next I sewed some tulle in ruffle to the bottom inside of the skirt.

To make the waistband, I sewed 2 giant buttonholes in the middle, bottom half  of the waistband.  Cut out the material in the middle of the buttonholes. (see illustration below)

Sew the waistband’s long right sides together to make a 3″ waistband.

Sew the tie’s together by sewing it into a tube (3 sides, right sides together and pull it through. ) Pull the inside out and iron. Now put the two ties in each side of the waistband tube with the unsewn side at the end of the waistband tube. Sew all the layers together. Pull the ties through the inside of the waistband and pull them out of the buttonholes. Sew the waistband to the skirt by pinning the front, back and sides to each other and then evenly space out the rest of the skirt on the waistband. Sew together and you are done!

My girl was so excited to try her skirt on. (Ideally I would have liked an inch or two less on her length, but it all worked out and I left it. :)

I’m sure the directions sounded a bit more complicated than it is, but no matter the skirt you make, find one you love and make one or ten up!

As my girl put on this outfit and started to get her pics taken, she had so much fun and twirled and twirled. It really is a fun dress for that!


I hope you find a skirt to make, and if you decide to try this one, send me a pic, so I can feature you!

Again, I’d like to thank Simple Simon and Company for inviting me to participate and can’t wait to make more twirling skirts for girls in need. To find out more about Skirting the Issue, visit Simple Simon and Co.

 

Chilly Paper Tots- Ice Castle Set {new printable}

I am so excited to show you this really fun set that I have been sitting on for awhile! If you have a Frozen lover in your home, then this set is for you! It would make a fun birthday gift/favor, craft night for girls, etc. I’m excited to share with you Chilly Paper Tots:

The set includes Paper Tots Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Hans, Sven and Olaf.

Can’t you just hear your kids playing out the movie and other adventures with these sweet little sets?! This Ice Castle Set also comes with Elsa’s Ice Castle background and a 3D sled that you can put together! I can tell you that my daughter has been playing these since I made them. I see her pulling her friends around on a sleigh ride and hear her making so many fun adventures with her friends.

To make the sled, simply cut out the pieces and fold on the lines (for the sled legs). Glue the leg together to make it a square. Repeat with the other side. Glue the back piece on the sled and then on the front, score and cut notches out of the folded piece to get a perfect bend and you glue it on the front. (See pics). To put a bottom on the sled, cut out a piece of paper that will fit across the sled. Glue it on. (I even made mine long and glued on the inside front of the sled as well so my cute paper tots could stay put!

As with all of my prints, once you buy the digital image, you can print as many times as you would like. The email containing the file will be sent to you within 24 hours.

The paper tots can also be used as cupcake toppers for parties. There will be other sets coming out soon to help you keep those frozen obsessed kids happy in an affordable way!

To buy the Chilly Paper Tots- Ice Castle Set, simply click HERE!

You are also DOUBLE LUCKY today..you can head over to the Crafting Chicks and grab this Summer Set today for FREE!

I hope your summer has been amazing and that you are having fun keeping your kiddos busy!

For more summer fun:

DIY Frozen Elsa Dress  /  Summertime Activity House  /  Summertime Cube

Happy Birthday Jar {Free Printable}

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Happy Birthday Jar!  I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.

 

There are some incredible ideas today for you to check out. I love that they are simple and easy to put together and even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

I don’t know about you, but I love a little treat for just me on my birthday. When I was thinking of a fun and easy gift to give, I thought of cake, but making a big one can be such a big deal. BUT what about a cake in a jar?! I found my favorite mason jars (or look at these super cute vintage ones!), made a quick little cake and filled 4 about a third of the way up. I cooked it until a toothpick came back clean when it was placed in the middle. Then I let them cool, added my favorite buttercream frosting and added some sprinkles. I LOVED the idea of having a candle in it already, but you could also tie a candle around the jar at the end.

 

After the frosting is in the jar. Add a ribbon around the center and simply add a dab of glue and the “Happy Birthday” circle. Then glue the “Open to make a wish” circle to the top of the jar. I also added ribbon around the ring.

It’s such a happy little jar to give and by shutting the jar, it keeps the cake super moist!

I hope this gives you a quick and easy present idea to let your friends know that you were thinking about them. AND if you don’t have time to make cake, simply fill it with their favorite candy. It’s still SO cute and super thoughtful. :)

To download this free Birthday printable, click on the link below:

happy birthday jar printables

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Are you ready for more  inspiration and ideas? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

 

free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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