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DIY Baby Blanket Using Minky Fabric ~ Easy, Thrifty Gift

I love to sew, but I am not very good at it so I don’t do it as often as I would like.  I have wanted to try sewing with minky fabric for a while, but have been intimidated after hearing others say how difficult it was to sew with.  I got a great deal on some heart minky fabric and decided that it was time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to sew with!

I did plenty of research first and this is what I learned: if you are going to sew with minky you need to be patient and use tons of pins to hold it in place well.  I also learned that it is stretchy and has a slippery texture so sewing slowly is key!  Of course, using the tons of pins does help with that because you can’t go very fast between pins really.  If you are going to attempt to sew with minky, just keep those things in mind.

For those of you who don’t know, minky is a soft, material that has little raised dots (or in this case hearts) all over it.  It is so cuddly and you will see it on a lot of baby products.

To sew this blanket you will need a few things.

You will need:

 1 1/2 yrds Minky fabric

1 1/2 yrds Coordinating fabric for the top of the blanket

thread

sewing machine

sewing scissors

Begin by laying your fabric down on top of each other and trimming so they are close to the same size.  It is ok if it isn’t perfect, just get it as close as you can.  You may want to do this on a carpeted surface as the carpet helps keep the fabric from sliding around.

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Once your fabric is the same size, turn the layers with the right sides facing each other and pin all the way around.  As I mentioned above, you will need a lot of pins.  Pin about every inch at the furthest.

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Now you are ready to sew!  I used a zig zag stitch for extra security since I wasn’t sure yet how this was going to go with the minky.  Sew almost all the way around the blanket leaving about 12 inches to turn it right side out.  When you get all sewn, unpin your last section that you left for turning the fabric right side out and turn it right side out.  Make sure that you push each corner so that it isn’t puckered in.

Once you have the sides all straightened you will want to sew the outside.  Now, for your hole you have left from flipping, you will need to repin.  I didn’t use pins or iron, but it would be a good idea if you are worried about keeping it straight.  I started on one end and sewed up the hole first, continuing around the blanket with a zig zag stitch again. It went very quickly and just gave it a finished look.  Try to keep your sewing even so that your stitches are the same all the way around.  If you vary your speed too much than your stitches will be different widths.

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And there you have it!  A quick, gift perfect for a baby shower, or make one for yourself!  That minky is so soft, I am thinking I would like to have one too!  Not only is it cute, but it is actually very easy to use and sew with.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go!

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

07/29/2014 11:56 am · 0 comments

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

This is a favorite project at our house and we have created some pretty fun shirts!  It is easier than you would think, and the hardest part of the process is waiting for the paint to dry!

You will need:

A T-shirt that has been washed and dried.

Fabric paint in desired color

Sponge paint brush for applying paint

Stencil made out of clear transparency film

Spray adhesive for applying stencil

Desired picture that you are going to use as a stencil

A razor or scissors for cutting out your stencil

Piece of cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t leak through the layers

We used a craft cutting machine for cutting our stencil, but if you are looking at making your own stencil, print it out of your computer, and then lay the print out under the transparency film.  Trace with a sharpie onto the film and then cut out the picture, leaving the negative space.  To place the stencil onto the shirt, spray with some spray adhesive.  This should work for more than one application, but if you are doing more than one shirt,you may have to reapply as it loses it tack.

Place the stencil on the shirt where you want it and press it down. Make sure it is all firmly in place. Now take your piece of cardboard and place it in the middle of the t shirt so it is blocking the two layers.

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This stencil has been used already, that is why it is already outlined in black.  That is just dried paint and makes it easier to see for the photos.  Take your sponge paint brush and dip it in your paint.  To apply it to the shirt, be sure to dab, not rub!  If you rub, the paint could spread under the stencil.  Dabbing will help avoid that.

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Once you have covered your area, let it dry for a few minutes before removing your stencil.  It is easier to remove before the shirt has dried all the way.  It will not be completely dry,but dry enough to remove the stencil and allow it to lay untouched and dry completely.

To remove the stencil, grab one corner and pull at an angle.

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Now all that is left is to wait for it to dry before trying on your creation!  Now you have a one of a kind article that is made by you!  We have done this for school projects, family reunions (like the one above), and just for a fun project!  My kids really enjoy creating their own designs and then painting them.  It is a thrifty, fun idea for the whole family!  The paint lasts for a long time and the stencils can be reused several times.  Shirts are pretty inexpensive, making this a great project for the whole family!

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DIY Paint Splattered Denim Shorts, Great Kids Craft!

Looking for a fun summertime craft for the kids?  Do you have  an old pair of jeans that have seen better days but that still fit? Let your kids personalize them with some fabric paint splatters in their favorite colors!  Now you have something they can wear to display their handi-work!

You will need:

Jeans or shorts

Fabric paint

Old tooth brush and/or paint brush

Scissors (for cutting your jeans into shorts)

Newspaper to lay the denim on during splattering

Paper plate for the paint

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Begin by cutting off your jeans if you are wanting to make shorts.  We left ours a little long so that they can be rolled up.

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Now lay on a section of newspaper and take it outside.  Make sure your child is wearing old clothing  just in case they get some on themselves!

Dip your brush into the paint.  If you are using the toothbrush, you can rub your finger along the bristles for small splatters.  If using a paint brush, simply flick your wrist holding the brush several inches above the denim.

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My daughter used pink, white, light blue and some yellow.  She just dried the brush off on the denim we cut off of the legs so that she wasn’t mixing colors in between.  That just went in the garbage so it was perfect!

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Be sure to give these plenty of time to dry without being played with!  Lay on a flat surface somewhere cool.  We used the kitchen table over night and it was perfect!  She  chose not to do the backside of hers, but if you want to do both sides, you will want to make sure they are completely dry before you do the second side.

Chances are you have some worn out pants that have been thrown aside for the hot summer months.  Why not cut them off and let your child add some personality to them?

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More Shirts or fashion ideas to do with your kids.

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Creative Drawing Idea ~ Summer Boredom Buster Idea

I love having my kids home for the summer.  I really do.  We are getting to a point now though where they are bored and it is taking more to entertain them.  They are wanting more and more to sit in front of the television and I am wanting more and more to pull my hair out before the day is over!

It is time to get creative!  Out comes the old magazines, pens, crayons or whatever you can find to draw with and some paper for an easy craft/art project that will get them using their imaginations and be creative!

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Grab an old magazine or newspaper and cut out photos that would be easy to draw around and glue them to a plain sheet of paper.  That is all the prep you need!  The rest is up to the kids to use their imagination and draw to their hearts content!  I say it was a successful project! Even my son who turns his nose up at anything that resembles homework had a ball!

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More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track
Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 
PATRIOTIC DIY VASE ~ QUICK AND EASY PAINT CRAFT FOR KIDS
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea
 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games
BAT CAVE SHIRT ~ PLAY TIME WITH DAD SHIRT #BATMAN 
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS, QUICK AND EASY DIY CRAFT #FROZEN

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