Fairy Costumes, Plus DIY Wings and Shoes!

 I really love today's post!  Today I'm over on Make It Love it showing my kids' Halloween costumes.  You know that my kids have been crazy about fairies lately, so you probably aren't too surprised that fairy costumes were top on my kids' list this year for Halloween!

I was super ambitious this year, which means we made the whole costume--from shoes to wreaths, to wings!    I really wanted this whole costume making experience to be a special memory for them, and I hoped to even get some pictures of them in the costumes to hang in their room.  I let my kids help design the costumes, and it seemed like every few minutes they'd hand me a new design.

Super fun.  If you'd like to make your own fairy costume, head over to Make It Love It to see how our costumes came together.   Then keep reading below to deck your kids out with the rest of the fairy accessories, including the fairy wings and fairy shoes!

Alright, let's get started:


The Day I Covered My House in Vinyl

Perhaps this post should instead be titled, "The day my husband was sure I lost my mind." I'm pretty sure that's what went through his mind when he first saw these projects.  His actual words were more like, "Oh.  You STENCILED the backsplash."

I assured him that no, no paint was involved.  Just lots and lots of stickers. I think the color in his face started to come back at this point, but he still wasn't too sure about it.  He is after all, a lover of all things neutral....and this project definitely wasn't neutral.

Do you remember my bathroom makeover a while back?  I played around with adding a a design to the backsplash in my bathroom, but it ended up just being temporary.  This is temporary too--the design is just vinyl, cut out with my silhouette cameo--but hopefully they'll stay intact much longer than my Sharpie design did.

If you're not familiar with making vinyl decals, here are the details.  You buy the vinyl in a roll, which you can either cut designs out of or use a cutting machine like I did.  Then you just peel off the back and apply.  Basically, they are stickers!  You can re-position them as needed too, which is super cool.  I just positioned them straight onto the tile back splash.

After doing the bathroom, I still had the good portion of a roll left, and I started thinking about some of the tile designs I've seen lately on back-splashes.  I've always been attracted to elaborate tile, but I don't think I'd ever have the guts to actually put it in my house, mainly because I'd be afraid that I'd grow tired of it.

I'm not a big fan of my kitchen, or my kitchen backsplash, so I thought it might be fun to try a vinyl decal in there too. I figured that it couldn't really get worse, and maybe it'd just get better. I was inspired by this image.  I don't love the kitchen design as much as the bathroom, but it's still fun.  I love how much it changes the look of the room.

When I finally finished putting on all the decals, the hubby came in and said, "You know what?  I actually kind of like it."  Phew.

I think for now we agree that it's a nice change at least.  I'm happy that they should be easily removable should we want to go back to how the back splash was before.  Or better yet, decide a kitchen makeover is in our future.

What do you think?  Would you ever try this simple makeover for your home?  I did both rooms with one roll of vinyl, which seams like such a good deal for a makeover for less than $10!


Make Your Own Fairy Puppets!

I released my fairy doll pattern last week, and I've been so overwhelmed by the response.  I really appreciate all the kind words and comments from everyone (and those of you who bought my pattern too!  Thank you so much!!!).  You really all are the best, and I'm so happy that you like my work.   

I really want to say a huge THANK YOU! Today I've got a fun treat to share with you all. It's a free template to make a fairy puppet (you can find the image at the bottom of this post).  Some of you might remember the ballerina puppet that I made a while back:  

This fairy puppet is very similar to the ballerina one, but I think I like this fairy one a little bit better. When I made the ballerina puppet a few months back, I was shocked how much my kids liked to play with it!  I figured they would like it for an afternoon and that would be it, but they played with it for months!  I hope that your kids like this fairy puppet just as well!  My kids are super obsessed with fairies right now.

Alright, let's get started!  Are you ready to make your own fairy puppet?  


Make Your Own Fairy Bed!

As I mentioned yesterday, my kids are really going through a fairy phase, so much so that they convinced me to make them a few stuffed fairies to play with.  I've turned those fairies into a brand new fairy doll pattern, and these little fairy beds are a part of that pattern!  I'm sharing the "how to" for the daisy bed here today though for free.  I think it's a fun way to give you a preview as to what you can expect from the pattern.

You might remember my basic doll sleeping bag tutorial.  These little flower beds are a variation of that simple design, just a bit more complicated.

Ready to get started?  Ok!  

Below I've included a piece guide.  Make the pieces as small or as large as you'd like...the bed can be for a small doll or even a large one.  The principles are the same. (In the actual pattern I provide pattern pieces to make a bed to fit my fairy dolls, but here I'm giving you the flexibility to make the doll bed as large or small as you'd like.   

1. Place the “right” front and back of each petal together (A).  Sew along the edge, leaving the top open.  Clip curves (B), turn, and press. Repeat with remaining petals (C).

2. Using an iron, press a 3/8th inch edge of the flower center down (A).  Position petals under flower center (and on top of sleeping bag front). (B) Sew close to the edge of the flower center to secure petals.  Use a decorative stitch if desired.

Make sure that your edge petals are far enough to the center so that they can be moved easily (and not caught in the side of sleeping bag seam).

3. Place the “right” front and back of the sleeping bag pocket together.  Make sure that the petals are away from the seam (A).  Sew along the top edge.   Turn and top stitch along the top (B).

OPTIONAL:  If you’d like a little extra weight to your pocket, add an extra piece of fleece (or batting) to the top of your “sandwich” in (A).  This will make the fleece go in the middle.

4.    Now it’s time to sew the  sleeping bag together.  You will need to leave the top open (for turning).  
5.   Trim close to the seam and then turn your sleeping bag right side out.

6.   Fold the raw edges of the opening in, and sew a 1/8th inch top stitch around the entire edge of the sleeping bag.  This closes the hole, and adds a nice finish to the sleeping bag. 

I hope that you enjoyed this little sneak peak into my Fairy Doll Pattern!  I'm so excited to be sharing it with you today...Happy sewing everyone!

I shared this project on Sew Can She's Linky party.  Click below to see the other great entries!


A New Pattern... Fairies and More Fairies!

I've been working on a new pattern for a while now, and I'd hoped to share it here the first week of October.  A crazy thing happened last week though....I had two kids in school for two mornings (AT THE SAME TIME!!) I made a lot of progress finishing up the pattern, and I'm so happy to share all the details with you today. 

These fairy dolls are the same size as the dolls from my bedbug pattern that I made last year, about 9 inches.  The pattern is a little bit different, but I made sure that all the great clothes options from the bedbug pattern (a mermaid tail, dress, shirt, superhero cape) all still fit these dolls too.  This Fairy Doll Pattern comes with two flower skirts and a dress for clothing options.  The dress is super special because it can be made to transform a regular fairy into something special... A TOOTH FAIRY!!

This pattern has three clothing options so that you can make three super special dolls:

I feel like their little embroidered faces and 50's style hair totally give these little fairies their own sense of style.

And when they are tired, you can tuck them into their cute little beds made of flowers.  Both templates are included in the pattern.  As a sneak peak for my pattern, I'm going to show you how to make the Daisy Flower bed on the blog right here tomorrow.  Because you know that I love giving you guys a sneak peak into what's in my patterns!  I feel like it's a great way to get a feel for what my patterns are like. 
Alright, are you ready for all the pattern details?  Keep reading below!


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