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Dyeing

This will be my last post on this blog and it seems fitting that it’s a “here’s what I learned” post, given that the blog was started in 2012 to chronicle my quest to learn something new every day. If you follow me on my other blog, A Diva Moment, you’ll have read the news about my recent breast cancer diagnosis. As a result of the diagnosis, I am looking to simplify my life. While I have enjoyed blogging here for two years, the first year filled with learning and this past year filled with my quest to have a more organized house, keeping up two blogs isn’t really going to be practical. I will be keeping up my other blog which is where I am keeping friends and family updated on the cancer and its treatment. If you’d like to keep following me, please hop on over there and subscribe.

So this project started at the beginning of September when I decided I wanted to make another mei tai baby carrier for The Little Boss. I’ve made soooo many mei tais in the past 6 years, I was kinda getting bored with the same ol’ same ol’. To change things up, I decided to try my hand at dyeing fabric using natural dyes. I spent about a month collecting all sorts of scraps from the kitchen: onion peels, watermelon rinds, carrot peels, beet greens, celery greens. Pretty much, anything that had color, I stuck it in the color-coded bag and dumped it in the freezer.

Once I had enough raw materials, I set out to make the “dye stuff”. You have to have a ratio of 1:2 of dye stuff to water. So I had about 4 oz of red onion skins, which means I added roughly 8 ounces of water to a pot. Sometimes I had to add more water so that the raw materials were covered by water. Once covered by water, I turned on the burner, brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer for about an hour. At one point, I had all five burners going with dye stuff.

getting the dye stuff ready

I was quite surprised at some of the colors that I got. Regular onion skins produced a very orangish color. Watermelon rinds produced nothing but a major stink! Sweet potatoes were also a giant flop. The red onions, beets and apple peels all made varying shades of pink and red. All of the greens produced a brownish-greenish color. I stored all of the dye in mason jars in the fridge so that they wouldn’t spoil while I got the fabric ready.

Preparing the fabric ended up taking several weeks rather than several days just because I didn’t have as much time as I had anticipated. I was going to be dyeing cotton fabric, which is a plant fiber (as opposed to an animal fiber like wool). Animal fibers accept dye beautifully with no preparation necessary. Plant fibers, on the other hand, need some coaxing in order to be dyed. You have to pre-mordant the fabric, which means you are treating it with something so that it will accept the dye. I chose to use tannin, which is found in acorns. As luck would have it, I happened to be working on this project in the fall, just as the oak trees were shedding acorns like crazy. I initially used the tiny acorns in my yard, but then found another tree in town that was dropping giant acorns that hadn’t yet been picked over by the squirrels. On a very windy day, the babes and I went out gathering acorns. We picked and then shelled 7 pounds of acorns!

acorns

In order to get the tannin out of the acorns, you have to boil them and then let them simmer for awhile. I couldn’t find any info on how much water to use, so I just got the biggest pot I had (a 12 qt stock pot), filled it with 2/3 of the acorns and then filled it up with water. The water turned a nice brown color. tannin colored water Theoretically, the acorns still had more tannin in them which could be accessed by boiling them again in water. As such, I bagged them all and dumped them in the freezer for the next dyeing project.

Now that the tannin was ready, I was ready to add my fabric.

Pattern pieces cut, ready to be prepared for dyeing

Pattern pieces cut, ready to be prepared for dyeing

I had the precut pieces for the baby carrier that I had washed in a pH neutral detergent, (at least I think it was pH neutral) and had soaked it in cold water overnight. I removed the fabric from the water and placed it in the cold tannin. This is important. . . you don’t want to shock the fiber by moving it from cold water to hot or vice versa. I brought the pot to a simmer, then let it simmer for about an hour, at which point I turned off the flame and allowed the fiber to cool down in the water. tannin soaked fibre The fiber was removed and washed by hand in the pH neutral soap, then I dumped it into a bowl of cool water while I prepared the next mordant: alum.

Why alum? Well, the tannin helps to prepare the fabric, while the alum helps to make sure the fabric will really accept the dye, thus giving you a more vivid color. The process with the alum was similar to that with the tannin. For 4 ounces of fiber, I used:

4t (20% of the fiber weight) of alum
1 ½ t (6% of the fiber weight) of washing soda
just enough water to cover up the fiber

Again, I brought the water up to a simmer then turned off the heat and let it steep for about 8 hours. The fiber was then rinsed and washed, and mordanted again with alum, rinsed, washed and then hung out to dry.

At this point, the fiber was ready to by dyed . . . finally, the fun could begin. I really had no idea how the colors were going to turn out. Just because the dye looked red, didn’t mean that’s what the final color would look like. I had a very hard time with red dyes, actually. NONE of the dyes I had took well at all. The fabric would look nice and pink, and then when I rinsed it, the color would rinse right out.

Apple dye that didn't take

Apple dye that didn’t take

I even tried heat setting the color by throwing the fabric in the dryer immediately after removing it from the dye pot. . . . .still, no luck. Even the beets yielded nothing! Weird, right? So I had to abandon my idea of red.

The actually dyeing of the fiber was quite similar to the pre-mordanting. The ratio of dye to fiber is 1:1. Again, placing the already soaking fiber in the dye when it was cool, bringing it up to a boil, then letting it simmer for an hour and letting it cool down in the pot overnight.

I did use two more dyes that didn’t come from kitchen scraps: black beans and tumeric. For the black beans, I just saved the water from soaking the beans overnight prior to cooking them. It was kind of a purple-ish color. For the tumeric, I used 2 oz of dried tumeric for every 4 oz of fiber, then added a bunch of water. Wow! That was STRONG smelling, but the color turned out gorgeous!

The final thing that I learned to do was to dye 3 different colors on one piece. It was actually not too hard. I just strung a clothes hanger over the pot, clipped the fabric that was not to be dyed onto the hanger using clothes pins, and let the appropriate amount of fabric dip into the dye. tumeric dye All in all, I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Top to bottom:  onion peel dye, tannin, tumeric dye

Top to bottom: onion peel dye, tannin, tumeric dye

Here are a few pictures of the meitai. I’m totally in love with how this turned out. Not only is it crazy comfortable, the Little Boss likes it and the colors are just what I had in mind. I was going for something fall-like, and I think it worked.

(Shown with a 5 year old (hood down) on the left and a 1 year old (hood up) on the right.)
BCMT

The two sides of the body dyed slightly differently

The two sides of the body dyed slightly differently

Working on this dyeing project was really fun. Now I’m thinking about other things that I could dye. I’m planning on gathering plant materials in the spring to see how those differ from the food materials. Our yard has a gazillion flowers in it. From April through August, there is always something blooming. I’m thinking that many of the flowers would produce really amazing colors. I’m also planning on trying to use the solar oven again. It sort of flopped because the sun was just lower in the sky by the time I got it built. But, this summer, the babes and I plan on doing all sorts of fun experiments, dyeing included, in the oven!

And thus concludes my final post on this blog. Thank you all for coming along with me on my educational journey. I have learned all sorts of fun, interesting and sometimes useless bits of info, and my house is now much more organized that before. All in all, a winning situation.

The final tally for the organizing:

Total time: 92 hours
Total cost: $200

Blessings to you all!

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Serger thread

This is going to be the shortest post ever, which means that this was a super easy thing to organize.

I used to keep my serger thread in the drawers of one of my sewing machine tables. I got rid of that machine, which meant that I had spools of serger thread just floating about my sewing room. The Dollar Tree to the rescue once again!

serger thread

It’s not a perfect system. When you take out a spool or two, some of the others fall over. But I don’t change thread all that often, so this will work for the time being.

Total cost: $3
Total time: 5 minutes

Hats, gloves and scarves

When I lived on my own, organizing my winter gear was no big deal. I had a nice coat rack mounted on the wall and I’d just fill it up. When DH and I got married, it was still easy peasy. With each addition to the family, the organization has gotten more and more tricky. For the past few years, I’ve been keeping the babes’ hats and gloves in a bagsket, similar to the ones I used to organize the toys. The coats got hung in the coat closet. This year, I got tired of having to hang up and take down three sets of coats and scarves, so I put up a row of Command hooks for the babes to hang up their own stuff. That has been working like a charm. They even hung their hats and scarves there.
hats, scarves before

All was well, until Christmas day, when they were showered with all manner of hats and scarves thanks to the crocheting prowess of my mom. Now what was I going to do with all of the hats? They were ending up all over the house, which was making me nuts! My solution, little bags. I decided against the bagskets as they are a big time intensive and time is at an extreme premium around here. Instead, I went with this tutorial from A Ditchin’ Time Quilts. I used all of the same measurements, but made the box deeper and the hanging handle shorter. I managed to crank these out in about an hour and a half. And that was with the babes helping by sewing on their machines. I rearranged the placement of the command hooks, hung and stuffed the baskets, and got this:

hats, scarves after

It’s not a “Trading Spaces” worthy transformation, but it’s definitely so much better. For one, the babes love them. I think this is partly because they helped to make them, and partly because they chose the fabric (which is why it doesn’t all necessarily match). For two, they are completely functional. Even the 2 year old can get down his basket and decide which hat he wants to wear. It’s a think of beauty, really!

ETA: I forgot to add the time and money spent!

Total time: 2 hours
Total cost: free

Day 296 – October 9

Commercial patterns have completely bogus sizing. I have never been able to just make a pattern as is and have it fit correctly. I have no idea why I thought this time would be different. I made a jacket for the newest LO as part of my Kids Clothing Week Challenge. I cut the smallest size, which ostensibly would fit babies up to 7 pounds. That would be perfect since I’m not sure that the little man has quite gotten to 7 pounds. It ended up being as big, or bigger than a 3-6 month jacket that I had been using for the babe which was way too big. Here, see for yourself.

See how it comes down to his mid thigh? And you could fit two of him in the jacket! So I altered the pattern, taking in several inches on the side and back, and shortening it. I ended up with this.

It’s a much better fit! I did make one change between the top pic and the newborn-less pic . . . . I got rid of the closure tabs and just installed snaps down the front so that it will fit him more snugly.

So what did I learn today? At this point in my “making clothing for the babes” experience, I’m better off just drafting my own patterns and looking at catalogs, etc to get inspiration. Who knew?!

Day 287 – September 30

This past week was not a good one in very pregnant mama land. Consequently, I didn’t really learn a whole lot. Unless you count the fact that I learned that having a mildish stomach bug plus prodromal labor totally sucks. Or the fact that dehydration can make you have contractions that are VERY similar to actual labor. Blech!!

Anyway, we are all on the mend, and I actually felt like sewing today. Last fall, I pinned several scarf tutes, but never got around to actually making any. The mood struck today so I whipped up a little scarf out of fabric left over from another project. I used this tutorial from make it and love it as inspiration but didn’t do it quite like the tute. Really, all I took from the tute was using the strips of fabric along the bottom. The fabric I had wasn’t wide enough, so I flatlock serged two pieces together, serged the ends, then added four rows of strips to the bottom. So super easy! It took me maybe 15 minutes. It’s a pretty short scarf, but it was perfect to take the chill off today. I’m going to be trying some of the other tutes I’ve pinned hopefully this week or next.

Day 279 – September 22

What a busy day of learning I had today! Four new recipes and a new trick on my serger. Let’s start with the recipes. I’ve had sort of a mixed bag of luck with recipes as of late, and today was no different. For dinner, I made a carmelized onion tart using a recipe from my new Vegetarian cookbook. Since I was having company, I doubled the recipe and added mushrooms to one of the tarts. It turned out really pretty good. It did take FOREVER to carmelize 3 lbs of onions, though! It’s really a very simple recipe, with the only time-consuming step being the carmelizing.

A pic.

And the recipe.

Carmelized onion tart from Vegetarian: a collection of over 100 essential recipes

Serves 4-6
7T unsalted butter
1lb 5oz onions, thinly sliced
2 eggs
1/3 cups heavy cream
salt and pepper
3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
8-inch ready-baked pastry shell
3/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese

1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently to avoid burning, for 30 minutes, or until well-browned and carmelized. Remove the onions from the skillet and set aside.
2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, stir in the cream, and season with salt and pepper. Add the Gruyere and mix well. Stir in the cooked onions.
3. Pour the egg and onion mixture into the baked tart shell and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Put on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven, 375 F for 15-20 minutes until the filling has set and begun to brown.
4. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes. The tart can be served hot or left to cool to room temperature.

For lunch, I gave the fam a little treat with some hot vanilla. The basic idea is you heat milk, add vanilla, add a dollop of chocolate whipped cream and viola. I’ll be honest, this sounded much yummier than it ended up being, in my opinion. I wasn’t all that impressed and think I’ll stick to my traditional hot chocolate. My family, on the other hand, thought it was AMAZING! So, I guess I’ll make it for them, just not for me.

I also tried another drink today from my drinks and desserts board on pinterest. It was crockpot pumpkin lattes. Sounds amazing, right? Milk, coffee, pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla all mixed together and cooked on high. There’s no nice way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt: my first thought when tasting it . . . “Yuck!” It was really quite bad. It just tasted like plain pumpkin. I realized I’d forgotten the sugar, so I added the 8T . . .definitely not enough, so I dumped in some powdered sugar. Still, I was completely uninspired by the drink. I didn’t want to just pitch 6 cups of milk down the drain, so I put the whole mixture in the fridge to deal with later. After letting it sit overnight, it was a little better, but still not crazy delish like I thought it would be. I added about 2T of chocolate syrup and that made it drinkable. It was actually pretty good as the liquid base for my oatmeal, so I’m thinking that’s how I’ll use it up.

As I mentioned before, we we expecting company this weekend, so I made a cake for Sabbath dinner. I saw this recipe for orange creamsicle cake requiring only 3 ingredients: cake mix, greek yogurt and orange juice. Normally I make my desserts from scratch, but laziness was prevailing and I thought it would be fun to give this a try. *sigh* Another flop. First of all, it tasted nothing like orange, definitely not creamy. Second, it just wasn’t all that great. It’s highly possible that my normally picky palette is even pickier in my 9-month preggo state, because everyone else that tried the cake thought it was delicious. *shrug* I think I’ll stick to my “from scratch” creations instead. I DO think that the cake would have been improved with some orange frosting. I had neither real butter nor cream cheese, so I couldn’t test my hypothesis.

The final new recipe was the main entree for Sabbath dinner; honey lime enchiladas Sounded yummy and seemed to be a nice change from the regular enchiladas I make. I substituted soy protein for the meat but basically kept to the recipe. Mine didn’t turn out looking all nice and golden. I’m thinking it’s because I didn’t bake it right away. Rather, it sat in the fridge overnight and then I cooked it after church. In any case, it was really quite good. I think next time I’ll use more honey and lime, and probably put some honey and lime in the sauce. Otherwise, this recipe was a winner! Phew, finally a success for today!

In preparation for the soon-to-arrive squish, I’ve been contemplating altering some shirt patterns to create some nursing shirts. Last night I started work on a dolman shirt that looked super easy. The pattern called for gathering. I know how to gather on a sewing machine, I’ve done it tons. But, I was going to be making this shirt on the serger, and I wanted to learn how to gather on a serger. I found two tutorials using different methods. I tried both, but couldn’t get one of them to work. This first tutorial from the blog Serger Emporium gives you very little control over the amount of gathering and you need to try it on practice fabric before doing it on the real thing. As it turns out, this was the only one I had any success with. I was really hoping to get this tute from Fiberosity to work since you pull on the threads and directly decide how much gathering to put in the fabric. Sadly, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out which two threads were the needle threads, and pulling on any of the threads individually yielded me nothing. I’m going to keep fiddling with this one, though. But for the time being, the tute from Serger Emporium is quite simple to follow and it works!

So there you have it, my very busy day of learning!

Day 269 – September 11

I was planning on doing the first half of this post as yesterday’s post. I learned how to make a reversible, double-layered ring sling. The problem is, I messed up . . . . the zippered pocket was too high so it ended up being right at the rings (not good), and the rings I used were too small. Sooo, I got to spend some quality time with my seam ripper. Bascially, I just has to rip it all out and start over. Boo! But I finished it today and I’m pretty happy with it. I’m discovering that a double-layer sling is much trickier to adjust than a single layer.

I used a tutorial from Jan’s website, Sleeping Baby Productions. IMO, she’s the ring sling guru since she’s been making them for a very long time, and she has TONS of great baby stuff tutorials on her website. This is the tute that I used. I added an inset zippered pocket, cuz apparently I like to sew zippered pockets! I also did an Eesty-style shoulder (two smallish pleats on the outside and gathered in the center. I used a cotton fabric, I think it’s a batik, that I found at an estate sale, it’s really gorgeous. For the other side, I bought some bright green brocade, that’s also gorgeous. If I wouldn’t have messed up, it would have been a super easy project. Alas, I goofed up.

Here I am modelling it with demo baby.

And a better shot of the brocade.

Today, I learned how to make a fleece sling. Actually, it was just a basic sling, but I used Jan’s instructions here on how to cut out the bulk in the fleece, making it much easier to sew the rings in. This sling is likely going to be for DH to use around the house if he needs to get the LO up quickly, and just for a short time. I’ll also use it to get to and from the car and house. Some of you may be asking, “Why bother putting the baby in a carrier to walk to the car?” Well, when you have 3 other children to wrangle, a diaper bag and any other stuff that may be going to the car, it’s MUCH easier to get there and back if I have two free hands rather than one.

Anyway, I added a crazy little patchwork of fleece scraps at the bottom, just for fun. It’s really longer than I like for it to be, but DH is a good foot and change taller than me, so it will be just fine for him.

Here I am with demo baby.

Now we just need the real baby to come on out so we can us the new slings!

Day 264 & 265 – September 6 &7

September 6 – For some reason, I always manage to be working on projects at the last minute. So right before I go on a trip, I decide that I MUST have this bag or outfit or something. This means that I end up staying up late to finish the project. This time, for the first time every, I didn’t actually finish the bag I wanted to finish. I DID finish 5 other bags, so I guess that’s alright=)

Since I didn’t finish the bag on this trip, I finished it on Thursday. I usually design my own bags or loosely follow a tutorial. This time, I went ahead and bought a pattern since it was cheap and was close to what I wanted. I used Simplicity 2600, but made quite a few changes.

The pattern called for quilting all of the pieces. Quilting is a giant pain, and I didn’t have time, so I skipped that, added interfacing and a lining. This also means I didn’t have to bind all of the interior seams.

It also called for padding in the shoulder straps. I skipped the padding, serged the edges and instead added a little snap on padded section.

The side pockets were converted to zipper pockets .

and I put two non-zip pockets instead of just one.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, now I just need an excuse to try it out. I’ll probably use it as my hospital bag in a few weeks.

September 7 – I have alot of baby carriers. Partly because I’ve had a pile of babies, and partly because I like to sew, so I’m always making new carriers to try out a different technique or to add a different feature. I also have given away a bunch of carriers to people, so I’m always making more to replace the gifted carriers. On The Babywearer, there are a few of us who thought it would be fun to learn about traditional carriers from around the world and either make them or buy them. Last week we used Mexican rebozos. This week we are trying out the African kanga and kitenge. Next week, we are going to try a Russian apron. I’m totally intrigued by this idea, so it should be interested. I happened to have a tablecloth that someone gave to me at a yard sale since it had some holes in it. The embroidery was lovely, so I went ahead and used the tablecloth, patching up the holes where necessary.

This is the apron folded in half and laid straight out. You can see that the top is narrower than the bottom.

A close-up of the nice embroidery.

My little patches.

My decorative stitching used to attach the binding to the top of the apron.

I’m guessing I’ll just be using this with demo baby since I don’t really see how this is going to be comfy with a 25lb 2 year old.

Here’s a link to a webpage showing how the apron would be used.

Day 259-262 – September 1-4

I’m on a little mini-vacay, but I have a nice little pile of things I’ve been meaning to post about. So I’ll dump them all into one post.

Day 259 – September 1
I learned how to sew welt zippers a few years back. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where the tute is that helped me. But, it was similar to this one from LiEr at Ikatbag. I was pretty happy with the technique, and then I saw LiEr’s post on the “real” way to do welt zippers. I tried it out, and to be honest, I can’t say that I liked it any better. It was more work and the end result was really no different. You can be the judge.

This is the original way that I learned to do zippered pockets.

Here’s the “real” way.

Not much difference, right?

Day 260 – September 2
I decided that I wanted a new computer bag to take on my trip, and also to use for my church job every Sunday. I have a black computer bag, but it’s black and kinda blah. I found this tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew! and liked it quite well. And then I pinned this gorgeous leather bag and decided to incorporate some of the features in my computer.

I made a few changes to the original pattern. I made my bag smaller, since I didn’t need such a large bag. I also added a section of mega padding in the shoulder straps to provide more comfort for my shoulder. The one feature I incorporated from the leather bag was a stiff divider between the computer compartment and the other section. The side closest to the computer is padded and the other side has three pockets for my keys, phone and other miscellany. I used a piece of cardboard to make it nice and stiff.

I’m pretty happy with the bag so far. I have plenty of space for the computer and cord, the little pockets are great, and the front compartment has plenty of room for paperwork or books or whatever. The little welt zipper pocket on the very front is also handy. The only thing I don’t like is the fabric I chose for the bag closure. As much as I love the fabric, I don’t think that color goes very well with the center divider color. Oh well!

Day 261 – September 3
Since I was going to be flying just carry-on, I wanted to make a tiny little purse that I could just stuff into my computer bag, but one that would be big enough to carry the essentials when I wasn’t flying. I pinned this tute for a small clutch, also from the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog. I’ll be honest, the tute had some issues. I’m pretty sure the measurements were off. I ended up with my lining being a different size than the outer part of the bag. I think the problem was that the tute author didn’t list the measurements in the traditional way. I generally see measurements listed as length x height. I think she did hers the other way around, but I’m not really sure. In any case, things were a little bogus. It also seemed like a step or two was missing from the directions. But, overall, I think the bag is a good bag, so I’ll be making more in the future.

I made a few modifications for it to suit my needs a bit better. I added a welt zipper pocket on the outside and added a credit card pocket with two sections for the inside.

Because the lining was narrower than the outer piece, I added a pleat in front and back.
I also had to make the lining shorter.


But, I’m loving the bag, it’s so tiny and stylish, but big enough for what I need. When I make another one, I’ll probably make it a wee bit bigger, but this is working for now.

Day 262 – September 4
Today, we go back to food. I found this recipe for Fiesta Lime Rice on Pinterest and it looked easy to make with the supplies available at my bachelor friend’s house. We substituted quinoa for the rice, but pretty much followed the recipe beyond that. It was soooo yummy! We went heavy on the lime and cilantro, and added a little bit of pepper. I will definitely be making this for my family when I return.

So there you have it! Until next time!

Day 227 – August 5

Today, the babes and I finally finished four skirts that we had been working on for the “Skirting the Issue” project. A project sponsored/run/invented (not sure which word to use here), by the ladies that blog at Simple Simon & Co. and Project Run & Play. When I learned about this project, I thought this would be a great project for me to work on with the babes for several reasons.

1. It would give us a chance to do some simple sewing using their sewing machines.
2. It would provide a great excuse to use up some of my ever-burgeoning fabric stash.
3. Most importantly, it would give me a chance to teach the babes a valuable lesson about doing kind things for others. DS1 was really quite into it. He wanted to make a whole bunch. Since I put it off until the last minute, we had to limit it to four skirts. DD was less excited at first . . .she didn’t think it was as much fun to make stuff for other people. But then she got into it and wanted to make shirts for the girls in foster care as well=)

The project definitely took me much longer to do since I was working with the babes. They have a woefully short attention span. The 5yo would run the hand crank for maybe 10 minutes, and then he’d be done. The 3.5 yo was more hit and miss. Sometimes she was good for 10 minutes, other times she wouldn’t even make it through one seam before getting bored. The 2yo had the longest attention span, strangely. But, sewing with a 2yo is harrowing and an exercise in patience. “Wait, don’t go yet!” “Whoops, you’re turning the crank the wrong way.” “Oh, not so fast!” “No, no! Don’t turn the crank, I’m trying to thread the needle!” In any case, we got the four skirts done over the course of about 3 days, working off and on.

This first skirt was super easy to make. My 5yo DS says this is the his favorite skirt out of the four. We used the ruched skirt tutorial from Begin with B.

I’ve always wanted to make something out of the vintage pillowcases that I have laying around. This project gave me the perfect opportunity. This is also the only skirt that I made on my own from start to finish. Presenting, the paper bag pillowcase skirt. The tutorial is from Jen who blogs at iCandy. Another super easy skirt to make. For some reason, I didn’t have any thick ribbon. So I took a wide piece of bias binding, folded it in half, then sewed the skinny ribbon onto that. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

This next skirt is one I’ve made before. This version was much easier since I only did one layer. The tutorial is here and it’s by LiEr who blogs at Ikat bag.

For the final skirt, I used a tutorial from Lindsay at The Cottage Home. She calls it the double layer twirl skirt. I didn’t use seersucker. Actually, I’m not exactly sure of the fabric content . .. I’m thinking it’s a lightweight polyester.

So now we just need to contact a Foster Care agency here in town. If there isn’t one, we’ll send the skirts to the ladies who put together this wonderful project!

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