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Simple Twin Size Quilt Pattern

June 9, 2014

Simple Twin Size Quilt Pattern By Simplistically Sassy

I am so excited to share this simple twin size quilt pattern with you.  

My mom is an amazing quilter, and taught me basics as I grew up.  I have been able to make each of my kids their bedspread when they have moved into a twin size bed.  

Recently I met up with Riley and Blake through a blog conference I attended and I LOVED their fabric.  I HAD to work with them.  They were awesome (ands still are) and liked my idea of doing a twin size quilt.  They sent me the fabric of my choice so I could share this awesome pattern to you.

**As a small side note – I’ve had this quilt ready since before our Hawaii trip.  I just didn’t get it put together before, and I feel like it’s taken me weeks to get myself back into real life in full, so I apologize it’s taken so long to get this done.

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Easy and Adorable Child Apron

May 1, 2014

Child Apron by Simplistically Sassy

My friend Tia, from Events to Celebrate posted a while back about a baking party.  I LOVED the idea of it, and I knew that I had to do it for my daughter who would be seven soon.  I talked with her and she was on board.  I loved planning this party.  It was so so much fun.  Make sure to check back, I’ll have full party details this week.

I knew right away that I wanted to take on the task of making aprons for the girls that would be coming.  I looked into a few ideas, and found this one.  It was similar to what I wanted, but I knew I wanted to add my own twist into it as well.

Materials for an easy Child’s Apron
1 fat quarter (or a piece of fabric 18×22)
1/8th of a yard of fabric (for ties)
Pattern (doubles as pocket)

Apron

You’re going to take your fat quarter and fold it in half, so it’s measuring 9×22.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

You’ll print and cut the pattern piece, and then pin it to the non folded side, and cut.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Once that was done, I went ahead and surged the edge, but that is totally optional.  You could easily double fold the edge, press it, and then sewed the edge, so you’ve got a clean edge.  Even with surging it, I still folded it over, pressed it, and then sewed it down to have a clean edge.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Pocket

Take your two pieces that you cut from the pattern.  Put them right sides together, and sew around two of the edges, and then on the third edge make sure to leave a hole to turn the pocket right side out.

Before flipping the pocket, clip the corners of the pocket, being careful not to clip the edge you’ve just stitched. 

Flip the pocket right side out.  Then you can flip the edges of the hole down into the pocket, and sew along the outside of the pocket side that you left the hole.  Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Then place the pocket where you’d like it on the apron.  Pin, then stitch it onto the apron making the outside stitching that should match the stitching in the above step.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Apron Ties

For the longer ties that will go around the back, I cut 2 pieces of fabric 22×3, and then for the tie around the neck I cut it 14×3.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Next, I pressed each of the stripes in half to measure 22×1.5, and then I surged the ends to make a boat almost.  Again, if you don’t have a surger, just do a zig-zag stitch.  Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Clip the corners. like we did in a previous step, flip it so wrongs sides are together.  I just surged the edges again here, and left them like that.  However, if you’d like a clean edge all the way, you can clip the edge in, and sew down, and you’ll have an outer stitch just like on the pocket. 

Once that is all done, position the ties as you’d like.  The longer at the waist, the shorter at the top.

Sew those into place really well, and you’re done!Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Ta-Da!  A new adorable child apron that you can now use while you cook, bake, or party.  🙂

 

5 Minute Microwaveable Warmer

March 14, 2014

5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

My friend Amy posted on Instagram one day about how she whipped up a 5 minute microwaveable warmer using socks.  I thought it was brilliant.  I saw these adorable kids socks in the Target dollar section and snagged them.  The frog ones are toddler size, and the stripped ones are kids size.  You could do this with an old (clean) sock, or it’d be fun to make a super long neck warmer with a knee high adult sock.  Wouldn’t one of those toe socks be super fun to have too?  

What you need for a 5 minute microwaveable warmer:
Socks (just make sure it’s clean socks …)
Rice (although there are loads of other things you could use)
Funnel
Essential oils (optional) 5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

I wrapped my sock around the funnel to ensure that I didn’t get rice all over the place.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

If you want to use essential oil measure your rice into a plastic bag, put 2-3 drops of oil in in the rice, close the bag and mix the rice around to ensure that the oil is mixed in well.

Then I just poured the rice in.  For the toddler sock, I used 1 cup of rice.  For the kids sock I used 2 cups, but could have used another 1/2 cup at least if I’d wanted it fuller.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

I used a cloths pin to hold them shut for a moment while I helped the kids for a moment, and so I could take them down to my dungeon sewing room.  It works well if you need a pause for a moment.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Then I sewed them closed in two places, to be safe.  Since they both had a stripe at the top, I did it under the stipe, and right in the middle of the stripe.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Once they were all sewn up they were ready to use.  Heat according to desired warmness.  🙂5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Trick or treat bags

October 15, 2013

Pillowcase to Trick or Treat BagOne of my favorite memories was going out with my brothers trick-or-treating with out pillow cases.  When we got home, we’d dump them out on the living room floor and check out the goods.  It was a blast.  My kids have always just used those plastic treat buckets that are found at every store for super cheap.  This year though, I wanted to make something adorable, easy, and functional the entire month of October.

I decided to make a Halloween Pillowcase that can be converted into an easy carry pillowcase trick or treat bags!  They turned out so great, I love it!  They’re so easy too!  Even if you don’t sew much, these are just a few straight (ish) lines.

 

 

How to make Easy Sew Trick or Treat bags and pillowcases

Materials Needed:
7/8 yard of main fabric
1/4 of a yard of secondary fabric
Coordinating thread
Coordinating Ribbion

1. First, keep your main fabric folded in half and you’ll cut it to be 44 x 27.
2. Cut your secondary fabric to be 6 x 44
Trick or Treat Pillowcase Bags

3. Then you’ll take your secondary fabric, and on one of the long edges you’ll either serge it, or if you don’t have a serger, fold over the edge slightly, and then fold it over again (so the raw edge is tucked under.  You’ll want to pin that down and use your zig-zag stitch to sew that down.
4.  Once that edge is nice and clean, you’ll want to fold it down 1 inch.  This is going to be the casing for the ribbion to be the handle for the bag.  Sew that along the clean edge.
Trick or Treat Pillowcase Bags

5.  Next, you’ll take your main fabric and secondary fabric and you’ll want to sew them together along the 44 inch side (and the raw edge of the secondary, not the casing side).  If you aren’t going to serge them, again, use the zig-zag stitch.
Trick or Treat Pillowcase Bags

6.  If you’d like the do the letter, you can add that here.  I just free handed my letters, then folded the fabric for the pillow case in half, so I could see the size, and location I wanted the letter.  Then I pinned the letter on.  I then just used a zig-zag stitch on my machine to secure the letter in place.

Pillowcase to Trick or Treat Bag

Pillowcase to Trick or Treat Bag


7.  Finally, you’ll want to put right sides together, and start at the bottom corner and serge or zig-zag stitch along the bottom edge of the of the pillowcase, then up the long side.  STOP sewing as you get the casing part.  You’ll want to make sure to back stitch on this part so that the thread is secure as you pull on your ribbon to open and close it.

Pillowcase to Trick or Treat Bag

8.  When you’re ready to put the ribbon in, use a safety pin, and pin it to one end of the ribbon, and feed it through the casing.  Tie a knot to make sure you don’t lose either end, and then you can just pull it tight.

Pillowcase Trick or Treat bag

**Make sure to be careful with sleeping with the ribbon in, you don’t want it to be a hazard for your kids.  🙂

 

 

Winnie the Pooh Party Games

May 15, 2012
Once the invitations are out, it’s time to get going on the Winnie the Pooh party games!!
 
The first game we were going to play was a bee toss.
I talked to my friend Care, over at Obessively Stitching
to figure out the best way to do it.
How lucky was I that she’d Actually made some stuffed bees before
I wanted mine quite a bit bigger, but it wasn’t too hard to just make it bigger.  🙂
 
Supplies:
1/4 yard of yellow fleece
1/8 yard black fleece
Scraps of white fleece, fabric of felt.  Whatever you have around.
Black thread
White thread
Sewing machine (although you could do it all by hand).
Stuffing
Poly-Pellets — optional.  This just give the bee a bit of weight.
 
Alright, lets go!
 
Step 1:
Cut 3 strips of black fleece about 1×10.
 
Step 2:
Then you’ll grab your yellow fleece, and my 1/4 yard was about 10 inches wide,
so I just laid my 3 strips down about 1 inch apart.  
Then you can just cut the top one inch above the last black strip.
Sew the black strips onto the yellow.
 
Step 3:
I just fee hand cut the bee shape.  
Basically like the arrows below, although, in more of a curve. 
 
Step 4:
I totally kept forgetting to do this … so there isn’t a picture.  🙂
Take some of your white fabric, and make 2 oval shapes.
Over lap them just a bit, and place them where you’d like them to be,
sew them on (you can use white … I may have been to lazy to change thread and used black).
 
Step 5:
Fold right sides together, and sew along the long edge. 
 
Step 6:
Put some of the Poly-Pellets in the bottom of the bee.
Stuff the rest with stuffing. 
 
Step 7: 
Cut a circle.  
I did mine from a 5 inch square.   
 
Step 8:
This was where Care had to help me out.  I was struggling.
So huge shout out to her for her awesome help, lol.
You’ll have to hand stitch/baste stitch around the entire outer edge of your circle.
It’s pretty easy.  Just grab your thread, and needle.  I double the thread up,
then tie a knot in the bottom of your thread, and just start going up and down. 
 
Step 9:
Pull it tight as you go, and it’ll start to look like this. 
 
Step 10:
Stuff that head as full as you can. 
 
Step 11:
Alright, make sure you’ve got your needle and thread ready to sew the two parts together.
I didn’t do an awesome job at this part (I HATE hand sewing so so much).
Anyways, so you just put the needle in as so.
Pull it through.
 
Then you’ll put the needle in like so just above where you did it in the yellow fabric.
Pull tight, and they will go together.  🙂 
 
Then, you’re done!
You’ve got an awesome bee ready to be thrown into the hive.  🙂
 
What? 
You don’t have a random hive you can throw the bees into hanging around?
Oh okay.
Well, let’s make one.
It’ll be fun.  🙂
 
Hive Supplies:
Big cardboard box
Sharpie Markers
Crayons
Helpers (if you’re up for that sort of thing.)
 
We happened to keep a box from when we got our table …
a long time ago.  🙂
We had some boxes from the chairs, and I thought it’d work out great.
 
Step 1:
Draw an arch.
Mine is obviously lope sided.
Whatever right?
The kids are 4, they’ll love it either way.
 
Draw some lines that curve slightly. 
 
Step 2:
Optional
If you have some time on your hands, 
feel free to decorate the rest of the box
with bees, sun, clouds, etc. 
 
Step 3:
Color.  🙂
I let some of my awesome helpers color a bit.
I was a bit picky though, so they only got to do certain things. 
Disclaimer:  I realize that the bee is next to the sun.
My 5 year old decided to point that out to me.  
I KNOW he’d be fried … whatever though.
The 4 year olds didn’t care, even if the 5 year old did.  🙂
 
Step 4:
Cut hole in the hive.
I do realize that beehives have holes towards the bottom.
However, there was a big ol’ symbol in the middle of my hive,
and we wanted a bit of a challenge …
so I took a bowl, drew around it,
cut the hole out, and there ya go!
 
We played one other game that was kind of hilarious to watch.  🙂
I went to my local ranch/home/farmer type store, 
I found some potato sacs for $1 each.  I was super excited.  🙂

 

Easy Jedi Robe Tutorial

April 20, 2012

Jedi Robe Tutorial Welcome Step By Step Jedi Robe Tutorial by Simplistically Sassy

 

Have you ever thought of yourself as a Jedi Master Mom before?

Well, know that you are now officially part of the best group of mom’s out there.  You have found the best tutorial, and are willing to do whatever it takes for your young Jedi to be all that he can be – AND you found the EASIEST way to do it!!!  Hooray! 

With 3 boys, and a husband that all LOVE Star Wars, you better believe it gets a lot of talk around here.  My sons may or may not know more about Star Wars than me.  Lol.  
 
If you happen to be a Jedi Mom with a Princess in your house too, make sure to check out my Princess Cape tutorial too. 
 

This Jedi Robe will be the icing on the cake at any party, be the highlight of dress ups, the BEST costume at Halloween, OR Help your Jedi accomplish his DREAMS when he gets picked in Disneyland to be in the Jedi Academy and actually have a duel with Darth Vader himself!

Before we get started, I wanted to make sure to answer some questions you may have.  

Here are the top THREE questions I get asked the most about the Easy Jedi Robe:

  • What fabric do I use?  You really can use whatever you’d like.  I used felt.  It’s often on sale, and if not, there are several fabric stores that carry 40% off coupons, and even 50% off coupons.  You could also use linen fabric.  It’s lighter weight.  It’s more flowy like the robes in the movies.  They aren’t as warm – which if you’re using on Halloween, and you live somewhere that it gets chilly on Halloween, it may not be the best option.  However, it’s totally up to you and how you want it to look.  The ones I’ve made from felt have held up for more than 7 years!  They’re fantastic.
  • How long does the Jedi Robe take to make?  This will depend.  Once you have the fabric, and the children settled for a moment (they’ll find you though, I promise), then I’d guess 1-3 hours depending on your sewing skills.  Less time if you know what’s going on, and more time if you’re still figuring out how to do things.  It’s pretty quick though.  So don’t be discouraged by all the steps, I just wanted to make sure they were detailed well.
  • What size does this make?  You’ll be measuring specifically for your Jedi.  It’ll make an adult size Jedi Robe, child size Jedi Robe, infant size Jedi Robe.  In fact, this could be converted into a wizard robe, using a different fabric you could even make it a Princess Cape.  The possibilities are endless – and it’s so easy to create!

This is going to be EASY!
You’re going to love how fun this pattern is to make. 

Hit the Next arrow and let’s get started on your Easy Jedi Robe.

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