Monday, October 29, 2012

Last Minute Girls Costume Idea Ribbon waistband Tutu TUTORIAL

I really had no idea how I wanted to dress my smallest monster for Halloween.  So I did a little research on DIY costumes and came up with a tutu. So I thought great I will make her a tutu and pair it with a few other things I have around the house. This tutu requires no sewing (unless you use elastic, and in which case it's literally 1 stitch at the end) So you can either use ribbon or elastic and the rest is cutting and tieing. IT'S THAT SIMPLE!!!

Items rquired

Ribbon or elastic 
You can use what you have on hand as far as width goes if you need to purchase, satin ribbon is the best choice as the knots can be easily moved around, with a width of about 1/2 or 7/8 of an inch. The wider it is the bigger the bow will be when tieing the tutu on. I used 7/8 width grosgrain ribbon because I had some on hand and it worked great.

 here's where it gets fun, pick whatever colors you love and don't be scared to get crazy!! I used pink purple and white (not so crazy, but it's for my little angel :) I bought about 5 yards worth which was more than enough for my toddler.

 A good pair of scissors

1) Start of by taking your ribbon and measuring around the waist of your subject. Make a mark on each side where the wasit ends, then add a little more length to make your bow.

2) Decide how long you want the tutu to be and cut your strips DOUBLE that length as you will be folding them in half.

3) Now to start knotting. You will be making slipknots. Take your strip fold in half with the loop held to the wastband. Now take the two tails that are hanging and put them through the loop and pull tight. now push the strip to your marked place and continue on till you have made it to the second mark. If you want a really full skirt be sure to push the strips really close together. It's very forgiving so if you make a mistake just keep going, you likley won't even notice.

4) You are now ready to tie on your tutu, and Voila you're finished!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Make your own Halloween Party Game Bean Bag Tutorial

For this years Halloween party we decided to do a bean bag toss. So for the bean bags, which are made very quickly and easily, you will need, fabric scraps any shape or size, scissors, sewing machine, some type of filling, (I used millet cereal) and thread. I find the easiest shape to make is a sqaure or rectangle.

1) Cut your fabric to your desired shape you need 2 identical pieces.

2) Put the pieces RIGHT sides facing eachother.

3) Sew around edges about 1/2 an inch in to ensure no holes for your beans to escape. :) Don't forget to leave a side open for filling.

4) Turn your fabric right side out and fill. I filled mine about halt to 3/4 full. That way you have plenty of space to sew shut.

5) Fold the open ends down and sew shut.

Voila you're all finished!!

Then we found a box folded in the top parts and painted it orange and black. The kids have been having a great time with this game since we made it, and we had fun making it too.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

HALLOWEEN FREEBIE DOWNLOAD!!! Printable Vintage Style Lables

Whipped up a few fun vintagey looking lables for your halloween enjoyment. Feel free to print them and use them in your crafts and decorations, but please do not try to sell digitally.  These would be fun to use at halloween parties. All you need to do is right click the images and save they are formatted  8.5 x11 inches. You can print out on sticker paper and have yourself some ready to use lables.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A great DIY Halloween Project

I came across this great DIY Halloween project on another blog I subscribe to. The project is called clip on skeletons and all graphics and instructions are provided. I cannot wait to try this one with my girls. Here is the link to check it out.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

FREE FREE FREE Halloween Banner For Your Shop!!!

I loooooove halloween, and all things vintage!!! So I put the two together, and created a few fun freebie banners for your online shop!! they are formatted to jpg at 760x100. If you would like something more personalized, feel free to contact me through my email address or visit my etsy shop at and check my other ready made halloween banners!! Otherwise enjoy these freebies. All you need to do is enlarge the banner you like right click and save. Then upload to your shop. Thank you for visitng, and Happy almost Halloween.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Ok so I have been gone for a while, well nearly a year. With the birth of my third child last year I just didn't have the time to blog. Ok with that said I have a few new ideas for the fall season as well as some freebie downloads from my digital design shop Pixels from the Past. so please make sure to come back in the following weeks for said freebies and tutorials. :) So happy to be back. here is a fun freebie picture to get you into the fall/halloween spirit.
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