Friday, January 20, 2012

Fancy Legs! Giveaway!

I am currently working on a very special pair of "Fancy Legs" legwarmers to offer as a giveaway prize!  To enter, you must become a facebook follower of Sew Bananas Boutique.  When the legwarmers are offered on my fan page, I will let everyone know so that they may comment telling me who they have in mind for some "Fancy Legs!" 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Join Me on Facebook!!! Giveaway Soon!!!

"Little Monkeys" is the blog...Sew Bananas is the shop!  I'd love to have you join me on facebook.  As a little incentive, there will be a giveaway this week for one lucky follower.  If I have several new followers, then I'll add an extra prize!!!  Don't forget to comment so I know you joined!  Sneak Peek coming soon...

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Freezer Paper in the Printer?!

I love coming across a new tip or trick that makes life a little easier.  I remember how excited I was when I found out that freezer paper makes great pattern tracing paper because you can iron it directly onto your fabric.  I was ecstatic when I realized that I could put the freezer paper in my printer!  Yep!  It works!  You can actually print out your patterns right from your computer files to your freezer paper.  I don't recommend it for a pattern that you don't intend to use more than once or twice, but if you will be using a particular pattern frequently, then this little trick is for you!

I could have sworn that I took a picture of the first step, but I cannot find it.  Basically, I took a piece of freezer paper (I used Reynold's freezer paper) and cut it out so that it was the same size as a piece of card stock paper.  Lightly tape it to your card stock before putting it in your printer.  This will help to guide it through your printer.  Just print your pattern pieces just like you normally would.  After you print the pages you need, untape the freezer paper from the card stock.  Save the card stock to be reused again!  Cut out and tape your pattern pieces together.

Here's the part I love... Iron your pattern pieces directly to your fabric.  You will not have to do any pinning!  Just cut your pattern out.

You can then peel off the freezer paper pattern and it can be reused many times just by ironing it back on to your next piece of fabric!  How cool is that?!

I really dislike pinning, so I loved how easy it was to just cut around the pattern!  If you have a time saving trick that you love...please share!  I'd love to hear it!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

...for the last 6 months

First, let me wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  May the year 2012 be full of joy and blessings!

I know it's been nearly six months since I've posted anything on my blog, and for those of you that stuck around...THANK YOU!!  I did receive a new computer for Christmas (yippee!!!), and it is much easier to get online with my new desktop!  My old laptop was about ten years old, and it definitely was acting its age.  Anyway, I thought I'd share a few pictures of what has been happening in the crafting department... I did continue to sew, even if I didn't blog about it!  Thank you for being so patient!

Let's see... my last post was in July with the "too large" wrap dress for Isabella.  In August, I moved on to making cutsie socks.  These were a lot of fun to make, and I made this particular pair for a very special trip which I'll share in a few...

In August, it was back to sewing summer clothes.  This little dress fit Isabella much better than the previous one, and I actually created a quick "pattern time saver" tutorial, which I'll share this week.

The back view is my a big bow in the back!!!

Action shot!!!  Toddlers will not pose, especially when they are outside!!!


Back in the house now, though still rambunctious...

OK, now on to the fun stuff!  I told you we had a very special vacation this year.  We went to Disney World in October, and the kids are already asking when we can go back!  I have to admit, I love it just as much as they do!  With four kids, we don't go every year, but we make the most of it when we get the chance to go.  We stayed in a Disney resort for a whole week, and it was so much fun!  I do think, however, that you almost need a vacation after a Disney vacation to REST!

This outfit was for our breakfast at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and gang...

Unfortunately, Isabella was terrified of the characters!  Eeyore looks so sad to be shunned...

We planned on a few Minnie and Mickey encounters, so Mom had to whip up a certain number of polka dotted dresses....but....NOPE!!!  A big yellow bear was there instead!! Oh the horror of it all!!!

Big sister (wearing a Minnie embroidered shirt) was also wearing a smile and enjoying herself very much!

Not a good picture for viewing the pink version of the Minnie dress, but at least she's not panicking!!!  ...and there's the socks again...

On blogs and on Etsy, we are used to seeing outfits like this, but it was really nice to receive so many compliments from other Disney goers...the best one being, "Where did you get that?"  As a self- taught crafter/seamstress, I realize I've come a long way from the major mess I created six years ago!!!

Here's a better view of all three of the pillowcase dresses I made for the trip...the two Minnies and the Halloween one...

As I mentioned, we were in Disney during all of the fall/Halloween celebrations.  The park looked so pretty in its fall splendor!  If you've ever thought about attending "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party,"  do it!  It was so much more fun than traditional trick-or-treating.  There have been a few years that we didn't even go door-to-door.  I've got one child with a peanut allergy, and it's not fun to let him get it and then take it away from him...not that any of them need boatloads of candy.  It is such a fun, festive atmosphere in Disney anyway, and we had a blast!

Please excuse this poor quality picture!  It was taken in the hallway of our hotel with my phone!  I have four little "monkeys," but one of them was running down the hall ready to get to the Magic Kingdom!  He had a shirt to match his brother's.

Caught him!!!  The boys had little stars in their silhouettes, and the girls had tiny candy. 
Princess Tiana, herself told them how much she liked their matching shirts!

Disney was fun, but when we got home, it was time to sew for Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!

For the turkey dinner...

I made this dress "just for fun"... (sorry, sometimes they just aren't in the mood for a picture!)

And here are some fun and easy (one not so easy) Christmas gifts that could be given any time of the year...

First, the not so easy project (but well worth it in the end)...

I made this bean bag chair for my oldest daughter.  It is adult sized, so there is plenty of growing room! It has a removable cover for washing.  It was a challenge for me, and it certainly cost me just as much to make it as if I had bought one, but I'm happy I made it.  You can find a free pattern for this on the Michael Miller website.  There is a child sized version as well. 

For the easier projects, I used a "Precious Patterns" tutorial to make these cute little pillow pals for my younger three children.   They all have bonded with them already...dragging them by their little "arms" and "legs," and sleeping with them.  These took no time to make (I made three of them late Christmas Eve!).

Well, there you have it!  Six months of projects in one blog post!  I hope you feel inspired to go sew some new projects.  If you do, please comment with a link to your own blog...I'd love to see what you have been working on.  :)


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