Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.
Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out). After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects. My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter. It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.
I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.
- Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
- Elastic (thick width)
- Measuring tape
- Clothing iron
- Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil
- To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
- Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
- To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
- Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
- Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
- Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
- Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
- Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
- Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.
If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).
Before and after frosted glass effect.
DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM. Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom. Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn’t noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we’d purchased it and spent our first night living here. I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock. My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would. Now after living here for over a year I’m done with it… I want privacy!
This week, my husband’s away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home. I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film. There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it’s not sticky so it’s ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here’s how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):
How to install window film.
- Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles. I had a friend who recommended that it’s best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it’s in place.
- I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
- Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap. Spray the window pane with water from the bottle. Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
- Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you’re happy with the placement.
- At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier. I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
- Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
- Wipe off any excess water
- Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.
Healthy and nutritious sprouts
For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to make healthier food choices for myself and my family. I’ve learned a lot over that time and continue to pick up little tidbits here and there. Years ago I dated a guy who was a vegetarian and he loved sprouts. Since he always had them around the house I used to make myself cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwiches – oh so yummy. I had forgotten all about those sandwiches until recently when I saw sprouting seeds for sale in the garden centre. I bought a few packages of seeds and almost bought a sprouting tray but at the last moment decided against the sprouter which was about $25. When I got home I jumped on to my computer and looked up how to grow sprouts. It turned out they were really easy to start and although the sprouting trays are nice they really aren’t necessary.
Health Benefits of sprouts:
- Rich in essential nutrients including vitamin A, C, B1, B6 and K; Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium
- Excellent source of enzymes
- Contain up to 35% protein
- Very easy to digest
- Great for weight loss, high in fiber and low in calories
How to grow your own sprouts:
Growing sprouts in a jar
All you need is a glass jar (mason jars are great for this), cheese cloth or nylon sock (I had some new ones that I’d never worn), seeds and water. Pour your seeds in the jar and stick your nylon sock on the top of the jar, add water, swirl around and then drain out. Do this a few times just to get rid of any dust or debris. Fill the jar with water so that it’s covering the seeds and then leave it somewhere bright but not in direct sunlight. The following day rinse the seeds again and fill again with water. Do this everyday (usually about 3-4 days) until you see little tails coming from the seeds. At this point, drain as much water from the jar as possible and then just leave it. In a couple more days your sprouts will be ready to eat and enjoy!
Cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwich – yum!