Rainbow Unicorn Dream Catcher

This is the perfect craft for your little unicorn dreamer. I recently made these rainbow unicorn dream catchers to go with one of the tent parties we threw for two birthday girls. We needed just a little something for the top of the tents. It’s fun and easy and cost effective to make! I spent around $24 for all of my supplies and made 6 total.

What you need:

yarn, a ring or wreath, glue gun/glue sticks, scissors, glitter foam, pink felt, white hard felt, little flowers and a hodge podge of ribbons.

I bought everything from Michaels with the exception of the little flowers. I got those at the dollar store! I also would have used a floral ring, but Michaels was out and amazon wasn’t able to deliver them on time. I know JoAnn has them, but didn’t really feel like driving there. So…I went with a wooden wreath. They are 99 cents a piece and I split it in half!

Step 1: If you get the wooden wreath you want to split it in to pieces. I also took the wire and twig parts that are sticking out.

Step 2: start wrapping the yarn around the wreath or ring.

Step 3: Wrap the yard around the ring/wreath until it forms a spider like web.

Step 4: You can secure the end of the yarn using your hot glue gun.

Step 5: Attach a ribbon to the top. This is how you will hang your dream catcher. You can make the length as short or long as you wish.

Step 6: Now for the horn and ears! Cut a triangle from your glitter foam, two rounded triangles from the white felt and two smaller, triangles from the pink felt to fit inside the white triangles.

Step 7: Glue the horn on the ring/wreath right in front of the ribbon. Then glue the ears next to the horn. Now you are ready for the flowers. You are going to glue the flowers on the top of the ears and horn.

Step 8: Now it’s time to tie on the ribbons! I found this 50 piece hodge podge of ribbons at Michaels. This was great because I could have a variety without having to buy multiples spools of ribbons.

Viola! You are finished! Wasn’t that fun?! Now display it however you’d like! Sweet dreams!

November/December Sewing Party

Elf on the Shelf

*NEW WORKSHOP DATE ADDED*TO REGISTER FOR DECEMBER 11th SCROLL DOWN*

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time when we welcome our elves back from the North Pole. I am so excited to host this party again as we had so much fun sewing for our elves last year. This year we will be making a hammock and pillow as well as an apron. There will be 3 party dates…

Friday, November 20th from 4pm-7pm-FULL

Saturday, November 21st from 9am-12pm-FULL

Friday, December 4th from 4pm-7pm- FULL

*NEW Date Added*

Friday, December 11th from 4-7- FULL

Pizza and drinks will be served Friday nights and donuts and hot chocolate on Saturday morning.

Cost: $95

You can register via venmo- Please write the date and your email address in the comments. There are only 6 spots available for each party. Thank you!

Harry Potter Sewing Party

Welcome to Hogwarts! Each month I am hosting a sewing party and this month it was a Harry Potter theme! Who doesn’t love the wizarding world of Harry Potter?

I had so much fun planning projects and decorating for this party. I planned the projects with the participants in mind, of course. Have they ever sewn before? How old are they? For this sewing party we made a Harry Potter reading pillow and wand holder. Both projects are beginner level projects, and I thought they would be fun to make and use!

The decorations…I kept it simple with…a shower curtain of King’s Cross Station and Secret Passage (I hung this as a backdrop), HP glasses/tattoo and candles (from amazon), plastic table cloth, beer mugs and netting from the dollar store. I bought brown bags from Michaels to hold their take home goodies. Oh and made wands following this tutorial! Super fun and cost effective. Next time I throw a HP party I will have the kids paint them!

I ran fishing line through the rubber part of the candle to construct floating candles.

I used my silhouette to cut the face of HP. I also found a lightning font to use for their name tags as well as on the reading pillow!

I set up an activity table and had the groups rotate. One group would sew and the other group complete the activities, then we would switch! It was much easier to monitor my beginning sewers and those who were first timers! The activity table included tattoos, glasses, HP word searches, HP fortune teller and “I Spy” page. This is the time they also made the crest for their wand holders.

Snacks! It wouldn’t be a party without snacks! To keep it all separate I used some leftover cones from my dad’s book signing last week. I filled them with Ravenclaws,(bugles) Slithering Snakes (sour gummie snakes) Harry’s Wand (pretzel rod) and a Golden Snitch.

We also made Butterbeer! There are a ton of recipes on Pinterest for butterbeer. Our concoction consisted of ice cream, cream soda, butter extract, butterscotch topping and whip cream. We put the ice cream, cream soda and butter extract in the blender and topped with whip cream and butterscotch drizzle.

We didn’t just snack, we sewed too!

I love this photo! For my smaller sewists I stack books so they can reach the foot pedal:)

Like I said at the beginning of the post, we made a wand holder and envelope style reading pillow. I got the idea for the wand holder here. I changed a few things and added a belt option. I pre cut everything to expedite the process which allowe the girls to be able to complete two projects!

For the envelope pillow I also precut the handles, pieces for the pillow, and ironed the names. The girls sewed the handles, put the pieces together, clipped into place and sewed around the edges. It was the perfect amount of work for this group!

Now they have the perfect pillow to store their books and take it wherever they want to read!

This was such a great group of girls! I can’t wait for the October Party!

This is 11!

It’s a teepee party! We were so excited to celebrate our 11 year old and her wishes to have a teepee sleepover! She wanted a garden/spa theme. So…we rented some teepees and incorporated some spa activities, party gifts and games to help celebrate.

When I posted picture of the party I received a lot of questions about the balloon garland. I did a little research on you tube and found a kit on amazon. It was surprisingly easy to put together it was just a little time consuming. I have made two since! Clara requested flowers to be scattered about the garland. I thought they were a great addition!

The party ball! If you have never attended a party with a party ball you are missing out! It’s a fun and exciting way to celebrate. I feel like it’s kinda like having a pinata, but it lasts longer and leaves the party goers on the edge of their seats. I you want to make a party ball you first need to gather your favorite goodies. For this party ball I went to our local Five Below store. The dollar store would also work nicely or the dollar spot at Target! The goal is to collect as many goodies for the party ball as you can. I stocked up on socks, key chains, candy, whoopie cushions, make up, nail polish and pens. I used two boxes of saran wrap to conceal all of the goodies! If you want a party ball tutorial go here! Grab two dice and you are ready!

Gather the participants and put them in a circle. I handed out some mittens to make the task a little more difficult. Give the party ball to one of the party goers or the birthday girl. Give the dice to the person sitting to the left of them. The person with the party ball begins to peal the saran wrap (no ripping or tearing) the person to the left of the starts to roll the dice. They roll until they roll doubles. When they roll doubles they pass the dice to the person on the left and take the party ball from the person to their right. They fun keeps going until the last person unwraps the final gift. It becomes a very exciting game and is equally as fun to play with adults!

During our party we also made a sugar scrub! I picked up some wide mouth mason jars from our local JoAnn store. I also gathered sugar, clear vanilla, coconut oil, and lavender. We passed each ingredient around. We started with 3/4 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 tsp of clear vanilla and a couple drops of lavender. Some girls didn’t love the smell of the lavender so they omitted it. Some of them felt that their scrub was a little watery so they added a bit more sugar. You don’t want it to be “watery.” When the tested the scrub, they were surprised at how soft it made their hands feel.

Who doesn’t love a take home goodie?! For the spa themed take home goodies I purchased these cute gold baskets from the dollar store. I made nail kits and embroidered hand towels. We also bought masks from 5 below.

This was such a fun party and has since turned into a business! Glamp With Me Teepee! You can find us on Instagram and Facebook! After a little research and talking to friends we realized there weren’t any teepee rentals in South Tampa or St. Pete. We had our first teepee party last weekend and have 10 booked over the next few months!

If you are looking to book a party for more information you can contact us through IG or FB or email Sarahmlboyd@yahoo.com.

October Sewing Party

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Another Party Added…October 16th-Sold Out! Halloween may look a little different this year, but you can still celebrate and share your favorite treats with your closest ghouls and goblins. Come sew some snack bags, fill them with treats and “boo” your besties. Pizza and drinks will be served! Parents enjoy a night out! This a a great beginner class!

When: Friday, October 16th

Time: 4-7pm

Cost: $85

You can register via venmo! There are only 6 spots available!

What to bring? Just yourself!

Surgical Face Mask with Pocket, Wire and Elastic or Bias Tape

Supplies:

cotton fabric, 18 gage craft wire, 3/8”elastic or bias tape, safety pin, thread, sewing machine, scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter, ruler, iron and ironing board.

You can watch the video version HERE!

Cut one piece 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, Cut two pieces for the inside pocket 7″ x 5 1/4″

Fold over both pocket pieces ½” and sew.

Lay the outside fabric piece and the inside pocket pieces right sides together.

Sew 1/4” from the raw edges and across the top and bottom.

Unfold the fabric pieces and iron.

Turn over and sew a casing for the wire about 1/4” from the top.


Pinch the fabric, fold over and pin into place….3 times. When you are finished with the pleats the width of the mask should be 3 1/2 inches,

Press

Sew the pleats into place. Be careful not to sew over the casing you created at the top or you won’t be able to feed your wire through!

Cut the wire 8”.  Fold the ends of the wire in to prevent poking through the fabric. Feed the wire through the casing at the top.

Fold over the edge twice (on both sides) and sew to create a casing for the elastic.


Sew the casing, but be careful not to sew over the wire! I pushed the wire in and folded the top of the casing down, so I wouldn’t hit it. Make sure you back stitch!

Cut two pieces of elastic 11” long. Feed the elastic through the sides of the mask.

Or jump ahead to see how we use bias tape. You can buy bias tape in the store or you can make it. Go to Made for an awesome tutorial about how to make your own bias tape.

Sew a zig zag stitch and adjust the elastic so the ends are inside the casing.

Now stitch across the bottom and top of the mask to hold the elastic in place.

Congratulations! You are finished!

If you are using bias tape…cut two 40″ pieces of double-fold bias tape. Fold the bias tape to find the center. Line up the center of the bias tape with the center of the mask. Sandwich the mask between the bias tape and pin in place.

Sew across the mask and then finish sewing to secure the rest of the bias tape.

Repeat for the bottom of the mask. And then you are finished!

Elf on the Shelf Sewing Workshop

‘Tis the season to welcome our elves back from the North Pole! What a better way to ring in the holiday season than an elf on the shelf sewing party! I decided, in addition to my weekly sewing classes, I wanted to host a workshop for kids to make accessories to give to their elves as welcome back gifts.

Now, what to make?! I knew it was a possibility that some kids who were going to be in attendance had never sewn before. I wanted the project(s) to be fun for those who knew how to sew as well as easy for beginners. After some research, I decided on a sleeping bag/pillow, elf-sized tree skirt and gingerbread costume! Who’s elf wouldn’t want to dress up to be the gingerbread man?

I went to work creating each accessory. I made a couple prototypes for each until I had the perfect pattern! I bought a mini tree I found in the $1 spot (which has slowly become the $3 and $5 spot) at Target and used it to help me gauge the size of the tree skirt. Then, I had to search for the perfect fabric. I love buying fabric from my favorite little store here in Tampa…Keep Me in Stitches. It happened to be 50% off…score!

Sleeping Bag and Pillow
Tree Skirt
Gingerbread Boy and Girl

After the patterns were created, fabric had been bought and samples made it was time to create an invitation. I found the cutest invitation (for free!) from Daisy Celebrates. I downloaded it and used pixlr express to finish creating the invitation.


Now I love to sew, but I also love to plan parties, especially themed parties! Every party has to have ssnacks and something to take home…right?! I decided that a hot chocolate bar would be the perfect treat! I set up the Keurig and put out candy canes, chocolate chips, marshmallows and whip cream! I also served donut holes and Christmas cookies!

Now if we were going to have a hot chocolate bar the kids would need something to put their hot chocolate in. I began looking for some ideas online and found a cute elf mug. It was $15 (out of my price range). So, I did the next best thing. I purchased plain white mugs from the dollar tree and used my silhouette to create a personalized elf mugs. They made the perfect take home gift and it only cost me a little over $1 a child.

While at the dollar store (one of our favorite places to frequent), I found some cute Santa and elf hats, but I couldn’t resist the adorable elf headbands! So, those too became gifts the kids could wear while they were sewing and take home after the party ended. I was happy to hear many of them say that they were going to wear them for future holiday parties or gatherings!

It’s all about the presentation! When the girls came in the house I wanted everything to look inviting and get them excited for what they were going to me making. I had a table set up with their names written on the table cloth (brown paper from Walmart), a bag with an elf tag and their sewing supplies. The bag would be what they put their finished projects in and serve as a gift bag for their elf. The tag (which I also got from Daisy Celebrates) is so cute, but I wanted to create a poem to add to the back. This poem lets their elf know that the gift was handmade especially for them!

Now, all I needed were my sewists! They all arrived ready to work and brought their Christmas spirit! We had a great morning stitching up accessories for their elves, sipping hot cocoa and listening to Christmas tunes. I can’t wait for my next group!

Gingerbread Costume

What elf wouldn’t want to dress up as a Gingerbread boy/girl while visiting from the North Pole? This tutorial will guide you through making a gingerbread costume for your elf. It’s quick, easy and will bring a smile to your little one’s face.

What you need:

  • two pieces of felt
  • ric rac
  • fabric pen
  • buttons
  • coordinating thread
  • ribbon for the bow
  • pattern
Print out your pattern. The pattern is a little larger than a standard size paper. You can use pattern paper or tissue paper. Fold the paper, trace and cut out the gingerbread man.
Pin the pattern into place and cut around the gingerbread pattern.
Sew your buttons.
Use your fabric pen to mark the gingerbread boy. These lines will guide you in sewing the two pieces of felt together (not yet though!).
Sew your ric rac into place. I use a lighter to burn the end of the ric rac to prevent it from fraying.
Now place your two pieces of felt together, pin into place and sew on the lines.
Make a bow and burn the edges to prevent the ends from fraying.
Sew your bow into place.

Viola! You now have a gingerbread costume for your Elf! Pin the bow onto the head if your elf is a girl!

Travel Pillowcase

Materials:

1/2 Yard of Cotton Fabric

1/4 Yard of Cotton Fabric for the border/cuff

12” x 16” pillow insert

  • Cut cuff/border fabric using the pattern. (Given in Camp)
  • Cut a rectangle from the main fabric using the pattern. (Given in Camp)

After you cut the fabric…

Take the main part of the fabric and put rights sides together.

Mark 3/8” using your invisible pen and ruler.

Clip with alligator pins or straight pins. Sew down each side.

Finish with a zig zag stitch and wet the invisible pen marks on your pillowcase.

Press seams.

Take the border/contrasting fabric and fold with right sides together and sew.  Finish with a zigzag stitch.

Press the seam.

Fold the cuff/border fabric in half and press.

Place the folded border/contrasting fabric on the right edge of the vertical rectangle with all edges of the border fabric lined up with the main fabric.

Pin and sew. Finish with a zig zag stitch.

Turn it right side out.

Press.

Top stitch

ALL FINISHED!