Thursday, 29 January 2015

DIY bath towel robe, a little tutorial

Big rascal is attending swimming lessons since a couple of months. He loves his weekly swim, but isn't too happy about the aftermath. Imagine a small shivering boy who has to walk to the lockers, constantly losing his towel (even his hooded one) which ends up wet on the floor. A little bath towel robe could probably be the answer to our problems. So off to Ikea to do some towel shopping.

DIY bath towel robe - huisje boompje boefjes

I made this robe out of a 140 x 70 cm bath towel. I managed to arrange my pieces so that I could use the finished edges of the towels as hems at the bottom, along the sides of the front panels and as sleeve hems. I just made the pattern pieces up when I went along, but did write down the measurements. If you would like to recreate this robe, here is a cutting diagram.

cutting diagram bath towel robe size 4-5

The sewing is pretty straightforward. I didn't plan on making a tutorial, so no pictures here, but just sew the following steps;  align the front and back pieces (right sides together) and sew the shoulderseams.
Place the body so the right sides of the front and back are facing you, lay the sleeve on top (right sides together), make sure you line up the center of the sleeves with the shoulder seam and that the finished edge of the towel is your sleeve hem. Sew the seam and repeat for the other sleeve.
Next step, start at the sleeve hem en sew the sleeves and side seams of the body closed in one go (right sides together).

Now you're done with the body, time to start on the hood. For the sideparts of the hood I used an additional guests cloth 50 x 30 cm. The hood is lined with a white fleece blanket I spotted on my way out of the big blue and yellow store (just cut the same measurements as the main hood).
The hood consists out of three pieces. Sew the sides of the hood to the middle stripe, right sides together, repeat this for the lining.
Attach the hood lining to the main part by arranging both hoods with the right sides together and sew around the front.
Arrange the hood around the neckline with the outer hood facing the robe's right side and sew the seam. For a neater finish I've sewn some bias tape over this seam.

I also used the fleece blanket for the belt, 125 x 10 cm, sewn in half lengthwise. and reused the twill tape tabs from the towels as belt loops. These are sewn over the side seams, it's best to put the robe on your kid to see where you want the belt to go and attach the belt loops at that height.

DIY towel robe - huisje boompje boefjes

DIY towel robe - huisje boompje boefjes
The result? A nice robe and a happy kid during and after swimclass!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Otium sweater pattern tour + give away

The coming week you'll be seeing a lot of Sofilantjes newest pattern around the blogosphere. The Otium sweater is on tour and  I'm glad I'm yet again part of this (remember the Omni Tempore's I made the men in my life?). So a special welcome to all you Otium tour followers, nice to have you here!

The Otium sweater (affiliate link) is a pattern for girls (12 months-14 years) and women (XS-XXXL) and comes with a lot of options, including high or low back neckline, a bow on the back, pocket on the front and different sleeve lengths.
Because I like my tees basic I chose the low back option, without the bow and a 3/4 sleeve. This is probably the easiest option you can sew and I was done pretty quickly (Oh, how I love a quick sew).

Otium sweater (pattern Sofilantjes) - huisje boompje boefjes
According to the measurements table I could make a size small for the bust but my hips are right in between a small and a medium. So I decided to sew up a small and adjusted the waist to a medium for a nice comfy fit, an easy alteration. The tee is perfect in length and I love the low back.

Otium sweater (pattern Sofilantjes) - huisje boompje boefjes
Otium sweater (pattern Sofilantjes) - huisje boompje boefjes

During the tour the Otium pattern will be 20% off and the Otium bundle (girls & women sizes) will be 30% off at the Sofilantjes shop (affiliate link).But that's not all, you can also win a bundle of 11 patterns by the following sponsors:

MandyK Designs - Golden Rippy - Filles a Maman - Mouse House Creations - E+M Patterns - MCM Studio Designs - My Little Plumcake - FABulous Home Sewn - Ginger House Designs - Sofilantjes

Just enter the rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don't forget to hop over to Pienkel and Straight Grain today to check out their Otiums!

Monday, January 26th
Huisje Boompje Boefjes - Pienkel - Straight Grain

Tuesday, January 27th
I received this pattern free of charge for this blogpost, however all opinions are honest and my own.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sewing my pattern stash #1 tanktop

One of my new year resolutions is to sew up my pattern stash this year. I still have a range of patterns I downloaded or bought but never made, so high time to make this happen. First up is an underwear pattern by van Katoen (in Dutch only). Big rascal has outgrown all his tanktops so I made him a couple new ones.

Sewing this tanktop is pretty basic and would probably have been a fast project if my serger would have behaved (I've rethreaded the thing 3 times, aaargh) I did make an alteration, instead of ribbing I used elastic biastape for the arms and neckhole. I recycled old shirts and kept the existing hem. Did you make sewing resolutions this year? Maybe some stash busting as well?

recycled tanktops (pattern van Katoen) - huisje boompje boefjes

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Little rascal's birthday outfit, panda Rowan

Our little boy turned three already! Let's say the corny thing, time flies! Really it does.
Because our rascal is a big panda bear fan we send out the invites with a panda theme, decorated the house with black and white balloons and for his party outfit I made him a Rowan panda vest (yes another rowan tee, number 12 to be exact).
I used  black and white sweaterfabric and added ears to the hood. I took the short sleeve option as a starting point and cut some more off in order to create a length in between short sleeved and cuffs. He's wearing his vest with the small fry skinnies I made earlier this week. Now we're off to party :)

rowan tee as a sweater vest with ears - huisje boompje boefjes

rowan tee as a sweater vest with ears - huisje boompje boefjes

rowan tee as a sweater vest with ears - huisje boompje boefjes

rowan tee as a sweater vest with ears - huisje boompje boefjes

rowan tee as a sweater vest with ears - huisje boompje boefjes

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Birthday present, a little bunny Rowan tee

My friend Pienkel and I have a nice tradition going on, sending the kids a little something on their birthday. This weekend Pienkel's youngest is turning two! Happy birthday little miss L! (Oh and do check out the gorgeous partydress Pienkel made her daughter!)

I decided to make her a Rowan tee (pattern by Titchy Threads), my current addiction. It's fun to sew up something girly for a change, but also challenging, what fabric to use? I chose a blue/white polkadot knit out of my stash, you can never go wrong with polkadots for a girl, right?
For a bit of extra fun, I added a pair of self drafted bunny ears to the hood. The hood already exists out of three pattern pieces, so this is a quick and easy extra feature. Cute!

Rowan tee (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

Rowan tee (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

Rowan tee with added bunny ears to the hood- huisje boompje boefjes

Rowan tee with added bunny ears to the hood- huisje boompje boefjes

We have another birthday to celebrate this weekend, my own little rascal is turning three. Wondering what his party outfit will look like? Stay tuned!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Free pattern friday: small fry skinny jeans

Today I'm participating in Mae & K's free pattern friday serie. So a special welcome to all you free pattern followers, nice to see you over here! I think this serie is a great idea, there are so many free patterns out there and it's fun to "see them in action" and maybe discover some really cool new ones. What's not to like about a free pattern, right?

I sewed my favorite for the series today, the free 2T small fry skinny jeans by Titchy Threads. Frequent readers of my blog have seen quite some small fry skinnies pass by already. Actually I sewed along with the initial release of this free 2T pattern and won the linkup party!
Not only did I use the free pattern today, I also chose "free" fabric. The entire pattern is cut out of an old pair of maternity pants and the buttons and buttonhole elastic are also recycled. The fabric is a stretchy dark blue corduroy. The contrasting black and white dotted fabric comes from a curtain sample. Okay, are you ready for some pictures?

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T (pattern Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

small fry skinny jeans free 2T, upcycled - huisje boompje boefjes

For those of you not familiar with Laura's patterns, they are just spot on! Good fit, great tutorial, perfect for all sewing levels. Can't fit your kid in a 2T? No worries, you can buy the full pattern with a size range up to 12 years, it's definitely worth it!

Don't forget to hop over to Gemia at Phat Quarters and Maegan at Mae & K today to check out the small fry skinnies they made.

Mae & K
Phat Quarters

Want to join the fun? At Mae & K's you can linkup the free patterns you've sewed this week!

Friday, 9 January 2015

A peek inside - restyling rascal's room

These last few weeks I've taken on a different kind of project. It was high time to do some restyling and decluttering of big rascal's bedroom. It has been quite the same for almost 5 years and I thought it would be fun to give it an update. After some searching on pinterest I found myself mostly drawn to the black & white children's room. My oldest is an easy, go with the flow kid and he was enthousiastic about all the changes and over the moon with the space and astronaut items that were added to his room (yep a huge spacefan at this moment).
So, are you ready for a peek inside our home? First let me give you a before picture of the room, cosy and colourful.

rascal's room before

I started by sorting out his toys and getting rid of the things he has outgrown. I changed his rug for a black and white one we still had in our garage. This swap instantly changed the look of the room. The little red Ikea table in the corner had to go and I used rascal's old crib matras to create a cosy reading corner there, together with some pillows I already had and some new ones. I drew the rocketship on old bedsheets with fabric paint, the back of the pillow is a curtain sample. The starry pillow is made with stamps and textile paint.

reading corner with homemade pillowsThe green grass wall got painted over in a light grey and the inside of the door is now chalk paint. The chalk paint was surprisingly easy to apply , I was a bit worried because the doors are covered with a coating wich makes it hard to paint, but it turned out fine. I read some tips on how to paint a chalkboard wall and realised it's very important to season the board once you've painted it, otherwise the first drawing will be imprinted in the paint. Want to know more, read this pin. The rascals are very pleased with this huge chalkboard.

chalkboard door
The moon poster is a free print from Mr Printables.
moonposter by Mr. printables

I also made a new garland with glow in the dark stars instead of the paper planes one hanging over his bed.

glow in the dark garlandIt was fun doing this little make-over, some small changes can make a big impact. Do you like restyling your home?

rascal's room after picture
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