And the (Silhouette) winner is….

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#295, aka Alissa of Alissa and Chad!

Alissa, shoot me an email with your mailing address to [email protected] and we’ll get your Silhouette out to you ASAP!

And remember, if you didn’t win (sorry…most of you didn’t — LOL!) don’t forget about the awesome purchase deals Silhouette is offering EVERYONE right now!

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(Use code “craft” at checkout and the extras will automatically be added to your cart):

1) AWESOME PROMO (running from August 23rd through September 1st at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
Fuzzy white vinyl (valued at $7.99)
Light blue smooth heat transfer (valued at 14.99)
Yellow flocked heat transfer (valued at $14.99)
Home Décor CD (valued at $50)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (comes in the box)Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats (comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $137.97)

Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!

2) GOOD PROMO (running from September 2nd through September 4th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(comes in the box)
Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats(comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $79.98)

Bloggy Business

If your name is:

quilting granny
Dawn
Luz

Sarah

You may have won one of my 1,000,000 hits giveaways. Check the big winner post to be sure. And then email me ASAP. Tomorrow’s the last day to claim your prize. We’ll redraw if I haven’t heard from you by then.

Speaking of tomorrow…TOMORROW (aka TUESDAY, August 31st) is the very last day to enter to win your very own Silhouette machine. I may have said Wednesday on accident in one of my other posts. I swear I get dumber the more kids I have. If you haven’t entered yet, go here to do so NOW. The winner will be announced shortly after noon tomorrow.

And if you want to buy a Silhouette, don’t forget the following insanely awesome promos they have going on right now (use code “craft” at checkout and all the extras will be automatically added to your cart):

1) AWESOME PROMO (running from August 23rd through September 1st at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
Fuzzy white vinyl (valued at $7.99)
Light blue smooth heat transfer (valued at 14.99)
Yellow flocked heat transfer (valued at $14.99)
Home Décor CD (valued at $50)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (comes in the box)Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats (comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $137.97)

Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!

2) GOOD PROMO (running from September 2nd through September 4th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(comes in the box)
Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats(comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $79.98)

Simple Math

High Waisted Skirt

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+

2 Seam Tutu

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=

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(And one kid who is sick of pictures!)

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(Almost a smile…)

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(FINALLY!)

Who says math isn’t fun?

Know what else is fun?

Winning your very own Silhouette.

You can enter here up until noon on Tuesday!

2 Seam Tutu

***Don’t forget to enter to win your very own Silhouette machine here!***

I know there are “no sew” tutus out there and if you *really* don’t want to sew, they’re great. At my house, they end up being a tangled mess in the bottom of the dress up box, though.

What you’ll need:

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2-4 yards of tulle. 2 yards is good if you’re using it for an overskirt. 4 or more yards is better for a stand alone tutu.

Elastic. I used 1” black because my tulle was black and the skirt I’m putting it over is also black.

Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat

Silhouette cutting machine and white flocked heat transfer (optional)

Your tulle *should* have a crease in it from the bolt. It’s probably wonky, though, so the first thing we’re going to do is re-press the center crease all the way down the length of the tulle.

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I use a wool setting and lots of steam.

Sew (seam #1) down the entire length of the tulle 1.25” from the folded edge. (This is for 1” elastic. If you’re using another size, you’ll need to adjust the width of your casing.)

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I’m using contrasting thread for demonstration purposes. I’d suggest you use some that matches. ;)

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And there’s our casing.

Next we’re going to cut our tutu to the appropriate length.

Fold and stack your tulle, lining the waistband edges up neatly.

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Determine what you want your finished length to be. I’m using 21”.

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And cut it off.

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Thread your elastic through the casing and get ready for seam #2.

Match up both ends of the tutu and sew a 1/4” seam along the edge. Be sure to catch both pieces of elastic!

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If you want (although this is *technically* a 3rd seam), sew down the length of the seam again about 1/8” from your initial stitching.

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Trim close to the 2nd line of stitching.

Now for the fun part!

I used my Silhouette software and the spider web design that came with it. I tiled 4 to a page and then 9 to page and cut them out on white flocked heat transfer.

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I cut them apart and peeled off the excess heat transfer material. And then to determine where I wanted them, I used a really fancy method…I had Macy try on the tutu and pinned them all over.

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Once I was satisfied with the placement, it was time to iron them on.

Since the tulle is full of holes, I put a scrap of fabric underneath to protect my ironing board.

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Feel free to use fabric slightly less ugly.

I fused the heat transfer, following the directions on the package. Then, I immediately lifted the tulle off of the scrap fabric, just to make sure it didn’t stick. I found that the plastic backing comes off the designs more easily if you allow it to cool a bit.

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High Waisted Skirt Tutorial

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What does this have to do with a Silhouette machine?

You’ll see that next (hopefully tomorrow), but you can still go enter to win one now!

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These measurements are for the skirt I made Macy. She wears a 12 slim-ish. I think the fullness would be good from about size 4 on up. The waistband height would be best for 8 and up, but you could easily make it narrower.

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All seam allowances are 1/2”, unless otherwise noted.

Waistband:

I wanted my waistband to be 4” high. I cut one piece 9” (double the finished size plus 1” for seam allowances) by 45” (the width of my fabric). I used a contrasting fabric for demonstration purposes. You probably won’t want to do that. ;)

Sew the short ends together. Press seam allowances open.

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Press entire waistband in half lengthwise, right side facing out.

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I used 1” elastic, so I needed to make my casing about 1 1/4”. I found the center, top to bottom, of the folded piece (minus the seam allowance on the raw edge) and then went out 5/8” in each direction.

I ironed a crease in mine to mark the center of the casing. You can use a pen or chalk or whatever floats your boat.

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(That sticking out part is the seam allowance)

Sew all the way around the waistband piece on both sides of the line to form your casing.

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(If you look closely, you can see the crease marking the center of my casing there on the left.)

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(If you look closely, you can see that I should have retaken this picture. I don’t really have talons.)

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Decide which will be the inside. Using a seam ripper, VERY carefully open the seam between the two casing lines you just sewed.

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This will be where you insert your elastic later.

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Skirt body:

I cut 2 pieces 21” high by 45” wide (the width of my fabric). That includes 1/2” at the top for seam allowances and 2.5” at the bottom for the hem. I wanted a bulky hem to help weigh the skirt down because it’s quite full.

Sew the short ends of your fabric together, right sides facing. Press seams open. I didn’t finish the seams because I used the (already finished) selvages of the fabric.

Gather along the top edge and pin evenly, right sides facing, to your waistband.

Stitch in place.

Press seam allowance towards the skirt.

Press the bottom edge up 2.5” for hem and stitch in place.

Elastic:

Cut a piece of elastic the size of the waist of the intended wearer. Thread through casing. Stitch ends together.

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I think a ribbon or a belt around the waist would look nice.

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Or, you can do what we’re going to do tomorrow….

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It draws too!

The nice folks at Silhouette also sent me some of their sketch pens to try.

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I heard they also come in metallic.

The first set didn’t work properly (big globs of ink in some spots, nothing at all in others). I called customer service and had a new set within a few days. They worked perfectly.

You pick your designs (the online store has tons of sketch options).

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Then put one of the sketch pens in the blade holder.

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Choose “pen” on the cutting menu.

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And let the Silhouette do the rest!

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We’ve had a blank space above our bed for YEARS. No more, baby!

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Don’t forget to enter to win your very own Silhouette machine here!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…

***CLOSED***

It’s here.

And I’m LOVING it.

My box arrived right as I was heading out the door to girls camp. And I totally wanted to stay home to play with it. I even thought about faking sick/injured and making them all a “Hope you had fun at camp without me!” card.

Darn conscience.

I guess it’s a good thing I went to camp because although there are A LOT of card making possibilities,

I didn’t really see anything that fit. Weird. ;)

Some of you may know that I retired from scrapbooking about 10 years ago (and by “retired” I mean “quit because I was so far behind and I kind of sucked at it anyway”). I think if I’d had the Silhouette I might still be scrappin’.

Did you know you can download designs instantly from Silhouette’s online store??? And they’re CHEAP…as in 99 cents per download (and less than that if you buy a subscription — as low as 14 cents!). Why spend $40 or more for a cartridge full of stuff you won’t use when all you really need is a ____________ ?

Remember that time I threw a cupcake birthday party for Macy? I thought about getting some of those darling cupcake wrappers, but I waited so long I was out of options. If I’d had my Silhouette then….

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I’d have won Mother of the Year for sure.

And Silhouette has a blog! You’ll find TONS of great project ideas:

You’ll also find a FREE download every.single.week!

What did I make first with my Silhouette?

Since I’m a fabric lover, I went straight for the heat transfer.

Since I have a lot of boys, I went straight for this:

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It turned out great, see?

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So, what’s in it for you?

That’s what.

One lucky Crap I’ve Made reader (who lives in the U.S.) will win:

A Silhouette Machine
(a $299.99 value)

Including:

Silhouette machine
Software for Windows XP/Vista
Power cable, USB cable
2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
One cutting blade
$10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store

HOW TO ENTER:

Click on the Silhouette machine picture below (or above…whichever…I’m easy) to visit the Silhouette site.

Take a look at all the magic you can work with the Silhouette.

Come back here and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying what the first project you’d make with your Silhouette would be.

***Giveaway closes on Tuesday, August 31st at noon (Utah time). Winner will be announced immediately after!***

Not feeling especially lucky?

Silhouette is offering ALL of you the following deals (use code “craft” at checkout and the extras will automatically be added to your cart):

1) AWESOME PROMO (running from August 23rd through September 1st at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
Fuzzy white vinyl (valued at $7.99)
Light blue smooth heat transfer (valued at 14.99)
Yellow flocked heat transfer (valued at $14.99)
Home Décor CD (valued at $50)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (comes in the box)Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats (comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $137.97)

Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!

2) GOOD PROMO (running from September 2nd through September 4th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:

$50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(comes in the box)
Cutting Blade (comes in the box)
2 Cutting Mats(comes in the box)

All for $249.99
(a savings of $79.98)

Stay tuned for more Silhouette projects all week long!

***FTC disclosure: Silhouette provided me with a free machine to use and review. They are also providing the free machine to the winner of this giveaway.***

Kikki’s Designs winner

The winner of the Kikki’s Designs giveaway is:

kikkiwin 

# 86 aka jenpetersen!

Shoot me an email at [email protected] to claim your prize!

Be here!

Monday morning.
One of the best giveaways EVER!

New projects and tutorials, too…

You won’t want to miss it.

Flickr Feature Friday

Did you know Crap I’ve Made has a Flickr group? You can find the link at any time up on my menu bar under Crap You’ve Made. Go add your stuff! Please?

Projects from the Flickr group will be featured on Fridays.

And, there’s now a Flickr stream widget over in my left sidebar. Click on over from your reader and check that out.

HOLY COW!  SO many new additions to the Flickr group!

Today’s feature is from my darling sister-in-law.  (In spite of what the Flickr group says, her real name is NOT Amanda Hugannkiss.)

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She made this using my zippered laptop sleeve tutorial.  And it was her very first time sewing in a zipper.  Like, EVER.

Try a zipper.  I dare you!


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