Saturday, October 8, 2011

Guest Poster::: Lindsay of Artsy Fartsy Mama!

Today we have a guest poster while I"m off having a blast with my bestest bud! So Lindsay, take it away!

Well hello Quilted Euphoria readers and friends! I'm Lindsay, the author of Artsy-Fartsy Mama!

I'm so excited to be here today, thanks Amber for inviting me! On my blog you can find tutorials for all kinds of crafty things, recipes and more. I love finding ways to be creative while saving money.

Today I'm going to share my tutorial for turning this:

Into this:

This is a very simple project. It probably took me about 2 hours to make it - and that's mostly because I had to chase the little one around to get a measurement, chase her around again to get the measuring tape back, and to chase her around once again to make sure it was fitting right. So, it really only took about an hour tops. Super simple, super affordable, and super cute! Can't beat that, right?

What You'll Need:

Towel/Hand Towel*
{on clearance $3}

Wash Cloth*
{on clearance {$1.50}

Sew-On Velcro

{I had this on-hand, but it's really inexpensive}

1 inch wide Elastic

{I got this for $0.50!}

*As far as towel choices go, these size towels fit my 21 month old daughter. When choosing the towel for your own wrap, be sure to check that when it's turned horizontally that it's long enough to cover you and will also wrap around you with overlap. Also, a thinner towel will be easier on your sewing machine. You can also purchase terry cloth fabric instead of a towel to guarantee a fit. Straps can be made from scrap towel pieces, a hand towel or wash cloth, extra terry cloth fabric, or even ribbon or cotton fabric.

Alrighty, now that we have all that covered, let's get on with the tutorial!

First, I unpicked the wide seam/edge on the top & bottom (both of the shorter edges) of the towel because it was too thick to fit into the sewing machine. Then I folded it over once and made a new seam that would be easier to work with.

{Depending on your towel, you may not need to add in this step}

Next, I turned the towel horizontally and folded the top edge down about 2 inches and pinned it down.

{Make sure this is one of the long edges, and not the short edge}

Sew along the folded edge to create a casing for your elastic.

Measure around the chest and cut your elastic. Attach a safety pin to the edge of your elastic and pull through the casing. Sew about 1/4" from each edge to secure the elastic in place.

To attach your Velcro, cut a piece a few inches long. Place the soft side of the Velcro on the part of the towel that will be the outside flap so that when you're taking it off, the Velcro won't scratch you. I sewed around the Velcro a few times to make sure it would stay on.

If you don't want straps, that's fine, too. You would be all done at this point!

My daughter is a wiggly one though, so I wanted to have straps to make sure it stays on.

To make the straps, I cut two 3x12 inch strips from the washcloth. I folded the strips in half and sewed down the length of the strips. Then I turned the straps with a safety pin.

Next, I put the wrap on my daughter and got an idea of where the straps needed to go. If you don't have someone to try it on, you can guess where the straps will go. I ended up putting them on both sides of the Velcro in the front, and almost the same area in the back when the towel is folded and laying flat.

Open up the towel and pin the straps in place, about 1/2 - 1 inch down and the seams facing up (so when worn, you won't see them). I sewed a box with an "x" inside of it to make sure they were going to stay secure. You can keep the straps straight, or do like I did and cross them over in the back.

And that's it!!

I love how the crossed straps look and fit her so much better!

Hopefully I've inspired you all to be a little crafty & to try one of these towel wraps for yourself!

Stop by Artsy-Fartsy Mama anytime & say hi!
I love meeting new people & would love to see your towel if you make one.

Thanks again, Amber, for having me on your blog! Hope you all have a great week!


ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome tutorial and handsome child! ~thanks, Carol ~ (A Creative Harbor) linked w/ Sunday Blog Hop ~ ^_^

LisaWeidknecht said...

Oh so cute! Hello and thank you for joining the Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop. I'm following you and hope to see you again this weekend.

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