How to make your own PJ Pants without a pattern – Easy Beginner Sewing Project

I have been making pj pants for the kids to match all of my EasyPress shirt creations.  It’s become quite comical, really.  They know when they go to Lolli’s they will have new pjs to wear and they have a lot of fun helping me pick out the fabric.

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Ace is always a Dinosaur kinda guy!  He must have 6-7 pairs of different dino sets.  Evie, on the other hand, is more of a Minnie Girl.

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I have made so many pairs of pjs, that I’ve got my own special method and a few cheater tricks that make it easier, for me, to whip up a pair in about 10 minutes form start to finish.

Don’t worry, you don’t need a pattern (we will make our own…psst.. I don’t even know how to read a real pattern).

Overwhelmingly, everytime I post a picture of one of my EasyPress shirt creations, paired with a matching set of pants – I get asked to create a tutorial for the pants…. so, without further ado… and keeping in mind that I am NOT A SEAMSTRESS.  This is a really easy, beginner sewist tutorial… and I came up with a technique that works for me.  There are probably a few dozen things technically wrong with my method, but you know my motto… “do what works for you”.  

If you’re interested in this really easy, cheater method… here’s a step by step video tutorial for you.  I can’t wait to see your creations on Facebook and Instagram… you’re going to tag me, right?

Here’s the video:

How to Create Cut Files from Drawings

Did you know you can use your very own handmade drawings to create cut files you can cut with your Cricut?

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I draw this “shop girl” on my Ipad and changed her into a cut file which I was then able to cut out in Cricut Iron On.  I used my EasyPress to make this adorable one of a kind tote bag!  Fun, huh!

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I did the same thing with this little cutie patootie!  She will look so cute on Evie’s PJ set.

You don’t need to know how to draw, really.  I found an image online and used that for inspiration to redraw and create this one.

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This little lady I did draw freehand, and let me just say… I can’t draw, but the app makes it possible to draw, erase, draw it again…. erase it again… and so on.  Believe me, I did plenty of both!

How fun would it be to have your kids create a drawing, import it into Cricut Design Space, and then iron the design onto a cute tote bag for grandma?  I would love to receive a gift like that.  Wouldn’t your kids think it awesome to sport a shirt with their very own creation?

So, are you ready for a tutorial?  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Etched Glass with the Cricut Maker

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I have always wanted to try etching glass, and today I did just that!  I don’t know why I waited so long!  It’s easy, fun and very inexpensive!

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I used the Cricut Maker to cut out Premium Permanent Vinyl to use as my stencil.  I don’t recommend using removeable vinyl and it doesn’t stick as well and the etching creme can easily seep underneath your design (ask me how I know).  You will also want to pick up a bottle of Armour Etch.  It will last you forever, because most of it goes right back in the bottle after you use it.

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With the holidays right around the corner, I’m always looking for gift ideas for stockings, hostess gifts and small gifts for friends.  You could easily make wine glasses, casserole dishes, candy dishes, vases, canisters… whatever fits your gift recipient’s needs.  I thought the shot glasses would also be a fun bachelor party gift, or newly engaged couple gift or even a shower gift.

I have included a step by step tutorial for you.  It’s really easy!  Try it!

Zipper Pouch with Tabs with the Cricut Maker

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You asked for more Cricut Sewing projects and you asked for a tutorial showing how to do zipper tabs and how to make a lined zipper pouch… so that’s what’s up on the blog today!

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Today, I’m going to share with you how to make this fully lined zipper pouch with zipper tabs.  The best part is the Cricut Maker is going to cut all of the pattern pieces out for you, so all you need to do is assemble!  Pretty good deal, if you ask me.  Oh, did I mention a free SVG pattern? IMG_9499 2

You can grab the pattern here, then head over to Design Space and start creating!  Don’t forget to pick up this cute Cricut Fabric!  Use code LORRIE and save 10% and get FREE SHIPPING.  In fact, you can use the code and get free shipping on most everything I used in the tutorial including the Acrylic Ruler, Scissors, Washable Fabric Pen, Self Healing Mat,  and the Rotary Cutter .  I also used the EasyPress Mat for ironing.  I love that I can put it away when I’m not using it.  (I don’t think the discount code work on the EasyPress Mat.)

Here’s a step by step tutorial!  I can’t wait to see what you make!

 

 

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Are you the Thelma to my Louise?

Hello!  I cannot believe it’s almost Fall and I’m already beginning to think about Halloween, Hoodies, Crisp evenings and all that goes with the changing of the seasons!  This summer has been so busy with family visits, friends, trips and just plan ole day to day stuff, that I haven’t been able to keep my projects updated on the blog.  The next few posts will be some really quick and easy projects featuring none other than the Cricut!thelma

This fun project was made using the Cricut Premium Vinyl!  It’s so amazing!  It’s been redesigned to not only weed easier, lay flatter, but it also is “Permanent”.  This makes it perfect for customizing these fun flasks that I purchased at Walgreens (yes, I said Walgreens).

Here’s a super quick video tutorial:

Thanks for stopping by!

Rae Dunn Inspired Jewelry Dishes

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today, I have another quick and easy gift idea for you.  How about a set of Rae Dunn Inspired Jewelry Dishes?

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Pretty cute, don’t you think?  They are amazingly easy and very inexpensive.  I made this set for under $8.

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I tried a set in black as well for a more authentic “Rae Dunn” look.  I think they would make fantastic bridesmaid gifts, bridal shower gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday gifts or even a just because gift.

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You could add a name, a monogram, a favorite sports team logo, a short poem, or any other  image you can cut out in vinyl.  Every girl (and guy) needs a place to put their bling, small personal items and whatnots.  I especially like the one with the wedding date… no more forgetting the anniversary, right?!  How about adding a pair of earings and using the bowl as the gift bag.. just add a little ribbon and WOWZA, you just stepped it up a notch.

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In the video I show you a really easy way to add this gold trim around the bowl as well as a few polka dots.  Polka dots make everything better!

My friend, Teri, and I recorded this live in our Urban Makers Facebook Group, you’ll here her in the video.  I uploaded it to youtube afterward, so it’s no longer live, but you still get to join in the fun!