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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sew a Simple Summer Skirt

Hi friends, it's been long time. Hope you are all doing well. I am here to share with you a simple half skirt tutorial. I made this at the end of last summer and reserved it until this summer to post. Yes, LOL. Its simplest skirt ever. After all a beginner like me could sew it. There are a lot of expert tutorials on how to sew the same, but I wanted to share with you what helped me as a beginner.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.


Grab your sewing machine, fabric, sewing essentials, 1 inch wide elastic and let's get started.
You just need 2 measurements to finish this skirt. 1. Height of the skirt you want. and 2. waist measurement where you want your elastic to fall. Once you measure these 2 head over to circle skirt app to calculate waist radius and fabric length required. The app handles all the math for you so you don't have to worry. Isn't it cool? The one I am showing here is for half circle skirt.


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Lay your fabric flat.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Fold it in half.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Take a string and tie it to marking pencil. Cut the string at the length of your waist radius obtained from the app. (mine was 7")

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Place the loose end of string at a corner (which has one folded side and one open side of fabric) use your pencil as shown above and draw an arc just like you would do with a geometric compass.
Draw another arc with our skirt length as length of the string, using the same fabric corner as fixed point.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Cut along the markings.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Now your fabric should look like this.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Open up the fabric and it should look just like half circle as shown above.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Double fold and iron the bottom seam.  


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Stitch the bottom seam.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Pin the open side of the skirt and stitch.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Take 4 inch wide fabric as long as your waist plus half inch for seam allowance.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Sew close the fabric to form a band as shown above.


Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Fold the band in half and Iron.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Join the band with top end of the skirt, leaving a 2 inch gap to insert elastic. I used extra pins for the 2 inch gap so that I don't forget and sew along.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Insert the elastic using safety pin technique. Pull out the open ends of elastic.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Using zig-zag stitch join the 2 ends of elastic as shown.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

Push the elastic inside waist band and sew close the 2 inch opening. If your fabric looks like it might fray a lot like mine did, use an extra zigzag stitch or serge along the raw edges.

Sew a simple summer skirt. Half circle skirt for beginners. Sewing projects for beginners.

That is it! Your skirt is ready. Now rock your summer with pretty skirts and cool tank tops. Happy Summer! Thank you for stopping by. As always I love to hear your comments.


Friday, December 25, 2015

DIY No Bake Fruit Cake

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Hi there. Holiday greetings to you. Are you running short of time to bake a cake or looking for a healthy alternative? How about a no bake fruit cake for this Christmas or New Year? Let me show you how simple it is to make a gorgeous looking fruit cake in no time.

Ingredients:
  • Watermelon (I used small )
  • Cantaloupe (I used small)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Homemade icing or Store bought icing (I bought fresh vanilla whipped icing from bakery section in my grocery store)

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Cut two 1.5 inch thick whole slices of watermelon and one 1.5 inch thick cantaloupe across middle part of fruits. Remove the outer skin and middle seeds part for cantaloupe. Shape them into circles using a plate or bowl as template.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Place the round slice of watermelon on your cake stand or plate, layer it with icing and top with a layer of cantaloupe slice. I filled middle hollow part of cantaloupe with berries. Add one more layer of icing and top it with another watermelon layer.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Here is how your fruit arrangement looks like.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Cover the fruits all around with icing like you usually do for a cake. Its not necessary to have a perfect smooth looking icing. We are going to cover it all.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Covering your cake with sliced almonds is the fun part. All you have to do is take a hand full of sliced almonds, keep your hand at 6 inches distance from cake and throw the almond slices aiming at your cake sides. Almond slices will stick the icing. Repeat this procedure until you cover all around the cake with your almonds. Clear away any of the almonds that fall around the cake. 

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Arrange some blueberries around the bottom of your cake.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Slice the strawberries thin and group them according to size. Placing even sized pieces along a row makes the cake look more professional. We will start with bigger pieces for outer circle and lower the size as we go inside to the middle. You will see what I mean.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Take bigger size pieces of cut strawberries and arrange around outer circle of your cake top as shown.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Take next size group of strawberry pieces and arrange second circle just overlapping the outer circle a little as shown in above picture.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Similarly fill in a third circle of strawberry pieces.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Top the center with a cute little strawberry.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Tada!!! There it is. A stunning arrangement of fruits or a no bake fruit cake as I call it. Don't worry if your watermelon oozes out a little water but make sure you finish the cake as soon as possible. (As we added icing to the fruit it is not good to keep it or refrigerate it for long.) Make it fresh and eat fresh.

DIY easy and quick no bake fruit cake. A healthy alternative. Holiday Recipes.

Hope you enjoyed my post. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear your comments.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DIY Birthday Party Backdrop, Decor and More


DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Hi friends, this post is all about sharing with you how we (myself, birthday boy's parents and aunt) managed to DIY entire birthday party decor including all the knick knacks.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

To see how I made this Colorful Bunting Birthday Banner check out my previous post here.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Coming to the backdrop, we got 2 white vinyl table covers and 4 blue plastic table covers from party city. We gathered 2 of the blue plastic covers in drapery style for the top border. We just stapled the plastic cloth after gathering it together and taped it around to be sure. Above picture shows how we did it before hand at home to save some time at venue.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

For rest of the backdrop we just ironed white vinyl table covers we got to make wrinkles less obvious (always use a cloth on top of vinyl cover before you iron) and for the sides we just dropped blue plastic covers on either ends. Using table covers instead of fabric for backdrop makes it possible to achieve the looks way under budget.
Those cute little monkeys, lions and giraffes you see here and there are from fun to be one boy set from party city. However you could always print them at home or a print store.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Isn't that chocolate wrapper cute??? It screams cuteness to me and they are personalized with birthday boy's name :) We designed this chocolate wrapper from scratch using picmonkey.com . I am not paid to say this but I just love picmonkey for making it so easy to design amazing printables.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

After designing we printed them at a office print press on to magazine style glossy paper. Once printed we cut them to size and stuck them using double side tape at the back where two ends overlap a little. By the way they are regular Hershey's chocolates behind the wrapper.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here is one more simple DIY Cupcake Stand using dollar store plastic bowls and plates. We got 3 of those bowls for a dollar and the plates for dollar each at a local dollar tree. With just a little hot glue gun magic we joined bottom of the bowl to center bottom of plate and Tada! cupcake stand is all ready.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here are the pictures of cupcake stands in action. We arranged them on either side of the birthday cake.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Yes! We made those Thank you tags too, without any fancy cutting machines. We designed the tag using picmonkey.com, printed onto thick glossy sheet at a office print press and then we hand cut each of the tags using a pair of scissors. It was little tedious to cut those fancy edges but the end result was well worth it.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

We put together little bags of sweet treats and topped with a Thank you tag for everyone who attended the party.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Basket of sweet treats and little fun goodies for kids at the party.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Last but not least we also made a photo booth out of plastic table covers from dollar tree. I made a banner saying "Photo Booth" the similar way that I made Bunting Birthday Banner. Photo booth is always a fun option for both kids and adults.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

My friend (Birthday boy's mom, Shriranjini) ordered few of the props on etsy.com and we got those colorful garlands from dollar tree. We made "Grab a prop and strike a pose" poster using picmonkey.com, printed and put it into a dollar tree acrylic photo frame.

DIY Birthday party backdrop on budget. DIY colorful birthday banner. DIY personalized chocolate wrapper. DIY Cupcake stand. DIY photo booth. DIY return gift tags.

Here is a close up picture of cute and delicious cake, just for you. I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed the party.
Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing your comments. Have a great day :)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DIY Colorful Bunting Birthday Banner


Hello friends here is one more DIY Birthday party Decor as I promised. Making this banner is really simple and fun. I made this for a little hero, Saketh's first birthday party. 

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

All you need for making this banner are a whole lot of colorful scrapbook papers, bunting banner template, scissors, glue stick, pencil, doilies, alphabet stickers, hole punch and a thread. Let's get to the fun part. Will tell you details about products I used as we go.

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Google search for a bunting banner template image and you will find plenty. Pick whichever you like and print it on to a card stock paper. Cut out the template using a pair of scissors. (You could even draw your own template, its pretty simple and self explanatory.)

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Start tracing your template outline on to backside of your colorful card stock papers. (I just showed tracing on front side of card stock to make it clear for you that I am tracing on color card stock and not a white sheet)

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Cut out all the traced colorful flags.

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

 I am using Wilton 4 inch dessert doilies and glitter letter stickers. ( You can use whichever pattern you like instead of doilies or even leave them blank and just stick letters)


DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Stick doilies to all your color flags using glue stick.

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Now is the fun part. You just gotto play with arranging color flags in which ever order you like and stick letters to the flags. I really got to the point of breaking my head with arranging a perfect order of colors to make it look good. But frankly it doesn't matter, the final banner is still going to look pretty with random colors. 

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Here is my banner coming together. "HAPPY"

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

"BIRTHDAY"

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

"SAKETH". 

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Punch holes at upper corners. 

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Tie the alphabet flags together using a thread and making sure you keep alphabets in correct order. Often when you punch holes at corners and try to tie them together with a thread, the paper will be ripped in the process of tightening the knot. Here is a little trick I invented. Get the thread through the holes, place a pen (or anything similar) and knot the thread tight. Once you are done knotting, remove the pen. Try it! 
Finish knotting all the flags together. And that's it! It's that simple to make handmade birthday decor.

DIY Birthday Decor. DIY Colorful Bunting Banner.

Here is a picture from the birthday party. More DIY posts from this party to follow. Hope you like this simple and fun DIY Birthday Banner. Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing your comments. Have a happy weekend :)