Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fabric and Tulle Skirt..... Whimy Wendy Style!

After some brainstorming with one of my dear friends, Melissa at The Linden Tree in Minneapolis, we came up with this darling tulle circle skirt pattern. Bias tape at the bottom gives it a finished looks with contrasting colors.
Below are two samples in sizes 3 and 2 (respectively). Love them as much as I do????
 







Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oversized Rose Pillow Cover

I am a self-professed fabric junky and am constantly looking for new and creative projects to stretch my juices. One thing I truly believe is that you can never have enough pillows.... A simple way to decorate and add pops of color.

Attracted to all things girly, I found a rough pattern for small roses online and enlarged it to sew directly onto the pillow cover. I'm really pleased with how well it turned out=) It now colors a corner in my daughters room sitting on an upholstered stool I recovered with the same material. I opted for a upholstery weight cotton since I know it'll stand up to more wear-n-tear.





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Napkins Tutorial... A Continuation of A Yellow and Grey Party Theme

Whimsy Wendy Wee Wands with coordinating party napkins.
Themed specific parties are ever more popular and it's been fun to find new and unique items, patterns and fabrics to incorporate into my products.
These reversible 10" x 10" child-size napkins are the perfect addition to a birthday party or shower.
 
If you are a novice sewer this is a perfect beginners project...
 
 
Begin with coordinating fabrics with similar weights. These beautiful cottons are from The Linden Tree, in Linden Hills, Minneapolis, MN.  (Wonderful selection of classes, notions, fabrics...etc)
 
 
After washing and ironing your fabrics, cut 2, 10 1/2" x 10 1/2 " squares for every napkin.
 
 
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, place right sides together, pin and begin sewing around the edge of the fabrics. Leave an opening of approximately 2"-3" to be able to turn the napkin inside out.
To maintain clean corners, remember to leave your needle in the fabric before you lift the sewing foot and turn your material.

This photo shows the 3" opening I left on one side of the napkin. You can see that I've back-stitched at both the start and end of my stitches.

 
Using the gap in your stitching turn your napkins right-side out.
To get pretty, sharp, corners I use a blunt-ended chop stick to gently poke out the corner. Careful not to rip through your material! Iron your napkins flat and crisp.
 
 
To finish I pin my two layers of material together and once again sew around the perimeter of the napkin with a top stitch. (I used 1/8"). This not only closes your opening you used to turn your napkins out but it also creates a pretty finished and durable napkin.

 

Shown here, the set of six napkins are in two coordinating fabric patterns.

 

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

On Valentines Day...


Pure love.

The reason why I get so much joy from doing what I do... This photo is showing my little client all dressed up with daddy on their way to a parade. It doesn't get much better than this. xo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pretty In Pink Party Theme


https://www.etsy.com/listing/178482041/whimsy-wendy-wee-wishing-wands-pink-and?
Pink on Pink Whimsy Wee Wands



It doesn't get much more cheerful than this!

Picture the Wee Wands as the centerpiece on your table.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Yellow and Grey Party Theme, Part 1

Yellow and Grey Flower Girl Tutu Skirt

The oversized grey satin bow makes a statement.

 

A set of 6 mini wands look wonderful on a table scape.



Grey and yellow... a classic combination.

Whimsy Wendy Pink and Grey Party Theme

Whimsy Wendy Wee Wands, Paper Party Hat and Tiara
 
Whimsy Wendy Wee Wands in Pink and Grey



Paper Party Hats with Ruffles and Poms


A Whimsy Wendy Tiara

A Whimsy Wendy Tiara


 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Golden Gift Tags

I was so fortunate to inherit a beautiful collection of antique buttons from my grandmother years ago. I've held on to them, knowing that I'd find a special use for them.
After receiving a gift this Christmas I fell in love with the handmade gift tag that accompanied it. Now I'm venturing into paper crafts by creating my own versions of elegant gift tags.
They are made from a gold satin ribbon, artisan paper, gold paint, and antique buttons.