DIY Fizzy Bath Soak Recipe

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Here’s a fun gift or a quick pick-me-up: DIY fizzy bath soak! Relax and enjoy this easy recipe. The best part is, your fizzy bath soak looks great and can provide inexpensive bathroom decor.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Ingredients: 

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup epsom salt

1 tsp water

2 tsp essential oil

3 tsp olive oil

food coloring

 

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Hint: Coordinate your scents and colors for a pleasing effect. We used a calming sea blue color with fresh linen scented essential oil for a spa-like effect.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Combine your dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix your wet ingredients into a seperate dish.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Slowly add your wet mixture into the dry ingredients, a spoonful at a time.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Whisk until color is evenly saturated and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Your DIY fizzy bath soak should stick to itself a bit, but not hold its shape.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Bath soak should be stored in an airtight container so that it doesn’t dry out.

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

Mason jars with colorful fizzy bath soak make cute bathroom decor, don’t you think?

DIY Fizzy Bath Soak

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Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial #pinkout

Pinktober is almost here! It’s time for cheerleaders to trade in the team colored pom poms and bows for pink. The Great Pinkout promotes breast cancer awareness across the nation. Check out this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial to DIY your own!

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Cheer bows are the easiest bows to make, and there are tons of options for embellishment. I worked with the materials I had on hand for this year’s bows, but with a larger budget you can can go all out.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Materials:

Two 20″ lengths of 4″ wide ribbon

One 2″ length of 7/8″ ribbon for the center 

One 2.25″ length of 7/8″ ribbon (to cover the French barrette)

Upholstery or heavy duty thread

4″ French barrette

Hot glue gun

Embellishments such as glitter striping, Swarvoski crystals, rhinestone mesh, embroidery letter stickers, glitter letters, etc

Note: The light pink below is two pieces of 2″ ribbon, joined with the glitter stripe. I couldn’t find the right shade of breast cancer awareness pink in the 4″ width; so I had to improvise. You can use this method to make half your bow two-toned or mix prints.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Begin with the 4″ wide lengths of ribbon. Lay them criss-crossed, forming an “X”. You will accordion fold the center, and pinch it together with your fingers on one hand.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use a needle and thread to secure the center, and trim the excess thread.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Glue your French barrette to the back of the bow. Remove the wammy bar for now.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Use the 2″ strip of 7/8″ ribbon to secure the barrette to the bow in the center. Make sure the front of your bow is nice and smooth in the middle.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

The 2 1/4 inch strip of ribbon goes over the seam. This further secures the barrette to the bow. Now you can pop the wammy bar back in place.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Embellish the center of your bow. I used a strip of rhinestone mesh. Large rhinestones and bottle caps should be secured with super glue. My preference is gorilla glue* gel. (*amazon affiliate link)

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

Trim your tails and heat seal the ends with a lighter. Embellish your tails. I’ve seen vinyl, embroidery, and hand painted creations. The sky is the limit!

Cheerleaders wear their ponytail as high as they can, with the bow tails facing forward. It sits high on the girls’ heads because the crowd is above them. The cheer bow should a dazzling accent to the uniform, because when you look down at them from the stadium it’s often the first thing the crowd will notice. (Other than the talent, of course!)

Cheerleaders don’t want wimpy bows. Click How  To Stiffen Hair Bows to ensure that your bows are crisp and not floppy!

How To Make Cheer Bows with Step By Step Instructions

I hope this Pinktober cheer bow tutorial is helpful. These bows are great all year round- for any occasion.

Pinktober Cheer Bow Tutorial

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Modify A Womens T-Shirt Pattern For Tween Girls

Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions

I made my daughter this quick tee using a women’s pattern. It’s easy to modify a womens t-shirt pattern for tween girls, if you know what fit issues might arise.

Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions- How To Modify A Womens T-Shirt Pattern For Tween Girls

Modify A Womens T-shirt Pattern For Tween Girls

Modify A Womens T-Shirt Pattern For Tween Girls | Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions Patterns

My baby is starting to fit into junior clothing, but there are still a lot of fit problems. I watch the neckline because it’s sometimes too low or wide. Shoulders can too broad. There is usually too much length in sleeves and pant legs. Bust is an obvious area to consider, but its much less of a problem in t-shirts and knitwear. In these areas, younger girls haven’t “caught up” yet growth wise, even if her measurements are on the size chart.

Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions Patterns

I started with the Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions* using the women’s size small. You can adjust any basic tee pattern. If you prefer not to mess with adjustments, check out the Lil LDT* for girls. (Affiliate links)

How To Adjust a Womens T-Shirt Pattern For Tween Girls

Crappy drawing I made with a touchscreen app^

To make the adjustments, I held a well fitting t-shirt up to my traced LDT pattern. I narrowed and raised the neckline, and narrowed the outer shoulders about a half inch. I shortened the front a bit too, I can’t remember how much. Use your t-shirt as a guide, and don’t forget to account for seam allowances.

Laundry Day Tee pattern from Love Notions

Narrowing the shoulders means the armcye gets bigger. I needed to take a quarter inch of the front and back side seams to account for that, although adjusting the sleeve would be the proper method. Use a pattern that fits the bust measurement for the least amount of armcye/sleeve fitting work. It getting easier as girls gets closer to “true” women’s sizing.

Girls t-shirt, finished with elastic lace trim

I used elastic lace to finish the sleeve, neckline, and hem; and after I dyed it with Rit DyeMore. I’m pretty much obsessed with dying my trims. I bought white elastic in bulk a while back and I have all the Rit colors to mix and match. Below you can see how easy it is to control the color saturation. The lighter elastic was dipped for about 30 seconds, and the brighter elastic got 2-3 minutes.

Dyeing Elastic With Rit DyeMore: Elastic on the right was dipped for 30 seconds. Elastic on the left was dipped for a few minutes. It's easy to control the saturation!

The fabric came from JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby remnant section. I can’t remember, again! I didn’t feel like hemming it because the white “stripes” sort of flip around and I didn’t feel fussy the day I made this shirt. I really like the elastic trim finish!

Laundry Day Tee trimmed with elastic lace

That’s about all for this post- I’m super busy cleaning tornado debris but I’ll be back Monday with my Sew Fashionable series; and I can’t wait to show you my Kimono!

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Burn Test To Identify Fabric Content

How To Use A Burn Test To Identify Fabric Type

Here is a guide to conduct a burn test to identify fabric content.

How To Identify Fabric Content With A Burn Test

I recently cut a kimono out of (what I thought was) nice brushed silk. One side is smooth, the other has a soft brushed feeling. The drape is fluid and soft, with a single warp and weft weave.

How to Identify Fabric Content With A Burn Test

Once I saw the fabric bathed in natural light, my textile snobbery went into full force. There is occasional nub (which isn’t uncommon in natural fibers) but quality silk fibers tend to be made as smooth as possible during the carding and combing process. Also, this fabric is pinnable. Pins usually leave a mark or hole in silk. However, it is prone to snags and pulls, which is consistent (but not exclusive to) silk.

It looks like I’m dealing with mystery stash! I decided to perform a burn test to identify fabric content. I’d hate to spend my time making something that won’t last.

Use A Burn Test To Identify Fabric

A burn test is used to help to determine types of fiber in fabric. In general, natural fibers burn and synthetic fibers melt. The color and smell of ashes, burn speed, and behavior while burning can narrow it down further.

Many factors can effect how a fabric burns, like chemical treatments, weave density, or the dye. Blended fabrics can be difficult to identify, and synthetics are especially hard to pinpoint. Click to print or download this handy burn test chart from Threads Magizine, then we’ll gather the rest of our supplies.

How To Conduct A Burn Test To Identify Fabric Content

You also will need: squared fabric swatches, tweezers, plate or dish, seamripper, lighter

Have a spray bottle or some sort of water available as a fire precaution, and work in a well ventilated area with no breeze or wind to disrupt your results.

How To Identify Fabric Content With A Burn Test

Sometimes fabric blends use a different fiber for warp and weft, rather than twisting them together as one yarn. Here’s a preliminary test to check for a fiber blended weave.

Use your seamripper to pull out a few pieces from each side. Hold the fabric with tweezers and light each side separately. I lit it and quickly blew it out, like a candle. If both yarns behave the same continue to the next step.

How To Use A Burn Test To Identify Fabric Content

Hold your swatch with tweezers, and set it on fire. Set it on the plate to observe. How does it smell? What color is the flame/ash? Does it catch fire quickly, or fizzle out? Does the fabric curl away from the fire? You may need to burn several swatches in order to note all the variables. You can use your chart to make notes.

How To Use A Burn Test To Identify Fabric Content

My fabric burned slowly like silk and smelled like burning hair. When  But the beads weren’t round or shiny, and there was a liquid residue on the plate. I suspect a synthetic blend, and possibly some sort of chemical treatment.

How To Conduct a Burn Test To Identify Fabric

In design school  we were told that there is always an exception to every “rule” in fabric identification. A burn test result won’t always be conclusive, because the textile industry has constant technological advances. It’s definitely a process of elimination though!

I’m disappointed that I don’t have silk. Synthetics have come a long way and are nicer than ever before, but I’m really concerned about wear on this kimono. It’s probably going to end up as a muslin because  the more I work with this fabric the less I like it:(

Until next time!

Amy

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Fake A Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

I had a great holiday, guys! I can’t believe I was away from my blog for over a week. We were utterly lazy and spent Thanksgiving break watching movies. We did manage to drag out the Christmas ornaments though! And I finally have an excuse to write: I figured out how to fake a coverstitch with a sewing machine.

How To Fake A Coverstitch- With A Sewing Machine!

I experimented with some stitches while hemming a pair of my daughters running capris that got a hole in the knee. I wanted to make the stitches look as close to the coverstitching as possible.

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

There are decorative stitches on my machine but they didn’t work very well on this Lycra. Wanna know how I got a similar look?

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

I used twin needles on a zig zag stitch setting. I kept the standard stitch length and width, but you can experiment with your stitch size to achieve the look you want. I wish I had a brighter pink thread in stock! Try to match your thread color too:)

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

Anyhow, I may not need to fake a coverstitch with a sewing machine much longer. I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing me a machine!! I’ve wanted a coverstitcher for several years and I finally feel like my sewing merits owning one. Plus I was a really good girl and bought fabric only once this year, a tiny cut for cuffs I needed. I’ve even been destashing!

In other news, my sewing room is packed up so we can paint it. My house is a hot mess right now, but we should be done by Sunday.

My goal is to get everything set back up by the end of next week. And…to eat better because my jeans are feeling kinda tight! Do you have any holiday goals? And are your Christmas trees up yet?!!

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

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