Christmas Stockings to Cheer

Mad Mim Christmas stockingsOpening my Christmas bin this year was a lot like opening my fridge-precleaning/shopping. It was packed sardine-tight, but after much rooting around, I came up fairly empty handed and disappointed. Nothing much to tempt me, that’s for sure. My ornaments are getting kinda hashed, and some of them are just straight-up ghetto. Like we’re-hopelessly-poor-so-I’ll-make-some-ornaments-out-of-an-apple and then let that whither and dry for 5 years, and you get ghetto. Uh, WHY did I even pack those away last year?? Hmmm, it’s a Christmas mystery. But no matter, because my Christmas spirits were brightened as soon as I took out my stockings. So bright and pretty and special! I started making our stockings when it was just my hubs and I, and then I made my kid’s as they came along. I always use the same (perfect)stocking pattern I drafted from a brown paper sack that first year, but each stocking is made especially special for each person.

Allan’s is the least beautiful I guess, but that’s unimportant–because it’s absolutely perfect for him. When we were first married he had these nasty (yet beloved) t-shirts from HIGH SCHOOL that were ill-fitting, tattered and BEGGING me to be tossed. But Allan was harboring some sort of sentimental and unbreakable attachment to those beauties, and he wouldn’t let me touch them. At Christmas time, however, I stroke brilliance, and we found a perfect compromise. I used his old t-shirts to make his stocking, and I used some of the logos and designs as embellishments. To make it especially Allanish, I added some comics because nobody loves comics like my boy Allan. My favorite one by far is this F Minus one. HAH! So funny! Mad Mim Christmas stocking guy Mad Mim Christmas Stocking Guy, funny, creative Mad Mim Christmas Stocking Guy, funny, creative, old tshirts Mad Mim Christmas Stocking F Minus comic Mine is a Anthropologie knockoff from a few years yonder. It’s all applique and then I did some hand stitching over the design. The most amazing part about this stocking is that I made it before I even knew what heatbond was. Como se wha?! Mad Mim Christmas Stocking -HER, anthropologie knockoff

Mad Mim Christmas Stocking_girl, creative, applique TwinkleTwinkle Macarojo’s is next, and is (I’ll confess), my favorite. I do remember that there was a stocking that inspired me, but I don’t remember where it was from, and most of it I just made up. It’s embroidery, and my only regret is that I didn’t stablize it a little more. I actually did, but used heavy weight that looked bad, so I ripped it off. Oh well, it’s dazzling still. Twinkle likes it because it has pink (of course). Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery And then my bub’s. His was definitely the most time consuming. (quilting minute pieces is not my thang-thang), but it’s boyish and handsome and bright. For some reason it turned out slightly skinnier on top than the others, which I’m worried will cause strife in the years to come.  I may have to always compensate him for his loss with a few extra Snickers.

Mad Mim Christmas stocking_boy's, quilted chevron stripe Mad Mim Christmas stocking_boy's, quilted chevron stripe

So what kind of stockings do you like? Are you traditional? Do you like them all to match? What do you think about my non-Christmasy colors? Blashemy or Brilliance?  Be honest, I can take it. Everyone has their own way that Christmas ought to be, and I love and accept it all although I’ll admit I’m VERY particular on stocking shape. Mine is perfect and that’s all I’ll say. And if you want it, here it is!

Mad mim free stocking pattern pdf download (Sorry for the previously bad link. Its working now 🙂 )

From Mom to Me: a special refashion

If there’s one dress of my mother’s that stands out in my mind during my childhood, it’s this one. I remember that when she wore it on the occasional Sunday I thought two things: Wow. She looks beautiful. And I was proud she was my mom. The second thought was: I’ll bet my dad thinks she’s really beautiful. He’s going to want to kiss her or something.

I asked her about it a couple years ago, but they were going through a move, and it was nowhere to be found.  I had given up hope for it, and so was especially excited when she surprised me with it as my favorite birthday present this year.

It’s not a true refashion because I didn’t refashion anything. The dress is amazing as is, and all that waist detail stands as a beacon of 1990’s fashion and must be left alone. I simply made a few alterations in the length, and sleeves. My mom was a little more blessed in the chest area than I am currently, and so I had to take that area in as well. But that’s it. The integrity of this amazing dress can stand on it’s own two D-rings.

I’ve worn it twice now, and I felt lovely both times. I don’t think I can compare to my mom, but I guess I felt like my mom, so I felt like what I remember she looked like.

I wish wish wish I had a photo of my mom in the dress, and I will add one if anyone can find one (I KNOW there’s one of her somewhere), but until then a lesser cool before & after shot will have to suffice.

Add an Imagemad mim MOM's DRESS clothing refashionBefore (sorry the lighting is so awful)

mad mim clothing refashion: mom's dress

mad mim clothing refashion: mom's dress

mad mim clothing refashion: mom's dress

Thanks Mom!!

Fabric Flower Ebook Preview

mad mim fabric flower ebook preview

Doesn’t it kind of bug you when people say, “sorry I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately, because I’ve been working on this really awesome and all-consuming  project, that I can’t tell you about.”

I do.

First of all, that just bugs to be left hanging like that. Second of all, come on! Just tell me.

But don’t feel bad if you’ve ever pulled that one, because although annoyed, I understand. Some projects ARE awesome and completely time-consuming, and maybe you just can’t tell until you tell. Maybe for dramatic effect you don’t want to spoil the surprise. Or maybe you’re under some legal contract that prohibits premature blogging.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’m under no such restrictions, and I can tell you all about the big, all-consuming project that has robbed me of my free-time, and prevented me from blogging more.

I’m writing an ebook!

Most of the traffic I get around here is for my fabric flower tutorials. Although I am slowly gaining a readership (LOVE YOU ALL!), most or at least many of you found me when you Googled “fabric flower tutorials“. So I decided since so many of you are coming for fabric flower tutorials, I may as well GIVE you a real humdinger. I have worked SO hard to come up with tons of fresh, beautiful, and doable projects, as well as  additional flower tutorials, and lots of how-to videos demonstrating some of my most popular flowers and techniques. I’m THRILLED to be working with the very talented graphic designer Amy Morby, so that the book itself looks as pretty as the projects. I’m REALLY excited about it, and so now you know, and you can be too! If you want. We should be done, hopefully, pretty soon—definitely within the month! And then it will be available for a happy purchase!!! (download–it will be in pdf format).

How’s that for a little preview? I’ve never been much of a tease…

Late not Lame: a slightly tardy Halloween post

Did anybody notice how my previous post has a tag that says “LAME”. Like, click here for other lame posts. Perfect. Just another thing to fix…

I have on and off years for Halloween. Some years I go all-out, and others I just can’t be bothered. Well, this year was an off year, definitely, except that I decided to run the Halloween Half Marathon, and so I was forced to come up with something semi-cool to wear.  I couldn’t run in sportswear, after all! My creative brilliance has never really blossomed for Halloween, and like usual I couldn’t think of anything spectacular, so I finally decided that Alice would be alright. A bit cliche, I know. But whatev. It was all so last minute anyway. I found some dollar fabric at Wally-town, and I already had oodles of lace on hand and a pattern I thought would work; I cranked it one late night before my sister’s big bash.

I used Simplicity 2591,(which I want to make again because it’s a really fun pattern, but it does run large), and then I added the lace and buttons for some extra “Lunderland” (as my girl says it) whimsy. I was going for something in between the Disney cartoon and new version. I was ecstatic to find a perfect little vile at Hobby Lobby, which I’m thrilled to say they just opened in Orem.

And it turned out to be great running attire! Well, except for the tights, but I won’t mention why. I like the dress so  much, you may or may not see me  in it at church sometime. I would have no hesitation except that after the race we went out to eat and our server said “I’m assuming you’re wearing that for Halloween? Good! Cause if you wore that normally that would be horrible!” Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that one.

Mad Mim Alice in Wonderland costume Mad Mim Alice in Wonderland costume-drink me potion necklace Mad Mim Alice in Wonderland costume-drink me potion necklace mad mim halloween half marathon

mad mim busting some MJ moves

And finally, here’s me busting some Mim-J.

Trash to Treasure: My Kitchen Chairs

Tonight as I was bemoaning the fact that I STILL don’t have decent photos of my awesome Halloween costume, and am going to have to write a TARDY Halloween post (LAME!), I remembered that I have something to show you that I kinda forgot about! It’s the perfect thing to pull me out of this semi-blog slump!

I needed kitchen chairs in a bad way. At one (no, TWO) particularly unfortunate points, my family of four were surviving on ONE rickity chair. The first time with the well-loved set we received as a newly-wed-hand-me-down, and a second time just recently with a tragic craigslist purchase. Anyway, when I saw these chairs at DI for $5 a piece, I wasn’t in love so much as I was desperate. They were sturdy, and I felt they had enough potential.  I have a red table, so I was limited as to what color I could use to liven them up–I wanted interesting, not overwhelming. I finally decided on just black, and instead of paint, I used a Sharpie. There are plenty of little mistakes, but the beauty of the design is that it’s meant to look sketchy.  I painted a few coats of polyurethane afterwards to prevent fading or wear, and had them done in a jiff. It was a super fun, low-stress quicky, which is perfect for a girl with her hands full.

mad mim before and after kitchen chairsBefore: bluh and worn

mad mim before and after kitchen chairsAfter! Interesting and fun!

mad mim before and after kitchen chairsThey really just make my kitchen nook sing.

DIY Jewelry Chandelier

madmim DIY jewelry chandilier

If you called me a earring-crazed-fool, I wouldn’t call you a liar.

Since I took the plunge into the perforated population, I haven’t had a moment’s regret or remorse.  In fact, I’ve taken every moment I can to enjoy my new adornable ears.  I’ve haunted our local farmer’s market, picking up a new pair of danglers, almost every Saturday this past summer.

But with many earrings comes much clutter and I quickly discovered I lacked a practical place to store them.  What to do? I’ve seen a few earring holders that were barely  tolerable, but the one that really jiggled my jello was this beauty found here. dormdecor jewelry chandilier

Cool, right?

So in my casual search for chicken-wire I stumbled upon these fire-place grates (at least I think that’s what they are) from The Restore (which btw rocks my home-improvement world), for $1 a piece.  I thought they’d work just fine in a pinch. And turns out they are even more ideal! Once I bent them into half circles and then used fabric strips to secure them together, I discovered they not only  hold danglers admirably, but also have this incredibly perfect little space at the top and bottom edges that is perfect for holding posts.  ‘Tis too true! (Man I can’t escape the subtle Austin quotes tonight!)

mad mim before and after DIY fire grate jewelry chandelier

mad mim before and after DIY fire grate jewelry chandelier

mad mim before and after DIY fire grate jewelry chandelier

mad mim before and after DIY fire grate jewelry chandelierI really love the way this turned out, and I feel it adds so much color and bling to my dresser.

So yeah. Fire grates. Dangling from my ceiling. Holding my earrings. That’s what I like to call Fire-proof and functional.

Black Circle-Ruffle Cardigan

Mad Mim Circle Cardigan Front

Mad Mim sewing your own clothes circle cardigan back

I’m ashamed to admit how much fabric I wasted making this cardigan. So much I’m too embarrassed to confess. Good thing it was only a $1 a yard, or it would truly be a tragedy. I saw something similar somewhere, took a mental picture of it, and then recreated it from memory. Problem was, I couldn’t quite remember, and one thing–and yard–led to another, and long story short, I wasted a lot of fabric but finally figured it out.

I used my basic t-shirt pattern, cut down the middle of the front, curved the corners, and added a circle-ruffle around the edge.  It was that silly circle-ruffle that ruffled my feathers (pun not originally intended, but I’m leaving it there with pleasure). At first I thought it was a half circle–it didn’t drape right. And then I FOOLISHLY thought it was just cut on the bias–obviously not. And then I think I tried something else that’s not coming to mind at the moment. At any rate, somehow I finally figured out the the ruffle was cut in a full circle and then felt silly for not seeing it immediately. And now you all are privy to my inclination for silly mistakes.

So what do you do when your projects go South? Do you scrap and start again? Or just scrap? Or do you make like Tim, and make it work?

Why, it’s a HollyHock person!

madmim hollyhock dolls

madmim hollyhock dollsAfter lugging a heaping boxful of fragrant grapes back to the car, I went back for another box piled high with squash, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes. Amazingly, my Grandma just kept on finding another place to tuck another pepper onto the teetering pile. So when she exclaimed “Oh! And one more thing!”, I was sure she was going to try and sneak another unassuming zucchini to my fresh garden stash. Not so! She started plucking buds and flowers off the large Hollyhock bush by the front door, and was busily poking holes and assembling something.

“Now you take a pencil or something and poke one of these little holes bigger. I have a pen here, but a pencil is better. Then you stick this end in, and….there. Take this one.”

“Wow, Grandma, that’s awesome. So, um…what is this for?” I asked, not at all sure what I was praising. I thought maybe she was teaching me some Hollyhock grafting method that was somehow timely information.

“Why it’s a Hollyhock person!” she exclaimed, a little incredulous that I didn’t identify the little creature from the beginning.

Of course it was! And indeed she was the sweetest little Hollyhock person I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was the first, but my grandma quickly assembled a whole family to accompany her. I was told that one mother-daughter duo was for my daughter, and the other for my son. Since I suspected my 18- month-old son would not be as delighted with Mrs and Miss Hollyhock as would my daughter and I, I decided to keep one set just for me to enjoy. When I gifted my daughter the vibrant little fairies, she was in raptures, and although The Hollyhock folk did not live long after that, they can be satisfied that during their short life they were adored and loved—to pieces.

The bedroom refresh: pinwheel quilt, pillows, curtains and art.

Although I finished my eternal quilt some time ago, I didn’t want to do the big reveal until I had pillows to finish it all off (hence my teaser-post a few months ago). So for anyone who I haven’t already dragged into my bedroom to see it, here’s my quilt!! I call it the eternal quilt because it took me something like a year in a half to finish it, no joke. I  am not a quilter–I lack the patience for I am a marathon-crafter (not runner). When I start a project I like to finish it lickity split. And there is nothing lickity-split about quilting, and that’s no mistake.  But one afternoon when I was hanging around some quilt shop, I spied this beaut, and decided in a hasty moment that I would become a quilter to own that sweet blanket.  It was my first quilt, and way more than I should have ever endeavored as a beginner. It wasn’t hard, it was just agonizingly time-consuming. But it’s done! I discovered a treasure of crowd up at the Utah State Hospital who do beautiful hand-quilting for a very reasonable price (less than anyone I could find to machine quilt it–let me know if anyone would like their contact info).

So back to the big reveal: a bed is nothing without its pillows. They’re like icing on a cake. After discovering painfully that quilting is NOT cheap, we really had no $$ for pillows, and as I also discovered, pillow cases aren’t cheap either. So once again I found refuge in Walmart (don’t judge me). I feel insecure in my weakness for Walmart’s dollar fabrics because I think there’s definitely a stigma for Wal-mart fabric seamstresses. But nevertheless I say unto you that you can’t beat $1 per yard, and I have found GREAT fabric there many o time. So for the pillows I got four yards of dollar fabric  and whipped me up some cases. On the solid turquoise ones I did a little block printing. For the throw pillow I had a few circles left over from the rings in the quilt, and I used those babies to make a little yo-yo design with a little embroidery tossed in for extra spice.  All in all I’m way happy with my bed. I love how it looks with my masking-tape headboard.

mad mim new quilt/bed/pillows

mad mim dollar fabric, block printed pillow cases
mad mim masking tape headboard

mad mim yoyo pillow

I picked this owl up at the farmer’s market from a local artist I really enjoy. I like this owl’s ‘tude and colors are pppperfecto.

mad mim owl with attitude

And this treasure I found at DI. At first I was like, Wow! I love the colors! And then, What?! It’s a REAL painting!? And then, Hey I think I see the number 2 underneath that light blue… It’s a paint by number painting!! I love to imagine who the character was that got this masterpiece for Christmas and then probably spent all New Year’s Day laboring over that cobblestone. Awesome.

mad mim paint by number thrift find

To finish the room off, I recreated this look from Urban Outfitters, and made some ruffle curtains. The Urban curtains were $48 PER panel, so $96 total, and I made them for $5. I bought a 5 yard bolt of sheer white cotton at Wal-mart (once again) just because I felt it would come in handy, and what do you know–it ended up being exactly what I needed.

mad mim urban outfitter's knock-off ruffle curtains

So that’s it. For now, at least.  And what are some things you’ve done to freshen up your bedroom? (links welcome!)

The Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress Tutorial

Everyone loves getting a good deal. It just feels good– like man-nothing-can-spoil-this-day-because-I-just-got-a-screaming-deal-Good.  Of those who love to save a buck, I’m of the recreate-for-cheap variety. That’s why I love sewing, because it opens up a world of opportunity in the vast sea of fashion I can’t afford.

I  shop for ideas everywhere I go, and subscribe to a couple of high-end children’s catalogs purely for inspiration; that’s where I found this dress (for $88) at Chasing Fireflies.

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress Tutorial

So cute! And it’s a t-shirt project—you probably picked up on how much I love t-shirt projects! So after making this dress several times over the last couple years, and thinking to myself every time, “dude—get  your fanny in gear and make a tutorial!” I’ve done my best with bad lighting and a mediocre camera to bring you the…

Ruffle Bustle Dress Tutorial!

What you’ll need:

  • 2  fitted t-shirts. *see size chart below. You need one as small as you can get (small/xsmall), and one as large as you can get (XL). I always get mine at *cough* Gen X clothing. You may want to wear a paper bag over your head when entering the store, but once you get in, take it off and enjoy really cheap  t-shirts in every color of  the  rainbow! I got mine for $2 each!
  • Round cord elastic. About 4 feet.
  • A safety pin.
  • Sewing machine. Unless you wanna make like the pioneers and….who am I kidding. you don’t want to make like the pioneers. You want a sewing machine.
  • Matching thread. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have this. It’ll  all be on the inside!
  • All other sewing stuff you never sew without aka seam ripper, scissors, measuring tape.
Decide what size your ruffle-bustle dress will be and buy your t-shirts accordingly:
Standard (American) Dress Lengths for Little Girls
6 – 9 months: 14 inches – one 2T t-shirt and one as big as you can find in the same color (5T?)
12 months: 15.5 inches – one long 4T or 5T t-shirt and one as big as you can find in the same color (you could probably use a girl’s XS as well).
18 months: 17.5 inches – one junior size xsmall/small and one as big as you can find (XL?)
2T: 19.5 inches – one junior size xsmall/small and one as big as you can find (XL?)
3T: 21 inches – one junior size xsmall/small and one as big as you can find (XL?)
4T: 22 inches – one junior size xsmall/small and one as big as you can find (XL?)
5/6: 24 inches one junior size small/medium and one as big as you can find (XL?)
7/8: 26 inches one junior size medium/large and one as big as you can find (XXL?)
*I have not made this dress in all of these sizes and sizes vary between brands, so make sure to check the size yourself. You want the shirt to be the length of the dress or longer, and the neck opening should be small enough that it either accommodates the child’s head size now, or with a slight gather it will. If you are having trouble finding plain t-shirts in any of these sizes (especially the smaller ones), I think that boys t-shirts (without a pocket) would work as well.

1. Turn one of your t-shirts inside-out and lie flat on your cutting surface (we’ll call it shirt 1). Place a t-shirt or dress that is the size you want your dress to be, and mark 1) under the sleeve and 2) along the sides (make sure you end up with a nice straight a-line that transitions smoothly into the sides of your shirt)  and 3) how long you want your dress to be *see chart above.  YOU MAY have a t-shirt that is already the right fit and length. You must be one of those really lucky suckers. You can pass GO and skip  steps 1, 2, and 3.

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress Tutorial - Mark Dress

Now serge or overlock stitch over your underarm and side markings, trim excess, and cut your bottom line. Hah! Get it? Your bottom line??! Man, I kill myself.  You now have a shirt that fits your child!

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress - sew and cut

3. To gather your neck-opening and arm- holes, make a miniscule little snip under your tag. Make SURE to cut only the inside AND NOT the outside fabric. Tie about 2 feet of cord elastic to a safety pin and fish it through your hole and into the casing of the neck band. Push it through until it goes all the way around and through your hole again. Pull both ends until it equals your desired circumference (compare it to the shirt you used in step one that is the size you want your dress to be); make like a scout and tie a sturdy square knot and trim any excess. Adjust the elastic so the knot gets pulled into the casing. If needed/desired, repeat the process with each sleeve. To go over the underarm seam you’ll have to make two miniscule clips on either side of the seam that the elastic will cross over.

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress - miniscule snip

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress tutorial - fish elastic through neck casing

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress tutorial - gathered neck and arm openingThe neck and arm holes.

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress tutorial - finished gathered neck and arm openings

4. Now for more marking: turn your shirt inside-out again, and measure your bottom edge and divide it by 5 roughly. You want to mark the bottom about a 5th in from either side. Another trick I use is drawing a (mental) line down from the either side of the neck opening. Basically you want two marks on the bottom edge, about 2-3 inches from the sides. Mark another two marks a little less than halfway down the dress. This is where the bustle will begin, so mark a little higher or lower according to your preference.

Mad Mim Ruffle Bustle T-shirt Dress tutorial - mark four points

Connect the two points on either side by drawing  straight up from the bottom point, and gently curve almost 90 degrees into the side point. Make sure it looks nice and symmetrical.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - mark the front

On the back, mark the two side points, and connect them with a gentle curve.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - mark the back

5. Cut where you marked, and set aside the panel you remove!

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - cut it up!(back view)

Now go to town on shirt 2.  Cut it up completely—up the side seams, chop the sleeves, etc. You’re using this shirt just for its fabric.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - cut second shirt all up!

6. To cut the ruffles of the bustle, use the panel you removed from shirt 1, and use it as a pattern to cut two more panels.  They will be the same as the first, but shorter. You want the second panel to be 2-3 inches shorter than the first, and the third panel 2 inches shorter than the second.  You are creating graduated ruffles. Use each panel you cut out as a pattern or a comparison for the next.

*Note: Cut from wherever you have space. Squeak it out. I usually cut panel 2 from the front, and 3 from the back—leaving as much shirt as possible, then 4,5,6, from wherever I have space. Do avoid cutting on the bias though, as that will change the way it curls in the wash.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - first two panels

For the third panel, you’ll do the same as the first two (so it will be 2 inches shorter than panel #3) , and then cut a curve from either side.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - panel three

The fourth and fifth panels will be smaller both width-wise and height-wise, and will also have the slight curve cut from the sides. See all five panels to note the graduated sizes.

*Don’t kill yourself here. It’s really not that important what each panel looks like, ‘cause it will curl once it’s washed. Just make sure the first two panels have the same top curve and width as the first, and then from there on get gradually smaller.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - all five panels

7. To assemble the entire back panel, layer all six panels (including the panel you cut from shirt number 1), with the smallest on top, and largest on bottom—evenly lining-up all the edges. Pin.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - pin all panels together

8. Zig-zag around the edges to make it easier to work with.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - zig zag the edges

Now, right sides together (your bustle will be flipped up ( sandwhiched to)  the back-bodice of the dress), pin the bustle to the dress. You can do it! This picture will be confusing until you finish, and then you’ll realize yours looks just like this. Make sure to match the center of the bustle to the center of the back-bodice. Pin down both sides as well. Try to pin as evenly as possible. If the bustle is shorter now with the bustles, don’t try and stretch it, but rather trim the bottom later.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - pin it all together

9. Sew it all together. I used my overlock stitch, but it you have a serger, by all means, use it.

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - surge/sew/overlock it all together

You’re finished!! Flip it right side out, add some fabric flowers, and go find a child to try it on!

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

And here’s the one I made my gal the day before (this one is for a friend).

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

Mad Mim ruffle bustle t-shirt dress tutorial - finished

If you like this tutorial or have questions, let me know!


DIY: Recovering a Mouse Pad

mad mim recovering a mouse pad DIY

It’s amazing how long we can put up with a crappy mouse pad. It cracks, peels, stinks, fades, whatever—and it will still take us months (years)  to replace it. Why? Because let’s be honest: it’s never that big a deal, that bad, that inconvenient, that gross. It takes a lot for us to jump it to the top of our priority list. And besides, USUALLY there aren’t really cool ones staring us in the face at the checkout, and so the weeks pass and we just put up with our disgusting, old, almost non-functioning mouse pads. Get this: we recently became so desperate for a functioning mouse pad that we FINALLY put the old one to rest (in the trash), and instead of going out and buying a new pad like a normal person, my husband covered a large square of our desktop with PACKING TAPE. True story. And I put up with it!! For months! Perhaps the better part of a year!

Sheesh. I’m not proud of that.

But when I finally decided to touch-up the paint on our desk, the time came for me to do something about our embarrassing mouse pad sitch. I wanted a cool one, but didn’t want to spend any $$ on it, (they’re probably dirt cheap– I didn’t even check. I guess the DIY route is just how I roll).  I passed the office section in DI, and picked up two really gross old pads. So gross and so old that the old fabric was peeling up. Perfect.

I started where Dave at Novel left off, and peeled up the nasty old grey fabric.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I used the pad as my template to cut out the new fabric. Cool! My rotary cutter matches my fabric!

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I failed to take some pictures because I was madly trying to spread glue and press my fabric on before it dried. Don’t worry, it wasn’t as exciting as it sounds. I’ll tell you what you missed. I used some multi-purpose glue to slowly glue the fabric to the pad. I went about an inch at a time, squeezed some glue on the pad, smeared it evenly on the pad with my finger, and then smoothed the fabric over that area and so forth until it was nicely and evenly glued on. I then went around the edges with fray check, just to make sure it doesn’t acquire any stragglers.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I busted Bill out, and put him to good use pressing my fabric to pad while it dried completely. Hey come on Bill! You know I love you…

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Shoot! I forgot to wipe the glue off my fingers before it dried! Leprosy! And not the cool kind you intentionally created when you were a kid with Elmer’s.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Ahh. That’s better. Now our mouse happily finds itself in an orange field of grey….old-school TV flowers.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Look who I found at D.I.!!!

Mona the dress form!!

She was just waiting for me over in the Collectibles corner. She’s vintage, but very sturdy  just like me. And adjustible! In like 16 different areas!

mad mim thrift store dress form

Isn’t she sexy?