Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Serger diaper tutorial

I have had requests for this tutorial so here it is again ;)
Disclaimer: I'm not a pro at diaper making's all been trial and error here.  I just examined a couple of my favorite dipes and based this off that. LOTS OF PICS...sorry
This is a snap in or lay in soaker so I just cut my inner and outer fabrics (you could make a pocket diaper this way too, just using a split inner fabric for opening):
Pin wrong side to wrong side:
Then I mark 1 inch in from my elastic points and contect them from elastic start to stop (keeping 1in from edge).  This will be your elastic casing.
Sew along those lines through both layers
Tack down your elastic at one point.  Be sure the elastic is as close to the casing (and as far from the edge) as possible.  Tack in between both layers.
Stretch the elastic and tack it down at end point.  Repeat for all three elastic parts.  It'll look like this:
 Now for serger....I usually start in the middle of one of the leg elastics...just b/c the bunching of the elastic will hide the start and stop point a bit.
Pull the wings to make them straight with the cutter on the serger when you get there.
When you get back to the point you started at serger over the start point a bit then (here's the tricky part...) with the needles IN the fabric, pick up the foot.  Move the fabric that is due to move under the needles to the left making a 90 degree with the needles.  Lower the foot and serger. This will make you serger off the fabric.  Keep going to create a little tail of thread to tie. (you can see my thread tail in the pic below to the right)
Take your tweasers and separate the needle thread from the looper thread.  My looper thread was black and my needle thread was white.
Tie the two (looper thread and needle thread) together and trim thread
Mine aren't as ruffly around the edges b/c I use the casing method on the elastic.  I don't like sewing directly on the elastic.  Instead of sewing the casings and tacking, you could just zig zag stitch all the way through the elastic from start to stop points leaving room for sergering and stretching the elastic as you go.
Then just make your soaker for snap in or lay in :) you can add snaps or velcro closure or just snappi

Saturday, December 3, 2011

We are experiencing technical difficulties...

So I tried switching my domain provider...what a headache!!!!!  Namesecure was getting too expensive and little did I know they would make it difficult for me to transfer my domain name to another company.  (yeah, I'm throwing their name out there b/c they made me mad!)  Long story short, my domain ended up expiring and they sold it to someone else!  So, if you tried to check in within the past month, you may have seen some pretty weird stuff.  Well, it was MY domain and I got it back.  It's taking a little bit longer than usual for my domain to be forwarded to blogger...I am hoping any day now.  What a headache!! (did I already say that?!)  

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoying some Christmas cheer this month.  My favorite holiday!!  The movers finally delivered our household goods and I have my sewing machine back!!! YAY!!!  Lots to do to catch up for Christmas ;)  And for those of you asking for the BITE ME Dino pattern for your Christmas sewing gift list, my store IS back up and running now.  HERE  The Dexterous Dino sewing pattern is about to enter it's final reviewing stages and testing and will be available soon. Thank you again for all of your patience.  This move and pregnancy have taken alot out of me! :)

Here's a little something from Korea...
Me and the Booger Bear man ;)
Happy sewing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Checking in :)

I know I promised to update with all that is going on right now.  I have been so very busy!  We are moving...many times lol.  As you know, my husband is military and our time has come up to move from our home in Tennessee.  We have been bouncing from state to state over the past 3-4 months with my husbands training.  Internet and time to sit and type out a blog have been scarce.

The big news.... we are moving to KOREA! Yes, it will be a big change for us (lol)...and for Booger Bear Creations.  I assure you that all of my products will continue to comply with CPSIA in the USA.  I have made arrangements in the US for faster and cheaper shipping so you will not have to wait for items from Korea or pay the hefty shipping.  Also, new to Booger Bear Creations, will be the addition of the Dexterous Dino pattern that has been in the works for the past few months!!  I am excited to introduce this to you guys as I know there have been many requests for it.

Please be patient with me... I know I have said that I will be offering many other patterns of mine (some for sale and some free on my blog), but these things take time.  I have to edit and perfect them so that they will be user friendly and I have to test them out with other people so I know that they can be read, understood and crafted by others.

Finally...  a last tid bit of big news...  We are expecting!!!  Yes, Booger Bear #2??  lol  Due around January/February, our little GIRL will become our newest addition to the family.

Hope everyone had an awesome summer!  Keep an eye out for more updates and I will try to make my way back to the computer more often ;)

Happy sewing!

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's been too long! ...I feel I should explain...

Hello out there world!  It's been way too long since I've visited you guys ....

I have been having the most wonderful time with my family!  You see, my husband is military and for the past year, he's been deployed to Afghanistan.  About a month ago, he returned home from deployment and we've been taking this time to get reacquainted with each other.  

(picture of us courtesy of the local newspaper)

I promise to be back up and running very soon.  I have been working with a good friend of mine to make a couple changes to Booger Bear Creations to offer you all MORE.  Lots of surprises in store ;)  

Thanks again for sticking with me :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tutorial - Goodie Bags

Simple and easy these would be great for any holiday or birthday!

You will need a piece of fabric about 8.5" by 2.75"  (or whatever size you want lol).  I prefer knit for the stretch and b/c the unfinished edges on the casings don't fray.

Fold i the ends on to the wrong side of the fabric 1" on each end and sew a line 1/4" from the edge.  Sew another line 3/8" from first sewn line.  You've made your casing!

Fold the fabric right side to right side lining up the edges and sew up the 2 sides.

Turn right side out.  Pinch the casing towards the side seam and make a tiny cut in ONLY ONE LAYER OF FABRIC.  Do this 4 times... on for each side of the side seams (see pic)

Use a safety pin on the end of your ribbon and thread the ribbon through one of the openings made.

Flip the bag over and take that same safety pin with ribbon still attached through the holes on the other side.

You will now have something that looks like this with the beginning and end ribbon to one side of the bag.

Start a new ribbon with the safety pin on the end.  Start on the opposite side of the bag and thread it through the hole.

Do like you did with the previous ribbon and thread it all the way around until you have the beginning and end pieces for that ribbon to one side.

Tie the two ribbons on each side together.

Pull both knotted ribbons to shut the bag.


Now make lots to share!!!

Happy sewing :)

Want to win some goodie bags???

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

The holidays were good to us!  We got to spend most of it in Sunny Texas!  Where I was born and grew up :)  Now, back here in Tennessee we are freezing!!  Literally!

So, my craft time has been spent making sweaters for my pathetically spoiled pooches.

See how sad they are....

But now....

All better and MUCH happier doggies.