Posts tagged ‘Tutorial’

August 7, 2015

DIY Friday: Non-Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

All right ladies, I know we’ve all been there. There’s a pair of shoes that are just gorgeous. The only problem is once you try to walk in them, your feet will go flying and you’ll look like Bambi learning to walk.

You can buy non-slip pads, but those can go anywhere from $4 to $8 a pop, which adds up pretty quick if you’re like me and have more shoes than, well, I’m not going to say than what because you might be horrified.

So make your own! I bought a roll of traction tape, and I’ve been cutting off strips to stick onto the bottom of my shoes. They work great–actually, even better than the non-slip pads that I was scammed into buying way back before I knew traction tape existed. And seven and a half feet of this stuff will last me, um, hopefully until next year, haha.

You can get traction tape on Amazon or any hardware store. This is the one I got, because it’s clear, but color doesn’t matter since it will go on the bottom of the shoe. As long as it’s sticky and wide enough to cover your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

First measure how much you’ll need, and then cut out a piece of traction tape that will cover the bottom of your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Then snip off any extras if your shoe has a unique shape, like these pointy toed pumps.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Peel and apply to the bottom of the shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Press and rub to activate the adhesive, or just walk around in them for a little bit.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Voila! Easy enough, right? 🙂

(Yes, sorry for the gross cuticles. Swimming and sewing and crocheting and never having lotion will do that to ya.)

DIY Non Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape by Bumbling Panda

August 4, 2015

10 Dresses Week 4! Lace Sleeveless Gathered Dress

Lace Gathered Fit and Flared Dress Outfit 2

Yay, it’s already week 4! Only 6 more dresses to go, and I can’t wait to get the rest out to you guys. This week we’re making this sleeveless lace, fit-and-flare, gathered dress. It’s very simple, with an elastic waist and a comfortable flowy skirt, which makes it super comfortable. I made the skirt to my knee, something I don’t normally do, but it’s perfect for church. I also wore this dress to see the Dalai Lama a few weeks ago! lace dress

The lace fabric is something I’ve had for years. I bought a five-yard bolt from Wal-Mart for $5, and I haven’t been able to use up all of it. You’d be surprised how much you can actually make with five yards. Anyway, I finally decided to whip up this dress, and used jet set knit for the lining. You’ll need about one and a half yards depending on your size and height.

lace dress 2Hope you guys like it! Let me know what you think. 🙂

Next week, we’ll be making the striped (also)-sleeveless dress. It’s so casual and comfy, I almost want to call it a t-dress, except it doesn’t have any sleeves. I wore it walking around the harbor with Husband on a super hot day, and it was perfect for the scorching weather. I love how I wore it here with my jeans jacket. I finally got an excuse to wear the denim yo!

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Say hello to Reggie again!

So for next week’s fabric, go grab some stretchy knit fabric. It can be striped or any print that you like. You’ll need about a yard to a yard and a half, so get ready!

July 31, 2015

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

July 28, 2015

10 Dresses Week Three! Elastic Waistband Curved Hem Dress

Elastic Waist Curved Hem

Welcome back to week three! Remember to send me pictures of your dresses so I can re-post and give you props, yo! Because you deserve it.

Say hello to our guest star, Reggie. He’s a 3-pound, pure-white Maltese I’ve been watching, and he’s the perfect little co-host. Look how terrified he looks in this photo, though. I swear we were actually having a blast, he probably was just startled by the camera clicks.

Week three’s challenge is very similar to my leopard print, elastic-waistband dress that I made way back way when. But I love it a lot more because I finished the neckline, sleeves, and hem differently. I love that the hem is curved and so different from the straight lines I usually do. It gives it a nice flirty look.

Here’s the tutorial:

For this project, I used a very thin, flowy woven cotton. It’s almost silky, but was a charm to work with. The print is bright but (for once) not floral, which is a nice change from the other dresses in this series. I’ve had the fabric for years but never knew what to do with it. When I started this 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks project, I dug around in my stash and remembered how gorgeous this was.

Here I paired it with my favorite leggings and lace booties stilettos. I consider my usual style sweet and girly, but I love how this looks with my long-forgotten moto jacket. I haven’t worn this thing in so long but now I don’t know why because I love it! Once winter comes around, you’ll be seeing repeats of this more times than you can count. 🙂

You can also forget the leggings and jacket during hotter summer days, and wear it with some gladiator sandals. Top if off with a light denim jacket and you’re good to go. This dress is so comfy and flowy, it would also make the perfect swimsuit cover-up. Pair it with some sandals, and maybe throw on a light cardigan when it gets too breezy. Hmm, cardigans. I love cardigans. I need bright colorful ones to jazz up some dull dresses I have. Maybe that’s an idea for my next challenge. 🙂

Stop by on Thursday for my Outfit on a Budget post and I’ll show you how I styled this in the office.

Elastic Waist Curved Hem Dress

I’m trying to look serious for once.

Anyway, have you made any dresses lately? Link me to anything you want to show off. 🙂

Next week we’re doing the fully-lined, lace, fit-and-flare, gathered waistline dress. Wow, what a description, huh? I used about one and a half yards of stretchy lace fabric, and another one and a half yard of jet set knit for the lining.

Lace Gathered Fit and Flared Dress Outfit 5

However, it is a bit longer than what I usually do for dresses, but I had planned to wear that to see the Dalai Lama and as my go-to for church. So if you don’t want to make it as long as the one I showed (a little bit past knee-length), then you might only want to get one yard. It all depends on you.

See you soon for next Tuesday’s tutorial! But don’t forget to stop by on Thursday for the next Outfit on a Budget, and how I styled this dress.

July 21, 2015

10 Dresses Week Two! Crocheted Swimsuit Coverup

How to Make a Swimsuit Cover Up or Sweater DressWelcome back to the second week in our summer dresses challenge! Who made the first dress? Please send me pictures if you did!

I’m not sure what to call this, really. A cover-up? A light sweater dress? Also, the fabric–is it lace, is it crocheted?

Swimsuit Coverup

Well whatever it is, I looooooove it.

You can wear it as a swimsuit coverup as I do here.

swimsuit coverup

Or you can wear it over a simple tank dress.

Swimsuit Sweater Dress

It was pretty easy to make this especially since I left the salvage as part of the hem for the bottom and the sleeves, which meant no hemming–yay! Right behind ripping up seams, hemming is probably my least favorite part about sewing. But that’s not the reason I left the neckline raw–I just liked the effect this fabric has when it’s unfinished.

The cuts are very simple. I used a tank dress for the bodice, and then added sleeves. Voila and done. Here’s the video tutorial:

I really love this dress because it’s so versatile. As a swimsuit cover-up, it’s definitely eye-catching, and the bright color goes perfect for summer and pool-side lounging.

I really love layering clothes, so I think it also looks great worn over another dress. Or maybe as a sweater over some leggings. I sometimes think I was born to live exclusively in winter months. But then again, I love bikinis and sunbathing and beaches and pools too much to really stand by that. Actually I just love clothes in general, so never mind.

The other day my best friend and I decided to take advantage of the neighborhood pool. We popped some tiny single-servings of Sutter Home Moscato wine, snacked on frozen grapes, and had a great girls’ day. It was so nice to see her and just enjoy the sunshine.

Next week we’re working on the elastic-waist, curved-hem dress. So if you’re getting ready to sew that project along with me, you’re going to need a yard of woven fabric and a length of elastic. I used the very thin kind, somewhere around 3/8″ wide. Looking forward to seeing how your projects are turning out!

July 14, 2015

Week One! Floral Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Oh em gee, yo, I’m excited to post this dress. I think of all the ten I’m doing for my 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks summer series, this is still my favorite. But not really because I love them all!

This fit-and-flare, floral dress fits absolutely perfectly, but that wasn’t so much due to my sewing talents as it is to the stretchy knit fabric. It’s perfect, thick enough that I didn’t need a lining, but light enough that it won’t suffocate me during those hot 100-degree Southern California days. (First world problems, I know, I know.)

I got this fabric for half off at Joann’s, so I think it came out to about $6 to $7 a yard. Since I only need one yard to make a dress (on average, anyway, depending on the style) because I’m short, that’s definitely a steal!

The bodice is fitted, and modeled after another fit-and-flare dress I own that’s shrunken to a miniature size of what it used to be. The bodice hits me just above the waistline–though I wish I would have dropped it about an inch or two below that.

The skirt is a boxy cut, and I pleated it at the waistline. Want to know a secret? I did it wrong at first. The front pleats were facing the wrong way (inwards, when I wanted them outwards). I was too lazy to change it at first, but then it bothered me so much in the pictures that I had to go back and rip up the seams, which has got to be the worst thing ever (in sewing life, anyway). I’m so glad I sucked it up because I love the dress so much now that it’s done and just the way I like it.

Fit and Floral Pleated Dress OOABFit and Flare Pleated Dress

In the video, I’m pairing it with my black lace booties. Only because stilettos make my legs look longer and I’ll take what I can get in the vertical department. I think it would look lovely paired with some round-toed flats, some sheer tights, and a comfy cardigan for extra warmth.

Then in the summer you can tone it down to some cute sandals and a big floppy hat (to please my Asian mother and protect from the sun) and head to the beach!

So go grab some floral knit fabric and whip up this dress. I made it with half a yard, but I’m petite and wear a small to medium in most brands. If you’re taller, you might want to consider buying a yard and a half, but I still have some leftover from that yard of fabric.

Please send me pics or links if you do make this dress. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Next week, we’ll be working on the pink swimsuit cover-up (or oversized sweater dress, depending on how you look at it 😉 ), so go grab yourself a yard of a sweater-like or crochet-like fabric. I got mine at Jo-Ann, and it was half off apparel knits when I went, so my dress was around $6 to make. Good look, and see you next week!

June 30, 2015

I CAN Change a Leopard’s Spots

A few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our ten-year, first-date anniversary. (Yes, we celebrate out first date! But only because we got married on Christmas Eve–all the ladies say “awww”–and the holiday season is usually sucked up by family time, so it’s easier to celebrate just Us on a different date.) I bought this midi skirt for our big night out because it looked so beautiful online and I had the perfect outfit in my mind. Well, it’s technically a midi skirt, but on me it’s more of a maxi. 🙂

Once the package arrived, I couldn’t remember why I thought it would look so great. It’s absolutely not my style at all. I think longer skirts tend to make me look shorter, and I manage that effect organically as it is. I even tried it on as a dress and…

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So I decided to turn it into a tank top instead! Click for the tutorial.

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September 10, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sewing Tutorial

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As promised, I’ve finished the video tutorial on the minion hoodie. Check it out below!

September 9, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sneak Peak

IMG_6014Halloween is coming up! Less than 2 months to go, which means the craft blogosphere is about to explode with a frenzy of costume sewing project showcases and tutorials.

To be honest, I was never that much into Halloween. I didn’t like dressing up, the costumes were itchy, and my parents always ended up taking the candy away. While I thought that last part was the most cruel and unusual punishment back then, I guess it was kind of a good thing. That and when I was a kid, Halloween always happened to fall on a night when I couldn’t go, like I had a class or my parents wanted me to be somewhere else. I don’t know why, but as a result, I was never into the dressing up or anything. What was the point, when you’d have to spend all that money on an outfit you’ll wear only once?

This changed, though, when I learned how to sew my own costumes. So much cheaper, funner, and more gratifying. About two or three years ago, I made my Totoro hoodie, so this year, I was inspired to recreate something like it, except with the super adorable Minions from Despicable Me!

Yes, this image above is deliberately dark so that you don’t get to see what the real hoodie looks like, since I’ll be uploading the tutorial later this week. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know through Facebook and Twitter, so check those pages out if you want. Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you’ll see the sewing tutorial video as soon as it’s up.

Anyway, I had a little bit of a strange day when I started making the Minion hoodie. If I was in a play, it would definitely be a farce. I woke up just feeling a need to sew, so I finally dragged out the yellow fleece and old pair of jeans that I’ve had sort of lying in the corner in wait for this special day. I got to the sewing machine, and of course my needle had to break as soon as I sewed my first seam. I dug in my stash for a spare and by some miracle, since our stuff is still in boxes from our latest move, found one. But when I replaced it, my sewing machine just wasn’t happy. I worked at it for one full, frustrating hour, and finally gave up, leaving the hoodie to sort of sit in a puddle of unsewn parts on my table.

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I finally sucked it up and looked up a sewing machine repair place on Yelp, and came across Albertson Sewing & Vacuum Center in Lakewood, which wasn’t far from me. So I drove there, and they were the nicest people ever–I have to give them a shout-out on here. The guy who helped me didn’t even charge me anything, said it was just my needle, replaced it and then sent me on my way. It took all of about fifteen minutes (not including the driving and getting lost because I have like absolutely no sense of direction).

[Although, he did sort of guilt trip me for not using a good quality needle. But hey! I didn’t even know where that needle had come from. It had just somehow ended up in my stash. I’m pretty sure it was one of freebies that came with my sewing machine when I’d first purchased it. But at least now I’ll know not to torture my machine by forcing it to run on some unbranded needle from who knows where.]

I was so happy afterwards that I sort of had tunnel vision and went home to SEW SEW SEW my Minion hoodie. BUT THEN, just after like three stitches, THE NEEDLE BROKE. AGAIN. Blaarghghhhhh!

So after that, I gave up, and once again abandoned my Minion. For about a week. But I did run to Joann’s to grab some supplies, needle included, and today I came back to rescue the hoodie. Which means you get a tutorial soon! Stay tuned!