Knox Blocks and Canada Day!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I hope that you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Did you get a chance to check out Shorts Week last week?  So fun!
We're gearing up for Canada Day tomorrow {whoop! whoop!} so I made the kiddos some festive Knox Blocks.
My friend Kara introduced me to Knox Blocks at her daughters birthday a while ago.  They're old school and cool because the Jello is really firm.  You can pick these puppies up and give 'em a shake with no problem.
I used this recipe and cut out fun star shapes just in time for Canada Day!  
Thanks for stopping by.

xo Heather

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Shorts Week ~ Awesome Boy Shorts Round Up

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hey y'all!!
For our final day of 
I have put together a Round Up of some of the greatest Little Boy Shorts out there.


Made From Scratch:

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a men's dress shirt from Saltwater Kids
a dish towel from Dollar Store Crafts
pillowcases from Regina @ Creative Kismet


For Fun:
Superman Boy Shorts
They don’t sell R2D2 shorts so I painted my own :)
Painted by Areyna Schmidt (productiveslacker) 

For more fun Boy Short ideas check out my 

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Thanks for joining us!!

xo Heather

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Shorts Week ~ Upcycled Fox Shorts

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hey Guys!
I am loving all of the fun shorts ideas this week!  Be sure to stick around and check out all of the 
One thing that I haven't seen a lot of is freezer paper stenciled shorts.  
I've used this technique on t-shirts in the past so why not shorts?
What a great way to upcycle a plain old pair of shorts!
Darcy is a mountain biker so I chose this Fox symbol as a tribute to him.
A pair of Fox shorts from the bike shop would be $30-$40.  These Children's Place shorts were probably $5.99 and I had the rest of the supplies on hand.  Whoop whoop for fun, inexpensive projects!!

Here's what you need to do if you want to create your own:
Download and print an image that you would like to put on your shorts.
Trace the image onto freezer paper.  
I found freezer paper at our local IGA store.
Leave sections of the image attached so that it is easier to transfer your stencil to your shorts.
Cut out the image.
Iron the freezer paper onto the shorts, shiny side down.  Be sure to apply a bit of extra pressure to the edges and corners of the stencil.
Paint inside the stencil using fabric paint.
Carefully peel the stencil off and fill in any gaps in the image with more paint.
All done!
Now you have a fun pair of upcycled shorts!
Perfect for our next trip to the bike park!
I used the reverse stencil, the negative space that I had cut out of the freezer paper, to create this quick Fox symbol of the back of this t-shirt too!

Thanks for being a part of Shorts Week!
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Be sure to swing by tomorrow for an Epic Roundup of awesome Boy Short ideas!!

xo Heather

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Inspiring Creativity

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!! 
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us each week.
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xo Heather

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Shorts Week ~ Scrappy Shorts Tutorial from Kenda's Crafts

Hello!  I'm excited to be a part of Heather's 
One for the Boys ~ Shorts Week.  
My name is Kenda and I blog over at Kenda's Crafts.  

I am a mom of two boys; Little Man is 3-years-old and Mini Man is 3-months-old.  I blog about quilts, toys, and clothes that I sew for my kids.  My newest love is making matching outfits for my boys.  I have dreams of the whole family wearing clothing made out of drapes and singing My Favorite Things like the Von Trapps.  

Today I'm going to show you how to make shorts out of scraps.  I always have an abundance of scraps and this a good project to get rid of them.  I used the Little Heartbreaker pattern from the Sewing for Boys book.  This method will work for any pants or shorts pattern, however.



1.  To make these shorts you will first need some scraps.  I used denim scraps for these shorts, but anything will do.  I would just try to make sure the fabric is the same weight.  For example I wouldn't use t-shirt scraps along with denim because the denim would be too heavy and I don't think the shorts would hang right.

  I have kept about every pair of jeans I or my husband has had since the beginning of time, so scraps aren't a problem for me.  Why do I keep all this denim?  Good question.  The word 'hoarder' comes to mind.

2.  Cut out the smaller pieces of the pattern from larger scraps.  The waist band, especially, should be out of one scrap to reduce bulk.  

3. Lay out the larger pattern pieces and start to lay out scraps to cover the pattern piece.  Try to make sure the grain of all the scraps goes in the same direction.  I can never remember the correct terms (straight grain, cross grain), but I do remember which way the stretch goes.  When making pants (or shirts for that matter) you want the stretch to go around the curves (thighs).  The fabric should stretch  more in one direction than the other.  The direction that stretches should go around the legs.  Check out your clothing to see what I mean.  I usually have to look at a pair of pants every time I start cutting out pattern pieces to make sure I'm cutting in the right direction.

4. Once you have your scraps planned out, serge or finish the edges that will be on the inside of the pants.  I left the edges that will be on the outside raw.  I wanted the frayed look on the outside of the pants.  I didn't want the inside to fray (I didn't think that would be very comfortable).

5. Start sewing the scraps together.  Make sure you use a denim needle on your machine.  I forgot to do this.  Do as I say, not as I do.  I sewed the scraps by overlapping the pieces and sewing.  Because I kept the edges raw I doubled the stitches so that they wouldn't come apart from fraying.  You are also more than welcome to stitch the scraps together using normal seams.



6. After all the scraps are sewed together cut out your pattern piece.

7. FLIP PATTERN PIECE then repeat with scrap piecing.  I forgot to do flip the pattern piece and ended up with two pattern pieces facing the same way.  It took me a minute to realize that I wouldn't be able to sew the back center seam when I can't put the right sides together.  Again, do as I say, not as I do.  

8. Sew the shorts together according to the pattern.  

9. This step is optional: the next thing I did was throw the shorts in some dye.  I wasn't thrilled with how they looked after I finished.  Something about the bleached denim in the front and the pleats were just screaming old-man pants to me.  This could be eliminated by doing a better job of planning out the scrap placement.  I dyed them in the Denim Blue Rit Dye.  The dye darkened the front slightly.

10. After dyeing, throw the shorts in the wash to fluff up the raw edges.  

11. Embellish as desired.  I added a patch to the front of the shorts; this is also optional.  The patch was my dad's.  He recently gave me an assortment of patches he accumulated in the 80's when he was a soccer referee.  

12.  Last step: put them on a kid and enjoy!


Thanks for having me, Heather!

Please stop by Kenda's Crafts any time and say hi!

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I love the scrappy look of these shorts!  Just think of all of the scrap fabric possibilities!!!

Thanks for sharing Kenda!

xo Heather

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