Expressions Vinyl September Mystery Box

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I came across Expressions Vinyl mystery boxes in July when I was looking to purchase new htv. Looking on YouTube I found a video on the Expressions Vinyl YouTube channel. I was intrigued to say the least. Unfortunately, it was too late for me to purchase one for July. I put my name on the mailing list to be informed when the next Mystery Box would be available. After waiting I got an email early August informing me that I could purchase the next box. Long story short I received my box the first week of September. Below is my unboxing video.

I chose to purchase the combo box. They do have 3 different types. The Adhesive box, The Heat Transfer Box and the Combo box.

I have to say I am extremely pleased with the vinyl’s I received and will be purchasing the next mystery box in November.

Fitted Face Mask with Straw Hole

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So I have been working on making straw holes and mouth openings for my fitted face mask and today I decided to share the video with you of me making another concept. Life has been tough since starting chemo but I still find moments to create here and there. So I hope you like the video below. As well, I am leaving a link to the velcro I used int he video.

~Nika xoxo

Velcro – https://amzn.to/3f3nHly

DIY 3 Layer Ruffle Skirt

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It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a sewing tutorial but, I wanted to put one out. With the current situation of my health, I can only do tutorials especially sewing when I feel good. I hope you like it.

~Nika xoxo

Items needed:

The first steps in making the skirt are cutting the larger rectangle which is the main part of the skirt. You want to measure your waist and then double that and add 1″. Decide how long you want the skirt to be. I made this skirt for my daughter so I measured made my rectangle 47″ x 10″. For the strips, you want to triple the size of the skirt. My bottom strip I made 4″ in length and the other two are 3″ in length. I used a 1″ non-roll elastic measured the size of the waist. In this case, my daughter’s waist is 23″.

Next, you want to finish the raw edges if you are using a fabric that frays like the one I am using above. My sewing machine came with an overcasting foot. I also have a serger which I did not use for this project. If you don’t have either one you can use a zig-zag stitch. Finish all the raw edges of each piece.

If you are not using a ruffler foot or a gathering foot. You want to set your sewing machines tension to the tightest tension (mine is 9) and the longest length (mine is 4).

Next, you will begin feeding only the strips of fabric to create ruffles. If you want your ruffles to be a little more loose decrease the tension and length until it’s to your liking.

To add the bottom layer of the ruffle to the main part of the skirt. You do this by laying out the main rectangle on the right side of the fabric and pin the wrong side of the 4″ strip to the bottom of the main fabric. The image above should be what it looks like once you’ve finished sewing it on.

Now its time to sew the other two layers of ruffles to the skirt. Find where you want to place the second layer. Place this layer above the first layer as shown. Pin and sew. Repeat this step for the third layer of ruffles. Note these layers are placed on top of the skirt and sewn with a topstitch.

FINISHED LAYERS

Next, meet both sides together on the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Make sure to meet the ruffles together (explained in the video above). Sew the fabric together using either a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, or both.

Sew the elastic together. I over laped mine and used a zig-zag stitch to close.

After that is complete, take the elastic and pin the front, back, and both sides of the skirt to the elastic.

Once you have it pinned you want to pull the elastic as you sew it to the waist of the skirt. This can be very tricky so you want to make sure you have a firm hold on the fabric and the elastic. This may take some time getting use to but make sure you are holding both sides of the fabric as shown while you are pulling the elastic along. Be careful not to pull too tight you don’t want to break the needle on your machine.

For the last step, roll the waistband over as shown and repeat the same steps as the previous. One thing you want to do differently is to make sure the fabric isn’t bunched up before you begin sewing. You may need to take your time in this process.

Now you are all finished.

Please make sure to leave any questions or comments below. If you would like to share your photos you can tag me on your social media or leave them in the comments section.

Fabric Sheet Haul

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I’ve been wanting to share my fabric sheets I purchased for making hair bows. Most of them I love some of them I am disappointed in. But I hope you like my fabric sheets. Tell me which ones of your favorite.

~Nika xoxo

Recovering From Surgery

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It’s been a while since I posted something that wasn’t about a diy or tutorial. Well, I have some recovery time here that will hinder my creating for a while. So I guess I will keep you all updated on what’s going on with me outside of creating.

I wanna say for the last 9 months off and on I have been dealing with some severe abdominal pain. Over the last two months, I have been dealing with some serious pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Long story short over time it got really bad and on Friday May 15, 2020 I had Colectomy Surgery due to a mass found in my colon. I spent 8 days in the hospital which was a nightmare being away from my family for so many days. You know they say there is no worse pain you will ever go through than childbirth. Well, I have had 7 children vaginally and I would rather have 2 more babies than deal with this pain I am dealing with right now.

Anyway, prior to 2:41 pm today May 26, 2020 we were still waiting on pathology results. Actually, my surgeon called as I started typing this. I do have the results and I actually am not going to post them right now because we haven’t talked to the children about them just yet. Not to mention I have 4 doctors appointments coming up and I want to assess what each one has to say. None of this is easy and I don’t even know if this makes sense as I’m typing it. I just wanted all of you to know how things were going and where I have been.

~Nika xoxo

DIY Face Mask With Filter Pocket!

Hello Everyone,

This video is similar to my pleated face mask video and tutorial. The difference is there is less fabric and it’s made to have a pocket or opening for a disposable filter. As always these mask are washable. I make mine with 100% cotton. Have fun & Happy Sewing!

~Nika xoxo

DIY Flower Crown Headband

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This headband is really easy and fun to make. I will be making more of these types of headbands on my blog so look forward to the upcoming hair accessory diys.

~Nika xoxo

What you need:

First, you will connect the 2 ends of the elastic headband.

Then you will begin placing the faux flowers around the headband using the hot glue gun. You can place the flowers all the way around or do as I did and place them on just the front part of the headband.

At this point once you get all the flowers on place any embellishments on the headband and you’re done.

These headbands can be made in many different ways and with different types of flowers and or embellishments. As always if you have any questions or comments please let me know in the comments.