DIY 3 Layer Ruffle Skirt

Hello Everyone,

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!

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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.

DIY Fitted Face Mask!

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I’ve been making masks all week for family members and others I know who needs them. They are easy to make and completely adjustable to any size you need. Click Here for the pdf pattern for this fitted mask.

What you will need:

Cut 4 pieces of the pattern and 2 pieces of the interfacing. Iron the interfacing on 2 of the pieces of fabric.

Sew the front curve of each set of pieces with wrong sides facing up.

Iron the seam down the center.

Place one end of the first piece of elastic on one edge of the fabric and pin it. Take the other side and pin it down the bottom of that same piece of fabric and pin it. Place the other side of the fabric on top and pin. Make sure the elastic is on the inside of the 2 pieces of fabric and not on the outside. Refer to the video above for visual instructions.

Repeat this step on the other side then pin the rest of the 2 pieces together and sew. Leave a space open on one side so you can turn the fabric right side out.

Before you turn the fabric right side out place the beading wire piece on top of the curve, pin and sew a zig-zag stitch around the wire to keep in place. Turn the fabric right side out. Fold in the fabric with the opening is then iron flat. Continue ironing the rest of the fabric as well

Finally, topstitch around the entire mask making sure when you get around to the beading wire you sew underneath. This not only will create a casing keeping the wire in place. It will also save your sewing needle from breaking.

If you have any questions or comments in regards to the tutorial please leave them in the comment box.

~Nika xoxo

DIY Unicorn Headband!

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Back with another DIY headband tutorial. I absolutely love making these. Not to mention this one is just in time for the Easter Holiday. These days Amazon is my go-to place for supplies due to the pandemic that’s going on. I will list the main items I purchased on Amazon through the link below. As always if you have comments or questions leave them below.

~Nika xoxo

Supplies:

The first thing you want to do is cut the unicorn ears. I made a triangle and curved the sides to give more of an ear effect. Cut 2 for the felt and 2 for the foam sheets.

Make the inner ear slightly smaller than the main earpieces. Once you’ve done that you can place the stabilizer pieces onto the headband then place the ears on top of those and headband as shown below.

Lastly, you will place the flower in front of the ears so that they look like a crown. After that, you’re done. You can make your ears as big or little as you like and change up materials used as well.

My headbands came out Autumn approved so I am happy. Happy DIYing everyone.

Kidpik Unboxing Spring 2020

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My sunshine has a new video live on her channel. Make sure you are subscribed if you are not subscribed already https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2GDhMlHJcvGLYEGJ0pBwag She is trying to create a productive channel and she needs support. However, from a mother’s point of view. I love her Kidpik subscription boxes. The clothes are quality and fit her style very well. You can also go into your account and change your child’s style and sizes as needed. There are many subscription options available, as well you can pause your subscription if needed. Which is another reason I love Kidpik. Watch her video below to see what came in her Spring Kidpik box.

Thanks everyone!

DIY Thing 1, Thing 2 Headband!

Hello Everyone,

These cute headbands are fun and easy to make and the cost is minimal. I know its been some time since I’ve posted here but I am planning our upcoming projects. I hope my posts are helpful to you in some way and please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments as well as your projects with me.

~Nika xoxo

What You Need

In the first step, you will start by tying a piece of tulle around the headband. Then you will tie another not in that same tulle. I dabbed a small amount of hot glue just under the tulle then slid it down on top of the hot glue to hold it in place. This will keep the rest of the tulle from pushing that first piece down and holding the other pieces in place as you go.

You will continue tying the tulle around the headband all the way around the headband until the last piece is even with the other side of the headband. Make sure to add a small dab of hot glue to the last piece of tulle just like we did on the first one. The video posted within this post will give you a better idea of what I am telling you.

Once you have gotten all the tulle added to your headband, you will make a small bow to add to the “Thing” hair for your finishing touches.

Your headband should look similar to this one. Don’t worry if some of the tulles are uneven you can always cut them to your liking. Also, remember these projects are handmade and little imperfections are what make it more unique.

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