Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homemade Halloween... A Guest Post & Giveaway from Bringing Up Burns! :)

Good morning, blog friends! Welcome to another day of handmade fabulousness!! Today we have a super fun tutorial from Erin at Bringing Up Burns who is so creative! :) And make sure to enter her giveaway... details at the end of the post! Another giveaway will be today at noon, don't miss it!
xoxox Holly

Hello fellow Mommy Holly readers!

I'm Erin from Bringing Up Burns.

When I'm not busy "bringing up" my goblins, I love to create, sew, bake, blog, run and read. I also gather ruffles and twirl rosettes to fill my shop, Haute Blue B, with fabulousness.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make one of my most popular items.

A Haute Ruffle Tank...with a Haunted twist!

You'll need:

One tank top
Two 1/8 yard pieces of Chiffon (Halloween themed if you want!)
sewing machine & accessories

Take your first piece of Chiffon and cut it into a 3 inch wide strip the length of the fabric (usually 54 inches)

Take your second piece of Chiffon and cut it into a 2 inch wide strip.

Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length.

And the tightest tension!

Place the 2 inch strip on top of the 3 inch strip so that one edge matches up. Fold the raw end under.

Begin sewing down the right side about an inch in from the edge. Remember to back stitch when you start!

As you stitch, the tight tension and long stitch length should work to automatically ruffle up your two layers of chiffon nice and neat!

Continue down the length of the fabrics until you are almost to the bottom end.

Again, fold under the raw end, and then finish stitching, remembering to back stitch when you are done!

Adjust your stitch length and tension back to normal and then stitch your ruffle to your tank. I like to add it to one shoulder and a little down the neckline. Try to stitch right over the gathering stitch. You'll probably have to go slow and stop and start a bit to keep the ruffle from bunching up!

Super cute! Easy! Festive! and Fun!

You can use the same technique to make ruffles out of light weight cotton too!

As long as your fabric is not to heavy, it should ruffle easily.

Here's another example of a tank I made using cotton ruffles and some Rolled Rosettes!

So...What do you think of the Haute Ruffle Tank? I'm quite taken with the Haunted Twist.

Since my girls are too big for these tanks, I'd love to give them away to Mommy Holly readers! Do you know a little size 2T-4T someone who would look cute in these tanks? Let Holly know in the comments and she'll pick two winners. I'll mail them ASAP so your goblin can be HAUTE this Halloween!

Happy Haunting!

Thank you for a fab tutorial, Erin!! I want to make a pile of these tanks for myself! :) Like Erin said, if you'd like to be entered to win one of these fun tanks, leave a comment on this post.
You can get some extra entries, as well! Here's how:
1. Visit Erin's blog here and become a follower!
2. Follow her on Twitter.
3. Visit her shop here and tell me your favorite item! {The Sassafras shoe is the cutest, seriously!}

Good luck, good luck to all of you!!
Winners will be announced on Saturday! :)
See you at noon, xo!



Whoa awesome tanks! So creative.
I am now following Bringing up the burns


What a great shop! I love the Grace bib necklace & the Kate bib necklace. The shoes are cute too.


ooh I'd love one of the tanks size 4t for my daughter it would be a big hit for her halloween party at school.

Dixon Family said...

Great giveaway! How fun!

Dixon Family said...

The Sassafras mary janes are just too cute!

Polka Dot Moon said...

EEK! One of my favorite peeps on one of my favorite peeps blog :)

LOVE the tutorial! And I know a certain "wee fashionista" that would LOVE to wear one of your spooktacular tanks!

Denise :)

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

Love it!!!
You know I follow her cute blog already!!!

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

And I totally follow her on Twitter ;)

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

The "holiday" sassfras mary janes are my fave in her shop right now!!!

Amy said...

Oooh! Love these new little spooky tanks! I am already a follower of BUB and on Twitter! ;-) I am loving the mustard sassafras zapatos and of course that gorgeous Erin bib necklace!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

I have a super cute 4t girlie and I follow Erin's awesome blog!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

I follow her on twitter! (I'm @afdjewelry)

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

My favorite thing in her cute shop is "the Erin bib necklace " in love!!

Jenn said...

Oh my Ivy is a 3t and she LOVES all things halloween. We would be so excited to have one for her favorite holiday!

Amy{thosefunnylittlegirls} said...

so cute! Erin's got talent.

haleyv6 said...

I have a girl that would LOVE a haute TANK!!!!!

haleyv6 said...

I am a follower of BOTH of these fabulous blogs

haleyv6 said...

AND follow you on twitter!!! LOVE it Erin. Great job!

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