Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pirate Boot Covers

BOOT COVERS... fit for a pirate!

First draw your design with newspaper to make your pattern.

Cut out your fabric (I used a dark faux leather) and hem the free ends.

Attach them to your boots with safety pins and mark where they need to be pinned to line up. 

Add a decorative cinch for detail.

Add trim to the border.

I added this little strap over my cinched fabric and embellished with a button.

Ta da!With a little ribbon to tie in the back, I've created removable boot covers.

A couple of us girls sporting our pirate duds!

Paper Mache parrot?

Yes... a homemade parrot - blue and gold macaw that is, and his name is Darwin.

Start with a skeleton of paper and chicken wire...

Bust out your elementary school paper mache skills - flour + water is classic. I looked up so many recipes for "new and improved" paper mache, but at the end of the day, thin even coats worked well. Allow form to dry between layers!

Paint a solid white....

then get creative! I painted all my colors first then hot glued feathers and beady eyes (found at Hob Lob)... I even made an eye patch for the little man.

How does he stay on your shoulder? We made a saddle out of leather that allows him to sit on your shoulder...

Darwin even met a distant relative at Ren Fest!


Trick O'Treat!!

A fun little sign we made for the house... 

One side says, "Trick O' Treaters... Welcome!"

and at the end of treat bowl "Out of Candy... Sorry!"

haha. The kiddos were so cute this year.


Friday, October 26, 2012


It's the time of year to dress up and celebrate Halloween. We were at our local Renaissance Festival and the weekend was pirate themed. So we just had to make our own props!

This go 'round I made my date a pirate vest and paper mache parrot. For me, I added large pirate cuffs to a pair of slouchy boots I already had... and the crown gems: our homemade pirate swords.

Stay tuned for each of the mini projects!

Sew. Sweet.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's been HOW long??

Oh my. Last post in February?

Where did the time go?

Well.. Meredith moved out west and Ali went back home for a job... distance and new commitments forced our blogging to be put on hold...

 BUT the two ladies of SewSweet are about to be REUNITED! 
We are so excited because THIS WEEKEND we will be together again...

Stay tuned... We've been saving up projects to share!