Oh gosh. I have totally and completely hit the busiest point of my summer. Lots of amazingly great stuff going on around here – I will be sharing more details next week. In the meantime, sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy the best of summer projects from our Season 16 challengers!
Project #1 Nautical Beach Bag
Nothing says summer like a fun beach bag! To take the theme a bit further, the beach bag that I made has a fun nautical theme.
The bag is nice and sturdy with a thick, striped home decor fabric and lined with navy blue. The front has a reverse appliquÃ© of a cute little whale in an anchor print that I had sitting around. I hand stitched around it just to add a little something extra.
The rope handles are tied on with a bowline knot. The bowline knot is actually used in sailing, so it fits the theme! Yeah… I had to watch a lot of YouTube videos to figure that one out… “the rabbit comes out of the hole, around the tree, and back through the hole.”
And this thing is BIG! Towels take up a lot of room, and we are gonna need space for snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, you name it! I’m pleased to say that I can fit five towels in this thing with room for more. Awesome!
Project #2 Beach Time
Nothing says summer like beachwear and a huge beach bag!
For this theme I knew I wanted to try my hand at designing and making a bikini. Once I started I couldn’t just stop! I made my daughter a costume to match and a huge bag that would hold our towels, lotion and water bottles.
I wanted a bikini with a sweet ruffle that would gently reveal a bandeau top underneath. I sketched out the design and set about piecing it together.
It has waterproof elastic along the bottom and side seams to keep it snug and in place. I also added some thin boning at the edges to keep the bandeau shape. The centre of the bikini is softly ruffled to add detail.
The top of the bikini bottoms has a line of navy to offer a symmetry to the navy that peeks out from the bottom of the bandeau. The coral ruffle adds a discreet covering. The tiny swimsuit has a ruffled neckline and ruffle skirt as these days my daughter only likes wearing “twirly” clothes! I made her ruffles more ‘ruffly’ for this reason!
Finally, the bag was originally a hardy tablecloth that had seen better days. I based the design on an old, loved bag that is no longer in service due to too much use! I like roomy bags with lots of compartments so I gave it two outside pockets. These have wide elastic top seams which means easy access whilst maintaining some security. I lined the bag in a coral polka dot fabric and added a little internal pocket for ice cream money and beach treasures. The bag ‘closes’ with another wide elasticated seam so that you don’t have to worry about finickity buckles and zips with sandy fingers on the beach. Its a ‘bung it in and go bag!’
Project #3 3D DIY Dragonflies
I am so excited to be back this week and share my summer project with everyone. I must say each week is getting harder and harder for me. My youngest daughter recently decided she wanted her bedroom decorated in green, blue and black. Seriously?!? It has been a huge challenge for me, then the other day she said dragonflies and I immediately knew a project for her room was my summer project. I wanted something different to hang in her room and I decided something 3D would look really neat so I decided to make 3D dragonflies.
Her and I went shopping for some specialty paper for this project. I kinda had an idea in my head but I knew till I started on the project I wouldn’t exactly know how it was going to come together. My daughter helped in picking out the exact color of blue and green. Little did I know when I purchased all the paper that the blue was actually vinyl and not paper. But finding that out was so helpful, so if you decide to make these recommend vinyl and paper or double sided paper.
I used a dragonfly that I have on my Gypsy and cut out 24 each in the green and the blue and 12 in the black paper on my Cricut. Then I used the shadow for the dragonfly and cut out 12 in the silver paper. I love how it looks like fireworks. Then I cut the antlers off of all the dragonflies and the wings off of the dragonflies that were cut out in the black paper. I used my create a sticker to make the black paper a stick for the body. I took the backing off of the vinyl and put it on the back of the green paper making double sided dragonflies. I wanted half of the dragonflies to have wings with blue facing up and half to have wings with green facing up. Then I attached everything with glue dots.
I am not completely set on if the dragonflies are going to stay where they are in her room or not so for now they are decorating her mirror and she LOVES them! To give her mirror a more complete look I used a dry erase marker and wrote dragonflies on her mirror and made the black dots behind the dragonflies like a trail along the mirror.
Project #4 Watermelon Treats
Summer… Oh, how I love summer. The ridiculous heat, swimming in community pools, kids running around like little crazy people, the joy… oh and the watermelon. Watermelon SCREAMS summer to me, so when I saw the theme was “summer,” I knew I had to use the lovely, watery fruit somehow. What is better than a Watermelon Mojito for the adults and watermelon popsicles for the little ones?
Check it, people. You know you want to dive into the mojito. Trust me, it is an easy recipe. Mint, rum, sugar, watermelon and a splash of ginger ale (notice I didn’t say a “splash of rum” right?”pour it in). Serve it in cute mason jars and paper straws and you have yourself a party (of course, you could always leave the rum out of this recipe and share with your kiddos).
Fresh pureed watermelon, honeydew, and kiwi… along with some organic semi-sweet chocolate chips… and you have got yourself some look alike watermelons on a stick.
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