Thursday, July 31, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Printable Back to School Bingo

I can't believe it's already time to get the kids back in school! There's always a little excitement when it comes time to start a new school year, but for the most part, we are all a little sad to say goodbye to summer. This Back to School Bingo should help the kids get ready for the new school year and could be a fun way to break the ice with a new class on their first day back!

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Just like my Halloween BingoThanksgiving BingoChristmas BingoEaster Bingo, Birthday Bingo, and Summer Bingo, I'm sure this version will be a hit with everyone, young and old!

Download the Back to School Bingo Set
(single PDF file includes 8 Bingo cards and calling pieces)

I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 Bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing Bingo. To help solve this problem without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own Bingo card.

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Print out the Blank Summer Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card (with the "free" space already added), all 24 Bingo pieces, and the calling cards. Print out the cards on cardstock, and the Bingo pieces on cardstock or regular copy paper.

Cut the Bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with glue stick or Elmer's glue until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting, but my daughter had no problem gluing all the pieces down herself.

(single PDF file includes blank Bingo card, Bingo pieces, and calling pieces)

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Game Instructions 
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares: buttons, candy, beans, M&Ms, wrapped candy, cereal, or any other small items work great!
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the DIY set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. The caller will draw a calling piece and announce the item on the card. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

Download Instructions:
On the top left under "File", click the "Download" option. A pop-up window should appear. Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the Bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and then laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.

Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Reversible Barbie Skirts

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My daughter's Barbie doll collection has slowly been growing, and some of them come with little to no clothes... Being the little fashionista that she is, my daughter requested that her dolls should have a little more variety in their clothing choices. I have never sewn Barbie doll clothes before, and honestly, I've been a little scared to try. I've been kind of putting it off for a while, but then I received a few fun colors of Oly*Fun fabric from Fairfield World and knew it would be a fun fabric to work with for Barbie and her friends to get some new skirts!

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Oly*Fun fabric doesn't fray, which means there's no hemming involved - which is perfect for this Barbie skirt project! Start by tracing the Barbie Reversible Circle Skirt printable pattern on two different color fabrics using a water-soluble or disappearing ink marker. For this tutorial, I used Sea Green and Lemondrop fabrics.

Cut the circles out right on the line or just inside. Once the circles are cut out, pin around the circles to prevent the skirt from shifting while you sew on the waistband.

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Using some wide, white bias tape, I carefully wrapped it around the inner circle and pinned it in place. Make sure the pin has gone through both skirt layers and that the bias tape is sitting a little bit above the skirt. Once you've pinned the waistband completely, you can remove the pins holding the outer skirt together.

If you want to skip a step, you could easily use some wide fold over elastic in different colors for a different look!

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Starting at the bias tape seam, sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape in a zig zag stitch. Go slowly and pull the pins out as you go. If you need to raise the foot to adjust, make sure the needle is down so you don't miss any spots or have the skirt shift!

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My sewing isn't perfect, but here's how it should look when you're done. No one will be able to tell that it's not perfect when you're done, and hopefully your Barbies aren't going to complain! You can try the skirt on the Barbie to make sure it fits over the widest part of her hips. I've tried it on a bunch of different kinds of Barbies and it seemed to fit them all, so hopefully you won't have any problems.

Check along the edge to make sure you got everything sewn together. Flip the skirt over to check the other side.

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Cut a piece of thin elastic about 3.5" long. Add a safety pin to each end. Thread one end through the opening in the bias tape seam and pull it all the way through. The second safety pin will just help the other end of the elastic from getting pulled into the waistband.

Once you have both ends of the elastic through the waistband, overlap them and sew them together with your sewing machine or by hand. Once they are sewn together, tuck the elastic into the waistband, and try to fold the open edges of the bias tape in. Lay them flat and sew a zig zag stitch over the opening a few times to finish the waistband.

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Now the skirt is all done! Our lovely model is sporting the Kiwi and Orchid skirt. The skirt is easy to flip around (I had a four year old test it out for me to make sure), and I love how it gives a whole new look!

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Since the Oly*Fun fabric comes in so many different colors, you'll have so many options for different skirts! My daughter loves the new reversible skirts, and now all the Barbies are covered!! Each skirt took me about 20-25 minutes to make from start to finish.

Oly*Fun Fabric for Reversible Barbie Skirts from

Oly*Fun fabric from Fairfield World is a very versatile fabric with so many uses! You can sew or glue the fabric together, and it can also be used as decor or fashion! And since it's waterproof, you can even use it for outdoor projects and decor!! Get more project inspiration from the Fairfield World Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. You can purchase Oly*Fun fabric in their shop.

I received Oly*Fun product from Fairfield World as part of this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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