It’s the middle of basketball season around here. It’s January, and for middle school basketball, we have about 8 more weeks of games. (Then AAU season starts, but that is another kettle of fish entirely.) The Big One plays a lot of basketball between lessons, games, and practice, we are often running from gym to gym. I’ve picked up a fair amount of spirit wear as a sports mom, including several basketball mom shirts, but the reality is that I can always use a few more. I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air to create my very own Basketball Mom shirt. I’m going to share the shirt with you today, along with a quick tutorial to show you how to turn font and images into a single Welded image. By doing this, your designs become even easier to position on fabric, and you don’t have unexpected cut lines.
Well, the summer swimming season is winding to a close. Frog has one meet left this season (the “Big” one, in fact!), and then he’ll have a brief break from swimming. He has been doing very well, and I love watching how excited he gets when he is swimming with his friends. I ended up making pendants for both of us last week to accompany his paracord bracelets, and my charm bracelet. I received a lot of compliments about the necklace from other parents, and I was delighted with how easy the pendants were to make and how easily they could be personalized with anyone’s favorite team or mascot.
I had a pendant kit that came with the 1″ pendants and the 1″ glass domes. It had a selection of black and chrome pendants. I thought Frog would find the black to be more manly. He enjoys wearing manly necklaces that include things like arrowheads, shark teeth or dog tags, so I was hoping that this one would also appeal to him. This is a super quick and easy project, and I was able to make both pendants in under 30 minutes. It took a bit longer to dry, but I did them after Frog went to bed one night, so they were ready to wear in the morning!
After you find and save your team logo as a jpg file, and print it out, you’ll need to get it into the pendant. The first step is to punch out your mascot or sports’ team shape with a 1″ punch, so you get a nice smooth fit in the pendant case. I’m sure that most everyone knows this tip, but its much easier to get the punch perfectly positioned if you turn the paper over, so you can see the shape in the opening.
Once you’ve gotten the logo or mascot punched out, you use a little diamond glaze to get the pendant put together using the punched logo, the glass dome and the pendant. Once you’ve glued it together, you set it aside to dry. I left them to dry over night.
Then to accent mine, I got out some black and red beads and attached them to head pins. I didn’t think Frog would like these details, so I left them off of his.
After I had a red one and a black one (those are his team’s colors), I attached them to my largest jump ring. The next morning when everything had dried, I strung the pendants and the jump ring onto ball chains. Frog was delighted when he woke up, and has been wearing his ever since!
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I was lucky enough to be able to have a guest post over at Alderberry Hill a couple of weeks ago! I’m just starting to get my feet wet with jewelry making, but I’ve always loved charms and beads. When I was a little girl, my mother had this beautiful silver charm bracelet that she got on her sixteenth birthday, and I loved to take it out of her jewelry box and admire it. I always wanted one just like hers, but never had one. However, this summer is my chance! I made my own charm bracelet!
As you probably know from my other Swim League Swap posts, swimming is big in the months of May and June around here. Frog is a swimmer, and not being much of an athlete, I am a big sports mom! I love being able to get out there and cheer for him. Watching your child compete is a thrill of excitement and fear unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. I wanted to make some cool swag that I could wear to show my support of Frog’s swimming prowess, so I made a Swim Team Fan Charm Bracelet for myself! This project can be personalized and tailored to any sport, just change up the team colors, and charms you use.
Well, I’ve finally found a crafty hobby that has a large following of boys and men: Paracord Survival Bracelets! When I decided to teach myself some of the basic paracord bracelet weaving techniques, I discovered dozens of tutorials made by men! Now that I’ve made a few, I’m obsessed as well. They are manly friendship bracelets. Seriously, I looked into why the military might use them, and why they were being sold in my local Boy Scout shops, and I learned a bit about their history. Paracord is extremely durable and strong cording, but it is also very lightweight. It is always good to have a length of rope on you in case of an emergency, so paracord bracelets were a way for the military to easily carry several yards of strong cording with them. There are dozens of different patterns and knotting techniques that you can use to make these bracelets, and I ended up making 3 different bracelets for the Frog. I made them in his team colors, so that they would match his other swim league swag.
The Big One swims year-round competitively. Swimming in December and January, even in Georgia, can get pretty chilly. His home pool has heating and air-conditioning, but with limited insulation, the building can be fairly drafty. I took Monkey to a swim meeting in late January, and he was wrapped in his snow suit the entire time. The Big One, on the other hand, had to hop in and out of the pool.
At one of these winter meets, one of the vendors was selling towel pants. What are towel pants? Well, they are pretty much like pajama pants made out of towels. They look super cool, and the vendor was selling them for $40. Standing next to a shivering child, and knowing that both of the towels that we brought were wet, I caved, and bought a pair.
When we got home, I eyeballed them, and thought that I could probably make a pair. I found a vendor on Etsy that even sells a pattern, and I acquired it for the hefty price tag of $4. If you are interested in getting the pattern for yourself, you can find it here. I read through the pattern, which explains how she made the pants herself, and realized that these should be a breeze to make. The best part is… they ARE ACTUALLY EASY (AND CHEAP) to make!
All you need to make the towel pants are:
- 2 bath-sized towels. (I suppose if you were a really large man, you might need a bath sheet!)
- Marking Pen
- 1 Yard of 1.5″ “No Roll” elastic (Again, if you are making these for an adult with a wider waist, adjust accordingly!)
Now I’m going to tell you how I made them, which is somewhat different than how the pattern from Etsy explained it. I actually wanted an even simpler, quicker method than what she recommended. I also want to emphasize that she explained the details much better than I can, as I’m an amateur sewer.
I first folded my towel long ways, and pinned it together. I used safety pins for this project, as I thought they would hold the weight of the towel better. I held the towel up to my son, and marked about an inch and a half above where I wanted the pants’ waist to be. I then took my son’s $40 pair of purchased towel pants, folded them in half and put the waist up at the waist part of the pants. I then used an invisible ink marker to trace the shape of the pants. I was using the fold of the towel to be the inside of the pants leg, so I’d only have one seam to sew.
I then carefully cut out the tracing on the towel. I used this piece to cut out the second leg of the pants. This meant that I had a leg in the red towel and a leg in the grey towel. I didn’t have to hem the seam at the bottom, as the towel was already bound at the pants’ leg bottom. I then sewed both seams, stopping at the base of the in-seam.
After both legs were sewed up, the Etsy pattern explains how to connect them by turning one leg inside out, and stuffing it into the other leg, and then sewing the inseam together. Maybe this is standard practice, as I’ve never made pants before. I then pulled the leg right-side out, and the pants looked perfect!
The last step involved cutting the elastic to the right length. I then folded the towel over at the top, pinned it in place. I threaded the length of elastic through the opening where the hem is folded over. I finally sewed the top hem together, which sewed the elastic into place.
The Big One tried them on, and loved the pants. He said they are extremely comfortable. He did ask me to sew on a little pocket with some spare towel.
Now, I’d like to estimate the cost of this project compared to the $40 price tag on the original pair of towel pants:
- 2 Towels from Target, purchased on sale at $3 each (Total $6)
- 1 Yard of Elastic: $1.79
- Etsy pattern (that is technically reusable!)
- 1 hour of my time
In other words, these pants cost me under $10 to make, and I could make them in the Big One’s Team Colors!! Another Awesome Summer Swim League Swag Project!