Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days of Halloween: Final Round Up

Happy Halloween!!!

Thanks to all those who participated this year in our 31 Days of Halloween.  It was a great series with some really awesome tutorials, projects, and yummy treats.  

Don't forget to check out some of GYCT Designs Projects.

Bats and Cats Halloween Printable Party Pack by GYCT   10 Fun Halloween Kids Crafts at GYCT 

  Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

Shredder Costume with Knight Hoodie by GYCT    TMNT Halloween Costume by GYCT Designs

While you are at it, check out some of the other amazing projects from our 31 Days of Halloween.  Enjoy!!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last Minute Witch Costume from House of Estrela

Hello GYCT readers. My name's Magda E. and I blog over House of Estrela. Last year, I was part of the 31 Days of Halloween, and as I already said back then, I am from Portugal, where Halloween wasn't really celebrated until a few years ago. However, kids get to wear witches and other horror creatures for school and some even go trick or treating... 

My daughter needed a costume for the school themed party, but I didn't want to invest in a very complexe costume, because February is when we have parades and everything - for Carnival. I wanted to make something quick and easy, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I wish I hadn't accidentaly lose the photos for a tutorial, first photoshoot included. Because of that, i don't have step by step photos, still, I will try to explain all the steps I took to get this look.

What I used:
- store bought witch hat from last year, the elastic was broken and it didn't stay in her head, so I had to come up with a solution. 
- old tights that didn't fit her anymore - I just cut them and used as socks. 
- plain black shirt
- red ribbon
- red tulle
- black fabric
- black 2"/5cm wide elastic 

How I used it:
For the hat I just had to sew two red ribbon pieces to each side of the hat (inside) and tight it on her neck so it could stay in place. She jumped and it passed the test. 
I pinned the crossed red ribbon to the shirt and then stitched with a zig zag - the good thing about it is that I can unpick it later and she will still use it as a plain black shirt, perfect for layering. 

The skirt was the only thing I had to sew from stretch and it was really simple. I've cut three fabric stripes, two in the red tulle and one in the black fabric. The height will depend on your child's size and how long you want it to be. The weight was the same of the fabric pieces. First I sew each of the stripes as a tube. Then put them all together, being the black fabric on top, and gathered the top. I've divided the lenght in 4, and cut an elastic piece the size of my daughter's waist. Divided and pin the elastic in 4 as well. Matched the notches/pins in both fabrics and elastic and pinned together. Stitched, and then I only had to hem the black skirt. The tulle was left slightly longer to peek. I also used the tulle to give the skirt some body and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. 

And we had a witch costume for her to wear in her school party. In another note, the broom and the silhuettes we used for the photoshoot were made many years ago, for my birthday party decorations, 'cuz you know, my birthday's just two days before Halloween! 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Dessert Recipes from Daisy-Chain Creations

Sally here from Daisy Chain Creations and I'm excited to be apart of this series!
One of my most favorite things I love about Autumn time is the food that comes with the season. My all time favorites are pumpkin and squash. While I can't win my family over to squash, they do love my pumpkin recipes, so I thought I'd share some of our favorites.

These all happen to be desserts, but seeing as each has a can of pumpkin listed as an ingredient, you can feel kind of good about eating least that's what I tell myself:)

If you read to the end I'll give a couple other pumpkin tips as well.

First up, Pumpkin Cookies--these are more cake-like than your typical chocolate chip cookies, but they are moist and filling.  The original recipe I think came from DesignMom, but I can't find it right now and I added the chocolate chips.
--3 cups flour                          --1/2 cup butter, softened
--1 tsp baking powder             --1 1/2 cup sugar
--1 tsp baking soda                 --1 can pumpkin
--2 tsp cinnamon                    --1 egg
--1/2 tsp nutmeg                    --1 tsp vanilla
--1/2 cloves                            --1 cup mini chocolate chips
--1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Cream sugar and butter. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Mix in dry. Add chocolate chips. Spoon on to cookie sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes. These do not flatten out much, but remain more cake like.

Next up Pumpkin Bars that always get a rave review. This recipe came from my friend Valerie. This is a recipe that you can dress up or keep simple.
Stir together in a large mixing bowl:
--2 cups flour                     --1 tsp baking soda
--1 1/2 cup sugar               --3/4 tsp salt
--2 tsp baking powder        --1/2 tsp ground ginger
--2 tsp cinnamon                --1/4 tsp ground cloves
Add, mixing until just combined:
--4 beaten eggs
--1 16oz can of pumpkin
--1 cup canola oil
Spread batter in a large jellyroll pan (15x10 or 15x20 for thinner bars). Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Option #1--Make a mix of powder sugar and milk. Drizzle over cake and dust with cinnamon. (This is what is pictured).
Option #2--Cream Cheese Frosting--Mix 3oz cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened, 1tsp vanilla, 2 cup powdered sugar
Option #3--Serve with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon

Finally, the easiest one of all Pumpkin Fluff, the favorite one of all.
Mix one can of pumpkin, one package vanilla pudding mix, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Then fold in one container of CoolWhip. Serve with graham crackers or ginger cookies.

Some other things to do with pumpkin...some a little more devious to sneak in some added vegetables, or what I do with extra pumpkin.
--Stir it into spaghetti sauce or vegetable soup
--Add to pancake batter
--Use instead of oil for muffin mix, for a more savory type muffin

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Free Pumpkin Applique from Swoodson Says

Hi! I'm Stephanie and I blog at Swoodson Says about sewing and crafts for myself, my toddler son, and our second baby on the way (and rarely, my huband). I love upcycling, using scraps, and having the freedom to make what I can't find or afford in stores! I spend way too much time online - you can connect with me on twitter/pinterest/facebook/instagram. I am working on releasing some fun PDF patterns for toddler toys, softies, and funky decor; be the first to know by subscribing to my newsletter! I enjoy making my son holiday clothes but this year he seems too old for a 'cutesy' pumpkin or leaf motif. I drew out this modern, simple pumpkin silhouette and used it as a knee patch but it would also look great as an elbow patch or a t-shirt applique. Want to make your own? Here's how! Supplies
Steps (Please note that my example is done with a different fabric; since I last made this pattern my son apparently shot up an inch in height so I had to remake them in a bigger size!) 1. Print out the template and trace it with the smooth side up. 2. Roughly cut around it and iron on to the back/wrong side of the fabric. 3. Carefully trim around the sketch and then peel the paper backing off. 4. Place the pumpkin sticky side down and iron on. Machine or hand stitch around the edges for extra security! Pumpkin time!! Perfect for hitting up the orchard or pumpkin patch.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Hand Towels from Crooked Whimsy

Hi, I’m Terri, wife to a wonderful guy and mom to one feisty little girl.  When I'm not chasing her around the house, I'm typically blogging over at crooked whimsy, chugging down coffee and drooling over the latest fabric lines.  

I’m so happy to be taking part in the 31 Days of Halloween on GYCT Designs today, and I want to thank Chelsea for allowing me the opportunity to share my project.  

Raw edge appliqué is one of my favorite techniques because it is a fun way to embellish any item quickly and easily.  Because I have a little one running around, I need fast projects to complete while she naps.

I love adding simple touches throughout the house during the holidays and decided to make some “pumpkin patch” hand towels to add a little color and Halloween spirit to the kitchen.

You’ll need:
·      Plain flour sack kitchen towels
·      Wonder Under or other fusible webbing
·      Fabric scraps in orange, green and black (optional)
·      Pumpkin template printed and cut out on cardstock (download it HERE)
·      Coordinating thread, scissors, marker

After selecting orange and green scraps for your pumpkins, gently press the fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabric scraps.  

Trace three of each pumpkin upside down onto your fusible webbing/orange scraps.  I embellished two towels, so I needed six pumpkins total.

Trace three (or six if you're making two towels) of each stem upside down on the fusible webbing/green scraps.

Cut out your pumpkins and stems, then carefully peel the paper backing off each.

Line up your pumpkin patch in your desired arrangement.  With the warm iron, gently press your appliqué shapes to your hand towels until they’re fused together.

I decided to leave my pumpkins as is, but if you'd like to turn yours into jack-o-lanterns, use the black fabric scraps to create eyes, noses and ears.  Use your sewing machine to stitch around the edges of your design.

Finally add a little Halloween cheer to your kitchen!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Phenomenal Phantoms Softie by Sew Pandi

Hello to GYCT readers, Amanda from Sew Pandi here with a soft and spooky Halloween treat.
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When Chelsea of invited me to participate in 31 days of Halloween by doing a themed project, I knew I wanted to do a free plush pattern, so I started thinking of things that I could plushify that were associated with Halloween: Bats, Pumpkins, Black Cats. I came up with several ideas, but they all quickly became more complicated projects than I was wanting to do at this time. Finally an idea settled in my brain as I went to bed, and that was how this pattern came to be.

  phantoms black

Philmore, Philip, and Philomena used to perform with the Philomont Philharmonic, but after some life changing events ;) they became the Phenomenal Phantoms, playing the latest in eerie music. These delightful little ghosts stand 5” tall and make an adorable decoration for your festivities. They are fun and cuddly, so don’t be afraid if you find them tucked into your little one’s bed at night.

  phantoms in light

Materials list

  • Sew Pandi Phenomenal Phantoms Pattern
  • ¼ yard (meter) of polar fleece (a scrap 9" x 16" or 20cm x 40cm also works)
  • Thread to match
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Stuffing
  • Optional: 1/4 cup (60ml) Poly Pellets or glass beads for weighting
  • Colored pencils or markers for coloring the Instruments
You can find the tutorial for making these Phantoms and their instruments over on Sew Pandi Philmore plays the bagpipes, Philomena plays the harp, and Philip plays the glass harmonica which is one of my favorite instruments ever since I first saw it played at a Renaissance fair years ago.

  Phanoms collage with text
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