StickerKids ID Tags and Stickers

I have been searching for a way to identify my kids’ backpack and lunch kit for school when I came across the StickerKids website.  The first thing I was drawn to was the Name Labels which had exactly what I needed for my kids. It was very useful to be able to customize the labels and tags so that my kids could have something fun on their stickers and tags. StickerKids had different sizes of labels from small to large ones.

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There was also stickers made specifically for clothing and shoes. This would be good for items that are sent to daycare so they don’t get lost. They had labels for sippy cups and bottles.  I liked that I could get ID tags with relevant information for my child. I could get a name, number, address, or whatever I felt was necessary to keep my child’s bag from being lost while at school or daycare. I was able to change the color of the text and the background. I then added an icon, and a phrase. I was also able to change the font from a regular typesetting to a more childlike writing style. There are several fonts available for you to try.

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I received free items in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

 

My Daughter’s Swimsuit Search

So I began looking  for a swimsuit for my 8yr old daughter a couple months ago. I was trying to find a tankini since she is getting taller so fast a one piece would only last her one year. I looked in stores and did not like the cut, style, or the fabric options that I was seeing. I looked online and the prices were ridiculous at over $30 for a swimsuit for her. I decided to wait until the end of season sales and then I will get a couple for her. But in the meanwhile I have to get her something to wear this year. I decided to try to make her a swimsuit. I looked at Simplicity, McCalls, Burda, and several other pattern sites. I looked at a couple blogs where swimsuits were made freehand. I have done freehand before but never for swimsuits. I thought about it and decided not to go freehand for this project.  I found a look that I wanted–a tankini not too short or tight. I then started to look at prices for the pattern and I chose Kwik Sew 3605.  Most sites had the pattern for about $10 but I wanted to get it cheaper so I continued to search and finally found it on Etsy for about $5 which included shipping.

swim pattern

Then the next part is to find a suitable fabric. As I  had never sewn swimsuits I did not want to make a wrong decision so I looked at several fabric sites and researched online. I determined I needed a lycra fabric and I wanted a nice print for my daughter. I ended up going to Ebay because it had so many different varieties of fabric and the prices were good. I purchased two yards of a blue chevron print and a yard of lining material.  I bought the swimsuit elastic from Amazon and I was ready to go with this project.

I prewashed the material–cold water with a drop of detergent. Allowed it to air dry outside by laying it flat on a table. I then followed the layout instructions. This pattern is easy to me and the amount of material needed is minimal. I was able to cut the top, pants, skirt which I added the bikini bottom and I still have enough to make her a rashguard.  I used a rotary cutter which I think is essential when cutting fabric. For knits make sure you have a sharpened blade so your cuts do not skip. I did make some changes to the pattern. I added an inch to the top, skirt, and the pants. I also lined the entire pants and bikini bottom. I just felt that a swimsuit needs to be fully lined.

 

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I am still hemming the skirt and I have to cut out the rashguard. When I finish those I will be posting them so you can see my work. I think this is wonderful for about $20 you can make your daughter an entire set of matching swimsuits. I probably will get some solid blue fabric so I can make the same items for my daughter so she can have lots of choices to pick from this summer.

My First Post

Hi

This is my first post as a blogger. I am going to use this media to share my patterns, crafts, sewing and crochet projects that i will be making. i also will share any sweepstakes and contest links that i think others may like to use. Welcome.