Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Imaginisce!

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-Lucy





So I told ya I was gonna do something fun with this stuff!

This is an official BLOG HOP!
I'm gonna show you my little tutorial on this awesome
Dragon Tail using this little tool....
the I-TOP Tool by Imaginisce... But FIRST- 

If ya wanna chance to get your own I-Rock Kit by Imaginisce, you are going to have 5 separate chances TODAY during the Imaginisce Blog Hop!
Here's what ya gotta do:
1. Become a Follower over on my side bar, & LEAVE a COMMENT HERE with contact information. 
2. Go to each respective blog involved and check out their fun projects using the Imaginisce products
 (don't worry, you're gonna LOVE these girls if ya don't already!) and become a Follower on their blogs:
3. Hop over to Imaginisce and subscribe to their newsletter
(They have other ways to increase your odds of winning like their facebook page)
That's 5 separate chances to win an entire I-Rock kit!
Contest winners will be announced on Friday April 22nd on each blog!

 


  I-Rock Kit might look something like this... (minus the hat because that's mine:)

It's super fun to bling out all sorts of things!

Witches Boot  1 Button - Charm Bracelet

But- before you go do all that... here is my Dragon Tail Tutorial... because
I promised my Nolan I'd make him one :)

 I borrowed this great tutorial from



Stinkin CUTE!

But here's my rendition using the I-Top Button Toppers for the spots.

SUPPLIES:
1/2 to 3/4 yard main fabric-- I used Flannel
1/4 yard spike fabric
5" Velcro
Polyfil batting (small bag)


and.....

I-Top Tool & 1pkg. of  Large Button Toppers & 1 pkg. of  Medium Button Toppers

CUT LIST: MAIN FABRIC:  tail: (cut 2): 22" x 11" waist straps: (cut 4): 12" x 3" circle: 7" in diameter (*I cut a 7" square, fold it in fourths, then cut the curve from fold to fold) CONTRASTING FABRIC: spikes (cut 2): 22" x 3.5"
I-Top Tool with Large and Medium Button Toppers for spots
Contrasting Fabric scraps (2"x 2") for each spot.
 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Trim tail pieces:
Taking your two strips 22" x 11", lay them face down.  On one end you'll measure 4.5" from each side.  The two inches left in the middle will be the tip of the tail. On the other end, you'll measure 4" along the sides as a marker.  Connect these two markings to create a diagonal for the cone shape of the tail.  Cut off the triangular sides and throw them away.




2. Make Spike Strip
NOTE: To make the spikes easier, you could cut 1 strip out of felt or fleece and just cut out a spike strip leaving the raw edges that won't fray, rather than sewing your spikes with 2 strips of fabric.
Take your two spike strips and lay them right sides together.  Draw a row of triangles along the strip for the tail spikes.  Begin at one end and work your way to the other, making the spikes shorter and narrower.  I left about 1/2" between each spike.

3. Spikes:
Using machine, follow spike lines with needle pivoting at the corners by raising presser foot and turning fabric. Clip seam allowance to 1/4" and clip your top corners flat, clip in the valleys to help keep shape after you turn Right Side Out.

... like this. Now turn and press well.

Set aside while you work on your spots.
4. SPOTS:
Take I-Top Tool and Contrasting Fabric scraps.

Trim to about 1" around each Button Topper. 
 Fold fabric inside of Top half of Button Topper and drop into large rubber head.
With fabric all tucked in, place the back of the button on top of fabric,

Turn back (small side) of the I-Top Tool lining it up with the back of the button. Squeeze gently.

Peel rubber back and covered button should pop out!

 Repeat for all SPOTS. 
 5. Spots to Tail:
Now you can decide where you want them placed on your Tail Pieces.

Sew onto Tail Pieces like you would a button, securing well. Once both sides are finished, you can take your SPIKES, and lay them Raw edges together, on top of the Right side of a Tail Piece with spikes pointing in towards center. Pin. 


You can baste at 1/4".
6. Put Tail Together:
Next lay other Tail Side on top of spikes, Right Sides Facing!

Pin well. Decide where you want your opening for turning. I put mine on the opposite side of the Spikes. Stitch around both sides of Tail 1/2" seam allowance catching valley's of Spikes, (skipping those 4" to 5" for turning later) Leave Large end open. 
7. Straps:
Take straps and lay them Right Sides Together. Stitch 1/4" around 3 edges leaving a short end open for turning. Clip corners and turn Right Side out and press.  

Top stitch around all 3 edges.

Take Velcro strips and center on each Strap about 1" below closed short end. Pin and stitch around Velcro. (I do it a few times since they get a lot of tug and pull). 

Next, Find the Center of your Tail by folding it in half and marking the center of each side with a pin. This is where you will put the waste straps.

This is very important!
* One strap must have Velcro face up, and the other side must have the Velcro against the inside side.   

Stitch both straps on using a 1/4" seam allowance.

8. Closing Up Large End:
Take 7" circle and pin around opening at the large end- Right Sides Together.

Stitch around entire circle using 1/4" seam.
Turn Right side out through large side opening.

Stuff with Polyfill.

Pin opening together and stitch closed using a whip or ladder stitch.


You Got yourself a Dragon Tail there Mister!



Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check back to see who the winner is on Friday April 22nd!


at first I couldn't get him to growl for me.... then, I couldn't get him to stop!
Ha!


102 comments:

Gale W said...

Your dragon tail is absolutely adorable! I can't wait to make them for my grandsons! Thank you for the opportunity to win the great givaway!

Galewiggins @ gmail dot com

Gale W said...

I am now a follower of your blog!
Galewiggins @ gmail dot com

gina said...

OK that dragon Tail is the cutest thing I have ever seen!
and I LOVE what you did with your hat, too cute.

Nighttime Crafter said...

I love the dragon tail! I am now a follower. Cute stuff! Thanks for having us. dazdnlst at gmail dot com

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

SOO cute! My 3 year old would LOVE one of those tails! I'm your newest follower!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I visited Crap I made and I'm already a follower!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I visited Sew Dang Cute, and am already a follower!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I visited Living in LaLa Land and am now a follower!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I subscribe to the imaginisce newsletter! thanks for the chances to win!

Barbara said...

I love the dragon tail and will probably make one for my grandson when he comes to visit this summer! I AM a follower of this blog! sweetsandals at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

I subscribed to the Imaginisce newsletter!
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Barbara said...

I am a follower on all three blogs, plus the one at Imaginisce!
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Yvonne said...

ADORABLE! Great tutorial. A recent issue of Family Fun also had dinosaur feet made out of tissue boxes... would be a great addition to the tail! :)

ashley said...

Love your blog! Sewing is definitely on my learn-to-do list! I want that tail haha! I'm following :)

papercupcake at hotmail dot ca

Ange said...

Way cute dragon tail! What a cutie!

Becky Dunham said...

Oh Lucy! that is about the cutest thing i have seen in a long time! makes me wish mine were still little enough to want a dragon tail - now they want a real dragon :) I am a new follower and so glad to have found your cute blog! I am already a follower of imaginisce - that is how i found you :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Joe said...

I am a new follower....

Kim said...

OH MY!! Your projects are ALL AWESOME!! TFS and for the chance at Imaginisce products!! I am a NEW follower. Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

kimnsammy at gmail dot com

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I know what I'm going to be making for Halloween this next year!! New follower!!

goldiecar at hotmail dot com

Ange said...

Forgot to leave my contact info. :)

angeandjohn @ yahoo.com

Quilter in the Gap said...

Love the dragon tail...I am a new follower of your blog

Quilter in the Gap said...

I signed up to receive their newsletter

Quilter in the Gap said...

I follow Crap I've Made blog

Colleen said...

Your dragon tail is just way too cute. Need to remember this adorable idea when I have grandkids. I am a new follower.

cole19 at mchsi dot com

Kris said...

Super cute! It won't let me follow??
krisandcody2u@ comcast dot net

Kris said...

I subscribe to imaginisce blog.

Debc06 said...

I am a new follower of yours. the dragon tail is so cute.
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

Debc06 said...

I am an Imaginesce newletter subscriber.
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

Debc06 said...

I am a Imaginesce fb fan
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

Nicole said...

That is the cutest tail i ever did see! hehe
I am a follower of your blog. Glad to have found you through Imaginisce :)

Nicole said...

I am already a subscriber to the Imaginisce newsletter. They're great and i would LOVE to try out their i-Rock or i-Top tool!

Nicole said...

I can't wait to see what the other talented ladies on this bloghop have created and i will definitely follow their blogs!
Nicole (nicutopia@hotmail.com)
http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com

Angel said...

So super cute Dragon Tails. I wish I could sew. Can you do it without sewing? I'm a follower. angeldon6@yahoo.com

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I am a new follower.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I'm a follower! I am #65!!! Thanks for sharing--love your projects!! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I visited CrapIveMade--love that blog:) THANKS! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Followed LivingInLaLaLand--actually had to search for the blog both this blog and that blog was incorrectly linked on the Imaginisce blog. No worries--I found it!!! THANKS:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

st_mccall said...

That is faboulous! Thanks for the step by step, my grandson would love this! Thanks for the chance to win a tool I have coveted for a long time. I am just recovering from major back surgery so can't buy the fun stuff! I am a new follower of your!

Connie said...

I just subscribed to their newsletter!

Connie said...

I follow their blog!

stampinlara said...

how darn CUTE is that dragon tail! LOVE it. this tool looks super easy and FUN to use.
I'm a new follower of your blog, love your work!
stampinlara at yahoo dot com
(I tried to subscribe to newsletter too but it wouldn't let me...I'll try tomorrow)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the opportunitynto win an amazing prize. I am now following, liking, subscribing and loving Imaginisce!

Cherie said...

How adorable!! I think the i-top adds something special to the tail! Super cute!!! I am your newest follower!

cherie.goyer at gmail.com
http://oneheartscrapper.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

Im a follower

daniellehigginbottom at hotmail dot com

Danielle said...

Im a FB liker

Danielle said...

Super Cute project!!!

danielle higginbottom at hotmail dot com

Charisma3103 said...

I am now a follower of your blog. Love the hat. My boys would totally love that dragon tail so cute.

Janie Boots

Kelly Massman said...

LOVE the tail!!!! :-)
I've become a follower!
thanks!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Queen Mary said...

Love the Dino tail!
It's DINO-rrific!
and Love Imaginisce!

mitch1066 said...

Im a follower...michelle jadaa
Love the tail,now make him some monster feet from 2 empty kleenex boxes with paper claws :)

mitch1066(at)gmail.com

CheckerBeads said...

love love love your project! And the little boy is pretty darn cute too. :)

I follow you and all the rules too. :)

Anne
thechecker@ gmail dot com

Megan said...

I am now a follower of you blog...

angelbaby404 at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

I am a follower on FB, newsletter, and blog for Imaginisce. I am also a follower of the other 3 blogs and yours. That is one stinkin' cute dragon's tail! How much fun would that be to wear that around! Great job!

Txangel528 said...

I love the dino tail! that is just so cute! I am a new follower to your blog! Txangel528@gmail.com

Jill P said...

Its easy to see that your little boy loves his new tail! I love the hat! Where did you get it!

Jill P said...

I'm now a follower of your blog too!
jillprice3@bresnan.net

{VICKI} said...

i became a follower
vicki.dalton@yahoo.com

Lolô Artesanato said...

Hi
I love your project

I'm your follower now
love this blog hop...rs

xx

Leila
leilacassimira@gmail.com

Lolô Artesanato said...

I was follower imaginisce blog
xx
Leila
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Lolô Artesanato said...

I subscribe to newsletter too
xx
Leila
leilacassimira@gmail.com

Lolô Artesanato said...

I fan to Imaginisce FB too
xx
Leila
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Brett said...

If I had a boy I would definitely be making that dragon tail ... maybe in a few years! Love the brads on it!
brettaneynquinton at gmail dot com

trippingtiffies said...

i follow your blog via GFC:)

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i follow crap ive made via gfc as trippingtiffies

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I follow sew dang cute via gfc as trippingtiffies

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I follow living in la la land via gfc as trippingtiffies

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trippingtiffies said...

i subscribe to the newsletter via typicaltype@hotmail.com

:)

Scrapycandy said...

I am now a follower of your blog..you have terrific ideas! And I have boys too! Thank you so much.

Scrapycandy said...

I subscribed to the Imagninisce newsletter too! Thanks so much!

Scrapycandy said...

I'm a follower of all the blogs listed. Thanks so much for this chance to win!

KellyG said...

Great stuff! I am a follower, nkguercio.

KellyG said...

I receive the newsletter!

mmspiker said...

What a great project! I never would have thought to use scrapbooking tools for costumes, so creative.

McVic said...

great tort!!! TFS!!
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

McVic said...

I already subscribe to the newsletter
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

McVic said...

I follow sew dang cute
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flamegirl said...

What a cute dragon tail. So creative. You are so creative. You definitely have so good ideas on your blog.

connie said...

I love this! I even have a couple of granddaughters that would like this dragon tail! Thanks for the tutorial. I became a follower of your blog.

conniemelancon@cox.net

Kim said...

I am a NEW Follower, but forgot to leave my email last night. THANKS for the chance! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim
kimnsammy at gmail dot com

Kelly Sas said...

Absolutely adorable pics with that amazing dino tail you made! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

sweetlilscrapper said...

i'm a follower, :)

sweetlilscrapper.blogspot.com
sweetlilscrapper@hotmail.ca

Kathy said...

This dragon tail is WAY too cute, and something I think I can manage. It will make a great prezzie for my grandson for his 3rd birthday. Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial. And I became a follower!

mommyof5kidz said...

OMG! That tail is flippin' AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT! I am also a follower of yours now!!!

mommyof5kidz said...

I have become a follower of all 3 of the other participants, and already follow Imaginisce. You are right....I LOVE them, too!

mommyof5kidz said...

I do subscribe to the Imaginisce Newsletter. Love it!

Erin said...

I subscribed via gfc (erin)

Erin said...

I followed living in la la land via gfc (erin)

Erin said...

Followed sewdangcrafts via gfc (erin)

Erin said...

followed crapivemade via gfc (erin)

Erin said...

i subscribed to imaginisce's newsletter (dr..ch..@gmail)

Brittney said...

Wow, this is fabulous - just so adorable. I definitely want to get my sewing machine out now. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Carol in E TN said...

I am a new follower on your blog.

Carol in E TN said...

I have been to all of the blogs participating in the giveaway.

Carol in E TN said...

I signed up for the newsletter at Imaginisce.

Donna said...

Just became a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

Donna said...

I signed up for the Imaginisce blog!

Donna said...

I follow their blog now!

Donna said...

I liked them on facebook!

The Crazy Cardmaker said...

New follower of yours and subscribed to Imaginisce newsletter =) Love your blog and cant wait to see more =)

Hugs from Lilli =)
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www.crazycardmaker.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Cute blog! I just became a follower, and I absolutely LOVE that dino tail!

kirsten said...

Now a follower of your blog.

So adorable project!

kirsten said...

I am already a subscriber of the Imaginisce newsletter.