Embellishments for Sewn Hats and a GIVEAWAY!


My buddy, Carla Hegeman Crim (aka The Scientific Seamstress), has just published her new book, SEWN HATS!  It’s an awesome book which contains 35 different hat sewing patterns by 29 different sewing superstars.

For some reason, Carla asked me to contribute my Downtown Hat pattern…go figure.  It might have been, because Carla and I became fast friends as we are both pattern snobs.  She understands there is more to drawing a sewing pattern than cutesy designs.  It’s about MATH and SCIENCE.  You can have an adorable design, but if you don’t use the skills you learned in school, it doesn’t work.  Pattern pieces won’t fit together properly.


photo by EMA Photography

Then you have the issue of grading (increasing/decreasing size).  You just can’t enlarge a pattern to make the next size.  This is especially true in children’s sizes.  And Carla has gotten it all right.  There’s a reason they call her, “The Scientific Seamstress.

No patterns are included in the book.  Nope.  Instead you download them from the internet as many times and as often as you want!!!  How cool is that?!  I wish all book publishers did this.


My Downtown Hat can be found on page 129.  Although it was originally created for boys, there’s no reason you can’t make it for girls.  There are so many ways you can embellish the Downtown Hat.  What about some leather trim with grommets?


Or perhaps some vintage velvet ribbon and an embroidered flower or a silk spider web rose?  (My tutorial is also included in the book.)


Or even some sequin trim.


You could simply add a sparkling rhinestone brooch or pin if you’re lazy.  The possibilities are endless!

Get your book on Amazon.  Better yet, I’m giving away a copy of the book, so just post a comment here!

Check out the Sewn Hats Blog Tour for more chances to win a copy of the book:

9/4 –  Scientific Seamstress

9/5 –  ModKid Boutique

9/6 – French General

9/10 – Pink Chalk Studio

9/11 –  Lulu Bliss

9/12 – The Domestic Diva’s Disasters

9/13 – Green Bee Patterns

9/14 – Goosie Girl Boutique

9/17 – Melissa Lilac Lane

9/19 – One Girl Circus

9/20 – Tie Dyed Diva Designs

9/21 – Figgy’s Patterns

9/25 – Craftiness is not Optional

9/26 – Bari J.

9/27 – Confessions of a Craft Addict

9/28 – Sis Boom

10/1 – Sew Mama Sew

10/2 – Aesthetic Nest

10/3 – Blue Nickel Studios

10/4 – Betz White

10/8 – Yummy Goods

10/10-  Wiley Craft


P.S. – I finally got to meet Clara this Summer at my big BBQ in NYC.  And she just informed me she’s moving to NY soon!!!  We are already planning our fabric shopping trips in the NYC Garment District!


Deep Fryer Fun


I know…fried foods are bad for you.  But so is sugar, salt and a bunch of other things I love.

Ever since I got my Deep Fryer this year, I’ve been making Fried Shrimp, Fried Chicken, Biscuit Donuts and my favorite, French Fries.

French Fries in the deep fryer beat store-bought frozen French Fries hands down.  And they’re really easy to make.  Serves 4.

French Fries


  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil for Deep Fryer
  • Salt


In a big bowl, dissolve Sugar in Warm Water.

Peel Potatoes and slice into thin 1/4 inch strips. (Note:  I prefer NOT to peel them…the choice is yours.)

Soak sliced Potatoes in water mixture for 15 minutes.  Drain and dry potato strips. (Hint:  The better you dry the potato strips, the less steam you will have.)

Heat Vegetable Oil to 375 degrees.

Place in Deep Fryer Basket.  Fry for 1 minute.  Remove from oil.  Drain in deep fryer basket.  (This helps retain the moisture in the French Fries.)

Right before you’re ready to serve them, put them back in the Vegetable Oil and fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towel.

Salt French Fries to taste.  Your family will think you’re the BOMB!


Buttermilk Biscuit Donuts

While I was at it, I also made some Glazed and Jelly Donuts.  These are so simple, yet delicious!  Just get a can of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits, cut out the center to make a hole and put in the Deep Fryer at 375 degrees.  Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Mix ingredients for your Glaze.  Dip your donuts and serve.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s Sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon Melted Butter
  • 3 teaspoons Milk

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 teaspoons Milk

To make the Jelly Donuts, do the same as above (but don’t cut out the center).  After frying, use the end of a spoon to hollow out the inside.  Use a Ziploc bag with the bottom tip cut off to fill donuts with your favorite fruit preserves or jelly.  You could even fill them with Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding if you want to be fancy.  Sprinkle Sugar on them and serve.

Bust My Stash Photo Challenge


Now since I’ve shared my Deep Fryer recipes with you, the least you could is VOTE for me in the AccuQuilt Contest.  Just scroll down to PAGE 7, and I’m the 4th photo (black metal cabinets).  You can vote once a day!  Thanks!


Got Ink? Silhouette SD Tattoos, Giveaways, Tutorials and Promos


Let me tell you…everyday I’m finding more and more uses for my Silhouette SD Electronic Cutter!  It does vinyl decals, cardstock die cuts, rhinestone transfers, glass etching, fabric appliqués, magnets and now printable Tattoos!  I can’t take it…LOL! tattoopromo3

This year’s BBQ theme is “I LOVE NY!”  So, guess what kind of tattoos I’ll be making for the kiddos?  Yep!  The Temporary Tattoo Instructions were easy to follow.

This month’s Silhouette Promotion:

For only $199 You Will Get…

– Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine

– 2 packs of Temporary Tattoo Paper

(that’s a $120 Savings!)

If you already are lucky enough to own a Silhouette, you can take 25% off all supplies in their store (excluding gift cards and download codes).  This promotion runs until June 29th.  Just enter promo code “DIVA” at checkout to get the discount!

Giveaways, Tutorials and Promotion Around the Web

Check out all the following blogs for current Silhouette SD cutting machine GIVEAWAYS, Tutorials and Promotions:

Tip Junkie

Better After

How Does She

Southern Savers

Motherhood Your Way

Design Dazzle

My Charming Kids

The Shopping Mama

Crafts by Amanda

Zakka Life

Sew Mama Sew

Funky Junk Interiors

Givers Log

The Shopping Mama

My Repurposed Life

Every Creative Endeavor


I Am Momma…Hear Me Roar

Lil Blue Boo

Infarrantly Creative

Tea Rose Home

Positively Splendid

The Shabby Nest

Little Birdie Secrets

Sugar Bee Crafts

Honey We’re Home

Shanty 2 Chic

Scissors & Spatulas

Oopsey Daisy

The Crafting Chicks

Crap I’ve Made

Sew Dang Cute

Eighteen 25

Living with Lindsay

Craftaholics Anonymous

I Heart Naptime

Sugar Doodle

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

The Idea Room

Keeping It Simple


A Silhouette Heat Transfer for The Graduate


Silhouette America is having yet another promotion this month!  They were kind enough to send me some of their awesome heat transfer material to get my craft on!  Since Marielle is graduating high school in two weeks, I figured I’d surprise her with a fun t-shirt.

A Quickie Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial


I opted for some Teal and Dark Pink Smooth Heat Transfer material.  Just open up your Silhouette Studio software (included with your Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine).  Type up a saying using whatever font strikes your fancy.  Be sure to MIRROR IMAGE your saying, so it prints out correctly.


Next just weed away the negative space of the heat transfer material leaving your words or image attached to the clear transfer sheet.


Now take your image and place it on whatever material you choose.  I opted for a simple white t-shirt.  The clear transfer tape sticks to your material.


Now cover the image and clear transfer tape with a cloth or the provided matte paper to protect it.


Set your iron to the Cotton setting and press for approximately 45 to 60 seconds, so that the image adheres to your material.  This can be a little tricky.  I found I had to iron it quite a bit.  At first, I couldn’t get the image to release from the clear transfer tape.  I gave up and called it a night.


Early the next morning, once the image had cooled, I was able to easily remove the clear transfer tape. Sometimes you just need to have a little patience….LOL!


Marielle loved her new t-shirt!  It’s been a long, hard road for Marielle.  We are so proud of her!

Here’s a You Tube tutorial for additional instructions:

This month’s Silhouette promotion for the Silhouette Heat Transfer Bundle is good from May 17 –25.  It includes:

  • 1 Silhouette SD machine
  • 2 cutting mats
  • 1 blade with 3 adjustment caps
  • $10 download card
  • Silhouette Studio™ software (Mac® and PC)
  • USB cable
  • Getting Started With Silhouette guide
  • 1 roll of WHITE flocked heat transfer material
  • 1 roll of TEAL smooth heat transfer material
  • 1 roll of DARK PINK smooth heat transfer

All for $219!

That is a savings of $120!!!

If you already have a machine or just want the heat transfer product, take 25% off all heat transfer material.

Just use the code “DIVA” at check out for either the Heat Transfer Bundle or the 25% off the heat transfer material to receive the discount!

Other Silhouette Giveaways, Promotions and Projects Around the Web

Tattertots and Jello

Real Mom Real Views


Lil Blue Boo

Simple Organized Living

Today’s Creative Blog

The Idea Room

Someday Crafts

Blue Cricket Design

Crap I’ve Made

Serenity Now

Real Mom Reviews

Infarrantly Creative

My Repurposed Life

House of Hepworths

I Heart Naptime

Keeping It Simple – Crafts Keep Me Sane

I Still Love You

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff


Come On, Ilene

La Force Be With You

Lemon Tree Creations

Shanty 2 Chic

Happy Crafting!

With friendship,


Appliqué Tutorial with Silhouette SD and Fabric Interfacing


Have you tried using your Silhouette SD with their new Fabric Interfacing?  It’s really quite simple.  Here’s a quickie tutorial to get you started…


Within your Silhouette design software, pick a shape and do a Trace of the Outer Edge.


For this project, I’m using their SEWABLE Fabric Interfacing.  Cut off a piece about 1 inch bigger than your design.


Iron the ROUGH SIDE of your Fabric Interfacing to the WRONG SIDE of your fabric.  Then just peel off the paper backing of the Fabric Interfacing.


Place the Interfacing side of the fabric onto the THICK cutting mat.  Using the PINK blade cap, set your machine to cut at a SPEED between 3 and 5.  Then set your THICKNESS between 25 and 33.  Press CUT!


You just then peel away excess fabric.


Find something to place your appliqué on such as one of the hundreds of bloomer blanks in my sewing stash.


Iron on your appliqué.  Note:  I used a little Basting Spray to hold it very secure to the bloomers.


Then just go to your sewing machine and stitch inside the edge of the fabric!

I felt like being a little extra crafty, so I embellished my little bloomers with some bows.


Good News!  Silhouette is doing a fantastic promotion during the month of March that I wanted to share with you.  You can purchase a Silhouette SD electronic die cutting machine, one of each type of fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked Heat Transfer material for only $229!  That’s a savings of $100!

Also, for those of you who are already lucky enough to own a Silhouette SD electronic cutting machine, you can get 25% off their new Fabric Interfacing. This promotion will run through March 27th.  Code word is DIVA.


Lots of other bloggers are having fun with the Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing:

The Stories of a2z

Crap I’ve Made

Sugar Doodle

House of Smiths

Living with Lindsay

Homemade by Jill

Other bloggers are experimenting with the Sewable Fabric Interfacing:

My Blessed Life

Beneath My Heart

Southern Sassy Pants

The Idea Room

Sew Dang Cute

Craftaholics Anonymous

Shanty 2 Chic

And check out A Lemon Squeezy Home’s tutorial for using Heat n Bond!

For even more ideas, head over to the Silhouette Blog!

If you don’t own a Silhouette machine yet, here’s a few blogs currently having Giveaways:



A Bowl Full of Lemons

In The Fun Lane

Happy Money Saver


Needle n Thread

Prudent Baby

Happy Crafting!


We have a WINNER of the Silhouette SD Cutting Machine Bundle!


True Random Number Generator

Min: 1

Max: 951

Result: 230

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230. Kary  |  Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I would make awesome stickers for drinks at the next diva-q in the theme you chose. i’m SURE they would be pink.



Here’s what Kary won:

The AWESOME Silhouette SD Machine Bundle (a $395 value):

  • Silhouette SD  Electronic Cutting Machine
  • Software for Windows and Mac
  • Power cable
  • USB cable
  • 2 Different Cutting Mats
  • Cutting blade and various tips
  • $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • 1 roll of Black Vinyl
  • 1 roll of Frosted Vinyl
  • 1 roll of Transfer Paper
  • Home Décor CD

And for those of you who weren’t as lucky as Kary, you can use the code, DIVA, and get the same Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine Bundle as above for only $225!!!  That’s a $395 value!

If you already are the proud owner of a Silhouette SD cutting machine, you can also use the code DIVA and get 25% off of ALL adhesive vinyl from the Silhouette Store!

The code, DIVA, is active through March 1, 2011, so don’t wait!


Be sure to check out the Silhouette Blog!

Thanks to Silhouette for this great giveaway and to all those fellow crafters who participated!


The Domestic Diva’s Silhouette SD GIVEAWAY!



I am so excited about this awesome Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine Bundle GIVEAWAY!!!

Silhouette America sent me a Silhouette SD machine to try and will send the winner of my giveaway one, too (details below)!


I found a crown silhouette in their store for a mere 99 cents.  It had lettering that said, “Domestic Goddess,” but I cropped it out using the free Silhouette Software (which was included).


I used their black vinyl and cut out the crown.


Now I have a fancy THRONE in the bathroom!  LOL!


Next I played with their new Frosted Vinyl.


Since I didn’t have a cute fish bowl, I added the frosted vinyl to some glass from a hanging candle lantern.


I love how it can out!  I can’t wait to use the frosted vinyl on mirrors and other glass objects around my home.


I also tried using some adhesive paper.  It’s basically sticker paper.  I played around and created a few personalized graphics, pressed CUT and stuck them on cards.  Easy peasy!

Now I have to be honest here.  See, over a year ago, I purchased a Cricut Expression during a Black Friday sale.  I even bought the Sure Cuts A Lot Software.  I tried and tried to get the hang of it, but failed miserably.  So I put it back in the box.  And that’s where it’s stayed since.

When my Silhouette SD arrived, it took me a few days to take it out of the box.  But to my surprise, setup and actual cutting was a breeze!  No confusing software or file conversions.  Yeah!

Yes, both machines have their advantages.  But for me, I’m all about doing AWESOME with little effort.

Ok…now for the GIVEAWAY DETAILS…


Up for grabs is this FANTASTIC Silhouette SD Machine Bundle (a $395 value):

  • Silhouette SD  Electronic Cutting Machine
  • Software for Windows and Mac
  • Power cable
  • USB cable
  • 2 Different Cutting Mats
  • Cutting blade and various tips
  • $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • 1 roll of Black Vinyl
  • 1 roll of Frosted Vinyl
  • 1 roll of Transfer Paper
  • Home Décor CD

Giveaway Rules

It only takes 1 entry to win, but you can increase your chances by entry all of these 5 ways by leaving a comment for each:

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d make if you won this Silhouette machine bundle.

2) Share a link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (see SHARE button at the bottom of this post).

2) Become a follower or email subscriber to The Domestic Diva’s Disasters Blog.

3) Comment that you follow the Silhouette Blog (tell them The Diva sent you).

5) Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post.

Be sure leave your email address in your comment, if necessary.  This giveaway is only open to US residents.

Giveaway ends Sunday 2/27/11 at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time).  Winner to be announced first thing Monday morning (2/28/11).  Winner will be picked using Random.Org.

And if you just can’t wait or don’t win this giveaway, you can use the code, DIVA, and get the same Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine Bundle as above for only $225!!!  That’s a $395 value!

If you already are the proud owner of a Silhouette SD cutting machine, you can also use the code DIVA and get 25% off of ALL adhesive vinyl from the Silhouette Store (I so need to get me some pink)!

The code, DIVA, is active through March 1,2011, so don’t wait!

Be sure to check out the Silhouette Blog!

Also check out these other blogs which are hosting Silhouette SD giveaways this week:

The DIY Showoff

My Repurposed Life

Sugar Pop Ribbons

Vintage Revivals

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

Happy Money Saver

Lee Lou

My Sweet Savannah

The Bragging Mommy

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!


Upcoming Silhouette SD Giveaway, the Bottomless Sewing Pit and a Little Water

Upcoming Silhouette Giveaway


OMG!  I’m so excited!!!  Just received a Silhouette SD to test from Silhouette America to play with!  There are so many things I want to make.  From vinyl wall lettering to appliqués, the choices are endless!  And guess what?  Next week, I’ll be having a GIVEAWAY here on my blog!


Yep…you’ll have a chance to win your own Silhouette SD digital die cutting machine!!!  Stay tuned!

Hemming Pants


Am I the only one who has a bottomless bin of items that need to be hemmed, altered or repaired?

Most people know better than to give me things to sew.  But seems my immediate family hasn’t gotten the memo.

I like to create new things.  I don’t want to fix others’ creations.  There’s no creative process…no fabric to select, no trims to add, nothing to embellish…totally uninspiring.

My procrastination probably stems from the time several years ago when Mr. Diva asked me to hem his pricey velour sweat suit.  My serger literally ate a chunk of the velour in the middle of the pant leg.

However, I needed to get over my fear as my 9-year-old son is down to 2 pair of pants that fit him.  Like a good mother, I purchased 10 pair of pants in the appropriate size.  That was at least 2 months ago.  They all need to be hemmed at least 4 inches in length.

Last night, it took me no less than 2 hours to measure, cut and serge the bottom of each pant leg.  Perhaps next weekend, I’ll actually finishing hemming them.  Maybe not.

Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head


Oh, my poor Garden Room!  With all the snow melting, my Garden Room roof is shot.  Not only is the roof a loss, but so are the wood walls.


We have to completely rip down the Garden Room and rebuild it this year due to all the water damage.


So now I’m trying to design a new 3 Season room without breaking the bank.  Whatever I decide, it’s going to have to have lots of big windows (like this one above)!  All I need now is to hit the Lotto.  Yep.


Everyone Went to Quilt Market, But Me. However, you can WIN a FREE SEWING BOOK!


Enter a number:

I want a number between 1 and 87

Result:  17

AUSTINA BOSCO WINS A COPY OF MARY’S NEW BOOK!  (Austina – please email me your mailing address so the publisher can get your copy out to you!)

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and playing along!


I really wanted to go to Quilt Market.  My Mary premiered her new book, Little Girls, Big Style and I wasn’t there.


With just 4 patterns included in the book, you can sew 23 little girl boutique garments!  How clever!


I may have missed Quilt Market…BUT then last week, two packages arrived from Mary.  The first, some Bangerang Cupcakes in a Jar!  YUMMY!


But even better, an autographed copy of the book from Mary!  I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven!


Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I see Mary has mentioned ME, “Acknowledgements:  The amazing Lisa Carroccio (aka The Diva) was with me every step of the way.  Her guidance, input, and advice were invaluable, and I am blessed to have her as a mentor and a friend.”  Awww!  Love You, Mary!


I immediately knew exactly what I was going to sew first—a hot pink Silk Shantung party dress!  Seems she knew I would make the party dress, too…LOL!  Mary primarily works in 100% cotton fabrics, but I was up for a challenge.  Anyway, nothing screams “party” like Silk Shantung and tests the accuracy of a pattern.  Silk is not so forgiving.


I used the pattern for the Perfect Party Dress.  However, instead of cutting just 23 inches for each skirt panel, I pushed the limit and cut 53 inches for each.  Yeah, I’m a rebel.  That gave me a skirt circumference a whopping 106 inches!!!


I made some citron green silk spider web roses (tutorial HERE), attached them to a matching sash (which ties in a big honkin’ bow at the back) and added sparkly rhinestone button centers.


The sash was easy to make.  I measured the width of the entire bodice, added the length of the skirt and then doubled that measurement.  I took that measurement and cut a 3 inch wide strip of silk.  I interfaced the center of the sash to give it strength to hold the roses.  Then topstitched the entire sash and added the roses and rhinestone buttons.


The dress went together so easily.  I think it took me under 2 hours!  What a simple pattern.  The instructions were a breeze to follow! 


Whether you use silk, cotton or a flat bed sheet like I did for another dress I made, you are only limited by your own imagination and creativity!

Ok…you’ve been patient letting me ramble and gush over Mary and her new book.  Now for the good news—C & T Publishing/Stash Books is giving away a FREE COPY of Mary’s book EVERYDAY until December 15th!

To win a copy, just POST IN MY COMMENT SECTION BELOW.  I’ll pick a lucky winner’s name on Thursday, December 9th!

And if you don’t win a copy on my blog, be sure to do a little blog hopping to enter to win a copy at the following blogs:


12/7 Susan http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
12/8 Jessica
12/9 Penny
12/10 Daria
12/11 Rashida
12/12 Kristin
12/13 Jona
12/14 Kim
12/15 Bari

If you aren’t one of the lucky book winners or your just too impatient, you can BUY the book from Stash Publications/CT.

Happy Sewing!


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