April Crafternoon

Crafternoon for the month of April was a combination of baked potato bar feast & a craft attempting to sew a bunch of tank-dresses. I baked up a bunch of potatoes and then just had as many toppings as I could think of spread out along the table. It was one of the easiest ways I have ever fed a crowd. As for the dresses you can find all kinds of tutorials for them online just by searching “fast tank dress”. You sew a gathered skirt from fabric to elastic, and then sew a tank top onto it. After sewing our skirts I think most people decided to just keep it as a skirt and that way you could wear any tank top with it, and achieve the same look. Jessee went ahead and made her dress ahead of time which was very helpful as she could then assist everyone. The skirt sewing portion went pretty smoothly. Mine ended up on the large size (I can pull the skirt outward and easily fit another person in there with me) but you can’t really tell when I have it on. It does tend to slid down slowly over the day though, so I am going to try and alter it to not have so much stretch.
A lot of the ladies do not enjoy sewing, so I loved that everyone was such a great sport! You can see there was such a variety of fabrics, and lots of trying on the skirts over whatever we were wearing. I used the beautiful Trefle Cucito Double Guaze fabric by Kokka for my skirt, and I am so pleased that I ended up having a bunch leftover so I can play around with it.
I found the silly PA Dutch napkins at a thrift shop recently. It was an unopened package for 25¢, and too funny not to pick up for crafternoon.
The last photo is the items I stitched up for the white elephant gift exchange. I love this free drawstring bag pattern as a go-to for a quick way to wrap up a gift.
Next month we are going to be working on some faux food and I have been so excited planning for it!

Easter Crafternoon

For this month’s crafternoon we created bleach bottle bunny baskets. These used to be sold as a kit in the 70’s by a company called Lustre-film. We used a mix batch of plastic bottles from vinegar, bleach, to almond milk. For the colorful film we used colored cellophane and it worked out perfectly.
The white elephant swap was Easter baskets and we played a game where we start with our own baskets, then pass around cards (I made them with creepy vintage Easter Bunny photos) and the cards tell you where to pass your basket. Once the cards are done hopefully everyone has a different basket, but on the times when someone has their own basket back in the end we just go through a few more cards again until everyone has a basket they didn’t bring. Works really well without the “stealing” that goes with most white elephant games.