DIY: KitchenAid Mixer Cover part 2

With the help of MaMa Joan and her awesome sewing skills, the KitchenAid mixer cover was finished today!
MaMa Joan got to work quilting the separate pieces of the cover. She does excellent work, don’t you think?!
After MaMa Joan quilted the pieces, I had to cut them out according to the template size…
Then MaMa Joan worked her sewing magic and voila!
I apologize for the crappy difference in picture color, but you get the idea! Now my mixer won’t get dusty sitting on my counter top when I’m not using it.  Special thanks to my MAMA!
Once again, here is the tutorial I used to make this project. Thank you to the creator of this awesome tutorial and wonderful idea!


DIY: KitchenAid Mixer Cover part 1

I have to feature another two-part DIY adventure today because my mother and I got a little busy today and we weren’t able to complete our DIY KitchenAid mixer cover. I found the linked tutorial last year while I was searching online to buy a cover for my KitchenAid mixer. My mixer sits on my counter top, and I wanted to protect it from dust in between uses. I found this one on Amazon for $22.69… I have two problems with it– 1) its ugly red color 2) it’s expensive for an ugly red colored mixer cover. Why would I pay $22.69 for something that won’t even match my kitchen! On to the tutorial!
That’s my beautiful mixer. I started making the cover using muslin and the help of my awesome DIY queen mother, MaMa Joan. I cut out the template using the measurements from my mixer. I added a couple extra inches to each measurement for “play room” to make sure it will fit properly.
The above is the templates I cut out. The main body measures 34 inches by 16 inches and the front/back panel measures 12 inches by 17 inches.
MaMa Joan then baste stitched (it was the first time she used that stitch on her sewing machine and she had to look up the instructions!) it together and then we tossed it on my mixer to see how it would fit…
At the advise of MaMa Joan, I cut an inch off the main body. It did hang over a little too much. I didn’t worry about the bottom edges because I want to wait until the whole thing is put together and make sure the hem hits the counter top when the cover is on the mixer.
Here’s the fabric I chose from JoAnn’s…
Beautiful, right?!  Then MaMa Joan offered up some of her leftover batting and backing for me to pin together on my fabric. I had to add a couple inches on my template measurements because MaMa Joan will be quilting the fabric! Loves it! Here’s where we had to leave off tonight–the pinning part!
Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post will feature part 2 and the completion of the KitchenAid mixer cover!

Gangnam Style Tutorial

Op! Op! Op! Oppa Gangnam Style!
I know I’m a little late to be posting this, but I just HAD to share this tutorial on how to make a Gangnam Style Halloween Costume. Sure, you can buy a cheesy-looking $10 t-shirt online that resembles like Psy’s signature look… But why not make it all your own?

Gather your supplies:
1 cotton blazer (needs to be a natural fabric in order to dye it!)
1 bottle of Rit aquamarine liquid dye
a plastic container large enough to dye your blazer in
black ribbon
tacky glue
black button(s)

1. Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye bottle and dye your blazer. I let my blazer sit in the dye bath for about 30 minutes to ensure that I got a bright blue hue. Wash & dry your blazer.
Gangnam Style, Dye Bath

2. Attach the black ribbon to the edges of the blazer to create the black “piping” look from Psy’s blazer. Don’t forget to create the black piping around the pockets, even if your blazer doesn’t have pockets!
Gangnam Style, Tacky Glue and Ribbon
3. Attach black button(s). I don’t have a proper picture showing how I replaced the white button with a black one, my apologies! (That’s my mom’s cat, TB)
Gangnam Style, pockets
4. Grab a pair of black sunnies, white button-up shirt, black bow-tie and put on your completed Gangnam Style blazer.
Gangnam Style, finished lookGangnam Style, finished look
That’s my hubster and me, Halloween 2012, on the left. The photo to your right is a guy who dressed up as another dude from the Gangnam Style music video that was out trick or treating with his friends’ kids.