Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Another out of the norm sign project

I am in the process of moving back to a home that I just love... and I decided to make a sign to represent my move back home.  And it only cost me about $3.00 to make :)  I used a cheap board from Menards, some left over chalkboard paint from Michaels, and a white paint pen.  I then used Indesign to create the font image.





Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fast - Last-minute Gift - Xmas Potholders



I had a lot of left over Christmas fabric from the circle blanket I made, so I decided to make a few last minute stocking stuffers for my mom and best friend.  By using a light fusible interfacing, I was able to quickly sew all the little squares to make several pot holders.  The only time consuming part of this project was cutting all the squares.  However, if you have a mini-charm pack... this would be even faster :)

Supplies Needed:

  • Light weight fusible interfacing (1 pot holder made of 4 x 4 - 2 1/2" squares needs a 10" x 10" square of facing)
  • Fabric squares (for the smallest pot holder I used 16 - 2 1/2" squares, for the medium sized I used 25 - 2 1/2" squares, for the largest I used 16 - 4" squares)
  • Therma Flex Heat Resistant fabric (ironing board fabric) which I bought at fabric.com
  • Batting
  • Pre-made 1/2" double fold bias binding (you can also make your own binding).  For all three sizes that I made I needed almost two packs.
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
Instructions:

Lay out your squares in the desired pattern on top of the fusible interface (interface should be bumpy surface side up).


Gently  and carefully press the squares to the interfacing using a hot iron.


You will now sew all of the rows together (later you will sew the columns together). Fold the first row over so the first row of squares is right sides together over the second row.  Make sure the squares line up.  Sew a 1/4" seam allowance down the side of the folded edge.


Now fold the first two rows over the un-sewn rows lining up row two over row three.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the folded edge.


Once the rows are sewn trim a tiny amount off the folded edges.  This will allow you to open up the seams.


Press open the seams.


Flip over and press the top.


Repeat the process to sew the columns.


Cut a small amount from the folded edges so that you can open the seams.


Press open the seams, and press the front of the piece.


Cut a square that is slightly larger than your completed tool of Therma Flex and two squares of batting (should be about 1/4" to 1/2" larger on all sides of your square top).  Layer the Thermal Flex (wrong side up, silver side down), the two pieces of batting, and the top (right-side up).  Clip with binding clips to secure.



Quilt the layers together in a method that you prefer.  I used a 1/8" along each side of the squares.


Trim off the excess batting and Therma flex.  Square off the edges.


With the shorter side of the bias tape facing up, wrap the tape around the edges.  Fold the corners so they are mitered.  Clip with binder clips to secure.


Sew along the edge of the bias tape to secure it to the pot holder.  I used a 1/8" allowance.



Trim your lose threads and enjoy!





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Friday, December 23, 2016

Easy Holiday Blanket


Several years ago a stumbled upon this super easy quilt idea posted on the Moda Bake Shop.  At that time I made two of these blankets with holiday fabric for my best friends little one's.  Now that my bff had another little one I knew I needed to make a third.

This was a very quick sew.  Basically I cut the same sized circles out of the fabric and batting (I went with 8 1/2" circles).  Then I stacked a circle of batting, a fabric circle right side up, and then a second fabric circle right side down.  I made sure all edges aligned and then sewed around the circle using a 1/4" seam allowance.  I then cut a 1 1/2" slit about 1/2" down from one side of the circle of the top layer of fabric.  (be careful not to cut into the bottom layer of fabric).  With the cut made I turned the circle right sides out.

After I had all the circles sewn and turned inside out I then sewed them together by rows first, and then completed the quilt.  I then pulled each flap down and sewed around the curves to finish the quilt.

For a much better tutorial visit the Moda Bake Shop post. :)









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Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Not my usual blog project...Noel sign



I decided to take a little break from my normal sewing projects and create a holiday sign.  Recently, I saw this on a Pinterest post and just loved the sign, so I decided to try to make my own.

This was a super cheap project for me.  I got the board at Menards for $1.99.  I also bought a small can of stain - Minwax - Wood Finish, penetrating stain, color-Special Walnut.  I already had the white Martha Stewart satin paint, color-Wedding Cake, the red color was Love Bird, and a little of the black satin.

The first step was to wipe the board down.  I then took a hammer and it it several times to give it a more beat up look.  I then stained it with the Minwax stain.


After staining it I took a little Coconut Oil and loosely rubbed it over a few spots on the board and along parts of the edges.  I then brushed the white paint over it using a large brush and vertical strokes.  I wasn't too concerned with covering it 100%.  After it dried for about an hour, I took my high tech grill spatula thing... and scrapped away some of the white paint.



I used a word program to then print out very large letters.  I cut the out (leaving some white) and taped them evenly onto the board.  I used a measuring tape to help align them.



I then used some carbon paper to trace the letters onto the board.  I did this by placing the carbon side down underneath the letter and traced using the pointed end of a paint brush handle.


Once the letters were traced a used my finger to rub a little bit more of the coconut oil on in a few places of the inside of the letters.  I then mixed a lot of red with a little bit of black to create a deep red.  Using a medium sized brush I carefully painted in the lines.  After it dried for about an hour I added a second coat of the red mix.



After the red dried, I took my grill flipper/spatula thing and very lightly scrapped away a little of the red paint.  Then I was done!!!  Happy Holidays!















Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekender Bag Take Two!!!



I am in the process of perfecting my weekender bag pattern.  This time I used up some charm packs I had from Mode.  I also tapered the top a little bit so the bag wasn't so "box-ish". Instead of sewing this one with the seams inside the bag, I sewed the perimeter seams on the outside.  I then covered the seams with bias tap.  I did not add a zippered pocket to this bag... only because I ran out of fabric to do it properly.  I did still ad the flap on the back that will slip over the handle of my luggage.





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In the holiday spirit

Yesterday I was in the holiday spirit and decided to make a few potholders for some dear friends.  I used some super cute holiday mini-charms from Moda and thermal fabric for the back.  The border was pre-made bias tape.  From two charm packs I was able to make two large (5 x5 squares) pot holders, and two small (4x4 squares) pot holders.






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Saturday, November 19, 2016

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekend Traveler Bag - Straps added - Now it's ready to use!!!

The weekend traveler bag is finally finished.  I added an adjustable strap that can be used over the shoulder.  I also added two smaller straps/handles so that the bag can be held by hand or on the shoulder.  All straps are also removable.



Previously I posted these features of the bag:  







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