Material Girl

January 25th, 2012

Don’t mind me, but you will be seeing some Christmas in this post.  :)

One of my Christmas presents was a little organizer, typically intended for use in a shop or garage.

But my mom had a grand idea.  She thought it would be great for me to store some of my crafting ‘stuff’ in it.

And she’s right!

Check it out.


Space galore!

I liked it and all.  Great storage for buttons/brads/clips/etc.

But….. it still seened too shop/garagish for me.

So I jazzed it up using some of Jen’s fabulous fabrics.

I believe the fabric I selected is from the Lost & Found line.

Really, making over this organizer was easy!

I cut a strip of material so it would would fit around 3 sides of the organizer.

I then applied Mod Podge to the organizer. {1 side at a time until it was dry}

After I got the material attached to the 3 sides, I tried to trim any loose threads.

In the end, I decided to add more Mod Podge to the edges to make sure it won’t fray.

Had I thought ahead, I would have used some stitch-witch and folded the rough ends under.

Mental note for next time!

Just wait!

I have one more craft involving this material.  :)

How about a custom mouse pad?

Yup.  I made one of these for myself for the office, as well as one for my mom.

You can find the original idea for this HERE, via Pinterest….of course!  :)

What fun crafts or projects have you done where you use material in a way that isn’t typical?

Girl Quilt-Lost & Found Fabric

January 13th, 2012

Playing with fabrics is possibly my newest addiction. Collecting pretty fabric is first…then sewing! I made this quilt for my daughter using most all the red + pink fabric from the Lost & Found collection. My favorite part of quilting is selecting fabric patterns and colors! I may not be a good quilter…but I’d say I’m a pro at colors, no fakin’ it here!

 

 If you’ve never sewn anything, or quilted, the first step would usually be to decide what you are making. In my opinion…I go off color first. Find your inspiration, what stands out and then think of what you could make with it.  I couldn’t have found a more perfect collection to start with! I’ve been looking for a couple years too. I knew I wanted pink, red, and brown to match my other daughter’s quilt. But I just couldn’t find anything until recently…thanks to Jen! Sometimes you just have to wait for something that perfect! Next decide on your pattern. I used Camille’s Shortcake pattern, super cute, and reminds me of a scrapbook page. The most time consuming part for me is arranging the fabrics. This is where I’m super picky and indecisive…because I’m a perfectionist that way, I can’t help it! Here’s where I couldn’t decide to use the red floral fabric or not. They sent me the wrong one…however it was very similiar to what I did want.

Okay…made up my mind!

 Start cutting and piecing fabric together. I had to be extra careful and make sure all the script in the polka.dot and the damask fabric were all the same direction. That may not matter to some…but to me it would drive me crazy! Depends on the quilter.

 This red and pink stripe fabric is my favorite!

 I layed it out on her bed to get the full effect…I can already see where I would have switched a few fabrics around…so hard for me to embrace imperfection!

And that’s it! You can either quilt it yourself, or send it off to a professional! I simply don’t have patience for that.  If you do, wow I’m impressed! Once I get it back, I just have to add the ric rack and then bind the quilt. I can’t wait to see it all done and quilted!  If you’ve never sewn something before…but would like to…I encourage you to just start. Most would say to start on something small…I say go big! It’s much easier to sew a quilt, even if it’s a baby quilt than say…a hot pad! {or maybe that’s just me still having nightmares from sewing stuff in Teen Living back in high school.} You can always take it apart…a seam ripper can be your best friend!

Secret Santa Fabric Bags

November 28th, 2011
Do you participate in a Secret Santa at your work or school?
I do when I can, mostly because I believe in the spirit of giving, the fun of anonymity that Secret Santa brings.
Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, and I made a few little bags out of the Holly Jolly fabric line available at Riley Blake Designs.
I’m not by any means a sewing fanatic, but these bags were so easy and quick, I let the cute designs shine!
First, cut out twice the length plus one inch of what your bag size needs to be, plus one inch wider.
Fold the fabric so the wrong side of the fabric shows and simply do a straight stitch down two of the long sides.
Snip the bottom corners-this helps remove some bulk.
Next, fold down the top sides and stitch 1/8 inch from the top and 1/4 inch from the edge of the folded flap.
Snip the fabric between the two seams and turn your bag inside out.
Run ribbon, twine or jute through the bag as your tie.
Here’s a close up of one bag using the White Holly Jolly Berries fabric, jute and a black button.
And the other bag, using the Red Holly Jolly Fabric and black grosgrain ribbon.
The fun thing about this project is that I can custom make any size bag I want and fill them with all sorts of goodies.
Think of fun, inexpensive items like the Candies and Hot Cocoa Mix as shown here.
Or, offer up some hand baked holiday cookies.
Use these bags as a wrapper to hold a gift card for the hard to buy for teenager, just to make the gift just a bit more personal.
I’ve already got a stash of these made using some other holiday fabrics
designed by Jen and offered by Riley Blake Designs. Check out all the holiday fabric designs out here!