Dec 25, 2014

Holiday crafts 2014

I only had time for a few crafts this year, but I love these.
Earrings made from this bead stands. I don't really know what they expect you to do with these bead strings. Usually my projects have 1 our 2 feature beads, so making making earrings fit gifts is a perfect project. These this owls are so cute, don't you think?
The second project I find immensely rewarding. It reminded me of old time crafting, when things were made as heirlooms. Also I live miniature things! These are Swedish inspired ornaments for family.

Dec 22, 2013

The Year of No

Anyone who knows me, that I sew, maybe you have something I made. Its only a matter of time for someone to ask me to make something for them, for someone else, to fix something etc. Of course people offer to pay etc. I have been happy to sew for other people for many years. But now, going forth, I have to say no, sorry. I would be happy to help you make something. I have precious little spare time. I don't even have a quilt for myself, I have a huge pile of my clothes I need to hem. I have projects that are tucked away, not even started. The truth is the actual cost to make someone something would be usually higher than anyone willing to pay, I haven't priced things as they should in the past, but for example it takes an entire day to make a diaper bag, but in the past I only charged a little more than supplies. So, I am still going to make gifts, because I love to make things for people, I love giving gifts I have created especially for someone. I think about that person as I make it, how they will use it etc. And I will still make things to sell. But please don't ask me to fix something or make something for a friend.

Jan 31, 2013

Diaper Bag Again...

I knew sooner or later I would be asked to make a camouflage diaper bag, though I didn't know how nice it would look. The blue detail is sparse but the inside is all blue. I knew the 2 bags would be used by the soon-to-be dad's so I tried to make them neutral. (camo bag- pattern Butterick 4560) I have made this bag so many times I think I am going to retire it soon, I just want something a little more updated, and a little smaller. Bottom pics, I've had a special request for a different diaper bag, I sort of mashed up that (above) pattern with Simplicity 1823. I used outdoor fabric ( waterproof!) to give a more urban updated feeling and much more durable than cotton. Also I used sport mesh for pockets (inside) which I really love (bottom pic). And reflector piping tape on the outside for visablitiy (they are bikers). Safety First! My Blue Heaven 1928 Blue Skies 1927 Honeysuckle Rose If you want the rainbow 1928 Comojos 1911

Feb 20, 2011

Make a Unique Pin Cushion

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Just a little project using a votive candle holder to make a pin cushion. I decided to added the piping at the last minute to fill the gaps and I'm glad I did, a little pipping goes a long way. After stitching the piping to the cushion I used heavy duty glue to adhere it.  Now I'll be looking for other interesting votive holders, I'd love to see what you come up with!

the finished piece...

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Feb 11, 2011

this little owl has a secret...

this little owl has a secret...

he is hiding something...
From beanie baby to ipod cozy!

When my ipod is not in use ( or even if it is) this little cozy keeps it warm and hidden away.Here is a before of what the toy looked like below . I sewed elastic around the opening, used the tail to make the head part (where the hat was): from the back:

Feb 5, 2011

Print Your Own Monthly Planner

Free custom monthly planner made my me in Indesign. I had been looking around for something like this but couldn't find anything... so I made one and decided to share it anyone in the world
Print it out on 8" by 11" paper then cut in half and hole punch. I used specialty 2 sided scrapbook paper for a unique look. but any paper would work. If you have suggestions for future editions drop me a comment and share your projects
Click here to start your printing!

Feb 2, 2011

Customized Planner

I bought a planner on clearance that was a little boring, it was really easy to customize it to be unique. I was able to sew over the existing cover ( through the cardboard- easier than it sounds), then glued around the tab and magnetic closure.

Also I created a custom monthly planner in Indesign that I printed out on 2 sided speciallty scrap-book paper, with a 3-hole punch and a rotory cutter its one of a kind.
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Print your own plannner: download the custom monthly planner pdf here

More Diaper Bags

McCalls B4560
these are a comission, one in pink and one in blue. I added strap adjusters per request, I had to special order 2" adjusters, they just don't sell those at the store. other than that I put the plastic canvas on the bottom instead of the back. I have made this pattered at least 8 times now and I love it more and more each time

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Dec 26, 2010

Holiday sewing

Homemade cassarole dish cozy with zipper, it has temperature reflect fabric to keep things hot or cold. It came together easier than I thought it would, I'll probably have to make more of these in the future as I can see how it could in handy for potlucks

Dog coat: Mccalls 5723 view c , no bow, I used fleece and reflector tape. this is the large size! it fit great though.


Nov 29, 2010

McCall's 5538

fleece winter coat with an oops! ( bottom pic) how did that happen???oh well.

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Aug 29, 2010

homemade couch slipcover for Katie

From 2010-08-29

and after:

this took us about 2 days of sewing, this is my 3rd cover and I like to make the cushions instead of a regular slipcover- I think this looks much nicer. Covering the cushions probably takes the longest. we used heavy home-dec fabric that is way more durable than the chintz that was on there to begin with.
below is close up of the arm back, probably the hardest part with the curve and 3 large pieces that come together, it needs to be tight to prevent it from shifting.
From dp

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helper cats Basil and Nutmeg!

and helper dog Salute:
From dp

Jul 27, 2010

parasal from unbrella


I have been wanting to make this for some time, I covered an existing unbrella that had a few holes with home -dec fabric ( thank you Carrie!), I pinned the fabric together over the umbrella for the pattern but still had fitting issues - although the cells appear the same they are not symetrical at all. Next time I make one I will use thinner material, the dotted fabric adds a little weight but it keeps the sun out, perfect for the beach!
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Jul 24, 2010

Paint Brush Holder


I made this out of osnaburg- one of the oldest fabrics, I love to use it, it has a great feel and look. I didn't line this because I wanted it to be thin. Now off to painting...
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Jun 14, 2010

diaper bag for Nerrisa

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Pattern Review Here

This is for a coworker, I offer to sew a homemade diaper bags for anyone expecting as my gift. I love this fabric, it's stain repellant outdoor fabric, the beige on the inside is pre-quilted fabric.

Jun 4, 2010

pillows for Carrie

I love sewing pillows, they are so easy to make, and they look store bought with a little pipe-ing. At her request I made the pillow covers with a zippers instead of a flap, I used the by-the-yard home dec. zipper and a little flap to cover.
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Jan 11, 2010

Jewelry Holder made from Tree Branches

I found this idea from this
I was in need of something for jewerly, I had been using a plastic silverware tray lined with felt but my necklaces became too kinked. I sanded and removed the bark then painted the branches white then to add sparkled I brushed diluted glue and sprinkled glitter on. I used plaster in the little decorative jars to hold them, they are a little tippy so I would recommend slightly larger bottles. It is so pretty in the morning sun..