September 13, 2014

Mummy Onesie!

This quick baby craft came courtesy of my friend Kelly, who sent me this adorable pin a whole day before the most recent Pinterest party.  Sneaky Kelly!  How could I resist?  Luckily this little treat is SO SIMPLE, I already had everything on hand at home.

So cute!!!

Supplies

  • White baby onesie
  • Gauze or strips of white fabric
  • 2 googly eyes
  • White thread and needle
Directions
  1. Sew strips of gauze criss-cross on the onesie.  I only attached mine at the ends, but I may go back over it and sew down the whole way on each strip.
  2. Poke needle through the back of a googly eye and thread through.  Sew to the onesie and knot firmly.  Repeat for the other eye.
How easy is THAT?!

Framed Burlap and Bunny Silhouette

I came across this super cute framed bunny silhouette pin a while ago, and loved the idea of it in my daughter's woodland-themed nursery.  The original blogger meant it for Easter but pfft, why limit yourself like that?  They also painted the silhouette on their burlap, while I just cut mine out of construction paper.  I think my way is great, naturally.


Supplies

  • Frame, such as this laser cut frame I got at Michael's for just a few bucks!
  • Paint
  • Burlap- enough to fill frame opening
  • Black paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
Directions
  1. Paint frame white and let dry.
  2. Cut burlap to size, and use hot glue to attach to frame back.
  3. Print bunny silhouette outline (found here or here or going with any Google image search result you're happy with) on black paper.  Cut out bunny shape.  I cut inside the outline, rather than leaving that thick black ink outline on my bunny.
  4. Glue bunny to center of burlap.  
  5. Tie ribbon into a bow and glue to bunny's neck.
Optional: Decorate your bunny for the season!  Give him a trick-or-treat bucket, pilgrim hat, Santa hat, wings and a bow and arrow, etc.  Let your bunny be an active guy in your home!

Versatile Photo Frame

I think just about everyone on Pinterest has seen this pin of a cute frame with a bulldog clip, for both cute display and an easy way to swap out pictures as your kids grow.  I've been wanting to do this for a while, and finally got all the goodies to make it happen at a Pinterest party.  I am VERY happy with how mine turned out!


Supplies
  • Frame, with or without a back
  • Paint, preferably in a bright color
  • Scrapbook paper, big enough to fill your frame
  • Bulldog clip
  • Hot glue gun
Directions
  1. Remove glass, matting, etc. from frame.
  2. Paint frame and let dry.  If desired, scuff up painted frame a little to add some texture and a worn appearance.  If you zoom in on my pic, you can see where I left it a bit streaky in spots and scratched up a bit in others.
  3. Cut scrapbook paper to fit.  Glue to frame backing.
  4. Hot glue bulldog clip, either directly to glass or to the scrapbook paper if you aren't using glass in your frame.
  5. Swap pictures out all year long!

Fall Pinterest Party Roundup

Today was the latest Pinterest party, and I put those hours to good use!  I made my chubby hubby cookies as my food offering to the crafting Gods, and set out to make 2 frames and a mummy onesie.  I didn't progress to the ghost yard decoration for Halloween, but there's still plenty of time to get around to that.  :)

I have little write ups below, with links to full posts on each craft to walk you through it step by step.

First up was the versatile photo frame.  Painted a frame with some interesting detail, put scrapbook paper on the frame backing, and hot glued a bull dog clip.  I plan to have this at my desk at work, where I can swap out pictures easily and have something colorful in the office.  Lord knows that is necessary.


Next up was the bunny silhouette for the nursery.  I painted one of those cheap laser cut frames from Michaels, added burlap backing, cut out a bunny silhouette, and glued on a little bow for good measure.  SUPER easy and I absolutely love it.  I plan to decorate this bunny throughout the year.  Maybe he'll get a little mask for Halloween and a Santa hat at Christmas.

And lastly, the mummy onesie!  I sewed on some gauze and googly eyes, and we were in business.


Here's my lovely daughter showing her enthusiasm for this cute getup!

September 7, 2014

Tin Containers as Fridge Storage

I've seen this idea floated on Pinterest for a while now.  Allegedly, you could put a magnet inside a tin container and it would magnetize the whole thing to stick to your fridge.  Not true.  BOO.  Still, with a bulldog clip, you can still take advantage of your cute old tin (in this case, an old bank) for holding pens.  I have a Chiclets tin holding coupons as well, but in that case I don't have an open side to use the clips on.  I need to stick magnets to the back of that puppy for it to be functional.

Broken Herringbone Quilt: Work in Progress Part 2

Picking up where I left off from last week's quilting, I am ready to share the results of sewing all those quilting Ts together!

So far, things are going well.  I learned a couple important lessons along the way, like leaving about an inch of loose fabric at the edges so I can sew these Ts together, and creating some semblance of order in my progress.  Let's break it down.

Step 4: Sewing the Ts (basic quilt component for the broken herringbone quilt)

As I planned out in Step 3, I sewed my pieces of fabric together, in order, to create a T.  All seams are 1/4".

Here I have two Ts done and sewn together, on the left hand side.  The rest of my fabric is laid out, awaiting assembly line sewing.


So how did I attach the Ts to each other?  Let's take a look.  First, this is where I realized that I needed my fabric to have a loose edge so I could sew one T to the other.

Unfold the bottom left corner, then flip the next T upside down, so you can sew right sides together. 

All sewn together. 


Here we are on the next T down, continuing the steps. Unfold corner.

 Flip next T upside down and sew together. 


 Again, I have attached Ts.  Next, let's show sewing the vertical seam.

Flip my fabrics so right sides face each other, and sew down that vertical seam with the same 1/4" seam I've been using all along.

Flatten the existing seams down as you sew, in the same direction, so you don't get weird fabric bulges along the way.  Do this consistently throughout the quilt.  Not only is it OCD happy to have all seams going in the same direction, it creates consistent texture to your finished quilt.  See below?  I flattened the seams going up.  A couple Ts later, I realized how much easier it was to fold them down.  So down it is for the remainder of the quilt.


 All sewn together.  See now neat and tidy these seams are?

Repeat repeat repeat.  I have the starts of two vertical columns of herringbone going now.

Last night I started planning out the next couple vertical columns.  After sewing those, I'm going to start measuring out to ensure I have the full width of my quilt.  I may need another column or two.  Once the width is set, I'll start laying out the full length of the quilt.  And while I'm at it, I may see if it's easier to stitch this in rows rather than columns.  Because I'm a glutton for punishment, changing up my approach halfway through.  ;)

August 30, 2014

Broken Herringbone Quilt: Work in Progress Part 1

And now, for my next trick, let me delight the eyes and dazzle the OCD with this broken herringbone pattern quilt!  Oooh.  Aaahh.  After my grand total of 1 quilt down, I decided I was ready to hop on in to this quilting business and up the ante with a more complicated style, again without a pattern to follow.  What could go wrong?

Step 1: Planning (AKA, Quilting Math)
Biggest lesson learned from my first quilt was that I had to properly plan out my quilt in advance of any purchasing, cutting, laying out, or sewing was to be done.  I wanted a herringbone pattern (a favorite for me and my husband, a city planner who lurves him some herringbone sidewalks), but not the typical chevron-style herringbone that's all over Pinterest and the interwebs.  Finding some helpful sources of inspiration, I planned out what I wanted, measured, multiplied, and came up with my supplies for a nice twin-size quilt.

Step 2: Fabric Selection

I wanted this quilt for the living room, which is currently painted a soft green and has brown rugs, a tan couch, and various blue and green accents.  Clearly blue and green were my starting points for color, and I wanted a crisp white backing for the quilt.  I knew I'd need a pop of color in there, maybe a fun purple, or even red or orange.  Binding color was TBD.  I roamed the aisles with several awesome coupons burning a hole in my phone, and was more selective with fabric purchasing this time around.  I added and removed multiple bolts of fabric before settling on my final 6, but in the end I knew that what I had would definitely be used.  Six beautiful patterns, white backing, and navy binding.

Bountiful harvest.

Step 3: Cutting, Laying out, and More Quilting Math
Ok, I cut cut cut all my little rectangles out of the patterned fabric, and now I needed to cut the strips of white fabric that would go in between the rectangles, like the mortar in my herringbone sidewalk.  Again, valuable lesson learned last time was that I would have to account for fabric lost when I stitched two pieces together- 1/4" seams eat up length fast, especially when you're going to lose 1/4" on each side of your rectangles.  So I had to figure out how long these strips of fabric should be, how to make that a standard number rather than measuring out two different lengths depending on which way the "mortar" was going, and how to neatly sew these buggers together in a way that didn't make my head spin.
Some laying out, measuring, adjusting, more measuring, cutting, measuring... and I had my pieces cut and arranged and my AHA! moment for how to sew them properly.  Let me introduce my quilting Ts.
I laid out the beginning of the pattern I wanted.  We have the patterned fabrics and the white strips in between, breaking up the herringbone.

I realized that I could break this into chunks with these Ts.  From my quilting math, I knew that once I had sewed the white piece between 1 and 2, I would be losing a bit of length, which is why piece 3 is a bit shorter when everything is laid out prior to sewing.  Clearly, I needed to sew in this order.  Piece 1 is sewn to the white strip; piece 2 is sewn to that same white strip, and then a white strip is sewn to the top of those 3 connected fabrics, making the T with the white strips.

So I had the sewing order down- excellent.  Next up was how to make this work repeatedly for an entire quilt.  I then realized the whole pattern is made up of these Ts.  Look at the same layout with the new T perspective (highlighted in yellow now):


To the left are two more Ts, and there are Ts rotated as well.  If I create a bunch of Ts, I can connect them to other Ts at an angle, and we're in business.  In theory.  Let me see how this all goes in practice!