Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Granny Square iPod Case

This is my new iPod case, that I have been working on with my 20 minutes of crafting a day. I seem to have gone a bit mad about granny squares, they are so easy and so addictive. The lining is some fleece that belonged to some of the babe’s jammies that she no longer fits in. I am always a big fan of practical and pretty and I’m pleased with how this turned out. My next project to work on is a little something for two of my kiddos that are restless sleepers. Yesterday was full to the brim of baking and cooking with lots of help from my little ones. I’m excited about sharing the recipes with you soon. Even though it is not planned, it seems as though Monday ends up being our big baking/cooking day as we seem to run out of things over the weekend. Do you guys have planned baking days, or do you just bake throughout the week?

crochet, green, sewing • Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 • 15 Comments »

Fabric Headbands

headbandI love these headbands. They are Heather Bailey’s Hooray for Headbands. I made this particular headband about 3 years ago and my little one has been wearing it for that long. It’s hard to tell, but there is a piece of elastic under the bow in the back so there is a bit of room for a growing head. They are just now starting to get snug, so I need to make up some more for her. It will now be time to pass these down to the babe as they fit her head perfectly, with some room to grow. I love that you can pick whatever fabrics you want, mix and match, and there are sizes for babies, girls, and women so you can make them for any gal you know. Who wouldn’t like a fun headband, or several? They would also make perfect stocking stuffers and they are very quick to put together. It is a quick, fun, and super cute project, do try some.

sewing • Friday, November 13th, 2009 • 12 Comments »

French Press Cozy

french press cozyYesterday started another blizzard here, turns out we beat the October snowfall record by 2 inches (still more forecasted) as the highest since 1906. Yeah, it’s a lot of snow. Perfect playing in kind of snow, and lots of it. We’ve been snuggled up since yesterday and are now getting in a wintery kind of mood. I guess we won’t have a real fall this year, oh well. We’re trying to keep the thermostat a bit lower and just bundling up to make up the difference. Generally this works, though I noticed that my hubby was having to microwave his coffee to warm it up as it cools off really quickly in the chilly air. Even though I like my coffee sweet and milky enough that it no longer resembles coffee, I know that microwaving it is not the ideal way to have hot coffee, especially after he has gone to all the trouble to roast his own. So, when the kids were resting I pulled some charcoal yarn out and crocheted this cozy up. I love quick projects that are easy and this one was a breeze. A big hook, fat yarn and 40 minutes later I had a french press cozy. I tried to make it masculine and not all girly, and he loved it. I might have to make some more of these for gifts, they were so easy and I think that they will do a great job of keeping the coffee hot till the last drop.

crochet, home, sewing • Friday, October 30th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

cutting out patternat sewing machine.jpgstitching ornaments on.jpgstuffing tree ornament.jpgcompleted ornament.jpgpaper and fabric ornament.jpgMy kids were thrilled when I told them that this year, instead of using our normal christmas tree ornaments, we are going to do a homemade tree. I should have known that they would jump to it straightaway. For a couple of weeks now they have all been making ornaments out of paper, crayon, coloured pencil, markers, and plenty of cutting and glue. A couple of days ago my six year old said he wanted to make one out of fabric. He worked it all out on paper and showed me what he wanted. Apart from ironing and threading needles, he did it all, including using the sewing machine for the first time. He loved working on it and was so proud when it was finished. I just love the art my kiddos come up with and this was no exception. It will definitely have a proud place on our tree this year.

family, kid's art, sewing • Thursday, October 29th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Sweet Little Fabric Birdy Tutorial

finished bird.jpgHere is the tutorial for this sweet little birdy. I have not done a tutorial before so I hope this one is ok. Please make as many as you want for personal use, but please do not sell any birdies made from this pattern. Let me know if there are any problems with the tutorial and I’ll see what I can do. I crocheted chains for the hanging loop and legs, but if you don’t know how or don’t want to, you could use any kind of ribbon or string. Hope you enjoy, I’d love to see any birdies you make. Download Pattern (pdf)

Supplies you will need:

  • fabric scraps for body and wings
  • yarn for hanging loop
  • yarn for birdy legs
  • decorative button for loop
  • two buttons for eyes
  • two buttons for feet
  • embroidery floss for wing
  • poly-fil or wool for stuffing

bird cut out pieces.jpg Cut out two body pieces and two wing pieces using the pattern pieces. bird making wing.jpg Center the actual size wing pattern piece on the back side of the wing fabric. Fold the fabric around the pattern piece and iron. Slip the paper pattern piece out. I’m sure there are better ways of doing this but it is what I ended up doing, feel free to do this however you wish. bird hand embroider wing on.jpg Place the wing on the right side of the body piece and using a running stitch, attach the wing to the body (I removed two strands of the embroidery floss and used the rest so that it would not be too thick). Make sure to leave a small opening in order to put some stuffing into it. Repeat for the other side. bird stuff wing.jpg Add a small amount of stuffing into the wing and then finish stitching it up. bird crochet hanging loop.jpg Crochet a chain of approx. 40 stitches (you can make it shorter or longer depending on where you want to hang it) using your hanging loop yarn. When you chain your last stitch, using a slipstitch, connect it to the chain about 2/3 of the way down. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch your button on. bird stitch button on hanging loop.jpg Using the tail, thread it through your decorative button and secure it to the chain behind the button. bird crochet leg.jpg Crochet another chain using your leg yarn (I was using a thicker yarn so I only needed four stitches) to the length that you want. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch a button on. bird stitch button on leg.jpg Thread the tail through your birdy feet button and secure to the chain behind the button. Repeat for the other leg. bird sandwich pieces with loop.jpg Place bird bodies right sides together and sandwich the decorative hanging loop in the middle. You want the single chain (the bottom, not the handle part) peeking out the top of the birdy head. Pin around the birdy making sure that the hanging loop is in the middle so as not to be accidentally stitched when joining the two sides together. bird stitch together.jpg Using a 1/4” seam allowance, machine or hand stitch all the way around the bird leaving an opening at the bottom big enough to turn and stuff the bird. bird turn right side out and stuff.jpg Turn the bird right side out and stuff. I used a small chopstick to make sure the stuffing filled out the beak and tail. bird stitch up with legs.jpg Take a needle and thread that will blend in with your main body fabric and start stitching up the hole making sure to add the legs in as you go. bird finished legs.jpg Take a moment to breathe, we’re almost done. Grab your eye buttons and some thread that matches the buttons. bird stitch eyes on.jpg I stitched the eyes by holding both buttons in place and starting at one side, going through the button, through the head, and through the other button and just stitched them both on at the same time. When I was done I wrapped the tails of thread around the buttons to hide them. You are now done with your birdy. I hope you enjoy him.

tutorials • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 11 Comments »

Sweet Fabric Bird

finished bird.jpgSome weeks it seems as though I don’t have a spare minute to breathe let alone craft, but after going for a while not creating anything, I get a serious itch. I am working on decorating my girl’s room and this is one project for it, a sweet little fabric bird. It was so windy today I had a really difficult time photographing him, he just wanted to fly away, so the picture is not brilliant. He is a sweetie though. I used a vintage sheet I picked up at a thrift store, and some vintage buttons. The wing is made from some fabric from one of the babe’s dresses that she outgrew. He has cute little crochet legs and wooden button feet. I really enjoyed working with vintage fabrics, buttons, cotton yarn, an alpaca blend yarn and hand embroidering as well. I think that is a lot of his charm is that he is a hodgepodge of materials. I’m hoping to have a tutorial up by tomorrow in case anybody wants to make their own cute birdy. UPDATE: The tutorial is now available here.

crochet, home, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

My Granny Square Laptop Sleeve

granny square laptop sleeve inside laptop sleeveThis is the project that I started on last week, it’s finally finished. I always admire items made with bright colours, but normally stick to my typical muted colour palette. I decided to jump in with a bunch of bright colours and try to make something nice and cheery. I mastered a granny square a couple of weeks ago and though I am working on a blanket, I wanted a quicker project that I could finish much sooner. I decided to make a laptop sleeve for my laptop. So for the details…. I used cotton yarn as I didn’t want the yarn to get fuzzy after being stuffed in and pulled out of a bigger bag. I used fleece to line it so that it would be a little bit more cushioned and look nice and finished on the inside. the bad I do not like the orange in this bag. I think the colours go well together, but something about the orange colour and floral pattern screams 70’s and shag carpet. Maybe it’s just me, but this is what I think now when I look at this sleeve. I also do not care for the border around the front, but quite frankly it wasn’t wide enough to cover the top of the computer, and since I basically was winging it and really had no clue as to what I was doing, there we go. the good I love that I was able to crochet something useful. I love the idea of the granny squares, especially if I had colours that looked good. I’m thrilled with the actual construction, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing and just kind of figured things out as I went along. I’m a little disappointed that after all of that work, I don’t really care for it, but I am very excited that I can tweak what I didn’t like and start from scratch and hopefully produce one that I love. I’m a little stumped on the colour choice though, as it is fairly obvious that my bright colour palette skills are seriously lacking. I guess like with anything, practice makes perfect and hopefully my eye will get better as far as these new colours go. Any suggestions? I was thinking possibly the same blue, red, and adding white instead of the orange.

crochet, sewing • Friday, October 16th, 2009 • 18 Comments »

Our Little Girl’s 5th Birthday

birthday crownThis past weekend was our little girl’s 5th birthday. We woke up in the morning and there was a solid foot of snow on the ground, we were snowed in. We really try with our kid’s birthdays to have it be more about memories than stuff. We let them choose what the meals are for the whole day and if it is possible, what to do that day. Even though we couldn’t go anywhere, it ended up being a great day, with lots of fun and snuggles. After donning her birthday crown we ate bacon, cheddar scones from the recipe in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, which were absolutely fantastic. They will definitely be made again, and again. We had plenty of hot chocolate and Christmas music, after all it was snowing. little crocheting handsThis year for her birthday gift, we put together a sewing basket filled with all the goodies necessary to start crocheting. I found a neat old sewing basket at an antique shop last month and had fun picking out pink and cream cotton yarn, several crochet hooks in colours she would love and Kids Learn to Crochet by Lucinda Guy. This book is fantastic, and it really hold’s her attention. Incidentally, it is also really helpful for me as I am just learning how to crochet as well.learn to crochetThere was lots of playing in the snow, making snowmen and snow angels, plenty of black forest gateaux, and lots of snuggling with her new crochet hook and yarn. She mastered the slip knot and was thrilled to complete a chain of 23 stitches with just a teeny bit of help. Five years ago I held a tiny baby girl in my arms just seconds after she was born. My how time flies, and now she has grown into a beautiful, funny, imaginative, loving, creative 5 year old. We are so grateful to have her and look ahead to many years of love and laughter. Happy Birthday little one!

books, crochet, family, food, sewing • Monday, October 12th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

A New Crochet Project

new project materials 1Yesterday I started a new project. I knew this crocheting business was going to be addicting. Now that I can do a granny square without looking at the pattern, I am finding it very easy to fit them in during the day. They are so quick and easy, and I can put them down and pick them up and know right away what to do next. This is perfect for my life with four kiddos, I don’t waste time figuring out where I stopped off, and I see fairly immediate progress, all good things. These are the materials for this project. I decided to go for some brighter colours and a cotton yarn as I need this to be a little sturdier. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few days and I am excited to show you all. The top photo is the way I arranged my materials, but I like how my daughter did it much more.new project materials 2

crochet, kid's art, sewing • Saturday, October 10th, 2009 • 5 Comments »

Birthday Bunting

birthday buntingI am in the middle of last minute crafting for my little one’s fifth birthday, and this is one project that is now complete. She is growing up so fast, and boy is she excited about her birthday. I am not a big fan of buying a bunch of decorations to be used for one day and then to be tossed, so I was thrilled when I saw the idea of making homemade decorations that would last indefinitely. It is such a simple idea, I don’t know why I never thought of it. This bunting is made out of vintage fabrics, with some more handmade bias tape. My little one is so excited and loves the idea of decorating with it. I love the fact that years down the road she will be able to look at these decorations and have such wonderful memories of all the birthdays gone by.

family, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 8th, 2009 • 5 Comments »