Thursday, February 24, 2011

From Scraps.....











Don't throw away your scraps!!! They are great for cute and quick patch jobs on you kids pants, pretty hair clips, and if you're up to it Fabric covered buttons. Here are some examples...I have made this hair clip by layering hearts (I started with the very middle heart and placed it on my next piece of fabric to trace and cut the next heart a little bigger), stitching the middle to hold them together and hand stitched onto a hair clip. The layers of the clip make it super cute and fun to wear for kids (And MOM!). The jeans will fray a little so if you are looking for something more polished try felt. Do it up in different colors, that would be AWSOME! For kids quick and cute patch jobs on those knees that need protection....Take your scrap material, find a cookie cutter, or other fun shaped thing you can trace. I like to use the "Wrong Side" of the fabric (The back) for tracing, sometimes wash away pens and pencils aren't so "Wash away". I use fusible webbing to attach the patch to the pants (Follow instructions on the webbing , or ask your fabric store personal if you are needing further assistance). Using embroidery floss, BLANKET STITCH (for hand sewing) around the edges. If you are using a machine, use a LIGHT WEIGHT FUSIBLE WEBBING or the webbing will gum up your sewing machine needle and go around the edges with a ZIGZAG stitch (BLANKET STITCH, you can look it up at youtube, Or if you have a sewing book handle take a peek and see if it has different stitches in it. Youtube is a great source of DIY projects and there is lots of helpful videos for sewing, knitting and crocheting. Trust me it is used often over here!!) The picture of the jeans is as far as I have got, otherwise I would show the finished product...Make sure you choose a shape that will cover ALL that needs covering, and stitch at 1/4" around...Forget to mention that :)
And if you are reading this and have some tips on how to upload buttons and all that stuff could you please leave a comment below, I have some great friends who have AMAZING shops whos buttons I can get, I just don't know how. Thanx.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Season, New Item, New Thoughts....







With the cold weather (HOPEFULY) behined us, a promise of Spring is around the corner. Time to put down the knitting and finish up projects started, and time to get out the sewing machine. A horrible confession, I am using my Mother inlaws machine, I do not own my own (Hope to fix that soon!). One project is done, I made a purse out of an old pair of jeans (Well a pair I bought at a yardsale for .50c) . Today I will be working on my youngest daughters pillowcase dress. get it done today? Maybe, but if it's nice out, probly not. Hope you have a great day and I will keep you posted how the sewing is going! A promise to myself is that I am going to keep up with my blog and the crafts I am doing. I don't know how to add buttons (Trust me I've tried) I don'tknow how to add music, or do anything fancy, but I can type and if you can read then we'll be set. In the meantime, here is a picture of my spring time "Groovy" upcyled purse, the belt was given to me by my Mother Inlaw who got it with some shorts she bought, but didn't like the belt, so I put it to use on my purse and think it looks great! LOVE IT, will be using it as of NOW! LOL, And Now I somehow managed to get 2 of the same picture whil trying to move it. Ah well.