Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wait! I can do zippers!

I don't know about you... But, I've been avoiding zippers... They seem hard, right?? Fiddly and complicated. Well, looks can be deceiving!! I spend a good portion of my time searching the endless internet for patterns. Plus, I'm multi-craftual and was looking for quick and easy patterns to make some knitting project bags. I found THIS wonderful tutorial on the Noodlehead website, and have now ordered an embarrassing number of zippers so that I can supply all my family and friends with the zipper pouches of their dreams!! The tutorial gives 3 choices for sizes, but I've made several and just adjusted the size to the zippers that I have. My daughter put in several orders for her friends, and I've now got some project bags to carry around my {too numerous} knitting works in progress! Plus tool bags for my sewing, pencil bags for the kids, make up bags for travelling... The possibilities are endless!! I hope you'll try them out, the directions are very clear, and you'll be adding zippers in no time!
The first bags were the result of being snowed in for several days in a row... My daughter and I "needed" something to do! Here's her new pencil case...

Then knitting, I make scarves to donate to a local shelter and I needed a bag to keep in the car with the newest scarf in it (to knit while waiting for the kids after school and at their activities)...

and, of course, my daughter showed her bag to her friend and she "needed" one too...

I hope you'll give zippers a try!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fabric Heart Banner

Hi Y'all!! I have recently relocated my craft room and have been neglecting my sewing machine. I have spent the past few days getting reacquainted with my old friend. I have made a heart banner before and gifted it to a friend. I wanted one for my craft room, so I made another one, and I love it!!

Be looking next month for step by step tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Freddie Hat from The Magic Pattern Book

Hi Jenifer here with you today to share my project from The Magic Pattern Book.  I printed out several of the patterns to make but ended up making the Freddie hat for now.  The book has pictures and easy to follow directions.

 I used a fine wale embroidered corduroy that I have had in my stash for years.  I used heatnbond medium-weight fusible for the body of the hat.  For the brim of the hat I added 2 layers of StitchnSew extra firm to make sure the shape of the hat stays intact.

I love the way this hat turned out and I can't wait to make more from this book.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to make their own garments, with the pictures and easy to follow directions you can't go wrong.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Linked Names Mixed Media Banner

Greetings! Scraps, here, wondering if you're still channeling the lovey-dovey vibes this month and looking for something sweet to make but not overtly Valentine's-centric now that the holiday has passed?

A couple year's back, when Todd and I were getting ready for our engagement photo shoot, banners were a popular prop and I decided why not make one for us. Trends lists might say pennants and banners are on their way out, but I'm thinking they'll stick around for a while longer. After all, what's more fun than seeing your name strung across your mantle or breakfast bar? (Okay, plenty, but it's a little everyday thrill and who couldn't use more of those?!)

(This project was originally featured on my wedding blog, and then, hence the Miss Road Trip tags)
I started by cutting out pennants from a fairly heavy canvas and then laying out die-cut letters and embellishments on each, layering and arranging several times before committing everything into place with glue.

But even that wasn't enough, so I embellished the edges with paint pens--I have a fixation on borders and think everything looks better with some edge details.

To join it all I set heart-shaped eyelets in the upper corners of each flag, then linked them together with binder rings. Those rings made it very easy to hang onto the banner during our photo shoot (we could just loop them over a finger or thumb) and it also worked well for hanging from push-pins on our mantle, where it stayed for many months and, yes, gave me a little heart-lift every time I walked into the room.

I just came across this banner from where it was stashed during our move last year and we have a lot of mantles to choose from in our new house, I just need to decide where it would look best!

Wishing you creative days and happy hearts,

Jennifer ~Scraps~ Vanderbeek

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

6 Fun Sewing Tutorials

Hey everyone, Katie here! If you don't know, I blog over on Punk Projects where I post my art and tutorials. I started my blog about 5 years ago, so I've gotten a pretty good collection of crafting tutorials there.

For my post today I thought I'd share some of my past sewing tutorials. These would be perfect to do with some Love my Fabrics!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

“Sweet” projects I’ve done!

Hey everyone, Tabatha here! As you will see, I LOVE applique! Good thing too, as my current quilt project has 220 pieces! Say what?!
Anyhow, here are few “Sweet” themed projects I have created over the years. 

First up is a little table topper valentine’s quilt. Lots of appliqued hearts in this one.

Another applique project is this adorable cupcake banner I put together for Katie.

Then, here we have a rolling pin holder. It has an elastic band that secures the rolling pin and unrolls to feature whatever you put on the panels. In this case it was a prayer that my great grandparents said.

Next up is a cute baby quilt that combines piecing, applique and even prairie points. I love how just one applique heart enhances the overall quilt.

And finally, while not a fabric project, I just couldn’t leave this one out , A crocheted heart bicycle seat cover. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sharing Some Valentine Love

Anita here writing to share some February Valentine love with all of you.  I used a pattern from Shabby Fabrics as a jumping off point for this wonderful banner.  I used my light pad to trace the hearts and used fusible web to adhere them.  The scalloped heart is made from 1010% wool felt and is very thick.  I had to iron on the reverse side to avoid the felt from scorching.  I made the holes with a standard whole punch.  I love the patchwork pattern on the hearts, worked perfectly with the jelly roll that I had of Valentine fabrics from Moda.

Hope you have a great day and I'll be back soon.