Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lucky Canvas!

Hi there crafty friends!
Rachelle here sharing a cute shamrock project.
Quick, simply, and easy.
Take a look!


First I used took burlap and wrapped around a 4x4 canvas. Next, I applied
a small white doily in the center. I used a simple glue stick for adhesive.
Then I used the pattern below to create the shamrock.

Once I cut out the shamrock I used embroidery floss to place hand sew stiches
around the shamrock. Just apply it to the canvas on top of the doily.

 To finish up, I applied Thicker lettering, rhinestones, bows, and metal corners
to the corners of the canvas.
There you have it! All finished!

That's it for my first post.
I hope you enjoyed this project.
Thanks for viewing and stopping by. See ya soon.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DIY Fabric Covered Photo Album with Netra Bates

Happy Tuesday everyone !
I hope Monday was good to ya. 

Today I am sharing a super easy Fabric Covered Photo Album. 
It takes no time to make. 
The fabric I used is from the  
I love the color combo of this set. So fresh and soft. 
Be sure to stop the store to 
see other choices for this project  HERE.
Here are some Photos of the finish project.  

 Check out the video below to see the project made from start to finish. 
Thanks for stopping by today. 
Have a wonderful day !

Monday, March 23, 2015

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, a Reversible Fabric Basket!

Hello again! Scraps, here, with part two of our pretty little Easter decor project using the Botanic Garden fabric project pack!
They say don't put all your eggs in one basket, but this petite pretty is sized just right to fit last week's trio of stuffed eggs.

To get started you'll need:
  • Botanic Garden project pack
  • Medium-weight Interfacing
  • Low-loft Quilt Batting
  • Lace trim (optional)
  • Chalk pencil, pins, scissors, needle & thread
And, of course, the pattern (click the link to download the pattern sheet from my Hightail page).
For each pattern piece you'll cut 2 out of fabric (one inside, one outside), 1 from your interfacing, and 1 from your quilt batting. The quilt batting will be cut to the finished size (not the cut size!) to avoid bulk in the seams. And speaking of quilt batting, I like to buy the ones intended for baby-sized quilts because they are just the right thickness for small projects like this and a manageable size to work with.
Once you have your pieces cut and the sewing lines transferred in place (very useful for the scalloped edge of the basket), we're going to make a couple of fabric sandwiches:
  1. With the outside fabric base (circle) right side down, center your quilt batting and then top with your interfacing and pin securely inside the sewing area. Leave the inside fabric base alone for now.
  2. Pair your inside and outside sides right sides together, then arrange the batting layer inside the sewing lines, and top with the interfacing. 
  3. (Optional) If you're using lace trim along the scalloped edge, sandwich that in between your inside and outside sides, making sure the pretty/finished edge of the trim is pointing into the fabric sandwich and the selvage/straight edge is placed above the uppermost edges of the sewing line.
Sew your first seam along the scalloped top edge of the basket. I find it easier, on projects like this, to lower the feed dogs on my sewing machine, raise the presser foot, and essentially "free motion" stitch like you would with a curvy quilting pattern. If you've never tried this before with your machine, grab some scraps of fabric and give it a whirl to get used to being in total control of where the fabric goes while stitching--it's really fun!
Unpin one end of your side-sandwich and check to make sure everything looks more or less correct before undoing the rest of the pins and trimming the seam allowances. If you used a loose-weave trim (or, like I did, some hand-knit lace), you'll want to seal the cut edges of the trim with Fray Check or something similar to prevent unraveling. Also clip the inside curves to make turning the scallops easier, later.
Peel up the inside fabric from the sandwich and lay your sides out flat, right-sides up. Clip the bottom edges of the inside fabric and the outside/interfacing sandwich to just before the sewing line to make the next step easier.
Starting in the center of your sandwiched fabric side, pin the side to the sandwiched base, easing it around the curve of the base fabric, just the way we did on the eggs last week, leaving enough for seam allowance where the sides opposite of where you started. Do the same with the single layer of inside sides and base, creating a hollow drum of sorts. 
Sew the bases to the sides and trim the seam allowances along the sewn edges.
Sew up the center seam of the sides but leave a gap (preferably on the inside section) for turning. You'll probably have a bit more than the usual 1/2" seam allowance where the sides meet (blame geometry--I rounded up on the side lengths for ease of measurement, better to have too much than not enough when working with circumferences), so just trim your batting so that it doesn't interfere with the sewing.
Turn the basket right-side out, using a chopstick or similar to help push out all the pretty scallops along the top edge. Pressing and top-stitching of the scalloped edge are optional--I opted not to, but you might like the look of it.
Hand stitch the turning gap closed and then secure the inside (aka lining) to the rest of the basket by stitching in the ditch along the seams where the base meets the sides. The more successful you are at hiding your taking stitches, the more use you'll get out of the reversible nature of this basket!
Believe it or not, the basket and last week's eggs only used about half of each fat quarter in the Botanic Garden fabric project pack, which makes me very happy since I like to stretch my supplies as far as I can. This also means I'll have one more project coming up with them next week, just to squeak in more of this perfect-for-Easter fabric before the big day!

Wishing you creative days,

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bunny Love

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share my fun project with you.  A friend of my just had a beautiful baby girl and I will be making her some fun cuddly stuffed animals.  The first one to be completed is this bunny (Simplicity 1549) using the First Love pack.

This collection has soft blue polka dots, a beautiful solid blue and this gorgeous floral.  I did a bunch of hand stitching for the face and around the ears.

I just had to add a little bit of delicate trim around the neck and for the back I sewed on this fun piece of ribbon that says "handmade with love", to give it just the perfect touch.

First Love fabric
May Arts Ribbons and trims
embroidery floss

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Mini Quilt

Tabatha here again with another fun spring project. Now that winter has released its grip on us and spring is in full swing here, I decided it was time to update the porch.  I put away the snowman banner and decorations and then needed to make a new banner for the new season.
I chose Love My Fabric’s Camellia line once again for this mini quilt. I paired it with some random fuchsia hexagons that I had in my stash and a banner was born.

I hope you are enjoying my projects. Be sure to watch for April’s projects I will be sharing a baby quilt called “Here Fishy Fishy” based on Love My Fabric’s Snorkeling and Camping collections, as well as another small Camellia collection project! Happy Sewing, Tabatha

Friday, March 20, 2015

Squarely Quilted

I am so in love with these new fabrics from Love My Fabrics.  I whipped up this quick quilt in a weekend using this gorgeous grey, navy and bright yellow coordinating fabric. The pattern is called Little P Though the Looking Glass by It's Sew Emma.   Be sure to check out the Love My Fabrics store and sister Love My Tapes store on Etsy.  The quilting was done by Quilts Everlasting.  Debbie is fabulous and does such a wonderful job.  Use my name if you send anything her way to be quilted.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Save those fabric scraps!

Hey everyone, Katie here!

Today I wanted to share this cute hello card I made as well as a little tip. When you make projects you always end up with a few scraps that aren't big enough for most sewing projects, right? Well, (assuming they aren't teeny tiny) don't throw them away! You can cut them into strips and use them to make fabric tape!

I used some scraps of the pink flower fabric from the Air in the Forest collection (I used it to make this elephant softie), You can find the Love My Fabrics in our etsy shop!

It's super easy to turn your scraps into tape:
Just cut them into small strips, and place a piece on double stick tape on the backs of them.

On my card, I also used some lace tape and washi tapes by Love my Tapes (sister company to Love my Fabrics.

If you don't want to bother with saving up your fabric scraps to make tape though, Love my Tapes does sell Fabric Tapes in the same patterns as their fabric! You can find those here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ruffled Spring Banner

Hi everyone, Amylove here. I fell in love with this fabric before I even got it into my hands! I knew that I wanted to make this ruffled pennant banner to hang in my craft room. The colors are so soft and coordinate so well, as do all of the Love My Fabrics bundles. I began with canvas pennants I bought at Hobby Lobby. Then I folded back about about a 1/2" of the canvas to make a place to hold the seam binding.

Then I used this beautiful trim to layer in between the layers of fabric. I just hot glued it on.

Then I cut the fabric into 1"-1.5" strips and  used a running stitch to make my fabric into ruffles and adhered them to the pennant with hot glue also.

After all of the pennants where complete, I flipped them over and adhered seam binding under the fold. I spaced all of the pennants approximately 1"apart on the seam binding.
I couldn't be happier with the results!!

I really enjoyed making this and it adds the perfect touch to my craft room! This fabric bundle can be purchased here: Cotton Fabric - Lovable - fat quarter bundle - pink roses. Please visit our Etsy shop for all of the beautiful bundles available:  Love My Fabrics.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Trio of Easter Eggs with Botanic Garden Project Pack

Greetings and Salutations! Scraps, here, with the first of three projects from the Botanic Garden project fabric pack. The floral pattern is especially perfect for this time of year with those cute bunnies scattered about.

To start, you'll need

  • Botanic Garden project fabric pack
  • Interfacing, medium-weight
  • Stuffing
  • Chalk pencil, scissors, pins, needle and thread
  • Ribbons, beads, buttons or other trim
And the pattern of course! (Clicking that link will allow you to download the pdf pattern from my Hightail site.)

Cut out your pattern pieces: 2 egg bodies from each of the three fabrics, 1 base from each fabric, and 3 bases from interfacing. I have about a 1/2" seam allowance on these pattern pieces, but because of the curves I like to transfer the sewn lines as well as the cut lines onto the back of the fabric with chalk marker. 

Pair up your pieces however you want: I used different fabrics for the fronts and backs of each bodies, but you can keep yours uniform or mix them however you like.

Sew your egg body pairs, right sides together, from the center-top of the egg and along the left side, and press open. Tip: if you don't have a pressing ham, you can very carefully use the outside edge of your ironing board to shape the curve and iron against that.

Sew your interfacing to the back of your egg base along the sewn line. This keeps you from needing one more pin in the mix on the next step.

Clip along the bottom seam allowance of the egg bases, stopping before the sewn line. If you skip this step you'll have a devil of a time fitting a straight edge to a curve in the next step!

Ease your egg bodies along the curve of the egg base (right sides together), pinning as you go, and matching up the unsewn side of the egg bodies where they meet. This is  the most fiddly part of this project, but once you get the first one done you'll feel quite accomplished and fly through the other two!
Stitch the body to the base and then stitch the remaining side seam, leaving an opening in the middle of the side for turning and stuffing. Trip away any excess seam allowance once you're sure you don't have to rip anything out and resew (not that ever happens, right?).
Turn the eggs right side out, fill with your stuffing of choice, and hand sew the remaining gap, turning the seam allowance inside.

Now, these are cute as they are, but Easter eggs are all about the decorations. I whip-stitched pearl beaded along the seam edges and added ribbon flowers, buttons, and beaded bits to the fronts and backs to dress them up a bit. 

Next week I'll be back with a matching basket to put these eggs into!

Wishing you creative days,