Friday, August 17, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Craft Swap Sent

.It has been a busy summer with swaps so far but I just can't resist. It's so fun to send and receive handmade things. This is the huge swap at Craftaholics Anonymous. Here is what I sent Cari who blogs here. She does awesome work with vinyl and jewlery and sells it here.

A purse, get the pattern here. Super easy to follow and pretty cute.

A zipper pouch with a ruffle.

Key fob and hair tie.

Wanna see what I got? check it out here.

This was so fun, and I just signed up for one more swap and I think thats all I will do for the rest of the summer. You should sign up too, its books and totes! link

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some Royal Mail

As you saw here yesterday I did a pin cushion swap. Today I received mine in the mail all the way from Edinburgh!

I got to know a very sweet crafty lady name Vimi and she sent me some awesome stuff.

Here is a card of the Edinburgh Castle. So beautiful!

The coolest sewing kit ever!

See that cute little cupcake?

And this gorgeous cupcake pin cushion?!

I love it all and I am too excited to start using my new stuff.

Vimi is so talented I hope she starts a blog soon so everyone can see.

Have a lovely day everyone!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A little pin cushion

I recently participated in a pin cushion swap. It was so fun! While searching the internet for inspiration and pin cushion patterns I found this. The pattern was great, I had some difficulty with the hexagons because I have never tried anything like it. So they are a little wonky but in the end I love how this little guy turned out!

 A little needle holder under his belly and a little pocket (not pictured) under his shell.

One of the rules of the swap was you had to use stash of fabric you already had and I have way too much fabric for our tiny little home so I am all for stash busting. 

I am so greatful for the hosts of the swap House of Pinheiro and Sew Far Sew Good

Wanna see what all the other swaps made? check them out here and here. There is some super cool stuff there.

Well have a great week everyone!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to hem dress pants

Last week one of my co-workers asked me to hem her dress pants for her. She asked if I could do it without the stitches showing because that's how the original hem was... So here is one way to do that.

First of all I have to show you how she brought them to me. She "hemmed" them herself with some medical tape. Haha!

Turn them inside out.

Measure and pin all the way around. If you are taking a lot off you would probably want to cut off excess, I skipped this step because I wanted to be able to fix it if they were too short.

Grab your needle and matching thread.

Start your stitch on the inside of the pant leg.

When you stitch from the outside back in you want to get as close as possible to the thread. When you pull it through if you can notice your stitch you didn't get it close enough.

The inside of the pants have wider gaps between stitches like this.

Tie off when you are finished and it should look like this.

Simple and it only took about 30 minutes to do.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bandana T-Shirt Dress

I am sure you have seen plenty of dresses made of t-shirts around here in blogland. I used this method to get some more life out of one of Julie's shirts that I am not ready to let go of yet.

I used 2 bandannas and one small t-shirt. since the bandannas were a little bit long I cut off about 6 inches off each one and used the cut off pieces to make a little sash to tie around.

She has really been loving the camera lately :)

A cat in each window, that's what she is pointing at.

I hope this inspires you to find a way to get more life or a new life out of old clothes.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Attaching ruffle to a metal headband

Just a quick little tutorial on how I attach ruffle to a headband.

1. Aquire ruffle, headband, piece of felt a little smaller than ruffle, glue gun.

 2. Hot glue felt to the bottom.

3. Hot glue ruffle to the top.

4. Done!

Simple enough.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pretty Little Romper

I bought this pattern from a shop called Everything Nice Sewing. She has some really cute reasonably priced patterns and I just fell in love with this one.

Here is my little princess wearing the final product.

I hope you like it, I can't wait to make another one!

Hope you are having a great weekend!