Sunday, August 30, 2020

Making Cards

I recently made some more greeting cards, and I used a technique I found on (good old) Pinterest.  The technique is called "One Sheet Wonder."  The idea is that you take one sheet of decorative paper of your choice, and then cut it according to some given directions.  The result is several cards all using that special paper, with none of the pretty paper wasted.  

(Just go to Pinterest and search for One Sheet Wonder.  There are directions for different sizes of decorative paper, some 6" x 6", some 12" x 12", etc.)

And here are the cards I ended up with.



The directions show you suggestions for how to use the resulting pieces of decorative paper to assemble the cards.  Of course, one can do that, or one can invent some new designs.  I followed some of the suggestions, and made some cards with my own designs.



A few close-ups now.  I really liked this way of using little tiny 1" squares.  



Here I added a piece of doily and a little flower with a brad.



All of the suggested card layouts were quite precise, exact, planned out, centered designs.  This was the last card I made, and I decided to do something a little more "haphazard."  And I really like it!



I'm sure I'll use this technique again.  It's a good way to get a lot of cards made efficiently, and to work in a series.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Five-Minute Craft

This really does take only about five minutes!  Super simple.  And, no machine needed.  (Although you could use it, if you'd prefer.)

I found this cute little denim "container" on good old Pinterest.  Here is the link.




You start with the bottom leg portion of some jeans.  The hem on the jeans makes for a nice finished edge on the top of the resulting container.  Below you can see that I'm hand-stitching the upper portion of the leg together.




Next I pushed open the sewn-up leg and sewed across the shorter ends to box off the bottom of the container.



This is just a view of the other side of this boxing-off seam.  You can see where the hand-sewn seam intersects the side seam of the jeans.



Then simply turn it right side out, fold down the top a little, and sew on a button if you like.  Or a pin.  Or a brooch.  Or a ribbon bow. Or a different kind of embellishment.  


I've been using this on my sewing table to toss in little scraps that are big enough to cut into 2" x 2" squares.

I should add that I used a pair of my own jeans for this project.  I could get a bigger denim container if I used a pair of MisterStitches's jeans, because they have a wider leg.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Pattern File Box

I store a lot of my patterns in a file cabinet beside my machine.  That works pretty well.  But I noticed that the files were getting "messed up" with the smaller patterns (the kind that usually come in plastic covers).  They didn't fit the 8 1/2" x 11" format of the file drawer!

 Then I found this small file box.  (Sorry, I can't remember where I ordered it.  It's been sitting around for a while!!)  And I put all of the smaller, plastic-covered patterns in it.  They fit very well.  Just right!  

But I realized that I would have to look through the whole box to find a particular pattern.  That was when I decided to make file divider cards for it.  






Cereal boxes to the rescue!!  Really, they have so many uses, don't they.  What would we do without cereal boxes?

 



I used my stash of paper (for making cards) to cover both sides of the cardboard.  Here's the one for Christmas items.




SisterStitches produces patterns of her own to sell, so she got a file section all of her own!




This photo shows the process of auditioning papers.  Yes, just like we do with fabric!!



It turned out just slightly different in the final version.



And here is the final view!  Nice and orderly, and not bad looking, either!  I debated about whether to seal the dividers with ModPodge.  But I don't think they'll get so much handling that they will get damaged.  And besides, Finished is good, right!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

I found an idea on Pinterest for "ugly Christmas sweater" gift tags.  Sorry, but I've lost the link to it, so I can't reference it.  But it's very simple.  There was a pattern to print and cut out, but really, it's such a simple shape that it doesn't really need a pattern.  This is a way to use up old Christmas cards.

Here you can see the pattern I used and my tracing marks on a Christmas card.  I really needed to trace on the front, as opposed to the back (where my tracing marks would not be seen) in order to get the "sweater" positioned on the card where I wanted it.  I was just careful to cut out inside the lines.




Here are a couple of the resulting gift tags.  On the back I've simply written "To:" and "From:."  I may punch a hole in the shoulder maybe to attach with a ribbon/string.  Or I may just tape them on a package.



Pretty quick and easy craft to use up some of those pretty cards.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Birthday for GranddaughterStitches

GranddaughterStitches had another birthday in May.  How in the world did she get to be twelve years old already!?!?!  I'm not sure if she still wants to wear a shirt with her age on it.  So I made the number on this shirt a little more subtle.







And did I mention that GranddaughterStitches loves chickens???  So I made her a chicken pillowcase.  I found the cute chicken fabric, then threw in a couple other colors to complement it.





After that pillowcase, I decided to make another pillowcase with her name on it.  I found some really pretty batiks in my stash to use.  For all of my machine appliqué projects, I fuse the number or letters to the background fabric, then do machine blanket stitch around the edges.





Then on the back of the pillowcase, I put her age, twelve. 



I think GranddaughterStitches really likes her two pillowcases.




Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fabric Boxes

I recently sewed some fabric boxes and I really like how they turned out.  I found the tutorial on Pinterest.

One thing that made this particular tutorial appealing was that it just used plain old batting.  No super-stiff fusible stuff.  I don't dislike the stiff fusible interfacing, it's just that I don't always have it on hand.  This pattern is "fat quarter friendly," too, as there is very little left over from the two fat quarters.  Of course, you can make these any size you want:  different widths and different heights.

Anyway, I've been wanting to make these for quite a while, and I was inspired to finally do it so that I would have a "box" to hold my "un-paper towels" on my counter top.  (Read about un-paper towels here.)





As you can see here, the boxes are very soft-sided and can be collapsed.  But they spring right back up, and are perfect for my purpose.



The un-paper towels fit in the fabric box quite nicely.





And now I have a matching set in my kitchen.  The box for my clean un-paper towels coordinates with the receptacle for dirty un-paper towels!



Friday, June 5, 2020

Scrappy Strippy Star Quilt (Part 3 the final)

It's finished!!
Binding, hanging sleeve, label, everything!!



Part 1 of this blog post is here.  And the second part is here.

 It was a windy day, so it's not an optimal photo.  But MisterStitches did a valiant job of holding up the quilt in the gale.  And it shows the quilt!  I'm really happy with this quilt.



Here you can see some of the (minimal) quilting.  I just meandered across the quilt in long undulating curvy lines.  Super simple.  I didn't want dense quilting, because I don't want the quilt to be too "stiff."



When I got to the border I wanted to do something different, so I chose another wiggly design, which almost (but not quite) looks like grass. 



Here is a close-up.  As you can see, almost (but not really!) grass.



And here is the back of the quilt.  The Kaffe Fassett fabric is in the center, with more strip-pieced scraps on the sides.



Isn't this KF fabric pretty!  Now that I've used it, I'm almost sorry that I put it on the back of the quilt, instead of using it for a front of a quilt.  But, on the other hand, I really like to have pretty quilt backs, and this one is very pretty, I think.



Since the quilt is so big, I made a split sleeve for it.  Now I just have to find a dowel that is long enough for it!




I've named it "Scrappy String Star Quilt."  I know.  Not very elegant or creative!  
But it does the job.
Git 'er done!