Showing posts with label simple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spread the love



I think Valentine's Day is as much a day to celebrate your special sweetie as it is to celebrate your other loved ones: kids, parents, friends, and relatives.


The girls and I sewed up a few Valentine felt garlands for the grandparents, and honorary grandparents (special aunts and uncles).


I love how simple this project is, and how much Valenteine cheer can be spread with it. 


Rolled up, slipped into a clear plastic bag, labeled with a simple tag, and ready to deliver!

Hope you are finding some holiday inspiration this week!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine Wreath



My favorite crafty project is the one that is quick, useful, and uses up materials already in my stash.  Enter this wreath.  I stumbled upon it somewhere in the blogosphere and thought it would be a cute addition to our other Valentine decorations.  


I modified it a bit to make it smaller, and use materials on hand (see here for how to make the yarn wreath base).  Originally, I used the same charcoal gray yarn to make the argyle stripes, but it looked too chunky (see the wreath on the left in the top photo?).  I like the lighter pink stripes much better - looks more authentic argyle.


The hearts were cut from 2" squares, and the wreath is 9" in diameter.  They fit perfectly on either side of our dining room windows to perk up the space a bit with some Valentine spunk.

Wishing you some satisfying (and free) crafting! 


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fleece Cuffs Tutorial



I found a cute mitten and hat set for little A a while back.  But...the mitten cuff doesn't cover much of her wrist, which is especially problematic in the snow and these cold New England days.



I realized it would be pretty easy to sew a longer cuff and attach it, but hadn't gotten around to it.  Then, today, we saw something similar to what I had in mind, and I wouldn't have to sew it to the mitten (score!).  For the $12.99 price, and the very simple design, I knew I would be making up a few pairs when we got home.  


The thumb hole holds the cuff in place, and the cuff is long enough to go over her sleeve.  Problem solved!  


Think you want to make some too?  This is a VERY simple sewing project - even the most beginner can do it!

You'll need two pieces of fleece.  For the kids' size, I did 6" x 6", but you could alter to make longer.  Just make sure you cut the width measurement along the stretchy grain of the fleece.

Next, finish the ends (the stretchy sides).  Really, you don't have to with fleece, but I always prefer the look.
If you don't have a serger, read on - I'll show you how with a regular machine, too!


Fold cuffs right sides together and sew the long edge (length).


Make a scant 1/2" snip on the fold 1/2" down from top edge.  



Turn right side out.  That's it!  You can wear these under gloves or mittens, or simply as fingerless mittens.  On the website of the brand we saw at the store, they make the point that kids can tuck in sleeves with these cuffs, put their coats on and STILL zip up independently!  Genius!

If you are serger-less, here's what you can do:

Zig zag top and bottom edges.  Set your machine to zig zag and turn the handwheel until the needle is on the far right of the stitch. Place your fabric under the presser foot up against the needle.  Now, when you sew, the zig zag will encase the raw edge of the fabric.  


Right sides together, simply sew the long edge with a 1/4" seam.  No need to finish.  Snip the hole and turn.


These are my size, so the measurements are 7" wide and 8" long.  I cut the hole about an inch down from the top and about an inch wide.


The very best part about these fleece cuffs?  Little ones still have access to their thumbs!  

Stay warm!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cranberry Orange Relish



Every year, we like to give a little something for the holidays.  This year, I wanted to share my mom's Cranberry Orange Relish.  The color is gorgeous, and its sweet and sour combination is perfect on a sandwich or as a side dish. I have eaten more than my fair share this season!


Living in Massachusetts, we are lucky to find fresh bog berries (three times the size of the Ocean Spray ones!) at the local market.  This recipe is so easy, yet makes a unique treat.




Cranberry Orange Relish

4 cups cranberries, washed and picked over
1 whole navel orange, washed, ends cut off, and cut into eighths
1/2 cup sugar (or more to taste)

Place cranberries, orange pieces and sugar in the food processor.  Pulse until cranberries are finely chopped.

Let relish sit in refrigerator overnight.  Taste and add more sugar as desired.


That's it!

I'm roasting a chicken now just so I can eat the relish tonight.  It's also so tasty on a turkey cheddar panini!

Enjoy!





Friday, December 21, 2012

Zip pouch from Zaaberry



Little E is in her first ballet performance this weekend.  She has a list of things to bring, including make-up (!) and extra hair supplies.  What better excuse to try out Zaaberry's Zip Pouch tutorial!?


I found these laminated cotton remnants at Stitch Lounge for $1.50 each - more than enough to make a pouch.  And, the zippers were on clearance too!


I had the lining fabric in my stash - a pretty good match - and a great way to use up an old scrap.
 
The best part is that this zip pouch is large enough to hold all Little E's supplies without being overly big.  And...it was a quick and easy project - I was able to get it done while the girls were having "quiet time" (I put that in quotes because it was neither quiet, or much time).

Thanks, Ruby, for a great tutorial!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Candy Corn Bunting tutorial



For this week's installment of Bias Tape Tuesdays, we are making something so easy and festive, and it's a great use of bias tape - the holiday bunting! 



If you are looking for a quick project to add a little Halloween spirit to your home, look no further!  With a few cans of spray paint, some burlap fabric and your homemade double-fold bias tape, you can whip this up in no time (don't forget the candy corn for inspiration and crafty energy!).



1. Decide how big you want your triangles - mine are 6 1/2" sides x 5 1/2" base (the part that gets sandwiched in the bias tape).  Cut as many as you want for your bunting.  Then, using painters tape, tape off the top and bottom.



2. Find a safe spot to paint the fabric.  I taped mine down on craft paper outside. 


3.  Spray away!


4.  When dry, peel the tape.  Almost looks good enough to eat!


5.  Once the orange paint is dry, tape over it and spray the top point white and the bottom portion yellow.  (I was using burlap already in my stash.  In retrospect, this would have worked better with white duckcloth - then I wouldn't have to spray the top white!)


6.  Once dry, peel the tape and reveal your burlap candy corns.  Make coordinating double-fold bias tape following this tutorial.  Mine is 1/2".   I love how the fabric I found has the yellow and orange stripes to match the candy corn pattern (and I managed to find it while the 3 year old was running around hiding in Joann's).


7.  Sandwich your burlap candy corn in between the folds of the bias tape.  Pin in place.


I spaced mine about 1" apart and left an ample amount of bias tape on either end for hanging.



8. Starting at one end, start sewing, making sure to enclose all points of candy corn in the bias tape.  Continue sewing to other end.
 


That's it!  A beautiful, easy decoration for Halloween!
 
 
Hang it up, admire your craftiness and eat some real candy corn while you do! 

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Super-sized snack sack tutorial

Remember these
After making a few for friends and the girls, I made 20 for little A's birthday!  I think I have the process down, and so am here to share it with you!
 
You will need:
one piece of duck cloth 8" x 20"
one piece of cotton quilting weight 8" x 20"
one set of Velcro 3" long
1 yard 1/2" double-fold bias tape in coordinating color
optional (for label): 1" wide cotton twill tape
iron-on transfer paper

 
 
 
Step 1: Baste cotton quilting fabric to duck cloth.  I'm a big fan of the basting spray!
 
 
 
Step 2: Baste short ends together with a 1/4" seam allowance (or less). 


Step 3: Round corners on Velcro.  I just found my scrapbooking corner rounder and it works on Velcro!  Much easier than eyeballing and cutting with scissors.


Step 4: Mark center of each short end.


Step 5: Sew pokey Velcro to front and soft Velcro to inside top.  Be sure to leave at least a 1/2" from the raw edge to the top of the Velcro.   If you have a directional print, make sure it is facing UP where you sew the pokey Velcro.


Step 6: Sew bias tape across top front.  Trim any bias tape sticking out on either side.


Step 7: Fold snack sack up from bottom to 8".  Flap should measure 4".  Press in place...


...and baste sides to above bias tape.


Step 8: Using a round object (can you tell I sew in the playroom?), trace a curve at each flap corner...


...and cut along this curve.


Step 9: Fold in end of bias tape (like this), tuck snack sack in between bias tape, and overlap the tape about 1".


Fold the bias tape toward the back.


Step 10: Sew around the entire snack sack, stretching bias tape gently around corners.  When you get close to the other bottom edge, fold in the ends of the bias tape...


...fold towards the back, and finish sewing. 


Here it is! 

 

 


Optional: To make a label for the bag, follow this tutorial from Patchwork Pottery


Cut the twill tape and fold the ends under.

Sew the label onto your snack sack and you are done!


Now, be crazy like me and decide to make 20 for party favor bags!

Have fun making these and deciding how to use them (makeup, puzzles, art supplies, gift bags, etc!)

 

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