Sewing Bags

17 Dec

If you are wanting to sew up a bag and need a pattern or just a little instructions head on over to Pattern Pile.  There are hundreds of ideas and many free patterns to choose from.  I picked out three that I want to start with.  You may have to become a member of Craftys for some of the patterns.

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Nap Time

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Tablet Carrier Bag

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Ruffled Clutch

Jewelry Making

16 Dec

If you enjoy making jewelry head on over to Beading Times for some great ideas and tutorials on how to get the best look out of your work.  I find the tutorials very easy to follow with pictures for us visual learners.

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wrap around earrings

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crisscross beaded earrings

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multi-strand bracelet

Last Minute gifts

11 Dec

Sometimes it is nice to be able to pull something together at the last-minute.  I will confess to not being able to think that quickly, so having a few ideas thought out ahead of time works for me and to keep it simple. Here are a few that I like.

Mason jars are handy for gift giving and I always have a few stashed away. I like The Gunny Sack {Everything} In a Jar ideas.  She also has the labels that you can print for the jars.

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One Good Thing by Jillee comes to the rescue and shows you how to make a quick bought grocery store item into a nice little gift.  She has prints out labels too.
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Too Stinkin’ Cute has a wonderful idea for an ice cream kit.  Yum
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One Crafty Home shows you how to make a quick coffee cozy out of fabric.  These are super quick, go good with a mug or gift card to local coffee shop.  cs finished2

KoJo Designs has a pretty ideas for a Tea Lovers Wreath. (you could use Washi tape for the clothes pins and it would be even faster)
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Acts of Kindness

9 Dec

I am tired of hearing all the things that are wrong in the world so I started a campaign on my Facebook page to post acts of kindness.  Maybe you will join in and add acts of kindness to your Facebook page for the month of December.  Maybe we can make a difference.  Here is my post for today.

Acts of Kindness:
Sewing with Nancy has been a favorite show of mine for a long time. At the end of her show she does a segment call Nancy’s Corner, during that time she interviews people who are making a difference with their sewing talents. A few are teaching women in third world countries how to sew and make a living, making pillowcase and giving them to children in hospitals to brighten their day, hats for people who have lost their hair due to chemo, dress for girls in Africa and the list goes on. Thank you Nancy Zieman for bringing this to our attention.

Here are two other links with acts of kindness;
UPS an Chick-Fil-A

 

5 Sewing Gifts

6 Dec

I have been busy at my sewing machine, putting on finishing touches and getting small things made.  Christmas is less than three weeks away.  Here are a few things I have been working on.

I love these microwave fabric bowls from Tamarack Shack.  I have made a few different styles and for me this one works the best.  They help keep the mess out of the microwave and give you something to grab ahold of to get a hot bowl out without burning your fingers.  I keep a few stacked on top of the oven and wash when messy.  You should use all cotton fabric, thread and batting.
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Apostrophy Designs has a great tutorial for making a baby blanket.  You can use this idea for other flat fabric ideas like a table runner, table cloth or, napkins I sure you can come up with more ideas.
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I have posted this one before, but it is such a neat way to make a pillow case that I am posting it again.  It is from Twiddletails.
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Sew a sleeping bag for a special stuff animal following the directions at Parents.com.
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I have made two of these for myself, one for business cards and the other for all those plastic store cards.  Doesn’t take much fabric and really comes in handy.  Tutorial is from The Crafty Cupboard.
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Planter Box

26 Nov

I have this beautiful Christmas cactus that belonged to my Grandmother.  My Grandma passed away in 1991 to give you an idea on the age of this plant. Pieces of it have been shared over the years so it is not as big as it could be, but still quit large.  It is in a ceramic pot that is tan, pink and blue.  Not my colors, never were my colors.  I don’t want to transplant it especial this close to when it blooms, but I hate the planter.  So with all that said I came across this post today.  I have nothing but a little time to lose as the supplies are simple and in my home. (cardboard, glue and brown paper)  Love how Useful DIY’s turned out.
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Dancing Ballerinas

23 Nov

I think this pretty dancing ballerinas would be fun to make with a group of friends.  You can check out the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.  When using floral tape give it a little pull as you wrap that way it will stick to itself.

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