Friday, July 31, 2009

Felt Food...

My daughter has a Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Kitchen that she loves! It's perfect for young ages. One day her cute friend was over and he said, "I'm going to make cookies!" We didn't have any food, so he had to pretend. That reminded me of what I had seen on CraftPad. So I decided to make two sets of cookies and fruit for the fridge. Hopefully, it makes playing with the kitchen a little more enjoyable!I also think these kitchens from forty-two roads are fun:
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tote #2...

This is my second tote bag. The other bag didn't have much life to it. This one is lined with Pellon #70 to add some stiffness to it. I used the same tutorial from Not So Fancy Nancy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Family Pictures...

We took some family pictures yesterday, and Daylynn is wearing her new dress. I think she looks adorable in it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

A-Line Dress for Daylynn!

I did it! I made my first dress out of a pattern. The idea came from Creative Chicks, and the pattern is Simplicity 4927.

I learned a few things about a pattern.

1. Read the directions all the way through...FIRST!
2. Look at the pieces and read them carefully before cutting
(I made that mistake a couple of times).
3. Know basic sewing terminology.
4. Have a really handy mom who can fix what you mess up,
and figure out what you can't!

I really love it, and can't wait for Daylynn to wear it on Sunday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another Twirl Skirt...

Yesterday I made another twirl skirt, and I love it! Here is the first attempt...not so pretty. Definitely use the thicker elastic like the directions say to use. It makes it have a better shape. And I also love having the two different fabrics. It adds a lot. Here is the tutorial that I followed from Two Little Banshees.
Close up of her cute little bum bum.
One happy twirler!
*Next project: This a-line dress from Creative Chicks
using the cream, gray and mustard fabrics below.
It will be my first time following a pattern (simplicity 4927).
Any advice???

Sunday, July 19, 2009

All This...

for under $30.00! I had a fun day at the L.A. Fabric District with my family (my sister is in town), and found all this fun stuff. Oh the possibilities...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Items on the To Buy list:

1. Frames
2. Wood Beads
3. Home Decor Fabric
4. Pellon
5. Rotary Blade

And I imagine a few more items will just become a HAVE TO BUY item when I hit up JoAnn's next week. Thanks to their Coupon Commotion week Sunday July 19th-Saturday July 25thI should be able to get all this for a fraction of the cost. I'm so excited!!! I tried to find the flyer on-line, but didn't have any luck. If I find it, I'll post it...otherwise I hope you get their coupons in the mail.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tissue Paper Tie Dyeing...Attempt

This morning I babysat my friend's kids. We decided to do a little tie dyeing! I found this cute idea on Dollar Store Crafts that came from Make and Takes and really wanted to try it out. So we cut our tissue paper, and laid it out on our canvas. I used a shirt, and they used white muslin. We intended to turn theirs into cinch bags when we finished, but it didn't work as well as we had hoped. We'll have to try again. Below are all three of our work. Hannah's had some trouble transferring. I noticed after that there is a shiny side and dull side of the tissue paper. That may have had something to do with it.
Hannah cutting her scraps out
Her cute design. The purple never transferred.
The finished Product.
Reha cut and crumpled her tissue paper.
Sprayed, and waiting for transfer
Finished Product!
My attempt...the petals shifted when I sprayed it.
Finished Product...
not very pretty (good thing it was just a trial run!)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cinch Bag...

I'm finally on to more projects from my to do list. Today I made two cinch bags from Make it and Love it! These are SUPER easy, and a lot of fun!
First we have Avonlee.
I babysat her today, and she asked me what I was sewing.
When I told her she wanted one. She picked out the fabric and ribbon.
Next is my princess, Daylynn modeling her bag.
She didn't get it at first, but was happy once I put some toys in it!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Scrap Quilt Binding...It's Done!

It's done! I'm really happy with the way it turned out! Now onto other projects.
Finished dimensions: 60in X 84in

Friday, July 10, 2009

Scrap Quilt, Quilted...

I finished Quilting! I have a confession...I only do these things for the finished product. I curse my way through the entire thing, but it's so worth it! I had several random thoughts while I was finishing such as, "What was I thinking?" "Why did I do it this way?" "There had to of been an easier way." "I'm not going to do this again for a really long time!" "Oh it's looking so good!" And after seeing it all finished and the edges cut, I really like it. Now it isn't perfect, but I'm definitely happy with it! All that's left is the binding! I think I am going to piece a few fabrics together to make a scrappy binding!
The whole quilt...sorry it's a little hard to see the quilting in this one.
A closer view
Close up
I think this picture shows the quilting the best.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just Finished...

So I just finished quilting all of the 9-patches. Just a little more quilting to get done now. If I had it my way, I'd sew all day just to get it done. Too bad, my sweet little girl doesn't let me...ha. I wanted to post a link to a super cute scrap quilt that someone finished. I love the way she did the back. I got lazy, and am just using white on the back (pictures coming soon...I promise). Check it out. I'd also love to see what everyone else is doing with let me know!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


So I've begun quiliting. I struggled to quilt it just like the quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts, because I can't sew a straight line very well. No one else may have noticed, but it would have really bugged me. It took two hours to un-stitch it all, that I decided to go with the normal swiggle line that I do. My sewing teacher told me to use that stitch so people wouldn't notice when you mess up as easily. It seems to work for me...ha. I have finished three rows, and have 6 more to go. It is taking longer than I expected, but I'm enjoying it!
Sorry it is sort of hard to see.
The three rows completed
A close up on one square

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Camera Strap...Check!

I finished making the camera strap cover. It was seriously one of the easiest projects I have ever done. Here is the tutorial from Make it and Love it that I followed. Enjoy and have fun making your own!
P.S. I hope my husband doesn't mind taking pictures with the girly strap :)

Projects On My To Do List:

Links will take you to each project, but I recommend checking out all of these sites:

1. Camera Strap Cover - here is a tutorial from Make it and Love it that I am going to follow

2. Fabric Jewlery - again from Make it and Love it

3. Cinch Bags for kids - Make it and Love it

4. Mini Tote - From Made

5. Ring Quilt - CraftPad (now this is a bit ambitious, but I love it!)

If any of these projects interest you and you'd like to join me, I'd love that! Just let me know!!