Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Easy Menu Planning Board

I found a menu board on Pinterest that I thought was pretty sweet and wanted to try to make it myself. My board is based off the photo.

You'll need:

  • 1 piece of 12x12 card stock

  • 1 piece of decorative 12x12 scrapbook paper

  • 1 piece of light colored solid cardstock

  • a few scraps of scrapbook paper

  • an old 10x13 picture frame, with the glass intact

  • tape runner

  • glue gun

  • 7 clothes pins

  • Other: ruler, pencil, scissors, paper cutter

I started with an old 10x13 picture frame. I cut my background scrapbook paper (I used paper from Basic Grey) to 9x12. I put a tiny bit of glue runner on the back and attached it to the back of the paper that came inside the frame, centering it, so that there is a white border around my paper. Then I just stuck everything back in the frame. So I basically framed a piece of pretty paper.

Next I figured out on scrap paper what size to make the boxes. My measurements are below, measure it on a scrap piece of paper and use that as your template. Use the template to trace and cut two boxes. You can get two pieces off one piece of card stock. Put the long measurement on one edge in the corner, trace and cut, then flip it and trace it onto the opposite side of the card stock. You should have a nice strip in the middle of your card stock, which we will cut later for the clothes pins.
Use your paper cutter to score the folds. You can see my score lines in the photo above. Score and fold on the lines. Cut two 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" rectangles out of your scrap paper. Use the glue runner to attach to the front of your boxes.

Then use a little tape runner to glue the boxes like this:
Using your leftover card stock, cut 7 pieces that are 2 3/4" long x 5/8" wide. Hot glue these to your clothes pins.

Hot glue your boxes to the glass on the right side of the frame. Be quick, you want to get the box on the glass before the glue dries!!

Hot glue your clothes pins evenly spaced along the left side of the frame. These will be hot glued to the frame, not the glass.

Cut your meal strips out of the light colored solid card stock (I used three colors): 1 1/4" x 3 3/4".
I put some stickers on the leftover card stock, cut around them then hot glued those to the frame as well. If you're using a pack of Basic Grey paper or Close to my Heart paper, it's easy to coordinate because the solids, patterns and stickers all come in one pack.

Now what you do is write the meal on one side of the meal strip and the ingredients for the entire meal on the back side of the strip. How you use the boxes will be up to you. I'm going to start with all meals in the top box, make my menu (using the ingredients on the back for my shopping list), and next week take those off and put them in the bottom box, and make a new menu using the top box. And cycle thru them.

Pretty sweet I think.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fabric "basket".... Or a tote with small handles.

Last year I made Hannah a quilt with these fabrics and had some leftovers that have just been sitting in a box. Leftover squares I didn't end up using, leftover strips. So I decided to make her this basket/tote for her random toys that can't fit into the way I currently organize the toys in her bedroom. Ha.
I started with two of these:
And ended up with this:
She's four, so of course she thinks it's the coolest thing ever.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coat Hanger Organizer.

I made this coat hanger organizer yesterday morning. It didn't take long and it was sew easy. I didn't even use a pattern, if you can believe that. The only thing I don't currently like about it is the  empty plain space at the top. But I guess I can either applique something on there or Gillian can use the top to put all her pins on there.

Here are some quick instructions: First cut a rectangle of fabric that is  the length you think you want, and about a half an inch wider than your hanger (I used a child's hanger because I have an over-abundance of these).

On the wrong side of the fabric, trace around your hanger, you want to trace around the top part of the hanger and slightly up the hook.

Now measure your pocket pieces. You'll only be sewing down one long end of the pockets, so you're making a tube. Turn it right side out and iron.
Add some details or whatever to your pocket pieces. You can see I just threw some squares on there. Pin your pockets in place and sew down the bottom edge of the two top pockets. Next, sew pockets, whatever sizes you want.
Then cut a rectangle as wide as, but slightly shorter than, your front rectangle piece. Hem one short end of it.

Place this back rectangle on top of the front rectangle, right sides together, lining up the pieces at the bottom of the organizer, like so -->
Sew around that. Now measure and cut a small rectangle to cover the top part of the organizer. Make sure you hem one short end of that too, and make sure it slightly overlaps the other back piece. Pin that in place, right sides together, and sew up the sides and around your hanger marks.
Trim around your seams, flip right side out and iron. Make sure the straight pieces are tucked in at the top. Slide your hanger up in there. Easy.

You could also make a small tube to cover the hook of the hanger if you wanted to. I didn't do that because the hanger is purple and it matches the fabric.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My new purse and matching coin purse.

This weekend I made this lavender scented rice heating pad for my Aunt. The last time I made her one was four years ago and it wasn't as nice. She still uses it. Figured it was time to send her a new one! I hope she likes it.
The pattern for the rice pad was from Sew4Home. Love that site.

I also made myself a new purse. I know, it's boring, my cousin already informed me of that. I should add a big bow, she said. Bows are not my thing, simple is my thing and since this is my own purse I'm leaving it as is. I was just going to do the black but figured that was way too boring so decided to add some of the other... Greenish/blue fabric. That is fancy enough for me.
The purse and matching coin thing are from "Amy Butler's Style Stitches". I love the purses in that book but most of them are HUGE and I will never make them. The teardrop purse was a nice size though.

Forgive my cell phone photos.
That's not all I did this weekend!! I smoked my last cigarette at 9pm Sunday night!!! I'm chewing the nicotine gum, which I guess is kind of cheating but it's certainly making quitting easier. And after my mother I do need to quit. Can't believe it's taken me four years after my mom died to get it thru my head that this is some serious shit. Better late than never I guess. Hopefully I can stick to this, I've never made it more than a week, but then I've never used the gum to help me out, either.