Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crayon Rolls & more Memo Pad Holders

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I can't stop making these things, they are so addictive.



I also started making some crayon rolls. They are so cute! They are great for my daughter because she has a habit of crushing the boxes crayons come in. These seem like such a great way to keep the crayons neat and tidy.



These ones are all for sale in my Etsy Shop

Also, in case you weren't aware... Craftsy has 51 quilting classes on sale right now. I am currently enrolled in 22 of them (not including the sewing classes I am enrolled in). I want to join another but I cannot decide which one!!! 

On another note, partially related... I am looking for a new sewing machine. I usually buy Brother machines, and I have one that is 13 years old and still works. But my last digital or whatever you call it... the ones with backlit displays for stitch choices... that one I ran into the ground, totally killed it. Got another similar to it but with more stitch options and I use it so much that I am having a few problems with it lately. I think it is not just time for a new machine but to actually upgrade.

I don't know what to get though. I thought maybe a Janome? I need something that handle a ton of constant sewing on a regular basis, and I prefer one that I can oil myself (can not oil the last two I got, although my 13 year old machine I am able to oil myself). If anyone has any suggestions that would be really great! I am not even sure where to start looking.

Monday, February 24, 2014

More Chapstick keychains!

I finished two more Chapstick keychains. They really are great for scraps and they are so quick and easy to make. And I'll admit.... A little addictive.


These are also for sale in my shop

I found a pattern on Pinterest that is also for scraps. Bookmarks. I think I'm going to make some of those as well.

We have a post wide yard sale coming up in March and I'd like to sell some of my handmade items in addition to typical yard sale items. I figure the more I have made the more likely I am to sell. I don't know though. 

I would really love to find a craft fair around here but I'm not even sure where to look or how to go about finding and joining them. 

Then I also have a problem listing my stuff for sale. Mostly my mini quilts. I have a hard time parting with them unless I make them specifically for someone, because then it's in my mind that it's not really mine to begin with. Is that weird? 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ladybugs on a Rainbow Memo Pad & Crayon Holder

I managed to make two more of the memo pad crayon keeper/holders. I love making these, they are so cute and handy to have around for a lot of reasons.



Love that fabric. I made my daughter a dress with it last year. She still wears it and loves it. She's getting a little tall for it so now she has to wear it with leggings but she does still wear it.

Anyway, these two are available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lip Balm or Chapstick Keychains

I made two of these yesterday. I think they are such a great gift idea, for teachers maybe... or even for students to keep on their back packs. I am going to keep one on my purse. I keep my chapstick in a side pocket in my purse but I still always have to dig for it which is kind of a pain.



These two are available in my Etsy Shop. I am definitely planning to make more. They are quick and easy and great for scrap fabrics.

I do love my mini quilts but sometimes it's nice to make something where you can see the finished product right away. I'm planning on making a mini with our last name initial.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Memo Pad & Crayon Keepers

I was busy sewing last night and this morning. I made four memo pad and crayon keepers. They are great to throw in your purse when you're off to the doctor's office or a restaurant. Even if you find yourself having to drag your kids to the ER with you, these are great for keeping the kids busy and entertained.




Love making these!! I am finding that all the fabric I own is girly though, I need to run out and get more so I can make some of these for the boys.


These are available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Handmade Item Pricing Worksheet

It seems like I'm constantly figuring out the pricing on items and then later losing the scraps of paper, which means starting all over again every time I make something, and getting back online to figure out all the fees from different seller sites.

What a pain.

Today I finally decided to sit down and create a printable PDF worksheet for myself. Now I can print a bunch of them, once for each project type and keep them handy and organized in my craft binder.



It is available to download free off Craftsy if you'd like to use it too.

Let me know what you think if you decide to use it! Or if you think I'm missing anything I should add...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Keychains.

I am really enjoying making these keychains as a way to start clearing out my scrap fabric. I sold two yesterday, one of which I don't have a photo of unfortunately. But here are the ones I've made so far.




These are for sale in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cute Fabric Keychain .:. a tutorial

I had some 1" d-rings and decided I might make a few key chains or key fobs with them and to use up some scraps.

You will need:


one 1" D-ring
1.5" x 7"  strip of your main fabric
1.5" x 7" strip of coordinating fabric
1.5" x 7" piece of Pellon Decor Bond 
2" piece of 1/4"-1/2" wide ribbon

Following the directions, iron the Decor Bond to the wrong side of your main fabric piece.

Fold this piece in half matching long ends and starting from the fold cut off the corner of your pieces. When you open your fabric you will have a pointed end.

Use this as a template to cut the coordinating fabric.

Layer your two pieces, right sides together with the ribbon strip wrong side facing the main fabric 2" up from the flat end of your key chain. Pin in place.

Sew around your key chain using a 1/4" seam allowance leaving a 1.5" opening on one long side for turning.

Clip your corners and trim close to your seam. Turn right side out. Iron. Hand stitch your opening closed.

Top stitch the edges around your key chain starting and stopping at the ribbon. DO NOT stitch over your ribbon.

Slide your fabric key chain through the D-ring and tuck the pointed end under your ribbon.


Top stitch using a zipper foot just under the D-ring to secure, making sure you back stitch at the beginning and end.


There you have it! A simple, quick and pretty key chain.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Zip Pocket Pouch - easy gift!

I absolutely LOVE Michelle Patterns. I have purchased a few of her patterns. The most recent was the Zip Pocket Pouches, {available for purchase and download here}.

I wanted to make something simple for the library tech I work with at the school. Her birthday is the day after my youngest daughter's. 

The pattern was pretty easy to follow and the zip pocket pouch came out pretty decent. I made two small mistakes but now I know for next time. I got lazy and instead of hand sewing my opening closed I tried to just top stitch over it when I was top stitching and it left a weird little spot... and I did not pin my velcro so they moved ever so slightly when I was sewing them down :/

All in all it came out pretty good. Sharon liked it and is using it, so I guess she didn't notice the mistakes... ha. At first she actually thought I had bought it and so did the librarian but nope... handmade. 

It went together pretty quickly, only took a couple hours. I think I spent more time trying to pick fabric I thought Sharon might like.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

All missing photos have been replaced!! {I think}

I am not sure what happened when I transferred my blog from WordPress hosted to Blogger... somehow all the photos on my blog disappeared!! I got several emails and a ton of blog comments about the missing photos.

I am happy to report that I am {pretty sure} I have replaced all the missing photos. It took a couple weeks but I managed to get it done. There may be a post here or there that is missing a photo, I'm sure, since I have well over 200 posts to fix... Just shoot me an email or leave a comment if that is the case and I will fix it.

So my tutorial page is back up with photos and working links. The thread catcher is still the most popular post and tutorial on site...


When uploading photos I came across a lot of projects I had forgotten about, like the reusable snack bag {tutorial here} which I now intend to make more of because they are handy and I'm sure I'll be needing them soon enough...

Digging through photos on my computer I came across a ton of stuff I have never even shared on my blog here so I might start sharing those because at the moment I don't have a whole lot of actual sewing going on around here.

Anyway, thanks for your patience while I fixed everything. Don't forget you can still find me on Facebook.