Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween 2012 Costume Series

I'm super excited about this series I'm starting!  I'm showing how you can use key pieces and just change up the fabric to create a lot of different costumes.  I hope you all enjoy :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mixed Medium Master

Ever heard of Jane Perkins?

No...?

Well that's not a surprise.

I hadn't heard of her until tonight, but I've seen many of her mixed media artworks before.  I first discovered her work via pinterest.  But have seen it on many other websites.  I'm so impressed and in love with how Jane uses 'junk' to create amazing masterpieces.



















Jane uses mostly found items and doesn't paint or color them.  I would love to make some pieces inspired by her work, but need to hit up about 80 coin operated gum ball machines to get enough nic-knacks to get started.















I hope Jane's work inspires you as it has inspired me!





*All images used were found via the google image search "Jane Perkins"

Reversible Bib Tutorial




http://www.whitneysews.blogspot.com/2012/10/reversible-baby-bib-pattern.html

Reversible Baby Bib Pattern


Linked below is the pattern needed to complete the Reversible Baby Bib Tutorial from Whitney Sews.  The pattern is being provided for free so it is intended for personal and gift giving use only.

The pattern already includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance.


When printing choose 'fit to page' or none'on scaling so it will print properly.  You should end up with two printed pages.  Cut out both pieces and tape together on the flat side.  (It helps to then trace the entire piece onto a sturdier paper before using)



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY the Holiday - Mickey and Minnie Ornaments

I know a lot of people are wanting to create DIY gifts and decorations for the holidays.  To give everyone a head start I will be posting one holiday or Christmas themed tutorial each month leading up to December.  This is the first video of the series.




I used some thrifted ornaments and acrylic paint to create two adorable Disney themed ornaments.  This is super easy so you can even get the kids involved :)  I hope you enjoy!


Friday, September 14, 2012

T-Shirt Produce Bag

101 Dalmatians Messenger Bag

I recently got the opportunity to do a custom order for a 101 Dalmatians messenger bag using a Disney 101 Dalmatians sheet.  It was a lot of fun to work on.  I always have a great time working on custom orders because I know who the item is going to be for and want to make it even more special then the rest of the things I make!

The sheet I used was a little thinner then I would have liked, so after interfacing the outer pieces I went ahead and sewed a piece of white fabric to the back of each (using a 1/4 inch seam allowance).  I then sewed the bag together just like normal.  This gave an extra bit of stability that it wouldn't have had otherwise.

The bag has a large zipper pocket in the back, two front pockets and an adjustable velcro closure.

Here are some quick pics I took of the bag before packaging it up.






Check out my tutorial if you want to make your own messenger bag!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Birds on a Wire Painting

I got a great idea on pinterest for a birds on a wire painting.  I've pinned several that I like and decided it was  time to give it a try myself!  I picked up a printed canvas at Goodwill for $4 and used some acrylic paints I had on hand to create my own wall art.















Here's a quick video I made showing how I did the painting.  Hope you enjoy :)



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Appliqued Tie Onesie

Tie Onesie Templates

Linked below are the patterns needed to complete the Tie Appliqued Onesie Tutorial from Whitney Sews. The patterns are being provided for free so they are intended for personal and gift giving use only.




Click here to download and print the pdf templates


When printing chose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so they will print properly.




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekend at the City

I've been visiting Silver Dollar City since I was 9 years old.  It is as near and dear to me as a second home or childhood friend!  Last month I got to take Jeremiah to SDC for his first time and we had a blast.  Here is a video showing some of the things we got to see and experience :)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Crayons!

New use for those old crayons!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My First Sewing Machine

I've mentioned on my history blog that this is a landmark year for the Singer Sewing Machine company. I myself own a few Singer sewing machines...and really like them.


Last night my mom came across my very first sewing machine in storage. It's a machine that I dearly loved and hoped had not been thrown out over the years. I remembered the sewing machine being white with clear blue areas...but had long since forgotten that it too was a Singer Sewing Machine.



I was probably somewhere between the ages of 7 and 9 when I was given this toy sewing machine. I used to get scraps of fabric from Mom, would sit down in my bedroom floor at the machine, put two together and sew several lines up, down and across until I thought it had enough stitching. Then start over with more pieces. I never mastered threading the machine so when the thread ran out I always had to have Mom come and rethread it (thankfully I've gotten over that...). Sadly after a decent amount of usage and a few fabric jams a plastic piece on the inside broke rendering the machine unusable.

I so glad to see my first sewing machine again. It’s really amazing how far I’ve come since the days of sewing on that machine in my bedroom floor!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Casual Day Bag Tutorial



(See the post below for patterns)

Day Purse Patterns

Linked below are the patterns needed to complete the Casual Day Purse Tutorial from Whitney Sews.  The patterns are being provided for free so they are intended for personal and gift giving use only.

All patterns already include a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Click here to download and print patterns.

When printing choose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so they will print properly.

Monday, April 30, 2012

T-Shirt to Tube Top

Video Tutorial from Kim Monroe from Twisted Crafts showing how to turn a t-shirt into a tube top.  Great beginners project!  Kim has tons of great craft ideas so make sure to check her out on facebook, youTube and etsy!

April Viewer Showcase

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Modern Girl Clutch Tutorial

My first Pellon tutorial is up!  Here's the video tutorial for the Modern Girl Clutch...I love it so much!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Medieval Faire Wrap-Up

We had a blast at the Medieval Faire again this year!  Here's a video showing some of the cool things we saw and did :)

March Viewer Showcase

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Giveaway Prize

A few weeks ago I hosted a giveaway on my facebook page in honor of reaching 2,000 facebook fans.  The prize was either a pillow sham or curvy clutch custom made for the winner using fabric from my stash.

The winner chose a curvy clutch and said she likes pinks and reds and bold, vintage inspired florals.  It took me a while, but I finally came across the perfect fabric!  It's 'fat quarter' cut from a vintage sheet that I received in a swap a few years ago. 

I added a ruffle and cluster of buttons like I do on all my recent clutches.  So here is how the custom made bag turned out...




Check out some of the other clutches I've made that are for sale in my etsy store.  Or make your own using my zipper pouch tutorial and curvy clutch template.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Medieval Monday Update

Had a little issue with recording this week...the first time through was perfectly lite, but badly out of focus (camera got bumped). Second time through was not as well lite, but still a little out of focus. But I still said everything I needed to :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Baby Sleeper Bag Tutorial

Pattern Assembly Help- Sleeper Bag

Baby Sleeper Bag Patterns

I have created a set of patterns to use for my baby sleeper bag tutorial located on youTube.  The patterns are pdfs and can be printed for use.  Once printed use my sleeper bag pattern help video to assemble the patterns. The patterns are created at about a 3-6 months size but can be enlarged or shrunk for other sizes. 

When printing the pattern go to properties- page setup- borderless printing.

PDF patterns located here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fabric Fortune Cookies

Fashion Week- Fall/Winter 2012

Fashion Week NYC is underway!  If you want to see some of the top designers shows you can watch them streaming life you youTube's Live Runway.

I would love to know what your favorite designer/collection is :)

Medieval Monday

Monday, January 9, 2012

Threadbanger Template

Below is the spike template I created to use the the Dino Hoodie Reconstruction DIY tutorial.

  

When printing chose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so it will print properly.

Tee to Halter DIY