Make sure pattern pieces are on a transparent/semi transparent paper. This way you can see the placing of details before you cut.
Tips & Tricks:
-Use a very heavy single side fusible interfacing fused to the suit coat.
-If using for a laptop – invest in quality padding. I used automotive headliner (the stuff in the roof of your car). It is fairly thin but cushy and sewed like a breeze.
-Repurpose hardware from another bag. I almost purchased swivel hooks from the fabric store, but they cost $10 a piece. No thanks. Instead I took the clips off a Salvation Army bag. ($2 total).
-I also repurposed the vinyl strap from the same thrifted bag for these photos because I ran out of time for my project submission. The bag now has a grey wool strap which I like much better.
-I used an old vinyl belt for a closure. It was easier to sew through than I thought. I made the mistake of assembling the back of the bag before securing the belt. On the back and bottom of the bag the belt is glued using Eileen’s OK to Wash Fabric Glue. Once dry it worked like a champ.
- I always encourage adding an unique label. These labels I made on my home printer, but you could stamp, embroider, fabric marker, etc to create your own seal.
*Tutorial by Jess @ Spool & Spoon for her win of the Kids Can Do challenge of season 15*
I have always been a big fan of Earth Day so I was delighted to create a kid-friendly and planet-friendly project this past week.
To make your own set of hand stamped seed sacks you only need a few supplies: a foam sheet, wood blocks, linen bags, double-sided tape, paint/ink pads, and scissors.
1. Let the kids loose on the foam sheet. Instruct them to draw small blossoms and stems all over:
2. If they are old enough, let the little ones cut them out. If they are not, use a small pair of scissors (or even an xacto knife) to cut them out yourself
3. Gather an assortment of small wooden blocks that are just the right size for the cut shapes (mine ranged in size from 1 to 2.5″ cubes)
4. Attach a piece of permanent double-sided tape to one side of the cutouts.
5. Take the shape and put the tape side down on the center of a wooden block. Push down on the foam shape to adhere it securely to the block.
6. Repeat steps four and five on all of the remaining foam shapes
7. Before letting the kids go crazy with the stamps, stick a piece of scrap paper inside the sacks to prevent colors from bleeding through.
8. Now it’s time for the kids to go wild. Using thin layers of paint or pigment ink pads, the stamps work either way. I like the mix and match aspect most of all since your little ones have the freedom of expression — they can use a variety of colors and combinations that is only limited by their imagination.
Let the paint dry completely and pack the sacks full of wildflower seeds or whatever plants you adore.
And just think, those stamps can be made into any shape your babes can dream up! Think mix and match monsters, faces, weather patterns, etc. I hope you and your little munchkins have a blast with this simple springtime project.
Wow. What a week last week guys. Thank you for all the emails and messages of concern for our family. We’re all doing well. I woke up Monday morning with the plan to have a day out and about Boston with Abi. It was beautiful outside, a holiday and the marathon was going on so I thought there would be plenty of awesome things to do. Thankfully, it was a bit of a slow morning so we never made it, thank goodness. It was all very surreal to see our favorite and most frequented places under attack like that. Very glad it’s all over now, that’s for sure. We’re still prying for those that were injured or more affected by the tragedies of last week.
But now onto happier things (and sorry I didn’t get these results posted Friday – I was a bit distracted to say the least.).
And the crafter/project match up -
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*Tutorial by Catherine @ CathGrace for her win of the Upcycle challenge of season 14*
*Tutorial by Autumn @ It’s Always Autumn for the Refashion Challenge of season 13*
Hi! It’s Autumn here, from It’s Always Autumn, with a tutorial for the lace front blouse I made out of a men’s button down shirt. (Check my blog for the slacks to skirt tutorial.) In the photo above you can see the finished refashion, and below you can see the before:
Just a fairly normal, cream colored men’s dress shirt. It wasn’t huge, just a little roomy on me, so I ended up using just about every scrap of fabric in my refashion. I started by [Read more...]
*Don’t forget to enter the Whimsy Couture pattern giveaway announced this morning!*
Hey guys! Where you able to check out the projects linked up to the crafty party last week? I had a hard time deciding which one to feature today, but I finally decided on this awesome Remember Provence Apron by Sew Country Chick. I’m totally digging ticking strips right now, so I think this grain sack inspired fabric treatment is awesome.
And now for the poll results for the Refashioned Challenge…
And here is the crafter/project match up…