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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Scrap Bag w/ Belt Strap ::Tutorial/Tute:: (pic heavy!) on: December 28, 2012 10:10:01 PM

This purse is a great way to use up some of those coordinating scrap pieces you have lying around. Besides the lining fabric, the largest uninterrupted pieces I used were (4) 4.5" x 16" pieces. This purse in particular is a finished size of 19" at its widest, 15" at its narrowest, and 11.5" deep.

I made this bag for my sister-in-law for Christmas and after a successful trial run (which I used for a white elephant gift), I decided to do my FIRST ever sewing tutorial. Please let me know what y'all think of the bag and the tutorial. Is it clear or too long to bother reading (let alone try!)? Anybody see anything I can do to make things easier on myself? Please feel free to ask questions, as well! The picture size was giving me some issues, so if you can't read any of the steps, please let me know. I will post them in the comment section below.

As always, please do not claim this free tutorial as your own or use to produce for profit. On that note, I'd LOVE to see if any of y'all try it. Please post in the comments (if you can?!) or email me at [email protected]. Thanks!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hello Luscious! Moda Charm Pack Baby Quilt on: March 21, 2012 08:47:45 AM
I'm kind of obsessed with charm packs and baby quilts that don't look very baby-ish. My customer picked out the charm pack and left the rest up to me. I know the middle turned out a little lopsided (oops!) which I partially attribute to the backing. There is no batting, just the minky back. This blanket is SO soft. It turned out a decent sized 38" x 42." I used the zig zag stich for the first time and love the effect it had. It took me about 5 hrs to make, since the majority of the cutting and ironing is already done for me! Thoughts? Critiques?

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Welcome Wreath for Hospital Door on: February 27, 2012 09:26:45 AM

I was "commissioned" to make a welcome wreath for a friend's baby. I've only made one before, on the fly, so this one was the first big one I have done. I made a scrappy wreath, modge-podged the letter E, used ribbons to add his Name, Birthday, Length, and Weight. His "theme" was a mix of cowboy, John Deere, and hunting. Those ideas go together in real life, but design wise, the patterns are hard to deal with. So this is what I came up with.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Upcycled Picture Frame Earring Holder! on: February 27, 2012 09:06:49 AM
I have seen this somewhere, I'm almost sure, but when I FB-ed it, everyone thought it was awesome. Since it seems to be a fairly new idea, I decided to post it! I used what I had handy, but I realize this opens the doors to literally thousands of styles. I am going to use a smaller mesh next time so studs can sit in there more easily.  

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Beer and Bass Fishing Throw Quilt on: December 18, 2011 01:34:14 PM
Custom order. Miller Lite fabric is not available ANYWHERE that I found. I managed to find some bandannas, which were thin polyester, so I had to sew them together in double layers. It was a challenging quilt (print- and material type-wise), and it's the first one I've done custom. She hasn't picked it up yet, but I know it is super important to her. Feedback on if I lived up to high expectations or not would be greatly appreciated! Oh yea, and it's about 4ft x 5ft, perfect for a couch throw!

Best photo of the prints up close! Smiley

(straight out of the dryer, please forgive the wrinkles. I know I did a boo-boo at the very bottom with the alternating fabrics, but I hope it's not glaringly obvious, especially with the busy prints!)

A patch to write a love note, as per request!

The other quilt option. Which I actually really like. I was surprised I was able to find coordinating fabrics for both of these quilts!!!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Santa for a Soldier- Patriotic Christmas Decor on: December 04, 2011 09:20:56 PM
I was contacted through my craft page on FB to do "something airforce related" for wooden yard decor, because this lady's husband was going to be deployed for the holidays. She wanted to do something special for her little girl and she thought this would be fun for them. My good friend wanted a marine soldier from me for his yard, so I borrowed his idea for the air force toy soldier. The santa with the flag bag was kind of just a stroke of inspiration. Given more time, I would have re-drawn him for his face to face us, and for him to look more jolly. But I kind of love the concept, anyway. More importantly, she and her little girl loved them, so that was the best part. The colors are off in the pics because of the lighting. The actual color is somewhere in between those two. Smiley

Oh, and PS- Google sometimes has too much information. It was SO hard to narrow down something that looked remotely like the proper dress blues for the air force! I did what I could on a 4 ft tall soldier! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / No-Sew Toddler TuTus by a Non-Girly Girl! on: November 06, 2011 03:21:28 PM
In preparation for my first craft show (Which ended up going pretty slow  Undecided) I made four tutus. Here is a pic of three of them. I raised my little brother, have three nephews, and grew up with boys across the street...so fluffy things and pink-ness just isn't something quite in my forte. HOWEVER, after making these, if I was to ever have a girl, she would most definitely be dressed in a tutu, at least for a photo session! Thoughts are appreciated, since I'm out of my element here.


(I think this one should obviously have a brown or fall colored ribbon. I was working with what I had, though!)

(This is the one I sold! It was my favorite.)

Also, please ignore the more...industrial setting...of my last two photos. I made them at work, where the busy time is seasonal, so that is the best place I found for a photo!). Also, I used this tutorial for inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7aSPMEn7S0
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Stash Buster Baby Blanket on: November 06, 2011 03:05:20 PM
So I've been on a baby blanket making kick lately. I think it's because of the instant gratification, since you can make one in a day. That, and you can stash-bust with one! I've yet to make a baby boy blanket for some reason, so I think that's next. After all of my other commissioned projects. It might have to wait til after Christmas!

(I'm not in love with the back, but that's the fabric I had!)
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Toy Soldier Yard Art on: November 01, 2011 08:45:31 PM
So this year I'm trying new cutout ideas. I had a leftover scrap of plywood after cutting out three large snowmen, so I thought I'd attempt a toy soldier. I don't use patterns, and I got brave and didn't measure anything on this, either. I simply eyeballed it. I got the legs a little off, so my husband and I had to make them a tad skinnier to compensate. So now he looks a little like a bobble head, but I still like him. Especially since he's my first soldier! Smiley

He's 4ft tall by 1.5 ft wide. Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Mini-Tute for Craft Show Display Frame on: October 27, 2011 10:43:15 PM
My first craft fair is in a week (ahhh! So nervous!) and I needed a nifty display option. I saw this online and *HAD* to have it. My husband helped tremendously on this one! Here is a mini-tutorial on how we accomplished it. I've never done a tutorial before, so please forgive me if it's lacking in some way. I would love to know if it is helpful and y'all's thoughts on if it will help bring people into the booth! Smiley I'm sooo new to this.

Materials needed to make one about 5 ft tall:
 8 L-straps with screws (also called "90s" supposedly)
(4) hinges with screws
(6) 8ft long sections of 2x4s
1 roll of 2ftx10ft of chicken wire (I used 1/4 inch but 1/2 inch would probably be more universally useful. We found it in the garden section at Lowe's)

Sharp scissors
Staple gun and staples
Experience with saw and drill, or supportive partner who is

Step 1:
Cut (4) 22" sections of boards and (4) 5ft sections of board (If you buy extra boards, you could technically go 5'5" if my measurements are right. But I wouldn't trust my measurements).

Step 2:
Lay out boards in two frames. Hopefully I don't have to explain how to do this. Use L-Straps to connect boards together. This will give you "square" frames.

Step 3: Paint your frames!

Step 4: Attach the hinges like this. It will allow you to close your frames flat, and open them inward. When you're looking at your frames while they're opened inward, the bulky part of the hinges should be poking out toward you (like the part that shows through the door and the frame).

Step 5:
Unroll chicken wire and cut it at roughly 50" long. (If you push it to 5'5" be very accurate on your cutting, because you only have 1 inch to work with aorund the edge of the frame)...

Step 6:
Staple chicken wire to the back of the frame

That's the hubs! Isn't he good to me?! Smiley

Step 7:
Bask in the glory of what your awesomeness has created!
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