Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hodgepodge of Cards!

This post will include some of the cards I have made in November, December and January. Also, a bit of embroidery. For Christmas this year, I embroidered kind of a painterly snowman onto floursack dishtowels; for the little kids I embroidered the design onto barmop towels and then made those into pullover bibs. The snowman design is by Urban Threads. The American Eagle embroidery is a design by Strawberry Stitch. My son-in-law became an American citizen in December, and so I made him a card along with the embroidered towel to commemorate the occasion. 

The die cut on a couple of the birthday cards is called Birthday Stack, by Poppystamps. The watercolored birds are from a new stamp set called Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakely. I used Twinkling H2O's to paint them, and CASE'd this card by mdferri. The doily diecuts are from the Papertrey die, Parisian Lace. And the houses diecuts are from the Brevilla House die, also by Poppystamps. Cloud diecuts are from Papertrey..the whales are Stampin Up. The flag stamp is from Papertrey's Friendship Jar Summer Fillers.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine's Gift

I had in mind to sew an assortment of fun gifts for my friend for Valentine's Day. I went to Hobby Lobby, and they had the perfect group of fabrics...prints consisting of cream, a cherry/apricot color, pale dusty pink, etc. I made a couple of drawstring bags, some "cord keepers" (tutorial from Made by Me & Shared with You blog). The cord keepers' tutorial is for a small keeper, which would work fine for something like the iPhone cord, but I also made several keepers in larger sizes for the heftier cords. I have made these string block quilted coasters before, directions coming from bari j blog.

To round out the gift, I included a couple of eos items...the lip balm in red container and the hand lotion in pink. I bought a stamp today at Michael's, and that is what I used to stamp the gift tag. I love using my new allows for such sharp images! 

The finished gift, prior to attaching the gift tag:

 The drawstring bags:

 The various items....I love how these fabrics coordinate with each other.

 The Michael's stamp, stamped onto PTI pink blush.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sewing Drawstring Bags

My friend, Linda, mentioned to me the other day just how much she loves a little drawstring bag I gave to her last year...that she uses it to hold electronics cords and other miscellaneous stuff, esp. when she travels. 

I had recalled taking some photos of the construction process, so decided to do a little blog post. Disclaimer: There are many varieties of drawstring bags. This series of steps is the way I find works best for me. I have tried different methods over the years. This particular design might be the method used by others as well, but it is one derived by myself through trial and error, and is not "copied" from anyone else's pattern. 

Cut two pieces of fabric 12" x 9". Serge around all 4 sides of each piece. 

With regular sewing machine and straight stitch, RST, stitch side seams (1/4" seam allowance)...BE SURE TO STOP 2" from top edge of bag on each side, and back-tack securely.

Press seams open and stitch down the seam allowances on that 2" open portion, to secure them. 

Stitch bottom seam RST. (not shown) Bring bottom seam and side seam together and stitch across. Do this on both sides to form the gussetted bottom. You can stitch across at whatever depth you prefer. A small amount makes a small bottom to the bag, and a larger amount will make a squattier bag. 

Fold & press top edge down 1" and stitch around to form the casing. 

Cut two 24" lengths of white cotton cording. Thread them thru the casings and knot them, to form a drawstring closure. 

These bags can be made in any size. The nice thing with serging the edges is that you won't experience any fraying. A larger size would make a nice shoe bag. Smaller sizes might work well for stashing jewelry in a suitcase. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Baroque Ghost Stitching!

I purchased a cute ghost embroidery design from Urban Threads. It is part of their Ghost Baroque design pack. These designs look very cool on a black background. I had some black fabric in my stash, and decided to make a couple of garden flags for for my friend and one for my sister. They take about an hour each to stitch out, because I bought the largest size of ghost, which is over 33,000 stitches. I like how they turned out. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fireflies in a Jar!

I have been making some "towel bibs" for the little ones in the family. These seem to be the best style of bib...the babies don't seem to mind these like they do the velcro-style, or the tie-style or plastic bibs. These bibs do a good job of covering the clothes, and are cute as well. I use bar mop towels that are approx. 18" x 18", or I cut the bottom off of a dishtowel to size. For the neckhole, I draw a circle using a CD, going about 1/4" outside of the edge of the CD. Then I cut out that circle. A 13" piece of ribbing is then attached to form the crewneck.  

The design on this bib is from Urban Threads. I love how the neon thread makes the fireflies glow!

This design of the flag was stitched onto bibs for the kids to wear at my sister's annual Memorial Day party.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Elastic Hair Ties

With 5 daughters and 4 granddaughters, I am always on the lookout for cute and functional items to make for them. Somehow I missed the trendy elastic hair ties which have been popular for quite some time now! But I have now ordered and received a boatload of elastic from the Sunshine Shop, found some trinkets in my craft stash, and got to work making some of these super easy hair ties. I think they would make great birthday gifts for children's birthday parties as well. I packaged mine up on a tag cut with a die from Waltzingmouse, called Folding Tag Die Set.

Monday, June 9, 2014


Just a quick post to show a few cards I have been making.
This card was cased from one I saw on Splitcoast. However, I did not own the new Work of Art set from StampinUp, so had to improvise and create some painterly swishes in Photoshop, and use them as my background. The birds are from the digital set by StampinUp called Wetlands. Sentiment was done in Photoshop. The kraft paper is embossed with the basketweave embossing folder also by SU. Bakers twine finishes these fathers day cards.

This card is for my daughter and son-in-law who recently moved into their new house. The house stamp is from Studio G (old set), PTI dotted swiss ribbon, PTI Congrats All Ways sentiment. 

These two birthday cards make use of the PTI Monthly Moments sentiment stamps. I stamped them onto PTI diecut tags (Tag Sale #9). Sailboat is from Hero Arts; the other stamps are misc. older ones.

This baby gift was commissioned by my daughter to give to her new niece. The applique is Minkee fabric. The card was very simply made. I used Rustic White paper by PTI; the stamps are Unity, from an older kit. 

This is a hostess gift for my daughter. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, so perhaps the nautical designs will be appropriate. The designs were embroidered on floursack dishtowels. The tag is cut using PTI tag sale dies. The stamp is also PTI, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers. I colored the stamped image with Copics.