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.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Baby Shower Gift

The aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets have become really popular with parents. Back in the 70s and 80s, we did not have blankets like these! A nice feature is that they are a generous 44" x 44". Those who choose to "swaddle" their baby have lots of options with a blanket of that size. "Back in the Day", we wrapped the baby up, but today there is a whole sophisticated set of instructions for proper swaddling of the baby. I think I am glad that my baby-raising days were long ago (although I have had to learn a new thing or two for taking care of the grandbabies!)

Anyway, I needed to make a baby shower gift, and embroidered designs on two of these muslin blankets. I also made a card to go with the gift. The stork and baby are from a PTI set; the chevron paper is Crate's "Fourteen" from last year. The grass was diecut. The blankets will be packaged in a clear cellophane bag, tied with bridal tulle.

And here is one more photo, of Aden blankets embroidered for a baby gift:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Valentine's Day....a bit late

Well, it is now March but perhaps still within the timeframe where I can post things related to Valentine's Day. This year I made cards for my grandkids and for my daughters. Also, a nice one for a friend on which I was able to make use of some new heart dies. I found a photo from last year of two pretty valentine towels I made. And I also used that same design to make valentine coasters this year. Almost forgot...I made two dresses for American Girl Dolls for the oldest two granddaughters. 

 Here are the photos:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Ikea Knodd Bin

The Knodd Bin (4 gallon size can) from Ikea is the perfect container for the nursery, for holding cloth diapers that are accumulating for the laundry. 

My daughter and I devised a liner, made with PUL fabric, which goes into the can and serves to hold the diapers, keeping them from actually touching the can itself, therefore keeping it clean. When it is time to do the laundry, the liner can simply be lifted out of the can, the contents dumped into the washer, and the liner itself thrown in to be laundered as well. 

Here is a photo of the can with the finished liner in it:

And here is the inside of the can, where you can see the pink PUL fabric, which is the waterproof material:


1) Trace the lid of the can onto a single layer of the PUL fabric (this will be the piece that is used for the bottom of the liner.)

2) For the main tube, cut a piece of PUL that is 42 1/4" x 9 1/2". Sew a 1/4" seam down the short side. I found it easier to put the shiny sides together, as the fabric feeds through the machine without a problem.

3) Next, pin the shiny side of the circle to the shiny side of the tube and stitch all the way around as shown below. (try to keep the seam around 1/4" to 1/2" .... you don't have to be perfect.) Set aside this piece while you proceed to making the band for the liner.

Lisa is holding up the liner, in the manner that it will be inserted into the can. The seams will be against the can when inserted. The diapers will rest against the shiny "finished" surfaces of the liner:

4) The band can be made out of most any cotton or cotton/poly fabric. We selected a fabric that went well with the turquoise bucket. Cut two pieces of band fabric, each measuring 42 1/4" x 8".

5) Fold one strip lengthwise, and press. Unfold this strip.  (the photo shows both strips pressed down the middle, but it is only necessary to press one strip; all you are doing is creating a line to follow when stitching.)

6) Place the strips right sides together. With your fold line on top, place pins at the following measurements....
7", 14" 28", and 35". Start at the edge of the fabric and stitch on the folded guide to the first pin. Be sure to backtack at the beginning and end of each segment of stitching. Then leave a gap of 7". Start stitching again at the next pin which is the 14" mark; End stitching at the next pin which is the 28" mark. Once again, leave a 7" gap and start stitching at the next pin which is the 35" mark and stitch to the end. (The photo shows the fabric strips on top of each other, right sides together, and the pins placed as indicated above. You will be sewing right on top of that fold line, stopping and starting as indicated above.)

7) Now you will "open up the fabric, folding each piece back upon itself. Press. The photo shows that you will have created a band with two openings that will serve as the slots that slip over the handles of the can.

8) Now, just stitch around the openings for further reinforcement. This step is not necessary, but does finish them off nicely.

9)Press under 1/2" on both long edges of just one side of the band. These folded edges will be stitched together, forming a finished "hem" on the portion of the band which hangs over to the outside of the can. Stitch them together.

10) Stitch the short edge of the band together to form a tube shape.

11) Pin the band to the PUL piece you had previously set aside. You will be pinning the band to the shiny side of the PUL. And, be sure that the band seam is not against the shiny side. See photo. Once this seam is sewn, and the liner is inserted into the can, you will be flipping the band to the outside and the band seam will be hidden underneath the band.

12) Zig zag the seam you just sewed. This will prevent long threads from pulling out in the wash. The photo shows the zig zag stitching...the PUL is on the underneath side, but I have flipped it forward to show the stitching as it doesn't show up real well on the band fabric. (Note: the non-shiny side of the PUL does feed well through the machine).

13) Insert finished liner into can, slipping the slots of the band over the handles!

liner bag being lifted out of the can: