Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DIY Embroidery Floss Organizer using clothespins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Embroidery floss wrapped clothespin organizer tutorial
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 I have been working on organizing my craft room and wanted to store my embroidery floss in a pretty way. I was inspired by a couple of pictures on Instagram and loved how some creative people were not only storing their floss so it wouldn't become a tangled mess, but had it out on display. I decided to make a framed organizer so I would have somewhere to have my own embroidery floss rainbow.
DIY storage for embroidery floss wrapped on clothespins
I made my organizer to fit a little wall in the corner of my craft room, so keep that in mind when I share my dimensions- there is no real right or wrong size.
I used 1" X 4" boards to make the main body of the frame- not only did I have them on hand, but they are the perfect size for the clothespins I found. I used 1" X 2" boards to frame out the organizer. So, if you were going to purchase wood for this, you would probably spend $5 or less.
In addition to the wood you will also need clothespins, nails and paint. I found my clothespins at Walmart and the nails at Home Depot (you can probably find the nails at Walmart as well). But you can find similar clothespins and nails on Amazon. (affiliate links) I used acrylic paint I had on hand.

6- 18" pieces from the 1"X4"
2- 18" pieces from the 1"X2"
2- 22 3/8" pieces from the 1"X2"- measure the 6 1"X4"+ 2 1"X2" together to get this length
*again, these are just the dimensions I used so it would fit the space I had, there's nothing special about them.

1- paint all your wood pieces (I did not do this, and I wish I had, it's much easier to paint them when they aren't nailed together.
2- line up the 1"X4" pieces. I wanted to have a lip on the back of the frame, so I lined my boards on top of a thin piece of wood so it would be raised up a little bit- paint stir sticks would be perfect for this.
3. Line the top and bottom 1"X2" pieces and nail into place.
4. Line up the sides of the frame and nail into each of the six boards.
organize embroidery floss with clothespins

Once your boards are all secure, it's time to add the nails for hanging the clothespins.  Make sure you have your clothespins on hand to determine exactly how they will fit on the board before you put any nails in. I started 1/2" in from the side of the frame and then added 1 nail every 1". I put the nails in 1/2" down from the top of the 1"X4" board before I checked how my clothespins would fit, only to find out that I should have put them 5/8" down.
build your own embroidery floss organizer
You can see on the top row where I had to take them out and move the nails down. I left the rest of the nails in place, although they are hanging a little higher on the board than I probably would have liked. So, don't do like me- use your clothespins and determine how you want them to fit on the board- and THEN add the nails. It's going to take a while. My board holds 108 skeins of floss.
To wrap the floss, I first wrote the color number on the bottom of the clothes pin. Then I pinched the end of the floss with the pin and wrapped away. When you get to the end of the skein, you can push the ends of the clothespin and it will open just enough to slip the loose end of the floss in to hold it in place.
clothespin embroidery floss organizer
I use the bottom row to hold my pearl cotton. You can see that I need to get some reds but I'm pretty set on blues and greens. And obviously gray is a favorite too. Ha Ha.
If you have any questions- don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

On Trend Valentines Mini Quilt- Free tutorial and pattern

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I have a spot on my gallery wall that has just been begging for a mini quilt.  I thought I would change them out seasonally so I started with this one.  Turns out it looks WAY better in my living room, and not the family room like I thought, so there aren't any pictures of it in the gallery wall, but you still get a free tutorial out of the deal, so I think we're good. ;) Plus, now I need to make a bunch of decorations that room and my budget is zero dollars, so we'll see what I can come up with- hopefully it will make for some good blogging. Lol.
The fabric I used is called On Trend and it's designed by Jen Allyson (My Mind's Eye) and produced by Riley Blake designs.  They provided the material for this blog post, but On Trend is available in fabric stores and online. I love the prints and my favorite part is the sparkle of the gold. I designed this quilt based on the note card print and I just love how it turned out.
Valentine Mini Quilt

  • Fabrics- This would be a great quilt to use 5" squares with, or fat eights. You will need a bit of yardage for the borders and the binding (and of course the backing).
    • I used 8 prints in this quilt along with some solid white to back the applique hearts. I will share the cutting dimensions and hopefully that will help you decide how you want to purchase your fabrics.
    • Probably the most economical way to make this quilt is to get a 5" stacker, then you will also need 2/3 yard white triangles (if you want the triangles to all face the same direction) fat eighth of note card print (or 1/4 yard if fat eight is not available); and 1/4 yard raspberry polka dot for binding.
  • Lightweight interfacing for applique (unless you want to use a different method to applique)
  • cardstock for heart template
3- 6 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles from Note Card print- I fussy cut these so the phrase I wanted to highlight was centered
4- 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from solid white (in the picture my white squares are a little bigger because I thought it might be nice to have some wiggle room to square them up after applique, but it was unnecessary so I changed the pattern)
4- 4" squares- 2 raspberry and 2 mint polka dot
4- 3 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles (I cut 2- white triangle; 1 raspberry triangle; 1 raspberry stripe)
6- 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (2 mint floral; 2 raspberry main; 1 raspberry stripe; 1 raspberry triangle)
2- 2" X 21" strips from white triangle for side borders
2- 2" X 18" strips from white triangle for top and bottom borders

First take a 4" square piece of cardstock and cut out a heart shape.  I will work on getting my heart template online, but you can make your own if you don't want to wait. ;) *update: I have uploaded the heart template that I used here. Make sure when you print "Actual Size" is selected in the print option window and check the size against the 1" square on the template page. If you have any problems with this, please let me know! :)
1. Trace your heart on a 4" square of the lightweight interfacing.
2. place your interfacing on top of the RIGHT side of the 4" square of the polka dot print.

  • Stitch along the pencil line around the heart.
  • Cut around the heart, leaving a 1/4" of fabric in the seam.
  • Trim around the point of the heart and cut out wedges from the curves so they will lay a bit flatter. 
  • Cut a slit in the center of the interfacing and use that hole to turn the heart inside out. The edges will be contained inside the interfacing and you can use a dull edged tool to push the seams out. Press the seams well. (you can see what the finished heart looks like in the first picture)
 1. Take the white square of background fabric and fold in half. Lightly finger press to create a faint crease.
2. Unfold the white background square and line up the point and the dip in the heart with the center fold crease. Center the heart from top to bottom.
3. Pin the heart in place.
4. Top stitch around the applique heart.

Use the picture to help with your layout- I did switch the placement of some of the prints since I decided to use the white triangle print on the borders, I didn't want those pieces on the edges. (and imagine the hearts are sewn down ;) ) You will end up with five rows. Press the seams on each row in opposite directions. There aren't many places where seams end up in the same place, but it's helpful when they do. Sew the rows together.  Sew on the side borders and then add the top and bottom border. You are now ready to quilt and bind.
I'm showing a close up of the quilting so you can see that it doesn't have to be perfect. :) I really made some wonky hearts in my quilting, but it's a lot better than the last time I tried free motion quilting, so I'm going to take it and run with it.  You can also see in this picture how I quilted around the centers of the notecard print to accentuate the sentiments I wanted to highlight. (and if you can look closely- you will see how I totally missed the corner- oops)
I love the non-traditional look of the colors in these prints. Now to make accessories that match! ;)
As always, if you  make this quilt- I'd love you to tag me! @AmeroonieDesigns on facebook or Instagram.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fabric Planner Accessories from When Skies are Gray Fabric

Thursday, January 19, 2017
 I am really starting to love using my planners.  I bought one for the first time in a long time last year and I really enjoyed making lists, checking things off and generally seeing what was coming ahead of time. One thing I have not loved, though was not having a way to easily transport all my stuff from the kitchen counter (where it normally lives) to the kitchen table (where the magic happens).  I had to gather the pens, planner, and anything else I wanted to use.  This often took more than one trip, because I would forget something. ;)
So, when the blog hop came up for this beautiful When Skies are Gray Fabric from Simple Simon and Company, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  A tote for all my planner stuff, and some pretty accessories to go along with it.

I ended up making a tote, a portfolio to hold my pens and a little zipper pouch that perfectly holds washi tape and opens wide so you can see all the different kinds you have in there. Because we all know you have more than one, right?
I'm not sure if I will publish the tote or portfolio patterns. They still need some tweaking and I'm not sure there is a demand for them.  But, I do have the washi tape zipper pouch tutorial ready to go!
Originally I was going to go mostly black and white and gold with this project, but the pink prints in this line stole my heart and ended up being the focus of my projects.  Isn't that little gold umbrella just awesome?
I'm so excited for this line to be available in stores, and if you head over the Simple Simon and Co's website, they have a giveaway going on for a fat quarter bundle!! Plus, they have links to all the other blogs participating in the Fabric tour and you don't want to miss all the amazing projects people have made.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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