Friday, October 28, 2016

Embroidered Mesh Word Art for Nursery

Friday, October 28, 2016
Embroidery was one of my very first crafting loves.  So, when I was invited to try out a new product from DMC I jumped at the chance.  This new stitchable mesh is so amazing and gives me a fun new medium to create on! They also have stitchable cork and cork with gold flakes!  I was able to get my hands on some of that too and I can't wait to play with it.

When I was thinking about what kind of project I would do I knew I wanted to create something inspired by the amazing Cheri of TinkerEllen because I think her work is just amazing.  That was when I decided to create some art for my baby's nursery. I figured it was time I get working on her room, since she turned one in July.
I decided to create some word art that reflected qualities I hope my sweet girl develops in her life- Happy, Brave and Kind.
I wanted to finish the outside of the hoop by wrapping it with yarn, and since the mesh creases, I knew I needed to do the wrapping before I put the mesh in the hoop.  I found it easiest to do this by creating a yarn ball first and then passing that around the outside hoop to create the wrapped texture.
Then it was time to create the patterns and transfer them to the mesh.  The mesh comes in 10" X 10" sheets and it does fray, so I put some tape around the edges to hold it together and flatten out the piece a bit. There are two sides to the mesh as well, a silver side, and a gold side.  I decided to use the silver side. The first piece I transferred I used a ball point pen to transfer the design, but I found it was so faded I had a hard time following the pattern.  For the next pattern I traced, I used a thin Sharpie marker.  I found it was much easier to see when I went to stitch the pattern and it didn't rub off.  The down side to sharpie is that you CAN see it clearly so you will want to be really careful with what you transfer.
 Were I do to it again, I would not trace the circles for the wagon wheel flowers, I would just put dots where the wrap stitches go, that way I don't have to worry about covering up the circles.  Does that make sense?  Even the sprig borders I would probably just add dots at the top of the leaf instead of tracing the whole leaf, just so there wasn't any background black showing through.  I did end up stitching past my marked lines on the flowers and their leaves to make sure they were covered up as much as I could. That being said- I don't really notice any of the markings on my finished pieces.

Once the pieces were finished being stitched, I tightened the mesh in the hoop and just trimmed off the extra mesh as close to the hoop as I could using sharp scissors.
This was my first time stitching wagon wheel flowers and I am in love with the dimension and texture they add to the pieces. I also adore the shine of the mesh and just love how it adds another level of awesome to this art.
I don't know if this is where they will live forever, but I really kind of love how they
match the ribbon mobile I made.
If there is some interest in the pattern for these, I will get them written up, so leave a comment if you'd like to see one.
And, as a bonus, this project got me to finally hang some things on my baby's wall, so we're winning all the way around over here. :)
Hope you have a great day too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wistful Winds blog tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hi friends!  I'm here today to introduce you to another gorgeous fabric line.  Friends, this is Wistful Winds by Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.  Wistful winds, my blog friends!
The colors in this line are just scrumptious and bright and cheery- so totally up my alley! I love the main floral print and the sweet little girls are just adorable.  You can view the whole collection on Riley Blake Designs website here.
I have been systematically going through my house, getting rid of stuff, updating decor and generally overhauling things. When this fabric showed up, I realized it was time to update some of my craft room inspiration.
I originally had this quote on a cupboard door made out of vinyl and paper, but thought it would be so much better in fabric with stitching and patchwork.  I was right!

I love the detail of the buttons and the thick pearl cotton.
 I don't have a pattern for this yet, but if you're interested in the pieces for the fabric applique, just shoot me an e-mail and I'll send you a rough copy.
This fabric, in all of it's bright cheeriness just makes me so happy.  And if you're looking for more goodness using the great line, follow along the blog hop through the links below:

Amy Sinibaldi –
Kristyne Czepuryk –
Amanda Niederhauser –
Amy Smart –
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones –
Christine Cook –
Elea Lutz –
Jodie Carleton –
Sedef Imer –
Jina Barney –
Elizabeth Evans –
Kimberly Bourne –
Jemima Flendt –
Nadra Ridgeway –
Amy Chappell –

and coming up in the next couple of days:
October 12th:
Katie Skoog –
Amber Johnson –
Gwen Sager -

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson –
Jessica Stewart –
Tina -
Shari Butler –

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Posy Garden Lined drawstring bag tutorial

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
I am so excited to be on the Posy Garden blog hop!  I have been looking forward to this for a long time and have been trying to come up with the perfect project to show off this beautiful fabric.  I decided to create some fun gift pouches I plan on using as favors at a brunch I'm hoping to pull off the first week the kids go back to school.  These lined drawstring bags are simple to make and use only a bit of fabric- plus they can be adjusted to fit your desired size as well.  They are great for gifts, storing jewelry, party favors or just as tools to organize your purse or other large spaces.  They are so fun to whip up, you'll be making them for everything.
Before we get to the tutorial though, can we just take a moment and enjoy this beautiful fabric?  It's just such a fun color combination with the pinks and navy, turquoise and red.  I just love this line.  It makes me want to have tea in a garden somewhere.  You can find the entire line here on the Riley Blake Designs website.
And now for the chocolate, I mean the tutorial.

Some notes before we begin:
  • This tutorial is for a bag that finishes at 6" X 8 1/2" (approx.) adjust your cutting measurements to accommodate a larger or smaller bag- but if you make a larger one, you will need more fabric.
  • Seam Allowances are 1/4" unless noted. 
  • For my accent strip I pieced a strip using 1 1/2" wide pieces of scraps, you can use this method, or just cut an accent strip from the lining fabric.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

fabric- 2 fat eights
ribbon- 1 yard of 1/4" ribbon
sewing supplies

From lining fabric- cut 2: 6 1/2" X 9" rectangles
From exterior main fabric- cut 1: 6 1/2" X 9" rectangle (for the back),
For the exterior front cut 1: 6 1/2" X 7" rectangle
 and 1: 1 1/2" X 6 1/2" strip
for accent strip (pieced or from lining fabric) cut 1: 1 1/2" X 6 1/2" strip

  • Sew your front pieces together with the larger rectangle of the exterior fabric on top and the 1 1/2" strip on the bottom of the accent piece, press seams
  • Place your bag exterior pieces right sides together.  Mark an opening on each side that is 1" down from the top and 1/2" wide (as marked by the red butterfly pins in the picture), these will become your openings for the ribbon drawstring. *you can adjust the placement of these openings if you like- higher or lower will change the look of your bag and change the size of the "ruffle" at the top of the bag when it is pulled shut.  Just make sure you position the opening in the same place on both sides.
  • Sew sides and bottom of bag exterior, leaving the two 1/2" openings unsewn (back stitch at beginning and end of each line of stitching.
  •  Place lining pieces right sides together.  Mark an opening in the bottom of the lining that is 2-3" wide (as indicated by the red butterfly pins in the picture) This will be the opening for turning the bag right side out when it's completed.
  • Sew around the sides and bottom of the bag, leaving the marked opening unsewn.

  • Turn exterior of the bag right side out and press.
  • Slide exterior of the bag inside the lining of the bag.  Line up the side seams and pin around the top seam of the bag.
  • Sew around the top seam of the bag.
  • Pull the exterior of the bag through the opening left in the bottom of the lining and turn the lining right side out.
  • Sew the opening in the bottom of the lining shut
  • push the lining of the bag inside the exterior of the bag, press the top seam
  •  To create the ribbon channel in the bag, sew one seam at 3/4" from top (use the opening you will find in the side seams as your guide for the top and bottom of the ribbon channel)
  • Sew a second seam 1/2" lower from the top than the first seam.
  • Cut ribbon into two 18" pieces
  • Use safety pin to thread ribbon through channels.  Start one ribbon on one side, bring it around the entire bag and back out the same side.  Repeat with second ribbon, but on the opposite side of the bag.  Tie off the ribbons. *notes on this process: You may have to wiggle the safety pin around a bit to get it around the seams as you are threading it, just keep pushing it around until it comes out.  Also, make sure when you are threading the second ribbon, you are keeping track of the ends of the first ribbon.  Sometimes as you are threading the second ribbon it pulls the ends of the first ribbon into the channel and you will have to fish them out.
 Fill with your favorite treats and give them away.  
Or use them as favors at a brunch (like me) or shower.
They are great to have on hand as gift wrap too. What would you use these handy bags for?
  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If there are any questions, or if you have another tutorial you'd like to see, let me know in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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