Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer bunting

Monday, May 27, 2013
I first created this bunting as part of my assignment for the Doodlebug design team.  I love all the fun shapes, the bright colors and the abundance of embellishments.

I used buttons and bits of fabric for leaves to create some button posies.

Then I used some scraps to make the scrunched flowers.  I joined the flags using four different colors of twine.

Whether you're hosting a family barbeque, or looking for something to spruce up the kids' lemonade stand- you just can't go wrong with a bright colorful bunting.  
You can make it elaborate like this one, or keep it simple with just one shape and one layer of fabric sewn together in a row.  Either way you can add color and fun to any outdoor event.

Happy Monday!

linked up to What We Wore, Read, Created at Raegun Ramblings

Point of View Reveal- Outdoors

It's that time of year when we try to head outside- barbeques, parties, fireworks, camping.  We're ready to enjoy sunshine and friends.  Well, we're here to help with some fun ideas to add some creativity to your outside adventures.

Jonie shares a Hello sign
Stephanie created a wobble board
Amy- you can see details of my Summer Bunting here

Have you done something to spruce up your yard?  Did you come up with a game to keep the kids busy at a block party?  We'd love to have you add your ideas to our link party:

We look forward to featuring your projects and pinning your awesome ideas!


Friday, May 24, 2013

It's my Party- Project 2

Friday, May 24, 2013

I'll admit that this week has been insane.  Birthday celebrations, graduations (preschool and kindergarten), cub scouts, lots of driving from here to there.  

But, there's also been a lot of fun- seeing friends for the first time in years, lots of fabric buying and late night laughs with friends.

It means that I didn't get to today's project until, well, today.  But, instead of giving up on it, I went ahead and pushed through.  And, I'm so happy I did.

I had an idea of what I wanted this pillow to be, but I wasn't sure how I would get it to come together.  Then,  I went shopping at my local quilt shop and saw these fun polka dot fabrics and they were just what I was looking for.

I used wonder under to fuse the "ribbons" to the front fabric, then added a layer of batting and muslin and quilted around them.  I love the extra bit of dimension the loft of batting creates.

I'm working on more pillows for our sofa, to add a punch of color to our family room, but for now, I think it looks perfect paired with this yellow shag pillow.

 And now I have to just comment on Gwen's project.  When I opened the picture I was floored.  It's gorgeous, don't you think?  I LOVE the quilting she used on it.  I am always amazed at how rows of stitching can change the whole feel of a project and these straight lines on the angle are just what this quilt needs.  To see more details, head over to her blog.


linked up to What We Wore, Read, Created at Raegun Ramblings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's My Party- Project 1

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As moms we often get put on the back burner.  We put our dreams and ambitions on hold in order to place our focus and energy on raising our children.  And while I firmly believe that raising children is the most important job we will ever do in our lifetimes, I think it's important that we don't lose our entire identity in the process.

When I first saw this Noteworthy fabric from Moda at my local quilt shop, I knew it would be perfect for a dream journal.  I make covered notebooks as part of my inventory when I do boutiques so I bought enough fabric to make a few- and I got both color ways- blue and gray.  

 I fussy cut a strip so the Be Happy part would be centered, then I created this pleated strip to help those important words stand out.  One of my main goals in life is to be Happy- no matter what circumstances I'm going through.

And while not every single thing on here is an actual goal of mine (I'm pretty sure I don't want a birthday party in Las Vegas ;) ) many of the things on here are things I want to do one day.  And inside the book, I'm keeping lists of goals and dreams, scheming about how to achieve them and doodling just for fun.

Because, right now I'm in the middle of babies and kiddos- but one day they will grow up and I'll be ready to make some big moves.  But if I keep up with my journal, hopefully my ambitions won't have even gotten dusty and I'll know just where I want to go and how to get there.

And don't forget to head over to Gwenny Penny to check out her gift to herself- this darling flat bottomed zipper pouch.

linked up to What We Wore, Read, Created at Raegun Ramblings

Monday, May 20, 2013

3rd Annual Birthday Bash

Monday, May 20, 2013

What's better than celebrating your Birthday?  Celebrating it with one of your best friends!

This year we're mellowing out the party a bit (maybe because we're getting OLDER?) and we're going to post projects on Wednesday and Friday.  These are- do it because you want to, just for you, anything you like- projects that we have wanted to do, but never took the time to get done.  And maybe if you have something like that on your list, you'll pull it out and join us in some fun, just for yourself kind of creating.

And, since today is my actual birthday, I'm going to go enjoy a Diet Coke, pull out the sewing machine and have some fun before going on a date with my handsome hubby tonight.  

I hope you all have a terrific Monday!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scrunched Flower tutorial

Thursday, May 16, 2013

 Today I am going to share with you how I make these super fun, easy flowers.  
Do you like my amazingly technical name? 

Scrunched Flowers?  

It's the best I could come up with.  Feel free to share your opinions on the name of this flower.


You may remember seeing these flowers here on my most recent Business card portfolio.

 Or you might recognize them from this machine cover I sewed last year.

They are a favorite of mine because they are simple and fast and flat, so they add some style, without adding bulk to your project.

Let's get started shall we?  For the purposes of this tutorial, I will only show you how to make the flower, but I am doing so on a cover for a small notebook.  For the flower you will need a base fabric to sew on and a square of fabric that is larger than the flower you want to make.  How much bigger the square is will determine how full and "scrunched" the flower ends up.  In my example, the square is only slightly bigger than the flower I will be making.  If you want to add leaves, you will also need a scrap of fabric for those.

Start by drawing a circle that is just barely smaller than the flower you want to make.  (I often get lazy and skip this, but it's much easier to end up with the shape you want if you do it. ;) )  If you are adding leaves, now is the best time to stitch those down.  Make sure the end overlaps the circle so it is covered by the flower.

 Bring the flower fabric over to the circle.  Fold over the edge of one straight side just a bit.  You can see in the picture how I do it.  Take this folded edge and place it over the circle.  Begin sewing, but just take a few stitches.  

Continue around the circle, lifting up the presser foot and adjusting the fabric as you go around.  When you get to the corners of the flower fabric, you will need to push it in to line it up with the circle, this is what gives the folding and pleating that creates the flower effect.  Taking your time, lifting the presser foot often and making sure your folded edge is just wide enough to be caught and sewn down, but not so wide it eats up your flower fabric, will ensure the best results.

When you get to the beginning of your sewn circle, you will have a "pouf" of fabric in the center.  It means you did it right. :)  Take the fabric and "scrunch" it down, creating folds and tucks.  Sew down with a loose swirl in the center of the flower.

Use your fingers the push the fabric around to make sure the folds get tacked down.  When your swirl reaches the center, you're finished.

Trim your threads and enjoy your flower.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask- I will be happy to help.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Wrap card for mini coin purse- Guest Posting at Keeping it Simple

Friday, May 10, 2013

I am sharing the tutorial for how I made this wrap card over on Keeping it simple.  It's perfect for my Mini Coin Purse, a candy bar or any small gift.  Just measure your item and follow the directions found here.

It's a fun way to add a little extra something to your gifts.  

Have a happy Friday!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mini zippered coin purse- tutorial

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
There is almost nothing that isn't cuter in miniature- houses, dogs, food- and purses.

This little coin purse is diminutive in size, but large on function.  Perfect for summer outings- put in a couple dollars and your I.D. and you're prepared for any last minute snow cone adventures or lemonade stand encounters.  The bright colors will help you find it even in the most cavernous beach bag.

Measuring a mere 3" high and 5" wide this coin purse might seem too small to do much, but adding a 1" gusset allows for a surprising amount of space inside.  And this little guy is lined with laminated cotton- perfect for keeping out sand and easy clean up if it gets dirty from all those coins.

Are you sold yet?  Feeling like you NEED one?  I'm here to help.  This is a quick sew and uses very little fabric.  If you don't have laminated cotton, don't fret, this can be made using any scraps you have on hand.

Let's get sewing.
(*note that the fabrics in the tutorial are a bit different than the final product shots, hope that doesn't add any confusion)


fabric- 4 pieces 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" (2 interior and 2 exterior)
        *In this example I sewed 2 different fabrics together for the outside of the purse- the flowered cotton was cut to 2 1/2" X 5 1/2" and the laminated cotton was 1 1/2" X 5 1/2".  I sewed them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

fusible fleece- 2 pieces 5" X 3" (not shown)

Zipper- You only need a 5" zipper, but if you have a longer one you can use it instead.

In the picture, you see two small scraps on the zipper- these were going to be a tie on the zipper, but I ended up using laminated cotton instead so it wouldn't fray.


1. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the exterior pieces
(I waited until I had fused the fleece to top stitch the seam between the two fabrics of my exterior, it helps hold the fleece in place.)

2. Line up one piece of exterior fabric with one piece of lining fabric- right sides together.  Slide the zipper between the layers lining it up with the top of the fabric.
  (In this photo the pieces are off-set so you can see them all, they should be lined up right on top of each other before sewing)

3. Pin in place, then sew the pieces to the zipper.  Pull the fabric away from the zipper, wrong sides together.  Press the seam and topstitch.

(*a tip for pinning when using laminated cotton: Pin in the seam allowance so the holes don't show.  If you use small pins, the holes in the laminate aren't too bad, but larger pins can leave noticeable holes.)

4.  Line up the other pieces of exterior and interior fabrics, right sides together on the opposite side of the zipper.  Repeat step 3.
(you can see the bottom of the first side peeking out under the second side.  Use the first side as a guide to line up the second side so they are straight)

5.  Now we are going to make the pouch.  First, you will need to trim the zipper so it is even with the fabric- before you do, make sure your zipper pull is open, and within the pouch, so you don't cut it off completely.

6.  Pin the exterior pieces together, right sides together, and the lining pieces together, also right sides together.  Fold the zipper toward the lining pieces.

7.  Sew around all 4 sides, leaving an opening in the bottom of the lining to allow for turning. 

8.  Gussets:  to make the gusset, you will start with one corner and pull out the sides so the seams are lined up in the middle.  Using a ruler and a pen, mark a line where the width of the corner is 1".  Sew along that line.  Repeat for the other 3 corners.  Trim the corners to a scant 1/4" seam.

 9.  Turn the coin pouch right side out.  Sew the opening in the lining closed.  Push the lining into the pouch exterior.  Press pouch.  Take a scrap of laminated cotton and pull through the zipper pull, tie.
 Now fill that baby up for gifting, or toss in all your spare change and go enjoy some lemonade.
Tomorrow I'll show you how to create this fun wrap card to gift this to your favorite teacher.
*Edited: You can find the tutorial for the card here.

Happy Sewing!


Linked up to Friday Flair at Whipperberry. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dear... {a Mom-day post}

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Dear Harried Mom of small children- I get it.  I'm right there with you.  You feel judged, picked on, dirty and smelly (baby barf anyone?).  You wonder how you will get through  Hang in there.  It gets better (promise) and easier.  And remember that no one is as hard on you as you are.  No one is judging, or criticizing or expecting more of you.  That mean voice you're hearing?  It's in your head.  Tell her to be nice.  You are amazing.

Dear Mom of older children who tells me to "enjoy every minute, because you'll turn around and they'll be grow up."  Thank you for trying to share your advice and perspective with me.  And even though I may roll my eyes- especially when dealing with a shrieking 4 year old, or cleaning up poop or vomit- and think to myself "Yeah- I'm really supposed to enjoy THIS minute?"  There are times when I'm about to lose it, and your voice pops into my head and I hold my temper, or my toddler asks me to stop and watch a movie with her, and even though I have a million and one things that I need to do, I remember what you said and I stop and cuddle and breathe in her hair or the smell of his sweat and I smile and try to soak it all in.  You are amazing.

Dear Mom who wrote the letter to the "Mom on the i-phone".  I appreciate the reminder that sometimes I check out of life a little too often.  That there is real life happening all around me and this online community, which I love, is just one small part of the big picture of my life.  Thank you for being brave enough to stand up and say that being present is important.  You are amazing.

Dear Mom on the i-phone.  I trust you to know that balance is necessary in all things.  I trust you to know when you need to put the electronics away and be in the moment, and I trust you to know when you're about to lose your mind and you need to reach out and connect with someone before you go stark raving mad.  I trust you to find your own tipping point, and while it might be different than mine, I trust that you are doing your very best and I promise to keep my nose out of it unless you ask.  You are amazing.

Dear Mom who is trying to do it all.  You can't.  Things will have to give and only you can know what needs to be at the top of the list and what things you can put off.  The guilt you are fighting with doesn't do anyone any good.  Let it go.  Own your choices, and when you need to re-align things (because changes will always come) do your best to do what matters most to you and don't worry about what the neighbor or your sister, or the PTA president does.  They are not you.  You are amazing.

Dear Mom of many, or mom of none- You are important.  The work you do matters.  Any time you influence a child- you change the world.  It is a difficult job.  It is the difficulty that makes it worth doing.  Hold on to the promise that is within each of these precious souls.  Remember that no one can do the job the same way you can.  Keep on going.  You are amazing.

Happy Almost Mother's Day.

You Are Amazing!
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