|work in progress|
1 8x10 canvas (available everywhere)
1 chipboard word (available at Michael's, usually in the dollar section)
1 can spray-paint (available in hardware stores)
1 glue gun (available everywhere)
Glue chipboard word to canvas.
Spray-paint both the word and the canvas the desired color.
Let dry for a few hours.
1 8x10 frame, spray-painted white
1 8x10 piece of cardboard, spray-painted white
1 Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Fine-tip applicator glue
Lots of scraps of paper (I used a Premium Stacks safari stack)
Total cost: <$15.00
Spray paint the frame and piece of cardboard. Allow to dry. Punch out about a bazillion (or 54) butterflies. Glue the back of the butterflies' spines (which are very narrow, which is why you want glue with a fine-tip), so that the wings can be free. Arrange six across and nine down in a pleasing pattern (or wing it like I did (ahaha, get it? wing it? no? okay)).
This will be a quick tutorial because the steps are very similar to my tutorial for messages on a canvas.
1 16x20 poster
1 set of 2inch vinyl letters (available in the hardware section)
1 can spray-paint in the color of your choice (be sure it is a color different enough from the colors in the poster that the words will stand out!)
Place the letters on the poster in the message of your choice. Use a ruler to make sure they are evenly distributed and straight. I placed my letters 3/8ths of an inch apart with a 1inch space between words. There is also a 1.5inch space at the top and bottom of the poster, and 2inches between lines of words.
Spray-paint the poster with the color of your choice. Let dry.
Peel off the letters, and frame to enjoy!
This quick and fun project is a great way to personalize your walls!
I made this statement piece for under $11 and in less than an hour.
All you need for this project:
canvas in the size of your choice (I had an 8x10 and a 4x21)
spray paint in the colors of your choice (I chose red and silver)
paint pen in color of your choice (I chose silver)
vinyl 1inch letters (available in the hardware section)
Spray paint your canvases!
Make sure to get the edges.
Once the canvases are dry, place the 1inch vinyl letters to spell out the message of your choice.
It looks pretty good at this stage, but it will look even better at the end!
Spray-paint the canvas again with the second color of your choice, covering the letters.
While that canvas is drying, write on the other canvas with the paint pen. Let dry.
Once the second coat of spray-paint is dry, carefully peel off the letters, revealing the original color underneath.
Hang and enjoy!
The coasters were super easy to make with not many supplies required. I followed this (very simple) tutorial. The only difficulty in making these coasters is waiting the 15 minutes between each coat of Mod Podge! I got a few air bubbles in my coasters, but they had disappeared by the time I went to spray them with the finish today.
Overall, a quick satisfying project with infinite possibilities!
So today, I am peacefully quilting away when my needle hits something and stutters. I pulled the quilt out and checked it - and there was something distinctly hard inside my quilt! So I carefully unpinned a path to the unknown object and pulled it out. Not sure how this plastic thingamajig got into my quilt, but I'm glad that it's gone now!
Today, I received a new quilting book in the mail. Not unlike my affinity for fabrics, I have a small quilting book obsession - and a matching collection. Some were gifts, and some I have bought myself. Today's mail brought me Dare to be Square by Boo Davis. It's a super fun book full of untraditional patterns. I can't wait to try out these patterns for myself! You can check it out on Amazon or your favorite book retailer.
I had to go buy more thread! Like most kinds of dense quilting, this method uses a lot of thread. In fact, I am only taking a break right now because I ran out of bobbin thread!
While contemplating how to quilt my remnant quilt, I remembered seeing pebble quilting on some quilts on the Internet and thought the circles would look good on this quilt. I googled "pebble quilting", and found a demo video by Handmade by Alissa. Then I tried it out on a scrap quilt sandwich.
As you can probably see, my pebbles aren't perfect - but then again, neither are anyone else's pebbles. It is difficult to create a perfect circle, and I rather like the imperfect quality of my pebbles. I also suspect I will get better with more practice.
I've read that pebble quilting takes awhile and uses a lot of thread. Wish my luck as I try it out!
|the quilt top|
There are a lot of seams to match up in this quilt pattern, which can be tricky, but the whole quilt top came together pretty smoothly. I hadn't worked on it much because of my time-consuming cross-stitching, but I decided this morning to finish it, and it was pretty quick.
This quilt, when finished, will go up for sale in my etsy shop!
|Sassafras seems to like it too|
i love you
This is a cross-stitched code of binary that translates to "I love you", and is a surprise gift for Adam.
I've been working on this cross-stitch for the past two days. Cross-stitching always takes longer than I expect!
It is cross-stitched using three strands of black embroidery floss on "grasshopper" green 14-count Aida, framed in a simple black 5 by 7 inch frame. The color scheme is reminiscent of old computer screens.
It took almost two skeins of floss to finish this pattern (which I designed (if you can call it that) on 14-count graph paper). I was inspired by techie fonts, and I found one sample that only had "ABC123", so I took the "1" from that and then made up the "0" to match. I used a simple heart at the end to finish the design.
|design on graph paper|
|fabrics from the remnant bin|
I can't finish my black and white wip because I don't have any batting for it yet, so I decided to start another work-in-progress! Call me crazy. I have a strange addiction to buying remnants, and so I pulled a bunch of remnants out of my fabric bin (which is red and from Target and awesome) for this quilt. It will be a gender-neutral quilt, and I'm going to use the same pattern (that I designed, yay!) as the black and white quilt top. I had more than enough yardage of each fabric, so I got to use my original dimensions again. I will probably use up the leftover fabrics to make a scrappy binding for the quilt.
I need to get batting! I like 80/20 cotton/poly batting, and it is increasingly difficult to find. 100% polyester batting just isn't as nice, so I will have to make a trip to Jo-Ann's soon to track down some batting!
It's my own design (yay!), but I had to adjust the measurements that I had originally planned because the cuts on my fabric were atrocious.
If you like it, get excited... the quilt will be for sale in my etsy shop when it is completed, and there will be a pattern/tutorial for this design soon!
|cut and ready to sew!|
|surprise! it's a quilt!|
You know that sneak peek project that I have been working on?
Well it is done done done!
It will remain a secret until the recipient receives it, but I will let you in on a secret: it' is awesome.
I'm about 1/4 of the way done quilting my current project, and I just had to take a break to get some snacks. I should be done with my project tonight, so be on the lookout for reveal photos soon!
You can find the little write-up here. I'm amazed it was accepted so fast! This is the first time my blog is really getting exposure, so I'm very excited.
Stay tuned for more tutorials coming soon!
|the end result|
- 1 fat quarter (18 x 21) or 1/3 yard for the exterior
- 1 fat quarter (18 x 21) or 1/3 yard for the interior
- 1/3 yard of fleece
- 1/3 yard of medium-weight interfacing
- 1 9 inch zipper
Let's get started! There are only 18 steps for this project:
1. Cut fabrics, interfacing, and fleece. You will need:
- 9.5 x 9.5 exterior fabric
- 9.5 x 9.5 interior fabirc
- 9.5 x 9.5 fleece
- 9.5 x 9.5 interfacing
- 2 1.5 x 2 exterior (or interior, your choice) fabric for tabs
- 2 1.5 x 2 interfacing
* this is a good time to add a label to your exterior fabric, if you would like to do so!
3. Baste the fleece to the wrong side of the interior fabric.
|this is what you should have - interfaced exterior fabric and fleece sewn to the interior fabric|
4. Sew zipper to one side of the exterior fabric, right sides together. Use a zipper foot and sew as close to the zipper as you can. This will give you a nicer appearance in the end. See? Zippers aren't so scary!
* stop 0.5 inch from the ends! Don't stitch all the way to the end!
|this is what you should get|
5. Sew one side of the interior fabric to the zipper, sandwiched with the interior fabric on top of the zipper, which is on top of the exterior fabric, right sides together.
* stop 0.5 inch from the ends again!
|this is what you should get|
|you should get these two loops as a result|
* open the zipper half-way and leave it open!
|tab sewn together|
* make sure the sides of the zipper are brought together when you do the end of the bag with the opened zipper. This will make the bag look nicer later!
12. Cut out a 1 inch square from each corner, measuring from the seams you've sewn.
|measure from the seam!|
14. Take one exterior corner and flatten it out so that the seam is centered. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam.
|pinch the corner together and flatten it out|
16. Turn the bag right-side out through the corner you've left open.
17. Stitch up that corner with your machine and a 1/8 seam or with an invisible ladder stitch by hand.
18. Enjoy your new 3DS case!
|end of the bag|
|nailpolish featured is Sinful Colors - Cinderella|
* Please don't sell bags made from this tutorial, but do make plenty for friends and family! Let me know if you have any questions!