All posts filed under: sewing

DIY Baby Rag Quilt

DIY projects are always fun, but since I like to do more complicated projects also tend to take me quite awhile to finish, especially when it comes to sewing. Luckily though over the weekend I found a bit of extra time (maybe when I should have been studying) and lots of small pieces of fabric so I made a rag quilt for a baby. Originally it was going to be a baby present but it turned out so well that now I’ve gotten pretty attached to it.  The total time to make it was 4 hours. The first step is cutting out the fabric pieces into squares, 100 total. I used an AccuQuilt die to get the fringe texture. I then placed all the squares into groups of four and then sewed them together. Then I matched them with basic pink squares into the same size as the grouped multi fabric pieces to create a 5 x 5 and then sew together, and do this again so you have two sets. Put in a backing …

DIY Valentine’s Day Table Runner

*Giveaway at Bottom of Post Happy Valentine’s Day! I originally wanted to get up this DIY post last week (because I haven’t done one in forever), but since I had a little trouble with this project and I’ve been busy with class it is a little late. This table runner isn’t really a high skill sewing project and should only take about two hours to do. Mine only took longer because I had a trial and error to go through. While I really like all the super feminine bright pink and white Valentine’s Day decorations I wanted to do something a little less traditional for my table runner and am really happy with the results. The first step is ironing on fusing to the back of the fabric you want to use for the hearts. Then cute out the hearts, in three different sizes. Using zigzag stitches I attached these to the main fabric piece. I didn’t go with a specific order, instead just putting them haphazardly around. Afterwards I quilted around the hearts once …

Book Review: Home Sewn

Home Sewn  Projects and Inspiration for Every Room By Cassandra Ellis Transform your home with fabric as your foundation. This beautiful craft book features distinctive sewing projects dedicated to living, resting, eating and sharing, using quality materials – from rustic linen to leather. With dreamy lifestyle photography and ideas for every room, Home Sewn is a keepsake for the modern maker.  I’ve done a lot of different sewing projects, some of which I’ve shared on the blog like sewing a quilted wallet and plaid Christmas Tree Stockings, and while I haven’t had as much time lately I do love doing a project here and there. So when I had the chance to review Home Sewn I took it, hoping for great inspiration for projects that aren’t tacky, and things I can actually use. Cassandra’s style reminds me a bit of a recipe book. There are all the materials off to the side, and a welcoming introduction to each project. If looking at the beautiful curated photo doesn’t make you want to create what’s on the page, …

DIY Kids Fleece Winter Hat

As I mentioned in my 2015 Charity Projects, I’ve made quite a few fleece hats as of lately. They’re great for the cold weather we’ve, finally, been getting. The best part though is that they are actually quite easy to make, and customize to however you want them to be.  Although I am modeling it above photo it is actually a perfect accessory (and gift!) for children.  Cut out 4 crown pieces ad 1 piece BOUT 10″ X 24″  It is really important that you place the pattern pieces so the most stretch will be going around the head , if you don’t the hat will only fit a doll not a person. Sew 2 crown pieces together in pairs then sew the pairs  right sides together.  Often I put scrap strips in the middle  of the two sets of crown pieces, they add a cute decorative touch. Fold the long piece right sides together and sew together at the short end.  Fold in half meeting the long edges, enclosing the seam you just sewed. …

DIY Simple Christmas Stockings

As you might know I do a bit of sewing. Mostly for the home sort of things but sometimes I do things that are a bit more fun like an Art Deco Cosmetics Bag. And with Christmas coming (you might have already seen my DIY Christmas Cards) I figured I could share with you guys how to make simple Christmas Stockings. I already made more complicated plaid Christmas Stockings for my family, and these are actually a charity thing for American soldiers. Some people make stockings and others, fill them with things before they’re sent off. You can make these simple stockings more custom, by adding a lining and name embroidery if you’d like. You can make 2 stockings from 2/3 yard  of a cotton fabric. 1.  Lay the fabric right sides together and cut out the stocking shape. 2.  Sew around the stocking leaving the top edge open.  Fold down the top edge about a half inch and then fold it again enclosing the raw edges.  Press. 3.  Using the scraps, cut a piece about …

DIY Dual Fall Leaves / Jack-o-Lantern Pot Holder

 As the weather gets cooler, I find myself spending more and more time in the kitchen. Not just making the usual things like BBQ Tofu but also more baking and canning things from the garden. Which got me thinking about making cute things for the kitchen, and when I came up with this double sided Fall Leaves / Jack-o-Lantern pot holder. One side for Halloween and one for the rest of the Autumn season. It’s an easy DIY and ended up being quite cute.  Supplies: 5″-8″ fabric squares Cotton Batting Stabilizer 1. I cut strips from the middle of the squares  so they would be 1-1/2 – 3″ wide.    2. I then drew my shape on the white stabilizer and then laid my strips on top to see if they would fit. The red marks are my basic shape.  Lay one piece right side down over the other and sew through the fabric and the stabilizer. Flip both pieces down and take the next piece and sew it down right sides together. You can see that I had …

DIY Art Deco Cosmetics Bag

Though I’ve been doing a lot of print and runway modeling which mean professional makeup artists I’ve also been adding a lot of jobs to my promotional modeling resume which doesn’t. Not only do you have to do your makeup in a “glamours” style but you also have to keep up the look. Sometimes this is easy, like for trade show modeling, but on race days maintaining my face isn’t easy. Of course in any case I needed something to carry around my makeup. So I decided to make an Art Deco inspired cosmetics bag and share the DIY with you guys.  I had part of a vest which was a started project of years ago and decided to make a small bag out of it. So I guess that makes this a bit of an upcycle project but you can make it out of any type of fabric you like. I folded the vest together to get the largest usable piece and rough cut it. Afterwards I evened up the edges and ended up with a piece …

Mosaic Heart Pillow DIY

 With school and everything it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do a proper DIY so I figured it was about time. This Mosaic decorative heart pillow is actually something that’s going on my bed (I like to change pillows with the season) but I think it’d make a prefect Mother’s Day or Valentines Day present for a lady in your life. As far as the DIY goes I did stick to talking about how to make the heart piece since the basic pillow is pretty easy to do. It’s a perfect way to get rid of pieces of scrap fabric, and is completely customizable based on personal choice.  1.  Draw your design on one side of paper using a felt tired marker and have the paper backed with fusible web. My favorite fusible web to use is  Steam a Seam II but heat and bond is also a good choice.   2.  Remove the  piece of the paper covering the fusible web you didn’t draw on.  Place little snippets and scraps on fabric in a …

Making a Pet Bed with Sewing Scraps

My mother is a big time sewing person. She has a whole room dedicated to her passion, and at least every other day I see her in there working on something. She’s even done a guest blog over here on How to Make a Ruffled Skirt without a Pattern. With all this sewing she accumulates a ton of little scrap pieces and since we do strive to be “green” in our family, she doesn’t want to throw them away. So instead we came up with making simple and cheap pet beds to reuse the scraps as stuffing. We make these as dog beds, but they can be for a cat as well, or really any animal that would enjoy a fabric padded thing to lay on. To begin with you’re going to need one large piece of fabric, how large depends on how large your pet is and what size you think they’d want. By folding it in half you should be able to tell if its going to be the right size for your …

How to Make A Ruffled Skirt (without a pattern)

    You might be thinking that you’ve seen this picture and video before, and that would be because you have. I did a post with this picture in my Fall/Winter Rose Button Coat. I decided though that I could have my mother, who made the skirt do a guest post over how to make your own. Its very simple, so that any beginner can do it, and doesn’t even require a pattern. As simple as it is though, I have to admit its one of my fancier looking outfit pieces. If you want to check out more of her sewing be sure to go to her blog Notenoughtimetocreate.blogspot.com I recently made a shirt from a ruffled knit and had a leftover piece(see the picture center bottom)  I thought this would make a perfect skirt for my daughter. First I cut the skirt to fit around her using the hip measurement plus an inch and then cut  a piece of knit lining (bottom right)  to match.  I sewed both into a tube and then sewed the tubes right …