Sunday, May 31, 2015

Birthday hat!

Tomorrow is my daughters first birthday and I was inspired from a post about a felt party hat.

I used felt from my stash and a hot glue gun that's been sitting unused for probably a few years.  I purchased party hats at my local Dollar tree to use as a base and template. 

Last night I was up with an upset stomach and decided that I might as well do something useful.

I am please with the results.  I think I might have to make one for my sons birthday now!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day/Week May 2015!

This giveaway is closed. Lee won my fabric giveaway.  Thanks for all that entered.  Comments with email addresses have been deleted to protect your information.  See you next time. 

I am happy to be participating in Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day for the second time.  I really enjoyed having you all visit and sending the lucky winner some of my fabric stash, so I am doing it again.

As this blog is about clearing out my craft closet, I am happy to send along a package with fabrics from my stash to a good home. I bought all of these fabrics with no project in particular so they've never come to anything.  I think I was thinking of making a quilt with some and an apron with the red.  I liked the fabric and it was a good deal so I bought it.  I just haven't made the projects.  Too many projects, so little time.  :)  It's been difficult to get projects done around here with the two kids.  I still try to craft when I can.  It brings me so much satisfaction.

My giveaway prize features half yard pieces from my fabric stash.  To the winner, I hope you can find some good use out of these fabrics.  I would love to see what you end up making.  Send me a photo if you remember.  I am tempted to have two winners.  If I have time, I will definitely send out a second prize.  Thanks.  Samantha

To win, please leave a comment below with your email so I can contact you from May 6th to May 10th at 5pm PST for a chance to win.  You can write your email at ____ dot com so your email won't be picked up by spammers.  Thanks.  Winner will be picked by May 12th and notified by May 13th. Sorry no international shipping.

Good luck!

A question for you:
Do you ever buy fabric without any specific intention or do you always have a project in mind when you buy fabric?

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for helping me clear out my craft closet. :)

One of my better ideas on organizing your fabric stash:

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Teacher Appreciation gifts

Well, I realized from reading my Facebook news feed, that teacher appreciation week was coming.  (Yes. I spend too much time on Facebook looking at ideas that I could be doing instead of actually making things.  Ha!)

I decided that I was going to make fabric lanyards for the teachers at my son's preschool.  I Google searched for ideas and I came across a lovely tutorial that had a smart way to make it more finished looking.  It comes from the website Ellison Lane: Modern Sewing and Design by Jennifer Mathis.

Most lanyards that I had seen elsewhere made a simple strip and then placed it through a swivel hook or some other attachment and then you would proceed to cover up the ugly loose ends.  Jennifer has an ingenious idea of sewing the ends together before sewing the sides with the swivel hook on it so that there is less of a bothersome ugly portion that you would later have to cover with another piece of fabric or adornment.

I had some fabric left over from a failed sewing project.  I am thinking seriously that I've had this fabric for over 12 years. I loved the swirly blue and purple design and just never could get myself to get rid of it.

The fabric is perfect for my son's preschool teachers.  I hope they like them.  As I have, as usual, limited time, I just chose to make a single fabric lanyard with a strip that was 2 1/2 inches wide by 40 inches long.  I also had 1 inch swivel hooks from when I made this lovely bag by U Handbags.  So I didn't have to purchase anything else for this project.  Yay!  I am actually clearing my craft closet out!  Ok...  It's a small victory, but sometimes you have to take them when you can.  Right?

What should have been a quick and easy project was not.  My sewing machine decided to eat up thread and I spent a good amount of time trying to pull out the clump of thread under my sewing machine foot.  Ahh... It always goes this way when you are short on time.  Doesn't it?

Here are the finished lanyards.   I am pleased with them.  I realized after I cut the fabric that I should have cut the strips to 3 inches so that I could fold the fabric more and not have to worry about sewing up the sides so carefully.  The original tutorial had smaller swivel hooks.

I wanted to personalize them with the schools logo and the teachers' names, but I ran out of time. There's always next year.

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