Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day: December

This giveaway is closed. Carole Carter is the winner! Comments with email addresses will be deleted to protect your information.  Thanks for entering the giveaway! See you next time. 

I am excited to be participating in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day.  It's hard to believe that I started this blog 3 years ago to make closet space for my little one who is now three and a half and I have another little one that is 1 1/2 years old!  On the 3 year anniversary of this blog, I am very excited again to join in this year's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  My blog was started when I lost my crafting room when my son was born. It was an attempt by me to clear out my substantial craft supplies. I am still working on it. ;)

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 these fabrics. 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 fabric from my stash.  Three pieces.  1) A 1/2 yard piece that is mustard colored with a black design. 2) A blue piece from a quilt gone bad.  It's a long piece about a yard and a half, but it's only 18 inches wide. 3) A green piece with yellow design.  It's about a yard long.  

It's all packaged up and ready for a winner!

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.  This is my way of thanking the crafting community. I have learned so much from tutorials around on the web. So thank you! Samantha

To win, please leave a comment below from December 9th to December 13th 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.  A random winner will be picked with by December 14th.  If the winner does not respond in 5 days another winner will be pick (Sorry).  US winners only.  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. :)

Some of my better ideas on this blog:
Organizing my fabric
Organizing my fabric has made my crafting time so much more efficient and pleasant.  I can find everything!

Organizing fabrics with fabric swatches
If you want to take just a bit of fabric swatch to the fabric store and also want to know what fabrics you already have, this is helpful.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

No sew fleece blanket

Christmas sewing is under way. I am nearly finished with a big Christmas gift, a fleece blanket for my brother and sister in law. I can't show it here yet, but I can send you off to the instructions if you want to make them. 

I had previously tried to make a two layered fleece blanket with a crocheted edge for them last year which became a failure that lives in my home. It was a version where you sew, then cut and then crochet and do it again for the second side. It took forever and my hands were hurting after so much cutting. Every half inch around a three yard piece of fleece.  Not so fun

I found these instructions for a no see version and it's taken me a few hours and I nearly done!  I'm so excited I might even make a little bag for the blanket. 

Here is what I did to modify the instructions. 
Safety pin the two layers together so it's flat and they match each other in size. 

Cut the two inch squares off each corner before doing the cutting around the blanket. 

I made 1 1/2 inch cuts around the entire blanket. (I think next time I would make 1 inch cuts)

Fold the tabs over and cut holes in the middle of the tabs. 

Take one loop and pull it through the loop next to it. Continue around entire blanket. 

Cut the hole in the last loop. Pull one set(the two layers) through the first loop. Overlap ends and sew together.  

Voila! It takes only a few hours. It could be finished in an afternoon, if you have that kind of time. It took me three sessions over a few days. 

Link to original tutorial: