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I see improvement! -Quilts for Kids November 12, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:29 am
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I finished my QFK quilt yesterday! I really impressed myself on how well it turned out. Big thanks to Jennie for introducing me to quilt basting spray.  Boy did that help! I’m not sure how the rest of you start off your quilting but what I did the last 3 times was quilt directly down the middle  and then across.  Then I quilted each of those sections in half. Make sense?

After that was done I decided I was going to quilt it a little differently this time. I’ve noticed that I really like A LOT of quilting. So, I decided to do a spiral design on the full blocks and then a stripes on the 4 block squares. The thin border has thin quilting strips. For the outside border I decided to go a little crazy and try my hand hat free motion quilting. With the little planets as my guide, I started sewing little circles.  After a while I got the hang of it and realized it didn’t have to be perfect to look good.

It was pretty time consuming so I broke it up into two days. After I was done I realized that it would have been really cool to follow the galaxy design on the back. Eh, oh well. Now that I know I can do the free motion quilting I’ll have to remember it for next time.

This time I decided to bind the edges of the quilt. I had left over fabric  from the back that was just enough to use around the edges. I tried out a different technique that I found on Pinterest and I really liked it. You can check it out here.

If you haven’t made a quilt for Quilts for Kids, yet, you really should! It’s a fun way to get some practice especially if you’re on a budget, like me. The kit is sent to you precut ( you can see this one here) so all you have to do is sew and a small amount of cutting when you’re piecing it together. The only thing you’ll need to purchase is the batting and pay to send it back.

 

Got another kit!! November 7, 2012

Filed under: Children,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 12:50 pm
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I received another kit for Quilts for Kids!!

Outer Space Kit

 

I love this cute outer space theme! I was hoping that I would get a different pattern this time but it’s the same that I had the first time. But, that’s o.k. because I pieced together the quilt top much better. I made sure everything was lined up and even. Taking the extra time to go back and measure the pieces I had sewn together really made the difference. Apparently, I can’t sew a 1/4 inch seam to save my life so I had to go back and take off about 1/4 inches from the precut 6.5″ squares.

 

This time I’m attaching the back a little bit differently. Before I just attached it pillowcase-style and didn’t use binding. This time I’m going to bind it with a thin strip of the back fabric. I’m also going to take my friend, Jennie’s, advice and use quilt basting spray. Tomorrow, I will be off to the fabric store to buy some and then, hopefully, finish it up!

 

Envelope System Wallet October 23, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 4:37 am
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Can you tell I just love this fabric??!!

I am so excited that I finally finished my project! If you have ever heard of David Ramsey then you know what this is already. If not, then let me explain. The “envelope system” is a way to budget and save your money. Usually one would use paper envelopes and write on each one what the money inside is to be used for. Well, instead of using paper why not have a cute one made out of fabric??!!

Not only will it hold will it hold your cash but you can use it as a functional wallet! It has slots for cards and an ID in the front.

And a spot for a note pad or checkbook and a pen holder! How cool is that! Plus it’s really pretty and bright.

Since I still haven’t been able to find a job up here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve decided to make a few of these and sell them on my Etsy page. So, if you’re looking for a fun gift to give that can also help your loved one save some money go on over and check out my store!

I had a lot of fun making these but unless I get some orders I’m going to play with my son and cozy up to the fire. Did you know that it was 60 degrees on our house this morning?! Felt really nice to sleep in but I just didn’t want to get out of bed. When my hubby got home from fishing he started a fire. My dog has been laying in front of it ever since.

 

What’s it going to be??? October 20, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 5:36 am
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Here’s a glimpse of the fabric I’m using for my next project. It should be finished tomorrow or maybe the next day. I can’t wait! I love all of these fabrics and it’s turning out cute, so far. Meagan and Angie, don’t give it away if you read this. I made them each one. I’ve figured out that it takes me about 3 times to make something from scratch before it comes out exactly how I want it. So, I offered to make them a prototype. Ok, well I’ll see you all back here tomorrow!! (or Sunday) 😉

 

Shirt Refashion October 18, 2012

Filed under: refashion,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 1:10 am
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My hubby bought a shirt a few weeks ago and if yours is anything like mine then you know he didn’t even try it on. What’s up with that, anyway? I always have to try stuff on!! Lol. Well, it ended up being too small and, of course, he already pulled the tags off. He said I could  have it because it would be super comfy. I tried it on and it was way too big but I thought I could work with it to make it fit.

Now, I’m a Saints fan at heart but if they’re not playing at the same time as Seattle then I will definitely sport some Seahawks gear. I should have checked my photos because this was the only one that came out remotely clear. You get the idea, though.

I grabbed one of my other shirts and laid it on top and traced it. I cut the sleeves off and set them aside. Then I cut up the sides and around the shirt. I sewed the sleeves back on just as they were. Then, I sewed the sides of the shirt back up. Be sure to use a zigzag stitch so that the shirt can stretch a little without the seems ripping.

After that I loaded my elastic thread onto my bobbin and sewed one line down the side of the shirt. Since this shirt is super thin it only needed one line.  But, if it was a thicker shirt I would have done it a few more times.

I repeated the same thing with the sleeves. Next time I would probably angle the sleeves more so that when it scrunches up it’s not so long underneath. All in all I think it came out pretty cute!

 

I’m back! And I made a wallet! October 7, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:34 pm
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Yep, it’s been a while since I posted.

I went to visit my family in Florida for a month. I was met with Hurricane Isaac which, luckily, didn’t cause any damage where we were but, it sure put a damper on trying to get a tan. One of the best parts was I got to stay with my best friend. She pretty much took off the entire time I was there so I got to spend a lot of time with her and her daughter, which I just met for the first time. We also got to spend some time with my mom and the rest of my family. Hopefully by next year my mom will, also, be living in Florida so I will be able to see her even more. Her and my brother were the only one’s (in my family) to come and visit us in Italy. Even though we’re across the country, we’re a little closer, so I’m hoping to get more visitors. Seattle is a great area and once we’re settled in I know I’m really going to like it.

So, now on to the wallet! I’m super excited about this project. I kept telling myself I wanted to make a wallet and I finally sat down to do it. 3 was the magic number of how many times I had to make it to get it right. The first actually came out pretty well.

First wallet.

Do you see the first problem?? Lol, I put the closure on the back in stead of the front! Ooops!! Even when I was figuring out where to put it I knew it was going on this side. My brain just didn’t register that it was the wrong way. And, it’s a little crooked. But, I wasn’t worried about that. I like how clean the lines came out and the fabric looks really smooth.

Inside wallet

The second issue I had was making the slots too small. I had to get my seam ripper out and undo the right side. They were also a little crooked. I made this wallet by putting the outer layer over this one and then flipping everything out. Too much work, too thick to top stitch through, a little too big, too much for my brain to handle. I really liked this fabric though. I decided to give it another try and this is what I got…..

Inside wallet. Left slot is a little crooked but much better than the last one!

This one I left off the closure and made it a little shorter. It is more of the size of a men’s wallet and the slots came out straighter. This time I just put a bias tape around the whole wallet instead of turning it out. SO MUCH EASIER! The only thing that I left like needed fixing was that if you have a bunch of credit cards and a bunch of money it didn’t close so well. I’m keeping this one for myself. 🙂

And the final wallet!

I remember seeing this on another wallet and wondering why the hole was there. Then I realized it’s there to add a little extra room when the wallet is full!

This one was made exactly like the last one with one minor change. The other piece of the wallet I made a small hole at the bottom and made it about 1/2 inch longer. I lined up the edges so that it pokes out a little in the middle. It gives just enough room for it to close if the wallet is full! The only other thing I might add to the next one I make is fusible vinyl. I’m not sure how well the cotton fabric will keep up if you’re pulling it in and out of a pocket. A purse would probably be fine.  Plus, I think adding the vinyl would help it stay a little cleaner. You would be able to just wipe it down.

Would  you like to see a tutorial for this project?? I’m thinking about posting one. It would be my first tutorial so I’m a little nervous. This wallet was so fun and easy to make and I really like to see what you come up with!

PS, not sure why all of these pictures are different sizes. I have them all set to medium. So, if anyone knows how to fix that let me know! 😉

 

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch August 27, 2012

Filed under: Sewing — Jenn-O @ 8:54 pm
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Well, I’ve made a trip across the country from Washington to Florida just in time for Hurricane Isaac. I think it’s just going to miss us and head more toward New Orleans. We are getting a few things ready but I think we’re just going to end up having a hurricane party. So, since I don’t have a sewing machine to use, yet, I’m going to post this old project I made.
Here’s a little project I made a few months ago for a friend. She ordered a purse from me and I wanted to throw in a little something extra. I think I originally found this project on Pinterest.

You can find the tutorial by Dog Under My Desk, here. Unfortunately these are the only pictures I have of the one I made.

I didn’t have any earbuds to stick in here but I wanted to show the size. You could use this as a change pouch, also.

It was a pretty easy quick project. She has clear instructions with lots of pictures. She also has a heart shaped pouch that’s really cute that I’d like to try!

Here’s the bag I made that matches the earbud pouch.

 

 
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