Monday, March 26, 2012

4 Ideas for things to do with scraps: Fabric

Fabric is one thing I always have a ton of! Left over from projects or just remnants I just couldn't pass up. this project is simple and takes maybe 10 minutes!! I love quick and easy projects!!
Things you will need: Fabric , thread, serger and sewing machine (serger is not required),cutting tools, ribbon, safety pin.
Step 1- Cut fabric in to about a 10 x 12 rectangle.
Step 2- Serger or zig-zag all the way around your rectangle.

Step 3- Fold the top of long side down about an inch and a half to the inside and sew all the way across.
Step 4-Sew bottom and side on out side 1/2-1/4 in from edge.
Be sure not to sew through casing. Stop where the casing starts and always back stitch.
Step 5-Take a 15in or so strand of ribbon and thread through casing with safety pin. Tie ends together.
TA DA!!! You have a handy little bag !! great for gift giving or packaging etsy orders!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

4 Ideas for things to do with scraps: Yarn

Yarn: I love to crochet!! I have lots and lots of left over yarn from projects all over the place though!!! This quick and easy project can be one for yourself, a last minute gift , or an accessory for a lil fashonista!!!
Stitches used:
Puff Stitch http:// <--Tutorial on Puff Stitch
What you will need:
Crochet needle size I and some left over yarn.
step 1 : Make your slip knot and chain 21.
Step 2- Start the first puff stitch in the 2nd chain from the needle. Chain 2 and repeat 2 more times so you have 3 puffs. Now repeat steps 1 and 2 , 7 more times.
You will end up with this. ^ Connect the ends and tie off. TA DA!!!!
Here are a few ways to wear your creation.
You can also layer them. They also make great dress up accessories.
Very Romantic...

Items about to expire!!!

The 5 featured items in my etsy store are about to expire!! Check them out before they are gone!! Free hair flower through march !! Link in the side bar for Mj's sweet things>

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A challenge or 2....

I want to challenge my self!!! Creatively!! 1st challenge, 4 ideas for things to do with scraps. Fabric, crochet, paper , and felt. My deadline friday the 30Th !!!  2nd  challenge to wear a scarf every day in april!! More details to come on the april challenge!! Lets see if I can do it!!!       

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun Fabric Bow

BOWS BOWS BOWS I love bows of all colors and sizes!! here is a simple tutoral on how to make some for your collection!!
Supplies: Fabric, scissors or rotary cutter , bias tape or scrap fabric, thread , sewing machine or needle, ruler. Optional: clips, headbands or anything else you want to put your bows on.
Step 1- cut fabric in to rectangle, length will be twice width. Here I have 7" by 14". they can be made any size as long as you follow: length 2x width.

Step 2- Fold fabric so it is facing and you have a strip. Sew down strip leaving 1/2 in seam allowance . Reverse both ends and turn right side out.
Step 3- fold strip in half so seam is showing on outside and sew ends together leaving 1/2 in seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Step 4- Position seam so it is in the middle and their is equal spacing on either side of seam. This is the tricky part to explain.... Fold rectangle in half forward so the seam is showing then fold back si it is hidden almost making an "M". It should look like the pic just above this, so you can not see the seam.
Step 5- This part might be hard to do on the sewing machine because of all the layers of fabric. GO SLOW!! Sew right across middle so your bow stays in the "M" shape. you can then take a scrap piece of fabric or bias tape and sew on right side in then turn so you can not see the seam or excess fabric. You could also take a piece of ribbon and tie around, just to cover the seam, or glue a button on!!

The possibilities are endless!! Bows can be for boys and girls , moms and dads, even pets!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Etsy store!

Forgot to mention, I'm having a spring deal in my store! Free hair flower with any purchase through march !!

Bow tutorial conning and update!!

I have finished the tutorial! Bows are cute and pics are great !! Just need to upload it to the computer :) Hoping to do that tonight!! 
Update: New year new me is going great!! I really feel like I'm a changed person. Making better choices and just being active :) As for the organizing part of my life... Not so much but it's falling in to place :)  Enjoy your tuesday :)