Closet Sewing Space A couple of organization tools really helped me with this space. A small desk The peg board !! (big time) Plastic see through bins Door hanging basket system. Small Desk I lucked out, saw the desk first and it fit (we'll call it a good eye, and not mention the luck to my husband).... Peg board I had never put up any peg board before, so that was an adventure, but it wasn't so hard. peg board 1x2 wood. ( 1 x 2 actually measures about 3/4" x 1 1/2") Wood screws long enough to go through the 3/4" wood, and in to your studs behind the wall. Door Rack I got one of those "elfa" door rack systems you can get at the container store.
How to turn a hardback book into an e-reader case Book lovers lament the end of the printed page. I adore my iPad, but I do miss the weight of a thick novel and the feel of something organic in my hands. To make the transition to digital reading easier, I upcycle old books into cases for Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers. Materials & tools Used hardcover book in good conditionThick mat board (1 ½ ft. square)1/3 yard cotton fabric¼ yard fleece or batting*Small strip of fake leather or denimBraided elastic, ¼” wideContact paper*Velcro stick-on patchesArchival (neutral pH) adhesiveE-6000 glueWax paperAwlSmall rivetBox knife * - optional I. 1. 3. 4. 5. 9. Preparing the lining 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Putting it all together After the glue has dried, the last step is to glue each mat board to the inside covers of the book. Press each board down for a few minutes. Tips for choosing a book Size: Look for a book just slightly taller and wider than your device. Illustrations: Most hardback books have plain fabric covers. More like this
Baby Monsters - Amigurumi Patterns.net * UPDATE to this pattern! See below! * Time for another tutorial! I made this lineup of baby monsters for my Basic Amigurumi class at The Knitting Nest. I think they're a pretty good beginner project because it teaches how to start crochet in the round, how to single crochet, how to increase, and basic construction and customization of amigurumi. Baby Monster's Guide to Basic Amigurumi You'll need the following stuff: Small amount of worsted weight yarnSize E Crochet hook (or your favorite)Plastic safety eyes (I used 6 mm, but you can use whatever makes your monster happy!) Head/Body: Begin by making a ring with your yarn as shown. Insert the hook into the front of the ring and hook your working yarn (the yarn coming from the the ball) with the hook. Wrap the working yarn around the hook from behind and pull through the loop on your hook. You will now single crochet six stitches into the ring. To make the circle grow, you will increase by crocheting two times into each stitch. Base:
Hardback E-Reader Case Cut 2 pieces of paperboard to fit the inside front and back covers of the book. Then cut a strip of paperboard about 1/4 inch thinner than the spine of the book. I'm not huge on measuring so I just laid out my ironed fabric with the paper board pieces on top. Lay one of the big pieces and the spine piece about a 1/8 inch apart. Trim the corners and fold the excess fabric over the edges of the paperboard except the outside edge of the spine piece.
sewing 101: fabric boxes It seems no matter what I do, I can never get a handle on all the tiny odds and ends that accumulate around my house. From craft materials to hair ties, the bits and bobs are constantly trying to take over, so in the never-ending quest to corral them, these little fabric bins were born. You can make one of these soft boxes in almost no time, and in almost any size, so you can customize them to perfectly fit whatever you need to hold. Top each one off with a label holder (also customizable in any shade of the rainbow, thanks to nail polish), and you’ll have a leg up on clutter . . . for a little while, at least. — Brett Bara Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials a sturdy fabric, such as canvasthread to matchsewing machine, iron and basic sewing supplieslabel holdersnail polish (optional) 1. I couldn’t find label holders in a color I liked, so I decided to customize my own by painting them with neon pink nail polish. 2. Begin with any size square or rectangle fabric you like.
Hollowed Book Tutorial ~ E-Reader Case Oh the hollowed out book. I made one years ago before this blog was ever a thought in my mind. I used it as a gift box of sorts to put a friend’s birthday present in. I was trying to think of a fun way to store my e-reader. First, find a hardcover book. I picked this book from the 99 cent table at the thrift store. Start by protecting the cover with either the existing sleeve or some plastic wrap. Using Mod Podge (or watered down white glue) and a paint brush, coat the inside of the back cover. Once you have the page sides all coated, lay it flat and place something heavy on top so the pages don’t wrinkle from the moisture. Once it’s dry, check that all the pages are now stuck together like a big block. Now that it’s dry, open the book and lay your e-reader in the centre. You need a little finger hole to get the e-reader out of the book, so draw a smaller half circle where there is room. Here is the fun part. Finally, take some of that Mod Podge and coat the insides of the cutout.
sewing 101: reverse applique place mats Reverse applique may sound fancy, but it’s actually a crazy-easy sewing technique that allows you to add tons of color, texture and pattern to your projects with very little effort. In this technique, two or more fabrics are layered and stitched together, then sections of the fabric are strategically cut away to reveal the color(s) beneath, essentially creating an original textile. In this post, we’re experimenting with reverse applique to make simple place mats, but once you get the hang of this technique, you’ll see that it can be used to create your own patterns on just about anything, from throw pillows to curtains and more. Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials fabric in at least two different colors; cotton-linen blends are great for place mats, or any cotton is a good choicethread in contrasting colorssewing machine, iron and basic sewing supplies 1. 2. Layer at least two pieces of fabric with their right sides facing up. Time to sew! 3. Now for the fun part! 4.
MAKE: Dino iPhone Tripod So, if you know me, you know 2 things about me: 1 - I love my iPhone and anything Apple 2 - I love dinosaurs Needless to say, this is the perfect combo of the 2, is it not? You will need: The butt of a dinosaur (mine are from the dollar store) Caulking A suction cup Paint brush Use a utility knife to cut your dino in half. Inject your dino butt with the caulking. Stick your suction cup in the wet caulking. Next, dab a little caulking on the bottoms of the feet and tail. Unfortunately, since there is so much caulking inside the dino, this will take a few days to dry properly... about 4-5 days. I'm loving my dino-butt iPhone tripod! Check out our Link Party Page to see where we link up each week!
Bobby Pin Butterflies Around this time of the year I start to crave color like I crave chocolate, potato chips, or coffee! It’s supposed to be spring, but outside, it is relentlessly cold, cloudy and gray. So as an offering to the vernal gods, I created these Bobby Pin Butterflies, wearable bursts of color meant to usher in sunnier times! No creature better manifests pure beauty and color than a butterfly. Designed as an adorable hair accessory, these sweeties are also terrific for Easter decorating. And they couldn’t be easier to make. The Materials To make at least two dozen 1 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch bobby pin butterflies: A Mariposa Felt Bundle, 100% wool felt.DMC Pearl Cotton in color B5200.A Bobby Pin Butterflies Template, printed and cut out. The Pattern For a cutout style butterfly: Cut a wing 1 from a colored piece of felt using the template. Cut a wing 2 from either the ecru or white felt using the template. For a solid butterfly: Cut a wing 1 from a colored piece of felt. All done!
Holder for Charging Cell Phone (made from lotion bottle) My husband and I both have cell phones. And both of us have phone chargers. And that means lots of obnoxious cords. You never know when one of us may be moving phone cords around, to give our phones an extra charge while we’re chatting away……… or trying to charge our phones up before running errands or something. (Okay, and how about when you’re in a hotel or visiting family/friends. I was looking around on the internet for a solution and found this. It made the perfect little holder for my cell phone while it’s being charged. Holder for Charging Cell Phone And no more phone hanging down from the outlet while in this room or that room……..the cord and phone are now up off the ground, and tucked away into the little holder, while the phone drinks up a full charge. And of course I couldn’t just leave the poor little holder alone……I had to Mod Podge some fabric right onto it for some kick. If you look closely, you can see that the orange print is fabric. And turns out, it’s pretty useful.
diy sewing machine pin cushion tutorial so i saw this sewing machine pin cushion on pinterest and it looked like a really cute, easy project and i've been meaning to start a 'printerest projects i've completed' board so i decided to make one (even though i avoid using pins at all costs...). so here's my inspiration: i followed the same basic idea as this tutorial but i did make some changes-i used an elastic band instead of ribbon (because, for whatever reason, when i tie ribbon it never stays the way i tied it) and i boxed the corners of the front piece to make it sit more flat against my machine (rather than a small pillow tied to it). supplies: -fabric -elastic ( used 1" but you could go a bit narrower) -batting/stuffing -interfacing (optional) to make the casing for the elastic, sew the 2 long strips together with the right sides facing in. i sewed roughly 1 1/4" apart just to make sure i could fit the elastic in there. flip inside out and press. it helps to place a safety pin on one end and work it back through.
Fabric Storage Boxes (per your request Okay, the fabric storage box tutorial is here. (Sorry for the little tease last friday and no actual tutorial. We were trying to get on the road for our trip to ID…..so things got crazy last week. But we’re here. And safe. I’m guessing there are probably 100 different ways to make fabric boxes though. (And last year, I even made storage boxes out of cardboard here, if interested.) So for today’s fabric boxes, I kept things moderately simple……and not too costly. Anyway, maybe some of you have made fabric storage boxes before……..but here’s my version. (And yeah, I’ll be making a few more. The boxes have side handles…….and a front window to slide in a content label. So what kind of stuff do you need organized? But what’s keeping those bins nice and upright? So make some for the kids room, for your craft room, for the storage shelves in your den, up in that one empty spot on the book shelf……..or even to throw in the car between the bucket seats. But this is the type of canvas I bought. See?