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Sewing 101: fabric boxes

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.

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Reversible Coffee Cozy Mandy's Krafty Exploits Pages This Blog Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Reversible Coffee Cozy 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. Ready to reverse applique? Let’s get started!

patterned key rack – Design*Sponge yesterday i was sitting in the living room looking at my fluffy co. key rack and thought to myself- wouldn’t it be fun to have a few more of these around the house for other hanging objects like kitchen aprons and necklaces? so i started looking online for something that had the sort of pattern i was looking for and couldn’t find any (though i did find these lovely key racks by erin lang norris). so i figured, why not make one myself? i’m always looking projects that lets me take advantage of the absurdly huge collection of gift wrap i have around so i gathered up my supplies and created my own “custom” key racks using the same dwell pattern paper i used for my jewelry shadow boxes. start to finish it took about 5-6 minutes per rack and cost maybe $5 for all four. the options for decorating something like this are endless but for this specific style and the basic instructions click here to rest of the post with details (or just click “read more” below). what you’ll need: cost:

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… things got crazy last week. Easy DIY Lamp Shades Adding color, pattern & texture to a room is easy, with these self decorated lamp shades. I will teach you the techniques & tricks to creating your own retro, modern, country, chic, & eclectic lamp shade. 1. Cut pressure-sensitive styrene into panels slightly larger than the sides of the lampshade frame using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Iron the fabric.

DIY Cereal Box Gift Tags With Christmas right around the corner, there are a million things to do in the way of decorating, list making, gift buying and travel planning. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve resolved to have a handmade holiday. Because DIY projects can be a bit of an investment and a little more work, I like to focus on ones that will serve me year round (while staying season-appropriate). It’s easy to get lost in the idea of “doing it yourself” in order to save money and vent some of that creative energy, but the “saving money” part can get tossed out the window fast if a lot of your projects are only useful once or twice a year. On that note, I’d like to introduce Cereal Box Gift Tags! Baby Monsters - Amigurumi * UPDATE to this pattern! See below! * Time for another tutorial!

kate’s pretty paper coat rack – Design*Sponge april showers bring may flowers, right? let’s hope so, even though oakland is still in the showers mode. I found some gorgeous spring floral papers from snow & graham at my local art store and have decided to make may the month of pretty paper diys. have fun! – kate CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump! What You’ll Need: 1. decorative paper 2. coat hooks (i found all of these vintage hooks on ebay and at flea markets, but i have seen nice new ones at home stores like anthropologie and target) 3. screws 4. piece of scrap wood (you can also buy cheap precut shelves at ikea which would work fine) 5. spray adhesive 6. scissors 7. ruler and pencil 8. drill

Fabric liner I have finally gotten a tutorial on the fabric liner together! I am posting almost a billion pictures (because I’d rather use a tutorial that “shows” me how to do it, rather than just read it all). Hope you don’t mind! If you haven’t sewn much before, may I suggest trying this out with a small basket first? Upholstered Headboard Tutorial Things move a little slower around these parts, with newborn twins and the corresponding 16 diaper changes a day… but I’ve finally finished the upholstered headboard! I know you’re thrilled! Well this headboard was a no-brainer… we had leftover damask fabric (from the nursery curtains) that I’m totally in love with. And the pattern fit perfectly with the 10″ x 10″ squares of wood that we already had pre-cut and lying around. You can use as many or as little fabrics as you want.

Crayon Roll I have been looking for a crayon roll/holder tutorial but can’t seem to find one. I have found plenty of these little holders for sale but no directions. So here is my version. 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).... I would recommend measuring your closet, and checking out a goodwill, or your kiddo's room. Peg board I had never put up any peg board before, so that was an adventure, but it wasn't so hard.

top 5 sites for crafters – Design*Sponge D*S editor Kate Pruitt is my crafting idol. She oozes creativity from every fingertip and seems to be an endless well of amazing ideas and can-do attitude. So when I need crafty inspiration, she’s the first person I ask. This week Kate shared some of her favorite craft inspiration over at MyLifeScoop with a list of her Top 5 Sites for Crafters.

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