Where Have I Been?

Seriously – where have I been?  I think about sewing and crafting everyday – you would think that I would write about it!

I haven’t been spending much time sewing lately, summer is here and it seems that I am busy doing other things with the arrival of the warmer weather.  I did work on one project early spring…a cute little Easter smock for my niece!  To be honest, I think that the dress is cute – but the dress on her makes it SUPER cute.  I found the pattern in a the One-Yard Wonders book:

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This book has a lot of great ideas, everything from children’s clothing, home decor ideas and stuff for your furry friend(s)!  What I love about it, you can make the stuff in the book with just a yard of fabric which doesn’t break the bank at the fabric store!  (Yes, for all of you that sew…you know what I mean!).

Front of the smock dress:

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Cutest little girl ever:

Cutest Girl Ever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s the big deal about Mod Podge?

I have seen a lot of hubbub about Mod Podge.  Isn’t there a whole blog about crafts associated with what you can do with Mod Podge?  Oh yes, it’s http://modpodgerocksblog.com.  There are some really fantastic ideas on this site including Mod Podge-ing an entire filing cabinet.  I didn’t want to get that ambitious today so I thought I would try something on a much smaller scale.

I have been collecting glass jars for a while.  Jars from jam, pasta sauce, candles, etc. and have wanted to find a way to up cycle these.  Lucky for me, I had some Mod Podge on hand,  scrap fabric and a small candle jar to try my experiment.

Here is what you will want to have on hand for this adventure:

  • A glass jar of any kind
  • Enough scrap fabric to cover the jar and lid
  • Complimentary ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush

If you haven’t worked with Mod Podge before, here is what I have learned:

  • It’s messy
  • Be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper
  • When the Mod Podge dries on your hands and you rub it off, it seems to have the same consistency as boogers (gross)  🙂

From here on out, I will refer to Mod Podge as “the Podge”

Here is my before snapshot of my little jar and the Podge:

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Take your scrap fabric and wrap it around your glass jar, leave about a 1/2″ overlap.  This will allow you to fold under the fabric for a clean edge:

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Cut your fabric to cover the circumference and height of the jar:

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Using your foam brush, dip it in the  Podge and spread on the outside of the jar, give it a good coating:

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Press your fabric onto the jar and smooth it out, with your edge folded under:

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Again, take your foam brush and smear the fabric a good coating of the Podge – be sure to get a good coat under your folded edge to get a good seal:

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Set it aside and let it dry – about 30 minutes…or more, depending on how much Podge you lathered onto your project.

For the lid:

This can get a little tricky.  Cut enough fabric so that it will cover the lid of your jar and enough to tuck under your lid.  Follow the same steps as above, give the lid a coat of thePodge, smooth out the fabric, tucking it where you need to, and then another coat of the Podge:

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Once it dries, take a small rotary cutter and cut along the edge of the lid:

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Let it all dry and then do any necessary clean up.  Looking at my nails, it looks like I need to stop blogging and get a manicure.

I added a ribbon to the top of the jar and a bow and voila…a pretty little fabric covered jar.  I am not quite sure what I will use it for, any thoughts?

I think I now understand what all the hubbub is about…the Podge is definitely fun (albeit messy) to work with!

Might be nice to use as a gift box!

Might be nice to use as a gift box!

The Kitty Bow Tie Project

I’ll admit it, I am one cat short of being the crazy cat lady.  Who am I kidding, I am a crazy cat lady.  I can’t help myself, I come across a flea ridden, loveable face that is in clear need of home, I’ll take her. Oh, you bought a cat and your husband is allergic, I’ll take him. This continuous cycle of borderline feline hoarding (I am starting to notice a pattern here, considering that I just blogged about my craft supply hoarding) has landed me with four cats. Daisy, P. Kitty, Max and Lucy. In case you are wondering, P.Kitty has no reference or is in no way an homage to the rapper P. Diddy. The “P” stands for psycho however, it was not always the best name to use when calling the local vet, “Hi, yes, I would like to make an appointment for Psycho Kitty…” Not everyone gets my sense of humor. 🙂

They are a bundle of joy, all of them, including Lucy who is just too cool for school.  She is a stray cat that was taken in when I found her outside of my work.  I enjoy watching her lay around the house and act like she is on a tropical vacation, sunning herself and waiting for someone to bring her a rum punch.

Why a kitty bow tie?  Why not…it seems fitting that these cats that try to rule my house are outfitted with some type of accessory for my amusement.

I made a prototype of the bow tie a while ago and discovered that there are a couple of things to keep in mind when making the Kitty Bow Tie:

1) Safety. Ensure that the collar can breakaway. We all know that cats love to get into things that they shouldn’t be in and we don’t want them to harm themselves.
2) Fabric. Any fabric will work (unless you are using some type of extra duty, heavy weight canvas), if you are using a lighter type fabric (like quilt weight fabric) it would be helpful to add interfacing when constructing the bow tie, the interfacing adds just that little bit of support so that the bow will keep its shape.
3) The size of the bow tie should be exaggerated…it offers a Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat effect.

Here is what you’ll want to have handy for this project:

  • Fabric for bow tie – 2 pieces cut to 12 1/2″ x 3 1/2 “
  • Fabric for bow tie Center – 1 piece cut 2″ x 3″
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing – 1 piece cut 12 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marking pen (if you have one, but not necessary)
  • A breakaway cat collar (feel free to use one you already have)
  • A cat patient enough to wear the bow tie

Your seam allowance for this will be 1/4″, unless otherwise noted below.

Now, let’s start the adventure:

  • Cut 2 pieces of bow tie fabric at: 12 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Cut 1 piece of  lightweight infusible interfacing at: 12 1/4″ x 3 1/4″

Bow Tie Measurements

  • Cut your bow tie center at: 2″ x 3″

Bow Tie Center

Let’s start constructing the actual bow tie:

  • Pin the interfacing to the wrong side of one of your fabric rectangles.  (To avoid a disaster, be sure that the interfacing is placed correctly on the wrong side of your fabric.  It is a good idea to use a pressing cloth so that *if* by chance, your interfacing is the wrong side up, you won’t ruin your iron.)
  • Iron on the interfacing according to the manufacturer instructions and then pin the two pieces together, right sides together

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  • Mark a 2″ opening on one side of your fabric. (*friendly reminder: be sure to leave room to turn your work right side out.  I made two marks, two inches apart on the long end of the rectangle to remind me.  Trust me, I have sewn my work shut several times!  🙂
  • Start sewing at one of your *friendly reminder* marks, sew all the way around, leaving your 2″ opening.  Don’t forget to back stitch.

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  • Clip your corners, being careful not to cut your thread!

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  • Turn your work, right side out by pushing your fabric through the opening.

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  • Once your work is right side out, I like to use a crochet hook to push the corners out.

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  • Fold under the raw edges of the fabric in your opening to align with your seam and press

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  • Now that the bow tie fabric is right side out, sew an 1/8″ inch top stitch that will provide a finished look and also close the 2″ opening

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The Bow Tie Center:

  • Take your 2″ x 3″ fabric, right sides together,  fold it along the length of the fabric and sew an 1/8″ seam.

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  • Turn your work right side out. You’ll want to have your seam in the center of the fabric.
  • Line up the seam with the center, turn your work right side out and then press

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  • Sew a 1/8″ seam across the top raw edges,  turn your work right side out and iron your bow tie center.

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  • Slide the bow tie center onto the accordion folded bow tie.  It is a little snug, but you can wiggle it through there.

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  • Once you have the bow tie completely constructed, take your cat collar and sip it though the bow tie center.

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Put the collar on your cat..and voila…your cat may not like it too much but at least it will make you smile and hopefully giggle a lot too!

The Kitty Bow Tie Project

Too cute!

Crafter in a Candy Store

I am amazed at the websites you stumble upon.  I have scoured the internet so many times looking for craft ideas, supplies, and home decor.  On my daily Pinterest review, I stumbled across this Save On Crafts:

Save on Crafts, Wedding Supplies, Flowers, Tulle, Lights, Decorations & Discount Craft Supplies Save-on-crafts.

It appears that the site is focused on weddings and party planning, but boy oh boy, do they have a TON of stuff to use for your everyday crafting or maybe finding the right decor items for my mantle??  Is it just me or do the items remind you of a Pottery Barn-esk decor?  Definitely not the PB prices!

They also provide a nice DIY inspiration section:

DIY: Lavendar Satchets:

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DIY Make a Giant Paper Flower:

DIY: Make Giant Paper Flowers

I love finding new sites that provide inspiration and a deal on goods!

The Weirdo In Me

Yes, I can admit that I am a bit of a weirdo. I can’t help it. I blame my type A personality. I blame my mother for telling me that every thing has a home. Yes, ladies and gentlemen…I like to organize. If I am not trying to create my latest crafting or sewing masterpiece then I am organizing my Lady Lounge. Recently, my loving and handy husband built me a nice craft table. (Lucky me!)

New Craft Table

As you can see, I settled right in and threw my current project right onto the newly delivered, hot off the chop saw, table. The table is constructed out of unfinished pine…anyone have any thoughts on a paint color or stain color? This is where the onslaught of the messiness started: A new, big piece of furniture, coupled with a sewing project in progress = BIG disaster. What is a girl to do in this scenario? You got it….rearrange the furniture (again, cue in husband’s muscles) and ORGANIZE!

Before picture after the rearranging of furniture:

Before: Sewing Table

More disarray:

Before: Bookcase

Box O’ Ribbons:

Box O' Ribbon

I had my hands full! Luckily, (again, cue handy husband) built me a framed peg board.

Framed Peg Board

This helped me organize those items that you buy for a particular project, don’t use, you try to keep it somewhere for a later project, forget you have it, buy more product, then discover that you DID have some from the last project.  You see the vicious cycle. I was in disbelief going through my things…I am a (borderline) hoarder, specializing in any kind of craft product on the market. But with a sigh of relief I realized that at least I can display my craft hoarding illness to everyone in an organized way:

Organized Peg Board

About eight hours of clean up and organizing later:

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Craft Room Disaster

Ahhhhh.  Now I have a nice, clean, fung shui space to create more craft and sewing adventures or disasters.