Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coin Purse

My niece is having a birthday party today.  We went with a gift card, but that somehow just seems very plain.  I thought I should spruce it up a little.  I looked online for some ideas for gift card holders and found this form Thimbleanna's blog.

Front View, with nothing in the ID window:

Front View with gift card in the ID window:

Back View - that is a pocket, I am not sure if it would hold anything useful, but it is there :)

This is the second gift card holder I made, the other one was in the style of UglyDoll.  Fun.
On a little bit of a side note I tried stippling on the above project.  I bought myself a darning foot for my sewing machine and have not had the chance to really use it.  So far I have only freehanded (machine embroidered) JACK's name onto a bookmark I made for him.  The stippling was so fun.  It is a technique used for quilting, so I am sure it is much harder on a larger project, but I loved it.
I also tried a little bit of hand quilting (on another project) and that was amazing!  Who knew?  I know I don't like hand sewing openings on projects, so I assumed I didn't like had sewing at all.  Wrong.  To sew a pattern into something is way different.
So, now the only thing holding me back from quilting is time, money and energy:)  Happy Crafting.Y

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 7 - My Entry

UPDATE:  The below wrap does not work 100%, however, I am still happy with it.  I can add a small piece of plastic wrap around the opening of the cheese and the wrap keeps it nice.  Much more economical and environmental then throwing out a big bag with every block of cheese we use.

The sew-a-long challenge I chose for the week, was food storage.  I had planned to do more, but this week seemed particularly busy.

Let me start by saying that you can find tutorials and items for sale all over the internet for reusable items, such as sandwich bags, to store your food in.  My biggest problem with this is what kind of material is actually food safe.  Many use PUL, commonly used to make diapers, in fact I have made covers with it, I love it.  But, is it safe for food?  Another popular choice is ripstop nylon.  It seems that nylon is food safe, but when you buy nylon, it is usually (always?) mixed with other fibres.  If those other fibres are cotton, than great, otherwise we are getting into unsafe materials again.

So, after all of my research the only material that I could find that everyone considers food safe is 100% cotton (cheese cloth is made out of 100% cotton).

 The item that causes the most waste in our house is cheese.  We love it and go through a lot of cheddar cheese (we love many other cheeses too, but cheddar is our staple).  The blocks of cheese we buy are too big for any Tupperware we have, I don't like to use plastic wrap, and so we use large Ziploc bags.  I don't like how many we throw away.  To me, this was an obvious place to start and try to make a product that could store our cheese with less waste.

Next question, how will storing cheese in cotton work?  After more research I found that 100% cotton is highly recommended in preserving cheese.  Probably where cheesecloth came from.  This is usually used in storing large blocks of cheese, but I think it is worth a try on the block we keep in the fridge each week too.

So, I came up with this:

 I realize the fancy cheese plate and knife are not necessary for this cheese, but thought I would add a little something to my picture!

The cheese wrapper has a nylon outer and cotton inside.  At this point I decided not to sew a fastener on, we will use it for a little while and see if it works and if we need a fastener, maybe Velcro.  I don't care for Velcro going through the washer though, so we will see.  Here is how it looks with the cheese:


Thanks for sharing with me.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Last night the kids and I had a crafty evening.  My boys painted some water colour paintings.  An artist came to school last year and taught the children a few tricks,  my oldest loves to apply techniques he has learned. My oldest daughter  drew a great Shamrock and coloured it with crayon and I did this quick applique for her to wear to school today.  My baby napped.

Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of the kids art (actually, I did not think of it until right now - bad Mama). 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 6 My entry

I have never been satisfied with my bedding.  I love duvets but have never found a cover that I have been in love with.  I have found a few that I liked a lot but there was always something missing, too masculine, too plain...
A few weeks (maybe months - I have no concept of time) ago I made a new duvet cover for my bed using existing covers that I already owned combined with a couple new fabrics to spice it up a little.  I love my new bedding.
  Now, here is where the sew-a-long comes in, I never did make coordinating pillow cases for my bed.  This week's challenge included pillow cases.  Perfect.  Here is a picture of my pillow cases that coordinate with my bedding and tie it all together:

I still need to get one or two accent pillow on there, but I am very happy with how it is coming along. 
I used this tutorial from sew4home to make the main pillow cases on the bed.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 6

Our host for the sew-a-long blog challenge has been busy, and interest may be dwindling.  In an effort to keep the sew-a-long going, I am going to host it this week.  The challenge will be open until March 20, 2011.

This week's challenge:  

  1. Pillow Case(s)
  2. Art Case
  3. St. Patrick's Day item(s)

The list of items that have been completed and possible upcoming projects can be found here, for all that are interested.
 You can find all submitted projects here, click on the picture to be directed to the owners blog: 


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Weekend Projects

This weekend is not the best and fantastic all at the same time.  I am suffering from a cold.  My oldest boy has/had the stomach flu (fingers crossed it doesn't get picked up by the rest of the children).  The good part, my children are awesome and have been so good.  Between extra naps and lovely play time I have sewn like crazy.
Here are some of the big things I did:
I went to Fabricland last week and for the first time found fabric in the clearance section that I liked.  I bought 3.6 meters of a sweatshirt material for $6.  With that I have made 4 nightgowns and still have more fabric leftover.  I was only planning on making 3, but oops, my first one ended up about 2 sizes too big for my littlest darling, so it is in the closet for when she is bigger.  My girls knew I was making something special for them so they were super good at waiting.  My youngest doesn't like to speak words very often, but she is very good at communicating and she loves homemade things from Mama:)
Here are my beautiful girls modeling their new sleep wear (the baby needed an outfit, so I thought a matching one would be cute).
 My next project was something more useful to me.  I have been making little crochet items, dish cloths, scrubbies, animaguri (I am not sure how to pronounce that) animals.  I carry them back and forth to work and I may want to work on them at another location too in the future.  This has been my Project Bag, as I call it, up until tonight:

 My new and improved Project Bag, using this tutorial from Mad Quilter:  Edited (March 2012): The Mad Quilter site is not accessible.

 I even added a zippered pocket and a slip pocket in it:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sew-a-Long Week 5

I skipped week 4 of the sew-a-long, but joined in again for week 5.  This week was ankle spats or a blanket.  I have a blanket partially cut out that I would love to do, however, two things made me choose the ankle spats.  1. They are much faster than a blanket; and 2. I suggested ankle spats and I don't think anyone else is going to make them.

Here is my take on ankle spats (I apologize for the pictures it is VERY hard to get a good picture of your own feet and at night):

 The perfect shoe accessory.  I do need to work on my pattern a little, but overall I am very happy with them.

I have been busy with the rest of my life as well, the children are wonderful and we have tonnes of fun spending time with them.  Winter sports are starting to wind down, registration for spring sports is on.  Good times.

I have also been doing other crafty things, but somehow the sew-a-long is a good excuse to post to my blog.
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