Sewing Room Sailor Heart Tattoo Tutorial

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Sure the blog title sounds confusing, but as soon as you saw the craft that goes with it I’m sure you now know what I meant.

I was feeling crafty today and so I went through my “Sew It Up” category on pinterest.  I came across these awesome embroidery patterns that I had  pinned from Urban Threads.com

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I had also always wanted to make a spool wreath, so I put the two ideas together and came up with a kick butt little piece of art for my sewing room.

Wanna make one too? LOL

First you need to gather:

some vintage spools

a pencil/marker

scissors

steak knife or exacto knife

cardboard

batting

glue gun and glue sticks

optional- glitter, elmers glue, printer and paper

Okay warning bad iphone photos ahead, I didn’t want to get glue on my new camera! LOL

1. Start by placing your spools in a heart like shape on the middle of your cardboard and trace around the shape with a pencil.

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2. Take your spools off and then draw some little wings on each side of the heart. I  used pencil first and then went over it with a black marker so I could trace the wing with paper , cut it out then used it as a template for the other wing.

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3. Cut your heart/wings out with an exacto knife.  I seem to have lost mine, so I just used a steak knife….very high tech. I then used some acrylic white paint to paint it out so that I would have a white background if anything showed throw.

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4. Now cut some feathers out of your batting. I cut three or four long feathers for the ends of the wings, and then just some little u shapes for the middle.  I used my paper template that I used to trace the left wing and cut a little “cap” for the top of the wing.  I mostly just fudged this and every feather was kind of wonky.

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5. Start gluing your feathers on with your glue gun. Start with the wing tip and long feathers.

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Then keep going with the bottom row on the bottom of the wing.

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Keep going until you reach the top , then add your little wing cap. (see my wing cap in the top of the picture.)

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6. When you have both wings done, use your glue gun  to  attach a hanger. I used measuring tape ribbon.  Then glue on your spools.

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I added some buttons to the tops of my wings, you could be as creative here as you want….you could add glitter to the wings, hot glue on some scissors or anything else sewing related.

You could leave it plain.

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Or print out a little banner and glitter the edges:

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I had fun! I hope you craft something cool too!

Later gators,

Melissa

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Free Fall Table Runner Pattern!

I was clicking through Pinterest the other day and ran across a most  delicious block posted by Quilt Twin.  I knew I wanted to sew a couple up! I also knew I wanted to make a couple new Autumn feeling little quilts.

I played around with my orange and black fabrics and came up with this setting which I thought I would share with you.

Instructions in PDF form:

Fall Table Runner

You’ll have  enough left over from the strip sets to make a couple extra blocks into little quilts too!

Happy, Happy Autumn Decorating!

After while crocodile, Melissa.

Grungy Farm Egg Tutorial

It is so spring like in Michigan that I can’t help but set my sights on spring time decorating.

I saw these grungy looking eggs at an antique store awhile back and I decided I would give a go at making them myself.

Wanna join me?

You’ll need some Mod podge, cinnamon, paint brush,  various brown craft paints,  a blue paint  of your choice, and some paper mache’ eggs.

First give your eggs a light coating of blue paint.

When they dry mix in some brown and dry brush that on.

Keep adding and dabbing different brown mixtures until you are satisfied with the look.

Paint a circle of mod podge then dip in cinnamon.

When dry you can give it a light spray of matte sealer just on the cinnamon circle  if you would like.

Before adding the eggs to your basket dry brush a little cinnamon all over the rest of the egg to give it a more matte, rusty, dusty look.

Pair your grungy farm eggs with a spring-y sign and wait for the spring to actually arrive!! =)

Lator Gators,

Melissa

Scrappy Patchy Pin Keep Tutorial

Here’s a fun way to use up some scraps!

1.  Use some neutral fabric scrap to make a foundation.  Cut this piece whatever shape or size you want your pincushion to be,  just make sure to account for seam allowance.

I wanted my pin cushion to be a rectangle around 3 x 6, so I cut my foundation piece 4 x 7.

please don’t mind my grubby cutting mat, you don’t know what kinds of things I get up to on this thing….CRAFTING things!!!

2. Dig out your scraps!  This is liberatingly imprecise  so just go with me.  Cut your first 2  scrap piece 4 x whatever ( I suggest 1 1/2 -2 1/2 for all or your pieces)

One scrap you need to press about 1/4 inch wrong sides together

Ewww grungy ironing board too! Time to make a new one. It’s because I work so hard sewing all day people…it really is.

Now lay your first scrap piece (the unpressed one) on your foundation, and overlap the pressed piece on top.  You can lay this as straight or as crooked as you would like.

I am doing a crooked version so I lay my pressed piece on a slight diagonal.

Now you can pin if you like, if you wouldn’t like   just walk this over to your machine and sew as close to the edge as you can comfortably do.

Dear heavens you don’t realize how dusty/painty/thread-y  everything is until you try to take close up’s for a tutorial.  Next tutorial I will have sparkling clean EVERYTHING!!

3. You are now going to continue cutting scraps but from now on they need to be about 5 x whatever if you are laying them out on a diagonal.  If you are doing a straight layout you can keep cutting them at 4 x whatever.

So press your next piece,  lay it on, sew, then flip and trim.

Continue in this manner:

Until you reach the end of your foundation piece.

I sewed a little twill tape on mine you can too!

4.  Cut a backing the same size as your foundation piece (mine was 4 x 7)  and sew it up right sides together.

I am putting mine inside a box so I sewed all the way around with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, but if yours is going to be free standing you may want to leave an opening for turning that you whip stitch closed after stuffing.

5. As I mentioned above my back side wont be showing….so I took a seam ripper and carefully made a slit in the bottom piece, turned right side out, stuffed, then whip stitched the opening closed.

I stuck mine in a little ruler box with some cute doo dads attached.

Here is  a 3 x 3 I made using 30’s prints:

You could make round ones, fat ones, skinny ones…the possibilities are endless.

Have fun!

Later Gators,

Melissa

Rustic fall craft idea…Early Drying Board.

I puttered around crafting yesterday,  creating some new fall arrangements for the homestead.

Today I wanted to share this easy idea with you.

I’m calling it an Early Drying Board even though I know the drieds need to hang upside down to dry.

But it’s my craft world so …whatever goes in my craft world. LOL

What you need:

1. A piece of old barn wood or scrap wood.

  ( I literally picked mine off an old abandoned barn.  I saw it hanging there and whipped my car over and jumped out and grabbed it! Don’t tell on me!)

2.  A piece of burlap to fit your board. (1/2 yard should be plenty)

3. Feathers, cattails, flowers, weeds, etc.   The dried real thing or faux, whichever you prefer.

4. 4 upholstery tacks.

How to do it:

1.  Don’t clean off your wood the grungier the better! LOL

2. Measure the width of your board and cut your burlap about 1 inch less.

Cut with the fabric on the fold so that you only have to sew up the sides to make a pouch.

3.  Decide how long you want your pouch to be.

This will depend on how long your board is, so  eye ball it then cut your burlap adding 1/2 inch for turning under.

4. Press the top raw edges down 1/2 inch.

5. Sew using 1/2 seam allowance on both sides, back-stitching at the ends to secure.

6. Turn inside out and press.

7. Tack the burlap pouch to the board using upholstery tacks in all four corners.

8. Stuff your pouch with lovelies from the fall harvest.

I’m going to find a spot to hang mine on the wall, but you could drill two holes in the top and thread twine through to make a hanger for a peg board!

Later Gators!

Melissa

winter dabbling #2

Today’s little project that I am sharing is a primitive whisk broom that was born from a random trip to Michael’s craft store.

I found these in the 90% off Christmas stuff.  The thing that drew me to them was the AWESOME cinnamon smell, just like the pine cones they have out at Christmas. YUMMMM They were  cheap, 49 cents a piece, so  I took five of them thinking I would just chop them off and put them in my crocks to enjoy the nice smell.

Which I did with two of them.

I used 2 more to make a little whisk broom. Won’t you join me? (giggle)

First you need to cut them down a tad, I cut them off just below the first wicker tie with garden snips.

Don’t be like me and do this part at the kitchen table…..take yours outside and cut it so that you don’t make a big fat mess like I did.

Then I squeezed them together at the top end and wrapped floral wire very tightly around several times.  Once it was fairly secure with floral wire, I wrapped jute around and around making a loop on the back for hanging, then used a dab of hot glue to secure the end.

(  HA! look at my grody glue gun!)

Now we are going to make a primitive label for our whisk.

You can type up something or you can use the one I made here:

Cut out a piece of wax paper the size of a piece of pinter paper ( 8 1/2  x  11) and iron it to the back of some muslin, making sure the waxy side is toward the fabric.  I used some nice dyed muslin.

Then using a mat/ruler/rotary cutter , trim the muslin to the same size as the freezer paper= 8 1/2 x 11

As this is the same size as a sheet of paper it should run through your printer fine, it worked for me and this was my first time trying it. So I have no great advice for you if it doesn’t work. LOL

Print off your label.

Peal off the freezer paper and trim around your label. (You can save the freezer paper to use again!)

I cut a little slit with the scissors and ripped my fabric so that I would have nice frayed edges, but you can trim yours with a rotary cutter if you prefer.

I then did the same ripping method to cut a piece of homespun big enough to wrap around my broom with about a 1 inch overlap in the back.

Attach your label in the middle of the homespun with BIG primitive stitches.  I used a nice old looking wool floss.

Wrap it around your broom and make BIG primitive  x stitches.

Starting in the back, make a running stitch all along the top at around 1/4 inch down.  When you get back to where you started you can pull both ends tight and tie off. This gives you the tapered edge you need.

Man it smells so good!

Later gators!

melissa

 

winter dabbling #1

I promise this is still a quilting blog…but I’m sidetracked AND the quilts I am working on are for new patterns sooooooo….

I thought I would share some little projects I have been dabbling with.

Today’s project is a School girl slate.

I found a really adorable antique school slate while antiquing with my Mom and month or so ago.  I snapped that baby right up, but when I went to pay for it, the lady at the counter didn’t think that the correct price tag was connected to it.  I’m not sure if she thought I switched it or what…needless to say she wouldn’t let me buy it.  I left my name and number so that when the booth owner okay-ed the purchase they could call me.  It never happened (bummer.)

So when I was in Hobby Lobby and saw some little slates for  $2 and $3,  I said to myself, “self you should pick these up!”

So I brought them home and stained/bri waxed em.

Then I had the Brooding Genius drill some holes for me in the tops (I could have done this part, but why should I when I have a perfectly good husband to do it for me, hahaha.)  One slate got a jute strap, the other got a leather strap.

Then I made a little bag to hold the chalk for my imaginary school girl.

Here is my first attempt at a cross stitch chart  and my very professional (not) way of sharing it with you.  Maybe you can click on the picture, save, then print if you want to make one just like mine.

I ran the leather strap through the casing in my little chalk bag and through the holes in the slate, leaving it long enough to tie a knot at the top for hanging.

Someone’s ready for school!

The other slate is for the kids and I to play with and leave notes for eachother.

Later Gators!

Melissa

Big Star Christmas Tree Skirt tutorial

It’s not too late to whip up a tree skirt if your tree feels naked on the bottom!

I made this up yesterday, and since I left out the whole binding -shminding part it won’t take up too much time.

First lets make the big star!

Fabric A:  Cut a 13 3/4   inch square

Fabric B: Cut 4-  7 1/2  inch squares

Fabric C: Cut one  14.5  inch square and cut on the diagonal twice so that you get 4 triangles

Fabric D:  Cut 4-  7 3/4  inch square and cut on the diagonal once so that you get 8 triangles.

Sew the Big Star block together like so:

Now lets add borders!! Yeah!!

Cut 4 strips 6 inches x the width of your fabric.

Measure the sides of your star and cut 2 border strips that size and sew on to the sides.

Now measure the top and bottom of your tree skirt, cut the last 2 strips that size and sew on to the top and bottom.

Looking Good!!!

Okay ready to finish?

Layer batting on the bottom.  Your backing fabric on top of the batting right side UP. Finger press your quilt top in half both ways so you have a clear idea of where the middle is.  Now place your tree skirt on the top right side DOWN.

Find a soup can or something round and trace it with a fabric marker right in the middle of your tree skirt using the finger pressed lines to guide you.

Now take your ruler and mark a line from the edge right to the circle. Use scissors to cut through all the layers on all your marked lines.

Now it’s time to sew this bad boy up! The blue lines indicate where you should sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave opening near the circle for turning.

We’re almost there!

Clip your corners so that you get a crisp edge when you turn it right side out.

Turn it right side out and press.

Hand stitch the places you left open for turning.

You may wish to top stitch around the outside using a 1/4 seam allowance.

Now quilt her up using your favorite free motion design.

Cut a bias binding strip about 20 inch long (or use prepackaged bias binding) and sew to the raw edges on the circle leaving enough tail on both sides to tie into a bow!

Enjoy! =)

Later Gators! Melissa

A little charm square table runner tutorial.

Wow I haven’t been web logging my days very frequently lately!

Between school being very busy for us this year (homework is crazy for 1st and 3rd grades!! I hate to see middle school and high school!!) and trying to keep up with housework and meals, I just haven’t taken the time to update.

I made up a little table runner using a Glace by Three Sisters charm pack.

I couldn’t find a table runner pattern that used only ONE charm pack !! Have you noticed this about charm square patterns??  But I only had ONE pack, so I had to make one up.

I used an idea by Kim from Kim’s Big Quilting Adventure.  She shared a pinwheel block she made and I hope she doesn’t mind me using it too!

I did it pretty quick…less than an hour! So don’t look at my corners or pinwheel points LOL!!

If you want to make one too, here’s how:

Fabric:

1 charm pack

1/2 yard for backing and binding.

Directions:

Step 1  (Figure 1)

Take 1 red and 1 white charm square and place them right sides together.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the light square, then using a 1/4 inch seam, sew on both sides of the line.

Using your rotary cutter and ruler cut on the line then press towards the darker fabric.

Repeat 2 times to make 12 red/white  Half Square Triangles.

Step 2 (Figure 2)

Assemble Half Square Triangles into 3 pinwheel blocks and sew together.

Using 2 of the blue charm squares and 1 green charm square=  cut each charm into 4- 2 1/2 squares.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each 2 1/2 inch square, place and sew on the line  on the 4 corners of the pinwheel blocks.  Trim off corners to 1/4 inch and press toward the blue/green fabric.

Step 3 (Figure 3)

Using 9 coordinating charms= cut each into 4- 2 1/2″   squares.

Lay them out in 6 rows of  6 and sew together to make one patchwork square.

Cut the patchwork square twice on the diagonal from corner to corner.

These 4 triangles are your setting triangles.

Lay out table runner according to the diagram and sew together!

Layer with batting/backing then quilt.  Then bind. Then enjoy!

Later Gators! Melissa

Primitive Halloween Book

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Wow today is my blogoversary! I had no idea, and would have totally missed posting today if Brenda hadn’t have gotten me off my patootie to post!  So one year  and 188 posts later I can definitely say blogging has enhanced my life! Not only has it brought me new friends, tons of great ideas from others, but it has left a life log for my children to someday look back through and glimpse at  what their dear old mom had been up to “way back when.”

Thanks to  all the folks who stop by to look in on my little life and leave comments that brighten my day!

Since I am feeling super Autumnal I decided to make and share a little fall-ish project.

Here is a Grungy Fabric Covered Halloween Book Tutorial:

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1. Grab an old hardcover book from around your house, sale, or shop.

2. Pick out some black homespun or other suitable “halloweeny” fabric scrap.

3. Lay your book out OPEN to make sure the scrap is big enough to cover the book.

5. Now wrap the fabric around the book and close just to make sure there is enough fabric when the book is closed.

Then trim extra fabric to 1/2 inch.

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6.  Hot glue each side to your book cover.

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7.  Fold in the corners like you would when wrapping a present and hot glue down.

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8.  Now for the edges along the spine. With scissors cut a slit toward the spine, trim away enough fabric so that you can make a clean fold. Draw a line of hot glue and press the fold in toward spine.  Repeat on opposite end.

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9. Now for the fun part!  Grungy up your fabric covered book.

I used some spray adhesive to lightly spray the cover and spine. Then I sprinkled cinnamon all over and shook off the excess. Then I used coffee grounds from this mornings filter and rubbed them all over to further distress the cover.  Let dry.

I used coarse sand paper to scruff up the edges and give it a worn look.

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10. The last step is to add spooky Halloween  embellishments!

You can find all kinds of Fall/Halloween graphics on the web. I  “goggled” halloween postcards and printed a couple out.

I can’t for the life of me remember which blog I saved this from, but someone offered these to re-print:

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I cut out the one that looked best on my book cover, aged it with stamping ink and decoupaged it to the cover.

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Then I tied some twine around the book, added an old skeleton key, and some sweet annie!

Enjoy!

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Later Gators!

Melissa