Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tutorial: Cute as a Button Bow Holder!

 Any Princesses in your lives???
I am blessed with several actually, but my youngest one is the only one still wearing (when I can beg her at least!) all the bows Mommy likes to make. :) The pile has taken over a shelf and made a mess in her closest, and it was long overdue for me to make her a special holder for all of them. 

I'm going to share with you how I made this "Cute as a Button" Bow Holder so you can make one too if you'd like! It's a fun and easy project and definitely something you can do WITH your little Princess....mine sure enjoyed helping me! :)
 Here's what you'll need:
1 Board Shape of your design choice. Ours is a thick cardboard crown from Hobby Lobby
1 Bag of My Buttons in color of choice available at JoAnns & buttonlovers.com
3 1/2 yards of Ribbon
Hot Glue

First I painted the crown shape so that all we would see when finished was PINK. :) It doesn't have to be perfectly painted, this just creates a nice background, especially if any of your buttons are clear like ours were.

Then with Mommy's help, Lil' Miss applied the buttons all about the crown after I would put the hot glue in place. 
 You can cover it as heavily as you'd like. Depending on how much extra "help" you had, there may be some gaps to fill. ;)

Next, make your ribbon loop hanger and glue it to the back of your shape in the center. 

 Also add your ribbon strips evenly spaced along the bottom. I like to cut my strips at least 1 yard each. 
Clean all your hot glue "strings" off.

 That's it! 
Now you're ready to hang it on the wall, adorn it with all your pretty bows and admire your work!

Enjoy making your Princess smile! Mine is very proud of her work and has even asked to wear a bow today! SCORE!!!
Be sure and watch for another fun button project next week....I'll show you how to make some darling hair accessories to help fill your new bow holder!

Warm "Thanks!" to buttonlovers.com for providing the buttons for this fun project.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fabric Destash! Help me clear these goodies out!!!

If you are like me, you often purchase fabric with genuine plans or intentions that well, never seem to materialize. PLEASE tell me I'm NOT alone!!!!! :) I've been holding on to a variety of fabrics I've purchased waaaaaaay too long and am ready to DESTASH to make my sewing space more functional. 

I have a lot of really great polyester print fabrics that I originally purchased with the intent of having laminated for cloth diaper sewing. I've finally accepted....Not going to happen.

I also have a variety of knits available, like this fun thermal knit.

I have a lot of vintage fabrics that I bought....well.....just because I loved them. I've used some, but I have waaaaaay too much and it's time to let some go. There are some REALLY unique pieces for your consideration! :)

I also have a bunch of patterns I have created a variety of bundles from....many of these patterns are vintage. I acquired a BUNCH of vintage patterns, and have not been through them all, so I am not certain of the contents. Prices will reflect this. I will note when they are new on the images.

Lastly, I have separated and bundled all my cotton scraps and have POUNDS of them at great prices ready to head to your homes!!! :)

Find all that's available in my DESTASH Flickr Album HERE.
Comment "SOLD" under any images you want to purchase, note yardage if necessary, and then email me with your PayPal address for invoicing.
Prices do not include shipping. I am happy to combine as many as you'd like and will ship the least expensive way possible including tracking. International interest is welcome, however, I can not provide tracking for those packages and obviously can not be held responsible for them once they have shipped. 

Email me with any questions.
Please, help me clear this out!
Spread the word to all your sewing and quilting friends! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewing Essential - Simple Serger Shifting Solution

:) Say that 5 times fast! :)

I was working with my serger the other night and it nearly leaped off my my desk! I immediately remembered using a piece of shelf liner on my old desk to help keep it in place, so, went on the hunt.

You can find this stuff by the roll, and pretty inexpensively. I've even found it at dollar and discount stores. I happened to have a roll stashed away, as it is also very good cut in thin strips to use on hairbows to keep them from sliding.....but that's another post. ;)

It's a foamy sort of sheet that completely prevents shifting and slipping. 
 I rolled a nice piece out, cut it and doubled it over to fit nicely under all 4 of my serger's feet. 
Right back to work.....with no machine leaping.
Happier and much safer stitching!
Go ahead and add that to your shopping list. Then, check out some of my other favorite sewing enhancers on my "Sewing Essentials" page at the top of the blog or by clicking HERE.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Baby Quilt for 3rd Quarter Project

This sweet ducky quilt is my latest finish for our 3rd Quarter Project. 
I bought this kit last year anticipating to sew it up for one of our projects and never got around to it. It was a really quick and easy sew and will be perfect for donation to our Crisis Pregnancy Center for our current project. 

The instructions had it to where you would piece the front and then just sew it to the backing. Didn't really say "quilt" to me that way, so I added a little batting and quilted a little wave pattern on the backing fabric first. 
The kit was made up of a variety of soft fabrics.....cotton, flannel, satin and the center is a fluffy, plush fabric. I hope the baby and family that receives it will enjoy using it. :)

This is the first of several baby quilts I hope to finish this quarter for donation. Additionally, I will be participating in the Quilts for Kids 2014 quilt drive for children in need with each one created for donation. You can learn more about how you too can participate in this wonderful project by clicking the image below...
100 Quilts for Kids

Keep sewing and spreading the word, we have the opportunity to encourage many this month with our efforts! Learn more about our current project and how you can be a part here.
Hopeful Threads 2014 - 3rd Quarter Project

Saturday, August 2, 2014

3rd Quarter Project Progress....Behind the Scenes Busy-ness!

Been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY behind the scenes here!
How's your Baby Sewing going? 
Have you decided where you will be donating your handmade items this quarter?
Would love to see and hear, so please share in our 3rd Quarter Flickr share album!

Here's the first of my finishes....
 So far, 22 burp cloths in bundles of 2 and 38 bibs, many of which where made using minky "bits" from our friends at Binkeez for Comfort

 This set is made with fleece backing from remnants of other projects. Bibs & Burpcloths are great projects for using up smaller cuts and fabric remnants!

It's the beginning of August, so still plenty of time to be part of our 3rd Quarter Project. Get all the details about the project HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

One Minute. Renewed Perspective.

Just Watch.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sewing Essential - Iron-Off Hot Iron Cleaner

I received this product from Dritz several months ago, but had just bought a new iron, so didn't need it. Well, this weekend while using some fusible fleece, my hot iron apparently came into contact with some of the adhesive. Not ideal.
 Of course, the way I discovered this was with a nice black streak on my son's shirt as I was trying to iron it. Again, not ideal. 

I couldn't get the sticky mess to rub off. Quickly I remembered that I had a tube of this iron cleaner and figured it was the perfect time to give it a try. Truth is, I hadn't read the directions before, so I was expecting it would be somewhat complicated and require some kind of internal cleaning that I would have to repeatedly rinse out, so I was pleasantly surprise at how easy it was to use. 
 Simply set your iron to the cotton setting. Once heated, get a clean towel and squirt a bit of the Iron-Off onto the towel. Iron back and forth over the cream until your iron is clean. For stubborn (or extra sticky) messes on your iron, you may want to repeat. I did. And just look at this towel!!!

EWWWWW!!!! Right!?!?! Where did all that come from anyway???
 Apparently there was a build up of more than I could see from using starch as well. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the result. Look at my iron now! 

Here's a side by side comparison that shows even better the great results. 
I only had to use a small about of the tube as well, so I am equipped whenever another cleaning is needed. This has been added to my handy box of "Sewing Essentials". 

You can check out more of my favorite "Sewing Essentials" on the tab at the top of the blog or simply by clicking HERE.  
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