Easy No-Spill Candy Bag to Sew!

Here is a fun idea for trick-or-treating OR anyplace you need a no-spill bag for kids (like keeping Legos and crayons from spilling all over the car!)

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The design is simple and easy to sew by hand or machine and it can be made with a half yard or fabric or 2 fat quarters. Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
1/2 yard of fabric OR 2 “Fat Quarters”
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Iron
Sewing Pins
Hook & Loop Tape (AKA Velcro)
Grosgrain ribbon
Felt (orange, green, black, white)
Glitter
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue and spray adhesive if using glitter

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post! Thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Warning: You might think this craft is gross!

Hi Friends! When I spied this empty feed bag in the garage I knew I wanted to try to make a reusable grocery shopping bag with it!

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It is a strong tarp like woven material that will be better as a bag than rotting in a landfill and best of all you can make it in 15 minutes, no sewing required! All you need is grain bag and duct tape for this project!

Video!

Now, you might get some funny looks when you go shopping with your chicken bag but you can hold you head high knowing that you are saving a few trees…on the other hand, if you are the type of person who raises backyard chickens and turns their feed-bags into shopping bags you are probably shopping at the health food store and there is no judgment there. I’m letting my freak flag fly, how about you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I Treated Myself! {New quilting fabric!}

Hi friends! I had so much fun making those 2 small quilts for my girls that I thought I would pick up some fabric to make a quilt for myself. It was hard to select the first few prints but then I thought “If you like it, get it!” I was pretty much on a roll after that! And to top it off most of the fabrics were on sale! I paid between .39 cents and $1.25 a quarter yard. I was in fabric heaven. Of course this is going to create a kink in my fabric storage solution, I’ll have to revamp that a bit, or add-on another crate, or sew it up quick! Have a look at what I bought. Don’t worry, I am not putting all of this on one quilt. What should I use first?

What I got and what I paid:

  • 4 zippers at .25 cents each
  • 4 10-yard-rolls of 1 1/2″ wide patterned grosgrain ribbon for $1.49 a roll (reg yardage price is $8.90 a roll!)
  • 2 yards of precut batting for $3
  • 2 yard cut of watercolor print for $4
  • 1/2 yard of solid brown for $1.75
  • 1/2 yard floral remnant for .80 cents
  • 27 1/4 yards of cotton prints ranging in price from 39 cents to $1.25 each

Alright quilters, did I do good? My total for the whole shebang was $37 and that included tax. Being a beginner I know I will make mistakes and I will be nervous to cut into pricey material so this way I can play and not hoard…although looking back at the prices of some of these I was thinking “Why didn’t I get more?” I hope you had a crafty weekend! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My first 2 Quilts!

Hi friends! I took a few days off last week (I’m not sure if you could tell since what I do for work is what I do for fun LOL!) and decided to try a new hobby. The day after Christmas is my favorite day. We don’t have to go anywhere and the kids are busy with all their new goodies, my hubby has the day off and we all just chill out at home after a busy Christmas and Christmas eve. I dragged my “good” sewing machine down to my studio and set to work on my first quilt:

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I took the DIY Quilt Along course from Curious.com (they are have a 50% off every class through January 4th BTW!) and it was so much easier than I thought it would be. I loved that you jump right in and sew and you learn about the tools you need and techniques as you go because I learn by doing, not watching. I did not have all the tools the instructor had but I was still able to make a quilt, I honestly did not think I had it in me:

I enjoyed the first quilt so much that I set to work on another one too! I decided to make a crazy quilt (much more my style) with the scraps. Also both of my girls wanted one so it was perfect!

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I happened to have a beautiful batik fabric that I picked up in Boston a year and a half ago in my stash. I used it as a backing, I had just enough excess that I simply pressed the leftover to the front and bound it with that. It came out much better then the binding on the first quilt but to be fair I did not do it exactly as the instructor told me to…I also learn very well from mistakes LOL!

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I also experimented with free motion quilting with my regular machine. I put the freed dogs down and lifted the pressure foot and sewed random loops and swirls over some portions of the quilt. I was a bit afraid that I might damage my machine so that was all I did. Then I asked the folks on the Frugal Crafter Community how I should do it and they said I could take the pressure foot off and lower it so the top tension would engage but it was OK the way I did it too. I figured it was better to make a mistake on a small beginner quilt that one I spent weeks on.

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If you are interested in learning to quilt and have some basic machine sewing experience I encourage you to check out the DIY Quilt Along course from Curious.com. they also have thousands of other classes to help you with your new years resolutions and they are 50% off now though January 4th! This post is a partnership with Curious.com. I was compensated for my time to take the course but my thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy crafting!

 

Here Kitty, Kitty….

Hi friends! As you may know we recently adopted a couple of cats from the animal shelter. I thought it would be nice to make a fun toy for them with some new ribbon from Offray.com! They will soon be releasing a new line of photo ribbon and they sent me the new aquarium print and I thought it would be purrrrfect for a cat toy!

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The coolest thing about this toy is that is jingles, crinkles and contains catnip!  I was able to make the crinkle by using a bit of Mylar survival blanket that you can pick up at Wal-Mart for $1. I will have enough material from that blanket to make tons of pet and baby toys! Just make sure to NEVER leave a pet or baby around the plain Mylar material because it is a suffocation risk. Once you sew a small amount inside a toy it is fine but a big sheet of it is like a big plastic bag. Safety first!

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Supplies:

  • Cloth (scraps are great)
  • Mylar survival blanket (or recycle some Mylar from food packaging)
  • Ribbon: 5/8″ Orange Grosgrain and 2 1/4″ Aquarium Printed Satin
  • Fabric shears
  • Catnip and a cat jingle bell
  • Sewing machine or a needle and thread.
  • Fabric glue (I like Jewel It) and Fray Check
  • Google eye
  • Iron for pressing
  • Sewing pins

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Cut two pieces of fabric 5″ square (or whatever size you wish) and press. Cut a piece of Mylar 1/2″ smaller so it will fit the toy after it is sewn.

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Place the fabric right sides together. Cut a 6″ piece of grosgrain and thread it though the cat bell.

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Place the bell in-between the fabric and let the ribbon ends stick out so that when you sew the toy together the ribbon will be secured. (I did it backwards the first time and had to rip the stitches out in that corner and turn it around LOL!) Sew 3 sides shut so you have a pouch.

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Slide the Mylar square in the pouch and pour in some catnip.

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Cut an 8″ long piece of the photo print ribbon, fold it in half and place the ends in the pouch and pin it in place. The fold in the raw edges and sew the pouch shut.

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I thought it would be cute to add a folded ribbon fish to this project. I fount the tutorial here. Make sure you use Fray-Check on and cut areas of ribbon.  Grosgrain is pretty fray resistant but this is a cat toy after all. Glue the ribbon fish to the toy and glue on a googly eye. I used Jewel It glue because it is really good at securing plastic to cloth.

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You can hang the toy for a doorknob or fling it across the floor at your cat. Don’t act like you want them to play with it of they will instantly distrust the toy, and you for giving it to them and then they will go back to playing with a q-tip (don’t ask me how I know.) Ungrateful cats.

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Keep your eye out in stores for the brand new line of photo-realistic ribbon from Offray. You can find the Grosgrain ribbon I used currently on the Offray website and you can use my coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. I hope this inspires you to make some toys for your furry friends, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Ruffled Hair Clips!

Howdy friends! Today I have a fun simple hairbow idea that is also a beginner sewing project. You can use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to make gathers in 1 1/2″ satin ribbon and that is all there is to making a ruffle. I turned my ruffled ribbon into hair clips. These would be great to make for quick gifts or items to sell at a craft fair or hairbow business. See how easy it is in today’s video:

Remember you may use any of the tutorials on my blog to make stuff to sell. If you are crafting to sell you need to get the best price on the best quality materials and that is why I urge you to check out Papermart. I have found that if they sell it then they have the best  price and I have never been disappointed with the quality. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and til next time happy crafting!

Have a seat!

Hello friends! After filming my Mardens haul video yesterday I had a bit of a panic because I had two fabric projects looming in my future so I thought “Hey, I’ll replace the cover on my butterfly chair now because that will be a quick and easy project.” You can probably guess where this is going huh? You’ve probably even uttered those words at the start of a project. But it never goes as quickly or easily as expected. How hard can it be, it is basically a pillow case with flaps on the back to hook it to the chair. Or so I thought.  I decided in preparation for my jacket lining project I would use a seam ripper to take the cover apart and remove the cushion inside than trace the old fabric on to the new fabric. Well, there were more pieces to that sucker than I imagined, the seams would not come apart and I ended up just tearing the rip in the back (that is why I am recovering it BTW) to remove not one rectangle cushion but two asymmetrical cushions and I immediately forgot what way they went in as soon as they came out! Crapola, I have no clue how to even begin this project and I am beginning to doubt the 3 yards of fabric will be sufficient to finish it (I was too cheap to shell out the extra $3.99 for another yard.) I took a deep breath and pondered my lot. I grabbed some paper, a measuring tape and figured out a way to make the cover from scratch with re-enforced pockets to hold the cushion on the frame. I laid the old cover on my material a couple of times to make sure I could fit my pieces before I cut and I sewed that sucker good! What do you think?

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This is my favorite spot to crochet. I like to sit criss-cross applesauce in this chair and crochet while watching TV. I’m happy to report that it works just fine! The kids have been in it a lot today but they have been warned not to jump on it for I will tolerate no shenanigans that cause another rip in the back. I am not sewing another one! I think that I will keep my eyes peeled (at Mardens of course) for a 40″ zipper so I can undo the top seam and insert a zipper so the cover and be washed but that can be done anytime. I am happy with it. My husband thinks the fabric looks like lawn furniture. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time we had lawn furniture in the living room! 😀 I see what he means though. So, what are you making this weekend? I hope it goes as smooth as you hoped for. Til next time happy crafting!

Inktense on Fabric! Quilters Rejoice!

OK, I’m not a quilter, I don’t have that kind of patience but I’d heard that some quilters used Inktense pencils on their quilts so I had to have a go at it! I also really wanted to try it because for Christmas I gave one of my best friends a small tin of inktense pencils and she is a talented quilter and seamstress so I wanted to make sure it worked well before I told her about using them on fabric. Well, I really like the results on my craft-fair tool apron. What do you think?

Supplies:

Inktense pencils by Derwent

Textile medium (or any acrylic sealer like mod-podge)

a firm paint brush

a foam brush

black acrylic paint or fabric paint

bold clear stamps

An iron or heat gun for heat setting fabric

some natural fabric to stamp on

a spray bottle of water and also a bucket of water to clean brushes in.

Directions

  1. Stamp designs with black acrylic paint, heat set.
  2. color with pencils
  3. spritz with water and apply textile medium to lock colors
  4. let dry and heat set.

Watch the video for helpful hints and full tutorial! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Relax, it’s almost Christmas! Let’s make a quick gift!

Hello friends,  if you are like most you are probably busy scurrying around to finish wrapping, shopping and crafting.  Today I am going to share an easy project you can make for a gift (or you might need one for yourself if you have been hunched over the craft table for days!) and it only takes about 15 minutes and it is always appreciated. A microwavable/freezable hot/cold rice pack! You will need: cotton fabric a fat quarter (or scrap fabric, mine was 18″x22″ but you can make them any size), rice and a sewing machine and thread. Watch the video to see how it is made:

You can even make them smaller for hand warmers!  These are a great addition to a gift basket or a lovely gift on their own, You can add whole flax-seed (up to a 1:1 ratio) and I hear that the bags will stay hotter longer. You can even add your favorite dried herbs to the bags for lovely smells. I’ll be back later today with more last minute gift ideas! Til then happy crafting!

Fabric Stash Storage!

Hello friends! It rained yesterday, really rained and the kids and I were stuck inside but since I like to be home it was nice, I didn’t have great weather to feel guilty wasting;) So I hung out in my sweats and set off to tackle the ever growing baskets of fabric scraps that have accumulated in my craft room. Here is the after picture:

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Now, if you are brave…or kind…or a highly functioning hoarder like myself watch the video and see how I got my mess under control. Don’t mind the glittery sweats, we are all friends here right?

I have to say I am rather pleased with myself. I did not spend a penny and my fabric is neat and tidy and ready to use and best of all I can get the piece of cloth I want without messing up the rest of the stash.  The best part was that I was able to toss stuff I was given that I did not even like but felt like I should keep anyway. I am stopping that madness! The small scraps of fabric and felt I still like have gone into a bag and I will use it with my kids craft class next month. Tackle the stash, make it usable, toss the stuff you don’t want, make a plan for the rest! BTW if you have cloth you don’t want contact your local Project Linus and they will use the fabric to make security blankets for children in need or maybe turn the stash into a lovely quilt or blanket to donate, that way you can enjoy the cloth, create, destash and feel good;)

Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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