May 31, 2011

Granny Chic Tote

I'm back!  It was really great to take a little time off.  I needed it.  Thank you for all your thoughtful, understanding comments.  I feel like I have the kindest readers ever.
Today I'm going to show you this tote I just finished.  I got a new responsibility at church a few months ago.  It's been fun and time consuming and I've really been needing a BIG bag to haul my stuff around in. 
I'm not going to do a full tutorial for the bag, because it would be super long.  However, I'll explain the basic process. 

My sister and her family recently bought their first home.  The previous owner was a sweet elderly lady.  She had these old lace curtains that weren't my sister's style.  I asked if I could have them.  I've been trying to think of fun ways to use them and this was the first idea I had.  I'm calling it my "Granny Chic Tote."

I used fusible interfacing on the exterior and interior.  I like firm bags that don't flop around.  I took the bottom scalloped edge of the curtains and laid it across the front and back of the purse.  I stitched across the scalloped edge and then treated it as one piece from there on.

I sewed the front and back together and boxed the corners.  I centered the scallops on the front and back so the it would be symmetrical and the lace would match up on the side seams.

I made the interior the same way as the exterior and I added the super heavy interfacing (peltex) along the bottom (between the two layers). 

I also added a magnetic snap.  Then I sewed the interior and exterior together with bias tape.

There are a few pockets in the inside.

And that's it.

It's pretty big.  I needed lots of space, so I went large on this one.

Thanks for dropping in.  Any ideas for the rest of the curtains?  Let me know.  See you tomorrow for Wake Up Wednesday!

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May 26, 2011

More Than I Can Chew

Things have been a bit crazy this week at our house.  I had an extra child staying with us for a few days while his mom went out of town for a funeral.  That sweet child broke his arm when I took him to the park Monday.  He's okay, but we had a long night waking up to give him medicine and take care of him.  Then the next night he went sleep walking into the bathroom and mistook the cupboards and rugs and the counter for the toilet.  Let's just say I had a lot of nasty clean up to do.  Well, he left today and now I'm trying to get my house back in order.  It's been a whirlwind and frankly, I need a little break.  I think I'm going to take off a couple of days here, but I'll be back soon with lots of projects.

I also wanted to take the time to thank you.  While I realize that I don't officially know most of you, I feel like I do.  When I'm having a rough time it's so nice to get a sweet, thoughtful comment from one of you.  It really changes my day for the better.  Thank you for that.  Thank you for helping me decide what flip flops to buy....or for sending me links to things you think Rex would like...or for dropping me a thoughtful email...or for jumping in to participate in Wake Up Wednesday and sharing your experience with me.....or for telling me how you tried out a tutorial here...or for letting me know you like stopping by my blog everyday....or for telling your friends about it.  I am truly grateful for all of you.  I feel blessed to have found something I love doing so much - something that helps me feel connected to others even when I'm just home with my boys.  Thank you for reading.

On a sidenote, a few of you asked for me to share my Pinterest name with you.  It's under Cheri Magill (my maiden name).  Also, a couple asked about instagram and I'm cherdoggiedog there.  Yeah, that's right.  Okay, that's all for today.  See you soon.

May 25, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to revisit a past resolution.  I did make it back to the gym this week, but now the challenge will be to make it a frequent practice again.  So much flab, so little time :)

This week's challenge is to honor a soldier or veteran.  As Memorial Day approaches I think this will be a great opportunity to express some gratitude to those who serve or who have served.  Too often we think of this weekend as a nice time to take a vacation or the beginning of summer.  However, maybe we could try to make it mean more.  You could write a letter to a soldier.  You could bring flowers to a veteran's grave.  I recognize that many of you are from different countries where this isn't a holiday, but I think you can still find a way to honor those who serve your country.

So, how did last week's challenge go?  Did you restart a past resolution?  How did it go?

May 24, 2011

10 Ways to Make Clothing Your Own

If you're coming over from Sabra's "Make It Work" series, then welcome!  Today I'm going to give you a run down on 10 of my favorites ways to embellish clothing.

Let's get rolling.  These are in no particular order, but all are easy ways to take clothing from boring to unique.  AND, you don't need a sewing machine for a lot of them.  (Some of the examples pictured use multiple techniques, but the link to the full tutorial of each item is below.)

1) Freezer Paper Stenciling.  This is so fun and addictive.  Whether or not you have a cutting machine (like a Silhouette or Cricut) you can still do this.  All you need is an exacto knife.  For the full video tutorial click HERE

2) Applique.   Whether creating a full design or using existing prints on fabric, applique is a fun way to spice up a shirt or purse.

3) Bleaching/Bleach Pen.   While a bleach pen isn't great for fine detail, and fun and easy for a messy or funky look.  For a full video tutorial on using a bleach pen click HERE.  The bottom picture uses bleach sprayed from a squirt bottle and a freezer paper stencil.  Bleaching is fun and fairly easy, but it does wear the fabric faster. 

4) Embroidering.  I love embroidery floss.  You might have noticed it on several of the shirts above.  It's fun and it's inexpensive.  I especially love it on boy's and men's clothing. 
5) Fabric Markers and Sprays.  Fabric markers are so fun because you can actually just draw right on the shirt.  I love the Tulip ones and they have tons of colors to choose from.  You can also use them with stencils for fun.  The spray paint is also great used with stencils.

6) Iron On Photo Transfer.  Have an old school fettish?  Then you need photo transfers.  Rex fell in love with the Thundercats and I was excited to be able to easily make him a shirt since finding one would have been difficult or expensive.
7) Sewing.  I'm listing this as a different things than appliques because you can sew a lot more than just appliques.  I love embellished tees.  They have add texture and interest to a plain shirt.  You can sew on contrasting fabric.  You can take a long sleeve tee, make it a short sleeve tee, and use the extra fabric to create a fun tone on tone tee.  You can sew on lace, buttons, ruffles, or petals.  The options are endless.

8) Stamping.  You can purchase foam stamps or even make your own.  Then get out your fabric paint and have fun.  This is a great way to create interesting knits.  The shirt that says "Bosco" was made using bubble wrap as a stamp.  It was really fun to make.

9) Small Details.  Sometimes a small, small details can make the clothing.  I bought these vintage name patches and added them to my boys' clothing.  The cardigan below became more interesting after adding some small tabs and buttons to the opening.

10) Heat Press Vinyl.  Once again, you don't really have to have a cutting machine to do this.  Heat press vinyl is pretty cool stuff.  I made the shoes by cutting it with an exacto knife.  The more detailed shirts I made with my Silhouette.  The fun thing is that it can look so professional.

And that's my round up!  Pick a technique you've never tried and go for it.  It's so fun to make it your own.  Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow for Wake Up Wednesday!


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