Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Embroidered Onesie Baby Gift

I'm really starting to get crafty now. This blog has seriously helped me go from "Oh, that's cute, maybe I'll make something like that" (when I get around to it) to a "just do it" attitude. I designed the little girl holding a balloon and embroidered it on a piece of linen and sewed it on a onesie for a colleague's newborn. The card was made using Wordle and I used Colourlovers to help choose the colors. And finally, I sewed up a brown paper bag and called it gift wrap. This was the creative me I was always supposed to be!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Clone Wars Wallet

After I noticed my 5 year old carrying his money around in ziplock baggies, I figured it was high time I made him a wallet. Of course, that was a while ago. But, in my defense, when he said he wanted a Clone Wars wallet, I was stumped. Now, how was I going to pull that off? Then I discovered this tutorial and knew that I had the quick and easy answer. Using pages from a Lego magazine, I was able to come up with this design. Ignoring the fact that my sewing machine was on the fritz (hence the reason for the awful stitching on the bottom), I thought it turned out pretty cool. And best of all, my son is happy!

I used clear contact paper and added some sticky velcro circles, which I cut in half, to close the coin purse and the wallet. I also added another small piece on the tab, so that when it folded over the coin purse it would be facing the right way. (See the storm troopers right side up.) I've got a local supplier of Lego magazines close by, so I'm going to try my hand at a few more, until I get it right. I'll be enlarging the pattern, since my wallet is only slightly bigger than the bills.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Inspiration for my project to do list

I really love the colors in this afghan and it looks like it won't be too difficult to make. This is the Haverhill Afghan at Garnet Hill. I'm officially adding this to my project to do list. It looks like I'm not the only one thinking of this project. Check this out!

On a side note, I did sign up for the local sewing workshop, so I'm hoping to have plenty more projects to blog about in the near future.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Teacher Gift Revealed

I can finally show off the teacher gift I made for Christmas for my son's kindergarten teacher. It's a tri-fold portfolio that holds personalized note cards and note pad. I designed and printed the note cards at home and purchased the envelopes from a local "Paper Source" supplier. I used Vistaprint for the notepad and uploaded my design. I used repurposed linen for the cover and green gingham and Amy Butler fabric for the inside. I had my son draw the cover design and then I embroidered it. (I'm really loving that idea!) Then I wrapped it in potato stamp paper that my son made. That part was really easy. I used cookie cutters on the potatoes and then cut off a slice to create the stamp. It took no time at all and I liked the feel of having the whole gift be homemade by both me and my son.

I'm thinking of making a tutorial of the portfolio and note cards, to give back to the extremely generous blogging community.