Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Something Fun For Coffee Lovers!

I don't have a lot of time today as I am getting ready for my huge blowout of a yard sale. But here is my project from this week and a nice mother's day gift for my mom! And my first official quilted fun:)

I made a coffee corset cozy! I took the scraps of my previous project (magnet and cork board covers) and a template I found online (you can also use a Starbucks paper one). You can even use a fat quarter if you don't have any scraps. You will also need some sort of batting or backing to stiffen the fabric.

1. Using the coffee cozy template cut 3 pieces 1 out of the batting 2 out of the fabric of your choice

2. Pin all three layers together: batting on the bottom, outside fabric in the middle right side up, and fabric lining on the top with the right side down.

3. Sew all the way around leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance and an opening for turning.

4. Trim seams to a 1/4" except at opening.

5. for the corset look trim ends about an 1 1/2" from each side sew the ends together

6. turn the right side out and sew the whole closed by doing top stitching all the way around.

7. get some ribbon and lace like a shoe with the bow at the top.

here is a template for this:

A happy day is a crafty day!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Getting Crafty!!

Well, I sure do love crafting. I am really starting to enjoy sewing, which is quickly becoming one of my 3 favorite hobbies. I didn't really enjoy sewing when I was growing up and I think that is mostly because I found it very annoying and fustrating. Now, I have made some basement curtains (with the help of my mom) who rocks at quilting, and I have made a cover for a magnet board and a cork board. Which is really nice. Here are the befores and afters.

These are the matierals that you will need for each board:

1 yard of fabric
3 yards of ribbon
1 metal piece
1 foam core 2 inches bigger than your metal piece
spray adhisive
duct tape

Here is what I did wrong on both the boards, both involving the ribbons. Cut the ribbon to 3 eighteen inch peices. Then pin them to the right side of the fabric, making sure they are spaced out equally (this is for hanging). Sew! Step 2 is piecing the front and back together (making sure you pin the right sides together. sew! leaving one side open so you can place the board inside the cover. Hand sew the side closed and you will have a completed project:)

Finished product!!

A Happy day is a day spent doing what you Love!

Happy Day!