Archive | January, 2016

Braided Blizzard Crowl

26 Jan

I am happy to report that not only did I survive the Blizzard of 2016 here in the DC/Metro area of Maryland, but I have also completed some fun projects while at home with nowhere to go!

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One of my favorite projects was this Double Layered Braided Crowl! I found the free pattern here at the My Hobby Is Crochet blog after seeing a Tweet from @petalstopicots!

Thanks to this fun project, I even learned how to do some new stitches like the HDC in 3rd Loop, Front and Back Bar, simply by watching this video tutorial! So, while this crowl scarf was my first crochet project in at least 15 years, it was pretty much like riding a bike! My hands and fingers seemed to fall into place with the yarn and hook like I had never stopped crocheting, and the scarf was completed in what felt like no time at all. This project absolutely inspired me to pick up an old passion and play with yarn again!

What project have you picked up recently that rekindled your love for the craft?

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Hiding Bunny Purse

22 Jan

IMG_3341Easter is just around the corner and if you are looking for that fun project for a little girl in your life, try this adorable Bunny Bag! The pattern is free here at AllFreeSewing.com! The purse is lined and so pretty!

I completed this purse in two days and I LOVE the way it turned out. The directions were specific and easy to follow, so even a novice like me had fun making it! My niece loved it too! She even collected Easter Eggs in it! The first thing she did when she saw the purse was look for that bunny hiding in the pocket!! Maybe as a variation, you could make a stuffed felt bunny for the pocket that’s removable?!

As you can see from the pic, the purse is pretty, patterned, colorful, playful and although small, fits a little girl perfectly. If you are planning to make it for an older child, you may want to amend the pattern a bit to increase the size.

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If you decide to make this adorable Bunny Bag for your Little Love, I’d enjoy seeing pictures of your creation! What ideas do you have to add a variation and your personal touch to this project?

 

 

Reversible Kitchen Aid Mixer Cover

19 Jan

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A while back ago, I morphed together some ideas from various blogs and made a Mixer Cover for my Kitchen Aid using double faced quilted fabric and bias tape. I figured that since it was going to be living on my counter, I should decorate it with a pretty cover and keep the dust off of it between uses!

I’m a huge fan of the double face quilted fabric, and here’s why…The pattern choices are plentiful, the coordinating colors are beautiful, and the quilting adds character and saves a lot of time – so fun projects like this can be whipped up quickly! Another perk…it’s reversible!

My mother-in-law loved this one so much, I gave it to her! Time to create another one for my kitchen! My toaster might just need a cover too! ūüôā

What have YOU made with double faced quilted fabric? I’d love to see the projects you’re Sew Giddy about!

Cozy Casserole Carrier

16 Jan

One of my first sewing projects was quite an ambitious one, to say the least. I had decided the best way to get to know my sewing machine and learn to sew straighter lines was to make Christmas presents for my family and friends. Here’s what I made…

A Cozy Casserole Carrier!

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Yes, I could certainly point out all of the flaws in every cozy carrier, but overall I was happy with the results. The first one I made, I decided I would quilt myself. Yes, I was VERY ambitious!

Let me tell you…all that sandwiching of fabric and insulated batting, then sewing the lines to quilt it together was A LOT of work for a newbie like me! Whew!!

So, after I completed the first carrier, I decided I was going to use¬†my coupons and get Double Face Quilt Fabric!¬†Yes, the double faced quilted fabric is a little more expensive, but it’s already quilted! Also, each side has a different pattern with¬†coordinating colors! Perfect for this project in my opinion, because I wanted¬†the inside pattern to be different from the outside pattern.

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Here’s how they¬†turned out! Below, the Cozy Casserole Carrier on¬†left was¬†my first ever casserole cozy. Yep! The one I quilted myself with¬†insulated (Insul-Bright) batting between the coordinating fabrics.¬†The one on the right however, was made with the double face quilt fabric. The pre-quilted fabric saved a ton of time and overall, even cost a little less (after couponing of course!).

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I used a huge serving bowl to trace the circles for the top and bottom. The bottom circle can be slightly bigger, but I made mine the same size. Then, I used a cereal bowl as a pattern for the top hole. I sewed bias tape around the inside hole, leaving room for a string so the top could be cinched closed and pulled open. For the handles, I did add interfacing for a little more strength and reinforcement.

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Since I had them handy, I used round shoe laces as the cinch-strings for the top hole and finished the string ends with colorful beads! I made 11 Cozy Casserole Carriers in all!!

Here are few of them!

These colorful carriers have held warm casseroles, tins of cookies, plates of brownies, and cold salads! They have even carried pies and cupcakes! Although these pretty little things are round, they can easily hold square, rectangle, oval, and circular dishes and they are strong, durable, and WASHABLE! I can certainly say I was Sew Giddy about these gifts that year!

What was your first big sewing project? I’d “sew” love to hear about it!

 

Sew Snuggly

6 Jan

image2 The weather is changing as Old Man Winter is settling in and I suppose that’s my motivation for suddenly wanting to make blankets! Besides, they are portable, versatile, and practical…plus, they make great gifts!

While I do love to make (and receive) comfy, homemade, no-sew fleece blankets – I really wanted to actually SEW a blanket…a big, soft, SNUGGLY one with no bumpy knots in it!

I am a fan of Silky Furry Fleece so decided to combine my fleece favorites into a single deliciously cozy blanket and loved it so much…I made more and gifted them! The Silky Furry Fleece is a little pricey if bought at regular price, so watch for those coupons from your favorite fabric store!

image4If you decide to try making one of these beauties, BEWARE- the Silky Furry Fleece is MESSY when cut and depending on your machine, it can sometimes get tangled…BUT, if you take your time, it’s really pretty easy to work with and the messy furry fleece fibers are a quick cleanup with a vacuum! (Although your clothes may need a good lint roller!)

This blanket was simple and turned out lovely…I encourage you to try it!

Here’s how ya do it: Determine the size blanket you want to make and buy the appropriate amount of Silky Furry Fleece and coordinating PRINT or SOLID color fleece. Since fleece is generally sold as 60″ wide, you really only need to determine the length. Lay the fabric out with right-sides facing and pin around the edges, IMG_7926cutting any uneven edges so the fabric edges line up nicely. Sew together (I¬† used a 1/2″ seam allowance)¬† and leave a small area not sewn for room to turn the blanket right side out.

I clipped the excess fabric from the corners at an angle for cleaner angled corners when turned, and then turn it right-side out and sew together the last section . I tacked a few inconspicuous spots by hand here and there around the blanket to keep it from turning and shifting while washing, but that was it! DONE!

If you make one, I’d love to see a picture of your finished product!

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