A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown
Any day spent sewing, is a good day. ~Author Unknown
I love sewing and have plenty of material witnesses. ~Author Unknown

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Hello sweet Ladies and Gents... I just wanted to give you the link to my blog. I posted about some fun projects that were made for the family. Other than that...........

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Blogged at AuntPIttyPats

I have blogged about some fun and exciting ideas to make for friends and family,
 for the Holiday Season 
at AuntPittyPats blog ;O)
Here is one of the project ideas.....JCasa

Monday, October 1, 2012

LEAFS ME HAPPY Blog Hop Day One...

Today is the first day of the hop and 11 quilters will be posting their leaf-themed blocks. Cheerleader and hostess Cherry, at CherryBlossoms Studio, has all the info. Visit her to see the schedule on her sidebar and get ready for a fun trip. The blog hop goes from October 1-10. Today's bloggers are:

I'll be blogging on Day Five of the hop--the first one I've ever done--so I'm nervous and excited at the same time.  Make sure you visit all of these wonderful bloggers and see their terrific blocks and projects. Some have tutorials and giveaways, too.   

Sharon Z
Quilting with a Marmalade Cat

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Project from my newest Tilda book.

I recently received my latest Tilda book and fell in love with the Cup Cake Fairies. All the things I needed to make one were on hand (have been internet shopping lately) and it really didn't take that long to make.

Did have a little trouble with the hair...........don't quite have the knack of it yet.............means I will have to make a few more, and I thought I had matched up the thread for the fringe but it was a little darker when sewn ! I didn't put the wings on either.

Don't you just love the buttons? They are really brads! I couldn't find any beads in the colour I wanted so looked in my scrap-book supplies and what do you know! I think they are perfect.

With my recent stay in hospital I decided I needed a bag for my slippers. A plastic bag just doesn't cut it and I made one from some fabric I recently found in Spotlight. It's not slippers but rain boots.......still it's shoes! It was quick and easy to make and I will be able to pop in a pair of slippers (or shoes when on holidays) the next time they are needed.

 You can visit my blog here to see what else I have been getting up to.
Heather :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let's sew a textile cuff using a pair of old jeans.

Hi I just did an update on my blog, this time I decided to recycle old scraps of
jeans and create a textile cuff.
I added scraps of fabrics and also some jewelry. I decided to take out of the closet my embellisher machine, and use it to blend the fabrics.

 If you have a minute, I invite you to visit my blog, hope you like my new tutorial. Here I show you some pictures of my textile cuff.

I hope you have a minute and you come to visit my blog to see the tutorial.
Have a nice day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I have to confess that for quite a certain time, I'm thinking of making covers for my pillowcase, I think it's a way to customize the decoration of a room.
The technique that I will use  to perform them, is called, the technique of the sausage pillowcase, and when you'll see the pictures then you will understand why it is called so.
These cases are sewn in a couple of hours, what actually took me longer was choosing the fabrics....

What is special about this type of case, is that when you finish it, we will not see any seams inside. To me this is magic, when I discovered this technique, I said to myself that I had to try to make a couple of them and see the result, I checked and I can confirm, when you finish the pillowcase, the seams are not seen and especially, these covers are beautiful!

I invite you to visit my blog to read the tutorial, I warn you that I have many pictures and I think it's pretty clear to understand. At least that's what I've tried.
I want to show some pictures

The link to my blog is here
 I hope you will enjoy this tutorial

Friday, August 24, 2012

My Crochet Slippers

Summer is coming to the end, perhaps the fact that school starts soon, made ​​me eager to start knitting crochet slippers.

Since I did not have a pattern or instructions, I decided to do an Internet search.
I found two sites with free tutorials that interested me, two different patterns
but both are original. If you have interest in making these crochet slippers, I
invite you to visit my blog, there you will find all the information.
In case you want to see more pictures of my slippers, I add them here.


Have a nice day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sleeping Towel/Mat

Hi fellow crafters!  I hope you're all well and crafting away.  What's everyone working on?  Crocheting?  Knitting?  Sewing?  Please share!!!  I need some fresh inspiration.  I was looking back and realized I never tried chicken scratch.  When I get a chance I'm wanting to make some throw quilts out of scrap fabric.  It would be cool if a couple of the squares were chicken scratch.  But on to today...

I've been working on another round of being sick.  What's up with that?!?!?!  So I have very little to show for my time.  Today, I whipped up a sleeping towel for my daughter.  Please tell me why they must nap on a towel at school instead of a mat?  I completely cheated on this craft because let's face it travel pillow cases are cheap ($2.24) AND I found one that's zebra print just like I wanted.  So what did I actually do you asked?  I sewed the bottom of the pillow case to the top of the towel.  I know you're blown over right.  Hehehe...  Well, my only claim to fame is embellishing the front with a couple hearts, one being minky, and my daughter's name.  Because I still don't feel 100% I wanted to just put "Kj" nice and big in the middle, but my little rat wanted her full name.  Ugh...
Oddly when ironing the pillow case it left zebra stripes on my ironing board.  Good times. =)

Alright, I need some chicken soup or sorbet for my sore throat so "TAG!" you're it.  Post your recent or not so recent projects.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to sew a crazy quilt clothespin bag.

Hello everyone, today I would like to share with you a new tutorial that I uploaded on my blog recently. My idea was to make a clothespin bag and I decided to make this project using the technique of crazy quilt.

This is a tutorial I made in two parts,in the first publication you will find all
the steps that I made before starting to sew. I show you how to dye  with tea,

how to draw the pattern

and also I added a link to a tutorial that shows how to crochet flowers.

Here you will find the tutorial for the first part,

Yesterday I uploaded the last part of the tutorial. I will share with you some
photos of my crazy quilt clothespin bag.

and here is the tutorial for  the second part.

I hope you enjoy this project, I had great pleasure in making it.
Have a happy sewing day!


Monday, July 30, 2012

How to create an Ipod case using fabric scraps

Hello my name is Marisa, I am a new member of this beautiful place and today I want to share with you some of my creations, I love fabrics, and I like to use the larger pieces to the little ones pieces of fabric. When I created this project I was looking for something  where I could use those scraps of fabric, and then, I got the idea to create this crazy quilt iPod case:

         I made a tutorial showing how to create the crazy quilt for this case. The tutorial is here.

Then I did a tutorial that shows how to sew the case, here are some pictures that I
want to share with you.

For the next case I used a pair of old jeans, I love to recycle

You can see the complete tutorial here

Have a nice and I hope you enjoy the tutorials.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pencil Pouch Tutorial

My goal to embellish the back of the required pencil pouch failed.  You have to take it apart to much to be able to sew on the back.  So what's a mom to do with a mostly disassembled pouch?  How about finish the job and take some measurements. =)  Besides, if all else fails I bought two of the pouches (on sale) so my daughter could take the other one to school.

To make one you will need:

1/3 yard fabric
3 - 1/2" grommets
12" zipper
10" card stock
6"x 9" vinyl

ribbons, patches, rhynstones, rick-rack, ect...  Basically whatever you would like to embellish it with.

Because I used quilting fabric I chose to double my fabric to make sure the pouch would be durable.  The Kindergarten teachers complained last year that the kids would drop the pencil boxes and the lids would break off; I didn't want them to find fault with my pouch saying it wasn't as strong as the required one.  Also, doubling the fabric made it so when looking through the window you are still looking at the right side of the fabric.  I'm going to show you what I did, but know you don't have to double the fabric. 
Pieces already zig-zag stitched together. Vinyl on top of Back piece (hence the white "glare").

Cut fabric:
  • Back 9 3/4" x 10 3/4" (x2)
  • 2 Side Panels 1 7/8" x 5 3/8" (x4)
  • Top Panel 1 3/8" x 10 3/4" (x2)
Cut vinyl window : 5 3/8" x 8 3/8"

Zipper: cut to 11" and either melt or use fray check on the ends to prevent fraying.  Zigzag stitch the zipper together to prevent the zipper from pulling apart before you can sew it on; this will later be removed.  To get a matching zipper I had to buy a 22" zipper and cut it down to 11".  The original zipper didn't have the stops so with mine being longer I cut them off. 
 Both ends are zig-zag stitched together.

Card Stock: 1 1/8" x 9 7/8"

Have some fun on the back!  Remember the top will fold over perhaps 3/4" and the bottom a couple inches so 4" from the top is right at the center of the back.

Because I have tonsillitis I really didn't feel like being creative so a quick visit to Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby gave my daughter plenty of patch options to chose from.  They were all iron on, which I did, but given that it's going on a pencil pouch I also sewed around each patch

If doubling, pair each piece up with wrong sides together and zig-zag or serge stitch all edges to both bind them together and prevent fraying.  If only using one layer you will still need to zig-zag or serge the edges.


Iron one long edge of each side panel under 1/4" then lay it on top of the vinyl ends, overlapping 1/4" and top stitch.  If you're like me and using re-purposed vinyl you will face the same issue of the vinyl sticking to your machine.  I cut a straight line on a coffee filter, marked 1/4" (needed to see my seam allowance) and used a glue stick to get it to stay on my vinyl.  It worked amazingly well and after each seam I pulled the paper off and wiped the vinyl with a damp cloth to get the glue off.

Now that you have the two sides on it's time to add the top the same way as the sides; iron under 1/4", overlay it 1/4" onto the vinyl and top stitch.

Are you ready to tackle the zipper?  If you've never done one, it's really not hard.

Fold the Top piece over 1/4" and iron.  Slip the zipper under the Top piece until the fold almost touches the zipper (just like the one original) and pin like crazy. =)  Top stitch.  Now look at that you're halfway done with the zipper.  Good job!

The Back piece is sewn on just like the Top piece.  Fold the top edge under 1/4" and slip it up to the zipper just like the Top piece and top stitch.  Congratulations you just put in a zipper!

Fold the pouch inside out and line up the Back piece with the bottom of the Vinyl and Side Panels; sew 1/4".

Ready to sew up the sides?  Line up the Back panel with the back edge of the zipper just like in the photo; yes this means part of the back will wrap over the top of the pouch.  Once you have it lined up sew 1/4" seams down each side.  Make sure your zipper is open BEFORE you sew the sides together or you will have a lot of fun trying to get it open.

Clip the corners and turn right side out.

The bottom card stock is the original piece I took out of the pouch.
Slip the Card Stock into the bottom of the pouch and top stitch all the way around the Card Stock.
The animal print pouch is NOT by Elmer's; the card is only in there to show the size.

And there you go, you have a pencil pouch the same size as the required one.  The top corner looks wonky in the photo, but that's only because the zipper is making the fabric stand up.

I have yet to put the grommets on the pouch, but will just so the teacher won't say it's not the same as the required pouch.  On the store bought pouch the center of the grommets are 3/4" from each edge and 5".  I've never done it, but my husband said he's put them in before with a harmer and the little thing they come with.  I guess I'll see how easy they are. =)

Unless you have everything on hand or just want a cool pouch it's cheaper to buy the real deal.  The zipper cost me more than the whole pouch I purchased.  But... my daughter will have the coolest pouch in Kindergarten.