Jan 122010
 

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A VIDEO is being added to the you tube so you can watch how to make it in addition to reading the directions!

Okay, so I’m gonna kill like 37 birds with one stone.  (Maybe it’s only 2 birds, who cares!  Yay for multi-tasking!)

Folksy Flannel Blanket

First:  Every single print from Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannel is here.  They are the first flannels that I’ve carried.  That is how much I love them.  I used them for the blankets shown here today.  And this print may become jammie pants for Haley soon.

Second: I’ve created a downloadable tutorial for you so that you can make your very own Magic Binding Blanket.  (aka self-binding.  BUT I really like a little bit of magic better.  Sounds more fun….and dare I say, magical?)

DOWNLOAD HERE

Folksy Flannel Blanket

I decided that download was the way to go.  Takes up less room on the blog, but still makes it available to those of you interested.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I included a few pictures to help along the way. Also let me know if there are errors so I can fix them!

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Dec 072009
 

After living here for over a year – the time finally came to complete window coverings in the “formal” living room. I knew I wanted roman shades. But I also wanted this to be quick, easy, and cheap!  So I present to you

Super Easy (and inexpensive) Romans Shades!

Step 1:  Go to Home Depot, Lowes, Target, or wherever they sell window coverings in your area.  Find the Roman Shades that fit your window demensions.  Get the very cheapest ones – mine were on clearance at Home Depot for $5.21 each.  Don’t worry if you don’t like them – they are going to be covered with your choice of fabric….so they will end up super cute and custom looking!

Step 2:  Buy some Heat-n-Bond (the heavy duty stuff) at a craft store or I think they even sell it at Walmart.  Cut strips that are the length of the roman shades and a couple inches wide.  I used 3 strips per shade….one for each edge and one down the middle.  Iron these in place on your shade.  (Yep, I ironed it onto the bamboo – it worked great!)

Roman Shade
iron heat-n-bond in place

Step 3.  Cut your fabric a few inches wider and longer than the roman shade. (I had a center panel and outer edges for my project – but you can keep things simple and use one fabric instead!)  Now you have a choice to make – to sew or not to sew.  I opted to finish my edges by heming the sides and bottom.  You could easily skip this, however, and just wrap the fabric around the corner and edges and secure with more heat and bond on the back side.  Heck, I even think hot glue would work!

Step 4.  Peel off the paper from  your heat-n-bond strips and properly allign your fabric.  Iron the fabric into place following the heat-n-bond instructions.  If you are going to fold the fabric over the edge, be sure to let the shades cool so the heat-n-bond has time to set before flippig it over and finish the backside.

Iron fabric in place

Step 5:  Cover the valance too (if your shade came with one) in the same manner.   I opted to use horizontal strips of Heat-n-Bond and wrapped the fabric up over the board that hangs the shade.

Step 6:  Hang up your new custom Roman Shades!

pulled up

Sep 012009
 

Patchwork Camera Strap Cover

I could have actually worked on my “to-do” list today. It is long. It is growing. It would have been the responsible thing to do.

But I had to visit the dentist. (Follow up work, nothing new or unexpected.) Paying him even more money kinda put me in a bit of a mood. For me, sewing helps right that mood. So instead of being responsible, I made something pretty.  This not totally irresponsible now that I now get to share it with you!   :-)

Here’s how: I determined I needed my cover to end up 2 inches wide by 20 inches long (I wish now I had made it 2 inches x 22 or 23 inches so it’d go onto the leather strap area.)  I used a charm pack as my starting point. That along with a scrap of fabric for the back and some fusible fleece was all I needed to make this quick project!  (and the fleece is optional!)

3 inch squares
I used 9 – 3 inch squares from the charms and sewed them together.
(If I made it again, I’d use  11 or 12 squares instead so it’d be longer.)

Sew together

Then sewed the patchwork piece and the solid piece together.

fusible fleece

Iron fusible fleece on the wrong side.

top stitch

Top stitch the patchwork squares.

Fold ends

Fold over the ends and stitch in place.
(I did 4 rows of stitching because I though it looked cooler.)

Right sides together

Sew right sides together.

Trim excess

Trim the excess so the seam is not bulky.
(if I had used 2.5 inch squares this wouldn’t be necessary)

Turn and iron

Turn right side out and iron.

Camera Strap

Slide it onto your strap and you’re done!

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I have an extra one laying right here. It measures about 2 inches by 20 inches.
Would you like it? Just leave me a comment. I’ll draw a name in the next couple of days.

PS. The FABULOUS fabric is Momo’s new line for Moda.  It is called Odyssea and I am so in love with it.  The pre-cuts are here now.  The yardage will be here sometime this month!

Off to be “for real” productive……

Mar 142009
 

Each Sunday afternoon the menu for the following week is decided.  I find that if I don’t do this, we end up eating very poorly.  If I have a plan, however, it’s easy for me to stick to it!  SO – I created a menu planning page.  I’d say it’s prettier than a yellow piece of notebook paper laying on the counter top!

Since our goal is to eat dinner together each night, that is the meal I focused on.  Breakfast and lunch are more casual (read less planned) so I decided I didn’t need to make a row for each of those meals – but I left a little space for each at the bottom of the page.  Then I thought ‘Why stop there?’  And I made a notebook of nothing but meal planning pages….because making notebooks is what I do these days  :o

I thought you might like to make yourself one too – and you’re in luck!  The page is available for download here (or by clicking on that cute little widget over on the side of my blog!)  You could just use the pdf but if you want to make a journal – here is how I did it.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch card stock
  • fusible webbing (Heat-n-Bond LITE, stitchery witchery, etc.  Just make sure you can sew through it)
  • fabric – sized at least 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches or you can use scraps to make a patchwork cover – and if you like the look with a spine you’ll need a strip of black fabric – about 1.5 inches x 8.5 inches
  • Weekly Meal Plan pdf
  • paper for inside of journal – I recommend using 24 or 28 pound copy paper

1. Cut a piece of 8.5×11 card stock in half.

2.  Attach fabric to card stock.  I used the same method as the CraftApple patchwork cards.  Be sure you use Heat-n-Bond LITE, stitchery witchery, or other sewing friendly fusible web (not heavy duty no sew) because you’ll need to be able to sew through it.  You could use one fabric or piece scraps of fabric together.  That would be so cute.  Stitch as desired.

3.  Using Heat-n-Bond (regular or lite), attach the second half of the card stock to the back of your first piece (sewn with fabric).  This will cover up the stitching.

4.  Print the weekly meal plan pdf many many times (really 20 or so…26 would give you a full year)  I recommend using 24 or 28 pound copy paper for this.  (The traditional 20lb copy paper is just too flimsy and you don’t want something as heavy as card stock.)

meal-plan

5.  Take to office supply/copy center.  At the copy center, they will cut your menu plan papers in half and bind the whole thing for you!  (I get mine done at Office Max.  Right now it only costs $2.99 – and they include a plastic cover if you want and a linen back cover.  I upgraded to a vinyl back for $1 more because I thought it would be better in the kitchen.)

Other ideas:
Sketch Book or Sticker Book for kids (pair with some stickers, markers, etc for a cute gift)
Journal or Recipe Keeper (I’ve already made several as gifts, for the preschool auction, etc. I like to print lines on these pages.)

PS.  The pictures above are really from the book I made for my daughter…but I forgot to take pictures while making my own meal planner…and the process was the same!

I’ve become obsessed with these little books. I can’t stop making them!  These are the few I’ve made just for our family – and I’ve already given several as gifts.  :-)  So much fun!!!