Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Digitized Model A Embroidery Design!

 My little nephew, Carson  and his daddy love Model A's.  Every year I make him a new t-shirt to wear with a Model A embroidered design on it.  This year they bought a new Model A, so I thought I would surprise them with a new design.  I digitized this myself, so I am sure he will be very excited.  Now he will have a t-shirt to match which ever car he is riding in.  He is only 4 but he loves those cars.  I was sick this weekend with a bad cold, so I worked on the design and sewed it out for the first time yesterday.  It looks pretty good, the only change I will make is I am going to use a darker outline stitch.  I don't usually let anyone know that I can do digitizing because everyone will want a picture done.  This takes many hours and much practice to get this accomplished.  I have probably worked about 8 hours on this design to get it to look this good. 

 I will show you the picture that I used to create the design and then the design sewed out.  It really is cuter than the picture!   Let me know what you think!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quick Easter Treats For Kids!!

My oldest granddaughter was going to girl scouts and it was her turn to bring the treat. Sooo, she tells grandma that she wants brownies with powdered sugar on top. My youngest daughter isn't big on baking, so it is always grandma who gets the job. I tried to talk her into some cupcakes, but no, she had her mind made up on brownies. I just thought it would be so much easier and less hassle to do the cupcakes. Then I got a bright idea that maybe I could make cupcake brownies. I have never seen them before but thought, I bet it would work. I ran to Kroger's and bought a brownie mix and got a package of Easter cupcake paper holders and they came with little toothpick Easter bunnies and Easter eggs for decoration. I whipped up my brownie mix and there was actually a recipe on the side of the box for cupcake holders. Where has this been all of my life!! I baked the brownies and added three jelly beans to the hot cupcakes and stuck in the tooth pick decorations and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. They were so easy and just came out really cute. If you need a quick treat for Easter try this, it was a big hit!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pillow Project Finished!!

 I finally had time to get my pillows finished yesterday.  I have attached pictures for the last steps of the sewing that I did.  Here is a picture of what the Hello Kitty pillow sham looked like from the store.

You can see the pillow sham has this flap of material hanging off of the edge for decoration.  What I did first was I sewed my ruffle to the edge of that flap with right side on top of right side. 

Now you can see the stitching line where the flap starts.  I folded the material on that stitching line and brought it down over the sewed on ruffle.

I pinned this in place right over the stitching on the ruffle.  I did the two side seams first and then the bottom and then the top. I just top stitched it into place.   I was concerned about how the corners would look, but they turned out great.

Finally, here is the finished project.  It was a big job, but it looks so cute and I am sure it will be even cuter on the girls comforters in their new "Hello Kitty" bedroom! 

My plan was to use the "H K"  initial side of the material, but after making the ruffle I realized the "H K" initials would be upside down on the top of the pillow.  It ended up that I liked this darker side better, so it
worked out well!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Video On Hemming Jeans The Easy Way!!

I forgot to tell you that I created a new video last week.  So sorry!!  Last week was quite hectic for me.  The video is a very easy way to hem jeans.  I have always hated to rehem jeans and usually cringed when someone would ask me to do this for them.  Then I found a new way of doing it and they are just a breeze to sew now!!  Take a look and see if you like this technique!  Cindy


Friday, March 23, 2012

Still Working on my Pilllow Project

I worked a little while yesterday on the pillows.  I used my ruffler foot to gather up the ruffles.  Now I am contemplating on how I am going to add the ruffles to the pillow sham.  Here are some pictures of the step I did yesterday.  I don't know if I will have time to work on this today or not.  I need to go to the grocery and do some running.  I would much rather be sewing!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Started my Pillow Project!

Well I removed all of the fabric from the bedskirt and removed all of the sewn in hems.  What a job, but it is finished.  I had thread all over me and all over house from this little project.  Then I ironed all of the pieces and sewed them together.

The next step, I decided that I wanted this ruffle to be able to stand up and have a little body to it.  I didn't want it to flop around after I have it sewn to the pillow sham.  My first idea was to add a layer of nylon netting, but after looking at the actual bed skirt that I removed the material from, I thought I could cut this to size and use this inside of the ruffle to stiffen it up.  I then cut the actual left over bed skirt to the size of my material.

If you look closely at the picture you can see that I pressed the bed skirt layer in half to mark the center point.  Next, I folded the material in half and pinned it together and pressed it.  I took it to the sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch along the folded edge about a presser foot width.  The reason I did this was for washing purposes.  I knew with that extra layer of stiffener inside the ruffle when it would be washed it would slide down and be a mess.  This will hold it in position and solve that problem.  This is an unusual material.  It is more like a nylon and kind of slippery to work with.

I then took it to my serger and as you can see in the picture, I taped a piece of 1/4 inch hard poster board to my serger as a guide.  This way as I serge my ruffle on the edge everything will come out evenly and I won't have to try and trim it before I serge.  I throw the long ruffle over my shoulder as I sew and this helps me to keep the weight and pulling off of my material and also helps me keep it lined up with my edge for serging.  This ruffle ended up being about 7 yards long.

Now this is finished and ready to be ruffled and added to the pillow.  I have another one of these to make because my daughter has two girls and they have bunk beds.  I will make my second ruffle to this point and then get back with more pictures to finish this project.  If anyone has any questions, just leave me a comment!