Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kraft Paper Stamped Heart Pouches!

Do you have a young sewer at your home?  My daughter, Tara, posted this on her website and it would make a really cute project for a beginning sewer.  One of my younger grandaughters is always asking me to sew.  She is 6 and I think she could handle this project for her valentines for school.  I am going to have her just cut out squares and she could just sew straight on all four sides and attach stickers or stamps on top. 
These sweet little DIY Valentines can be filled with any number of treats for a fun surprise

My daughter's cooking website is as follows if you are interested! 
http://unsophisticook.com/

Trace Hearts on Kraft Paper
Start by folding a piece of brown kraft paper in half, or as an alternative, you could use brown paper grocery bags. Trace your desired number of heart shapes on the paper. I used a Wilton heart-shaped cookie cutter, but you could easily make your own template from a stiff piece of cardboard.
Paper Tube Heart Stamps
Using this paper tube stamping technique, I then stamped a heart design on each heart and allowed the prints to dry thoroughly before cutting them out. This is a great time to get the kids involved! My youngest son loved helping me stamp the hearts, and when we were finished, I gave him his own sheet of paper to continue stamping.
Avery Marking Labels
While I was waiting for the prints to dry, I decided that I wanted to switch out the strings on my tags. I used these inexpensive Avery marking labels, which could certainly be used as is, but I thought that the addition of the red and white baker's twine was a cute detail.
Sewing Kraft Paper Heart Pouches
Once you have the cut out hearts, it's time to start sewing. I used a machine for this step, following the instructions here, but you could also sew them by hand. I'd just recommend using a thimble to push the needle through the thick paper so as not to hurt your fingers.
Kraft Paper Heart Pouches MMs
I chose to fill our hearts with a small serving of Valentine's Day M&Ms, but you can fill them with any number of small items. I'm thinking about making some filled with hair elastics for my girls' gymnastics team. You'd be shocked at how fast they go through them!
Kraft Paper Heart Pouches
This is such a cute way to make your Valentines stand out from the crowd. I guarantee the kids will love tearing into them to see what surprise awaits them inside!
What little treat would you put inside one of these cute heart-shaped pouches

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Knitted A Shawl!

As you all know, I am still a beginning knitter.  My husband and I went to Bird In Hand, Pennsylvania this past summer in Amish country and I went into this shop called Labadie Looms and  I thought I died and went to heaven!  The owner was sitting and spinning her own yarn and then she showed me how she dyed it.  She had these hugh weaving machines for sale and I could of bought one of everything.  She had all these shawls made up with these hand spun yarns and they were gorgeous.  She has a website it is:  http://www.labadielooms.com/

I finally finished this shawl yesterday.  I must be a really slow knitter!!  It was so crunched on my knitting needles, I could not see the size of it until I finished it.  Now that it is done, I think it could be bigger.  It does measure the size it is suppose to be, but it just seems skimpy to me and kind of plain.

I paid $50.00 for this yarn, which I must of been out of my mind and caught up in the moment!!  I don't have anymore, so does anyone know what I can do to extend it a little more?  I thought maybe I could find a very soft Mohair yarn to add something around the edges of it that would match.  Remember I am a beginner so don't make it to hard.  The yarn I purchased was a Mohair/Rayon blend.  It really is prettier than the picture is showing (You can click on it to enlarge the picture).  Any suggestions and help would be appreciated!  Thanks, Cindy

Monday, January 7, 2013

My Squirrel Is At It Again!!

I caught him in action this morning.  He was sitting on my clothes line rope just chewing away!  The pictures are not the greatest, I took them through my kitchen window,
 He just untied the knot again!!
Here is the rope laying on the ground again.  Now the other day I saw him just sitting on the rope eating a nut and I thought he was beginning to like the rope, but I guess not!!  What a naughty, naughty squirrel!!

I also am planning to make a couple more videos.  If anyone has any ideas of what they would like or maybe need to learn a special attachment for the sewing machine, serger or something they have trouble with, just let me know and I will see what I can do! 

Monday, December 31, 2012

My First Leather Project!

We bought one of our granddaughters, the oldest, a used drum set for Christmas.  I hope she learns to play this.  She plays the drums in the school band.  There was a tiny hole in the stool, so I decided to recover it.  I have never sewn with leather, so this was a new experience for me.  I did this several weeks ago, but I could not post it because I was afraid she would see it on my blog.  She likes to keep up on Grandma and see what I post.
Here is what I removed from the seat.  I took the cover apart and used that as my pattern.  The cushion still seemed to be in perfect condition so I reused it.
 



I cut out my circle and then folder the circle in half and then half again to find the center and placed a dot with my ink pen.  Then I drew another circle on the back of the leather in about 1/2 inch.  This was going to be my sewing line.  I knew I had to be perfect the first time because you cannot rip out mistakes without the holes showing. 

I am top stitching around the edge of the seat cushion

Then I stapled the cushion back on to the wood base.
Here is the finished seat.  I also painted her some designer drum sticks.  She loved them!!
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Did anyone get this Design for Free!!! Hurry!!

 I sewed this design out for Christmas!  It just sewed beautifully!  It was a little slow going and you had to read the directions very carefully, but it was well worth it.  This design is available until Dec.31.  Better go grab It!!  The design comes with 2012 on it, but I took it into my digitizing software and changed the wording to add the name.  If you can't change the year, I will do it for you next year.  The little teddy bear comes out of the pocket and I thought it would also be very cute to sew it in pink and make a little tutu for the teddy bear.  Just an idea!
Here is the link:

http://www.cmemag.com/articles/Stocking_Stuffer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candle Wax On My Quilt Update!!!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who wrote to me about getting that wax out of my precious quilt.  Well, it worked and it is all out.  I really can't believe it, I thought sure it was ruined.  I did what everyone said.  First I put my quilt in the freezer and scraped off as much of the wax as possible and then I ironed over the wax spot with clean paper towels until all the wax disappeared.

After the wax was all out, I had a great big oil stain.  He is my trick to get out grease.  I sprayed it with a grease relief product and then the trick is to rub it with a bar of Fels Napa.  Yes, good old Fels Napa.  I love it.  I very carefully washed the quilt and hung it on my line in the basement and all the grease is gone.  This is what I use for all my stains.  I usually spray with Shout and rub with the Fels Napa.  It pretty much works on everything! 

Yesterday I have been working on a dress for a cousin of mine.  She bought it in New York and it had an invisible zipper put in it.  The zipper was broken and needed replaced.  The dress is 100% silk.  Oh my, what a mess I had.  This dress was made never to be taken apart.  It is a Juicy couture sewn dress.  It had steps in it that I have never seen before.  The zipper is in the side seam.  I worked for hours trying to remove these little tiny stitches without tearing the thin silk.  I used a gigantic magnifying glass.  The dress has a band that runs around the waist and I was having trouble putting in the new zipper and having that band match up.  The silk was stretching.  I finally had to iron a small strip of iron on stabilizer to it.  I did get the zipper put back in and now I have to see if I can do these special techniques to put this dress back together like they had it.  It probably isn't necessary, but I am going to see if I can do it.  The zipper had matching material running down both sides of the zipper and they used a different technique to hold the bottom of the zipper down to the dress.  Pretty interesting!  I thought I was a good sewer, but they are way better than I am!  ( unless they have special machines to do these tricks) LOL!! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Please Read, I Need Help With Wax On My Quilt!!

I received one of those candles that has the light bulb in it and you place the wax cubes on top.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and was just thinking how much I really love this.  It makes the house smell sooo nice.

Well, I went to move it for Thanksgiving and boy did I get a surprise.  I had it sitting on one of my good quilts and apparently, the wax melted down over the lid or else it has a crack in it or something.  I have a big wax spot now on my quilt.  Here is a picture, you can see the dark spot.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting this wax out of my quilt.  It went all the way through the quilt.  I just hasn't been my week!!  I would sure appreciate any help!!  Cindy