Project Pretty: DIY Fabric Boxes & a Link Party!

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Last week I got the itch.  Not a rash.  An itch to do something.  To DIY.  To project.  To organize.  To make something PRETTY!

And so
I challenged myself along with you, to do some organizing and beautifying.  How did ya'll do?

Source: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/03/pretty-pretty-diy-fabric-boxes-link.html

I am pretty gosh darn excited about the outcome of my project!

We have this fabulous piece of Craigslist furniture sitting in our playroom.  It's intention is to hold lots and lots of toys.

Nope, for this project I didn't paint it, but that is next on the list.  I actually tackled something that has been hiding behind those doors:

Yep, a pair of boxes.  Acting as toy and puzzle storage.  Aren't they purdy?

Not so much.


Here are some of the supplies  I used to spruce them up a bit:


  1. Fabric
  2. Craft Knife or Scissors
  3. Spray Adhesive
  4. Yard Stick
  5. Cotton Cord
  6. Grommets
  7. Empty Boxes
I have a bit of a color scheme going in the playroom which is green and turquoise, so to cover the boxes I stuck with fabric in those colors.

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Simple Valentine Wreath

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Happy Monday, crafters! If you’re looking for a simple, but gorgeous Valentine wreath, this is the wreath for you! It uses supplies you have on hand and easy techniques to create a stunning look. I got loads of compliments on it when I posted my Valentine’s Day mantel last week!

Valentine Wreath

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/valentines-day-wreath

valentine wreath
I seriously love how sweet and feminine this wreath is without scramming Valentine’s Day. {is it me or is some Valentine decor a bit….cheesy?} And the felt rosettes are sooooo pretty! I love making fabric rosettes all the time, but felt rosettes were easier and I think they look fab! This might surprise you, but this was my very first yarn wreath. {yes,I finally jumped on the yarn wreath bandwagon!}

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Prairie Traditions Quilt

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Prairie Traditions Quilt 

Source http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/01/prairie-traditions-quilt.html


Hi everyone and thank you so much for checking out my pattern!

I would like to introduce myself, because I am a newbie here at the Moda Bake Shop. My name is Karen Ackva, and I am a Carolina girl living and quilting in Germany. I jumped the great pond about 12 years ago and am very fortunate to be living in a foreign country. It is really a dream come true. Although the day to day is the same - getting the kids ready for school, grocery shopping, making appointments, cleaning, having breakfast with the girls, etc., etc., it is great when a German festival or holiday comes around like
Fasching! In the middle of winter, I can dress myself up funny, go to a Faschings party, act silly, and it's okay. (Fasching is also known as Carnival or Fat Tuesday.) I also love to eat Eierlikör-Krapfen! Oh yummy! I can't wait!

Prairie Traditions came about when I wanted to make a traditional yet easy pattern from just one layer cake without adding a lot of additional fabric. (Come on, these great bundles really have enough fabric for a whole quilt top!!) I played around with different ideas and came up with a monkey wrench or churn dash block used on-point. It only utilizes 20 - 10" squares from a 42 piece Layer Cake, so you can adapt this to any size you want. Just add more solid yardage!


The lap quilt shown here uses fabrics from my favorite designer - Kate Spain! Her newest fabric line is called "Honey Honey" (from Moda) and will be available at your fabric store in January 2013. This is a great fabric line to get your spirits up when winter gets you down. ;-)


If you make this quilt, you can post your "Prairie Traditions" quilt here at
Flickr.

If you are curious about me or how life is for me and my family, check out my blog -
www.easypatchwork.blogspot.de.

Thank you again for viewing my patterns!


Yours truly,

Karen

P.S. I wish you and your families a very happy new year.
Ich wünsche euch und euere Familien einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr. Bis dann!

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Nostalgic Hot Pads in Wee Wovens Brights by Moda

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Nostalgic Hot Pads in Wee Wovens Brights by Moda



These clever hot pads are the best of both worlds: a 7" x 9" insulated rectangle for grab-and-go convenience with a back slip-in pocket for the added hand protection of an oven mitt. Based on a design from this Spring's Kitchen Confections series with Moda Fabrics, today's version is done in Moda's Wee Wovens Brights to match Monday's apron. This collection, which is hitting in-store and virtual shelves this month, is a brushed cotton on one side, crisp cotton on the other. It's a large collection, full of wonderfully nostalgic checks, stripes and plaids in many beautiful and bright colorways. We love it!
We went minimalist with the photos for this new version of a classic project. It you find yourself getting lost in the instructions, please take a look a the original Kitchen Confections tutorial. There are many more photos to help you along, and the assembly between the two projects is virtually identical. The only real difference is our use of packaged binding for today's version over custom binding in the original. And, we amped up the hanging loop, making it much wider and adding a metal grommet. 

Our thanks to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this month's series. We have over three weeks of projects and how-to tutorials to get you through the holidays and thinking about those 2013 sewing resolutions.
As we mentioned above, Wee Wovens Brights starts hitting virtual and in-store shelves this month at your local, participating Moda retailers. Check out some of our favorite vendors in the Sew4Home Marketplace. A quick call or email, and they'll let you know the arrival date of this adorable collection. 
For more information about pre-cuts, check out the Pre-Cuts Lesson tutorial from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for the inside scoop on the most popular pre-cut bundles. 

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Little Bird Tutorial

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Here is my new photo tutorial of this cute little bird! I hope you like her!
Tips:
Make more and make a mobile of it
Or on a clothespin like beneath on the picture
Let me know if you liked the pattern!
By the way, only for personal use, not for sale! Enjoy!
Source : http://bddesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/little-bird-tutorial.html
 



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Owl Tutorial

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Owl Tutorial

Here is my photo tutorial of this cute little owl! Hope you like it. Leave a message when there is text needed. By the way, only for personal use, not for sale! Enjoy!

Source : http://bddesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/owl-tutorial.html





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how to sew a nook or kindle case {tutorial}

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how to sew a nook or kindle case {tutorial}

Source :  http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-sew-nook-or-kindle-case-tutorial.html 

I sent this Nook case (and the crocheted one for my dad) off for Valentine's, so I can finally show you how I sewed this cute zipper case for my mom's Nook (my mom reads this blog, but I'm pretty sure my dad doesn't, so I wasn't too worried about ruining the surprise). Now my mom can throw her Nook in her purse without worrying about it getting scratched!

I used Stacy's brilliant tutorial for how to make a wet bag (you know, for wet swimming suits, dirty cloth diapers, etc.) and modified the materials a little. If you haven't already, you should try that project, too. I use it all the time to make travel toiletry bags for gifts and snack bags for the kids! They're a great way to use up the fat quarters you've been collecting. . .


Nook or Kindle Soft Zipper Case Tutorial


Supplies:
*Cotton fabric for outer case (I found this Heidi Grace fabric on sale at JoAnn!)
*Soft fabric or cotton for inner case (I used minky)
*Zipper (at least 9" long)
*Iron-on stabilizer/interfacing (I used Pellon's Val-U-Fus)
*Sewing machine and coordinating thread
*Buttons or extra fabric for embellishments

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How To Make It: Bunny Basket

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How To Make It: Bunny Basket

This project & pattern are for personal, non-commercial use.

This cute little bunny basket would be great for holding Easter goodies or collecting eggs at an egg hunt, but once the holiday has passed, it would also look sweet in a child's room or nursery as it corrals toys, burp cloths, or other odds and ends.




YOU WILL NEED
  • One fat quarter of patterned fabric
  • One fat quarter of sturdy fusible interfacing (how sturdy depends on how sturdy you want the basket – and it doesn’t have to be fusible)
  • ¾ yard of white felt
  • Scraps of felt for bunny’s eyes and nose
  • Embroidery floss to match the eyes and nose, plus make whiskers (optional – as you can see, these whiskers are invisible)
  • Bunny head pattern (download here) – print without choosing the "fit to page" or other similar options and it will print the right size for this project.

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The Cranky Angel

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This is the pattern for Buddy's nemesis/best friend, the Cranky Angel. Scroll down past the pattern for a short Cranky Angel comic.

The Cranky Angel


Size
8cm/3in tall, 7cm/2 ¾in wide 

Skill Level
Easy. 

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook. 

Materials
Yarn
Cream
Yellow
White

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ELEGANT WRISTLET CLUTCH PATTERN + TUTORIAL

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ELEGANT WRISTLET CLUTCH PATTERN + TUTORIAL


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Accessories truly can make an outfit, and this simple clutch-style handbag is no exception. This wristlet clutch handbag can easily be completed in the span of an afternoon, and it is the perfect way to use up scraps of fabric you might have on hand. When you see how easily these come together, you’ll want to using this free purse sewing pattern to make a clutch to coordinate with every outfit! Let me show you how it’s done.
For this project, you will need…
  • Elegant Wristlet Clutch Pattern Pieces (free download)
  • Fabric in two coordinating patterns (fat quarters or fabric scraps work great)
  • Fusible fleece
  • Coordinating thread
  • Washable ink marker
  • Nylon cording or narrow ribbon
  • Snaps and snap-setting tool
  • Short necklace, for the wristlet (I used a necklace bottom from the Noir line from Styled by Tori Spelling)
  • Decorative brooch (mine is from Styled by Tori Spelling)
  • Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.

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Wooden Base Pin Cushion

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Wooden Base Pin Cushion

wood base pincushions 1

Hi Everyone!
It's Michelle here from stella-lily's. I'm super excited to share a pin cushion tutorial with you today. I saw this style pin cushion at the place here in Germany where I took sewing courses. There was a REALLY BIG pincushion on the cutting table for all to use and I immediately fell in love with it's practicality . I knew right away I needed to go home and make one for myself. Since then I've made one for almost every sew-ist I know. The flat, solid bottom sits nicely on the table. The fun style makes it a nice accessory to any sewing room and the size is ideal to keep all your pins tidy. I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial.Please come visit me on my blog or on my very lonelyFacebook page. I'd love to hear from you and see what you've made from my tutorial.     

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How to sew a bag for one night

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How to sew a bag for one night





How to sew a bag for one night

Sew a bag in one evening? Nothing is easier, because this is a very simple model, and it will be available even for beginners. You can make this cute and very convenient bag very quickly. Decided advantage in that it folded it takes half the size of album sheet. It is very convenient to take with you, for example, on a trip when you need somewhere to lay down their garments, ie use it instead of packets. Well, or just for going to the supermarket))
We will need:
A piece of fabric about the size of 75 * 150cm
Zipper length 65cm
TIP:  Use plaschevka or cotton cloth, then folded bag will not take up much space.

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