Game Day Wristlet- A Sad Story

I’ve been on a hiatus.  I just didn’t have any desire to blog.  Not that I’m depressed or anything, I’ve actually been fervently working in my sewing room on cell phone cases and coasters. I’ve been busy listing items on my Etsy shop including re-listing or de-activating products that have expired listings. Having this shop takes up a lot of my time, but it’s still fun.

I’ve been on a cell phone holder hunt lately, combing thru the internet for anything that can cover or hold a cell phone/tablet.  I found this pattern on Craftsy from Raspberry Sunshine called the “GameDay Wristlet”:

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A cute wristlet for sure, so I downloaded it, and even better it was free! Just like any other pattern’s I do, I had to cut some fabric out, interface it, fold pockets and create a rounded flap.  I decided to use this pink and white stripe fabric with a cat printed fabric (I never use good fabric for first-time tutorial tries).

We’re going good so far.  Then I had to make the pocket that holds the phone.  You fold and press in on the sides, eventually you will have a nice roomy pocket.

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This is the assembly of the second pocket which is flat, long and deep.

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Making my wrist strap and D ring tab:

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I love these clips, they are so helpful and I am getting poked way less by needles than I used to! Here I am assembling everything together.  It will need to be sewn around the outside 1/4″ of an inch, then turned inside out and pressed:

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And that’s when it hit me.  The pattern on the flap is upside down.  Eye roll.  Deep Breathe.  Well that was a big waste of my time, wish I could have seen that coming.  Do not use a one-way pattern on the outside fabric.

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Aside from my little mistake, it was a good pattern.  I understood everything and it made sense to me.  It’s a little large of a bag, you can definitely get any cell phone in it, and pens, a small hairbrush, your cards, papers, it’s a pretty good size at 7 3/4″ long by 4 1/2″ wide. Another tip- my pink and white fabric was like a heavy canvas material, therefore its really bulky in the corners and the presses aren’t that great.  I either need to not interface that fabric or just choose something thinner and lighter.  Have a great day everyone! Happy Crafting!

Sherry

Talking about interfacing

I use it almost everyday, interfacing.  What is it? Let’s dive into this topic today, Inter facing is defined as a woven or non-woven material used between the facing and outer fabric of a garment, as in the collar and lapels of a jacket, to add body and give support and shape to the garment.  I use it a lot when I make wallets or purses, cell phone holders and sunglass cases.  It takes that flimsy fabric and give it stiffness.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from Sew Delicious:

Why use interfacing?
Apparel: to shape, support, and stabilize detail areas
Crafts and Home Decor: to strengthen, stabilize, or aid in design
Embroidery: to prevent stretching and distortion while stitching
Quilting: add weight or warmth to the final project

What types of interfacing are available: 

There are two different types and a bunch of sub categories, here is the details from Clothes Press.net

Non-woven interfacings

  • Iron-on interfacing – this gives a firm but soft base and can be light-, medium- or heavy-weight. Lightweight iron-on interfacing is best used for lightweight cottons, wools and polyester fabrics. Medium-weight is best for light- to medium-weight crisp cottons and cotton blends. Finally, heavy-weight interfacing is used for waistbands and for medium- to heavy-weight cotton fabrics and blends.
  • Knitted iron-on – also called stretch iron-on. This is a stretchy interfacing which is used for cotton and polyester jersey and knits.
  • Sew-in interfacing – again, this is a firm but soft fabric and can be light-, medium- or heavy-weight. Lightweight sew-in is used for lightweight cottons, velvets, polyesters and metallic fabrics. Medium-weight is best used for light- to medium-weight corduroys, velvets and metallic fabrics, and heavy-weight sew-in is used for heavy-weight wool, gabardine and coating fabrics.

Woven interfacings

There are a whole load of different traditional woven interfacings used in tailoring and couture garments. Have a look at McCulloch and Wallis’s comprehensive selection if you are interested in that kind of thing.  Iron-on non-woven interfacings are more generally used in home dressmaking but, for completeness, the more common woven interfacings include:

  • Hair canvas – this is a heavy-weight canvas. It’s used mainly in tailoring of coats and jackets.
  • Iron-on cotton interfacing – commonly used for backing cotton and woollen fabrics. It’s made in a variety of different weights and is generally available in either black or white.
  • Lawn – lightweight cotton fabric used on both lightweight wool and cotton fabrics.
  • Organdie – this is a very lightweight cotton fabric suitable as an interfacing for fine and transparent fabrics.
  • Organza – a very lightweight, transparent stiff, silk fabric that’s sometimes used as an interfacing on very fine, sheer fabrics.

What are common uses for interfacings? 

Common areas that require interfacing include collars, cuffs, and waistbands.  It can be used to help reinforce your fabric, you can put it in areas that are going to be stressed since it will not tear.  Examples include interfacing hardware like snaps, embroidery and bead work. You can also use interfacing to eliminate fabric stretching.

How to use Interfacing from Create For Less:

How to use Fusible Interfacing

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for applying fusible interfacing.
  • Make sure your fashion fabric is wrong side up and it is fusible side down.  Usually you can tell the fusible side by the bumpy texture of the adhesive.
  • Apply firm, even pressure with your iron for the amount of time recommended.
  • Use steam or not, as recommended.
  • Lift the iron and place back down in a new position, slightly overlapping the previous areas. Do not slide the iron across the fabric, as this can cause distortion.
  • Once you’ve pressed from the interfacing side, it’s a good idea to flip the piece over and repeat from the fashion fabric side to ensure a good bond.
  • Be careful to protect your ironing board and fabrics from any excess fusible adhesive.

Sometimes I think we all get so used to having a certain step to take that we don’t think about what and why we do what we do.  This was interesting information that certainly helps me better understand what interfacing is and how many kinds there are.  Keep on learning!

Sherry

 

 

Flannel Trash Bag

I was in my husband’s car recently with garbage in my hands looking for a trash bag (because I have one in my car) and realized he had no trash bag.  I would have initially made one for him when he got this car back in April but his stick shifters height had me skeptical that the pattern I use wouldn’t work.  I had already made him some seat belt covers so he approved the fabric which would match.  I have this pattern I use from A Ditchin Time Quilts: Car Trash Bag

Off we go, here is my preparation of the fabric, as you can see I used a red and blue flannel, you only need a few pieces of fabric, front and lining fabric, fabric for your strap and fabric for your binding:

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You only interface one side of the bag so it has some stiffness. Instead of the Peltex that it called for, I just used some fusible fleece.

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To give it that “paper bag” bottom you have to flatten the corners and mark a line 1 1/2″ from the corner.  Try your best to line up the side seam in the center on each corner, so all the corners look the same and are uniform.

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Then you slide your bags together as instructed, made the binding, and here is my binding pinned, getting ready to be sewn.

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And this is after I sewed on the binding, not too terribly bad….I hate binding.

 

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Almost done, we have to put on the strap and the two pieces of 1″ x 2″ velcro to keep it closed (that’s not in the pattern).

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And you’re all done, now you have a reason to keep your car clean. This is my second trash bag I made, I really like this pattern, its super simple and makes a nice looking trash bag. You could mix and match fabrics with this add a ribbon instead of the fabric strap, use contrasting binding, or sew appliques onto the outside.  I hope you try this tutorial and let me know what you think.

Sherry

 

Throwback Thursday!

Money Saving Tips on Crafts! (Originally Posted August 26, 2018)

I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.

Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.

Joanne’s fabric store

If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. As a bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin.  Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard multiplied by how much of fabric there is, then you get 50% off that total.  I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.

Michael’s

I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).

Walmart

Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department.  They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings.  The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section.  The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department.  So I basically gave up.  As far as other craft supplies go, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.

Tuesday Morning

I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it.  It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!!  Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go.  It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day.  They have pre-cuts, yarn, rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc.  Let me tell you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.

Missouri Quilt Company

I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much.  Fabric.com won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might be 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to fabric.com but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard.  They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good.  They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.

Craftsy

Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too.  In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more.  Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.

So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another.  I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money.  If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.


Excerpt (October 23, 2018) Gosh, I found a lot of grammar and spelling errors, sorry about that.  I love this blog post, its right up my alley.  I love saving money, let me tell you a couple new sources that I came across.  First, I found someone selling home decorating fabric sample books, I got about 14 for $25.00.  It’s not huge pieces of fabric but I can quilt with them to get them larger or use them for small projects. I also have been really lucky to get these huge grab bags of fabric at Goodwill.  I have found quilted fabric that normally costs $16.99 per yard, nice and uncut for $5.99.  That and more including vintage fabrics, it was a good find.  Bargain Hunter should be my middle name.


Sherry

Failures

I’ve been making a pile in my sewing area….the pile of failures…

I tried, but something just wasn’t right, was it me or the pattern, who knows.  Will I try again, I don’t think so.

Tablet Cover: Supposed to look like: From Pat Bravo.com

Tablet Coverlet  Free Pattern

What I made:

Yeah, no good.  Started out easy, thought I was on the right path. Somehow the top stitch on the opening didn’t work out right and I had a lot of bunched fabric.  Looks okay when shut, but not so good when open.

iPhone Pouch Tutorial: by Amy Friend  supposed to look like:

What I made:

Not too bad..the only thing wrong with this one is the tab is crooked.  I might make another one of these, I need to try it out for size and see if it truly fits.

This one is a No Sew Project: by Sellzcutethings what it should look like:

 

Not so far off from the picture but mine doesn’t look as elegant for sure.

Failures are a part of my daily routine.  I try out so many patterns whether they are crochet or sewing patterns, I am trying probably 6-10 a week, with only a 30% success rate.  I’ll keep trying and I hope you keep in touch with me!

Sherry

 

 

 

I Made Key Fobs!

If you read my blog first of all I want to say thank you, secondly you know that I just featured key fobs a about a week ago.  I found a lot of interesting styles and designs, forcing me to make some myself (I really needed to twist my arm, right?).  It was a hard pick, because all the ones I posted about were super cute but what struck me about these two is the addition of little details, like double stitching or quilting. So let me show you which two I picked:

I started with this tutorial from Wood Berry Way: Fabric Key Fob:

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Instead of making a tube and turning it right sides out, you press your hems and then put the two main pieces wrong sides together:

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Then top stitch up the long sides, two times, 1/8″ apart:

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Fold raw edges together, install key fob hardware, and you’re all done! My key fob fabric went a little over the edges of the hardware, so I must have screwed up my seam allowance somewhere.

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The next key fob is made by A Quilt Life: Patchwork Key Fob. This key fob is quilted, so I got to pull out these cute little mini charms:

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Sew together your mini charms vertically with a complimentary solid for the other side, make a tube and turn right sides out:

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Top stitch up each long side and here I added a decorative stitch going thru the middle:

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Put your raw edges together and install your key fob hardware.  Again, my fabric went over the ends of the hardware so either I screwed up two times on seam allowances, they both have inaccurate measurements, or that’s how they should be.

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I had fun making these two key fobs, they are both quick and simple patterns.  If you need some easy, inexpensive and unique gift ideas, these would be super for your friends, family or your co-workers!

Sherry

 

 

Bookmarks!

I have to tell you how excited I was last week! I found a lady on Facebook marketplace selling a bunch of home decor fabric sample books.  She wanted $45 for all of them originally, but I just didn’t like that price, so I declined.  Then a couple weeks went by and she was still on there selling them.  I asked her if she’d take $25 and she did!  I got 16 fabric sample books with nice home decor fabric pieces from silk’s to suede’s.  I can make oodles of projects that require just small pieces, like bookmarks!

Staying on topic, one of my newest interests is bookmarks.  I just love how there is so much possibility in such a small project.  You can whip one up really quick or you can take your time and make a masterpiece.  I’m interested to see what I can find so I can start using up some scraps!

Here’s a scrappy bookmark from The DIY Dreamer: Fabric Bookmarks

Learning how to sew? Awesome, I have a great tutorial for beginners. Let's learn how to sew fabric bookmarks! Check out this step by step tutorial.

These look simple enough from Little Birdie Secrets: Fabric Bookmark Tutorial

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Applique Style from Jedi Craft Girl: Valentine Bookmark

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You can make a big bow from Make It-Love It: Big Bow Bookmark

Sew a Big Bow Bookmark....a pretty page saver! | via Make It and Love It

This felt bookmark is really unique from Burda: Felt Bookmark

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These are colorful and cute by Ollie and Bella: Circle Bookmark

I thought this was great by Big U Handmade 2: Cactus Bookmark

Delicate and old fashioned by Lacy Crochet: Crochet Leaf Bookmark

Great use for fabric scraps! by MMM Crafts: Love You Bookmark

I love buttons! by I Heart Naptime: Button Bookmarks

buttons bookmarks

I hope you enjoyed this list and found your next project, have a great day!

Sherry


Continue reading “Bookmarks!”

The Pencil Pouch

My 19-year-old has this obsession with collecting little gadgets, so he needs something to keep this stuff in. At the same time, I think he is obsessed with zipper bags too, because he is always asking me to make him one.  Recently he asked me again, and as usual I asked what he’s putting in them because I need to know a rough size.  He said he needed it for some welding rulers, and I told him, I’d find a pattern for a pencil pouch.

A day or so later, I’m looking for a pattern, and I came across this one from Sew4Home for a Triangle Pencil Pouch:

Cute, Right? So I got home that night and went straight to it.  I picked out something he would like, which was a khaki colored canvas for the outside and green camouflage for the lining.  Everything about this pouch was easy, and I especially liked how they gave the measurements for the fabric that needed to be cut, instead of having to use the included pattern.  I decided to omit the handmade tag and the tassels. Also, one interesting thing I just thought of, since you use fusible fleece, you could easily quilt the outside for even more detail.

Another tip I’m really happy about is this tip I learned about installing the zipper.  I used to always use a zipper foot, and then try to butt that up against the zipper teeth, stay close to it and sew.  Sometimes it would work or sometimes the seam ended up too close to the zipper teeth.  In this pattern, they instruct you to put the sewing foot 1/4″ from the raw edge and sew your zipper.  I did this and it came out perfect and the best part: I didn’t use my zipper foot.

Here’s the finished product!  He loved it by the way, and it was perfect for what he needed. This is a good pattern, one you can go back to whenever you need a pencil pouch!.

And by the way…..

Sherry

Cell Phone Case Catastrophe

I’ve been holding onto this pattern for a cell phone case for a while.  It is a very simple construction so I wasn’t really interested in getting right to it.  I came across it again the other day and decided to try it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

This pattern is from Dog Under My desk: iPhone Sleeve Tutorial

EASY iPhone Sleeve

It started out simple enough, cut the fabric in rectangles, sew them together leaving an opening for turning, turning the right side out. Then it all went down hill from there. First of all this is what it looked like turned out:

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This is the next step, which is folding it over and sewing up the sides.  My machine couldn’t handle this. So this pattern was a flop.  I wasn’t really too into it anyway, but worse is, I don’t know what phone it was meant to hold, because it is not very wide.

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Oh well, onto the next project…

Sherry

Key Fobs

Keys. We all use them, from elementary children to the oldest person in the world. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them, but the reality is that we do. What do we all do with those keys? (other than use them) We embellish them, with whatever it is we like.  In fact, we end up with so much stuff on them that supposedly our ignition switch will break.

Today, I’d like to talk about key fobs.  What is a key fob you say?  It’s a key chain and several other similar items and devices. The word fob is believed to have originated from watch fobs, which existed as early as 1888. The fob refers to an ornament attached to a pocket-watch chain. Key chains, remote car starters, garage door openers, and key-less entry devices on hotel room doors are also called fobs, or key fobs.

Now that we know the definition, let me show you some tutorials on how to make them yourself.  Funny, I am really interested in this because I just bought a whole box of key fob hardware, so let’s go!

From Emmaline Bags: Quick Key Fob Tutorial:

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From Leigh Laure Studios: Quilted Key Fobs

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By Wood Berry Way: Back to School: Fabric Key Fob Tutorial

By Dritz: Hexi Key Fob

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Hexi Key Fob

By A Little Craft In Your Day: DIY Key Fob – with a zipper compartment

By Whistle and Ivy: Crochet Key Fob

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet Key Fob | Keep your keys handy with this useful and fun crochet key fob. The clip make it easy to attach to your keyring.

By Love Stitches: Crochet Keychain Pattern

By Sizzix: Felt Key Fob

Sizzix Tutorial | Felt Key Fob by Karin Jordan

By A Quilting Life: Patchwork Key Fob

By Amy Latta Creations: Eay DIY Quilted Key Fob

Quilted Key Fob

By Lydi Out Loud:Leather Key Fob

DIY Leather Key Fobs are a perfect 3 year anniversary gift - the year of leather!

I’ve never seen a blog post where key fobs were the subject, this research really opened my eyes to how many tutorials there are about key fobs. I hope you liked these are much as I did, they are all super cute and would make great gifts.  It’s going to be hard to pick only 4 to make, looks like I need more key fob hardware!

Sherry

Here’s a great deal on key fobs at Amazon: (I got mine at a big box store for 4.50 for 4- kicking myself)


BCP 25sets 1 Inch Key Fob Hardware /Wristlet Sets with Key Ring

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