Monthly Archives: January 2013

 

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Supplies:

2″x 8″ piece of chalkcloth

1/2 yd. decorative bias-tape

1/2 yd. of 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon

(2) snap fasteners

14″ scrap of ribbon for bow

Fabric-Tac Glue

Fray check

Tools:

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This is a super easy, fun bracelet you can use for your shopping list or write your favorite qoute, affirmation etc.  Be creative and have fun with it!!!  First take your piece of chalkcloth and trim to appropriate size to fit your wrist and leave an extra inch for overlapping to add snaps.  Next, glue your decorative bias-tape to the 2 edges and trim extra off and fray check!  Then add your grosgrain ribbon over bias-tape! Add snap fasteners in two spots, make sure you insert on the right sides to close properly.

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Take your 14″ scrap of ribbon and make into a bow! Add bow over the top of the back of the snap fasteners to cover hardware! Secure with Fabric-Tac!

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Ok next you need to cure the chalkcloth! Get a piece of chalk and cover the entire surface  and wipe with a damp cloth, let dry and repeat the process and your chalkcloth is cured!!! Now you can write on your bracelet whatever you like!  Fabric shopping list, grocery list, daily affirmations, “Love” for Valentines Day, just be creative!!! Use chalk pens and remove writing with damp cloth!!!

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Making a dream catcher can be a really fun project to do with friends or family! It promotes good energy and happy dreams. It also represents the spirit of the spider in Navajo culture, linking the weave of the spider web to weaving and other creative arts. Making and displaying a dream catcher embraces the creative energy in us all!

Traditionally, dream catchers were made with willow branches, sinew, feathers, and beads. Modern day provides modern material, so today’s dream catcher is made with the following:

Materials List

  • 1 skein of yarn (I only used a small fraction of the skein, so a small skein, or yarn scraps will work just fine! )
  • 1 Embroidery hoop
  • Multiple trims each cut at 2/3yard-1yard (add on more yardage for your favorite trims!)
  • Feathers
  • 1 DMC embroidery floss (I grabbed two to give myself color options!)
  • Scissors and glue

When picking out your materials, think about what colors you want to inspire you. I chose a palette of green and ivory, to give a nature/woodsy inspired dream catcher.

Step 1 in making your dream catcher is to wrap your embroidery hoop in yarn. I chose to use our Cascade wool yarn in a forest green color.

Wrapping

Once you cover the whole embroidery hoop, you can remove the tension screw. This will give you a great spot to tie a ribbon when your ready to hang the dream catcher.

Now we are ready to start the spider weave inside of the dream catcher! Dont be scared! The traditional weave is pretty simple, and if you “mess up”, it will only add more character and specialness to your dream catcher! The more personal elements, the better!

So to make the weave, you will simply make a series of loops around your hoop with your DMC embroidery floss. The trick to keep in mind is even tension. The tighter your pulling on your loops the better.

Looping

Once you’ve made loops around the whole hoop, you will then make loops on the first round of loops. As you can see in the picture, the first round of looping was pulled tightly, and my second round of loops was looped on to the space between.

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Spider Weave

You will continue looping and pulling tight until you get to a point where there is only a small opening left in your spider weave! You are now ready to tie a knot (or two) and you are finished with your spider weave!

Now you can tie feathers or beads onto the area where you’ve made your finishing knot. I chose to use the feathers from our feather trim! I tied another knot in the DMC floss, and inserted two feathers inside the knot and dabbed a little bit of glue inside the knot to give a little extra stability.

(Interesting Fact: The meaning behind the feathers in dream catchers is to allow the good dreams to float gently down like feathers onto the sleeping person.)

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Next, is the fun part! Now you’ll add your trims to the bottom of the dream catcher! As you can see from the picture below, I decided to knot on the lighter weight trims, and I’ve glued the bulkier trims. I just folded the bulky trim over and glued it onto itself!

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Now you can tie on a ribbon to the spot where the screw was in the embroidery hoop. This will give you a great spot to hang you dream catcher!

Once I finished attaching all of my trims, I’ve decided to add a few more feathers. I love feathers!

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I glued some feathers on, and then wrapped them onto the hoop with yarn. This ensures that the feathers won’t fall off, and gives a nice finished look to your dream catcher.

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After you’ve added your personal finishing touches, your Dream Catcher is ready to be hung or given to a friend! Remember, each dream catcher is unique and special!

Happy dreams~

 


Fabric covered buttons are super cute, and a fun way to spice up a sewing project. By using aida cloth and cross stitching your own designs you can create adorable and unique buttons for your next project!

If you have never cross stitched before, you can follow our cross stitch tutorial: here.

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For materials, you will need:   aida cloth (I’m using 14 count), an embroidery hoop, DMC embroidery floss, a tapestry needle, and some blank covered buttons (I’m using the 1 1/2″ size).

Once you decide what size button you will be making, you can plan out your cross stitched image. If you would like to create the same buttons as me, you can use the free pattern.

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Stitch up your first design, I started with this cute little bow!

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Once you are done stitching, using the template on the back of the covered button package, cut out a circle with your design in the center.

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Fold the fabric around the button.

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Snap the baking on.

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And you are all done, it’s that easy!

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Now these cute little guys are all ready for your project! Once you start making covered button, you wont be able to stop! They are super easy, quick to make, and will make your project one of a kind!

Happy stitching!!

Alexis

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A double oven mitt can make your life in the kitchen a lot easier and here is an easy to follow tutorial on how you can make a stylish accessory for your kitchen.

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Supplies are simple you need:

1/2 of two contrasting fabrics

1 package if 1″ double fold bias tape

1/4 yard of Quilted insulated ironing board fabric

Pins or Safety Pins

Scissors

Sewing Machine

making a template

To get started make a template from one of your fabrics, I made mine 30″ long and 8″ wide. I used a lid to one of my pots to make the curve on the ends, it seems appropriate.

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Then continue to cut out the rest of the pieces. You should have a front and a back of the length, a piece of the insulation and 2 tops of the handles and two interior pieces of the handles.

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Now take your three long pieces and pin them together like this.

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Then sew the three of them together.

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Now follow the quilting on the ironing board fabric and quilt the entire length of the pot holder. You can feel the stitches with your fingers and if you bend the whole thing you can see where to place your stitches.

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Follow all the way through till you have the whole piece quilted like this.

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Now we sew a basting stitch in the handles with wrong sides together, this is to just keep them together when putting on the bias tape.

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Now sew bias tape to the entry way of the handles to give them a finished look.

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Ok, now we are ready to put the whole thing together. Pin your bias tape around the perimeter of the pot holder with the handles an everything in place. Now Sew!

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I like to do a double stitch around the edge to give it a fun look and more stability.

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Now you can enjoy your new potholder in the kitchen!

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Happy Sewing

-Dani X<3

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