A fun day…

Leap Day 2012

An extra 24 hours in this year.

I had a pretty good day and a little luck.

Early in February, I went to my favorite quilt shop to get zippers.

I go to this quilt shop specifically for their zippers.

They carry tons, in lots of fun colors and they are only a little over a dollar each.

Zippers, Uploaded with Snapbucket

My daughter’s birthday was that coming weekend and we were having a surprise birthday party for her.

I invited 7 of her friends and decided to make each of the girls a goodie bag.

A goodie bag that looked like this.

Wheres my mother to help me sew all these bags when i need her?, Uploaded with Snapbucket

I made 8 of them in all different colors.

I also got the pattern from the quilt shop.

Well, when I was checking out; they gave me a red envelope as part of their Red Envelope Extravaganza.

The deal was I had to bring the red envelope back on February 29, Leap Day, unopened and inside could be a prize or a discount coupon.

I put it on my calendar and decided that I would go back to see what was in my red envelope.

You just never know.

I also knew I would be needing some more zippers.

When I got there, the first thing I did was have the lady check my red envelope.

Low and behold, I was a winner.

I was so excited, I never win anything.

I figured I would just get a percentage off my purchase, which would have been plenty for me.

Not this time, it was my lucky day.

I won this:

I won this iron today!!!, Uploaded with Snapbucket

My mom has one of these and they are so handy to keep in the craft room.

I had been wanting one since I saw hers.

I also got to do a little shopping.

I found another pattern.

I love this one and can’t wait to get started on it.

Pattern, Uploaded with Snapbucket

I got enough material to make 2 of the long ones.

Fabric, Uploaded with Snapbucket

The pattern seems a little more complicated than the bags I made for my daughter and her friends but I’ll just have to take my time.

I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

So, I had a great Leap Day 2012.

How did you spend your day?


How to make your own mini ironing board

For Christmas I got one of those mini Rowenta irons to use in my craft room.

The purpose of the iron was so I could iron fabric and crafts that I do without having to lug the big ironing board and iron to the basement all the time.

I would always forget to take it back upstairs then hubby was having to go to work wrinkly because he didn’t want to go all the way to the basement to iron his shirts.

Well, if I have the mini iron, I needed a mini ironing board to go with it.

I look at the mini boards at WalMart and JoAnn Fabrics and they were almost $30.

I told hubby how much they were and he suggested that we just make one.

I had some cabinet plywood left over from my cupboard project.

I went to JoAnn’s and got some batting and material.  The material was on clearance for $4 a yard but then when I had it cut, the lady took another 50% off.  I got the yard (which was all I needed) for $2.  The batting was only $7 and I was able to use my 40% off coupon making it  just over $4.

This whole project cost me just a little over $6.

So I got hubby down to the basement to help me with the cutting.

We first did our measurements of how long and wide I wanted the ironing board to be.

We made it 12″ wide and 32″ long.

We then drew out the tip and drew the angled lines.

After that, hubby got me started cutting the bottom and the sides.

We used a jigsaw to do this.

Once the sides and bottom were cut, we cut out the tip.

Once everything was cut, we sanded down the edges and curved them a little so they wouldn’t tear the fabric.

I then layed the batting over the plywood and trimmed it up.

Then I put the material over top of the batting.

We then turned it over so that we could staple the material and batting to the underside of the plywood.

You want to make sure to pull the material very tight and place lots of staples along the perimeter of the plywood.  Make sure not to leave big gaps between staples.

Cut off all the excess fabric.

And there you have your mini ironing board.

We plan to add some feet to it later but we didn’t have any on hand.

I love it for ironing small sewing projects.

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Pincushion Tutorial

I saw this awesome pincushion over at diydish.com.  Kim and Kris even have a video tutorial on their website showing you exactly how to go about making one of your own.

As soon as I saw it, I knew that I had to make one for my mom for Christmas.  I’ve been holding off posting the tutorial until she got her present.  I didn’t want to give it away.

I started off by printing the free pattern onto cardstock and cutting it out.

You will have a front and back body piece, 2 side pieces and 2 oval pieces.  One of the oval pieces can be cut from 1/4 inch thick foam board or plywood as I did.  The other oval piece should be cut from a piece of felt.

I got these 2 bunches of material at WalMart for $10 a piece.  I loved the variety and the colors.

I laid the front and back pieces onto the fabric and traced them with a fabric marker.

I then cut 2 pieces of the side piece.

You can see the outline from my marker here.  It fades away so you’re not left with marks on your fabric.

After you get all the pieces cut out, you place the front and back body pieces right-sides together.  You then sew both sides from the top of the neck all the way out to the top of the arm using a 1/4″ seam.

This is probably the trickiest part in the sewing.  I had to go back and watch the video just to be sure I was doing it correctly.

You want to line up the top of the side pieces to the top of the shoulder and pin it; then carefully match up the rest of the way down the front piece and the back piece.  Pinning as you go.  Taking your time to make sure everything stays lined up, sew those pieces together.

I started sewing at the bottom of one side then went all the way around the piece to the bottom of the other side.

Turn it right side out and you will have this.

You then stuff the mannequin with polyester fiber-fil.

Make sure you stuff it pretty good so it can be used as a pin cushion.

After that, you will insert your foam board or the plywood in my case into the bottom.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the fabric to the foam board or plywood.

Then apply glue to the bottom of the foam board or plywood and cover with your oval felt piece.

Push it down onto the table to get the bottom flat.

Apply hot glue to the top of your candlestick.

And set the pin cushion on top.

It will look like this.

 You then take a small Christmas ball, put some hot glue on the bottom and push it down into the neck hole.

Finished.  I just love the way it looks.

I’m definitely going to have to make myself one next.

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Custom Pillow Tutorial

Sewing is something that I truly enjoy.  I especially enjoy making pillows.

I love how they can change and update a room for very little money.

About 2 years ago, we finally painted our master bedroom.  I’m not sure why the master bedroom is always last on the to-do list, but that just seems to be the case.  I have lots of pillows on our bed and some of those pillows just weren’t going with the color scheme.

See the maroon colored one and the purple one.  I actually had 2 of the maroon ones but one was already recovered at this point.  The maroon ones do actually match the curtains, but honestly I have had those pillows for about 10 years and I’m just sick of them.

Because I was doing one of the pillows with a plain cream-colored fabric, I wanted to add a little customization to it.

I made a pillow for my daughter with her initials on it awhile ago and loved how it turned out.  I thought it would be fun to do this pillow with mine and hubby’s initials on it for our bed.

Since it has buttons on the cover, I can just uncover it and save that material for something else.

I then start by trimming the edged of the new material to make sure everything lines up right.  I don’t understand how material gets cut so crooked in the store.

I then create my letters that I want to use for the monogram on my computer and print it out.

{The STN stands for Scott & Nancy Turner}

Even though I had created the date on the computer, which is our anniversary; I decided that I didn’t want to spend time cutting all the numbers out by hand and so I cut them on my Cricut.  I always forget to use that thing.

I use an iron-on adhesive to make the letters out of my fabric I want to use.

You just iron the fabric onto the side without the silky paper on it.

After you have done that, you turn the fabric over with the silky paper side up.

Then trace the cutout letters onto the silky paper with a fabric marker.  Make sure when you trace the letters, you trace them backward.  That way when you cut out your fabric, they will be going the right way onto the outside of the pillow.

You then just peel the sticky paper off the back of the letters and you are left with the glue side, if you will.

Since I wanted to make sure my letters were centered on the front of my pillow, I folded it in half and make an iron mark.  I then folded it in half the other way and made another iron mark.  This gives me a center point to lay out my letters.

I then positioned my letters and numbers and pressed them down.

You need to just hold the iron on each of the letters for about 15 seconds making sure they all adhere to the material.

This is how the finished product looks.

I love the new pillows in my bedroom.

Thanks so much for checking out my tutorial.  Do you sew your own pillows?


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Bedroom Curtains

I am finally finishing up redoing my oldest son’s bedroom.  Well, it’s actually just the bedroom he is staying in until he is able to get out on his own.

This room will eventually become my husband’s office.  You can read about and see all the transformations here.
My last touch was to make some curtains for this room. 
I never used to be a curtain person.  When we first bought our house, the people who lived here had up some cheap thrown-together curtains on all the windows.  I ripped most of them down and threw them away and haven’t really  had curtains on any of our windows since. 
It’s only been in the past couple years that I’ve really gotten to like the look of curtains and have wanted to add them to our rooms.
I decided that instead of buying pre-made curtains, that it would be super simple for me to make some. 
It actually was and I love how they turned out.
The first thing on the agenda was to find some material.  JoAnn’s is having a great sale on material this week.  All of the home decorating fabrics are 50% off.  They also have a great selection of Red Tag sales that are already marked down.  On Tuesday night we all headed to JoAnn’s to take a look and see what we could find.  I found lots of fabrics in the home decorating area that I loved but none that really jumped out at me for this room.
I then went over to the quilting fabric section and found this.
I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it.  It was $8 and was on sale for 30% off.  That would still make it around $6 per yard and I needed 8 yards.  I still couldn’t buy pre-made curtains for 2 windows for that price.
So I took it to the cutting table to have the lady measure it for me and when she scanned the bar code, she said “You are never going to believe this”.  I love when they say that.  Apparently this material was discontinued and it was marked down to $2 per yard. 
YES!!! This was my lucky day.  She had 8 yards exactly, which was what I needed!  Score!!
I just had her leave it all on the bolt so my first step was to measure and cut.  I needed 2 yards per panel (2 panels per window)

I then ironed the panels.

I decided that I would do about an 1/2 inch seam around the perimeter.  So I pressed that down and pinned it.

I then sewed all the sides so they would have a nice finish.

Hubby had some curtain rods in the garage that we had taken down when we moved in.  I can remember taking them down and giving him a hard time because he saved them in the garage instead of throwing them away.  Thank goodness he’s a hoarder saver. 

I then measured the curtain rod to see how much of a pocket I would need for each panel.  I just turned that over and sewed it together.

We got one of the windows hung last night.  I think they look fabulous.

I’m very happy with how they turned out.  Now, I just need to get busy and get the other pair sewn.

Before and after:

Total cost of this project was $16.  I never would have been able to find curtains that cheap.
Total cost of this room makeover was about $64.

So, how about you?  Do you make curtains for your home? Do you have curtains in your home or were you like me and didn’t want any on your windows?  I’m so glad my tastes have changed, I love the look and color it adds to a room.

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