Thursday, January 29, 2009

Have you Spoonflowered?

I have been yipping and yapping about Spoonflower for a few months now but just recently got around to actually trying it out. My first 8 x 8 inch swatch arrived earlier this week. What an exciting mail day that was!

The top half is my graphic file (look familiar?) and the bottom (obviously) is the fabric swatch. This was an experiment essentially so I have learned a few things: 1) those little teeny tiny line details are not going to show up on your fabric 2) when you upload your image and you see a thin white dividing line across it on the screen it will be there on your printed fabric ( I think I picked the wrong tiling or I set it up wrong, I can fix that next time) 3) clean your iron once in awhile for heaven's sake or you are going to get ick right in the middle of your Spoonflower sample!

I was pretty impressed with the way the colors matched. I also got my sample sooner than I expected. They warned that it could take 2 - 3 weeks but it did not take that long. Plus at $5 (plus $1 shipping) this is affordable fun.

Now, what to do with an 8 x 8 inch fabric sample with a stain in the middle? hmmm...button magnets anyone?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Those who know me will find it hilarious, or at least funny, that I used a sports term for the title of my post. I'm so not athletic.

So, what do you do with those items that you worked so hard on but they just don't make the cut to give as a gift or to sell?

I finished up this embroidered quote block but screwed up the back. That fabric wrap-around frame was a wee bit tricky for me and this was the first one I tried. (I'm realizing now that I should have taken a photo of the back - I am still trying to think like a blogger!)

Anyway. I suppose I could take it all apart and at least keep the embroidered part. I just loved doing this new stitch - the one in light green:

Oh well, this was so much fun to make, even if it does end up in the craft graveyard. It's all part of the learning process so it doesn't break my heart too much.

What are you learning today?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

fast, easy, fun

I made these fun fabric button magnets for a friend and thought I would share the process here. I know there are scads of tutorials for this already out there so I am just calling mine a mini-tutorial.
you will need:

+ a button making kit from a fabric or craft store. I used the 3/4 inch size You can find tons of button making supplies here as well.

+ magnets to glue on the back. I used the .47 x .11 inch "super magnets" that I found at my local hardware store. They really are SUPER strong-it nearly became a problem. Please keep these magnets away from small children!

+ some heavy-duty glue (I used E-6000)

+ some fabric scraps. (oh what a happy way to use up fabric scraps!)

+ scissors

I've also seen people make these button and glue thumbtacks instead of magnets onto the back. And some people use them for...get this...buttons!

What's your favorite way to use those tiny fabric scraps?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

cupcake math

My dear friend, Julie sent me Hello Cupcake! for Christmas. (Thanks, Julie!) Have you seen this book? It is full of amazing ideas for decorating cupcakes. I was hooked by page 3. My mom's birthday was this week so I quickly volunteered to make a sweet treat for the celebration and here's what I made:

I made about 26 of these babies. Was it fun? Oh yeah. Was it time consuming? ummm....much more than I anticipated Would I do it again? definitely.

As a side note I would recommend enlisting the help of an eager 5 year old. It makes the process much more...interesting and also helps you get rid of all that leftover candy.

Tomorrow: I'll be back to gush about my mom and bit and share a great gift idea.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Just in case you missed it

If there is one thing I love it's a good online tutorial. I don't always actually MAKE something as result but I love the possibilities and inspiration. So, when I found this wrap up of 2008 tutorials in my inbox from Etsy I think I gasped just a little and immediately started pouring over all 100 of them. I fell in love with the fabric calendar from I Heart Linen! What a great collection of projects.

What is your favorite tutorial of 2008?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Some Sunday Sewing

I had a little sewing time to kill this weekend and wanted to try out a small tote bag I have had in my head for awhile. I liked the size of this pattern but liked the big front pockets of the cover project on this book. So, I tried to mix the two and add in a couple of other minor changes and I think it turned out pretty cute.

I was just experimenting so I used some stash fabric. I need to tweak it a little more and then would love to try it in some other fabrics.

Did you get some time to sew this weekend?

an actual post

I have been setting up this blog for a few weeks but am finally getting around to posting. I guess the posting is the scary part and I was procrastinating a bit. I have hopes that this blog will be at least half as helpful, inspiring and entertaining as the wonderful crafting blogs I have come across in the last couple of years. Even that seems like a tall order. We'll see how it goes I guess. I hope readers will bear with me as I figure out some of the technical aspects of blogging. I have had a lot of help so far from my husband and some fabulous resources like How About Orange which directed me to this invaluable gem.

I am excited about starting this journey, thanks for checking out So September!