Saturday, October 27, 2012

Nursery Art

This is a pretty simple dandelion diptych I threw together for the nursery. Sadly the seeds wafting on the wind is a little meloncholy for me and reminds me of the phrase "growing like a weed." My hormoned mommy mind reacts to that with a sigh every time I see it and I wish this time I have with my baby would just slow down a little.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It is baby season

Everyone is having babies...so much fun!

My favorite cousin is on round two and here is a collection of stenciled onesies, a knit cap, and a set of playblocks that I modgepodged using a Martha Stewart tutorial.

The one other present I have in this collection is a baby wrap carrier. This has got to be about the easiest mommy present ever. 5yrs of fabric cut about 20" width and you're done. This one is jersey with a little patch to make finding the center easier. The fabric was 45" wide so I ended up with two by cutting down the center. One for her and one for me!







Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Well that was a hiatus!

This is the first time I've used this mobile app. Let's see if it works for this mom of a newborn as I share- nursing covers for LASS gals!

I used the faboo tutorial from Sew Much Ado and only added a little minky pocket/wipe/lovey corner and used quilting fabric to take up less space in a diaper bag and not be so hot. The green and white cover is made following the measurements on the tutorial, while the other one is tailored to a LASS mommy's sizing.

Great tutorial and a nice little project to make, especially if you found a fabric print that looks great on a larger cut like the Amy Butler I picked out.





Monday, June 06, 2011

More fun with covered buttons

This is just a quick idea for another thing to do with fabric covered buttons: hair ties.

Not wanting to commit this pretty button to a lifetime as a hair accessory, I shoved a hair tie through the center of the shaft, looped it through it's self, and pulled it tight. Done and done!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Couple More Button Necklaces


I got on a roll covering buttons the other day and had these three large buttons left over. Rather than have them compete with each other on a large statement necklace I decided to let them each stand on their own.

Cutting a piece of variegated yarn that matched the fabric pattern, I tied the ends in a knot and slipped it through the button shank and looped it through it's self.


I like the yarn for a different look, it has a bit more of a boho feel to it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Liberty of London Sampler Necklace Tutorial





The other day while cleaning out my bag, I noticed my Liberty of London (ala Target) wallet wasn't looking too hot. I suppose a cloth wallet, that I throw in the bottom of my bag, is bound to get a bit dirty. However, the LASS gals had so much fun searching our pretties out, I really didn't want to replace something so sentimental. Luckily a bit of googling and a good scrubbing with baby wipes later the wallet cleaned up pretty well. This experience got me thinking about how I should have done something to protect my wallet in the first place, and also about maybe making some of my own accessories with Liberty of London fabric. Inspired by Susan Beal's tutorial on Craftsylish, and yet not having any bracelet blanks on hand, I came up with the following solutions:
Liberty of London Sampler Necklace Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Fabric scraps (I used a charm pack of LOL lawn fabric)
  • Covered Button Kit(s)
  • Jump Rings (one for every button)
  • Chain and closure (desired length)
The first thing to do, is to follow the instructions on your covered button kit. Using the circle template cut out your fabric to cover your buttons.


Cut out a fabric circle for every button, taking care to capture the elements of pattern you like on your print. You can change up the look of the necklace by clustering many buttons together, or vary the size of the buttons you use. For my first necklace I went for four 18mm buttons.

Having learned from my wallet, the next thing I did was cover the fabric with Scotchgard Fabric and Needle Craft Protector. I gave them two thin coats, waiting for the application to dry after the first coat before I applied the next.

The next step obviously it to cover your buttons. Follow the directions on your kit to assemble your buttons. If you have used lawn like I did, this should be very easy. However, if you used a thicker fabric or a pima cotton you might have to put a bit more elbow grease into it. Take your time and make sure you catch all your edges.


Now, we all like our necklaces different lengths, so trim your chain to the desired length and attach your closure. Open a jump ring and pass it through your button shank and also through the link on the chain. If you have never used jump rings before, do not pry the ring apart at the gap by pulling the sides back from each other. Instead bend one side to the left and the other to the right. When you're ready to close the ring, bend the two sides back toward each other, actually closing and passing the other side once, before you bend it back one last time to close. This will keep your ring closed tight and not oblong.

For you odd numbered button folks, fold the chain in half to find the center and attach your first button in the link there. Measuring up from your center button, attach the rest of your buttons evenly spacing them along your chain. If you have an even number buttons like I did, you can use your center measurement to place the button evenly on either side.

Viola, you're done. If you want a matching bracelet just repeat the above and shorten your chain. Go on now, make a couple for friends and wear with pride while sipping some tea.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Bandana Bibs & Binky Holders


Bibs and Pacifier Straps

With my best friend having her second baby and my cousin having her first I've been looking around for some new baby projects. Using some more fabric I picked up on my LASSgo as inspiration I tried to find some fun fat quarter projects.


Rachelle's


I found this geat Bandana Bib pattern by Dessert Rose Design. It was such a quick and easy pattern, heck the hardest part was putting the snaps in! I wish I had a baby to model it for the photos.


Nikki's


I also made matching binky holders, pacifier straps, or whatever you wanna call them. I didn't use a pattern for these, rather I just looked at several on the web and gathered together my favorite details to make my own. Using the matching cotton and fleece that the bibs are made out of, I made a tube casing, attached a suspender clip at one end, and rather than sew on a pacifier that might wear out (do they wear out?) or put in a snap that might not be big enough for some pacifiers, I used a bit of elastic to attach the pacifier later.