Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fabric Bible Cover!

We are studying Ephesians in church right now, about putting on the Armor of God each day!

"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places .... take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always .... "
Ephesians 6:10-18

After church, I was packing up my Bible and thought about how I really needed to make a snazzy cover, it was looking a little rough! :)



*Now obvisouly God doesn't care what your Bible looks like, He just wants you to read it! :) But now it looks soo adorable - how can you not want to read, read, read??

Re-Purpose: Sweater to Pillow!

I had this maternity sweater laying around that was driving me crazy! 1. It was WAY too big and made me look like a cow and 2. t's not quite my style ... but I hate to throw nice clothing away! So ... I decided to use the material!

Here's the sweater .... can't you see how it would make someone look a little whaley?

A cute little pillow! I'm planning on giving it to my little sister-in-law beacuse it matches her new room -- but until I see her this week, I'm using it on the back of my sewing chair! It's super comfy and soft!

Even greater re-purposing? I used the filling that Niles tore up from his pillow I just made! Score!

Oh and notice that VERY VERY pepto bismal pink nighstand below? Well I found that today at Goodwill for $4.99 and couldn't pass it up! Don't worry - I know I'm not having a girl ... but with some paint the possibilites are endless. It was just too great to pass up (it still has the tags on it from Target!). That will be another project, another day.

Niles the Destroyer!

Remember that cute little dog pillow I was so excited about the other day? The one that I made because Niles ruined ALL his other beds?

Well ... look what I came home to this afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye Bye adorable Dog Pillow! :(
No more Good Dog.
hahahaha .... I still can't quite believe he destroyed it.

Oh well, at least now I have "filling" for some pillows that I've been wanting to make ....

'Go Green' Coffee Cozy!

I'm attempting to "go green" -- not in every aspect -- that's WAY too unrealistic for me .... BUT I am trying to make little changes where I can ... like bring my own bags to the store and not waste so much paper! I'll only "go green" if I can do it stylishly of course -- just kidding. sort of. :)

So ... I thought this coffee cozy was a perfect combination of saving the planet and looking fabulous! I'll save the world one starbucks Refresh tea at a time! :)

I made a pattern using the regular cardboard one I got from Starbucks this evening! I used two layers of fabric and one layer of batting for extra protection! I googled a few ideas and saw that some people used velcro, some snaps, some buttons! I liked the button idea -- so I went with that!

Here it is! How cute is that?? :)
I want to go to back to Starbucks right now -- just to use it!

I loved it so much -- I made several more! :)

My first Pattern! GPS Cover

I am so proud of myself! YES -- sometimes you just need to toot your own horn! Tonight is one of those night's for me! I created my first project WITHOUT an online tutorial or pattern or stolen idea from someone else fantasticly more creative than myself ... I didn't use anything but my own brain! (I even created my own "pattern" so that in case it turned out, I could make it again!) I took my time and I measured and I pressed ... essentially, I combined all SIX of the things I've learned .... and my project turned out great! Not perfect .... but WAY better than I expected! :) YAY! I can't wait to use it!

So what was the project that I'm so excited about?


you weren't expecting something grand and extravagant were you? :) I'm not quite there yet!

and what's this cute little pouch for, you ask?

Have you figured it out yet?

It's a cute little pouch for my trusty Garmin .... whom I have named Gertrude - She's british and such a big help!!!

I know too many people who have had their GPS's stolen from their car ... so I always take mine with me! I normally just throw it in my purse -- until the other day I notcied it was starting to look a little "worn" (that is putting it nicely).

I needed a case to protect it! I googled tutorials for about an hour and couldn't find anything .... I wanted something small, cute and easy to access (when things are complicated to use, I don't use them!)

So ... I was going to have to make my own! I traced the garmin and then made a pattern - allowing for space and seam allowances and "hems"! Nothing fancy ... but I did use a ruler, haha! :)

Now I'm going to make some improvements ... and make one for my mom and sister and best friend! :) I think they would make such cute, practical gifts!

The six things I've learned (about Sewing)

Nelson is due any day (he appears to be in NO hurry) and I can't sleep! AT ALL. That's why I'm up blogging and sewing at 3 am! We have church at 8, looks like I'm going to be tired all day again ... blah. Maybe this is God's way of preparing your body for no sleep after baby! God has a very odd (great) sense of humor -- I'd much rather be EXHAUSTED like I was the first trimester - where I could have fallen asleep standing up or sitting at the traffic light... that way I could sleep as much as possible BEFORE the little monkey gets here! :) But I guess He's just preparing me for the endless nights (or years!) or no sleep!

Oh well, I have learned that late at night is my favorite time to sew ... the house is so quiet! George is fast asleep (wearing his new sleep mask I made for him, yay!) and Niles is laying at my feet snoring even louder than George! haha. I'm not sure which sound is more soothing - my " brown boys" snoring or the sound of my sewing machine! I love them both!

I've been sewing about a month now ... give or take a few days ...  and here are SIX of the most important things I've learned ...

1. I try and do everything way too quickly ... I need to learn to take my time!

2. Patterns are great -- (Now if only I would follow them). I'm not talking about those COMPLICATED looking patterns you buy at the craft store with a million lines and measurements, etc ... I'm talking about the ones that people SO generously post on their blogs for newbies like me! :) I need to print them. and use them. They would really help!

3. The key to making the fabric look like it does in everyone's else pictures --- is ....  you have to press it. I guess that means I have to get the iron out of the closet where it's been hiding since my second week of marriage! :)

4. People are SO talented!! I have come across the most amazing blogs with the greatest tutorials and ideas-- these women really know what they are doing! Thanks so much for all the help and inspiration! (what did people do before the internet?)

5. I make a LOT of mistakes and I'm actually not that great a "seamstress" -- but I am DEFINITELY getting better! Every project is a little neater and more durable than the last. (I'm actually afraid to wash a few of those burp cloths from the first day, I'm not sure they will survive the wash cycle, haha!)

6. I'm having so much fun!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sleep Tight Eye Mask!

We don't have curtains in our bedroom (we're moving so soon we didn't see the point) and every morning we are up with the sun!! ... which is very annoying -- especiallly since we've been staying up all night watching Lost episodes and really need the sleep!! haha.

So, I decided to try and make some sleep masks to keep the light out!!

The first try was pretty awful ... really awful actually. So awful I can't even post pictures .... but the second time around turned out much better! At least usable! :)

I found a great tutorial at Sew Mo and it was pretty simple. I'm sure I'll get better as I go ... I need to leave more room for the seam allowance and I should cover the elastic with pretty fabric but it definitely gets the job done!

I was home alone and couldn't get a good picture of the mask "in action" -- so I enlisted my trusty model, Niles! :) How Cute - he's all ready for bed!

And then I made one for George! :) The picture sort of makes the fabric look weird but I loooveee this fabric! I think it's so manly and preppy! :) It's such a great plaid! *I actually made Nelson a matching bib and burp cloth tonight with the same fabric - just beacuse I love it so much! :)

Oven Mitt!

Remember last week I made this cute kitchen apron?

Well I'm giving it to someone as a birthday gift, so I decided to make a matching Oven Mitt with the leftover fabric! I found this AMAZING tutorial on the Design Sponge Shop Blog and decided to give it a try! I had everything at home, except the special "heat protectant" material used for pot holders. I picked some up today at JoAnn's and whipped this bad boy up in about 30 minutes! It turned out so cute, I'm tempted to keep it for myself. Haha.

Doesn't that make you just want to go cook something? Or at least heat something up? haha. :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Re-Purpose: Picture Frame White Board

I love white boards .... they are perfect for grocery lists, honey-do lists, etc! But, they can get expensive ... the cheapest one I could find today at Target was like $14.00 for a small one! :) I decided to make one for a lot less money and make it a lot cuter! :) You have to agree -- sometimes the white ones are a bit of an eye soar!

So I went to Goodwill (I'm loving Goodwill these days -- it's so fun!!) and I found an ugly picture frame for $1.99! Score! First, I tried to spray paint the picture frame white but since it wasn't wood it didn't work very well. So then I mod podged (yes, AGAIN - what did I do before I discovered this stuff!?) fabric around the outside of the frame!! It took a little bit of time to get it all right ... but it looks really cute with the fabric! I took out the glass and covered the cardboard with a pink fabric. I then drew a little birdy on the same fabric I used to cover the frame and put it all back together!

That's it -- you have a Picture Frame White Board! *In case you didn't realize -- the glass works just like a regular white board! :) I didn't have any Expo markers lying around - or I would have written a message .... but you get the point! :)

Here's a close-up of my little birdy -- definitely not the best ... but give me a break, it was my first one!

Cute Post-It Note Holder

I love this simple project -- I'm not sure where I've seen it before (I'm sorry I can't give the proper credit) -- but I thought I would give it a try! I'm popping out about 3 projects a night ... I love nesting! :)

I bought some of those plastic acrylic picture frames at Wal-Mart for $1.00 and Mod Podged some cute scrapbook paper - added some decorations (buttons & ric rac) and attached the Post-It Notes! That's it! It's so simple ... yet so cute! It would be the perfect gift for a friend who works in the office - or teachers!!! :)

Bedside Caddy/Organizer

We only have one nightstand that goes with our bedroom set and it's on George's side of the bed ... grrrrr. So I never have a place to keep my charging cell phone or my book or whatever else I may need throughout the night - it just ends up on the floor or under my pillow!

I saw this tutorial on Sewing for the Home and had to try it out!! It's exactly what I needed for my side -- a pocket organizer that slips inbetween the mattress and boxspring, so that everything is handy!

It's soo easy to make -- it took me about 30 minutes total -- and that's because I'm a beginner! You experienced sewers could whip it up in no time! I found the kitchen/drawer line at the dollar store, used the left over duck fabric from my car organizer, some fabric scraps from my maternity gown for the pocket and then added some sew-in interfacing (leftover from the Chef's Hat) to make the pockets a little stronger! :)

Here's a close-up .... you can see the drawer lining on the other side, so that it will stay tucked between the mattress & boxspring.

Kid's Artwork Display Board!

My adorable niece, Sharon, just started Kindergarten and she keeps bringing home all this great artwork she wanted hung up in her new room! So -- I thought I would make her a fun way to display it! :) I wanted something practical, something that she could change the pictures out easily and something that looked adorable! :)

I found this flat wooden board at goodwill for .99 and thought that it would be perfect!

I found some fun scrapbook paper and mod podged (I love this stuff!) it all on! I bought a pack of plain wooden clothespins and mod podged some coordinating paper to decorate them! I cut out the letter's for Sharon's name and glued them on the clothespin! :) I added some ribbon to hang it on the wall and that's it! :) You have an artwork display board!

*sorry about the glare --- the finisher I use is shiny!*

I didn't have any of Sharon's great artwork to display ... but I hung some random paper just to show you how it's supposed to be used! I can't wait to give it to her!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Easy Wipe-Clean Bib!

I'm in total baby mode -- and it seems that I can NEVER have enough bibs! :) I still haven't figured out which ones will be best -- so I like to have some options!! I've made some with terry cloth - some with absorbent flannel -- but now I needed some that could be easily wiped clean!

I looked at Hobby Lobby for some cute, decorative vinyl but couldn't find any that I liked, so I put this project aside! BUT - today I was browsing through the store and saw this cute vinyl placemat on sale for .50!!! Score! (The orange is for you Krystyn!)

Twenty minutes later -- it turned into this cute wipe-clean bib!

Coasters - more Coasters!!!!

I looovveeedd the other coasters so much -- and they were sooo easy & fun to make -- and I had a lot of "requests" to make them for friends/family ... so yesterday I made about 6 more sets!!!

Here are a few ....

The vintage map ones are for George & I's living room -- I love to travel and he's a pilot. They are perfect!  
The rest are gifts! :) I can't wait to give them out!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Camera Strap Cover!

I wanted to make a fun & funky camera strap cover for my new camera (thanks mom, I looovvee it)! There are a million tutorials online if you want to make one, just google it! They are super easy (essentially you just make a fabric tube measured to cover your old strap)! They make your camera look so cute and unique! I think I'm going to make a couple -- just so I have options, haha!

Men's Apron & Chef Hat

George is the chef in our house!!
Yes, ladies, I know -- I'm lucky!!!

*Update -- I got George to model it! :) Check it out at the end of this post!

He's been so supportive of my sewing (he just hates the sound of the machine, lol) and compliments my work even when its awful ... he has also made a list of requests -- pajama pants, a sleep mask, an apron!!

So ... here's his apron! I couldn't find a simple pattern for the men's apron online so I just sort of "eyed" it and created my own... but I think it turned out pretty good -- he was happy, haha!

Then I decided to have a little fun with it and make him a matching chef hat!!
I used this tutorial I found on the StardustShoes Blog!

Now if only I could get him to model it for y'all ... i'm working on it!
He's such a good sport! My cute barefoot chef! :)

The Best Beach Blanket!

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.”
--Isak Dinesen

I grew up on the sandy beaches of South Carolina!There is nothing better! I have the best childhood memories of family vacations on Fripp Island in Beaufort & even better memories of skipping class in college with all the girls to enjoy the beautiful weather (and drinks!) at Folly Beach in Charleston! I can't wait until Nelson gets here and we can build more memories at the beach!! :) I love watching the little naked babies on the beach roll around in the sand! :)

I know it's not beach weather and this project might be a little "out of season" -- but I can't help dreaming about the summer weather, the sound of the waves and the salt water! Plus -- I looovee beach hair!!! The saltwater just does something wonderful for the waves in my hair!

With Nelson and I together, we are going to need something bigger than a regular towel but I refuse to pay $40.00 for a Beach Blanket so I decided to make one!

I found a vinyl tablecloth on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.00 and bought two regular bath towels at Walmart! The bottom layer of the blanket is waterproof vinyl and perfect to throw on the sand, so that afterwards you can wipe it down! The top layer are the soft towels!! I added a little pocket in the corner to hold a book or sunscreen or whatever you may need!

I tried to get a picture of the whole blanket -- but it's pretty big -
 about 52" x 52"!! (That's the pocket in the bottom right corner)
It folds up nice and small -- it's ready to be thrown in a beach bag for a great day at the Beach! :)

Make your own Dog Toy!

Remember how I said Niles destroys EVERYTHING?? Well buying tons of dog toys can get really expensive - especially since he ruins them so quickly! So ... I decided to make him one!

I had some leftover towel ends from my Beach Blanket and thought they would be perfect for a "rope toy" for Niles. I cut the scraps into three long pieces and braided them all together!!! It took about 5 minutes and Niles couldn't wait to destroy it!

Niles LOVED it!!

Brilliant Backseat Car Organizer

I love this!!
(you know it goes back to that whole organization thing)

Since Nelson and I will be nomads for the 12 weeks that George is in training ... I'm going to need all the help I can get keeping everything together!! :)

I stumbled upon this tutorial online at The May Fly -- and thought it was brilliant!! A "car organizer" -- that's exactly what I needed for all Nelson's stuff!

I tweeked it just a bit since Nelson is still a little too young for Coloring Books & Action Figures! :)
My seat heads don't detach so I used velcro fabric straps and elastic to hold it in place! I made big pockets for diapers & wipes on the top .. and then bigger pockets to keep an extra outfits, burp cloths or whatever on the bottom! My favorite part is that I added ribbon to hold links for baby toys!! That way I always have some on hand! :) Plus, it just makes it look cute!

I love it so much -- it looks so cute back there!
Now, I just need to make a matching trash bag for the front seat!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Super Easy Dog Pillows (or Floor Pillows)

Niles is a pretty lucky dog -- he doesn't have to spend much time in his kennel since George or I are normally home (we work opposite schedules, boo)! But -- every now and then he has to "go to bed" and hang out in his HUGE kennel while we're gone! Sad I know .... but we've tried leaving him out and his freedom is not worth the trash he gets into and the things he destroys, lol. :)

Speaking of things he destroys -- dog beds! All that stuffing inside is WAY too tempting apparently ... so he's chews it all up! In case you don't have a dog -- dog beds are SUPER expensive! I bet we've spent over $100 on these stupid beds that don't even last a week around our destroyer of a puppy! :)

So ... I decided to make him one!!!!

I found this really cute towel on sale at Marshalls that said Good Dog! The brown was perfect so it wouldn't show his hair! YAY!

We had an old yucky bed pillow laying around and I just turned the towel into a "pillow case"! That's it - you have a comfy dog bed/pillow! So simple! and inexpensive! :)

Here it is!
Niles is still a little uneasy about this new addition to his bedroom ... he's not much for change, lol.

I just used a regular bath towel -- but if you bought the bigger beach towels, you could make them for floor pillows while watching TV or for a rocking chair, or just for kids! The possibilities are endless!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Adorable & Easy Coasters!

I love coasters!!! I mean who doesn't - they are so cute!!! I don't necessarily USE them that often ... but I at least like to have them on the coffee table, haha! I saw some that I really loved at Anthropologie but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much for four coasters! So of course -- I decided to try and make some!! I'm so glad that I did ... it was sooo easy and they turned out so adorable!!!

I made three different sets -- all with different designs! :)

I love these ones!!

How'd I do it? It's so easy you HAVE to try it! They would make such great gifts!!!

I went to Lowe's and bought some plain white tiles - just the most basic, cheap ones they had! Then I headed over to Michaels and bought some cute scrapbook paper and felt!

My tiles were 4 1/4 inche squares - so I cut the felt squares a little smaller (4x4) and mod podged them to the bottom of the tile! I used brown felt because it matched my paper choice (not that you can see it really) - so you could do any color! Then I cut and measured the scrapbook paper into 4 x4 squares ... and mod podged them! Learn from my mistakes -- the key is to use a THIN layer of mod podge -- otherwise the paper buckles (I sorta ruined the first one, booo :( )! After that I put a top coat of mod podge then sprayed with a finisher I picked up at Michaels! :)

That's it! You're done! Now sit back and drink some coffee on your cute new coaster! :)

I've already got 2 sets packaged ready to give as gifts -- I can't say who they are for because they might be reading this, but I hope they love them!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Maternity/Nursing Gown! :)

I loved my other hospital gown so much that I decided to make another -- just in case I have to spend more than one night in the hospital I will still look good! :) (well, at least my gown will - no promises on the rest, lol)

I made this one a little different ... it has a round neck instead of a V-neck, I added velcro to the sleeves for easy-access (aka nursing - haha!!), closed the back up (since I will no longer need it for epidural needles, etc) and made it a little shorter (you know, just to show off those attractive swollen cankles - lol). This one is more of a nursing gown than a hospital gown I guess, which is perfect - so hopefully I'll get more use out of it! Still haven't made the matching headband -- add it to my list of projects! lol.

Here she is - in all her glory! :)

A close-up of the Fabric! I just love it!!

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