Friday, 3 April 2020

Charity bears

I'm trying to find small projects to keep me busy during this time of self-quarantine.

I've seen this little, free bear project and decided to make a few.

Using a short-matt fabric that I stole from a second-hand stuffed animal kit that I bought a while ago, I started with this little guy:

The locking eyes and applique need to be done first, before sewing and stuffing the bear. I think that Jake turned out quite cute!

Next, came Fred:

Fred is extremely soft. He's made out a polyester blanket that I bought a while ago at the dollar-plus store for $4.00 (Canadian). He turned out very cute, but cutting out the fabric was messy as the fibres went everywhere in my sewing room. After being sewn up, though, he no longer sheds. I also have a lot of the blanket left to make more, when my patience resumes.

My teen son has claimed Fred. He was also the one to name him...

The pattern for Warren the Charity Bear comes from Shiny Happy World.

For using the pattern, we will be making a donation to our local food bank in this (greater) time of need.

Happy crafting!

What Day is it?

It's day 19 of self-quarantining and I feel like all of the days are merging.

Last week I sewed a mug mat. It was a quick project, made with two fat quarters.

It was with an idea from the Crafty For Home blog.

I found a bird on Pintrest and traced it to make my applique (only glued on with heavy-duty fusing, not sewn). The quirky legs were made free-hand and very fussy.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

How a Mug Mat Turned into a Pillow

Today is day 9 of self-isolation. It really hasn't been too bad, especially since I have a stash of crafting supplies.

I've been eyeing a pattern for a free orange slice mug mat from Fort Worth Fabric Studio for a while. Yesterday I pulled out my array of orange fabrics and began my mug mat.

It was my first time trying applique, and I am enthralled by the possibilities that it opened up!

I followed directions, but knew that I wouldn't be able to achieve the proper quilting of the segments because I hadn't spaced by orange segments symmetrically as per instructions given. Thus began my change from an orange slice to a flower, from looking at it, I decided that it needed to be a pillow and not a mug mat!

I added strips of fabric on all four sides of the pillow front, and used matching fabric on the back to make the envelope pillow cover. Finished cover fits 16" square pillow form (that I've had for quite a while, and bought cheap at a thrift store).

Happy sewing, and stay HOME! :)

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Other small sewing projects

I love making small projects. The results are fast.

I made this Toddler Pillow and Case a few years ago. I've used it as a travel pillow on flights.

The pattern includes instruction on how to make the little pillow and the pillowcase.

My son loves the pillow so much that he shared the pillow during the flight...

The pattern is from Schoolhouse Patterns.

Pintrest has a lot of free patterns if you search for pincushions. I made this one a few years ago.

I'm not quite sure which pattern I used on this one. I will post when I find the source.

Happy crafting!

Val :)

Friday, 13 December 2019

Small sewing projects to gift for Christmas or any time

What do you do when you're a crafter who does multiple crafts? You drive yourself crazy with all the possibilities of gift giving!

I saw this log cabin Santa ornament and thought that I just had to make it.

This translated, written tutorial with photos is quite good. This new YouTube video from Mom and Pop Quilt Shop is the only good video that I've found out there for this project.

I used a black sharpie for the eyes. I bought puny beads but I couldn't see them well enough to attach them...

For those who are eco-friendly and want to eliminate the use of aluminum foil or plastic wrap to put things away, these reusable bowl covers are ideal:

I made these reversible covers in medium and large with material for $10 a metre at Michael's and some thin batting.

The project consists of cutting out circles and sewing them together, turning them rights sides out and creating a tube in which to insert some elastic.

There are many tutorials online. My preferred video is from Shabby Fabrics.

Last year, one of the presents that I made was a sewn phone stand pillow.

A tutorial from SewVeryEasy is here.

I filled mine with dried barley and rice and polyester stuffing.

Now I just need to make one for every room. :)

Of course, as mentioned in a recent post, these zippered triangular pouches are fast and fun:

More photos of previously made triangle pouches can be seen here.

The video tutorial from Crafty Gemini is here.

Happy crafting,

Val :)

Scandinavian fabric stars

These little fabric stars are so cute.

I've only made one so far:

I plan to make more of these, and have already prepared fabric strips to make them. The width of your fabric dictates the finished size. This star began with fabric strips 4 x 16".

The tutorial that I used was from Mr. Domestic. He is so much fun to watch.

Another wonderfully written, step-by-step tutorial with photos is from Crafting Rainbow.

These are so much fun to make, and would make a cute present topper.

Happy crafting,

Val :)

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Happy December! The stockings are finished!

It's hard to believe, but December is already underway!

I have several projects on the go right now. I'm trying to decide exactly which project to gift each person.

I finished the third and fourth of four stockings for my family. This one is for me:

I'm unsure of the fibres in the gold fabric; I got a scrap of it from the thrift store. It was a thin, sheer material that frayed greatly. (I don't care to use it again and so will be re-donating it.) I wanted my stocking to be a bit "blingy," and was pleased with the results.

Here is stocking number four, made out of fleece:

I've seen store stockings and none of them were made with the same quality and love as the handmade ones. <3

The stocking template used is available for free here.

Happy crafting,

Val :)