Monday, May 27, 2013

Plastic Bottle Cap Pin cushion

                                                            Hello, Hello, Hello
It has been a while since I have posted anything. The days have been flying by lately, and it seems like I haven't had time to do anything but go to work, come home, cook dinner, go to sleep, and back to work. Today is Memorial Day. In honor of all the soldiers that fight for us to live in a free country...Thank you for all you do. Past, future, and present!
 I thought I would share some small pin cushions I made out of a plastic bottle cap. I didn't come up with the idea of my own, I seen it on Pinterest. 
    Here is what I have come up with. Mine are not completely done yet...I need to finish the had stitching. I'm not the best at it that's why I think I'm slacking on doing it. But these are super easy to make, a great way to use up some of those small pieces of scrap felt that you have. Also they would make great gifts to throw into a small travel sewing kit for yourself or someone else.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rainy day weekend

                                                        Happy Sunday!
Well its been a wet and rainy all weekend here in Illinois. But today is Sunday and the sun is shinning and the rain has stopped. Its going to be a beautiful day.

The rain got me a little motivated and I finished  up a few projects I was working on. One of them is I made another dog pouch for a friend of mine. She has several little Chihuahuas and the love, love, love my little dog pouches I make. I'm sure they would be great if they were made with fleece too. But I really am trying to use up what I have at home before I buy anymore fabrics. I'm pretty limited on space at the moment. So I made this one out of some left over cotton fabric I had and some scrap batting.

A few weeks ago I seen a picture on Pinterest of a mini hexagon pin cushion.It was so cute I wanted to make one like it. Here is the photo of the one I seen on pinterest (I'm not sure who pinned it first I think it came from someone on flicker) and then here is a photo of mine. Mines not perfect it that's ok. 
This is the one from Pinterest that inspired me to make my own

Here is my little creation.
I actually thought about going out and buying a mini hexagon pattern at the craft store, then I realized there was no need to spend money on it. So here is what I did. I searched a mini hex pattern online and tried to print it off but for some reason none would print off for me. So I traced it off my monitor screen onto a piece of paper. Then I cut it out and traced it onto the lid of a plastic container (like one to a old cool whip tub or a butter container lid) And I cut them out (turns out I really only needed one hexagon, I just used it over and over and over.)  I cut out a small circle in the middle of the hexagon so that when I stitched the fabric around it I would have a way to pop it out.(using a chop stick)  I know that there is another way you can stitch hexagons using wax paper, but I'm not too familiar with it so I just went with what I know.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

                                       Chip Clips
That's what I call them anyway.Yes they are just clothes pins, but they  do the trick. I've added a little touch of my own to them. So that they aren't just plain and blah. I always have these around in my kitchen. Cute and useful.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

          Dress Form Pin Cushion
 If you like to sew as much as I do then you may need to make one of these dress from pin cushions. I originally seen the picture of it on Pinterest and I knew I had to make it!! Its so adorable I plan to make quite a few more. The DIY Dish has a tutorial on how to make it. Its really easy to follow along. Here is the like to the tutorial video I didn't use a Christmas ornament on the top, instead I used what I had and that was a small round wooded cap that goes on a doll rod. And for the candle stick I stopped by the Goodwill and looked for some there. Turns out that was a great idea because they are only a dollar a piece. I think I got five of them. So its cheaper than buying new and its also recycling also. It wasn't as had as I thought to stitch it all together. The tips they give you on the video really did help while making it. I even added one of the frayed fabric flowers, with a button and I hot glued a gem in the middle of it.  Here are some photos of the one I made I will post more when I get the others finished.