Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Covered Mason Tumblers - Great Gifts for Awesome Women

Mason Jars are so great.  From home decor to their classic canning purpose, what can't they do. 
They also make great glassware.  I'm currently trying to talk the hubby into completely switching over in the kitchen.

So here's an idea for you.  Serge a cute fabric sleeve for one and stuff it with some favorite goodies, and what a fun gift!

My friend Cathy makes these for craft fairs - her shop is Cozy Camera's she doesn't have them listed there but check out the awesome cases and strap covers.

These are for my daughter's teachers at school.  Stuffed with some hair ties and Key FOB's from my etsy shop,  I think this makes a fun, non traditional end of the year gift.  

How Easy was this?  Well it was done in about 3 minutes, so pretty easy :)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Basic Review of Brother Serger 1034D vs. Singer Professional 5

If you are looking into purchasing a serger, but trying to keep costs low there are 2 that come to the top of the search list.  

The Singer Professional 5 
Amazon Price 419.95

and the Brother 1034D
Amazon Price 189.92

I have owned both (within the last 4 months) and have an honest new user analysis.

Originally I bought the Singer Pro 5.  I was drawn to this machine for some great, and some not so great reasons.  First was price.... If I am honest, I will admit that I think that if something costs more, it should be better.... you get what you pay for right?  I also was drawn to the feature that the Pro 5 can be re-threaded into a cover stitch machine.  This seemed to make more sense to me than eventually purchasing a cover-stitch in addition to my serger.

After hours spent reading over the manual, and threading the singer,  then months using it as a 3 and 4 thread serger, and also occasionally as a coverstitch,  I decided that the singer was not worth my frustration, and money.  

In my opinion, there seemed to be too much going on with the machine.  It takes forever to switch to coverstitch mode and the tensions would not stay consistent.  It was a constant battle.

Next it was time to try out the Brother.

Pulling everything out of the box and inspecting it I loved that the brother was threaded with colored thread.  This made it easy to jump right in and see how the stitches came together.

Upon watching the videos (about 45 minutes worth) I was able to tie on the new thread and pull it through to an easy 3 thread serge.

Within about 5 minutes from there, I was serging!  With tensions working and a nice balanced stitch!
This was already going smoother than 2 months into the singer. 

Now I haven't tried all the stitches and feet that came with the Brother yet, but based on the ease of getting started, and the user friendly videos.  I highly recommend the Brother 1034d.  It is also worth saving a little more money and purchasing a separate coverstitch machine and not having to take the 30 minutes to re-thread.  

Sergers open up a whole new world in your crafting and creating realm.  Before you know it you'll be making great outfits and items for yourself and for family and friends!

This post was not sponsored by Brother, these are my own opinions on both products mentioned.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Boho Chic Twisted Headband Tutorial

This project is a pretty simple one.  Great for beginners on the sewing machine.

  • 1/4 yard - stretchy fabric (I use jersey cotton)
  • Rotary and mat or scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Soft Measuring Tape

Getting Started:

Cut out the 2 pieces of fabric to make the twisted headband:

To find the Length, measure your (or the wearers) head in the place where the headband will rest. 
Subtract 1" for most fabrics, but for ones with tons of stretch, subtract 2" 
For the Width - I go with 6" if you like a thinner headband, shrink accordingly. 

Fold fabric right sides together, length wise and zig zag (or serge) up the side, and turn right side out

Cross the two pieces of fabric to form an x with the seams in the center

Pull end together to make the twist in the center

Stack the 4 ends together, keeping flat and all seams in the middle

Zig Zag and straight stitch the ends together for a strong seam.  (If you have a serger, this is a great place to use it)

Trim off the excess, as close to the seam as possible, without cutting it

Turn the headband rightside out so the seam is on the inside and slip it on!

Then once you realize how much you love these, make some more!

I may have gone slightly overboard for my little cutie. 

These are also great on adults - perfect for working out, running, and just making a messy-do look good!  

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 I couldn't help it, had to make some for me too ;) 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

No Skill Required - Hand Painted Mugs

I am so excited to be sharing this easy DIY with My719moms.com!  Thank you so much for having me back!

Do you love your handwriting?

Yeah, me neither, at least not all the time. 

The wonderful thing about these hand-painted mugs, is that you don't have to have an artistic bone in your body to paint them.  All you have to do is cut out, or buy a cute sticker.

Can you cut out, or buy a cute sticker?

Good, then you may continue.

If you are a serious crafter and don't already have a Silhouette Cameo,  you might want to consider it.  I have been able to do so many fun projects because of this machine... but that's a post for another day.  

For this project I went to the Silhouette online store and purchased the "Thanks a latte" art, because well it's hilarious, and selected the letter "A" out of a pretty in stock font from my computer, and cut them out on some leftover adhesive vinyl from another project.  

Don't have the Silhouette?  No problem, you can hit up the craft store and pick up some cute letters, or shapes and use that!  Spell out a name, make a monogram, anything will work!

The next part is the fun part.  Using glass/ceramic paint from the craft store your going to paint over the stickers.  Make sure you are using paint that you can use on ceramics (this will require cooking them in the oven so that it doesn't wash off.) They will be labeled and in the same location as the other craft paints at the store. 

This is a project you can even get the kids involved in!  Making it for their teacher, dad or grandma?  Let them do the painting! 

For "Thanks a Latte" I had in mind a ombre or starburst idea. Starting with the lightest color in the center and adding darker as I went out.

Before the paint dries CAREFULLY remove the sticker.

Voila! and I didn't like it.... 

2 choices, wash and start over, or modify.

Being that I am incredibly slightly impatient I opted for modify.
Taking a baby wipe (a wet paper towel also works), I washed off the top and bottom to my design.

Much better.

For the "A"  I went blue then some simple polka dots...

Much harder to mess up, start there if this is new to you. 

Carefully pull off the stickers before the paint dries.  

Here is where you have to follow the directions for your paint.
Mine required me to wait 8 hours, then bake at 325 for 45 minutes.  The different brands vary slightly so be sure to check your directions.

Stuff these with a gift card, or some cocoa packets and what teacher wouldn't love this thoughtful gift.  Perfect for the end of the year!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DIY No Sew Curtains Video

I was featured on Fox 21 here in Colorado Springs sharing how to make some no-sew curtains!

Here's the Video!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

No Sew Curtains

How are you at sewing?  
Would you believe me if I told you I learned how to sew about 5 years ago?
Yep I was all grown up with kids of my own when I finally decided to tackle the amazing craft of sewing, and boy has it opened my world when it comes to creating.


Maybe you're not ready yet.

Maybe the machine is too scary.

Maybe you don't have the time.

Maybe you just don't want to.

Whatever your reason, it's okay, and there are still so many amazing projects for you.

Here's one.

Let's make no sew curtains together. 
curtain panels

Iron-able Fabric
Scissors or rotary 
No Sew Hem Tape - 3/8" wide

Start with figuring out the size your curtains need to be.  Measure from your rod placement to where you want them to fall.  (under the window, the floor, etc.)

Add 1" for first folds, then add as much as you want for your bottom hem, (1" for me)  and enough for the curtain rod pocket (2" for me)

Cut your panels

Now press all seams.

Sides are 1/2", fold 1/2" again

Bottom Hem is 1/2" then 1" 

 Curtain Rod top pocket is 1/2" then 2"

Next you need to make sure your steam setting is OFF on your iron.

Starting with the SIDES of the curtain on the first fold, place the hem tape, paper up on the edge of the fabric. 

 Place the hot iron on top.  Follow the hem tape instructions for how long to leave the heat on the tape.  

Once completely cool, peel off the paper backing from the hem tape.

Fold over and press again to create your finished edge.  

Repeat this process for the bottom hem and the top rod pocket. 

You are finished!  Hang your beautiful statement piece in your home!   

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