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Fabric Jewelry – A Composition

For some reason I really love jewelry in the summer. Maybe because more of my arms and neck are visible with a summer wardrobe (it’s snow country here in the winter). Maybe I have more time to think about adding an accessory in the lazy summer mornings? I don’t know. What I do know is I like these easy ideas for accessorizing with your scraps!

Braided Fabric Bracelet from Craftaholics Anonymous– so easy, I’m making oodles of these in all colors…use regular cotton and use fray check on the edge if needed or fold raw edges inward before braiding.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/easy-fabric-bracelets-and-tutorial

Fabric covered bracelets from Fave Crafts. Use plastic or wood bracelets and cover them with strips of fabric…super easy!

http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/Fabric-Scrap-Bracelets/ct/1

Fabric covered Necklace from Elegant Musings by guest writer Tilly and the Buttons

http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/03/springtime-accessories-fabric-necklace-tutorial/

Amy Butler also has a tutorial for a similar necklace here http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FabricNecklace.pdf

Scrap Fabric Necklace from Smaller

This one I can’t wait to try out…small and colorful! Would coordinate nicely with the first bracelet, right?

http://smallmagazine.typepad.com/smaller/2009/06/small-projects-scrap-fabric-necklaces.html

Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

Super cute, easy, fast and would coordinate with the button earings in the previous post.

http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/fabric-button-necklaces.html

Ruffled fabric necklace from Craftaholics Anonymous

Sooo sooo easy!

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/vintage-ruffle-necklace-with-tutorial

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Fabric Earings – A Compilation

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  -Pablo Picasso

Those scrap piles keep growing faster than I can  and sew projects. The summer months have been busy with farmers markets and art festivals.  So I thought I’d give you a sampling of fabric earings tutorials I found on the www. Hope you enjoy!

Fabric Button Earings from blog Casa de Lewis

Made these, like a jillion pair and love them. Note a metal glue, like a super glue vs hot glue gun worked better for me

http://www.sadalewis.com/2011/06/fabric-button-earrings-tutorial.html

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Fabric Scrap Earings from DIY Fashion

This would be so funky…just might have to make these for a night at Music on Main

http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diyjewelrymaking/ss/ScrapEarrings.htm

Recycled Water Bottle and Fabric Earings from Fave Crafts

This one also has a YouTube video if you prefer the video tutorial.

http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/Repurposed-Reverse-Fabric-Earrings

Fabric and Wood Earings from The Craft in Me

These look really easy and I like the look. They would probably be really light-weight too!

http://thecraftinme.blogspot.com/2010/04/fabric-earrings.html

Stack-em Up Fabric Cubes

I have 4 friends that are all preggers right now! It is such a fun time with babies arriving soon!  I’m a little inspired by all the baby-mania and here is a fun way to use up some scraps and create lasting toys for those little ones in your life!

Level: If you can sew a straight line-you got this one!

Time: about 30 minutes

Materials:

Scrap fabric – 3 prints (A, B, C) , 2 pieces of each print cut to 4″ x 4″ square for a total of 6 pieces

Light weight iron on interfacing (Pellon 911FF)

Thread

Stuffing (poly-fill works well)

1.  Cut out 6 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric and interfacing.  You should have 2 pieces of each print (A, B, C)

2. Iron interfacing to Wrong side of each piece of fabric.

3. Using this diagram, stitch squares together to form block.  Stitch fabric A-B-A-B. Then stitch fabric C to end piece A, stitch second piece of C to the bottom of the same end piece A.  Stitch end piece A to end piece B to form main square of the block. Then stitch pieces C to A then to pieces B. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing when you stitch the last 2 pieces together.

Download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/97938721/Fabric-Cube-Template#fullscreen

4. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting.

Coasters II

So my oldest son (Big W) is so excited about coasters. I have a plastic cover I’ve made for our table so that my 2 boys under 5 years old cannot do much damage to it. Despite the table already being adequately protected, Big W insists that everyone use a coaster at the table.  So here is coaster idea number 2 in what might be a series!

Level: If you can sew a straight line….

Time: 1/2-1 hour

Materials

Scrap fabric in 5 1/2″ squares

Iron-on interfacing lightweight (I used Pellon 911FF)

Iron-on batting interfacing – 5″ square per coaster

Miscellaneous scrap fabric for decorative sides

{All Rights Reserved Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Designs Ltd – for personal use only}

1. To create the coaster shown above I used a solid 5 1/2″ square of fabric on one side. To create this striped side, cut 4 pieces of fabric 2 1/2″ wide x 8″ long. Iron on lightweight interfacing (pellon 911ff) to the wrong side of each piece.

2. Stitch 2 pieces lengthwise together, press open and then topstitch 1/8″ from seam. Continue until all 4 pieces are stitched together to form one larger piece.

3.To get the diagonal effect of the stripes, place the 5 1/2″ square on the larger striped section at an angle. Using the square as a template, pin in place and cut along the edge. You now have 2  squars that are 5 1/2″

4. Place batting on the wrong side of 1 square. Have the iron-on side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Press following manufacturer directions.

5.Place square with iron on batting right side facing on second square. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2″ around the edge leaving a 3″ opening on once side for turning right side out. Clip the corners.

6. Turn right side out, press. Topt stitch 1/4″ from edge around all 4 sides closing up the opening as you sew.

For this set I made 4 diffrent coasters – one as shown above.  I added a band to one side of a solid square before stitching by taking a 3″ wide strip of fabric, fold the ends lengthwise towards the center and press, then stitch the band to the  square at an angle (you could also make it go vertical or horizontal).  I made one with a solid square on each side and then a different coaster using 2 triangles. I folded the 5 1/2″ square diagonally to make a triangle then added a 1/2″ seam allowance to the longest side. With right sides facing match up the longest sides and stitch, press and topstitch. You now have a 5 1/2″ square

Use your imagination. Create hexigons, circles, hearts, etc…have fun!

Play Ball!

With 2 boys in the house I know that things can get, well, rough, to say the least. They are 200% boy. Each boy has recently earned their own set of stitches and I’m simply amazed we haven’t had the need for stitches sooner than this!

So moms of boys and of course girls, you will definitely appreciate these soft balls perfect for playing with inside the house, bedrooms, etc. They are soft, squishy and when Son A chucks it full force at Son B’s head, it won’t hurt (as bad.) Oh and it probably won’t even break the living room window! Bonus!

Level-Beyond Easy Peazy

Time: Seriously about 15 minutes

Materials

Scrap fabric measuring at least 10″ x 5″ – I chose 3 different fabrics here but you could do 6 different fabrics too

Lightweight Iron-on interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF)

Poly fiber stuffing (what you find inside pillows)

Hand sewing needle and coordinating thread

1. Print template. The template should print on a 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The template itself should measure approximately 9.5″ tall (top to bottom).   Click on this link (or copy and paste to your search bar), download template and print. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97350448/Scrappy-Ball-Template

Template Print on 81/2″ x 11″ paper

2. Cut out template. Trace template onto scrap fabric. Cut out fabric along traced lines. Do the same for interfacing. You should have 6 pieces of fabric and 6 pieces of interfacing.

3. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric. Do this for all 6 pieces.

4. Arrange the pieces as you  like. Sew two pieces, right sides together, back stitch at beginning and end of stitch, along the long side

5. Stitch a third piece to these joined pieces. You now have 1/2 of the ball.

6. Repeat 4-5 for the other side of ball.

7. Join both halves of the ball by lining up the top and bottom (where the three pieces come together) with right sides together. Stitch all the way around the ball leaving a 3-4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Turn right side out. Stuff the ball so it is firm or desired squishy-ness.  Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (or if you’re less patient, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch)

Hey there Hot Dish!

Let me confess, I do not quilt. I have attempted a quilt or two but recognize that I do not possess the patience needed for quilting.  Or maybe I use up my allotted patience with my boys and therefore am left with none for quilting.  Right now, I enjoy the project that can be completed within a few hours leaving me with an accomplished feeling.

This need to feel as I have accomplished something probably stems from the chaos of living with 2 toddlers where nothing ever feels accomplished, not the laundry, not the dishes, not the cleaning, organizing, etc.  As quickly as one task is checked off my list, the same task is added back to the bottom of the list….

Oh well….these darling Mug Rugs and Hot Dish pads are the perfect project to leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished something today!  They make fun little gifts for all occasions, new home, new job, new baby, wedding, or just because!  And I LOVE that they put all my beautiful little scraps to work!

Level: If I can do you it you can do it-no quilting experience necessary

Time: About 1/2 hour – 45 minutes per rug depending on size

Materials:

Lots of scrap pieces cut 1 1/2″ wide by at least 4″ long

2 pieces of fabric for the border about 2 1/2″ x 7″

Backing piece of fabric 7″x7″

Fleece or natural cotton quilt batting for the interfacing 7″x7″

Bias tape (see how here https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/)

1. Select 9-10 of the 1 1/2″ pieces.Stitch them together lengthwise to create a 7″ x 4″ panel.

2. Stitch one border piece to the top (long side) of the pieced section. Do the same with the other border piece and stitch to the bottom of the pieced section.  You now have a square approximately 7″ x 7″. Note: if your piece is larger than this, trim to 7″ x 7″

3. Place fleece/batting on the wrong side of backing.  With fleece side up place the pieced square WRONG side down on top of the fleece.  Pin.

4. Here’s the fun part. Set your stitch length to about 4.  Now have fun. As you stitch move the square around creating swirls, zig zag, circles, whatever you want. Have fun with it. If you are more familiar with using a walking foot for quilting please do so.   The wavey lines I created here remind me of the bamboo forests in Hawaii.

5.  Fold bias tape over the raw edges, pin in place. Topstitch through all layers of the bias tape and quilted square. Fold end of bias tape under so there are no raw edges and back-stitch to secure.

Create a larger pad to use as a Mug Rug, serve tea and cookies on it, use as a traveling mouse pad, trivet for larger pans or mini table runners for your side tables in your living room or bedroom.  Get going and be creative!

Shown here at about 13″ x 10″ I made the pieces in the center 1 1/2″ x 5″ long and used 2 extra border pieces about 10″ x 3″

Here’s a sample of a variety of pads I made last night using a very small shoe-box size box of scraps from my studio and whatever material I had on hand at home.  I even created a mini pad 4″ x 4″ perfect for a coaster!

Awe-mazing Gift Bows

 

I adore anything handmade especially when it is given to me as a gift. There is something about receiving a gift that was made with you in mind. I cherish these gifts most as I think of the time and love put into that object.

Whether your gift is made by hand or not, you can add a little personal touch to every gift with one of these amazing fabric bows. It’s good for the environment and your friend will probably love the bow almost as much as the gift itself!

{Pattern Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Design Ltd}

Level: Super Easy

Time: 1/2 hour or less (make more than 1 at a time and save them in a small tote with your gift wrap)

Materials:

Scrap fabric 8-14″ long at least 2″
Button
Pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking blade
Hot Glue
Thread (you can hand sew this but I like to machine sew these-it’s just faster)
Wonderunder double sided iron-on by Pellon (for bow #2)
Bow Option 1:
1. Using the pinking shears/rotary cutter cut fabric into strips 1″ to 1 1/4″ wide so the pinking cut is on each side of the fabric. Cut strips to the following lengths. You will need 2 of each size: 14″, 12″ 10″ 8″
2. Fold each piece as follows: with piece horizontally in front of you, fold short edge to the middle and flip upside down, then take other side of the strip and fold to the middle and flip upside down. The turns on each side should be going opposite directions. Pin. Do this for the remaining 7 strips.
3. Stack the strips perpindicular by size (ie: place one 14″ strip on top of the other 14″ strip show they are shaped like a +) Tack in place by hand or with a forward and back stitch on your machine
4. Stack the + by size. Place the 14″ set on bottom, then the 12″ set on top of that, then the 10″ set on top of that and then the 8″ set on the top. Stitch through all layers making sure the ends of each set are secured.
5. Hot glue a button or other decorative center.
Bow Option 2:
1. Cut 4″ strips of wonderunder by 14, 12, 10 and 8″ Iron one piece between 2 pieces of fabric. Use pinking rotary cutter and cut strips to 1 or 1 1/4″ wide.
2. You will want 2 pieces of each length when you are done. Continue as above from step 2
Bow Option 3:
1. Cut fabric scraps into 3″ strips by 14″, 12″, 10″ 8″ – you will need 2 of each size.
2. Start with 1 strip. Fold in lengthwise bringing the edges to the center. Your strip will be 1 1/2″ wide. Iron. Fold in half (it is now 3/4″ wide) iron.
3. Topstitch along both long sides about 1/4″ from the edge.
4. Fold as shown in step 2. Omit pinning and instead tack ends in place. Stack them into sets as in #3 and tack in place.
5. Using a hot glue gun stap the sets as follows: 14″, top with 12″, top with 10″, top with 8″
6. Hot glue with buttons or other decorative items, gems, pearls, reclaimed jewelry pieces.