Thursday, December 24, 2009
School is finally out, and I couldn't be happier. I finally get time to sew, sew, sew....I started my winter break by making 23 Easy Peasy wallets with added inside pockets. I found a tutorial for them on craftster.org. It really is simple. I made 23 in 5 days only working on them a little at a time. I'm sure that if I made one at a time it would only take me about 30 minutes for each. :)
I did complicate things by adding the inside pocket and the finger loop, but it was totally worth it. I will continue making these for gifts throughout the year. These are Christmas gifts for the people I love and who love me enough to use my home made creations.
My favorite two fabrics are the bold black and white print and the green, brown and white floral print. The best news of all is that one fat quarter can make two complete wallets or provide four 9in x 6 in pieces with enough material left over to create a couple of inside pockets.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I did want to post pictures of the duct tape rose that my friend Amber and I made in the spring. I decided to use ink pens as the base for the roses so that they would actually have a function and could be given out as gifts. I went to YouTube and searched videos to find the easiest and best method for making these fun and functional gifts. Every woman in my life got a bouquet for Mother's day. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures which is sad because they were beautiful. I did take pictures of the ones Amber taught me how to make.
These roses use two different tape colors as the petals and there are several variations of patterns. They work really well to represent school colors. The roses are easy to make.
What you Need
1. A bag of two of ink pens
2. Duct tape---one or two colors for the petals and one color, most likely green, for the stem
5. Flat smooth surface
What You Do
1. Cut several strips of duct tape 2 1/2 inches long for the petals (the number of petals is up to you)
2. Cut a thin strip to cover the very bottom of the pen (this will be the inner center of the rose)
3. Cut two strips about 4 inches to cover the length of the pen
4. To make the petals fold the upper right corner down & across the strip JUST above the lower left corner. There should be about 1/2 inch of stick tape still visible.
5. Next fold the upper left point down & across just above the right corner. Now there is only about 1/4 of the stick tape still visible. Make several of these.
6. Cover the bottom of your pen with the thin strip to create the inner center of the rose.
7. Start adding petals. This is easy, but the more you practice the easier it will become and you will surely become more creative with the design of your roses.
8. When you are happy with your rose petals. Cover the length of the pen with the green duct tape. This will also cover the lower raw edges of your petals.
9. Celebrate you're done!
If you need to actually see a demonstration of the roses being made just search YouTube, you'll find loads of helpful videos.
Fall semester was tougher than I thought it would be. I had zero time for anything other than homework, homework, homework. It's almost Christmas and I have nothing made for my family or friends. Well, as soon as my last final, Dec. 10, I am going sew, and craft and have a blast. I hope to make scrabble pendents, milk carton wallets, a few purses and decorated my house. I can't wait. Oh I, along with my husband, did make a few home salt dough ornaments. I have not had the chance to paint them yet. Soon!