Friday, February 27, 2009

The "Blossie" Bag Free Tutorial by Ros Mirrington of Bloom Blog

Sometimes you run across amazing crafters who have the most delightful and most colorful of blogs. Blogs created by crafters with enormous talent and that are filled with beautiful pictures, stories, creations, and ideas. One such blog is  Ros Mirrington's "Bloom" blog and it is not only colorful and delightful, but has 3 wonderful tutorials to teach you how to make one of Ros's incredible "Blossie Bags" with pockets and handles. I hope you enjoy Ros's 3 tutorials and hope it inspires you to make your own bag.


Tutorial For "The Blossie Bag"

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Easy Peasy Bag Pockets Tutorial

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Here's what Ros had to say about her pockets: I usually use this method to do pockets inside my bags. It is easy and quick!



Faux Piped Handles Tutorial

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Ros's Blog Bio - A friend recently asked me which I could give up more easily, gardening or stitching. An impossible question. Of course, the suggestion that I could give up either is preposterous! If you are similarly enamored with blooms, whether they be real or stitched, welcome to my blog!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by  Ros Mirrington of Bloom blog. Ros is an avid gardener, crafter, photographer, quilter, handbag designer, embroiderer, stitcher, crazy quilter, and seamstress.

Please visit her Bloom blog - https://bloomandblossom.blogspot.com/ and her Bloom and Blossom Flickr photostream - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bloomandblossom/

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Petal Drawstring Bag Free Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog

I just love creative embroidery and crazy quilted creations and love to learn how to create such astonishing creations - especially when the tutorials are from a master of creative embroidery. You'll be pleased to know that Julia Camilleri of "Julia's Place" blog has once again graciously agreed to let us post another one of her fabulous tutorials. I hope you enjoy Julia's Petal Drawstring Bag tutorial.



I'm still working on my Civil War quilt.
I am determined not to let it be another UFO....so until I get a bit more done on it to show you, here's a little tutorial I have in my files for this sweet drawstring bag....
Mine is made up in CQ...but you can of course make it up in a pretty fabric of your choice, if you so wish...it's looks just as pretty.

Flower Petal Bag.
Requirements:
24in x 10 ½ in of Main fabric
24in x 10 ½ in of lining fabric
5in x 5in of lining fabric to cover template plastic for base
4 ½ in x 4 ½ in square piece of template plastic for base
1½ yards of cord
Assortment of beads

¼ in seams allowed for in pattern.


You first need to make up a simple pattern using the measurements given above...

Fold main fabric piece in half, right sides together (12in x 10 ½ in).
Make a pattern for the petals using the pattern guidelines and measurements given
Cut the petals to shape with the pattern.
Stitch the side seams together, leaving an opening in the seam an inch below the petals for the cord. This is a side on view showing paper bag bottom..Open the bottom fold line and line up the seam to the fold line.
Measure up the side seam 2 ½ in from the bottom fold line and mark with a pin.
Stitch across at the 2 ½ in point to form a paper bag bottom.
Repeat at the other side seam of the bag, completing the paper bag bottom.
Turn to right side out

Repeat this same process for the lining fabric, this time leaving open the side seam to turn bag through to the right side when finished.

To line bag:
Leave the lining inside out.
Place the main fabric bag inside the lining, with seams lined up, pin the petals of main fabric and lining fabric together to hold in place.
Stitch around the petals.
Clip the points and corners.
Turn to the right side through the opening in the lining and slip stitch the opening closed.
Roll out the petals between your fingers and press carefully.
Draw a line across the bag just below the petals and machine stitch around the bag.
Machine stitch another row ½ in below this row to form a casing for the cord
Bead the tips of the petals with beads to compliment the main bag fabric.
Cut the cord in half to make two lengths, using a safety pin thread the cord through the casing, go right around coming out the same opening as you started, tie the two cord ends together.
Repeat with the second piece of cord at the other opening.

To make the plastic base, fold fabric right sides together and sew up three sides.
Turn through to the right side, place plastic inside and close up the last side with ladder stitch.
Place inside bag.
Fill with a generous dose of love, seal with a kiss and give to a very special person.

In friendship...♥


Copyright © 2008-2009 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog.

Please respect Julia's Terms Of Use:
Items made from Julia's tutorials are for personal use only. You may make an item for yourself or as a gift, but items made may not be sold either for small personal profit or commercially. Julia's tutorials cannot be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without Julia's written permission.

Julia's Bio - Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, silk ribbon embroidery, handbags, quilts, and all things Victorian. She has been published many time and in many magazines.

Copyright © 2008-2009 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri on her "Julia's Place" Blog - http://creativeribbons.blogspot.com/. For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian.  For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site - https://www.flickr.com/photos/36613380@N00.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Machine Embellishing A Postcard Tutorial by Maggie Robinson of Magpie's Collectables

If you've ever wondered what machine embellishing is then Maggie Robinson's tutorial on embellishing a postcard should help. Maggie posted the tutorial on her Magpie's Collectibles blog.





1. Start with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece of pellon. I use Pelletex 70.

2. Decide what image you are going to do. Sometimes a picture is helpful, or just use an idea in your head.

3.Lay out some wool roving's and begin.

4.Use a piece of netting over your work to do the punching so the wool doesn't get tangled in the needles...

5. Punch, Punch, Punch...... Oh what fun!!!












6. I use a shishkebob stick to guide the wool and keep it where you want. It is much safer than your FINGER!!!!




7. Depending on where you want what I go to my sewing machine and do some thread embellishing with rayon thread.

8. After I get the tree in place, I go back to the wool roving's and put some leaves on the tree.






9. Pretty well done now...

10. The last step will be attaching the main piece to a background. Trim to 4"x6" and satin stitch around the edge...

11. Woops I forgot to take a picture of the finished card.




This is the beginning of another card where I sketch out what I want on the pellon and go from there.




Punch, Punch, Punch...








This is the finished card .If you look closely, I have put 2 layers of green tulle on top of it all to give a green cast. The wee snowman was hand appliqued and some beads and sequins have been added. This particular card went to Mary Lou in my "Stitching Fingers" group. We have just started exchanging FAP's there.. LOL




I wish I knew how to do a video as it would be much easier, but til I learn that, I hope this has given you some idea as to how I go about making these.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Maggie Robinson of Magpie's Collectibles blog - http://magpiescollectables.blogspot.com/.

Maggie Robinson is an artist who creates oil & watercolor paintings, fiber arts including miniature postcards, art dolls, miniature and regular sized quilts, creative embroidery, embellished arts, needlework, book making, smocking, 3 dimensional stump work, fabric collage, beading and whimsical bags.

According to Maggie: Creating is a wonderful, fulfilling, inspirational, never ending process which I highly recommend. I look forward to each day with enthusiasm and the love of what I do. I have quite an extensive collection of fabric and other "stuff" which I work with. My inspiration comes from something as simple as a special button, or a piece of fabric, or even just a particular color.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What To Do With A Diaper Wipes Container by Shelley of Abundant Blessings Blog

What To Do With A Diaper Wipes Container..... And My Husband Thought This Was Just Trash!

"Here honey, would you drop this in the trash?" My husband said as he handed me this.....



As the words registered in my mind, that other part of my mind, the creative, convoluted, misunderstood part was in other places. After all, this is a perfectly good plastic container.

"It's such a nice plastic container." My husband teased as he saw that scary look on my face, the look that says, "I'm going to do something with this and you're going to have to get excited about it when you get home from work."

He gets frightened by that look.

But, surely there must be something to do with this if it is just going to fill up some landfill I thought. I'm not talking about the obvious things like remove the cover and use it for a pencil container because after all how many pencil holders does one family need? I'm talking about something creative and fun to make and well, something like this...



It's a little gadget case/purse and I really did make it out of the diaper wipes container. O.k, here comes the apology, I'm sorry I have no photos of the process. I really had no idea what I was doing and wasn't even sure it was going to work. However, I will be making another one and I will photograph the process then. Here is a basic overview. I took the container, cut off part of the top of the container until it was the height I wanted. I threw out the cover and the top of the container which I cut off. On the outside of the container I used fabric which I wove on my loom but was leftover from a previous failed project. Then I took a fleecy fabric repurposed from the inside of an old coat and lined the inside of the container with it.



I folded the lining fabric over the top rim of the container and blanket stitched it to the other fabric. The cover was made out of cardboard covered with more of the handwoven material and lined with the same lining material as the container. I then blanket stitched around the inside of the lid lining. I attached the lid to the container with a cord so when it is opened it doesn't get lost. A button holds it closed and a long shoulder strap was added for carrying. This case is perfect for when you only want to have a few items with you. My daughter says it is perfect for yard saling (great minds think alike). It's great for carrying around your spending money, your cell phone and keeping your hands free.



As you can see there is room for the phone, credit cards or cash and keys and probably a lipstick or other item or two. Here's a few more photos:



Isn't it cute? I do think if you are going to use this idea you should be sure to use as much repurposed materials as possible, that is the whole idea isn't it? I hope this inspires you too create something out of found materials too.




Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Shelley of Abundant Blessings Blog @ http://hisabundantblessings.blogspot.com and Abundant Blessings Etsy Shoppe at http://abundantblessings.etsy.com . Shelley is a homeschooling mom. She and her husband, along with their 4 children, all work together in their creative endeavors.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Tippy The Snow Bunny - Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE adorable "softies."  If you do, too, then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has another wonderful "softie" pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and "Tippy" is just too cute!


Tippy The Snow Bunny
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Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about Tippy The Snow Bunny: This pattern is a one that I shared with my newsletter members last year for a cute kid bundled up in a bunny snow suit. You may remember seeing Tippy, the True Blue Snow Bunny on my Blog and briefly in my Etsy shop. Just follow the instructions to make your own Tippy. 

All you need to do is to click on the pattern below and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge.  You should be able to right click, save the image and then print it out. I usually print mine out on card stock so it's easier to trace onto fabric.

You can either insert the face from the back as I did or you can omit cutting out the face in the main body piece of the pattern and just top stitch the face pattern onto the body pattern. There is no seam allowance included in the pattern. I usually just trace it onto the felt fabric and then sew on the line. Also, I used floral wire in my feet so they could be bent and posed. If you have some pipe cleaners they work just as well and then you don't have to stuff the feet as much!

 Click on picture above to enlarge.

Please remember though that the patterns I share with you are for your own personal enjoyment and not to be sold for profit.

Enjoy!!!

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Lil' Lop Eared Bunny - Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I thought you might all like to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has an adorable bunny pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and hope you enjoy her bunny pattern.


FREE New Pattern, Lil' Lop Eared Bunny


Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Click on picture above to enlarge.

Here's what Lisa said about Lil' Lop Eared Bunny:   This pattern is a one that I shared with my newsletter members last year for a small vintage style bunny just the right size to fill any Easter Basket. You may remember seeing this little vintage style Easter Bunny on my Blog and briefly in my Etsy shop. I modeled him after a really sweet bunny I had as a kind (mine was blue with a white tummy) but truthfully, I think this guy turned out looking more like Eeyore! You can also turn the ears upright so he looks less like the famous Pooh Bear sidekick and hey, it's FREE so enjoy!

All you need to do is to click on the pattern. After you click, the pattern will enlarge. Then, just right click and "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. Then print it out. 

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Handmade Gift Tags Tutorial By Shelley of Abundant Blessings Blog

If you are looking for ways to recycle old cards then Shelley of Abundant Blessings blog has a wonderful tutorial on making Handmade Gift Tags from old cards.


Handmade Gift Tags
Tutorial by Shelley of Abundant Blessings Blog


Here is what Shelley said about her Handmade Gift Tags tutorial:

It has always bothered me the amount of money that is spent on greeting cards just to have them dropped in the trash. So, about 2 or 3 times a year my daughters and I take out all our greeting cards and sit and make tons of enclosure cards, reusing greeting cards which we have been given. Here is a tutorial on the method we use to do this. I hope you enjoy.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Shelley of Abundant Blessings Blog @ http://hisabundantblessings.blogspot.com and Abundant Blessings Etsy Shoppe at http://abundantblessings.etsy.com . Shelley is a homeschooling mom. She and her husband, along with their 4 children, all work together in their creative endeavors.