Friday, February 16, 2018

FREE Fabric Friday Multi-yard Spring Fabric!


 It's time for a new for February Free Fabric Friday!  What is it? De-stashing for me = FREE fabric for others.  C'mon and give some lovely fabric a good new home!


This is the chance to build up your stash, score some hard to find prints and sew new things without the usual price tag.  I started it last year as a way to share fabric love with my readers and now I'm doing it again for 2018.


What's Up For Grabs Today? 

A multi-yard cut of this sweet spring print:


2 continuous yards of Mamma Bird by Valori Wells Designs for Westminster Fibers:


A great print for spring projects and with two full yards to play with, loads of project possibilities:


Here's a rulered pic to give an idea for scale:


How Does FFF (Free Fabric Friday) Work?    


- Special Fridays (as time permits), I offer up some free fabric from my personal stash, starting in the morning.

- If you're interested in a chance to get it for free, enter on the Rafflecopter.  


- I'll leave things open all weekend to give everyone plenty of time to discover what's being offered.  At the end of the following Monday (after reminding everyone what's up for grabs at the Craftastic Link Party), I'll randomly draw the free fabric recipient and then post who it is here (said person will also get an email notification).  


This means those in a different time zone won't be at a disadvantage and the results will be known to all by Tuesday.  It's only open from Friday until the following Monday at 11:59pm EST, so don't wait!

KEY INFO: The fabric will cost nothing, but I will need the shipping cost to be paid by the recipient via PayPal within 24hrs of notification.  This cotton bundle is 11 ounces total.  I'll ship it USPS to keep it as cheap as possible and only require the actual postage cost. My handling time and packaging will also be free:) Currently this is limited to US residents only.  

 Now, let's get to it!




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Easy Valentine's Day Bead Hair Jewelry Tutorial


The holidays this year seem to close together - it feels like it was just a hot second ago it was Christmas, now it's nearly Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and Easter are just a couple weeks apart.  What's a busy crafter to do at the last minute?  Keep the holiday projects fast & easy, like with this Valentine's Day Hair Jewelry!


I used items I had in my stash for this inexpensive, but fun Valentine's Day look.  These sparkly berry beads are what gave me the idea:


And some heart shaped pony beads:


I had just enough to make a super long one for my daughter.  Her hair is so long these days, it's hard to even fit it all in a photo!


Now, Let's Make The Hair Jewelry!



Here's what's needed:


Materials:
 - Assorted beads: berry beads (mine were from Sugar Pink Boutique), pony beads (local craft store)
 - Clear elastic string
 - Pencil, pen or knitting needle
 - Clear hair elastic

Cut a piece of the clear string double the length desired.  Fold in half over a pencil and double knot it.  


String the beads in the pattern desired.  I alternated a berry bead for every two hearts.



Once strand is full, double knot at the end to secure and trim off the tail.


Remove pencil from the top and loop a clear hair elastic to it.  Now it's ready to use.


To make an easy and full faux 6 strand braid to decorate, start by making a ponytail and splitting it into two braids.  


Loop the elastic of the hair jewelry over the hair band.  Since I used a ball-style band it was easy to anchor it between the balls:


Next take some hair pins and every couple of inches, pin the bead strand down against each braid.  This will hold all 3 parts together.


Secure at the bottom with a clear elastic.


Now there's a pretty Valentine's Day hairstyle in just a few minutes:


Happy Valentine's Day!



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentine's Time Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Valentine's Week Crafties! Time to inspire and be inspired with your crafty projects and ideas for the holiday and beyond.  Come join in the link party and celebrate the season with us!

Last week I shared my soft & simple Love Cuddle Self Binding Blanket Tutorial for pairing up a favorite cotton with plush cuddle fabric:


Just what was needed for keeping warm inside after the mountain of snow we received this weekend!


AND there was this new Free Fabric Friday for both fabric AND a quilt pattern, which ends tonight, so head over for a chance to grab it!


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Now let's see those Craftastic Picks:)

Delightful E Made had these chocolate covered cherry no bake cheesecake bars:


On House and Home offered up this sweet Valentine's holder with a biblical theme:


Paper Seedlings used aluminum foil to make these pretty faux pressed metal card panels:



Suzer Space made some fun cardboard cross-stitch :


Sparkle Living shared this felt mixed heart table runner:


and some yummy chocolate cupcakes with lavender buttercream frosting:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
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Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

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Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

FREE Fabric Friday FQ Bundle + Pattern


It's time for a new for February Free Fabric Friday!  What is it? De-stashing for me = FREE fabric for others.  C'mon and give some lovely fabric a good new home!


This is the chance to build up your stash, score some hard to find prints and sew new things without the usual price tag.  I started it last year as a way to share fabric love with my readers and now I'm doing it again for 2018.


What's Up For Grabs Today? 

This set includes four coordinating prints by QT Fabrics and Ink & Arrow PLUS a Hopscotch quilt pattern:


Four complementing color fat quarters offer up lots of project options:


uarters

How Does FFF (Free Fabric Friday) Work?    


- Special Fridays (as time permits), I offer up some free fabric from my personal stash, starting in the morning.

- If you're interested in a chance to get it for free, enter on the Rafflecopter.  


- I'll leave things open all weekend to give everyone plenty of time to discover what's being offered.  At the end of the following Monday (after reminding everyone what's up for grabs at the Craftastic Link Party), I'll randomly draw the free fabric recipient and then post who it is here (said person will also get an email notification).  


This means those in a different time zone won't be at a disadvantage and the results will be known to all by Tuesday.  It's only open from Friday until the following Monday at 11:59pm EST, so don't wait!

KEY INFO: The fabric will cost nothing, but I will need the shipping cost to be paid by the recipient via PayPal within 24hrs of notification.  This cotton bundle is 8 ounces total.  I'll ship it USPS to keep it as cheap as possible and only require the actual postage cost. My handling time and packaging will also be free:) Currently this is limited to US residents only.  

 Now, let's get to it!




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Easy Project Time: Love Cuddle Self Binding Blanket


Lately I'm loving projects I can fit into the small amount of free time I have.  I especially need them to be things that provide a lot of use and still feel fun well after any particular holiday or season is over.  There just isn't time to do a Valentine's Day themed item that'll get tosses into storage in a week or two, waiting for a chance to get used next year.  It's hardly worth the effort then!  Enter my Love Cuddle Self Binding Blanket.


This self-binding blanket mixes a pretty cotton print with a cuddly minky to make the perfect throw or baby blanket.  I'm not sure which I'll use it for yet....


The self-binding style gives it a classic, finished look, but without the hassle of doing a bound edge:


What I like most is that this print is perfect for Valentine's Day with it's love theme, but isn't too holiday-specific like the usual red & pink colors or heart designs.  It can be used all year long:  


Materials:
 - 1 1/8 yds cotton fabric (I used Love Where You're Going)
 - 1 1/4 yds minky/cuddle fabric
 - Optional but recommended: walking foot
 - Yard stick, rotary cutter, lots of pins, hand sewing needle

Start by cutting the cotton to be 39 inches by 39 inches and the cuddle to be 42.5 inches by 42.5 inches.  It's really important to get these super straight so using a yard stick and rotary cutter is key.  I find folding the fabric into halves or quarters makes this easier when the pieces are this big:


Lay the cuddle face up and center the cotton face down, so that there's a 3.5 inch border between the raw edges on all sides.  It's also important to make sure the cuddle's nap faces downward so it lays smooth.


Carefully pin together the raw edges of the fabrics all the way around, leaving the corners loose.  The more pins the better, so the cuddle doesn't stretch out while sewing.  


It also helps to sew with the cuddle side on the bottom and using a walking foot to better keep the fabric from shifting or stretching.  Cuddle is SO lovely for projects, but it can be frustrating to sew, so this will ease that a bit.  Sew the layers together all the way around, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, skipping the corners, 



and leaving a 3 inch gap on one side for turning.  


Pull the open corners to a point and stitch a diagonal line to make nice mitered corners. Trim off the excess fabric.


Turn the blanket right side out and slip stitch the gap closed.


Lay the blanket nice a flat and smooth out so there are no ripples on the back.  Pin along the binding area:


and topstitch all the way around:


The finished size is 40 x 40.  



Now there's a pretty blanket to love & cuddle up in!  




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