Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simple Sewing: Flannel Soft Blocks Tutorial


Want to make an easy baby gift that works for either gender?  Let the fabric do half the work for you!  Use sweet coordinating flannels with perfectly blocked stripes to make some soft & sweet blocks. Ready to make some?  Here's how -



Materials:
- 1/2yd cuts (I used Alphabet & Number Stripe and Baby Toy & Letters flannels) 
- 1 yd fusible fleece interfacing 
- Fiberfill stuffing
Sewing Machine & Notions (iron, press cloth, pins, ruler, hand sewing needle, thread, scissors/rotary cutter)

First, cut twenty-four (24) 4 inch  x 4 inch squares from the fabrics and from the Fusible Fleece. Cut two squares of the baby toys & numbers print for each block and 4 varying designs from the alphabet & number print (making sure to center each block on each "block" of the print):


Next, fuse the wrong side of a square of fusible fleece to the wrong side of each fabric square using an iron and damp press cloth.  By using fusible fleece interfacing these blocks will hold a firmer shape and last longer than just using plain fabric (which is what is needed with an item meant for a busy baby!). 


Arrange the blocks in the desired order so the alphabet blocks colors and prints alternate. I also made sure that the print was on the top and bottom.



Then, starting at one end of the horizontal part of the "+" shape, and with right sides facing, sew together two block sides with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, starting and stopping 1/4 inch from the edge (this will make it easier to make the corners pointed later).  Next sew on the top and bottom.



Then sew the remaining side seams to complete the block (leaving a 2in gap on one side for turning the block right side out), making sure the seam cross at the corners:


The block should look like this when ready to turn.  Clip each corner as shown and turn right side out through the gap, using a knitting needle or pencil to gently poke out the block's corners. 


Stuff with fiberfill until nice and full.  Hand stitch the opening closed with a slipstitch.


Repeat with the remaining blocks:


And get ready to share the love with baby!




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Link Up Your Projects: It's The Craftastic Monday Link Party


Welcome Fellow Crafties!  Come link up the latest & greatest things you've been creating.  I'm all about featuring stuff I like, so be sure to link to the party somewhere (your post, party page or sidebar) so it's easy for me to pick you!

Last week I shared my super easy how-to for making a Faux Painting Wall Art With Fabric:


With it's dimensional paint details, no one will guess you didn't buy it - or how little it cost to make:

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And don't forget to link at the Craftastic Mixer!

After linking your latest project posts below, click over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

It's FREE advertising for YOUR site/Facebook page - INCLUDING SHOPS - and a way to easily discover new sites to love at the same time.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  That means more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

The Woods of Bell Trees shared how to make some pretty monogram pendants:


The Scrap Shoppe had this free pattern for a retro camper perler bead keychain:


Looking for a fun project for the kids?  Check out One Little Project's dish soap silly putty:


Or paint salt castles with this tutorial from The Practical Mom:


Sew Travel Inspired sewed up this cute "kiss the frog" beanbag toss game:


Busy Being Jennifer shared this pretty & useful how-to for making citronella floating candles:


Engineer Mommy showed how to create these decorative metallic orbs with embroidery hoops:


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.  

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

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 giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

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Friday, July 24, 2015

DIY Textured Pillow Tutorial + #Durathon Summer Crafts Contest


Hey!  I've got a special new tutorial over at Hamilton Beach's Everyday Good Thinking blog. It's for my DIY Textured Pillow (shown above). It's easy enough for a beginner, yet has a fancy designer style look.  

You can find my full how-to for making it and the secret to making the fun crinkle texture here.  I hope you'll go check it out:)  

FYI - there's also a fun contest for a chance to win an awesome Durathon Digital Iron (I've got one of these and it's fabulous).  They're giving away 10 irons in all.  All you have to do is pin your favorite DIY projects - super easy!  More details on the how to enter & the official contest rules can be found here.  

Have a fun, craft-filled weekend everyone!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tutorial Time: Faux Painting Wall Art Using Fabric


Got a space that needs some interesting wall art, but you aren't very artistic? Or don't have that casual/modern look most DIY art tutorials seem to show (Note to DIY people: we don't all have homes that are chevron, wood pallet or bright yellow friendly!)?  Today I'm showing how to use some fabric to make beautiful painting-esque wall art with 3-D details.  And did I mention it's cheap and easy?  



It's got the raised details of a real painting, but didn't require the artistic skills:


Here's a little backstory on my project: we recently had our already textured foyer repainted a nice neutral grey color.  I love the change, but that meant the sage green painting I'd had at the top of the stairs didn't match anymore.  I wanted to add punches of color that coordinated with the adjoining plum walled living room and other accents in the foyer, but I couldn't find anything that worked.  Covering a canvas was an option, but I wanted it to still seem like a painting so here's what I did... 

Materials:
- Large blank canvas (mine was 4' by 3')
- Home decor fabric (I needed 1 1/2 yds)
- Staple gun
- Fabric paint
- Iron

I started by picking out a fun home decor fabric.  The moment I saw this bird print I knew it was The One.  It had all my colors, a soft watercolor print on a canvas fabric.  This meant it would look more like a real painting when hung and less like I was just stapling fabric onto a frame (shhh don't tell okay?):


I also grabbed a blank canvas while I was at the store.  I used a 50% off coupon to get the price down to about $25.  I needed the giant 3 foot by 4 foot size so this piece was a big chunk of the cost. I trimmed my fabric and gave it a good press with the iron.  The crease at the fold of my fabric was super stubborn and would not come out.  Of course, my fabric was "dry clean only"!  The solution?  I carefully misted the backside with a spray bottle and steam pressed it to give that crease the slip.



I laid out the fabric face down and centered the canvas over it.  I checked it multiple times before I started stapling to make sure it was nice & straight.  



Then I pulled the fabric up on one side and began stapling along the frame every couple of inches.  I repeated on the other sides, pulling the fabric as taut as I could while I stapled.



For the corners I pulled one side down and then did a fold over with the other:



I trimmed off the excess fabric and the first phase was done.



I wanted to add some texture and dimension to make this look like a real painting, so I added some fabric paints.  I used a squeeze bottle to do some outlining on a lot of the flowers:



I brushed over a few berries with the paint too and dabbed it to make some raised flower centers as well:



To do the birds' eyes, I used some Beads In A Bottle I had leftover from my Halloween Bats In The Belfry Mobile project.  This stuff makes a metallic faux bead effect and self-rounds so it doesn't have peaks like puff paint usually does.  Just what I needed for my birds:  



The total cost for my faux painting was under $50, which is way less than even the cheapest store bought wall art I could find and this one is exactly the style and colors I wanted.  


I'm really pleased with how it adds some color and visual interest to an otherwise challenging space.  



And it's got some nice dimension when you're up close too:



Now I'm wondering where else I can faux-painting it up in my house;)


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time to Link Up At The Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday!  Is your week off to a hot & humid start too? One way I'm keeping cool is by churning out the crafts indoors.  I'm finally getting to taking pictures of the backlog of projects I've been doing too and am looking forward to getting them up here at last!

Last week I shared the summery Emmaline Ruffle Dresses I made for my little miss, which are perfect for the sweltering days ahead:

     
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Want MORE people to see your crafty blog or shop?

After linking your latest project posts below, click over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

Why link there?  It's FREE advertising for YOUR site/Facebook page - INCLUDING SHOPS - and a way to easily discover new sites to love at the same time.  It takes just seconds - why not add yours? Who couldn't use a few more likes & views?!? 


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  That means more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

Behind The Seams Sewing created the colorful yo-yo pillow cover:


Run'N Stitch sewed up this striking sea creature table runner:


Looking for a fun project for the kids?  Check out Wesens-Art's tutorial for this recycled cork boat fishing game:


2 Crochet Hooks shared this fantastic how-to for making sand art without the hassle of filling bottles or complicated steps:


Creatively Homespun showed how easy it is to make a fun & frugal birthday party that kids (and tired moms) will love:


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.  

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

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



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 giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

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