Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday Blowout Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday Crafties!  Spring weather is here and with sunshine all around and everything in bloom I'm really feeling the season.  I'm also celebrating my birthday week with a new tutorial and a big fabric giveaway on Friday, so be sure to come back the rest of the week!  

Now it's time for you to link up and share whatever you've been doing - crafts, sewing, knitting, DIY, decor, recipes, anything made by you is welcome:)

Last week I shared a great way to share our sewing skills with those less fortunate via the 1 Million PillowCase Challenge, plus an easy tutorial for making pillowcases with directional prints.  Find out about both HERE.


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Let's see the latest Craftastic Picks!!

KBB Crafts & Stitches did this beautiful cross stitch lavender sachet:



Nephi Handmade created these adorable crochet frog keychains:



Pieced Brain made this colorful Cake Mix quilt.  So vibrant!



Reviews, Chews and How-Tos offered up these low carb mushroom cap pizzas:



Home Cooking Memories showed how to whip up some strawberry mint smoothies:



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. 

 
Want a Chance to 
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Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
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 for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
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. 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.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1 Million Pillowcases Challenge & Easy Pillowcase Tutorial


During the Easter season our family has tried to focus more on giving & charitable work. I've been looking for more opportunities to use our skills in more ways and teach my kids some sewing at the same time.  So the timing couldn't be better to share the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge!



I heard about this charity challenge through Crosscut Sewing Company.  Last month, American Patchwork & Quilting kicked off a donation drive of providing 1,000,000 pillowcases to charities like shelters, hospitals, clinics and missions.  Participating quilt & fabric shops have joined in to promote this charity drive, host classes and serve as local drop off locations for pillowcase donations.  

Crosscut Sewing Company is one of these shops.  This Massachusetts based fabric store and sewing studio (that also has a fantastic online shop for the rest of us), was generous enough to provide me with fabric & directions to make a pillowcase to donate. They even sent me some matching thread and notion goodies as a surprise.  All in the name of a good cause, which was really generous:



I was able to pick out the fabrics from their vast shop offerings, which was fun too.  I choose this happy ice cream and coordinating clock print from the Boardwalk Delight collection by Dana Willard.


The only thing I didn't think about in advance was that this was a directional print, which meant the usual way of sewing a pillowcase up "burrito style" would make the print sideways on the finished pillowcase, which I didn't want.  As a result, I did this handy tutorial variation.  With this, it's just as easy to do with fabrics that have a distinct direction and maximize all the fabric choice options.

How To Make A Directional Print Pillowcase 

Materials:
- 3/4yd main cotton fabric
- 1/2yd cuff cotton fabric

- Optional: 1/8yd small trim cotton fabric
- Rotary cutter/shears, iron


Cut the main piece to be 21 1/2 inches high by the width of the fabric.  Cut two 16 inch high cuff pieces and two 2 inch high trim pieces (also the full width of the fabric for those).



Press each the trim strips in half, wrong sides facing and match up the raw edges with one edge of the cuff fabric (right side up).  Place the main fabric on top, right side down, and sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.



Roll up the main fabric and wrap the other end of the cuff fabric over it:



Pin and sew over the original line of stitches:



Pull the main fabric out through the open side:



Repeat these steps on the other end, pressing the trim ends flat:



Now, fold it in half widthwise with the right sides out and stitch along the top and bottom sides with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and trim down the raw edge close to the seam:



Pull the pillowcase inside out and stitch 3/8 in from the seam edge to encase the raw edges for a nice finish inside:



I loved the idea of using craft skills to help others in need and thought this would be a great opportunity to get my kids involved too.  Once I finished mine, I got my kids sewing some with some fabric from my stash to make a couple more:



They were so proud of what they made and in gaining a little confidence sewing.  I sew a lot for my kids, but it felt really good to be sewing with them and doing it all for someone else made it more special.  
  

Now that we've gotten ours done, we're ready to donate.  I'm excited to have the kids help deliver them and update the counter with our contribution.



Last time I checked the counter it was at 715,021, so many more pillowcases are still needed to reach the million goal.  This is such a fun & easy way to do a little something for someone else that could use some kindness at a difficult time.  I hope you'll join us!  To find a participating shop, check the counter, download free patterns and watch a how-to video, visit the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge website HERE.

American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge - I made a difference YOU CAN TOO! Click here to learn more.



I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received fabric from Crosscut Sewing Company, to make a pillowcase to donate to charity.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.   For my complete disclosure policy, click here.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Easter Monday!  I hope everyone who celebrated it, had a lovely Easter weekend (and good weather to go with it!).  I'm knee deep in spring cleaning, several projects and preparing for a big trip, so bear with me if things are a bit unusual around here.  Come link up and share whatever you've been doing - crafts, sewing, knitting, DIY, decor, recipes, anything made by you is welcome!

Last week I took a much needed break to prepare for the holiday, but I really enjoyed seeing so many new links and great ideas to feature.

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Let's see those Craftastic Picks!!

Worthing Court showed how to make this versatile upholstered farmhouse bench:



Knitting and So On created a free pattern for this knitted bunny egg cozy:



The Navage Patch made this incredible media console & showed how to do it.  It looks like it came from an expensive store!



Frau Tschi-Tschi offered up this free crochet spring bear pattern:



The Scrap Shoppe showed how to create this pretty floral basket:



Do It Your Freaking Self created these Doctor Who inspired Jammie Dodger cookies:



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. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
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 for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
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. 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.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Week Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Easter week!  It's time to finish those last minute holiday crafts and getting ready to celebrate the season.  Come link up and share whatever you've been doing - crafts, sewing, knitting, DIY, decor, recipes, anything made by you is welcome!

Last week, I shared my Scrapbusting Plush Bunny Basket Tutorial:



It's very quick to make and gives a festive handmade touch: 


I also shared another FREE Fabric Friday - a chance to grab some new fabric in less than 24hrs.  Note: there won't be one this week, as it's Good Friday.


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Now let's see the Craftastic Picks!!

Much More Creative transformed some mismatched candlesticks & wood pieces into a lovely spring tables cape:



Condo Blues made this easy DIY wine cork wreath: 



Butterflies and Baubles turned leftover thread spools into colorful chimes:



The DIY Dreamer showed how to turn toilet paper rolls into cute little bunnies:



Kiku Corner created these happy Kawaii dryer balls:



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. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
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 for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
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. 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.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Friday, April 7, 2017

FREE Fabric Friday: En Vogue Fabric Bundle


It's that time of the week: Free Fabric Friday!  De-stashing for me = FREE fabric for others.  C'mon and give some 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.


What's Up For Grabs Today? 

It's a bundle full of Parisian-style prints from the En Vogue collection by Timeless Treasures!


This set includes a full yard each of the red damask and scrollwork prints:


A yard of the Parisian phrase print:


Nearly a full yard of the black lace print, plus a fat half of the red lace print:


I used some of these for my En Vogue Travel Set Tutorial where I showed how I made a travel zip tote, garment bag and drawstring shoe bag that I have used countless times over the years:  


How Does FFF (Free Fabric Friday) Work?    


- Every Friday (as time permits), I offer up some free fabric, starting in the morning.

- If you're interested in snagging it for yourself, enter on the Rafflecopter.  


- I'll randomly draw the free fabric recipient after the specified time ends 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 to enter and the results will be known to all the next day.  


NOTE: Since this is a big bundle, I'm keeping this open through Saturday night, so there's a little more time to enter, but still less than 48hrs!

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 27 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!

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