Sunday, June 9, 2019

Craftastic Monday Link Party Time!


Hey there crafters!  It's feeling so sunny & summery these days, it's a great time to link up all those warm weather projects - sewing, gardening, DIY, recipes, decorating - share whatever you're making.  

Last week I shared my new favorite summer sewing supply Solar Color Changing Knit Fabric!


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Now for this week's Craftastic Picks!

Vintage Paint and More did this cheerful summer mantel makeover:

Vintage Paint and more... a summer mantel diy'd with painted bottles, fabric rag wreath, and chalk couture sign

Simply Beautiful By Angela shared this stunning steamer trunk transformation - into a shabby chic coffee table:



Chas' Crazy Creations made this clever clothespin sunflower wreath:



eSheep Designs shared these sweet scrap busting fabric birds:

Sharon Holland's Little Birdies crafted by eSheep Designs

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Coolest Fabric For Summer - Solar Changing Knit!


Summer is nearly here and that means it's time to sew up some fabulous summer goodies. I've got a lot on my to-make list, but this fabric is definitely up first.  It's the coolest thing - Solar Changing Knit Prints!!

At first my husband thought it was coloring fabric when I showed it to him, but then he was wowed when he saw this plain black & white jersey knit go from this....



to this in the sunshine!!!



Plain black & white zebras...



Becomes fun yellow fabric with grey palm trees.  I think this one would make a great sleeveless baby romper.



This basic sailboat print....



Reveals blue waves, clouds and bright yellow suns.  I feel like it's the ultimate summer fabric!



I haven't bought new knits in a while (my stash of unused knit fabric is already ridiculous), but I knew I had to buy these during a Memorial Day sale.  I LOVE how vibrant they get. Sometimes you need something new to get excited about and motivate to make, you know?

The color change is so instantaneous too I could barely grab a snap of this zebra print quickly unfolded to show before & after at the same time.  



I bought them over at Frollein S, one of my favorite sources for knit fabric.  I've purchased a number of other fabulous Euro knits there in the past and always been satisfied.  Like this adorable mama & baby squirrel panel and matching stripe I made into a baby outfit here:



And this cool magic soft-shell fabric that I made into a jacket for my daughter that she's worn for 2 years now and it's still going strong!



That fabric has a hidden design too, but it gets revealed when the fabric gets wet:



Frollein S has a nice selection of the solar changing prints that would work well for all ages -  a few are on heather grey fabric too.  The care directions are to wash warm, no fabric softener and line dry out of the sun to retain the color changing magic.

Like most specialty knit fabrics, especially the European ones, it's not inexpensive, but I bought half yard & fat half cuts so I can still make a number of things like shorts for my 9 yr old and shorts, bibs and a romper for my 1 yr old with them and not break the bank. And it's so different from anything else, it's worth spending a little more.  They're also nice & wide (63 inches), so I might even be able to squeeze out a pair of shorts from the flowers print for myself too!



I'm having to wait a little while to get going with these though, since my baby guy has an unpleasant secondary infection from several back-to-back colds at the moment.  All the various meds & breathing treatments mean this mommy needs to play nurse more than sew for now.  When he's on the mend, I can't wait to make him some great things to wear for summer.  


What would you make with these fabrics?? 



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hello June Craftastic Monday Link Party


It's a brand new month - time to get crafty friends!  Link up all those warm weather projects, spring/summer goodies, sewing, crochet, gardening, DIY, recipes, decorating and more below.  

Last week I shared my Kid's Comfort Quilt Tutorial, which makes a great project to donate:

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Now for this week's Craftastic Picks!

Handmade Weekly did this adorable DIY doormat.  Love it!

DIY Painted IKEA TRAMPA Door Mat 9


DIY Party Mom shared this cute Aladdin-themed magic carpet plastic canvas (and the pattern to make it):

Take a magic carpet ride at your Aladdin party or Disney princess party with this plastic canvas pattern perfect for your party decorations.  This pattern is an easy sew with basic plastic canvas stitches and is super cute and fun for decorating anywhere.  #plasticcanvaspattern #disneyaladdin #aladdinpartydecoration #diypartymomblog

Kippi At Home made this stylish Moroccan tile stencil art:

Faux tile art, easy DIY SVG files

White House Crafts shared this super sweet donut card:


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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Kid's Comfort Quilt Tutorial


Sometimes the best projects are the ones we give away.  I've just finished this lovely little Kid's Comfort Quilt to give away and am happy to share how I made it so others can make some to donate too.


The striped design features framed charm squares and is self bound with fabric from the back side.  


I decided to do this quilt as a present for the 4yr old relative of some friends.  She was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer after an unexpected tumor was discovered.  Unfortunately she's about to begin a long series of chemotherapy treatments.  I'd just gotten these fabrics as new additions for my shop (talk about providential timing!).  So I thought a special comfort quilt might help lift her spirits a little at this difficult time.  


I don't do a lot of quilts, so I kept the design very simple.  I was inspired by this Little Star Quilt, but made mine more basic so there was less to cut out and it was quick to assemble.  


While this quilt could be made with any fabrics (it makes a great baby quilt too), I choose some that would team with the theme of kicking childhood cancer.   For my main fabric I used this pretty fabric that I thought a little girl would love - full of words of hope, pink and butterflies:


The stripes feature coordinating inspirational script words like  blessings, gratitude, and love too.


There are also some specially themed charm squares:


The kid-themed messages are meant to help little ones fighting cancer to stay positive:


and feel brave:





The messages are so sweet and they look nice with the inspirational-themed fabrics I used.  I also quilted some butterflies to echo the butterfly main fabric.


Which adds a nice butterfly design on the back too:


Finished size: 39 in wide by 44 in high 

Materials:
- 7/8yd Soulful Shades of Pink Inspirational Butterflies cotton fabric
- 3/8yd Soulful Shades Inspirational Words Pink cotton fabric
- 3/8yd Soulful Shades Inspirational Words Grey cotton fabric
- Let's Fight Together Cotton Panel (or 12 charms squares)
- 1 1/4yds Backing cotton fabric (at least 44 inches wide)
- Crib size lightweight polyester batting (45 in by 60 in)
- Notions: pins, rotary cutter, yardstick, iron, disappearing marker

All seams are 1/4 in.


Start by cutting out the squares from the Let's Fight Together panel (or cutting twelve 5 inch charm squares).


Next cut the following from the Inspirational Butterflies (main print):


(20) 1 1/2 in wide by 5 in high inner frame strips
(4) 2 1/2 in wide by 5 in high outer frame strips
(1) 39 in wide by 13 1/2 in high center stripe
(2) 39 in wide by 1 1/2 in high inner frame stripes
(2) 39 in wide by 2 1/2 in high outer frame stripes



From the Inspirational Words Grey cut:
(4) 39 in wide by 2 1/2 in high stripes 

From the Inspirational Words Pink cut:
(2) 39 in wide by 4 1/2in high stripes

From the backing fabric cut:
(1) 42 in wide by in 47 in high

Begin with the charm squares.  Starting with the square that will be furthest left, pin and stitch a 2 1/2 in wide strip to the left side of the square, with right sides facing.  Do the same on the right side with a 1 1/2 in wide strip.  



Stitch another 1 1/2 in wide strip to the previous strip, then another square.  Repeat with the remaining 3 squares except use another 2 1/2 in wide strip on the right side of the last square.  Repeat to create another row with the remaining 6 charm squares and strips.  Press seams toward the frame fabric.



For the top framed Row 1, stitch one of the 39 in wide by 2 1/2 in high outer stripes along the top edge and one of the 39 in wide by 1 1/2 in high outer stripes along the bottom to finish framing the squares.  



Repeat with the lower Row 9, but doing the remaining 39 in wide by 1 1/2 in high outer stripe on top and the 39 in wide by 2 1/2 in high outer stripe on the bottom.  Press seams toward the frame fabric.  

Take Row 1 and stitch Row 2 (a grey words stripe) to the lower edge.  Press seams open.  Stitch Row 3 (a pink words stripe) to Row 2's lower edge then Row 4 (another grey stripe) to Row 3's lower edge.   


Stitch Row 5 (center butterfly stripe) to Row 4's lower edge.  Repeat with remaining stripe Rows 6-9, Grey, Pink, Grey and lower framed row at bottom, pressing all seams open.  


Measure quilt top and cut batting to same dimensions.  With backing fabric pressed flat and open, right side facing down, lay batting then quilt top over it, making sure there is an even 1 1/2 inches of backing fabric showing on each side.  



Double fold backing fabric inward to create the binding and pin all around.  



To miter the corners, fold one corner upward at a 45 degree angle and then fold the perpendicular side of the corner upward and pin.



Top stitch binding edge all the way around close to the fold.  



Quilt as desired.  I decided to do a simple 3 part butterfly shaped design along the alternating stripes tracing a paper template with disappearing marker:



and a 2 part large butterfly design in the center stripe panel.



And topstitched around those lines.


I really hope the recipient likes it and this quilt helps make the tough days of chemotherapy ahead a little more comfortable.



I'm planning to help my kids do a few simple stripe flannel blankets next as a family service project for the charity Project Linus.  I'll be sharing those kids-can-make projects soon too. 



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