Showing posts with label using scrap fabrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label using scrap fabrics. Show all posts

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Simple ABC Fabric Framed Art


I love the simple things you can make. Em and I were only saying last week we sometimes think they are the best ideas we have!

This week I made the easiest little framed gift you could think of. Perfect for a little baby's room.

I found a font I liked called Monaco, from my Microsoft Word.

Then I wrote out 'ABC' in the font and then increased the screen size to 500% and traced straight off the screen onto some baking paper.

Next I cut out the paper shapes, and used them to trace around onto the back of the fabric. Just remember you need to trace them in the mirror image if you are tracing on the back of the fabric.

Finally I cut them out and glued them to a piece of card and framed it.

It was really so simple – it took me half and hour while I watched tv!!

Like most of the things Em and I make there are so many variations you could make with this idea. Large bold coloured letters, lower-case letters, or giant letters in individual frames… they would all look amazing!

Happy crafting this long weekend.


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Baby Kisses Quilt is Finished!


Finally I have finished this quilt I posted back in June last year here - originally this was for a bub who arrived in June last year !! Poor bub ended up with another present instead and this has sat in my cupboard for ages begging to be finished!

So over the holidays I got a chance to get a bit of sewing done and did some basic machine quilting across the 'kisses' and then bound it in a  pale blue gingham.

Now I have a quilt in reserve for any friends who might have a little girl. Wonder what else might be sitting in my cupboards waiting to be finished.....

Happy quilting!

Caity x

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Scrappy String Block Oven Mitt (and other simple gifts to make)

Sewing/Home Decorating:

Just finishing up the last of my Christmas sewing now. Though with 6 days to go I still have 1/2 my modern Christmas tree quilt to get finished!!! :0

Anyway, I got a couple of little gift done today. I made this simple oven mitt using some string blocks I made a few months ago. 

I played around with the layout of the blocks trying to decide which one I liked best.. mmm this one's good..

but I like this option too..

and this was pretty cool too...

I lined it with special heat proof wadding to ensure no one gets their fingers burnt and did some very close machine quilting before binding it in a matching red stripe! Love it... might make another one for my pending new kitchen!

I also made a couple other quick gifts - firstly, a cute scented pillow. I used a hot pink painted heart I made back here and did a little running stitch around the outside before stuffing it with toy stuffing and a couple sprigs of rosemary from my garden. 

Rosemary is a great alternative to lavender if you want to try it - it's supposed to help with headaches, improve mental alertness and ease muscle aches and pains....personally I just love the smell! 

And some covered coat hangers similar to those I made back here.

Well this is my last post before Christmas -  I hope you have got lots of sewing done and wishing you a lovely Christmas with those you love.

Caity x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Fabric Wrapped Wire Heart


This has to be one of the simplest and cheapest projects I have done for a while. I had an old coat hanger in my cupboard that was pretty bent out of shape and I had thought of using it for a Christmas wreath. But seeing as I had just made my simple fairy light wreath I came up with this idea instead.

To make this fabric wrapped wire heart you need the following:
  • Strips of scrap fabric (I used red gingham I had sitting in the cupboard) but you could use a mix of scraps which would look great.
  • Wire coat hanger
To make this heart all you need to do is bend the coat hanger into the shape of a heart (they are pretty easy to manipulate.

Start wrapping the fabric around. Wrap it pretty tightly and just keep adding more strips until you have covered the entire heart.  

Secure with either a dab of strong craft glue or a couple basic stitches (I stitched mine to make sure it was really secure.

Hang on your wall (I hung a sweet Christmas bird decoration I made last year in the middle of mine).

You could also add a lovely bow to the top.

Happy crafting!

Caity x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Updating A Plain Pillowcase Tutorial


I'm always looking for simple ideas to make Thom's room a little more special. A while ago I made some pretty petal pillowcases for a friend and ever since then I had been meaning to make something boyish for Thom.

This was a really simple project and may not cost you anything if you use an existing pillowcase. I had a new pillowcase I picked up from Target a while back, but I had everything else already.

Things you will need:
  • Pillowcase (new or old is fine)
  • Ric-rac (any width you have is fine really although the 25mm one is good for giving a more pronounced effect)
  • Strip of fabric approx 3 1/2 wide and slightly longer than the pillowcase (dig into that scrap basket!) 
The first step is to cut the fabric the length of the pillowcase adding a 1/4 inch extra on either end. Next sew the ric-rac to the wrong side of the fabric, lining it up against the edge of the fabric and stitch down the centre of the rid rac.

Next fold the fabric over on the centre line of the ric rac and iron to create a clean turned edge. Iron a 1/4 inch seam on the other edge and at the top and bottom of the fabric so it fits the length of the pillowcase perfectly. Pin and sew to pillowcase.

These would look great in some pretty florals too.

Happy sewing!

Caity x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Little Yellow Ducky


Here is another great baby gift you can make using scrap fabrics you have in your cupboard! I love making baby gifts – this one isn’t for anyone special – I just couldn’t resist making it!

To make this ducky, simply draft up a basic body of the duck then the legs and cut 2 of the body and 4 of the legs. 

Pin fabric right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam leaving a gap at the bottom on duck to attach the legs to. Clip around the curves and turn through.

Pin each of the leg pieces together and sew with a ¼” seam, making sure you leave the tops open so you can stuff the legs. Clip around the curves and turn through.

Now you can stuff the body and the legs of the duck as firm or soft as you like. Once this is done you can position the legs on the duck body and pin to secure while you do a simple slip stitch to close the hole.

Finish off with a button for the eye and a nice bright ribbon around the neck. You can also add your own touch by adding some wings.

And there you go - another simple baby gift you can make in next to no time with what you already have at home.

Happy sewing

Caity x

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Scrappy Simple Pin Cushions


I realised over the weekend I don’t own a single pin cushion – I have needle cases, tins full of pins and snap lock bags full of pins but don't posses a single pin cushion. 

How had this escaped me? 

A perfect reason to make myself some and use up more scraps I thought!

I pulled out some of the cut-offs I had from my made in cherry quilt

I made up 3 sizes in a simple 4 patch pattern and backed them with the sweetest aqua spot flannel I had left over from Thom's Baby-in-the-hood jacket (except for the largest one) – the smallest measuring just 4cm squared and the largest 8cm squared.

I even stuffed them with leftover cut-offs of wadding from my quilts. To make them nice and firm I secured the centre of each pin cushion with a button.

These are just so cute – easy to make and make a great little present for anyone you know who loves to sew!

Happy sewing!

Caity x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Simple Hexagon Zippy Bag


Delving into my scrap bag this week I was wondering what I could possibly make from what I already had in my cupboard. As much as I love to shop, sometimes I surprise myself and come up with far more exciting ideas when I challenge myself to use only things I already have.

I love all the hexagon quilts around at the moment and as a distraction to finishing my own hexagon quilt I thought I might make up some small hexagons from my scrap box. 

These cute little hexagons measure 1 inch wide.

Sewing all these hexagons was a great project while watching the tv. For the main body of the bag I used a great natural linen I had for ages and used for quite a few of my projects over the last year or so - my 'little bit of love' cushion and 'Family of Birds' cushion. It's a great colour that really makes the bright hexagons pop.

Once I had sewn the hexagons onto the linen I added a bit more excitement with a couple rows of simple backstitch down either side and chose a bright green zipper to complement the greens in the hexagons.

Granted the sewing of the hexagons made this project take a couple nights of casual sewing, but I didn't have to buy a thing and I really enjoyed the hand sewing. 

This bag is going to a good home - my good friend Lissy who's birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks - I hope she likes it!!!

Caity x

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Simple Bunting T-Shirt for a Girl


In case you haven't yet noticed, Em and I LOVE bunting........ over the last year or so of us blogging we have made your no sew  bunting, bunting cards, bunting from Christmas paper, bunting from paint samples and so today I happily add to our bunting collection - the bunting t-shirt!

It was really simple to make - just follow these simple steps:

1. Chose fabric (from your scraps is perfect for this!)

2. Iron scraps onto vliesofix and cut out 5 triangles from your scraps.

3. Set your sewing machine to a close zig-zag or satin stitch.

4. To ensure the fabric doesn't stretch on the front when you are sewing iron on a rectangle of interfacing on the inside of the t-shirt to cover the area of your bunting.

5. Layout your bunting pieces across the t-shirt and iron in place.

6. Secure fabric with a zig-zag or satin stitch.

It makes a great present for a little girl...I think I'd even wear one myself.

Caity x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Baby Kisses Quilt


I had so much fun making this little quilt. Firstly because it was pink and i just don't make enough pink things and secondly because I'm hedging my bets on a friend due with her first bub soon that it's going to be a girl!!! 

This quilt is based on the traditional Kansas dugout pattern. I've made it a bit simpler though by just working off a simple 8 inch square. I then cut a 4 inch triangle off opposite ends of the square and replaced it with white triangles made by cutting 4 inch squares and then halving them.

It was lots of fun laying out the colours on my living room floor. I think it looks like little interlocking kisses. Hence its name - Baby Kisses.

I used a total of 5 different pinks to make this (all from my existing stash)... hopefully this weekend I will get around to quilting it as the bub is due in 3 weeks!!

Have a lovely weekend with whatever creative projects you are working on!

Caity x