Patchwork

My patchwork as of July 2017

I’ve been working on my patchwork sheet or utility blanket for years. It seems spring/summer is the time I get in a sewing mood so some years its just too hot to work on and others  I don’t add as much to, or like this year my fabric bin just explodes~!

This was originally made as a patchwork BODY pillowcase. Then I decided to just make it into a blanket. Which was a good idea as it saved my hide this summer during a ‘cold’ spell! It went from 90s to the 70s within a night. So I used that around the house in lieu of a jacket (which I didn’t have one with me! Which means No matter what ALWAYS pack a jacket!)

So I am featuring my patchwork (as of the end of July 2017 – Beginning of September)  this time to show off what I’ve done so far this summer, but because I thought it was a great idea for any of you that want to start sewing! It’s a great way to learn and perfect your sewing and stitches! Even come up with your own tricks.

Hand sewn items hold up better than machine sewn. Think about it.. there may be 2 bobbers but the thread is not doubled like when you hand sew. I have never had a problem or complaint when I’ve sewn a gift for someone nor sold something I made or when I’ve fixed clothing for someone!

Dn’t currently have any fabric and there’s no craft store close to you? Well what about some of those old shirts that do not fit you, or that are almost threadbare? The Novelty shirts, bands, or even your child’s baby clothes.  Include Onsie’s, toddler tops, and just add rows for each year.

You can do 2 even do one general and one themed. I was thinking of doing a separate beach theme one but not sure if I have enough of tops that no longer fit etc to use. You can d a family quilt with something of everyone’s favorites and use it as a throw for the couch.

 

You can also see the video I did. Apologies for the quality, I filmed it with my kindle so no tripod for stability.

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Creative inspiration

One of the blogs I follow asked the question How do we find our creative inspiration when you are stuck
it sort of depends on what I want to do as I have a variety of creative outlets (too many and YES there can be too many.. Mama’s make sure your kids only have 1-2 hobby/interests!)
I write poems but the last few I wrote are not finished, so I re-read through them to see if I my muse will help me out and get it finished. Also I have a list of ideas be it possible titles for poems, a line etc. So I check through those as well to see if any would work or if it will flip that  ‘write new poem’ switch wherever it is on me.
Also I make jewelry the craft kind you buy the bits for at Joann’s Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but sometimes some things come out where I have to look again and can’t believe I made it!  I can’t draw well so I try to trace/draw out what I made in a journal and I look at that. Also when I get an idea for something I try to put a few of the beads etc I have in the color I’ll be doing it, in one of those mini ziplock bags   Like a set of earrings or  as I recently have been trying to do some book thongs. (I am trying to find the right red colored beads to make vampire themed ones; however, likely won’t be all the same design. I make ‘custom /one of a kinds’ for less.
Then I also have been working on a patchwork (not a quilt or anything in particular but started out as a body pillow cover and I decided I wanted to make a ‘never ending’ one. Summer seems to be my sewing season so I’ve been trying to work on that as well as recently been making some change purses for friends and family as their or part of their holiday gifts.. also earrings, yes fabric earrings.  So everytime I go to walmart I always check to see if there are any interesting ‘fat quarters’ as they are called, I just call them ‘swatches’  as I can usually get a piece out of it for my patchwork as well as one or 2 other projects (if not more) out of it.
I have a large bin of fabric and I think i have 2 underbed boxes with more fabric (eeek!) or old t-shirts to cut out for my patchwork so I really would like to get a lot of stuff (at least project set-ups if not sew right away. Might have to make note of that in my bujo I started setting up for next year.
That’s another thing.. Journal I write any ideas in a journal or in a note on my evernote account… Check it out here
as you can see I try to keep a ‘file’ of friends’ and family as to what size or if have pierced ears etc. as well as a listing of  some ideas for lines/series.
For writers I will tell you an idea or 2… READ!!! I’ve been inspired by a few books (like a line or a paragraph may have inspired a poem out of me)
Check out other journals, sewing, and other creative ideas fixes on Pinterest! You can follow @kymoDragon and check out my boards for stuff there! That’s where I get a lot of my Bullet Journaling ideas as I’m just starting on that.
also you can follow my Blogs
Crafter Crums  which I not only include posts of my own projects when they are finished, but also curate ideas I hope to do or just liked and thought you might enjoy as well.
My personal posts are usually either a photo or video of the project and sometimes a step by step (and if I think of it, a way to improve on how I made the original item.)
but also curate others
and my writing  blog  Miss Musings Writing Essentials which has Help in the menu on a variety of things (you can also hoover to see if there are more pages for that section) as well as search the blog posts
 How do YOU spark creativity?  Please tell us your ideas… Oh one other one I do for writing
I list a bunch of song titles or book titles or words something of that sort (or have someone tell me some) and I write a story or poem from it. Its more like a writing exercise but it does help.

 

24 Ridiculously Clever Ways To Organize Your Crafting Supplies

In honor of the spring getting here, here’s a little something for those that plan on a bit of spring cleaning weekend! (or month)

I know the Crafter math gets out of hand and likely your Craft supplies may need to be organized or you might just want to change the way you have them so. I know every so often we (or they) grow out of the current way they are orgaized.

So for your inspiration  here are a few I  liked and the link.

If you have any of your own ideas, or use any of these….I’d love to see them!

send the photo link in the comments I’d love to see what you did.

24 Ridiculously Clever Ways To Organize Your Crafting Supplies

Source: 24 Ridiculously Clever Ways To Organize Your Crafting Supplies

Make a pocket letter

A pocket letter is like mini scrapbook. This is a cool idea for when you are away (on vacation for a rainy day while at camp) put some of your souvenirs  and photos together send one to yourself and to whoever you wish was with you! I’m sure you can think of many things and ways to fill the pockets. Did you go to the beach? Include some of the sand in a little baggie (like a 1/2 -1 inch size. If you include some small shells be sure to use a bubble envelope.

 

Image Transfer

Depending on what you are working with there are 2 ways to do this

The first is if you want to ‘trace’ something into your journal or on a report etc. I learned about this recently.

This one is great for those of you that journal, or might want to make your own picture but can’t quite get it just right so you can use a few different images to put it together to create it

Get some GRAPHITE paper  this can be erased after you have gone over it in the color you want.

make sure when you purchase in a store it says graphite as Carbon will not erase.

 

Transfer an image to wood, clay etc by using

a printed image, and some baby oil!  as seen here

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/image_transfer.htm