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This was originally made as a patchwork BODY pillowcase.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.

 

Wheelchair/Walker Bag

I came across this Betty Boop fabric in a Walmart and my Nana’s Name is Elizabeth but everyone calls her betty and Buys her Betty Boop stuff. When I was little my Nana used to crochet etc a lot but now she’s in her 90s! and the arthritis won’t let her. Being this year we had to put her in a home (she wanted it, after  she fell.) at the time they had her in a wheel chair, then I heard she was using her walker again. So I thought I’d make a small bag she can leave on either to put whatever she wanted in. (Although when I went she leaves her purse on the walker way too obvious for my taste!)

I may use the other one as a lounge chair bag to put a small paperback book in chapstick a couple dollars etc or I may see if I have something else more me to use.(Halloween or something summery like tyedye)

Arm guards for Lounge chairs

Every summer I get a vacation away from my family thanks to my Aunt. When she goes away I get to house sit and take care of her cats. One problem…. when I sit outside on the lawn chair… the arm rest is metal, so I end up getting burned.

Now you know the inspiration for this project, and I wish there were a way that i could record the whole process for you, but it took me a few nights in total to work on this as I do everything ALL by hand, no sewing machine.

 

Supplies

Fabric

Thread(s)  in the color of your fabric

Sheet of  flat ‘stuffing’

Ribbon, string but pref. the tie from your old running pants.

(bra) hooks, buttons, or velcro

Steps

I can’t tell you what size piece of fabric I used, I just grabbed the one you see below, put some of it over the arm of my lawn chair (the arm is wider then my aunt’s chair) and

I did fold it in half and sew the side,

put in my cut piece of vatting (or is it batting)

sewed the ‘ribbon’ on the sides in front and back

sewed metal hooks  (the bra looking hooks) on one side (though I may add velcro or another hook to the other side)

now just to be sure that the stuffing in it doesn’t move around if I ever have to wash them… I was going to sew a line in the middle.

 

You can also make them without sewing as well…

part ways with your Favorite denim Easier with these clever projects

Have I got some projects for you this year! I cam across this and started to drool.

Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!

What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it

Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.

I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!

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Vendor Apron for Craft shows

I’ve never done a craft show before, and not sure if there’s a certain time of the year they are normally heald (like how Garage/tag sales are normally from april or may til maybe september  (or october)

Do you remember the Upcycled jeans apron I made?

This is what gave me the inspiration for it. (Yeah so I’m a lazy crafter, not sure if it’s because I don’t have the proper room, or a ‘real’ sewing machine (instead of the little plastic crap I seem to find) even though I seem to do a better job hand sewing. Let alone none of my fabrics are organized in any form, Just in this bin under my bed, another in the closet, another in the dining room, and still a big  bag in my room in front of the closet.

Anyway the upcycled jeans may not have all the pockets this does (yet) but it has what I need, plus I can always add on to it, (like I can always add the little pocket for business cards, and it still fastens with the button!

Craft Show Vendor Apron from Crafty Staci - I want to make this for my longarm apron:

Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 

 

I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here