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!

clever-projects-thatll-make-you-part-ways-with-your-old-denim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

Faux Patchwork

I’m not fond of the Pattern patchwork or faux patchwork. I am making my own Patchwork ….something! (originaly it was a body pillow cover) but I am trying to make it as big as possible and for use as a utility ‘blanket’ (which I need to find the old photo of it as the pillow case and take a few new photos of it as it is now.

To me patchwork is supposed to be the pieces of fabric that were left over from other projects, squares, strips etc.

anyway here’s a

How to Make a Quick and Easy Quilted Patchwork

Sewing Project #2 ~ FABRIC earrings

I’m still working on project #1, I’ve had a problem with my hand, as well as got a different idea for it so I had to undo some of my work.

TIMG_0316his project was inspired by this pair of earrings….

My Aunt had bought them from someone…and I don’t want to copy someone so I put my own style twist on it. I liked the front of them which is the earring on the left.. Yes they have 2 different fabric designs on front & back.  I did mine with just one design and FOLDED the fabric over the heatbond… (& at least for now was  for practice… )

 

Keep in mind when you see my twist on this  that i HAND SEWED & embroidered them. This way you can make the stitch as small as you want not to mention where you want it (instead of it going through the embroidered part…)

Once I find 2 different types of fabric I think the designs would be cool together then I’ll make the version in the picture.

Supplies

-scissors

-sewing  Needle (or machine)

-Iron

-colored thread      (depends on color of fabric)

-Fat quater  60 Pcs Fabric Cotton 100% Printed Boundle Patchwork Squares of 10*10cm

Or just go get 2 of the ones at Walkmart that are like 99cents (or maybe a little more) you don’t need a whole stack!

Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Light Weight Iron-On Fusible Interfacing-White 20″X36″
I had used the Ultra (heavy duty) but that was because mine was already opened)

-Fiber fill (prefereably in sheets) Fairfield Poly-Fil Traditional White Quilt Batting, Full Size, 81-Inch by 96-Inch, 1 Batting

(*For the photo version you need fabric paint, 2 different designs of fabric)

 

Step by Step

  1. Cut a piece of the fabric from the square. I cut a long piece to make a few (of various shapes)

2.  cut the heat & bond  to half that size

3. lay heat & bond between the fabric

4. Iron while making sure there are no spots that open (otherwise you may get some fraying.)

5.  Cut to size & shapes you want (so much easier to do after the heat bond..though you may get a few spots that will open at the edges)

6.  if some of the pieces are a bit ‘big’ you can fold in half & use the iron to make it stay

7. Using the design in the fabric and ’embroider’ (which was my idea for it)

medium to dark colored fabric    use bright, or lighter thread colors  (even metallic)

Light colored fabric use dark thread colors

(if it’s a solid piece of fabric.. there’s all sorts you can do but if a gift.. why not monogram

8.  once done with the embroidery   sew around the edge (2-3 sides)

9. take a pinch of stuffing & fill  (if you are able to get ‘poly fill’ as a sheet (quilt batting) that is what you need if you want it ‘quilted’ looking. mine look more like mouse pillows

10. finish sewing the side

 

11. Make hole  (You might want to use an eye rivet)

12  & include jump ring & fishook earring

 

13 You’re done!!

p.s once I get the items I need to make the hole and turn it into a earring.. I will post photos or video of that as well…

You can find some of them on my Etsy Shop Kims knock out Customs

(if they are not yet up, please drop a note here or on the site, and I will post them for you to see.)

Sick of that old tote?

 

You can also adjust the design a bit so that instead of a ‘fanny’ or hip pack, You can make it into a leg pack. (I’ve seen a couple of the people on Face-off had them.  This are good when you go out and you don’t want to carry anything other than your phone and a bit of cash and maybe make-up. Great for when you are at clubs, no one has to watch your purse. Also these are great for hunters for their ammo! or as a survival pack. Makes for a good masculine gift bag right from the heart!

May I suggest though the leather & vinyl totes are best to make into ones for use in the fall & winter  if you want something for the spring and summer months use an old canvas (or other cloth) tote to make it out of.

Detachable Belt Fanny Pack DIY

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