Now that we are finally getting sunny weather instead of the usual Vancouver rain, it's time to pull out your sunnies! On todays blog I am going to show you how to keep your sunglasses protected by making a simple and stylish case for them! Let's get started!
The first step is to cut your felt into a rectangle approximately 6" by 14". Then set is aside.
Next cut four pieces of ribbon to 5" each and gently sear each edge of the ribbon with a lighter or candle to avoid fraying. If you've never done this before, simply run the edge of the ribbon across the flame and you'll see it melt just a bit. If you hold it too long in the flame you'll catch the whole ribbon on fire so be quick :) I found if you're using a candle, even just bringing it near the flame starts to melt it.
When you are happy with the way everything is pinned, then you can go ahead and sew it on there.
** Just remember to open the fabric before you sew it, don't keep it filed up or you will sew it together and it will no longer be a pocket!
When you have finishes sewing the velcro and the ribbon, then you can sew up the sides to form the pocket. And that's all!!
Use these cute Valentines Envelopes to send your love a note or little gift. You could also use them to package Heart Day Gifts for your kid's or their teachers! And honestly you could take out the Valentines theme and use them for other occasions such as Birthdays or Christmas!
Flip the envelope over to the front, this is where you can be creative! Use what you have on hand, scrap felt pieces or perhaps you picked up some fun Valentines Day embellishments you'd like to use!
The sky is the limit, decorate the front of the envelope as much or as little as you'd like!
Some of your additions can by sewn on by the machine or hand stitched depending what they are. Once you have pinned what you are decorating on the front, you can take the pins off the sides to open it up and sew them on.
I used my Big Shot and some die cuts to make some of my own embellishments out of felt and then I sewed them on with the machine!
Fold your envelopes back up and pin the sides again. Because we're working with felt and the edges don't fray, we can just sew up the edges without having to sewing wrong sides together and flip it back out like some of our other projects.
Now depending on how you want to fasten your envelopes, we have a couple options now. Check out the pictures (a,b,c left to right) if you are visual like me! :)
a) No fastener: you can sew the edges and then iron a proper fold so that it will stay down.
b) A button: hand stitch a button onto the bottom, back side of your felt and make a button hole with your scissors to fit the button
c) Velcro: Either sticky back or sew on a piece to each end of the back so it fastens.
Step 3: (optional)
If you would like to add ribbon to your tooth pillow so you can hang it on a hook, a doorknob etc. then now id the time! Cut a piece of ribbon to about 12 inches, you can do less or more depending on where you're hanging it. Sew it at the top of the front of the pillow
I love purses and bags and totes! I love how you can match them to your outfit with different colors, patterns and styles. I love how you can match them to a specific occasion like date night, a shopping trip, travelling, school or hanging out with kids.
Today I want to show you my favourite tutorials of how you can make your own bags for many different aspects of life. A lot of these patterns only require a meter or less of fabric and best of all these patterns are all FREE! Just click on the picture to go to the tutorial!
I have tried most of these myself (a couple of them I've even made in a couple different fabrics because I love them so much!) Take a look at all the different choices and let me know which one you're going to try in the comments below!
When it comes to decorating my house or my kid's bedrooms, I like to choose a theme and then personalize the room to that theme. A throw pillow adds the perfect touch! Today I'm going to show you how simple it is to personalize your own pillow for a special room (or rooms) for your own house!
Materials You Will Need:
-a pillow form (you can use an old one or Ikea has inexpensive ones)
-iron and ironing board
-fabric (any kind! enough to cover your pillow form)
-a little piece of fabric (approx. 8" x 11" depending how big of image you are doing)
-marker (sharpie, pen, pencil etc.)
-Heat n Bond transfer paper
-an image or saying printed out that you want to use
Print an image or saying off the computer (unless you want to freehand one). You can use my image if you want, I have one that says "hello" and one the says "Love". You can make your own on any word document as well. If you wanted to write a name or any other saying just type it out, pick a font you like, make it as big as it will go on one paper, DON'T FORGET TO MIRROR IMAGE it so it's backwards and then print it. You can also google simple images and print those off to use as well.
Once you've printed it, place it flat on the table and place the transfer paper (shiny side down) on top. Then you can trace over the letters or image with a marker. You can tape them down if it's easier to keep it from not moving.
With the smaller piece of fabric you are using for your font/image, place it on the ironing board with the wrong side (the inside) face up. Then place the transfer paper on top of it (shiny side on the wrong side of your fabric) and iron over it a few times to secure it on the fabric.
Once it has cooled, you can cut out the image/saying and set it aside.
Cut the other piece of fabric into two pieces that are the same size as your pillow. I.E. if your pillow is 15" x 15" cut two pieces that are 15" x 15" (tip: if you find your pillow is VERY full and fluffy, then you can cut your pieces an inch bigger).
Choose one of your pieces to be the front of your pillow where your image/saying will go. Peel the transfer paper off the back and place it where you want it on the front of your pillow and iron it in place.
Your image is good and on there now but if you are making it for a child or someone who likes to have pillow fights, I suggest you sew over top of the lettering or image. You can do this with your machine, nice a slowly following around the edge of the fabric.
Put your two piece of pillow fabrics together right side in, (so the pattern of the fabric and in the image is on the inside). Then starting at the bottom about a few inches in, sew all the way around the pillow back to the bottom, leaving a 5"-6" gap.
Clip the corners (like in the picture) and turn your pillow right side out. Through the gap you left at the bottom, shove the pillow form inside, pushing the corners up to match up.
Once you're happy with how it looks and feels, then pin the gap together with the edges folded in to match how you sewed it, and then sew it closed.
You will soon come to realize that I have a tiny (okay, HUGE) fabric addiction! Me in the fabric store is like a kid in a candy shop! I want to touch everything and buy it all! Sometimes I'll fall in love with a pattern on a piece of fabric and buy it without any idea of what I'll make.
Our project for today is very simple and great for beginners. You don't need a lot of fabric for it, so it's a perfect project to use your scrap bin (or bins in my case!)
We'll be making a lavender eye pillow! Which I think is perfect for me, since one of my New Years Resolutions is to spend more ME time! Life can get so busy sometimes with endless to-do's lists. I'm making a point of spending 15-20 per day to go for a walk, read a book or meditate, which is why I wanted to make a lavender eye pillow. They are great for relaxing. You can put them in the microwave if you like a little heat or leave it in the freezer and pull it out when you get a headache!
They make a great gift too! Don't forget to Pin this idea and make one for the next Birthday Gift you need or even Mother's Day!
If your fabric is wrinkly like mine you'll want to iron it first. This will help you cut your fabric accurately and make sewing easier.
Next, cut 2 pieces of fabric approximately 4.5" x 11.5". This doesn't have to be exact. If your fabric will only allow you 4"x11", it's not the end of the world! And if you want your eye pillow to cover more of your face/head then feel free to make it bigger :)
Put your 2 pieces of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, which means the pattern on both pieces should be facing inward. Pin in in place if you are not comfortable sewing as is.
Now you are ready to sew your pieces together! Start in the middle at one shorter ends like in the picture below. You will sew all the way around until you are back at the same top but don't sew to where you started, leave a gap about an inch wide.
**TIP TIME: When you start sewing and when you come to an end, it's best if you run the needle back and forth once or twice to really close that stitch up. It will keep your stitch from coming undone later when we flip the fabric the right side in
Cut off any loose threads and cut the corner (like shown in the picture) This will allow your corners to be squared up and not bulky.
Next, using the hole you left at the top, turn the material to the nice pattern you chose is now visible! Once it's the right way, I like to iron all the edges, again to it's easier (and straighter to sew).
Now I like to sew around the whole piece again (except over the hole) I do this fairly close to the edge of the fabric. This just makes sure that it stays together for many years and no filling has a chance to sneak out!
Now your eye pillow is ready to be filled! Put the funnel in your hole and pour the filling in mixed with lavender. I use about 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 Tbls of lavender. Buckwheat can be pricey and sometimes hard to find, so you can use rice or barley or any another kind of oat. Just watch out because some smell worse then others. I find the buckwheat to be odourless and I like the texture.
You can also substitute the lavender for another smell, like dried eucalyptus. I grow my own lavender and absolutely love the smell and find it very relaxing.
Once you have found the consistency you like your eye pillow to be filled at, you can sew up the hole on the end. Make sure you stitch over it 2-3 times to secure it tightly!
If you're heating it in the microwave, I recommend putting a cup of water on the microwave plate with it and heat it in 30 sec intervals until you've reach the desired heat.
If you're freezing it, put it in the freezer for about an hour before use! Enjoy!
I'm Amanda -a wife, mom of two and small business owner- living on the West Coast and sharing my love of crafting with you! Here you'll find DIY projects, tutorials, crafting tips and so much more!