Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"P" is for Personalize

Everything gets personalized.

Trugs:


I've been doing a lot of personalizing these days.



It's fun, easy, fast and makes for great gifts.




more trugs:



addresses:


The technique I use is very simple.

Here's how:

1. Print out letters (font shown here is American Typewriter) and line up on piece.
Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters:


The pressure of the pen creates a slight indent in the wood.

2. Paint inside the indent:


The indent actually creates a tiny dam to hold the paint.


I use this technique on every wood piece I paint.


The look is clean and neat but still has that handpainted feel.

Detail shot on this Banksville sign proves that:



Wood and paint go hand in hand.

Up next, personalizing with fabric and thread!

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"N" is for Navy

Navy wool pouch with gingham ruffle.



Seasons are changing and so are the pouches.


I took an old wool sport coat destined for Goodwill and made a classy pouch.


For money and credit cards, cell phone, cosmetics, anything goes.


Here's how I made the pouch:

1. Cut pieces:

blue wool - 1 @ 10" x 14"
lining - 2 @ 10" x 7"
interfacing - 1 @ 10" x 14"
ruffle - bias cut 2 @ 1.25"w x 20"l
zipper - 1 @ 9"


2. Iron interfacing onto wrong side of wool.
Make ruffles using long straight stitch off center and pulling either thread.


3. Pin ruffle into place 4" from both short edges:


4. Straight stitch ruffle to pouch down middle:


5. Place zipper at one short end, face down onto wool, then lining:


6. Using zipper foot sew zipper into place:


7. Pull lining over to reveal zipper back and straight stitch lining 1/8" from zipper edge:


This helps to prevent lining from getting stuck in zipper.


8. Repeat for other end using other side of zipper.


9. Now the pouch will be inside out completely.
Stitch sides closed starting at wool portion, lining up zipper ends and ending at lining:


10. Make wool ends square.
Open side seams, pull bottom edge fold to meet side seam and sew 2" into side seam:



11. Clip excess from bottom corners.
Turn pouch right side out.
Press lining side seams open.
Press up lining edge 1/2" all around.


12. Straight stitch lining closed.
Push lining down into pouch and press smooth especially around top edge near zipper.
Add ribbon detail to zipper pull.


A great way to reuse a wool sport coat and make something purposeful for many days to come.




I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"M" is for Monogram

A monogrammed terry pouch for Matthew.



Our friends have a new baby boy, Matthew Harlan F.

I made him a terry pouch for baby toiletries.



I usually make the pouches with one letter and ruffles:


But boys don't really do ruffles so instead I did the full monogram:


Here's a few bits on how I made the 12" pouch:


1. Cut terry, lining and interfacing to size:

terry cloth: 13" x 17"
lining: 2 @ 13" x 6.5"
interfacing: 13" x 17" (fusible)
zipper: 12"

Fuse interfacing to terry.

2. Make letters.

Use heat'n'bond double sided fusible on wrong side of fabric.
Trace letter using light box onto paper back.


3. Cut out letters keeping paper backing on.


3. Iron letters into place on terry:


4. Zig zag stitch around letters.


5. Using a zipper foot add your zipper.

Make a zipper sandwich with terry on one side and lining on the other:


6. Do the same on the other top edge.
Be sure to top stitch lining 1/8" from zipper for a clean finish and to ensure lining won't get caught in the zipper.


7. Wrong sides together stitch down side seams, be sure zipper edges line up.
(This would be the time to insert your label tag.)

8. Turn right side out, press lining side seams open, press in bottom edge of lining 1/2" and sew shut.


9. Push lining down into pouch and press top edge around zipper smooth.


I also made Matthew a framed M:


Fabric M fused onto canvas and added french knots all around the edge.


Hope he likes his gifts.


I'm linking to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry