Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"M" is for Mahjong

Terry pouches for a mahjong party.


A custom order complete with an embroidered starfish and 'St. Barth's'.


And a surprise turquoise color on the inside:



A local party planner ordered these pouches, she will be adding a custom zipper pull.

Makes me wish I was going to St. Barth's with the pouches!


But I don't play mahjong and I have three little ones to care for.


Here's how I made the pouches:


1. Cut terry cloth pieces (10" x 14") and back with medium fusible interfacing.
(I use medium weight terry cloth towels.)


2. Embroider design (this was outsourced unless you have a really fancy machine).
Here are the terry pieces after I picked them up from the embroiderer:



3. Party planner Stacey wanted turquoise for the lining, I gave her these options:


And she settled on the dark solid.

4. Prepare the lining pieces.
Each pouch needs 2 - 10"w x 7"h plus one 9" zipper:


5. Sew in zipper using zipper foot.
Terry piece face up, zipper face down flush to edge, lining face down:



6. Repeat for other side.
Pull terry over, face up, zipper face down and other lining piece face down:


7. Top stitch lining down at zipper to keep lining from catching in zipper:


8. Sew side seams.
Put terry piece right sides together and lining right sides together.
Be sure to line up zipper ends for smooth operation.
(*Don't forget to add you tag into lining side seam.)


9. Miter the corners.
Open side seam of terry cloth at bottom of pouch and pinch to bottom fold, sew across making a triangle:




10. Snip mitered piece off:


And turn pouch right side out.

11. Press side seams open and press up bottom raw edge of lining all around 1/2":


I do all these steps assembly line style, much more efficient:


12. Top stitch bottom lining seam shut:


13. Press lining smooth, push down into pouch.
Press lining flat at zipper.
Press terry bottom gusset pleat:


Ready for your mahjong card and a roll of quarters.

Or your cell phone, lip gloss, money, keys, etc.


Thanks Stacey for a new version of the terry pouch.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
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 Fall Festival @ 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
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
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
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry

Friday, November 25, 2011

"M" is for Merry

Merry Christmas painted sign.



Is it too early?  Never.


Thanksgiving was yesterday so we're in the clear.


Here's how I made the sign:

1. Use reclaimed wood, this piece is tongue and groove paneling (7 1/4"h x 74"l).
Prime and paint two coats Behr Tile Red.
Print out letters to fit.
Lay out letters and trace using ballpoint pen:


2. Pressure of ballpoint pen will leave an indent in the wood:


3. Paint espresso brown on and inside the indent:


4. Then paint thin layer of black and highlight letters with off white:


5. Sand to distress with 120grit:


6. Stain with Minwax special walnut:


7. Seal with clear satin poly.
Add two sawtooth hangers on back.


This sign is a special order for Colleen, makes me want to get out my decorations!


Maybe not yet.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
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 Fall Festival @ 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
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
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
Handmade Holiday @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"E" is for Elves

Christmas classroom goodie bags:
elf ornament packaging with mini modeling clay inside


Here's the clay hiding inside:



This elf does double duty, unique packaging and


tree ornament.


Class goodie bags for buddy boy's school friends: individual mini modeling clay - with all the colors of the rainbow.


Perfect size, perfect cost ($2.50 each at World Market).

Now to wrap the clay in something fun and functional, an elf ornament.


Here's how I made the elves:

1. Make paper head using cardstock or manila folder.
Roll clay container on its side and mark top and bottom edges as you go making an arch shape:


2. Cut out arched piece:


3. Flip clay container upside down.


4. Wrap cardstock around container and hot glue for snug fit:
(*Be sure glue does NOT touch container.)


5. Punch 2 tiny holes in either side of the cardstock:
(This is for the string that goes across to hold the clay inside the elf.)


6. Hot glue ribbon around the bottom edge for the scarf:


7. Tie a scarf-like knot and glue in place:


8. Add hair.
I used natural wool roving.


9. Cut hair same length as height of cardstock:


10. Hot glue around top edge:


11. Make hat from felt triangles:


12. Sew side seams:


13. Turn right side out:


14. Hot glue on top of hair:
Add chenille trim.


15. Make ears.
Cut felt heart shape and fold over 1/2 of one heart lobe:
Hot glue in crease.


16. Hot glue ears in place.
Add circle felt cheeks.
White cardstock punch hole eyes.

17. Add hanging string using needle.


18. Add small bell to end of hat:


19. Add tiny red pom pom nose.
Black marker eyeballs and red marker mouth:


20. Run string through bottom 2 holes inside, place clay inside elf.
Prepare 'instructions' for parents:

'Untie and remove the string to release your gift, then hang your ornament.'


21. Attach instructions to string and secure with bow tie:


22. All set for the class Christmas party:


A little twist on classroom goodie bags.



I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
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 Holiday Highlights @ 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
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
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
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework