Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"S" is for Sequins

Sew: sequined pencil pouches


Personalized with each girls name:



These girls will be blinged out for school this year.

This pencil pouch measures 9"l x 6.5"h x 1.5"thick at base, big enough to hold the essential school supplies:



The interior lining matches the personalization on the exterior:


Here's how I made the sequined pouches:


1. Supplies:

1 - drop cloth canvas @ 10" x 14"
1 - fusible interfacing @ 10" x 14"
2 - cotton lining @ 10" x 7"
1 - 9" zipper
ribbon for zipper pull
fabric letters (how to here)
sequins, beads, needle and thread


2. Make the letters.
Fuse interfacing to wrong side of fabric.
Print out letters (Ariel font 150 point), place printed letters face down onto lightbox then place fabric right side down on top of printout.


3. Trace outline of letters:
Then cut out letters.


4. Pin letters in place:


5. Zigzag stitch around letters:


6. Attach sequins:


7. Slide sequin onto needle then tiny clear bead:


8. Now pierce needle down back into sequin only, using the bead to hold the sequin in place:




 9. Place zipper right side down at top edge, then one lining piece:
Sew with zipper foot and repeat for other side.


10. Be sure to top stitch lining down to avoid getting caught in zipper:


11. Now sew side seams and make mitered corners:



12. Snip excess fabric from mitered corner, turn right side out.
Press raw edge of lining in 1/2" and top stitch closed:


13. Push lining down into pouch and add ribbon to zipper pull.


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Sunday, July 29, 2012

"A" is for Aprons #3

Sew: Ana White work aprons


A new batch of work aprons listed in Ana's shop:



Lots of bright colors, floral prints, stripes, medallions, gingham, polka dots.


Or you can follow the pattern plan here and make your own version.



Happy shopping.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"L" is for Lego Tray #4

Build: personalized lego trays


I can't take credit for this idea although I did see it coming at some point.

My friend asked for a lego tray for her son but she also wanted his name on it, so smart!


Now we have personalized lego trays!  And adding the name is the easiest part.




Then I modified the plans for a better build:




And now the personalized version:
I handpainted the name on both sides.


Here's a top view of the layout:



Here's how I made the personalized lego trays:

1. Build the trays as per the instructions in my post here.
I used 1/2" MDF for these trays.

2. Print out the letters and center on side:
I used Century Gothic font in 90 point.


3. Using a ballpoint pen trace letters:


4. Paint on and inside indent left behind from pen:


5. Seal paint with Minwax spray poly clear semi gloss:


6. Check lego baseplate for fit, see how this piece doesn't sit perfectly inside the tray:


7. Trim lego baseplate with exacto knife:



8. Finish as per process in my post here.

Ready for action!


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"B" is for Beach

Paint: beach sign


life is good at the beach sign


Handpainted white letters on 3/4" plywood:


A reader wrote and asked if I could make this sign, she was inspired by this version available here:


Unfortunately this version only comes 4" x 6" and she wanted something bigger for her porch to coordinate with this striped doormat:


I suggested 12" x 18" and she agreed.


The true background color is hard to tell in all these pictures but this one below of the edge is the most accurate:
(I used mixture of a couple blues from my stock so I don't have a paint color, sorry.)


And a close up of the lettering, here the blue is way off it's true color:


 Here's how I made the sign:


1. Cut 3/4" plywood at 12" x 18.
Prime and paint two coats ocean blue.

2. Print out words and line up on board:
I used Universal Accreditation font at 425 point.


3. Using ball point pen trace outline of letters:


4. Using white acrylic paint on and inside indent left behind by pen:


5. Sand to distress:


6. Apply Minwax weathered oak stain:


7. For OUTDOOR use apply Minwax Helmsman spar urethane clear semi-gloss.
(This definitely has a yellow tint and I highly recommend the spray version versus the brush on.)


8. For INDOOR use seal with Minwax Polycrylic clear satin.
(This is my go to sealant, it goes on smooth with a matte finish and easy water clean up.)


Here you can see the slight difference:



I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming