Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"M" is for Mudroom Bins #5

Build: monogrammed mudroom locker bins


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"C" is for Chevron #2

Sew: monogrammed chevron beach tote


In addition to the original chevron beach tote I added a smaller version with an orange monogram:


And a hint of orange in the lining just for fun:


The smaller version makes for a good purse size when you're out and about:

Small size measures: 12"h x 16"w x 6"deep at base
Large size measures: 16"h x 20"w x 7.5" deep at base






Here's how I made the chevron tote:

1. Follow the original plans here with modifications below.

exterior chevron: 32" x 17"
interior drop cloth lining: 23" x 17"
interior chevron strips: 3" x 17"
interior orange strips: 2.5" x 17"

Sew the interior lining piece as pictured below, I use 1/2" SA everywhere:


2. Miter the corners at 6":


3. When stitching over the rope handles unravel the rope a bit to flatten and make sewing easier, going back and forward over the rope many times for a secure hold:

  DO NOT clip the excess rope, once bag is turned right side out it will catch between the top stitching for added strength. 




I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Project Parade @ 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, August 26, 2012

"B" is for Burp Cloths #2

Sew: ribbon burp cloths


An addition to a gift for a baby girl shower.


Thick and absorbant plus cute:



This new Mom registered for cloth diapers so in addition to purchasing the cloth diapers off the registry I bought an extra package to make into burp cloths:
Add a little pretty ribbon and she's ready for some spit up:


Here's how I made the burp cloths:

1. Wash and dry 5 cloth diapers, select ribbons:


2. Fold under 1/4" of cut ribbon end and pin in place, use the inner seam of the middle portion of the diaper as your sewing guide:


3. Straight stitch inner side of ribbon first, then outer edge:


Super fast, easy and completely washable.


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Project Parade @ 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

Friday, August 24, 2012

"B" is for Boston landmarks

Paint: Boston landmarks wedding plaque


A special request for a Boston themed wedding plaque similar to the New York and Breezy Point versions I had previously done.




A gift for newlyweds complete with their family name and wedding date.

For this Boston landmarks version I used Quincy Market and the ducks from the duck pond:


The green monster at Fenway Park and the Citgo sign:


A street sign and buildings from the North End where this couple had lived at one time:


The USS Constitution in Charlestown: 


And the Zakim bridge (which is upside down in this picture): 



Here's how I made the plaque:

1. Sketch out landmarks on craft paper cut to size (12"h x 18"l).
Cut outline and trace onto 1/2" MDF board:


2. Paint background then add details:


3. Print lettering to size, position then trace with ballpoint pen to create indent.
Paint on and inside indent.



4. Seal with Minwax spray poly semi-gloss.

5. Predrill holes for hook eyes, use pliers to pry open one side of hook and slip other hook into opening then squeeze shut:


6. Add sawtooth hangers to back.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"H" is for Handbuilt Home



Ana White's book is out for pre-order!

All you buildy types must have this one, 34 new plans from Ana all tucked neatly into one place.

The plans for these kids adirondack chairs are in book:


Here are my girls enjoying the view (and showing you the kid size cuteness of the chairs):


The build is super fast and easy I made three more for our backyard:


Not to mention super sturdy, below is me with my 7 year old girl #1 on my lap and that chair isn't budging.  It's safe to say it can hold up to 200 pounds.



I made the seat cushions and multiple pillows for the blue chairs:


You can make these chairs too, order Ana's book and you'll be building all your holiday gifts this year.