Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

High Street Projects

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Here are a few more favorite quilts and other projects I’ve come across made with High Street fabric.

Clockwise from top right:

Jelly Roll Jam quilt

Baby Girl Minky Patchwork Quilt

Pot Holders

High Street Baby Quilt

Patchwork Baby Quilt

Monogrammed Nap Mat

Summer Wind Quilt

High Street Keychains

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I enjoyed making these cute little keychains this weekend. They feature my High Street fabric collection. Here is a simple tutorial if you’d like to try making them yourself:)

High Street quilt pattern sneak peek

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I am very excited to report that I have designed my first quilt pattern! The “High Street” quilt pattern will be available at selected stores and here in August. High Street fabric will be available at following link in August: http://bit.ly/16M5Bdw

Sweet Little Felted Hearts

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A truly “zen” way to while away an evening. My daughter and I had lots of fun creating these cute little needle felted hearts. Izzy wanted to make these as a little token of appreciation for her teacher.

All you need to get started is felting wool, felting needles and a soft surface to rest your project on. You can buy special foam felting blocks but we used a couple of folded towels and they worked just fine. This is the video we watched prior to getting started. Cookie cutters really work well to help guide the beginner.

It might be fun to do some little stars for July 4th, I think a few of them would look so cute in a little wooden bowl as a centerpiece. Or for my fellow Canadian friends some little maple leafs to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. Happy celebrating!

Love these Labels

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Vintage comestible (fancy term for food) labels are simply gorgeous, the time and care that went into the artwork makes them so very charming. My love of antique illustrated packaging verges on obsession, and as my friends and family know I have an ever growing collection. I think they are way too pretty to store away, but what to do with them? Frame them, yes, put them on recycled cans, even better! It couldn’t be easier to add some fun color to your desktop, table or nightstand. I am sharing three lovely labels from my collection with you. The “Dixie Maid” syrup label is a can label from the 1920′s, I researched the decade but I think her hairstyle makes it very evident. The other two labels were from fruit crates from the 20′s and 30′s. I have sized them for you so they fit around a standard Campbell’s soup can nicely. Simply print, cut them out and use spray adhesive or double sided tape. Voila!

Click on the links below to download your labels:

Canned Tomatoes Label

Canned Syrup Label

Canned Peaches Label

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Labels

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here is a quick and cute idea for a Father’s Day gift. Fill a glass jar with your Dads favorite treats and add a cute sentiment to the front. My Dad is a pistachio guy and my hubby loves roasted peanuts. We have created four cute downloadable labels just for you. Have a great weekend and wish your special guy Happy Father’s Day!

 

DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Etsy How to  - iphone case tutorial

Photo by Clare McGibbon

I wanted to share this because I think this is such a beautiful way to embellish your iPhone case. Check out this tutorial by Clare McGibbon on Etsy and learn how to make one.

 

Sweet Felt Birds

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

So easy to make, these handmade felt birds add a sweet and cheerful touch to your Christmas decor.

Here is how to sew them by hand or using your machine:

1. Draw a basic bird shape on a piece of felt (I thought about posting a template but it’s so easy I didn’t want to insult anyone).

2. Put another piece of felt underneath it and cut out the body shape.

3. Cut a little triangle for the beak in a contrasting felt. Be sure to leave enough felt on the thicker end for attaching it to the body.

4. Next prepare a loop of grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.

5. Pin the beak and the ribbon loop in place between the two pieces of felt.

6. Sew around the bird leaving a 1.5″ hole at the bottom for stuffing. Beak and hanger will now be secure.

7. Use a bit of poly stuffing to fill out the shape but not too much as the felt will buckle at the seams.

8. Finish sewing the body shut.

9. Cut two little wing shapes from fabric remnants of your choice and adhere them with no-sew adhesive. Alternatively you can sew the wings on before you sew the body together. If you want to get fancy you can finish the edges of the wings with a blanket stitch and embroidery floss.

10. For the eyes I used a simple french knot embroidery stitch.

Have fun getting in the Holiday spirit!!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Advent Calendar

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Here is a super easy advent calendar idea using cute little vintage looking tags. I love the homemade Christmas look and this couldn’t be easier. Print numbers in a variety of fun fonts on to clear labels and stick them on the tags. Grab some mini clothespins (and little bags stuffed with treats etc.) and clip them on to a piece of ribbon strung across your mantel. In this case I used a vintage industrial chicken egg rack, but in case you don’t have one of those handy, ribbon or baker’s twine will be perfect. Happy December!! 

Fun with fabric scraps

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Moda recently sent me a huge box of “Gypsy Girl” fabric remnants, what fun! I have lots of projects planned for them but thought I would start with this super easy idea. Fabric bangles are so easy to make and I think they add a fun punch of color to any outfit. I spend most of my time in jeans so I gave the fabric edges on my bangles a casual frayed look.

Here’s how I made them:

You will need:
-One plastic bangle: these are readily available at Michaels but can also be found at garage sales, flea markets etc. for mere pennies.
-One or more strips of colorful lightweight fabric, quilting cotton is perfect.
-Fabric scissors
-Hot glue gun

1-Make a small cut with scissors first and then rip your fabric strips so they have gently frayed edges. Final strip(s) should be about 1 inch wide.
2-Put a dab of hot glue on the inside of the bangle and adhere the fabric strip on a slight angle (in the direction you wish to wrap the fabric).
3-Wrap the fabric around and around keeping it as tight as possible. If you wish you can add a dot of glue on the inside here and there to help secure it.
4-Wrap the rest of the fabric around and finish on the inside with another dot of glue.
That’s all there is to it, so fun and easy! I plan to give away a bag of “Gypsy Girl” scraps next week so stay tuned.

Best wishes,
Stephanie