29 January 2010

28 January 2010

Valentine Necklace...a tutorial

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St.Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to make these sweet little necklaces.

What you need are a variety of trims, some ribbon, and some fabric and felt.

Decide on your design. We made 2 to show you here. We chose to make hearts from felt for the pendant part and added a fabric cutout to it. You can adhere your fabric to the felt using a heat 'n bond type product.

We used a grosgrain ribbon "chain". You can finish the ends of the ribbon with fray check or you can heat set it with a lighter. To do this you have to very quickly run the end of the ribbon through the flame to seal it. (Be careful).

We added some little charms to the chain. We made these the same way as the pendant.

I will give you instructions based on the red necklace, but the procedure is the same. Start by deciding on a length of the chain and cut your ribbon about 1" longer.

Cut 2 hearts of felt for the pendant and 1 fabric heart somewhat smaller.  Cut 6 small felt circles for the charms and clasp and 3 fabric pieces for the charm and clasp centers. Pink the edges of the 2 felt hearts.

Find the center of the ribbon and glue to 1 felt heart. Cut a small piece of grosgrain and glue to same felt heart so that it hangs down the bottom of the heart. Glue this piece of ribbon on top of 2 small felt circles.

Glue charm centers to the other 2 felt circles, then glue these to top of the other 2 circles having the ribbon in between them.

We added a small ribbon bow and a tiny little button to the fabric heart. Sew these on. Center fabric heart to the other felt heart and put these on top of the felt heart with the ribbon chain, having ribbon chain between them. Use embroidery thread to attach these hearts using a running straight stitch.

To make a "clasp" fold one end over forming a loop and glue or stitch it to the length. This opening only needs to be as big as the felt circles, or perhaps a tad smaller. Glue felt circle combination to the other end of the ribbon following the same procedure as the charms.

And that's it.

24 January 2010

Pink Etsy Finds

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Take a look at the cuteness here. In honor of my new granddaughter, Aurora Sky, born 12 Jan., I am featuring pink this week.

Crocheted and beaded mini cupcake key chain in pink cotton - Strawberry

Crocheted and beaded mini cupcake key chain in pink cotton-strawberry 

Heart Cookie Felt Pin with Neon Pink Frosting, So Kawaii

Pink Pony Crocheted Purse for Girls Valentine

Bird Nest Tags Set of 10 with pink eggs

Sweetheart Pink Necklace

Sweetheart Pink Necklace

Pink romance flower, 2 hair clips

Pink Romance Flower, 2 hair clips

Check out these wonderful and creative shops. And check back each week for more of my Etsy finds. If you would like to see your items here look for my post on the Etsy promotions forum or email me.

23 January 2010

Sweetheart Tees

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We have had a full house over the last few days and so I took the opportunity to do some Valentine's Day crafts with my granddaughter, Patience.

These cute t-shirts are the perfect craft to make when you only have a couple hours to spend. They are super quick and super easy.

I bought these tees on sale for $3.00 each. I used a few fabric scraps, some fabric paint, heat 'n bond, a little ribbon and a tiny button.

So what you have to do is wash and dry your tee. Decide on a design and gather your supplies. Cut your shapes out of fabric and heat 'n bond by hand or using a die cut machine. Following directions on heat 'n bond, adhere heat 'n bond to back of fabric shapes.

Arrange pieces in place on tee and adhere according to heat 'n bond directions.

Using fabric paint, line the shapes all around making sure to get paint on both the fabric shape and the tee to seal the edges. You will want to put a piece of thin cardboard or something similar between the layers of your tee while painting so that the paint doesn't soak through to the back.

For my red tee I arranged hearts along the collar just slightly below the top edge. Once the paint was dry I trimmed the top edge of the tee along the paint line. This made a scalloped edge. You can enlarge the picture to see it, but you can also see how shaky I was when I painted, lol.

For my white tee I just added a grosgrain ribbon with the tiniest button in the center. I sewed it to the front edge.

21 January 2010

Covered Button Ponytail Holders

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New to my shop are these cute covered button ponytail holders. They are made with quality 100% cotton fabric. The ones I have listed at this time are perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime, but I can custom make these any color and several sizes.

For a limited time I am offering the sweetest felt-lined heart shaped keepsake tin to keep your ponytail holders in.

I also have several sets of covered buttons. Of course you can use this to make your own ponytail holders, but you can make your own barrettes, paper clips, thumb tacks, magnets, bobby pins, etc. I can also make these custom as well.

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19 January 2010


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I have put a lot of items on sale in my shop. I have set up a special sale section where you can find wonderful deals on designer fabric including yardage and precuts from Moda. I slashed the price on all my honey buns, turnovers, some jelly rolls, and alot of charm packs.

You'll find Swanky, Sultry, Baskets of Flowers, Oh Cherry Oh, Soiree, Sweet, and other great collections. I also have all my Christmas, Halloween, and Fall fabric and gifts on sale as well.

16 January 2010

Moda Bake Shop Sampler Box

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Does it get any cuter than this? Check this out_this box has twelve packs of 40 - 2.5" x 2.5" assorted fabric squares. There's 480 different squares, 12 different fabric lines!

This is a sampler preview of the Spring 2010 collection from Moda!

Lakeside Resort by Holly Taylor
Frolic by Sandy Gervais
Butterfly Garden by Kansas Troubles
Verna by Kate Spain
Eden by Lila Tueller
Garden Party by Blackbird Designs
Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts
Collections for a Cause: Charity by Howard Marcus
Spring Fever by Me & My Sister
Bar Harbor by Minick & Simpson
Martinique by 3 Sisters
Looking Back by Brannock & Patek

Also included are charm pack projects and a history of charm quilts.

I absolutely love this sampler box. I have them listed in my Etsy shop, but you can be sure that I have kept one for myself.

12 January 2010

Rearranging My Shop

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I have been working on my Etsy shop, putting stuff on sale and rearranging the order of things to make ready for Valentine's Day. I have finally added a "SALE" section and have moved several items to it.

Mostly this section will consist of end of season stuff, but it does have other things that I currently have on sale. These things will change periodically so check this section often for any changes.

Here are a couple of examples.

This is one of the beautiful fabrics in the Penelope Charm Pack. This one is from Sentimental Studios for Moda Fabrics. It is really a lovely collection and it is on sale at my shop.

And this wonderful fabric is from the 9 Charm Pack by Sanae for Moda Fabrics. Gotta love Sanae!

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