Monday, August 26, 2013

Teacher Gifts. Teacher Tote Tutorial.

School is starting again.... So, I need to come up with some new Teachers' gifts.
Here are my end of the year gifts from last year.
I told you before... I have a small problem with my embroidering.
I would use lighter thread or different fabric on the darker one, if I had thought it through!
These hold a Binder and Books perfectly!

Here are my directions for your own... 
Made up my own design .... Cut: Fabric #1 14x14 (2), Lining Fabric 14x14 (2), Fabric #2 6x14 (2), Lining Fabric 6x14 (2), Handle Fabric 2.5x40, Medium or Heavy Weight Interfacing 14x14(2), 6x14(2). Iron Interfacing to Fabric #1 and Fabric #2, leave lining pieces unlined. Sew 14x14 lining pieces on left and right sides and a few inches on each side of bottom. leaving gaping whole in bottom. Sew Fabric #2 6x14 to Lining Fabric 6x14 right sides together, then flip over and top stitch across the pocket. embellish pocket with ribbon or whatever you like. Sew the pocket to the front of each Fabric #1 at the 7 inch mark. Creating two pockets. Place Fabric #1 with pocket sewn to it together and sew sides and bottom together. Cut a 1 3/4 square out of the both bottom corners of this piece and the lining and create a box bottom by lining up the side and bottom in a pinched box and sewing. Turn Fabric #1 with pockets right side out and push out all corners, place down inside the still inside out lining and sew across top. Turn lining right side out through whole left in bottom and top stitch across top. Add Grommets following grommet package, and then fold over the end of the handle strap fabric that you have already folded in half and folded in the rough edge 1/4 inch and ironed and stitched up both sides. And sew and X with a box around it to secure to itself. 
Quick and easy. Took me longer to tell you how!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Quick Card. Yep, that's right... a CARD!

Lost my Card making Mojo awhile ago... if found, please return to this girl asap.

My favorite friend is not feeling well... so PUSHED myself up to the craft room, and forced out a quick card.
I was inspired by Dawn's Hymn on SCS. 

This a bad cell phone picture. The colors are prettier in my opinion. :)
Unity and Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps. 

Summah Campers

My Kids look so forward to their Summer Day camps every year.
This was my 4 year old Girls first year going to Day Camp!
 Lucky for this nervous Mama... my baby girl has her 9 year old brother to watch over her!
This year the camp them was Zoo Crew and they went to the zoo on a field trip! 
Texas heat and the Zoo, ick... good thing there was a Splashpad!

My kids need bags that were clearly Marked with their names on them. I told you... I have an embroidering problem. I admitted it. I did.
My Brother SE400 and my Sew What Pro Program with free fonts from the internet in the Lettering Tool.... and wellah.
Camp Bags.

I then drew some fun animals and painted them and outlined them. Kids helped. 

I erased the last names... but I embroidered those too. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Long Hot Summer.... well the HOT part is right.

Summer is coming to an end. 
And I did a mild amount of crafting this summer. 
Mostly sewing projects for the kids. And embroidering everything they own for school!

I will try to share a few of my projects over the next few months.

I saw "boot socks" for sale, for $35!!!!
Cha. nO.
Try again. 
So, I made my own. 

Here are my first two styles. Using knee socks and lace and crochet lace on a roll (50% off at HL). Turn your knee socks inside out and place around the large arm of your sewing machine, stretch them as you sew the lace on, cut lace trim when you reach the starting point at end. Takes all of 5 minutes. tah dah.