Monday, September 26, 2011

Quilling Class!!

I have come to love quilling! But I'm sure I'm not very good at it. Well imagine my surprize when I found this class at My Creative Classroom!

The first week we did basic open and closed coils. My daughter helped me make this out of the shapes we learned to make. It turned out cute.
The class homework assignment was this great card! I think mine turned out well! I do know that my coils look much better than my originals (read that 'before class') lol

The center scallop and oval is left blank because I am not sure what I will be using this card for. When I figure it out, I will stamp the sentiment on the white oval with blue ink and maybe add some crystals.

So... I had these cards listed on etsy. They get lots of views, but no sales. I thought they could use some sprucing up with some quilled flowers. What do you think? I like the new ones better!!

Old cards
More pictures here: Quilled Note Cards

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Coffee Cozies or Sleeves or Jackets Tutorial

We have the most fab coffee shop where I live. And they have the greatest mural on their wall. And an even greater YouTube video showing the time lapse of painting it!

Like all coffee shops, they use the cardboard throw away coffee sleeves. Since I am a sewer, I thought I would make some reusable insulated coffee sleeves and put them in there on consignment. They are pretty easy to make.

First assignment was a trip to Real Coffee to get some coffee. It came with one of their cardboard sleeves.

I used it to make my pattern. For length, I doubled the length and added a few inches to the width because I wanted mine to be a bit wider. You can make your pattern to your liking. That's the beauty of making your own.


Cut out your pieces. With the fabric right sides together I cut two pieces of the cotton. For the insulation, I used 'InsulBright' fabric. It is machine washable and dryable and helps protect against heat. You can also use batting and ironing board material. You would use one piece of each in the center instead of the one piece of Insulbright.

Take your 2 pieces of cotton fabric, right sides together, add your piece of Insulbright (or batting and ironing board fabric) to the top. The next thing you need is an elastic hair tie. I used some I had on hand. Mine had the little metal piece in them, so I just cut this out. Fold the elastic in half and place it as in the picture before sewing your seams. Place it with the cut sides even with the edge of your fabric, in between your two pieces of cotton that are faced right sides together.

Sew your seams using approximately 1/2 inch seams leaving an opening approximately 2 inches to turn your sleeve right side out. I left my opening on the bottom. When sewing over the elastic, I back spaced, then went over it again so it would be extra secure.

Trim the seams and clip your corners. Next you need to turn them right side out making sure that the Insulbright is still in the center. My first try I had it on the outside! LOL

As you can see, I made lots!

Next step is to iron them all. (By this time it was breakfast, thus the Eggo's! Bad, bad breakfast, but it tasted so yummy! and don't look at my mess behind the ironing board!)

Then sew about 1/8 inch around all the edges. Slip stitch the  opening that you turned it through.

In measuring where to put the button, I wrapped the sleeve around the large cup and made a mark under the elastic with my sewing chalk.
Oops! So much for the new Blogger format! I hit the wrong button!! A few more pictures to come! LOL
Ok... let's finish this up!
Wrap your cozy around the cup you bought for your sample. I used tailor's chalk to mark where I wanted my button to go. Sew the button on and yay! You are done!
I am now going to put tags on mine and sell them on consignment at the coffee shop. Next time I think I will do sew in labels. These would also make great gifts for the coffee lover on your list!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hooo Are You!

It's that time again! I know I don't play every week, but some weeks are busier than others!


This weeks questions:

1. What are your favorite 3 things about fall?
2. Are you a football fan and if so who is your favorite team?
3. What is your favorite fall scent?
4. So you have seasonal allergies?
5. Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

And my answers: 
1. Everything about fall is my favorite! After living in Arizona for 15 years where we didn't have fall, I am loving it in Wisconsin! The colors, the smells, the crisp air, just all of it!
2. We are not big football fans around here. We pretty much only watch when it hits playoff time. 
3. Hmm.. my favorite fall scent would have to be apple cinnamon! Apples pies baking in the oven (not me, I can't bake pie for nothing!)
4. I DO have seasonal allergies and since moving to Wisconsin they are much much worse!
5. I started my holiday shopping oh, about June. I like to buy things online when they are on sale (, we love you) and save them the holidays.
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