Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Burlap Table Runner

I picked up a remnant of burlap (I really like fabric remnants, if you can't tell) and decided to make a burlap table runner. I have been putting it off for a while because I was nervous about tackling burlap and thought it would be hard to work with. Turns out that its very easy to work with and sews up nicely. After I sewed the basic runner I painted the words "give thanks" on the runner in brown craft paint. I used chalk to sketch out the words first and then free hand painted using an art brush. In the photos below the runner isn't laying flay because of the foam board I have under the "give thanks" while it was drying. Paired up with my jute pumpkins I think it makes a nice holiday table!

See other wonderful fall crafts on the Craftaholics Anonymous Fall Frenzy page fall link party

Ruler Growth Chart

One of my friends recently got a Ruler Growth Chart that I thought was adorable. I looked on Etsy and saw many types/ styles available. After lots of searching I decided to just make one myself. I followed the tutorial  on Organized Chaos' Blog and am pretty proud of the results. I still need to clear coat the whole thing, but need to wait for the weather to be a little better.


Wet Bag

A while back I picked up a remnant piece of Babyville PUL fabric from Joanns. The fabric has an adorable owl pattern and I knew I could find something to use it for. I finally decided to make a wet bag for Cole's wet clothes/ towel after swim lessons.

It was super easy to make and works great. I think next time I might add a loop handle and top stitch around the whole bag, just for a more finished look. . .

Crayon Roll

Since I purchased felt for the Halloween Treat Bag (last post) I decided to see what other felt projects were out there. My search led me to this tutorial on Skip To My Lou's Blog. I decided to use the basic concept and make one for Cole.

Here it is!

Halloween Treat Bag

I fell in love with this Owl Treat Tote through Pottery Barn Kids and was very bummed when it became no longer available. I figured the concept was easy enough, so I tried to make my own bag - - - and LOVE the results. My tote bag itself was a little uneven, but the owl turned out too cute! Cole has already used it for Trick or Treating at Zoo Boo. It was so cute to see him hold it and walk up to each booth and say "treat"!

Best part is - - -It only cost $1 to make the whole bag!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

One Million Pillowcases

Make a pillowcase. Make a difference. You can turn your love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort, hope and love – for a foster child, a cancer patient, victims of domestic violence, and others. Every pillowcase can make a difference in your local community. The American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is continuing through 2012 – and they need your help to reach their goal of providing 1,000,000 pillowcases to people who need to know someone cares. The need is great. Our compassion as quilters is greater. So far, nearly 400,000 pillowcases have been recorded on their website. But they’re not done yet! Pillowcases are a quick and easy project (and a great way to use up your stash). Even if you’ve never sewn before, you can make a pillowcase. The challenge website has free patterns and a how-to video to make it even easier! Join me in making pillowcases throughout 2012. My personal goal is 10 pillowcases. I’m going to donate them to a local charity through Cottage Quilts. To find a participating shop, check the counter, download free patterns and watch a how-to video, visit the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge website: American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge - They still need your help! Click here to GET INVOLVED