What i made… Leather edged infinity scarf

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The inspiration for this infinity scarf came from one I saw in Le Chateau. It was all black and it looked pretty cool but I thought, I can do this for cheaper and use real leather not this fake looking stuff! Earlier I had seen a beautiful rose colored skull scarf in H&M for $12.95 that I was on the fence about. Now that I had a DIY project in mind this seemed like the perfect scarf to use. Sold!

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This is very simple and quick! First I sewed the two short ends of the scarf together to make it an infinity scarf. Since both ends are finished I placed one end on top of the other and stitched over the thread.  I re-purposed the leather from a long jacket that I never wore and cut it into 1 1/2 cm strips. The good thing about leather or suede is you don’t have to worry about finishing the edge. I just folded each strip in half, ironed it down, and sewed it all around both edges sandwiching the scarf edge between the folded leather strip. Test your leather first to see if you should use a pressing cloth overtop as the iron can sometimes make the leather shiny. Bias tape would also look great and it comes in every color! You can even make your own bias tape if you have some fabric that you like.

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I’ve been wearing this a lot! I think the black edging adds more dimension. I like the colors and it’s perfect for chilly, but not too chilly, fall weather.

homemade apron loveliness

 

OMG! I knew I was guilty of being an absentee blogger but I didn’t realise I had gone sooo long without posting. Shame on me! Well let me tell you, this abominable behaviour stops TODAY!

I’ve been thinking of lots of fun, creative, and interesting blog posts. I want to share more of what I’m up to, as well as people and places around Calgary and Alberta. But first I want to show you something I made in September 2012.

My Grandma’s birthday is September 2nd and I wanted to make her something that is pretty and useful. I decided an apron would fit the criteria perfectly! I used a pattern from Amy Butler’s In Stitches. You might recall I also made my mom a Mothers Day gift from this book a few years back.

 

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I picked the flowered fabric first and then used that color pallet to help choose the coordinating fabrics. It’s a heavy cotton that I though would hold up well as I’m hoping it gets plenty of use.

 

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A shot of the supplies. The pinking shears (which I love) were used to cut the organza to deter fraying.

 

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These are all the pattern pieces and a close up of the gathering. The pattern has square pockets but I thought hearts were much cuter. Also I knew the pockets wouldn’t be used much anyway so these are really just for sweetness sake. It’s hard to see, but there’s also a handy loop just under the waistband for hanging a towel.

 

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Here’s the finished product! I’m so glad the trim came ruffled. Doing it by hand would have been a lot more work.

 

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I included a card that my sister drew and finished the box off with a star-spangley ribbon in my Grandma’s favourite color!

 

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We don’t live in the same town so many thanks to my cousin Chantelle for taking this picture of my Grandma Hilda modeling her apron. Great pose!

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Homemade presents are great! And so is NOT neglecting my blog. eep.

A creative thanks

 

I needed to send a thank you card. So instead of paying $4.00 for one I did what any frugal minded crafter would do and made my own. The reason for the thank you was sewing/craft related so I decided to use that as the theme.

Here is the finished product. Ta da!

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I can’t take all the credit for this idea though. My inspiration came from a little something that was left on my coffee table some years ago, by a young gentlemen, who I let sleep on our couch one night. I woke in the morning to find him gone and almost missed this, mainly because the table had so much random junk scattered on it. Luckily before I shifted everything this arrangement caught my eye.

Ta da!

 

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Conclusion: Inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Oh, and sometimes it’s good not to be a neat freak.

A Mother’s Day gift

Today is Mother’s day and because I’m cheap, er, I mean love my mom so much, I decided to make her gift. I usually get her jewellery but thought this year I would put my efforts into creating something that was pretty and useful. Also I could use up some fabric I already owned thereby reducing my fabric pile. It’s win win!

I bought this book, Amy Butler’s In Stitches, last summer and had yet to make anything. I really like the projects. They’re easy to make and the patterns are sized correctly. No enlarging needed! The patterns on the fabric’s used in the book are quite inspiring, very shabby chic.

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I picked 2 projects to make. A sleeping mask and a kimono-style bathrobe. Here are some supplies I used:

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The sleeping mask turned out really well so I made one for my grandma too, and I added their initial’s with sequins.

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I had given my mom a nice thick robe for Christmas one year but thought a nice light cotton robe would be good for warmer weather. there was just enough fabric too! The robe is made using different sized squares and 2 pattern pieces from the book for the neck facing.

My mom cannot function without her morning coffee. (That must be where I get that from, and we take our coffee the same way. 2 creams!) So I enlisted Kiah to play the part of my mom and model the robe and sleeping mask in a typical morning setting.

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Well I hope she likes it, and hip hip hooray for mom’s everywhere! 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Conclusion: Making gifts by hand takes more effort but a mother is always worth it!

In the cord of N

I went to the public library the other day and was happily surprised at the size of their craft and hobby section! Using great restraint, and the fact that I had to haul the books home, I choose 3 to borrow. The first project I completed is a corded necklace from the book Fabric Jewelry 25 designs to make using silk, ribbon, buttons, and beads by Teresa Searle.

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I really love statement necklaces and thought this would be a quick, simple project. Simple, yes. Quick, No. Turning the fabric into cords was the quickest part, it was the beading that took up the longest chunk of time. I used 3 different fabrics. 2 shades of green taffeta and a pear coloured silk.

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After cutting the strips I twisted the fabric as I sewed it with a zig zag stitch to make the cords.

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I learned that twisting the fabric really tightly yields the neatest looking cord. I just had to adjust the width of my zig zag stitch to fit the cord width. After all the cords were sewn I used my dress from to adjust the length and arrange the cords.

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The book suggests using a paint palette to hold and sort the beads but since I didn’t have one that wasn’t already caked in acrylic I used a muffin tin. This worked better for me as it is sturdier and the wells are deeper, so i could bead while watching The Apprentice and not have to worry about losing all my beads in the couch.  I’m rooting for NeNe and Lil Jon!

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 I just used beads I already had. I’m really trying to use up the stash of supplies I have before I buy more. The cords did fray a bit so while beading I did trim the fray as I went. In the end I really like the necklace. I think it’s great for a relaxed summer look and will bring a bit of pizzazz to a tank top, cut off shorts, and leather sandals.

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Conclusion: Beading, like getting dressed, always takes alot longer then I think.