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Easy DIY Cards

I have been itching to make these ever since I came across the post by a fellow blogger: Made By Greta

Before anything else, I needed some cute paper tape. Look what I found at the closest Dollar Tree store:

spring tape

I already had some card stock paper and picked out a pick and a yellow colour. Perhaps they are not as neat as the one by Greta, by these were my firsts.

I cut them in halves and folded them across. Then I just followed instructions on the blog and added a few buttons to the ends of the strings and glue-gunned them to stick. I am done. Created 4 cards and now I wait for the next birthday or baby shower.

Till, the next blog, peace with you!

pink card   yellow card

Upcylcing or Recycling; I’m loving it!

Today I did something I never thought I could: I up-cycled a nice item into a nicer one and with a process which was much easier from the original one. Well, something called a sewing accessories organizer mat caught my eye when I was Googling ‘organizers’. It was less to do with de-cluttering my work space and more to do with finding an interesting project. Here’s what I found. http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/2012/02/free-sewing-machine-mat-tutorial.html

As you will see the instructions were to buy quilted fabric. Now that’s expensive for a beginner like me who has no idea if the project will work or not. Instead of going to the box store, I went to a thrift store and looked at the ‘bed and bath’ section. Found these gorgeous quilted pillow cases and rest is history. Here’s the story in pictures with some details: quilted pillow 1     quilted pillow 2  quilted pillow 3

1. Pillow case in original form

2. Cut out tie-backs

3. Open seams to release fold back cloth piece, iron on open seams and stitch them to close.

sewing 1    pockets 1pockets 2

4. Made pockets from the fold back cloths. I added inter facing to add some strength to the fabric as it will be holding my scissors.

5. Mark pockets.

6. Sew pockets on lower half of the case and Voila! Done in an hour! finished 2

Finished!If you happen to stop by, do let me know what do you think. Yes, I know I have a very small table. Cheers! ….J

Well, well, I finally did it. Created my first gift and a neighbour’s baby boy will be the lucky one to endure my beginner’s sewing skills.

My hubby told me our neighbour had a baby boy around Christmas and we just got to know a day or two ago. (Thanks to Saskcathewan’s frigid Winter and four weeks of -45 C, we don’t even see our neighbours). The first thing he said was, what can we give them as a gift? I just happened to stumble upon a fellow wordpress blogger yesterday: A Stitch to Scratch’s Barmy about Bunting blog. I fell in love with the idea and even though I promised NO MORE FABRIC after the Friday haul, I went to Fabricland and got two blue cotton blends for the baby. I don’t like to be stuck with ‘only-boy’ or ‘only-girl’ patterns, so I picked a blue striped and a neutral baby print with some bright colours and Voila!

blue bunting 2      blue bunting 1

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the video I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRE9QlSEFo&list=FLPWWdmLpEF6wVJ7e1oSkD3g&index=1

Totally love how it turned out. My Firsts this project were:

– I cut triangles for the first time

– I bought and sewed with binding for the first time

– I made a gift for the first time

– I made a bunting for the first time

Here’s to more ‘Firsts’ in my sewing adventure. If you happen to drop by, do let me know what you think . If you can suggest any other ideas, that would be great.

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