Friday, July 29, 2011

first ever quilt ~ the top!

I made a quilt top! Holy cow! Honestly I cant believe that I did it! I didnt make it fancy or use a pattern or anything but I did it AND I LOVE it, AND it is HUGE! I am excited, can you tell?

Oh yeah, how are you? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

You dont care about my feeble honestly curious attempt at small talk? ...OK then, bring on the quilt top pictures!




Do you love it? Hate it? Tell me what you think!

Monday, July 25, 2011

pouch for crutches

Hey everyone! How is everyone?

Monday was a bummer this week but it is totally over and time to move on. The kiddos are in VBS this week and we are painting their room and setting up bunk beds for them. They are super excited! I am excited to gain some extra space in their room too!

I was approached by my God Mother to see if I could create a pouch for her daugher's crutches. (She tore her ACL) She is 15 (I think?). Make something for a teenager?? AHH! I suppose rainbows, glitter and unicorns are out? UH-OH. I asked what she liked and all I could coax from her was that she liked peace signs. Who doesnt? She is going to be on crutches for a while so I decided to go with denim for durablity. Plus, I have LOADs of the stuff. I think this went pretty well since I didnt actually have a crutch to work with and had to kind of guess how this would work.

I decided to make ling string she could tie on so it wasnt in the way of her had or flopping around. Here are some views:


This was the bottom section of an old pair of girls jeans


The lining is a mushroom print on flannel


I went ahead and added the back pocket from the jeans to the back of the pouch for some detail



These strings are nice and long so she can adjust it as needed


I hope you are able to get back to your sports soon Jordyn!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

is it just me...

or does this photo totally belong on Ackward Family Photos? Taken on our recent Gatlinburg vacation at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. I took lots and lots of photos and I think this is my fav. LOVE! HA!

Lauren: totally exhausted. missed nap
Daddy: sick of crying baby
Elijah: "take a picture of me doing kung fu!!!"

Monday, July 18, 2011

butterfly bookbag tutorial

hello? ...I have been so MIA! Summer! ahhhhhhh....you know the feeling right? lotsa busy, fun and craziness! I HAVE been making some stuff though! promise to post more soon...or in September. hehehe...

But today I have a tutorial for you! How to create and add butterfly wings to a backpack. Is it a backpack or book bag? Dora says backpack but I say for school it is called a book bag. I will probably call it by both names off and on for the rest of this post. What do you think? Cute right??


Start with:
a book bag
fusible quilters batting
about a quarter yard of fabric
a wing pattern.(I free handed mine) 


fold the fabric right sides together and trace the wing twice. you want to trace once then flip the pattern over and trace again around the opposite side then cut them out


next trace the batting with the same pattern but when you cut it out cut about 1/4-1/2" smaller all the way around


sew the fabric right sides together. 1/4" seam allowance. leave the narrow part of the wing open. turn right side out.


Then stuff the batting into the wing and smooth it out.


repeat for the other wing


fold the open part inside


press the wings


like this:


use an invisible seam to close up the open parts


this part is optional but next I used a decorative stitch around the edge. some sort of top stitch makes it look a little more finished


I didnt take a picture of the next step. What I did was pin (above you can see the pins) and just use a regular straight stitch (black thread to match the fabric) on the inside and outside of the decorative stitch. You can see (sort of) how it is attached in the last picture. Maybe not...


Last step...paste it on the nearest cutie

Friday, July 8, 2011

it's time... rock like fraggles printable

I hope ya'll dont think I am totally copping on in craft land by creating so many printables lately (combined with the lack of posting...) bad blogger. bad crafter. bad bad bad...

Did you know one of the throwback cartoon stations recently brought back Fraggle Rock?? I STILL love this show! If you have been around for a hwile you know I think everyone should rock like fraggles. My readers certainly do! So...here is a geekeriffic printable for you!

Oh yeah, and as always feel free to ROCK THE BUTTON! The Rock Like Fraggles button is free for grabs to any of my readers because if you are here it is OBVIOUS you simply MUST ROCK LIKE FRAGGLES. Go ahead. Take it. It's tight over there  -->

On to the printable!

click. print. enjoy!!

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