Saturday I knew that I needed to make something crafty. Friday I relaxed all day long without crafting and felt like I was wasting my days – especially once the kids were sleeping. So Saturday during naps I holed myself up in my craft studio and looked through my fabric for some inspiration. I found an old hankie that I bought years ago to make a pillow out of. Obviously that was never going to happen so I started to ruffle it to make a card. Well, that didn’t work either so I looked at my other fabric to come up with something.

Finally I decided to make a craft apron. I took an almost-done pillow case that was gifted to me from a co-worker whose grandmother passed away, cut it in half and used it as the base for my apron. I used the 1/2 of the hankie for the pockets in the front and did a homemade bias-tape out of hunter green for the top and bottom seams and belt. It turned out okay and it was actually nice to have it on while I was crafting to hold my pens & scissors. Excuse the poor-lighting bathroom self portrait, hubby was out of town! It actually is reversible, but the flowered side does not have a pocket.

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something as often as possible (I realized that every day was unattainable for me).

I feel that I can hardly call this a tutorial, but I’ll at least tell you how I made it. It was made without a pattern and it shows. I went with the flow and fixed things as I went that I did wrong. So, please, use caution if you decide to do this for yourself, it’s not the best way to make it at all! Without further ado, this is how I made my diaper caddy.

The first thing I did was cut two pieces of fabric (main and liner) 9″ by 28″.

Next, I sewed a seam on each piece of fabric along one of the 9″ sides. I did a double seam because I like the way it looks.

Then I folded up each piece (the seamed side) 9″ and sewed up the sides. For both you sew it right sides together. I did a seam the width of my presser foot.

Next, turn the main piece right side out. Slip the liner inside of the main piece. Here is where I realized that I should have created a step somewhere for the two already-seamed 9″ edge pieces to be sewn together. I decided I’d sew it together after-the-fact. We’ll call this my first mistake.

Then I pressed the “lid” pieces about 1/4″ and pinned them together. Sew them together all the way around. I decided to fold my corners in so that it wasn’t just straight across when closed.

My second mistake was when I put the diapers and wipes in. I really didn’t like how the bottom corners stuck out. This was easy to fix with some buttons. I folded the corners up and attached them with buttons. I’m actually kind of happy I made this mistake because I LOVE buttons and this was a good excuse to use some extras.

 My third mistake was when I folded over the lid with the diapers in. It stuck out on the top corners and just looked funny. So unfortunately I had to clip the sides, fold them in about an inch and sew again. This left an unsightly rough edge that I fixed by hand sewing.

Now it’s starting to look presentable. The last step is to sew on some hook and eye tape (i.e. Velcro) and sew on some buttons to cover up the stitching.

All done! Three main mistakes but not too bad for creating it from scratch without a pattern.

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something as often as possible (I realized that every day was unattainable for me).

When I was sewing yesterday I realized that I don’t have a pincushion. Instead of buying one of those really cute tomato pincushions from the store (hear my sarcasm there – really, was a tomato the cutest thing that the inventor of the pincushion could come up with?), I decided to make my own. I saw a post today where someone had made a pincushion out of an old can and I figured I’d have SOMETHING to make my own out of in my stash of goodies.

This is SUPER easy to make. I kind of feel bad even making a tutorial about it because it literally came together in about 10 minutes.

I started with an old Ball glass jar that has a two-piece lid.

First, take a scrap piece of fabric and place a generous amount of Polyfill on the wrong side.

Bundle up the fabric and put it through the ring part of the lid.

Straighten out the fabric and pull the fabric wherever it needs to be tighter to make it look more like a ball.

Cut the fabric so that there’s about 3/4″ hanging out of each side.

I wanted it to be secure (more secure than when I just screw on the top) so I sewed the inside haphazardly methodically to ensure that it wouldn’t come apart when I unscrew the top of the jar.

That’s IT! See? SUPER easy to make. I filled the jar with notions that I had that I wanted to keep on hand and it’s sitting in my studio ready for my sewing projects!

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something as often as possible (I realized that every day was unattainable for me).

I had a really cute dress from New York & Company that had a broken strap. I contemplated fixing the strap and then remembered that the last time I wore it someone asked me if I was pregnant [I wasn’t]. So I decided to re-purpose the fabric into a cute little purse. I don’t sew except on scrapbooking and also a few months back to make the t-shirt scarf. Other than that I aspire to sew, but haven’t really taken the time yet.

I had a design in my head and just decided to go for it and see what I could do on my own. I was pleasantly surprised with myself. Here’s a little tutorial for anyone who wants to make their own – I’m sorry if anything doesn’t make sense or if there is a better way to do what I did.

1. Here’s a picture of the dress
2. Cut two pieces of each piece of fabric in the size 12×10 inches. Sew right sides together of flower fabric (3/8″ seam) and plain interior fabric (1/2″ seam). Cut corners and turn the patterned fabric right side out. Leave the lining inside out.
3. Press both
4. Put the lining inside of the patterned fabric and make sure it’s all the way down in the corners.

5. Sew a 1/2″ seam on the top of the bag, don’t backstitch. Gather the bag a couple of inches.
6. Create the top band: Cut a piece of fabric 15×3 inches. Sew a seam on the short end. Press the seam open and press over the fabric about 1/2 inch on the top and bottom.
7. Fold in 1/2 and press. Open back up to attach to the bag.
8. Sew the bottom piece of the band to the top of the bag. Be careful with the gathering…when I was sewing I didn’t realize that it took my gathers out, so the front of my bag is more gathered than the back.

9. Fold the band back over, you can see the gathers underneath.
10. A view of the band before sewing. Sew all the way around the band. I did a double seam for looks more than anything else.
11. I figured it needed some straps and I was too lazy to make them myself so I used the shoulder straps from the dress. I picked out some matching buttons from my stash.
12. Hand sew the buttons quite a few times to add some strength.

That’s it! It took about an hour or so to make and without a pattern I think that’s pretty good. I truly have never made a purse with a lining (well, maybe back in High School in Home Ec.). I was really proud of myself. Although this doesn’t use any interfacing, I think it’s small enough to fit my wallet and a few other things without falling apart.

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something as often as possible (I realized that every day was unattainable for me).

Today my inspiration was Disney over at Ruffles and Stuff. She’s a preacher’s wife and has a young daughter but still finds time to craft quite a lot. She uses items she has and makes beautiful jewelry and clothing by re-purposing them. She’s my hero! Disney inspired me to make her tshirt scarf from a tutorial she posted back in August.

I started with a striped cotton nightgown that I got years ago for Christmas. I’m not really a nightgown person (sorry to the gifter!) so I decided to reuse it for something else. I did the instructions pretty much as Disney stated, except I used 28 4×4 squares, measuring off of a scarf that I already had that was my perfect length.

Then I pinned the squares together with the corners in the center of the next square. Once it was long enough I used a zigzag stitch to stitch all the way to the end. Disney was right, you do have to be careful that the corners don’t come back up on themselves. I have a few corners that came up and got sewn on top of itself but it still looks great.

All in all it took less than an hour and a half start to finish. It was a super easy project and would be great for gifts!

Scarf doubled up around my neck, excuse my crazy face!

I had 16 squares left so I made a short scarf for Sissy. Hers I didn’t pin, I just put the squares together as I went and I’d probably do that in the future if I make another. It saved a lot of time and worked just fine. I also alternated the squares on Sissy’s.

My hubby is out of town today so I had to take the pictures myself – please excuse my funny face and hair, it’s a relaxing Saturday here in the Cornwell house!

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something every day (if possible).