Wednesday, April 2, 2014

crochet mood blanket: march recap

Hello April, I could not be happier to see you!
The crochet mood blanket 2014 is still going {kinda} strong over here.  I fell a little off the wagon mid-month and had to play catch-up, but March is complete:

 I also figured out a double crochet edging for each month's blocks and decided to use the same Flat Braid to join the months together.
1) Join border yarn to any chain3 loop space on bottom side of panel.
2) ch4 (counts as first dc, ch1), 1dc in same space; 1dc, ch1, 1dc in next space.
3) Continue on working 1dc, ch1, 1dc in each chain3 loop space.
When two squares intersect, 1dc in first color, ch1, 1dc in next color.
At corners: ch2, 1dc, ch1, 1dc in corner space; ch2 and continue on as step 3 above.

At side where two panels will connect (joining one panel to the next): 1dc in chain3 loop space, pull hook out insert into opposite side in ch1 space between 2dc in same loop, put loop back on hook, ch1 and 1dc in same space.
1dc in next loop, pull hook out, insert hook into ch1 space, put loop back on hook, ch1, 1dc in same space.
At intersecting colors: 1dc in first color loop, pull out hook, insert in ch1 space on opposite side, put loop back on hook, ch1 dc in next color loop.  Continue flat braid join along side, and finish border on bottom side.
To finish: join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain in beginning ch4 and fasten off.

January and February joined
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

purse to camera bag tutorial

Last week, I spent part of one of my days off making some custom-fit padding to turn a purse into a camera bag.  

And now I finally have a moment to share the how-to with you!

It all started with this bag I picked up on sale at Target
Originally,  I thought the front pockets would be perfect for holding lenses.  The problem: this purse lacked any type of padding to protect my little camera from bumps and bruises.
A quick search on Pinterest turned up a few tutorials that seemed easy enough.  Mostly I followed this one from Make It & Love It.

I started off with a trip to my local fabric and craft store to pick up some coordinating fabric, padding, and Velcro.
 The padding I chose is Fairfield's Soft n Crafty NU-Foam premium densified batting.  

Start by cutting a piece of pad to fit the bottom of your bag.  I just lined the pad with the bottom outside of the bag and snipped for the length and width then continued cutting at the snips to cut the entire rectangle.
Then cut a length of pad to fit the entire perimeter of the inside of your bag--I had to cut mine in two sections due to the size of the padding.

Dry fit the pad into your bag and make adjustments if needed.

Next, cut the fabric large enough to cover your pad pieces.  I left a good inch around the edges and cut along a fold to give a nice finished edge (and to have less to sew).

Before you sew the cover of the perimeter pad, you'll want to stitch on your Velcro strips.  I placed the strips (soft side) so they would be on the long sides of my bag and sewed around the entire edges of all four strips.

Fold fabric pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving an opening to turn your fabric and insert the padding.  Do this for both the bottom and side pieces.

To make the dividers, I followed Make It & Love It's directions (and forgot to snap pics!).  I didn't even bother stitching the base to the sides because I'm a lazy hand-stitcher it all stays together snuggly once inside the bag.
This project took under 2 hours (it would have been a lot faster, but my sewing machine and I had a couple of battles and I had to show it who was boss).  I'm thrilled with the result of a cute and trendy camera bag without the boutique price tag {materials: $15 + bag: $20 = total cost: $35}.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 28, 2014

silhouette freebie


Just popping in to share some digital cut files that I created tonight:
You can download this set of Polaroid Project Life cards for free at Box.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Open for Business

Several New Years ago, I made a resolution to open an Etsy shop and try to sell some of my handmade items.
Over the years, I made excuse after excuse for not doing it:
*nobody will want to buy that
*how much should I charge?
*shipping is too complicated
*which web-based shop service should I use
*what if no one buys anything
*I don't have time to run a shop
*selling stuff takes all the fun out of making it
*too much pressure
*what if nobody buys anything. ever.

Well today, I pulled on my big girl panties, signed into Etsy, and listed 6 items for sale.

Ta-da!  My shop is now open!
I'm hoping to add more items in the coming days and weeks.
I would love if you would stop in for a little visit by clicking below

Monday, March 3, 2014

mood blanket Monday: week 9

Happy Monday to you!
Last week's blanket said goodbye to February and hello to March, completing another panel for my Crochet Mood Blanket.

Here's what the entire month of February looks like
And here's each day's moods last week:
Day 54

Day 55

Day 56

Day 57

Day 58

Day 59

Day 60

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!