Feb 17

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up – Quick Quilting Projects

Tuesdays Tutorial Round Up @ wowilikethat.com

Hi All,

Tuesday’s Tutorial Round Up is a weekly round up featuring  the best free quilting tutorials, patterns and how-tos from quilting blogs and websites! Enjoy.

Free Quilt Tutorials & Patterns

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Circular Quilted Placemats by Imagine Gnats

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Rag Quilt by Bright Green Door

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Half Square Triangle Potholder by In Color Order

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Quilted Potholder by Jacquelynne Steves at Craftsy

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Microwave Bowl Pot Holder by Seams Happy

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Log Cabin Hexi Potholders by Sew Can She

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Quilt As You Go Improv Pillows by Quilting in the Rain

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Patchwork Pillow at Sew4Home

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Fabric Box Tutorial by Seaside Stitches

 

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Scissor Case by Dawn Cornell

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Quilted Hexagon Placemats by Crafty Pod

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Mug Rug or Hot Pad from Scissortail Studio

Mar 11

Thanks, I Made It – Bathroom Sewing

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Bathroom Sewing

Spring is almost here. Spring makes you want to renew everything.  So why not start with the bathroom and do it on the cheap by sewing your way to a new bathroom.

Here are 3 quick and easy projects to do yourself.  I love the grain sack shower curtain by the Cozy Old Farm House.  She painted hers by projecting the image on to the drop cloth.  I love her end result but I would have used the same method I used here with Xylene.  Since it is a large image, simple print it out on several pages and tape together.  I’ve done large images, just make sure the tape is not in the way of the image.  If there is a will, there is a way.  Easy peasy too.

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1. Patchwork Towels by Tasha Horsley.

2. Make a quilted bathmat by Montessori By Hand.

3. Make a shower curtain from a $14 drop cloth by The Cozy Old Farm House.

Inspiration

If you aren’t into doing it yourself, below are the inspirations for my DIY search.  All are from Etsy and are for sale from these talented makers.

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1. Quilted bath mat on Etsy by Davron Soaps N Mor for $45.00.

2. Patchwork bath mat on Etsy by Zanman for $42.00.

3. Stenciled shower curtain on Etsy by Laissezchic for $55.00

4. Set of 4 embellished hand towels on Etsy by August Ave for $46.00.

5. Appliqued bath towel on Etsy by Brown Owl Design for $14.00.

6.  Tissue box cover on Etsy by Flower Girl Designs for $10.50.  (This looks just  like the tissue box I’ve made for years and posted instructions on how to make your own here.)

Supplies

If you need, I’ve hunted down some bargains on supplies to dress up your bathroom the DIY way.

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1. 6′ x 9′ drop cloth for $13.99.

2. 12 pack white bath towels for $29.50.

3. Chevron fat quarter bundle for $28.99.

4. Xylol Xylene for $5.26.

5. Moda charm pack for $12.95.

6. 7 pack bath towels for $22.99.

Happy Making.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Dec 11

Freezer Paper Stenciled Personalized Shirt – How to create in CorelDraw & cut on your Silhouette

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to freezer paper stencil a shirt so I’m not going to show  you how to do that.  You can see some great tutorials for that here or here.

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Freezer paper stenciling is easy and fun to do.  The challenge however is to create your own design and get it sent to the Silhouette cutter.  You can buy designs from Silhouette and when I plugged in my Silhouette yesterday, it said I needed to update. The update was a plugin that would allow me to easily and quickly use CorelDraw or Illustrator and send the design to the Silhouette.  Guess what?  It cost $39.99.

I needed a quick, easy and cheap little gift and I was no way, no how gonna spend $40.00 for that. So I played and I figured it out. It is quick and easy too and doesn’t cost $40.00.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt @ wowilikethat.com

Open CorelDraw to a new page.  Create your design.

I don’t like to think of myself as a cheapskate, rather I’m frugal.  Again, if I need a cheap gift, I don’t want to be spending all kind of money.  If you are familiar with CorelDraw or any type of graphic design and / or the printing process, you know that your graphic needs to be vector. Vector in layman’s terms means if you enlarge and enlarge the picture, you will not see those little pixel boxes.  It will remain smooth and clean regardless of the size.  Problem is that vector art usually costs money.  All I wanted was some simple animal silhouettes but I couldn’t find any for free.  Soooooo I simply used a font.  There are millions of free fonts.  I picked a free animal font from dafont.com, enlarged it and it worked perfectly.  I created the call out from the shapes in Corel, added my text and in 2 minutes my artwork was done, waiting and wanting to be sent to my Silhouette cutter.

The Silhouette cutter uses a SVG extension but trying to save your design as SVG and opening it in the Silhouette Studio software didn’t work.

There is one simple step in between.  All you have to do is first convert your design to a bitmap and then save that bitmap as an SVG extension.

That is it.  Create, convert and save.  Open your Silhouette Studio, get a new page, and find the design where you saved it.  To find it though, select OPEN, then in the dialog box, select ALL FILES in the drop down labeled FILES OF TYPE.  The design will appear as the image you created.  Now under the OBJECTS toolbar at the top of the Silhouette Studio, select TRACE.  This will trace your design for cutting.  You do not have to remove the graphics.  From here, simply send the design to your cutter and you are done, done, done and you still have that $40.00 they wanted in your pocket.

If you have any questions, holler and I’ll be happy to help.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Nov 26

Homemade Gifts – $.50 Headwarmers

I saw someone wearing a fleece headwarmer with a flower on it yesterday and thought “I could do that” and what an easy homemade gift that would make.  And I could do that and I made my own. I had the fleece.  It was a remnant and the whole piece cost less than a $1.00. I can get 4 out of my piece but if you don’t have any fleece, you can buy it at JoAnn’s on sale for about $2.99 a yard. You would get 6 headwarmers out of a yard equaling$.50 each.

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Measure your head.  My head is 23 inches.  Cut a 4″ piece of fleece the width of the fabric. MAKE SURE you cut the fleece from salvage to salvage and that is stretches.  If you cut raw edge to raw edge, it will not stretch. From the 4″ piece, cut two 23″ pieces. (Or whatever measurement you are using.) Do not add any additional for a seam allowance.  You need it to be snug and stretch.

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Stitch both long sides of the 4″ strips.  I used the edge of my pressure foot as my guide and moved my needle slightly to the right.  Turn seams to the inside.  I know everywhere it always tells you not to press fleece but I always press on low heat and with steam.  Otherwise it looks too homemadish (this may be a new word Mr. Webster) to me.  I love handmade but not necessarily homemade. Do you know what I mean?  Just be careful, don’t have the iron to hot and don’t keep it on the fleece for more than a second.  It will get the seams flat and looking great.

$.50 Headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

After stitching, turning and pressing.  Top-stitch along the edge.  Again use the edge of your pressure for as a guide.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

Now sew the ends together.  Word of caution – fleece stretches.  When I was sewing the edges together, the bottom stretched and it wasn’t even and I had to un-sew and start again.  Second time around I put a pin at the top and the bottom to make sure my edges started and ended together.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

Awww, the edges are sewn and it was too unfinished looking so I sewed the edges down and trimmed.  It looked a lot better that way.

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The edges sewn down. It looks much neater this way.

$.50 headwarmers @ wowilikethat.com

To make the flower, cut a 1″ strip 23″ long and stitch down.  I folded the headwarmer in half with the seam being the back and stitched the tail down 3″ from the front center.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

The flower was hot glued to the headwarmer.  To make the flower simply twist and turn the fleece. Glue. Twist and turn. Glue. Keep twisting and turning and be sure to tuck the tail up underneath and glue. That is it.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

Cute, huh?

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.comI made this last night and wore it to work today.  Lots of compliments to be had. :)  I however, gave it away and had to make myself another one tonight.

This time I didn’t sew and turn and top-stitch the edges. I simply sewed the edges together with a straight stitch.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

Instead of sewing a seam which is thick and unattractive, overlap the edges and stitch down with a zip zag stitch.   Trim close to stitching.  It looks much neater.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

 

For the flower, cut the strips with pinking shears.  This flower was tacked down and I started with a knot. Stitch the strip in place first.  Same procedure.  Twist and turn, now tack by hand, twist and turn and tack. The edges, I just quickly stitched down going through only the top layer of the headwarmer and the back looks neat and clean.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.com

The whole headwarmer took no more than 15 minutes to make.  I think they will make lovely little gifts for co-workers. Teenagers would love them too.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.comSee you next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 24

Gifts – Handmade Outfit $3.50

The gift is a $3.50 handmade Christmas outfit and it is incredibly cute too.  I made 5 of them.  The mom and dad shirt were only $2.50 because I didn’t get them pants.  And, I even had enough to make the dog a matching neck scarf too.  That was $0.00.

Gift giving done cheap. $3.50 outfit @ wowilikethat.com.

The shirts I bought last week at JoAnn Fabrics.  They were on sale for $2.50 each.  The embroidery design I had but if you were to buy was $5.00 for the whole design pack at Designs by Ju Ju.

Gifts done cheap @ wowilikethat.com

If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could still duplicate the idea by stenciling which I do often. The stenciled are equally as cute as the embroidery. Some even prefer it.  Here are instructions for stenciling with freezer paper.  Regular craft paint works just fine on fabric.  The little $.89 bottle works perfectly.  Don’t be tricked in thinking you have to buy the special paint for fabric, you don’t’ need it.  Did you ever get craft paint on your clothes?  It doesn’t come off.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @ wowilikethat.com

The pants I bought yesterday at the thrift store.  My thrift store has $.99 cent Saturdays where one color tag is $.99 for the day.  I’m one of those dorks who will only buy things that are $.99 on $.99 day.  It is just part of the fun.  Anyway, I found jeans for all the kids in the sizes that I needed.  All looked brand new.  I do wash them immediately though as one never knows.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @ wowilikethat.com

After the pants were washed and dried, I cut out the applique trees with my Go Baby. I’m lucky enough to have a Go Baby but you don’t need it.   It is super duper easy to draw your own tree or trace one from a coloring book.   Here are instructions for making your own iron on applique patches.

$2.50 Christmas Shirt @ wowilikethat.com

The fabric was scraps from a previous project and I also had the backing for the applique on hand too.  Even if you don’t have these things on hand, you only need a very small amount and it would be of minimal cost.

Dog Scarf @ wowilikethat.com

The dog scarf was again a scrap of fabric and I appliqued on a tree and embroidered the name.  $0.00 cost.

Total project

5 shirts = $12.50

3 thrift store pants = $2.97

Total Cost for 5 people gifts & 1 dog gift = $14.97.  Not bad. :)

See you next time.

Debbie

Aug 03

Make your own dip mixes – Part 6

Hi everyone. Be sure to eat your veggies, with dip of course!!!

I’m back to the Craft Fairy Series offering ideas for making crafts your business.  Every time I am shopping at a craft fair or show there is someone there (usually more than one vendor) selling dip mixes.  Why?  Because they are easy to make.  Inexpensive to make and are big sellers.  I recently paid $10 for 3 little packets of dip mix that cost pennies to make.  I wanted to see if they were better than mine.  They weren’t.  Quite the opposite, I think my recipes were better.

If you need a quick, easy and sure fire seller at your next craft fair, mix up some of these dip mixes.  You can see all my previous recipes here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.  Dip mixes also make great gifts.  Or you can just make them and eat them all yourself.  Don’t yell at me if you gain weight though. :)

Dill Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 2-1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1-1/2 tsp Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasonings (My larger local grocery store carries this but if yours does not, you can get it on Amazon – there is a link at the bottom on this page.)
  • 2-1/2 tsp dried parsley

Mix above ingredients and stir  till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve – Mix dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover at refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies or crackers.

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Curry Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 tsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp curry
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve: Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Still till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

Bacon & Chili Cheese Dip Mix

  • 1 T plus 3/4 tsp minced onion
  • 2-1/2 tsp bacon bits (You can use real or imitation.  I usually use the imitation because I often make these weeks before I use them and I am fearful that the real bacon won’t stay fresh)
  • 1-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp Cheddar cheese powder (Again, I can get this at my larger local grocery store but if yours does not carry it, you can get it from Amazon (There is a link at the bottom of this page.)
  • 1-1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir well.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve:  Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have more recipes still to share.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my new posts so you don’t miss anything.

See you next time.

Debbie

Jul 07

Make your own dip mixes – Part 5

Here are more dip mixes.  Again, these are great sellers at craft fairs, church bazaars and even flea markets.  Cheap to make, easy to put together and delicious to eat.  You can see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of my dip mix collections.

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Herb Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix above ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip ix with 2 cups sour cream & 2 tsp. lemon juice (in the bottle kind is ok).  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.

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Italian Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine above ingredients well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers, chips or veggies.

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Bacon Dip Mix

  • 4 T bacon bits (imitation ones work too)
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.  

I still have more recipes to share so be sure to sign up for email notifications of new posts or check back often.

See you next time.

Debbie

May 29

Wow Me Wednesday – Drab to Fab Sewing Machine Redo’s

Is your sewing machine white and boring?

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the fanciest sewing machine on the block. With a couple of standard craft supplies and a little creativity,  you will have the grandest machine on the block, neighborhood, state, country, maybe the world!!!  :)

Here is some inspiration and how-to-fancy-up-your-boring-white-machine instructions.

The button machine makes me smile. :)  Hop over to the Quilted Cupcake for her tutorial for decorating the machine. This is an old second-hand machine that she isn’t going to use, it is more for show but I don’t see why you couldn’t use it.  You would have to stay clear of openings and  levers but still doable.

Fabric on a machine!!!!  Like two peas in a pod. Fabric decorating a sewing machine is the ultimate decorating idea.  Stop by Dee Construction for her low down on how to make your own machine this lovely.

If you make a machine like that, do NOT drink any water if you take this with you to a guild meeting or quilt outing.  If you drink anything you will most likely get up to go to the bathroom and when you come back, someone would have stolen this baby for sure, for sure. :) Go to 33 Stitches to see her instructions for making your machine as cute too.

Crafty Confessions used vinyl stickers to add snap crackle pop to her dull white machine.  Lovin the dots for sure.

A Little Off Color did a great job restyling her machine with Mod Podge.

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Another creative crafter with Mod Podge in their hands.  I love the old prints and little bit of paint highlights. Beautiful! Stop over Cynthia Shaffer and see how she did it.

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What a different a little bit of scrapbooking vinyl makes.  Very elegant indeed. You can read more about it here.

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A member on QuiltingBoards.com posted a picture of her charming machine.  (You have to scroll a good bit down the page to find it)

Hmmm?  Not sure which one I like better.  Just kidding, love….love…love the red.  Stitch Nerd does a fabulous job detailing how she painted her old vintage machine.

Another snazzy makeover from drab to fab.  She used vinyl that she cut from her own vinyl cutter but you could just as easily buy some precut letters. Visit Sumo’s Sweet Stuff to read more about it.

 

May 21

Craft Fairy Series – Part 5 – Make your own business cards

 Make your own business cards.

Here are some mucho loco ideas for making your own for cheap, cheap, cheap…..and if you ask me (you asked right?) wayyyyy more creative and memorable.  Go make some cards and post your pictures to our Flickr page.

The above business cards comes to us from C.R.A.F.T. using cereal boxes.  I love this but the stamp cost $45.00. I did a quick search for discount codes for the stamp and 40% off coupons seem readily available.

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These are fabulous. Creature Comforts used Photoshop for the design  and  I don’t have Photoshop but I own Corel and I could do the same with Corel.  I bet you could do it any graphic software including Paint. Go to Creature Comforts for her tutorial.

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30 years ago I may have used my picture as my business card – not these days.  I’ll save this one for you younger gals.  Your card wouldn’t soon be forgotten following Color Me Katie’s tutorial for her homemade business cards.

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These are stunning and easy to make.  Perfect for a photographer.  Take pictures of your wares and use the negative.  Would work for anyone.  Hop over to Peta Pixel for the how to make instructions.

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Jessica at How About Orange has a free printable template to make your own Argyle Business Cards.  Super Duper Cute.

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No directions on AllGraphicDesign  but endless stunning & different business cards ideas.  This is for your inspiration only.

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Mint Design Blog created this using old paper lying around and some tape.  The print was done on a regular printer. Simple and beautiful.

Tomorrow I will show you how to set up printing your own business cards in Microsoft Word.  Easy peasy.  We will all be looking professional in no time at all and for little $$$.

Debbie