Friday, November 19, 2010

Tutorial: Organizing Girls' Hair Thingys

The drawer that stores the girls’ hair thingys was about to vomit this morning.  Arrrr.  Time to organize them!  

Remember the Kerr 8oz Jelly Jars (the box was used to organize the sock drawer)? Well, the hair thingys look pretty good in them.

The drawer and my girls now look pretty, too.

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Owls Purses

The owl zipper purses are not bigger than a packet of  pocket tissues.
 Too lazy to go out and get Could not find the right size buttons for the eyes.  I used the pearl black snaps instead.  This one is for my beloved Bible study CL director.  (I share my love for things that are childish cute and adorable in a heart beat.)  

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Tutorial: Organizing The Sock Drawers

Look for canning jar boxes or beer glass boxes.  They come with dividers to keep products in place and prevent products from shattering.   

I use these boxes for Kerr 8oz quilted crystal jelly jars.  Fits the girls’ drawer with room for folded leggings at the side.

Put the whole box in your drawer or just use the dividers.  Stuff your socks in each compartment. Voila!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bunny Pencil Case

At first, I was supposed to search for a boxed pencil pouch pattern and make one for Z.  But as I searched, I found this pattern and could not help but make this little cutie.  

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Girls' Neck Warmer

Oh, those long car rides.  Just watching the kids plop in their seats make my neck hurt.  These fleece neck pillows are for the 2 sisters.  Of course, the boy does not want to have anything to do with fluffy items...

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blog Improvement

I have been having fun exploring how to improve my blog by changing the background, header and adding my signature (though I don't spend nearly enough time blogging as I should.)  Then I realized that I am still a pink loving little girl. 

Learn how to include your personal signature in blog posts here
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Tutorial: Magnetic Pin Bowl Tutorial

I saw this magnetic pin bowl with pins for $11.95.

4" magnetic bowl that safely holds pins, scissors, and other metal notions. Securely attaches to metal quilting frames. Comes with a box of 80 pins (size 28).

$11.95?  You've gotta be kidding.  You could purchase a box of 75 size 28 quilting pins for $2 or less.  And you could get a 4" bowl from one of those Asian supermarkets for $1 or so.  
My brain started racing.  What could I do to make one for cheap?

This is what I ended up with:
Cost: $1-2 (pins not included)
Time: 5 minutes or less
Difficulty: Super easy

Ok, let's get started

I found this in the kitchen.  Exactly 4".

Scavenged the magnet from a kitchen timer that no longer works.

Place the magnet on the bottom of the bowl to test how strong it is.

Yap, it's good enough for this project.

Depends on how much coverage you want, you might want to tape or hot glue more than one magnet (I used 3 for mine).

Find a scrap of fabric from your previous project.
Cut the scrap into a long rectangle (long enough to wrap around the bowl and 2" overlapping, tall enough to hang 2-3" and cover most of the bottom).
Hem the raw edges and hot glue it around the bowl (I started by only applying hot glue right under the rim to secure the scrap).

 Now turn the bowl upside down.  Make pleats by pulling the scrap gently, folding and pinning pleats in place (be sure the pleats spaced out evenly).
Glue each fold (pleat) down.

Cut a small rectangle scrap, hem raw edges and hot glue it to cover the bottom of the bowl.

Now you have a magnetic pin bowl on your sewing table!  

You could also use the bottom of the bowl to pick up loose pins on the table. Told you this is easy.  =)
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Fruit Art by Carl Kleiner

F and J voted this as their favorite. 
J: "hahaha, it's so funny!"

My favorite.

Not only are Carl Kleiner's creations clever, they make you smile and want more.
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