Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Bag Tutorial

This is my first attempt at making a purse out
of a hardback book. I took pictures along the
way and thought I would share how I did it...

First, pick a hardback that has a cover you like and is not attached to the spine. This book was
about three inches thick. I think the thicker the
better as this will determine how room you will have inside.

Next using a craft knife or razor cut the inside
of the book down the edge of the cover page
being careful not to cut into the spine. Do the
same to the back cover page and remove the inside.

Pick out your fabric and fold a piece in half and
place the book on top...opening it to the width
that you would like it to be able to open.

Lay the folded edge at the top ( the widest part)
and allowing 1 inch all the way around...cut out.
Cut two of these pieces for each end of the book.

You will need to sew 1/4" seam or glue the
edges together...I think the next time I make
one I will use an iron on fabric bonding material.
I used the glue gun as I wanted to get it done
fast with no sewing!!

Now you need to measure the front cover of
the book and cut two pieces of cardboard
slightly smaller than the cover...

Cut two pieces of fabric 1 inch larger all the
way around and clip off the corners leaving
1/4 inch from the cardboard.

Lay fabric wrong side up with the cardboard
on top. Put a little glue on each corner and press the fabric onto it. Run a line of glue down one side and fold fabric over it and press down smooth. Do the opposite side next and the the ends.

Do the same for the other piece of fabric and
cardboard. If you have ever made a covered
photo album this is done the same way.

Now measure two pieces of grosgrain ribbon
for the handles and one piece for the closing
tab. You could sew your handles if you would
like it to match. Mine were 24 inches. I cut a
piece 6 inches for the closing tab.

Glue them in place on each side of the edge
of the book. The tab is glued on the back
of the front of the book.

Now is the hard part...gluing the end pieces.
Run a line of glue on the front edge and press fabric to it being sure that the fold is even with
the edge. Then do the back edge. Then do the
bottom of the triangle to the spine. Repeat on
the other side.
Now cut a piece of fabric the size of the spine plus
1 inch all the way around and press the 1 inch on
the ends under.

Now starting at one end place glue on the folded
under part and press down over the end to cover the triangle edges. Working your way down the
spine by gluing a little at a time until you get to the other end.

Now to cover the uglies! Taking the covered cardboard piece place it inside the book and
starting at the bottom glue and press in place and hold till cool. Then glue the middle and last the top. Using clips or clothespins to hold the edges
until the glue is cool or dry depending on which
kind of glue you used.

Now the inside is finished!!!!

Now you need to place the flap on the back and
measure where to glue the velcro...keep in mind
that the bag will have stuff in it and that will make the tab shorter. Fold under the end of the
tab and glue it...then glue the velcro to the end of the tab.

Now you are done!!!! ...I wouldn't carry a lot of heavy things in it but it will hold a billfold,
comb and keys. Or this would be great to carry
the book you are reading and your reading
glasses in!!! ENJOY!!!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sewing Machine Mat Challenge

So...I was having my morning cup of tea and
catching up on my blog reading when I came
across Jenny of ELEFANTZ and much to
my surprise and dismay I saw a reference
to her sewing machine mat challenge!
I don't know how I missed it in her
earlier post about it!
So...since I had made a cover in her cover
challenge and had been wanting to design
something to go under my machine that
would have pockets and pincushion handy, I
got myself busy and put this together...

I didn't get a good picture and it is not as crooked
as like it looks! But it is a real quick sew once I
made up my mind how I was going to do it.
It is hard to tell from the picture but the rickrack
is not only pocket dividers but is tied to my
scissors and seam ripper (can't see them too
well but they are laying in front of my machine).
Now I won't be able to walk off with them and
have to hunt for them when I am back at my
machine!!! The large pocket in the center
will catch my clippings and threads and the stripes
on the end is two pockets and a pincushion.

On the back I sewed in rubberized shelf liner
to keep it from sliding around while I sew!
Now I can get rid of my old well used thread
catcher and pincushion that was always in my
way and getting knocked off my table.
THANKS Jenny for the challenge, my sewing
room is looking so much better now!!!!!!

Look At What I Won!

I won!!! I was so excited when I started to
read the winner of Nan's giveaway at
Ole Crows Nest Journal and
scrolled down and saw my name. At first
I thought it had to be another Carlie but
it wasn't and boy was I tickled pink!

This arrived in the mail yesterday all wrap up
in orange tulle (which I have great plans for!)
It was in a pie pan but I put in in my wooden bowl
so I could see the potpourri better. Nan had also
made the cute card.

Best of all is the heavenly smell. My dining room has
never had such good smells in it!!!!!
Thank you Nan for your wonderful candle...I
will think of you every time I look at it:)


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet P Quilting and Creations Giveaway

Check out Sweet P Quilting and Creations for here first giveaway...
she has a real nice blog to look at also!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Finished Fall Crafting

I finally got a little fall crafting done this weekend...
My pumpkin penny rug was an idea from an old
Create and Decorate magazine that I did my own way!

This small penny rug is from a pattern of mini-pennies
by "The Teacher's Pet" that I got last year (I think!)
I had it all cut out and finally got it done!!!

This little guy I made from a tutorial on
Martha Stewart's web site...it is made from
felt and pipe cleaners.

And my first needle felted 3D...it was so much
fun!! I made the pumpkin first and then I
'felt' like I needed a crow too!!!
Now to put them to use with my fall
decorating!!! Happy Fall Y'all!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wedding Flowers

This is what I've been spending a lot of my time
on lately instead of stitching! I made 6 boutonnieres
5 corsages for a wedding on Saturday.

This is the flower girl's basket..

This is one of two topiary to go beside
the steps to the altar...

This is one of four bridesmaid bouquets...

I wrapped and braided the handles...
I just wish I had taken a picture of
the bridal bouquet and pew bows
before I took them to the church
last night...I also did 3 arrangements
and two candelabras...plus 24
centerpieces for the tables and 7
lighted ficus trees decorated with flowers,
tulle, and bows. Whew I'm tired, but not as
tired as the mother of the groom (my good friend)
and the other of the bride who is doing the cakes
and the food.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Great Giveaways

Such great giveaways! Go to Painting Time Needfuls
and check out her bewitching giveaway.

Firecrackerkid is having a giveaway and
you need to check out her blog with
her great wooden items.

Rooster Inn Primitives is have a great giveaway
of these adorable pumpkins. Check out the great
stuff on her blog .


Felt Mouse and Bird-in-Hand Pincushions

I have been busy lately working on flowers for a wedding
but had to show some more of my felt creations. I really love
pincushions so I thought I would share my mouse.....

with embroidery all over it....

and my bird-in-hand...

with embroidery on the wings and tail.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

AHQU Halloween Queens Giveaway

Another Great giveaway for Halloween...my favorite Holiday
and my Birthday!!! I have always enjoyed everyone
having fun on my birthday! Check out this sight for some
fantastic Halloween items. The designers are awesome.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

KrazyKraftLady Giveaway

Look at the cute pumpkin that KrazyKraftLady has in her new giveaway!!
Go to her blog and check out her great creations and enter her drawing.