Sunday, July 5, 2015

SEWING DIY: Quilted Fabric Bookmarks

These quilted fabric bookmarks use two new fusible interfacings by Fairfield World, Smooth and Stick. These are a great cotton fabric scrap buster. I used some of my recent fabric stash additions, from JoAnn and Walmart, to make these for my daughter. She reads about 10-15 books a month, and wanted some fancy bookmarks. My best friend gave her a wooden bookmark recently, for her birthday, which she loves using. These bookmarks more durable than their common paper counterparts, making them great for readers of all ages. Make your own Quilted Fabric Bookmarks over on Fairfield World.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

LIFE UPDATE: June Edition

I've been on a mini hiatus, to work on some personal projects and catch up on life. I haven't been in the mood to write more tutorials than the bare minimum. I have a long list of projects, separated up into which site they are for, of which I can swap around at will. Sometimes, I stare at it, am unenthused, and decide to watch Bones on Netflix instead. Some life updates, last month, Alex got off school for the summer, I turned 35, my beloved great aunt Fran passed away, and I broke a toe (a few days ago). I know, half bummers, which has affected my motivation greatly, but it's been faltering for months as I deal with life in general. I don't feel like this is the place to discuss my emotional well being. If you don't see posts very often, know that I'm quietly handling some stuff that I don't want publically discuss, but I haven't forgotten about my blog...or the others I work for...because that's 3 now, I think. So, that last bit is a good part.

My band League of Space Pirates has been busy working on the 2nd spaceship set for our Live From Space show. I've been documenting the progress of that on my personal FB and my public Instagram. I should share those photos here too, so I'll work on rectifying that when I feel like it. I've been taking a lot of abstract, art, and nature photos lately, which has increased my Instagram followers a lot. I changed what kind of photos I was taking...aka, less cats and more art. I documented the scenery of our trip to Tennessee to see my relatives for my great aunt's funeral. These travel photos surprisingly were well received, and I've been on a roll since then, incorporating abstract and art/project photos too. Follow me on Instagram, at Crafty Lady Abby, to see what I'm making, photographing, and documenting. Here are some of my favorites.


We need more road trips past the East Coast. Father's Day Wood Burned USA Road Trip Map @walnuthollow #cre8time #DIY #create #make #woodburning #wood #pyrography #paint #watercolor #travel #roadtrip #map
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Today is 4th of July, which is my couple anniversary with my husband. Aka, remembering the day I got him drunk, made out with him, and drove his busted windshield car to see fireworks together. I think I even spent the night, but in a non-sexual, we were just tired sort of way. 14 years later, we're still together and goofy...perhaps more goofy because of that 12 year old girl we live with...our daughter Alex. Romantic, I know! Anyway, we are off to have smexy lunch at Maggiano's, because anniversary, and they have delicious food. Then, we are going to see fireworks out in the country, where the city lights aren't so bright, but the fireworks are extra bright and big!

Friday, June 19, 2015

BAG DIY: Rainbow Crocheted OlyFun Crossbody Bag

This crocheted crossbody bag is made with OlyFun yarn, and is rainbow for LGBTQ pride month. I created my own yarn out of OlyFun. You can see my OlyFun Yarn tutorial over on Fairfield World. I'm a Fairfield World Master Maker, so they provided me with the OlyFun for this tutorial. If you are comfortable with crocheting rounds, changing colors, and transitioning to rows, then you can make this bag! It's worked in mostly double crochet, so it works up fast. I chose a rainbow pattern, but you can use any color combination that you wish, or all one color. OlyFun comes in 18 colors, so you have a lot of choices. This fabric doesn't fray and cuts like paper, making it perfect for this use. When crocheted, it makes a thick and sturdy fabric, great for durable bags!


CRAFT LEVEL: Intermediate. Be comfortable with working in rounds and joining yarn ends.

TIME: Weekend project. Half cutting OlyFun yarn and half crocheting

SUPPLIES:
These are NOT affiliate links. I was not compensated for this tutorial. Fairfield World did provide me with the OlyFun for this and all OlyFun projects.
  • OlyFun yarn in desired colors. I made my yarn with,
  • One 1" Red or Orange plastic button
  • Size K (6.50mm) crochet hook - For crocheting
  • Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook - For sewing & weaving
  • (Optional) Stitch markers - If you need help counting rounds & rows
  • (Optional) Tapestry needle - I prefer a small crochet hook for sewing and weaving with any yarns, but many people prefer a tapestry needle. A tapestry needle is large and long, with a dull point
STITCH KEY:
  • CH = Chain
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • SS = Slip Stitch

BODY: With the Jelly OlyFun Yarn, make a slip knot. Chain 22 stitches.

ROUND 1: 2 SC in 3rd CH from hook. 1 SC in each CH until the end. 3 SC in last CH. 1 SC in each CH till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round.

ROUND 2: CH 2. 1 SC 1st SC. 3 SC in 2nd SC. 1 SC in each SC till the end of the row. 3 SC in the 2nd SC where you made 3 SC in one CH at the end. 1 SC in each SC till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round.

ROUND 3: CH 2. 1 SC 1st SC. 3 SC in 2nd SC. 1 SC in each SC till the end of the row. 3 SC in the 2nd SC where you made 3 SC in one SC at the end. 1 SC in each SC till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round. This completes the bag bottom.

ROUND 4: Now you'll be working on the body, still in the round. CH 2. DC in each previous SC in the round. SC in the 2nd CH.

ROUND 5: CH 2. DC in each previous SC in the round.

SWITCH COLORS: Insert hook into top of 2nd CH. Lay the working Jelly OlyFun yarn over the hook. Lay the new yarn color, Blueberry, over top of the working yarn. Pull both through the CH. Lay new color over hook. Pull only that color through the loops, creating one CH. Make a 2nd CH. Cut the 2 tails about 3" long. Lay them together along the stitches, and work over them, to make the transition more sturdy.

ROUND 6: 1 DC in every stitch in the round. SS in the 2nd CH.

ROUND 7 - 9: CH 2. 1 DC in every stitch in the round. SS in the 2nd CH. On end of last round, follow the Switching Colors instructions.

ROUNDS 10-25: Repeat the instructions for switching colors, and rounds 6-9. You will switch colors every 4 rounds.


FLAP: We'll be working in rows, to create the flap with a buttonhole, using Cherry Pop and Orange Crush. This will be a continuation from the body creation, not separate.

ROW 1: Turn. SS in the 1st and 2nd DC. CH 2. 1 DC in each of the next 25 stitches.

ROW 2 - 6: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. When you get to the end of the 6th row, switch colors to Orange Crush, by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 7 and 8: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end.

ROW 9: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. CH 4. 1 DC in the next 11 stitches.

ROW 10: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. Make 4 DC over the chains, not in them. 1 DC in the next 11 stitches. At the end make 1 CH and pull the yarn through about 4". Cut off the remaining yarn. Pull the tail, locking in the stitches. You'll weave this in during finishing.


STRAP: I based the strap measurements off my own body. You can easily alter the length by using more or less chains to start, and width by adding more rows. With the Cherry Pop. CH 150 stitches.

ROW 1: 1 DC in the 3rd CH from the hook. 1 DC in each CH till the end. Switch to Orange Crush by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 2: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. Switch to Lemon Drop by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 3: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. Make one CH and pull the yarn through about 4". Cut off the remaining yarn, leaving that 4" tail. Pull the yarn tight, to lock in the last stitch.


FINISHING: Finishing the bag involves weaving in any loose ends, adding the button and strap.

BUTTON:
  • With the flap down, determine where the button hole intersects with the bag. I found mine to be in the middle of the orange stripe
  • Lift the flap up. Press the button against the bag
  • Start sew the button on by poking the Orange Crush OlyFun yarn through the inside of the bag bag and a button hole, like you would do with thread. I found folding the yarn in fourths helped it pass through the button easily. Leave a 4" tail
  • Sew through the holes in an X, twice. You can do more passes, if you want it more secure. I found two Xs (4 passes) was enough. You can use a small crochet hook or tapestry needle to sew with
  • Cut a 4" ending tail. Tie the starting and ending tails together 3-4 times
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the tails into the crochet. This hides the tails and strengthens the button sewing

STRAP:
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the tails into the crochet. This hides the tails and strengthens the crochet
  • Line the straps up with the ends meeting the bottom of the red stripe, on the sides. Make sure the strap isn't twisted
  • Start sewing from the inside the bag. Leave a 4" starting tail. I used Cherry Pop OlyFun yarn
  • Sew the strap on by passing the yarn through the bag and strap, making stitches
  • When you get back to the start, cut 4" ending tail. Tie the two tails together
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the sewing tails into the crochet
  • Repeat for the other end of the strap
ENDS:
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the all of the ends into the crochet.
  • For the crochet work, if there are two tails together, weave them in the same direction
That's all for this tutorial. I'll be working with OlyFun more in the future. You can see all the tutorials I've created using OlyFun on my blog and on Fairfield World. There are plenty more creations by the Master Makers team, to keep you inspired to make many things. That's all for today! Happy Makery!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Wood Burned Road Trip Map

I made this wood burned road trip map for my husband as both a Father's Day and birthday gift. This seems like a daunting project, but really it's not. I traced the map onto the wood using transfer paper, wood burned those lines, and painted inside the lines with water colors. Though this is intended for Father's Day, it can be made for any occasion, for the traveler in your life. The nails and twine mark the many family road trips we've taken over the years. We're about to embark on our 1st family flight, so I'll add that trip later...and Hawaii. Head over to Walnut Hollow to make this project!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

UNBOXING: Plaid Crafts Fabric Creations

Plaid Crafts recently sent me their Fabric Creations line to play with. I'm been experimenting with it a lot. So far, I've shared two projects, a Printed OlyFun Feather Headband and a Printed OlyFun Feathers Fascinator. I have some clothing designs coming up soon, using these stamps and fabric inks. To see the Fabric Creations line, watch the unboxing video below!


Check out my unboxing video of the full Fabric Creations line from Plaid Crafts.

JEWELRY DIY: Folk Art Stacked Squares Wood Earrings

I've been busy cranking out a lot of projects, as if you couldn't tell with the almost non-stop tutorials the last few months. I've been playing around with wood, making different earrings and decorative projects. I made these earrings below, with wood shapes, paint, glues, and earring posts. They are oversized, but lightweight! It's always great to have statement earrings that don't pull on your ears!!! Head over to Craft Paper Scissors to make my Folk Art Stacked Squares Wood Earrings.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

HAIR ACCESSORY DIY: Printed OlyFun Feather Headband

Plaid Crafts sent me their Fabric Creations line, so I've been busy playing with it on OlyFun. Using their Feather and Indian Leaf stamps and fabric ink, I printed the OlyFun to create this headband. It also features my friend Kellie DeFries' Crystal Kubaton tool, that I got at CHA 2015, and a couple Beacon Adhesives. OlyFun is the perfect fabric for lightweight oversized projects. It cuts like paper and doesn't fray, making it great for intricate cutting. I've been experimenting with glues and OlyFun. I found hot glue, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac and Gem-Tac work the best. Head over to Fairfield World to make my DIY Printed OlyFun Feather Headband.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Sterling Silver and Violeta Jumbo Cuddle Pillow

Shannon Fabrics gave us Fairfield World Master Makers another cuddle challenge, featuring their Sterling Silver Cuddle Cakes paired with their Mar Bella collection. I chose some Violeta colors. My family loves these challenges, as this fabric is so cuddly soft. I normally do fashion based projects, and was planning on a big bag, but realized I didn't really "need" another bag. What we need is huge comfy pillows, as our old ones are sad or overstuffed...rendering all of them uncomfortable. My husband lounges on the floor, while watching TV. His pile of deflated bean bag chairs, worn out pillows and blanket lumps, is just sad. He's constantly adjusting everything, in an effort to be more comfortable, as it slums against a hard wood toy box (which contains movies). I surprised him last night with this huge soft pillow, for which he happily snuggled into, stating he loves the soft fabric so much, that he wouldn't care what the print or color was. We all agreed I should make more pillows and some blankets. I'm not likely to show anyone how to make a blanket, as it's not my strong point, because they always turn out with some weird lumps and creases. Pillows though, I can handle. Ok, enough rambling, time for the tutorial...that thing you came here for.


SUPPLIES:
The linked supplies were provided to me by Shannon Fabrics and Fairfield World. The links are NOT affiliate links, but for reference.

INSTRUCTIONS:

NOTE: All seams are 1/2" from the edge. First, the seams straight stitched to attach the pieces. Then, they are zig zag stitched within the 1/2" edge, to bind the edges better.

1) From the Sterling Silver Cuddle Cakes pack, separate out 2 embossed paisley and 2 solid squares, in light and dark grey, for a total of 4.

2) Cut the Granada Cuddle Violeta evenly in half lengthwise, making two long pieces.

3) With the sewing machine, stitch the Cuddle Cakes squares together, into a long strip. I alternated paisley/solid/paisley/solid. Make sure when you run your hand over the fabric, it goes smooth or rough all in the same direction. This is called the "nap" of the fabric, which is common for any soft textured fabric like fleece and velvets.

4) Stitch the long Granada Cuddle Violeta pieces onto either side of the Cuddle Cakes. Trim any excess fabric, after zig zag stitching the seam edges. This will make the pillow top.

5) Lay the Madrid Cuddle Violeta onto the pillow top, fronts facing. Use straight pins to attach the pillow top flat. I find this fabric to be temperamental in large sections, so if it doesn't lay perfect, it's ok. Once it's stuffed, any wonkiness won't matter.

6) Stitch around the pillow top, leaving one end open where the cuddle cake is. Cut off any excess fabric. You can use large scraps for future projects.

7) Trim the corners at an angle, being careful not to cut through the straight stitching.

8) Turn the pillow inside out, shaping the corners into nice points.

9) Stuff the pillow with Poly-Fil. I had my daughter stuff the majority of it. I readjusted any lumpy or sagging sections. You want the pillow full, but not over stuffed, or it won't be soft enough for cuddling.

10) Fold in the edges of the opening. Using straight pins to close it.

11) Thread the needle with an arm's length of thread. Double the thread over. Double knot the ends together.

12) Stitch the seam together, using an invisible stitch. This mimics the straight stitching of the seam, making the opening seam blend in with the other seams. If you don't know what an invisible stitch is, here is a great video showing how to close a pillow. The stitch has a few different names, for the same technique.

13) Give the pillow a big hug, because you're done!


I used the cuddle cuddle cakes and from the selected collection, for this challenge. You can use any of the cuddle cakes and cuddle fabrics that you desire. You can make them any size you want. Longer would make a great body pillow, or floor pillow which could be handy for sleepovers. Happy Makery!

CUDDLE CHALLENGE
My teammates created other great cuddly projects. You can see those below.


2) Always Expect Moore - Clouds are for Cuddles Quilt
3) Pieces by Polly - Violeta Cuddle Quilt-in-a-Day
4) Morena's Corner - Mud Room Make Over

WEDDING DIY: Enchanted Tablescape with Wood Burned Gifts

May was wedding month over at Walnut Hollow. I designed this enchanted wedding tablescape with wood burned gifts using Small Basswood Rounds and a Creative Versa-Tool. Though I designed this for a wedding theme, you could use it for any fancy party...birthday, anniversary, tea, garden...etc. To probably no one's surprise, I had everything but the moss on hand. The black plates (our wedding "china") and flatware, use daily. The goblets are just for parties. Everything else hangs out in my china hutch, waiting for a reason to be used. You can find all the supplies and instructions over on Walnut Hollow.

JEWELRY DIY: Geometric OlyFun Earrings

I made these geometric earrings while experimenting with OlyFun and my Silhouette Cameo. I used Tulip Slick Dimensional Paint to decorate the earrings. OlyFun is a great fabric to use with the Silhouette Cameo. It cuts like paper and doesn't fray. It comes in 18 colors and takes fabric paints well. Head over to Fairfield World to make my DIY Geometric OlyFun Earrings, and see all the other earrings I've made.

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